Friday, June 29, 2012
This was decided by a panel of leading black Britons at a glittering ceremony at the Houses of Parliament on Thursday 7th June 2012, in front of an invited audience of MPs, senior business heads, family members, friends and press. The award was given by Rare Rising Stars. By winning the award, she also became the first woman to come out tops in the list of the U.K.'s Best Black Students.
She became a focus of attention two years ago after signing a two novel deal with U.K. publishing heavy weight, Faber & Faber which has published books by 12 Nobel Laureates and 6 Man Booker prizewinners.
By virtue of the deal, she became the prestigious publisher's youngest ever female author and she was featured on CNN during Nigeria's 50th year of independence.
Onuzo who has been writing since she was 10 just published her book, "The Spider King's Daughter", which was longlisted for the £10,000 Desmond Elliott Prize for debut novelists alongside a Booker prize-nominated Oxford professor.
￼She grew up reading classics like Jane Eyre and David Copperfield and those of Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Speaking on the transfer, the 23 year-old who also doubles as a winger stated, "I knew the negotiations were well-advanced. I am happy to return home. It has been a double satisfaction for me: qualifying for the Euro final with Spain and now the confirmation of my transfer to Barça."
Barcelona paid Valencia £14m for the Spanish international.
The three-time African footballer of the year who presently plays for Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, is accused of four tax offences, each punishable with up to five years in prison and a fine of €21m.
The Prosecutor stated that the former Barcelona player allegedly created companies in Hungary and Spain, and used them to channel income obtained from ceding his image rights to Barca and Puma; deduct personal expenses, such as payments for his mortgages, furniture and expenses related to his luxury.
Eto'o and his club are yet to respond to the allegations.
Lanrenchi recently signed a publishing/distribution deal with Stutterhouse(based in the UK) and also won the #NokiaAshaRap competition!!! it's all about the movement in HipHop!
All I can say is I have heard Lanrenchi spit and he's a dope ass rapper! Watchout for ☀Magical Moment☀ (Freestyle) by Lanrenchi dropping on the 1st week of July!!!
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The former Friends star was spotted wearing the sparkler at LAX Airport on Monday, where they had landed following a romantic tour of Europe together.
They had previously been reported to have been scouting the continent for possible wedding locations - though according to the Daily Mail, a spokesperson insisted they were simply on a "summer vacation".
The 53-year-old actress and her 40-year-old beau have also denied that they are expecting a child together.
By virtue of this award, he has won a scholarship to Yale University to pursue a degree in medicine and has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Society, a prestigious honour group that features membership of 17 US Presidents, 37 US Supreme Court Justices, and 136 Nobel Prize winners.
In an online interview with PUNCH correspondent, the Abia State native who left the Nigerian shores at 13 narrated his ordeal in the hands of racists, "I went to Fondren Middle School, which was in the middle of the ghetto. That was one of the darkest years for me because I encountered a lot of peer pressure.
Some of the students, ignorant about Africa, bullied me and called me names such as 'African booty scratcher' because to them, Africans were dirty and scratched their butts all the time. Some asked me if I lived in mud huts and ate faeces for breakfast. I remember one day, when I was walking to the school bus, a boy came from behind and punched me in the face, called me an African and walked away. It took everything in me not to retaliate. I knew that God had put me in the U.S for a purpose and it did not involve fighting or selling drugs or doing the wrong things.
On his choice of course Ohuabunwa said, "I studied Neuroscience, because I was fascinated with the brain, its control of our behaviours and how various diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, lead to a decline in its activity.
I also minored in Psychology because I wanted to understand disorders in the psyche. What causes bipolar disorders or schizophrenia. I did not just want to label them as crazy but to understand what causes these conditions and how we can treat them,'' he explained.
His ambition is to become a Neurosurgeon and help his country Nigeria.
"I am absolutely interested in the health care policy decisions in Nigeria. Because there are many changes that need to occur, I will not rule out the possibility of coming back after my studies, in order to join hands with the leaders to make these changes possible.''
And who suggested this?
Damon Feldman a Boxing promoter deemed it necessary to organize a rematch after the duo engaged in fisticuffs on June 15 at Manhattan's W.i.P. nighclub over Rihanna, whom they dated.
A certain billionaire named Alki David would pay each 'celebrity fighter' $1 million and would donate an additional $1 million to charity. The fight would be held either in Las Vegas or Los Angeles on August 25.
Though it is very unlikely the fight will ever happen but 50 Cent already knows the winner.
He told MTV News Chris Brown would be slipping and moving "I don't see Drake doing that. Chris be havin' his shirt off. He got one of them MMA fighter looks."
The warning came after some church members were approached by members of the press to talk about what could have led to the disintegration of the four year old marriage.
But the case was this week thrown out by the court for lack of evidence, clearing Jim Iyke of any liability. Jim and Habiba will now resolve their issues out of court.
However, yesterday's shake up had nothing to do with Boko Haram. He removed the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Austen Oniwon, and three group executive directors.
Mr. Oniwon was asked to go on compulsory retirement.
The GEDs sent packing alongside Oniwon are Mr. Michael Arokodare, in charge of Finance and Accounts; Mr. Phillip Chukwu, Refineries & Petrochemicals; Mr. Billy Agha, Engineering & Technology.
In a statement by the President's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the affected officials are expected to proceed on retirement immediately and a new GMD, Mr. Andrew Yakubu was named to replace the outgoing one.
He commended the outgoing directors for their service to the nation and urged the new management team to be fully committed to rapidly implementing the critical interventions needed to positively transform Nigeria's petroleum industry.
The new NNPC GMD, Mr. Yakubu graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1979 with a degree in Chemical Engineering.
He joined the NNPC in 1980. Positions he has held in the corporation include Managing Director of the Warri Refining and Petrochemicals Company and Group Executive Director (Exploration and Production).
He is an indigene of Kaduna State and a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
According to some analysts, Mr. Yakubu's appointment was to satisfy the federal character demand of the country: a northerner NNPC GMD under a petroleum minister from the Niger Delta.
However, there has been several calls for the President to remove the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke. The cry has been that there could be no such rot in the oil sector with the head allowed to keep her office.
The President, Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists, Mr. Afe Mayowa, while commenting on the appointment said, "Yakubu is a man of integrity. He is a geologist and very competent. This appointment means that government is serious to check corruption. It is a welcome development."
"If you fix the NNPC, you fix Nigeria. Yakubu represents this. This is in line with the move to fix the NNPC."
What do you think about the sack of top officials in the petroleum sector? Is this what Nigeria needs at this time to revamp the petroleum sector?
The State Attorney General, Ade Ipaye said that it is now a criminal offence in Lagos for a man to desert a woman he impregnated.
At the sensitization programme on the 'Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011′ and 'Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2011′, Mr. Ipaye said the law was enacted to protect pregnant women and their babies.
He added that the new law makes it criminal for a man to refuse to contribute to the ante-natal and post-natal expenses of a woman he impregnated.
"Any person who impregnates a woman or girl and fails, refuses or neglects to contribute to maternity related cost from ante-natal or post-natal stages, is guilty of an offence under section 277 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State and is liable to face the wrath of the law," Ipaye said.
Ipaye said the old law handed down by the British Colonial Government was outdated, as it mainly reflected the values of the colonial administration.
"The review of this law was necessitated by the fact that some of the laws that existed prior to this time were outdated," he said.
"The review is therefore aimed at reflecting current day realities, as the old Criminal Code Law has become inadequate to address the challenges of contemporary criminality."
Ipaye, who also doubles as the Commissioner for Justice, said the state criminal law was enacted to regulate public order and provide rules on criminal conduct, among other objectives.
He however stressed that the new law has replaced the Criminal Code Law of Lagos State Cap.C17 Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003, introduced in Southern Nigeria in 1914.
Wow, this sounds like good news for women in Lagos state. I often hear of men abandoning women after impregnating them, leaving them to cater for themselves and the babies under extreme conditions. This often leads them to some actions like abandoning the babies or maltreating them to spite the fathers.
Hopefully with this law, women would be able to speak out for themselves and ensure that some men live up to their responsibilities.
What do you think? Is this a step in the right direction by the Lagos state government? How far do you think this law would go in helping women who often find themselves in a fix when abandoned by the men who impregnate them?
Banky who is presently on set for MNET TV series "Jacob Cross" in South Africa tells us "The documentary is about promoting democracy in Nigeria through the youths of
Nigeria, and it included an interview with Governor Fashola, I had a nice time"
The song "Change" featuring Skales, Wiz, Niyola, Banky W and Shaydee on the Empire Mates State of Mind album will also be used in the documentary.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I thank God for my mind and my heart and the grace God has given me to be able to see certain things. Someone who really cares for you never count how many times they've been nice to you so on that note, you don't really care about me" Goldie said to herself.
And after her diary session with Biggie, Goldie said she wanted to leave the BBA house.
I can't afford this type of thing, I'm going home. Everybody will be disappointed but I can't. Everybody is strange but I'm even stranger" Goldie whispered to herself.
And then she's always crying. I'm hoping this her behaviour in the BBA house is all an act, otherwise it's quite worrisome.
The death of Captain Peter Waxton, the pilot who flew the crashed plane, also affected the other expatriates. Captain Waxton was not only the most experienced pilot, he was also the highest paid amongst the pilots of Dana Air.
The co-pilot of the Dana crash Indian Mike Mehandra had a six year old son and a pregnant wife due to deliver in August.
Reverend Kris had been divorced from his first wife for over a decade while Stephanie was a widow. The church which he leads, Household of God, welcomed their leader's new bride and though she did not have a formal role within the church (as a pastor or choir leader as many Nigerian pastors wives take on), Stephanie was well-loved by the congregation.
Therefore, when Pastor Kris announced on Sunday, 23rd of June 2012 that "Stephanie and I are no longer married. We have separated. You can see she's not in church today. It's due to irreconcilable differences…you should please respect our wishes at this time because there is no going back.", it caused a great deal of confusion and discussion.
No additional details have been released on the specific cause of the split. Regardless of the Reverend Okotie's statement, we hope they can work it out.
Earlier today, a Federal High Court in Lagos granted an interim order restraining the Federal Government from renaming the University of Lagos, a 52-year old school widely known as UNILAG.
Justice Stephen Adah granted the interim injunction sought by students and alumni of the institution.
The defendants in the lawsuit are UNILAG, the University's Governing Council, the UNILAG Senate, office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and the National Assembly.
On May 29th 2012, President Goodluck Jonathan arbitrarily renamed the University after Bashorun M.K.O Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the June 12 1993 presidential election that was annulled by the military junta led by Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.
However in the course of street protests, students and alumni of the university resisted the name change leading to the closure of the university.
The court has adjourned further hearing in the case till July 4.
The news is already creating a buzz on the campus as students are very excited to hear about the court order.
What do you think about this recent turn of events?
Another Baton Swap at Miss Nigeria! Elohor Elizabeth Aisien of Beth Models takes over as the Creative Director
Now the competition is evolving once more! Elohor Elizabeth Aisien, Founder and Managing Director of Beth Model Management Africa has taken the reins as the new creative director of the Miss Nigeria competition. Beth Models is a leading modelling agency with top models including Chika Emmanuel on its books. Beth is also the official partner for Elite Model Management in Nigeria.
Check out the official press release below
Daily Times Nigeria and African Times Network (ATN), the franchise owner of Miss Nigeria Pageant, are proud to announce that the 38th Annual Miss Nigeria Beauty Pageant will be held this year.
ATN is made up of a global brand of companies based in Nigeria with various other offices and operations around the world and specializes in delivering trusted and quality products and services in media and communications.
The Miss Nigeria Pageant is the premier beauty pageant in Nigeria and is a well sought after title with world-class standards. Taking part in Miss Nigeria Pageant is a life-changing experience as it is the most prestigious beauty competition in Nigeria and the oldest pageant of all time, dating back in history to 1957.
Empowering women is Miss Nigeria Pageant's passion and opportunities arise on many different platforms within and outside Nigeria. The winner of the pageant works for the organization during her reign, undertaking special duties and attending special events pertaining to governmental and non-governmental organization projects.
As the Queen Ambassador, Miss Nigeria will portray exemplary qualities and will serve as a role model for young women around the country.
A rigorous search for potential contestants will commence in October 2012. The casting auditions will be held in Nigeria, England and America, after which the Miss Nigeria Pageant grand event will take place in December 2012.
From 2009 to 2011, Chief Mrs Adenike Oshinowo-Soloye held the position as the Creative Director of the Miss Nigeria Pageant to inject elegance and pageantry to the brand. During her time in office she maintained an exemplary reputation for Miss Nigeria and remains an active affiliate of the pageant.
For the year 2012, ATN has assembled a brand new board of directors and a new Creative Director and team led by Beth Model Management Africa, the organisers of Elite Model Look Nigeria.
Beth Management Limited was founded in 2005 by former beauty queen (Miss Nigeria UK 2001/2002), Mrs Elohor Elizabeth Aisien.
Under the new Creative Directorship of Mrs. Elohor Elizabeth Aisien, Miss Nigeria 2012 aims to deliver a fresh and innovative direction to the pageant this year.
Further information on casting dates and venues for the 2012 Miss Nigeria pageant will be announced shortly.
For more information and enquiries regarding this press release please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Future Awards presents its Entertainment & Creative Town Hall Meeting themed “Hope & Courage” – Tuesday 26th June 2012
The town hall meeting will be hosted by Taruwa – an organisation for young professionals committed to nation building, the British Council's Creative Enterprise Series and Co-Creation Hub, Lagos.
Ohimai Atafo (Nigerian Fashion designer/Chairman of Central Working Committee) sheds more light on the town hall meeting, saying "This is yet another innovation from Nigeria's most respected youth platform. The idea is to have a town hall meeting targeted at the broad sectors that the awards is interested in. You will remember that this year's categories were segmented into Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Entertainment and Excellence in Public Service and these town halls are focused on these".
On Tuesday 26th June 2012, the Taruwa/The Future Awards entertainment and creative town hall meeting will hold at the Bogobiri House, 9 Maitama Sule Street, off Raymond Njoku Street, off Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos by 6:30 PM. Themed "Hope and Courage", the meeting will feature performances which tallies with the theme of this year's award "Tear down these walls" because it is impossible to tear down any kind of wall without hope and courage. For the full list of the award categories and more info, log on to www.TheFutureNigeria.com and like their Facebook Page – www.Facebook.com/TheFutureAwards
Friday, June 22, 2012
And if expecting a baby isn’t stressful enough, E24-7 Magazine reliably gathered that the lady who has been saddled with the responsibility of taking care of the five other children from Kehinde’s earlier romance was advised to travel to London and Dubai during the three part wedding attended by top movie stars including Genevieve Nnaji.
Chief Olusola was the producer of the famous Village Headmaster TV drama and founder of the African Refugees Foundation. He was 77 years old. May his soul rest in peace...amen.
Falana, who was on an Arik Air Flight W3 271, said the plane stayed in the air for an extra 30 minutes after it approached Abuja from Lagos because the airspace was closed
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Lynxxx groupies before you slit your wrists on the news that your beloved, Lynxxx has tied the knot, take a seat, grab an ice cold drink and read…
Rapper Lynxxx wed long time love in a super hush hush lavish ceremony in Lagos a few days ago, the groom Lynxxx rocked a black tux and his lady love dazzled in a Grecian inspired cowl neck dress.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Y'all read the question?? What should Wale do?
Banky W has been chosen as one of the distinguished people to carry the 2012 Olympic Torch.
The EME boss will join three other distinguished entertainers including Steve Onu (Yaw), Funke Akindele, and football star, Kanu Nwankwo to lift the Torch in Coventry, U.K on Sunday, July 1, 2012.
This is the second time a Nigerian musician would be selected to feature in the ceremonial initiative. Rapper Eedris Abdulkareem was part of the Nigerians selected to carry the torch in 2001.
Meanwhile, Wizkid has confirmed he’s joining Tiwa Savage as brand ambassador for Pepsi.
The 21 year-old star singer, who returned last week from Beirut where he was shooting Pepsi commercials with Tiwa, says he’s having fun and working hard to make sure ‘doesn’t disappoint’.
Wizkid’s boss, Banky, interestingly, recently fronted a campaign for Coca Cola
Zimbabwean housemates Roki and Maneta have been disqualified from the Big Brother StarGame house. The two of them were asked to pack their bags and leave the house after they got engaged in a physical confrontation.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
When the Queen Bee recently tweeted about her latest love affair, many took the photo as a joke by the sounds of her ‘lol’ echoing through the Twitter verse, but it looks as though she is the one having the last laugh.
Kimmy Blanco and Mr. Papers are looking pretty official these days, and over the weekend the pair was spotted out and about together at hot spot night clubs like Los Angeles’ celeb hangout, The Key Club. Not only were they together, but the lovebirds were seen kissing and canoodling– no he said she said rumors here, these two were caught in the act.
Haven’t heard of Mr. Papers before? Neither have we. All we can come up with is that he either smokes a lot of weed, or he’s got a lot of papers in the bank. He’s tweeted about Kim constantly for a minute now– calling her “babygirl” a majority of the time… but some just aren’t buying it. What do you think, are these two an item?
The night that Meagan Good and her new hubby DeVon Franklin were anxiously awaiting has finally come and gone, and they’re now husband and wife. Everyone had been counting down the days in disbelief for the couple who were both practicing celibacy pre-marriage, and now they are one.
They tied the knot in Malibu at the Triunfo Creek Winery in front of 400 friends and family in an enchanted spanish-mosque type twilight feel wedding where Meagan even shared a detail or two with Oprah– and even a photo of their steamy first kiss.
She kissed and told about her gorgeous lace touched dress with the purple accents. “”I didn’t want girly,” says Good of her dress. “I wanted handsome. It’s got a bit of a masculine feel to it. I wanted something that felt a tad bit rebellious and out of the ordinary. That felt closer to my personality.”
And she of course gave her husband a sweet shout out as well. ”DeVon makes me better, makes my life fuller, and completes my quality of life. He’s truly on my team and I am truly on his. God revealed my heart to him like nobody else.”
Congratulations to this gorgeous couple.
Cool and confident, the star publicly and proudly kissed her boyfriend of over a year, Eduardo Cruz, while doing some Spanish sight-seeing.
It was rumored that Eduardo, brother of actress Penélope Cruz, and Eva had split in March. However, these rumors have far been suppressed, especially because the couple has recently been so public with their romance.
What's next on the agenda for Eva's Spanish love affair?