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Saturday, 2 February 2013

How weird! Japanese pop star shaves hair & makes public apology for dating

20 year old Japanese pop star, Minami Minegishi, was made to shave her hair and make a public apology for - wait for this - spending the night with her boyfriend! Lol. What???

Minami, who is a member of popular Japanese girl's band AKB48, made the tearful apology after a gossip magazine in her country printed photos of her leaving her boyfriend's house after spending the night with him. She actually covered her face with surgical mask and a baseball cap, but she was still discovered.

Her band has a strict rule that members are not allowed to be involved in any sexual relations and her group management made her shave her hair, which is a traditional act of contrition in Japan and make an apology video which was posted on the band's website, then Youtube.

In the video, Minami said she had been thoughtless and immature and was very sorry. *can't watch*. See the video after the cut...

"Governor Chime will return to office in 10 days.Quote me" - Akpabio

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio said yesterday that ailing Enugu State Governor Sullivan Chime will return to the country in the next ten days. Governor Chime has been receiving treatment in a London hospital since September last year.
Akpabio said:
“I was part of the delegation that visited the governor in London and I brought a message of goodwill to His Excellency, the governor of Enugu State and like I said, we must learn to mourn with those who mourn and rejoice with those who rejoice. We should not play politics out of people’s health. “For me, I’m very grateful to God that Governor Chime has recovered fully and he would be assuming duties within the next 10 days. 
"I can confirm that because I had interactions with him and he's in good health. Once the doctors give him the go ahead, he will be in the office. Quote me"
9 days to go...:-)

Do you think Reverend King should die by hanging?

A Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos yesterday ruled that Rev King, the General Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly who was arrested and sentenced to death six years ago for murder, must die by hanging.

Reverend Chukwuemeka Ezeuko aka Rev King was arrested, prosecuted and sentenced to death by hanging in January 2007 for the death of one of his church members, a young girl named Ann Uzoh, who he set ablaze by pouring fuel on her along with 6 other church members after accusing them of committing fornication in his church. Ann died in hospital from injuries she sustained from the burn. Rev King has been in prison since then awaiting his death sentence, which he appealed and lost.

What's your thoughts on this? Think he deserves the death sentence

The most common ways cheating is discovered

In this age of modern technology 'going through mobile phone' has been cited as the most common way cheating is discovered, according to a new poll.

See the stats below... 
1. Went through mobile phone - 41 per cent 
2. Went through social media account - 23 per cent 
3. Went through files on PC/laptop/tablet - 13 per cent 
4. Caught in the act (face to face) - 11 per cent 
5. Told by friend - 5 per cent 
6. Told by family member - 3 per cent 
7. Confession - 2 per cent 
8. Other - 2 per cent

So how did you discover your partner was cheating? Any of this or the old ways of lipstick on the collar? Scent of another woman's perfume, etc?

Styl Plus relocates to Lagos

Styl Plus as in Shiffi and Zeal. Tunde has left the group (for now) to pursue a solo career. Shiffi and Zeal recently relocated to Lagos (permanently) from their base in Abuja. They now live on the Island and are currently in the studio making great music.

Praiz releases two hot new singles - For You and I Miss You

R&B superstar Praiz is back with two brand new singles this year, just in time for Valentine! The first song is a duet with the beautiful Seyi Shay titled ‘For you’. Produced by  Dekumzy, the duo seamlessly blend their vocals on the mid-tempo Highlife beat, giving it a touch of sensuality.  

Praiz returns to his true form on ‘I miss you’, delivering a masterpiece ballad on what might just be his best vocal performance so far, it’s a sweet, slow love song for those who truly cherish the Valentine season.  

Jim Iyke shoots commercial for Virgin Atlantic

Give it 30 minutes before you go check him out on Twitter...hehe!

Denrele, Goldie and Kween Onakala pose for Sims Magazine

The Channel O VJ features on the cover of the new issue of SIMS Magazine alongside singer, Goldie. He also did a photo shoot with singer, Kween Onakala. See more photos after the cut...

Charlyboy shocks Lady D with a 2nd honeymoon tour of 4 countries

Her lips were sealed in obvious disbelief, even as her expression was inexplicably awesome when Lady D, the wife of the enigmatic Charlyboy was told at the airport, that she was about to board a flight for her second honeymoon adventure.
 
Charlyboy had secretly arranged a tour four cities in the world to include Adis Ababa- Ethiopia, Dubai-UAE, Kingston-Jamaica, and London- United Kingdom to celebrate his nearly 36 years of fruitful marriage relationship with Lady Diane. 

K-Solo free album download

As promised, K-I-M (K-Solo Inc Musik Company) is proud to present the brand new album “Lobatan” from their very own Producer Extraordinaire - K-Solo...
 
Leading with the instantly infectious and catchy "Hip Hop Hurray" - which is well poised to top mainstream radio charts and fill up dance floors all over the continent in the coming months – K-solo shows off his vibrant composition and "street acceptability" side with clever and witty lyrics and a glorious hook that you will not be able to get out of your head as he confesses his “Chineke mei Chai”Slogan, and with great affection for his lush drums-led Production. I dare you to try and not sing "Downlow" and move your body to this one! Also not forgetting Confession.

Corp Member constructs Corpers Lodge in Kaduna State

 
Monica Onuoha, an Abia State Indigene posted to Kaduna State during the Batch A 2012/2013 NYSC year, constructed a Corpers Lodge worth over 5 million naira and she did this with donations from Northerners. Amazing, right?

Below is a story from someone who attended the commissioning of the lodge...
Miss Monica Onuoha used this one year youth service to make impact on the lives of her fellow corp members and the Sabon Gaya community of Chikun Local Government. It was an emotional commissioning on Jan 31st, 2013 when Ms. Onuoha stood with the State Coordinator to cut the ribbon, formally opening an 8 room lodge for Corp Members at Government Secondary School Sabon Gaya, Kaduna. There was much joy on the faces of the NYSC officials and the LG officials who were in attendance. Some of her donors were on hand that day as well.
See the rest after the cut...

Flavour gets LR 3 from his marketer Obaino, gives car to his mum

Flavour Na'bania recently got an LR 3 from his marketer Obaino for the success of his previous album before the new one and Flavour gave the SUV to his mum.

'I don’t want to act poor, die poor' – veteran actor, Natty

Culled from Punch
He cut a pathetic picture; helplessness was written all over him. It was hard to imagine that someone who had gained national popularity on the rested New Masquerade series and home videos could be cut down by illness, poverty and neglect.
That is the story of Mr. Romanus Uchenna Amuta aka Natty. It was a tough job getting him to speak, as a stroke had left him with slurred speech and sluggish movements. Sitting before the reporter was a shadow of the crafty and witty character, which he cut as Natty.
“If government does not come to help me now, then I will die very soon,” were the few words he let out with great effort.

Portrait of Genny!

Nice work!

Toyin Lawani gets massive tattoo of her daughter

Toyin Lawani is a stylist, a restaurateur, runs a salon, spa, travel agency, a designer and much more. She got this massive tattoo of her adorable 8year old daughter on her arm recently.

Knorr Taste Quest Episode 3 - Ngozy first evictee

Ngozi
KTQ has finally had its first eviction of the show, and sadly, it was Ngozy Obasa, the funky mother of four who got the chop. This week they were given Breadfruit, Okro, Ginger and Chicken Livers, as the compulsory ingredients to work with, although they could get supporting ingredients from their pantry.  Abeg, who knows breadfruit before, and what can you cook with it?  Well, the contestants were still very creative with the ingredients, and came out with interesting looking dishes, even head judge; Dr Robert said so, although he also complained that most of them overcooked the chicken livers. 

At the end of it all, Ngozy who made ofe ntata which she called “chop chop” soup got evicted and Lalu, the Asian chef won the task, and was given a microwave oven. 

Friday, 1 February 2013

Hilary Clinton steps down as US Secretary of State

After over three decades in public service, Hilary Clinton has gracefully bowed out. The 65 year old former US First Lady stepped down as Secretary of State at the US State Department today after four years. Senator John Kerry succeeds her.

Hilary battled ill health in the last few months. From a nasty stomach virus, to exhaustion, severe dehydration, fall and a concussion that led to brief hospitalization when doctors discovered a blood clot near her brain.

Over the past 30 years, Hilary has served as the first lady of a state - Arkansas, the first lady of the country, a senator and Secretary of state. She was the first wife of a U.S. president to serve in a presidential cabinet and she traveled to more countries than any other secretary of state before her.112 countries. Will she return to public service? Let's wait and see...

Nigerian girl left disfigured after acid was thrown in her face as she walked home

20 year old Naomi Oni was disfigured for life when a unknown person wearing a niqab threw acid in her face as she walked home from work on Sunday December 30th in Lodge Avenue Dagenham, east London.

Naomi told The Evening Standard that she was on her way back from work when  she heard someone behind her. She explains:

'I’d been working a late shift and was talking to my boyfriend about what we were going to do for New Year when I saw this Muslim woman wearing a niqab covering her face. I thought it was a bit strange at that time of night, but she didn’t say anything and I kept on walking.
'Then I felt a splash on my face. It burned and I screamed out. I started running and screaming, holding my face, all the way home. I didn’t look back. I got home and I was screaming and banging on the door. I was hysterical. Luckily my godmother, who is a pharmacist, was at home with my mum and she helped me and kept dipping my face in water and trying to calm me down until the police and ambulance got there.
'I was in shock. Saying: "Who would do that? Who would do that?" How could anyone do this?'.

Flavour buys 2012 BMW X6

The talented high life musician got the BMW two weeks back. He already has a Mercedes Benz G-Wagon among other cars.

Flavour is said to be one of the richest Nigerian music stars. He has been to 24 African countries to perform and charges about $50 thousands per show. Plus he has his hands in other businesses.

Dayo Amusa with and without make-up

The talented actress and movie producer seen here without and with make-up.

Banky W stages R&BW - The grand love concert

Banky W is throwing another Lagos party. And this time, it’s for the release of his hugely anticipated genre-defining, industry-shaking album R&BW.

The singer, songwriter and businessman has spent the last few years grooming protégées like Wizkid, Skales and Niyola; running the EME label- currently unarguably Nigeria’s number one music powerhouse.

Now, W is all ready to present his new body of work to millions of fans around the world. And he’s setting it off with an intimate concert this Valentine.

Genevieve dropped from Chimamanda Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun

Genevieve Nnaji's small part in the big screen adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel “Half of a Yellow Sun” has been cut out from the finished film. It wasn't just Genevieve's scenes that were cut from the movie, a few other characters from the book didn't appear in the movie. Sources in the know say the producers may have cut Genevieve from the movie because her character wasn't important to the story and was dragging the storyline unnecessarily. Other characters didn't appear because there was not much time to tell everyone's story. Genny may appear in a scene or two but it will be very insignificant. Genevieve played the role of Ms Adebayo, a professor who develops a flirtatious relationship with her colleague Mr Odenigbo, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Half of a Yellow Sun features Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dominic Cooper, Anika Noni Rose and Thandie Newton. Produced by Andrea Calderwood and directed by Biyi Bandele. The book centers on the Nigerian civil war and was published in 2006.

Genevieve might not even know she's been cut from the movie! Geez Linda, you and amebo sef! Lol

Peter Odemwingie hits back at West Brom over QPR transfer fiasco

Peter Odemwingie has hit back at West Bromwich Albion after his proposed move to Queens Park Rangers fell through on the final day of the transfer window.

The striker accused the club of reneging on a gentleman's agreement to let him sign for the west London club, saying he believed West Brom's technical director, Dan Ashworth, had sanctioned the move. He also claimed Albion had signed him from Lokomotiv Moscow without permission.

It is understood that Odemwingie met with Ashworth and Richard Garlick, Albion's legal director, at the club's training ground this morning and has since been sent home and given a few days off. He will not feature in this weekend's game against Tottenham.

Has Wizkid left his music label, EME?

There have been rumours for months now that Wizkid is planning to leave his music label E.M.E; a rumour he has vehemently denied in the past. But now he's talking about moving on and starting all over again...

Plus he has already re-updated his twitter profile by removing EME/Konvict music from it. See it after the cut...

Stanley Ohikhuare's award winning short film 'Loop' premieres online today

No tickets, no invites, just 15 minutes of your time. Cinematographer and Director Stanlee Ohikhuare’s award winning ‘LOOP’ takes the viewer on a chilling suspense- filled ride in 15 minutes.  LOOP is a story about two twin sisters who scheme a deceptive plot to help one of them “Jenny” to travel out of town for an interview against the wishes of her husband. You will love Bola Edwards as she gives an outstanding Oscar-worthy performance playing the ill-fated twins Jenny and Julia. Please continue...

Nigerian consulate in NY to start charging $2.50 per min to call them

This is what you see once you log on to their site...Nigeriahouse.com. Is this OK?

Sir Victor Olaiya features 2face in remix of classic song, Baby Jowo

The legendary high life musician featured 2face Idibia in the remix of his classic song, Baby Jowo. They shot the video for the song yesterday (photo above) in a hotel in Surulere. The song is already out and the video will be released soon...

Senators kick as N4billion is budgeted for Patience Jonathan's project

The office of the First Lady is not known to the constitution, some say it's even illegal, but there's a N4 billion vote in the 2013 budget of the Federal Capital Territory for the First Lady Mission, which is Dame Patience Jonathan's project. The N4 billion is for building a mission office for the First Lady.

Senators who reviewed the FCT budget yesterday kicked against the expenditure; Senator Babajide Omoworare said:
The Women Development Centre is there for the use of the First Lady to do anything she wants to do and I'm not aware that there's a First Ladies Mission in the US where we copied the presidential system of government. There's no such building in South Africa or Ghana that is our neighbour
Senator Babjide Ojudu said:
I'm worried and I hope that those of us who are leaders in this country do not take the youths for granted. How can we vote N4 billion for office of the First Lady? I just pray and hope that this does not get to the public because if it does, we are in trouble. Nigerians will not forgive us for appropriating money for an office that doesn't exist in Nigeria. All of us sitting here must not allow this thing go through

Agbani Darego's Natures Gentle Touch 2013 Campaign (Photos)

This is the official 2013 Gentle Touch campaign collections featuring former Miss World, Agbani Darego. See more photos after the cut...

Beyoncé sings live at Super Bowl press conference; explains inauguration

Last night, Beyonce opened up Super Bowl halftime show press conference with an amazing live cappella rendition of the national anthem after which she asked with a laugh, 'any questions'? The first question she was asked was if she sang to a pre-recorded track during the Inauguration. Beyonce admitted she had some help and explained:
Yes. I am a perfectionist. One thing about me is that I practice until my feet bleed. I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a live television show. A very emotional show for me. One of my proudest moments. Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper soundtrack, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the Inauguration and I wanted to make him proud so I decided to sing along to my pre-recorded track which is very common in the industry and I’m very proud of my performance.
"I will absolutely be singing live, (at Super Bowl). This is what I was born to do."
See the Super Bowl video after the cut...

Thursday, 31 January 2013

FG files corruption charges against Farouk Lawan over Otedola bribe

The Attorney-General of the Federation has finally filed charges against Farouk Lawan and Mr. Emenalo Boniface for allegedly collecting bribe from Femi Otedola. The case has been assigned to Justice M.N. Oniyangi of the FCT High Court.

See the charge papers sent to me by Festus Keyamo Chambers after the cut...

First look at Kim Kardashian's growing baby bump

 That's a baby bump, right? I'm feeling dizzy tonight so I might be seeing things! :-)

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