Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Wishing all readers of my blog a wonderful yuletide celebration.

I promise more articles a book launch soon enough. Keep reading and remain inspired.
God bless.

Tobi Owonubi

Monday, December 17, 2012

“They Kidnapped My Mom Over the Fuel Subsidy!” Okonjo-Iweala Declares In Wild Claim

Federal minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and mom
Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, in a shocking accusation, declared that the kidnappers of her 83 year old mother were seeking revenge for the government’s decision to end popular gas subsidies.
After a press conference at which she thanked the country for its prayers for her mother’s safe return, she took a sudden turn and launched into a vitriolic attack on presumed members of the ruling People’s Democratic Party of President Goodluck Jonathan who had thwarted her plans to eliminate the oil payments.
"They told (my mother) that I must get on the radio and television and announce my resignation," the minister said. "When she asked why, they told her it was because I did not pay oil subsidy money."
Okonjo-Iweala's mother, Kamene Okonjo, was kidnapped Dec. 9 from her hometown of Ogwashi-Uku in Delta State. During her time held captive, Okonjo received no food or water, her daughter said.
Okonjo-Iweala declined to take questions from journalists at the conference. Her mother was released by her kidnappers Friday. It is unclear if a ransom was paid, though most abductions in Nigeria only end once a payment is made.
As finance minister, Okonko-Iweala was behind a government decision in January 2012 to end subsidies for gasoline, a decision that sparked a major nationwide strike and widespread protests by affected citizens in what some called “Occupy Nigeria.” President Jonathan later reinstated a partial subsidy.
The subsidies are opposed by international finance organization because they are used pay off companies at inflated rates to bring in gasoline because Nigeria does not refine enough oil to meet demand. The oil is then sold at below-market prices.
Gasoline importation licenses are widely seen as a means of patronage, as the number of companies involved jumped from six in 2006 to 140 in 2011. In 2009, when there were 36 companies licensed to import, government officials once issued about $800 million in 128 transactions in a 24-hour period without proper documentation, according to the report.
In recent months, Okonjo-Iweala has again said the subsidy must be entirely removed because the country cannot afford it. That has led to panic gasoline buying and fuel shortages around the country as importers have held back from bringing it in. Citizens also believe the fuel subsidies represent the only benefit they see from the country's oil production, which has benefited the nation's kleptocratic ruling class for decades, according to many reports.

Tonto Dikeh is WANTED! New Y! Magazine cover pushes the envelope …

“It stands at a unique position as a media event and a cultural catalyst, provoking and driving the popular dialogue with features, conversations, imagines, narrations, even controversy. Like the venerable magazine editor Tina Brown has said – you want to publish something that generates energetic debate; otherwise, why would you want to publish it?”
With a cover story themed “How do you solve a problem like Tonto Dikeh?” that investigates the cultural phenomenon that Ms. Dikeh has become, it kicks off a new Y! Magazine cover philosophy to give deeper insight, beyond predictable interviews, into the Nigerian culture and issues zeitgeist.
The cover illustration is by Bolaji Iwayemi, and the photography for the inside pages is by the iconic Kelechi Amadi-Obi, with styling by the impressive duo of Toyin Lawani and Tiannah Styling.
The entertainment pages include interviews with Iyanya, Joseph Benjamin, Andre Blaze, Dammy Krane, and Niyola, and Y! Magazine also unveils the first in its Annual Y! Magazine Best Dressed List – 20 young celebrities make the list this year!
A sure one to read people!!

Wizkid promises fans a concert like never before

International pop star Wizkid says his teeming fans are in for the big thrill this Friday, as he performs in Lagos with his label mates.
The EME concert, tagged ‘The Baddest’, is produced by events company R28, and is the first in a set of big-budget international standard concerts to be promoted by R28 and EME. The concert holds at The Grounds, Oceanview, in Victoria Island, Lagos, on Friday December 21.

‘Headlining this concert with my boss Banky W, and my colleagues Niyola, Shaydee, Skales, DJ Exclusive and others is truly a great way to end this fantastic year’, says Wizzy who had earlier in the year toured the UK and US with his crew.

‘And, trust me, we’re bringing a concert like never before’.

Apart from Wizkid, Banky, Niyola, Skales and others, many Nigerian acts from different generations are also expected to hit the stage in what many have tagged the concert of the year.

According to a spokesperson for R28, The Baddest concert ‘will feature themed performances, big band sets, and all the electricity you’d expect to find in a truly international concert of this kind’.

Meanwhile, Banky W, who’s one of Nigeria’s most celebrated singers and performers, has said the Christmas concert organized by his label Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) and respected events company R28, is a special Christmas gift to Nigerians from both organizations.

W, who will headline the concert with his EME colleagues Wizkid, Skales, Niyola, Shaydee and others, with support from friends from here and abroad, says The Baddest concert is ‘the kind of gift no money can buy’.

‘’We’re truly grateful to Nigerians for the support and I hope they’ll come out on Friday December 21, so we can have an opportunity to say thank you…’

The Baddest concert holds at 7Pm this Friday December 21, at The Grounds, Oceanview, in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Apart from Wizkid, Banky, Niyola, Skales and others, many Nigerian acts from different generations are also expected to hit the stage in what many have tagged the concert of the year.

According to a spokesperson for R28, The Baddest concert ‘will feature themed performances, big band sets, and all the electricity you’d expect to find in a truly international concert of this kind’

‘Headlining this concert with my boss Banky W, and my colleagues Niyola, Shaydee, Skales, DJ Exclusive and others is truly a great way to end this fantastic year’, says Wizzy who had earlier in the year toured the UK and US with his crew.
‘And, trust me, we’re bringing a concert like never before’.

Apart from Wizkid, Banky, Niyola, Skales and others, many Nigerian acts from different generations are also expected to hit the stage in what many have tagged the concert of the year.
According to a spokesperson for R28, The Baddest concert ‘will feature themed performances, big band sets, and all the electricity you’d expect to find in a truly international concert of this kind’.
Meanwhile, Banky W, who’s one of Nigeria’s most celebrated singers and performers, has said the Christmas concert organized by his label Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) and respected events company R28, is a special Christmas gift to Nigerians from both organizations.
W, who will headline the concert with his EME colleagues Wizkid, Skales, Niyola, Shaydee and others, with support from friends from here and abroad, says The Baddest concert is ‘the kind of gift no money can buy’.
‘’We’re truly grateful to Nigerians for the support and I hope they’ll come out on Friday December 21, so we can have an opportunity to say thank you…’
The Baddest concert holds at 7Pm this Friday December 21, at The Grounds, Oceanview, in Victoria Island, Lagos.
Apart from Wizkid, Banky, Niyola, Skales and others, many Nigerian acts from different generations are also expected to hit the stage in what many have tagged the concert of the year.
According to a spokesperson for R28, The Baddest concert ‘will feature themed performances, big band sets, and all the electricity you’d expect to find in a truly international concert of this kind’

Singer Waje covers December issue of TW magazine

Fab Picture too!!

Adele named Billboard top artist of 2012

AdeleAdele won six Grammys in February

The 24-year-old is the first to receive both accolades two years in a row.
Londoner Adele was also named top female artist, with hip hop star Drake named top male artist.
Former X Factor contestants One Direction rounded off a successful year of US invasion after being named top new artist and Maroon 5 were top group.
The honours for Adele come in a year which saw her win six Grammy awards and dominate the US charts.
Her second album 21 went straight to number one when it was released in March 2011 and did not leave the top 10 until the beginning of September this year. During that time, it spent 24 weeks at the top spot.
The year's top three songs were Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know, Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe and Fun's We Are Young. respectively.
British acts in the top 10 - Ellie Goulding's Lights was at five, with Glad You Came by The Wanted at six and One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful at 10.
Other British successes included Mumford and Sons who topped the rock, alternative and folk album artist categories, as well as scoring the honour in each of the genres for their album Babel.
The magazine's review is based on chart performance, as well as streaming and social data.

R&B singer Trey Songz arrested for assaulting a striper with a ‘wad of cash’

“He chucked a wad of cash at me,” McIntosh-Inoe told the Daily News. “A wad of cash.”
The Staten Island woman, who went to the club with her husband to see the “I Gotta Make It” star, said the knot of bills struck her so hard that it left her with a black eye.
“I didn’t even know I had a bruise on my face until after I left the club,” she said. “I had to walk around a whole week with a black eye.”
Her husband said the couple paid $700 to sit with the musician — whose real name is Tremaine Neverson — in the VIP section of the club, where he held a release party for his fifth studio album “Studio V.”
McIntosh-Inoe, a nurse, said the spat began when she snapped a cell phone picture of Songz, who quickly grabbed the phone and tried to delete the photograph.
“Everyone else was taking a picture,” she said. “The difference for me and the other girls is that they were naked and I had clothes on.”
But the frustrated Songz couldn’t trash the picture, so he threw the money at her face instead.
“He tried to delete the picture, but he didn’t know how to use my phone,” she said. McIntosh-Inoe said she couldn’t bring herself to pick up the discarded greenbacks.
“It was insulting that he just threw something,” she said. “He was verbally disrespectful as well. . . . He embarrassed me in front of everyone in the club.”
Songz never came out to apologize after the scuffle was broken up, she said.
McIntosh-Inoe went to a police station near her house and reported the incident.
Songz was arrested on Sept. 20 and slapped with misdemeanor assault and harassment charges, said a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. An order of protection was issued after he appeared in court on Nov. 1.
The musician’s representatives at Atlantic Records did not respond to a request for comment.

Petroleum Minister Allison-Madueke Returns To Hospital In London

Petroleum Resources minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke
According to Sahara Reporters, Nigeria’s controversial Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke, has returned to a London hospital to continue treatment for an undisclosed ailment that is believed to be cancer.
Saharareporters sources said today that Mrs. Allison-Madueke made the journey last week, and began a daily therapy.  She is yet to return to Abuja.

Her one-week absence from Abuja has emboldened those Nigerians who have been calling for her removal to further pressure President Goodluck Jonathan to sack her as Minister of Petroleum Resources.  She is frequently cited on allegations of corruption and mismanagement, but is also known to be a close friend of the President’s.

Recently, the French government impounded a private jet that was carrying Jide Omokore, a business associate of the Minister, on suspicions that the jet-a Bombardier Global Express XRS- belongs to her.
Investigations show that the jet was purchased by the Bank of Utah Trustee in June 2012 through the same process that was recently used in purchasing private jets for the governors of Rivers and Akwa Ibom States.

MBGN Isabella Ayuk at Miss Universe pageant

The Miss Universe pageant will take place on Wednesday December 19th at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas. The preliminary and national costume shows of the pageant held on Thursday and Friday night. 

Gabriel Aubry Will Not Face Charges for Brawl

Gabriel Aubry, Halle Berry

Gabriel Aubry has been given an early Christmas gift. He will officially not be hit with any charges stemming from the Thanksgiving Day fight with Halle Berry's fiancé, Olivier Martinez.

In lieu of a criminal trial, Aubry will have to attend an informal hearing to discuss his fight with Martinez. As a result of settling the matter, Berry, Martinez and Aubry's attorneys will avoid a messy court battle.

Even though Aubry wound up with the bruised and bloody face, investigators believe he was the person who started the altercation which took place in front of Berry’s home. The potential charges arising from the fight stood to further complicate the court drama between Berry and Aubry over custody of their daughter, Nahla.

This past Monday, the two were back in court trying to work out a settlement on attorney fees. To make the custody proceedings easier, Aubry and Martinez have both dropped their respective charges against each other stemming from the brawl.

Man Stabs 22 Children in a School in China

Police arrested a 36-year-old local man who stabbed 22 children, at least two of them seriously, and one adult at the gate of a Henan grade school in central China.

This latest attack happened as pupils were arriving for classes. A county hospital administrator reportedly said that the man first attacked an elderly woman, then the children, before being overpowered by security guards.

Two of the injured pupils have been transferred to better-equipped hospitals outside the county.

In recent years, knife attacks have broken out, resulting in increased security in China’s schools. Many of the attackers have been mentally disturbed men, suggesting that the country’s rapid social changes and lack of a modernized hospital system may be contributing to a rising number of mental illness cases.

Sunday, December 16, 2012


 Psalm 149: 1-9
David had a testimony of unending victories and never lost a single battle even though he found himself in overwhelming situations. The secret was that he had a close relationship with God and knew how to praise Him. When you know how to secure God’s company in the midst of life’s battles, then you know how to experience victory every single time. Ephesians 6:12 says that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers”. Many people fight the wrong enemies as they are not fully conscious of the fact that the physical world is controlled by the invisible world. By being a creation of God, you are automatically Satan’s enemy and Satan opposes everything that is of God. However, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 tells us about the efficacy of the invisible weapons God has equipped us with to carry out warfare and praise is one of those weapons. Through praise, you transfer your battles to God because He is enthroned in the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3).
In Joshua 5:13-15, Joshua learnt an interesting secret as he approached Jericho with the children of Israel. God had given Joshua a promise that no man would be able to successfully withstand him in battle (Joshua 1:3). Joshua believed this word so much that when he now faced this Man dressed in military attire, he was fearless in confronting him. When the Man introduced Himself as the Commander of the Lord’s army, Joshua knew that God Himself had appeared on the scene and fell to the ground in worship. The Commander then asked him to remove his sandal. In the Jewish culture, when a person handed over his sandals, it symbolised the fact that he was handing over his right to an inheritance or a property. The handing over of sandals can be compared to the modern-day Certificate of Occupancy.  In other words, all the responsibility for victory in the battle was given to God. When we praise God, we recognise that He is the Commander of the Lord’s army and we hand over to Him. While Joshua worshipped, God gave him clear instructions for the battle against Jericho (Joshua 6:20). When God arises, His enemies will be scattered; when He shows up, everything changes for good. (Ps 68: 1-4)
A practical demonstration of praise at work is seen in 2 Chronicles 20:14-24. Jehoshaphat was completely overwhelmed when faced by the armies of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir and the situation looked impossible. While the whole of Judah gathered to seek the Lord’s face, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel and he prophesied and gave instructions for the battle.  Jehoshaphat then appointed those who would sing praises and as they praised the Lord, God set ambushes against the armies of the three nations. The enemies fought themselves until they were completely destroyed and Judah did not have to fight. (vv 21-24). Stop measuring yourself against the situation. Measure God against the situation and you will no longer be overwhelmed. Take your eyes off the size of the problem and focus on God’s size.
If you want to displace principalities and powers, you must discover the secret of praise (Psalm 149: 6-9). The things that are impossible with man are possible with God. As you praise God this month, you will step into the realm of possibilities!


Iyanya shoots new videos

Nigerian artist Iyanya recently shot two new videos in the UK: one for his single "Flavour" and the other for the collaboration track with singer/actress Emma Nyra. The videos were shot in Manchester and directed by Moe Musa


Samini Wiz collabo

Ghana / Naija hook-up.

Awarding-winning Ghanaian artist Samini has dropped a new single titled "Time Bomb" and it features Wizkid. The track which was released yesterday (December 12) was produced by Killbeatz.

CELEB INTERVIEW: Wizkid says he’s not competing with Davido

About Davido and I
There is certainly no friction between Davido and I. We are friends, just as I am friendly with other Nigerian artistes. I think some people are just saying what comes to their minds. When I emerged as a singer, people were comparing me with Wande Coal. The sky is big enough for every bird to fly.  He (Davido) has not stolen my fans. Nobody has said that he has lured my fans away. I am still performing at shows and getting well paid for it. I am not competing with him either. My fans still show me love. But then, in Nigeria, all of us actually have the same fans. If I mount the stage, people will scream. They will do the same thing if Tuface appears on stage, too. This shows that the sky is big enough for all of us. You cannot be alone in the music industry. We need more people. This is not a one-man show.

This was Wizkid's stance in an interview granted The Punch Newspapers yesterday.


Tiwa drops new track

Tiwa Savage has released her new single titled "Folarin". It was produced by Spellz, who has worked with the likes of Wizkid, Faze and Chuddy K. Look out for her debut album, 'Tiwa O Ni Baje', dropping soon

Waje to Start Lingerie Line in 2013! Says I Will Model Them

Waje has confirmed her plans to start a lingerie line in 2013. According to her, 'I am planning to launch my lingerie line, which I have put back for a long time.' When asked who the models will be, Waje replied frankly, “Of course, I will be the one. Who else?”

Rita Dominic leads the pack for The Meeting

Rita Dominic, actress and co-producer of the new movie entitled, The Meeting, and other cast members comprising, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Femi Jacobs and Linda Ejiofor have embarked on a promotional tour of select Nigerian cities to celebrate the romantic comedy with the larger public, as well as heighten the excitement generated by its recent theatrical release.

The team is also leveraging on the pervasiveness of the social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube to increase awareness and drum up support for the movie.
The promotional campaign is coming on the heels of the premiere of The Meeting which was held on October 19, 2012 at the banquet hall of the Oriental Hotel, Lekki Lagos.
The Meeting is from the stable of The Audrey Silva Company, one of Nigeria’s foremost film and television production outfits. According to Rita Dominic, lead actress and co-producer of the movie, “the tour gives us an opportunity to meet cinema audiences nationwide and get to know them better. We do no not want a disconnect between our company and the people we make movies for.”
Speaking further, Dominic said the team was in Abuja last week and met with many movie buffs in addition to visiting radio stations where they fielded questions from on-air personalities. She disclosed that the campaign train would be visiting the Garden City of Port Harcourt in the coming week.
The Meeting is a reflective comedy that showcases a different and dynamic Rita Dominic and Jide Kosoko in lead roles.  The movie features appearances by Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Basorge Tariah, Nse Ikpe-Etim and Chinedu Ikedieze and also introduces upcoming stars like Femi Jacob and Linda Ejiofor.
Set in Abuja, Nigeria the movie chronicles the trials of a Lagos-based corporate executive, Makinde Esho (Femi Jacobs) who finds himself at the mercy of political patronage, bureaucratic red tape and Cupid’s arrow while on a hot pursuit of a ‘meeting’ to secure a contract from a government ministry.
Directed by Mildred Okwo, The Meeting addresses an array of contemporary issues the audience are sure to identify with, ranging from love through African time, to tackling officials and maneuvering red tape.

L.A. Reid Will Not Return to The X Factor

L.A. Reid

L.A. Reid is ready to take a break from primetime. The record executive, who has served as a judge on hit television talent show The X Factor for the past two seasons, will not be returning for season three, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.

"I have the utmost respect for [X Factor creator] Simon Cowell," Reid said on Thursday. "He is the very best, and I have the opportunity to learn so much from him. Working with him on X Factor has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I'm honored to have sat on the panel with such incredible talent."

Reid, who was the first panelist hired by Cowell upon launch of the show, has been both judge and mentor onThe X Factor. The music mogul says he will continue to do the same work in the office as he did in front of cameras. "I'm looking forward to getting back to my core business and the responsibility of running Epic Records."

There has been no word yet on who will replace Reid on season three of The X Factor.

Azazi, Yakowa, others perish in crash

It was a harvest of tragedy on Saturday as Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State, the immediate national security adviser, Gen. Owoye Azazi, and four others were killed in a military helicopter crash at Okoroba Village in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

Others involved in the accident were Yakowa’s Special Adviser, Dauda Tsoho; Azazi’s bodyguard, Warrant Officer Mohammed Kamal and two Naval pilots, Commander Murtala Mohammed Daba and Lt. Adeyemi Sowole.
The victims were returning to Port Harcourt after they attended the funeral ceremony of late Mr. Tamunoobebara Douglas, the father of the Presidential Adviser on Research, Documentation and Strategy, Mr. Oronto Douglas, when the incident happened.
They were said to have been badly burnt and only identified by the shreds of their clothes.
Azazi and Yakowa’s mobile phones rang out continually without any response when several calls were put across to them by some top government officials.
Our correspondent gathered that the naval helicopter was heading for Port Harcourt, Rivers State, but developed a fault and crashed in the village, which also shares a boundary with Nembe Local Government Area.
The Director of Information of the Nigerian Navy, Commodore Kabir Aliyu, confirmed that a Nigerian Navy helicopter was involved in the crash which occurred around 3:30pm.
Aliyu who was silent on the identities of those involved in the crash said a rescue operation comprising personnel of the Joint Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, the Navy, the Nigerian Air Force and the National Emergency Management Agency, were at work in Bayelsa.
Our correspondent further gathered that the former Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission, Mr. Timi Alaibe, narrowly escaped the crash.
A police source who pleaded anonymity said he was scheduled to board the helicopter but that there was a last minute change in the schedule.
The source said, “Two helicopters took off at the same time. After sometime, we saw the one behind us wobbling and nosediving into the swamp.
“The helicopter took off and was already stabilised on air. It had gained balance and started flying but unfortunately it came crashing.
“We are not suspecting any sabotage because the burial ground was well policed. There were gunboats surrounding the place and many security operatives at the burial ground.”
The former Chairman of the Okoroba Community Development Committee, Mr. Hitler Adunion, told SUNDAY PUNCH that he was the first person to locate the site of the incident.
Adunion said “We sighted the chopper wobbling and crash-landing. By the time we got to the scene, the helicopter was in flames. We tried to put out the flame but it was difficult. We saw the roasted bodies of those inside it.”
Around 7pm on Saturday, NEMA said it had activated its search and rescue team.
“NEMA has activated its search and rescue team in collaboration with other response agencies at the crash site,” Yushau Shuaib of NEMA headquarters was quoted as saying.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State, Mr. Fidelis Odunna, confirmed the incident.
The Secretary to the Kaduna State government, Mr. Lawal Abdullahi on Saturday night also confirmed Yakowa’s death.
He said, “Yakowa on Thursday presented a budget to the state House of Assembly. His last official engagement was his visit to the Barau Dikko Specialists Hospital.”
The air crash came  barely two months after the Governor of Taraba State, Mr. Danbaba Suntai, was critically injured in a similar crash in Adamawa State with his two aides.
The governor is currently receiving medical attention in Germany

Saturday, December 15, 2012

It’s Poko Baby! Tonto Dikeh Comes Clean About Relationship Past With Don Jazzy…Watch Her Ndani TV Interview Here!

Check out Toolz‘ The Juice interview with The Main Pokolette…Tonto Dikeh.
In the revealing interview Tonto comes clean about her rumoured relationship with super producer Don Jazzy. A few months ago it was reported Tonto lost her virginity to Don Jazzy, he went on to deny it, but speaking to Toolz, the controversial Nollywood star admits “she had a “past” with Don Jazzy”. You know what that means! LOL!
She also goes on to reveal she is in a committed relationship that will possibly lead to wedding bells, she doesn’t however give a name, but following recent events between herself, Iyanya & Yvonne Nelson. It’s safe to assume the man in question is indeed Iyanya!
Watch the revealing interview :

Don Jazzy’s Capetown Swag! Are You Feelin’ It?

Mavin Records boss Don Jazzy is currently in South Africa working on a few top secret projects. Yesterday he touched down in Cape Town and I managed to get my hands on this photo of him posing it up on his hotel balcony.
I have to say Michael is looking rather yummy here. His body is looking right, skin looking fresh and the swag is a 10!

PICTURES: EME Concert Rehearsals... Banky W does the 'Etighi' Dance?

Big Brother Africa Star/Radio Personality Karen Igho “threatened with a gun and slapped” by Event Security Guard

Big Brother Africa star and Naija Info FM radio personality, Karen Igho was assaulted after an event last night in Lagos.
The Nigerian celebrity attended the event in support of her close friend, Denrele Edun who was the host of the show.

After she exited the event, Karen was in the car park where she was approached by a security guard and according to Karen’s narration of the incident on social networking site Twitter, the male security guard asked for money.  ”He loaded his gun and put it to my face at the car park, he wanted money and I didn't have any on me then he slapped me.still in shock and pain“. According to Karen’s tweets “The slap sent me landing on the floor and hitting my head“.
See Karen’s Tweets below.
This is really disturbing. Based on the details shared by Karen, this seems to be more of an attempted robbery than aggressive plea for a tip. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

EFCC Arrests Jigawa State Governor’s Son at Airport with $50,000

In recent times, more and more Nigerians have been arrested trying to travel out of the country with large sums of money which exceed the legal amount for traveling.
Yesterday, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrestedAminu Lamido, son of the Jigawa state governor at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, for money laundering.
According to Channels TV, an undisclosed sum of $40,000 was found on him as he prepared to board an Egypt bound flight.
Sources close to the Commission told Channels TV that Lamido was flagged after he declared $10,000 in his possession to agents of the Nigerian customs at the airport. Further checks by the agents revealed that he had an additional $40,000 which he did not declare.
In September, a 24 year-old man, Abubakar Tijani Sheriff was arrested for attempting to travel with the sum of $7 million (N1, 120,000billion). He was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International airport, Lagos as he was trying to travel to Dubai aboard a United Arab Emirates flight.
Abubakar’s arrest further exposed the rising rate of money laundering in Nigeria. Travellers leaving the country are statutorily required to declare cash in excess of $10,000. However, what makes this one even more interesting is the fact that the person arrested is the son of a state governor.
He is now being detained by the EFCC.

New Video | Gat Me High – May D


Its Mister May-D who looks to be having the time of his life in his new video Gat Me High shot in Atlanta, GA. Watch the energetic May-D in the video below

WHERE IS THE MONEY? Jonathan threatens to sanction MDAs over non-remittance of funds

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday threatened that he would wield the big stick against any ministry, department or agency of government that failed to render accounts or did so late.
He said the full weight of the law would also be made to fall on agencies that failed to remit their operating surpluses.
Jonathan spoke shortly after swearing in two members of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission and two members of the National Population Commission at the Presidential Villa, Abuja before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting.
The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts had on November 19, 2012 summoned the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, and heads of many Federal Government MDAs over the alleged non-remittance of revenues totalling N4tn to the Federation Account.
The revenues were collected from 2006 to 2009, according to a report by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation, which the committee is currently working on.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr. Solomon Adeola, confirmed to journalists that it was investigating the activities of 60 out of the 601 MDAs.
Adeola said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation alone had $7bn recorded against it as revenue shortfall within the period, adding that another discovery was that the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas had not remitted any fund to the Federal Government for over seven years.
But Jonathan said his administration would no longer allow such a situation to continue.
“Let me use this occasion to warn government agencies that, henceforth, non-rendition or late rendition of accounts or non-remittance of operating surpluses will attract the full weight of actions as prescribed by law. Also, our commitment to building strong institutions in the lifetime of this administration shall remain unwavering,” the President declared

Monday, December 3, 2012

Featured Video: Waje's Rendition of Her Single "I wish" on Ndani TV

Stellar Rendition!!

It’s like a crusade! 40,000+ turn out for Psquare Ghana concert

You’ve gotta be proud of your home boys.
The duo Psquare was at Ghana on Saturday, 1 December, and the concert in the capital, Accra was over 40,000 strong according to the concert promoters.
You go, guys!

Leke Alder: Nigeria’s ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ image

Citizens don’t idolise a nation that subtracts from their worth, or shuts the door of opportunity against them, or makes them a pariah at international borders.
Nigeria’s Yahoo Yahoo image is killing her economy. Things are spiralling out of control and sociological wreckage is being wrought. It has often been said that Nigerians are not loyal to their country and that they badmouth their nation. With this premise, the Department of National Orientation has run programmes to inculcate patriotism in citizens and direct the youths. The results are not empirical.
Nigeria has a very bad image abroad. When a nation has a bad reputation, there will be collateral damage and the first casualty is patriotism. Because a bad national image casts a dark halo on the citizens, they will not want to identify with their country. The image subtracts from their intrinsic worth. They are thus forced to rely on their personal equity in different situations and they soon begin to question the value of their country to them.
Our national identity cannot augment our valuation as Nigerians because of the negative reputation of our fatherland. This is because our primary output as a nation is apparently advance fee fraud, not oil; our systems and institutions are deemed malfunctioning and corrupt. Our passport is thus a liability at customs checkpoints and the innocent are banded with criminals.
This generalisation takes a toll on patriotic sentiments. Citizens don’t idolise a nation that subtracts from their worth, or shuts the door of opportunity against them, or makes them a pariah at international borders. And when a Nigerian succeeds, he feels he did it by himself and despite his country. Thus, he owes his nation no allegiance.
Are we by this article justifying lack of patriotism? Of course not! Nigeria suffers from four image afflictions (in my line of work we call them ‘brand eroders’). They are corruption, online credit card fraud (cybercrime), fundamentalist terrorism and kidnapping. These constitute the ordinance against the country.
The four can be broadly categorised into two classes — the violent class and the economic class. Kidnapping and fundamentalist terrorism belong to the violent class. They tend to play grandly on the national stage; but cybercrime is the most democratised of all. It is a huge retail enterprise, precisely because the barrier to entry is low. A cyber criminal can run his operations entirely from a business centre. Anyone with a modem and a computer, or smartphone can launch into business. And it has gone industrial. There are now cybercrime factories — rows and rows of young men and women in huge spaces, dedicated to online criminal pursuit on computer notebooks.
The damage to the nation has been incalculable. The problem with cybercrime is that while other crimes are domiciled within Nigerian borders, cybercrime is a global phenomenon. We are systematically being shut out of the global economic system because of the activities of these aberrant cyberpreneurs. Today, Nigeria is not listed on the drop down menu of Paypal, the global online payment platform. Neither can we shop on Macy’s, Target, J.C. Penney and Marks & Spencer, to name a few. We can’t even buy antivirus software for our computers. Kaspersky shut us out. We are suffering from economic blockade, not unlike Iran; it’s just that ours is the market-driven variety. If truth be told, a 419er is an economic terrorist. He is waging an economic war against his country.
Our young men and women cannot access cheap finance through credit cards for their business start-ups. Even our debit cards are not accepted by international merchants! Once the transaction originates from Nigeria, a virtual steel door clamps down. Those who take the risk of online transactions from Nigeria put us through such strenuous processes it defeats the very purpose of online purchase. And our internet transactions are being routed through South Africa, with the attendant consequences on national sovereignty.
The elites have found a way round the credit card blockade. They simply travel abroad and use a foreign merchant card. They take care of themselves, but how myopic!
For one, the youths will become more desperate and take ever more unwholesome routes in pursuit of opportunities; our negative image is thus reinforced by an army of disenfranchised youths. Two, they will hate those that are privileged and their sense of rage will morph into other criminal activities against the privileged. Three, they will lose faith in the maternal instincts of the nation, after all, the nation is not helping them. Four, as those who succeed by devious means flaunt their ill-gotten wealth and invariably take up the political positions they bought with their loot, a signal is sent into the generational pool that ‘making it’ through criminal device is the way to go. Five, the youths will become a dangerous arsenal in the hands of the wrong commander-in-chief. When you extinguish hope, there is nothing left. Six, crime becomes normative, expected and required. It becomes an affirmation of basic humanity.
What should be done? How can we redeem our image and remedy the situation?
We need a four-pronged strategy: eliminate, repair, discourage, prevent.
We must eliminate cybercrime factories. Government must erect an equivalent anti-cybercrime factory full of hackers, trackers and servers to fight online criminal pursuit. It is a national security risk. And by the way, setting up this factory will provide employment to many of our computer science graduates. If we are serious, we should see a major drop in cybercrime within nine months.
We must also activate a discouragement strategy. First we must pass the cybercrime bill before our legislators. We must prosecute criminals under the law and make an example of cyber criminals. With the passage of the law, we signal to the international community that we are serious about curtailing cybercrime.
Our repair strategy dictates that we mend our relationship with the international merchant community. We need to undertake economic diplomacy. The amount Nigerians spend abroad annually gives us economic clout. It can be leveraged.
But prevention is always cheaper than cure. We need to re-orientate our youths and create opportunities for them.
In addition, our school curricula must reflect our realities. We need to teach our kids to create jobs rather than waiting for jobs.
Religious organisations have a role to play too. Government must partner with them.
And parents have a role to play too. As do our teachers. We must be worthy examples to our children.
Society is dynamic. We will never reach a point in which cybercrime is non-existent. The image of nations is not defined by the absence of negatives. It is determined by the positive exertions of its government and citizens.

Leke Alder is a brand strategy consultant.