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Friday, May 31, 2013

Jega, please save Governors Forum!

I’d initially wanted to comment on the raging war between Nollywood practitioners and President Goodluck Jonathan over the recent appointment of a marine engineer as the substantive chairman of Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC).
The once cordial relationship between Mr. President and his darling Nollywood practitioners became strained, soured and still very shaky with that misplaced appointment of an engineer to head Nollywood’s apex body.
But I had to quickly change my mind having monitored closely the shenanigans currently playing out at the exalted forum of our elected governors.

BREAKING NEWS! Baba Suwe loses bid for NDLEA’s N25millon compensation

The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos, has overturned the ruling of a High Court and quashed the N25million compensatory damages awarded to Nollywood actor, Babatunde Omidina, famously known as Baba Suwe.
The money was due to be paid to the actor, over his detention by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), for allegedly ingesting hard drugs.

Glo X Factor’s Booth Camp opens June 3


After several weeks of scouting for talented individuals nationwide and outside Nigeria, the last audition to select aspiring singers who will compete for Globacom’s N24 million prize money for X Factor, finally held in Lagos amid applause.

BBA The Chase: Ghana’s Selly is Head of House

Selorm (Selly) Ghalley is the new Head of the Rubies House after she won the Head of House task on Friday.
For the Head of House task, Big Brother asked the housemates to lift and hold balloons in the air.

BBA The Chase: Ghana’s Selly is Head of House



Selorm (Selly) Ghalley is the new Head of the Rubies House after she won the Head of House task on Friday.
For the Head of House task, Big Brother asked the housemates to lift and hold balloons in the air.
The last housemate who holds his balloon the longest, in a task meant to test their level of endurance, without bending the arms automatically won the task.
While the men in the house dropped their balloons, Selly and Sule were the last woman and man standing with their balloons high up.
Luckily for Selly, Big Brother picked her as Head of House over Sule. She therefore takes over from Nigeria’s Beverley as the new Head of House.
During the same task in the Diamond House, it was a tie between Betty and Huddah. Big Brother picked Betty as the new Head of House.
Selly, unfortunately, has a huge hurdle to cross before she can enjoy her reign as Head of House. She is up for possible eviction come Sunday.
This week, Selly, Natasha, Denzel, Betty and Huddah are up for possible evictions and one or two of the housemates could be packing their bags home after Sunday’s live eviction show.
Ghanaians can save Selly from possible eviction by voting for her via text, web or mobile site.
Fans can log on to the official Big Brother website, www.bigbrotherafrica.com and click on ‘Vote’ for Selly to keep her in the house. Fans can vote once every one hour.
To vote via SMS, send the word VOTE, followed by Selly’s name to 1474 on MTN, Vodafone, Expresso, Tigo and Airtel.
Fans can vote 100 times by SMS during each voting period.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Filmmaker Ogundaisi, needs N8m to stay alive


This is another sad news emanating from the Nigerian film industry globally known as Nollywood. Veteran actor, producer, director, author and known architect of the national distribution framework initiated by the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Yinka Ogundaisi is down and currently battling to stay alive. In fact, he is lying critically in pains at the Ward B of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

Golden Bird Entertainment Plans The $60M "MUMBAI MEDIA CITY"


Golden Bird Entertainment announced at the Cannes Film Festival that they will soon commence operations of MUMBAI MEDIA CITY, India's largest Studio, Broadcast, Media Asset Management (MAM), and Media School Facility in Kandivali, Mumbai.
This Hollywood-benchmarked facility is aimed to provide Indian and International Film and TV crews with Sound Stages, Equipment Hire and Post-production, VFX and Animation, Rehearsal and Preview Theatres, Make-up Rooms and Hotel Accommodation. The facility will also have an Auditorium for Local and Global events like Award Functions, Music Nights, and Corporate Events.

X Factor contestants dream of Glo’s N24m



For many contestants in the X Factor show, the rare platform offered by the world’s biggest reality TV show for the realization of one’s dreams to be a music super star remains the biggest motivation. But for a few, however, it is the N24 million cash prize offered by Globacom for the ultimate winner of the contest that is the star attraction to participate in the show.

Alariwo rocks Akure with Laff n Dance


The prestigious Adegbemile hall in Akure, Ondo State will witness undiluted entertainment and fun on Saturday, June 29, 2013, when multitalented entertainer Rotimi Martins famously known as Alariwo of Africa, drags top comedians and musicians to a show tagged "Laff 'n' Dance".

Moses rocks, presents Nigerian Idol award to Pepsi



 
It was fun time as work was temporarily halted at the headquarters of Seven-Up Bottling Company (SBC) Plc, Lagos when Moses the winner of Nigerian Idol season three paid a courtesy visit to the management and staff of the company for sponsoring the platform that has given him a voice in the entertainment industry.

X Factor contestants dream of Glo's N24m



 For many contestants in the X Factor show, the rare platform offered by the world’s biggest reality TV show for the realization of one’s dreams to be a music super star remains the biggest motivation. But for a few, however, it is the N24 million cash prize offered by Globacom for the ultimate winner of the contest that is the star attraction to participate in the show.
 This much was evident at the Lagos audition of the show held over the weekend at Dream Studios in Omole, Lagos.
 Mrs. Pat Omohie, 49 year-old mother of three daughters from Delta State, who doubles as a musician and actress by profession, says she has her eyes firmly fixed on the prize money. Mrs.  Omohie who currently stars in a popular Television soap opera Tinsel, with a music album entitled “keeper of my head” to her credit, hopes to win the X Factor singing competition to help boost her musical career which she said is currently at a “struggling level”. She, however, hopes that the prize money of 24 Million will go a long way to make a difference in her life.

For 21 year-old orphan, Victory Udoh from Akwa Ibom, a student of a French School in Benin Republic, Glo’s N24 million will transform her life. “I will dedicate the win to the memory of my late mum who died of cancer just four years after our father died,” she stated. According to her, “since our mother died, paying my school fees has been my greatest problem. But as very determined person I hope to win the prize money to lift my siblings from suffering and also establish my singing career,” she said after her auditions.
 As for 27 year-old Edo-based Chichi Agu, she is in the competition for the prize money. After qualifying for the next round, she excitedly declared: “If I win the N24 million, I will use the money to improve my singing career and also open a dancing school because I love dancing a lot”.
 On what she intent to gain from the auditioning, she stated, “I hope to learn from the judges and professional instructors that will be there to sharpen our skills in the house”. Chichi is not new to singing auditioning as she had before now participated in other singing reality shows including Glo Naija Sings, Peak Talent Show, Nigeria Idol, and Amstel Malta Box Office.
Similarly, a physically challenged singer, Sly Kelly, aged 29, said he would use the money to transform his status in life. “I am fully determined not to allow my disability to discourage me. Like every other person here, I hope to make a difference if selected and if I win, I will also use part of the money to assist other talented singers who have one disability or another.
Sir Ben Joe, another physically challenged contestant, said he would invest the money in promoting his musical career. He added that he would also spend part of the money on the good things of life.




Moses dazzles, presents Nigerian Idol award to Pepsi



It was fun time as work was temporarily halted at the headquarters of Seven-Up Bottling Company (SBC) Plc, Lagos when Moses the winner of Nigerian Idol season three paid a courtesy visit to the management and staff of the company for sponsoring the platform that has given him a voice in the entertainment industry.
Speaking at the event, Executive Director, Human Resources, SBC, Mr. Femi Mokikan expressed the company’s delight in contributing to activities encouraging Nigerian youths to discover their innate abilities and aspire to become what they want to be. 
Mr. Mokikan used the occasion to stress Pepsi’s love for youth development in music and in football. “Just recently, our Pepsi Music Campus Challenge produced a winner from Delta State University and we are currently in the process of producing a music video for him. Pepsi, through the Pepsi Football Academy, has been discovering and nurturing young Nigerian talents in football for over 20 years, including giving them full scholarships to study and play in top high schools in the United Kingdom,” Mokikan said.
  Also speaking at the event, Mr. Rotimi Pedro, Managing Director, OMG, organizers of the Nigerian Idol showered praises on the management and staff of Pepsi for buying into the idea of Nigerian Idol from the first season to the just concluded season three. 
He noted that the youthfulness of Pepsi brand has made this possible: adding, “we are very delighted that Nigerian Idol is the second most watched reality TV show in Nigeria with great followership on facebook and twitter.”
Highly elated Moses Obi-Adigwe was full of praise for Pepsi for giving him a platform like Nigerian Idol to voice his dream to pursue his early childhood passion.  
In his words “I feel very honoured in this place and right from the gate when I saw myself on the flex banners all around the premises, the joy in me knew no bounds.”
The climax of the event was when Moses thrilled Pepsi staff with a live performance of some of the songs he did during the competition. He was later presented with an illuminated portrait of himself as a gift from Pepsi.

                                  

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Photo of the day: KOK turns palm wine tapper...

BREAKING NEWS! Pasuma loses Range Rover Sport to armed robbers

Orobokibo crooner, Pasuma Wonder, according to information just reaching us was dispossessed of his metallic silver colour  Range Rover Sport by armed robbers.
The car with registration number MUS 830 AP, was snatched from the leading Yoruba musician yesterday night around his neighborhood.
Details later.

Pasuma loses

BREAKING NEWS! Chioma Chukwuka loses mum

Delectable Nollywood actress and producer, Chioma Chukwuka has announced the painful death of her dear mum, Mrs. Grace Egoyibo Chukwuka.  
The late Egoyibo passed away on May, 22, 2013.
Details later...
 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Lagos agog for last audition of Glo X Factor


This is cheering news for Lagosians. The last audition to select aspiring singers who will compete for Globacom’s N24 million prize money for X Factor will be held in Lagos this weekend.
 According to a statement released in Lagos by Globacom, the Lagos audition will be held on Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26, at Dream Studio, No.1 Bamako Street, Omole Estate, Ojodu. It will start at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.

Big Brother Africa kicks off this Sunday…African stars to rock at opening


This Sunday, 26 May, the Big Brother Africa launch show will come alive when multiple award winning musicians from Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa take centre stage. The big night will also see 28 new housemates being revealed to audiences in over 50 African countries for season eight of the international contest dubbed-The Chase.

Airtel announces partnership with Big Brother Africa 8 … Becomes official sponsor


 Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, is now the Official sponsor of the eighth edition of Africa’s biggest reality series, BIG BROTHER AFRICA (BBA). Dubbed The Chase, the new season will kick off on May 26th, 2013.
Big Brother Africa is a revolutionary project that connects diverse audiences across Africa. It is the most successful television franchise ever seen on the continent which grows every year. Dubbed Big Brother StarGame, the seventh installment of Big Brother Africa broke all records. The show not only dominated TV screens, but also rocked the online space.

MTN Project Fame Season 6 set for auditions

Africa’s most productive musical reality TV show, MTN Project Fame, will set West Africa ablaze with the best gathering of the sub-region’s talents, beginning from May 25, 2013, when it begins auditions.  Beginning in Monrovia, before moving on to Accra, Freetown and then Nigeria, in Benin, Calabar, Ibadan, Ilorin, Port Harcourt, the audition train ends in Lagos, in June.

Presidential Spokesman, Reuben Abati loses mum


The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, has lost his dear muother, Madam Maria Taiwo Abati.
In a press statement signed by Abati on behalf of the entire family, he said.
“With a heavy heart and gratitude to God Almighty, the Abati family of Kemta-Okebode, Abeokuta announces the passing away of their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Madam Maria Taiwo Abati who passed into glory today, aged 81."

MultiChoice Africa/GOtv team up with AU to serenade at 50


With over two decades of investment on the continent, pioneer pay television giant, MultiChoice Africa, is proud to announce its partnership with the African Union (AU), a successor of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). With this partnership, it intends to bring Africans in over 50 countries across the continent, the 50th anniversary celebrations of the OAU/AU on both DStv and GOtv.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Patience Ozokwor rocks London for son’s wedding

As you read this, veteran Nollywood actress, Patience Ozokwor is now in the city of London making last minute preparations ahead of her first son’s wedding holding on Saturday, May 25.
Uchendu Ozokwor will exchange marital vows with his love, Gloria Nweze in a glamorous event scheduled to be witnessed by a couple of London-based Nollywood
personalities and Nigerian socialites in Queen Elizabeth's country. EE learnt that the lovers who met in London both hail from Ngwo, Enugu State.

Uduaghan honours Fred Amata with land gift


Turning 50, has turned out to be a huge blessing in the life of actor, producer and director, Fred Amata, who is still savouring and celebrating the golden moments.
He recently got an unexpected birthday present from his State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan.
Amata was presented with the documents of a landed property by Uduaghan, for being a proud and worthy son of the state.

Monday, May 20, 2013

BREAKING NEWS! Aki bereaved, loses dad

Info reaching us has it that leading actor and one of the most famous faces in Nollywood, Chinedu Ikedieze globally known as Aki, has lost his dear dad to the cold hands of death. However, we are still trying to reach Aki for the full details of what happened. We would definitely keep you posted as soon as the bereaved star is reached.

Why singer, Kryztal, rejected Porsche Cayenne, N13m from fan



Sexy and sensational singer Chinyere Aharanwa better known as Kryztal is fast becoming a household name. This talented act is by all means a sweet looking young lady. Her ignore-me-if-you-can eyes, warm and enchanting smiles are perhaps her biggest assets.
No wonder, one of her fans based abroad, a business tycoon, Bukola Adegbite, we learnt recently presented her with a Porsche Cayenne SUV and N13 million cheque gifts. And to the consternation of her close pals and colleagues, she rejected the very tempting offers.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tiffany Amber boss wins WIE award in South Africa

For her dedication to duty, dexterity and drive over the years, Folake Folarin-Coker, the Artistic Director of premier African fashion label, Tiffany Amber Nigeria, was recently rewarded with an international diadem.  The entertainment loving entrepreneur was honoured with an Enterprise Award at the 2013 Women, Inspiration and Enterprise (WIE) Symposium, in Cape Town, South Africa.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

BREAKING NEWS! President Goodluck Jonathan declares State of Emergency in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe States

After what seemed like eternity, President Goodluck Jonathan has finally declared a State of Emergency in three northern states, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, believed to be strong holds of outlawed Islamic group, Boko Haram. Mr. President made the belated announcement in a nationwide evening broadcast on Tuesday.

ACN commiserates with families of security agents killed in Nasarawa

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has expressed its condolences to the families of the security agents who were killed by a militia group in Nasarawa State recently, calling their killing brutal and calamitous.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by its National Publicity
Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party prayed that God will grant the families the fortitude to bear their losses and also grant eternal rest to the victims.

BREAKING NEWS! Bank of Industry appoints Dbanj ambassador

Oliver Twist crooner, Dbanj has been appointed the first music ambassador of Bank of Industry (BoI), headed by amiable Miss Evelyn Oputu. 
Dbanj, we reliably gathered was paid several millions as the official face of the entertainment loving bank.
At the recent unveiling/media presentation of Dbanj in Lagos, which was done by Miss Oputu, a great fan of the act, alongside other top executives of the bank, Dbanj was all smiles as he posed for group photographs with equally elated Oputu and her team.
And for your info, BoI, has a Senior Manager in charge of Entertainment and Special Products, Miss Uche Nwuka, who will be working closely with the high-flying Koko Master.

Benue First Lady leads Akata Fishing Festival



Wife of Benue State governor and founder of the SEV-AV Foundation, Mrs. Yemisi Suswam has been named the face of Akata fishing and Cultural Festival.
The festival, a celebration of the rich culture of the Tiv people in Benue State, will begin on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. 

Photo of the day: Saidi Balogun turns Okada rider


Monday, May 13, 2013

BREAKING NEWS! Nollywood veteran, Peter Bunor down with stroke, AGN confirms

Very sad information reaching us from the national secretariat of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Lagos State, has it that veteran actor, Peter Bunor is currently down with stroke.
In a recent chat with us, the General Secretary of the guild, Mr. Abubakar Yakubu, who spoke on behalf of the national President, Miss Ibinabo Fiberesima, confirmed that the respected thespian was truly down.

Photo of the day: Pawpaw finally 'weds' sweetheart