Sunday, January 29, 2012

Revealed! How Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola’s supremacy war nearly ruined Ije

Startling facts have emerged concerning how the age-long feud between actress Genevieve Nnaji and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde played out during the production of Chineze Anyaene's multiple award winning movie, "Ïje: The Journey."

The silent rivalry, HVP gathered nearly ruined the production of the big budget movie.

The movie which ruled the Nigerian box office, grossing over N47 million from six cinemas across the country two years ago starred the two A-list actresses amongst other Nollywood stars.

Sources close to the producer  told HVP that, while the movie was being shot in Los-Angeles,  it was a running battle to get the two heavy-weight actresses to work as a team.

In fact, according to our sources, except for the ceaseless intervention of the cast and crew of the production, none of the two actresses was ready to play a second fiddle to each other.

"At a point, we stopped shooting because they wouldn't submit to each other. Chineze had a tough time trying to appeal to them to show understanding by returning to the set. Omotola wouldn't want to play supporting role to Genevieve. And that was the battle we faced during the production of  the movie." our sources hinted.

In the movie however, Genevieve played the role of Chioma, the lead character, while Omotola played that of Anya, her  sister.

Indeed, before starring in the movie, Omotola and Geneveive were known to be engaged in a cold war, resulting from the so called "insults" traded through the media and an alleged battle to be Nigeria's Number one sex symbol.

In one of her interviews, Chineze was quick to explain how she got the two actresses to star in the movie." I met Omotola first in Lagos; she had read the script and liked it. I also went to England and met with Genevieve Nnaji. I also had Zeb Ejiro, the consulting producer, step in as well as a mediator,"  she said.

Our sources went further to reveal that despite the record the blockbuster created in the nation's box office,  grossing over N47,  the windfall did not reflect on the producer's pocket. The cinema houses were said to have taken the lion's shares of the accruing profits made from the cinema run of the movie.

It would be recalled that druring the first month of the movie's premiere in July 30, 2010, at Silverbird Cinemas, the blockbuster grossed over N25 million, beating the record set by Stephanie Okereke's "Through the Glass", which grossed only N10 million, during the first-three weeks of its premiere at the same venue few years ago.

Culled from Vanguard Newspapers

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Jason Derulo Confirms Relationship With Jordin Sparks

After months of romantic scenes, R&B star, Jason Derulo finally confirms the status of his relationship with the American Idol season six winner Jordin Sparks.

'We are together', the MTV Awards nominee says.

'She lives in Phoenix, comes (from Miami) and takes care of me, brings me breakfast in bed and she'll go on walks with me. We've gotten closer because of my accident. It's awesome to have someone you can talk to and she's a wonderful person', he revealed.

Jason was preparing to kick off for his Future World tour to begin on Thursday, February 23, 2012, when he fractured his neck during rehearsals.

'My fans mean everything to me so I'm praying for a speedy recovery in order to perform for you in the near future' he added.

Megaupload Users Plan To Sue FBI Over Lost Files

The drama surrounding file-sharing site Megaupload continued Friday (January 27) as users announced a plan to sue the FBI over files lost during the site's shutdown last week.

Last week, the federal government took action against, arresting several members of the company on racketeering and copyright-infringement charges. A federal indictment alleged that the site, which allows users to transfer large files, has generated more than $175 million in criminal proceeds and costs copyright-holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated movies, albums and other materials.

According to, Pirate Parties around the world are banding together to file an official complaint against U.S. authorities in an effort to recover the large amounts of non-pirated data, research documents and personal videos that are shared among users on the site.

"The widespread damage caused by the sudden closure of Megaupload is unjustified and completely disproportionate to the aim intended," they announced in a statement obtained by TorrentFreak. "For this reason Pirates of Catalonia, in collaboration with Pirate Parties International and other Pirate Parties, have begun investigating these potential breaches of law and will facilitate submission of complaints against the US authorities in as many countries as possible, to ensure a positive and just result.

"This initiative is a starting point for legitimate internet users to help defend themselves from the legal abuses promoted by those wishing to aggressively lock away cultural materials for their own financial gain."

The Department of Justice said the case against Megaupload is among the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States. The news broke just a day after major websites like Wikipedia and Google protested against the U.S. House of Representatives' controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, and the Senate's similar Protect IP Act.

25 Boko Haram members nabbed in Enugu

NO fewer than 25 persons suspected to be members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram from Zamfara State were arrested by the police Thursday night while on their way to Enugu State.

But in a swift reaction to the arrest, the State Police Command said the arrested persons were believed to be hunters even though investigations were on to determine their true identities and their actual mission to the state.

Saturday Vanguard gathered that the heavily armed suspects were intercepted around Okpuje while heading to Nsukka in a Zamfara State Government-owned Nissan bus with registration number XA 581 MRD.

When their bus was searched by the police on the spot, several locally made single and double barrel guns, machetes, daggers, axes, some powdered substances among other items concealed in fertilizer bags were reportedly discovered.
Both the suspects and their weapons were taken to Nsukka Police Division where they were detained.

The news of the arrest spread throughout the academic town of Nsukka yesterday causing panic among the residents some of whom trooped to the police station to catch a glimpse of the arrested persons and their weapons.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Omotola ’s Foundation Oyep Gives 20 Widows Amazing Makeovers

Omotola's mother passed away 10 years ago and in celebration of the life and times of her dear mother, she and her Omotola Youth Empowerment Programme team showed love and gave a major transformation to 20 widows in an effort to encourage widows who have strived to keep the home front in order despite the demise of their spouses.

"The 20 Widows Makeover" programme was also organised to pamper and boost the confidence and self esteem of these widows. They were all given a first class treatment, beauty regimen which comprised of a total makeover starting with facials and massage by the reputable Fresh Look Spa and celebrity choice – H and H Spa. They had their hair done by in famous celebrity hair stylist – Ugo Igbokwe of Make Me Beauty and Makeup was done by House of Tara.

‘Raindrops’ from 2face Idibia

2face has released yet another video off his 'The Unstoppable; Intl. Edition' album. While we wait expectantly for another record from the multiple award winning  artiste, we will have to make do with this…

The song still sounds fresh even after three years after release. But the video, directed by Isaac Offei Awuah is certainly played out for an icon like Mr Idibia. Often, his videos portray him in a reflective mood, the concept is 'overflogged' and leaves you bored halfway.

It's still nice to watch 2face in words and pictures though…

Chimamanda Adichie’s ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ Set For Screen Adaptation

Fans of Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 'Half of a Yellow Sun' are in for a thrill as top international actors are reportedly gearing up to bring the story to life on screens anytime soon.

Actors Thandie Newton, Dominic Cooper and Chiwetel Ejiofor are part of a UK cast for the screen adaptation of the best-selling novel set for March 2012 shoot.

The movie which will be shot in Nigeria is to be handled by writer-director Biye Bandele, while UK producers Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland) and Gail Egan (The Constant Gardener) have recently secured crucial private equity backing from Nigeria in order to move the anticipated project forward.

Chimamanda's highly acclaimed second novel is centred around events of the civil war or 'Biafran struggle' of 1967-70, and is viewed from the perspectives of a high ranking political figure, a professor, a British citizen and a houseboy.

It was published in Britain in 2006 and won the Orange Prize for Fiction the following year.

Bow Wow 'Needed To Live Life' To Make Underrated

Bow Wow has grown up in hip-hop, but in order to deliver his upcoming seventh album, Underrated, the Cash Money MC had to go through some real-life experiences.

"I feel like with this album, it's so different, because I had to live life to make this album," the 24-year old rapper told Sway when he visited "RapFix Live" on Wednesday.

"I had to go through a lot of things for me to be able to write the type of things I'm writing now, to understand my fans, to be on the ground level. Not above my people, but right there with my people," he continued. "I would probably need another three years to live before I can create another one. Just so I could go through different things."

As far as the album title, Bow used it as motivation. "The more and more I kept sayin' the word 'underrated,' I realized how many others of millions of people out there probably tuning in right now who probably feel like they're underrated," he said. "I'm sure there is an underground rapper out there who can rap hard and he want his break."

Despite all his platinum plaques and sold-out tours, Bow Wow still feels like he doesn't get his just due. He hopes that will change once the album drops. Bow recently debuted the first video from the album, for "Sweat" with Lil Wayne, and he has already clocked in collaborations with Lloyd Banks. Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Jadakiss and Meek Mill and still plans to record with Wiz Khalifa.

Though there isn't a concrete release date in place, Bow Wow estimates Underrated will drop in April.

Justin Bieber Makes 'Huge Impact' On Organ Donor Registrations

Justin Bieber is a charitable guy. So when a fan of his reached out to him on Twitter to help spread the word about organ and blood donation, one particular bank quickly saw more and more people in the giving spirit.

Belieber Helene Campbell, 20, tweeted the teen star last week about her own struggles (including how she herself needs a lung transplant). Bieber then began tweeting to her and about her, shedding more light on the cause than the fan could have ever anticipated.

In the days since the online correspondence, the Ontario-based Trillium Gift of Life Network has seen donations skyrocket to more than 1,200 people, four times the amount the network usually receives. In part it had a lot to do with Bieber, but also the campaign started by Campbell, who suffers from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

"Helene has done an incredible job inspiring and motivating Ontarians to register their consent to organ and tissue donation. On an average day we would expect about 50 new online registrations," President and CEO Ronnie Gavsie said in a statement on Wednesday (January 25). "Since Helene's campaign began last Thursday, the average has been closer to 200 per day! There are over 1,500 people in Ontario waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, on behalf of all them and Trillium Gift of Life Network, thank you Helene and thank you Justin Bieber!"

Shortly after his initial tweet, she shared with him, "@justinbieber you have made a huge impact, not only on my life, but for many others in need of the gift of life now and in the future!"

His response: "@alungstory glad to be able to help. best part of what i do."

Bieber's other charity work includes his Believe Charity Drive as well as his participation with the Pencils of Promise foundation.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Seal Sings on Ellen -- 'LET'S STAY TOGETHER'

Seal may or may not have a message for Heidi Klum -- singing Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" on today's episode of "Ellen."Barack Obama performed his own rendition of the famous break-up song just days ago -- but given the timing of Seal's split from Heidi ... we doubt his performance was an homage to POTUS.Among the lyrics -- "Baby, let's, let's stay together / Loving you whether, whether times are good or bad, happy or sad."The song appears on Seal's new album -- but there are plenty of other songs he could have chosen to perform.So we gotta ask ..

IG of police Hafiz Ringim resigns 

The Inspector General of police, Hafiz Ringim, this morning tendered his resignation letter to the federal govt. Six DIGs also resigned. The new acting IG of police is M.D Abubakar, former Lagos State commissioner of police.

LEAK!!!: Ekuro – Davido

Davido should be a household name by now right? This joint was supposed to drop sometime around Valentines' Day but somehow it got into the wrong hands. Not his 3rd official single "Ekuro", but worth the listen. The ladies should love this.

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Beyonce's Baby Is 'So Beautiful,' Kelly Rowland Says

Beyoncé and Jay-Z's little girl, Blue Ivy Carter, is already getting lots of attention from her aunties. B's Destiny's Child sister Kelly Rowland recently gushed about the nearly one-month-old, sharing what it was like to meet her for the first time.

"She's absolutely beautiful!" Rowland told E! News about her pal's new bundle of joy. "And I say that with such a huge grin! I'm so excited.

"We all just stared at her," she added about meeting the baby for the first time. "I just stared at her. She is so beautiful."

So what did she buy the baby? "That's between me and Blue," she said. "But you best believe her auntie will have her dressed to impress."

That sentiment was mirrored by Beyoncé's little sister, Solange, who had tons of adoring words for her baby niece. "This may sound awful, but I'm excited to let the baby do whatever it wants in the same way my sister's done with my son," she said. "I'm going to get her back for all those late-night popcorn sessions and just spoiling my child to no end!"

While Rowland isn't talking about what she gave Blue, MTV News did recently get the scoop on the types of baby products the famous kid may have gotten from her parents' friends and family. When Andrea Edmunds, the president of PoshTots, stopped by our offices recently, she revealed that Blue may been hanging out in a Destiny iron cradle, angora booties and the Fantasy Coach Carriage crib.

Much like her parents, Blue is already a music star, thanks to an appearance on her dad's track "Glory." "She was on her dad's record," Rowland laughed. "Her first feature is, like, two days old! So yeah, she's musical."

Demi Moore Hospitalized

Demi Moore was reportedly admitted to the hospital for a brief health assessment late Monday night after paramedics responded to an emergency call made to 911 from the actress' home in Los Angeles.

There are currently two conflicting reports surrounding the specific illness that caused Moore's brief hospitalization. According to TMZ, Moore was taken to the hospital to be treated for substance abuse; People magazine, however, describes the cause of the illness as exhaustion.

"Because of the stresses in her life right now, Demi has chosen to seek professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health," her rep said of Moore's condition in a statement. "She looks forward to getting well and is grateful for the support of her family and friends."

After enduring a very public and emotional split from husband Ashton Kutcher back in November, it's easy for fans and the media to assume "the stresses" her rep's statement refers to are most likely the emotional fallout from her impending divorce. Moore publicly announced the breakup with "sadness and a heavy heart" after months of not-so-quiet rumblings that Kutcher was unfaithful.

Check out photos of Demi and Ashton from happier times.

Earlier this month, Moore was back in the spotlight, but this time for positive news: It was announced that she had signed on to play feminist icon Gloria Steinem in "Lovelace," one of two upcoming biopics about adult-film star Linda Lovelace. Unfortunately, due to this setback with her health, her rep told People she will no longer be working on the project.

Diddy to Launch Music-Themed Cable Network

Music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs is planning another attack on the world of television in his next venture - the launch of a music-themed cable network reportedly called Revolt. According to Broadcasting & Cable, Diddy is in works to introduce the urban arts station by year's end. Sources say that Diddy's station comes as a response to an open call from Comcast, which has made a commitment to the FCC to help launch minority-owned networks. Although Comcast reps would not confirm that Diddy's proposal had been approved, a Time Warner Cable spokesperson has confirmed that the subscription TV operator has had discussions regarding Revolt and Diddy. However, nothing has been confirmed.  As far as his other ventures go, Diddy recently spoke with DJ Whoo Kid about the endurance of his Bad Boy music label, saying that in recent years Bad Boy has been the victim of a smear campaign. Diddy described the music industry as a dog-eat-dog world and pointed out that, all things considered, Bad Boy has outlasted the competition. "Over the last couple of years, there's been a strong propaganda movement that's been brewing in the negative sense against Bad Boy, against what it is to sign to the Bad Boy label, if it's a detriment to your career," he said. "Just hate. Just regular hate and also a lot of people not understanding how this industry works." "This is a hard industry. This is not for kids. This is not for the weak. If you are weak, you will get eaten alive in this industry. This industry has a life expectancy of like two years," he said. Bad Boy has a refreshed talent roster that now includes French Montana, Machine Gun Kelly and Red Café At the end of 2011, Diddy also promised to do more acting and producing in the new year.

Nigerian Idol Studios Burns - No Serious Injuries or Casualties, Thank Goodness

Dreams Studio located at Omole, Ikeja where the popular Nigerian Idol reality show is shot was gutted by fire in the early hours of Tuesday, January 24, 2012.

Fremantle Media Enterprises, organizers of the Nigerian Idol show confirmed the incident via the show's Twitter account. 'We regret to tell our fans and followers of the show that we woke up to discover a fire situation at our studio this morning!', @NigerianIdol tweeted.

'Thanks to the swift response of the fire services and neighbouring residents who immensely assisted, the fire was put out' they stated.

An insider at the studio told our reporter that the fire started at about 7:30am this morning. 'A janitor, Andrew went to turn on the generator, a socket sparked and the fire started. While resuming his cleaning duties, he saw a smoke in the admin part of the block and raised an alarm', a source who would rather remain anonymous told our sources.

Those who were present when the fire broke out then tried to evacuate all the cameras, lighting and other equipment. 'The admin area of the building was affected but the recording studio wasn't. Recording will go on.' We learn that the section where the fire started is all burnt up, including the roof.

Another staff tells us 'The rehearsal room was also affected. Minor cable damages, that's all'.

The Fire Emergency Squad was also called upon and they got there five minutes later. It is believed the quick response of the Fire Emergency Squad reduced major damages that would have been caused.

Andrew has been taken to the police station to write a statement about the incident.

Oscars 2012

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Prize-heavy silent movie "The Artist" hopes for yet more good news on Tuesday, as nominations are announced for the Oscars, the climax to Hollywood's annual awards season.

The black-and-white movie, which has won a string of awards over the last two months, is vying to become the first silent film in eight decades to win the Academy Award for best picture next month.

But the French-directed film's chances depend on who gets nominated by the 6,000-odd members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, to be announced early Tuesday at its Beverly Hills headquarters.

Its relatively unknown director Michel Hazanavicius is vying for the top prize against Hollywood heavyweights, including Martin Scorsese for his lavish 3D adventure "Hugo" and Steven Spielberg with equine epic "War Horse."

Veteran Woody Allen's rare commercial hit "Midnight in Paris" has received critical acclaim, while Alexander Payne's Hawaii-based family drama "The Descendants," starring George Clooney, is also in the running.

Baseball movie "Moneyball," starring Brad Pitt, could also be shortlisted for best picture, as could powerful civil rights drama "The Help."

"The Artist" has already been nominated for best film by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and won the top prize from the Producers Guild of America (PGA) last week — both seen as key indicators of Oscars glory.

The film, a tribute to the silent movie era in which a non-talking star battles to save his career after it is torpedoed by the arrival of the "talkies," also won the best picture Golden Globe on January 15.

French actor Jean Dujardin, who plays struggling silent star George Valentin, is among those tipped for a best actor nod when the Oscar nominations are announced at 5:30 am (1330 GMT) on Tuesday.

Rivals for best actor are widely expected to include Clooney for "The Descendants" and Pitt for his performance as a baseball manager using unusual methods to put together a winning team.

Oscars veteran Meryl Streep will almost certainly be in the running for best actress for her gripping turn as British premier Margaret Thatcher — both in her prime and in dementia-shrouded old age — in "The Iron Lady."

Actresses up against her are tipped to include Viola Davis — who plays black maid Aibileen in "The Help" — and Michelle Williams as Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn."

Glenn Close could win a nod for her cross-dressing role in "Albert Nobbs," as could Briton Tilda Swinton for "We Need to Talk About Kevin."

Best director nominees are likely to include Scorsese, Allen, or Clooney for political thriller "The Ides of March" — as well as Hazanavicius, who has recently grown used to giving acceptance speeches in English.

The foreign language shortlist will likely include Iran's "A Separation," which won that category at the Globes, while films from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Morocco, Poland and Taiwan are also in the running.

Soulmate to drop Kel as brand Ambassador?

There are strong indications that foremost hair cream manufacturers Soulmate industries may dispense with the service of rap artiste Kel as the company begins search for Season three personalities to act as its brand ambassadors for the year 2012.

The decision to drop Kel followed what observers say is her dwindling fortune in the music industry.

"This situation runs contrary to the terms of contract she signed with the hair company that says she must be socially relevant and popular enough to influence the youth and the sales of the hair product.

The same reason that may force the exit of Kel is the reason radio presenter Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi was dropped as brand ambassador at the beginning of Season two last year".

In her place our continued "the company  signed on vibrant, talented and sexy Artist, Mo'Cheddah as the new Brand Ambassador".

Mo'Cheddah, who made her debut as a solo artiste in the music industry in 2010 currently enjoys airplay both home and abroad.

Her fame and popularity was what attracted the hair care brand to seek her signature to represent the brand and help create a continuous market dominance

Army withdraws soldiers from Lagos

Army authorities have,Tuesday, ordered the withdrawal of soldiers deployed last week to Lagos during the oil subsidy removal protest.

Lagosians had woken up last Monday to behold stern looking soldiers in strategic areas of the state, a development sparked up controversies, with the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, describing the deployment as undemocratic

Taiwo joins QPR on loan

Nigeria defender Taye Taiwo has joined Queens Park Rangers on loan from AC Milan until the end of the season.

The 26 year-old Taiwo, who can also operate in midfield, is the first player to join the Premier League club since Mark Hughes took charge earlier this month.

Hughes says that "to get him now is a fantastic coup and a real statement of intent that we can attract the quality of player that he is.''Taiwo joined AC Milan from Marseille last year, but has only made eight appearances this season.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Dem Say - Dem say: Basket Mouth collaborates with Eldee, Wizkid in new song

Though have heard before now that the comedian would soon drop a single where he actually rapped. Sources are however saying the new song features eLDee and Wizkid.

DJ Jimmy JATT Makes Surprise Stage Performance

It's one thing for a Disc jockey to step on stage, mount the turn tables and spin away. It's another for him to grab the microphone and entertain the crowd.

Turntable maestro DJ Jimmy JATT did just that at the recent Industry Nite gig which held in honour of Alapomeji Records act 9ice on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. It was 9ice's 32nd birthday.

Guests were pleasantly surprised when 9ice called Jimmy on stage and insisted he (JATT) perform. So Jimmy JATT went ahead; handling the mic exquisitely as he rhymed along 2face's verse off the street anthem 'Stylee'. And boy were the crowd impressed!

That wasn't all though; when 9ice's monster hit 'Gongo aso' came on, the DJ backed him up throughout the song.

Jimmy JATT released his first compilation album 'The Definition' back in 2006. The album featured over 50 artistes.

Megaupload Shutdown Inspires Hack Attack

Shortly after federal officials took action against the file-sharing Megaupload site on Thursday, the hacktivist group Anonymous launched a series of online actions to protest the shutdown.

In what experts are calling the largest series of hack attacks in history, the faceless global organization of Internet activists claimed responsibility for taking down the websites of the U.S. Department of Justice and the world's biggest record label, Universal Music Group, along with the sites for the Recording Industry Association of America, the Motion Picture Association of America, the U.S. Copyright Office and the Utah Chiefs of Police Association. The organization also threatened a similar action against the FBI's website.

At press time, the Universal and Utah Chiefs sites appeared to still be down, while the others had restored service. The MPAA issued a statement on Thursday about the hack. "Our website and many others, including the Department of Justice, were attacked today and the hacker group Anonymous is claiming responsibility for the attacks," it read. "We are working with law enforcement authorities to identify those responsible. Unfortunately, some groups believe that speech or ideas that they disagree with should be silenced. This could not be more wrong. No matter the point of view, everyone has a right to be heard. The motion picture and television industry has always been a strong supporter of free speech. We strongly condemn any attempts to silence any groups or individuals ... protecting copyrights and protecting free speech go hand in hand."

In response to the takedowns, the Twitter feed associated with Anonymous posted the group's manifesto: "We are Anonymous, We are legion, We never forgive, We never forget, Expect us." In a later communiqué, the group wrote, "The government takes down Megaupload? 15 minutes later Anonymous takes down government & record label sites."

The action came after the U.S. Department of Justice shut down the content-sharing site and charged its founder and several employees with copyright infringement and multiple racketeering charges. A federal indictment alleges that Megaupload, which allows users to transfer large files, has generated more than $175 million in criminal proceeds and costs copyright-holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated movies, albums and other materials.

Swizz Beatz, Megaupload's CEO, was not charged in the indictment, and as of press time it was still unclear how the producer/rapper's involvement with the company will play into the case.

Four company executives were arrested in New Zealand by that country's authorities on Friday (January 20) morning, including Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, 37. In addition to more than $8 million seized from financial institutions, the police seized several luxury cars from the group during a raid on 10 properties.

Though the raid and arrests came one day after a massive online protest against SOPA/PIPA, the proposed Congressional legislation aimed at curbing online piracy, an FBI official told Reuters that the two events were unrelated.

"The FBI contacted New Zealand Police in early 2011 with a request to assist with their investigation into the Mega Conspiracy," said Detective Inspector Grant Wormald from the Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand.

50 Cent Wants To Release Back-To-Back Albums

50 Cent may be fighting with his record label to release his oft-delayed fifth studio album, but that hasn't stopped the G-Unit general from planning for his sixth LP. Still no word when G-Unit and Interscope will release Fif's next album, but when they do, the get Rich or Die Tryin' MC wants to hit the shelves again instead of hitting the road.

"This time I'm not sure if I'll tour the world like I did on my last project, 'cause it makes my album cycle two years long," 50 told Forbes in a video interview. "So I think I'd like to launch this record and come right back and launch another record following it."

Releasing this fifth album has been a constant battle for 50. The rapper blasted Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre last summer, but later calmed his angst and made peace. Earlier this month, 50 took to Twitter and once gain blasted Interscope after a song slated for his album leaked onto the Internet. "I have lost all faith in the team I'm on," he wrote.

A few days later he backed down. "Discovered a computer glitch leaked my song," 50 tweeted on January 8. "Sorry to team at Interscope for over reacting!"

Whatever the holdup, there has been a noticeable gap between Fif's retail releases. His last album, Before I Self Destruct, hit shelves in November 2009 and the Queens MC has amassed so many songs since then that he has enough for two projects. "It's been three years since my last album, so I've recorded so much material that I'm really excited about trying to get those ideas to the general public so they get a chance to hear it and appreciate it," he said.

Etta James Remembered By, Hayley Williams

As the world mourns the loss of Etta James, many of her celebrity fans are taking to Twitter to remember the soul singer, known best for songs like "At Last," "All I Could Do Was Cry" and "Tell Mama."

Adam Lambert, Mya, Keri Hilson and Russell Brand kept their reaction to a simple "RIP," while others decided to remember the singer in more personal ways. "Showing respect appreciation and love for all the wonderful music and joy #ettajames brought to the world...#ettajamesforever," Black Eyed Peas frontman tweeted.

"Rip [to] Etta James," the Roots' ?uestlove wrote. "I will hold the torch high for The Roots name in your honor."

Proving that her soulful voice and influence spanned generations and genres, Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams recalled how James' music influenced her. "#EttaJames, I will be forever grateful for your voice and your soul. Rest in peace."

Christina Aguilera, who clearly picked up some tips on fierce singing from Ms. James, sent a statement to MTV News: "Etta James was a force to be reckoned with. A true gift to music and a woman of great spirit and courage. Her raw tone and the passion she put forth on a record spoke to me at a very young age and has continued to influence and inspire me throughout my career. She will NEVER be forgotten, her voice will forever live on and she will inspire talent for generations to come."

British pop singer Jessie J reacted to the news as well, saying, "Just been told the legend that is Etta James has passed. Thank you for your voice your dedication to us and your gift. Your voice is timeless and will forever live on. I will always look to you for inspiration. R.I.P."

Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill tweeted, "RIP Etta James. One of the greatest voices of all time. Thanks for the many romantic moments your music created."

Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan called James "a WARRIOR of a woman. A talent without equal."

Rapper Flo Rida — whose latest hit, "Good Feeling," samples James' "Something's Got a Hold on Me" — added, "I'm deeply saddened by the passing of the Great Etta James and I will be forever grateful for the gift she Blessed me with."

And like Flo, EDM artist Avicii uses the same sample, on his song "Le7els." That song's executive producer, Ash Pounouri, sent a statement to MTV News about James' death: "She had one of the most amazing and standout voices in the world and we are so glad she got to hear our interpretation of her work. 'Le7els' will always be a big milestone in not only our career, but for Electronic Dance Music as a whole genre — so many people around the world have embraced her lyrics in this track, especially the generations that would otherwise have risked missing out on acknowledging her incredible vocal talent."

"American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe noted how "inspirational" James has been to young singers. "One of the #IDOL finalists just sang 'I'd Rather Go Blind' yesterday," he tweeted. "We were saying how great Etta James was and now we've lost her."

It's not just the music community bidding the singer a fond farewell. "Pretty Little Liars" star Shay Mitchell wrote, "R.I.P Etta James. I'll keep playing your records over and over again, especially this song," tweeting a link to her iconic track "At Last." "Vampire Diaries" actress Candice Accola tweeted, "Oh Etta, you live on in our hearts and leave us dreaming of a Sunday kind of love. Rest in peace."

"Glee" diva Amber Riley added that the jazzy singer had "such a unique & beautiful voice."

James died Friday (January 20) after a lengthy battle with leukemia. She was 73 years old.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Kano rocked by multiple explosions

Multiple explosions have rocked Kano, the biggest city in northern Nigeria.

The BBC's Yusuf Yakasai in the city says there is pandemonium with people running all over the place and plumes of smoke rising into the sky.

One of the blasts hit the federal police headquarters in the city and two other police stations, he says.

No-one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Islamist militants have been behind a recent campaign of violence in the mainly Muslim north.

Our reporter says there is also a shoot-out going on at the police's state head office in the east of the city.

The blasts targeted different neighbourhoods of the city.

So far he is aware of explosions at the federal police headquarters in the west of the city, one police station in the centre, and another police station in the south.

A reporter for the AP news agency said one of the explosions was powerful enough to shake his car several miles away from the blast.

The Islamist Boko Haram group, whose name means "Western education is forbidden", wants to establish Sharia (Islamic law) in Nigeria and started to stage drive-by shootings in 2010 on government targets in its base in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.

It has stepped up its attacks in 2011, attacking the headquarters of the police and the UN in the capital, Abuja.

In recent weeks, southerners, who are mostly Christians or animists, living in the north have been the targets of deadly attacks.

Naija Sings Winner Christian Made GLO Ambassador

It gets better for Christian Doherty, winner of reality TV music show, Glo Naija Sings as Telecommunication Company and sponsor of the talent show GLO recently signed him on as a brand ambassador. 'I am most grateful to Globacom for giving me this unique opportunity, not only to achieve my dreams but to ensure that I am on the path to huge professional success. I intend to be a worthy ambassador of the Glo brand, not only in Nigeria but across the world', Christian said. 35-year-old Christian on Sunday, November 13 emerged winner of the reality show which aired on MNET Africa, earning himself a brand new Toyota Rav 4 and $100,000 (N161.8M). Christian says his debut single 'Diz Kind Love' is soon to be released.

Robert Pattinson Graces the cover of the February 2012 issue of GQ Russia Magazine.

Looking cute on the front page and throughout the publication's latest offering, the "Twilight" actor dons a scruffy yet sexy beard with a look that could make any girl swoon.

Tomi O.

Swizz Beatz in Legal Battle With Universal Music Over Megaupload

Swizz Beatz has found himself in a legal fight with Universal Music Group thanks to a video he helped make promoting the file sharing and storage website Megaupload. Beatz, who is the CEO of the online company, recruited his buddies Kanye West, Diddy and to appear in the video, which went viral late last year.

Those artists are signed to Universal, and the record label was none-too-pleased to have them affiliated with Megaupload, which is widely known to host illegal copies of recorded albums. After suing Beatz and Megaupload to take down the video, UMG has since been counter-sued by the music mogul, who insists he did nothing wrong, according to MTV News. In addition to the aforementioned stars, the controversial video includes a slew of cameos from the likes of Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Kim Kardashian, Serena Williams, Alicia Keys, Lil Jon, Macy Gray and Game.

Daphine Tony Covers New Issue of Arise Magazine⁠

Just in time for the Arise Magazine Fashion Week 2012 in march, Ugandan model Daphine Tony is getting all the buzz on the new cover of Arise Magazine out in February.

One of my favorite models from the last AMFW thanks to her signature catwalk lean, she has now become part of the supermodel A-list alongside models like Sessile Lopez and Aminat Ayinde (3rd Runner up of American's Next Top Model Cycle 12) and supermodel mogul Tyson Beckford. Apart from attending the most prestigious exclusive fashion events in New York and London, Daphine is also getting attention from the music world from the likes of Tinie Tempah and D'Banj.

Jennifer Hudson's Family Murders: A Trial Date Is Set

Three and a half years after Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew were killed, the man accused in their deaths will finally stand trial.

According to E! Online, Cook County Judge Charles Burns announced Thursday (January 19) that jury selection for William Balfour's trial would begin April 9 and that testimony in the trial is expected to begin on April 23.

Balfour is the estranged husband of Hudson's sister, Julia, and is suspected of killing Darnell Hudson Donerson, 57; Jason Hudson, 29; and Julian King, 7, on October 24, 2008. He was indicted by a grand jury on three counts of murder, aggravated kidnapping and home invasion and has pleaded not guilty. His attorneys argue that there is no forensic evidence linking Balfour to the killings and that he was the "convenient" suspect.

The prosecution has said Balfour was jealous that Julia Hudson was dating another man and went to the house to confront her. His mother, Michele Davis Balfour, has argued that her son was dating three other women at the time and that jealousy would not have been an issue.

Hudson kept out of the spotlight in the months following the tragedy, making her first public appearance singing the national anthem at the 2009 Super Bowl, followed by an emotional performance of "You Pulled Me Through" at the Grammys. Hudson has only recently addressed the subject via a series of interviews pegged to the release of her memoir, "I Got This."

"I felt as though I had to [perform]," Hudson told "Dateline" this month. "I could hear my brother's voice in my head, like, 'Is she ever going to sing again?' He'd always say, 'Knock it off, Jenny!' if I was discouraged about something. I could either sit here and mope around, or do what I know would make them proud."

Hudson said part of the reason she has been able to move forward is due to the love and support she's had from family, friends and strangers. "I was literally lifted up by love," Hudson

Chris Brown Denies Rihanna Relationship Rumors

Nearly three years after Chris Brown assaulted then girlfriend Rihanna, rumors have spread that the two have been hooking up for the past year. But Brown's rep has stoutly denied there is any truth to the gossip. "He and Rihanna are just friends," his rep tells ABC News. "He is with his girlfriend, Karrueche, and is not cheating."

Sources told Us Weekly that the former couple "meet up very casually," adding, "She comes to see him anytime she's in L.A." Other sources say that "they can't get enough of each other. I don't see it ending well."

"Rihanna loves to live dangerously," another source added. "And talking to and hooking up with Chris is all part of that." While Brown is speaking out against the report, instead of responding to the rumors, Rihanna has been posting a series of vacation photos on her Twitter. In them, she's seen posing on the beach in her bikini, hanging with her friends on a surfboard and working out on a treadmill.

Rihanna has also been focusing on the positive, which includes another week at the top of the charts for her Calvin Harris-produced track, "We Found Love." She's also set to perform with Coldplay at the Grammy Awards on February 12. She appears on their Mylo Xyloto track, "Princess of China."

"My friends @ColdPlay and I will be sharing the stage for a performance at this years Annual Grammy Awards!" Rihanna tweeted Wednesday night, later adding, "I'm in a great mood, and I got some GREAT NEWS!!! PRINCESS OF CHINA #GRAMMYS2012."

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Eva Longoria Says Sayonara to Tony Parker Tattoo

Eva Longoria has had enough of Tony Parker, both in marriage and on her body, because she went to a famous tattoo guy Wednesday to begin the final process of 86'ing the "NINE" tattoo on her neck. Nine, of course, is Tony's number on the San Antonio Spurs, but it's not sitting well with Eva now that she's divorced from Parker.

We've learned she went to Dr. Tattoff  -- the famous tattoo removal guy -- Wednesday to get all traces of the tat removed. There were reports Eva tried to laser off the tattoo, but it didn't do the trick.   Eva will soon be clean as a whistle ... for the new guy who, by the way, accompanied her to Dr. Tattoff.

Stephanie Okereke’s Look-Alike Storms Noolywood  

Those who have seen sultry Damilola Olayinka would easily take her for successful screen goddess, Stephanie Okereke. Aside having the same skin colour, both divas possess the same height and physiques, which most times make unsuspecting fans even think they are twin sisters.

Of course they are far from being twins. While Damilola, fondly called Damoche is a native of Osun State, Stephanie is from the Eastern part of the country. Surprisingly, both damsels have never met.

In a chat with NollywoodReel, Damoche confirmed that she has not met Stephanie before, but wondered why most people mistaken her for the screen goddess.

"Yes, I see her on the screen every time and honestly, she is more or less my idol. Apart from the fact that we share so many things in common, I love the way she interpret her roles and the fact that she has come this far against all odds. She is someone I would really love to meet and work with," said Damoche.

She added that "a lot of producers and directors had been offering me scripts in the past but I didn't really accept for some personal reasons. But right now, I'm ready to give it my best. Just like my role model, Stephanie, I intend to do more challenging and unique roles. Not just to join the bandwagon."

Jay Jay Okocha Signs N97M Football Tournament Deal

Celebrated Nigerian footballer Austin 'Jay Jay' Okocha has reportedly signed a deal with an Indian brand, sports and entertainment company that could fetch him a whooping N97M.

Several dailies say the executive director of Celebrity Management Group (CMG), Baswar Goswani claims the company has signed Okocha for a football tournament which will hold this year in India. The tournament he says is fashioned after the very popular Indian Premier League for Cricket.

Others footballers pencilled to feature in the tournament include Italian full back Fabio Cannavaro, former Arsenal winger Robert Pires and former English forward Robbie Fowler.

Jay Jay, a 1996 Olympic medallist and former captain for the Nigerian Super Eagles runs CLUB 10, a night club situated on Saka Tinubu Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Bruno Mars Cleared in Drug Case

Bruno Mars is free and clean, having succeeded in getting his 2010 cocaine arrest stricken from his record. Las Vegas prosecutors have dropped charges against the hit singer/songwriter after he completed his end of a plea deal. Mars performed 230 hours of community service - he was only required to do 200 hours - and finished a series of substance abuse classes as part of the deal.

The 25-year-old artist's lawyer told TMZ: "Bruno earned the dismissal of his charge. He exceeded the expectations of the court in both his service to the community and his counseling." In 2010, Mars was arrested after a Hard Rock Hotel employee caught him snorting coke in a bathroom stall.

Spotted: Funmi Iyanda At The #OccupyNigeria Protest

This was taken shortly after protesters were gassed.. She didn't back down but continued with other protesters. Kudos!

Lagos State Govt Grants Save Nigeria Group Permission to Protest

SNG leader, Tunde Bakare and Lagos State Gov, Babatunde Fashola

The Lagos state government has granted permission to the Save Nigeria Group to stage two protests at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park in Lagos. First protest is for tomorrow Thursday 19th and second one is Saturday January 21st, 2012.

Attending the protests are: Federick Fasheun, Funmi Iyanda, Olisa Agbakoba, Femi Falana, Mike Ozekhome, Tunji Braithwaite, Balarabe Musa, Pat Utomi, Kalu Idika Kalu, Federick Fasheun, Dr Arthur Nwakwo, Rev Moses Iloh, Festus Keyamo, Dr Dipo Fashina, Nike Ransome Kuti, Shettimah Yerimah, NBA, NMA, NUJ and Civil Society groups and hundreds more...

Ice Prince Collaborates with Jamaican act, Gyptian ⁠

Things are actually falling in place for Ice Prince day after day. The newest of them all is that, the young rapper just collaborated with Jamaican Dancehall and Reggae act Gyptian. They actually did a remix to one of his songs with the title magician. According to him, they have been in talks with Gyptian before he flew in for the Calabar carnival, which however ignited the collaboration when they saw one on one. The video has also been shot. Kudos to Ice

Swizz Beatz's Megaupload Draws Fire For Promos

Swizz Beatz has a number of different hustles: record producer, rapper and shoe designer. It turns out the Bronx-born hitmaker is also the CEO of the file-sharing site Megaupload, which at the moment has drawn a bit of fire from Universal Music Group, the record company where Swizz was once signed.

In an effort to raise the company's profile, Megaupload has been releasing video testimonials from big-name artists like Kanye West, Diddy, and Swizz's wife, Alicia Keys, along with celebrities like Kim Kardashian. In the promotional videos, the big-name stars express their support of the site, which allows users to send large media files — sometimes pirated materials such as entire movies and albums.

According to the New York Post, Universal Music Group issued a take-down notice to YouTube, one of the sites where the promotional videos appeared. UMG is claiming that none of their artists (Kanye West, Diddy and were authorized to appear in the clips.

Swizz's company contends that no individual artist ever filed a take-down.

"We have never received any word that any artist has [individually] filed a take-down ... [we have] legally binding agreements with the performers that appear in the video ... They promised that they had the rights to enter into that agreement and it's not interfering with any third-party rights," a Megaupload rep told the Post.

While it wasn't widely known that Swizz Beatz served as CEO, his name and title is listed on the "About Us" page on the Megaupload website.

Adele Responds To Reports Her Boyfriend Is Married

Adele knows the pen is mightier than the sword. After online reports suggested that her boyfriend Simon Konecki is still married to stylist Clary Fisher, the 21 singer quickly took to her blog to clear up any rumors about her relationship.

"This is the first and last time I will comment on the details of my relationship with Simon," she wrote on her blog. "Contrary to reports and headlines in the press today, Simon is divorced and has been for 4 years. Everyone in our lives separately and together wish us nothing but the best, and vice versa." Adele's 36-year-old boyfriend has a 5-year-old daughter with Fisher.

"These are the facts. Take care and see you all in February xx," she concluded.

Earlier this month, Adele and Konecki were spotted in Florida. And after surgery on her vocal cords, the Brit is currently readying a return to the stage next month with a rumored performance at the Grammys on February 12, where she is up for six prizes.

With the bad comes the good for Adele. This week, she celebrates her 16th non-consecutive week at the top of the Billboard 200 for her year-old album, 21, tying with the massively successful "Titanic" soundtrack.

Tupac Created 'Juice' Character From Life Experience

When "Juice" was released 20 years ago on January 17, 1992, the performance of noted rapper but first-time actor Tupac Shakur took critics by surprise. The socially aware, politically driven MC lit up the screen as fiery, gun-crazed thug Bishop. It was a departure from the rapper hip-hop had come to know through more positive songs like "Brenda's Got a Baby."

A year after "Juice" premiered, 'Pac went on to release his second album, Strictly 4 My N.-.-.-.A.Z., before experiencing legal trouble, then a serious rap beef with the Notorious B.I.G. a few years after that and, of course, his murder in 1996. Some believe that after "Juice," Tupac took on the persona of the fictional and troublesome Bishop, and as a result, his life experienced a downward spiral.

Not the case, said 'Pac's friend, "Juice" co-star and Naughty by Nature rapper Treach. "I would definitely disagree with it," Treach said without reservation when he appeared on Wednesday's (January 18) episode of "RapFix Live." "Bishop didn't make Tupac; Tupac made Bishop."

Treach — who appeared in the film and, along with Naughty by Nature, contributed the '90s rap hit "Uptown Anthem" to the movie's soundtrack — revealed that he originally read for the role of Bishop. Things didn't go so well, however, and when Shakur auditioned immediately after him, Treach knew his buddy would get the film's starring role.

Tupac's mother and father were both members of the Black Panther Party, and Treach believes that 'Pac's exposure to the progressive and militant movement helped prep him for the role."He grew up a soldier; he grew up learning different lessons on the streets that not even I had known about," he said.

"He knew different stuff from different facets of life," Treach added. "That's what made him be able to get into that character like that and make that character seem so real, because he had his own life experiences that made him phenomenal at bringing that out through the music and through the film."

What do you think of 'Pac's performance in "Juice"?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Adeboye asks Jonathan, others to seek divine guidance

Ibadan – The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has  urged Nigerian leaders to seek divine guidance in order to fast track the nation's development.

Adeboye made the call at a two-day forum  organised by the Redeemed Christian Family Fellowship of the  University of  Ibadan.

According to the renown cleric, astute leaders  always seek the help of  God in the course of  ensuring good governance.

He said: "According to the Book of  Proverbs  21:1, the king's heart is in the hand of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases.

"This passage tells us that we do not literally own the life we live and this  makes us accountable to the Creator. He graciously grants our good desires if we humbly look up to Him for help.

"Another passage supporting this is found in John 14:14, which says, you may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

" Our leaders'   intentions are good, but they need  God's backing,'' he said.

Adeboye also  advised  Nigerians  to pray for  their leaders, adding that they should  keep hope alive in this period of  national transformation.

"Psalms 30:5b says weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Let us look unto God for He shall lead us all the way and make us sing a new song.

"All the problems we may encounter shall not overtake us, rather they have been ordained to refine us and make us better.

"The cleansing has begun and there is no going back. Nigerians shall sing a new song amidst the trials. Pray without ceasing, especially for the nation and our leaders,'' he said.

The programme was  organised  to offer  prayers to God for the nation.

Events!– WED Expo Lagos 2012

WED Magazine which launched in July 2011 has grown in leaps and bounds and has officially announced a competition. The all gloss high end wedding magazine published by Akin Eso is set to carve another exclusive niche for itself and make a very bold statement by organizing an event that will attract the stakeholders and the creme de la creme of the wedding industry  under one roof to listen to the needs of the participants attending the Expo with a view of helping them make the right choices as it concerns their wedding needs and also create opportunities for them to get these wedding needs at discounted rates.

This exquisite wedding exhibition set to take place at The Harven situated in the heart of G.R.A, Ikeja will see in attendance fashion houses, bridal accessory retailers, wedding planners, caterers, beauty experts and makeup lines, photography outlets, cake makers, jewelers, journalists and the general public.

Admission to this event is free for all, simply Log on to to register

The ''Register to win Campaign'' Competition
The competition tagged ''Register to win Campaign'' will see participants win several lavish prizes. Toping the list is an all expense paid lovers get-away to Dubai or South Africa and other prizes like Blackberry Phones, Apple iPads and many more.For a chance at winning any of these prizes, Simply log on to their Website, Register and Win!!

Side attractions at this event includes;

A  runway show that will showcase the hottest trends in bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses, suits and tuxedos

Display of the latest collection of top notch bridal designers - Yemi Osunkoya of Kosibah, Frank Osodi and many others

Vendors and resource personnels will also be present to talk about services they provide

Lots of free sampling of wedding gowns, suits, cakes, ice-cream and cup cakes.

Date: Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th March 2012
Venue: The Harven, GRA Ikeja (Beside Arch Bishop Vinning), Lagos
Contact: For more info and general enquiries

Call 07032185267

London Money Laundering Case Against Ibori Very Much On Course, Say UK Prosecutors

Sources at the Crown Prosecution Services in the UK have debunked reports that appeared today in an online publication claiming that British authorities had dropped money laundering charges against former Governor James Onanefe Ibori of Delta State.

"I'd like to state that Mr. James Ibori remains in detention and that his trial is on course," said one of our sources. He described as silly any speculation that UK prosecutors had let Mr. Ibori off the hook.

Our CPS sources clarified that what happened was that they decided to drop one count in their multiple count indictment of the former governor who goes by the moniker of "Ogidigbodigbo of Africa."

One of the sources disclosed that Mr. Ibori's lawyers had challenged the prosecution's application but lost.

The CPS affirmed that Ibori's trial date in February has not changed, adding that the simple procedure of removing a count was a strategic move in preparation of a water-tight prosecution of Mr. Ibori whose accomplices are serving jail sentences of between five and eight years for abetting his extensive money laundering activities during his eight-year term as governor. Mr. Ibori's incarcerated accomplices include his sister, Christine Ibie-Ibori, his mistress, Udoamaka Okonkwo (nee Onuigbo), and his wife, Theresa Nkoyo-Ibori. In addition, one of Mr. Ibori's UK-based lawyers, Bhadresh Gohil, was handed a 10-year sentence last April.

Mr. Gohil was earlier sentenced to a 7-year sentence that runs concurrently with his more recent conviction.

"Let me stress that the CPS decided to remove one count of our indictment as it suited us," one source emphasized. "It's rather silly to construe that as a move to let Mr. Ibori walk."

Mr. Ibori's trial is set to resume on February 13, 2012 before Judge Anthony Pitts of the Southwark Crown Court. Mr. Ibori and another businessman, Elias Preko, are charged with 14  (now 13) counts related to funds the prosecution asserts were stolen from the treasury of the Delta State government and laundered in the UK

Nick Cannon Talks 'Healthy Living'

Nick Cannon returned to the office for his first day back to work after being hospitalized for kidney failure two weeks ago. After an initial diagnosis of kidney stones, doctors determined that Cannon's kidneys were beginning to fail thanks to an overdose of protein, medication he was taking and a lack of proper sustenance. Sitting at his desk, Cannon told MTV News that his road to recovery includes a new diet, which forces him to cut back on some of his favorite eats.

"I'm feeling good, I'm in the office, I'm grinding, the only thing that sucks is that I'm on the renal diet," Cannon said. "It's all about healthy living and fueling your system, but I don't get to eat the things that I like to eat. You've got to stay hydrated and [eat] fruits and vegetables for breakfast."

After admitting that a more typical breakfast would usually include Lucky Charms cereal ("I can't have none of that stuff anymore"), Cannon explained that simple foods like oats are now on the menu.

"Not even the good oatmeal," Cannon said. "Real oats, like horse-feed stuff — but it's cool. I've got to start to love it."

According to Cannon, the diet will be implemented in phases, and as his body slowly recovers, he'll be able to incorporate Lucky Charms and other banned foods into his regimen once again.

"Right now I'm still on the strict diet and I can't have any sodium, but as a couple of weeks go by and everything gets leveled out, then I can start having low sodium," he said, revealing that hot sauce has been his solution for adding spice to his diet. "I can still have Tabasco sauce, so I'm excited about that because I love hot sauce. I'll be putting Tabasco sauce on carrots, like, 'This tastes delicious!' "

Dietary restrictions aside, the entertainment mogul and father of two is also reassessing his approach to healthy living. His hesitation to visit doctors, for example, is out the door. "I feel 100 percent right now, but obviously the doctors tell you to take it slow," he said. "This is definitely the first time anything like this has ever happened to me. I've always thought that I was doing the right things, but that's why I now encourage everybody to get checkups, get physicals, know what's going on in your system and don't play around with your body.

"I always considered myself as someone who was in great shape, but I was doing too much [to my body] so my immune system got confused and just started attacking my kidneys," he continued. "You look at my Twitter picture and I look like I'm in shape, but I was putting the wrong stuff into my body, speeding all the time, not sleeping and eating properly — it's all about taking time and really caring about yourself and how you fuel yourself."

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Solange Knowles Glides Down The Catwalk For Millan Fashion Week!

It seems we can safetly say Solange Knowles no longer needs to be constantly refereed to as Beyonce's younger sister. Check out Solange as she walks elegantly down the catwalk for Albert  Ferretti  Millan Catwalk show. Solange has an amazing body and wearing silk is as we know a risky business, Solange manages to pull it off perfectly!

Seeing as Solange is preparing to release a new album this year the exposure can only work in her favour

JAY-Z vows to stop using the word “bitch” in his music after wife Beyonce gave birth to Blue Ivy

Jigga master has vowed never to use the word "bitch" in his songs now that he has a daughter

He has written a poem and promised to stop using the "B word" after wife Beyonce gave birth to Blue Ivy Carter.

Nollywoodgossip learned that the ode, which is doing the rounds in the US, includes the lines: "Before I got in the game, made a change and got rich/I didn't think hard about using the word bitch/I rapped, I flipped it, I sold it, I lived it/Now with my daughter in this world I curse those that give it."

It continues: "I never realized while on the fast track that I'd give riddance to the word bitch/To leave her innocence intact/No man will degrade her, or call her name/Forever young you may pass/Blue Ivy Carter, my angel."

We wonder what word he'll use instead now that he's going all child-friendly.

Beyonce reckons Jay will be a fantastic father — and will be more than willing to get his hands dirty with nappy-changing duties. The singer, who gave birth in New York on January 7, told Star Magazine: "Of course my Jay will change diapers. He's so excited. He's an inspirational husband and I know he's going to be an inspirational father.

"He's going to be a very hands-on father and he is going to be so good at it."

Happy Birthday 9ICE

I'm a biiiiiiiiig fan that's why I'm doing this. May today open a new chapter in his life for good. Trusting Olori Toni Payne to give her husband the best of the best today. Happy birthday!!!

Must Watch Video! “The Meeting” – Starring Rita Dominic, Femi Jacobs, Linda Ejiofor, Jide Kosoko, Kate Henshaw & Nse Ikpe Etim

The Synopsis

Lagos-based corporate executive Makinde Esho finds himself at the mercy of political patronage, bureaucratic red-tape and his tender heart when he embarks on a one day business trip to Abuja to secure a government contract.

The story behind the screenplay was by Tunde Babalola with the screenplay by Tunde Babalola and Mildred Okwo. "The Meeting" is produced by the Audrey Silva Company and is set for release in 2012. Nollywood star Rita Dominic makes her production debut as the co-producer along with Mildred Okwo who is also directing the movie.

The film boasts a star cast including Rita Dominic, Jide Kosoko, Basorge Tariah Jnr, Kate Henshaw, Nse Ikpe Etim, Chinedu Ikedieze and Chika Chukwu. A new crop of stars crossing over from the small screen are also part of "The Meeting" cast. Look out for Femi Jacobs (Tinsel), Linda Ejiofor (Tinsel) and Kehinde Bankole (Soul Sisters).