Author: loladeville

TUNDE KELANI’S ‘MAAMI’ HITS THE CINEMAS

'Maami', the much-anticipated movie from celebrated cinematographer, Tunde Kelani has been released into Nigerian Cinemas. The movie which had its trailer released few months ago features Jenifa star, Funke Akindele, Wole Ojo, Ayomide Abatti, Tamilore Kuboye etc. It tells the story of a poor, conscientious single parent's struggles to raise her only child, Kashimawo who eventually, rises to intrnational stardom in an English football club, Arsenal, and becomes a national hero. It will be shown at Silverbird Cinemas ( Lagos & Abuja), City Mall Cinemas (Lagos), Ozone Cinemas,Genesis Deluxe Cinemas, Port...

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DAGRIN’S BIOPIC: OPE BANWO SUES VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRLINES

Ope Banwo, the CEO of Stingomania Productions, Ope Banwo, has sued Virgin Atlantic Airlines to the sum of 1 Billion Naira for Copyright Infringement. Virgin Atlantic Airlines we garnered showed 'Ghetto Dreams' ( Dagrin's Biopic ) over 50 times on their international routes without getting authorized permission. Reports reaching me state that apart from showing the movie on their flights, Virgin Atlantic Airlines also played the Movie in their offices and for this capital offence Ope banwo has decided to sue them to the tune of sum of 1 Billion Naira. He has also asked the Federal High Court in Ikeja, Lagos to mandate Virgin Atlantic to apologize in 3 Nigerian dailies. Ghetto dreams xrays the life, times and dreams of the late yoruba lyricist, Olaitan Olanipekun popularly called Dagrin. The movie cast include Racheal Oniga, Pa Kasunmu, Doris Simeon, Gabriel Afolayan, Kenny Saint Brown, Jaywon and so...

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: STEPHANIE OKEREKE AND FIANCE LINUS IDAHOSA

Obviously having a nice time….The picture here shows fantastic Nollywood actress Stephanie Okereke and her fiance Linus Idahosa; Managing Director, Del York International, a media outfit aboard a Yacht in Paris, France. In Funke Akindele's voice, 'I go love ooo'. Sources say Stephanie and Linus are getting married in France this month.This France wedding na strictly business oo, how many people (especially Nollywood practitioners) would grace the occassion? All 'mogbomoyas' (uninvited guests) are hereby advised to start applying for...

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GENEVIEVE BECOMES HOMEVIDA AMBASSADOR

Not too long ago, Glamorous Nollywood icon, Genevieve Nnaji and Super Eagles Striker, Osaze Odemwingie landed a major endorsement deal with the firm producing Cintrion energy drink in South Africa and were paid N50 Million each. The superstar is still gathering a lot of momentum, she has just been made the Ambassador for Home Video Integrity Awards (HOMEVIDA) an NGO Promoting values in Movies.Source:...

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WIZKID AND BANKY W TO FEATURE IN MTV DRAMA SERIES

It's time to sit back, relax and watch two of the EME team roll out some piece of magic on TV. Wave-making star, Wizkid and R'n'B crooner, Banky W will debut in a new MTV Drama Series titled 'Sugar: Love, Sex and Money'. The 7 Part Drama Series which centers on Sex and Relationships among African Youth will hit the screens on Feb 14, 2012 @ 9:30PM on MTV Base ( DSTV Channel 322 ).This duo should rehearse their script well oo, we can't...

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N1.2M FACEBOOK ACCOUNT: NSC RESPONDS

Few days ago, I wrote a story on how National Sports Commission opened a facebook page for N1.2m, the Commission however has debunked the rumour, here's statement THE NSC FACEBOOK PAGE: The attention of the National Sports Commission has been drawn to posts on the Commission's Page alleging that the Commission spent the sum of N1.2m to open a Facebook Page. Nothing can be further from the truth. The truth of the matter is: i) The idea to open a Facebook Page for the National Sports Commission (NSC) was muted by the ICT Unit of the Commission. The objective of the project was to "use Facebook as an interactive forum to connect the Nigerian youth all over the world with the National Sports Commission and its mission". ii) During the course of briefing the immediate past Hon. Minister of Sports/Chairman, National Sports Commission, Alh. Yusuf Suleiman, he directed that a more aggressive approach be adopted in projecting the Facebook Page. The Hon. Minister (HM), who has a personal Facebook Page, also directed that the Facebook crew should accompany him to visit all the athletes and their coaches who were in various camps across the country in preparation for the 10th All Africa Games. Furthermore, he directed that the crew should attend the 10th AAG in Maputo to update the Page on happenings during the Games. iii) Consequent upon the...

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ACTORS GUILD OF NIGERIA (AGN) ELECTIONS HOTS UP

Sometime last year, the incumbent President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Segun Arinze, announced that the AGN elections would be coming up this year, though he didn't mention a particular date. Report reaching me reveals that the elections would hold on March 17, 2012. Segun Arinze isn't contesting for second term, those vying for the position of the President include, ex beauty queen, Ibinabo Fiberesima, Emeka Rollas ( who is the Incumbent General Secretary) and Steve Eboh (South-East AGN VP.I hope another round of drama won't spark off when the winner finally emerges. Can't wait!!!Source:...

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JAY Z&ASHLEY COLE’S BUSINESS PARTNER ARRESTED FOR MURDER

Chris Nathaniel, an influential businessman and head, London-based NVA entertainment Group who sealed up a multi-million pound deal to open London branch of US rapper Jay-Z's 40/40 restaurant and bar franchise involving Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole has been arrested over the murder of 18 year-old teenager in London. The 39 year-old was arrested at the Heathrow airport in connection with the killing of Danny O'Shea who was stabbed in the neck outside his mother's home on december 2, 2011. Nathaniel who was said to have been in anti-knife crime meetings with former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown also claims to have deals with Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt, Manchester United Footballer Antonio Valencia, Birmingham City defender Curtis Davies and acted as middle man in a book deal for England football captain John Terry. He's been freed on bail until March pending further inquiries. Don't know his connection with the case but will Jay Z and Ashley Cole continue their deal with him? Source: Daily...

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CHIMAMANDA ADICHIE’S BEST SELLER, ‘HALF OF A YELLOW SUN’ TO BE ADAPTED INTO A MOVIE

Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie's bestselling novel, 'Half of a Yellow Sun' which won the 2007 orange prize award for best fiction will be adapted into a movie by march 2012. The masterpiece explores the effect of the Biafran war on the relationship between political figures, a Professor, a British Citizen and a houseboy. To be directed by renowned Nigerian Playwright Biyi Bandele. The cast include international actress, Thandie Newton, Dominic Cooper, Chiwetel Ejiofor and so on. Expenses will howéver be bankrolled by ace producers Andrea Calderwood ("The Last King of Scotland," "Generation Kill") and Gail Egan ("Happy-Go-Lucky," "The Constant Gardener"). We understand professionals are being employed to act in the movie but will they be able to speak Igbo language fluently? Let's keep our fingers crossed and see who acts what...

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INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE: SIASIA AND OKOCHA JOIN THE TRAIN

Dear football lovers, if you think thrills, twists and intrigues can only be seen in English Premier League, Champions League, La Liga or Bundesliga games, wait until you see the new Indian Premier League. The Indian Soccer Federation are bent on giving the aforementioned leagues a good run for their money. India's new Premier Football League, a franchise-based and sports company which has had MP&Silva acquire its Global Broadcast Rights is kicking off soon. The Legaue which will be broadcast in about 50 countries has engaged the services of many ex world class players. Stars for the IPL include Fabio Cannavaro (Italy), Robbie Fowler (England), Robert Pires ( France ), Hernan Crespo (Argentina), Austin Jay Jay Okocha ( Nigeria ). Managers For The Indian Premier League include Peter Reid (England), John Barnes (England), Samson Siasia (Nigeria), Marco Etcheverry (Bolivia), Colin Todd, Fernando Couto (Portugal), Teitur Thodarson (Iceland) and Milus Rus (Slovakia). Samson Siasia in particular will manage Durgapur FC in the Indian Premier League and has signed for $190,000. Congrats to Samson Siasia, there's this saying that when one door closes, another opens. But will the new Indian Premier League outshine EPL and others. Did someone just say NEVER? Let's see how it...

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DROGBA’S MOTHER FEASTS SUPPORTERS

Is she not far too kind? Mrs Clotilde Drogba, mother of Chelsea/Ivory Coast international striker, Didier Drogba has been taking her time to cook fried plantain chips, white rice, pepper soup, attieke and tomato sauce for the national team fans/supporters at a temporary restaurant she set up in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, where the Elephants are playing their Group B games. The old woman who cooks for over 60 members of the National Committee of the Elephants Supporters (CNSE) explained that the only way she could contribute to the tournament is to feed the supporters so they'll have enough strength to cheer the team to victory. Asides that freebies, Ivory Coast sports minister Philippe Legre also gave out $100 (R776) to each of the 60 supporters. Meanwhile, she also got criticized for feeding a very few number of supporters as againt Angola and Burkina Faso who brought 700 and 200 supporters.Human beings are insatiable, she never...

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WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE FACEBOOK PAGE

The picture above is National Sports Commission facebook profile picture, the last time we all checked, facebook was FREE, payment in any kind or form was no prerequisite in opening the social site. This morning, I came across the story (according to Tribune report) of how National Sports Commission opened a Facebook account for N1.2 million and till now, I’m still wondering what went wrong. Perhaps there are stuffs we don’t know, did they employ the services of web designers, cartoonists, graphic artists to make the commission’s facebook page look superb or are they ‘planning to furnish and install gadgets inside? Too many questions begging for answer. My interest and that of well meaning Nigerians are piqued and we want to know how it happened. The Director General of the National Sports Commission,  Patrick Ekeji has however been summoned by the House of Representatives over this issue as well as his commission’s expenditures, including N3.7billion for the 10th All Africa Games. According to the report: “He will also give appraisal of how various expenditure was handled by the Commission from 2009-2011. “When Chief Ekeji came to the Assembly last week, he was asked to make available relevant documents relating to the expenditure to the last All Africa Games in Maputo. “He (Chief Ekeji) is expected to defend how he transferred monies to 19 sports federation;  N1,200,000.00 (One million, two hundred thousand naira)...

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RIHANNA TO LAUNCH OWN FASHION REALITY TV SHOW

Barbados-born diva, Rihanna is set to launch her own fashion reality TV show. The yet-to-be named series will be aimed at searching for the next generation of raw, undiscovered designer talents. In the series which will have Girls Aloud star, Nicola Roberts as its host, the aspiring designers will engage in producing stage outfits for celebrities for about 2 and a half months. The grand prize winner however will get the chance to design a unique stage look for Rihanna to wear during her Wireless performance in Hyde Park in July 2012. Speaking about the new venture, Rihanna said, "I have been very fortunate to work with some truly amazing designers and stylists throughout my career, and they have been instrumental in making sure my creative vision reaches the stage. I am excited to follow the journey of our aspiring contestants and see how their individuality influences their efforts during the course of the show." Source:...

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KATE WINSLET, OCTAVIA SPENCER, ALEC BADWIN SHINE AT THE ANNUAL SAG AWARDS

High-profile Hollywood celebrities thronged The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, venue of The 18th edition of the Screen Actors Guild awards (SAG) on Sunday, 29th January, 2012.Complete list of winners1) Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting RoleNick Nolte, Warrior Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn Armie Hammer, J. Edgar Jonah Hill, Moneyball Christopher Plummer-Beginners-WINNER2) Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting RoleOctavia Spencer, The Help-WINNER Berenice Bejo, The Artist Jessica Chastain, The Help Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs3) Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series-Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock-WINNER Ty Burrell, Modern Family Steve Carell, The Office Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family4) Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy SeriesJulie Bowen, Modern Family Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie Tina Fey, 30 Rock Sofia Vergara, Modern Family Betty White, Hot In Cleveland-WINNER5) Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series30 Rock The Big Bang Theory Glee Modern Family-WINNER The Office6) Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie Or MiniseriesDiane Lane, Cinema Verite Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult Betty White, The Lost Valentine Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce-WINNER7) Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Television Movie Or MiniseriesLaurence Fishburne, Thurgood Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail-WINNER Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce James Woods, Too Big...

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AMERICAN COLLEGE OFFERS COURSE ON BEYONCE

Like for real? What's with celebrity couple, Beyonce and Jay Z? It would be recalled that Michael Eric Dyson, a professor at Georgetown University, New York offered a course on Jay Z last year titled sociology of hiphop: Jay Z, this year, another professor, Kevin Allred in a different American university, Rutgers to be precise is currently offering a course on Beyonce, titled; Politicizing Beyonce. The course according to Allred isn't about Beyoncé's political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama's inauguration weekend but rather about how she promotes feminism and pushes boundaries  Professor allred explained that "She certainly pushes boundaries. While other artists are simply releasing music, she's creating a grand narrative around her life, her career, and her persona.  So who's next? Rihanna, course title: Exploring the Economic….never mind...

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RADIO HIT SHOW EPISODE 23: ‘WILL BASKETMOUTH QUIT COMEDY FOR RAPPING?’

Hello folks! I have always believed that Basket Mouth is truly talented & hard working, and probably deserves all the credit he gets. Now he is making a bold step, flirting with his old love (rapping); find out what the crew thinks of his new joint with eLDee and Wizkid as well as some pieces. We opened a new blog and put up some behind the scene footage to show you more of what goes on in the studio. Songs reviewed this week   1) Denica – Supergirl 2) 2Face feat. Bebe Sumtin & Jay Pee – Chinese Freestyle 3) Basketmouth feat. Wizkid & Eldee – Where You Dey 4) Olamide feat. H-Code – Unite 5) Barzini feat. Rayce – Mumu Button   Here is a link to the newest episode: Download Now!!! http://soundcloud.com/yomiblack/radio-hit-show-23 Here is a link to an Uncensored Video (Behind The Scene)  http://radiohitshow.tumblr.com/post/16685849378/will-basket-mouth-quit-comedy-for-rapping-i-have   Please leave your comments and reaction. Thanks   Yomi...

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ITS ALL ABOUT NOVO

Novo is a 23 year old UK-based Nigerian artiste currently signed to Giant Music World Ltd. Since his first appearance in the UK music scene in May 2011, Novo has made debut on Music Week commercial pop club chart at #16, leaping to #9 on the second week. 'LIL STAR' also play listed on Flava, Kiss, Vox Africa, Clubland, Massive R&B and more channels across the country. In addition Novo has appeared in shows like Soccer AM, Afro Buzz, as well as gaining the support of TV and Radio stations/ fans across the country with his unique twang and laid back trickery flow. Only a year in the game, Novo has already worked and performed alongside foreign musicians like Tincy Stryder, Starboy Nathan, Scorcher, Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, Rawknait who also produced for Peter Andre, Barry Bee, Akon and many more. The future certainly looks bright for the young new star so expect a lot more from NOVO in 2012. With the success of his UK debut single 'LIL STAR' – currently available for download on iTunes and other online retailers, Novo is now back with new single 'STUNTIN' FT. SCORCHER & STARBOY NATHAN'  is now available for viewers on YouTube: The massive new single STUNTIN" is set to take the UK by storm. The song fusions hip-hop, grime and urban pop and reflects on good times. The...

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