Month: December 2013

5 NIGERIAN MOVIES TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2014

It’s my list of 5 Nigerian movies to watch out for in 2014. These are films with mind-blowing trailers, classic behind-the-scene photos and top-flight cast and crew. Trust me, these are films the public will wait for with bated breath next year. (1) Half of a Yellow Sun- When the first trailer came out, we were all taken by surprise over how good this movie looks so far. The film explores the effect of the Biafran war on the relationship between political figures, a Professor, a British Citizen and a houseboy. Directed by renowned Nigerian Playwright Biyi Bandele. The cast include international actress, Thandie Newton, Dominic Cooper, Onyeka Onwenu, Genevieve Nnaji, Chiwetel Ejiofor and so on. (2) October 1- Did anyone see the location pictures of Kunle Afolayan’s new film titled October 1? Oh well, you need to google if you missed out. The award-winning actor is such an intriguing film-maker and he’s the type who takes his time to produce classic movies. Interestingly, the film has gotten an award before it’s release date; it recently won the International Movie Trailer’s Festival’s (IMTF) award in the Best Fiction Trailer Category. October 1 cast include Sadiq Daba, Kehinde Bankole, Kayode Aderupoko, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Bimbo Manuel, Ibrahim Chatta, Femi Adebayo, Kunle Afolayan, David Bailie, Nick Rhys, Colin David Reese, Lawrence Stubbings and Ifayemi Elebuibon etc. (3) Dazzling Mirage- seasoned film-maker Tunde Kelani’s middle name is blockbuster, anything he touches seem to...

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THANK YOU EVERYONE! IT’S BEEN AN AMAZING YEAR

It's been an amazing 365 days, so before this year signs out, I want to take some time and really appreciate you ALL; my esteemed readers who have kept this blog running. As we approach the New Year, my overriding emotion is profound gratitude for your support; for stopping by to read my posts and making comments. To my clients and contributors; God bless you abundantly. May your pockets never run dry! Thanks for considering this platform one of the best to put your stories on, Thanks for believing in me. Your words of encouragement are immensely appreciated. This year, I got a couple of emails from people asking if they could send articles for publishing. 2014 is going to be a super fruitful year, if you want to contribute your writeups, would be posting lots of stories next year. Feel free to email them to me. (Note: articles must be meaningful and not be more than 5 paragraphs). You can write on a variety of topics; sports, health, relationship, etc. Thank you everyone! You're the...

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LOLADEVILLE EXCLUSIVE: 13 PEOPLE, ISSUES OR EVENTS THAT SHAPED NIGERIA IN 2013

As we bid 2013 goodbye and approach the new year with new vigor and optimism, Loladeville blog (LVB) brings to you 13 events, issues or people that shook the tiers of Nigeria in 2013. From the unforgettable AFCON victory to the heart-wrenching Associated Airline crash, these are 13 news stories that are worth reviewing before the year rolls over.   (1) Bisi Komolafe and Goldie’s death- the news of the untimely passing of a very vibrant actress, Bisi Komolafe broke on January 1st, 2013; the period the world was busy celebrating the New Year, exchanging messages, filling their hearts with new hopes and reaching out for new opportunities. She had been in admission for months and was responding well to treatment, Bisi’s death sent shock waves into many spines. A month after she was buried, another bad news filtered in. Free-spirited, friendly and hardworking singer, Susan ‘Goldie’ Harvey died few hours after returning from a trip in the US (Grammy Awards to be precise). She reportedly died in the arms of her best friend Denrele Edun at Reddington Hospital, Victoria Island. The death of these young, promising, ambitious and talented celebrities shocked not a few people this year.   (2) African Cup of Nations (AFCON) – the most touching part of the AFCON story is that nobody gave  the  team any chance but they braced up, fought hard and...

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HEARD ABOUT THE PLAN TO CHANGE NOLLYWOOD TO NAIWOOD?

The name Naiwood is really laughable. And Incase you're wondering where it sprang from; it's simply from NAIJA. Nai+wood=Nollywood. In an interview with Best of Nollywood, actor cum Producer, Yomi Fabiyi spoke at length about the name change and his opinion about the Nollywood at 20 celebration. "At the inception of the name Nollywood, we all embraced it with open arms without even probing the source. As time went by, few flashes of some ill motives surfaced but one is careful raising an unfounded intentions until some set of people wish to celebrate Nollywood and think it is write to say its 20years just to promote a seemingly tribalistic intention. We have notable movie icons and veterans from all clans and tribes who are behind this and trust me they will be known much more later. But if you sample people's opinion, if they won't hide behind a finger, they will tell you Nollywood name is not a unifying factor and no government whatsoever should support such henceforthOn What he hopes to achieve with this? The change is already in the pipeline and no matter how long it takes, the genuine vanguards will not stop and the government needs to understand our position on this as well as the media. Its not a fight against an individual or group of people. We are fighting against injustice to history and...

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MEET NIGERIA’S MARIO BALOTELLI

So there's a Nigerian Balotelli? I admit I've carried a lot of last on this one. Gbolahan Salami was nicknamed Nigeria's Mario Balotelli for his erratic behaviour, on-pitch misdemeanors and off-pitch scandals. I learnt he's crazier than Italy's Balotelli (but I doubt that). Gbolahan is a great player too and could be the best in Africa if he stays focused. The 22 year-old who was called up by Super Eagle's Stephen Keshi for 2014 African Nations Championship (Chan) in South Africa has played for Enyimba, Julius Berger FC, Shooting Stars to mention a few. The late Rashidi Yekini is his football hero and his best coach(es) are Fatai Amoo (ex Shooting Stars coach) and Stephen...

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WORST NEIGHBOURS OF 2013: KIM K AND KANYE TOP THE LIST

When will people leave this couple alone? Someone wants Kanye West to come out of his 6-month (dissing) "sabbatical". It won't work o.lol. The result of a Celebrity Neighbour survey conducted by Zillow; a real estate website America saw Kanye West and Kim Kardashian topping the list of worst neighbours of 2013. "No one wants to live next door to a family who has cameras following them everywhere and seems to seek out as much attention as possible. However, with more than one-third of surveyed Americans preferring a non-celebrity neighbor, what remains clear is that many people don't want to live next to any celebrity, regardless of why they are famous." Zillow's Chief Marketing Officer Amy Bohutinsky stated. Other people in the list include Cast of the show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga...

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SOMEONE IS OBSESSED WITH WAJE’S DAUGHTER. READ HIS OPEN LETTER

It's still the season of open letters. So I woke up to a funny mail by a certain Opeyemi who's mightily obsessed with Waje's 14 year-old daughter Emerald. Ermmm, Waje's daughter? Someone is definitely courting trouble. IssokayDear EmeraldMy name is Opeyemi, but i call myself Opepwince (@Opepwinc_Nelson On Twitter) because I think I've got some vibes to be a future King which means if you accept to be my future pwincess you might also be my future Queen. LOL! 'I WISH'.Though I don't know much about you but I what I know for sure is that your name is Emerald Iruobe from Edo state, am I correct?! Don't bother to answer now, I'm sure we'll talk more when we eventually see. Just read on darl' I'm taking this bold move and making this very first step to capture your heart. Reason is, I need the heavens to smile down on us because we practice what the heavens require. Before I move on, I'm sure you won't believe if I tell you I've started telling my friends and my brothers about you. So before I fall too deep without finding anyone to help me out, let me quickly lay it out straight to you that I am looking at you as a rib of my ribs.Can you imagine the picture I'm painting? Anyway, I hope it will also interest you...

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SAD! PROF WOLE SOYINKA LOSES DAUGHTER

Very sad! Ms Iyetade Soyinka, the second daughter of Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka has passed on. She reportedly died while receiving treatment yesterday, 29th December 2013 at the University of Ibadan Teaching Hospital where she was being treated for an undisclosed ailment. Iyetade was described in a statement by Jahman Anikulapo, an aide to Mr. Soyinka as affable, intelligent and sometimes capricious, “she struggled with her health in recent years, she greeted every day with a smile and doted on her two children.” She is survived by her two children, parents, siblings, nieces and...

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KIM AND KANYE’S DAUGHTER IS A PROUD OWNER OF A LAMBORGINI

Ok, thought the massive surprise ended with Beyonce opening a twitter account for baby Blue Ivy even before she was born. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's daughter, North West is a small babe living large. The little tot is now a proud owner of a mini Lamborghini car and her mother is doing all the bragging for her. Kim tweeted a pic of the car next to Kanye's bigger version and then captioned it, "Like father, like daughter." Big or small, Lamborghini is a...

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CHIKA IKE, OGE OKOYE END THE YEAR WITH A BANG

Tall and delectable Nollywood actresses, Chika Ike and Oge Okoye have ended the year with a bang! For being role models to Igbo youths/ women and making significant contributions to their states, they have been conferred with Chieftancy titles in their home towns. While Chika Ike was conferred with the title of Akwa Ugo 1 of Amoli Kingdom, Enugu State, Oge Okoye is now the Igolo Nwanyi 1 of Amoli...

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TOP TEN FOOTBALL TRANSFERS OF 2013

The year 2013 is ticking off. We've decided to bring you the top ten football transfers of 2013. From English Premier League, LaLiga to Bundeliga and French League . Here are the most talked-about transfers in the year. (1) Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid) £85million/£100million (2) Edinson Cavani (Napoli to Paris Saint-Germain) £55million / €64.5 million (3) Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid to AS Monaco) £52m/ €60m (4) Neymar (Santos to Barcelona) £48.6 million / €57 million (5) Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid to Arsenal) £42.4 million / €50 million (6) James Rodriguez (FC Porto to AS Monaco) £38.5 million / €45 million (7) Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid to Napoli) £34.5 million / €39 million (8) Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester City) £34 million / €40 million (9) Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich) £31.5 million / €37 million (10) Willian (Anzhi Makhachkala to Chelsea) £30 million / €35.4...

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SAD! COMEDIENNE PRINCESS MARRIAGE CRASHES

Heard the news yesterday but wanted to confirm before blogging. Comedienne Princess Damilola’s 7 month old marriage to Adeshola Jeremiah, a movie director has packed up. They cited irreconcilable differences and incompatibility. I learnt the marriage actually crashed 3 months four months ago, she tried all she could to keep it away from the public. And she’s asked her friends not to cry over the matter. The wedding ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Balmoral Hall, Oregun,...

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HEADIES 2013: FULL LIST OF WINNERS

The 2013 edition of The Headies; Nigeria’s biggest and most prestigious music awards was held yesterday 26th of December 2013 at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos. Olamide emerged the biggest winner of the night as he went home with 3 awards. Fast-rising artiste, Sean Tizzle of the Sho Le fame, won the Next Rated award which came with a Hyundai Tucson SUV. WINNERS (1) BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR I Wish – Waje Good Morning – Brymo Natural Something – Sound Sultan This Year – Jaywon – WINNER! (2) PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Pheelz – Durosoke DTunes – Sho Lee – WINNER! Del B – Limpopo Leriq – Like to Party Legendury Beatz – Emi Ni Baller (3) BEST MUSIC VIDEO Alingo – Jude Okoye/Clarence Peters – WINNER! Oliver Twist – Sesan Gaga Crazy – Aje Filmworks Azonto – Moe Musa Yes/No – Clarence Peters (4) BEST R&B/POP ALBUM Iyanya Vs. Desire – Iyanya O.B.O. – Davido – WINNER! R&BW – Banky W Blessed– Flavour Away & Beyond – 2Face Idibia (5) BEST R&B SINGLE Don’t Let Go – Capital Femi Good Good Loving – Banky W – WINNER! Like to Party – Burna Boy Rich & Famous – Praiz Omote – Ese Peters (6) Best Pop Single Ihe Ne Me – 2Face Idibia – WINNER! The Kick – Wande Coal Feat. Don Jazzy Gobe – Davido Catching...

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PHOTOS: THE YOBOS AT CHRISTMAS

Joseph Yobo has really ousted Osaze Odemwingie as the Nigerian footballer with the most headlines.lol. Last year Osaze kept us a little annoyed but heavily entertained with his rants on twitter; he was either complaining about his club, or his colleagues. Joseph Yobo took the baton this year. He always shared pictures of his work-outs with Adaeze, get together and co shared on social media. Love the family picture. Think kids grow up too fast these days, I still remember when that cute, little man was...

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DOSSIER: IS WENGER ATTEMPTING TO INSULT THE EPL OR ATTEMPTING HISTORY AGAIN?

By: Temitope Bolarinwa If you ever wondered why Arsene Wenger’s priority over the summer wasto get a striker, I guess the game against Manchester United and Monday’s game against Chelsea would have been the final pieces in your jigsaw, if not; maybe you were not just looking. MATCH STATSPERFORMANCE INDICATOR MANCHESTER UNITED ARSENALSCORES 1 0POSSESSION 40.5% 59.5%SHOTS ON TARGET 2 2SHOT ACCURACY 40% 33.3%GIROUD RATED GOAL.COM‘S Flop of the match.PERFORMANCE INDICATOR ARSENAL CHELSEASCORES 0 0POSSESSION 59.5% 40.5%SHOTS ON TARGET 2 4SHOT ACCURACY 61.4% 38.6% If the need to bolster the striking force of the erstwhile league leaders was not obvious before the game on Monday, I am sure even the blind can point it out as the reason Arsenal could not take their chances and why although it was a game against one of the big teams,it was two points dropped rather than one point gained. Arsenal’s frustration in going forward in the game against united is further exposed by the fact that their best combination of passes in their nearly 60% control of the game was between Koscielny and Vermalaen whereas Manchester United had their best combination in Valencia and Rooney.Giroud’s criticism in the Man Utd game can start from the goal Van Persie scored, he was flat footed in the duel and although running towards the ball gave Van Persie some advantage he allowed Van Persie leap...

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL

May the celebration of the birth of Christ bring joy, peace and good tidings into your lives and families in Jesus name. Loladevilleblog wish to express our sincere gratitude to our esteemed readers, clients and colleagues, we pray that happiness, goodness and all that you ask for be your portion this glorious season and always. LVB is wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a splendid new year. Happy...

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READ: PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN’S MESSAGE TO YOU ALL AT CHRISTMAS

Dear Compatriots, I greet and felicitate with you all as we celebrate Christmas once again. I join our Christian compatriots and all other Nigerians in giving thanks to God Almighty whose Grace and Benevolence has helped our nation to overcome the many challenges it has had since we celebrated Christmas last year. The annual commemoration of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ is a most auspicious time for us, as individuals and as a nation, to rededicate ourselves to the virtues and ideals which the Messiah preached and exemplified during his earthly ministry. Let us all therefore resolve this Christmas to make the ideals of peace, harmony, tolerance, love and goodwill to all even more manifest in our interactions with others.It remains my sincere belief that no height of human accomplishment is beyond us as a nation, if we can overcome our differences, such as they are, and forge a binding national consensus to put the progress and well-being of the country above all other considerations. My administration will do all within its powers and abilities to ensure that when representatives of our people assemble for the forthcoming national conference next year, they will have every opportunity and encouragement to make very significant contributions towards forging the required consensus for sustained national peace, unity and progress.It is also my expectation that the national conference will contribute in no small measure towards...

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D’BANJ AND ONYEKA ONWENU RECORD SOUNDTRACK FOR HALF OF A YELLOW SUN FILM

Nigerian music superstar Dapo 'Dbanj' Oyebanjo and veteran songstress Onyeka Onwenu have recorded the official soundtrack for award-winning writer, Chimamanda Adichie's hugely successful book turned movie Half of a Yellow Sun. Saw the trailer of the film, brilliant production, great cast, top-notch quality so it deserves nothing less than a masterpiece soundtrack. Trust Onyeka to deliver her part well and as for D'banj, his AFCON 2013 theme song is still stuck in our heads, I hope he churns out something far better, nothing short of a classic. The song would be released next...

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