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Friday, February 28, 2014

Joy, celebration as comedian Elenu, wife welcome baby boy in US

Elenu & wife on wedding day
It's been joy and celebrations as comedian Elenu and his darling wife, Chinwe welcomed a baby boy today, Friday, February 28, at San Ramon Regional Medical Centre, California, USA. The couple, who got married in June 2013,SHOWBIZPLUS gathered has already named their new bundle of joy Jaden Olamide Akinlami.
  Since he emerged winner of the 2006 edition of the coveted AY Open Mic Challenge, Akinlami Babatunde Julius, popularly known as Elenu has continually put laughter on the faces of Nigerians; thereby carving a niche for himself in the highly competitive comedy industry.

Photos: Leading Nigerians rock at the Sun Awards 2013

Femi Adesina, MD Sun Newspaper, Pius Anyim Pius, SSG and Gov. Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State.

Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso, Gov. of Kano State with his Sun Man of the Year award.

Gov. Akpabio presenting the Sun Man of the Year award to Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta and his wife, Roli, while Segun Osoba watches

Monalisa Chinda
Orji Uzor Kalu, former Gov. Abia State.

Nigerian Idol season four begins with Darey, Nneka, Mabiaku as judges


The season four of the wave making Nigerian Idol is poised to hit screens this year again with brand new judges. In fact, SHOWBIZPLUS learnt that  R&B star Darey Art Alade has been unveiled as one of the new judges of the reality show alongside Nigerian-born German singer Nneka and Afro-Beat crooner Dede Madiaku.
The trio are to replace Femi Kuti, Yinka Davies and Jeffrey Daniel.

Brazil 2014: Super Eagles on jamboree as FG approves N1.6bn for team

Eagles with Jonathan

SHOWBIZPLUS authoritatively gathered that the Federal Government has approved N1.6bn for Nigeria’s 2014 World Cup campaign. SHOWBIZPLUS learnt the amount was approved as a ‘special grant’ for the World Cup, which makes it separate from the budgetary allocation of the Nigeria Football Federation as contained in the 2014 national budget.
A breakdown of the approved sum for the Brazil 2014 campaign shows that the money will not only cover the Super Eagles participation in the finals of the FIFA competition, but will also cover their training programmes in the build-up to the event. The Super Eagles are billed to camp in the United States of America for the Mundial.

Why family rejected FG's centenary award for Gani Fawehinmi


Members of family of the late human rights icon, Gani Fawehinmi (SAN), have rejected an award meant for the deceased Senior Advocate of Nigeria as part of the country’s centenary.
The family said the late legal icon would not have received any award at a time that insurgents are killing innocent citizens in the north and when the nation is in the throes of debilitating corruption allegations as in the case of missing $20bn oil funds.

Behold the top 15 entertainers making waves on social media

Mercy Johnson
 No doubt, the judicious use of the social media has immensely helped and repositioned the careers of several Nigerian entertainers. However, we have carefully selected the 15 leading entertainers rocking social media with their presence, style and eccentricities.

Amaechi accused of kidnapping lawmakers


The Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has accused the state Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, of masterminding the kidnap of the Chairman of the party in Port Harcourt Local Government Area, Mr. Ikechi Chinda, a former member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Chinyere Igwe and Mr. Allwell Ihunda.
The state Chairman of the PDP, Mr. Felix Obuah, told SHOWBIZPLUS the three members of the party were abducted by unidentified gunmen at about 8pm on Wednesday around Eagle Island axis of Port Harcourt.
Obuah, who spoke with newsmen at the state PDP secretariat on Thursday, alleged that Amaechi and the All Progressives Congress-led government were responsible for the kidnap of the party members.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Why Iyanya remembered late parents, sibling with a new tattoo


SHOWBIZPLUS reliably gathered that the agonizing pains of not having his dear parents and darling brother around to share in his success story as an accomplished artiste was one of the reasons Iyanya recently dedicated his new tattoo to his late family members. The Cross River State born singer unveiled the new tattoo on his Instagram page revealing that it was a tattoo to remember his late parents and dead brother.

How suspected killers of Imo Got Talent boss, Prince Noel Tochukwu were arrested

Two suspected killers of Prince Noel Tochukwu Unegbu, the US-based CEO of Imo Got Talent, who was shot dead in his room at Rapour Hotel in Owerri, Imo State on Tuesday,February 4, have been arrested by the Imo State police command.
The alleged killers, who are students of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (AIFCE), Owerri, SHOWBIZPLUS gathered were paraded on Tuesday February 18 by the Imo State Police Command.

Amaechi lampooned over absence at SPF

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Rivers State Chapter notes with sadness the deliberate absence of the State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi at the all important Southern Forum on National Conference held in Calabar, Cross Rivers State, Monday, February 24, 2014.
The Party, in a statement sent to SHOWBIZPLUS views Gov. Amaechi's unexplained absence as a demonstration of his neglect and abandonment of the cause of the people of the area which ought to be his priority.

Most annoying to the Party is the fact that the governor, rather than showing support for the Calabar conference, which was attended by the most eminent personalities from the States of the South, including his colleagues (Governors), Amaechi prominently featured at an All Progressives Congress (APC) meeting, which was being sponsored by him outside of the State.

Jonathan addresses Nigerians on Centenary celebrations (The Full Broadcast)

Dear fans and followers of SHOWBIZPLUS, below is the full broadcast of the centenary celebrations from President Goodluck Jonathan to Nigerians.
Dear Compatriots,

Another deadly blow for sacked Sanusi as court refuses to reinstate him as CBN governor


SHOWBIZPLUS can authoritatively reveal that this is certainly not the best of time for embattled Sanusi Lamido. A recent effort by the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria to return to office suffered a setback yesterday as the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, dismissed an ex-parte motion seeking his immediate reinstatement.
In a ruling yesterday, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, said it would not be in the interest of justice to grant such application without hearing from those dragged before the court by the embattled CBN governor.

N575m fraud: More troubles for ex IG, Ehindero as A’Court says he must face trial

The Court of Appeal, Abuja, has dismissed the appeal by a former Inspector General of Police, Sunday Ehindero, against the ruling of an Abuja High Court.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission stated this in a statement by its spokesperson, Mr. Folu Olamiti, which was obtained by SHOWBIZPLUS.
Ehindero alongside a former Commissioner of Police in charge of budget, John Obaniyi, had been arraigned before Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi for allegedly misappropriating about N557m belonging to the Police.
The trial judge, who dismissed the former IG’s objection to the six counts, ordered the accused to face trial to prove his innocence.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

NDLEA arrests top comedian with drugs

  It was a shameful end for 54-year-old Ghanaian comedian, Musah Iddrisu also known as Charles Udunehi as he was apprehended by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for being in possession of narcotic drugs.
According to Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, the suspected drug trafficker was caught during inward and outward screening of Ethiopian airline passengers.
The NDLEA Commander at the Enugu Airport, said Iddrisu was found to have ingested 450 grammes of cocaine.
“The Ghanaian comedian ingested 450 grammes of cocaine on his way to Thailand.”
The Ghanaian comedian, Iddrisu revealed that he wanted to sell the drugs in Thailand.

AGN president, Ibinabo Fiberesima gets FG appointment

After several years of working tirelessly for the industry, Actors Guild Of Nigeria (AGN) President Ibinabo Fiberesima has been appointed a board member of the National Council of Arts and Culture (NCAC).
 While confirming the good news to SHOWBIZPLUS, the elated thespian said “It is a good thing for the movie industry, at least we have a voice inside the board now and we can cry from the inside and get the desired changes and results that we seek. Now the movie industry can be directly involved with what concerns it. We thank God.''

Breaking! P-Square unveils The Alingos Animated Series

 Globe-trotting and multiple award-winning duo of Peter and Paul Okoye, famously known as P-Square are poised to unveil their ground-breaking and family-oriented animated series entitled “The Alingos.” SHOWBIZPLUS gathered the project is an innovation from the stable of P-Classic Entertainment.
P-Classic entertainment is an entertainment company founded and controlled by the P-Square brothers and headed by Peter Okoye. The outfit is aimed at producing television contents, animation, discovering and grooming young musicians, and providing an array of entertainment to Nigeria, Africa and the world at large.

GOtv woos subscribers with exciting contents

The Kardashians

TV lovers have more than one reason to stay tuned to GOtv; with a selection of hit movie titles, the debut of new reality shows, music and kiddies’ programming, families are spoilt for choice.
SHOWBIZPLUS gathered that to kick-off the month, E!Entertainment will bring Keeping Up With The Kardashians. As they return for a brand new season this month, the Kardashians face some of their most challenging times as a family as Kris and Bruce deal with living apart and Khloe struggles with the future of her marriage to NBA star Lamar Odom. However, they all attempt to celebrate their joys and share their grief, as Kim and Kourtney support Khloe through this difficult time and Kris turns to Broadway lessons to ease her stress.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Panic as Abuja-bound Arik Air flight nearly crashed

Another air disaster was avoided as an Abuja-bound Arik Air flight from Lagos was involved in a near crash yesterday evening at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in what a passenger told SHOWBIZPLUS was as a result of “control disorder” from the plane.
However, an official of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said no such incident was reported to the authority.
The passenger, who was onboard the aircraft, said Arik Air flight Number 155 departed Lagos and was due to arrive Abuja at 6.30p.m., but could not land due to what the cabin crew described as control-disorder.
He said: “There was heavy panic all the way with prayers that we survived as the entire passengers fell over each other in prayer.”
The passenger added that the plane spent more than an hour in the air before it managed to land.

Tears as Yobe Girls College massacre rises to 43

Yobe Gov, Geidam
Painful information filtering into SHOWBIZPLUS has it that the death toll from a school massacre in Yobe by suspected Boko Haram Islamists today has risen to 43, a hospital source in the troubled northeastern state said. Several students and staff of Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) in Buni Yadi, the headquarters of Gujba Local Government Area of the state were feared dead, while others being abducted by gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram terrorists are yet to be found.
The gunmen also set ablaze many structures in the school, the council’s secretariat complex, High Court among other government and private establishments including telecommunication masts.

Jubilation in Uganda as President Museveni signs anti-gay bill

Ugandan President, Museveni signing the bill into law
It was jubilation galore in Uganda as their President on Monday signed an anti-gay bill that punishes gay sex with up to life in prison, a measure likely to send Uganda's beleaguered gay community further underground as the police try to implement it amid fevered anti-gay sentiment across the country.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said the bill, which goes into effect immediately, was needed because the West is promoting homosexuality in Africa.
Museveni may have defied Western pressure to shelve the bill, four years and many versions after it was introduced, but his move — likely to galvanize support ahead of presidential elections — pleased many Ugandans who repeatedly urged him to sign the legislation.
Nigeria's president similarly signed an anti-gay bill into law just over a month ago, sparking increased violence against gays who already were persecuted in mob attacks.

US to seek extradition of Mexican drug baron, Guzman

Guzman after his capture
Guzman, the leader of the Sinaloa drugs cartel, was arrested in Mexico on Saturday after 13 years on the run.
He was detained in the beach resort of Mazatlan without a shot being fired.
He is wanted in the US on charges of smuggling vast amounts of drugs into the country, but Mexican authorities are also likely to want to charge him.

Shame as angry inlaws rubbish Joseph Yobo...Accuse him of not marrying Adaeze properly

Yobo & wife, Adaeze
A very reliable info filtering into SHOWBIZPLUS from Yes Magazine International has it that Joseph Yobo’s in laws are currently not happy with him because he is yet to marry their daughter traditionally. They said even Ojukwu did the needful when he married Bianca, so Yobo has no excuse. 
”Former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo, may have unknowingly incurred the wrath of some of his wife’s people. Yobo’s wife, Adaeze, is from Iru-Owelle Village in Awka Etiti, Idemili South local government area of Anambra State. According to one of them who asked not to be mentioned yet, their anger with the soccer star stems from the fact that he’s yet to marry their daughter traditionally. “Yobo has not done Adaeze’s Igba Nkwu and that’s why we are not happy with him. You are a Yoruba girl, but you can go and ask your publisher, Azuh Arinze. He knows what Igba Nkwu means in Igboland, and he also knows that without it, no man can be said to have truly and fully married a woman.

How Cancer killed Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly


The Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr. Samuel Adesina, died on Tuesday, according to a statement by the state government.
SHOWBIZPLUS gathered that Adesina’s death occurred after a long battle with cancer of urinary bladder.
It was however unclear where the eminent lawmaker died as government officials refuted claims that Adesina died at St. Nicholas Hospital in Lagos.
The late Speaker, who the state government described as a bridge builder, represented Odigbo Constituency 11 during his life time.

FBI suspected Ali’s legendary 1964 victory over Liston was FIXED, documents reveal

Ali & Liston fight
Fifty years on from the man then known as Cassius Clay beating Sonny Liston to become heavyweight champion of the world for the first time, new documents have come to light which reveal that the FBI long suspected that the shock result was really a fix.
The fight between reigning champion Liston and brash young upstart Clay - later renamed Muhammad Ali – took place on February 25, 1964, in Miami.
Clay, just 22, entered the ring as a 7-1 underdog, but pulled off a shock victory which laid the foundations for his glittering career to follow.

Just In: PDP bombs Amaechi again, says he lacks moral justification to speak on Sanusi’s sack

For daring to comment on the recent suspension of embattled Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, the Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), has taken Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to the cleaners.
They further added that Amaechi lacks the moral justification to fault President Goodluck Jonathan on the suspension of Lamido .
 The Party in a press statement sent to SHOWBIZPLUS from Port Harcourt by Jerry Needam, Special Adviser, Media to the State Chairman, Bro. Felix Obuah said no public officer in this political dispensation has treated court rulings and judgments with the degree of scorn and impunity as Amaechi has done.

More troubles for Sanusi as Odi asks court to arrest him over N39.7bn compensation


More troubles are currently coming the way of embattled and sacked Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Lamido Sanusi, as the people of Odi recently asked the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt to summon and possibly arrest Sanusi and other relevant officers of the apex bank to explain why they should not be committed to prison for allegedly disobeying a court order.
SHOWBIZPLUS gathered that counsel to Odi Community, Mr. Lucious Nwosu (SAN), said Sanusi and others from the CBN were expected to appear in court over their refusal to release the sum of N36.7 billion compensation to the people of the community.
 The court had directed that the sum of N36.7 billion be paid to Odi community for the invasion of the area by soldiers on November 20, 1999.
Nwosu, who spoke with our correspondent in a telephone interview on Monday, said the court had invited Sanusi to come and explain why he could not obey court order.

N450m fraud: EFCC docks Union Bank staff

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned a former employee of the Union Bank Plc, Paul Onwughalu, before Justice S.S. Ogunsanya of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja.
The suspect, SHOWBIZPLUS gathered was charged on one count bordering on failure to conduct due diligence in financial transactions, a statement by EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said on Monday.
The EFCC said Onwughalu allegedly failed to conduct due diligence “in a mega scam that rocked the bank on 10 January, 2013 when some fraudsters hacked into its database and pulled out hundreds of millions of Naira.”
The anti-graft agency said the accused failed to conduct due diligence check on Dan Kawu Bureau De Change’s account domiciled in the bank, before authorising the payment of N450m to the company.

Court sentences killer policeman to death over N100 bribe

After several years of delayed justice, a High Court sitting in Port Harcourt finally sentenced a police sergeant, Clement Indyel, to death for killing two persons while engaging in a fight with a bus driver over a N100 bribe.
SHOWBIZPLUS gathered that two other persons identified as Ali Bello and Auwalu Kwale, bagged life imprisonment each for their involvement in the crime.
Justice Biobele Georgewill, who delivered judgement on the matter, said Indyel and the two others conspired to murder Chinyeaka Kamalu and Ugochukwu Harcourt.

Facebook owner, Zuckerberg finally opens up, says WhatsApp ‘worth more than $19 billion’

Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg said WhatsApp, which his social-media company agreed to buy last week, was “worth more than $19 billion.”
The mobile-messaging startup was “a great fit for us,” Mr Zuckerberg said at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona yesterday.
“Already almost half-a-billion people love using WhatsApp for messaging and it’s the most engaging app we’ve ever seen exist on mobile by far.”
The cash-and-stock acquisition would be the biggest by Facebook, the world’s largest social network, and the most expensive for an Internet company in more than a decade.

Fear in Bayelsa as gunmen abduct Jonathan's father

L: Jonathan & Bayelsa Gov, Dickson
SHOWBIZPLUS gathered that there is palpable fear and high tension in Bayelsa, especially the State's capital, Yenogoa, as some unknown gunmen recently abducted President Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, Chief  Inengite Nitabai, in Otuoke, Bayelsa State.
Otuoke is the home state of President Jonathan and Nitabai is the President’s adopted father.
Nitabai, who is said to be the compound chief of Jonathan’s family, was abducted by 10 suspected kidnappers about 9pm on Sunday.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Panic at ECOBANK as arrested banker dies in police custody

The devastated and agonising mother of the late Ecobank worker, Babatunde Oke,  has insisted that the police knew how her son died.
Oke died under controversial circumstances while in custody of the Falomo Police Division, Lagos State, over allegation of N1.2m fraud.
The deceased sudden demise, SHOWBIZPLUS gathered is already causing serious panic and pandemonium at the Lagos head office of the embattled bank, especially among staff and some high profile customers.
The man, who was attached to the bank’s branch in Ogba, was detained for three days by the police over his alleged involvement in the fraud.

Praiz saves hole in the heart baby, raises N10m for her medicals

Some stars are born with milk of human kindness flowing in their veins. In fact, Praiz Adejo must be one of God's angels in human form, he recently presented the proceeds made from the caller-tune sales of his single Oshe" to Somaya Olayinka Dahli. 

The R&B/Soul singer, SHOWBIZPLUS gathered was able to raise N10m this February and the total money has been presented to Somaya's parents in order to cover the medical bills for her post-surgery treatments.

After a successful heart operation was carried out in late 2013 to close the hole in Somaya's heart, doctors made it known that she would need post-surgery treatments, monitoring and care to keep her alive. And this is where the angel in Praiz was aroused. 

Why I dumped acting for directing- Anayo Chimereze

 His name may not ring a bell in the Nigerian movie industry globally known as Nollywood, but Anayo Chimereze is indeed one of those who have kept the industry alive, both as an actor scriptwriter, producer and director.
  In this encounter, the Business Administration graduate of Abia State Polytechnic shares his Nollywood odyssey.    

Presidential Media Chat holds tonight

Picture from last Presidential Media Chat
In the evening of today, Monday, February 24, 7.p.m. to be precise, another edition of the Presidential Media Chat will be broadcast live on the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and the Voice of Nigeria (VON), respectively.
According to a press statement sent to SHOWBIZPLUS and signed by Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), during the programme, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will, as usual, respond to questions from a panel of journalists and media executives on current national issues and developments.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Breaking: 2015: We’ll crush APC in Rivers – Wike

PDP leaders at the event
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State says ‘it will not take much of its efforts to crush and override the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming elections in the State.

SHOWBIZPLUS learnt that while addressing leaders and other Party faithful today, Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Party Secretariat in Port Harcourt during the official Commissioning/Handing over of the first Batch of Branded Buses to the 23 LGAs in Rivers State, the leader of the Party in the State and Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike said PDP is far ahead of the APC, and is poised to vote out from office the ‘APC monsters’ in the State currently hibernating in Government House and milking the state dry.

Justice at last! Court says killer of banker wife, Arowolo must die by hanging

Arowolo being led away by prison official

After over two years of delayed justice, an Ikeja High Court, presided over by Justice Lateefat Okunu has sentenced Akolade Arowolo to death by hanging for killing his banker wife, Titilayo Omozeze.
Arowolo was said to have murdered his wife on June 24, 2011 at their residence, No. 8, Akindeinde Street, Isolo, Lagos, while the matter was charged to court. His wife, Titilayo was then a staff of Skye Bank.
SHOWBIZPLUS gathered that the convict had come to the court around 9:30am by prison officials, apparently having a premonition of the fate that would befall him.
Delivering judgment today, Justice Okunu said evidence before the court proved that Arowolo actual murdered his wife in the matrimonial home, while she also based her judgment on  the forensic report conducted by Professor John Obafunwa. The report had said there was no way the deceased could have stabbed herself to death.

Evergreen Music supports Centenary celebrations with heritage compilations

SHOWBIZPLUS can authoritatively reveal that the Centenary Planning Committee of the office of the Secretary to the Government of Nigeria (SGF) in collaboration with Evergreen Musical Company Limited (EMCL) has embarked on the compilation of Nigeria’s heritage and contemporary music from 1914 to 2014 in commemoration of the country’s 100th year celebration of its formation as one indivisible nation.

Why Jonathan appointed Godwin Emefiele new CBN Governor


It is no longer news that President Goodluck Jonathan has appointed managing director of Zenith Bank, Mr. Godwin Emefiele as the new governor of Central Bank. What perhaps, many don't know is that Emefiele is expected to use his wealth of experience to stabilise the nation's troubled and buffeted apex bank.
Information reaching SHOWBIZPLUS said the president forwarded Mr Emefiele’s name to the Senate for approval. He has also nominated Mr Adelabu Adebayo, an Executive Director at First Bank as Deputy Governor of the Apex Bank.
Brief profile of Godwin Emefiele He is the Group Managing Director, Zenith Bank Plc, a position he has held since August 2010. Until then he was the Deputy Managing Director of the bank, having been appointed into that position in 2001.

Nizzy, Lola Rae unveil Egwu music video


Fresh from receiving rave reviews for their outstanding new collaboration “Egwu” which has garnered over 40,000 downloads and received radio support from the likes of Raypower FM and Reprezent Radio in the UK, new star Nizzy and fast-rising songstress Lola Rae are proud to debut their excellent new music video for “Egwu” for your viewing pleasure.

SHOWBIZPLUS learnt that the work was shot on location at Arch 233 in London and directed by Teekay, who has also worked on videos for some artistes including WizKid, Iyanya, Davido and 2Face. The “Egwu” visuals saw both Nizzy and Lola Rae in their elements as they brought the P2J-produced record further to life and highlighted their individual showmanship and stage presence.

All the dirty deals that nailed Sanusi

L: Sanusi & Jonathan

The decision to suspend the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Sanusi Lamido was based on a report of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria dated June 7, 2013. The report was made after a review of Sanusi’s response to the query issued to him by the President over the apex bank’s financial statement of 2012. His response was dated May 20, 2013. According to a copy of the report obtained by SHOWBIZPLUS, the council indicates that the explanation provided by the suspended CBN governor is “a clear display of incompetence, nonchalance, fraud, wastefulness, and abuse of due process and deliberate efforts to misrepresent facts on the part of the leadership of the CBN.”

More troubles for Sanusi as SSS quizzes, seizes his international passport

More troubles are coming the way of sacked and disgraced governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), Lamido Sanusi, who returned to the country on Thursday after attending an ECOWAS meeting in Niger Republic.
SHOWBIZPLUS learnt that embattled Sanusi, who was in the company of APC chieftain and former FCT Minister, Nasir El-Rufai, was quizzed by the State Security Service, SSS, at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos. His international passport was also seized.

Exposed! Real reasons Sanusi was disgraced out of office...May go to jail


The Presidency yesterday explained that the suspension of governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was not related to witch hunt, but alleged cases of impunity, incompetence, non-challance , fraud, wastefulness, and gross abuse of and noncompliance with provisions of the Public Procurement Act 2007.
According to the Presidency in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr Doyin Okupe, which was obtained by SHOWBIZPLUS, Sanusi’s sack by President Goodluck Jonathan was also not a deviation from the anti-corruption drive of the current administration.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Pete Edochie’s many regrets, fears


Revered thespian and veteran entertainer, Pete Edochie is currently living in fears and regrets as he ages gracefully.
Despite achieving so much in the make believe world, the Nteje, Anambra State-born senior actor made it clear that he still regrets his old ways.
“I smoked for 21 years before I quit, and each time I got tensed up, I looked for a cigarette, and psychologically I was puffing away the anger; but there is no other thing it does for you physically but to destroy your lungs.
Now, I am afraid of death.

Aso Rock visit: Angry Nigerians condemn Nollywood stars for endorsing Jonathan

The actors in a group photograph with Jonathan

 SHOWBIZPLUS exclusively gathered that Nollywood actors and actresses, under the aegis of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, have come under heavy criticisms for their visit to President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday.
A delegation of the AGN, led by its National President, Ibinabo Fiberesima, had, during the visit to the Presidential Villa, conferred on Jonathan the award of the Grand Patron of their association.
On the delegation were Mercy Aigbe, Chidi Mokeme, Monalisa Chinda, Stephanie Linus, Fred Amata, Joseph Benjamin, Desmond Elliot, and Victor Osuagwu, among others.
During the visit, Presidential Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, was busy posting pictures of the actors and actresses who were seen applauding Jonathan while they beamed with smiles.

More accolades for Nigerian-born BAFTA Best Actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor


It is no longer news that Nigerian-born Chiwetel Ejiofor recently carted home the best actor trophy in the just concluded BAFTA awards in London. What is perhaps trending is the fact that more accolades are now coming the way of the handsome thespian few days after making us proud.
The latest recognition, SHOWBIZPLUS gathered is coming from his elated state’s governor, Sullivan Chime of Enugu.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

APC berated for engaging foreign firm ahead of 2015 campaigns

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed shock over the announcement by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that it has engaged the services of a foreign firm, AKPD Message and Media to boost its electoral chances in the 2015 elections, adjuring Nigerians to resist this attempt by the party to throw the nation back to imperialism, 54 years after independence.
 A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, which was obtained by SHOWBIZPLUS said this was not only a clear justification of its stand that the APC is anti-Nigeria but another insult on the hard working citizens of our dear country.
“In engaging the services of a foreign firm, the APC has shown that it does not have faith in our people, our indigenous consultancy firms and the teeming well qualified, world acclaimed Nigerian professionals and technocrats. Just as the leopard cannot change its spots so also is the APC unable to hide its true colour as an anti-people organisation, tied to the apron strings of foreign interests in utter disdain for fellow Nigerians and the age long clamour for local content.”