Month: June 2013

EBONYLIFE TV LAUNCH: MO’ABUDU RECEIVES STEVE FORBES (PHOTOS)

The wait is over. The EbonyLife TV launch is taking place today. American publishing Executive and Founder of Forbes Media, Steve Forbes who is the keynote speaker at the historical event arrived Nigeria yesterday evening, he was warmly received by the host, Mo' Abudu and her crew. Ebony Life TV has secured the channel 165 spot on DSTV, it will focus on entertainment and lifestyle programming. Based in Tinapa, Calabar, Ebony Life TV is being regarded as 'Africa's first global black entertainment network'. It will be seen in over 40 African countries on DSTV and then SKY in the UK, and DISH in the...

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FORMER SUPER EAGLES MIDFIELDER, THOMPSON OLIHA PASSES ON

Former Super Eagles midfielder, Thompson Oliha, has been confirmed dead. The Kwara Football Academy (KFA) head coach reportedly slumped in the toilet and died after he was rushed to the hospital. The incumbent Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has described the death of the sport star as a personal loss, adding that he was a great and disciplined player who loved the nation. Oliha was part of the Super Eagles team that won the Tunisia 1994 tournament. He was aged 44. May his soul find...

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DAMILOLA ADEGBITE IS THE LEADING LADY IN BANKY W’S GOOD GOOD LOVING VIDEO. SEE BEHIND-THE-SCENE PHOTOS

EME helmsman and self-styled Mr Capable, Banky W recently shot the video of his Good Good Loving song. Featured in the video as his leading lady is gorgeous ex-Tinsel star, Damilola Adegbite of the Telema Duke fame. Also featured in the song are some of his celeb friends, Eldee, Wizkid, Lynxxx, Efya to mention a few. We can always trust Banky W for another mind-blowing love song and going by these pictures, the video is going to be...

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NEYMAR’S WISH FOR CONFEDERATIONS CUP FINAL

You ask, what other thing can he wish for asides victory for his club. You're right but he wants the victory to be delivered through him. The Brazilian footballer has a great admiration for Spanish goal-keeper, Iker Casillas and he would be honoured if he scores against him in the Confederations Cup final. "Casillas is one of the greatest keepers in the world – now and always. I have huge respect and admiration for him. Everyone would love to have him in their side, but on Sunday I hope to have the honour of scoring against him". He revealed. The 2011/2012 South American Footballer of the Year award recipient continued, "It's going to be a great game. Everyone is really looking forward to it. It's a clash between two historic national sides, two teams with a lot of tradition. Spain with their star players and Brazil, with their stars. I hope that it's a match which everyone enjoys and that Brazil end as the winners. The ex-Santos forward who scored about 3 goals in the ongoing tournament and provided the two assists, that gave Brazil a 2-1 win over Uruguay in the semi-final has joined reigning laLiga Champions, Barcelona. Relax Neymar, if you don't toss the net in this tournament, you can do it in...

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MARIJUANA PICTURES: TONTO DIKEH CLEARS THE AIR

Few days ago, some alleged marijuana pictures believed to be posted on actress, Tonto Dikeh's instagram generated a lot of controversy in the social media. Infact, an NDLEA agent who got wind of the issue said she might face 15-year prison sentence if found in possession of the narcotics. The Rivers-State born thespian has however cleared the air, insisting they were all made up. "As much as I would like to ignore the current issue on hemp, I think I owe well-meaning people some clarification. It is so easy the misconception that can come from a picture- the genius of technology. If you cannot find me holding a wrap of marijuana then you may want to slow down on your assumptions. We shouldn't use our platforms to spread half-truths A fan wrote those words with herbs on my birthday on instagram, and I replied: "Thank you #teampoko". Now, how does someone else's action become my crime? If I said those words ('Mi smoke ganja, mi smoke weed, while my hatez smoke ma gossip' ) I will stand by them, but I didn't, and just because it is convenient for people to believe the lies, still doesn't make it the truth. The whole thing is falsified by people who just love to have fun at other's expense. Let's put some thought to some of the things we write. Don't do...

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FUNNY BUT ANNOYING ISSUES ABOUT NIGERIAN MOVIES

The Nigerian movie industry has witnessed a tremendous growth over the years. We now have super fantastic crop of actors parading our screens, exceptional movies with social messages are being churned out and no doubt, Nollywood is one of Nigeria’s greatest exports. However, inspite of this impressive development, there have been certain let downs which, with each passing day are becoming difficult to ignore.  So, let’s highlight some of those annoying issues that are being shoved in our faces in Nigerian films. Candidly, the Yoruba section of the Nigerian movie industry is the major culprit here. (1) Fetishism– This is the biggest snag of the industry. 7 out of 10 of Nigerian movies are laced with fetish or witchcraft scenes. Infact, we are now convinced that visiting a native doctor would solve a problem quicker and better than seeking medical help. (2) Subtitles– How best to ease off stress than watching a poorly subtitled Nigerian movie? Whoever told their writers all sentences have to be translated literally need several smacks in the butts. For example, a woman who is angry with her son might reply his greeting thus, “Ti n ba kaaro nko” meaning, what’s good about the morning? Or please don’t greet me. My people would “upload”, “what if I don’t good morning?” What the hell is that? (3) Shooting- A man would be stabbed several times and his...

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MUSIC: TRU SOUTH- HEAD FULL OF DREAMS

Fast-rising Gospel musician, Daniel Atima, popularly called "Tru South" is back with another impressive single titled, "Head Full of Dreams". The artiste who converted to full time Gospel music shortly after receiving a recognition Award from President Obama is poised to make a huge difference and a lasting impact in the Gospel music terrain. Tru South is also the President of Highway To Hope Foundation USA/AFRICA/NIGERIA and Representative, Rick Hendrix Foundation to mention a few. Download the song Link:...

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CARLOS TEVEZ JOINS JUVENTUS ON A 3-YEAR DEAL

Argentine striker, Carlos Tevez has joined reigning Serie A champions, Juventus on a £10m switch. The former Manchester City player signed a 3 year-deal and was handed the no 10 shirt after undergoing medical for the Italian club. The 29 year-old who scored 73 goals in 148 appearances for Manchester City declared, "I am very happy to be at Juve as this is a great satisfaction for...

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ACCLAIMED ACTRESS, STEPHANIE OKEREKE-LINUS RECEIVES MONTAGE AFRICA WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

Star actress and producer, Stephanie Okereke-Linus has won the "Excellence in Drama" category of the Montage Africa Women of Excellence Awards (MAWEA). The MAWEA is an award presentation designed to celebrate & recognise a select group of special Nigerian women for their exceptional accomplishments & contributions to the society in different endeavours of life. The Kankelon hair ambassador, announced the news yesterday via her website;...

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OJB JEZREEL SPEAKS ON HIS HEALTH CONDITION

The #SaveOJB campaign is still on and Nigerians home or abroad are still enjoined to send in their widow's mite for prolific musician, OJB Jezreel's N16 million kidney transplant operation in India. The Encomium magazine team had an interview with the ailing singer on Monday 24th June, 2013. These are excerpts. "When early diagnosis was done, it was just a case of renal failure. Right now, my two kidneys are gone. We are running dialysis at the moment. It started two years ago, but gradually depreciated. "Most people tend to attribute kidney problem to drinking and smoking. I was told it doesn't have anything to do with that, because as much as I drink and smoke then, it was casual drinking. Maybe they offer you a bottle of drink and all that but not like I drink 15 bottles a day. I have a friend who has gone through this and he never drank or smoked. "The whole process of the treatment from pre-process, transplanting process and post-transplanting will cost about $100, 000. In two years, I have spent up to five million Naira which I have been trying to maintain myself. That is why it has been kept secret. "God willing, I have like eight to ten weeks more to get the transplant done. It's strange, I still walk around a little. I can't eat much though. I trust God...

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PHOTOS: OMAWUMI STARS ‘IN THE MUSIC’

Seriously, I've always wanted to see Omawumi act. And I'm sure the acclaimed singer wouldn't let me down with this. Her riveting hit song, 'In the Music' has been turned into a yet-to-be-released movie. Produced by Lulu, the film stars the Glo ambassador (Omawumi), Chelsea Eze, Keira Hewatch, Jumoke Ayadi, Bryan Okwara and many more. These are some of the behind-the-scene photos. Photocredit: Flytime...

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OPRAH WINFREY RECLAIMS NO 1 SPOT ON FORBES 2013 MOST POWERFUL CELEBRITIES

After being displaced by singers, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez in the year 2011 and 2012, billionaire talk show queen, Oprah Winfrey is back to number one spot on Forbes' 2013 most powerful celebrities. The 59 year-old who's topped the list four times since 1999 is being credited with $77 million (£50m) earnings between June 2012 and June 2013. Forbes writer, Dorothy Pomerantz asserts that she still weilds an enormous amount of power. "She is taking this cable network and turning it around just through the sheer force of her will, her connections and her ability." She added For the 2013 compilation, Forbes looked into celebrity's earnings on income from tours, books, contracts, endorsements, movies and residuals etc and how they appeared in the media using different polls. 2013 FORBES' CELEBRITY 100 1) Oprah Winfrey $77m 2) Lady Gaga $80m 3) Steven Spielberg $100m 4) Beyonce $53m 5) Madonna $125m 6) Taylor Swift $55m 7) Jon Bon Jovi $79m 8) Roger Federer $71m 9) Justin Bieber $58m 10) Ellen DeGeneres $56m 11) Hugh Jackman $55m 12) Jennifer Lopez $45m 13) Rihanna $43m 14) Coldplay $64m 15) Tiger Woods $78m 16) LeBron James $60m 17) Simon Cowell $95m 18) Katy Perry $39m 19) David Beckham $47m 20) Robert Downey Jnr...

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CARLO ANCELOTTI CONFIRMED AS REAL MADRID BOSS

Italian coach, Carlo Ancelotti has been confirmed as Real Madrid coach. The 54 year-old former Paris Saint Germain boss recently signed a 3 year-contract with the spanish club. "Familiar with the pressures of managing the great teams of the continent (Juventus, Milan, Chelsea and PSG) the Italian is a guarantee to direct an exciting project." Real Madrid wrote on their website. The former Chelsea Manager would be officially unveiled...

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MUSIC: KELLY HANDSOME SINGS FOR OJB JEZREEL

Still on ailing music producer, Babatunde David Okungbowa popularly known as OJB. While his colleagues and friends are still pooling their resources together and encouraging others to contribute their quota, rapper, Kelly Handsome, in conjunction with The Omenwanne Foundation, A. Allen Foundation – www.audreyallenfoundation.com has released a song titled "Save OJB". Kelly according to sources is expected to make his donation this week and attend the 'Save OJB' Concert in Abuja. OJB Jezreel is down with a kidney-related disease which has resulted in the necessity for a kidney transplant. He needs $100, 000 to undergo the operation in India. Send your donation directly to: BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER: UBA, Babatunde Okungbowa, 1015075120 Download: Save OJB http://www.hulkshare.com/attcvsxoxo8w Here's a previous post on OJB...

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PHOTO: WORLD’S FIRST FUR COAT MADE FROM 100% MALE CHEST HAIR GOES ON SALE

The issue is not its whooping £2,499 price, the real question is, can you wear the coat? Some fashion designers are really carving out weird, totally weird stuffs. Made from over one million strands of male chest hair, it took designers a total of 200 hours to create it. Wonder, where the whole idea came from? It was made by Wing Co. as a protest against the widespread 'manning-down' of British...

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HE’S OFF THE MARKET: ARSENAL WINGER, THEO WALCOTT WEDS

Arsenal winger, Theo Walcott walked his childhood sweetheart, Melanie Slade down the aisle last week in Italy after dating for 9 years. Footballers hardly stay glued to their childhood girlfriends not to talk about tying the knots with them. Maybe it’s not only footballers, maybe it’s everywhere. Speaking to Hello! magazine, the handsome England footballer stated, ‘It’s fantastic to be able to finally call Melanie my wife. Now we’re excited to see what the future holds for us. I don’t think marriage will change our relationship – I hope not anyway, as it was already everything I could have wanted.’ “That moment when I saw Theo waiting for me at the altar was so overwhelming. Your emotions are all over the place – you’re so excited and euphoric because you’re marrying this person who you love so much, but there are some nerves there too because it’s such a big step.’ His sports Physiotherapist wife revealed. Such a cute couple! Wish them tons of marital bliss! Source:...

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OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE DEBUTS ON AMERICAN TV SERIES TODAY

Top-notch Nigerian actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde will be making cameo appearances on American TV series, Hit The Floor today; her debut on US TV. The beautiful enterpreneur and philanthropist tweeted about the show yesterday. @Realomosexy: "Okay! Finally its on Monday,9pm! #HitTheFloor ! My U.S Tv Debut! God is good y'all. Hehehe…@HitTheFloor @LADevilGirls #Ifactory @VH1." Hit The Floor; an American drama television series on VH1 series, created last month revolves around Ahsha, a girl who joins the NBA Cheerleading team the Los Angeles Devil Girls, unaware of the treacherous and tempting world that follows. Renowned Senegalese singer and music producer, Akon will also feature in the series. Go...

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