A recent photo of Beyonce cradling her twin babies, Sir and Rumi Carter has emerged.
The singer is seen wearing a huge smile as she held both twins during the family’s vacation.
A recent photo of Beyonce cradling her twin babies, Sir and Rumi Carter has emerged.
The singer is seen wearing a huge smile as she held both twins during the family’s vacation.
The Smart Money Woman: An African Girl’s Journey to Financial Freedom tells a juicy story set in Lagos, about five girlfriends: Zuri, Tami, Lara, Ladun and Adesuwa, navigating incredible money troubles and coming out victorious.
Since the book’s debut this summer, reviews and opinions have been pouring in, and now personal finance expert Arese Ugwu officially kicks off her book tour tomorrow in Ibadan, Oyo State. The tour will run across Lagos, Rivers, Ugo, Delta, Abuja and Accra till December.
You can now register HERE to attend the tour events.
The tour will include meet and greets, book readings, book signings, and exclusive brunches and dinners.
After releasing three singles in 2013, Fiziedeen went away from the music scene. In his words, “He had to go on a compulsory hiatus to re-evaluate his sound”.
Today, he makes a comeback with ’Kolo’ – an Afro-pop song that was laced on the instrumental of Oritse-Femi’s ‘Awoo Ewaa.’
‘Kolo’ is a love number that sees Fiziedeen express his feelings for a lady interest.
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, wrote an interesting piece for Bloomberg on “Making ‘Africa Rising’ a Reality in Nigeria”.
Until a few years ago, Africa Rising was a dominant theme in conversations about the global economy. That enthusiasm has since cooled, so that in newsrooms and think tanks and conference panels, “Africa Rising!” has given way to a more questioning “Africa Rising?”
While some of that pessimism may be justified, we do not have the luxury of distracting ourselves with lamentations about our current circumstances. Instead of hoping for commodity prices to rise, African countries should seize the opportunities that these times present — not least here at today’s U.S.-Africa Business Forum — to lay a foundation for the kind of economic growth that transforms the lives of our people.
One of our biggest challenges during the boom years was that we failed to convert the benefits of high commodity prices into more jobs and significant improvements in standards of living. Hence the great debate, during those years, about how to ensure that the growth became “inclusive.”
Now that we are face to face with the vulnerabilities somehow hidden during the years of plenty, we should turn away from the unhelpful habits of the past and chart a new course. Since I signed the 2016 budget into law in May, Nigeria’s Ministry of Finance has released more than 400 billion naira for infrastructure spending — more than the total amount spent in 2015.
In the face of dwindling oil revenues, we are turning to debt. We have begun raising a $1 billion Eurobond, our first in three years. We are also raising debt from the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the Chinese Ex-Im Bank and other development finance partners.
Unlike in the past, when borrowed funds were frittered away on unproductive ventures, we will ensure their investment in the revival of stalled road, rail, power and port projects, and in agricultural initiatives that will significantly boost domestic production of food. For far too long we have under-invested in infrastructure — the most critical element for creating sustainable economic growth. The net effect: an avoidably high cost of doing business in Nigeria.
But even more important than what the government is able to spend is the limitless investment potential of the private sector. This is why one of our main priorities is creating an environment in which private-sector capital can thrive. We are in particular using Public-Private Partnership models to support game-changing private-sector projects in power, refining, gas transportation and fertilizer production.
We are also putting in place measures to ensure that monies intended to revamp our infrastructure do not end up in the pockets of corrupt officials and their collaborators. Already we are investigating the theft of several billion dollars in public funds by the previous administration. We are not only bringing these corrupt officials to justice, we are also setting up systems to make it impossible for such a grievous abuse of public trust to happen again. And of course, we are as committed to playing by the rule of law as we are to accounting for every naira and recovering them for our treasury. These were funds meant to build roads and railway lines and hospitals and schools, and to equip our military — which has for the last seven years been fighting one of the deadliest terrorist groups in the world.
In that regard, we are already seeing the positive results of our anti-corruption efforts. Long starved of both materiel and morale by the corruption in the military’s upper echelons, our reinvigorated troops have now put Boko Haram permanently on the back foot. Some of the more than 2 million persons displaced by Boko Haram have started returning to their homes. Just last week, the people of Nigeria’s northeast celebrated their first incident-free Eid in years.
Our troops have rescued thousands of men, women and children trapped in areas held by Boko Haram. To meet their urgent humanitarian needs, we are working with the United Nations and other partners to provide food, medical help and shelter. We will strive to ensure that no victim is left behind, including the 219 Chibok girls who have, since their abduction in April 2014, served as a global symbol of the war against Boko Haram and a reminder of the horrors that it has inflicted on innocent Nigerians.
Even though the times are still dire, our economic recovery plan is already showing positive results. Investment’s share in gross domestic product is at its highest since 2010. Inflation is slowing; manufacturing confidence is rising. People are seeing and seizing opportunities to make money catering to the needs of Africa’s most populous country. Finally, our Social Investment Program — the most ambitious in Nigeria’s history — will kick off this month. In its first year it will provide cash transfers to 1 million of our poorest people, hot meals to 5 million primary-school children, cheap loans to more than 1 million artisans and traders, and job opportunities in health care, agriculture and software and hardware development for half a million young people.
The journey ahead remains long and difficult. Our double-digit inflation, currency turmoil and downgraded ratings will not vanish overnight. We also know that the current recession is partly driven by the production outages in Nigeria’s Delta region, and we are confident that growth will accelerate as problems in that region are resolved.
But the real story here is not the challenges, which are all too visible, but the opportunities. We have learned the necessary lessons. We will ensure that Nigeria does not slip back into a lazy and dangerous dependence on the price of crude oil. We will continue to insist on transparency and accountability in the use of government funds. And we will build an economy that prioritizes the ease of doing business and investing, and that thrives on the entrepreneurial energy and ingenuity of our people.
To achieve these objectives, Nigeria needs robust and reliable partnerships such as we have with the United States. This is why I value the Commercial and Investment Policy Dialogue that we have just launched, and which we shall announce at today’s U.S.-Africa Business Forum.
The months ahead will show not only that Nigeria is on the rise, but that this “Rising” is real and lasting — one that touches not just the statistical databases, but the lives of the people who elected us to deliver positive change.
It’s been a minute but the Okoye brothers are working on something new which Paul Okoye has described as “worth waiting for”.
He posted a photo of himself and his twin brother Peter on stage and captioned “Guess u all can’t wait to hear something new….. Just wait for it. It’s worth waiting for. God bless you all.”
We can’t wait for new material from P-Square!
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Be a part of the most exciting shopping event of the year – The 2nd edition of the Heritage Bank Business Fair is here! This is a platform for budding businesses across Lagos state to showcase their goods and services while enjoying fantastic networking opportunities. The fair serves as the perfect hangout for families and friends and promises loads of shopping and fun activities.
Date: October 2nd & 3rd, 2016
Time: 10AM – 5PM
Venue: Plot 12 Ligali Ayorinde (Besides Pan Ocean Building), Victoria Island Lagos
How to Participate:
The wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, is currently at the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly (#UNGA 71).
She shared photos of her meeting with Melinda Gates on improving the lives of women and girls.
“Its interesting to know that Melinda Gates is also as passionate as I am about improving the lives of women and girls. Very insightful meeting earlier today,” she captioned the photos.
Aisha Buhari also attended the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) meeting on improving the sexual and reproductive health of the adolescent girl on Wednesday.
“It is important for us to appreciate that adolescence is the age at which girls are most vulnerable and impressionable at the same time. It is at this time that parental guidance and family oversight become critical and most needed in their lives.
It is important that the UN Agenda 2030 is conscientiously implemented with adolescents in mind, and their health and well-being given paramount consideration at both national and global levels,” she said in a post on Facebook.
Photo Credit: Facebook/Aisha Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria will welcome intermediaries from the United Nations (UN) on the proposed swapping of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls with Boko Haram Terrorists held in custody.
The president made the proposal at a meeting with the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly in New York.
The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, confirmed Buhari’s position in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.
The president said the decision to welcome the UN was to show the administration’s commitment to get the girls released.
He said the government was willing to bend over backward to get the Chibok girls released from captivity.
Buhari, however, noted that “The challenge is in getting credible and bona fide leadership of Boko Haram to discuss with. The split in the insurgent group is not helping matters. Government had reached out, ready to negotiate but it became difficult to identify credible leaders. We will welcome intermediaries such as UN outfits, to step in.”
The president reiterated that the teachings of Boko Haram were far from being Islamic, as neither Islam, nor any other religion, advocated hurting the weak and innocent.
“The fact that they kill men, women, children, and other people wantonly, and shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is great) shows that they do not know that Allah at all. If they did, they would not shed innocent blood,” Buhari said.
He thanked Ban for the moral and material support given to Nigeria, which had enabled the country to surmount many of its challenges.
In his response, the UN Secretary General congratulated Buhari on the anti-corruption war of his administration.
“You are highly respected by world leaders, including myself. Your persona has given your country a positive image.”
He said the UN recognised the achievements of Buhari’s administration against Boko Haram and urged that “human rights be upheld always to prevent a repeat of the scenario being witnessed in Syria.”
Ban also thanked the Nigerian leader for his commitment to issues on climate change, adding that the government should “own the Sustainable Development Goals,” for the good of the citizens.
TY Bello has released a new single titled “Land Of Promise (It Is Well)”; a comforting song with a sound that resonates across humanity itself.
In her own words, she writes. “I finished writing this song on my travel to the destroyed parts of Northern Nigeria. I saw first-hand what it means to lose hope and how powerful and necessary hope is in moving forward. This song put hope on my lips and I hope it fires up the same in the heart of everyone that listens”.
The song was produced by Mela, mixed and mastered by Mr. Wols with background vocals by Nwando Omosebi, Abigail Bassey, Oshoboke Adejumoke and Awosika Olarewaju.
Akintayo Adeyemo was on the drums, Olasehinde Oluwasegun was on the guitar, George Ade-Alao was on the piano and Victor Sunday was on the keys.
The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has described as untrue, a news report that it had named Professor Wole Soyinka as one of its advisers in the planned dialogue with Nigeria’s federal government.
The militant group, in a statement by its spokesperson, Mudoch Agbinibo, on Saturday, expressed its support for Edwin Kiagbodo Clark to lead the Pan Niger Delta Negotiation/Dialogue Team to discuss with the federal government.
This clarification is coming few days after the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) had pledged its support and unalloyed loyalty to Clark on the struggle for dialogue.
The militant group noted that some names being paraded as factions of the NDA were the figment of “characters of the All Progressive Congress (APC) from Niger Delta, bent on protecting their jobs.
The militant group further said that Prof. Soyinka has been taken for a ride because of his position on the restructuring of Nigeria and the need to listen to the Niger Delta agitators.
Read the statement below:
The High Command of the Niger Delta Avengers are bothered again on the insensitivity to the genuine plight of the Niger Delta agitation by every successive government of Nigeria and the present handlers of the APC government. We are amazed that Prof. Wole Soyinka, has been taken on the jugular by enemies of the Niger Delta because of his belief that the government of the day should understand the need to restructuring and listen to the Niger Delta agitation positively.
That if, we the NDA have named Prof Wole Soyinka and some incredible names to advise and lead any group is the Lie of The Century! They say, ‘when a handshake goes beyond the elbow it has turned to another thing; amazingly, the handwriting is so clear that our noble laureate’s name is going the infamous way, as he is being named as an adviser, alongside some unscrupulous characters as Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) dialogue team with the government of Nigeria.
Putting the records straight; the name/names parading as factions of the Niger Delta Avengers are just the figment of some persons protecting their jobs and hell bent on derailing the wheel of progress in the history of Nigeria and the Niger Delta agitation.
Our strike teams and Command structures have not at anytime contacted these Nigerians to advise or lead any contact with the government of Muhammadu Buhari on the Niger Delta agitation. We have shown our respect and restraints to personalities that have been too fixated to impress Abuja in the name of the Niger Delta struggle since the beginning of ‘Operation Red Economy’ ignorantly or willingly.
The NDA cannot be teleguided by Charles Okah and Henry Okah from their respective prison cells using disorganised characters of the All Progressive Congress (APC), from the Niger Delta to impress Abuja. We are not unaware of the creations of the Nigerian Intelligentsia community and security apparatus to sustain the Niger Delta struggle to bloat their pocket and credibility.
The NDA have unequivocally given our tacit support to the Edwin Kiagbodo Clark-led Niger Delta Elders and Stakeholders conference committee to lead the Pan Niger Delta Negotiations/Dialogue Team, whenever this wicked entity called Nigeria shows readiness.
Recall that Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to President Muhammadu Buhari recently said that the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) has met with “more than 30 different groups” that claim to be original representatives of the NDA.
“At the end of the day, you don’t know who to talk with, and that has been a major hindrance to the dialogue,” Adesina had stated.
daughter, Royalty who is celebrating her 3rd birthday today.
‘Characha‘ is a tune inspired by his love for a female interest, which sees him praising and promising her good good loving in the purest way possible.
‘Characha‘ which connotes ‘Purity’ was produced by Masterkraft.
Oba Lurge drops a tune titled ‘Larger than life’ featuring Reminisce and Sojay.
The rapper shows his skills on the mic, while Sojay impresses with his vocals as Reminisce completes the trilogy.
Lurge’s currently working on his mixtape which he titles “Life On Streets” due to be released in a few weeks from now.
The actress has just revealed she would be furthering her studies. The mother of two showed off her certificate of Achievement in Organisational Behavior from Edinburgh Business School today, September 20, 2016, saying she would also be going for an MBA in oil and gas.
She wrote alongside the photo of her certificate, “Focus on what adds value to your life. The rest is Gods Business .. Thank you Lord for your grace and love. Thanks to my coach @lanreolusola for helping me find my way… 10 more exams to go… MBA specialism in oil and gas .. #beautywithbrains #Godsblessedchild #FOCUSED #nevergiveup #aimforthebest.“
Caroline made a huge comeback on our TV screen this year in the romantic drama, “Stalker” co-starring alongside, Nse Ikpe Etim, Jim Iyke and Ayo Makun.
According to her, “Ladies, being rude and disrespectful doesn’t make you boss or tough … No matter how attractive you are , it is nasty! You can be confident , assertive and still attractive without being a bitch ! I know some guys take the piss but girl ! Keep it together ! You already have an added advantage just being a woman, tap into that and you ll be A O K!“
Niyola in a recent chat with Genevieve Magazine talked about her single status. “Being expected to see myself as incomplete because I am not married or remotely bothered that I am not and being pressured to feel so.”
Asked about her relationship status, Niyola revealed she is very much single and not or was ever in a relationship with Banky W.
Just recently, Niyola disclosed that she is open to falling in love again, although she might be a bit conflicted dating her boss, since she is signed to Banky’s EME label, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed.
On Tuesday, September 20, Mrs Aisha Buhari took to her Twitter account to share a photo of herself poised and smiling with the American first lady, Michelle Obama at her Broadway event put together to help girls in New York City.
Considering the fact that Fayose has alleged that the First lady was wanted in the United states of America in connection with the Halliburton bribery scandal, Mrs Buhari’s latest Instagram post was definitely unexpected and a slap on the face.
As if that was not bad enough, the ace comedian decided to rub it in by sharing the same photo via his Instagram page on Tuesday, September 20, commenting:
“Is that not the same Mrs Buhari that is wanted? They will soon arrest her… Or is that not what one South West Governor told us? We are watching… Or she now has First Lady immunity? Wetin me I know SEF.”
Since Fayose is known for his propensity for sharing his opinion concerning every and any issue, this put down is bound to do very little to put him in his place.
We can all wait with bated breaths for a new twist to the Halliburton bribery scandal allegations levelled against Mrs Buhari.
Denrele Edun, known for his eccentricities is flashing his Kim Kardashian butt and he wants you to see it.
The media personality took to social media yesterday, September 22, 2016, to share a photo collage of himself flaunting his butt.
Making himself his woman crush, he wrote, “WCW Just because The Booty is the all knowing oracle of the universe….“
Although many find it hard to come to terms with his diversity in fashion, there are others who admire him for his lively countenance.
Even though his sexuality has been questioned on several occasions, Edun has continued to be himself.
Recently, the media personality wished his best friend, Linda Ikeji a happy birthday saying he would be her bridesmaid on her wedding day.
“I’m ur Chief Bridesmaid at the wedding! #Winks HBD Darling…LLNP,” he wrote.
In celebration of her day the proud mum shared a cheeky photo with her daughter yesterday September 21, 2016, writing,”#Yomskiis5#BirthdayBehavio#Mytriberocks#SothankfultoGod#Blessed#HappyMomma #Motherhoodnobebeans #TwaletoAllMamas #Golden #Familyiseverything.“
She also thanked fans for their shoutouts writing, “Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes for my baby girl! God bless each and everyone of YOU! We had a real blast!“
Dakore was recently featured on the cover of Blanck Digital magazine’s latest issue where she talked about loving her body, wanting bigger boobs and more.
She also attributed motivation and determination as elements that fueled her ability to shed all her baby weight and her return into the movie industry.
Akande recently starred in “Fifty” and “Lunchtime Heroes”.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday barred nine commercial banks from all foreign exchange transactions.
According to THISDAY, this was because they failed to return a total of $2.334 billion of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)/Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Company dollar deposits to the federal government’s Treasury Single Account (TSA) domiciled with the central bank, as directed by the presidency in 2015.
The report added that the affected banks are the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc – $530 million, First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) Ltd. – $469 million, Diamond Bank Plc – $287 million, Sterling Bank Plc – $269 million, Skye Bank Plc -$221 million, Fidelity Bank Plc – $209 million, Keystone Bank Ltd. – $139 million, First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Ltd. – $125 million, and Heritage Bank Limited – $85.5 million.
The banks’ suspension would remain in force until they remit all the funds to the TSA,
Information on the felicitation is contained in a statement issued by Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity in Abuja on Wednesday.
Adesina stated that “President Buhari joins friends, family and fans of the multi-talented instrumentalist, songwriter and dancer in celebrating his remarkable life.”
The President noted with delight that Sunny Ade had been graced with numerous awards for outstanding performances, including nominations for the Grammy.
Buhari added that the Septuagenarian had over the years brought pride to his country by mastering his art against all odds, taking the African musical genre to the global stage.
He, therefore, commended him for not only bringing joy to many hearts and homes through his music, but for serving as an inspiration and a mentor to upcoming artistes.
The President saluted “King Sunny Ade’s love for humanity, especially the less privileged, by setting up a foundation that caters for the needs of others.’’
He prayed that almighty God would grant “the versatile entertainer longer life, good health and more strength.
Born on Sept. 22, 1946, Sunday Adeniyi, the King of Juju and popularly called the minister of enjoyment, had been actively in music since 1960s.
His father was a Church organist, while his mother was a trader.
Ade left grammar school in Ondo under the pretence of going to University of Lagos but there in Lagos, his mercurial musical career started.
Over the years, Sunny Adé’s band changed its name several times, first to African Beats and then to Golden Mercury, for various reasons ranging from changes in his music to business concerns.
In the 1970s and 1980s Adé embarked on a tour of America and Europe. His stage act was characterised by dexterous dancing steps and mastery of the guitar, which he played beautifully well to the admiration of the Americans and Europeans.
His music albums earned him many awards, including his first Grammy Award nomination in the folk/ethnic music category.
IMAX, the world’s most immersive movie experience is finally in Lagos, Nigeria!
If you haven’t been in the loop, Filmhouse Cinemas launched West Africa’s first IMAX movie theatre on Friday, September 9th 2016 with a screening well attended by top movie industry players.
IMAX, (short for Image Maximum) shows motion pictures with the most lucid and highest resolution possible and celebrities like Enyinna Nwigwe, Adeusa Etomi, IK Osakioduwa, Kunle Afolayan, Obi Asika, Patrick Doyle among others.
The Filmhouse IMAX cinema is located at The Rock Drive, Off Bisola Durosinmi-Etti Drive, Lekki Phase 1 Lagos.
Check out photos from the event:
With an editorial spread tagged The Rebirth, Toke talks about her dating life, misconceptions about marriage and more.
On being single and dating again, Toke tells Fame Extra, “It’s tricky! It’s exactly like learning to ride a bike again but I think I am doing very well. Of course you get the initial stumble and fall off but the key is to accept that things are different now and that’s ok. My first date after my separation, I cried on my way home as I couldn’t believe I was back dating again, the stress and joys of getting to know someone again, the excruciating pain of the past and the will to trust another again.
I am having a lot of fun right now.”
Talking about people’s misapprehension about marriage, “People are not honest enough! You are told to keep quiet about everything like showing a sign of ‘all is not well’ automatically means you have a bad marriage. The thing is, everyone struggles, no situation is perfect and if people walked around with a little bit of honesty about their situation, a lot of marriages might survive. Religion is also a very big problem, God is involved in Marriage and he has also blessed us with the capacity to think and make decisions for ourselves so people need to be less religious and more aware of His love. There will be way less judgement.”
The media personality who recently revealed she has never been this happy in years and is feeling great told the publication, “So much goes on in a home and you are told to keep mute, keep taking, pray till your knees get dark from kneeling (which is a good thing, don’t get me wrong), but a lot of people lose who they are trying to keep with all of these mandates that doesn’t always work. I am not saying you should go around telling everyone your business but I feel if we had more people open up about their struggles and a society that is less judgmental, people will begin to appreciate the beauty of seeing two people work at staying together and realising the sheer amount of work required on both sides.”
His wife Kris shared a very inspiring message of how they started from the scratch. According to her, they lived in an uncompleted building and drove a Cherry QQ.
“7years together and I have never had a reason to regret accepting to be your wife. You chased me with every word, every conviction, every dream, but shi shi you did not have . Oh I remember your first car, a cherry QQ it was smaller than a picanto, and the uncompleted bunker where we started life together with our first baby I look back now and smile giving God all the glory, I am so glad I was a part of your life at the time. All you had to give were your words, your love & your dreams, I saw a young wise man ( Ecc 4:13) with so much vision & potentials thank God I never doubted you for a minute, even though most of them seemed unrealistic at the time. (Of cos now I can say the truth ).
You have never settled for less no matter the situation…..At the age of 20 I, prayed to God to give me a husband just like my Father #PeterAsimonye. A sweet caring man who cared not just for himself, but for people (that is you @officialbovi) Always wanting to be happy & making everyone you come across happy. Even though the world laughed at us well, the small world we lived in, we didn’t care. We were happy and that’s all that mattered to us, to me especially.
And from the day we both said “I DO” it’s been blessings upon blessings!! I celebrate you today my sweet love, you have not just pulled your weight, you have pulled mine as well. As imperfect as we both are, you have been an awesome husband & father to our kids…. A selfless man. If I were to choose all over again, I would choose you just because you are YOU….. & YOU are irreplaceable.“
The couple got married in 2010 and are expecting their third child very soon.
Nigerian-American singer Jidenna in an interview with ThisDay Style reveals he would like a Jollof rice cooking wife.
According to the ‘Classic man‘, he wants a business woman and one who also knows how to cook one of his most favourite dishes, Jollof Rice.
“I don’t think I could be with any woman who can’t run a business and cook Jollof rice.“
So, ladies, if you know how to cook a hot plate of Jollof and can conduct business too (maybe you even run a Jollof rice restaurant), Jidenna is your man!
Meanwhile, fresh off his recent visit to Nigeria, where he had an album listening party, Jidenna, opened up concerning his career growth in a short video documentary titled ‘Becoming‘.
The clip mirrors the singer’s discovery of himself which was highly influenced by places he lived in.
Some of his comments in the narrative suggests that his father’s passing has been a key factor in his growth.
According to the singer, the proverb, “You are not your own man until your father dies”, became the awakening that transitioned him from boyhood to manhood.
The singer’s visit to Nigeria was nothing short of amazing.
He had a crowd pulling performance in Lagos and a stop in Enugu, where he developed a scholarship programme at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT).
The couple attended a wedding over the weekend and the politician shared a photo of the two of them on social media.
He used the photo as an opportunity to express his undying love for his wife and to let the world know just how much he loves her.
He wrote, “The Mrs and I ..my babamai ,we shall grow old together ,we just dey start ooo. Love of mi life ..a woman who knows me .#not just bone of my bone… #youarethebone.“
Also Elliot has been up to some charitable acts as he recently surprised a homeless woman with a well-furnished apartment.
Elliot revealed that he had come across the homeless woman living and working at a borehole in Surulere which is under his constituency.
The woman had succeeded in impressing him with her resilience after she bought a generator to power the borehole since she washes clothes for a living.
The Choc city star took to Instagram today, September 19, 2016, saying she’s tired of young girls in Kenya being pressured by society to become over glorified prostitutes.
She wrote, “I want young girls in Kenya NOT to be pressured by society to become over glorified prostitutes… Finish school …. You don’t have to be a hoe to be relevant, NEVER trade RESPECT for ATTENTION. I Love you … I would never lead you astray.“
The East African singer recently released her first song ‘GOTA‘ in her native language; Swahili.
Meanwhile, Kimani who is prepping for her debut album titled ‘Safari” has been releasing new photos on her Instagram page.
These photos taken in a safari in Kenya features the beautiful singer blending beautifully with a natural backdrop.
The singer is currently working on the visuals to the song.
The amazing track, which was produced by Killertunes featured Jez Blenda.
Check it out.
Solo-Dolo Musiq presents ‘African Woman’ by Nomzky featuring Dobs following his single ‘Fire dey go’ featuring ‘Stereo’.
In July 2016, Nomzky released ‘Tungba’ ft Dobs, which turned out to be ‘a new kind of party song; a party progression anyone is yet to do.’
‘African Woman’ was produced by Prof. Solo dolo Music in-house producer; mixed and mastered by IndoMix.
Super Eagles’ former Captain and defender, Joseph Yobo, has said that the Joseph Yobo Foundation would work to release as many inmates of Ikoyi Prisons, especially those awaiting trial.
Yobo spoke at the inauguration of Ikoyi Prisons Football Academy on Saturday in Lagos.
“I have never been to the prisons before but on getting to Ikoyi Prisons, I realised the need to give hope to someone.
The Joseph Yobo Foundation is ready to do everything within its means to grant bail to as many as possible that are awaiting trial, especially those in the facility’s football academy.
I am happy with what is going on in this facility. I have never been here before but when I got here, what I saw jolted me.
I thought I will see persons looking very sad, rushing to go out but rather, I saw them very happy, cheerful and looking very hopeful.
I must indeed commend the authorities of the Nigerian Prisons Service because from what I have seen on ground, the service is in the right track,” he said.
Yobo said that it was in this light that his foundation would seek to secure the bail for some of the inmates, train them and support them in the academy.
“We in our little way will want to give back to the society by giving hope to our brothers here behind the bars and give them a second chance because no one is above mistake. Having stayed here for a while, I am convinced that they must have undergone a great deal of reformation and rehabilitation,” he said.
One of footballer inmates, who did not want his name mentioned, said he was looking forward to benefiting from the foundation.
He added that with his experience so far he would not disappoint those behind the initiative.
Joseph Yobo Foundation is collaborating with Sisters Cities Vocational/Rehabilitation Centre and the Nigerian Prisons Service in the latter’s football academy project, “Football Stars Behind Bars”.
NAN reports that among the dignitaries that graced the event was a former Governor of Cross River, Donald Duke and his wife, Onari.
He has covered popular songs like ‘Thinking out loud/Anytime’ – his Valentine’s day mix of Ed Sheeran and Brian McKnight songs, a mash up cover of Mr. Eazi’s ‘Skin tight’ and Bryson Tiller’s ‘Don’t’ and so on.
D.U.N Entertainment diva and vocal gem J’odie resurfaces with a new single titled ‘Fresh Palmwine’, produced by Wole Oni.
The rapper teamed up Chocolate City boss, M.I Abaga, who gave his usual energy packed flow.
The track is a rich dancehall jam made extremely exotic with the addition of Phyno’s amazing rap skills.
‘All the loving’ offers versatility to listeners.
Whether you love Dancehall or rap, this jam will have served you in respect to both interests.
The controversial nudist has taken to her Instagram page to share new photos of herself showing a far darker skin tone than she has been known with over the last few years.
Maheeda looked at least 5 shades darker than she was seven weeks ago.
Two months ago, a fan commented on a new photo she shared, complaining that she was darker than normal.
In 2014, Maheeda, promised in form of a new year resolution, that she would stop bleaching and true to her words, she seems to have done just that.
Maheeda was quick to shut the fan down, asking that dark skin loving fans would be appreciated.
Maheeda is the mother to a beautiful 15-year-old daughter, Divine Sam and is dating a Dutch man who she has mostly kept out of the eye of the media.
According to the comedian his channel is the most viewed comedy channel in Nigeria had has over a 100,000 subscribers.
He shared a shot of himself with the caption, “Thanks to YOUTUBE for endorsing my AY TV Channel for surpassing 100,000 subscribers. #mostviewedcomedychannel.“
Recently, the actor got a surprise party organised by his beautiful wife, Mabel, in celebration of his 45th birthday.
The video footage of this was captured in a news report by Hip TV, showing the comedian as he enters the venue of the gig with Ali Baba and others.
Many entertainment personalities such as 2face Idibia, Klint the Drunk, Fathia Balogun and so much more graced the lavish party.
While some have been condemning the pastor for being extravagant, others have shown support for the charismatic leader.
Freeze, however, has not kept mute on this issue. The media personality took to Instagram yesterday September 6, 2016, writing, “This was trending earlier on on social media! Is that a N1m Gucci bag in this recession? My congratulations pastor!!!
I think it’s high time we re evaluated our belief system. Jesus handed very clear instructions to his disciples; Mark 6:7-8 KJV
 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;  And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse:
Remember, we are what we believe; mere puppets in the hands of the people who create those beliefs. Modern day slavery goes way beyond bars, chains and handcuffs, be wise Nigerians, be extra careful who you allow into your mind! “
When asked about her new chieftaincy, the “Iya Alalake” actress said,
“Iya Adinni Atesise is when you are very religious person. I can interpret any role. My new chieftaincy or religion does not change anything for my dressing or from who Fathia Balogun is.
I’m still the same person, I can play any role, I can wear anything, my religion is in me.
The God I serve is inside me. I don’t have to pretend to cover my head and I get somewhere and then take it off.
If u dress anyhow of do anyhow in movies doesn’t mean I don’t know how to relate with my God.“
On her being one of the 100 most influential Deltans:
“I was so happy. I told my father, he was surprised. I will say thank you to my fans for being there for me.”
Her take on domestic violence:
“Anybody that does that should be killed, no judgement. I don’t think it’s a good thing. We should try and preach and talk to them, maybe they have mental problem.“
Nigeria’s rap sensation Ycee shows off smart fits, rocking edgy sartorial looks on a new feature for Celebrity Shoot Magazine which he covers.
The singer makes a poster boy for smart fit with a smart display of interesting looks on the August 2016 issue of the magazine.
He chose a nude tailored jacket with navy blue pocket patchwork details over slim fit peg leg pants over sneakers paired with crew neck white shirt in a shot wearing his signature dreads for a set of outfit change.
Mojola Aofiyebi (born January 30), better known by his stage name Mojo, is a Nigerian Afro hip-hop recording artist from Oslo, Norway. An old student of King’s College Lagos where he began rapping at the tender of age 13. He had his first share of prominence when he released his debut single “Spendit”, on YouTube, SoundCloud and iTunes in September 2012.
Mojola embarked on his rapping career under the moniker Mojizzle. Then later began working on his tracks under the alias of Mojizzey, His friends later convinced him to drop jizzey and flow as Mojo being the short form of his name. Under his new pseudonym, he has established his own label P&M Entertainment. He kicks off his EP with the release of “Mr Olofofo” (Feat. Kani). An ambient, catchy, conscious lyrical content.
Listen to his EP titled “Head Of State.
Nigeria’s Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung has declared a state of emergency in the Nigerian Sports sector following the poor performance of athletes at the recently conclude Rio 2016 Olympic games.
Dammy Krane and Davido, the superstar pair that brought us the hit duet “Izzue” at the tail-end of 2015, told us back then to “watch out for Part 2“. Well, here it is!
“Ladies” is a new song they both recorded sometime last week at Davido‘s base in Atlanta prior to their joint-performance at Akon’s International festival #PXPfest over the weekend. The joint – produced by Scarface, mixed & mastered by Giggz .
Chicago based fast growing artist SEYI OTS drops his first single ‘Shomo Ye‘. Currently a house hold song in Chicago and Dallas.
Hassanah is a multi-cultural soul artist with an exotic Nigerian Afrobeat twist. Fans describe her as the new Sade and testify her sound is a breath of fresh air for urban world music today.
Download and enjoy!
Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, returned to Nigeria today and had this to say after meeting with President Buhari and attending the Aso Villa Demo day in Abuja
According to the story, the anti-graft agency is inviting finance directors of federal ministries and agencies to come forward with details of their draft budgets and what was finally approved by the national assembly.
They are billed to make their appearances on different days of the week.
Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin, who was axed as chairman of the house appropriations committee in July, had alleged that Dogara alongside his deputy, Yusuf Lasun; chief whip Alhassan Doguwa and minority leader Leo Ogor, made illegal insertions totalling some N450bn into the 2016 budget.
Jibrin has been on a tweeting spree since he first made the allegations, labelling Dogara a “corrupt…shameless fraud” who should be in jail.
An APC committee invited Jibrin over to appear before it in August; in what was an attempt to gag the Kano born lawmaker.
However, Jibrin was back hurling allegations at Dogara soon after the Speaker said budget padding wasn’t corruption.
Dogara had made the comments after emerging from a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the villa.
Obalende Records front-line man – General Pype comes through with this sick tune to close up the summer!
This amazing body of work is titled – ‘All The Loving‘, and it features Burna Boy and Phyno who both came through with that heat!
Amazing tune I tell you; the clubs will be excited for this one. Add to your playlist asap.
Superstar artistes Flavour and Phyno have been confirmed as part of the headline acts for a mega digital entertainment concert tagged Yudala Zero Gravity which kicks off with a Contemporary music blast at the Landmark Event Centre, Oniru – Lagos on October 2nd 2016.
Yudala Zero Gravity is powered as a mega three-city dual concert featuring the best artistes in Contemporary Nigerian hip-hop and Rock Gospel, who will use the platform to launch new hit tracks. It is a platform to see and hear it first. Loads of surprises and other side attractions are in store from Africa’s pioneer composite e-commerce outfit Yudala and New Concept Media Group (NCMG) at this inaugural edition of Yudala Zero Gravity.
Flavour has enjoyed widespread fame and global reckoning as a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and performer of note. Flavour is popularly known across Africa and the world for a plethora of hit songs including Nwa Baby, Wake Up and Ada Ada, among many others. In 2005, he released his self-titled debut album N’abania. In 2010, Flavour released his second studio album Uplifted. It was supported by the singles Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix), Adamma, and Oyi Remix. The album’s success made Flavour one of Africa’s most sought-after artistes. He has also gone ahead to add two more successful studio albums – Blessed released in 2012 and Thankful (2014) to his collection of efforts.
Unarguably one of the best rappers in the game at the moment, Phyno started his musical career as a producer in 2003. Renowned for blending Igbo and English languages in his rap, Phyno released his debut studio album No Guts No Glory in 2014 which produced the singles Ghost Mode,Man of the Year,Parcel and O Set. Phyno also successfully released a collaborative album with Olamide titled 2 Kings in April 2015. Plans for the album were first announced in January 2014 by both rappers via social media. As a producer, Phyno has worked with artistes such as Timaya, Flavour, Ruggedman, Bracket, J Martins and Mr Raw.
This inaugural edition of Yudala Zero Gravity will hold in three cities – Lagos, Abuja and Enugu. Each city will host two concerts: a Contemporary Nigerian music blast and a Rock Gospel concert. Zero Gravity will witness pure acoustics and live performances from the best Nigerian artistes in both genres of music.
As an initiative to reward customers, free tickets will be delivered to Yudala customers for purchases made from August 1st 2016 online or in any Yudala Experience Store nationwide. Customers will also be upgraded to VIP or VVIP on the basis of further purchases which may take them to the threshold for these categories. Also 100 free tickets are on offer for a lucky few who text their name and email address only to 08027829123
One of Family Tree’s finest “Gemini Major” drops a surprise track as part of Family Free Fridays. The track is titled “One Night Stand” and has the makings of a dope record you can bump all night long.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has explained that the looted fund recovered so far by government is far cry from what the country needs to revive the economy.
The minister said this on Friday when he appeared on a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja.
According to him, the amount of money recovered is always being made public.
“What we have recovered and if my record is right is about N78 billion, and 3 million dollars. We have been able to block various accounts in which about $9 billion is found but those are not money available to us because we are still in court over them.
The government spends N165 billion every month to pay federal civil servants, even what has been so far recovered will not even pay 50% of the salaries in a month.
Mohammed assured Nigerians that every penny recovered will be judiciously spent and nobody could re-loot what had been recovered under the administration.
The minister further explained that Nigerians should understand that what had been recovered was so little compared to what the people needed on a continuous basis.
On budget release, he recalled that the Federal Ministry of Finance released N400 billion for capital projects, mostly on roads, railway, and power.
“N400 billion seems a lot, but you must also understand that for three or four years contractors were not paid. So, when we paid this money to contractors, they also use part of it to settle their own debt, they use part of it to recall laid off staff. But the truth of the matter is that many of them have been paid, they are yet to mobilise to site and they cannot do so until the rains are over,” he said.
Mohammed said that what the government owed the contractors was about N2 trillion.
He also described as “preposterous”, the call for resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the economy.
It is very painful in a situation where the armed robber is now the one sympathising with the victim. I read in the dailies that the PDP said that the President must resign because of the economy.
While we are not going to indulge in blame game, I think we should also be honest enough to admit that we will not have been where we are today if they had done what they ought to do.
For the party to ask the President to resign is just a big joke.
The minister said that though the government was not interested in blame game, it was important to set the records straight.
He noted that, “Nigeria is not the only country hit by the recession and crash in price of crude, but other countries made savings”.
“Saudi Arabia today has about $600 billion in reserve and this is by planning and saving for the future which the past administration failed to do during surplus. This is not about blaming other administration, but we believe that one should be honest when criticising,” he said.
Mohammed then assured that the Federal Government would do everything possible to bring the country out of the economic situation.
The PDP new Media Director, Deji Adeyanju, had in a statement in Abuja, asked the President to resign “for destroying” the economy.
Adeyanju was reacting to the data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) issued on Wednesday which stated that Nigeria was in recession
The billionaire Facebook founder is back in Nigeria. He met with president Buhari at Aso Villa where he was seen in a suit happily taking a selfie with the president. Buhari’s media aide said Mark told VP Osinbajo that he wore a suit and his usual T-shirt and jeans, to meet President Buhari out of respect for him. Zuck is back in Nigeria to speak at the closing ceremony of the Abuja Demo Day.
The billionaire daughter was challenged by a fan, Dammy Twitch, on Twitter who asked her to go on a date with him if he gets 500 retweets.
“@cuppymusic will you go on a date with me if I get 500 retweets?” Dammy Twitch asked on Twitter. “Let’s make that 1,000,” Cuppy replied.
And it seems like he got a thousand likes and was treated on a sweet date by DJ Cuppy.
The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, does not have any twitter account, her spokesperson, Festus Akanbi, has said in a statement in Abuja.
Akanbi, the minister’s Special Adviser on Media, said in the statement issued on Thursday, that Adeosun’s attention had been drawn to a fake Twitter handle in her name saying that “recession is just a word”.
This is coming after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), following the tweet, accused the minister of being insensitive, and the words “out of line”, adding that recession is not a word, but a reality in the lives of millions of Nigerians.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the minister does not own a twitter account. The twitter handle currently trending and any other twitter handle presently in existence, is not, and cannot be that of the minister. A twitter account has not yet been set up for her. It is obviously fake and does not represent the views and opinions of the minister,” Akande said.
He also said that Adeosun did not make such a statement.
According to Akanbi, the minister addressed the media immediately after Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting and did not make such a statement.
He said that the minister had consistently demonstrated empathy for the plight of Nigerians hard hit by dwindling oil prices and the impact on the economy.
“This administration is known for integrity and has never hidden the true situation of things from Nigerians, rather it has looked for ways to alleviate the hardships through social intervention programmes.
We, therefore, enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians to disregard these spurious allegations against the minister of Finance.
We remain committed to reflating and resetting the economy on a path towards sustainable growth,” Akanbi said.
However, the Nigerian Senate’s official handle had referred to the said twitter handle in one of its tweets.
The account have also been edited to a parody account.
Also, an account credited to Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, External Trade, Defence and International Development, Lilja Alfredsdottir, also tweeted a picture with Adeosun, which the @MrsKemiAdeosun account retweeted.
Following the saga, the Presidency Office of Digital Engagement (PODE) – @DigiCommsNG tweeted a screenshot from March 2016 where it denied that the account was not for the minister.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Borno has insisted that the state government must expose officials who are indicted in ghost workers’ scam.
Some top government officials were allegedly indicted in ghost workers-related fraud, earning multiple salaries monthly.
The state NLC Chairman, Mr Titus Abana, gave the challenge at news conference by organised labour in Maiduguri on Friday.
Abana insisted that government must prosecute all those indicted in alleged corrupt practices according to the laid down rules of the civil service.
He said government violated the agreement it had with union in paying 19,000 workers who underwent physical verification.
“We were discussing with the government to reconsider its position when we had the governor saying he will only pay two months salaries to 11,397 workers who have been dully captured as authentic staff of the state.
“The labour is also really disappointed to hear the government announced about 10,000 civil servants as ghost workers even while the verification exercise was still ongoing.
“Going by the pronouncement of the Borno Government, the NLC, TUC, NUT and almost all chairmen of the state union are all ghost workers because all of us are yet to be verified.
“Also, the N2.7 billion figures of overall expenditure of salaries weight of the state civil servants as pronounced by the state government was also not true.
“As at July, the nominal workforce of the Borno civil servants is 22,596 out of the number, we have about 34 commissioners and 28 legislative members on the government’s payroll.
“The amounts also cover allowances of about two, 602 students of School of Health Technology, 39 education students and four members of the Teaching Service Board.
“Others included allowances for 1,060 widows, orphans and vulnerable under the Ministry of Religious Affairs and all of these people were captured by the biometric exercise.
“For example, we have about 12,484 pensioners who were not captured and are on government’s payroll and you cannot declare them as ghost workers,’’ Abana said.
“The organised labour, therefore, condemned the action and in-action of the Head of Service in the state toward nonchalant attitude in handling the affairs of the civil service,’’ he added.
According to him, the biometric exercise has not yielded any positive result in the last four months, rather it added to the suffering of the workers and their families.
Mrs Ibim Semenitari, acting Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has called on the public to disregard a statement credited to Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike over some road projects.
Semenitari made the call in a statement issued by Bekee Anyalewechi, her Special Assistant on Media, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Port Harcourt.
The statement said that Wike was wrong by his claim that NDDC was not the financier of the construction of Igwuruta-Chokocho-Okehia and Oil Mill-Igbo-Etche-Chokocho road projects in Etche LGA of the state.
“Ibim Semenitari debunks claims made by Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers that NDDC is not involved in the recovery of dilapidated road infrastructure in Etche local government area of the state.
“Wike is not only playing to the gallery, he is also hiding the fact of his failure to tackle the bigger challenge of insecurity plaguing the state.
“As an interventionist agency, NDDC stepped in to recover the roads between Igwuruta and Umuechem, as well as internal roads in the community and the Oil Mill-Igbo-Etche-Chokocho road.
“NDDC, working under the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari, stepped in to arrest the deterioration of the roads to boost economic activities and give residents a lease of life,” the statement said.
It added that checks could be made to verify Semenitari’s claim through a visit to the area to confirm the veracity of NDDC scope and quality of intervention on the roads.
It said the Oil Mill-Igbo-Etche-Chokocho road was critical because it connected Port Harcourt with agriculture and other economic produce spots in Etche.
“The public is assured that we will not relent on our efforts to complete those projects despite attempts to possibly stall their early completion,” the statement said.
It said that the commission was not interested in bickering with Wike, but was only interested in pursuing human and infrastructural development of the Niger Delta region.
The statement urged Wike to focus more of his attention to current insecurity in the state rather than engaging the commission “in a speech contest.’’
The official unveiling of Ckay to Chocolate City Music held on Monday, August 29, 2016 at the Chocolate City Music headquarters in Lagos. The label’s CEO, M.I Abaga made the announcement at the surprise party held for Ckay at the same venue.
The talented act has had quite a busy year with his Photocopy Music series where he drops covers of popping songs within and outside Nigeria.
Her singles ‘Shaba’, and ‘J’ete‘ among others have been gaining considerable airplay.
She recently also made a cover of Kid Ink’s ‘Time of your life’.
In this song, the ‘Pass me your luv’ crooner expresses his love for lady interest, assuring her of his unequivocal love.
This follows the release of his debut song, Together.
Lola Omotayo is a year older today. Her husband, Music star Peter Okoye took to his Instagram page to gush about the first time he met her and how her beauty has blossomed in his eyes, Peter wrote
“You look more beautiful today than the day I first met You. Happy Birthday My Dear Wife @lolaomotayo_okoye
Nollywood star, Monalisa China marries Victor Tonye Coker in Santorini, Greece yesterday. Happy married life to the couple. They are pictured above riding donkeys moments after the wedding.
Runtown is set to embark on a 20cities tour of the United States.
Former APC, governorship aspirant in Benue state, Nath Apir has said that Nigerians are currently regretting their decision of voting President Muhammadu Buhari. According to Vanguard, Apir said this in a media chat with newsmen in Makurdi, Benue state yesterday September 1st.
“During the last administration. Our economy was performing above average. This government came in and because every government comes in to fix the problems of the previous government. It took Presidemt Buhari six months to appoint Ministers in a country where, whether rightly or wrongly was rated by the World Bank and the IMF as Africa’s largest and number one economy.
We did not get that rating through bribe. On coming to government it behoved this administration to inflate the tyres that were low on air pressure, grease those bearings that needed to be oiled so that we don’t grind to a halt just like we are in now. Our country is in shambles, the people can hardly feed, the Naira has crashed to over N400 to the Dollar. They talk of recovering money from looters and we have not seen where the monies have gone to. Where exactly are the three or five key pillars of the economic policies of the APC government? Agree that there are issues of militancy in the south south, other governments also faced same challenge. Buhari came in with a military mentality to crush them. Look, civilized people negotiate, they don’t do that because they are weak. They do that because they know that you cannot go forward in a situation of crisis and chaos. He has just aggravated our economic situation in the country. Six months no Minister and the country was drifting and has not recovered till today and he has brought us to this level. Nigerians are regretting voting Buhari, that is the truth. All his policies had been anti corruption, by the time he came in as military ruler in 1983 we resorted to the purchasing of essential commodities. We are back to that vicious circle. We are back to anti corruption war without real economic policies. Let me tell you, western countries are neck deep in corruption. Don’t be deceived, they have been receiving stolen monies from Africa without questioning the sources of such wealth. Today we are asking for the return of those monies and they are asking for proof that the monies are our own when they did not ask the alleged thieves where they got the monies from. These are basic things we should know, they use the monies to develop their economies. President Buhari’s war on corruption is excellent and I support it, but he must not use his anti corruption war to destroy the country’s economy. He should strengthen institutions to fight corruption. You want to fight corruption go after bankers, permanent secretaries as well, don’t just go after only highly exposed political people. These people cannot transfer monies without the banks. Permanent secretaries are the accounting officers of their offices. How come they are not being held to account. “The economy is in shambles and he has no solution. The experience of the Finance Minister is low. Who is running this economy. You cannot assemble a group of yes sir people and expect good results. No one to challenge you. An educated man said, ‘we are all ignorant of everything except in that which we know’, that is why you need great minds around you as a leader. So our country is in recession, though I’m not surprise because we had same in 1983 to 1985. Who is running this economy? As a President he is looking at a maze but you cannot read or lead the economy inside that maze without anybody interpreting it to you, it’s a matrix. Buhari has to reorganize his administration, he has to push out those who obviously have no business in the government, corrupt and inefficient people are everywhere in this government they must leave now to save our country.”he said
Last week, reports circulated that Joseph Yobo had signed a deal with Kano Pillars to play for them till the end of the season, in his role as NPFL ambassador, but the former Everton defender took to his Twitter account this afternoon to deny such reports saying he is not signed to any Nigerian club.
Fans present got a chance to see 2Baba in person, take pictures with him, buy Partner Mobile phones at discounted prices and also win some really cool gifts.
It was an atmosphere of pure excitement yesterday as the legend himself, 2Baba touched down at Nigeria’s largest technology market to meet with teeming fans in celebration of Partner Mobile’s new store at 2, Medical Road, opposite Slot, Computer Village, Ikeja, Lagos State.
Dressed in a partner mobile branded shirt and face cap along with his signature dark sunglasses, the crowd went wild and sang along as the Hypertek boss thrilled them with hit after hit.
Not even the slight drizzle could stop more fans from turning up to join the fun.
Rounding up his performance, 2Baba called on Nigerians to partner up with Partner Mobile and also invite their friends, family and loved ones to do the same.
New partners were made and gift items won by some of those present.
This song is about the journey of an average striving middle-class family child from Northern Nigeria. It tells of the ugly truths of life he discovers, the experiences and the lessons learned as he tries to understand the world around him as he grows.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) assures Nigerians that the President Muhammadu Buhari APC-led administration remains solidly committed to resuscitating the economy in the quickest possible time and in the best interest of the people. The statement by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday is the latest in the Party’s insensitive plot to deflect attention from the voodoo economics and reckless fiscal policies the country was subjected to during its 16-year rule.
For the umpteenth time, the PDP lacks the moral basis and credibility to comment or condemn the government on the economy after the mess it left behind. Instead, the PDP must apologize to Nigerians.
The warning signs were glaring to the immediate-past administration but it choose the path of economic sabotage by looking the other way and squandering the country’s commonwealth – a reckless decision that has brought the country to its knees.
Nigerians will recall that even the immediate-past finance minister and coordinating minister of the economy, confessed that the zero political will to save under the immediate-past administration is responsible for the challenges facing the country.
Happily, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has embarked on well- thought economic agendas, policy actions, appropriate fiscal, governance, and socio-political reforms to revamp the economy and tackle the nation’s current challenges in the short to long term.
Under the new flexible foreign exchange policy introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in June 2016, we now have a single market-determined exchange rate which enables suppliers of foreign currencies to bring in their money and take the same out at market-determined rates. The new foreign exchange policy being implemented will ensure our economy recovers in the medium to long term.
As contained in the assented 2016 National Budget, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is aggressively formulating and implementing policies aimed at diversifying Nigeria’s economy from oil to other sectors such as agriculture, mining and manufacturing.
The administration is also proactively tackling increased attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta region which has led to disruptions in crude production.
The President’s shuttle diplomacy has yielded positive effects on the country’s economic policies. As a result, several agreements concluded during the visits are positively impacting on key sectors of the Nigerian economy including power, solid minerals, agriculture, housing and rail transportation.
The fight against corruption remains a top priority for the President Buhari APC-led administration. In spite of desperate attempts by some partisans to discredit anti-corruption efforts in some quarters, the war against corruption is being won and has been well-received and supported. The generality of Nigerians agree that the days of impunity are over.
Through the full implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) by the President Muhammadu Buhari APC-led administration, revenue leakages have been greatly plugged.
The new petroleum products supply and pricing framework which eliminated corruption-tainted subsidy payments has among others greatly solved fuel scarcities by ensuring availability of products at all locations in the country; reduced hoarding, smuggling and diversion substantially and stabilise price at the actual product price; encouraged investments in both Refineries and Retails; provided Government more revenue to address social and infrastructural needs of the country.
In line with the critical infrastructural focus of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, an unprecedented 30 per cent of 2016 budgetary provision has been committed to capital projects.
As the administration works assiduously to build a new solid foundation, credible image and pull the country out of the present hardships, the APC appeals for patience and cooperation from Nigerians.
Hon. Mai Mala Buni
Described as having a vocal range covering three octaves, Waje can hit high notes, stretching them as long as you could hold your breath for.
A native of Edo state, she has since gone on to become one of the leading female songwriter and singer in the country.
The University of Nigeria graduate has since waxed stronger and has won several awards over the past couple of years including Best Female Vocalist NEA 2011, Headies 2011, Best Reggae/ Dance hall, Headies 2013 amongst others
Ace music producer and businessman- Don Jazzy told NotJustOk, he spoke out of anger as he is very emotional about his “kids”.
“I learnt a lesson about anger, I don’t really get angry like that. At that particular point, I was angry and emotional about my kids. You have to understand there’s no greater love than the love of a father for his children.
I think that’s the way people should know the amount of love u have for whoever is working for me. Especially those three.
I guess I was weak, I was upset, spoke out of tongue. I’m sorry to my fans that expected better from me.“
On how they both resolved the issue, “That’s the beauty about adults. In two seconds after saying all that I regretted my actions. I realised that he did too and we got along. We didn’t want it to escalate.“
The drama continues….
A couple of days ago OAP Freeze shared a throwback photo of himself and Basketmouth’s wife Elsie. Some people felt the photo was an inappropriate dig at Basketmouth and it caused some drama over the weekend.
The photo has since been deleted from Freeze’s page.
Today, to mark #ThrowbackThursday, comedian Bovi and Basketmouth’s wife Elsie shared the full and uncropped photo that Freeze had shared last week.
Bovi captioned “Freeze, Elsie and Freezes ex-wife! Before he became an editor of pictures! I unintentionally triggered the last episode of this soap opera. And I’m ending it. The victim in all of this isn’t Bright Freeze or me! May I never intentionally or unintentionally sell impressions that will hurt others. Rubbish.”
Elsie also captioned the photo on her page “TBT….Jason’s dedication 2008…Miss the good ol’days with you Opeyemi.#thankYouLordForBringingMeThisFar”
North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un has executed a senior official, Kim Yong-jin, 63, by firing squad for not sitting properly during a meeting, JoongAng Daily reports.
Yong-jin was the Vice Premier and Education minister in Jong-un’s cabinet.
Confirming the execution, the Unification Ministry spokesman, Jeong Joon-hee, said:
There have been many reports recently surrounding executions of North Korean officials. Vice premier Kim Yong-jin was executed and UFD director Kim Yong-chol was sent for revolutionary re-education. And Choe Hwi, a vice director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers’ Party, is currently undergoing such re-education.
Jeong did not give details on why, where, and when the execution took place. However, a ministry official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that Yong-jin was arrested after he was seen sitting in a chair ‘with a bad attitude’ during a June 29 parliamentary meeting presided over by North Korean leader, Jong-un.
“At that meeting, Jong-un, was named chairman of the newly created State Affairs Commission, which supplanted the National Defense Commission.
The trouble for Kim began after he was seen sitting with bad attitude during a meeting of the People’s Supreme Assembly. He was later accused of being anti-revolutionary following a probe; and a firing squad execution was carried out in July,” the official said.
The two-time Grammy nominee and iconic juju musician have a career that spans over two decades with more than 120 albums to his name.
King Sunny Ade is easily considered as one of the most influential musicians of his time.
Although he has pioneered modern world music, KSA has remained true to the true form of his music style.
MIM houses at least 16,000 instruments showcased to tourists on a daily basis, instruments belonging to the likes of the Beatles’ John Lenon, Stradivarius and Taylor Swift’s guitar.
KSA only celebrated his 70th birthday in Houston, Texas last month and has plans for more celebrations in the country this month. He is also gearing up for the celebration of his 50 years on stage in December.
Former minister for Aviation-Femi Fani-Kayode has said that the United States and the United Kingdom participated in the removal of former president, Goodluck Jonathan from office. The former minister made the comment on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, via a post on Facebook.
The statement reads:
Many talk about corruption and spend their time accusing and pointing fingers at others yet these same people have stolen and pillaged more than anyone else, have killed more innocent people and have committed more grievous crimes and genocide against various sections of the Nigerian people between 1966 up until today than anyone else.
They are indeed the ‘hidden hand’ in the affairs of the Nigerian state or what some describe as the ‘secret government’. Just today, one of them publicly lamented the fact that history is no longer taught in our schools.
He forgot that he was the one that banned the teaching of history when he was Head of State in the mid-1970’s. He did that because he did not want future generations of Nigerians to know what he and the small group of people that put him there did before, during and after the civil war.
Since July 29,1966 that same group of people have effectively been running the affairs of this country from behind the scenes and they install and remove Presidents and Heads of State at will.
They determine virtually everything that happens here and who gets what. The truth is that they are the problem of Nigeria and none of them can ever be part of the solution.
They, in collusion with their foreign friends and partners which include the governments of the U.K. and the U.S., put Buhari in power and removed Jonathan last year.
Worst of all is the fact that they used the forces and spirit of radical Islam and the hatred of Christianity amongst northern Muslims to do it.That was their final act of wickedness against the Nigerian people and it was one wicked act too many. By the time this is all over there may not be a Nigeria left for them to rule and laud it all over anymore.
Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to the cries of Nigerians and stop seeing those with opinions different from his own as threats to his hold on power.
A statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said President Buhari should realise that “a nation of hungry people is a nation of angry people” and seek help from economic experts in the country, not minding their political, religious and ethnic affiliations.
Governor Fayose, who particularly singled out the two former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governors; Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II and Professor Charles Soludo, who spoke at different fora last week, said; “Instead of adopting the usual style of trying to silence them with EFCC or ICPC, the President should listen to them and take their advice on board because they are expert in economic matters”.
“The reality our President must face now is that there is too much hunger in the land, Nigerians are hungry, they are suffering and the President should rather listen to those who are more knowledgeable than him in terms of management of the country’s economy instead of seeing them as threats.
It is no longer about politics. Rather, it is about preventing hunger from exterminating Nigerians and I am sure that the president himself knows that hunger does not understand political parties.
A bag of rice that was less than N8,000 when President Buhari assumed office is now over N20,000! How can a civil servant that is earning N18, 000 minimum wage survive when his monthly salary cannot buy one bag of rice?
Even basic drugs and medicare are getting out the reach of the common people and the resultant effect of this will be avoidable deaths!
As at today, a bag of cement is N2, 200, increment of N600 on one bag in just one day. Within four months, exchange rate rose with more than 150%, with dollar that was a little above N200 then, now more than N400.
The harsh reality is that a Nigerian whose income was N100,000 per month in 2015 and still earning the same N100,000 now is actually earning less than N40,000 because what he could buy with N100,000 then cannot be bought with N200,000 now.
This is the worst time for parents whose children and wards will be going back to school in September. How to pay school fees is causing depression for a lot of parents in just over a year of the Buhari’s administration.
All these are signs that President Buhari needs help from those who can assist the country to avert this imminent economic collapse and he should not be ashamed to consult even those who ran the economy under the PDP government of Dr Goodluck Jonathan because it appears that things were better then than now.
Therefore, rather than preoccupying himself with newspaper cartoons, our President should listen to suggestions being offered by Nigerians on ways to bring the country’s economy out of recession that it is now,” Fayose was quoted as saying.
AKA and Patoranking collaborate in this love jam titled ‘Special fi mi’.
When AKA decides to change things up going the emotional mushy route, he often hits the right notes, and the same can be said with the dancehall act Patoranking.
GospelOndeBeatz was phenomenal in producing the track for one of the greatest collaborations you will listen to in 2016.
Comedian and actor ‘Okey Bakassi’ and his wife are celebrating 15 years of marriage, today September 1st, 2016. In a post shared via his Instagram page, Okey wrote,
“Wow! time really flies. I can’t believe it’s 15yrs already….since my childhood sweetheart and I decided to brave the odds and give love/marriage a chance. It has not been an easy journey. We have lost the two great fathers that gave us life…. but we have enjoyed the warmt of family and also made them proud by giving them 3 beautiful grand children.
Zizi, thanks for your love, trust, commitment and holding my hands through this challenging experience called #life.
I may not be the best but I’ll always give my best to you and the dream we share. Happy wedding anniversary to us, Mr&Mrs Onyegbule.”
Popular comedian Akpororo, took to Instagram on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, to celebrate the arrival of his first child- a girl. He wrote, “You are welcome to my world the princess of RORO KINGDOM, thank you for bringing JOY to our world. Now u can call me papa somebody, @jose_bowoto you are the best woman in the world, I love you like kilode.“
D.S.A.F samples Pusha T’s ‘Drug Dealers Anonymous’ and ‘A dedicated instrumental’ by Jon Bellion.
Fecko dropped effortless bars on a mash-up of both beats.
Couple of hours after its release, “Spotlight” album by Mavin Records’ Reekado Banks tops the iTunes world music chart.
The singer released the album today September 1, 2016 , after hosting industry stakeholders to the album listening party at the Hard Rock Café, Victoria Island Lagos, yesterday August 31, 2016.
Don Jazzy revealed this development via his Instagram page – “Reekaddicts don’t play, Spotlight already number one on iTunes World Music Chart. Thanks guys Mavin”.
The album produced by the Mavin in-house producers Altims and Baby Fresh features acts like Banky W, Sean Tizzle, DJ Cuppy, DJ Spinall, Jay Jay Okocha, Dr Sid, Korede Bello, D’Prince, Vanessa Mdee, and has been dubbed “the best album you’ll hear in the next 10 years or have heard in the last decade” by Banks.
To celebrate World Beard Day 2016, Beard Gang Lagos presents #BeardswithAHeart . A charity event organised by the Beard Gang Lagos and The Nigerian Red Cross Society, Lagos Chapter to give to the less privileged.
The event will hold at The Nigerian Red Cross Society at Makoko, Yaba, Lagos on 3rd September,2016 and will feature a Blood Drive, Food Drive and Donation of clothes, toys, food items such as beverages(milk, tea, sugar, nutrend, oats, cornflakes, etc.), tubers of yam, rice, beans; also disinfectants, school items(books, writing materials, crayons,) school bags, sandals, as well as, detergents, nappies, etc.. for charity.
Date: Saturday, September 3rd 2016
Venue: The Nigerian Red Cross Society Makoko, Yaba, Lagos.
Members of a notorious kidnapping gang that has been terrorizing Benue state have been arrested today, by Benue state security agencies. Six school children were rescued, some have been reunited with their families while some are yet to identify their parents.
The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the British Government on immigration returns and proper profiling of the nationalities of migrants.
The Minister of Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja in a statement signed by Mr Willie Bassey, Director Press of the ministry.
He said that the profiling of migrants would be done through biometric and biographic data.
The minister said the signing of the Addendum to the 2005 MoU on Immigration Returns between the Government of Nigeria and the United Kingdom was done in Abuja.
Dambazau stated that the MoU was a review of the initial bilateral agreement signed in 2005 between the countries on the return of illegal immigrants, as well as for legal migrants who overstayed their visas.
He said that the review was informed by the new challenges that have emerged, which could only be met by reviewing the Agreement, adding that such challenges include the difficulties in ascertaining the correct nationalities of some immigrants.
He noted that “the Addendum being signed concerns the use of biometric and biographic data and addresses the concerns of the government of Nigeria regarding the true identity of some migrants.”
In a response, the leader of the UK delegation and Minister of State for Immigration, Robert Goodwill, described the Addendum as a significant modernisation on the earlier MoU.
He stressed the importance of preventing immigration abuse by those who entered and left the UK illegally.
He commended the Minister of Interior for driving the process, which culminated in the signing of the MoU.
In his remarks, the Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, said innovations were introduced to make the Nigerian passport acceptable globally, by making it machine- readable. (NAN)
A woman namely, Ifeoma Eke, and three others on Wednesday appeared before an Enugu East Magistrates’ Court for selling her baby for N500,000.
The four accused persons were arrested on February 19 for operating a baby factory at Ogwuago, Abakpa-Nike in Enugu East Local Government Area.
The prosecutor, Peace Okpara, told the court that the accused persons operated a business where young women were made pregnant, nursed and the baby would be sold out after birth.
Okpara said that a certain amount would be given to the baby’s mother based on the agreement between the mother and the accused persons.
She said that the first accused person gave birth to her baby after which she conspired with the other accused persons for the baby to be sold for N500,000.
Okpara said the offences contravened the Trafficking in Persons Prohibition Law Enforcement and Administration Act, 2003 as amended.
The Magistrate, Chuks Mbah, who had granted the accused bail in March, declined jurisdiction when the matter was mentioned for hearing.
He ordered that the case file be transferred to the Director for Public Prosecution for advice and adjourned the matter to October 28.
Pop star Naira Marley features konkobility crooner Olamide on new afro pop single titled Ko Si Werey .
This song is definitely a hit. Enjoy
The lovebirds who whisked themselves away for a private wedding last week were present at MC Abbey’s Comedy Show “I laff with MC Abbey” in London on August 27, 2016.
Yesterday, August 30, 2016, the new couple released a press statement explaining why she opted for a private ceremony with her new husband Abdulrasheed Bello in London.
According to the press release, the couple said, “The decision to do it quietly was right for us and we pray for the understanding of our close friends and fans at this offer of a lifetime moment. At a good time, we shall look back and in appreciation of divine grace and your support, we shall celebrate milestones and where we are in life.”
The ceremony was witnessed by immediate family members and friends.
The story of Funke Akindele and JJC dating broke out in February 2016. According to Entertainment Express, the singer proposed to Funke Akindele who was overwhelmed by the proposal of the singer was moved to tears when he popped the question.
Funke Akindele separated from ex-husband, Kehinde Almaroof in 2013 while JJC has 3 children from three women.
The bad blood came to a head last week when the radio presenter posted an old photo of him with Basketmouth’s wife. The photo was quickly deleted but it triggered rumours of Freeze being fired from Cool FM.
In an exclusive interview with the veteran media personality, Freeze spoke about what started his rift with Basketmouth.
“You see there’s a point in the conversation that I cannot have for legal reasons, but there was an alliance that was broken and Basketmouth took the other side or it appeared to me that he did, and he never gave me a call. This is my guy, he never gave me a call to say why did you do this or why did you not do this and I felt slightly slighted” revealed Freeze.
The OAP spoke about how he and Basketmouth started off together many years ago as humble men in search of success. “I remember when he was driving a Jetta and I was driving a golf. I am talking about 20-year-old cars basically.“
“Also, I have to give it to him he was part of my story. He encouraged when there wasn’t much encouragement. So I hate to hear all the stories that I am hearing about me and him” he further said.
Freeze, however, says if Basketmouth takes a shot at him he will retaliate. “Unfortunately, if you come after me I will come after you. I am reactive, with him, I am reactive, with most things to I am reactive. I am not pro-active but just know that for every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction. As long as he keeps…I mean you saw the shade the other day. Like really? But he is my guy, he is a great guy and I love him to death” said the OAP.
Earlier in his interview, Freeze said he was not fired from Cool FM despite rumours last weekend.
Coming off the back of a hugely acclaimed debut song, ‘Bamidele‘, Doyinsola dishes out a dance floor ready tune that will get you bumping your head on first listen.
The singer is managed by 23/25 Entertainment and renowned Motbensonz Solutions.
‘Pamilayo’ was produced by Teemode and mixed by Indomix.
All singers enlisted for this track did justice to the song.
This you should dig and bump to.
Dapo Tuburna is an Afrobeat musician who grew up greatly influenced by music from such legends such as Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Damian Marley, Femi Kuti and 2Face Idibia.
‘Nothing’ is the debut single off his soon to be released debut EP, and it serves as his single to be released under the imprint of The Zone Agency.
The Quebeat-produced song is a strong fusion of Afrobeat and Afropop which is something out of this world.
“I wrote ‘Nothing’ at a point in my life where all I actually had nothing but just hope,“Dapo Tuburna says.
Dapo Tuburna performs with his band called the Officers Band.
Listen to the heavy tune on Soundcloud.
The song is a follow-up to Nero’s ‘Washkalakunda’ song released in January 2016.
The new single follows earlier works such as ‘Celebrate’ and ‘Tonight’, which featured Terry G.
The femcee who has been out of the game for a long time resurfaced with a Hennessy cypher session 2016.
The new tune is off her forthcoming project “80’s baby with the 90’s flow”. This could mark the beginning of a new era for the rapper.
Download and listen.
The latest issue of Exquisite magazine is out featuring music stars and coaches of “The Voice Nigeria”, 2Baba, Waje, Patoranking and Timi Dakolo on the cover.
The four of them share their experience coaching the first set of contestants on the singing competition.
Also in this new issue is a special interview with Niyola as she lets us in on her new song, her relationship with music and more. There are also fashion editorials featuring designers like UrezKulture and more.
Creative Director: Ifan @Thinkifan
Assistant Stylists: Patrick; Micheal
Hair: Gaius @Xcelhairs
Clothes: Ujuestelo (Waje); Caecer (Patoranking & Timi); 2baba
Make Up: Zaron Cosmetics
Photography: Studio 24
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in real terms declined by 2.06% in second quarter of 2016.
This is contained in the Nigerian Gross Domestic Product Report for Second Quarter of 2016 released by NBS on Wednesday in Abuja.
The report stated that the figure was lower by 1.70% points from the negative growth rate of 0.36 per cent recorded in the preceding quarter.
It stated that it was also lower by 4.41 per cent points from the growth rate of 2.35 per cent recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2015.
Quarter on quarter, real GDP increased by 0.82 per cent during the quarter, nominal GDP was N23, 483,954.78 million (in nominal terms) at basic prices.
This was 2.73% higher than the second quarter 2015 value of N22, 859,153.01 million.
This growth was lower than the rate recorded in the second quarter of 2015 by 2.44% points.
The Nigerian economy can be more clearly understood according to the oil and non-oil sector classifications.
The report said that during the period under review, oil production was estimated at 1.69 million barrels per day (mbpd), 0.42 million barrels per day lower from production in first quarter of 2016.
It said that oil production was also lower relative to the corresponding quarter in 2015 by 0.36 million barrels per day when output was recorded at 2.05mbp.
Meanwhile, the report said that growth in the non-oil sector was largely driven by the activities in seven areas of the economy.
It listed the seven areas as Agriculture, Information and Communication, Water supply, Arts entertainment and recreation, Professional scientific and technical services, Education and other services.
According to the report, the areas have grown positively while the remaining 19 major sectors, many of which are substantially indirectly dependent on the oil sector have recorded negative growth.
The non-oil sector accordingly declined by 0.38 per cent in real terms in the second quarter of 2016.
This growth rate was 0.20 per cent points lower than the first quarter of 2016 (-0.18 per cent), and 3.84 per cent points lower from the corresponding quarter in 2015 (3.46 per cent).
In real terms, the non-oil sector contributed 91.74 per cent to the nation’s GDP, higher from shares recorded in the first quarter of 2016 (89.71 per cent) and the second quarter of 2015 (90.20 per cent).
By economic principles, an economy is said to be in recession when these contractions are observed at least over two quarters.
Therefore, the results of second quarter of 2016 GDP growth rate has placed Nigeria in recession from a professional point of view.
However, the presidency has said that although there is a decline, the figures indicated an hopeful expectation in the country’s economic trajectory.
A statement from the Office of the Vice President quoted Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Economic Matters as saying:
A close look at the data shows that this outcome was mostly due to a sharp contraction in the oil sector due to huge losses of crude oil production as a result of vandalisation and sabotage.
However, the rest of the Q2 data is beginning to tell a different story. There was growth in the agricultural and solid minerals sectors which are the areas in which the Federal Government has placed particular priority.
Agriculture grew by 4.53% in the second quarter of 2016 as compared with 3.09% in the first quarter. The metal ores sector showed similar performance with coal mining, quarrying and other minerals also showing positive growth of over 2.5%. Notably also, the share of investments in GDP increased to its highest levels since 2010, growing to about 17% of Gross Domestic Product.
The manufacturing sector though not yet truly out of the woods is beginning to show signs of recovery while the service sector similarly bears watching.
Nevertheless, the data already shows a reduction in imports and an increase in local produced goods and services and this process will be maintained although it will start off slowly in these initial stages before picking up later.
The inflation rate remains high but the good news is that the month-on-month rate of increase has fallen continuously over the past three months.
Unemployment remains stubbornly high which is usually the case during growth slowdowns and for reasons of a structural nature.
The picture that emerges, barring unforeseen shocks, is that the areas given priority by the Federal Government are beginning to respond with understandable time lags to policy initiatives. Indeed, as the emphasis on capital expenditure begins to yield results and the investment/GDP numbers increase, the growth rate of the Nigerian economy is likely to improve further.
As these trends continue, the outlook for the rest of the year is that the Nigerian economy will beat the IMF prediction of -1.8% for the full year 2016.
The IMF had forecasted a growth of -1.8% for 2016, however the economy is performing better than the IMF estimates so far. For the half year it stands at -1.23% compared to an average of -1.80% expected on average by the IMF.
What is more, it is likely the second half will be better than the first half of 2016. This is because many of the challenges faced in the first half either no longer exist or have eased.
A former Minister of Education and former Presidential Adviser, Professor Ango Abdullahi, has said that Nigeria’s unity is negotiable, adding that the “wish of being one is Utopian”.
According to THISDAY, the former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria suggested that if the amalgamation of the country by Lord Frederick Lugard in 1914 was a mistake, it would be best for each region to go their separate ways.
He made this known during the launch of two books by Dr. Hadiza Isa Wada titled, ‘Boko Haram: The Charade vs. Reality’, and ‘The Life and Times of Umaru Turakin Bauchi’.
He argued that no region is afraid of secession, and that if the country cannot stay together, then each region should go their separate ways.
The batures (Hausa for white people) have brought us together. They tried what they could before they left in 1960 to see whether this country could become a political unit that is stable, because without political stability it is impossible to stabilise any aspect of our socio-economic development.
They succeeded up to a point, but they were very lucky because they had our forefathers and founding fathers who were honest.
We might not be one, in terms of language or in terms of geographical location or in terms of customs or in terms of history or in terms of religion and so on, but as a people put in one country our first job is to understand one another.
Let’s understand one another. Understanding one another will be the basis for working together. This wish of being one is Utopian because if you look at examples of other parts of the world there’s a lot to learn from.
Take for example India that got independence in 1948, yet one or two years later Pakistan was created, and in another one or two years, Bangladesh emerged out of Pakistan, because there was insufficient basis on which India would stay together in the first place.
We are responsible for the conditions we’re experiencing today and that we have experienced over the years. This is the basis on which we have made slow or no progress in our development and I think we can accept this as a fact, or continue to pretend and go round and round and round in circles and at the end of the day come back to the same spot.
What are we hearing? We’re hearing about the restructuring of Nigeria. We’re hearing about secession, we’re hearing all sorts of things and who are the promoters of this rhetoric?
This is coming from the elite of the country. They’re right to speak their minds, but they should also leave me to speak my mind when the time is right because we cannot continue, because I remember in the last four or five years, particularly when we were headed towards the last elections. We saw all that and then I said it was time.
If Lugard made a mistake in 1914 let’s correct it now. Why not? If Nigerians cannot live together and allow peace and development to reign, then let’s go our separate ways and to our different places so that we can concentrate and develop our children and grandchildren in peace.
There’s nothing wrong with that. So many countries have gone through that before. So I don’t believe in all these emotions and sentiments that Nigeria is indissoluble.
Take Great Britain, they’ve been a model for 1,000 years of democracy and then a year or two ago Scotland that had been in the union for about 350 years opted for a referendum to get out; same problem with Ireland.
The Soviet Union was a super power many years ago, today 12 or 13 countries were created from it.
So what is so special about Nigeria? If we find truly that we cannot develop and guarantee the welfare of our people as a nation and the solution is to go our separate ways, why not?
So you see this is the thing we have to always discuss at all times honestly, especially if we put into context the history of Boko Haram.
On the Boko Haram Terrorist sect, he said the ‘ragtag boys’ who were fed up with the things happening to them became members of Boko Haram.
“You ask the question where did Boko Haram got their sophistication and articulation from? No doubt from external connections, but external connections can only thrive if they have internal connections in the country itself.
But then came robberies and Boko Haram was blamed, then came in political interference.
Bombs were also put in churches and mosques and they were not entirely put by Muslims but by both religions. But the real offence was people who knew and should have spoken out did not do so.
Some of us including my teacher and I went to see (Goodluck) Jonathan to discuss it. Some days later, and we heard there was going to be some dialogue, but then two weeks later a state of emergency was declared and Boko Haram was banned.
So the question is who are you dialoguing with if you have banned Boko Haram? These are some of the contradictions we saw, which were clearly political.
We the northerners were taking the brunt of it. And those who ought to have said something stayed quiet. It was Murtala Nyako who came out and said something was going on and before you know it he was on exile,” he added
Abdullahi, who condemned the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) as ‘economic terrorists’, asked the federal government to deal decisively with the militia group, in order to end vandalism in the oil region.
“In the Niger Delta, for example, people who come out openly and say they are avenging something and that they are fighting to avenge something, they’re worse than Boko Haram. So if you (federal government) are not going to fight the Niger Delta Avengers then stop fighting Boko Haram,” he said.
With the official launch of ACI Entertainment, the Nigerian entertainment industry has witnessed yet another multi-million naira investment.
Patterned after international entertainment and recording companies, the new company has made a lot of investment in establishing two world class digital and analogue recording studios, a dance studio, latest film & broadcasting equipment, sound equipment with latest technologies, different versions of mobile stages for concerts and many more.
With the facilities of the company, it readily comes to mind that it will help raise the bar in the delivery of entertainment services in Nigeria and further inspire the creative industry.
Speaking during the launch, the CEO of the company, Wole Adeniyi said the fundamental philosophy behind the creation of the company was to provide a breeding ground for the best professionals in music and film technology. “I’m so honored to be able to speak to you today about what we have accomplished here. To create this entertainment destination is a dream come true for all of us. Our mission is to empower the creative minds in the continent of Africa but to achieve these ends, we need more than philosophy. We need a training ground; we need facilities, equipment and then, a platform. Our hope is that ACI will provide that platform for our entertainment community”.
The COO, Ikechukwu (Chuks) Onuorah, a highly experienced music professional unveiled the new artistes signed on the record label arm of the company.
“We have been silently working with two extremely talented & creative recording artistes and would like to take this opportunity to introduce them to you all. Some of you might know them as they have made some noise in the industry in the past. The first is the Queen of ACI Records, former winner of Nigerian Idol 2014, the beautiful Evelle and the second artist is a man with a big voice, Buckwylla”.
Some of the facilities of the company open to the public include state of the art recording studios (both analogue & digital) kitted with hardware & software that can be found in any world class professional recording studio, a first class live & rehearsal room fully sound proofed & lined with wall-end to wall-end ceiling high mirrors, live event stage & equipment rental, music business & production training, among others.
See more photos from the event:
Yesterday Seyi Law posted this photo on Instagram, of him wearing a wig with the caption;
“I sure look pretty as a lady. ?????????”
Last week, Peter Okoye (or should we say Peter Gaga?) shared a photo of himself with the Sia filter from Snapchat. Loving that red lip Peter!
And if you don’t know about Nedu‘s alter ego Nkechi of NkechiSpeaks, then where have you been? See one of
his her videos below and watch other videos in this post, here.
Nkechi on Men who Cheat
So what do you think, do these handsome men make beautiful women as well? Share your thoughts!
Also, see our post on men with makeup and gele, here.
Urban96.5 FM is out with new podcasts featuring Modenine, Adekunle Gold, BOJ, Mayorkun and Korede Bello.
They all talk about music and life beyond the fame.
Veteran rapper, Modenine talks his new album, differentiates between MC and rapper as well as his love for Grime:
BOJ reveals his new deal, inspiration behind ‘Ire’ and future with DRB Lasgidi on #TrafficTheUrbanDrive with Big Tak and Shedy Kay:
Listen to Mayorkun’s ‘Yawa’ Premiere & Interview with Segun Emdin on #EarlyUrbanDrive. He talks about how DMW is a completely different from HKN;
Adekunle Gold tells who ‘Ariwo Ko’ song is directed at and more on Sunny Side Up with Tyeng Gang:
Korede Bello talks about performance of ‘Godwin’ in a church, describes Tiwa Savage as a great mother and a hardworker:
The Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, has said that he is not the problem of the Nigerian sports sector.
He made the statement to State House Correspondents after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the performance of the Nigerian contingent at the just concluded Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
“I am not the problem of Nigerian sports. Abysmal performance has been happening before me,” the minister was quoted as saying.
On the reason for Nigeria’s poor performance at the Games, Dalung said that it was due to late release of funds and inability to develop home-grown talents.
According to the minister, it was time Nigeria returned to the grassroots and groom talents for future competitions.
On the appointment of the new foreign coach, Gernot Rohr, Dalung said he wished him the best, although he was yet to be informed officially.
He also decried the way Samson Siasia was treated by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), saying that the nation still needs Siasia for football development.
He lamented the fact that Siasia’s official car was withdrawn while he was still in Rio, adding that it would be sad to lose him to another country who appreciates his worth.
Dalung said that after meeting with Japanese Surgeon Dr. Katsuya Takasu in Rio, he was convinced that there were no strings like match-fixing, attached to his $390,000 donation to the team.
Nigeria’s R&B boy Sammy is back with a new single!
Titled ‘Hustle’, the Eco-produced song is a mid-tempo tune that swings between R&B and Pop genres.
‘It’s about inspiring people to get on their feet and grab destinies. I want to reach millions of people with one strong message’, the X3M Music artiste says.
Aisha Wakil, who is believed to be close to the Boko Haram leadership, says the group is ready for talks with the Federal Government on the fate of the 219 missing Chibok girls, The Nation reports.
Speaking to The Nation over the telephone, Aisha said the leadership of the terrorist sect will make a pronouncement on their plans for the girls soon.
“Since I came back, I have been on their neck. They have now agreed to come out and discuss with the government and bring back the girls. I am for the Chibok girls and all the captives. They are ready for peace. This is what they told me. I think they might post some information on YouTube within 24 hours,” she said.
Rapper Reminisce hosted members of the media and close industry friends to an exclusive listening session of his soon to be released album, El Hadj, at an exquisite event hosted by Ehiz of MTV at the Lotus, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Thursday, August 25th 2016.
Speaking to the media, Reminisce, said:
“The journey has been a beautiful one, from the launch of Book of Rap Stories in 2012, to the launch of Alaga Ibile in 2013, Baba Hafusa in 2015, and now El Hadj. All I can say is a very big thank you to my supporters all over the world and to my corporate partners Samsung and Diageo who have always been there to support me all the way.”
He added that the album is a carefully constructed body of work, which explores more introspective themes that focus on destiny, deity, love and street credibility. With ElHadj, Reminisce’s versatility as a veteran rapper, fuji artist and afrobeat maestro comes out strongly. Reminisce consummates his art via a masterfully crafted album showcasing artistic development and his maturity as a recording artiste.
The album, which has 16 tracks and a bonus track, is spiced with the production skills of producers such as Sarz, Sossick, TMXO, TSpize, Camo Blaiz, Tyce, Jomane & PBanks. It also features collaborations with music stars such as 2Baba, Mr. Eazi, Solidstar, Olamide, Seriki, 9ice, Sojay and fast rising hip hop star, Ola Dips.
El Hadj is available to pre-order on iTunes and will also be available on all major traditional and digital platforms from today, August 29th 2016.
Goldmyne TV reported the top comedian was in a bad shape at Lewisham hospital, London following a relapse from a tumour in his brain.
Pulse has however reached out to the veteran comedian’s US manager, Bishop who confirmed Agwu is alright but just went for a checkup.
According to him, Agwu was grounded on routine visit to the doctor on Friday, August 26, 2016 because he needed to rest as prescribed by the doctor
“That’s not true. It’s nothing serious. Julius just went for a checkup. He was grounded on routine visit to the Doctor on Friday because he hadn’t been having enough rest as prescribed by the doctor,” Bishop told Pulse.
“He’s doing pretty well and might even come over to US to complete his much needed rest and routine doctor’s visit,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, the father of two was absent at his London show on Sunday, August 28, 2016 but was supported by Ali Baba and others who covered up for his absence.
In July 2015, Julius Agwu shocked the entertainment industry when he revealed that he nearly died as a result of lumps in his brain. He revealed he started losing weight mysteriously and was rushed to the hospital after he had a seizure in May last year where it was discovered he had lumps in his brain.
According to him, he had brain surgery in America which was successful.
Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh and her partner, Oladunni Churchill are celebrating their first wedding anniversary today, August 29, 2016.
The actress took to Instagram today sharing photos from their wedding while gushing over her “Sunshine”.
She wrote, “How time flies when you are in Love and having fun with your Soul-Mate..
It’s been a Splendid 1year of being your Wife..
Am lost for words to describe how I feel about you MY BABY.
You have been A great friend and thought my that friendship isn’t measured by how long you’ve known each other BUT how beautiful Life has been knowing you are part of their Life.
My Life has been greatly decorated since I met you,You strive for me to be a better person everyday of your life and that’s something that amazes me..
I deserve you,I deserve all of the Love, Care & friendship we Share..I deserve the Life I have with you,We are blessing to each other..
Thank you for being My Man,I LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK.
You are my Sunhine and my Everything..Loving you is like Food to my Soul.I appreciate you my KINGKONG..
Happy Anniversary baby and many more years together
Cant wait to marry you again before God…“
Tonto and her husband welcomed their son on February 18, 2016.
News of his sack was first published over the weekend on Saturday, August 27, 2016 when sites claimed the controversial personality was sacked as a result of his public feud with comedian, Basketmouth.
The OAP however on Saturday, August 27, 2016 disclosed that though there are issues over presenters’ fees in the organisation, and he wasn’t going to divulge details out of the respect he has for his boss, Amin Mousalli.
“Yes, there are issues stemming from a meeting over presenters fees yesterday, details of which I choose not to discuss, because of the respect I have for Mr Moussalli and his family and Coolfm, but trust me, it has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with Basket mouth or social media,” he said.
Close inspection shows that his profile has been removed from the company’s website and the management has gone ahead to profile Freeze’s co-host Kaylah as the only host of the show “Road Show“.
Born Ifedayo Olarinde, Freeze is one of Nigeria’s famous OAPs that has ruled the airwaves for over a decade and has shared his opinion about many issues, earning him a reputation as a controversial man.
The Puffy Tee produced song sees the rapper lead a politically and socially motivated charge, enlisting the help of Pasuma and Small Doctor to remind the citizenry that the future of their country Nigeria lies in their hands.
Listen up, as this song is as well entertaining as it is political and socially inclined.
Singer, songwriter and producer Cobhams Asuquo is the cover star of the latest issue of Guardian Life magazine. In the magazine, the father of one talks about his production process, his drive for music and so much more.
Read excerpts below.
On his drive to make music: I think music in itself has a pull, and when it gets you, there’s no choice but to do its bidding. For me, it starts from there. When you’re musically inclined, and you have an ear for music, you hear things and you feel the need to express them. When you understand the technicalities of proper music expression, you want to express it. Otherwise, it just feels like you aren’t doing what you know you should. The other thing that drives me to continue to make music is the thought of seeing something move from a place of thought or an idea to a finished work; the process of it is exciting to me. I’m also driven by what I hear and what I want to hear. There are certain things I hear and find inspiring and there are certain things I here and wonder how in the world they got to the radio and airwaves generally. There are certain things I want to hear and feel like I have the skill set to create what I want to hear; to influence what I want to hear. I also think that I’m driven to create music because I see music as a tool, you can say and influence so much with the music that you create or produce. I think it’s one of the deepest forms of expression given to man; it’s the one form of expression that man and God share.
On his production process: My production process is interesting. Just like everything great, it starts with an idea; with me wanting to know and understand the personality of the artist, breaking down their personalities in my head. It’s a process that’s very psychological as much as it’s musical; we’re talking mannerism, expressions, vocal range, message, musicianship, and persona. We’re talking about all that the musician is, me having to understand this, and using it to create a piece that is a reflection of the person for whom we’re creating the music. It moves from that thought to conceptualizing either by myself or with the musician what melodies that I feel will evoke the right measure of emotion. It progresses from there to building the music [all of this in my head], and getting in the studio and fleshing the music while sitting behind the piano or playing the guitar and then from there we begin the process of sequencing or creating the music either with a band or with a DAW and it progresses from there to getting the artist to the studio to voice on the created music. There’s an interaction with myself and the artist on how comfortable the artist is in the space that they’re voicing, what’s important to them when they voice, creating the right environment for them to voice, getting the right emotions out of them while doing several takes, creating a compilation of the best takes, which is kind of what you do with photography, and sending to the sound engineer to ensure it is properly mixed and mastered and the final work is acceptable.
On how Nigerians are receptive to his music: I think Nigerians are not responsive to a lot of music I feature because we have the radio, and the gate keepers control what we absorb and consider to be music. A lot of the time, what gets heavy rotation is what people want to hear on the radio, and in the clubs, and they become the standard while everything else becomes alternative. For example, Waje released a song Koko Baby with Diamond Platnumz, which is a great song that can sit anywhere with songs from Flavor or anyone else. But because it was by Waje, who people consider to be an alternative artist, it made it to alternative charts as it wasn’t considered a popular or “Jollof” song. I think Nigerians respond to what we are fed by the radio, and TV, and a lot of the people who create the music which is now considered alternative either don’t have the means or don’t know how to put it in the right spaces where they could be heard. If you think about it, Adekunle Gold, Simi, and Aramide, are people who are blessed with the opportunities and means to put their music out there and are doing great things while getting into the “Jollof space” without having to compromise. I think, our gate keepers have a role to play in introducing Nigerians to variety because music isn’t just made of Jollof music which I love and make sometimes if I absolutely must. But I also think that, radio stations, TV stations and people who control the blogger-sphere have a role to play in helping Nigerians who have different taste pallets feel a sense of inclusion but also including the rest of Nigeria to this kind of music. If you think about it, we are one the biggest consumers of ballads besides Korea and a bunch of others. For a long time, we loved Celine Dion, Brian McKnight, West Life and the rest. We are still those people, and it’s just a question of what the media is feeding us as a people and how this is slowly defining us and our tastes.
A 37-year-old man, Sikiru Olanrewaju, reportedly died in his sleep after having rounds of sex with his girlfriend on Surulere street in the Abule Egba area of Lagos State, PUNCH reports.
The report stated that the girlfriend alerted neighbours after discovering in the morning that his was dead.
The girlfriend’s landlady reported the case at the Oke-Odo Police Division.
The lover was said to have raised the alarm which drew the attention of residents, including the landlady, who reported at the Oke-Odo Police Division.
Lagos Police, Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed the incident said:
The man was allegedly found dead in a room in the Abule Egba area after spending the night with his girlfriend. A team of police detectives from the Oke-Odo Police Division visited, examined, and photographed the scene. We discovered that there was no trace of violence on the body. The corpse has been deposited in a morgue.
A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the deceased worked with an aviation company as a clearing agent, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja.
“The man was married, but he had a girlfriend who lived in Abule Egba. On August 23, he had finished from work when he called her on the telephone that he would be sleeping at her place.
The girlfriend said she told him not to come because he was married, but he insisted on passing the night at her house.
The lady said when he got to her place, they ate the same food and drank the same water. They had sex, after which they slept.
She said around 5AM, she woke up to go to work and discovered he was stiff. She said she tried hard to wake him up, but he didn’t respond. She said she was too confused to know what to do and waited for about three hours before raising the alarm, which drew the attention of people, including the landlady,” the neighbour said.
According to PUNCH, a source said Olanrewaju’s family were immediately contacted and the police broke the news to them.
“The family said they don’t want the police to investigate anything. They said they had received the news in good faith and that the corpse should be released for burial in accordance with Islamic rites. I am not sure his wife has been informed because she did not follow them to the station. But obviously, she will not receive the news well,” the source said.
Photo Credit: PUNCH
Sony Music, Trace TV & Hard Rock Cafe present an exclusive live performance by the “Classic Man” Jidenna this Thursday.
The event promises to be one of the most exciting music event of the year as Nigerian-American singer, Jidenna visits Nigeria for the first time since his breakthrough 2015 hit “Classic Man”. This will be his only performance during the 4-day visit and he will thrill the audience with new material from his forthcoming debut album launch, “Long Live The Chief”.
The swank king will be supported by rave of the moment, Mr. Eazi and a special announcement by TRACE.
Date: Thursday, September 1st, 2016
Time: 9 PM
Venue: Hard Rock Cafe Lagos, Water Corporation Road, Landmark Village, Oniru, Lagos
Ticket: N20,000 (comes with a complimentary cocktail/mocktail)
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi has ordered the immediate sack of some non-academic staff of Ebonyi State University (EBSU) and Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo.
Umahi gave the order in Abakaliki on Saturday while receiving the report of a committee to review the activities in the institutions.
“It is not economically viable for the institutions to recruit adjunct staff in the non-academic cadre, as the employees will be redundant in their duties.
It does not make ‘economic sense’ for the institutions to employ 400 cleaners as one wonders the scope and nature of work they will be doing.
We know that the managements postulated ‘professional sense’ in employing such workers but with the prevailing economic situation in the country, we should effectively merge it with ‘economic sense’,” he said.
The governor also ordered that promotion of staff in both institutions be suspended until the visitation panel concluded its duties.
He also directed the state’s fiscal responsibility commission to investigate activities in both institutions.
“When we conclude all reviews and investigations, I am optimistic that we can reduce their tuition fees as obtained in other states of the South East geo-political zone. We are unhappy that our students seek academic pursuits in other states due to high tuition fees, and we are committed to solving all the problems confronting these institutions,” he said.
The governor also ordered that the salaries of workers under the Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) be paid immediately provided there was an agreement between the ministry of health and the concerned local governments.
“The salaries of those who do not have any binding agreement should also be paid but it must be on equal basis with workers on the same grade level in other segments of the civil service.
We have agreed that workers not enjoying CONHESS due to deficiencies in certificates should be paid a special ‘hazard allowance to motivate them,” he said.
The Chairman of the committee, Professor Chigozie Ogbu, noted that it solicited the assistance of all unions and interest groups for effective discharge of its duties.
Ogbu, a former deputy governor of the state, noted that the committee urged the unions to shelve their planned strike and other acts that might disrupt academic activities in the institutions.
The Chairman of the committee on CONHESS, Ignatius Unah, noted that most of the workers did not deserve it, as they were recruited to settle political patronage.
“The case of cemetery workers was most intriguing as more than 100 workers collect CONHESS when there are non-existent cemeteries in the state,” he said.
Flight operations were disrupted at the International terminal of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMA), Lagos, for two days; Saturday and Sunday, following continued power outage there.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the power outage affected international operations of airlines flying in and out of the airport.
The General Manager, Public Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Yakubu Dati, confirmed the development on Sunday in Lagos to newsmen.
“There was a power outage from the PHCN and the airport has continued to rely on our independent power supply.
However, when power was restored, the surge adversely affected the K16 transformer that serves the Air-bridges and rendered them unserviceable.
This has adversely affected operations of departing flights. The heavy rainfall has further delayed attempts by our electrical engineers to effect repairs immediately,” he said.
However, FAAN had apologised to passengers, airlines and the general public for the inconvenience caused by the development.
The authority said that efforts were being made to find a lasting solution to it
NAN gathered that as a result of this development at the nation’s busiest airport, passengers that were either boarding or disembarking aircraft now use the ramps rather than the tarmac fingers.
As at Saturday, August 27, the disruption necessitated by the power failure affected international flights operated by KLM/Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa and South Africa Airways.
A source close to one of the airlines told NAN that the disruption continued on Sunday as electricity had not been restored.
The source said that passengers on international flights operated by Arik Air, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Air Maroc also used the ramp.
Singer, songwriter and performer, Olawale Ashimi, better known as Brymo has joined forces with the ‘Move and Dream’ movement to a record an amazing song titled ‘When You Fall’.
The inspiring tune as recorded by Brymo is the theme song for a campaign specially targeted at everyone who strives for greatness.
The Move And Dream Movement is aimed at encouraging Nigerian youths to not only dream, but to strive towards achieving greatness while they dream.
The biggest RnB show of the year is set to take place as Hennessy Artistry’s continued love for music and the RnB genre has birthed the Hennessy Artistry Live RnB & Soul Show by Cobhams Asuquo. This event has been curated to promote the RnB genre in Nigeria and also shine a light on raw undiscovered talents in this genre.
The line up for the most intimate night of Rhythm n’ Blues & Soul has been revealed, some of the very best will converge on Sunday, the 4th of September for the Hennessy Artistry Live RnB & Soul Show at Hard Rock Cafe Lagos.
Date: Sunday, September 4th, 2016
Venue: Hard Rock Cafe, Lagos.
The invite-only show will be Musically Directed by Famous Producer, Singer & Songwriter; Cobhams Asuquo & it promises to combine perfect blends of individual styles in the R&B genre as guests on the night enjoy a variety of Hennessy’s popular cocktails.
Soul singer Waje leads a line-up that involves a perfect blend of established superstars and ones to watch. The line-up includes Brymo, EME vocalist Shaydee, rising singer Tjan & Ruby Gyang along with other undiscovered talents like Funbi, Falana, Faith, Omolara & D’Tone Martins. Put together by Cobhams Asuquo, this line-up will deliver memorable performances in a very intimate, exclusive and interactive style.
Expect memorable moments with Hennessy blended cocktails as you enjoy the best RnB & Soul music performances!
Make it a date at the Hennessy Artistry R&B Show next weekend.
Join the conversation by visiting Hennessy Nigeria & using the hashtags #HennessyArtistry2016 & #HennessyLovesR&B
Hennessy Artistry is proudly supported by Trace TV & Beat FM
Please note this event is strictly by invitation!
The actress cum politician took to Twitter today, August 22, 2016, saying a woman should be financially stable and capable to hold her own.
According to her, “I cannot for the life of me understand why a woman will not be financially stable or capable to hold her own should the need arise.”
“You are cut off from family n friends. Taken out to another country. You cannot work..you don’t even have a phone..is that not prison?” she asked.
“What if there is an emergency?? What will you do ?
Meanwhile, Henshaw has a lot of things to be grateful for after surviving the fire outbreak which razed her home in Lekki in June 2015.
The actress took to her Instagram page to share an unseen photo from the fire disaster.
The photo shows the charred remains of what used to be her bedroom, with the roof gone and the walls blackened from the fire that gutted her home which was a twin duplex.
Henshaw shared the photo, while thanking God for delivering her from the incident which was a massive blow to her at the time.
Few days ago, there were rumours that Nollywood actress Funke Akindele and singer/producer JJC had gotten married secretly on her birthday. While they both didn’t deny or confirm the rumours, she has now updated all her social media pages to reflect her husband JJC’s surname; real name Abdul Rasheed Bello.
The actress has updated her accounts to say “Funke Akindele Bello”.
JJC and Funke Akindele are currently in London.
Two weeks ago “Musicplus24” officially launched at Civic Centre. The event was a fusion of music and fashion as 24 apparel unveiled their new collection of snapbacks and Falz and Simi shut the house down with their performances.
Noble Igwe, Paul O, Oreka Godis, Sika Osei, Lynxxx, Ariyike Akinbobola, Praiz, and Sound Sultan were some of the celebrity guests at the event.
The event was supported by Laurent-Perrier Champagne.
See all the fun photos below.
Looks like rapper and owner of the talent managing outfit known as ‘The Goretti Company” illBliss is done with music.
He posted a photo on Instagram a couple of hours ago announcing his “retirement”.
We wish him all the best in future endeavours
“Feels so good to say… Meet my DAUGHTER #Aramide #HappyBirthdayMySunshine #DaddyG” he announced on Instagram. Aramide was born on August 25, 2016, at 9a.m.
GT Da Guitarman got married to his wife Annie on April 24, 2016, in Anambra state. They got engaged on January 12, 2016.
On Saturday, April 23, 2016, GT Da Guitarman took to Instagram to share a photo of his first wedding gift, a new plot of land at the Artist Quarters of the new Nigerian Unity Museum & Trade Tourism Village (Numatville), Panda Karu LGA in Abuja.
The news of her engagement came on Thursday, August 25, 2016, the same day she celebrated her 33rd birthday.
A picture of Jegede wearing her engagement ring was posted on the Instagram page of Chinnys blog, looking all loved up with her beau.
The pair were also captured in a picture with Jazzman Olofin, who is a close friend of the rapper.
Abounce is the son of late Nollywood actress, Bukky Ajayi, who recently passed away following a cancer disease.
The Niger Delta Coastal States’ Monarchs on Thursday gave six conditions for the Federal Government to achieve and sustain the peace in the region.
Williston Okirika, the Bolowei of Gbaramatu Kingdom, read out the conditions on behalf of the chiefs when they visited the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe kachikwu, on Thursday.
“We wish to state here that as a matter of urgency, the Federal Government should appoint or constitute a Federal Government Dialogue Team.
Release of 10 innocent school children arrested by the Nigerian Army on May 28th in Oporoza and others in detention on trumped up charges.
Return of the Golden Sword, being the symbol of authority of the Gbaramato traditional institution,” he said.
Other conditions he said, included return of the three traditional council speed boats in custody of the Nigerian army.
He added there must be cessation of hostilities perpetrated by the military in the Niger Delta Region.
“Equally important, the Federal Government should make a categorical statement about the opening of the Maritime University- Okerenkoko, Delta, for academic activities in 2016 /2017 session,” he said.
He assured that the monarchs would continue to support every effort that would help bring peace and sanity in the region.
Responding, Kachikwu commended the monarchs for the visit and said that restoring peace in the region was imperative.
He said the ceasefire announced by the Niger Delta Avengers was a welcome development, adding that every effort must be made to sustain it.
He said that it was unfortunate that after the announcement it was heard that pipeline in Nembe community was vandalised and the country lost about 150 barrels of oil and a high quantity of gas.
“This inability to stay steadfast creates military intervention because government cannot seat down and watch production go down.
The president has shown a lot of patience and believed that engaging the communities is the best model.
You should continue to reach out to others to ensure total ceasefire because as production goes down, it affects both states in tackling the financial burdens,” he said.
Kachikwu said that Federal Government had spent about $40 billion in refurbishing the region in the last 10 years.
He said that there was the need for the money to be applied in the proper way to ensure development.
He urged the people and royal fathers to ensure that monies were channeled in the proper way for the region.
He said that government was ready to always support a positive course for the region as it had lost 50 per cent of its revenue to drop in oil price and worsen by militants operations.
Presently, production has reduced from 1.6 million barrel per day to 1.4 million; may translate to 60% down in revenue generation.
“The people that pay the biggest price for militancy is the Niger Delta, time has come to engage in solid dialogue and everybody has a role to play. Ceasefire must stay to enable the military stop interference, we must find positive way to solve the problem of the region,” he said
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The African Union and the 13-man Jury of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), have unveiled the Nominee List for the 2016 edition of AFRIMA (AFRIMA 3.0).
According to the Moderator of the adjudication process Mike Strano, about 2700 entries from African music professional were received during the period of May 20th 2015 to July 30th 2016. Describing the nominations process as careful and thorough, Strano harped on the Jury’s resolve to be fair and transparent.
A new category “People’s Choice Award”, has also been introduced and the winner will be selected after a debate by the International Committee of AFRIMA and the Jury.”
AFRIMA 3.0 is billed to take place from Friday, November 4th – Sunday November 6th 2016 and will wrap up with a grand concert.
Here’s the list of nominees:
Best Female Artist in Southern Africa
Lira – Let there be Light (South Africa)
Lizha James -Chocolate (Mozambique)
Pah Chihera -Nemoyo (Zimbabwe)
Sally Boss Madam – Natural (Namibia)
Zahara – Imali (South Africa)
Zonke -reach it (South Africa)
Best Male Artist in Southern Africa
AKA – Composure (South Africa)
Anatii & Cassper Nyovest – Jump (South Africa)
Black Coffee – Jump (South Africa)
Dizu Plaatjies – Inkomo (South Africa)
DJ Maphorisa – Soweto Baby (South Africa)
Jah Prayzah – Hello (Zimbabwe)
Kwesta – Ngud’ (South Africa)
Best Female Artist in Northern Africa
Amah Meher – Ezay Fatetny (Egypt)
Angham -Wahda Kamla (Egypt)
Latifa – Ya Hayati (Tunisia)
Samira Said – Mahassalash (Morocco)
Zina Daoudia – La Waheed Wala Milion (Morocco)
Sarah Ayoub – Ahwak (Morocco)
Best Male Artist in Northern Africa
Ahmed Soultan – Afrobian (Morocco)
Ahmed Chawki – Tsunami (Morocco)
Amir Diab – Al Qahira Cairo (Egypt)
Ayman Alatar – Fi Galbi Kalam (Libya)
DJ Van feat. Tyrane – #Woman (Morocco)
Hatim Ammor – Alawal (Morocco)
H-Name – Wach Rak Nachet (Morocco)
Best Female Artist in Central Africa
Bruna Tatiana – Prometo Mudar (Angola)
Daphne Ndolo – Ndolo (Cameroun)
Mani Bella – Qui Cherche Trouve (Cameroun)
Naomi Achu – Busy Body (Cameroun)
Reniss – La Sauce (Cameroun)
Syssi Mananga – Juste Un Peu (Rep. of Congo)
Best Male Artist in Central Africa
C4 Pedro – Spetxa (Angola)
Ferre Gola -Tucheze (DRC)
Franko – Coller la Petite (Cameroun)
Jovi -Zele (Cameroun)
Wax Dey – Saka Makossa (Cameroun)
Werrason – Yo te (Cameroun)
Best Female Artist in Eastern Africa
Avril – No Stress (Kenya)
Cindy Sanyu -Still Standing (Uganda)
Fikeraddia Nekatebeb – Misekir (Ethiopia)
Juliana Kanyomozi – Twalina Omukwano (Uganda)
Victoria Kimani – Booty Bounce (Kenya)
Best Male Artist in Eastern Africa
Alikiba – Aje (Tanzania)
Bebe Cool – Kabulengane (Uganda)
Diamond Platnumz – Utanipenda (Tanzania)
Eddy Kenzo – Mbilo Mbilo Remix (Uganda)
Jose Chameleone – Agatako (Uganda)
Navio – Njogereza (Uganda)
Best Female Artist in Western Africa
Adiouza – Daddy (Senegal)
Aramide – I Don’t Care (Nigeria)
Niniola – Jete (Nigeria)
Josey – Diplome (Ivory Coast)
Seyi Shay -Right Now (Nigeria)
Temi Dollface -School your Face (Nigeria)
Tiwa Savage -If I start to talk (Nigeria)
Yemi Alade – Na go de -(Nigeria)
Best Male Artist in Western Africa
Brymo – In the City (Nigeria)
Flavour – Dance (Nigeria)
Okyeame Kwame – Small Small (Ghana)
Sarkodie – Hand to Mouth (Ghana)
Sidiki Dibate – Fais Moi Confiance (Mali)
Tekno – Duro (Nigeria)
Wizkid – Final/Baba Nla (Nigeria)
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has condemned in strong terms the Imo Government’s three-day work, two-day farming for workers recently introduced by Governor Rochas Okorocha.
NLC President Ayuba Wabba gave this indication while fielding questions at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum on Sunday in Abuja.
Wabba said that the policy which implied forcefully sending workers to farm was against the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention and also against the rules and procedures in service.
“First, we have condemned in very strong terms what the Imo State governor tries to do by forcefully sending workers to the farm.
Don’t forget that the public service rule is very clear about what trade a worker can actually do to join to his normal routine services.
It provided that on your own volition, you can join farming as part of your normal routine activities and that is allowed by law.
But to criminally now go to the State House of Assembly to pass a law overnight without public hearing, without consultation is against the ILO convention; against our rules and procedure in service.
To say that you want to force workers compulsorily to go into farming two days a week is the height of not even understanding how governance and how public service is run.
I am sure that is condemnable,” he said.
According to him, Okorocha’s policy is quite different from what other states are doing.
He explained that while other states were encouraging workers to embrace farming voluntarily, the Imo government’s policy on the other hand was compulsory.
He, however, explained that the ILO Convention and the International treaty made it clear that working hours should not be more than eight hours a day and 40 hours per week.
Wabba further noted that Nigeria is a signatory to the treaty prohibiting forced labour.
“What the governor is doing is forced labour; we are not slaves; even under slavery, you cannot force a worker to work against his volition. Employment is a contract between the employer and the employee and therefore, they are rules of engagement; even what you earn is through a collective bargaining process; it cannot be imposed or forced on you,” he added.
Therefore, Wabba said that the NLC directive, the law had been made ineffective as workers had ignored it and continued with their work normally.
“How can you for instance ask a teacher not to go to school to teach pupils for two days a week or a health practitioner; disease doesn’t give notice.
You don’t give notice before you fall sick; so at the time when you are going to farm an epidemic can actually come up; how you can address all of this?
Or you want to put two standards in place; you ask one category of workers to come to work three days a week and another category to go to farm.
That is not done; there are better ways to do that; he can encourage farmers; he can allocate lands give them fertiliser, give them incentives.
You can put laws in place and encourage workers to go into farming but not through a very cruel process of working against the law and forcing them to go to farm which is against our law; against our convention,” he said.
The NLC president stressed that the international labour law, which Nigeria had ratified was superior to the one passed by the Imo State Assembly.
“We have a superior law which Nigeria had ratified, which is also an international law that prohibits forced labour; what he is trying to do by that law, is forced labour”.
He said that the NLC had already written officially to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, which statutorily has the responsibility to enforce the labour laws of the issue and would also forward it to the ILO.
Ric Hassani’s latest single ‘Gentleman’ has been causing a serious stir.
Ice Prince Zamani liked it so much that he put a verse on it! Ric then went on twitter to ask the fans if they wanted to hear it. He tweeted a collage photo of he and Ice Prince and promised the fans that if that photo got a thousand retweets, he will put out the song with Ice Prince’s verse for the fans! In no time the photo got a thousand plus retweets!
Here’s Ice Prince Zamani on the first single off the international recording artiste’s forthcoming debut Album, ‘Gentleman’.
Four persons, including a man believed to be the son of a World Bank contractor, have drowned in Egbe River in Egbe community of Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti State
According to PUNCH, they were said to be working on a World Bank assessment mission to the river and had commenced work on Tuesday night.
The report stated that they were said to have come from Development Dams and Irrigation Scheme, Kaduna State.
Sources said they drowned after their boat capsized. The four occupants who didn’t wear jackets died, and the remaining three survived.
The chairman of Gbonyin Local Government Area, Folasade Akinrinmola mobilised local fishermen who retrieved the bodies of the dead.
Akinrinmola said that she was notified of the incident by the traditional ruler of the community.
“We immediately mobilised a rescue team and an ambulance and those wearing life jackets were rescued. The rescued people were the ones who told us that others were still in the water. Their bodies were later retrieved by the local fishermen.
We believe that they were there based on some of the proposals we had written on the dam and how it could be put to use; and we believe that the World Bank had started work on the river based on the call,” she said.
The bodies of the victims have been deposited at the mortuary in Ode-Ekiti, headquarters of the council area.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ekiti State Police Command, Alberto Adeyemi, confirmed the incident, adding that “they must have come from the federal ministry, because dams are owned by the Federal Government. Their boat capsized; four of them died, while three survived”.
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The Borno Government announced on Thursday that it had abolished the Committee for the Feeding of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this followed a protest by some displaced persons over poor feeding.
Hundreds of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on Thursday, barricaded the Kano-Maiduguri highway to protest against hunger and thirst in their various camps.
The Deputy Governor of the state, Mamman Durkwa, told newsmen in Maiduguri that government had approved the immediate abolition of the Committee.
Durkwa, who described the protest as unfortunate, said that the government would not allow greed and self interests to impede efforts to assist the IDPs.
NAN further reports that IDPs from Marte Local Government Area had taken to the streets to protest poor feeding by the authorities.
“The whole thing took us by surprise, I was on my way to the Bakassi IDP camp to distribute food items for household feeding when I got information about the problem.
I immediately proceeded to the place where I learnt that the IDPs were protesting over some issues.
They wanted the feeding Committee abolished and also wanted the quantity and quality of their food to be increased.
We have resolved the problems by announcing the immediate abolition of the feeding Committee,” he said.
He said government had directed the immediate commencement of household feeding in the camp as requested by the IDPs.
“I have directed the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMA) to start giving out food items to the IDPs for the commencement of household feeding in the camp. Already, we have started the household feeding system in camps like Monguno, Kukawa, Gubio, Gwoza, Nganze, Guza-Mala and many others, and it had been quite successful,” Durkwa said.
He said the IDPs’ protest was instigated by some hoodlums to cause breakdown of law and order in the state.
“The IDPs were instigated by some outsiders trying to cause havoc in town with the intent to steal. This is because one of the youths apprehended confirmed that he came from Madugannari to join the IDPs’ camp for the protest. They wanted to cause a riot so they that can loot and maim but we were able to control the situation,” Durkwa said.
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According to Lailasblog, a representative of the company revealed that the organisation chose to make the development public before pursuing a legal action against Lawson.
Reports have it that Lawson’s version of the product goes with the brand name, Dabota Lighter.
She allegedly used the exact design, packaging and font style of the complainant to create her product.
This looks like bad karma for Lawson, who also accused reality television star, Kylie Jenner, of making an adulterated version of her lipstick product.
Last year, the internet shared the story of Nigerian-born animator, Roye Okupe, and his comic book story – E.X.O: The Legend of Wale Williams – a super hero story set in futuristic Nigeria.
This week, his story was shared on The Washington Post.
Here is an excerpt from the feature:
Okupe, now 31, arrived in the United States in 2002, attending George Washington University and earning a bachelors and master’s degree in computer science in 2007 and 2009. In between those degrees he took a class in animation at the Art Institute of Washington. After college, while working as a web developer for International Software Systems in Greenbelt, Md., Okupe was able to put together an eight-minute animated trailer featuring his first superhero creation, Wale Williams, a young, 20-something Nigerian who suits up in high-tech armor to become the African superhero E.X.O. (Endogenic Xoskeletal Ordnance).
Okupe shopped his trailer to distributors, television networks and investors for a year and got nowhere. One movie producer even told him that E.X.O. looked interesting, but he should think about changing the race of the character.
“That was a down period for me. I really had to dig into believing in myself that I could actually get this done,” Okupe told The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs. “Hearing that from someone who was in the [entertainment] industry, I almost took it for the gospel. But if you have a dream, it’s your responsibility to make it happen and then people will join the bandwagon once you start to get some recognition.”
Read the full story HERE on Washington Post
Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, the man who named his dog after President Muhammadu Buhari is right now probably regretting his decision to honour his dog with the name of a man he considers his hero. He has been accused of trying to incite hate and breach the public peace. He has been arrested and re-arrested by the police and taken to a magistrate court, which promptly remanded him in prison until he is able to meet the conditions of his bail. He has spent days in prison custody unable to raise the N50, 000 that he has been asked to pay. His family members have only so far managed to raise N20, 000. Even if he succeeds in putting that sum together, his life is still in danger because aggrieved persons in his neighbourhood, including a man who says he was trying to ridicule his father, have threatened to kill him, if he shows up. The police are not investigating this threat, but they seem so excited about dealing with the poor trader called Joe, for having the effrontery to name his dog, Buhari.
To protect himself, Joseph has allegedly put the dog to sleep, or thrown it away or whatever, in the hope that once the evidence is destroyed there will be no case against him. It is all so pitiable. Public opinion appears to be divided as to the nature and seriousness of Joseph Chinakwe’s alleged felony, with some people arguing that it is definitely an act of provocation and incitement for him to label his dog, Buhari so boldly and to parade the same dog in a neighbourhood where there are many residents of Northern extraction, whose feelings may be injured or who may perceive that he is trying to make a political statement.
Those who want him punished have therefore dismissed Chinakwe’s protestation that he is an admirer of the President, or that he means well. His defenders insist that he is entitled to free speech and there is nowhere in the statutes where a man can be punished on the basis of the perception that some people’s feelings may be injured, and hence, be prompted to commit murder. The law is not structured that way.
We are dealing, therefore with ethnic hate at the lunatic fringe. Nigerians have become so suspicious of one another, and inter-ethnic relationship is so poisonous that even the littlest innocent gesture could result in mayhem. This is why many have been killed for allegedly committing blasphemy or for insulting the religious sensibilities of some people. Remember the woman who was killed by her students for allegedly desecrating the Quoran. Remember Gideon Akaluka. Remember the woman who was recently beheaded in Abuja for daring to preach the Christian gospel. We are also dealing with disregard for human freedom, and Nigeria’s slip into a tragic season of intolerance. Why shouldn’t Chinakwe call his dog whatever name catches his fancy? Well, may be he should have chosen an Igbo name? But if we want national unity, why shouldn’t he take a name he admires from another part of the country?
Ali Baba, the ace comedian, like many others, has come out strongly in defence of Chinakwe saying he actually has a dog in his house named OBJ, and that is quite direct because only one man bears that sobriquet in this country, and neither OBJ nor his kinsmen have asked Atuyota to leave Yorubaland. One of the most famous pictures online is that of a goat named Goodluck Jonathan, with the name written on both flanks of it. President Jonathan’s wife was also once (July 2013) referred to as “shepopotamus” by Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, and before our very eyes, President Olusegun Obasanjo, donated, to a conservation sanctuary, a chimpanzee, which he named Patience to make a point obviously.
The parody at the time was unmistakable. We all drew humour from all of that. What we seem to be dealing with right now, however, is the absurd deification of a name on ethnic and partisan grounds. It is curious that the Nigeria Police is devoting to the trial of Chinakwe, a feverish amount of energy that we have not witnessed with regard to more statutorily relevant offences. This hullaballoo over the giving of a dog a name that has led to its hanging and the likely punishment of its owner is one distraction too many. We are above all else, dealing with a storm in a tea cup, occasioned by a culture shock, and our underdeveloped understanding of the relationship between man and animals.
Chinakwe says he chose the name Buhari out of admiration. And he may well be right, and he would have been right, and there would have been no problem if he was living in Europe or North America. But he lives in a country where animals have no rights and no recognition other than as victims of human predators, and a dog in our culture is to be treated as an instrument or as meat for the soup pot. Elsewhere, a dog has earned its reputation in mythology and actuality, as a man’s best friend. The root of this is that a dog is considered the most beloved, the most loyal and the most dependable of all animals. People use dogs to guard their homes, to keep away intruders, even to play with children and as companions in the home. There are many stories and legends about the loyalty of dogs. Hawkeye is the name of a famous dog who lay next to the casket of its owner who died in active service as a US Navy SEAL.
There is a film, “Hachi, a dog’s tale,” starring Richard Gere, about Hachiko, a dog who greeted his owner at the train station everyday and after the owner died, the dog went to the same station for nine years. Recently, I posted on instagram the picture of a dog in Santa Catarina, Brazil, Negao the dog, whose owner died eight months earlier and the dog remained outside the hospital awaiting his owner’s return. In the United States, a police dog has been given a state burial, draped with national colours in appreciation of its loyal and meritorious service to the nation. Many centuries ago, Homer wrote in Odyssey, about a loyal dog, Argos who waited for Odysseus until he returned.
The established normal is that a dog can be trusted more than a human being. And this is why in other parts of the world, when people name their dogs after celebrities, they are actually paying compliments and showing respect. World figures like Elvis Presley, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Louis Vuitton, Mandela, Clinton, J. F. Kennedy and others have had their names given to either cats or dogs, and it is no big deal. Admirers transpose their feelings from man to animal. Joseph Chinakwe may actually be saying that President Buhari is a loyal, trustworthy, supportive, dependable and companionable Guardian of the Nigerian estate. It would have been a different thing perhaps if he had given that name to a tortoise, a rat, cat, a fox, or a chimpanzee. But in a country where every animal is considered a prey or a lower, spiteful creature, using the metaphor of a dog could be risky as the Chinakwe case has shown. In Nigeria, we treat animals badly, and we don’t consider anyone a friend, man or animal. We are vengeful, mean and suspicious. We are so scared we are even afraid of domestic and domesticated animals.
In other societies, animals are treated with greater respect and in the United States for example, the life of a dog is far superior to that of a human being in Nigeria. I have written about this twice: In “A Dog’s Life” (1996), I reflected on the life of a dog owned by Stanley Meisler (God bless his soul) and his wife, Elizabeth Fox, my hosts during my journalism programme at the University of Maryland, College Park, United States (1996 -97). I was shocked that the dog had a room of its own, a proper room, not a kernel, and whenever that dog fell ill, we took him to a dog hospital and Stanley bought drugs. I saw that dog living the life of a king, better catered for than many Africans.
I wrote another piece titled “A Hotel for Dogs” (July 23, 2006) about a five-star hotel in Bethesda, Washington, which attends to dogs as customers, and where dogs enjoy a life of luxury. Established in 2003, by PetSmart Inc., by 2006, there were 32 hotels of its type in the United States and the then spokesman of the group, Bruce Richardson, had boasted that by 2010, the plan was to have 240 such hotels across the United States. We are talking luxury, 23 USD per night, 33USD for a dog suite, as at that time, all pre-tax, plus provisions for pooch ice cream. In general, Americans spend about $40 billion dollars a year on household pets. I guess that is more than Nigeria’s annual budget even by today’s relative standards.
And so, what are we talking about? An American dog is a big man in Nigeria by all standards. But because we eat dogs and treat all animals badly in this country, in fact we have no regard for human beings (consider the hundreds that get killed, raped, kidnapped daily and nobody cares), we are bound to be incensed that anyone would name a dog after a deified political figure. Joe Chinakwe’s sins should be forgiven, albeit there is no morality in law, but the Nigerian judiciary should not expose itself to further ridicule by lending the weight of the law to such partisan trash that makes no sense. There are far more important issues requiring serious attention in this country today.
But in case nobody understands that and Mr Chinakwe and his counsel find themselves in a tight corner, they should put out a disclaimer and say their dog, living or dead, is filing for a change of name. That is perfectly within their rights to do. And should they find themselves in any other difficult situation, they have my full permission to rename the dog, Reuben Abati. But should you, dear reader consider this a bad name you wish to hang, you also have my full support, partnership and friendship to offer your own name.
If that will put an end to this circus over the name of a dog, and set Joseph Chinakwe free, and also remind us that we are in a democracy, please, help and so be it. By the way, I hear Chinakwe and his sympathisers finally managed, after a fund-raising appeal, to raise a sum of N90, 000 to perfect his bail bond and that he is now out of detention. Would somebody in a responsible position just put an end to this joke and let us focus on serious issues?
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A truck driver on Thursday reportedly halted traffic along Ore-Ijebu-Ode road after he stopped his vehicle to pray in the middle of the road.
A Facebook user, CHarm Xtova, who shared the photo said:
I do not derive joy from castigating other people’s religion but a tanker driver praying on the highway and keeping us stuck on ore – ijebu ode road is way over the limit.
If u respect your God, You’ll understand how to be considerate.
*stressful day mehn
A similar case occurred some weeks ago in Florida, where a 28-year-old woman crashed her car into a Mary Esther house while driving and praying. She was later taken to the hospital for evaluation.
Davido Music Worldwide is proud to unveil Mayorkun’s follow-up single.
Listen to Yàwá, which was written by Ayo Freeman and produced by Fresh!
The comedian shared a photo insinuating Freeze is a coward. According to the photo shared by him and reposted by Basketmouth, some people on social media behave like lions while in real life they are just cats.
“This just made me Freeze! Thank God for fire.” he wrote alongside it with many tagging it a call out to the media personality.
Basketmouth also shared that same photo writing, “They bark but can’t bite
The Instagram war between Basketmouth and Daddy Freeze has clearly not ended even though Freeze once revealed that he’s ready to forgive the comedian.
The celebrities started this beef on December 27 at OLIC 2. When Basketmouth took the stage at the Olamide concert he took shots at the on-air-personality.
“There’s this former Cool FM presenter here, Freeze. I see am for red carpet, where him dey?” said Basketmouth. The audience then pointed at Freeze.
“Make una nor deceived by this guy’s fair skin o. Nor be oyinbo o, na eczema cause am o. Freeze my guy, your wife nor beat you today?” further said Basketmouth in reference to the claims Freeze made of being a victim of domestic abuse.
The veteran radio presenter didn’t look disturbed when Basketmouth threw jabs at him. After the show was over, Freeze took his own shot at Basketmouth on Twitter and so the battle begun…..
The young artiste, who began his journey into music in 2014, has released songs like ‘Ijim neti egwu’ and ‘Omo ona nimi’ which means “I am the child of a king”.
Does he has the making of a music prince? Only one way to find out.
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The singer took to Instagram yesterday, August 24, 2016, sending a shout out to Justine Skye. “Happy birthday!!!” he wrote alongside a sexy photo of the singer.
According to music industry sources, the pair are in a romantic relationship. The news of Wizkid supposedly dating the American singer quickly became a hot topic on Twitter. The Star Boy act has now reacted to the stories of him being in a relationship with Justine Skye.
He shared a photo of him and Skye with the caption, “No questions!” Meanwhile, the female singer signed to Roc Nation had previously expressed her admiration for Wizkid and his music which has now crossed over into the United States.
Prior to dating being romantically attached to Justine Skye, Wizkid was in an on and off relationship with Tania Omotayo from 2012 to 2015. In January 2016, Wizkid announced via a press release that he was no longer dating Tania Omotayo after the news was leaked that the former EME singer had fathered a baby with a US based woman by the name Binta Diamond Diallo.
Genevieve magazine publisher Betty Irabor recently shared her thoughts on domestic violence and people that stay in bad relationships just to keep up a front in society.
Marriage by fire by force???
Sometime ago, a young friend of mine found herself in an abusive marriage. Initially, her husband never laid a finger on her, he let his tongue do the job. He called her all sorts of names and lashed out at her with foul words. He would always dare her to pack and go and would always chuckle “let’s see where an old cargo with 3 kids like you will go; who will even look at you?”. She did try to leave a couple of times but somewhat returned to him after he came to ask her back; promising he would be a better husband. Then the circle of abuse will start all over again. One day however, he went too far when he tried to strangle her for daring to fight back. Bruised and battered, her parents came and took her and the 3 children away. As they left, the husband jeered shouting; “old cargo, you and your children will soon come back begging, which man will look at you?” But this young lady had had enough and was determined never to return. She braced up to become a breadwinner and joined her sister in her factory. It was while working in this factory that she met a man(he’d never been married)who fell in love with her and married her along with her 3 children. Old cargo???
So who was chuckling???
Women in abusive relationships face a lot of emotional manipulation which stops them from leaving. They are told they are useless and nobody will look at them. On their own, they are afraid of the unknown world ahead. They worry about the judgement of society and the stigma of being single mothers. The result is they “hang In there” until they they become profile pictures and Internet stories of another woman butchered by her husband. Every woman in an abusive relationships needs to realize that being married by fire by force is not whAt true marriage is about… It is nothing short of self delusion to manage a bad relationship just to please society. You have to know your worth and believe that you are deserving of more. You are not an old cargo!! There’s life after one bad marriage! Your self worth is not tied to one bad choice you made in a marriage partner.
When you have the grace to move on, do move on. You deserve more.
The YBNL boss talks money, fast cars and the confidence that comes with it on the track.
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The pair basically did what they are known for with their sick flow that is easily related to the streets.
Produced by Major Bangs, Sere talks about the notoriety of a ghetto child and his numerous mischiefs.
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He recently dropped a remix of single ‘Hoto’ featuring Vector, Jesse Jagz.
The northern rapper puts out a decent Hip Hop sound that you can bump to, showing his prowess on the mic
This one you can bump to.
U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, has expressed U.S. Government readiness to support and enhance girl-child education in Nigeria.
Kerry said this in his opening remarks before a closed door meeting with some Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students and other gifted girls’ groups in Abuja on Wednesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that STEM is a U.S. programme aimed at encouraging girl-child education in science and technology.
Others at the meeting include “opportunity students” under the U.S Scholarship Programme, Violere Group.
The secretary expressed concern that there were many girls who never had the opportunity to go to school, while many others were forced into early marriage.
He said the U.S Government was ready to work with the Federal Government to help girls have better education.
“So, we are working very hard to empower the girls through education so that they will be able to make their choices. Now, we want to see how we can all work together to empower everybody to make their choices. We can all together make our communities work, so that we can have a better society,” he said.
Kerry also commended the girls for their courage to make their choices in science and technology with mathematics.
He said: “I salute your courage and your vision for your commitment to education; we want to work with you”.
The U.S. scribe, however, challenged the girls to work harder so as to benefit from the opportunities provided for them to have better education.
He explained that it was only hard work that could make them better individuals.
He added that “USAID has committed hundred millions of dollars to these efforts to be able to help girls to make their own choices and be educated. However, it won’t happen overnight, it involves hard work and commitment to make it happen”.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that the award-winning actress got married to singer/producer JJC in a secret wedding ceremony yesterday, August 23, 2016, in London.
Images shared on Snapchat on August 23 appear to confirm they got married yesterday.
JJC’s daughter Tamira Bello shared some photos which appeared to be from the wedding. Now, media personality Freeze took to his Instagram page to wish her a happy birthday and also congratulate her on her wedding in a subtle way.
He wrote,”Happy birthday my gorgeous sister @funkejenifaakindele. God gave you love as a birthday present, I pray it lasts forever! You have worked hard, so you deserve to be loved harder! @jjcskillz ise ti bere. God bless you guys, he will butter your bread and sugar your tea in JESUS name AMEN!
Very soon he will bless you with.“
According to popular blogger Stella Dimokokorkus, Funke Akindele got hitched to JJC in a hush-hush wedding ceremony. After the wedding, there was a dinner where family members and guests celebrated the new celebrity couple.
The couple reportedly got engaged in February 2016 after dating for a while.
Funke Akindele separated from ex-husband, Kehinde Almaroof in 2013 while JJC has 3 children from three women.
Sasi Beauty Soap has picked sultry screen diva and television host, Monalisa Chinda as its brand ambassador.
The brand management consultant, John Asuquo of Panache Perceptions and Media, described Monalisa as someone with depth and originality.
“Monalisa is one of the few Nigerian actresses who have attained goddess status in Nollywood, yet, still maintains an awe inspiring level of simplicity and humility which is a testament to beauty in its truest form, beauty, comes from deep within. It is a culmination of this plus her natural and effortless beauty that we are convinced beyond doubt that she best represents the brand ideal that Sasi stands for,” he said.
Speaking further on the products, he said: “Sasi is launching six different variants namely; Sandalwood, Lavender, Rose, Lemon, Aromatic and Jasmine, each with a unique blend of natural ingredients and premium fragrance that gives the skin a soft, smooth and silky feel. Our variants contain no animal fat and are made strictly with vegetable oil which is a healthy choice for attaining that fresh and radiant skin.
Monalisa Chinda Coker had this to say about the endorsement; “I’m really excited being on board with Sasi Beauty brand that has taken its time to create beauty soaps that are clearly designed for the African skin. More so, the brand has proven that you don’t have to break the bank to achieve that fresh skin. Sasi soap gives you that ravishing look, and based on your preference, there are six fragrances to pick from.”
“Latest dad in town. My princess is here…thank you Jesus…” wrote the singer in the caption of the photo of him holding his daughter.
He also showered praises on his wife Rachael Agali for delivering his baby. “Thank you my queen for giving me such a beautiful baby as beautiful as u are.I will love and cherish u both till eternity. God bless you ma…” he wrote on Instagram.
The singer got married to Rachael on October 9, 2015. He married her in a secret wedding in Lagos attended by very close friends and family members of the couple.
It is unclear if this baby is Chuddy K’s first child. In May 2015, there was an unconfirmed report that Chuddy K had fathered a child with his then girlfriend which is believed to be Rachael.
“My Virgins help me communicate with all my dearly departed. They can translate the message of the dead” wrote Charly Boy.
Charly Boy is famous or rather notorious for appearing in public with his virgins all dressed up in a punk-gothic way which normally creates a scene and grabs headlines.
In another Instagram post, Charly Boy wrote about his multiple personalities. According to the singer he has four personalities- “Charles Emeka Oputa, the guy you’re having this conversation with. The phenomenon you know as Charly Boy, Linda my feminine alter ego and Odudubariba the spiritual warrior.“
The former PMAN president went on to further write that he keeps reinventing himself and is a source of inspiration to the Nigerian youth. “I keep reinventing myself as I keep circumventing, even though I have taken a beating from foes, the nigerian army, the police ect ect I have kept on ticking, because my words and ways have inspired millions of youths to be themselves to never allow anybody kill their dreams. Because of me, many Naija youths never gave up on themselves or their dream.
“I have been teaching them, how to keep it real. And I have shown them that they can’t afford to compromise their dream bcos some idiot don’t get it. Yes I will for ever keep transforming because am a student of life. As long as I have my young exceptional youths as my friend I will never run out of steam, I will never grow old. I will always be a Boy at heart. Charly Boy is a vitality brand. The rest is drama, welcome to my world. Fuck the rest.“
Charly Boy has always been an odd character since his emergence into the music scene in the late 80s. Five years from hitting 70 Charly Boy is still an entertaining oddball.
On her SnapChat, the award winning Funke Akindele flaunted the Balenciaga sneakers that he bought her. Also, on her SnapChat account she got all glammed up.
A few days ago, Funke Akindele shared a video of her with JJC’s son Benito Bello playing the viral gaming sensation Pokemon Go in London on her Instagram page.
While Funke Akindele and JJC Skillz haven’t confirmed they are dating, it is industry knowledge that the two of them have been dating for months.
In April 2016, Funke Akindele met JJC’s kids in London and in the same month JJC’s mother prayed for the star actress.
Funke Akindele separated from ex-husband, Kehinde Almaroof in 2013 while JJC has 3 children .
Meanwhile JJC Skillz took to his Instagram page to send her a birthday message
“Happy birthday @funkejenifaakindele aka FAB. Many happy returns. May all your days be filled with love, and happiness” JJC wrote to his lover before adding “You’ll find peace in your home, work, body, mind and soul. You’ll never lack. Health and wealth is your potion. Long life and prosperity.“
“Some nigga just tried to shoot me in broad day light, It’s shame what jealousy in the heart of men can do, all I ever did was show your love and support you since we met,” he tweeted.
Later on Yung6ix revealed that singer P.R.E was the one who tried to shoot him. Singer P.R.E, real name David Etete is the son of former Petroleum minister, Dan Etete. Not stopping there Yung6ix granted Urban FM an on-air phone interview and narrated the incident. See tweets below;
Yesterday, August 23, 2016, P.R.E came out to deny these allegations. He shared a photo of Pulse’s request for an interview on the story and wrote “Its very dis-appointing what the media in this country takes interest in .. .. whatever happens i will not be granting any interviews based on this matter .. 6 is my blood regardless .. as for everyone tryna get juice .. aint none over here .. go squeeze some LEMONS .. its all LOVE from this side ! To all my brothers world wide … blessings on blessings ..“
P.R.E and Yung6ix recently collaborated on a track called ‘Lagos‘.
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Tuesday insisted that it would go ahead with the re-screening of the 2,000 dismissed immigration recruits, in spite of their continued protest.
The Service spokesperson, Ekpedeme King, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
NAN reports that the recruits had intensified protests in Abuja following moves by the NIS to re-screen them before giving them any employment.
King said that screening of the dismissed “applicants” whose names were earlier published in newspapers would take place as scheduled at the NIS Headquarters, Abuja, from August 29 to September 4.
He explained that the proposed background checks on the “applicants” which included security clearance, drug test, certificate verification and age on rank were mandatory before any employment into the NIS.
“The background checks are a normal practice globally when recruiting personnel into military and paramilitary agencies. Let me say that failure to submit oneself for screening would be regarded as withdrawal of interest in the recruitment exercise,” he said.
He said that the exercise was not a fresh recruitment and urged members of the public not to forward any employment application to the NIS.
NAN reports that the 2,000 dismissed recruits had been protesting at the National Assembly and the Ministry of Interior since 2015 for their reinstatement.
Their protest, however, took a different dimension on Monday when they joined members of the Bring Back our Girls (BBOG) movement to march to the presidential villa to demand their reinstatement.
NAN reports that they were employed by a Presidential Committee set up by former President, Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 following the tragedy that marred the March 2014 recruitment exercise.
Many candidates died and others sustained injuries during the recruitment exercise.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday, denied media reports that he and few others brought President Muhammadu Buhari to power.
Obasanjo was speaking in Jalingo when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Darius Ishaku of the state.
He said such reports were baseless, untrue and calculated attempts to smear him.
Obasanjo said President Buhari was overwhelmingly voted by many Nigerians.
“No single individual or group can claim that glory,” he said.
The former president also said that the Mambila Plateau in Taraba had the potential of becoming the hub of tea production in Africa.
He expressed determination to promote the tea production potential of the state using his connections and experience.
“The Taraba tea factory is a symbol of national greatness. The tea potential of this state can attract global demand and earn the nation foreign exchange,” he said.
Obasanjo noted that beside tea, the state also had potentials in cattle rearing, poultry, power generation, among others.
“The livestock potential of this state surpasses any kind of cattle rearing known in this country. Likewise in poultry which of course is in commercial quantity.
The Mambilla Hydro-Power Project, if completed, has the capacity to generate more than half of our power demand in this country. Therefore, Taraba is indeed a blessing to this country,” Obasanjo said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there are over 50,000 hectares of land suitable for tea production on the Mambilla Plateau.
The National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted Nigerians of the prevalence of fake alcoholic drinks, especially dry gin in the nation’s markets.
Dr. Abubakar Jimoh, its Director, Special Duties, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Tuesday that the agency had continued to advise consumers of alcoholic beverages to be alert and be wary of fake and unregistered drinks.
“Drinking alcohol is bad enough and people are always advised to take it in moderation; so, the danger associated with taking a fake drink can only be imagined,” he said.
Jimoh said that the agency had taken its campaign against fake drinks to Plateau, Gombe, Benue, Bauchi and many other states in north, and had engaged traditional and religious leaders to lead the efforts.
He particularly decried the rampant consumption of drinks like “Ogogoro” (dry gin) and “Goskolo” by youths, and urged stakeholders to join in the fight “especially since the youths are the group most affected”.
“We have found that the youths rely on such drinks to gather enough courage to commit all manners of atrocities like armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, killing and the rest.
We have, therefore, continued to intensify our campaigns and that has resulted into some states coming up with bylaws that banned some alcoholic beverages.
We have also raided production and drinking points of some of these dangerous drinks, especially in Edo and Delta States, because the drinks have damaged many livers, kidneys and other vital organs of the body.
They have also led to the gradual decline in the health status of many youths and totally destroyed their capacity to contribute to societal development,” he said.
Jimoh said that the drinks issue required special attention, especially now that government was asking Nigerians to go back to the farm in efforts to diversify the economy.
“Farming requires a lot of energy – which is the asset of youths. The drinks destroy that energy, hence the need to rid society of them,” he said.
The NAFDAC official explained that it was usually difficult to distinguish between the fake and genuine drinks because “many producers usually gather empty bottles with NAFDAC-approved badges and pour the fake contents into them”. “Our advice is that the consumers must always be on the watch-out,” he said.
He called for more proactive steps from governors to protect members of the public, and alleged that most governors had always paid lip service to the campaign against fake drugs and drinks.
Jimoh expressed satisfaction over the agency’s achievements in its war against counterfeit drinks and drugs.
“The prevalence rate used to be 16.7%, now we have battled it down to 3.4% and shall never relent in the war,” he added.
About 241 Nigerians on Tuesday voluntarily returned from Libya. They arrived at the cargo terminal of Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, and were received by the National Emergency Management Agency on behalf of the Federal Government.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) facilitated their returns in collaboration with the Nigerian Embassy in Libya. A Libyan airline with Reg 5A-LAR that brought the returnees touched down at about 4PM to the waiting arms of the NEMA officials, IOM and other relevant stakeholders.
On arrival, they were screened by officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) before being handed over to NEMA that provided them with food and facilitated their movements to their respective locations.
The Head of Lagos office of the IOM Dr. Nahashon Thuo said the returnees opted to come back voluntarily and that they were not deportees.
Director Relief and Rehabilitation of NEMA Aliyu Baffale Sambo who represented the Director-General Muhammad Sani Sidi in receiving the returnees gave the breakdown that they were 67 females (including 6 that are under 18 years) and 174 males (including 3 under 18 years).
He said 3 of them were children less than five years. He further explained that there were about 6 medical cases. After the initial 3 persons taken to the hospital on the arrival, 2 more cases were discovered and also taken later to the health facilities.
Among the stakeholders that joined NEMA in receiving the returnees were officials of the Nigerian Airforce, Nigerian Police Force, Federal Ministry of Health (Port health services), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other related Matters (NAPTIP), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Department of State Services (DSS) and Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), among others.
Veteran actor Tony Umez celebrated his 50th birthday yesterday with his family and he shared a photo from the celebration on social media with the caption:
Happy Birthday to me. Thank youuuu God for bringing me this far. Thank You for EVERYTHING. It can ONLY be You. Continue to position me right I pray through Christ Our Lord, Amen. #IamBlessedBeyondMeasure #TooBlessedToBeStressed #GodReignsInMyLife #GodHasMyBack
A few days ago he also shared a lovely photo of himself, his wife and his daughters.
He wrote “#MyGirlsAndI… wish my adorable instafam a beautiful Sunday and a splendid week ahead. Much love#WeAreGodsFavoured #WeAreMightilyBlessed #GodAboveAll#GodLovesUsAll ???
Emma Nyra drops another one of her singles off the “Love versus Money” EP titled ‘One chance’.
This follows the single ‘Drop it’ off the same EP.
The song tells of the battle between true love and the distractions that wage war against it.
The series is titled “Song Like A Movie” and this song marks part of it. Listen and share your thoughts.
The singer signed to RCA Records earlier put out a remix to same song featuring Trap Hip-hop artist Fetty Wap.
Today is Anna Ebiere‘s daughter with Flavour, Sofia‘s birthday.
The former MBGN took to Instagram to share a cute photo from Sophia’s first birthday shoot with loving words.
She wrote “Way maker , Miracle worker, Promise keeper, light in the darkness!!!! That is who you are! For you have given me an Angel in human form! My most priceless Jewel! My Heartbeat ! My precious gift from Above! All i can say is Thank you! Happy Birthday My Princess Sofia ?? my Mama!! I love you!!!!!!”
According to him, “It’s not easy at all. It all comes down to my management. I have a working team that handles the music front when I have to be in school and school comes first no matter what and it’s great. My management draws out a schedule for me so it’s less stressful than it should be and it’s been working out. I’m in my third year and should be done with school very soon so I will be able to face the music. I try to keep a low profile because that is not the kind of attention I want to attract to myself.“
When asked how balancing his career, school and having a boo, he said, “Everything is equally balanced out, boo or no boo. Music, everything is working out fine and I thank God for that.“
The talented hip-hop artiste who has made his mark in the music industry continues to wow his fans by consistently dropping great tunes.
He recently dropped the remix to hid song ‘Condo‘.
The ‘Hardlife’ crooner had accused 2face of stealing ‘African queen’ from him, claiming that he originally wrote the song, while also stating that Wizkid copied some of his old songs.
Speaking concerning the status of his misunderstanding with the pair, Blackface stated in a report published by Vanguard News on Saturday, August 20, 2016, that the issue would be resolved at the right time.
He expressed interest in maintaining silence on the matter for the time being.
“I don’t want to talk about those allegations anymore though they are not yet settled.”
“Copyright will take care of itself at the right time. I’m not worried about issues right now.”
According to Vanguard, the singer, who has been away from the music scene for a long while, urged his fans to grab a copy of his new album titled “The Defender”.
Over a D’tunes highlife influenced production, Giftty croons about a general theme – money. The owambe ready number is a sure fire tune.
Yesterday there were media reports that President Muhammadu Buhari was seeking emergency powers to tackle the economic challenges crippling the nation.
According to a report by Sahara Reporters, the executive, in a bill titled “Emergency Economic Stabilisation Bill 2016” was alleged to be seeking powers to:
abridge the procurement process to support stimulus spending on critical sectors of the economy;
make orders to favour local contractors/suppliers in contract awards;
abridge the process of sale or lease of government assets to generate revenue;
allow virement of budgetary allocation to projects that are urgent, without going back to the National Assembly.
amend certain laws, such as the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Act, so that states that cannot access their cash trapped in the accounts of the commission because they cannot meet the counterpart funding, can do so; and
to embark on radical reforms in visa issuance at Nigeria’s consular offices and on arrival in the country and to compel some agencies of government like the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), the National Agency for Foods Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and others to improve on their turn around operation time for the benefit of business.
Reacting to the development, Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said that although the economic management team was considering several strategies to urgently reform the economy those strategies had not yet been communicated to the president.
Akande stated on his Twitter handle:
The economic management team has indeed been considering several policy options and measures to urgently reform and revitalise the economy.
Some of these measures may well require legislative amendments and presidential orders that will enable the executive arm of government move quickly in implementing the economic reform plans.
As far as I know, this has not been passed on to the president, the Federal Executive Council or the legislative arm of government. So, at this point, there are no further details to share.
‘Light’ follows the summer lead single ‘Free’.
Snatcha is one half of the dynamic duo of Roof Top MCs. The pair took a break to pursue solo endeavours.
“The value of Nothing” is available on iTunes and every major online music store.
Production credits on the album are attributed to Mr Juba, Egarboi, Jtreash, Vteck, Spaceshipboi, Mr Shabz.
The release is to be followed by a UK tour.
Just a few days after signing Ebisan as a new artist, Aristokrat records has unveiled a new project which is a gospel album called “Philosophical Differences” by producer Vic.
According to the team, “Philosophical Differences” is a gospel project with a distinct feel and the album was born out of his passion for to share “The Epistles” and “The Quartets” – a production style that utilizes 4 musical instruments: The Classical Electric Piano, The Liverpool Bass, Table Percussion and Strings from the standard Modern Violin family.
The album features Ozone, Maka, PShyne and Geezy among many others.
The album is reportedly dedicated to Vic’s Dad who passed away recently and is being laid to rest this weekend.
See the tracklist below.
President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the news of the 8 persons killed in Talata-Mafara community in Zamfara following violence that erupted over alleged blasphemy by a student of Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, Talata-Mafara.
The student was alleged to have made a blasphemous statement against Islam and Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and was consequently attacked by a mob.
The boy was said to have been beaten to pulp by the mob, and the man, whose name was simply given as Tajudeen, took him in his car and rushed to a hospital.
Enraged by the act of the man who rescued the student, an eyewitness told NAN that the mob moved to his (Tajudeen’s) house, set it on fire and killed eight persons.
Reacting to the news on his Twitter handle, President Buhari said ‘ I received news of the mob killings in Zamfara with great dismay. It is barbaric & unacceptable. I assure that the law will take its course. My prayers are with the families of the victims. Under my watch we will work to ensure that there is no place for violence in the name of religion, ethnicity, or in any guise whatsoever.
The First Lady, Her Excellency Aisha Buhari is set to formally launch the Get Involved component of her Future Assured Initiative.
Get Involved is an initiative aimed at raising awareness on the issues of Malnutrition, advocating for the underprivileged women and children; and victims of insurgency in the North Eastern part of Nigeria. It is painfully true that 2.5million children are malnourished in the country and without intervention, 500,000 children will die this year, thus the urgent need for extraordinary interventions.
In addition, the Get Involved Initiative Programme provides well meaning individuals and organisations the opportunity to contribute their quota to ending the menace of malnutrition in Nigeria.
It is against this background that companies and manufacturers have been invited to display their products for donor patronage.
Date: August 29th to September 3rd 2016
Time: 9AM to 5PM Daily
Venue: International Conference Centre, Abuja
Earlier this month, the initiative launched the #GetInvolved Campaign to raise funds for children in need.
Help save 500,000 children’s lives this year. Take a picture holding up the hashtag #getinvolved with details on how to donate to this initiative. Will you get involved? Please send help to needy children, please give milk, blankets, socks, underwear. Do you have to share?
Oluwa Ni and Katapot Mavin Records singer Reekado Banks is getting ready to drop his debut album, titled Spotlight.
The singer dropped some promo photos and a mini-trailer on Instagram as he gears up for the release.
Watch the trailer!
Music legend, Majek Fashek has teamed up with 2Baba for No More Sorrow, a re-worked version of his 90’s hit track Holy Spirit from the 1991 Spirit of Love album.
The classic song is reintroduced to a new generation of music enthusiasts via this updated version produced by Majek and mixed/mastered by Wole Oni.
As always, Supreme Mavin Dynasty Boss Don Jazzy has a way of making us laugh on social media!
Don Jazzy tweeted that Jidenna is now a part of Afrobeats gang; christening him #YankyBanky – the American version of American returnee Banky W who fused afrobeats with R & B when he made his debut in the Nigerian industry in 2008 with Ebute Metta.
Banky W and Jidenna then tweeted their agreement for the new name.
Jidenna is set to arrive in Nigeria in early September for his homecoming Africa tour.
Hopefully, there will be some major collaborations during his visit.
The Ota Magistrate Court 2, Ogun State has remanded Joachim Iroko (aka Joe Chinakwe), the man who named his dog “Buhari”.
PUNCH reports that Joe was charged to court by the police with “conduct likely to cause breach of the peace”.
Oyeyemi said the rearrest was to prevent the state from being plunged into crisis, adding that the complainant and his sympathisers had threatened to kill the suspect.
The charge, by the Prosecutor, Inspector Itaita Ebibomini, read:
That you, Joachim Iroko, aka Joe, and others still at large, on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at about 5.30pm at the Ketere area, Sango, in the Ota Magisterial District did conduct yourselves in a manner likely to cause breach of the peace, by writing a name, Buhari, on a dog and parading same in the Hausa section of Ketere Market, Sango, thereby, committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 249 (d) of the Criminal Law of Ogun State, Nigeria, 2016.
Joe pleaded not guilty to the charge. His counsel, U. Michael, however, pleaded that the accused should be granted bail.
The Chief Magistrate, B. J. Ojikutu, admitted Iroko to bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum, adding that the sureties must be regular taxpayers in the state.
“They must attach four passport photographs each to the bail bond, depose to affidavits of being gainfully employed, and reside in the court’s jurisdiction,” he added.
The case was then adjourned to September 19, 2016.
As at the time of filing the report, Joe’s family members were yet to perfect the bail for his release.
He was subsequently taken to the Ibara Prison.
Joe was first arrested on Saturday, August 13 after one of his neighbours (reported to be from Niger Republic) neighbour lodged a complaint at the Sango Police State that Chinakwe named the dog after his (neighbour’s) father, Alhaji Buhari. .
He was then released, and rearrested again by the police.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said that Joe was picked up again based on the Force’s belief that the suspect’s action was capable of provoking an ethno-religious crisis.
Joe, speaking after his first release had said that he named his dog “Buhari” because President Buhari is his hero.
Photo Credit: PUNCH
On the 21st of August, Legendary musician King Sunny Ade had an electrifying performance in Houston, Texas with his 20 member African beats band. He also celebrated his upcoming 70th birthday, which is on the 22nd of September 2016.
The centrepiece for the celebration were his elaborate cakes that embodied KSA and his love for music so well; a custom musical turntable cake by Ehi’s Cakes that thrilled even the King himself.
The celebration for the living legend had Kunle Afolayan, Dayo Adeneye and MD/CEO of Saheeto Small Chops, Saheed Kekere-Ekun in attendance. With Seyi Law; who conducted the cutting of the grand cakes and Ajele ‘MCAjele’ Adeyemi as the MC for the event. See videos and photos below.
Did you know that KSA is a Proffesor of Music (OAU) .
Did you know he was the first afican artist to be nominated twice at the Grammy .
Did you know he’s one of the best 100 musician of all time.
Before and After his performance. It’s a rare opportunity. I’m Honoured. @seyilaw1
After dropping a happy good feel track ‘Mr Senator’, 2baba sends fans into deep reflection on this freestyle titled ‘Serious tinz’.
2baba, M.I Abaga recently hosted the media to talk about the forthcoming Buckwyld ‘n’ Breathless music concert coming up soon.
The singer continually uses his music as an instrument of peace and for voicing out societal issues.
Accolades are trooping in for Music icon, 2Baba who recently got conferred with an honorary title in Edo state for his selfless service to the youths. The singer has been awarded by the Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency, Akinwunmi Ambode with a certificate of Appreciation, for his selfless support to the growth of Africa’s biggest awards, AFRIMA ( All African Music Award ).
2Baba was celebrated for his long standing commitment to the success of AFRIMA since its inception in 2014 but most especially, the dedication he displayed by hosting the maiden edition of the awards despite the loss of his father weeks to the event.
The songster along with other AFRIMA delegates visited the governor to issue him a certificate of hosting as plans kick off for the 2016 edition of the notable event. 2Baba also used the opportunity to formally invite the governor for the upcoming Buckwyld ‘n’ Breathless: The Disruption concert which is set to hold on the 3rd of September, 2016.
“Some nigga just tried to shoot me in broad day light, It’s shame what jealousy in the heart of men can do, all I ever did was show your love and support you since we met,” he tweeted.
Although he didn’t reveal the name of the alleged killer then, he seems to have done so over the weekend.
Now, Yung6ix has finally exposed the person who he claims tried to kill him last week.
It all started when rapper P.R.E, real name David Etete and son of former Petroleum minister, Dan Etete, posted a photo on Instagram promoting a song he and Yung6ix had collaborated on in the past, and in the comments Yung6ix called him out for destroying his home and trying to also take his life.
It didn’t end there, he also gave P.R.E 3 days to “come and pay the bills or you wont enjoy this week”.
“You gone on IG with no remorse after trying to take my life and post BS, your father might be able to keep you out of jail with his money but he definitely can’t keep you away from Karma and God. You have three days to pay for all you and your boys destroyed at my house,” Yung6ix wrote.
Former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, has called for a part time legislature in order to cut the cost of governance in the country.
Babangida made this call on Tuesday while addressing newsmen at an event to mark his 75th birthday in Minna.
He said although, a proposal by his regime to make the National Assembly part time in 1989 never came to fruition, he still strongly believed in it.
“In 1989, we proposed that the National Assembly should be made part time and I still believe if I have the opportunity, I will make it part time. I strongly believe in it and it is all in the effort to reduce the high cost of governance and I know I may be in trouble for suggesting part time legislature,” he said
On how he felt on hearing the rumour of his death in the media, the former military leader said that he was not surprised as it was not new.
“The first thing that came to my mind was that it is not new; they did it to Nnamdi Azikiwe, they did it to Shehu Shagari and other elder statesmen, so it’s not a surprise. As a Muslim, whether I like it or not I must die someday and so they are just stating the obvious but nobody knows the time or place that It will happen,” he added.
Babangida also stated that he was not the evil most people thought he had been, explaining that by virtue of his profession, he was bound to be misconstrued.
“I am not the evil quite a lot of you think that I am and I can understand that by virtue of the job I was doing, I was bound to be misunderstood. But I consider it all as an opinion and it is one of those things you have to live with but as long as I am not what you thought I was, I feel very much satisfied,” he added.
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Savage was featured in the magazine’s latest issue where she talks about how she used to be a tomboy, her deal with Roc Nation and the fact that her private life was recently made public.
Speaking about her private life, the mum of one-year-old Jamil said, “My biggest failure was exposing my private life too much. There will always be speculation, but by addressing it you are adding more fuel to the fire. I now choose not to address anything.”
On her sweet new deal with Roc Nation she says, “We are finalising the details with his company, and it is an amazing opportunity for any artist, particularly a woman, because traditionally such global parts have largely been enjoyed by the male artists.” She adds “I’m so honoured it has happened to me. And while it may mean, as a woman, I need to work 10 times harder to make things happen, I am fine with that. My approach is: do what it takes”.
The Federal Government has said that it has begun the process of compiling names of legislators over unexecuted constituency projects earmarked for them in the 2014 and 2015 budgets.
The total amount to be probed is N200bn, that is, N100bn each for 2014 and 2015.
According to PUNCH, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), made this known on Sunday.
He added that the compilation was being done by the police, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).
“The money for constituency projects had been taken, but certain allegations prevailed that some constituency projects were not executed after the money had been paid 100 per cent.
If money is appropriated in the budget, paid and the projects the funds were meant for were not executed, it is only natural to take steps to find out what happened. If neither the money nor the project can be produced, then you must take steps in accordance with the law.
There are cases that are specific; we are compiling them. I will not want to pre-empt investigation, we have to allow investigation to be concluded before we go public,” he said.
Malami said that the names of legislators and the constituency projects that were not executed would be made public after investigation, adding that he will not give details now “in order not to preempt investigation”.
He said his office and the law enforcement agencies had received complaints of how payments were made for constituency projects that were never executed.
PUNCH’s report also added that the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas, said that constituency projects are only identified and inserted into the Budget by lawmakers, but are carried out by MDAs.
“Members do not execute constituency projects, and they don’t receive money for the projects.
For example, a health centre will naturally be done by the Ministry of Health or any agency so designated by the executive to handle the project. It is not the member who implements the project or appoints the contractors,” Namdas said.
His newly released project follows a hot collaboration song which he did alongside Umunnamu Records rapper, 2Shotz, in the song, ‘Game change’.
This song promises to be hot!
Afro-pop act Xucceedo returns to the scene with an Afrobeat tune titled ‘S.O.T.O’ (Sorting Out Things Only) off his “B.O.S.S” album produced by So-Plain.
Xucceedo is set to drop his debut album titled “B.O.S.S “ (Built On Self Success Album) which will be released in October.
US based singer, Perfecta Ekpo, following releases such as ‘Topisin’, Nyame Nhyira & Hope For Nigeria, has dropped a new single titled ‘My darling’.
The song, which featured MC Galaxy, has a very good semblance of a joint that will survive the test of time, as far as party songs are concerned.
Download and listen.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has reacted to a tweet by former goalkeeper, Peterside Idah suggesting that the Federation wanted to ‘hijack’ the donation to the team by a Japanese plastic surgeon, Dr. Katsuya Takasu.
Takasu had before the game announced that he was going to watch the 3rd place game between Nigeria and Honduras on Saturday, and present the $390,000 to the team ($200,000 in Coach Samson Siasia‘s name and $190,000 in Captain Mikel Obi‘s name).
Idah had tweeted before the game that the NFF wanted to hijack the money.
Reacting to the development, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick said:
His message was a lie, an atrocious false alarm before an important match. I had exchanged correspondence with the Honourable Minister on the issue of the donation and we agreed that there was need for caution. The Minister said to me that he read the donation in the papers and had expressed serious concern. I also received a mail from the NFF Integrity Officer who expressed very serious concern with this kind of donation.
I got in touch with the Ambassador of Nigeria to Brazil and the Honourable Minister to say that whatever had to be done should be done after the Bronze Medal Match, to avoid any distractions. The NFF may be having financial challenges, but I assure you nobody in the Federation is interested in that money.
If we get the Government’s go-ahead to collect the money, no official of the NFF will be involved even in the collection. The money will be received directly by the team.
Pinnick added that the status of Nigeria as a sovereign nation, and the integrity of Nigeria football, is bigger than such financial gains.
“If we had rushed to collect that kind of money and hand over to the players, the same people who are condemning the NFF now would have said worse things. There are matters in the football world today that FIFA and the various confederations frown at. We are very much aware of that,” he said.
Dr. Takasu has however, handed the cheque to Siasia and Mikel Obi
This comes after the crooner was appointed as the brand ambassador for energy drink, Bullet on May 18, 2016.
Flavour recently gave back to his community in Enugu state when he gave widows all sorts of food items while admonishing that charity should begin at home.
“Charity begins at home. I had the honour and pleasure of visiting and spending some quality time with a strong force of women, here today in Enugu. These women, who are widowed, stand united in their zest for life and support for one another. I was truly touched by their stories and will never forget this visit.
On Saturday, a tweet from the handle @ChairmanNHRC (Chairman National Human Rights Commission) disclosed that a blogger/journalist who was opposed to the Bauchi State government was arrested for ‘Cyber Stalking’.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) will embark on a tour of Europe in October, 2016.
The trip is organized by African Cultural Awards (Africulra Awards) in collaboration with Nigerian stakeholders in Europe and Nigeria consulate offices/Embassies in Europe.
According to the President of the team, Barr. Toyin Adeyanju, His Imperial Majesty shall visit the following countries/Cities: Germany (Frankfurt, Hamburg), France (Paris), Austria (Vienna), Hungary ( Budapest, Debrecen), Netherlands (Amsterdam, The Hague) between October 21st & 30th 2016.
Activities during the trip shall include: Royal visitation, Diplomatic dinners/cocktail, Business meetings/summit, cultural celebration, parties, Awards, and Lectures.
The Africulra team is inviting everyone to join the trip.
The Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has closed down two wells in the Egbeda and Iyana Odo areas, LASU-Igando Road, containing petrol, PUNCH reports.
One of the wells was discovered at a swampy area on Diamond Estate, Egbeda, while the other was on the premises of Winners Chapel International at the Iyana Odo bus stop.
The wells were impounded on Thursday during an operation led by the state commandant of the corps, Tajudeen Balogun.
According to the president of Diamond Residents’ Association, Dapo Ojikiru, the residents have contacted the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on several occasions but nothing has been done.
“We have contacted the NNPC on several occasions. When we did not get any response, we dug some holes and evacuated the fuel. We decided to inform the NSCDC when the spillage continued. Our water has been polluted,” he said.
A pastor at the church also decried the pollution of water in the ground. He said he had made several attempts to get the attention of the authorities to the well since he arrived there about a year ago.
“We want the well to be levelled to the ground. We don’t have potable water in the church. The fuel has contaminated our borehole water. We have reported to the NNPC but nothing was done,” he added.
According to the NSCDC boss:
The command was on operations at Diamond Estate following an official report by its residents of oil spillage. The corps discovered a pool of petroleum motor spirit behind the estate wall.
We also discovered a well filled with PMS on the premises of Winners Chapel at Iyana Odo. The pastor of the church said he had earlier reported to the NNPC. We will do everything within our power to correct this anomaly by working with the necessary agencies to avoid any possible hazardous occurrence.
This comes less than 2 weeks after the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the Lagos Police command discovered wells filled with diesel in more than 10 houses in the Ilasamaja area of the state.
“At the last count there, we have seen about 12 houses that had wells dug behind the house and the only thing that they scoop out of the wells is diesel but not water.
It is believed that almost all the houses within that vicinity had this same thing.
We have arrested some of the landlords and we have also asked the tenants whether they have the knowledge that they were compromising their lives and property?” Fatai Owoseni, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos had said.
The Rio Olympics ended on Sunday with a spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony, ushering in the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo.
The colourful ceremony, lasting almost three hours, celebrated Brazil’s arts and was held in a wet Maracana Stadium.
Among the highlights were Tokyo’s impressive showcase and a vibrant carnival parade.
“These were a marvellous Olympics, in a marvellous city,” Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, said.
“Over the last 16 days a united Brazil inspired the world, in difficult times for all of us, with its irresistible joy for life,” he added.
Bach officially closed the Games of the 31st Olympiad after 16 days of competition, featuring 11,303 athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team.
One of the biggest cheers of the night came when Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared dressed as computer game character Super Mario. He rose out of a huge green pipe in the stadium.
The ceremony, watched by billions around the world, featured the parade of athletes and a dramatic extinguishing of the Olympic flame.
The closing ceremony featured the symbolic handover of the Olympic flag.
Rio mayor Eduardo Paes returned it to IOC president Bach, before it was passed to Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike.
That was followed by an impressive 12-minute showcase of Tokyo, which included Prime Minister Abe’s star turn.
South African Hip-hop prolific producer Tweezy drops and jumps on the beat alongside Nigerian ‘Oleku’ rapper Ice Prince and South African rapper Khuli Chana with the sexy Kenyan singer Victoria Kimani in remix of ‘Ambitions’.
All the rappers as well as the diva Kimani come through on this one.
Download and listen up.
The Veteran Nollywood actor, while speaking during an interview with Punch Newspapers, disclosed his own struggle with power supply and what may have to be done to curb the situation.
Speaking during the interview, Bob Manuel said:
” I now use generators more than most Nigerians. We have no choice due to the poor power supply in the country. I rely mostly on the generator for my power needs.
“I have three generators in my house. It is not deliberate and it is not to prove to be rich, but it is because of the condition we have found ourselves in this country. I run one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the night. By doing this, I will be able to lengthen the lifespan of the generators. Of course, running the generator throughout the day creates a deep hole in the pocket, but what can we do with the epileptic power supply in the country?”
The actor further emphasised that a change in the system may never occur except there is bloodshed while challenging the government to make a move on the situation.
“Some of the importers are big people in this country who are doing everything they can to not make power supply improve. Some of them partially own the companies that manufacture generators. These people are in the government and wield huge influence. I am pessimistic we can succeed in getting good power supply again in this country. If it is ever going to happen, it will involve the shedding of blood because the cabal will be ready to do anything for their business to keep thriving. I am putting this as a challenge to the government, let them prove me wrong. We can never get stable power supply again in this country.”
Alhaji Muhammadu Gambu has died at the ripe age of 80.
The popular Hausa singer known for his unusual songs for Nightcrawlers (Barayi), reportedly died yesterday, August 19, 2016, at the Maiyama General Hospital in Kebbi State.
Alhaji Gambu is survived by four wives, 16 children and many grandchildren
The singer’s songs are known to have travelled all over West Africa and the Middle East, becoming famous for the ones dedicated to notable and sometimes fictional thieves who openly operated within and around Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States in the late seventies and eighties.
May his soul rest in peace.
Okechukwu made the disclosure during a recent interview with The Sun.
“I had no difficulty mingling. What I had issues with was entangling- copulating.
“And like I said earlier, I wasn’t ready because I was a virgin and I didn’t want to tell anybody. I was always making excuses about why I couldn’t ‘get down.’ In fact, this is one of the reasons my very short relationship with Genevieve was such a disaster.
“This is the first time I am admitting this publicly. Genny and I met and became friends on the set of Mark of the Beast. Of course in her very early days. It was as though we were in some type of experiment. But I learned a lot about her within that short period.”
The actor went on to gush about the gorgeous and talented actress, explaining how knowing her better helped him understand her the way very few people do.
“Two unforgettable moments- the day she introduced her little brother to me and the day she told me literally everything about herself. She trusted me that much. My mind was racing like crazy and I kept wondering how so little people knew about this young Amazon who was out to play the Esther for her family and did she?
“She felt like family to me. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go further because of my funny little ‘virgin’ secret. Not that she solicited or asked for anything but of course, my body language was downright repulsive to that effect and it didn’t take anything for any woman with brains to figure it out.
“She was so full of pragmatic energy and so on-the-go-like woman on a mission. Never ready to play around with stuff she couldn’t put up with. I hope she’s still that way. She has got an incredible story to her glory.”…. n it’s nt a story for d gods, believe me.”
Although his relationship with Genevieve fell through, Okechukwu’s words show no hint of regret except the fact that they have lost whatever friendship they had.
The Veteran Nollywood actor turned politician took to his Instagram page yesterday, August 20, to share photos of the apartment as well as the reasons behind his act of charity.
Elliot revealed that he had come across the homeless woman after rehabilitating a borehole in Surulere which is under his constituency.
The woman had succeeded in impressing him with her resilience after she bought a generator to borehole since she washes clothes for a living.
Sharing a photo of the rehabilitated borehole and the woman’s generator set, he wrote:
“So I rehabilitated this borehole a few months ago, and the woman in this picture apparently is homeless and lives there at that spot, she bought a generator to power the bore hole (she washes clothes for a living). Boy was I impressed? So I decided to give her a little surprise.”
On a picture collage of the apartment and some of the things provided inside of it, Elliot wrote:
“She got a clean, fresh, room apartment with a television, gotv, fan, mattress and chair ..a place to retire to after a days work. Congrats to her
Fans were all over the post, thanking Elliot for his generosity. Some might see his generous actions as a publicity stunt but then again, as a lawmaker, it can be seen as his little to help his constituency.
Talking about fufilling promises, the pair had told their fans to expect a follow-up song to their 2015 jam called ‘Izzue’.
It is finally here, so check it out!
He drops this as he braces up for the release of his Starboy album “Sounds from the other side”.
Check on ‘Rewind that’.
This is another one off his Starboy music remix series.
The Starboy is gearing up for release of his Starboy album “Sounds from the other side”, which is to be an international album housing his various collaborations with international acts.
Check on his version of ‘Pick up the phone’
He calls his version ‘Sweat’.
This was released following his rendition of Kent Jones’ ‘Don’t mind’ popular track.
Cobhams Asuquo decided to remix the hit song ‘Skin tight’ by Mr Eazi featuring Efya, and needless to say he ‘murdered it’.
Seems everything the producer maestro touches turns to gold. Mr Eazi would be proud of this one.
Mark Zuckerberg is getting serious about adding new “friends” in Africa.
The Facebook founder visited Sub-Saharan Africa for the first time on Tuesday, touching down in Lagos, Nigeria. He met with local businesses and developers in an effort to understand how Facebook (FB, Tech30) could “better support tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa,” the company said in a statement.
His visit included a trip to a Yaba, known as the Silicon Valley of Nigeria, where he toured a coding camp for kids and met with about 50 local startup founders and developers at CcHub, a local innovation center.
Zuckerberg told CNN: “There’s so much energy and so much potential here. I just want to walk around and meet folks.”
As Zuckerberg walked down the street, he drew loud cheers from passer-by’s .Zuckerberg has been increasingly involved in African initiatives this year.
In June, his foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative made a multi-million dollar investment in Andela, a two-year-old startup that trains African software developers and gives them full-time roles at international companies.
Andela’s director Seni Sulyman said it was a thrill to welcome Zuckerberg.
When asked about why people attach marriage to every single thing, she said, “Being married doesn’t change someone’s perspective of you. If someone doesn’t like you they won’t like you whether you’re married or not.
I try my best to focus on the positive because everything about me is not negative regardless of what has been written in the media.“
Recently, Ms Lawson launched her new project Dabota Life alongside her new bottle water company which she said was meant to provide clean water to children in rural areas, and also to community schools, hospitals and orphanages.
“The lack of safe water in rural areas is a major cause of death and a significant obstacle to community development, especially for growing children,” she said in a statement released on Instagram, adding “And our project, DABOTA LIFE, is geared mainly towards children in rural areas, community school, orphanages and hospitals.”
Recall that the beauty queen’s marriage has ended ever since she filed for divorce from her husband of two years
In the divorce papers Dabota Lawson revealed that Sunny Akuwas still technically married when they had their wedding in December 2014. As a result of this revelation she cannot continue the marriage.
She took to Instagram today, August 19, 2016 with a screen shot of the fake modelling agency, AnnaBee on Facebook.
She wrote, “VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION!!!
ANNA BEE MODELLING AGENCY IS A SCAM! I JUST FOUND THIS ON FACEBOOK AND I’VE BEEN GETTING EMAILS FROM ALOT OF PEOPLE CONCERNING THIS ‘FAKE’ MODELLING AGENCY. THE CREATORS OF THIS FAKE MODELLING AGENCY ARE HUNGRY DOGS. PLEASE BEWARE!“
Anna Banner was recently announced as the brand ambassador for Veebeez
The mum of one took to Instagram on July 12, 2016 sharing a photo of herself signing the papers. “Meet the new brand ambassador of Veebeez,” she captioned it.
Recently, Anna revealed she is no longer with baby daddy, Flavour. “We are no longer together. I made this decision recently. I spoke to myself and decided it was time to move on and focus on my future and career,” she said.
According to her, she’s celebrating herself and how far she has come this year.
“My #wcw. you never know how strong you are until you are tested and tried. I used to underestimate myself, I would usually speak myself out of doing things, the voice of fear was so loud till what I feared the most happened to me (like Job) and In my confusion and fear, not knowing what next, I had to learn the hard way but thru it all I found a new me, a girl I didn’t know existed and it’s been really fun getting to know her. I remember when I moved into my new flat, I didn’t know how I would make it thru but God was there before me.
Each time I tried to settle I felt I was insulting God; did I create myself? Do I not trust him? Is his grace not sufficient? And true to his word, he’s always looked out for this little girl and each time I ask myself how did I come this far, how am I able to stand? Pay bills, thrive and not just survive; I feel so much comfort and I confront my fears about going further. I’m all grown. I will get by and by his grace my testimony will be complete. Life happens, life doesn’t stop so when next you are faced with “how will I do this??” Think if he brought me to it, his grace is sufficient to take me thru it and I will come out on the other side. Just like Job, (job had in the end much more than he lost in the beginning) my season of restoration will come.“
All this comes after Toke Makinwa in her divorce suit filed against Maje Ayida accused him of “adultery” and “cruelty”.
According to her, Maje had repeatedly sent text messages to Anita Solomon inviting her to live with him. Maje claimed to not have money to take care of her and pay their bills, but was able to pay for Anita’s upkeep and travel expenses to the UK to have their baby.
The singer shared a picture on her Instagram page where she was captured holding her newborn baby whom she revealed means the world to her.
Another photo of the ‘Aww‘ singer and her bundle of joy has emerged.
Di’Ja, who only recently became a mother seems to be settling quite well in her new role based on the comments she made.
She wrote, “I love my life anytime I’m with u and your amazing dad” My whole family is just Amazing. So thankful to them all! #mamabear. The perfect birthday! #Alhamdullilah #amusicalstory.
In a post titled, “I don’t think Jhene deserved to be slaughtered on social media”, Freeze talks about his respect for Jhene.
According to him, he respects her for deciding to end a ‘fungating’ relationship.
“I watched with utter amazement, as a 44 year old spinster, tore Jhene to shreds over her cheating allegations/divorce, calling her all sorts of unprintable names. Because of this social media, that gives every Tom, Dick and Harry a microphone, a 44 year old woman, who has never been married and has no children can condemn another woman’s choice?
The first question on my mind was “Madam, how come you are not married at 44?” but fear no let me, as it was obvious that the poor mare needed an outlet to vent her frustration.
When Jhene started trending, I read tweets with awe, people who had little or no access to the real information, out of the blues became ‘professors of Jhene’, earning their PHDs and masters degrees on the subject, after spending all of 5 minutes digesting the story on TMZ. Some others who weren’t afforded the education TMZ gave, as their data plans were limited, relied solely on Facebook and Twitter, for their ONDs and HNDs on the subject.
I respect Jhene for deciding to end a ‘fungating’ relationship. There are a few reasons why a woman would cheat, the worst being that her heart is no longer in the relationship. Should she have stayed and continued cheating on Mr. Dot, or moved on? Some suggested that she should have stayed and fixed her marriage, despite allegations of violence.
Hmmm like that gentleman in Ibadan who went home to try to fix his marriage after he was stabbed once? The poor guy is in the graveyard, with the story more or less buried with him. Same thing with that pretty Lagos banker, who died with her children right there in the house, trying to fix her marriage. This year alone I have come across 4 or 5 of such stories, and wonder when, if at all, people are going to learn.
In the western world, they are not burdened with the responsibility we have, of pretending all is well on the home front, while we slide in and out of DMs and hotel rooms, yet ‘forming’ self-righteous.
Also, they do not enjoy the luxury of having some confused men of God, who are more worried about a couple going for deliverance if they engage in daily sex, or whether a woman knows how to cook or not, instead of facing what Jesus called them to do, to contend with.“
He took to the photo sharing app yesterday, August 16, 2016 writing, “As a thank you gesture, 10 lucky fans ave shanze toe ‘ang out wit me! Stay tuned for the simpu taks u wee do toe qualivy!”
According to him, 10 lucky fans will get a date to hang out with him in appreciation of the new feat.
Falz has continued to stand out in terms of his creativity and ingenuity, and has carved a niche for himself in the Nigerian industry.
He is known for his funny skits on social media, breaking out into a fast rising entertainer in Nigeria and far beyond.
Here is a new wavy song off Patoranking’s newly released album “God Over Everything” He features Wizkid and it was produced by Sarz.
Download below and Enjoy
New comer OTike debuts his fresh style on this song titled ‘For my head’ produced by DJ Coublon and accentuated with strings by Fiokee. ‘For my head’ is an afro pop song effortlessly graced with the afro-groovy rhythm associated with a DJ Coublon masterpiece.
OTike opens up softly on his quest to treat a lady to the time of her life and subtly shifts to a bragging tone where the chorus talks about her shopping for whatever she wants ‘For his head’ (at his expense).The song promises to be a hit among lovers of good music and has received positive reviews from music critics in West Africa.
Multi-talented artiste Stiques whose sound cuts across genres releases his debut single ‘Barnwa Gockshire’, a politically divergent record.
The EP will be featuring notable music stars such as Banky W, Patoranking, Victoria Kimani and others.
Edge records/LRR rapper Reminisce presents the second ‘cypher session’ featuring known rappers – Seriki, Ola Dips, and Ice Prince.
The first session out featured CDQ, Vector, DJ Neptune and Ola Dips.
Reminisce who will be dropping his fourth studio album “El Hadj” on August 29, 2016, is using the cypher session to help upcoming rappers find a platform to showcase their artistry and also to promote the Hip hop culture.
Nigerian music act Akin drops a song about a lady interest he can’t help but talk about.
He expresses his feelings in the love tune on a DJ Coublon easy on the ear beat.
The singer woos his lady interest telling how much he will take care of her.
The younger and older generation would relate well with the song given its tempo, and message.
Yung6ix is not having the best of time. The musician claims he just faced major betrayal and his life was in danger.
In a series of tweets yesterday, the Nigerian music star said;
Some n* just tried to shoot me in broad day light
It’s shame what jealousy in the heart of men can do, all I ever did was show your love and support you since we met.
Be careful of people you call your friends, this is the greatest lesson I have learnt in this life. Thank you lord I’m grateful to be alive
Yung6ix dropped his latest single “The Man” yesterday.
Producer Dr. Amir is out with a new song called “Wigili” and he features Kcee, Harrysong, and Skiibii on the self-produced track.
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Chairman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Board, Ibe Kachikwu was a guest on CNN’s Quest Means Business with Richard Quest.
On getting oil production level up, Kachikwu said that the federal government is working on providing lasting solutions to the various challenges from militancy to oil price.
He also added that Nigeria would need an increase of about 900,000 barrels per day to recover oil lost due to rising militancy in the Niger Delta region.
When reminded that the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is planning to freeze output in order to increase the price of the product, Kachikwu said he is not optimistic that that would work, adding that it has been tried in the past but failed.
He added that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has not given up on the rescue of the abducted Chibok girls and reuniting them with their parents.
Listen to it here:
Meet Burna Boy’s youngest sister Nissi.
The 22-year old London-based singer, songwriter, and painter is ready to enter the Nigerian music industry. Nissi is also the granddaughter of veteran octogenarian music critic/broadcaster Benson Idonije.
She has released her debut single called “Pay Attention: and it is the single from her forthcoming debut EP titled “Downtown”, which is due for release this October.
Produced by Cornel Sorian and written by Nissi, ‘Pay Attention’ is a reflection of “the chaos that is our world today”, according to her.
She talks about the killings, brutality, and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, and ethnicity, which have been rife, all around the world this year, and calling out for more solidarity among people.
Nigerian basketball team D’Tigers lost to Brazil in a 69-86 game, their 5th match in group B.
They won the game against Croatia but lost the others to Argentina, Lithuania, Spain and now the home country of Brazil.
With this loss, they are officially out of the Rio Olympics basketball tournament.
The fashion entrepreneur took to Instagram yesterday, August 15, 2016 unveiling her website www.mercyaigbegentry.com and mobile app.
“Yippee!!!! My app is now up for download and it’s FREE! Go to Google Play Store or click on the link in my BIO!
I am so excited sharing this with my FANS. Guess wat? ……my fans will be able to chat with one another and I will also be able to chat with them one on one, on my website. Be the first to know wat mercy is up to! Carry mercy everywhere u go. Go download Mercy Aigbe-Gentry app!” she wrote alongside a picture of what the mobile app looks like.“
According to her, it would offer access to her exclusive pictures, videos, fashion styles, sneak peak of her movies and other projects. Fans will also have the opportunity to sign up and interact with one another, post pictures and comments.
The “Victims” actress recently floated a film school named- The MAG SCHOOL OF DRAMA. The school offers a 4-month training in acting, script-writing, movie making and stage management.
Now, the rapper has shared her name with fans. Proud of his Nigerian roots, Wale shared an adorable photo with his daughter writing, “Love.. Unconditional (Oluwakemi few days old)“.
The US rapper who was scheduled to perform at the Barclays Center for the One Africa Music Fest in Brooklyn on Friday, July 22, canceled his performance after welcoming his first child that afternoon.
TMZ reports that Alexis had gone into labour on Wednesday, delivering their daughter at a New York City Hospital the next day.
Congrats to the happy couple once again!
The crooner who started this year writing scriptural quotes and inspirational messages, even getting his messages blocked on Instagram is on a roll again and this time, his advice is for Christian brothers.
Lynxxx took to his Instagram page yesterday, August 15, 2016 writing,
“There r certain things age just doesnt bring and maturity is one.. Maturity isnt your body type, ur build or ur financial situation…. Its your state of mind, body and soul and the ability to make the right choices.
Your mind… What do u feed on? What kind of lifestyle do u live and leave? What is ur outlook on life? Priorities and goals? If you allow your mind to be controlled by society then you are a product of your environment and not a product of God or what you are destined to be… Thats an L
Your Body… What does it mean to u? Are u working out just for the compliments or are you working out to take care of the temple u have been entrusted to protect and respect? Its ur choice to protect or abuse your own body… The latter has its consequences… Chose wisely.
Free will comes at a price…. Make the right choices and live a God standard life, theres no repeating if u get it wrong… Sacrifice is key!
May Gods grace sustain our Will to do his Will at all times.. Stay blessed yall
#ManLikeLynxxx #God1st #Lynxxxdom #Lynxxxstagram #DailyLynxxxspiration #PurposeDriven #ManWithAGreaterPurpose #Awake #PrayForYou #Woke #ServeYou.“
Lynxxx recently spoke about loosing friends who cannot cope with his new found sense of purpose.
Enjoy this classic piece from Ghanaian superstar
Aquila Records’ artiste/magician Que Peller is back with a fresh tune titled “Carolina” and it features YBNL head honcho, Olamide.
The song was mixed and mastered by Suka Sounds.
The Naira, Monday, depreciated against the dollar at the parallel market, just as crude oil price hit five-week high, gaining about 10 per cent in a three-day rally to close at $48.05 as speculations intensified over potential producer action to support prices amid a crude glut. Data from market intelligence firm, Genscape, estimating a draw of more than 350,000 barrels at the Cushing, Oklahoma delivery point for U.S. crude futures, last week, added to the bullish sentiment. Meanwhile, the naira lost N3 to exchange at N393, from N390 posted on Friday; while it traded at N505 and N435 against the Pound Sterling and the Euro respectively. At the Bureau De Change (BDC) segment of the market, the naira closed at N385, N505 and N420 against the dollar, Pound Sterling and the Euro, respectively.
The naira, however appreciated at the official interbank market to close at N317.34, from N320.25 posted on Friday. Traders at the market said that the demand for dollars was still on the high side. The market was eagerly awaiting the sale of foreign exchange by banks to BDCs during the week. Oil extends rally to five-week highs on talk of producer action Brent crude rose $1.08, or 2.3 percent, to $48.05 a barrel after rising to $48.10 earlier, its highest since July 7. Brent has gained about 10 percent cumulatively in the past three sessions, its most in such a stretch since May. Since the start of August, it is up 12 percent. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude gained $1.06, or 2.4 percent, to $45.55, after rallying earlier to $45.61, a peak since July 21. WTI has gained nearly 10 percent on the month.
Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries are to meet on the sidelines of the International Energy Forum, which groups producers and consumers, in Algeria from September 26-28. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak bolstered hopes yesterday that oil producing nations could take action to stabilize prices, telling a Saudi newspaper that his country was consulting with Saudi Arabia and other producers to achieve market stability. “With Russia joining the chorus, an array of bullish oil ETFs saw a sizeable influx of capital that lifted crude values by more than $5 a barrel off recent lows,” said Jim Ritterbusch of Chicago-based oil markets consultancy Ritterbusch & Associates. “While we see very little possibility of an actualization of curtailed OPEC output, there will likely be enough chatter during the next five to six weeks to deter selling in allowing WTI to gravitate at around the $45 area, at least through the second half of this month,” he added. But other analysts were sceptical that the rally would continue. “In our view a renewed price correction cannot be ruled out if market participants start focusing on the supply side again, for the latest drilling activity figures in the U.S. cast doubts that the oversupply is really being eroded,” Commerzbank analyst Carsten Fritsch said in a note. There are also doubts that Saudi Arabia and other major OPEC members such as Iran will put aside a market share battle in order to prop up prices. On the demand side, the world’s three biggest economies – the United States, China and Japan – all published downbeat economic data between Friday and Monday that could signal an erosion soon in oil demand.
As part of the ongoing demolition of illegal structures across the state, operatives of the Lagos State Task Force on Environment and Special Offences Unit, weekend, demolished over 360 illegal structures built on the Right of Way, Row, of high tension cables at Igbara Market, Jakande, along Lekki-Epe Expressroad.
It will be recalled that, last Tuesday, the task force demolished over 350 illegal structures built on the Row of high tension cables at Oba Wahab Ayinde Balogun Modern Market, Isheri-Olofin, in Egbe-Idimu Local Council Development Area, LCDA, Alimosho Local Government. The demolished structures at Lekki include 235 illegal shops and 125 containers. Chairman of the state task force, Superintendent of Police Olayinka Egbeyemi, led the team, in conjunction with officials of the state Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Lagos State Building Control Agency.
Egbeyemi called on market leaders (Iya Oloja and Baba Oloja) to take it upon themselves in enforcing government directives on staying away from Row of high tension cables across the state. Egbeyemi disclosed further that the exercise embarked upon by the government should not be seen as punitive, but as an effort by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode towards saving lives and properties of members of the public. He urged market leaders at all local governments and LCDAs to support government by educating traders on the imminent danger of trading under high tension cables.
Egbeyemi said the demolition was carried out after the expiration of a seven-day notice served on shops owners and all traders. While disclosing that the team will soon move to other identified locations. He stressed that no responsible and responsive government would tolerate any trading activities under such dangerous condition.
The Chairman of the Spare Parts Traders Association at the market, Mr. Ugo Onuoha, said they have been operating at the market for more than 20 years families namely Lawal, Balogun and Badanu families. Onuoha claimed that the families collect N3,000 to N5,000 from those selling inside a container shop, while others who trade inside brick shops pays N10,000 to N20,000 monthly.
He and his Vice, Mr. Lazarous Obina, however, pleaded with the government to construct low medium market for traders around the area as those constructed by private developers were beyond their reach. A representative of Lawal family, Mr. Lateef Lawal, who spoke on behalf of his family, said since the government served the notice on the market, the Igbara communities have started looking for a possible relocation of traders to a new land around the area. Lawal commended the state government for serving notices ahead of the demolition exercise. He said the notice had enabled all traders to move their wares and properties from individual container and shop before the demolition.
Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has reiterated that its current economic policies were in the right direction to rescue the dwindling economic situation in the country. Governor of CBN, Mr Godwin Emefiele, who faulted critics of the apex bank’s policies, said the bank was operating the best policies needed to address the present economic crisis in Nigeria. Governor of Kaduna Ahmed El-Rufai, had last week criticized the CBN over the bad state of Nigeria’s fiscal regime, saying the bank’s 14 per cent monetary policy rate had led to unprecedented job losses in the country, especially with the bank’s Monetary Policy Rate, MPR, increased from 12 per cent to 14.The CBN boss, who stated this at Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, The Everlasting Arms Parish, Garki, Teens’ Career Conference, in Abuja, said the bank’s policies at present remained the best option to Nigeria’s ailing economy.
Emefiele, who was represented by CBN Deputy Governor, Economic Policy, Dr Sarah Alade, said: “At this moment, what we are doing is what is best for the economy. The concern even in this hall has been the slide in the naira. And I have told you, I did answer the question by saying that we also need to ensure that we diversify the economy, so we can earn more dollar, we can have more export. We are also supporting the efforts of the government. Once we are able to do this, we would then be able to earn the interest rate that people want. At this particular time, to be able to get out of the situation we are in, we need to have the decisions we have taken at the right time.The Monetary Policy Committee considers all these factors before we take decisions and we will do what is right for the economy. Whatever policies we need to take to ensure that the economy comes out stronger, we’ll do it and at the right time.” The CBN boss assured Nigerian youths that the bank took their growth and development seriously. “One thing that keeps me awake at night is how to create an enabling environment for our youths to grow,” Emefiele said. He advised them to stay focused on their dreams for greatness, stressing that hard work, focus and commitment remained the key to success.
In an interview published by Punch News on Saturday, August 14, 2016, Ogogo observed that piracy has made it difficult for actors and movie producers to get value for their hard work.
“I just can’t be chasing some jobs that are not worth it now. Imagine going to Ibadan now on fuel of about N30, 000, the producers don’t usually have the fund to pay for my hotel and I will lodge my personal assistants in hotels as well.”
” I can’t commit to jobs that are not worth it. It is not every job that one gets to do at a certain stage in one’s life.”
“No marketer can finance a movie project with a large amount of money.”
” Imagine releasing a movie in the morning by 9am and by 2pm the pirated copies will be out. So, how do we get our royalties or how does the marketer recoup his investment?”
“We solely depend on God’s mercy now, and the goodwill of those who love us. Only few have small businesses of their own. As I speak, some actors are being fed by their wives.”
“A big marketer in the industry told me when he wanted to release a Yoruba movie, some Igbo boys in Alaba told him to settle the pirates so they don’t pirate his movie. That is happening in a lawful society.”
This has been the reason why he decided to venture into farming, which was practiced by his parents.
”Footballers and musicians make more money than actors. Actors are the least paid.”
“My parents were farmers. I have partially started the process of going into farming”, he said.
The actress in an Instagram post revealed a lump was found on his breast. According to her, Gozi became weak after the lump was discovered but through prayers and thanksgiving, it miraculously disappeared and he is doing well now.
“Watch out LeBron James, Gozi is coming for ya! ????
I have a testimony! I told God I will testify in church if he did it but I never did so here’s me testifying to the whole world!
Some time ago, we discovered a lump in Gozi’s breast. I wasn’t comfortable so we kept praying about it. We took communion and we just kept praying. He was always complaining about feeling weak and he would always take naps. I thought it was quite unusual because as mama boys, I know boys are always active so I kept praying. To cut a long story short, God has healed Gozi, lump is gone and he’s more energized than he’s ever been! He’s running everyday, practicing his basket ball for hours! I just want to say THANK YOU LORD! Healing is the children’s bread! May God bless our bread and water and take sickness out of our midst! Go Gozi! The world is at your feet!!! ??? #IAmMamaGozi #GodOverAll #JehovaOverDo #FamilyOverEverything #director #scriptwriter #femalefilmmaker #OkaforsLaw #anticipate,” she wrote alongside a short clip of Gozi playing basketball.
The DJ follows up on the well received ‘Package’ featuring Davido and Del-B with this mid-tempo love tune that is instantaneously catchy on the first listen.
Mr Eazi once again delivered on this love centric dope tune produced by Lush.
The track had features from countryman, Black Prophet, who has made a name as one of the most outstanding reggae musicians in Ghana.
Together, both artistes did a good job on the song.
Gone are the days people regarded comedians as eccentrics and misfits, these days they are living like royalties and smiling to the bank.
Comedians stage their own shows in order to become relevant and make money for themselves. Radio personality and comedian, Steve Onu a.k.a Yaw, said in a recent interview that contrary to popular belief, organizing a comedy show is not lucrative. “I just organized my show and if you equate the efforts and the monies that I put in, I have not really made gains.
It’s not lucrative. When you organize these shows, you remind some of your clients that you are still around, you show them the other side of you that they don’t know before and then it helps you stay relevant in the industry.”
K solo is undoubtedly one of the music producers who have been instrumental to the success of notable Nigerian artistes like Timaya and Kefee.
Just the way artistes are recognised and rewarded, K-solo hopes that music producers will get their due recognition. The talented music maker made this known in an exclusive chat with Showtime. “Music producers don’t get their due recognition. It’s beyond producing a song. I started the voice signature concept for the songs I produced before every other producer started it. Aside that, we don’t get any other recognition. Check out many artistes in Nigeria, most of them have big houses and drive good cars, but these young music producers have nothing.
Most of them don’t even have a car. They have produced major hit songs that have built houses for some of these artistes. The biggest accolade you get as a music producer is accompanying a popular artiste to an event. That is the end of it. In the USA, music producers live like celebrities. How many music producers have gotten an endorsement deal aside from Cobhams and Don Jazzy? We cannot develop the music industry that way. OJB produced African Queen and he died without an endorsement deal. There are only a few of us who have other businesses outside of music”, he said. You May Like
The occurrence of rape has become quite common in the Nigerian society, but the actress thinks it has always been happening, only that attention was not given to it in the past.
Doyle stated this in an interview published by Punch News on Saturday, August 13, 2016.
She said, “In Nigeria, as in almost everywhere in the world, I do not think that rape cases are handled properly often times.”
“What makes it worse for us in Nigeria is that in advanced countries, they have strict laws and most times, the law is enforced and justice is done.”
“In Nigeria, we have laws in place but are they enforced as they should be? I don’t think so. But I am happy that there is a lot more conversation about it.”
“People tend to think that rape is on the increase but I don’t think so; I think it has always been a part of our society but you are hearing a lot more about it now because people are talking about it.”
“That veil of secrecy has been removed and the more we talk about it, the more we blow the whistle against the offenders.”
“Eventually I think we would get it right. We need to put stronger laws in place and enforce them and justice must be done.”
“When you hear about a law that castrates rapists, you may think it is extreme but when you think of the ripple effect, the damage that rape causes not just to the victims but people around them, you might want to rethink.”
“I think that the punishment should be hard especially for repeat offenders.”
“Maybe if you are a first time offender, the law might give you room for rehabilitation but if you are a repeated offender, they should cut off your manhood.”
The actress is married to veteran actor, Patrick Doyle, who lost his first wife and son to the Sickle Cell disease.
She is popular for her role in Amaka Igwe’s drama series, “Fuji House of Commotion”, where she played Ireti, alongside top actors, Kunle Bantefa, Ngozi Nwosu and the late Toun Oni.
He revealed the number of instances where misinformed and malicious statements were attributed to him, including rumours that his son died on a movie set.
“Right now, I’m watching football in my house, but as I speak to you, some people are posting on Facebook or Twitter, using my name and picture.”
“It’s either they are talking about politics, state of the nation, ascribing series of proverbs to me or using my name to counsel people about marriage.”
“Someone asked me how I had time to put plenty proverbs on Facebook. I told the person I wasn’t responsible for them and that I didn’t even have a Facebook account, and she couldn’t believe it.”
“Some people said I sat with Mourhino in one of the profile pictures and that I was telling him the gods were angry with him. Then, they posted another one that Buhari came to consult with me in my shrine.”
“From time to time, you would hear or read that Pete Edochie died in London or on location. In our culture, if people wish you dead, you’d attend the person’s funeral.”
“I’m satisfied with what life has given me. I don’t envy anybody and I don’t want to be anybody. I just want to be left alone as Pete Edochie.”
Other untrue stories attributed to Edochie include having a misunderstanding with Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who he claimed has no ties with him.
According to the actor, he has never been involved in politics, so comments linking him to Ekweremadu came as a shocking surprise.
“Somebody woke me up a few days ago and pointed my attention to what was written in my name about (Senator Ike) Ekweremadu.”
“I was surprised. I don’t know him neither do I have any issue with him. Again, few days ago, it was also posted that Federal Government needed me for something. All the nonsense people write about me, I’m not happy about it.”
“I’m not a politician, and I am not the only actor in this country. Throughout the campaign during the last general election, I didn’t campaign for anybody, yet on the social media you see people using my name to express support for one candidate or the other.”
“I speak very good English, and those posting those things in my name write in the way I can never write. That is the saving grace.”
“Just recently, someone informed me that he saw somewhere in my name that I wrote on one of these platforms that people should come and pay N50,000, as according to them, I was organising a programme. What programme?”
The actor has quite a list of experiences related to such cases and has revealed his dissatisfaction concerning them. Unfortunately, no matter his amount of silence, controversies always seem to find him.
54 year old Very Reverend Father Peter Zuni of the Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Kakuri parish, Kaduna State, was recently disrobed and sacked by the Archbishop of the Kaduna Archdiocese, Bishop Ndagoso Manoso after his secret wife stormed the church to disclose her secret relationship with the Catholic priest.
The news came as a shock to the church because according to the doctrine of the Catholic Church, only unmarried men are ordained into the priesthood as they are obligated to swear to an oath of celibacy and observe perfect and perpetual service for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. This, it is believed, would enable the priests to easily remain close to Christ with an undivided heart, and dedicate themselves more freely to the service of God and the congregation.
“I find it difficult myself to believe what people are saying about me. I will not comment on it now. I will follow due process to invite you for an interview, but I am afraid, the newspaper of the archdiocese, The Cross News, may carry this story before you (Sunday Sun)”.
Self-acclaimed ‘King of African Dancehall’, Shatta Wale has dropped a brand new single after his recent Twitter verification.
In the fast-tempo Afro-Dancehll track titled “Papa Twitter”, Shatta Wale throws shades at fellow Dancehall musician, Samini. He further responds to Samini’s recent diss track called “Champions League”.
“Papa Twitter” is the second track coming off of his latest mixtape titled “Shatta Bitters Mixtape”.
Download and listen, and don’t forget to share your views with us.
The song rides on a melodious catchy beat cooked up by the producer himself.
Earlier in the year, the producer released a thankful number featuring label mate in a song titled ‘Igwe’.
DJ Vigilante of Cashtime life teams up with Family tree‘s Cassper Nyovest and Carpo.
The production of the song is credited to Gemini Major, Psykobeats and AlieKeyz.
Listen and see if it’s worth the hype.
The track brings back a nostalgic feeling of how the pair used to be so good together, especially on their partnership in the song, ‘Opomulero’.
Check out this awesome track.
The actor, who stated this in an interview with Punch News, said he found it difficult to make a living after finishing secondary school, due to this, he resorted to learning how to become a cobbler.
His participation in acting in Oyo State did not give him the sort of reward he anticipated. Even after relocating to Lagos, his situation remained the same.
“The suffering I endured was really extreme. After I finished my secondary school education, I did not have a job so I delved into the theatre world. I did it for some time but I was not being paid even when I went everywhere with the group and was helping them carry their costume.”
“I had to learn how to repair shoes so I became a shoe cobbler. Eventually, I left Oyo town and came to Lagos to find greener pastures but still I was not earning anything from acting.”
“I became a mobile cobbler. I would put my materials in a wooden box, place it on my shoulder and start hitting it as I walked the length and breadth of Idumota.”
“I would constantly hit my wooden box as I walked about to call the attention of people. Then nobody knew me so I kept hitting my box all over Idumota.”
“I remember I had a handkerchief I used to cover my face because of my tribal marks.”
“The reason I concealed my tribal marks was because the Igbo boys at Idumota had the belief that if they did not give their shoes to a Ghanaian cobbler, no one could do a better job.”
“If they saw my tribal marks, they would think I was one of the touts that would normally come to disturb them for money for shop and they would not give me their shoes to repair.”
“When I saw that being a shoe cobbler was affecting my career as an actor, I had to quit and face acting squarely. I thank God that good fortunes have come my way.”
Sanyeri recently talked about an unfortunate accident that occurred while he was on a movie set.
He broke his leg while playing a character with a spiritual problem in one of the movies he is producing. The actor is currently recuperating though with leg cast on.
The celebrated music star was issued his certificate of conferment during the International Youth Day celebration which took place at the Samuel Ogebemudia Stadium, Edo State.
Prior to this, 2Baba on the August 11, 2016 the singer spearheaded a ‘VOTE NOT FIGHT’ campaign session which was held at the Youth Centre in Benin, Edo State.
He spent the day sensitizing the youth on the need to remain peaceful during and after the forthcoming electoral process.
2Baba spoke at length to the youth, on the need to refuse being lured into violence by power hungry politicians and enjoined the gubernatorial elections candidates present at the session, to avoid employing a do-or- die mentality towards the forthcoming elections.
He further urged candidates to maintain the peace despite the result of the elections.
The speech was met with a rousing applause from his audience after which he made both candidates and youth sign the VNF pledge form and made public statements to show their commitment to the VNF campaign.
The award winning songster also embarked on a media tour to propagate the message of non-violence during elections.
His first stop was at the ITV studios where he discussed the ideals of the ‘VOTE NOT FIGHT’ campaign with TV host, Emmanuel Akpolohor.
He proceeded to Raypower 105.5 FM studios also in Benin city, where he shed more light on the workshop and rally held on the 11th of August, 2016.
Cynthia Morgan is out with a brand new song and she features Ghanaian music act Stonebwoy on this track called “Bubble Bup”.
The song was produced by Tonyross Beatz and will get you moving.
Sean Tizzle had a recent interview with Vanguard newspaper where the musician talks about everything from the rise of baby mamas in the entertainment industry to why he is still single and more.
On baby mamas he said:
“It has never happened to me before, but at the same time, I don’t want to preach abortion. However, we should learn to be careful about things. But if it happens, you need to ask yourself that between killing the baby and keeping the baby, which one is the best? And the only reason you have a baby mama is because you don’t want to kill, so what I’m trying to say is that nobody planned that for themselves; even condoms are not hundred percent safe. I was with a girl and she told me that females put holes in condoms just to hook guys and have babies with them. I was surprised, and that’s why they say when girls hand you condom, don’t use it. It’s better you have yours because some of them will punch holes in it and you won’t know because you are already in the mood.”
Talking about why he is still single, he said “Maybe I’ve not seen the right girl. Even if I’m in a relationship, I will still like to keep it on a low-key because immediately they know that someone is my girlfriend, that’s when different temptations will start arising.”
On marriage, he says “I can’t really say because I’m still single, but at the same time, I want to have a home. I want to have kids and build a family.”
Recently Sean Tizzle stated that the media had a hand in making his potential relationship with DJ Cuppy unsuccessful.
Today, Gbenro shared this on Instagram;
So I just landed Naija and was invited to AMBAVILLE by the great @karowenu. @officialosas he gifted his goddaughter Azariah this!!!!!???God bless you bro.??????????The best godfather ever!!!!And he said we just got started????????????????????#ambaville #princess #azariah #blessings #rangeroverevogue #Godisgood #
Jidenna has signed a groundbreaking deal with not one, not two, but three giant music houses for the launch and distribution of his debut album “Long Live The Chief”.
He has signed a deal with Epic Records, Sony Music West Africa and Sony Music South Africa. The three music houses will push his album to ensure a global experience.
Jidenna will tour Africa continent for a series of exclusive performances, album release parties and the filming of a BBC documentary, which will chronicle his homecoming journey to Nigeria.
Speaking on the album, Jidenna says “The record as a whole represents all my experiences of the many worlds I’ve lived in and traveled through from Lagos to Los Angeles.
Jidenna kicks off his trip to Africa in late August.
Starting with Nigeria, Jidenna will host an exclusive album launch event in conjunction with TRACE TV, featuring a live performance at Hard Rock Café in Lagos; interviews with Nigeria’s leading radio stations and lifestyle publications; and Jidenna will begin filming an exclusive documentary, produced by BBC International and True Africa, about his journey back to his childhood home in Enugu.
Then, Jidenna will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa for a promotional tour which will include interviews with leading radio stations and lifestyle publications; as well as an album launch party and a special showcase in conjunction with TRACE TV.
Ycee recently shot the visuals to his recent collaboration with DJ Consequence ‘In a Benz’.
For the video shoot, Ycee stayed true to his signature retro hip-hop style. He rocked a pair of shredded denim dungarees.
He was also joined in the video by Praiz and others.
See the BTS photos below.
After the Dream Team VI’s game against Colombia at the #RioOlympics2016, the team it was reported had threatened to boycott the finals over unpaid allowances and poor treatment.
In an interview, the team’s coach Samson Siasia said that he will support the players if they eventually decide to boycott the quarterfinal game against Denmark Saturday night.
“We have only been paid allowances for 11 days. There is no match bonus. What about all the months we have been training in Nigeria and Atlanta? That’s not fair.
We have been disrespected from all angles – by the the sports ministry, the Nigeria Football Federation. Is that how you will treat your own children? We are not street kids. I have not received my salary for the past five months.
Everything is upside down and the boys don’t want to play anymore. Whatever they want to do, I’m with them. They are right for fighting for their rights.
I cannot do more than what I have done to get this team up to this level. I have done my best and now I am tired,” Siasia said.
Following the development, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has appealed to the team not to boycott the game.
He said this in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, in Abuja on Friday.
According to him, the House will ensure that they are paid all their entitlements.
The speaker urged the team to take patriotism as a fulcrum of their campaign, adding that he would do everything within his powers to intervene in the matter.
He said the team with the likes of Mikel Obi, Yakubu Umar, Oghenekaro Etebor and William Troost-Ekong had a very bright chance of repeating the feat of the Atlanta ’96.
“We will do all we can to ensure that all entitlements due to the team are paid as we are already talking to relevant government agencies,” he said.
He further said that football being the major unifying factor in the country should be maximised by all for Nigeria’s continued unity.
“We will stop at nothing to ensure that we get the team to excel in Brazil and for Nigeria to recreate the watershed of Atlanta 96,” Dogara added.
13.08.2016 at By BellaNaija.com
Project Fame alum, singer and songwriter Isaac Geralds had his show Isaac Geralds Experience 2 on Thursday evening with Praiz and Chigul at Hard Rock Cafe in Lagos.
He brought his girlfriend on stage and proposed. she said yes!
Photo Credit: Instagram.com | @isaacgeralds | @twelve05photos
The International Youth Day (IYD) is an awareness day designated by the United Nations to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth.
The theme of the 2016 International Youth Day is “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”.
President Muhammadu Buhari, in his letter to the Nigerian Youth said that the government it committed to improving the quality of life of the youths and create opportunities for them to achieve their goals.
Dear Nigerian Youths,
Today is International Youth Day.
I am delighted to commemorate this occasion, the second such celebration since I took office.
The roles that young Nigerians played in the historic election that brought our government to power will never be forgotten. The government belongs to you.
I would like to use this opportunity to assure you of our commitment to improve the quality of your lives and to create opportunities for you to achieve your dreams and ambitions.
We are mindful of the fact that Nigeria has one of the youngest populations in the world. Those young people are immensely energetic and talented, consistently blazing the trail in the arts, sports, business and technology. We are proud of what you have done and what you are able to do.
We have launched a number of initiatives targeted at expanding the economic opportunities available to young Nigerians. N-Power, our job creation scheme for which applications are on-going, will employ 500,000 of you in agriculture, education, healthcare, and technology.
The Aso Villa Demo Day will soon bring 30 of the most innovative young Nigerians to the State House to showcase their talent in prowling technology -based solutions to some of our most challenging problems.
The Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), part of our 500 billion Naira Social Investment Programme, will provide soft loans to thousands of young entrepreneurs across the country.
These are just some of the many initiatives we have designed and are implementing for you.
You are the strength and future of our country. Please be assured that this administration will create an enabling environment for you to realize your potentials.
This year’s Day is about achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It focuses on the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production.
The United Nations General Assembly on December 17 1999, in its resolution 54/120, endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that August 12th be declared International Youth Day.
The first IYD was observed on August 12, 2000.
Music stars Falz and Seyi Shay are the cover stars of the latest issue of Complete Fashion magazine.
The magazine focuses on the evolution of both stars and how far they have come from where they started.
The cover is so bright and colorful. Check them out below:
They sing about a lady who seems to be ‘fronting’ on their advances.
Betty Irabor when asked about the pressure to get married before 30 revealed women before that age have not yet gone through the school of life which prepares them for marriage.
According to her, “I don’t think women should be worried about being married before 30 because many women before that age have not yet gone through the school of life which prepares them for marriage.”
Linda also revealed she gets pressured from family, friends and people who just can’t mind their business.
“Marriage is not an achievement. There is so much more to life than being someone’s wife. Get married please, but don’t be pressured into it. I don’t know how many of you single girls are under pressure to get married but I am. Pressure from family, friends and people who just can’t mind their business,” she said, adding, “The pressure is so intense right now I feel like going to husband market – if there is any such thing- to buy myself some breathing space. Give me a break you people.“
People may even suggest some very strange things to you to do to ‘earn’ marriage. Well, I have come to realise that we allow ourselves to be pressured. The decision to get married should not be taken because you are being pressured, that could lead to a disaster. Don’t let anyone make you go into anything you are not ready for or your joy may be shortlived. And to those mounting pressure on others to go and get married, there is simply no justification for your behaviour.“
Betty Irabor who has been married to seasoned broadcaster Soni Irabor for 33 years, recently had a knee surgery (arthroscopy) with her hubby by her side.
The actress released some new photos of herself today, August 11, 2016 dressed in a pink ball gown with a tiara on her head.
Angela Okorie was born and raised in Cotonou. In 2009, she made her debut in Nollywood after a modelling job with Delta Soap.
Her big break in the movies came when she starred in the movie “Holy Serpent”. Okorie is now married, and is a mother of one, a boy.
Angela Okorie has revealed her intent to go into music, with R&B gospel as her core strength.
Born in the heart of South London, Maleek Berry, real name Maleek Shoyebi, started off his career in the church, forming a group with two close friends. The group began writing, producing and performing their own songs at the ages of 14 and 15, only to disband at 16.
Best known for his writing and production on anthems such as ‘The Matter’ with Wizkid, ‘Baby Hello‘ by Wande Coal and much more, October 2015 marked a major shift in Maleek Berry’s career as he took center stage this time with his first official solo release as an artist entitled ‘For My People‘ featuring UK Rap artist Sneakbo.
Maleek has gone on to produce records for some of the hottest UK acts such as S.A.S, Bigz, Scorcher, Jermaine Riley (Formally of FDM) and the list continues to grow.
Tiwa Savage officially signed a management deal with Jay Z‘s Roc Nation in July 2016 and now her profile has been uploaded to Roc Nation’s official website, and it’s quite detailed.
In her profile on the site, Tiwa reveals how her estranged hubby, Teebillz discouraged her from writing songs for people and encouraged her to return to Nigeria.
According to her, “I met Tunji and he told me about the growing Afrobeats scene back home in Nigeria. He thought I was wasting my talents being a songwriter and a backing singer and pushed me to move back to Africa. At first I thought it was a bit of a step backwards but he was adamant that this was my future. He knew it was what would set me apart from the rest“.
Before Tiwa Savage returned to Nigeria, the mum of one was signed to Sony/ATV as a writer providing back ups for several stars including backing vocals for Whitney Houston’s final studio album ‘I Look To You’.
The ladies remind us of what Hip hop should feel like and how amazing it is, more so coming from female rappers.
Listen to the verses by the long list of female emcees , Nigeria’s DJ Switch, and a bunch of South African female rappers – MsCosmo, Gigi Lamayne, Clara T, BK, Fifi Cooper, Phresh Clique, Patty Monroe, Rouge, MissCelaneous, Nelz, Miss Supa and Meg Mafia.
The release follows songs like ‘Mama’ and ‘Suicide’. He featured label mate, P.Bitchy, in the latter.
Download and listen.
Wilson Okonufua, also known as Willicino returns with brand new hit single, “Osose” after a short hiatus from the music industry.
Willicino is not a new name in the music industry; he has released multiple notable singles which include, “Sempe My Baby” featuring energetic Terry G, “Popori” that was produced by multi-talented producer, Selebobo, amongst other prominent singles churned out by the veteran.
The talented instrumentalist whistles “I can never get into her brain, I can never get into my brain.. we are incredible, we are so lovable…”
Sanusi Mohammed, Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Zamafara, on Wednesday said more than 801 persons were displaced by flood in Maru town, Zamfara.
In a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Muhammad said the affected persons included 180 women and 621 children.
He said 52 houses and farmlands were also destroyed during the disaster which occurred on July 29.
The executive secretary also said that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and its counterpart in the state had visited the town.
“NEMA and SEMA have visited the affected town and conducted a joint assessment of the disaster. We will forward such assessment to our respective agencies for immediate assistance,” he said.
Muhammad called on residents of the state to avoid blocking drainages or constructing structures on water ways to avoid similar disasters.
The Nigeria Metrological Agency had recently warned people along major rivers in parts of the country to vacate their houses to prevent loss of lives and property due to anticipated flooding the rivers.
Similarly, NEMA had alerted Nigerians of possible flood in some of the states in the north and urged people and relevant authorities to prepare for emergency.
Photo Credit: NAN PHOTO
The UK has launched Super Priority Visa Service in Nigeria to allow customers to process their applications within 24 hours.
The British High Commission, in its website, said the new service was to particularly meet the needs of those who required urgent service to travel.
The High Commission quoted the British High Commissioner, Paul Arkwright, as welcoming the introduction of the Super Priority Visa service in Nigeria.
“I am pleased to see the Super Priority Visa service being launched in Nigeria. This comes with an additional cost but is designed to give greater flexibility to our customers and underlines our strong commitment to make improvements to the visa services we offer.
We expect this new service to be particularly useful for business. We understand that business opportunities and urgent requirements can arise at very short notice.
We recognise this and want to facilitate such travel to the UK with this new super-fast service,” Arkwright said.
The High Commission said the introduction of the service allowed customers greater flexibility to choose from a number of visa products to meet their needs.
“It is offered alongside our current Priority Visa (front of queue processing five to seven-day) and standard (15-day) services. The UK is the only European country to offer a visa decision in 24 hours. The Super Priority Visa service is aimed largely at key business customers and those needing to travel urgently by providing a visa decision for collection at the Visa Application Centre the working day following submission,” it stated.
It said the service costs £750 in addition to the visa fee and would be available to eligible customers applying in the Abuja and Lagos Visa Application Centres.
The High Commission said those applying in the “Visitors” or “Points Based System Tier 4” are eligible to use the Super Priority Service.
“Extending the Super Priority Visa service to Nigeria is another example of how the UK is leading the world in the provision of premium visa services for those coming to the UK to visit, do business or study,” it added.
We’re still reeling from last week’s special shout to BellaNaija by the music maestro Cobhams Asuquo, click here if you missed that awesome episode.
This week on the ‘Top 12 Countdown with Cobhams’, the team gets into some real journalism and there’s a lot of “crying”. As always there are also a few new songs for you to listen to.
Nigeria’s Dream Team VI still topped Group B of the Rio 2016 Olympics men’s football event in Sao Paulo in spite of a 2-0 loss to Colombia on Wednesday.
Nigeria thus advanced to Saturday’s quarter-finals after six points from three matches, having scored six goals and conceded six, with Colombia picking the runners-up spot with five points.
A first-half strike from captain Teofilo Gutierrez and a second-half penalty kick from Dorlan Pabon ensured the South Americans joined their West African opponents in the quarter-finals.
Needing a win to secure their place in the last eight, it was Colombia who took an early lead through Gutierrez.
Pabon’s fine forward ball from the left flank picked out the unmarked Sporting Lisbon striker at the top of the Nigeria penalty box.
Gutierrez then applied a neat volleyed finish to beat goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi and give Colombia a fourth minute advantage.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the early goal gave Colombia the confidence to attack Nigeria’s backline and create more quality chances.
In the 19th minute, Akpeyi denied Harold Preciado’s close-range header before Pabon caused another scare for Nigeria after getting in behind the defence before shooting wide.
The Group B winners then created chances of their own before the break, with the best of Nigeria’s opportunities coming in the 28th minute.
This was when Oghenekaro Etebo put Sadiq Umar’s low cross wide of the far post in the Colombia penalty box.
Etebo also tested Cristian Bonilla with a well-hit free-kick that was blocked away by the legs of the Colombia goalkeeper.
Colombia’s determination to reach the knockout stages was reflected in their willingness to extend their lead after half-time.
Just after the hour mark, they were rewarded with a penalty kick after Akpeyi took down Preciado in the Nigeria penalty box.
Pabon stepped up to drive the spot kick home and double Colombia’s advantage.
Colombia could have had a third goal in the 73rd minute but Preciado was unable to find the target from close range after controlling Gutierrez’s pinpoint cross from the left.
NAN reports that Colombia will play their quarter-final clash in Sao Paulo on Saturday, while Nigeria travels to Salvador for their last eight encounter.
The quarterfinal pairings are:
Portugal vs Germany in Brasilia at the Estadio Nacional at 1PM
Nigeria vs Denmark in Salvador at the Arena Fonte Nova at 4PM
Korea Republic vs Honduras in Belo Horizonte at the Estadio Mineirao at 7PM
Brazil vs Colombia in Sao Paulo at the Arena Corinthians at 10PM
(All times are local).
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Wednesday said that the presidency had approved October 1 for the commencement of implementation and enforcement of the Speed Limiting Device.
Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal, FRSC, disclosed this in Abuja while briefing stakeholders on the new date for the implementation and enforcement of the device.
Oyeyemi said that the implementation and enforcement of the device witnessed four postponements from its initial launching date of June 1, 2015, before its final approval by the presidency.
“The final directive from the presidency is clear; the enforcement date for the implementation of the speed limiting device is on Oct. 1 and we have had series of stakeholders meeting.
The essence of today’s meeting is to finally convey the directive of the federal government to the stakeholders that with effect from October 1, the implementation and enforcement would commence.
We already have the portal that we will use to monitor this, we don’t need to pursue any vehicle, we will just stop you like we verify licence.
On the tablet we will check whether your vehicle has been installed with the device, if it has not, we will impound the vehicle and we make sure that you do the right thing.
We are not talking about fines now ,it’s to save lives so we will impound the vehicle then the owner of the vehicle will be made to install the device before the journey continues,” he said.
Oyeyemi said that the corps would do this for the next three to six months to achieve enforcement and compliance so as to compel commercial vehicles to install the device.
He said the FRSC was only concerned about commercial vehicles installing it for now, adding that with time the enforcement would extend to private vehicles so as to cut down crashes on the road.
He said the FRSC was relentless on the enforcement of the speed limiting device because speed had been identified as a key risk factor in road traffic injuries.
Afro hip-hop star Yung6ix links up with raved disc jockey DJ Timmy for emotive new music.
The track is produced by Disally and christened “Respek On My Name”. The KKTBM rapper once again delivers fire ahead of the release of the lead single off his sophomore album which reportedly features pop star Davido. “Respek On My Name”, also features vocals from the guest DJ and is a stellar hip-hop number, which will be be a fan favourite.
“Respek On My Name” is mixed and mastered by GospelOnDeBeatz and it is a must listen!
Nigeria has been knocked out of her position as the largest economy in Africa in Dollar terms by South Africa. This comes two years after Nigeria took the position as the biggest economy in the African continent from South Africa.
Based on gross domestic product at the end of 2015 published by the International Monetary Fund, the size of South Africa’s economy is $301 billion at the rand’s current exchange rate, while Nigeria’s GDP is $296 billion.
This was attributed to the appreciation of the Rand, South Africa’s currency, and the devaluation of the Nigerian Naira following the introduction of a flexible foreign exchange regime.
The Rand gained more than 16% against the dollar since the start of 2016, and Nigeria’s Naira lost more than a third of its value after the central bank removed a currency peg in June.
According to Bloomberg:
Both nations face the risk of a recession after contracting in the first quarter of the year. The Nigerian economy shrank by 0.4 percent in the three months through March from a year earlier amid low oil prices and output and shortage of foreign currency. That curbed imports, including fuel. In South Africa, GDP contracted by 0.2 percent from a year earlier as farming and mining output declined.
‘More than the growth outlook, in the short term the ranking of these economies is likely to be determined by exchange rate movements,’ Alan Cameron, an economist at Exotix Partners LLP, said in e-mailed responses to questions on August 2. Although Nigeria is unlikely to be unseated as Africa’s largest economy in the long run, “the momentum that took it there in the first place is now long gone,” Alan added.
Infographic: Bloomberg | IMF
RoadChef Drive-Thru is Nigeria’s only 24-hour drive-thru with an offering of a wide variety of meals such as Burgers, wraps, salads, pizzas, pastries and much more! This August is RoadChef’s customer appreciation month and they want to use the opportunity to thank all their customers for being invaluable to them. Throughout this month, they are giving a 25% discount on the RoadChef Classic Burger and the RoadChef Classic Burger meal which is the RoadChef Classic Burger, fries or rice and a drink!
This means that the classic burger price drops from N2200 to N1650 and the RoadChef classic burger meal drops from N2800 to N2100! A pack of fries or rice, a soft drink and a full burger for N2100!
So hurry now and visit them at Ascon Filling Station, Lekki Phase 1 for your amazing 25% discount today on the RoadChef Classic burger and RoadChef Classic meal as part of the RoadChef Customer Appreciation Month. You should also follow them on their social media accounts @weareroadchef on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Sess the Problem Kid is a Multi-Talented Music Producer who has blessed the Airwaves with Hits upon Hits. With an undeniable musical chemistry with his musical partner Falz the Bahd Guy, here is a Jam from his new project, ‘The PRBLM remixes’.
This project strictly contains remake of hits from the past & present but have been revitalised with new Beats giving an entirely HOT sound! Sess never gives anything short of quality. This one right here is the ‘Omo Alhaji” remix and it has been remade with a Huge Hint of AfroTrap!
It’s a Jam and a Half!
Agbaje also admitted that the PDP had made mistakes in the past but it would soon be reformed.
The former governorship candidate made the comments while speaking to journalists in Abuja after indicating his interest to become PDP chairman.
‘The PDP gave way so that Nigerians can test what other parties have in stock. But it is regrettable that party has failed to provide the change promised. Every youth in Nigeria will like to see PDP reformed, and the reformation has started,’ Agbaje said according to Vanguard.
“We accept that mistakes were made in the past in the PDP, especially with our internal democracy. So we have to go back to the position of the founding fathers of our party on internal democracy.
“And that means that we have go back to our constitution. That is very important. We have to be more all-inclusive as we have been thus far. It is about bringing people nearer rather than sending them far away from the party. Everybody must feel to be part of this party.
“What I bring to the table is that I am not a member of any faction or any tendencies. I am in a position to talk to everybody, to ensure that if you love the PDP, then it is time to come back to the zone.
“I will appeal to those who feel very strongly to join us because Nigeria cannot make the progress it deserves without a viable opposition and that PDP is going to provide that opposition as an alternative government and in a responsible manner,” he added.
The PDP is currently involved in a leadership crisis due to the refusal of former chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff to vacate the office.
Sheriff was officially removed on May 21, but insists that he remains the valid occupant of the office till 2018.
“I’m that woman who is always there for people when they need a friend. I’m also that woman who faces many issues alone, but will still do anything to see someone else smile” read the caption.
This year has been trying for the ex-president of the AGN. In March 2015, a Lagos High Court dismissed the actress’ appeal of her 5 year jail term.
After a few weeks at Kirikiri prison, the Appeal court in said it was granting the actress N2million bail pending the determination of a suit filed by her at the Supreme court.
Lawal noted this on Saturday, August 6, 2016, via an Instagram post where she wrote that her appearance is natural.
“No!!! I haven’t done any surgery whatsoever or booty implants or taken booty pills or booty cream.
“ It was my mama who gave me.
“However, I used to do a lot of squats and yes am back on my workout grind after taken a seven months break.
“Anyways, the static squat is one of my favorite exercises.
“No!!! I haven’t done any surgery whatsoever or booty implants or taken booty pills or booty cream.
“ It was my mama who gave me.
“However, I used to do a lot of squats and yes am back on my workout grind after taken a seven months break.
“Anyways, the static squat is one of my favorite exercises.
“Yes you can try it ….
“ P.s don’t do it, if you have weak knees or issues with your legs.
“Keeping fit is a serious business o”, she said.
The actress is known for her role in the movie “Holding Hope”, and the family drama series “Fuji House of Commotion”, produced by Amaka Igwe.
Today is the birthday of talented Nigerian rapper and producer Jesse Jagz.
Known as one Nigeria’s best lyricists and producers in the country, Jesse Jagz has dropped two critically acclaimed albums ‘Jagz Nation, Vol.1. Thy Nation Come (2013)‘, ‘Jagz Nation Vol. 2: Royal Niger Company (2014)‘.
After leaving Chocolate City in 2013 he re-signed with Chocolate City in 2015. Jesse Jagz has a daughter Jade Abaga from his relationship with Ruby Gyang.
We wish him a very fabulous day ahead
According to him, he hoped Buhari would win the election but he never campaigned for him.
He took to Instagram yesterday, August 9, 2016 writing,
“I think it’s best I use this medium to clear the issue of “campaigns” and “support” now.
While many of my colleagues, friends and family members campaigned for the PDP, APC and various candidates during the last elections (and I cannot emphasize enough that it is their RIGHT to do so), I NEVER campaigned for BUHARI or ANY other politician. ALL those saying that I did should do everything within their power to “THINK”. I know thinking can be a very difficult task for some but trust me, it can be a painless and enlightening process. THINK of when I ever “CAMPAIGNED” for BUHARI!!.. Indeed I personally HOPED that he would win the election and perhaps that was evident in my “body language” and I am happy he won. But I did not campaign for him.
Nigeria was in a bad place by the end of the last administration and it was only a matter of time before we would have suffered the plights of Brazil and Venezuela. Truth of the matter is that I would have voted ANYONE that could speak 2 words of English against GEJ and that’s strictly based on the amount of greed and selfishness we witnessed from members of his administration in the 6 years that he sat on the rock. They put us in this Septic tank we are in right now…..well, that and the oil price downfall amongst other things.
I have said it numerous times that I am not a politician hence I try not to dabble in politics. However I think a few people interpret crying out against injustice by the one as campaign for the other. When the Late FELA KUTI and BOB MARLEY cried out against the injustices in their days, were they being partisan? Of course not. They were just being HUMAN!
I am forever grateful to God for blessing me with a flourishing career, a beautiful family, food on my table and small change in my pocket. However I see too many people everyday who have not been so lucky to travel and see the way things are outside Nigeria/Africa. I have seen how GOVERNMENT can influence and affect the lives of the downtrodden positively. I am still patient, praying and hoping that PMB can turn Nigeria’s economy around and help strengthen Nigeria’s social justice system. Not so I can cheer him and be vindicated that I was right and some were wrong, but so my friends, family members and well-wishers who haven’t been favored as others can have renewed hope in our country Nigeria and the brotherhood we have enjoyed in this generation. Even the United States went through a tough recession in 2008 and with some patience they have been able to turn that around.
So long story short, did I campaign for PMB? NO! Do I support and PRAY that his administration should succeed and improve the life of the common man, increase security, food, jobs, infrastructure, quality of education, healthcare and every other area that will make Nigerians proud wherever they may find themselves? YES!! On the other hand, should he and his party fail, we are all free to cast our votes for the next man come 2019 and I shall be exercising that right. No need for quarrel.“
The Federal Government and Global Steel have signed an agreement for the resuscitation of the Ajaokuta Steel Company in Kogi state.
The signing of the agreement, which took at the State House, Abuja on Monday, is aimed at revamping the Nigeria Iron Ore Mining Company (NIRONCO), Itakpe.
Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Solid Minerals signed on behalf of the Federal Government while Pramod Mittal, Chairman of Global Steel, signed on behalf of the company.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who presided over the event, urged the parties to stick to the terms of the agreement in order to achieve the objective of revamping the Itakpe and Ajaokuta companies within the agreed time.
The vice president noted that the signing of the agreement was unique which informed the presence of the media and other stakeholders.
Osinbajo, however, noted that it was a good thing that the country is now able to recover from all that and move towards getting things right.
He stated that everybody in Nigeria keeps talking about what the nation can do with steel, adding that it was “so obvious that steel is such an important requirement and we spent so much on it”.
“This is possibly the first concrete step towards ensuring that all of our complaints are dealt with and that we are able to, not too long from now, produce our own steel. So that we can save ourselves some foreign exchange and create jobs and opportunities for local investments and local individuals who would be interested in working with us on steel,” Osinbajo said.
Fayemi had recalled that in 2008, the Umaru Yar’Adua administration revoked the Itakpe resuscitation contract that was concessioned to Global Steel by the Olusegun Obasanjo administration in 2005.
The concessioning was to last for 10 years.
He added that since the contract was revoked, both parties had been in arbitration and later went into mediation, that resulted is the current agreement signing.
The minister said the determination of the Muhammadu Buhari administration to diversify the economy ignited the effort to ensure that Itape and Ajaokuta came alive again.
According to him, the agreement to return the Iron Ore Mining Company to Global Steel was reached in London in June to enable it complete its concession and ensure that ownership of Ajaokuta returns to the federal government.
Fayemi said that in executing the agreement, other areas such as the rail transportation and ports issues would be addressed by the Ministry of Transportation.
He said that the Iron Ore Company was the core supplier of raw materials for major steel companies in the country and that government had spent $3.3 billion to import steel products since.
He said there was enough iron ore deposit to sustain the local needs, especially the Ajaokuta and Delta steel company, Aladja,
Mittal in a speech said that his company started operations in the country in 2004 with determination to produce steel for the country.
He said the process was long but it was important that the steel sector was developed fast to speed up other types of development in the country.
He said the company was poised to produce three million tons of steel in three years but added that for effectiveness the company would need rail, gas and power supplies.
Howard Richardson, the mediator, said that the mediation gave the best opportunity for wisdom and common sense to prevail and to give the steel industry in the country the best of all possible starts in the future.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday directed Bureau De Change (BDCs) operators not to sell foreign exchange above two per cent margin of the buying rate.
This is contained in a statement in Lagos signed by W.D Gotring, the Acting Director, Trade and Exchange Department of CBN.
The statement also directed authorised dealers not to sell foreign exchange to any BDC more than a maximum of 30, 000 dollars per week.
According to the statement, a BDC shall nominate its preferred dealer or a bank to procure the said amount from only that bank in a week.
It also said that the selling rate by the dealer to BDCs should be the buying rate from International Money Transfer Operators (IMTO) plus a margin not exceeding 1.5 per cent.
“Foreign exchange cash purchased by BDCs shall be sold to foreign exchange end-users at a rate not exceeding two per cent margin above the buying rate. The two per cent margin above shall be applicable to all funds to be retailed by the BDCs regardless of sources of funds,” CBN said.
The statement mandated BDCs to render weekly report of purchases from authorised to its trade and exchange department.
It said that funds purchased by BDCs should be eligible for Business Travel Allowance, Personal Travel Allowance, Oversees School Fees and Oversees Medical Fees.
The statement warned that any BDC which violated the above directives would be punished accordingly.
The Anambra State Police Command on Tuesday said a cache of bullets was discovered by some labourers working at a construction site at Umuowelle, Agulu in Anaocha Local Government Area of the state.
According to Channels Television, the state’s commissioner of police Sam Okaula, at the scene of the discovery, said several buckets were unearthed and that there were still some left which were yet to be brought to the surface.
Okaula later told reporters that investigation had commenced to determine when the bullets were bought, who bought and buried them, and the reason behind it.
Okaula called on residents to provide relevant information that would aid investigation, adding that a high powered surveillance would be put in the area to ensure the police got to the root of the matter.
Photo Credit: Channels TV
Produced by Focus Ramon and off his debut EP slated for release later in the year, ‘Kalakuta’ is a stirring, soulful call to arms.
The song is off her “Love Versus Money” EP. It had inputs from talented guitarist, Fiokee.
It promises to be a great listen. Enjoy!
Keche, one of Ghana’s biggest music groups has released a new song, this time, tapping into talents from another artistic industry with promising prospects.
The music duo who brought hits like “Aluguntugui”, “Sokode”, “Diabetes” and “Monica” are ready to feed Ghanaians with this new one they call “Ma Wonka”(Let them say).
The song which was produced by ABE features comedic actor/musician Kwadwo Nkansah, popularly known as Lil Win. Lil Win, known for his authority in the Ghanaian language (Twi) decided to defy the norm and rap in English.
Kobi before this has been testing his hands on sampling cover songs – from Wizkid’s One dance to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking out loud’ and so on.
Obama has released his Summer playlists via twitter! Posting both a playlist for the daytime and nighttime it seems like Obama is killin it with his music picks! He has some pop, alternative, old school, hip hop and more in there! Maybe his daughter gave him some additional music knowledge after her Lollapalooza turn up?
The President of the United State released a list on Thursday containing 39 songs, 19 songs made his daytime playlist while 20 songs made the nighttime play list.
Nigerian American musician, Wale’s Love Hate thing was number one on the daytime play list while Jidenna’s Classic man was number seven on the list.
It’s a good thing for Jidenna and Wale. Maybe Davido, Wizkid and Olamide could make the summer playlist. no one can tell.
Songs for the Daytime
Songs for the Night time
Do you like this playlist? Let us know!
Wife of the President Aisha Buhari has launched a #GetInvolved campaign for children in need.
The mandate is to save over 500,000 children’s lives in 2016.
Help save 500,000 children’s lives this year. Take a picture holding up the hashtag #getinvolved with details on how to donate to this initiative. Will you get involved? Please send help to needy children, please give milk, blankets, socks, underwear. Do you have to share?
Collection Date: Saturday August 13th 2016
Time: from 10am
Venue: LTV 8, Agindingbi, Ikeja, Lagos
Photo Credit: Instagram.com | @dolapoosinbajo | @tybello | @leilafowler
The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Monday, said no fewer than 80,000 pilgrims were expected to be transported in the next five weeks for the 2016 Hajj in Saudi Arabia.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this is contained in a statement issued by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Yakubu Dati, in Lagos.
Dati said that this year hajj operation would be carried out in 17 airports across the country.
He said FAAN was providing security and safety oversight to all airports including state-owned airports participating in the exercise.
A Director, Ministry of Transport, Adamu Wakil was quoted as saying that the ministry would collaborate with aviation agencies to ensure that safety and security in the airports.
Wakil, who is also the Chairman, Aviation Monitoring Committee, said that his team would ensure seamless passenger transportation during the period.
Dati said two directors from FAAN, Olufemi Ogunode and Capt. Henry Omeogu, had earlier led various technical teams to supervise preparations for the exercise.
NAN reports that the transportation of the pilgrims began on Monday when the first batch of 500 pilgrims left the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto, for Saudi Arabia.
The exercise is expected to be concluded on Sept. 6.
Athlete Seye Ogunlewe was interviewed by BBC in Rio for the 2016 Olympics as he prepares for his race on the 13th of August. The Men’s 100m runner will be up against Jamaican gold medalist Olympian, Usain Bolt.
See what BBC had to say and listen to the interview.
Nigeria’s fastest man, Seye Ogunlewe, has been bracing for the men’s 100 metres at the Rio Olympics, later this week. His ultimate goal is –almost certainly– to defeat the big favourite Usain Bolt and he’s allegedly said that he will “shock the world”. The BBC’s Ben James asked him to elaborate on that, but our colleague began by asking him what its takes to confront and possibly pip a sprinting legend at the post.
Seye Ogunlewe on how he’s preparing for his race
It’s just general preparation like what we’ve been doing before. You train, eat, recover, get treatment, do a lot of psychological work, visualise the race [and] just enjoy the moment – don’t think about it too much just relax. But also think about why you’re here and the country’s flag and how you want to do the best for yourself and the country.
On Usain Bolt’s love for fries and chicken nuggets/fried chicken
Different people have different things that work for them. Some people can eat fries, chicken and still do ok some people are really rigid and want to do everything to the T you know, some of us are like that for instance you can eat fries but not a ridiculous amount of fries.
On eating Brazilian foods
Theres a variety of stuff but I’m not really too keen on going to experiment at this stage in the competition because I don’t know what is what so I just stick to what I know, maybe rice, veg [vegetables] chicken and fish. Maybe after I finish running I’ll start experimenting on different Brazilian foods or Chinese foods.
On visualising the race and finishing ahead of Usain Bolt
You can do that as well, that’s good, it’s a different side to psychology. You have to visualise yourself doing the right things concecutively and its just a process, you need to stick to your own process. You can think about it but dont let it overwhelm you and make you loose focus on what you’re meant to be doing.
On saying to the Nigerian press he’s going to shock the world at Rio
Nigerians just always just change your headline. I saw the interview and I was like, I never said that why did you say that? [They said] they were like just trying to make the headline seem very… just trying to make it seem like you’re going to shock the world and I said okay cool.
Listen to the interview here
Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri has set a new African record as the first African ever to make it to the quarterfinals of the men’s single table tennis event at the Olympics.
Quadri was at par with Nigeria’s Segun Toriola who has been in seven Olympic games, and made it to the fourth round of the 2008 Beijing Olympic championship.
Quadri beat Germany’s Boll Timo, 4-2 to advance to the quarterfinals of the game.
Quadri won the first three sets 12-10 12-10, 12-5 in 10 minutes, and lost the next two to Timo, who is ranked number 10 in Rio, 11-3, 11-5.
Quadri sealed his entry into the quarterfinals by winning the sixth set 11-9.
He will now face world number one, China’s Ma Long.
Congrats Quadri. Go for Gold!
The 2016 Edition of Nigerian Teen Choice award took place in Abuja over the weekend and it was quite the event!
Hosted by the funny Wofaifada and MTV Base VJ Ehiz, the night saw many stars emerge as winners including Seyi Shay (most exemplary female), Mayorkun (Choice New Song of the Year), Dremo (Choice rap act of the year), Zoe Favour (most Promising Actress), Kaykay Onyeobi (Choice Fashion Blogger) among others.
See some of the photos from the event:
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday arrested Abubakar Sidiq Usman, a blogger, for offences bordering on cyber stalking.
According to the EFCC, Sidiq, an online publisher was picked up at his Kubwa, Abuja home in the early hours of Monday August 8, 2016 by its officials and is currently being questioned over the alleged offence which contravenes sections of the Cybercrime Act.
He has already been offered administrative bail and would be released to his elected sureties.
Reports say Sidiq’s arrest was as a result of a post on his blog, abusidiqu.com titled: “EFCC boss, Magu, commences total war with core EFCC staff”. The post was published on August 2, 2016.
Part of the post read:
Regular members of staff at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC are complaining that they are being bullied by the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.Magu, who returned a few seconded police men to their mother organisation has become panicky following series of revelations on his activities at the commission.According to a source, Magu was ‘panicking because his confirmation had been deferred and is beginning to suspect any and every one in the commission for his problem’.
Nollywood actress Nse Ikpe-Etim is branching out into the world of beauty and cosmetics. The movie star has just launched her very own skincare and haircare line called “Eden’s Theory”.
Nse who is co-owner of the range will also act as a brand ambassador and spokesperson for the UK-based company.
According to her, “People always ask about my skin and hair. Many of them assume that I use very expensive products, but I have actually always used natural oils and butters. With Eden’s Theory, you get to retain the best bits of African butters while oozing some of your personality into a product of your choice.”
A 47-year-old man, Emmanuel Magbatie, has been arrested for allegedly defiling an 18-month-old girl in the Owutu axis of Ikorodu, Lagos State, Vanguard reports.
The sad incident took place last Wednesday in Ikorodu, and the victim was rushed to Ikorodu General Hospital by her parents. The next day, they took her to Mirabel Centre at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital for tests and professional assistance.
According to the Coordinator of Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), Lola Vivour-Adeniyi, the victim’s mother said the suspect was her neighbour.
Vivour-Adeniyi said that the DSVRT has facilitated the transfer of the case from the Owutu Police Station to the gender desk of the state Police Command in Ikeja last Friday.
She added the suspect would be detained and charged to court after Mirabel Centre releases the result of the test.
Ekiti state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the trip of the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari to the United States of America is fake.
The state chapter of the party made this known in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Jackson Adebayo.
Read the full statement below:
It is only in the world of the APC that wife of the president of Nigeria, the most populous black nation in the world, would travel to the US ostensibly to debunk her involvement in a major scam and no television station will report her departure and arrival. The question is: ‘did she travel to US or Qatar?’
If the Presidency has not been bold enough to tell Nigerians that Aisha Buhari travelled to the USA on official visit, only a party of scammers like the APC will go on the rooftops to celebrate photoshopped pictures as evidence of visit to USA.
It is strange that wife of the President of Nigeria could travel to the USA and purportedly attended events there without international television stations like CNN, Al Jazeera, BBC, Sky News, etc and local stations like Channels TV, NTA, AIT and others reporting it. Or are they still ‘editing’ the video clips?
Even if Aisha Buhari actually travelled to the USA, does that erase the fact that in the judgment delivered by the United State District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division, USA, in criminal No 1: 07CR209, that indicted the US Congressman, Williams Jefferson, it was mentioned that $170,000 was transferred from account in Nigeria in the name of Aisha Buhari to an account in the name of The ANJ Group, LLC, identifying William Jefferson as beneficiary?
As a party of responsible and discerning minds, the PDP in Ekiti State would have elected to ignore the APC and allow the party the freedom to advertise it idiocy. This is more so that the matter is now a subject of litigation and the no one has denied the existence of the judgment that indicted Williams Jefferson and featured conspicuously at page 22, the name of Aisha Buhari as having transferred $170,000 from account in Nigeria to William Jefferson.
Most importantly, Nigerians have witnessed more heinous forgeries from the APC, one of them being pictorial claim that President Buhari (as APC presidential candidate then) had an interview with Kemi Fadojutimi on ‘All Eyes on Africa’ TV show in London, whereas the interview was held in Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
However, it is important to point out that from all evidences, the pictures circulated as arrival of President Buhari’s wife at Dulles International Airport, Washington DC could have been taken at the Doha International Airport, Qatar. Even on the official website of George Mason University and US Institute of Peace, USA where the president’s wife was said to have attended events, there is nothing to show that she attended any event in the two institutions.
We have seen pictures of Wife of the Senate President, Toyin Saraki with President Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle. We also saw pictures of Patience Jonathan with Michelle Obama when she visited the USA. Where are Aisha Buhari’s pictures with the First Lady of US and major government officials from the country? Or could she have arrived and departed from the USA like a spirit?
It is even more important that nothing official has been said about the purported trip. Not from the President’s spokespersons.
A fan tweeted at Wiz “Imagine @wizkidayo and @duttypaul on the same track ?” and in a swift response, the starboy confirmed it has happened “This just happened today!! Hahaha my guy u sure u no be FBI? Scary!! ?”, he tweeted.
Since Wizkid featured on Drake’s “One dance” which has become the No.1 song on the chart, he has been working with top international artists.
We await the hot collabo with Sean Paul !!!
One Africa Music Festival took place last night with the biggest African acts performing to a sold out crowd in New York.
Tiwa Savage’s Performance
Timaya has revealed he will be releasing a joint collaborative album with Trinidad recording artiste Machel Montano.
The ‘Ukwu’ singer announced the development during his performance with the Soca singer at the recently held One Africa Music Fest held at the Barclays Center, New York, United States of America.
The singer’s ‘Money’ featuring Highlife singer Flavour which is currently buzzing on radio, online and TV gave a thrilling live performance alongside other African music stars, including Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Banky W, Flavour, Stonebwoy, Wale, Davido, Diamond Platnumz, Seun Kuti, Machel Montano, Jidenna, Don Jazzy, Praiz, and Ayo Jay.
Davido has officially been signed to RCA records!!
The superstar’s management announced the deal following the pictures of him and RCA records chairman “Peter Edge” appearing on his(Davido) instagram page.
RCA records is a subsidiary of Sony Records and home to stars like Justin Timberlake, Zayn Malik, Alicia Keys and many more.
Davido was one one of the performers at the recently concluded One Africa Music Festival.
The highly anticipated “GOE” album now has a tracklist!!
Patoranking has just released the tracklist of his “God Over Everything album” through his instagram page. GOE has 16 tracks and features Phyno, Wizkid, Sarkordie, Olamide, Elephant Man, Koshens, and Kwam 1.
The dancehall king who came into limelight after releasing alubarika, a single that featured timaya has been on top of his game in the music industry. He later released many hit singles like “Girlie O”, “My woman my everything” that are not being included in the “GOE album”
“GOE” will be released on August 1, 2016.
The mum of one based in Houston, Texas with her family took to her Twitter page to put Punch on blast saying she never granted them any interview.
According to her, “While we were promoting #WivesOnStrike I was asked on a ‘video’ interview about having a long distance relationship in which I replied it’s not long distance, it’s the kind I’m already used to and i make it WORK by balancing family and work.
Pls don’t misquote me on a video interview n have the nerve to call it exclusive.My last press interview was with Sam olatunji 4wivesOnStrike.“
According to what Punch published Jombo said, “Before I got married, I had always dated people who lived outside Nigeria. As a result, being married to someone who lives abroad does not seem bizarre. I didn’t plan to marry someone who lives abroad. Rather, it just happened.”
Apparently, the interview was taken from a video interview she had in May, to promote the movie “Wives On Strike“.
Jumbo wedded Kenny in Puerto Rico in 2012 and welcomed their first child together, Matthew Rodriguez in May 2015.
All searches to the Nollywood actress’ account on the photo and video sharing app shows that the account under her name, can no longer be found.
Aimakhu’s fans have taken to her page to plead with the hacker to return the account to its rightful owner.
The hacker proudly attributes one of Aimakhu’s makeover photos to another make up account, advertising their business on the page.
However, Aimakhu is yet to confirm the incident.
The record marks the return of the artiste and music executive after the release of new promo shots. Edgar is the younger brother to international footballer Mikel Obi and the brain behind the MMM Records label co-owned by Mikel Obi.
‘Dab’ is as fun as it comes with confident ‘talk’ from the rising act.
Listen up and share your thoughts.
Taking some time off his busy schedule, the Nigerian Senator took to his Facebook page to share photos from his trip with his sons.
Melaye posed with his son amid their luggages in one of the cute photos.
The lawmaker representing Kogi West in the National Assembly also shared some photos of his first son, as well as another of himself and his daughter, Ruth Gbotemi Melaye, earlier last week.
Considering how hard it can be to juggle work and family as a Senator, this is definitely some much needed family time.
Melaye shares two sons and a daughter with ex-wife, Tokunbo Fabiyi, and welcomed another child with his new wife in July this year.
Recall that two weeks ago, Pastor Adeboye at a Youth conference shared a sermon that got social media agog. According to him, sex is not food and shouldn’t be everyday and a woman must know how to cook and pray as one of the criteria for marriage.
Daddy Freeze has however weighed in on the trending topic. He took to his website writing,
“The only part of the message I agree 100% with, is that no one should marry a man or woman who can’t pray for 1 hour straight. The bible instructs us in the book of 1st Thessalonian chapter 5 verse 17 to “pray without ceasing”. In as much as we like to operate under the assumption that we control our own lives, in my opinion, the greatest part of our lives is controlled by external forces.”
“When life happens during your race, you will need a sufficient amount of grace!”~FRZ
“This Grace can only be received through ceaseless prayer!
Talking about marrying a woman that cannot cook is another kettle of fish entirely, as I do not see why this is a criteria for marriage in 2016. If your woman can’t cook you have many options which include teaching her, hiring a cook, cooking your own meals or eating out and each has its own distinct and enjoyable flavour. Imagine serving your woman a meal in bed on a Saturday morning, she would gladly retaliate with a favor ‘wink’.
Jinmi Abduls returns with a sweet tune titled ‘Tinuke eko‘ coming after the visuals to ‘Pose’ remix featuring BOJ.
‘Tinuke eko’ is a tale that narrates how the singer met the supposed love of his life on a journey in the city of Lagos.
The alternative singer rides on a melodious beat produced by Remy Baggins.
The slow jam, which was written, mixed and produced by Daniels is described as having a ‘rhythmic Afro beat, mixed in a soulful atmosphere.
The song was recorded at Dunkishrock Studios, New York, NY USA.
Listen and enjoy.
Vector tha viper drops a birthday freestyle serving as a kind of follow-up to his ‘IDGAF‘ track where he calls out industry antagonists.
As expected, he delivers heavy punchlines.
Listen to the freestyle here.
The song was produced by ace producer, HarMony, who worked on songs such as ‘This kind party’, which featured J. Martins.
Yakasai, a former presidential adviser in the Second Republic stated this in his Kano residence when Raymond Dokpesi led members of his campaign team to seek his support for his PDP chairmanship bid at the forthcoming national convention in Port Harcourt.
“In my opinion, Nigerians will vote out APC in 2019 because they are complaining over the cost of living and the rate of poverty is on the increase”, Yakasai said.
I don’t see how APC will win if they don’t manipulate the process. How much was a dollar last year, how much is it now? What about the cost of bag of rice, basket of tomatoes and others. Farmers are complaining about fertilizers but it was not like this when PDP was in power,” he added
Similarly, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari over his poor handling of the economic situation in the country.
Mbaka, who claimed that Nigeria is being attacked ferociously, said Buhari should know that there is trouble in the land.
He also warned the President to note that if things continue like this, nobody will vote for him in 2019.
The Del B produced song follows the pattern of the likes of his hit song ‘Limpopo’.
Kcee pledges his allegiance to his woman in the song.
The Five star music lead man has also released an accompanying video for the song, directed by Mr Moe Musa.
Listen and enjoy the piece.
The song features reggae and dance hall sensation Halogen. Both artistes with energetic delivery unleash the fire in them, telling God to capture the wings of their enemies.
This groovy tune comes off his soon to be released album.
The album is titled– “Opebi to the World “(OTTW).
The singer who was attending a birthday celebration in Lagos yesterday, July 5, 2016, seemed thrilled to be meeting the veteran singer.
Looking dapper in a fitted shirt tucked into fitted matching pants, Dbanj made a cutting image. His look for last night was done by celebrity stylist, Jeremiah Ogbodo.
Dbanj also posed with the stylist in the photos which he shared via social media today, July 6, 2016.
See photos above.
The singer blamed the media for the failure of his ‘relationship’ with the daughter of billionaire tycoon Femi Otedola.
Tizzle made the disclosure during a recent interview with The Nation, also explaining what his post from last August, which insinuated a romantic relationship between the pair, really meant.
Sharing a photo of Cuppy, he wrote:
“God bless my Cupcake Ifeoluwa aka Cuppy. Like Jay Z and Beyonce, it’s just me and my future Abiamo. #Kisses.”
The post which gave rise to wild speculations of a relationship between the pair, wasn’t taken too lightly by Cuppy, a situation which may have further estranged the pair.
Now, Tizzle explains to the publication that he simply had a crush on the talented disc jockey.
“No, we were not dating. She’s just my friend and we are cool like that. People just took it wrong, although I like her for so many things.”
When asked if he ever had a crush on her, he replied honestly:
“Yes, I was. I told her before but she was in school then and she was trying to focus on her education.
“When the media put that out she didn’t take it too lightly and that kind of affected the relationship.
“But me I go go work that work to come tell her back say what’s up girl, can we do it again?”
Dj Cuppy has since been rumoured to be in a relationship with footballer, Victor Anichebe.
Alimi and the Nigerian Transgender were pictured at the launch of his foundation, The Bisi Alimi Foundation, on Thursday, August 4, 2016, in London.
The foundation is being set up to provide succor to Nigerian gays and transgender’s in the country and all over the world.
Only last week, Alimi was pictured with American transgender, Caitlyn Jenner, during an outing, sparking rumours of a relationship between them.
However, Alimi is happily engaged to Australian fiance, Anthony.
The song was produced by Maleek Berry.
According to him, the album is an expression of him and his experiences, and is privileged to have collaborations with a long list of artistes including Reminisce, Banky W, Niyola, Iyanya, 2baba, Wizkid, Phyno, Flavour, Ice Prince, Burna Boy and more, saying the songs have meaning and will stand the test of time.
The pair welcomed their little bundle of joy yesterday, August 3 2016. “Our Prince is finally here! God is Great! All the time!” Iyke excitedly shared on Instagram.
The reality couple got married in April 2013 and also have a two-year-old daughter.
These two also met on set of TV series ‘Tinsel’. The couple who wedded in April 2013, welcomed their first child in June 2014.
Iyke Okechukwu is a Nigerian actor who got his first acting role in a kiddies show called “Fun Time” in 2002.
Florence Okechukwu is a Nigerian actress, voice over artiste and producer.
The group, in a statement released by its secretary, Sandra Efosa, said to show their happiness, they will offer free sex to any member of the Dream Team that is interested when they come back to the country.
The statement reads:
“On behalf of our National President, Comrade Tamar Tion, the National Association of Nigerian Prostitutes (NANP), wishes to congratulate the U-23 Football team of Nigeria for defeating Japan 5-4 in the football match played at the Olympics.
We are delighted because they boys did not allow what they went through before they got to Brazil affect them as they still showed the can-do spirit of Nigerians.
Our President sat up through the night, watching the team do the impossible and to express our happiness and support for the team, we promise every member of the squad free weekend sex whenever they come back to the country.”
“That is our modest contribution to encouraging them. We are all Nigerians and we would do anything to support our team.
The song which was produced by Masta Garzy features Nigeria’s favourite, Patoranking.
Rapper Sarkodie was featured on the the original song but was missing on the remix.
Download and listen, and don’t forget to share your views with us.
The award winning rapper earlier released two cool singles ‘Love God’ and ‘Talk don’t bother me’.
Nothing short of ‘sick’ wordplay on a complementing beat from the rappers.
Check on it
A popular pastor in South Africa, Alfred Ndlovu, took the temptation of competing with God too far when he decided to embark on a dry fasting that would break the 40 days and 40 nights Jesus Christ underwent, when he died after just 30 days into the programme.
Buzz South Africa reports that Ndlovu had boasted to his members that he would break the widely acclaimed record Christ held for the longest fasting and retired to a mountain to stay for the record breaking event but after just one month, he was found dead.
It was reported that Ndlovu left his family on June 17, 2016, to the prayer mountain to commence the dry run but on July 17, he was found dead by a hunter who then reported the find to the police who notified the deceased’s family and church members.
A church member, while narrating the death of Pastor Ndlovu, said:
“He was a very spiritual man. It’s unfortunate he had to die this way. After a month, we got the sad news of his death. Pastor was a healthy and religious old man who did not even look his age.”
This past weekend has been one of great testimony for International Recording Artist and Africa’s own Uche Agu as he debuted on his first performance recording at the Brand New Joyful Noise on BET hosted by grammy award winner Tye Tribbett. Tye replaces Dr Bobby Jones who retired from the Bobby Jones Show after 35 years on broadcast with his new Show named Joyful Noise. Also, Uche was accorded the platform to be interviewed by BET International where he shared his story of grass to Grace on his journey to JoyfulNoise BET.
Keep up with his schedule here – www.ucheagumusic.com
In the caption of the video the 20-year-old beauty wrote “We may not be together but I’ll always have love and support for Davido no matter what. There’s no need to lie or hide anything, he has an amazing heart and was my friend before anything and we’ll remain that way.“
Davido and Sira Kante stopped dating in 2015 sometime around the birth of his daughter Imade Adeleke. The pair briefly reunited at the exclusive party held to celebrate Davido’s new deal with Sony Music in Lagos Lounge, Brooklyn, New York in January 2016.