Month: January 2014

OSAZE ODEMWINGIE SURPRISES PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED FRIEND

    God bless his heart! Newly-signed Stoke City footballer, Osaze Peter Odemwingie on January 29, 2014 planted a smile on his physically challenged friend and supporter as he gave him a motor wheelchair gift. (I hope cash gift followed sha). The guy, fondly called New Yorker fought back tears and prayed as he received the unexpected gift from the Nigerian...

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IROKOTV TEAM HOSTS MERCY JOHNSON& RUKKY SANDA

      Talented Nollywood actresses, Mercy Johnson and Rukky Sanda recently made a surprise visit to the iROKOtv team in the Lagos offices in Anthony Villag. The staff were not only overjoyed to meet and spend time with these Nollywood celebs, they also shew them around the beautiful new office space recently acquired by the...

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OPRAH WINFREY ON TURNING 60 + BIRTHDAY PICTURES

The American television host, actress and producer expectedly got loads and loads of gifts on January 29- her birthday. One of such is a sequined portrait from her friend and talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres. Meanwhile here’s what the philanthropist wrote on her website few days before she turned 60. “Even in my darkest moments—through sexual abuse, a pregnancy at 14, lies and betrayals”. She recounted her teenagehood experience. Excerpts!!! “Sixty. I’m turning 60 this month! I’m so glad I’ve lived long enough to say those words and celebrate their meaning. I’m turning 60. I’m alive. Healthy. Strong.I’m turning 60, and—please don’t take offense—I no longer have to be concerned about what anyone thinks of me! (You know, the old Am I doing it right? Am I saying it right? Am I being what or who I’m “supposed” to be?) I’m turning 60, and I’ve earned the right to be just as I am. I’m more secure in being myself than I’ve ever been. I have reached the moment Derek Walcott describes in his beautiful poem “Love After Love”: “…with elation / you will greet yourself arriving / at your owndoor, in your own mirror / and each will smile at the other’s welcome.” I am in awe of the way my journey here on earth continues to unfold. My life has been marked by miracles for as long...

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WAIT A MIN! THESE ARE SHAN GEORGE’S SONS?

It is interesting to know that these two grown men are actually Shan George’s sons. One of them, Jagaceo Otsemobor, is a hip-hop artiste (wrote about the singer few years back). I actually thought she has 1 child. Delnoi, 27 and Jaga, 25 graduated from University of East London. The latter works as a director in his dad’s...

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MUSIC: ODONKS- SPOTLIGHT

Sensational singer, Peter Ngoboh debuts with an impressive single titled "Spotlight" written and produced by the one and only Jide aka MixmasterJ. The song is a motivational song, meant for those who desire to reach their peak!!! Odonks, a vocalist of repute in House On The Rock, HOTR Lagos is a soulful, urban, contemporary singer and has been singing for as long as he can remember. The Lagos-born native of Bayelsa state draws inspiration and influences from the likes of John Legend, Lauryn Hill, Boys II men, Fred Hammond, Youssou N'dour amongst many others. Stardom talks about one's journey to success. Hulkshare Link: http://www.hulkshare.com/ztl5rr65m70g /Odonks –...

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PHOTOS FROM JIDE KOSOKO’S 60TH BIRTHDAY LECTURE&PARTY

Like we reported few days back. The veteran actor, Jide Kosoko turned 60 two weeks ago, organizers of Best of Nollywood put together a two-in-one event to honour the filmmaker and the former President, Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP). The birthday lecture took place yesterday on January 29 by at Eagles park Hotel Ikeja. Lectures were delivered by Wemimo Ogunde of Nollywood Tweets and Fidelis Duker. The birthday shindig took place later in the evening at Troy Lounge Ogba. Roll call of celebrities at the event include Fathia Balogun, Sola and Bidemi Kosoko, Ayo Badmus, Doris Simeon, Henrietta Kosoko, Ayo Adesanya, Ireti Osayemi-Bakare, Aishat and many...

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ART COLLECTIONS FEATURING LIONEL MESSI, C RONALDO, MESUT OZIL, VAN PERSIE AND THEO WALCOTT UNVEILED. (TAKE A LOOK)

A popular New York-based artist and designer, Daniel Nyari has unveiled his latest art collections featuring star footballers; Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Robin Van Persie (Manchester United) and Theo Walcott. The collections are titled Playmakers’ and ‘Match of the Day.’ Walcott’s design is the finest, Messi’s the funniest. Culled from London Evening...

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OC UKEJE, DAMILOLA ADEGBITE, HALF OF A YELLOW SUN, LUPITA NYONG’O, OTHERS NOMINATED FOR SCREEN NATION FILM AND TELEVISION AWARDS.

The list of nominees for the 2014 edition of the Screen Nation Film and Television Awards has been released. The 9th edition of the event will hold on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Plaza Riverbank, Albert Embankment, London.Featuring rave of the moment thespians from Nigeria; Joseph Benjamin, Damilola Adegbite, Alexx Ekubo, Linda Ejiofor O.C Ukeje, Femi Jacobs and many more; Ghana Chris Attoh and wave-making 12 years a slave actress, Lupita Nyong'o. Also included in the shortlist are some of Nigeria's brilliantly produced films; Half of a Yellow Sun, Tango with me, Flower Girl, Hoodrush, Confusion Na Wa and the rest.NOMINEES(1) BEST AFRICAN FILMOf Good Report – Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, (South Africa)Nairobi Half Life – David Kitonga, (Kenya/Germany)Mother of George – Andrew Dosunmu, (Nigeria/USA)Half of A Yellow Sun – Biyi Bandele, (Nigeria/UK)B for Boy – Chika Anadu (Nigeria/UK)(2) FAVOURITE FEMALE AFRICAN INTERNATIONALLupita Nyong'o (USA/Kenya)Linda Ejiofor (Nigeria)Danai Gurira (USA/Zimbabwe)Damilola Adegbite (Nigeria)Adepero Oduye (USA/Nigeria)(3) FAVOURITE MALE AFRICAN INTERNATIONALOC Ukeje (Nigeria)Joseph Benjamin (Nigeria)Femi Jacobs (Nigeria)Chris Attoh (Ghana)Anthony Monjaro (Nigeria)Alex Ekubo (Nigeria)(4) FAVOURITE NIGERIAN (NEW NOLLYWOOD) FILM AminaTurning PointTango with MeOnye OziHoodrushFlower GirlConfusion Na Wa(5) FAVOURITE BLACK CHANNEL ABN TVBEN TVNollywood MoviesThe Africa ChannelVox Africa(6) DIVERSITY IN FACTUAL PRODUCTION(a) Albino Witchcraft Murders – BBC4 Bad 25 – BBC2(b) Burma: My Father and the Forgotten Army – BBC2(c) First Amongst Equals: The Laurie Cunningham Story – ITV1(d) The Cruel Cut – C4(e) Martin Luther...

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CHAN 2014 SEMI-FINAL: END OF THE ROAD FOR NIGERIA

It was a tension-soaked moment. Nigeria has bowed out of the CHAN 2014 competition. They lost out to Ghana at the Semi final stage. Both team couldn't produce a goal after 120 mins and had to resort to penalty shoot-outs. Ghana slipped all their shots in successfull , Ejike Uzoenyi, the most significant player in the team made a good account of himself before the goal-keeper, other Nigerian players' shots travelled in different directions. (Pardon my writing style, I'm a little bit distraught.) Up Nigeria! You remain a winner to us! Congratulations...

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THROWBACK PHOTO: PETE EDOCHIE

So Pete Edochie’s signature beard has come a long way! Really interesting!!! They grew thicker and denser with age. The story of the Nigerian movie industry would be incomplete without ample space given to veterans like him. I miss the stern-looking actor, his strong, powerful voice, the way his eyes twitch before he breaks into...

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HILARIOUS! CHINESE STUDENTS SHOW US A WONDERFUL STUDYING TECHNIQUE

Do you find yourself sleeping off few minutes after you open a book? This Chinese students' studying technique is just the best option you've been waiting for. If you're a lady, fix a brazilian hair or one of those long hair brands, if you're a guy, do the same, get a wig or scarf.lol To stop themselves from nodding off while studying, these Chinese university students resorted to tying up their hair with cloth pegs , so anytime they try to nod off, the pegs would pull their hair. The technique was carried out by two students, Chen and Huang, who were determined to succeed but had problems staying awake. "Chen is so keen to succeed that she decided to give the hair trick a try, as you can see her hair is more than long enough. As we didn't have a beam in our dorm, she used the clothes dryer and claims it worked really well. The preparation is boring, but the hanging hair practice makes it interesting and I really feel much more energetic by studying this way". Huang...

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PHOTOS: JAYWON REMEMBERS GOLDIE IN NEW VIDEO

Award-winning Kennis Music act, Jaywon has shot the video of 'Remembered'; a tribute song dedicated to the late singer and former BBA housemate, Susan 'Goldie' Harvey. The video according to sources will by released on Valentines' Day; exactly a year the bubbly singer passed away. "I miss everything about her. She was the only one I could confide in she was my friend, big sister and had a very good heart, ever since she passed on I haven't found anyone to confide in and I don't know if I will ever find any". The Madantin star told HipHopWorld Magazine. Also featured in the video are self-acclaimed Comedian of the Federal Republic (CFR), Gbenga Adeyinka, YQ, Jybo, Joel to mention a few. You would recall that the Goldie breathed her last shortly after she returned from the Grammy Awards event in the US. An autopsy report carried out shortly after revealed that she suffered a terminal hypertensive heart disease. May her soul find repose. Amen! Photocredit:...

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NIGERIAN STRIKER, PETER ODEMWINGIE COMPLETES TRANSFER TO STOKE CITY

Nigerian international, Peter Osaze Odemwingie has completed a move from Cardiff football club to Stoke City. The Super Eagles player signed an 18-month swap-deal that will see Trinidad striker Kenwyne Jones move in the opposite direction to Cardiff City. "We're pleased to get Peter in. He's a good Premiership player with experience at this level, a goal in him and a bit of pace – which we need to add to the squad. I'm pleased to add him." Huges, Stoke City Manager...

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CAF RANKS NIGERIA TOP SEED FOR 2015 AFCON QUALIFIERS

Thanks to Super Eagles’ smashing AFCON 2013 victory. Confederation of African football (CAF) has ranked Nigeria as top seeded team for the Morocco 2015 Orange African Cup of Nation qualifiers. Nigeria garnered a total of 39.5 points, Ghana and Ivory Coast had 38 and 36 respectively. Their automatic qualification will also see them leading other countries to the group stage qualifiers. Top Ten   (1) Nigeria – (2) Ghana (3) Ivory Coast (4) Zambia (5) Burkina Faso (6) Mali (7) Tunisia (8) Morocco (9) Algeria (10) Angola (10) Cape Verde   CAF’s criteria include the performance of the teams during the three last editions of the AFCON; qualifiers of those editions, and the qualifiers of the World Cup 2014. The qualifiers’ draw will be held Sunday, April 27th 2014 in Cairo, Egypt. Top 21 teams listed in the CAF ranking will automatically qualify for the group phase which will be held from September 5th to November 19th 2014. The final phase’s draw shall be conducted on November 26th 2014 in Morocco. The 2015 AFCON will be played from 17th January – 7th February 2015....

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N2.5M PORN FILMS CONFISCATED IN ABUJA

As part of it’s plans to fight piracy and totally phase out films that promote moral decadence in youths, The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB); an agency set up to regulate the film industry, censor and classify film and video works in Nigeria have confiscated pirated and uncensored pornographic films believed to be worth N2.5m at different locations in Abuja. According to a statement issued by the the acting Head, Corporate Affairs of the NFVSC board, Mr Caesar Kagho, the illegal films were confiscated during a raid at different home video retail outlets in Banex, Sheriff Plaza, Wuse II, Dutse Alhaji FCT and even from individuals who failed to comply with the NFVCB ‘s New Distribution and Exhibition...

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DBANJ NAMED AMBASSADOR FOR ONE ‘YEAR OF AGRICULTURE’ CAMPAIGN

Nigerian singer cum songwriter, Dapo D’banj’ Oyebanjo has been named ambassador for One ‘Year of Agriculture’ campaign which officially kicks off at the AU Summit at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week. The aim of the campaign is to promote Agriculture and encourage youths to participate in the money-spinning venture. Kokomaster as fondly called will also lead some African music stars to record a song produced by iconic producer, Cobhams Asuquo. ONE’s online petition, official name and logo of the campaign will also be unveiled by the “Fall in Love” star. The announcement was made today in a press conference held in...

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MICHAEL ESSIEN SEALS AC MILAN MOVE

Most football posts I've made this week have had something to do with Chelsea. I hope it ends here.lol. Ghanaian midfielder has successfully secured a one and a half year deal from Chelsea FC to AC Milan. The 31 year-old ex Real Madrid player who's made 9 appearances at the Bridge this season will be officially unveiled today, January 28, 2014 at the San Siro. Jose Mourinho wrote on The Blues official website, "We would have been happy had he stayed because he is fantastic player for the team. He's given everything for the club and a great chance arrived for his future. I know he can continue to play at a high level and I wish him success and happiness in Italy and at the World Cup in...

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STAR ON ARRIVAL! SEAN TIZZLE COVERS JANUARY ISSUE OF BUBBLES MAGAZINE

Hopefully we'll have more male celebrities gracing magazine covers this year than ever. I really hope so. Rave of the moment artiste, Sean Tizzle cuts a a dapper and dainty pose on the January edition of Bubbles Magazine. Spruced up in a three-colour patterned suit, a white shirt and black bow tie, the 'Shole' crooner is one of the Nigerian artistes who are taking the industry by storm this...

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