Tuesday, November 30, 2010

M.I.2 Premiere Witness: “I’m Sorry To Say but M.I.2 is a Scam”


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The idea of a M.I.’s Movie and original soundtrack album was confusing with fans from the onset and the buzz around it was undwindling until it was premiered last night at the Silverbird cinemas.
While for some, the album and event is a perfect follow-up with colleagues of rapper M.I. tweeting congratulatory messages to the rapper. Talking to a guest at the ‘movie’ premiere, she told Questionmarkmag.com “what is the movie when what was done at Silverbird cinemas was his performance of records on the original soundtrack album then video with celebs talking about the price of fame and suntry other issues. The entire buzz can be rightfully called a scam, I’m sorry to call it that.”
In the new soundtrack album now on sales, M.I. showcases a continual of his debut also addresses the ‘feud’ with rapper Iceberg saying it is alright and welcome with he (Iceberg)  ’dissing’ him to sell record.
The premiere that took place at Silverbird Cinemas and an after party at De marquee bar and lounge featured M.I. and every other artiste featured on the soundtrack album – MI2 besides Tuface. There was also a performance by Bez to make up for Tuface’s absence..
The turnout was impressive, next stop with the premiere train is Abuja.

Better Life for Everybody VI

Sam Adeyemi
The above scriptures start with a depiction of God's plan for us. He has destined for us to live in a land flowing with milk and honey, abundance, where we will lack nothing and then we shall bless Him for His graciousness.
Jesus said we should seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all the things we need, food, clothes, homes, will be added to us. We must learn to put our trust absolutely in God even in the face of dire or desperate straits and when you do, you will lack nothing. Use lack as an opportunity to discover God. Don't make a habit of begging, or else you won't find God and you will turn human beings into your source of supply. Remember, woe unto the man who trusts in man. Take the decision that God won't do it, then you won't have it; God will undoubtedly show up when it's Him you are trusting, and when He does, your faith grows stronger.

Once you go past the basic needs on levels one and two of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, a different set of things drive your life; you become aware of your needs for love and relationship, self esteem, recognition, achievement and success. Then, there is a tendency to forget your Lord your God Who has provided the abundance you now enjoy. Beware! Watch carefully that you don't lose the drive to seek God when everything has fallen into place – good schools, good health care etc. That's problem with the developed world, they've lost the zeal to seek God because all their basic needs have been met. Also, temptations come with breakthroughs.

The way to combat this is to follow Christ's advice. Jesus told the wealthy young man who asked how he could inherit eternal life, to sell all that he had and distribute to the poor. That's a cue. Instead of coming up from levels one to five in Maslow's theory of needs, let's start from level five. The problem with levels one to four is that on these levels, the focus is on what to get. On level five, you succeed by giving, and when you give you'll get. If you love genuinely and solve problems for people, you cannot lack.

The surest way to attain success is to help people break free from poverty; when you do this, you will never be broke or poor for the rest of your life. Giving also ensures that you will never be blown away by large sums of money because you will give it away anyway, to solve problems. God trusts you because you have been faithful with little so He gives you more. The more you give away, the more you get. That's the secret!

JayZ\'s book hits bestseller list.

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The new book from JayZ, Decoded, is now on the the New York Times bestseller list. Jay-Z is known for topping Billboard charts but now the rapper\'s literary work is on the New York Times bestseller\'s list. His first book Decoded currently holds the third spot on the list. The top two spots are held by former president George Bush and his autobiography and Laura Hillenbrand\'s Unbroken.  Decoded gives fans insight into Jay-z\'s lyrics and his life. The book was included on Oprah\'s \'Favorite Things\' show last week and is in the top ten sellers on Amazon.com.  The New York Times says, \"Decoded gives the reader a harrowing portrait of the rough worlds Jay-Z navigated in his youth, while at the same time deconstructing his lyrics.\"

Faith Evans cuts DUI deal

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_3aw72AEl9S0/SK-r9SqcamI/AAAAAAAAAWY/celgoll-FkU/s400/faith+evans.jpgFaith Evans has cut a 36-month probation deal for the DUI she caught a few months back. Faith was arrested in L.A. back in August and charged with two counts of DUI.  And now we know she worked out a probation deal where she agreed to plead \"no contest\" to the lesser charge of reckless driving, pay $300 in fines and complete a 3-month alcohol program.  Glad that worked out Faith.

Angelina Jolie faces protest from Rape Victims

http://tprone.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Angelina-Jolie-Wallpapers.jpgAs a debut director, Angelina Jolie must have been prepared for unusual challenges, but nothing prepared for this.

Her debut movie (still untitled) is a love story based in Bosnia during the civil war in the 90s. A rumour was started that claimed it wasn’t a love story so much as the relationship between a woman and her rapist.  The organisation called Women Victims of War, wrote an angry letter to the United Nations protesting against the film. The reason for this is she is a goodwill ambassador for the UN.

To his credit,, the Bosnian Minister of Culture waded into the issue, read the script and found no evidence of the rumour claims.

Sadly it was too late as she cut the Bosnian shoot from 10 days to 3, so she would shoot the rest in Prague.

Hint: Confirm a rumour before jumping into a situation. You might end up looking stupid, no matter how justified your claims might have seemed at the time.

Psquare, Genevieve, Nneka Nominated for The Future Awards

 
Popstars Psquare, Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji, acclaimed producer Don Jazzy, rising singer Nneka, media entrepreneur Uche Eze and artist Blessing Okagbare are among the nominees for The Future Awards Young Person of The Year, according to a statement by the organisers today.
On the list, released one week before schedule, the musicians and actors are up against scientists, innovators, and other outstanding young professionals.
Nominees for other categories are expected in a matter of days.
THE YOUNG PERSON OF THE YEAR NOMINEES:
1.      Genevieve Nnaji, 31                                 – Actor
2.      Nnaemeka C. Ikegwuonu, 28                   – Advocate
3.      Uche Eze, 26                                                        – Entrepreneur
4.      Psquare, 29                                              – Artiste
5.      Ojoma Ochai, 29                                      – Intrapreneur
6.      Michael Ajere (Don Jazzy), 29                    – Entrepreneur
7.      Nneka, 29                                                 – Artiste
8.      Debo Olaosebikan, 25                                 – Scientist
9.      Blessing Okagbare, 22                                 – Artiste
10.  Makinde Adeagbo, 25                                   – Innovator

Genevieve Nnaji – Actor
Genevieve Nnaji is an international star, representing the very best that Nollywood has to offer, and one of the best faces that the country can present to the world. The 31 year old multiple-award winning actress, who has been so credited on CNN and Oprah, is a global role model.
Nnaemeka C. Ikegwuonu – Advocate
Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, 28, has received global acclaim for his work with communities in South-eastern Nigeria where he has promoted sustainable agricultural development and environmental conservation beneficial to rural poor farmers, with recognition that includes becoming a Laureate of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise – Young Laureates Program 2010.
Debo Olaosebikan – Scientist
25 year old Olaosebikan (also a rapper under the stage name Levelz!) is currently completing a PhD in Physics at Cornell University where he is working on the world’s first silicon laser with Dr. Michal Lipson, one of the world’s leading Nanophotonics pioneers, groundbreaking research that will introduce the world to an era of much more faster computer processes.
Psquare – Artiste
Across Africa, the 29 year old twin brothers Peter and Paul Okoye have become huge superstars showing what Nigeria is capable of, winning everything from the $1 million Kora All Africa Music Award prize to a multi-million naira telecom endorsement deal.
Nneka – Artiste
No one saw her coming! 29 year old Nneka Egbuna arrived in Nigeria from the world and soon went back to conquer it, becoming one of Nigeria’s most prominent global voices, winning the BET Awards and performing across the world.
Don Jazzy – Entrepreneur
Born Michael Ajere, the almost mythical Don Jazzy is a now-legendary Nigerian music entrepreneur. With Mo-Hits, the 29 year old has done nothing less than revolutionized Nigerian music and the capacity of the Nigerian music industry, creating a string of stars including D’banj, Wande Coal, Dr. Sid, and D’prince.
Ojoma Ochai – Intrapreneur
Ojoma Ochai has distinguished herself with a storied career at the British Council, rising through the ranks to become, at 29, the Assistant Country Director for the international culture organisation, becoming a powerful symbol – in a country with a now-pervasive celebrity culture – that one can stay within and still shine bright and make a mark.
 Blessing Okagbare – Athlete
22 year old Okagbare has been referred to as one of 2010’s most important athletes in the continent. A long and triple jumper and short sprinter, the Olympics medallist scored a 100 m/long jump double at the NCAA Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship for University of Texas at El Paso, and won the Nigerian 100 m title in 2010.
Uche Eze – Entrepreneur
Known by her famous brand, Eze is a pioneer in every sense of the word. BellaNaija is now the gold standard for online media and others can now do it because the 26 year old dared to quit her job in Corporate Nigeria to champion New Media innovation – becoming a TEDAfrica Fellow in the process, and featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and on CNN International.
Makinde Adeagbo – Innovator
Facebook has changed the world, and 25 year old Adeagbo is one of its frontrunners. A Software Enginner with the company for four years, amongst other things the whiz-kid is famous for being part of a 2-man team responsible for reducing over 1 MB of Javascript to 2 KB, making the site load twice as fast worldwide.
Nominees in the 20 other categories will be unveiled on Monday, December 5, and voting on all categories will begin immediately on that date. More information on the nominees is available on www.thefuturenigeria.com

2010 NMVA. The Winners Are:


MTrill at the 2010 NMVA
Against all odds the fourth edition of the Nigerian Music Video Awards held at the Expo Hall of the Eko Hotel and Suites Victoria Island, Lagos on Sunday, December 28, 2010. It was, as usual, a gathering of the stakeholders of the entertainment industry in Nigeria who trooped out in their numbers to come and witness this year’s version of the oldest music video awards in the land hosted by the longest running music TV programme in the land, LIVEBEATS, which is owned by Cally Ikpe’s CALLYVISION NETWORK.
In the buildup to the event he had complained about the lack of a major sponsor for the event. This fact, even though, it didn’t stop the event from holding definitely reflected on the quality of the show put up. The economic crunch has definitely affected the entertainment industry in Nigeria and while the $200 million dollars promised by Mr. President is a welcome development for it, the early and necessary access to it by brands such as the NMVA and other laudable entertainment projects annually put up in this country would go a long way in improving their quality and sustainment.
While there were no clearcut sweeping winners in the 24-category award like in last year’s event where Darey, held sway, 2face, Clarence Peters and Dipp still managed two awards each while the rest of the winners got one each. Yet Clarence Peters could be said to have won the most awards as coupled with his individual two, his videos also won the Video of The Year, Best Use of Costume, Best Contemporary Afro and Best Video By a New Artist. Here is the winners’ list:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR: 2face – “Only Me”
BEST AFRO HIP HOP VIDEO: Mr. Raw Nwanne – “O Chukwu”
BEST USE OF ANIMATION: T.W.O – “I Need Someone”
BEST FUJI MUSIC VIDEO: Dekunle Fuji – “Funmilayo”
BEST CONTEMPORARY AFRO: Sound Sultan – “2010”
BEST MAINSTREAM HIP HOP: Bouqui – “Take You Away”
BEST AFROBEAT MUSIC VIDEO: Fela – “Viva Africa”
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (Director): TOSIN IGHO – “Don’t Leave Me”
BEST AFRO POP: 2face – “Only Me”
BEST USE OF CHOREOGRAPHY: Dipp – “Pop Off Selecta”
BEST HIGHLIFE: J. Martins – “Eva”
BEST REGGAE DANCEHALL: General Pype – “Champion”
BEST SOFT ROCK VIDEO: Djinee – “Overkillin’”
BEST USE OF EFFECTS: Dipp – “Pop Off Selecta”
BEST INDIGENOUS CONCEPT: Kefee – “Thank You”
BEST USE OF COSTUME: Goldie – “You Know It”
BEST R ‘n’ B: Banky W – “Strong Ting”
BEST GOSPEL: KSB – “Turn Around”
BEST VIDEO BY A NEW ARTIST: Solidstar – “One In A Million”
MOST POPULAR NIGERIAN MUSIC VIDEO IN EUROPE: JJC – “We Are Africans”
BEST DIRECTOR: Clarence Peters
BEST EDITOR: Clarence Peters
BEST PRODUCER: KENNIS MUSIC
BEST NEW DIRECTOR: Frizzle – “Taka Sufe”

"GOD BLESS 9ICE" - RUGGEDMAN‏

"You tried to tarnish my image and that of your wife because you wanted to sell CDs, God bless you. You can tease me all you want, but it would never change the fact that the first big stage you got on was through me. The first award you won was through me. You started making money after I introduced you to the world. The wife you married, I introduced to you. The first child you got was from the woman I introduced to you. I helped you come up in the industry…

"Never pay back good with evil. Be respectful to your elders.” Ruggedman to 9ice from his new track - A word is enough for the 9ice.


He ended the outro with the words, "God bless 9ice".

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Buy MI2 Album by M.I

M.I - MI2

$6.99


MI2 (Album) [Note this is a Downloadable Album and not a hard copy]
By M.I
MP3, 256 kbps — plays on iPod® and all MP3 players

A few Tips while buying the album

  • ***If you don't get the Download link after purchasing, please check your Junk or Spam folder
  • ***If you don't see it in your spam/junk folder, email mola@notjustok.com and you will get a response with a download link within 30 minutes.
  • ***If you don't have a paypal account, you can pay with credit card/debit Card on the Paypal page after you confirm your order*** Click on the 'Pay with Debit or Credit Card' below the paypal Logon screen
Track ListingPlay
1. Announcements
2. Action Film
3. Slow Down
4. Number One Feat Flavor
5. Anybody Feat Timaya & Loose Kaynon
6. Nobody ft. Tuface
7. Beef
8. Wild Wild West
9. My Head My Belle
10. One Naira ft. Waje
11. Craze
12. Undisputed
13. Epic Feat Praise
14. Imperfect Me Intro
15. Imperfect Me Feat Ruby, Kauna & Bola
16. Unstoppable
17. Represent Feat Choc Boys
God Bless You Ma (Online Bonus)
Somebody Featuring Ice Prince (Online Bonus)
No One Curse (Online Bonus)

A few Tips while buying the album

  • ***If you don’t get the Download link after purchasing, please check your Junk or Spam folder
  • ***If you don’t see it in your spam/junk folder, email mola@notjustok.com and you will get a response with a download link within 30 minutes.
  • ***If you don’t have a paypal account, you can pay with credit card/debit Card on the Paypal page after you confirm your order*** Click on the ‘Pay with Debit or Credit Card’ below the paypal Logon screen

SNEAK PEEK: ALI BABA's NEW PLEASURE RIDE




Comedian Ali Baba just bought this truck head for N20 million as a pleasure ride.

Jude ‘M.I.’ Abaga Releases Digital MI2. .


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Rapper M.I. has finally released his most anticipated sophomore album. The movie album, as it is been described by press was expected earlier but had the release postponed. The album which is available for purchase at Nigerianhiphop.net also trended on Twitter as fans and colleagues expressed their excitement and announced their excitement over the release via Twitter. The album parades a decent list of collaborators like Tuface, Brymo, Waje, Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz, Ruby and surprisely Timaya and Flavour (of MC loph’s remake of Oshondi Owendu track). Evidently M.I. decided to be musical with the album and played less at being a lyricist. As previously reported, There would be a premiere of MI2 at Silverbird, and in Abuja on Dec 9th.
M.I. – Number One ft. Flavor

TRANSCRIPT: GENEVIEVE NNAJI ON CNN's CONNECT THE WORLD

Actress Genevieve Nnaji was a guest on CNN's Connect The World few weeks back. The show was finally aired yesterday(Tuesday) evening. For those who can't wait, find below transcripts of the show.


Transcript: Genevieve Nnaji on CNN's Connect The World


(14:22:29) MF: tell us about ‘Bursting Out’ for people who don’t the movie and are thinking about going to see it – what is it about?


(14:22:34) GN: Bursting Out is a romantic comedy. It’s a story about a very upp-ity, uptight, elitist woman who falls in love with the wrong guy in the wrong class of life and then her discovery about – and then she falls in love hard so…it’s pretty funny. I found it funny.


(14:22:56) MF: Fun to film? Or was it hard work?


(14:23:00) GN: It was fun. It’s always fun. Cast were amazing and they were also funny and everyone had their own little contributions, which made it all was fun. I don’t feel like I work when I’m on set to be honest.


(14:23:12) MF: What was your favourite moment from the filming? There’s always a favourite moment.


(14:23:16) GN: Oooooo….I think the scenes with the other two girls, because I had two friends.


(14:23:25) MF: And you’re here in London because it’s being  premiered in London. It’s already had a premiere in Lagos. Why London? Is there a big market here?


(14:23:33) GN: There is a big market here. Everyone is a descendent of Nigeria or Ghana or where ever and movies are really, really big here. Just walking down the streets, the amount of people who stop me on the road, and really appreciate what we’ve done. So…it’s amazing and you know they ask for it. They’ve been asking for it for a very long time. So, yeah.  It’s not the first time I’ve been here to premiere.


(14:23:56) MF: It seems that Nigerian film is becoming more and more popular abroad, but who’s watching those films? Is it people of Nigerian descent or is it people who have nothing to do with Nigeria?


(14: 24:06) GN: All sorts of people. All sorts of people. Umm… I have been recognised by Indians, I think a Chinese woman once and that’s so funny. I think all sorts of people, but that’s because Africans are all over the country – all over the world - and you know, all it takes is you having a friend and telling a friend “you need to see this this”. It’s all by association, so it’s all really getting its awareness somehow.


(14:24:28) MF: It’s called ‘Nollywood’ which is a term I don’t think all actors like in Nigeria, but it’s sort of been coined. How would you say Nigerian cinema differs from Hollywood cinema?


(14:24:41) GN: Do we really have cinema? [laugh]  Cinema is pretty new in Nigeria – I mean it used to be back in the day, but that sort of faded off. But it’s new, it’s coming back and hopefully it comes to stay. But for now all we do are home videos, movies for your tv. But there we’ve had success stories like EJ and a few other movies that have been shot on film and had to be premiered and shown in the cinemas and it’s amazing how people have received this so….


(14:25:13) MF: As you say, the growth is explosive. Why are people so fascinated by film now when film has been around for so long?


(14:25:21) GN: Umm… are you talking about Nollywood being interested or people being interested in films


(14: 25:24) MF: I guess it’s Nigerians watching films as much as Nigerian films doing well.


(14:25:30) GN: Movies have been there for not long, but say relatively, for about 20 years – pretty recent. But you see we started out making films for the people by the people. We are only allowed to tell our stories and it’s amazing how people can relate to these stories – you know what I mean? And obviously because of the awareness we create in terms of what happens in every individual’s life at some point – we all have story in common and I think that’s really why people have taken an interest in our films to be honest, because they can relate to our stories.


(14:26:10) MF: But they want the fun films don’t they? They want the romantic comedies. It’s not necessarily the really gritty, traumatic movies that sometimes come out of Hollywood.


(14:26:17) GN: We have a healthy mix. We do. If you look hard, you would find it. I do quite a number of romantic comedies.


(14:26:24) MF: We’ve got lots viewer questions of course – from all over the world actually. Robin from Cameroon asks, “What’s your biggest challenge as an actress in Africa?”


(14:26:35) GN: Well, in the beginning it was pretty challenging because first of all you had to – it’s not a culture that Africans have, well back in the day, took to very readily so it was hard having to go through that and at the same time convince people that you know what you’re doing and they should give you a chance to prove yourself. And it’s possible, you know, to do something – to actually be in the public eye, and be an actor and still be normal. You know so it was challenging.


(14:27:03) MF: But you’re not normal. You can’t go down the streets of Lagos can you?


(14:27:06) GN: Chhee….eee….. no.


(14:27:10) MF: What’s it like living that life? It’s crazy, isn’t it? You know, you get mobbed?


(14:27:15) GN: I know – I don’t walk! I drive! So, I’m safe.


(14:27:18) MF: You’ve made your name obviously in Nigeria and but also abroad. I think it was Oprah who called you the ‘Julia Roberts of Africa’. What do you think about that label? I mean it’s great – this is from Oprah!


(14:27:30) GN: Yes, it is from Oprah. So it’s fine.


(14: 27:32) MF: Are you an actress in your right?


(14:27:34) GN: Yes, I am an actress in my own right. I don’t think I have anything in common with Julia Roberts to be honest. But it’s really complementary. It’s for me it’s a honour either way. It’s just recognition – that’s good.


(14: 27:45) MF: Nancy Samara from America says, “Who is the one actor from Hollywood that you would want to work with, and why?”


(14:27:51) GN: Angelina Jolie. I’m a hug fan. Love her, love her, love her. Um… Johnny Depp, amazing actor. I think he’s so intriguing. I think there is something so mysterious about him. These two people, I don’t know I think I would definitely get along with.


(14: 28:06) MF: And Stachelle from Trinidad says, “Are there any times that you regret being famous, especially in a country like Nigeria where everyone knows you, and they really do.


(14:28:16) GN: Um…nnoo


(14: 28:18) MF: Do you just want to break away from it sometimes and be yourself?


(14:28:21) GN: When I want to do that I basically just stay in. I just stay in and hang around with people who know me for me and appreciate me whether or not I’m an actor. You have to just get up and go and just you know grab that privacy that you want so much.


(14: 28:36) MF: When you can get it. Pat from our Facebook page asks, “How do you discover other talented Nigerian actors and what do you do to give back to your country?”


(14:28:47) GN: We have quite a number of young ones back home who are trying to be actors and actresses and they are really working hard. But all you have to do is audition and prove yourself and believe in yourself and hope [MF – UP SOT:  hope you break through] you break through at some point and what do I do to give back? I basically look out for talents in the industry. I basically look out for talents and encourage a lot of producers to try out new people and for the society the little I can do to be honest.


(14: 29:17) MF: But you support orphanages, don’t you?


(14:29:20) GN: Yes, I do.


(14:29:22) MF: And that’s because – I presume – you feel for these young kids that don’t have families and you can give something that can help.


(14:29:28) GN: Definitely. I’m very passionate about you know, orphans because – for me – there are so many other diseases out there but you see a lot of people don’t even have the experience of what love is about and these kids don’t even have that. So for me, times like Christmas, you know you just want to do something and actually buy them presents and I just think they are too young and too innocent and we need to actually show them that people out there do love them. So I do my bit.


(14:29:55) MF: Assan Cyril wonders where you get your motivation when so much of the country is in poverty, which you’ve just referred to I guess – lots of orphanages aren’t there?


(14:30:04) GN: Yes. Well, country being in poverty. Well then our job is to put a smile on people’s faces. You know, we do the bits we can and we’re pretty generous when we come across people as well. And then we do a lot of talking to people that we feel can help. You know like,..


(14:30:23) MF: Lobbying governments to try to do things.


(14:30:28) GN: Yes, exactly. Encouraging them to do more.


(14:30:27) MF: Ok, and Catyatoo asks what advice would you give to young Nigerian girls that may want to follow in your footsteps?


(14:30:35) GN: I would tell them to definitely be sure, first of all [MF UP SOT: Would you advise them to go into the industry?]. Yes, of course, it’s a wonderful place to be, especially if you love, what you, if you’re sure you can do it. It’s a wonderful place to be.  I would definitely advise them to believe in themselves, be true to themselves and be sure that it’s something they are willing to do and they’re ready for the consequences because every good thing comes with consequences.


(14:31:00) MF: What are they? Lack of privacy


(14:31:00) GN: Ohh… you lose your privacy for starters.


(14:31:05) MF: Philip Peter from Lagos asks, “What has been your biggest regret in Nigerian film?”


(14:31:13) GN: Umm…. Biggest regrets? Oh boy, regrets – I don’t know – I hardly regret anything. I just learn from mistakes. I don’t regret anything. It’s too hard. I mean you do the best you can at that point in time and you know everything is about growth and progress and I’ve gotten older so obviously you learn more. You learn on the job. I love my job - don’t worry about anything at all.


(14:31:36) MF: And finally Joped from our Facebook page asks, “When do you think that African movies will be able to compete with big budget Hollywood films?” Or do think they already are?


(14:31:46) GN: I think a few people have given them a run for their money [laugh]. We have to claim that, but we are getting there. Maybe not the Nollywood you know, but definitely we have a few people out there - a few Nigerian students who have schooled abroad and have gone to film school and are coming back home now to put to practice what they’ve learnt. So we do have a few people who are coming into the country right now and doing big things.


(14:32:11) MF: And the reality is it’s a very expensive business, so you need the finance as well. Is that coming more and more to Lagos now, do you think? You’re getting the funding that you want on your movies?


(14:32:20) GN: We have gotten support every - we do get support every now and then. But not as much as we would love to – not as much as we should. Because the movie industry is like the biggest export right now in Nigeria and we have in some way re-invented the country, you know. And we would appreciate some more encouragement from the banking sector.


(14:32:42) MF: Because people would be surprised by how much a Nollywood film actually costs. How much is it in dollars?


(14:32:46) GN: [laugh] My god! [MF UP SOT: Roughly] Roughly? Let’s see…


(14:32:49) MF: A Hollywood movie would be a 100 million dollars, say. And a particularly big one.


(14:32:53) GN: Oh well, I have no idea. I think it depends. But the truth is – the unique about Nollywood is we make the best use out of the little resources we have. You know, some how we get by. I don’t know. Sorry. [laugh]




Source: (CNN International)

Genevieve Nnaji Goes to Idols


No, the celebrated actress is not signing up to compete in the ongoing talent show Nigerian Idol!
But she showed up last Sunday, for a VIP pre-broadcast screening of the show’s first episode.
Throughout the event, held at Sheraton Hotels, in Lagos, Genevieve and her friend sat quietly in a corner, but heads did not stop turning their way – and judges Jefferey Daniel and Yinka Davies couldn’t resist joining her for a few pics.
Genevieve is the face of MUD Cosmetics, the make-up company for Nigerian Idol

Chinny Onwugbenu, Jeffery Daniel and Genevieve Nnaji
Chinny Onwugbenu, Chichi Nwoko and Genevieve Nnaji
Genevieve Nnaji, Idols judge Yinka Davies and Chinny Onwugbenu

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Kanye Wins Critics hearts back

http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/replicate/EXID15166/images/kanye_west.jpgKanye West has ridden past the brouhaha surrounding his antics, and  making major waves with his new solo album. West\'s \"My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy\", released this week, is winning raves in the United states and around the world, and the positive press couldn\'t come at a better time for the Grammy award-winning artist. His new album seems to be the new talking point as artistes, critics, and the general audience are loving the body of work. \"My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy\" is currently in stores around the world.

New Potter movie tops box office

The latest Harry Potter movie has beaten the previous opening record for the franchise in the US and Canada. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 took $125.1m at the weekend box office, taking it straight to the top of the chart. The previous best weekend debut in the series was $102.7m for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005. The latest Potter movie, the first of two final films, has now made $330m in global ticket sales.

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Funny Picture of the day


R.Kelly To Headline Star Megajam 2010

Mr Kelly is coming to Nigeria. Again.
 Nigerian Breweries PLC has announced the performers for this year’s edition of the popular STAR MEGAJAM concert.
As the multi-city concert enters its 11th year, the organisers announced today, during a brief press event, that R&B superstar R.Kelly will headline this year’s show, alongside Nigerian stars Timaya, 9ice, Psquare, Mohits Crew, MI, Dbanj and KC Presh. Past winners of NB talent hunt STAR Quest are also on the bill.
Star Megajam 2010 will hold at the Polo Club grounds in Lagos on December 17, and in Abuja the following day.
Past Megajam foreign headliners include Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, T-Pain, Akon, 50 Cent, Kanye West, Nelly Nas and Awilo.
And it’s R.Kelly’s second time in Nigeria. Last year, he made his first trip to the country when he featured on the THISDAY Music Festival.

KELLY HANSOME TWEETS: NO MORE BEEF, WE'RE ONE. MI2, GRAB A COPY

Kelly Hansome made a dramatic turn on Saturday (20th November) night as he took to Twitter to tell the world that he no longer hold grudges against everyone that has been subjects of his diss-tracks in recent times, especially rapper MI.

Below are the tweets:


"I forgive everybody as christ forgave us all"


"There's only One M.I I know, Mission Impossible! LMAO"


"Big up MI2, go grab a copy now!"


"No more Beef, we all are one!"


"I forgive Mohits, M.I, Kennis Music, 2shotz and everyone who has cursed me out for nothing, we are one and I love you all"


"1day y'all will realise that Nwafor is not a fool, whatever I did I did for y'al, 2 illuminate your minds. A word is enough for the wise!!"


"I has don war no 1 else win b able 2 do tip D end of time. I laid den my priceless pride 4 peace n love 2 reign. Learn from me people."

Monday, November 22, 2010

Beyonce Ad: Too Hot for Daytime!

Beyonce is getting banned in the UK for being too sexy!

Beyonce Heat Commercial

Knowles' steamy ad for her Heat perfume -- which has been airing in the U.S. no problem -- has come under fire from UK TV viewers ... and has since been banned from daytime TV due to complaints!

Though the ad had been running during the day -- but not during children's programming -- the Advertising Standards Authority responded to complaints by blocking the ad from airing before 7:30PM.

The ASA says they imposed the restriction because the ad was "sexually provocative."

The spot in question shows Beyonce in a slinky red dress, caressing her body as the song "Fever" plays.

Brandy Booted from "Dancing"

Bristol Palin will live to see another week on "Dancing with the Stars."

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Brandy and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were given the boot on last night's shocking elimination episode -- meaning Bristol, Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey will be in the finals.

FYI -- Brandy had a perfect score with one of her dances Monday and an overall score of 57/60. Bristol had a 53/60

Better Life for Everybody 5

Sam Adeyemi
Matthew 6: 31-33

Our teachings so far have been built around the thesis by Abraham Maslow's titled the theory of human behavior. To recap briefly, Maslow postulated that human beings are driven by their needs, so he developed the hierarchy of needs. He classified human needs into five levels; starting from the lowest, they are survival, safety, social, self esteem and self actualization needs. He went further to say that not till levels one and two needs, which are physiological needs, are met we don't bother with the higher level needs.

This seems to be the problem with Nigeria, basic needs have not been met and a hungry person cannot be a good citizen. I Tim 6:8. The provision of food and clothing amounts to contentment; so, as believers, we must be part of the big move for change in policies. Christians should take action. Faith without corresponding works is dead. If God has blessed you with the capability to solve accommodation or transportation problems for others, do it. Get into partnership with other people, there is power in synergy, and make an impact in the community.

Africa's greatest problem is the inability to manipulate intangible resources. The intangible controls the material. It's the people who can think, create and manipulate intangible resources that make progress. This is Jesus' solution to the problem – when He came He didn't concern Himself with Herod or any other leaders, He taught the people the truth because the truth will make you free. John 8:31. This is God's strategy. A minister's first assignment is to open the eyes of his followers.

In Nigeria, we have to make policy changes in housing. Safety is level two needs. In developed countries, the government has made it easy for its citizens to own homes by providing access to long term loans and mortgages, so, citizens are not under undue pressure and they can remain productive at work while paying off the loans. This is not the case in here in Nigeria. We are compelled to pay exorbitant rents for a minimum of two years which puts us at a disadvantage financially especially if such a place is being used for business. This has got to change.

Christians should arise as leaders and push for a change.

GT LEAVES STORM, FORMS EMBER ENTERTAINMENT


Artist GT the Guitarman, after months of speculation and rumors that he was leaving Storm Records, confirms to us his official departure from Storm Records to form his label EMBER Entertainment.

“Leaving Storm Records is a natural result of an inner development. I signed a (three) 3 year deal with them in 2005, stayed on for an additional couple of years all the time I was growing within and trying to figure out how to take GT to the next level,” said the artist who now goes by the name GT in an exclusive to LadybrilleNigeria.

“The answer was/is Ember Entertainment. The time has come to lay the foundation for the future. I am grateful for the support I had and still have from Storm through the years. I had a wonderful time while I was with Storm. There might have been a lot of things I wasn’t satisfied with though, but that hasn’t changed my love and respect for Storm. They are an integral part of who I have become and without them I might not have matured creatively this quickly. Obi Asika is my Father and mentor.

EVA LONGORIA FILES FOR DIVORCE



Actress Eva Longoria has filed for Divorce from NBA Star Tony Parker...

Eva filed for divorce from her basketballer hubby today in Los Angeles, amidst allegations that he cheated on her with another NBA wife. Ironically enough, it was pro basketball that originally brought the Texas-born Eva and French-born Tony together back in 2004.


Speculations are rife that Tony allegedly cheated on Eva with a former NBA teammate's wife!!!!


Eva reportedly found raunchy text messages on Tony's fone ...hundreds of them, This was stated on twitter by her friend Byran Graham.

"I MIGHT PROPOSE TO SHEILA WHEN NEXT I SEE HER" - UTI

Fans of the Tv reality show Big Brother Africa 5 (allstars edition) have been hitching to see how these two fare in their "relationship" but Uti left Fans disappointed when he refused to make a move on Sheila in the House...This was probably caused by Big Brothers's exposure of Sheila's indecent acts with Hannighton and other girls.

But on a recent radio station interview (13th November), Uti revealed that he might propose to Sheila when next he sees her, and that could be real soon cos he said Sheila and (guess who) Hannighton would be flying into the country by the end of the month for his Father's Burial.


Although he admitted that he couldn’t show his emotions on the screen, he said he liked Sheila, a broadcaster, who was adjudged one of the prettiest girls in the house.
 

He admitted to being in touch with Sheila, saying, “I just finished talking to her before I entered the studio now.

culled: www.nigezie.tv

MI2 Trailer Released, New Song With Brymo and Premieres 25th.

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The album movie from Jude ‘M.I.’ Abaga, MI2 would be released online on Nov 24 2010. Earlier in the week, M.I. premiered a new song featuring Brymo on BEAT FM. The trailer for his album oops… movie also hit the ‘net. It would be open for viewing at cinemas on the 25th.
Meanwhile its more of an advert and not really a trailer.

VIDEO: THE Smooth FM Luxury Concert with Angie Stone, Gerald Albright, Richard Bona, Mike Stern and other acts.

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Smooth 98.1 FM ‘Love Music Love Life’ concert held on Friday, November 12 at the New Expo Centre, Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The four foreign artists – Angie Stone,Richard Bona,Mike Stern and Jazz saxophonist, Gerald Albright were joined by a quartet of Nigerian acts including Bez Idakula and vocalist and songwriter, Tiwa Savage who has sung backing vocals for artists including Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan and Kelly Clarkson. Guitarists, Pure and Simple who featured at the recent MUSON Jazz concert and percussionist, Iroko, were also on the bill.
Enjoy video from the concert:


The SMVA 2010 Report. Winners Are:


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The pan-African awards was easily the hottest, most exclusive party anywhere on the continent – with a multimedia package deal that included an international couture show featuring the like\\\’s of South Africa\\\’s Dax Martin and Nigeri\\\’a Mai Atafo and Tiffany Amber; and then unforgettable performances from Asa, Mo\\\’Hits, R2Bee\\\’s and lots of lush VIP pampering from Hennessey, impressive showmanship from host Uti and powerful production values from technical creative directors Jan Malan Umzingeli Productions.
And while there were multiple category nominations for established pop stars Banky W (7) and P Square(5), the former came away with two nods (Best Male and Viewers choice), and the latter with a single Best Editing SMVA for their video \\\’Danger\\\’.
And so multiple wins were more modest, Banky (2) and 2Face Idibia (2), with more Nigerian wins (8) than any other country, but with a far greater spread across nominees, with suprise wins for South Africa\\\’s JR as Discovery of the Year and the Hit Producer award for late rapper Dagrin\\\’s creative partner, Sossick.
Social media of course trended #SMVA and made it what might yet be the biggest and most entertaining live show ever packaged by Nigerians for the rest of the world.
Here’s a list of winners:
Best Male Video – Banky W for ‘Strong thing’
Best Female Video – Goldie for ‘You Know it’ Ft. Eldee
Best Special Effects – Djinee
Best Editing – PSquare
Best Cinematography – Teargas
Best Hip Hop Video – Jozi
Best Pop Video – 2Face
Best Collaboration in a Music Video – Sarkodie
Discovery of the Year – JR
Best Video – Banky W
Viewers Choice – Buffalo Souljah
Hit Producer Of The Year – Sossick for Da Grin’s Pon Pon
Best Western – 2face
Best Eastern – Wahu
Best Central – Fally Ipupa
Soundcity Fresh Video – Tania Tome
Taken from www.soundcity.tv

Friday, November 19, 2010

Ruggedman Set To Release New Album ‘Untouchable’

Ruggedman - Untouchable
Three years after the release of his successful sophomore album Ruggedy Baba, veteran MC – Ruggedman is gearing up for the release of his third and final LP Untouchable via his Rugged Records imprint. The album is scheduled for release on the 20th of November.
The Abia state indigene has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons of late, and his messy falling-out with one-time chum buddy – 9ice has been well-documented. If the wordsmith makes good on his promise to lay the mic down after the release of this album, then Untouchable would signal the end of a successful rap career tainted by controversy.
The Untouchable album will contain brand new music from the rapper as well as collaborations with 2 Face Idibia, P Square, M.I, (the late) Dagrin, Iceprince and Flavour (N’Abania). Ruggedman will also be accompanying the release of his final disc with a nationwide tour.

Omotola Hits The Stage


Recently, at the 50th anniversary of renowned advertising company, Afromedia, Omotola, who’s aggressively pushing her music career,  performed songs off her first and second album, sharing the stage with D’Banj and other acts…
Her publicists at Bigsam Media were kind enough to send us some pics for your pleasure…