Friday 25 May 2012

Footage: Flavour, Wizkid, Bracket enjoying themselves in swimming pool

                           
                              
Ever wondered what Flavour, Wizkid, Bracket and other top Nigerian musician do during their private time or when they have time to relax and unwind after all the touring, concerts and performances?
The camera caught these guys having fun in a swimming pool. Hmmm…Smash, the other half of Bracket can’t swim. Lol. This was before Flavour’s “Oyi Remix” and Bracket’s “Girl” video shoots.

New Video: Ekuro By Davido

                                             
This is the official Video For Ekuro by Davido! Directed by Antwan Smith. Shot on location in Miami, Florida. Enjoy!

Today 25th May is the birthday of star actress Eucharia Anunobi who recently turned a Pastor. She has acted in over a century of Nollywood movies, notably Glamour Girls which shot her into fame. In January this year, not too long after her ordination as a pastor, she took delivery of an N11m brand new BMW X5 SUV.

UNIUYO Aptitude Test starts June 16


The aptitude test for admission into different courses of study in the University of Uyo will start from 16th June, 2012. For more details just obtain a copy of today’s (25/05/2012) Punch and Pioneer newspapers.

Africa Day: Tribute to D’banj, Drogba, Wizkid et al


We join African’s worldwide to celebrate the 2012 Africa Day Africa Day. The Africa Day is the annual commemoration on May 25 of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). On this day, leaders of 30 of the 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Thursday 24 May 2012

Photo: Timaya feeding his new born baby


Hmmmm….Imeme…Egberi Papa 1 of Bayelsa engrossed in the joys of fatherhood! Carefully feeding his baby !

Photos: Psquare buys private jet


Our boys are getting bigger and bigger as the day goes by. Undoubtedly the biggest music duo in Africa, Psquare has acquired a private jet.
Peter Okoye of Psquare tweeted thus:
“Jetting privately....thanks to God and the fans. You all made it possible. Baba God done settle us...I no go lie. Just included on our list...that very list......shhhhhh.”
Congrats to them…e no easy (no be small thing) ! More photos when you click read more…

Obama bows for a 5-year old to touch his head


The story behind a photograph showing a 5-year-old black boy touching President Obama's hair has gone viral.
The New York Times published the adorable back story about the photo—which has been hanging in the West Wing of the White House for more than three years—on Thursday, and it's quickly become the most-emailed article on the Times' website.
In May 2009, the child, Jacob Philadelphia, was visiting the White House with his father, a former Marine who was leaving his 2-year stint working for the National Security Council as part of the White House staff. The father asked to take a family photo with the president. Jacob said he had a question for Obama, who was then in his fifth month in office.
The Times recounts the rest:

Photos: Basketmouth, Pasto Goody Goody, Kingsley (KC Presh) back in the days


KC (red arrow), Goody Goody (white arrow)
The picture above shows when men of now-a-days and the ones holding it down in Nigeria’s entertainment industry now were young guys. I guess this must be Ajegunle. See Kingsley “Okpokette” of the now defunct KC Presh, see Bright Okpocha a.k.a Basketmouth (below) how him bin dey look like.  

Wednesday 23 May 2012

The story of an Akwa Ibom orphan Blessing Effiong; incarcerated in prison for buying a stolen N10,000 phone


Blessing Effiong
The story Blessing Effiong, an Akwa Ibom orphan was carried by my fellow blogger, Linda Ikeji some time ago after it was first published by Punch. Below is how Linda narrates it !

Blessing is a 19 year old girl (she will turn 20 in August) who has been incarcerated at the female ward of the Kirikiri Prisons since November 2008. She has been locked up since she was 16.

I've been to Kirikiri prisons. I've seen Blessing. I've hugged her. I've cried with her...and I promised her I will do everything in my power to get her out. I hope to keep that promise..I already have a team I'm working with to make this happen...but we need more people to get involved in her case. (There are some things I can't put out here but we need all the help we can get).

Tuesday 22 May 2012

Wizkid, Ice Prince nominated for 2012 BET Awards


Naija’s music duo of Ice Prince and Wizkid has both been nominated for the 2012 BET Awards in the Best International Artiste (Africa) category.

The award will hold on July 1, 2012 at Los Angeles. Congrats to them.

When you click read more you will see the full list of nominees….

Trailer of Ime Bishop Umoh's new flick - Okon Goes to School

                             
I thought as much. I knew it was a continuation of the widely successful flick - Okon Lagos. This is a 1 minute 25 seconds trailer of the yet-to-be-released movie ‘Okon Goes to School’ starring Ime Bishop Umoh and Moses Armstrong. It is produced by Emem Isong’s kid sister, Uduak Isong-Oguamanam. Extremely hilarious indeed!

Music prodigies Mya K, Triple J Plus cover E-101magazine special children edition


Music youngsters, Mya K and Triple J Plus have graced the double cover of the latest edition of E-101magazine. The magazine’s 4th issue is aimed at commemorating this year’s Children’s day in Nigeria. “It is this that informed the idea of Mya K and Triple J Plus being on the cover of the soar away all-entertainment newsmagazine”, said the online editor of the magazine, Aniekan Ekah.
Mya K, a British born, bred and based kid is an 11year old who stormed the world with music when she released her ‘I’ll Survive’ single. She is reported to have brains triple her age. The magazine carries the activities of the lad in the past 6 months, where she performed for 3 state governors.

Monday 21 May 2012

Jackie Chan refutes media reports claiming he has announced his retirement


Hong Kong-born Chinese stuntman, actor Jackie Chan has announced he is not retiring yet from action films, saying the media misquoted him during the interview he granted at Cannes film festival. CBS News, Reuters, and Associated press  among other news agencies, had reported he announced his retirement
Jackie has debunked the report, he wrote on his official website on Sunday:
Hello all my friends and fans,
Yesterday in my press conference in Cannes for Chinese 12 Zodiac I said that this movie was my last big action movie.

Breaking: Didier Drogba quits Chelsea


Didier Drogba who was the hero as Chelsea won the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their 107 year old history has announced that he will leave the club when his contract expires next month.

"We (he and his team-mates) will not be together next season," Drogba is quoted as telling France Football magazine. "As I have decided to leave, I wanted to tell them to their faces.

"They made me break down. I found it hard to admit that it was finished with me and the club. But I don't envisage sitting on the bench watching others play at a time when the club is looking at putting together a new team.

"So there we go, I am readying myself for a great leap into the unknown. It will be another adventure."

It is a pity! But for sure he remains a legend at Stamford Bridge. Bye bye the big DD…

Actress Tonto Dikeh quits smoking


Star actress, Tonto Dikeh has quit smoking! For many who know her, this is a big deal, as she has had a long-standing smoking habit.  

"I’ve good news 4those who wizh mii well**hehehehheheehehehe,itz a silly gud newz but ya'll goin 2love diz**#Poko#
I QUIT SMOKING**#Puppyface#" , Tonto tweeted 

Video: Balotelli visits the barbers for Euro 2012 Nike ad

          
The troublesome Mario Balotelli visited the barbers for a Nike advert ahead the 2012 Euros. No long talk, just check it out yourself !
                    

Photos: Chelsea’s number 12 – Mikel Obi takes centre stage in the Blues’ UCL trophy parade

Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel was the cynosure and the centre of attention during the club’s UEFA Champions League and FA Cup trophies parade round the city of Lodon. Mikel was prominently seen jubilating close to where the club’s owner, Roman Abramovich was sitting at the back of the truck.

This is due to the fact that his jersey number at the club is 12 and 2012 happens to be the year when The Pensioners finally landed their holy grail. Every member of the club wore blue-coloured CHAMPIONS jerseys with number 12 (Mikel’s number) written on it.

Could it be destiny or coincidence? Mbok, congratulations to our Nigerian brother! The feat no be beans !
More photos when you click read more....

Celebrity birthday: SuperSport presenter Thomas Mlambo


Today, 21st May, 2012 is the birthday of popular SuperSports presenter, Thomas Sipho Mlambo.  Thomas who is renowned for his wit and some off the mark comments on Soccer Africa, the show he co-presents with Mamadou Gaye, Thomas Kwenaite and Idah Peterside every Thursday on Super Sport.
Born to working class parents, Thomas was informally adopted by his Mother's employers who also educated him (at the same school as Darren Scott and Leanne Manas (SABC’s Morning Live presenter) - which Thomas says accounts for his 'so-called accent’.

He was the first black winner of the South African guild of speech and drama teachers Transvaal annual high school public speaking competition.
 

Sunday 20 May 2012

Photos from the Billboard Music Awards 2012 red carpet


The 2012 edition of The Billboard Music Awards was held in Las Vegas on Sunday with Justin Bieber, Adele, and LMFAO emerging the night’s biggest winners. Connoisseur.com brings you some of the red carpet shots, starting from Usher Raymond to the delectable Alicia Keys. 


Usher arrives at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards in style, looking ready for the summer months in this robin's egg suit
Even without her famous curls, Taylor Swift looks smart and sophisticated in this snappy red dress

Adele, LMFAO emerge biggest winners in 2012 Billboard Music Awards



Adele had another one of those nights at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, taking home a whopping twelve awards including Top Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album during an evening of scorching performances by the likes of Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, a tribute to the late Whitney Houston, and a once-in-a-generation Icon Award for Stevie Wonder.

The Billboard Music Awards, hosted by "Modern Family" co-stars Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, aired live on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Adele's bounty on the night also included Top Female Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Pop Album, for "21," and Top Alternative Song, for "Rolling in the Deep."

Winners of six awards, LMFAO kicked off the night by performing their trifecta of hits ("Party Rock Anthem" / "Sorry for the Party Rocking" / "I'm Sexy and I Know It") in a neatly packaged medley complete. The duo's SkyBlu (with a new haircut) and Red Foo later took the stage to accept awards for Hot 100 Song of the Year ("Party Rock Anthem") and for Top Duo/Group, beating out Maroon 5 and Lady Antebellum.

Celebrity birthday: Cech, Casillas, Milla, Zillionz, Polaino


Today is the birthday of top entertainment and sports stars, Petr Cech, Iker Casillas, Roger Milla, Zillionz Dondada, and Polaino Akpama. 



Roger Milla (born Albert Roger Mooh Miller, 20 May 1952) is a retired Cameroonian footballer who played as a striker. He was one of the first African players to be a major star on the international stage. He played in three World Cups for the Cameroon national team.
He achieved international stardom at 38 years old, an age at which most forward-playing footballers have retired, by scoring four goals at the 1990 World Cup, the most memorable of which came in the match against Colombia when he dispossessed the showboating Colombian goalkeeper René Higuita 35 yards from goal, going on to score in the empty net with Higuita stranded. He helped the Cameroon team reach the quarter-finals.
He is also remembered for his trademark goal celebration of running to the corner flag and performing a dance. In the years that have followed, he has been recognised as a pioneer of the many unconventional and imaginative goal celebrations seen since then. He was named one of the 125 greatest living football players in 2004 by the legendary Brazilian football player Pelé.

Kanayo O. Kanayo finally joins twitter


Veteran Nollywood actor, Kanayo O. Kanayo on Friday, 18th May, 2012 finally hooked up with twitter and got a handler in the social networking site.
As at the last check, KOK whose handler is @KanayoOKanayo had over 1000 followers already.
Welcome on board bro, you have been really missing out.

Exclusive: Patrick Obahiagbon speaks on Chelsea UCL victory + Photos of other Nigerian celebs who are Chelsea fans


Chelsea players displaying the FA Cup and UCL trophies to the delight of their fans
Chelsea achieved a no-mean-feat yesterday after beating Bayern Munich to clinch the UEFA Champions League trophy for the first time in history.  
 Many Nigerian celebrities are known to be “blue-blooded” and they have been in joyous mood ever since Drogba scored the winning penalty. 

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg weds


Yesterday, Saturday, 19th May, 2012, Facebook’s co-founder and Chief Executive, Mark Zuckerberg married his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan. This news was broken on Facebook.

"Mark added a life event to May 19, 2012 on his timeline: Married Priscilla Chan," the page's activity feed said. And their relationship status on the social networking site changed to ‘Married’, before he posted the marriage pix on his wall.

Saturday 19 May 2012

Mikel Obi joins Kanu, Finidi as only Nigerians to win UEFA Champions League


Mikel (pointed with arrow) celebrates with teammates
There is new name on the UEFA Champions League trophy after Chelsea FC's victory against FC Bayern München made them the first maiden winners since Borussia Dortmund in 1997.
Chelsea are the tenth club to have won the trophy once and the 22nd overall in the pantheon of European Cup winners. In beating Bayern the Londoners became the first new winners of the trophy since the 1990s when, coincidentally, Munich provided the stage for the triumphs of Olympique de Marseille (1993) and Dortmund (1997) – albeit at the Olympiastadion, Bayern's former home.

Twitter account verification: Genevieve joins D’banj, Agbani, Asa



Nollywood legend, Genevieve Nnaji has joined the likes of D’banj, Asa, Oluchi Orlandi, Agbani Darego as the few Nigerian celebrities whose twitter handler has been verified.

Twitter uses verification to establish authenticity of identities, and accepts verification requests only from highly sought users in key interest areas such as music, acting, and politics.

The development means no one will be able to impersonate her on twitter. Congrats @GenevieveNnaji1

 

D’banj floats new label, signs Davido, K-Switch

Connoisseur.com has confirmed from an authoritative source that D’banj has formed a new record label. The label goes with the name Def Jam Africa.


The source which is close to D’banj said the label is under Universal Music group which houses the world’s biggest names.


The source also divulged that Dami Duru crooner, Davido has been signed to the label. The deal was sealed two weeks ago in Atlanta. D’banj’s younger brother, K-Switch is also reported to have been signed to the label which we learnt will soon be made official by the proprietor (D’banj).

Mista Xto speaks on ILLUMUNATI


Mista Xto, unarguably one of the biggest musicians to come out of Akwa-Cross has bared his mind on the growing popularity of Illuminati, especially among Nigerian entertainers.

In a message to Connoisseur.com, the music ‘don’ said “every other day someone sends me a message about how ILLUMINATI, whatever that means is eating into the industry and seeming to be behind every major  musical success of the last two decades and why I shouldn’t buy or even listen to certain artistes whose songs promote the devil”.

2012 Billboard Award Nominees As Kids!


The 2012 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by “Modern Family's” Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, honors the best and brightest artists that the top the Billboard charts throughout the year. Superstars like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Adele and Justin Bieber are among the nominees, and our friends at Snakkle.com shared their pics so you can see what these musicians looked like before they were on stage and inspiring millions. The Billboard Music Awards air Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC and features performances from Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, LMFAO, Usher, Linkin Park and Chris Brown.

 
Adele Today: Adele leads the pack as a finalist in 18 categories at this Sunday’s event, including Top Artist and Top Female Artist. She will be the one to watch to see if she beats out nominees like Lil Wayne and Katy Perry. Just last week the English songstress’ album “21” surpassed 9 million in U.S. sales and tied with Paula Abdul's "Forever Your Girl" for the second longest Top 10 run among albums by women.


 
Adam Levine Today: Adam grew out of his awkward years and got “Moves Like Jagger,” the catchy pop song with his band Maroon 5 (that features fellow “The Voice” judge Christina Aguilera) that is up for Top Hit 100 Song. Maroon 5 is also nominated for Top Duo/Group with Coldplay, Lady Antebellum, LMFAO and The Black Eyed Peas.

 
Justin Bieber Today: Baby Justin was the first child of mom Patricia Lynn "Pattie" Mallette. Only 18 and a single mom, Pattie moved back to Stratford, Ontario, to raise her baby boy with the support of her parents. Fast-forward 18 years later: “The Biebs” is performing Sunday and also pitted against Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Drake, and Lil Wayne for Top Male Artist category.


 Lady Gaga Today: All grown up now, Lady Gaga is up for 10 categories of the Billboard Music Awards and going against finalists Lil Wayne, Adele, Rihanna, and Katy Perry to try to take home Top Artist. Gaga is sure to make for exciting TV for her “Little Monster” fans whenever her category winners are announced

Friday 18 May 2012

Nigeria's Bigbrother representatives, Chris and Ola Exit StarGame


Nigeria's BigBrother stargame representatives  Ola and Chris are out of the running for the USD 300 000 prize!

In their Diary Session today, Ola and Chris sat with heavy hearts, prompting Big Brother to ask them what was on their minds. 

Ola broke the ice by declaring that after consultation with the House Doctor, he would like to Voluntarily Exit the Big Brother House. He said that he has thought about it and since the medication he is on does not seem to be taking well, would like to seek medical attention outside of the Big Brother House.   

D’banj’s ‘Oliver Twist’ video gets one million views


The video of D’banj hit single, Oliver Twist has just hit one million views mark on YouTube, less than 2 months after its release.

With total views of 1, 144, 291, the video is second most viewed Nigerian video, behind Psquares ‘Chop my money’ remix featuring Akon.

Congrats bros!

Thursday 17 May 2012

Gov. Akpabio announces retirement from active politics


Chief Godswill Akpabio has said he will retire from active politics at the expiration of his tenure as governor of Akwa Ibom State by 2015. He said this in an interview with THE WILL.

He said he would, from 2015, prefer to play an advisory role in political circles in addition to spending more time with his family, particularly to be more involved nurturing the growth of his children.

“I pray that 2015 will meet all of us alive. I see myself as an elder statesman by that time. I would be a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, sitting down as a development consultant, giving advice to the youths, from the level of local governments to the state.”