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TOP AMERICAN COMEDIAN, MIKE EPPS TO HEADLINE RHYTHM UNPLUGGED

Hangover actor, film producer and popular American stand-up comedian, Micheal Elliot Epps will join Nigerian comedy power house; Basketmouth, I Go Dye, Gordons, Bovi and Buchi to hoist the 2011 edition of the Rhythm Unplugged concert in Nigeria. With the calibre of artistes on the list, fanatics of the annual event should however look forward to an enthralling event as they bring their respective expertise to the fore. Rebranded as Harp rhythm unplugged, the show is slated to hold at the exquisite Eko Hotels and Towers on the 18th December 2011. Also, on 23rd December, 2011, BBA anchorman, IK and wave-making acts like Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, 2face, Psquare, the Chocolate City boys, Olamide and a host of others will join enthusiasts of the show at Ocean View restaurant in Victoria Island Lagos for the second arm of the Lagos event. Ceceil Hammond, Chief Executive Officer, Flytime Entertainment and organizer of the event disclosed that this year’s edition is star-studded and hence would be bigger and better than the previous editions. Speaking further on the involvement of his company and Guinness Nigeria Plc, Hammond said that ‘I am excited about this partnership, the coming together of two great brands in Harp and Rhythm Unplugged. It’s a relationship that guarantees first class entertainment to consumers of Harp lager beer and fun loving Nigerians.” The Harp Rhythm Unplugged show will hold in...

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SIASIA APPEARS AT STEPHEN KESHI’S UNVEILING CEREMONY, GIVES HIM A GIFT.

Watching ex Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia step into the National Stadiun Abuja venue of the unveiling of his successor, Stephen Keshi drew a lot of surprise from guests who had probably thought he was the last person to grace such. But Siasia who had earlier withdrawn his lawsuit against NFF attracted rounds of applause when he brought out and handed over an all-green Super Eagles jersey with number four inscribed on it. The present however is not unconnected to Keshi's number four jersey during his football days in Nigeria. As he takes the mantle of leadership from Siasia, he is expected to help Nigeria qualify for the 2013 African Cup of Nations game.Source: Channels...

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RITA DOMINIC TO PRODUCE FIRST MOVIE

Rita Dominic is one of the busiest Nollywood actresses at the moment. The light-skinned Mbaise, Imo State indigene is presently working on her first movie which is to be produced by her production company – The Audrey Silva Company. Though no specific date has been fixed for its release the movie but there are speculations that it may be released in March 2012. The movie features Rita Dominic, Jide Kosoko, Basorge Tariah Jr., Kate Henshaw-Nuttall, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Chinedu Ikedieze, Chika Chukwu, Femi Jacobs, Linda Ejiofor, and Kehinde Bankole. Source:...

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OSAZE ODEMWINGIE RULED OUT OF BOTSWANA CLASH, KESHI LISTS ASSISTANTS.

Osaze Odemwingie, Super Eagles striker has been ruled out of Saturday’s international friendly against Botswana. The West Brom player who made history last month few months ago for scoring the fastest goal so far in the 2011/2012 English Premier League (EPL) season is nursing a recurring ankle problem. Steven Keshi, Super Eagles coach stated that as much as he would have loved to see all the players in the match, Osaze has to stay off to recover fully from the injury moreso to be fully fit for the 2013 African Cup of Nations match in January. He however assured that other players will give their best. Meanwhile he has chosen four assistants to work with him. 1) Sylvanus Okpala 2)Daniel Amokachi 3)Ike Shorunmu 4)Valerie Houadino Source: The...

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NIGERIAN IDOL: THOUSANDS STORM LAGOS AUDITION GROUND

Lagos auditions for the second season of the Nigerian Idol music reality show kicked off on friday November 4 to Sunday November 6, thousands who were looking forward to pave their way into fame through singing trooped the Dream Studios venue excited and hoping for the best. The reality show which has the trio of Jeffrey Daniels, Charles "Charly Boy" Oputa and Yinka Davies as judges held auditions in Abuja in October, breezing through thousands of talents in Enugu and Port Harcourt along with Etisalat-sponsored mini-concerts which provided extra entertainment. The show which promises to be more spectacular than last year's and with a bigger and better prize haul this time around will begin airing on 4th December, until the winner is announced at a grand gala on 1 April 2012. Spearheaded by Etisalat, in conjunction with Pepsi and Sony. Other partners include Air Nigeria, Megalectrics and Beat FM, the season 1 of the show was won by Yeka Onka, a former beauty queen and contestant from Abia...

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MISS VENEZUELA IS MISS WORLD 2011

21-year old Ivian Lunasol Sarcos, Miss Venezuela has been crowned Miss World 2011 at the beauty pageant held at the Earls Court Exhibition Center in London.Gwendoline Ruais, a contestant from the Philippines emerged the first runner-up while Amanda Perez from Puerto Rico placed third.The beauty queen will spend a year visiting different beneficent projects around the world. "Winning means everything for me and I hope to take advantage of it in a productive way. I'm incredibly happy to have won, and I have to say there were some fantastic girls (in the pageant)," Sarcos said."The first thing and what I want to do most is help people in need. I want to help people like me – I grew up an orphan – and I would also like to help the elderly and teenagers with problems and everyone I...

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MICHAEL JACKSON’S DOCTOR FOUND GUILTY

A jury of seven men and five women in Los Angeles has found Conrad Murray, late Michael Jackson's doctor whose trial began september 8, 2011 guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the King of Pop. 58 year-old Murray who was portrayed as an incompetent doctor who used the anesthetic propofol without adequate safeguards and whose neglect left Jackson abandoned as he lay dying will be sentenced on November 29, to four years imprisonment and could also lose his medical license. He pleaded not guilty adding that he had formed a close friendship with Jackson, never meant to harm him and couldn't explain why he died. The decision however sparked off jubilation amongst the late singer's fans who had gathered outside with signs and T-shirts demanding, "Justice for Michael," He has been remanded into...

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PALOMA MANDA, BIG BROTHER AFRICA HOUSEMATE STORMS NIGERIA.

Paloma Manda, Zambian housemate in the 2010 edition of the Big Brother Africa All Stars has arrived Nigeria to headline an interactive television programme, a music talent hunt show and concert amongst others. Her visit was spearheaded by Dandora Production House Limited, an Asaba-based advertising and multi-media production company. Her choice as the host of the programme was informed by her warmth, international stature in recognition of the desire to build bridges of peace, unity and harmony in Africa while also fostering a cross-continental collaboration and synergy between Nigeria and other African countries especially in the expansion of the entertainment frontiers across cultural borders. Tony Okrika, Chief Executive Officer, DPHL, explained that "During the Big Brother Africa show, she was well loved by everybody because of her matriarchal disposition and carriage and we feel that there is no better celebrity to mentor youths in the ways a mother can than this young lady. Our confidence in the capacity and charisma of Lady Paloma to deliver successfully on her assignment is quite...

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D’BANJ’S $200, 000 ASTON MARTIN DB7 VANTAGE CAR (RANDOM THOUGHTS)

The other day, while strolling down twitter lane, I came across D’banj’s new Aston Martin DB7 Vantage car picture which according to diverse reports is valued for $200, 000. The other time the shoes he wore to the MTV awards was the cynosure of all eyes, dis time na car. But seriously, reports like this aint good for the heart.lol. Person wey wake up still dey think wetin he wan chop no go cry when he read that kain story? These stories aint ear-friendly to the poor. To make the ‘attack’ (cos it’s an attack on people’s brain) milder, it’s better to leave the figures in the Dollar state and never convert it to naira, because of headache. That’s when you hear Mamas inserting a bit of that good news when rebuking their children, “you no dey shame, u carry 5k gimme, no be your mate dey buy Aston Martin car”. U go fear comparison. So the big question which often comes to recall is where do these artistes get money from? Jim Iyke flaunted his own car almost the same time. Some would say no be only music, no be to just sing for stage come down So without anybody sending me message, cos I’ve listened to arguments which they don’t get paid for, oh D’banj did this, he did that to get the car. Na una sabi....

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WIZKID ATTAINS MILLIONNAIRE STATUS

Fast-rising 'Holla at your boy' crooner, Ayodeji Balogun, popularly called Wizkid has joined the music millionaire league at age 21. The E.M.E act who just upgraded his engagement fee from N500-700, 000 to N1.5million and between N2-N3m for big clients is one of the top 5 most-wanted hip hop stars after 2face Idibia, D'banj and Psquare. Weezy as fondly called created a record for being the youngest artiste to clinch a MOBO award and recently picked up The Next Rated award at the 2011 Headies. With a VW convertible car worth six million naira and a booming music career, needless to say he is at the high rungs of the ladder. Sources put his monthly earnings at N20m and even upwards. Meanwhile his Pakurumo video, directed by Clarence Peters is expected to hit the airwaves soon. Source:...

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MANCHESTER UNITED TO LAUNCH SOCIAL NETWORK FOR 500 MILLION FANS

In January 2010, Manchester United shut down Facebook and Twitter accounts for all of its players, insisting that no Manchester United players maintain personal profiles on social networking websites. That same month, Manchester United still didn’t have an official Facebook page, while their official Twitter account only had 28,000 followers. The story however changed last season. The club has now embraced social media with more than 20 million Facebook fans, more than any other Premier League club. Rio Ferdinand alone has over 1.6 million followers on Twitter. The club has however appointed a digital agency to build a social network for its fans worldwide. The platform will be rolled out in stages over the next two years. The club has identified a target of more than 500m fans. The Manchester United Facebook page has attracted 20m fans in the year since its launch. The platform will host multimedia contents and offer advertising and sponsorship opportunities for brands. It will also sell items such as club merchandise through an ecommerce function. The aim however is to drive engagement with the club’s fans and tap into Asian markets, where Manchester United has a strong following and smartphone use is growing rapidly. The club will offer fans exclusive content, such as videos featuring star players, and content from TV channel...

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SAMSON SIASIA TAKES NFF TO COURT

The last has certainly not been heard of the tussle between Samson Siasia, former Super Eagles coach and the Nigerian Football Federation, (NFF). The embittered coach who who was relieved of his job on friday, 28th October, 2011 declared during an interview that the Board of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF)  has breached the terms of his employment contract by refusing to pay his salaries and allowances when he was in service, in view of this, he has dragged them to an Abuja High Court. Musa Ahmadu, Secretary General, Nigeria Football Federation who got wind of the issue confirmed that he is still being owed salary arrears and would be paid before the year runs out The Accra-born ex coach challenged his sack and cleverly extracted a clause in his contract, "if the need arises for the termination of the contract by either of the parties there should be 30 days notification before the contract can be terminated." When a member of the board stated he was shocked at Siasia's legal move, the ex-coach insisted he had to enforce his rights within the context of the employment contract he signed with...

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FOREMOST MAKE-UP ARTISTE, BANKE MESHIDA-LAWAL SPREADS TENTACLES

Banke Meshida-Lawal, one of the leading make up artistes in Nigeria, CEO, Faces Makeovers and BM|Pro make-up range is spreading her beauty business tentacles. Her new retail outlet and studio in Ikeja will be launched on the 13th of November, 2011 at the Green Village, Isaac John Street, Ikeja, G.R.A, Lagos. The event which promises to be a blast in a ball will have the First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs Abimbola Fashola as the special guest of honour. Her new range of range of BM|Pro products will also be unveiled as well as a new collection of hats and fascinators....

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NO MORE FAT PAY FOR EAGLES

The Nigerian Super Eagles' failure to qualify for the African Cup of Nations didn't only shatter countless emotions but also cost the federation millions in potential income. In view of this, the Aminu Maigari-led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have decided to slash the players' bonuses. This decision however would be communicated to the players by their new coach. "We have resolved to slash the match bonus of the players because of the huge bills the federation incurs after every match,"Maigari stated. Maigari also revealed that the cost of servicing the $10, 000 paid to the team as winning bonuses and half of that for a draw was becoming a...

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GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION: BEN BRUCE DEBUNKS DISQUALIFICATION RUMOUR.

The news of his interest in the Bayelsa State gubernatorial election race left many open-mouthed. Not long after this, another news saturated the air that Ben Murray-Bruce, Chairman, Silverbird Group was disqualified from contesting November 19, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, primaries for Bayelsa State on grounds of dual citizenship (Nigeria&America). However, in a recent interview, Ben Bruce, a former Director General of the Nigeria Television Authority has debunked the disqualification rumour adding that the constitution protects his interest so well. "To the best of my knowledge, nobody has been ousted from the race. If you are ousted from the race, they have to let you know you are ousted from the race. There is no communication to that effect. So everybody is speculating. The race is the only one in the country right now. It is exciting. Everybody is talking about it but nobody has been ousted from the race." He quoted. He further cited Section 28 of the Constitution as regards the issue of dual citizenship. "Subject to the other provisions of this section, a person shall forfeit forthwith his Nigerian citizenship if, not being a citizen of Nigeria by birth, he acquires or retains the citizenship or nationality of a country, other than Nigeria, of which he is not a citizen by...

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RUGGEDMAN RE-LAUNCHES TWENTIETH SEPTEMBER WEAR (TSW).

Michael Ugochukwu Stephens, popularly called Ruggedman is a Nigerian artiste who has a remarkable acumen in business matters, his 20th September clothing line which was launched 3 years ago was relaunched on Saturday 29th October 2011. Now called Twentieth September Wear (TSW), Ruggedman has extended his brand which primarily consisted of tops for ladies to shirts, wrist watches and high heeled shoes of dazzling shapes and designs.The event which was staged at the exqusite XL Lounge, Karimu Ikotun, Victoria Island, Lagos and which had a grand red-carpet session witnessed the attendance of his colleagues in the entertainment industry, well-wishers, fans and friends. The likes of Chinaydu, Jah Bless, Mr Kool, Reminisce, DJboombastic to mention a few registered their presence. Ruggedman after expressing his gratitude at the honour bestowed on him popped a bottle of champagne to throw the dance floor...

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BABASUWE BECOMES A FREEMAN

Embattled comedian, Babatunde Omidan, popularly called Babasuwe following a court proceeding has been granted N500, 000 bail this will however take effect on November 4, 2011. The actor who was suspected of drug trafficking and arrested three weeks ago by officials of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) was brought to court following an order by Justice Yetunde Idowu of the Ikeja High Court to National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to produce him on Wednesday 26 October. Elesho, Kayode Olaseinde also known as Ajirebi and other actors and actresses were at the court to support their colleague. Meanwhile Baba Suwe has filed a N100 million suit against NDLEA over his arrest and detention by the agency on October 12, seeking a declaration that his arrest was in gross violation of his...

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CANDIDATES FOR THE 2011 FIFA BALLON D’OR&WORLD COACH OF THE YEAR AWARDS

The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has revealed the list of shortlisted candidates for the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or award and for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men's Football award. The list was drawn up by football experts from the Football Committee, the Technical and Development Committee and by a group of experts from France Football. The following 23 men are contending for the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2011Éric Abidal (France) Sergio Agüero (Argentina), Karim Benzema (France), Iker Casillas (Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Dani Alves (Brazil), Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon), Cesc Fàbregas (Spain), Diego Forlán (Uruguay), Andrés Iniesta (Spain), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Müller (Germany), Nani (Portugal), Neymar (Brazil), Mesut Özil (Germany), Gerard Piqué (Spain), Wayne Rooney (England), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands), Luis Suárez (Uruguay), David Villa (Spain), Xabi Alonso (Spain), Xavi (Spain). The following ten coaches are contending for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men's Football 2011: Vicente Del Bosque (Spain/Spain national team), Alex Ferguson (Scotland/Manchester United FC), Rudi Garcia (France/Lille OSC), Pep Guardiola (Spain/FC Barcelona), Jürgen Klopp (Germany/Borussia Dortmund), Joachim Löw (Germany/Germany national team), José Mourinho (Portugal/Real Madrid C.F.), Óscar Tabárez (Uruguay/Uruguay national team), André Villas-Boas (Portugal/FC Porto, Chelsea FC), Arsène Wenger (France/Arsenal FC)FIFA and France Football will on 5th December, 2011 hold a press conference in Paris, however, names of the three men and three women, as well as...

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KIM KARDASHIAN TERMINATES 72-DAY OLD MARRIAGE.

72 days after saying 'I Do' to Kris Humphries, a 26 year-old New Jersey basket baller in a lavish wedding at southern California, Los Angeles-based reality TV star, Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court. Citing irreconciliable differences, the 31 year old Supermodel who is one of the highest paid reality show models with earnings estimated at $6 million from her TV show, clothing line, perfume, jewelry and tanning cream and other product endorsements and appearances was previously married to music producer Damon Thomas for four years, separating in 2004. "After careful consideration, I have decided to end my marriage. I hope everyone understands this was not an easy decision. I had hoped this marriage was forever, but sometimes things don't work out as planned. We remain friends and wish each other the best." She said. There were claims that Kris was reluctant to be a part of the Kardashian brand as well as differences over where they would make their home, Kim's friends lashed at Kris Humphries alleging that he immediately began "chasing fame" when the marriage fell apart. One of the reasons for divorce was that he wanted her to move to Minnesota, a decision which didn't go down well with her. Kim was also put off when Kris hired a Hollywood publicist to work on his image....

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THE FIRST EVER WORLD FASHION WEEK TO HOLD IN NEW YORK

46 countries have been billed to attend the first ever World Fashion Week which will take place in New York in year 2012. As a prelude, a World Fashion Week Welcoming Gala will hold in New York on November 2011. Organized by World Fashion organization in partnership with International Trade Organization, Global Enterpreneurship Week, the Art of Living Foundation and fashion organizations from all over the world, the epochal event will attract fashionistas, models, influential leaders and internet media from developed and underdeveloped countries. One nominated fashion designer from each participating country will showcase one specially crafted couture garment which will be taken on a world tour in partnership with museums and fashion weeks around the world then all the way to World Fashion Week 2012 inaugural ceremony. "From manufacturing, to the runway, the handling of fashion goes through the hands of the poorest of the poor as well as the ones most fortunate collectively we can work to make the different dimensions of the fashion process more sustainable and fair. Hence fashion will make a nice deeper impact for the betterment of the world." Paco De Jaimes, Founder, World Fashion...

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