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Sunday, October 31, 2010

P-Square and Fally Ipupa are the kings of the MAMA 2010 nominees list – 2Face, Banky W, Wande Coal & Lizha James also receive multiple nods


MTV Networks Africa and Zain have today announced the nominations for the 2010 MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain(MAMA). The nominees for the annual poll of young African’s. music tastes were announced tonight at a star-studded celebration at De Marquee, Lagos, Nigeria, attended by artists, nominees, celebrities and VIPs including 2Face, Sasha and Mo Cheddah. The nominations were revealed by Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, MTV Networks Africa, Andre Beyers, Chief Marketing Officer, Airtel Group and Rajan Swaroop, CEO, Zain Nigeria. Nigerian artists scored an impressive 13 nominations including three nominations for duo P-Square (Artist of the Year,

Best Group and Best Video), and. two nominations each for MAMA 2009 winner 2FACE (Best Male, Artist of the Year), Wande. Coal (Best Anglophone, Best Male)and Banky W (Song of the Year, Best Video).

Nigerian female artists also rated well with Best Female nods for Nneka and Sasha, and a nomination as Brand:New artist for Mo Cheddah. D’banj, a four-time MAMA winner, received yet another MAMA nomination for Song of the Year for “Fall in Love”.
MAMA 2008 Best Live Performer winners Jozi (South Africa) notched up another ‘nod’ from the MAMA academy with a nomination for Artist of the Year.

Six further South African artists were recognised by the MAMA Academy, with nominations for
Teargas (Best Group), JR (Song of the Year), Black Coffee (Best Male), Big Nuz(Best Anglophone), Liquideep (Song of the Year) and The Parlotones (Best Video).

Fally Ipupa scored the highest individual number of the nominations with four separate MAMA award nominations. The charismatic artist from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), who is also performing at MAMA 2010, has been nominated for Artist of the Year, Best Male, Best Video and Best Francophone. Barbara Kanambrought the DRC nomination tally to five with a first-time nomination in the Best Female category. East African artists continued their positive nominations run with five nominations from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Kenyan Gospel crossover artist
Daddy Owen is nominated for the first time in the Best Anglophone category while hip hop outfit P-Unit gets a mention for Best Group and Muthoni is recognised in the Brand:Newcategory. In Uganda there is a first time nomination for Radio and Weasle (Best Group) while Tanzania’s Diamond gets his commendation in the Brand:New category.
Following the MAMA success of Samini in 2009, Ghanaian artist Sarkodie gets a first time nomination in the Best Anglophone category.
Four US mega-artists are to fight it out in the Best International category which sees Rihanna representing the gals against Eminem, Drake and Rick Ross in the ultimate urban music face-off.Two new categories in 2010 have broadened the scope of artists eligible for the MAMA.

The Best Francophone category sees Gabon enter the MAMA race for the first time with a nomination for Ba Ponga, while Senegalese artist Awadi and Ivory Coast‘s DJ Arafat also pick up their first ever MAMA nominations.

Angolan artists Cabo Snoop and Paul G pick up nominations in the Best Lusophone category alongside Mozambique’s hip hop queens Lizha James and Dama do Bling.

Commented Alex Okosi, “This year’s MAMA is even more representative of the growth of the pan-African music scene and the added emphasis on Lusophone and Francophone artists makes this the most exciting MAMA nominations race that we have seen so far. We congratulate all the artists on their nominations and wish them success on December 11th in. Lagos.”Commented Andre Beyers, Chief Marketing Officer, Airtel Africa, “The nominations today have shown the universality of music and the fact all genres strike a chord and a cross-over appeal with Africa’s youth regardless of their nationality.

We are happy to be associated with a platform that recognises and celebrates the rich musical heritage that positively depicts culture from across Africa.”

The nominees for the 2010
MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain were shortlisted by the MAMA Academy – a handpicked group of music industry experts and taste makers from across the African continent.

The winners for the
2010 MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain will be revealed on Saturday 11 December 2010 at the Eko Expo Centre, Lagos, Nigeria.
The nominees for the
2010 MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain are:


Best Video
Fally Ipupa – Sexy dance (DRC)
P-Square f/t J. Martins- E No Easy (Nigeria)
The Parlotones – Life Design (South Africa)
Banky W – Strong Ting (Nigeria)

Brand:New
Mo Cheddah (Nigeria)
Diamond (Tanzania)
Muthoni (Kenya)
JoJo (Gabon)

Artist of The Year
2 Face (Nigeria)
P-Square (Nigeria)
Jozi (South Africa)
Fally Ipupa (DRC)

Song Of The Year
D’Banj – Fall In Love (Nigeria)Liquideep – Fairytale (South Africa)
JR – Show Dem (South Africa)
Banky W – Lagos Party (Nigeria)

Best Anglophone
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Wande Coal (Nigeria)
Daddy Owen (Kenya)
Big Nuz (South Africa)

Best Francophone
Fally Ipupa (DRC)
Awadi (Senegal)
DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast)
Ba Ponga (Gabon)

Best Lusophone
Lizha James (Mozambique)
Paul G (Angola)
Cabo Snoop (Angola)
Dama Do Bling (Mozambique)

Best Group
P-Square (Nigeria)
Radio & Weasle (Uganda)
Teargas (South Africa)
P-Unit (Kenya)

Best Female
Sasha (Nigeria)
Lizha James (Mozambique)
Nneka (Nigeria)
Barbara Kanam (DRC)

Best Male
2 Face (Nigeria)
Fally Ipupa (DRC)
Black Coffee (South Africa)
Wande Coal (Nigeria)

Best International
Rihanna (USA)
Drake (USA)
Eminem (USA)
Rick Ross (USA)

The MTV Africa Music Awards 2010 is sponsored by Zain in association with MasterCard.

Arik Air is the official airline partner of the MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain.

Source: bellanaija.com

Soft-spoken 18-year-old American wins Miss World


BEIJING – The newest Miss World is from the United States.

Alexandria Mills, a soft-spoken 18-year-old, was named the winner in Saturday night's contest in southern China. The tall blonde was a relative surprise winner after speculation focused on other contestants.

Second place went to Emma Wareus of Botswana, and Adriana Vasini of Venezuela came third.

The host country's own contestant, Tang Xiao, also was among the final five.

According to a brief biography on the Miss World website, Mills calls Louisville, Kentucky, her hometown, and she recently graduated from high school. She would like to become a teacher.

"I've never met a stranger and enjoy meeting new people," she says in the bio.

For the final, she was wearing a shimmering ivory-colored dress slit up the leg.

Mills takes over the title from Kaiane Aldorino of Gibraltar, who was named Miss World 2009 at a ceremony in South Africa last December.

Women from more than 100 countries participated in the contest, organizers said.

This is the 60th year of the Miss World Competition, and organizers brought back contestants from past decades to give the night a retrospective theme.



Source: news.yahoo.com

Saturday, October 30, 2010

New Video: Terry G – Sangalow Part 2


Ginjah Ur Swaggah Season 1 can be classified as Terry G’s breakthrough album; with its flagship single – Free Madness hitting mammoth status, making it one of the hottest songs of 2009.

On the third video from the said album, Sangalow Part 2 (Free Madness Pt. 2 and Troway being the first and second respectively) Mr. Ginjah directs the video himself. He features like minded Denrele and a cameo from dance queen – Kaffy.

On a side note, we’re definitely loving the lense-less spectacled look he’s recently been sporting.



Source: bellanaija.com

Basket Mouth Set To Tie The Nuptial Knot


One of the most successful comedians this year, Bright Okpocha popularly known as Bastket Mouth is ready to make the next step in life, and jump the broom. Yes he is getting married.

He will be tying the nuptial knots with his longtime girlfriend Elsie Uzonma next week. The traditional version of the wedding will be taking place on November 1st 2010, while the wedding proper will be on November 6th 2010 both ceremonies will be taking place in Lagos.

The Wedding Company will manage the wedding, while Uche Majekodunmi’s Newton and David will handle decor. Bonix will take care of food and drinks.

2face, Banky W, Dare Art Alade are billed to perform at the wedding.

Congratulations to Bright & Elsie. Stayed tuned for pictures from the wedding in a few weeks.

*** Shout out to Big Sam Media

Source: jaguda.com

Friday, October 29, 2010

Genevieve Nnaji is a “Connector of the Day” on CNN Connect the World airing in November 2010


Genevieve Nnaji with CNN anchor - Max Foster

Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji has been chosen as a “Connector of the Day” on CNN’s programme, Connect the World. Genevieve filmed her segment yesterday, 28th October 2010 at the CNN Studios in London and viewers from around the world sent in questions via various social networking platforms. Nollywood Uncut editor, publicist and scriptwriter, Bola Aduwo was featured via telephone on CNN’s Connect the World – Brazil/Nigeria show, she maintained contact with the producers and suggested Genevieve as a “Connector of the Day” and it was done.

Connect the World takes viewers on a sweeping journey across continents, beyond headlines and into the stories that are changing our world. In the segment, Connector of the Day, viewers get a chance to connect with some of their favorite personalities by sending in their questions and having them answered. Genevieve has joined the ranks of recent “connectors” including Matt Damon, Condoleezza Rice, Roberto Cavalli, Jose Carreras, Sheryl Crow and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs.

Though the air date is not confirmed, it will likely air during the Week of November 8th 2010.
Genevieve shared her excitement about the feature via social networking site, Twitter and also in a behind-the-scenes video which has been uploaded to the CNN Connect the World Facebook page. Also read Gene’s “Future Connector” profile on CNN.com.



Source: bellanaija.com

Video WORLD: P-Square – Gimme That



Brand new video from P-Square. It is for the track “Gimme That“. P-Square have had an outstanding year so far. They are now taking a break in their new home “Square Villa” and gearing up for their European tour which will kick off in a few months. The video features P-Square at a party surrounded by a bevy of women vying for their attention. As always, it was directed by Jude ‘Engees’ Okoye.



Source: bellanaija.com

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Nigeria's secret police intercept weapons shipment


A large shipment of weapons has been seized by Nigeria's State Security Service at the port in Lagos city.

The secret police say they intercepted 13 containers, some of which had rocket launchers and grenades and other explosives hidden under tiles.

The authorities have said they cannot say who owned the containers or their intended destination.

But correspondents say the discovery has increased fears of possible violence during next year's elections.

'Major departure'

Intelligence agencies say they are still sifting through the weapons and they also included artillery rockets, mortar rounds and rocket launchers.

The BBC's Caroline Duffield in Lagos says the type of weapons described makes this a major departure from previous arms hauls.

Only a small part of the arsenal was shown to the media, she says, but it was enough to worry security experts.

They identified the artillery rockets as Norinco rockets - a type used by the Taliban in Afghanistan - suitable for high-intensity warfare.

Official sources told the BBC the shipment came from Iran.

But the National Security Adviser, Andrew Owoye Azazi, told journalists the authorities were still establishing the origin of the weapons and their intended destination.

"At this point, the only thing we can say is that we have some armaments we have discovered at the port... Let's not jump to conclusions," Mr Azazi said.

Officials told the BBC there had been some arrests, but gave no further details.

Security fears

Security has been stepped up in Lagos since the bombings on 1 October during celebrations of the 50th anniversary of independence.

A militant group from the oil-producing Niger Delta region claimed responsibility for the blasts, and it has threatened to strike again.

Our correspondent says that group has never used heavy weapons of the type just seized in its attacks, and there are fears it might be changing its tactics.

But there is also insecurity in Nigeria's northeast involving the radical Islamist group, Boko Haram -- and this arms find is also prompting fears of a new uprising there, our correspondent adds.

Source: bbc.co.uk

New York bed bugs invade UN building


Mayor worried about their effect on city's global image

UNITED NATIONS - New York's bed bug epidemic has struck the UN headquarters which confirmed Wednesday that the dreaded insect has been detected.


The blood-sucking bugs have been found at landmarks such as the Empire State building, department stores such as Bloomingdales, big name hotels and the Carnegie Hall in recent months and authorities have warned the problem is worsening.


A UN spokesman said the insects were found on October 22 in the library at the world body's headquarters and one week earlier on the upper floors of the HQ. An infestation in 2009 led to an outer building being fumigated. The spokesman stressed however that no staff had reported being bitten.


"We continue to follow the expert advice of our exterminator specialist making further tests with the bed bug sniffing dog to more fully assess and manage the problem," said the spokesman.


New York mayor Michael Bloomberg expressed concern this week about the effect the brown insects are having on the city's global image.


The bed bug's bite is a little painful rather than dangerous, but inhabitants are scared because the creature mainly attacks when people are asleep.

Source: montrealgazette.com

Inside SquareVilla… Pictures From P-Square’s Mansion


There has been a lot of speculation about the mansion, and how much it cost. Is it N100 million? N300 million? or N500 million? Whatever the price is, it sure looks like they spent a good amount of money on it. Here are a few words from Peter when asked about the price of the mansion:

“Getting a land in Omole Estate (Ikeja, Lagos) alone is N100m. When you look at the house, especially the finishing, it is over $2million. When people speculated that the house was worth N300 million, we had not even finished the interior. What do you think is the cost of a mansion that has a swimming pool, six living rooms, ten master bedrooms, all fully furnished? It’s far more than the speculated N300million”





Source: jaguda.com

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Nigerian Music Video Awards (NMVA) 2010 Nominees


NMVA HOTS UP – Press Release

As preparations for the fourth consecutive edition of Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) heats up, expectations are very high in every sector of the entertainment industry as to what to expect in this year’s event that is fast positioning as the most credible, most respected and most attractive out of Africa.

While the tempo is being sustained, the awards organizers remain resolute on their commitment to transparency and as such are weary of all lobbyists warming them to stay at bay as only good videos will be duly rewarded.

The event will take place at The New Exhibition Hall of Eko Hotel & Suites on November 28 and lots of plans are already in the pipeline. The lineup of artistes performing at this year’s award is quite legendary and it is something every music lover should be looking forward to. The nominees for the awards have since started canvassing for votes from their fans which can be done on the
award’s website, www.livebeats.net.

After the Saturday July 30, 2010 re-broadcast of the third edition of the awards on MNET via DSTV’s Africa Magic channel, the attention of the whole world was drawn to the first music video awards in Nigeria. The Nigeria Music Video Awards also received the NAFDAC stamp few weeks back. The Director General, Mr. Paul Orhii, a showbiz enthusiast, lauded NMVA as a truly Nigerian brand that is deserving of all the support it can get.

Artistes who were hitherto unknown were brought to the fore by NMVA owing to their excellently produced videos. In this league are names like, H-man, Mc-Loph, Jaywon and others; while also balancing their technical counterparts by rewarding new directors, editors, cinematographers and choreographers, e.t.c. New directors like, Mex, Gbenga Salu, Sesan Ogunro (who came all the way from the U.K to receive his honors), Wudi Awa, Bobby Hai and a host of others were encouraged to continue contributing their quota to the trail blazing feat of DJ Tee and Clarence Peters. The NMVA has established that artistes and video directors as well as producers can share the glory side by side on the same stage as witnessed at the very successful 2009 edition.

THE COMPLETE LIST OF NMVA NOMINEES
1. BEST AFRO HIP-HOP
ZAAKI -CATCH FIRE
LYNXXX- CHANGE YOUR PARADE
RAW- O CHUKWU
NIKKY LAOYE- TAKA SUFE
DAGRIN- PON PON PON

2. BEST MAIN STREAM HIP-HOP
BOUQUI- TAKE YOU AWAY
JESSE JAGZ- JAGO
MODENINE- RHYME TIGHT
YOUNG HANZ- DISPLAY
OVER DOSE- ALUJO

3. BEST CONTEMPORARY AFRO
KEFEE- THANK GOD
EVA- NA SO
SOUND SULTAN- 2010
SOLID STAR- ONE IN A MILLION
TIMAYA- PLANTAIN BOY

4. BEST AFRO POP
D’BANJ- ENDOWED
2FACE- ONLY ME
GOLDIE- YOU KNOW IT
BANKY W- LAGOS PARTY
WANDE COAL- WHO BORN THE MAGA

5. BEST REGGAE/ DANCE- HALL
MAHEEDA DUTTY- WINE
GENERAL PYPE- CHAMPION
AFRICAN CHINA- IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY
CODE READ PATRICIA
RUFFMAN- BEAUTIFUL

6. BEST GOSPEL
KEFEE- THANK GOD
KSB- TURN ME AROUND
MANIE- X JUST LIKE YOU
NIKKY LAOYE- TAKA SUFE
ANNIE- COME AND SEE

7. BEST R ‘N’ B
BANKY W- STRONG TING
IBIYEMI- DON’T LEAVE ME
FEMI- BABY I GOT IT
MIKE ANYASODO- FINE FINE LADY
ESSENCE- FACE BOOK LOVE

8. BEST HIGH- LIFE
EEDRIS- CALABAR GIRL
BRACKET- ADA OWERRI
J MARTINS- EVA
GBOOF KWASA

9. BEST USE OF ANIMATION
T.W.O- I NEED SOMEONE
ALEC GODWIN- YOU AND I
WORKERMAN MOVEMENT- SWAGGER THIS, SWAGGER THAT

10. BEST USE OF CHOREOGRAPHY
KAFFY- OMO GIDI
DIPP- POP OFF SELECTA
WANDE COAL- WHO BORN THE MAGA
STYL PLUS- READY TO GO

11. BEST FUJI MUSIC VIDEO
DEKUNLE FUJI- OLUWA FUNMILAYO
FAITH AJIBOYE- JOMI LOJU

12. BEST AFRO BEATS MUSIC VIDEO
LAGBAJA- SOBOLATION
FELA VIVA AFRICA
ISRAEL- YES AMEN

13. BEST DIRECTOR
WUDI
CLARENCE
MEX
SESAN

14. BEST EDITOR
CLARENCE PETERS
WUDI AWA
GBENGA SALU
DJ TEE
MEX

15. BEST INDIGENOUS CONCEPT
KEFEE- THANK YOU
ISRAEL ABIARA- YES, AMEN
VIVIEN- IJO
IMAGE NOT AFRAID

16. BEST VIDEO BY A NEW ARTISTE
SOLID STAR- ONE IN A MILLION
MIKE ANYASODO- FINE FINE LADY
YOUNG HANZ- DISPLAY
MOCHEDDAH- IF YOU WANT ME
MESHACK- FEELING INSIDE

17. BEST SOFT- ROCK VIDEO
CONTRADICTION- DREAMS (PLACES TOGO)
DJINEE- OVER KILLING
MAD-ONNA TAMARA
HO SMITH BROWN SUGAR

18. BEST USE OF EFFECTS
DIPP- POP OFF SELECTA
DJINEE- OVER KILLING
D’BANJ- ENDOWED
MANIE-X JUST LIKE YOU
ZAAKY- CATCH FIRE

19. VIDEO OF THE YEAR
GOLDIE- YOU KNOW IT
2FACE- ONLY ME
BANKY W- STRONG TING
D’BANJ- ENDOWED
DIPP POP- OFF SELECTA

20. BEST PRODUCER
KENNIS MUSIC
EMPIRE MATES RECORDS
EFFYZZIE ENTERTAINMENT
MO’ HITS RECORDS

21. BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
CLARENCE PETERS (GOLDIE-YOU KNOW IT)
TOSIN IGHO (IBIYEMI-DON’T LEAVE ME)
SESAN (D’BANJ- ENDOWED)
AK ONE (KAFFY- OMO GIDI)
GBENGA SALU (KSB- TURN ME AROUND)

22. MOST POPULAR MUSIC VIDEO IN EUROPE
MO EASY- RED CARPET
ADASHOOK- NAIJA GIRL
166FAMILY JEUN LO
JJC- WE ARE AFRICANS
DK WAA LAST

23. BEST USE OF COSTUME
GOLDIE- YOU KNOW IT
BANKY W- STRONG TING
XTACY- E GO BETA
DIPP- POP OFF SELECTA
KAFFY- OMO GIDI

24. BEST NEW DIRECTOR
GINI (DAGRIN -PON, PON, PON)
FRIZZLE (NIKKY LAOYE-TAKASUFE)
JAMES OLUDARE (MAHEEDA -DUTTY WINE)
KEMI ADETIBA (BANKY W-LAGOS PARTY)

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Source: jaguda.com

My relationship with OmoSexy - Harry Song


Harry Song (Harrison Tare Okiri), a multi instrumentalist, singer, song writer, producer and voice trainer, has worked with array of Nigerian entertainment acts including star actress, Omotola Ekeinde Jalade, Paul Play, Olu Maintain, Darey Art Alade, and is currently working on some singles for the Nollywood luminary duo of Aki and Pawpaw (Osita Iheme and Chinedu Ikedieze).

In an exclusive interview with National Life, Harry Song maintained that working with Omotola and Aki and Pawpaw is fun all the way and is one of the best things that have happened to his career.

“Ahhh!” he exclaimed when asked how it was, working with the duo of Aki and Pawpaw. “The studio was a theatre of comedy,” he said, while giggling and caressing his Awolowo-like velvety red cap.

Continuing, he said that “it was laugh and laughter all the while. I really, really enjoyed working with them. You know these guys are veteran actors and comedians. Every second working with them, whether on serious issues, you keep laughing and enjoying yourself”.
And his take working with star actress, Omotola, was not different as he stated that “it was fun working with Omotola because she was ready to learn. She wanted to grow up and give birth to the musical fetus inside of her and we got started. I was her vocal coach and co wrote some songs with her”.

Harry Song is of Niger Delta extraction. Physically built, when quizzed on the affluence and splendour enjoyed by some militants in the creeks of the Niger Delta, he said that despite how lucrative militancy seems to appeal to some young men, he prefers to pull the strings of his guitar as a musician rather than pulling the trigger of guns as a militant.

Narrating his long and arduous trek to the entertainment kingdom, this Delta born Afro-hip-hop-dancehall act said that after he had reigned as a local champ in Delta State, his encounter with Nollywood veteran actor, Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD), catapulted him to national reckoning as RMD advised him to relocate to Lagos where he could take his talent to national and global levels.

On his album, this multitalented act who is currently on Questionmark Record label, said that his 16-track album which is being mixed and mastered in the United Kingdom would soon hit the market.

Perusing his profile, one would want to know if Harry Song is a Jack of all trades and master of none. But he said: “In my life, so many things have happened that proved some sayings and beliefs wrong. The grace of God is upon my life, so, it is Jack of all trades and master of all. I play all the instruments very well. I produce my songs very well and I write and sing very well. I don’t have limitations to my inspirations because I am specially blessed by God,” he assured.

Relishing some artists he has demonstrated his arts with, he said that “I worked with Omotola. I produced her single, “Feel Alright” and I performed it with her during her album launch. I have worked with Darey, Paul Play and many others. I am presently working on Aki and Papaw’s singles. They will soon drop their singles. I did something for K C Presh. Infact, I have written, produced and performed for so many artists.”

At the beginning

I owe my musical talent to my late mother and the church. My mother was a choir leader and she exerted so much spiritual and musical influence on me. At the age of 11, I started learning various musical instruments. I loss my mother before I could finish my secondary education. The loss of my dear mother affected me so much. I had strained relationship with my father and step-mother, which pushed me into the streets. But through all the travails, I held on to what my late mother had taught me – the fear of God.

Now, I am proficient with the drums, piano, flute, bass and acoustic guitars, and others. I worked at the Church of God Mission, Benin, as musical director for 15 years. I have performed weekly as the lead singer of a live band at the Sheraton Hotel, Lagos; performed at the Niteshift Coliseum and O’Jez Bar, Lagos, before I signed on to Question mark record label. And Questionmark has been steering my musical career.

Challenges

It has been quite challenging but “e dey de bodi” (it is in the blood). I was a music director for 15 years before venturing into full scale musical production and performance. So, music formed a larger part of my life than any other thing. I grew up with music and I have been living music. For me, it is not like hustling to make money and fame. No! Music is for me, what I must do to be fulfilled. It is fun for me. I am born to sing. I am born to perform. Even when I am in the studio producing, I don’t feel fully fulfilled. I want to be with my fans, performing.

Between gospel and secular

Yes, I have been a music director in the church for 15 years, but I diverted to secular music because I got to a point where I needed to step up my game. Even then, I am doing soul lifting songs that teach and spread love, the ground norm of existence, rather than corrupting the youths.

Warri to Lagos

I had to relocate to Lagos because Warri was not giving me that platform. It was my ‘bros’, Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD) and Gordon that advised that if I want to step up my game, Lagos is the place to be. Meeting with RMD changed my life.

Working with Omotola

It is beautiful working with her. I heard lot of things when I was to work with her. They said she cannot sing, she cannot dance, and she cannot do this and that. But I discovered the great voice in her. And she is a good singer. It was fun working with her because she was ready to learn. She wanted to grow up and give birth to the musical fetus inside of her and we got started. I was her vocal coach and co wrote some songs with her.

Aki and papaw

Ahhh! The studio was a theatre for comedy. It was laugh and laughter all the while. I really, really enjoyed working with them. You know these guys are veteran actors and comedians. So, it was healing working with them. Working with the duo can be described as laughing per second. Every second working with them, whether on serious issues, you keep laughing and enjoying yourself.

Height contest

I am six feet plus and they have always reminded and cautioned me that I should not let my height deceive me: “Harry, we are not your mate,” they will caution. And I will always respond, “bros I never forget oo”. They are not people that can be intimidated. For now, they are ready to drop a single and after that, they are planning a project in South Africa after which we will continue with others.

Militancy

I was born in Warri and bred in Port Harcourt. I could not be a militant because right in my village, militants themselves know me and know who I am. They will definitely beg me not to. They respected the personality I represented and anytime they want to do their fighting and all that, they will warn that I should not come close. They have always told me that I am a different person. And whenever they are going to the extreme, I will caution and they will stop. They have always said that I was born with sugar coated mouth. Some of the militants, because of their orientation, they believe that know body will hear them except blood flows. I have always admonished them to look inward and see things inside instead of outwardly. It is about their mindset. The Bible says that ‘be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind’. And that is what the militants need. So, I don’t’ have to belong to any of such group to be heard. I will rather use my music as an instrument to make a difference.

Liberation through music

Music is sound that penetrates and liberates the souls of men. So, the government can use music to liberate the militants, the restive youths. They should from time to time, organize musical concerts and minister to these restive youths. It will keep their souls from thinking and planning evils. Some people can get mad when they hear people commanding them but music teaches, commands subtly and liberates without opposition. Music is life and can be use as a strong tool to liberate restive souls.

Source: nigeriafilms.com

13 Year Old Nigerian wins BEFFTA Young Achievers Award


Tunji and his parent
Zambian young actor, Olutunji Ebun-cole, has emerged as winner of the BEFFTA Young Achiever Award in the BEFFTA Special Awards Category. Olutunji (famously called Tunji) beat seven other contenders aged between 13 and 28, to win the prestigious Award.

Tunji, whose mother is Zambian and his father Nigerian, is at 13 years of age an accomplished young actor. He has played main leading roles in film and television. He played the Lead role of ‘Joseph’ in the Short Film “New Boy” which was nominated for an Oscar Award at the 2009 ceremony. Tunji also acted as ‘Cola Kid’ in James Bond’s ‘Casino Royale’, directed by Martin Campbell. His other credits include working with David Swimmer (famously known as Ross in the American Sitcom “FRIENDS” in the film called “Run Fat Boy Run”. He also played as background artist in the film ‘Sixty Six’ with Paul Weiland and as ‘Child in Street’ with David Corneberg in “Untitled”. Tunji who has an amazing CV of his acting career at such a young age, has also starred in many short films on television in addition to appearing as a child actor, an extra, voice over, background artist, walk-on and has featured in many high profile adverts by Nickelodeon as well as on BBC, BBC2, Sky, ITV, JWT, CBBC, BBDO and AMV including adverts for Scaletrix, Clarks, Sainsbury’s, Persil and ‘CHINS’, among many others.

On receiving the news of Tunji’s Award, his Zambian mother Jayne Mwondela said ‘I am very proud of Tunji. He is such an amazing child. He loves what he does, and he does not let it get to his head. I thank God for giving me a child such as Tunji.”

The BEFFTA Awards honour and recognize black and ethnic talent in Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television and Arts. While other nominees have to be selected through a public vote to win an Award in their respective categories, winners in the BEFFTA Special Awards Category such as Tunji are selected by a Special Panel of BEFFTA Members.

Tunji will be honoured together with other BEFFTA winners at a lavish red carpet BEFFTA Awards Ceremony to be held on Saturday 30 October 2010 at the Westminster Central Hall in London.

Other Zambian nominees in the BEFFTA Awards include Zambian Sky TV Newsreader, Lukwesa Burak as Best TV Presenter/Personality; Justina Mutale, founder and organizer of Miss Zambia UK as Best Pageant Director; Miss Zambia UK Beauty Pageant as Best Beauty Pageant; reigning Miss Zambia UK, Andella Chileshe Matthews as Best current Beauty Queen; Former Miss Zambia UK, Flavia Mbazima as Best former Beauty Queen; Perryfield Promotions as Best Event Promoter; Zambia’s favourite DJ in the UK, Shimpundu as Best DJ and UKZAMBIANS Lifestyle Magazine as Magazine of the year.

In addition Queen of Zambia UK, Victoria M’tonga and reigning Miss Southern Africa UK, Fernanda Kanyendo have both been nominated as Best current Beauty Queens in the same category as reigning Miss Zambia UK, while organizer of Queen of Zambia UK, Ethel Elaka Gondwe has also been nominated as Best Pageant Director and Best Event Promoter.

Rhumba maestro Kofi Olumide has been nominated as Best International Act alongside Alicia Keys, Jay Z, Beyonce, Ne-yo, Trey Songs, Akon, Sade, K’naan, STY.LIST, Emmanuel Jal, Admiral c4c, Jazmine Sullivan, and TuFace Idibia.


Source: nigeriafilms.com

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My zero to stardom story - African China


African China (Chinagorom Onuoha) has shared the story of his inspiring rise to fame and stardom from humble beginnings in one of Lagos' most backward and notorious slums, Amukoko.

In-a-no-holds-barred interview with Stardom, the star also spoke about how his debut effort, Crisis, turned out to be his turning point transforming his fortunes and how he celebrated when he received his first payment of N1.5 million by treating himself to two pieces of turkey and a bottle of Schweppes Tonic!

China started out as a street hawker before graduating to become a barber. The odds were against him, but born with a desire to succeed against the odds, he stuck to his guns and today, he has no doubt emerged one of the top artistes of the decade.

“I grew up on the streets. I lost my mum at the tender age of two and so, my dad raised me as a single parent. The Onuoha household was crammed and there was little food to go round and so, at a tender age, I had to hit the streets to eke out a living.”

The goings-on got so bad that at a point, he worked in various barbing salons in Orile and Ajegunle, while he was still in school, to make ends met. “I had to juggle my hustling with my education so I always worked after school hours. From the money I made, I bought text books and school uniforms. I didn't have a choice because the alternative was to go hungry and naked. When I started facing crisis as a barber, I returned to hustling at Orile bus stop where I sold pure water, chinchin, Nasco Wafers, toilet rolls and bread to mention a few. Those years were rough. We lived in a crammed apartment. I used to be Saheed Osupa's biggest fan; I even fought in his name. Then there was no Hip-hop at the time. It was just Fuji.”

According to him, the lessons he learnt from the streets have served as the framework for his success and he would be forever grateful to God.

“I learnt to be streetwise and to fend for myself at an early age. I learnt that you could only be as tall as your dreams. If you aspire to be a Mike Adenuga; a mentor, it is all within you and if you want to be a street fighter, it is up to you. It all depends on your mindset and how you perceive yourself. At an early age I said to myself, 'this and that are what I want and I worked towards it.”

Recounting the greatest challenge he faced he said: “It was hardship! Hardship was my greatest challenge. I was scrapping a living surviving from hand to mouth. I was doing my music but it just wasn't working out and my friends whom I groomed in the ghetto were releasing their albums. I ended up organizing shows in the area because I was becoming an area champion.”

Turning point

However, after the release of Crisis, his debut effort in 2002, his life underwent a transformation. He recaptured that year.
“Crisis changed everything. It became a street anthem and I was invited to perform everywhere. Somebody told Oga Obi of Globedisk, my erstwhile label about me saying that I had to be on his label. That was how my breakthrough came.

“For me success hit me like a ton of bricks! It happened so fast and at a time when I least expected it. If any successful artiste tells you that he already knew where he was going from day one, that artiste would be lying through his teeth. Trust me! Music is spiritual. Some will make it before you, some will never make it but it's a spiritual thing.”

What was his reaction when he got your first royalties?

“Like the area boy I was then I was suspicious of every one when I made my first N1.5 million. Even the marketer who paid me the money became a suspect the instance he paid me. On that day I had gone to him to request for N1000 to settle radio disc jockeys for promoting Crisis. I pleaded with him to give me N1000 but rather than attend to me he was busy counting bundles of money. I eyed him angrily and thought to myself, 'If I fit tye neck this man now, I don hammer-o.' I was even doubting if he would even give me the N1000.
“He finally turned around and said, 'China, this is N1.5million. It's for you.

I am paying you half today. You will get the other half by the end of next week. Please, sign here to indicate that you're in receipt the money.'

According to China, he was shell shocked: “Initially, I thought he was joking and I said in pidgin, 'Oga Obi, you don come again-o. Which one be this.” But I noticed he was serious when he repeated himself. My heart stopped beating. My eyes strayed form the money to s face and back to the money again. I came here asking for one N1000 now I was being offered N1.5million with the promise of a further N1.5million in a week's time. I began to shake! I could not believe it. He gave me nylon and I stuffed all the money into it. Even as I was packing it I kept watching him suspiciously scared he could suddenly change his mind and pounce on me but he did not. He reminded me to sign again for the money. When I finally signed I fled from his office!”

What was the first thing he bought for himself?

“Turkey!” he screamed, “I bought two pieces of turkey because I had been eyeing this turkey for a long time. In my neighbourhood we had a restaurant where they sold fried turkey garnished with sliced onions and pepper and each day I went by I asked myself, 'which day I go chop this turkey. When I go fit afford am?' I took a bundle out and headed straight for the restaurant demolished two pieces of he turkey. Then it was going for N70 and I washed it down with a bottle of Schweppes Tonic Water. African china had arrived!”

In retrospect he said: “One thing I thank God for is that I never allowed money to control me. I started investing immediately. I already had a studio in Orile so I expanded it. I invested in my DJ business. Today I have invested seriously in music equipment.”

Marriage and fatherhood

Last year, China tied the knot with his heart throb and today they have a beautiful daughter. He opened up on marriage.
“Men, I enjoy it. Married life is so sweet! If you are not there you won't know what it tastes like. It's an institution. You need to study it so that you won't make mistakes.”

According to him, there's a difference between being a baby father and being a father and a husband. “As a baby father,” he explained, “you will never be there when she s pregnant? You won't be there when she gives birth? You will only hear that it's a boy or girl and it's supposed to be your child. At the end of the day you start taking care of the baby and not the mother. But being a father and a husband makes it a totally different ball game because you will be there monitoring everything. And when the baby is born, you will be he first to carry the child and look into its eyes and say, 'is this truly the continuity of me? I am enjoying every second of marriage.”

African China has had his fair share of women. How did he pick his wife out of the crowd?

“I grew up without a mother and my dad raised me as a single parent. My mum died when I was two years old. I don't recollect much of her. I grew up in a-face-me-I face-you apartment where we had a woman who was a nightmare to her husband; she was always nagging and quarreling. Even at that tender age I was like, 'Oh my God! I don't want to end up with a woman like this. So, ever since I have always wanted to pick my wife based on certain qualities; I already had an idea of what I wanted. I have dated a whole lot of women and when I met my wife I told everybody, this is my wife.”

According to him when he met his wife, his plan was to hit and run but before he could say Jackie Robinson, he was hooked!

“When I met my woman, it wasn't love at first sight-o,” he confessed laughing. “I wanted to hit and run but I got hooked. She is a wonderful woman from a loving family. I was trapped! I just realized this was a totally different experience. She's a loving woman and very protective. We have a daughter. To all my colleagues out there who have made money and are shy of getting married I have one advice-settle down and get married then you will know where you will invest your money.

London Fever

One experience he wouldn't forget soon was his experience in the UK when an English gal accused him of rape.
“I was at the right place at the wrong time; that's what happened. Thanks to my manager, Ilka; she's based in the UK. She stood by me all through. She was working with the BBC and was also my manager.”

For him, though he was incarcerated briefly, he had fun while in jail: “A UK jail is like a hotel room. I had a TV and people doing my laundry. The only problem was my freedom; I was denied my freedom but I had fun because I had been in prison here in Nigeria and knew how bad it is in the country. I was like wow! I love this place. The only problem was that they distabilise you by isolating you while here in Nigeria, they torture you. They gave me food and even pampered me and always asked, 'what do you want? What could we get for you? But they deny you communication; you can't talk to anybody. And then you start talking to yourself and when they walk up to you and ask, 'what's up?' You want to talk to them; they are smart! What happened was that I was detained because my bail money was not ready. I told the judge the truth and nothing but the truth and that was what set me free. I threatened them that if they failed to find me guilty, they would have to give me automatic citizenship because my visa would have expired by the time my trial would be complete and meanwhile I was losing millions of naira back home from shows and my business was suffering.

“Consequently, the judge instructed the police to go and get evidence and if they failed, the case would be discharged. At the end of the day there was no evidence. She wasn't raped and I did not sleep with her and there was no penetration either. She slept in my room, yes. But I did not lay a finger on her. That was what I told the court. We even did a DNA swap to prove my innocence. Someone tried to set me up but to this day I don't now who it was but I understand that as a consequence of my being a critic, anything could happen.”

He also disclosed that at the height of the crisis, Nigerians in the UK advised him to jump bail and flee back home but he refused: “You see, at the height of he crisis, I was advised by Nigerians in the UK to jump bail like some prominent Nigerians had done in the past. They said, 'China, now that you have bail, run away! But I said, 'why should I run? I will stay and fight them. That was why I sang London Shiver.”

Rasta Jude Levi

One man that played a central role in his career was Rasta Jude Levi, the man who produced Crisis. What's heir relationship today? “We are like elder brother and younger brother today though we once had a misunderstanding but it was not my fault because I never really knew what happened until much later. It was my marketer who erred and Jude Levi did what he had to do which I do not blame him for. I was pissed with Globedisk. I was like, 'why would you deny him his credit if he deserves it. When I finally met him I told him the same thing. Today we are very good friends and I still go to him for advice.”

Current project

Following the release of his last album, Return of D Legend, China is back in the studio and putting finishing touches to his next joint. Meanwhile, his single, Boyfriend & Girlfriend is on rotation.

“Right now I have a new single and I am working on other songs. The new single is entitled Girl Wey U Suppose Marry. I guess the title sounds awkward so I am planning to re-title it Boyfriend and Girlfriend.”

Unlike the trend in his first and second album, which had a strong radical undertone, his last album had a couple of love songs. Is this the new trend?

“We are beginning to witness what we call a true democracy,” he explains. “We have to let it take root before we begin to discriminate. I want people to understand the fact that Nigeria is our own; this is our country. Once upon a time we lived under the military and things were really bad but today we are in a democracy. Back in 2002 when I dropped Crisis, we were still undergoing a rebirth because Obasanjo was an ex military man. It was only until Yar Adua came along that we began to develop a democratic culture and now we have Goodluck Jonathan so love is taken over and we have to sing about love and unity. Remember I got married last year as well. But I don't really think that my songs are radical. I see myself as the voice of the people and if you equate that with being radical, its okay. What I believe is that I am a socially conscious artiste.”

Source: nigeriafilms.com

It’s okay for my wife to be jealous when women call me - Papa Ajasco .


He comes across on the tube as an incurable womanizer with so much money to throw around his harem of women. But in practicality, Abiodun Ayoyinka aka Papa Ajasco, tells Emeka Enyinnaya . that he is the direct opposite of the role he plays in the popular sit-com, Papa Ajasco and Company.

According to him, he is neither the chronic womanizer nor the money bag he portrays in the comedy. “Yes Papa Ajasco on screen is very rich and he like women and likes to enjoy life. Everybody likes money but on the women aspect you have to move closer to me to know that. But what I do on the TV is to teach people what life is really all about and that role the opposite of my real life. I am neither a womanizer nor a millionaire, but I am comfortable.”

However he admits enjoying the patronage of his fans, particularly the female ones who despite his marital stature still call him up even at weird hours not minding if he is in bed with his wife.

“My wife knows the kind of job that I do so she really do not mind. Like I have some pictures at home where one girl or another is sitting on my laps and I am holding, pecking them and all that. As human beings we are bound to be jealous and she may be actually jealous but not to the detriment of my job.”

Few years back Papa Ajasco, broke the hearts of his numerous fans when he all of a sudden he vanished from scene. His absence stirred rumours from various quarters of what could have being happening to their rib cracker. Some of them even came to the conclusion the lost his role for good in that hilarious comedy.

But while they were still grappling with that he surfaced. Inasmuch as he won’t like to dwell on what happened two years ago Papa Ajasco said his absence was as a result of some misunderstanding between his producer/director and himself. “Since when I opted out of Papa Ajasco and came back everything has been fine. I did not even opt out but he said he does not want me so I stepped aside. But we later we resolved the issue and I am back. I have being around for about two years now.

Abiodun Ayoyinka who has being around the theatre for over thirty decades said he delved into the industry after watching the likes of Hubert Ogunde and Ojo Duro-Ladipo.

“After watching these two people as a young boy I was determined that I will go into acting too. So in secondary school I joined the literary society because of the flair and talent I have for acting. The last 30 years have being very beautiful and I have never taken any job apart from the field of art. When I left the university I was employed at the Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture and since then I have been working there and

doing others things of course.

After several years of marriage with no issue to show for it Papa Ajasco said his happiest moment was the day his wife gave birth to their first baby.

The Ipara-Remo, in Ogun State-born actor who had vowed to act till his last breath said while his suspension lasted he busied himself with other things in other to make ends.

“I work with the Lagos State Government. I work in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Culture, so I am still a civil servant, and I have been very busy.”

And on his late wife Mama Ajasco? Well, she’s late now. In fact, I felt her presence in my life because anytime we were recording, Mama Ajasco would advise us against taking wrong steps.

And on one of his bald head which is one of his trademarks he said, “I look more handsome when I shave my hair, and it is not only when I am going on recording. I shave my hair when it is time.

Source: nigeriafilms.com

BBA All Stars 2010 Winner Uti Nwachukwu returns to massive applause in Nigeria


The moment Uti Nwachukwu was announced as the winner of Big Brother Africa All Stars 2010, many Nigerians and Uti fans all around the continent began celebrating! After 91 days in the Big Brother Africa house, the young Nigerian actor/musician received the highest number of country votes and won the $200,000 prize.

A few days ago, Uti returned to Nigeria from South Africa and as even before he landed, a large contingent of fans and family had convened at the airport in anticipation of his arrival. As soon as he arrived, Uti was greeted with hugs and loud cheers from everyone present. Even the airport staff couldn’t help getting caught up in the ‘Uti fever’, as they congratulated him effusively. Some eager fans were on the lookout to see if BBA All Stars’ housemate and Sheila would arrive with Uti but alas Sheila has gone home to Kenya.

Next on the agenda was his ‘homecoming’ party which was organized by MNet, the event took place on Friday 22nd of October 2010 at the Rehab Bar & Lounge in Victoria Island, Lagos. The next day, the Uti party train moved to Club 10 where Jay Jay Okocha hosted Uti once again.

Congrats Uti! After all the parties, we expect Uti to continue work on his debut album and also hope he invests his prize money wisely.

Source: bellanaija.com

Monday, October 25, 2010

Three Musical ‘Rule Breakers’ on One Hot Track: Awilo Longomba feat. Terry G & Timaya – Brukutu


This song had me trying to figure out how to dance Alanta and Makossa at the same time.

It is very easy to class Terry G, Timaya and Awilo on one track as Pop music overkill, still they pull it off just fine. They teamed up on this track – “Brukutu” produced by Terry G. A song like this makes it clear, that no matter how much we belittle our ‘Jollof music,’ Africa and the rest of the world are listening.

Source: bellanaija.com

Pastor Kumuyi re-marries


71 year old Deeper Christian Life Ministry founder, Pastor William Kumuyi, has re-married, 18 months after he lost his wife. The wedding to the new wife, a lady by the name Esther, who's said to be a member of his church, was reported to have taken place in the UK sometime last week. His late wife Mrs. Kumuyi died at 57 on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at her residence in the International Bible Training Centre, Ayobo, Ipaja, Lagos. - The Nation

Source: lindaikeji.blogspot.com

Nigerian teenager shot dead in UK



Late - Samuel Adelagun

A 16 year old Nigerian teenager, Samuel Adelagun, has been shot dead in east London by two masked gunmen firing at a group of four youths.


Adelagun, was shot in the upper left chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene in Chesterton Road, Plaistow. Police also found a boy of 15 who was shot in the abdomen. He is still in hospital in a stable condition.

Police say the shooting took place in parkland at the junction of upper road when two gunmen appeared behind the four teenagers and began firing. The group aged 15 and 16 were attacked from behind by the gunmen at around 3.20am.

All four youngsters ran away and then re-grouped in the area and sought help from a local resident where Samuel was shot in the upper left chest, while the 15-year-old was blasted in the abdomen.

The only description of the gunmen is that they were dressed in black and wearing balaclavas. It is not known if they travelled in a vehicle or were on foot.

Detectives from the Met's Trident unit, which tackles gun related crime within the black community, are investigating the death.

Annie Smith, 77, of Howards Road, backing on to the parkland, said: "I heard two males shouting then I went back to sleep. Then I heard three or four bangs. I thought it could be fireworks but it may have been shots. I then heard somebody shouting and someone answer faintly. They are just kids, why were they out so late?"

Floral tributes, including seven bunches of white roses, were laid at the foot of the police cordon taping off the scene.

No arrest has been made, according to the London Metropolitan Police.
A post-mortem examination was carried out on Samuel Adelagun at Walthamstow mortuary, police said.

Source: lindaikeji.blogspot.com

Another Aero Plane In Close Mishap


A Lagos-bound Aero Contractors aircraft from Port Harcourt developed what looked like a technical fault mid air on Sunday afternoon.

We gathered that the aircraft suddenly started making a deafening noise which made passengers become uneasy fuelled by the pilot and the crew’s refusal to explain what was happening on board the full flight.

The aircraft however managed to make it to Lagos airspace prompting an emergency landing at the cargo section of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 5.30pm Local time.

After it successfully landed, We gathered that the obviously frightened and shocked passengers made a dash for the emergency exits which left some of them with injuries but no lives were lost.

Three (3) NAHCO buses were deployed to transport the passengers to the local wing of the airport.

Recall that a few months ago, another Aero plane flying from Abuja to Lagos on a Sunday morning had a close mishap courtesy of bad weather.

Source: nigeriafilms.com

Sunday, October 24, 2010

11 Hurt In Plunge 'Fleeing From Devil'


Police are investigating the incident which took place in the early hours in the small town of La Verriere, west of Paris.

Officers said some of the injured were children including a four-month-old baby, who is in a serious condition in a children's hospital in the French capital.

"Thirteen people were in an apartment on the second floor when, at around 3am, one of the occupants heard his child crying," said Odile Faivre, the deputy prosecutor in Versailles.

"The man in question, of African origin, who was completely naked, got up to feed his child, at which point the other occupants took him for the devil.

"He was seriously wounded in the hand after being stabbed with a knife before he was thrown out of the apartment, via the door."

The 30-year-old man then tried to force his way back into the room.

"That's when the other occupants tried to escape by jumping out of the window, panicked by a fear of the devil," said Ms Faivre.

Police are questioning the naked man as well as another man who jumped from the window with a two-year-old girl in his arms.

Seven of those injured - who were African, possibly from Angola - were taken to hospital for emergency treatment.

Detectives are trying to find out if the group jumped voluntarily or were forced to jump.

Source: uk.news.yahoo.com

Denrele denies being Charley Boy gay lover


Area Fada, Charley Boy, has been associated with a lot of negative – and positive – things, but never before has he been called a homosexual. That is up until now.

A romantic picture of Charley Boy kissing Denrele has been circulating on the Internet for a while, and it has made many believe that both of them are involved in a sexual relationship.

Denrele told us that he didn‘t owe anybody any explanation.

“If not that I know you, I would have told you I don’t owe you any explanation. I just think that some people are out to tarnish my image. Call it Photoshop, call it publicity stunt or whatever the picture is, people just want to tarnish my image.”

But to those who he feels are out to tarnish his image, Denrele said, “I’m not bothered in anyway. They are just making me popular. The story is not affecting me in anyway. I have been receiving calls from all over the world about this same picture. I’m not gay, but I don‘t think I owe anybody any explanation.”

Charley Boy’s phone was unreachable when we tried to contact him


Source: nigeriafilms.com

MY BOYFRIEND KNOWS I'M NOT A LESBIAN---ESSENCE


Uwalejemitawale Agbealeaghan Okoro, popularly known as Essence, has been in the music industry for many years. She obtained a degree in Performing Arts from Delta State University, Abraka, in 2002. She sang the popular Super Story theme music and was a back-up artiste for some musicians before she released her debut album. Essence, in this interview with ADA DIKE, talks about her sojourn into music and other interesting issues

How did your journey into music begin?

I started listening to Kenny Rogers and Michael Jackson from childhood. Also, I have been singing the National Anthem since I was eight. In fact, there was a DBN jingle I did when I was 18. After my secondary school, I started to back up for some musicians. Later, I attended a talent hunt show in 1998/99 called “Circle of Stars Talent Hunt Show.” That was where I met Kenny St. Brown who was one of the judges. On that day, she said, “Hey! You came first on my list, but I don’t know why you came second.” She took me up from there and I started backing her up on stage. What actually brought me out was the “Heavens came down” song that I did with Kenny Saint Brown.

Before then, I had had the basic knowledge about music from church; so, I started writing my own songs. Kenny St. Brown broadened my horizon and introduced me to a lot of people in the entertainment industry. She basically gave me the courage and confidence about how to grow in my music career. Kenny St. Brown guided me through the rough terrain as a budding artiste. Then, it was difficult for people to believe in or listen to a budding artiste.

My maiden album contains the African Prince track, though people criticised me that I sang Tuface’s song. It was like a remix of his African Queen song. I also did another song with OJB.

How did you get the Super Story soundtrack?

We went for a breakfast and she (Kenny St. Brown) introduced me to the producer. She told the producer, “Listen to this girl; she can sing.” So, he started playing the keyboard while I sang. He then told me that there was a soap opera coming up very soon. He asked me whether I would like to sing the soundtrack and I accepted the offer. So, we did the soundtrack and it was successful. Everywhere went wild when I sang it in Ghana.

Professionally, how old are you in the industry?

I am six years in the music industry. I am still very relevant and I am like an authority of sorts.

How is your relationship with your manager, Kennis Music?

It is a family thing. It is beyond an artiste-manager relationship. When you understand each other, things will move smoothly.

A lot of artistes on Kennis Music have left the label. So, do you think your own story will be different?

God can do all things while man can do something to a certain point. So, what will you do if God says it ought not to be?

As a female artiste, how has it been?

We are still struggling to survive because the male artistes seem to be dominating the industry. But I thank God it is getting down to us now. We all now behave like “Hey guys! This is our business, so we need to make an impact.” The fans are beginning to request more music from female artistes, so we now do the same thing guys are doing, which is playing at shows and events. We are not into music for fame, but we are in it because we love it and are passionate about it. So, it would be good to balance it once in a while by not inviting only men.

How did you handle the allegation that you and Kenny St. Brown are lesbian mates?

I handed it over to God because He alone knows everything. My family and friends stood solidly behind me during the period. This is because they know I am not into lesbianism. My boyfriend also knows that. Lesbianism is like a taboo; it is nasty and dirty, so I will never do such a thing. Before the rumour, there were threats. My parents sensed that something was going to happen; so, we prayed that God should give us the strength to go through whatever might happen.

As a musician, do you prefer fame to money or vice-versa?

We need money, but sometimes, fame brings favour that money can’t quantify. Besides, it brings accolades, so I would choose fame.

What would you have been doing if you were not into music?

I would have still been into music and nothing else. I am thinking about the future. You have to start thinking of putting things on the ground for the next generation. I want to go into events management. But I have been a master of ceremonies for some organisations.

How has stardom affected your wardrobe?

Oh! My God! It has affected my pocket, as I buy new dresses almost everyday. This is because if you wear a dress once, you can’t wear it again. It is crazy, but it is a good craziness.

What kind of attire do you love most?

Before now, I used to wear trousers, but it is going to be gowns from now on. Also, I have fallen in love with shoes and bags. Anyway, I am still building my repertoire.

Why do you now wear a low cut?

I had my hair cut low when it became weak. So, I fixed this attachment by the side of my hair as a signature because my hair gets me noticed.

What are your future plans?

I would like to take one step at a time. I want to be a reference point in the entertainment industry. Anything can happen, so I am ready to be visible in the music industry by the grace of God.

As a female artiste, a lot of admirers would certainly be swarming all over you. So, how do you handle admirers?

I am very civil with admirers. I encountered one yesterday and I handled him maturely.

Would you accept or reject a proposal from any of your admirers?

No, because I am in a relationship at the moment. But I would not tell anybody because my relationship is not my claim to fame. You won’t perform well on stage, if you are not happy; so, I give God the glory.

So, who really is Essence?

Essence is a simple, fun-loving and God-loving lady from Itshekiri in Delta State. But my mum is from Bayelsa. I am the last of seven children, so I am mummy’s and daddy’s girl. My mother was in her 40s when I was born. I studied Theatre Arts in Delta State University, Abraka and graduated in 2002.

Who is the lucky man in your life?

He is good and he is my man. The knowledge about him is for my consumption only. He’s a friend to a friend; we met and it clicked.

So when is he taking you to the altar?

I will invite you to our wedding when the bell rings.

Source: nigeriafilms.com

Upcoming Rapper/Producer, Sazzy Omonbude, is Dead


The Abuja entertainment circuit was rocked this morning by the shocking news that aspiring MC/producer Sazzy, real name Osaze Omonbude, had passed on after a brief illness.

Sazzy was well-known in hip-hop circles in the Federal Capital as a gifted producer and an amiable MC. His most memorable achievement was the release of the DJ Atte-hosted mixtape The Take Over in June this year. The mixtape featured a gang of stars including M.I,9ice and Ruggedman.

Sazzy was 26 years old at the time of his death.

Source: nigeriafilms.com

Eucharia Anunobi ‘finds’ husband


Following our story, I Need Another Man To Lean On -Eucharia Anunobi in the October , several requests have been pouring in, via text messages and phone calls, from readers who are in interested in getting married to the Nollywood actress, Eucharia Anunobi, who is desperately in need of a soul mate. Here are some messages from the interested readers:

Hi Bayo, how are you doing? Could you link me up with Eucharia Anunobi? Thanks, I’m expecting a reply. Willy. 08035742069.

Oga Bayo, please, tell Eucharia Anunobi that I’m vacant to let too. I’m working on my divorce. Meanwhile, link us up. 08053539092.

Hello Bayo, I’m a regular reader of your column , I read about Eucharia Anunobi. We worship together at RCCG Potter Annex, Ikeja and I wish to marry her… Israel. 08038510241.

Please, send (sic) me the number of Eucharia Anunobi. Thanks 07068394464

Dear Bayo Adeoye, please, help me to get Eucharia Anunobi’s number or you can give her my own. The reason is that I read about her story, which states that she needs a man in her life. Please, use your capacity to connect us on the phone as the first step. I reside in Abuja. Thanks. 08032677525.

Dear Bayo, my names are Onwe Destiny Okechukwu from Ebonyi State, but I reside in Lagos. I have a masters’ degree in History from

University of Ibadan. Please, I’m interested in Eucharia Anunobi. How do I speak with her? Thanks. 08031936466.

Please, kindly link me up with Eucharia Anunobi. 07031203860

Mr. Adeoye, kindly link me up with Eucharia Anunobi who is in need of a husband by texting (sic) her number to me. Augustine. 08133824234.

Sir, I am Engr. Joseph Adebola in Ilorin. I saw an advert that Eucharia Anunobi is looking for a God-fearing man as a husband. I am interested, Sir. I need the details about her. Thanks. 07068493967.

Dear Uncle Bayo, God Bless you. Please, kindly try and connect me with Eucharia Anunobi. I am particularly concerned about her crying for a person who can assist her to solve the problem of her son’s ill health. I am from Osun State, partly from Osogbo and Modakeke Ife. My name is Akeem Alarape.

Please, send my GSM number to the woman and by God’s grace, I will see that Joshua, her son, is healed of the sickle cell anemia disease and the woman will surely come back to you to say thanks. She will see wonders through the assistance of God and our forefathers. Tel: 0803514570


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Friday, October 22, 2010

Where is the ‘Best’ Place to meet your Mate?


The other week, one of my fellow male colleagues in the office chided me for working late. According to him, my ambitious life style is one of the primary reasons behind my single status. “If you stay couped up in the office from morning to night and spend most of your weekends indoors how do you expect to find a boyfriend?” he asked rather bluntly. I stared back in silence, for two reasons. One, my father had said the exact same thing to me the week before and two; I was beginning to think they both might just be right!

I discussed my dilemma with a few friends and we came up with a list of the tree top places for such romantic encounters….

We all agreed that the best place to meet someone was at a quiet, laid back, ‘get-together’. This is primarily because at such gatherings everyone is usually ‘at ease’ and more likely to mingle than at elaborate events where people tend to stick close to their own crowd.

Coming a close second was at weddings. According to my friend Temi, this is because weddings remind single guys that they need to settle down and there are always ample amounts of single ladies looking extremely hot! Whether this is true or not is off course open for debate!

Third, but definitely not the least was the almighty hook up! Yes, I agree that this isn’t technically a place but according to my friends, having someone who knows you (flaws and all) hook you up with someone else they know well, could actually be a match made in the stars.

We also concluded that the most unlikely place to meet ‘the one’ was at a club. This is primarily because there are way too many alcoholic contents floating about and the last thing on any guys mind at that point is looking for a bride.

Personally, I’m not too sure about strategizing or mapping out certain places to frequent in order to ‘meet’ the one. Call me romantic or na├»ve but when I do finally meet him I want to be pleasantly surprised and not secretly thankful that my ‘plotting’ worked. Plus, I also believe there is something to be said for letting fate guide you along life’s path without you second guessing each and every turn.

But what do you guys think? Have my friends and I totally missed the plot with our list? Do you have any other places in mind? If you are married, where did you meet your mate?

Join the discussion!

Source: bellanaija.com

7 die in renewed cult war in Ambrose Alli varsity

BENIN CITY – THE university town of Ekpoma, turned into a theatre of war since Wednesday, as rival cult groups in the state owned Ambrose Alli University (AAU), engaged themselves in a renewed cult clash killing seven persons so far.

Vanguard was reliably informed that the clash is between the Maphite Confraternity and the Black Axe. It was learnt that one of those killed was a student who had completed his exams and was awaiting his call up letter for his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Vanguard gathered that the six of the people killed in the cult war were shot dead in different parts of Ekpoma, while one of the deceased was shot in front of university gate Wednesday. Five was said to have been killed last Wednesday while two was killed yesterday (Thursday).

But the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Peter Ogboi, confirmed only three dead and disclosed that two suspected cultist are already in police net in connection with the killings.

Ogboi explained that “the situation is worrisome but it is under control. We have sent we have sent operatives to the area and they are already making huge success to get all those involved. Two suspected cultists are already with us now, they were arrested with arms. They are being questioned over what happened in Ekpoma by a special squad of anti-crack team and they are going through intensive interrogation”.

However, the Public Relations Officer of the University, Dr Chris Adamaigbo, claimed that the deceased students were not students of the university and that the institution has nothing to do with the ugly incident.

According to him, “the ones we are aware of now are not registered members of the university so we cannot say they are students of the university. The university authority has nothing to do with what is happening outside, the people involved have no business with the university”.

Source: vanguardngr.com

DAREY PREMIERES TWO NEW SINGLES + VIDEO TEASER


We're excited to deliver Darey's new singles ('the way you are' and 'dont let me know') to you - first for your listening and enjoyment,
and then for you to kindly share with your other forumites, express your views and we are hoping you will find these cuts worthy of your
precious time.



Source: nigeriafilms.com

S’African court cautions Okah’s wife


Azuka, Okah, the wife of the leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, Mr. Henry Okah, on Thursday landed in the soup when her mobile phone rang at the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court.

She found herself on the wrong side of the law during her husband’s bail application in the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, the South African Press Association reports. When Azuka’s cellphone rang, the Magistrate, Mr. Hein Louw, ordered the court inspector to send her to the court’s holding cell.

However, Azuka pointed the inspector to her driver, who was seated in front of her, and he was sent to the court jail instead. When her driver was called to stand before the court, she claimed responsibility for the interruption.

The magistrate said, “She wilfully disturbed the court. My court is like Park Station. I have never seen my court this busy.

“Reporters are going in and out of my court, and I have warned people to switch off their phones.” Park Station is Johannesburg’s main railway station.

He said he understood that Azuka was under a lot of pressure, but could not accept the court being disrupted.

But Okah’s defence lawyer, Rudi Krause, pleaded with Louw for leniency in dealing with the matter. Krause explained that Azuka always had her phone off and that it was his fault that she switched it on.

“I was trying to get hold of her on her cellphone and I tried a number of times and could not talk to her,” Krause said.

Eventually, Azuka phoned Krause back and he asked her not to switch off her cellphone again. The charges she faces were not clear, but her case was postponed to Friday (today), SAPA reports

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VIDEO: Henry Okah's Full Interview Implicating Jonathan With Transcript

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''9ice ingrate''--- RUGGEDMAN REPLIES 9ICE(LYRICS)


ARTIST:Chinaydu
TITLE:9ice The Ingrate (The Beef Goes On)
RECORD LABEL:Rugged Records
YEAR:2010

(rap)Abolore or what do they call you"Alapo Stupid" Hey yo 9ice,You must be out of your mind to think RuggedyBaba the man that brought you up in this industry will stoop low to exchange childish words with you,For what?

Yo stop being a coward,say what your problem is or shut up.Face your music,try to fix your marriage
(singing):And the beef goes on (2X) 9ice you're so dumb,everlasting

Mr Gongo aso don did it this time,his last album couldnt cut it so now he
is beef inclined thats lame,he got fame backstabbing like Brutus Tradition album wouldnt sell,now he's selling rumours Rugged straff dancers?
Perhaps but him na single chap you tried do am too your marriage collapse

You had Toni Payne jumping taxis with your baby boy but she bought the first car
you drove Honda Baby boy,Now Toni Payne "used and dumped"
Jah Bless "used and dumped"
Cabasa "used and dumped"

we all know you's a chump,Rugged made you who you are now you wanna Baba diss
you cant sing,you are chanting incantations like a herbalist
Ask about T.Boi you need a line to him?I'll give you his number,
go ask him why Rugged fired him
Rule number one dont let it go to your head,me calling your name on a track is
something you should dread,something you should dread

CHORUS:CHANT: When i say 9ice,you say ingrate

9ice" "Ingrate" "9ice" "ingrate"
When i say bashorun you say gor "bashorun" "gor" "bashorun" "gor"
(singing)And the beef goes on (2X) 9ice you're so dumb,everlasting,Ever lasting

VERSE 2:Talking about your girlfriend giving your best friend a blow job
the girl got a hoe job,you? you got no job,Your so called street credibilitys a scam
you've used up all the yoruba adages you can,You couldnt even spell your name right

you need to get a life,you couldnt keep it tight,you couldnt even keep your wife
Since you dwell on rumours,heres a few
i heard people say little birdy told me 9ice is gay,he swings both ways
Wande Cole slapped him,he got a crush on Don Jay (Don Jazzy)

Smokes jay,messed up Nelson Mandelas birthday,Calling Ruggedman a bastard
thats funny yo,i heard your mother abandoned you when you was 8months old
And your father threw you out to go live with your grandma,he suspected somebody else's did it with your mama.

Rule number two,dont get too full of yourself me calling your name on a track is bad for your health

CHORUS:CHANT: When i say 9ice,you say ingrate 9ice" "Ingrate" "9ice" "ingrate"
When i say bashorun you say gor "bashorun" "gor" "bashorun" "gor"

(singing)And the beef goes on (2X) 9ice you're so dumb,everlasting ,Ever lasting
And the beef goes on (2X) 9ice you're so dumb,everlasting.Ever lasting

VERSE 3:What kind of father are you?I end the matter with you,so Baba dont gotta bother with you,He got you the money,he got you the wife,now i am taking the 9 out your name and putting you on ice Cos you are a scam artist,the sham artist I aim at you ,
you'll never hear me say "damn i missed"So when Zion grows up and asks
"Ta lo bi mi"(who is my father?)we gone tell him its one ingrate called 9 I.C.E

Only place you sound nice is when you asleep and snoring,only man who can smoke weed,sing and still sound boring

Rule number three never bite the hand that fed you,me calling your name on a track will likely dead you

(talk):Abeg commot for there,you think we dont know its your ex girlfriend you caught give person blow job?
Instead of you to open your mouth,you just keep quiet and let rumour mongers try to tarnish Ruggedmans image.

Dey tarnish your wife image,your own wife,mother of your own son wey born ur pikin?Man you are a wicked,evil ingrate.Wait self,you are asking about Vino....you never hear Ruggedman new song "Sanwo"features Vino.

Make i even ask you guy,where is Jah Bless?Where is 2Phat?Where is Cabasa?Where's Toni Payne?Where's your child?Man tell us what your problem is guy,or straight up shut up.Oya you too...talk hayam Lizining.

Abolore my son,i sent you to school you dont know how to spell your name,N or 9? Olodo

Sebi you lied you owned H-Mans house where you were squatting before,H-Man is the landlord and you were a tenant.
This is Ruggedmans boy replying you o,we will diss you to death!



Source: nigeriafilms.com

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

What does your name reflect? Words of Exhortation


Words of Exhortation

This message talks about the meaning and purpose of a name. I will however approach it from a female biblical figure. (No offence brothers.) I am sure you will receive your blessings as well if you receive with an open heart. This biblical figure was a woman whose qualities stand out among all the women mentioned in the Bible. Most Christian women of our generation like to identify themselves with this particular woman. She was a mother, a wife, a daughter, a patriot, a judge, a prophetess, a woman of wisdom and a warrior. And her name is Deborah.

Deborah means ‘Bee’. When we talk about Bee (s), honey comes to mind.

Honey is used for various purposes. For instance, it is used for cooking, for sandwich, for making body lotions, for medicine and much more. So, we can see that the name, Deborah, reflects its qualities; multifunctional that is, as I have mentioned above.

What does your name reflect?

Do you truly reflect yourself?

Does your name reflect who you are? These are questions we ought to ask ourselves. Many go about bearing names which they are not, possibly bearing curses in the name of names. God have mercy!

Our names can either reflect our character in a positive way or bring it out in a negative way, which in turn works against us. Many today, still give their children names that do not glorify God. Who would want to name his or her child Judas? When we hear the name Judas, what comes to mind is a traitor or a betrayer. Judas was one of Jesus’ disciples. He happened to be the one who betrayed Jesus for 30 silver shekels (See John 13:18; 26). This should teach us to know those we associate with however. Though, chosen by the Lord himself, he was a betrayer and a traitor. Could it be that God’s omniscient attribute ceased to function when He called Judas to follow Him? Not at all! (See John 18:1-4), God allowed Judas to be Judas. God will allow whichever name you bear until you see the unseen. As Judas later realized after he betrayed Jesus. (Judas Greek form of Judah means Praise). What is here to praise? Is it to fulfill scripture that the Messiah has to die, or by allowing Satan to use him? Either way, this remains a mystery.

I do not want to scare you but there are people who are rejected wherever they go for one reason or the other. Without any justifiable reason, they are just not acceptable or qualified to associate with the blessed ones. Let this article challenge you to search for the meaning of your name. I am, by no means, condemning your name or advocating conflict with your parents. It should be something you decide to do for your own benefit. I did research on my name years back; thank God its meaning is satisfactory.

We read in the Bible about individuals whose names God changed before he used them. Now! I would love you to test your Bible knowledge here; fill in the gap whose names come to mind that God changed their names, preferably, post your answer on comment link below………………………………………………. Of course, with exception of Jabez whose story followed next.

Jabez, 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 says, 9 “Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” 10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

In ancient times, people named their children according to their circumstances. As seen in the case of Jabez, he quickly acknowledged what catastrophe awaited him if action was not taken. His name actually means pain. Coming to grips with this, he went to God so as to be a blessing instead of a curse, which, in this case, was pain.

Then again, why would one want to name a child based on a misfortune or tragedy? Could it be due to ignorance? What about people of today? Are they ignorant as well? Some people give their children Christian names while others give theirs, names which promote demonic influences. These are names such as Diana, Cynthia, Apollonian, Jacob etc. I assume that Deborah`s parents must have named her according to their circumstances too. Let’s see from the following text;

Judges 4: 4-9 Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. 5 She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites came to her to have their disputes decided. 6 She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, "The LORD, the God of Israel, commands you: 'Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead the way to Mount Tabor. 7 I will lure Sisera, the commander of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.' "

8 Barak said to her, "If you go with me, I will go; but if you don't go with me, I won't go." So she said, 9“I will surely go with you; nevertheless there will be no glory for you in the journey you are taking, for the LORD will sell Sesera into the hand of a woman”. Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh.

The passage, Judges 4:4-9 teaches Deborah’s qualifications. She was one of the females mentioned in the Bible as being endowed with a prophetic gift. Not only was she endowed with spiritual gifting, she did reflect her name by her actions and character. She was a judge during the time of judges, she was a wife, patriot, prophetess and a warrior. In fact, she was the first female rule/leader mentioned in the Bible. Her name really speaks for her, she was a blessing to her generation.

I know of Christian women who call themselves ‘the Deborah generation’. There are even organizations named after Deborah. The question that goes through my mind each time I hear that statement, is, do they have the Deborah qualification? Not until character or attitude is changed, tapping to attain God’s purposes for our lives will be hard. We can only make an impact with the right attitudinal approach.

To be empowered or to be used by God requires the right attitude; One that entails

A decision maker,

A person others would want to emulate,

A person of integrity,

A peace maker,

A fighter of a good cause,

A victor and a person of faith,

A seeker of righteousness.

I challenge you therefore, you that are reading this article, which bad character in you are you willing to let go, in order for God to use you effectively, and also to reflect who you truly are? God will use you when you are ready. God does not use people who are perfect; God perfects those He uses.

God only uses those who are ready and willing just like Deborah and Jabez. Jabez needed a change of name for a good cause. Your change of name today could be your environment, friends, wrong associates etc. Deborah worked faithfully, reflecting her name to God’s glory, you, too could work reflecting your name to God’s glory.

God has placed many of us today in a position to be blessings but instead of being blessings, some have done wickedness with what God has given them. (Rulers, for instance, see Proverbs 8:15-16)). They exercise power to suppress and oppress people and sometimes; we see this, even, in the house of God (See Ezekiel 34:1-4). God will bypass anything that will bring shame to His church, and that includes your character and behavior. I pray you live a life that will bring glory to God, in return, fulfilling your purpose in life.

Conclusion:

The word which I have shared with you is not my word. It's God’s word. If you believe them, apply them to your situation and circumstances. Then watch God transform you into a jewel.

Out of ignorance many parents have given their children names which do not glorify God. This, however, can be changed. Thank God for Christianity. This has enlightened our understanding to spiritual matters better than it was, centuries ago. Whether you are a believer or not, please check the meaning of a name before giving it to your child.

God bless you!! Remember, God loves you with an everlasting love.

In His service Minister Rosemary Ariole

Source: nigeriafilms.com