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Saturday, 7 June 2014

Sad news! Prof. Dora Akunyili has passed on

We've heard rumours of her death a few times before but unfortunately this time it's for real. Former Director General of NAFDAC and former Minister of Information Prof. Dora Akunyili has died. She died 10am today june 7th at the Indian hospital where she was taken to on May 11 to receive medical treatment after her health deteriorated.

Various reliable sources have confirmed her passing. She was only 59. So sad! May her soul rest in peace, Amen.

Friday, 6 June 2014

After 18years together, Melanie Griffith files for divorce from Antonio Banderas

Awww, was rooting for these two. According TMZ, after 18 years together, actress Melanie Griffith, 56, has filed for divorce from Antonio Banderas, 53, citing irreconcilable differences. Sources tell TMZ the split is 'amicable.' 

Melanie and Antonio married on May 14, 1996. They have a daughter, Stella del Carmen Banderas, born on September 24, 1996. This will be Melanie's fourth divorce: she was twice married to Don Johnson and also married to Steve Bauer. It's Banderas' second divorce.

Nollywood divas Aneke Twins release new photos...

Nollywood actresses Chidinma and Chidiebere Aneke release new photos. See plenty more after the cut...

Pics: Trey Songz, Marlon Wayans, Miguel, Don Jazzy others arrive SA for MAMAs

Superstar artistes and nominees landed in Durban, South Africa this morning to be a part of the fourth edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards. 

International artistes and MAMA performers, Miguel, Trey Songz, French Montana and beau, Khloe Kardashian and Marlon Wayans were also spotted at the airport.

Nigerian nominees including Don Jazzy, Davido, Flavour, Tiwa Savage, Dr Sid, Phyno, Clarence Peters also arrived in the early hours of today.

The talents were welcomed by traditional dancers from Kwazulu Natal Province and later attended the MAMA press conference which held this evening. MAMA 2014 will hold tomorrow, June 7, 2014 at the ICC Centre in Durban, SA. Trey Songz pictured above. Continue to see more photos...

Brand new video: Sossi - My Boo

Sossi finally drops the video of his debut single on Bugatti Records "My Boo". The video was directed by Ajefilmworks.

Dear LIB readers: My fiance has been with many of my friends, how do I handle it?

From a female LIB reader
I'm engaged to a man who has dated at least six of my friends. I've lived abroad since I was 16 and only returned to Nigeria last year. Apparently he's one of hottest bachelors on the Island and has been around and slept with a lot of these women. It was after we got engaged that I started to find out about all his exes. Some of them even made sure to tell me about their past tryst with him.
I'm worried that the man I am about to marry has slept with a lot of my friends. I don't know how to handle it or handle the girls. Anytime we are all together, it's always awkward or the girls act too familiar with him. It leaves me very uncomfortable. What should I do? I am definitely going ahead with the wedding, I just don't know how to handle the situation. Please advice.

Khloe Kardashian and French Montana land SA for MAMA Awards

Khloe Kardashian must be really in love. She followed her new man French Montana all the way to South Africa for the MTV Africa Music Awards happening tomorrow. French Montana is scheduled to perform at the awards...


 Oh and I will be there too...I'm still in Nigeria...but will be there tomorrow night. *wink*

Soldiers confiscate today's edition of The Nation and Leadership newspapers

Going by tweets on the timeline of the Nation newspapers and a report on their site, military men this morning stormed the office of the Nation newspapers in Benin City and Warri and confiscated their publication for today. The soldiers from the 3 Battalion of the Nigerian Army at Okwuokoko, Delta State seized a van conveying the day’s newspapers to Warri and Benin City.
 
According to the newspaper, a source close to the soldiers said they are acting on orders from above.  Continue...

Omotola presents Hyundai i10 car to winner of Konga &Infinix splash

Yesterday was truly a special day for Uzoamaka Anyanwu , a  400 level accounting student of University of Lagos who emerged as the  lucky winner of a Hyundai i10 car in the Konga.com and Infinix splash. She simply bought an Infinix 8s tablet and she became the lucky winner of this car.

The special promotion which set out to reward Konga.com customers in the month of May was part of a series of special treats like free nationwide delivery (which has been extended) that customers enjoyed in the month of May. Continue...

Days after signing deal with Apple, Dr Dre buys new house for $40m

Dr Dre is reported to have dropped a whooping $40million to buy the mega mansion of supermodel Gisele Bundchen and her quarterback husband, Tom Brady in Brentwood, California.
 
Dre, who recently signed a $3billion deal with Apple for his Beats Electronic company was the highest bidder for the house which has been on the market for about three months now.
The mansion, which is Eco-friendly, is made of two estates that collectively has 8 bedrooms, six garages and a moat. The main house alone is on almost 14,000 square feet with six bedrooms and nine bathrooms. It also has a professional grade home gym, an infinity pool, a waterfall and a motor court. See more photos after the cut...

More photos of Miss Tourism Nigeria 2014, Collete Nwadike

Gorgeous Collete is the current Miss Tourism Nigeria World 2014. She won the pageant a few weeks ago. See more photos after the cut...

Last day to get 15% discount on "For Colored Girls tickets & tables

Ladies all over should come out, support and watch the amazing stage play “For Coloured Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf” taking place June 15th at the Eko Convention Center.

Once again, seven leading actresses will tell the amazing story of all women and every man in 2 riveting performances directed by Wole Oguntokun. Continue...

UNILAG students protest hike in registration fee, shut down campus

There's a protest currently going on at the University of Lagos. Students are protesting UNILAG authority demanding that some students pay N20,000 for late editing or registration of Course Forms.

The students first converged at the University's Senate Building where they shouted slogans and sang protest songs, demanding that the school ends this form of exploitation today, while accusing their VC of corruption. They left the senate building and went on a rampage through all the faculties in UNILAG demanding their rights.

The students then blocked entrances to the school, preventing cars from going in and out of the campus.

The students claim they registered late because the school management shut the school portal against registration, only for the school to demand an extra N20,000 from students registering late. The police are currently there to calm things down.

17yr boy shares texts between himself & his cheating ex. Hilarious!

Y'all need to read this. It's the funniest thing I've read in a while. 17 year old Kane Zipperman from Georgia (pictured above) posted a hilarious text exchange between himself and his ex-girlfriend on Twitter. The girl cheated on him with his best friend and Kane decided to get back at her by sharing the hilarious texts that included witty insults and internet memes. It is too funny! See it after the cut..

Nigerian women now sell their wombs, breast, private parts for money - Catholic Bishop

While delivering his paper yesterday June 5 at the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria in Abuja, President of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria and Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama said that the global Bio-tech market where people sell their body parts; vagina, womb, ovaries in exchange for money, has penetrated into Nigeria and that some Nigerian women are now targets of those behind this business.
 
According to him, this market is being handled by businessmen in partnership with some members of the National Assembly.
"Some scientists and dubious businessmen use members of the National Assembly to gain legal access to the wombs and ovaries of women and young girls. It is becoming increasingly clear to us that even in Nigeria, our women have become the targets of all manners of intrigues, especially as their fertility is concerned. Personal private parts of women, ranging from wombs, ovaries and human eggs risk being put up as commodities for sale at the global biotechnology market-places.” he said

Amaikah premieres 'Rainy Night' video

Amaikah aka “De Song Goddess” has premiered the Video of ”Rainy Night”. “Rainy Night” was used as one of the soundtracks for the movie series titled “Lekki Wives” and some clips of the movie was also used in the video.

The video was shot in Lagos featuring one of the influential Pokaface & directed by Stan Aneto. See the video after the cut...

Femi Ogedengbe names newborn twins Hollywood and Nollywood

Lol. Yes you read right. The actor/movie producer who welcomed a set of twins on May 27th has revealed that he and his wife named their son and daughter Hollywood and Nollywood respectively. He revealed this on his Facebook page, saying everyone should take note that they are the first in Nigeria to bear such names. See what he wrote after the cut...

TLC blast Rihanna for CFDA sheer dress...and Rihanna claps back!

Some people still don't know not to mess with Rihanna...she doesn't know how to be the big person and just ignore. She always replies. So during an interview on a programme in Australia yesterday, the remaining members of TLC, Chilli and T.Boz, criticized Rihanna for wearing that see-through outfit to Monday's Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards.
"Every time I see you you don't have to be naked,' T-Boz said. "It's easy to sell sex. It's hard for us to say anything because any time we do, they say, 'Oh TLC must be jealous', but I call a spade a spade"
"We became the biggest girl selling group of all time with our clothes on and that says a lot,' Chilli chimed in "We could go around too with booby cakes out all day long"
Well, Rihanna took to Twitter and fired some shots of her own. She first released the pic above left that shows the girl group showing off their own breastises back in the day...and changed the header image on her Twitter profile to a photo of TLC topless. Then she became disrespectful. Continue...

Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, dies at 83

One of Nigeria’s most prominent traditional rulers, Ado Abdullahi Bayero, the Emir of Kano has died. The Emir died early today June 6th in Kano according to family sources.

Ado Bayero has been the Emir of Kano since 1963 and was a former ambassador to Senegal. May his soul rest in peace...amen.

The Best Grilled Chicken You'll Ever Have...the experience of a Naijafoodie

This article was NOT written by me, Linda. It's from a Naijafoodie recommending Jamal's Grilled Chicken. Read below...
So naturally when my cousin, Bola, told me about what in her opinion is “Naija's' most deliciously grilled chicken suya" I took it with a pinch of salt. Why? Because she easily gets impressed and she hasn't been around like me; food-wise. In my opinion the best grilled chicken I have ever had was at the Las Olas Grill in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  And in Abuja no grilled chicken beats Yahuza's' chicken suya or the Asokoro joint.  However, my curiosity got the best of me and I decided to find out for myself. As they saying go, the taste of the chicken is in the eating. Continue...

Photos: Protesting LASU students take over Lagos Govt House, cook meal there

Students of the Lagos State University (LASU) yesterday Thursday June 5th took their protest to the Lagos State Government House in Alausa ,Ikeja, where they barricaded the main entrance with their buses and remained there for hours. When they got hungry, they turned brought out their big pots, ingredients, firewood, made a fire and prepared a meal right there in front of the Government House gate. No time! Lol. The students prepared beans and ate it with bread.

The students are protesting the recent hike in their school fees, and asking Lagos State governor to intervene on their behalf. They vowed to remain at the scene until they got a positive response from the governor. They were eventually forced to leave when no official spoke with them but vowed to return until their demands are met. See more photos after the cut...

Photos: Chris Brown celebrates release from jail with a party

He added weight in jail...good for him. After spending nearly four months in jail for violating his probation, Chris Brown was released early this week, June 2nd. His girlfriend Karrueche and some of his friends threw him a surprise welcome home/belated birthday party yesterday June 5th in LA. Rappers Big Sean, T.Pain, Tyga, his mum and close family and friends were all there. See pics after the cut...

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Ibinabo Fiberesima talks about that car accident she was involved in that left a man dead

For those who don't know the story, Ibinabo was involved in an accident many years ago in Lekki Lagos that left the driver of the car she hit, dead. She was arrested and charged but she's since settled with the court and the victim's family.

Tuface Idibia to Perform At Nigerian Idol 4 Grand Finale

Come Saturday the 7th of June, 2014 all roads lead to Dream Studio, Bamako, Omole Lagos as one of Nigeria’s biggest music artistes Tuface Idibia will light up the stage with his chart topping songs at the grand finale of the Etisalat-sponsored Nigerian Idol competition. Continue...

That's better Rihanna. You look better covered up..(photos)

Doesn't she look better this way, people? Stunning woman. Rihanna wore this beautiful leather skirt and matching cropped jacket to the Hard Rock Cafe in Paris today to receive a donation for her cancer charity. The singer was in Paris yesterday and today to promote her new fragrance, Rogue! She's since left. See more photos after the cut...

Gwoza Christians release disturbing details about 6 girls kidnapped by BH is 2013

Found this report on Sahara Reporters...quite scary! Read below...
The Gwoza Christian Community Association in Borno State has released details of disturbing disclosures made by six Christian girls who were abducted in 2013 by the dreaded Boko Haram sect.
The girls were abducted last year from different locations in Gwoza local government area. Their statements revealed that, following their abduction, they were subjected to serial rapes by Boko Haram terrorists. In addition, they were turned into domestic slaves in various Boko Haram camps before they pulled off their daring and lucky escapes. Continue...

Photos: Comedian De Don shows off his family

Popular comedian, De-Don, who donated his kidney to save his elder brother, just released some new photos of himself and his family. Cute baby. See another photo after the cut...

Nizzy returns with brand new single 'Girl'

After the success of his brilliant collaboration “Egwu” with Lola Rae, which garnered over 40,000 downloads in its first week and was playlisted on Channel O, SoundCity and Silverbird TV among others, fast-rising UK-based Afrobeats crooner Nizzy is back with a brand new single for our listening pleasure titled “Girl”, produced by Ritzybeat.



Drawing upon trademark Highlife and Makosa sensibilities, “Girl” sees Nizzy coming firmly into his own as a solo star, with his commanding vocals and infectious flow, over the Ritzybeat-produced exquisite musical backdrop led by lush drums and keyboard arrangements. Falling in love with a girl and wanting to take her to your mum never sounded so good with Nizzy’s “Girl”. Continue...

Brother of Sudanese woman says she should be executed if she refuses to denounce Christianity

Some of you might not know this, but the Sudanese woman, Meriam Ibrahim being held in prison and sentenced to death for abandoning her for Islamic faith for Christianity, was actually turned in to the authorities by her own family members.

Her older brother (pictured above) spoke with CNN today and said if she refuses to convert back to Islam, she should be executed. The things written on the photos are his exact words. See more after the cut...

Photos: Governor's private residence in Gombe State bombed

The private residence of governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dakwambo, around the GRA/Pantami area of the state was bombed this evening. Sources say the bomb exploded from one of the Police Armored Personnel Carrier (armour tanks) stationed in front of the governor's house. This is not the government state residence but the private residence of the governor which also serves as his official residence.

No fatalities has been reported so far.

Oh wow! Check out Lupita Nyong'o's amazing bikini body

The Oscar-winning actress showed off her amazing body in a white bikini and belly chain on the beach in Maui, Hawaii yesterday. She's in Hawaii to participate in the Maui Film Festival. Black is beautiful! See more photos after the cut...

Get 50% Scholarship on the Certified Wedding and Event Planner Program

Are you passionate about having a career in Nigeria’s wedding and events industry? You have a unique opportunity to get a scholarship including a 50% discount on fees for classes starting this July at the Certified Wedding & Event Planner Program powered by WED Cares. 

Get the training and certification you need to launch your career to a whole new level at the most affordable price at Nigeria’s foremost and acclaimed wedding & event industry training school – WED Academy. Continue...

Miss Tourism Nigeria 2014 winner Collete Nwadike releases new pics

Here are the first photos of Collete Nwadike since winning the 2014 Miss Tourism Nigeria pageant on May 17th in Lagos. Stunning babe. Another pic after the cut...

E! releases another photo from Kim and Kanye's wedding

E! has released another exclusive pic from Kim and Kanye's extravagant Italian wedding. But why are they releasing pics in bits na?

President Jonathan appoints new Political Adviser & Senior Special Assistant

Find the State House Press release below...
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has appointed Professor Rufa’i Alkali as his new Special Adviser on Political Affairs.
Professor Alkali, a Political Scientist, once served as National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and was appointed Pro-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna last year. He hails from Gombe State.
The President has also appointed Hajia Baraka Sani as his Senior Special Assistant for Schools’ Agriculture Programme. Hajia Sani was until recently, the Kano State Commissioner for Agriculture. Both appointments are with immediate effect.
Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity)

Experience Xovar Karaoke Night Every Thursday

Revelers have tagged it the best bar & karaoke lounge in Lagos. Most others have claimed that the karaoke lounge is 2nd to none in the country as we speak. It is located in the heart of lekki Lagos 4th roundabout behind the Bespoke center, Lekki epe road, Lekki, Lagos.  

Several individuals who has been to the Xovar karaoke Thursday night  can testify to the fact that the experience is second to none. Continue...

Photos: Meet the 9 most important people in the world

The eight men and one woman you see above are some of the most important people in the world. Seven of them are the leaders of the most powerful countries in the world, while two are leaders of the European Council and Commission. The G7 leaders are currently gathered in Brussels to discuss the situation in Ukraine, foreign policy issues, global economy and more.

From left to right: Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harperm, US President Barack Obama, President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, Head of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, France's President Francois Hollande and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Russian president Vladimir Putin wasn't invited to the summit. See more pics after the cut

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