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Friday, 27 June 2008

Naija Entertainment News

Let me start today's entertainment news with this very interesting and beautiful news...as written by Stella Dimoko-Korkus in Encomium Mag this week

9ice's girlfriend 4-months pregnant - changes wedding date

These are indeed the best of times for crooner, Abolore Akande, aka 9ice. Our sources reveal that the crooner and his America-based girlfriend Toni Payne, CEO of Toni Payne Cosmetics, are expecting a bundle of joy in a few months. Sources reveal that Toni is about four months pregnant and that their wedding which was scheduled for December has been shifted to early August.

Hmmmm...Toni Payne over to you. Na true? If true, then congrats my girl and make sure we are invited to the wedding.

Gulder Ultimate 5 at Awgu Hills
The search for men and women with intellect, determination and guts is here again. And Awgu Hills, Enugu is the search site for the 5th edition. The highlights will be telecast from July 19 to August 9th 2008 on national TV and cable.
The TV reality show have announced a N7million prize money and and brand new SUV worth N10million and N500, 000 wardrobe allowance for the ultimate man. Contestants will also go back home with prizes from N2.5 mil to N450, 000. In addition, the last woman standing will grab all of N1mil.
The Nigeria Fashion Week
~Daily fashion shows
~Exhibition/Trade fair
~Symposium, lectues & workshops
~Daily after event parties
~Interactive sessions between buyers and products
Are u a fashion designer, manufature textile, garment, cosmetics, Hair, Skin Care, wedding clothes, cakes, rings, shoes, bags, fashion press/photographer, car or phone manufacturer?
For participation and sponsorship contact
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9, Oyedele Ogunniyi str., Anthony Village
Tel: 07028008180, 08034066803

Shan George hospitalised...Azuh Arinze
Controversial star actress, Shan George, miraculously escaped death weeks back. While having her bath in her Opebi Ikeja home. The mother of two fell and suffered some broken bones and ribs. She was rushed to the hospital from her bathroom where doctors and nurses battled to get her back on her feet. The good hearted lady is out of the hospital but learning how to walk again.

Newest GSM provider, Etisalat injects N48b to displace other network - Leke Adeneye
By July 2008, the newest GSM provider, Etisalat will storm the market with a N48 billion launch. The minister of State for information and communications, Alhaji Ibrahim Nakande, disclosed and commended Etisalat's entry and investment of $400million into the Nigeria telecoms market recently. Since the brand owned by Mubadala, a multinational telecoms operator from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), made it's entry in mid-2007, the boost it sprang in the telecoms and marketing communications sectors have become one of the most discussed...
Globacom storms Ghana
Mr Yinka Olafimihan, Glo's Head, New Markets, announced this at a press conference at Golden Tullip Hotel, Ghana, on Friday. He added that the fee was paid on Wednesday June 18th, well ahead of the June 20 deadline given for the payment by the Ghananian regulatory authorities, the National Communications Authority (NCA).
The fulfillment of Glo's financial obligation to the NCA marked its ultimate commitment to the promise to offer Ghanaians quality GSM services. With the payment of the licence fee, Globacom would immediately begin the deployment of personnel and infrastructure towards an early roll out of services in the West African country

School Buys Whole Street in Lagos - Rebecca Akinkunle
CALEB Group of Schools, one of the most expensive private schools in Nigeria, has acquired all the landed properties on Kayode Odusola Crescent in the Magodo area of Lagos. The school acquired the whole street, a move that set it back millions of naira, to establish a tertiary institution and to have the group of schools in the same vicinity. Founded in 1992 by Prince Ola Adebogun, the school began with a nursery and primary arms, but now has a secondary and Caleb University added to its group of schools.

Each class in the secondary school sits 30 and 40 students, with each paying between N150, 000 and N250, 000 per term, depending on whether you are a day or boarding student.

Face Talk Make-Up Academy
Learn to be a professional make-up artist and to DIY
Comprehensive make-up training course
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7th-11th July 2008
Venue- Sweet Sensation Opebi Lagos
Time - 12pm-4pm daily
First ten participants to register gets a free gift park.
For participation and enquiries - 08023465653, 08033201987

Woman Gets Two Years for Aiding Nigerian Internet Check Scam
A Washington woman was sentenced on Wednesday to two years in prison and five years of supervised release for her role in an Internet counterfeit check scheme.
Edna Fiedler pleaded guilty in March to attempting to defraud U.S. citizens in a scheme known as a Nigerian check scam.

Fiedler helped her accomplices in Nigeria send fake checks to people who had agreed to cash the checks on behalf of the sender, keeping some of the proceeds and sending the rest back.

The Nigerians found people willing to cash the fake checks via e-mail. They would send their names as well as fake documents that looked like Wal-Mart money orders, Bank of America checks, U.S. Postal Service checks and American Express traveler's checks to Fiedler. They told her how to fill out the checks and where to send them.

The recipients most likely thought they were helping out someone who needed a person in the U.S. to cash a check for them, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. They were able to get the money by cashing the checks, and sent most of it to either Fiedler or her Nigerian accomplices. However, once the checks were discovered to be fake, the people who cashed them were responsible for the full amount.
All told, Fiedler sent out US$609,000 worth of phony checks and money orders. When U.S. Secret Service agents investigating the case searched Fiedler's house, they found additional fake checks worth more than $1.1 million that she was preparing to send out.

At a recent conference in Seattle, a representative from the U.S. Postal Service and Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna described ways they're working to shut down these kinds of scams, particularly because they often involve people who don't realize that they're taking part in illegal activities.

The U.S. Postal Service recently sent 15 postal investigators to Lagos, Nigeria, and during a three-month period there, they helped intercept counterfeit checks, lottery tickets and eBay overpayment schemes with a face value of $2.1 billion, Chris Siouris, a cyber investigator at the U.S. Postal Inspector, said at the recent conference. Siouris, McKenna and others are pushing for ways to better educate Internet users so that people don't unwittingly help out in these kinds of e-mail scams.
I'm out...see y'all later.
Cheers

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

The type of brodas who turn us off by Doreen

Someone sent this to me as an article for my mag's next edition. I love it! And thought to share with you guys. It's definitely coming out in the mag, but you guys can have a first glimps...
Enjoy and tell me what you think about her perception of men...

Cocktail of Men...the type of brothas who turn us off! By Doreen. (Who actually is a famous blogger...u guess the blog name...ain't telling o..lol)

I have called London home for the past 6 years, and the one thing I appreciate the most from this cosmopolitan city is the diversity. There’s people from different parts of the world, every continent and being able to mingle in the midst of these people, has made me appreciate different cultures, foods and most importantly men. There are so many but so few men as well. I do have a certain type of men that I’m attracted to, the suave, debonair, well-groomed type, who are ambitious and driven. Then there are the types of brothas that are turn-offs and well with my girls we came up with quite a list of the guys of these guys that just make us want to scream and shake them up a bit.
Here goes the list:

1. Mr Lousy. This type of guy will talk about his bedroom skills, get you all hot and bothered, fantasizing and all that BUT once you get down to it, he really doesn’t know jack. He’s the type of brotha you don’t want to be with after you’ve had a long dry spell because you feel like castrating him. And he could also be Mr Too Small, Mr Come To Quick and Mr Cant Kiss

2. Mr. Brag-a-lot. All he seems to talk about is I got this, I drive this, I live in the suburbs, I make so much money, and all that jazz. Now don’t men know that its the fickle minded females that are actually impressed by this? I wouldn’t care whether you drove a Bentley or rode a BMX, seriously, its your gray matter thats important and whats in your heart.

3. Mr. Private Lover. He acts like he’s so into you in private, all over you and all that, but in public you’re just another chick he “associates” with. He’s the type once in public will stand close but not close enough, and acts like you just go to the same church or something.

4. Mr Every female that comes up to him is his ‘friend’. Yes, more like he has at least slept with her and now they are cool like that.

5. Mr. My ex hurt me so let’s be ‘friends’ forever. If you not ready to be in a relationship that is perfectly fine but stop stringing woman along. And he also is known to use the line ‘Lets go with the flow’! He can also be known as Mr Commitment-Phobia, he really tries avoid having any definition to what you have, calling you his ‘close friend’ or friend with benefits. He however, will get jealous should you try to get your own game on, expressing how he’s so fond of you, and just needs time to heal.

6. Mr. Texts. He doesn’t answer the phone when you call but will text you asking” what’s up”. This is a pet-peeve for me. What’s wrong with picking up your phone? Its more likely because he just cant ‘talk’ at that point in time, which is always when you call. This is in the same league as Mr Private Number and calls that his ‘business’ number..really dude..do you think I’m buying that excuse??

7. Mr, 419. Yes, I respect a man who hustles but why can’t it be a legal hustle? Since he really cant come up and say he really specialises in the fraudulent financial sector, the new code word is ‘I’m into properties’. He stutters when you show interest in his business ‘acumen’ and pose questions. He won’t even complain about the credit crunch and property devaluing, right??Why is that Mr Entrepreneur?

8. Mr. Stop Completely Calling You but then when he sees you face to face will ask: WHY YOU AIN’T BEEN CALLING ME? Now, if i ever met this man, I’d tell him its the same reason he aint been calling.

9. Mr I live alone. He will tell he has his own place but will always make an excuse when you want to come over because he’s probably living with different women or just his wife.

10. Mr. I coming over to chill at YOUR house. This is the type of brotha who once he realises you have your own place he wants to come over, thats no problem, but there’s the type who doesn’t take you on no kind of date and sees him coming to chill over at your place as the date ALL the time he comes over. He’s also usually Mr No. 9.

11. Mr I Aint Married. He will say he’s just going through a divorce, him and his wife now sleep in separate room, and just talking because of the children. His divorce will never come through and as silly as this might sound many a females have been his victim. He’s also could be No. 9 and 10 put together.

12. Mr. Liar (about E-v-e-r-y thing) some people just lie for nothing. The worst part is when you find out the truth. In this day-in-age where information is just a google away, why don’t they know that we can find out the truth?

13. Mr Dont Want a Woman With Children-But has three of his own with three different women.

14. Mr Philanthropic. He’s the one guy who doesn’t hide his flirtatious activities, even flirts with your friends and sleeps with any female if she lets him but tries to act like he got such high morals when it comes to women.

15. Mr. You think you’re too good for me? He’s the one who tries to demean and disrespect you just because you have DENIED to give him your number.
Now, I’m not saying London is full of just these 15 types of men, no sir. There the eligible, downright, honest, proud-to-be your man type of brothas and to all those who have them I say hold them dear and appreciate them.

So ladies, what do you think? She got it right or right or right? lol

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

AGN on Eucharia Anunobi's Outfit + DJ Abass Looses Dad

Actor's Guild of Nigeria cautions sultry Actress, Eucharia Anunobi on clothes worn in public



Here's what Stella Dimoko-Korkus wrote on her page in Encomium Magazine this week...
"The fire that was ignited by the dress this actress wore to the last Nigerian Music Awards is yet to settle down. The lady has also told all those who care to listen that however she chooses to dress is her business. But the Actor's Guild of Nigeria is making a mountain out of a mole hill by cautioning this adult on the dress she wore. Is the work of AGN now fashion police? Are members of this committee blind to the problems crippling the movie industry or are they just loafers without direction? Please they should face their job and leave anyone who decides to go naked all in the name of fashion and the AGN has no right whatsoever being a fashion police. The actress is an adult and so is anyone else who bares it all. AGN mind your business."

Reading this and another similar article in a different magazine, I just couldn't help but shake my head in wonder. Does AGN have the right to caution their members on dresses they wear? Impose a moral code of dressing? We are talking about adults here eh? Eucharia should be in her mid 30's? And you caution her on her dressing? Is there anything wrong with that?
I remember the ban on Ini Edo a couple of years ago because of her outfits and the only explanation they gave then was that it's for the good image of the industry. Actresses shouldn't portray themselves or Nollywood badly via clothes they wear. But seriously, is that something AGN should concern themselves with? Aren't there other pressing matters to attend to?
I ask again, does AGN have the right to caution actresses on clothes they choose to wear?
What do you guys think?

DJ Abass looses dad
Our dear friend, DJ Abass lost his dad on Monday 23rd June 2008. Alhaji Rasaq Kolawole Tijani, passed away peacefully in his sleep. He has since been buried in Oshogbo Nigeria according to Islamic rights and practice. Alhaji Tijani is survived by his wife and children.

If you would like to send DJ Abass a condolence message, go here... http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=30844913544&ref=nf
May his soul rest in peace. Amen.
The 84 year-old bride.
Please click to enlarge so you can read the letters clearly...quite funny.
Will get Naija Ent. News in a day or so...
Kisses!

Monday, 23 June 2008

Be Grateful

Today I went to see my landlady at the Ikeja High Court. Passing through, I saw many families huddled together, talking in groups with a lawyer or two in their midst. You could see the look of despair on their faces...a few were openly crying, some quietly doing so...

As I was about to enter my car, I saw this very young guy of about 25/26, being helped down a black maria. (Vehicles used to convey prisoners). He was handcuffed. Immediately he came down, some people waiting on the side tried to come near him, but the armed guards warned them off as the young guy was led into the courthouse followed by the people I suspect were his family members…all looking sad and disturbed.

I stood there speechless and watched them till they all disappeared into the court house…I dropped the can of soda I was drinking in a trash can, and sat in my car for a minute or so...thinking. The boy obviously was there fighting for his freedom, for his life…the life you and I take for granted.

I drove out of the courthouse a short time later, (of course promising never to willingly visit a place like that again…it’s too depressing) thinking this guy will trade places with me in a minute. I have life and the freedom to live that life the way I choose to, but lately I’ve been concentrating on things I don’t have, and looking for means to acquire them. But now looking at this guy and the other families, I looked up into the heavens and mouthed Thank you God!
All that I have and all that I am is enough for me...more than enough for me...from now on!

There’s so much you and I take for granted. So many things we loose sight of, caught up in the struggles of life. Things we regard as important when they really aren't. Things we cry about, worry about, fight about, lie about. People we are jealous of, try to run down. We make issues of unimportant stuff and waste time and energy on things that don't really matter instead of concentrating on things that matter...like life, love, happiness, peace of mind.

Here are the most important things to be grateful for ...

If you close your eyes at night and open it in the morning…be grateful. Because there are those who were not that lucky.
If you have love around you…be grateful
If you are healthy, mentally and physically…be grateful
Apart from this, everything else is secondary…

You know why? Because there’s nothing greater than being ALIVE, and nothing more beautiful than having LOVE around you. And nothing keeps you going as being healthy.

It doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor, educated or an illiterate, beautiful or not. Married or not, kids or not, famous or not. If you have everything you want, good for you. If you don't, SO WHAT? We make unimportant issues define our lives when it really shouldn't. It’s when we attach so much importance to this things that we are so lost, 'cos when we don’t have them, we seek, when we don’t find them, we cannot be happy and when we are not happy, how can we be grateful? Gratitude is the key to a happy life, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy because we will always want to have something else or something more. We will never be satisfied.

You find that most of us are jealous and envious of things and people irrelevant. We fight, we steal, we backbite, we are nasty to other people, we hate, we go after money, we make ourselves unhappy. If we look closer, we will find that some of our family members or friends we grew up with are gone. People we used to know are no longer here...someone we saw yesterday, is no more today. There are people fighting to live in hospital beds, there are dead bodies in mortuaries., there are people locked away in prison. But you and I are here writing, reading, exchanging views and we are not grateful for that ?

Be grateful for the smallest, simplest things. Be grateful that you can see this beautiful world, that you can hear your children's laughter, that you can speak with your loved ones, that you can understand when people speak to you. Be grateful and don't grief for the things you don't have but rejoice and be thankful for the things you have.

And remember there's someone somewhere who will trade places with you....in a second. So be grateful

If everything I've written here means nothing to you, then look at this man...



...and be grateful.

Even in the midst of something some of us will consider impossible to live with, he's still smiling. Because to him, it doesn't matter that half his body is gone...he's just grateful to be alive.

If you think you have a reason to be unhappy, think again!
You have absolutely no reason.

Be grateful! Always!
Cheers.

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Random News and Pix

I adore my cleavage because it’s one of God’s best gifts to me –Barbara Odoh

Former Glamour Girls star, Barbara Odoh, tells KEMI DAYO-AIYETAN that you can be a minister of God and still look gorgeous. Read full interview here http://punchng.com/Articl.aspx?theartic=Art20080622058342

Fresh outbreak of polio in northern Nigeria –UN health agency
THE World Health Organisation has raised the alarm over an alleged fresh outbreak of polio in some parts of northern Nigeria.
According to the UNNews@un.org, the epidemic is beginning to spread into neighbouring countries. Read here http://punchng.com/Articl.aspx?theartic=Art200806221423587

Amy has lung ailment
Soul diva Amy Winehouse has damaged her lungs by smoking crack cocaine and cigarettes, her father said in an interview published today. Mitch Winehouse was quoted as saying that Amy has an early stage emphysema and an irregular heartbeat, and has been warned that she will have to wear an oxygen mask unless she stops smoking drugs.
May God be with this woman... obviously a lost soul...


Usher and his son, Usher Raymond the 5th...
Ain't he so cute...?


These two are supposedly dating...
Odd combination huh?

Naomi Campbell sentenced
Two days ago, Ms Campbell plead guilty to assaulting two police officers at Heathrow Airport in London this April.
Thankfully she escaped jail time and was sentenced to 200 hours community service and fined $4,500...
I'm so glad she's a free woman...Naomi needs to do something about her temper tho...

Python found in toilet
A 1.8 meter (nearly six feet) python has been found in a toilet bowl in a highrise apartment in Australia's northern tropical city of Darwin, media reported on Friday. The Northern Territory News said the black-headed python was found in a 10th floor toilet. Reptile catcher Chris Peberdy told the newspaper the python, likely to be a runaway pet, had been traveling through the building's sewer pipes.

Woman sues V. Secret...
A woman who says she was hurt by her thong panties when a metal clip flew off and hit her in the eye has sued Victoria's Secret, saying in a TV interview that the injury caused her "excruciating pain." Macrida Patterson, a 52-year-old Los Angeles traffic officer, said that she suffered cuts to her cornea from the small piece of metal that had been used to secure a rhinestone heart onto the blue thong.
"I was putting on my underwear from Victoria's Secret and the metal popped in my eye. It happened really quickly. I was in excruciating pain. I screamed. That's what happened,"
what a laugh...
World's ugliest dog
Is named Gus. The dog has three legs, one eye and no hair, except for a white tuft on the top of his head.

The pedigree Chinese crested won the World's Ugliest Dog contest yesterday Saturday June 21 at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Northern California.


Really big babies

They aren't America's heaviest newborn twins on record, but they certainly tip the scales: Sean William Maynard and Abigail Rose Maynard weighed in at a combined 23 pounds and 1 ounce at birth this week, a North Carolina hospital announced Friday.
Freda Springs, spokeswoman for Forsyth Medical Center, said the twins were delivered two minutes apart by Caesarean section on Tuesday at the center's Sara Lee Center for Women's Health in Winston-Salem.
The boy weighed 10 pounds, 14 ounces; the girl, 12 pounds, 3 ounces. Springs said both babies are in excellent condition after their birth to parents Joey and Erin Maynard of Winston-Salem.

Kinda love these outfits...
Jennifer Hudson


Serena Williams

RiRi
Naomi on the runway
Naomi at a fashion show just yesterday...still looking hawt!


Tyra Banks won Most Outstanding Talkshow at the Emmys some days back. Big congrats to her...
News thanks to Yahoo!
Pictures thanks to bossip.com

Photo of the day

Jesikah Maximus
Men, eat your hearts out...lol

Happy new week...

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