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Saturday, 10 May 2014

Pope Francis asks the world to pray for missing Chibok girls

Wow! The world is really involved in this...

Port Harcourt powerbikers protest #BringBackOurGirls

This happened in PH today. See more pics after the cut...

Photos from Kim Kardashian's bridal shower

Kim K's Paris themed bridal shower held today Saturday May 10th at the Peninsula hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The bride-to-be looked stunning in a strapless white dress. Rachel Roy, Ciara, many of her close friends and family members attended the bridal shower which was filmed for Keeping Up With The Kardashians. See more photos after the cut...

Chibok girls: Tiwa Savage, Tonto Dikeh, Toke Makinwa others in Lagos protest

Tiwa Savage, Tonto Dike, Toke Makinwa, Elohor Aisien, Debola Williams and many other celebs marched the streets of Lagos this morning from Falomo Roundabout to the State house Onikan where they met with Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola. See more photos after the cut...

Check out DIDI (SS) amazing 2014 Jewellery & Bag Collection

DIDI presents its 2014 fabulous jewellery collection, filled with statement pieces. The theme for this collection revolves around nature ranging from sea life creatures to flowers and fruits. This collection is for the bold fashionista who isn't afraid of trying something new and will definitely distinguish the wearer from any crowd. 

Each piece has been carefully hand crafted using the finest beads, crystals, shell and precious stones. See more pics from the jewellery and bag collection after the cut...

Video: Michelle Obama marks Mother's Day & speaks out on Chibok girls

In this week's address, Michelle Obama honored all mothers in this upcoming Mother's Day and offered her thoughts, prayers and support in the wake of the terrorist kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian school girls. Watch...

Photo: Borno state Gov in tears as he declares 3-day fast for missing girls

Borno State governor Kashim Shettima was in tears yesterday as he appealed to indigenes of the state to embark on a 3-day fast for the missing Chibok girls. The proposed fasting, which will run from May12th - 14th, is to seek the face of God over the missing girls and for peace to return to the state.

The Governor got very emotional while in a meeting with the Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA), Chibok, who came to protest the abduction of the missing girls.

“We are calling on all Muslims and Christians to embark on a three-day fast to seek God’s help toward rescuing our girls. All of us must fast because we worship the same God. There is no politics or religious issues in this matter because the abduction of the girls is something that should bother us all as parents, uncles and guardians" he said
The governor also expressed shock that some individuals believe the kidnap never happened, and is all a scam "It is unthinkable for anyone to say such a story could be fabricated." He said

First look at Kim and Kanye's wedding invitation

According to the invite, the wedding is happening on Saturday 24th of May in Paris, France...and it's a black-tie event. And now that they are no longer filming the wedding for Kim's reality show, there are reports that Jay Z and Beyonce and many A-list celebs will attend the wedding to honor Kanye.

Vibrant UNIBEN 400l Law student dies of Cerebral Abscess at 19

19 year old 400l Law student of University of Benin, Ceasar Augustus Ekeoba, died on May 6th. Doctors said he suffered from Cerebral Abscess which culminated in his death. Until his death, he was class representative, loved by lecturers and adored by students, this is according to his friends. They say Caesar had done UNIBEN Law Faculty proud in many competitions, a master of advocacy and an intellectual. He and some students had just returned from the US where they represented Nigeria at the Jessup Moot Court Competition in Washington DC, before he died.

A procession was held for him yesterday at the University Campus. May his soul rest in peace, amen. Continue to see more photos...

...This also didn't happen in Nigeria. + Are foreign troops in Nigeria?

Some of you may have seen this photo and similar ones on several online platforms, claiming its US troops capturing a Boko Haram member....erm, it's false. U.S Pentagon has stated there will be no American troops in Nigeria...at least for now. The team sent are experts to help with communications, logistics, and intelligence. The pic above going viral is French troops in Central African Republic in 2013. (See here).

Also, you can see in all the pics floating online, from the uniforms, the African soldiers taking notes from American forces are from Uganda and Somalia. Military aid has been in Africa for sometime under AFRICOM to help train our military.

Now to the second issue; are there foreign troops in Nigeria? There are reports this morning that the Special Forces of the US Marines have sited the abducted Chibok Girls in Sambisa Forest...this report is hard to believe because the Pentagon, the UK and France made it clear that they are only providing intelligence service (intel & surveillance technology) to work with the Nigerian military..for now!

Also yesterday CNN said US intelligence made claims that the girls are not in a single location, so how come they've now been sited at Sambisa Forest? Even if US intelligence analysts were able to find the location, will they share the info with the media before the girls are rescued? So officially there are no foreign troops in Nigeria for now, except the foreign government is lying to the media about the kind of help they are providing and really sending troops.

Used playstation 3 consoles & 130 new PS3 titles on promotion at Topdowndeals

The largest online retailer of video games and consoles in Nigeria has just gotten bigger!! For those looking for PS3 Consoles at an affordable price, we're happy to announce that  Topdowndeals.com.ng is now selling Used PS3 Consoles starting at N30,000

Choose from PS3 Fat, Slim and Super Slim consoles of all memory sizes. Used PS3 Bundles such as 320GB Drake 3 Uncharted and Drake 2 are also available. All consoles have been tested and Customers have our TopDown Guaranty. Continue...

Friday, 9 May 2014

#BringBackOurGirls: Actress Anne Hathaway leads protest in LA

Oscar winning actress Anne Hathaway yesterday Thursday May 8th took to the streets of Los Angeles to raise awareness for the Bring Back Our Girls cause. She was joined by her husband Adam Shulman and a few others. During the protest, Anne grabbed a megaphone and said...
"These Nigerian girls are part of the 5% who are able to seek an education, they were taken from their beds in the middle of the night by cowards, cowards who tell them that girls do not deserve an education. Do we agree with these cowards?" she asked the crowd, then yelled, "What do you want?" the crowd replied "Our girls!"
See more photos after the cut...

Aliko Dangote to invest $2.3bn in northern Nigeria, hopes it will help with BH scourge

Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, says he would be investing $2.3bn in rice and sugar production in the north. The billionaire industrialist made this known yesterday at the just concluded World Economic Forum, WEF Africa.

He said creating job opportunities is the surest way to end the Boko Haram scourge. He also revealed that he would be investing a total of $12billion in Nigeria, and $4bn outside the country over the next four years.

Chris Brown sentenced to 1 year in jail. To spend only 131 days

TMZ just reported this breaking news...Chris Brown was a few hours ago sentenced one year in jail for violating his probation in the Rihanna case during an appearance in court today. But thankfully he will only spend 131 days or less in jail for time already spent in jail.

TMZ reports
Chris Brown was in court Friday afternoon, where he admitted he violated his probation by getting into a fight with a dude in Washington D.C.
That's all the judge needed to hear. He sentenced Chris to 1 year in jail. However, Chris got credit for 116 days he spent in rehab, and another 59 days behind bars. That leaves 131 days in the pokey.
But we're told the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept has been releasing inmates sentenced to 1 year after 240 days.  And here's the thing. Chris gets credit for 2 days for every 1 he served behind bars, so when you add it up, he has credit for 234 days -- 6 days shy.  So he could be released in days. Continue ..

Who agrees with actress Lydia Forson's comment?

Who agrees with her?

"Leptin Resistance & Weight Loss" - By Pharmacy2U

Have you tried everything you could do to lose weight but to no avail? Do you find it difficult to control your increasing body weight even with your best efforts?


Watch it! It is possible you just might be Leptin Resistant!

Leptin is a hormone secreted by your fat cells. The job of this hormone is to send signals to your brain telling it that you are full and you need to stop eating so as to enable your body easily burn the energy it has accumulated in the form of fat. Continue...

Photos: Chika Ike visits her Alma Mater

Nollywood actress Chika Ike today visited her Alma mater, St. Francis Catholic secondary school Idimu in Lagos. The actress, who was a former Head Girl of the school, talked to the students on the importance of staying in school. See more photos after the cut...

'I no longer sleep with my two eyes closed' - President Jonathan

President Jonathan today revealed that since the abduction of the Chibok girls on April 14th, he does not sleep with his two eyes closed anymore. The president made this remark during the closing media conference of the just concluded World Economic Forum Africa today. What he said below...
"Let me also use this unique opportunity to thank all of you who have shown commitment and concern those of you in Nigeria and those of you outside this country to continue to press on that these terrorists must bring back our girls. And they have no choice because I am quite pleased that the whole world is signing the same message that they must bring back our girls. And there is no where they will take this girls to, they have no hiding place, we must work with the global community that is quite keen to make sure that we bring back this girls. We plead with the parents as a father and the President of this country, I feel pained and I don’t sleep with my two eyes closed and I will not sleep with my two eyes closed until these girls are brought safely back to their parents. I thank you for all the concern, for all the sentiments, communications you are putting across to the rest of the world about what we are doing and of course where the world wants to support us.” he said.

The Dream's babymama releases pics of injuries she sustained from his attack

A few weeks ago, super producer The Dream's babymama Lydia Nam accused him of brutally assaulting her while she was pregnant 7 months ago. She claimed Dream punched, kicked, choked, dragged her by the hair, by the neck and strangled her during an arguement. He was arrested and booked on 2 felonies and 3 misdemeanors for assault, endangerment and child endangerment.

Dream denied ever touching her, claiming that Lydia, who is Canadian, was just trying to extend her Visa by filing a bogus criminal case against him.

Well, to prove she didn't lie, Lydia has produced receipts. She photographed her injuries immediately following the alleged attack and today she sent the pictures to TMZ . See more pics after the cut...

Music: Leo Billz featuring Jayfeel - TGIF (Produced by Samkelf)

Highly rated music act 'LeoBillz' is here with his official music debut featuring Nigerian Idol finalist Jayfeel. This track was produced by the celebrated music producer 'Samklef'. LeoBillz who combines his education with his music pursuit is definitely someone to watch-out for. Enjoy TGIF below...
 

Genevieve Nnaji talks about missing Chibok Girls on CNN

Just watched Genevieve Nnaji on CNN a few minutes ago talking about the missing Chibok girls, and she was very articulate. Some of what she said below...
"Everyone is involved .We are all mothers, we are all humans and these are young girls that have been taken to captivity. As celebrities, we thought it was our responsibility to shed light and bring to the forefront this inhumane act."
"For me I think it will be unfair to say they (the federal govt) were slow to react because nobody knew whether they reacted or not. The thing is we we weren't told, we didn't know if they were aware of the situation or not. The major problem we had was the lack of communication. We just wanted them to react to us. Now we can see things being put in place, now we can see effort being made and that will be credited to the noise that's been made, the campaigning that's been made around the world. We are grateful for all the attention." Continue...

Dencia says #BringBackOurGirls protests should stop

The singer feels all the protests should stop...and also mentioned that she was the one who sent out messages to US celebs to tweet support for the campaign....

Dr Dre set to be hip hop's first billionaire as Apple is set to buy Beats Electronics for $3.2bn

Super producer and rapper Dr Dre is set to become Hip Hop's first billionaire as Apple Inc. is close to sealing a multi-billion dollar deal to purchase Beats Electronics, the company he founded with music producer Jimmy Lovine in 2008. The company produces the popular Beats By Dre headphones and also runs a music streaming service, which Apple is more interested in than the headphones itself. If this happens, it will be Apple's biggest acquisition till date. ($3.2billion)

Apple wants a music-on-demand service to rival Spotify, which is a digital music service that gives people access to millions of songs.

It was announced today that the acquisition could be announced as early as next week.

Last night, singer Tyrese posted a video where Dr Dre proclaimed himself the first billionaire in Hip Hop. Dr Dre is currently worth $550million. See the video after the cut...

New Video: Rhymes - Beautiful (Directed by MattMax)

Nigerian super entertainer, Rhymes drops visual to hit single "Beautiful" directed by MattMax. The talented singer, songwriter and instrumentalist rolled out the single with the powerful hands of star producer, D'tunes. Mattmax did justice to this musical video! Enjoy...

KIA Motors endorses Basketmouth with brand new 2014 KIA Quoris

KIA Motors sponsors Basketmouth's show (Basketmouth Uncensored: Dysfunctional Mind) and endorses him as ambassador for their 2014 flagship car, KIA Quoris. He is now a proud owner of the brand new luxury car which was delivered to his office today May 9th (pictured above).

The upcoming stand-up comedy concert that is billed for Sunday, June 29, 2014 will feature special appearances by some of Nigeria's leading comedy and music stars. And I hear a lucky person attending the show will drive home with a brand new KIA car on that day. Continue to see more pics.

Hilarious skit: Bovi's wife catches him cheating

Bovi is having his first one man show in the UK at the prestigious London indigO2 Bank Holiday Monday 26th May 2014. Ft: Kcee, HoneyB, YFS, Moelogo, DJ Bayo + More. Continue...

Ashanti shares super sexy bikini photos...

OMG! Check out her body. That is my age mate o! Chai...

Photos: Panic in Lagos as school children are reportedly kidnapped

I've been getting reports from multiple sources saying that some school children were kidnapped around 1pm today May 9th at Baruwa Primary school, Itire-Ijeshatedo, Surulere. News got to parents, guardians, who rushed to the school to remove their children. There was a lot of chaos in the area for about two hours this afternoon

I personally can't verify that school kids were kidnapped...but something definitely happened to cause panic. See more photos after the cut...

Close-Up Naija Herbal to launch Naija Style!!

Bovi, May D and the Limpopo master KCEE, are among the exciting stars who will be performing at the Closeup Naija Herbal launch this weekend.  Have you gotten your invite?

Here’s today’s question; your friend just informed you he/she won a lottery of 20 million naira, how would you congratulate him/ her in the Naija way?

Show your skills here: https://a.pgtb.me/xkCfGT and get an invite to the Closeup Naija Herbal Launch this Saturday, or get featured on LIVE radio!! #GetCloseNaija

#BringBackOurGirls: Nigerians protest in the UK again (photos)

Another protest took place in London today May 9th at Nigerian High Commission and in attendance were MP David Lammy, Funmi Iyanda, DJ Abass, Kayode Ogundamisi and many other high profile personnel. Continue to see more photos...

Letter of protest against maltreatment of Borno state govt officials by the presidency

Two journalists have written a letter of protest over what they describe as the "maltreatment and humiliation" of some Borno State officials when they were summoned to the State House by Pres. Jonathan on Saturday May 3rd and Sunday May 4th
 
Sahara Reporters obtained the protest letter signed by Bashir Shuwa and Aliyu Biu. Find it below...
“We the undersigned wish to register our total protest to the President, and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan over the degrading manner in which Borno State Government officials were chastised and reduced to nothing by the Presidency. Continue...

Actor Bob-Manuel Udokwu joins Gov Obiano’s cabinet as SSA on entertainment

Nollywood actor, Bob-Manuel Udokwu has been appointed a Special Assistant on Entertainment by Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano. He made the announcement via a BB message yesterday.
The message read:
"The governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has appointed me Bob-Manuel Udokwu (FCAI) his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on the Movie/Entertainment Industry with immediate effect" 
Bob-Manuel was also the former Special Adviser on Entertainment to the immediate past Governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi. This new governor retained him. Congrats to him.

DJ Jimmy Jatt announces 25th anniversary, releases new images

Iconic Nigerian DJ, Jimmy Adewale Amu AKA DJ Jimmy Jatt recently announced the formal launch of his 25th Anniversary at the Oriental Hotels in Lagos. 

At the event, DJ Jimmy Jatt explained, “It is hard to believe that 25years have gone by and I have been having the time of my life doing the job I love. This anniversary celebration is to take people on my journey so far and also to show my appreciation for their continued support all these 25 years.” 

New Music: Humblesmith: Chairmoo and Na You


Humblesmith a.k.a The African Singercologist is a proud singer/songwriter and performer. The Ebonyi state born entertainer just released two new singles, Chairmoo and Na You. Enjoy Chairmoo below and Na You after the cut...

#BringBackOurGirls: Kevin Hart, Ellen DeGeneres, Daddy Showkey, others lend support

Lol...and he had to include #chai. See more pics from Wendy Williams, Russell Simmons, Anthony Hamilton, Obagoal, Diddy and others after the cut..

US Intelligence say missing girls may have been trafficked out and shared into smaller groups

A report on CNN says US and UK intelligence believe the missing Chibok girls may have been trafficked to Chad, Niger and Cameroon and shared into smaller groups to facilitate easy trafficking.

Meanwhile 7 US anti-terrorism agents have arrived Nigeria today to help in the process of rescuing the missing girls.

"I've been diagnosed with hypertension, so I have to relocate from Nigeria' - Kunle Afolayan

Sometime in March, prolific Nollywood director Kunle Afolayan took to his Facebook page to express his frustration about Nigeria and his plans to relocate as he could no longer bear the hardship. (Read here)
 
Well, it looks like he's made up his mind to really relocate. In a recent interview with Netng, he said he has been diagnosed with hypertension and must relocate. When asked if his relocation would not discourage those who are looking up to him, Kunle said:
"I have been diagnosed with hypertension, so I should stay here and die because I want to impress people? It isn't about people anymore. It is now about me and my health. I have proven that certain things can be done in this country but you have to use blood and sweat. All the projects I have done, I have had to use these two. For me to achieve this, whoever is ready to use blood and sweat too might be able to achieve same feat. But we don't have the same strength. Right now I am overwhelmed in a way and I can function from anywhere. I can go to Hollywood and be lecturing African cinema or go to Gambia and be making film or move to Ghana. I love this country which is why I am still here. I discourage people form traveling abroad but health is wealth. I think it is important that I am in the right frame of mind for health reasons" he said.

Absolut Vodka First Mtv MAMA trip Winner Emerges

In line with its support for creativity and transformation, Absolut has unveiled its first winner out of five in on-going Absolut Road to MAMAs giveaways. The winner – Feyikemi Afolabi won a VIP ticket to the MAMAs through a lucky dip at the third cocktail party which took place recently at the popular Elegushi private beach. The ticket provides a paid trip to SA with a special experience at the MTV Africa Music Awards scheduled to hold in Durban, South Africa. Continue...

Two die as building collapses in Akure this morning

2 people have been confirmed dead after a building under construction collapsed early this morning around 7 in Akure, Ondo State. Reports say the building which was to be used as a boarding house for a private school, came crumbling down as workers on the site arrived to begin the day's job. Two teenagers died in the incident while two others sustained injuries and have been rushed to the hospital for medical attention
 
Residents in the area say the area is a swampy one and it could be that the foundation of the building was not well done and this  led to its collapse. Continue...

Chilling CCTV captures moment man attempted to lead toddler away from his mum

These chilling images show the moment a man appears to lead a toddler away from his mother in a busy shopping centre. In shocking CCTV footage, the young family can be seen walking through the shopping centre in Derby, East Midlands. At one point (far left), the unnamed mother walks very slightly ahead of her child - and seconds later a man wearing a dark jacket and a cap appears. He then approaches the 22-month-old (second left) as the child follows his mother into a store. The man then appears to try and persuade the child to walk off with him (second right). But the unnamed mother turns around (right) and challenges the man, who then seems to apologize and walk off. 

Police are now appealing for witnesses to this shocking incident - which took place on Thursday morning. Continue...

'I built my N110m house on mortgage' - Dr. Sid reveals

Onoriode Esiri aka Dr Sid in an interview with Punch today to promote his new album revealed that the house he recently built and currently lives in was bought on mortgage and he is not ashamed to say it. He says its a N110million house and he pays his mortgage monthly
"I put a mortgage payment plan in place, based on the savings I had made four years before I started a career in music. I am still paying for the house. And by the grace of God, I will get a second one soon. I pay close to N1m a month and sometimes, more. I am going to do this for the next 25 years and I am not ashamed to say it,” he said. Continue..

IDAN Set to Host 2nd Design Exhibition

As part of its goal to orient the public about interior architecture, interior/product design and decoration, the Interior Designers Association of Nigeria (IDAN) is set to host her 2nd annual interior design event aptly titled Gida Uno Ile Design Exhibition, Guide. 
‘Guide 2014’ which was coined from the word ‘home’ in 3 predominant Nigerian languages will kick off on Friday, May 9 to Sunday, May 11, 2014 at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre Victoria Island, Lagos. The event will set out to enhance knowledge about the profession while encouraging co-operation between design professionals and showcase contributions of the association to the society. Continue...

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