Monday, 30 September 2013
Here's the question and please answer sincerely. You're on holiday in a foreign country (by yourself) and you miss the last train (midnight) that would have taken you back to your hotel. You're left with only two options; 1. Sleep by yourself at the train station (with no one else around) till daybreak or 2; lodge at the only hotel around the train station...unfortunately its a five-star hotel and the cheapest room there is $2,000 (N320k a night). Bear in mind that you're a regular salary earner...you don't even earn up to N300k a month...but the train station is notorious for violent attacks and is close to a dangerous hood. Which option would you take?
The death toll at the College of Agriculure, Gujba ,Yobe State has risen to 78. At least 50 of them were students who were attacked in the early hours of yesterday morning as they slept in their hostel. Some were shot, others were butchered with swords and knives. The gunmen, suspected to be Boko Haram sect members later moved to houses around the hostel, killing residents they find. Then they blocked the Damaturu-Maiduguri road and killed travellers. So far, 78 bodies have been counted, with many more people still unaccounted for. A student of the college who survived the massacre explained what happened...
"They started gathering students into groups outside, then they opened fire and killed one group and then moved onto the next group and killed them. It was so terrible. They came with guns around 1a.m. and went directly to the male hostel and opened fire on them. The college is in the bush, so the other students were running around helplessly as guns went off and some of them were shot down.”
The gunmen stormed the hostels in two double-cabin pickup all-terrain vehicles and on motorcycles, and were dressed in military camouflage. They attacked 4 male hostels but avoided the only hostel reserved for girls. Swords and knives were used to kill at least 30 male students. Some corpses that were found were without heads while others had heads hanging to the bodies. Wailing parents and relatives were at the Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital mortuary in Damaturu this morning to identify their loved ones. This can't continue. This government has to do something about the situation.
Sunday, 29 September 2013
Popular entertainer and Hennessy Artistry 2013 headliner, Dbanj was conspicuously missing from his debut Lagos club appearance, which held on Saturday, September 21st at Rhapsody’s Lounge in Victoria Island, Lagos.
Dbanj, who was in London at the time, was scheduled to perform alongside soul diva, Seyi Shay and rap duo, Show Dem Camp. He could not immediately return from his trip due to delays with his flight.
He was however represented by supporting act, Olamide who delivered an outstanding performance to the delight of guests present.
Supporting acts, Show Dem Camp and Seyi Shay who made her debut appearance that night also got guests in high spirits with energetic performances.
Dbanj returned to the country on Sunday, September 22nd and performed at the Miss Earth Beauty pageant. Meanwhile, it appears the video for this year’s Hennessy Artistry 2013 theme song titled “Raise Your Glasses” will be released any moment from now. The video which was directed by fast rising producer, Matt Maxx promises to get everyone raising their glasses and bumping their feet.
The Hennessy Artistry club tour continues this weekend at Crescendo’s Nightclub in Ikeja GRA and will feature exciting performances from Chidinma, Phyno, Vector and Sean Tizzle.
On Saturday, the home crowd at the Bernabéu vented their frustration by whistling at the players throughout the match against Athletico Madrid. The visitors won 1-0. But the loudest blast came when manager Ancelotti decided to substitute midfielder Isco for striker Morata in the second half.
The Madrid fans let rip at the coach for the poor play and technical decisions. After a spending spree of almost €175 million on signings, Ancelotti’s project just isn’t pulling the punches for the fans. It’s just over a month and a half since the season started and the white congregation is already voicing its doubts.
Cristiano Ronaldo faced the facts after the match: “It wasn’t our day. We weren’t on. The manager has nothing to do with it. He is doing a great job. The fault is on the players, we are the ones that have to improve”.
“We have to keep our heads up because the league is complicated. The good thing is that this loss has come early. I have a lot of hope for winning something important this year. I played poorly and so did my teammates”, he said.
“Personally I am happy with Ancelotti, he is one of the best coaches I have ever had”, he concluded
Olawale Ojo has emerged winner of glamorous music talent reality show, MTN Project Fame Season six.
Olawale beat five other finalists with his final performance of Asa’s song ‘Beautiful’ to clinch the grand prize of N5m, a brand new car and a recording contract
After months of suspense, thrills, excitement and emotions, the Maltina Dance All (MDA) Season 7 ‘The Evolution’ came to a spectacular end at the grand finale which took place at the Convention centre of Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos. The tension soaked finale was breathtaking as the five families that qualified for the finals were locked in a battle of wits for the grand prize of N6 million, a brand new car and the title of ‘Nigeria’s number one dancing family’. In the end, the Briggs family from Port Harcourt, Rivers State emerged winners in what would go down as one of the most hotly contested finals in the MDA history. Continue...
The five families that took part in the finals were; the Ikumonien, Ibrahim, Enweribe, Ebute and Briggs families. The grand finale which was beamed live across major Television networks, kicked-off with the families performing the first of the two dance styles of the night - Pantomime.
The Ikumonien family was first to hit the stage with an impressive performance that set the tone for the evening. Their performance attracted a thunderous applause from the audience. Next up on stage was the Ibrahim family. Much to the delight of the audience, the family danced to the 90’s hit song I like to Move it by Reel 2 Real featuring the Mad Stuntman.
The Enweribe family mesmerized the audience with their dancing skills when they rendered a sublime performance of Zombieby late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Eventual winners, the Briggs family took the audience back in time when they danced to Felix Liberty’s hit song Ifeoma. Last on stage for the Pantomime performance was the Ebute family who performed to Rise up by Swiss artiste DJ, Yves Larock.
The Hip-hop dance style was the final performance of the night. The Ibrahim family was the first on stage followed by the Briggs, Ikumonien, Ebute and Enweribe.
The highlight of the night was the announcement of the winner after voting by Nigerianswas concluded. The tension in the hall was palpable as the families all gathered on stage eagerly awaiting their fate. In the end, Nigerians voted the Briggs family as the winner of the MDA 7. The Enweribe family was the first runners-up while the Ebute family emerged second runners-up. They got N1 million and N500, 000 respectively for their commendable performances.
Mr. Victor Famuyibo, Human Resources Director Nigerian Breweries Plc who represented Mr. Nicolaas Ververlde, the Managing Director commended the families for their excellent performances and reiterated that Maltina will continue to share happiness to its consumers.
Senior Brand Manager, Maltina, Mrs. Ngozi Nkwoji stated that the MDA has been amazing. “The family is the bedrock of every society. I believe that Nigeria has so much talent and today it was shown in these families coming together to share happiness. Nigerians love to dance. It’s who we are, anytime there is a new dance step everybody adopts it and as a result our music has gone far and wide. Maltina is the number one malt drink and we love to share happiness. One of the ways we do this is the seamless synergy between the brand and dance. Apart from earning the title of Nigeria’s number one dance family, the winning family becomes partners of the brand and we will continue with them for as long as we can”.
Also present at the event were, Corporate Affairs Adviser, Mr. Kufre Ekanem and Mr. Sampson Oloche, Marketing Manager Non- alcoholic drinks.
Boko Haram gunmen this morning Sunday September 29th stormed the student dormitory of the College of Agriculture in Gujba, Yobe State, shooting students as they slept, killing at least 30 of them. The death toll could be way higher as several dead bodies were recovered from hostels, classrooms, bushes and corners around the school.
Area Military spokesman Lazarus Eli confirmed the incident and said that security forces have been deployed to the school to protect surviving students until they can all leave the campus. Eli said the attack was carried out by “Boko Haram terrorists who went into the school and opened fire on students while they were sleeping"
Saturday, 28 September 2013
Angelo Collins arrived in Nigeria today to spend some time with his BBA boo, Beverly Osu. Other BBA Housemates Bimp and Bassey are also in town. They are here to attend Beverly Osu's birthday party which will hold tonight at Aura Night Club. More photos when you continue...
Former Miss World Agbani Darego looked stunning at the traditional wedding of Daisy Danjuma’s son, Yuki Omenai, which took place today at Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos.
President Goodluck Jonathan will host another edition of the Presidential Media Chat tomorrow Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 7pm. See the State House Press Release below
President Jonathan will in the course of the programme, answer questions from a panel of journalists on current national issues and events, as well as policies and actions of his administration. Members of the public who have questions they will like the President to respond to on the programme may send them in via Twitter to @mediachatng1.
The programme will be broadcast live on the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and the Voice of Nigeria (VON). Other television and radio stations are enjoined to hook up to NTA and FRCN to relay the programme to their viewers and listeners.
The 2013 Miss World pageant held today Saturday September 28th at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center in Bali, Indonesia. Miss Philippines Megan Young (pictured left) beat 126 other contestants to win Miss World 2013. Miss France Marine Lorphelin was named runner-up, while Miss Ghana Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter (pictured right) came third.
After their epic bottle throwing brawl in 2012 at NYC Nightclub, word out at the moment has it that the two top music acts have decided to bury the hatchet.
According to New York Post, Drake and Breezy hugged it out at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas last weekend.
Sources told them Drake and his crew came to the music fest on last Friday specifically to watch Brown’s performance.
After Brown came off stage, the two were backstage hugging and drinking. The reunion went so well, the two even talked about creating some tracks together.
The mediator of the reunion was Def Jam music exec Abou Thiam — who’s one of Brown’s managers and a brother of rapper Akon.
Thiam is “very friendly with Drake, and worked to try and get him and Chris together to put their differences aside.”
After two months of deep reflection, Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola this afternoon rendered an unreserved apology to Ndigbo over the July 24 dumping of 72 alleged destitute in Onitsha, Anambra State, by his administration.
Speaking at the silver jubilee symposium of Igbo think tank Aka Ikenga at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos, in South-West Nigeria, Fashola declared that he has no problem with Igbos, saying that his action had been misunderstood.
He said it was easier for him to ask Ben Akubueze, the Igbo financial expert serving as Lagos Commissioner for Budget, to represent him at the event but decided to come in person.
Fashola disclosed that the highest number of cattle he got during the burial of his father early last month came from Ndigbo. He made it clear that his relationship with Ndigbo “dates back to our ancestors and is built on tolerance and fidelity and I place value on that relationship.”
The deportation saga had angered Ndigbo and led to a temporary strain in relations between them and their Yoruba brothers.
Four-time FIFA footballer of the year Lionel Messi and his father Jorge arrived in a Spanish court this morning Friday September 27th to answer charges of alleged tax fraud. Messi and his father are being accused of hiding over £3.4 million by filing incomplete tax returns from 2006 to 2009.
The charges against father and son was lodged by a state prosecutor in June 2013 claiming that they tried to conceal earnings from Messi's image rights - charges they both deny.
"I never take care of that (tax) stuff myself and neither does my father," Messi said in July. "We have our lawyers and our wealth managers to take care of that and we trust them and they will sort this out. The truth is I don’t have a clue about all this and that is why we have people taking care of it."
Messi has already paid the Spanish authorities the unpaid tax he's owing plus interest (he paid £4.2m) but because tax fraud is a serious offense in Spain, he still has to make an appearance in court where the courts will determine whether the case is pursued any further. Hopefully it will all end today!
Chidinma aka Miss Kedike on instagram recently posted a pix correcting the public opinion as to her being topless. She said "Sometime last week, the photographer @augustudoh reached out to me for a photoshoot in support of his Open day photography initiative. A picture from the shoot was posted up on his instagram page and social media went bonkers..Chidinma's Nude pictures.!!!!!!! It felt really sad and diabolical to see how far blogs and the media could go for unverified info. This is the full picture. I hope its nude enough."
I personally am sorry for portraying you in a bad light. You rock @chidinmaekile