Saturday 28 July 2012

Video: Jennifer Chukwurah wins Uyo Model Search 2012

                     
The 2012 edition of Uyo Model Search took place last Sunday at Le’Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort with Jennifer Chukwurah from Anambra State emerging the winner. Here is a short video of the event courtesy CreativeNigerianTv.

Friday 27 July 2012

AUSafrik Launches Services in Nigeria


AUSafrik, a brand communications company that started out in Ghana, is set to launch its services in Nigeria. Staffed by 21st century experts in the art and craft of designs and communications, the company acquired its office space in Uyo and plans to roll out its services from August 8th with a Press Unveiling and Tea Party. The company’s core services are hinged on Media, Advertising, and Public Relations.

Thursday 26 July 2012

DEEWONE drops a hit with Mr. Raw

From the word go, this collabo between Akwa Ibom-born DEEWONE and Abia State's Mr. Raw (previously known as Nigga Raw)  exemplifies the much needed unity cried out for by artistes like Onyeka Owenu,2face Idibia, Mode nine etc.
It is a cultural pot pourri and a true depiction of music without tribal boundaries. With its pulsating beat and sure-footed delivery, the duo did justice to the beat and collectively drove home the fact that music transcends ethnicity/tribalism.

Uche Jombo's wedding pictures finally out !


It has been a while since the Nollywood actress tied the knot with her hubby Kenny Rodriguez in Puerto Rico. WOW Magazine had the exclusive right to publish the pix and finally there are here. More pics after the cut.

Industry Nite to host Mista Xto, Eyo, UNIK, others


Eyo, Mista Xto
The Akwa Ibom Industry Nite is set to play host to top artistes from the state who are on top of their games. The likes of ‘Detention’ crooner, Mista Xto, Eyo Eminue of Project Fame West Africa, the Leke Leke boys – UNIK will be hosted on Sunday, 29th July 2012 at M-Lounge.
According to a statement by the organizers, “this Event will bring all the great Akwa Ibom State entertainers/entertainment practitioners and their fans together to mingle, share ideas and at the same time have fun”.

Tuesday 24 July 2012

Ace broadcaster, Idy James appointed GM of UNIUYO FM


Broadcast virtuoso, Pastor Idy James has been appointed the General Manager of UNIUYO FM 100.7Mhz. Pastor James has had stints with AKBC and Cool FM. He started duties at the University of Uyo owned station on Monday and he is saddled with the responsibility of commercializing and re-branding the Tuskite FM. Congrats to him.  

R.I.P President John Attah Mills of Ghana


The President of Ghana, John Attah Mills is dead. He passed away at the 37 Military Hospital. Reports have it that he suffered from throat cancer. May his soul rest in peace.

Pattina set for singles unveiling




Fast rising South-South music diva PATTINA will be unveiling two singles off her debut album, 'Jewelry Box' this Friday @ Loung Uno Bar in Uyo by 5pm. The event will also be the premiere of her 1st video 'I like the way'. Popular musical acts from Akwa Ibom State like Eyo Eminue of MTN project Fame, Ill Rhymes (Sugarcane Bwoi), Brandiny, Emerald, Don-X, Teego, Feelingz, Asteroid, Sir James, Akwa Ibom Comedian and a host of others. Entry is FREE!! See you there!!


Monday 23 July 2012

Journalists fight over Gov. Akpabio’s N5m


Joe Effiong
A brawl broke out on Saturday, 21 July 2012 when journalists involved in a scuffle for N5m given to the state branch of NUJ to share to its members who were present during a press conference organized by the state government.
The Akwa Ibom State Government had organized the press parley to clear the air on the brewing issue of the 76 oil wells awarded to Akwa Ibom at the expense of Cross River State by the Supreme Court. Over 300 journalists (and non-journalists alike) thronged the new banquet hall, venue for the event. Some were there since morning, but the press conference started at about 9pm.

Friday 20 July 2012

Photos: Imaginationz, Edu Offong in hot romance?


Gist making the rounds in town has it that Ime Victor Bassey a.k.a Imaginationz who is the CEO of Imaginationz Event Outfit & Imaginationz Boutique and Miss Edu Offong, the former manager of Javis Club are in a serious romance.
Words have it that they have been spotted in various compromising locations in the state which has raised eyebrows. Connoisseur spotted the duo recently in a sit-out in the state.

Thursday 19 July 2012

Photos: Davido rehearses ahead of album release concert

Davido has rounded-off his rehearsals ahead of his O.B.O Genesis album release concert taking place this Sunday at Eko Hotel and Suites. Connoisseur wishes him all the best. Check out the pix after the cut. 

2012/2013 Admission: UNIUYO releases first list


The University of Uyo has released the first list (merit) for admission into the varsity for the 2012/2013 academic session. The list which was released on Thursday can be checked at the Onyema Ugochukwu hall, town campus of the school. The list is yet to be put up on the university’s website. Congrats to those who made it. 

Happy birthday Kate Henshaw, Azuh Amatus, Patrick Okon, Olu Maintain and Idy James


Kate Henshaw
Today, 19 July, is the birthday of several top celebrities in Nigeria. Top on the list are Kate Henshaw, Azuh Amatus, Patrick Okon, Olu Maintain and Idy James.
Fabulous Nollywood actress Kate Henshaw turns 41 today! Kate Henshaw was born in Cross River State, Nigeria. Her first role was in ‘When the Sun Sets’ in 1993 and in 2008 she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the film ‘Stronger than Pain.’

Wednesday 18 July 2012

Naeto C’s white wedding billed for July 21


They did their introduction in October 2011 and traditional marriage in April 2012, and all is now set for the white wedding which is billed to place on July 21, 2012.
Congrats to Naeto C and his fiancée Nicole Chukwueke.

Happy birthday to Nelson Mandela


Today, July 18 is the birthday of Nelson Mandela. He turns 94 today. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (born 18 July 1918) is a South African politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the first ever to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before being elected President, Mandela was a militant anti-apartheid activist, and the leader and co-founder of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC).

Tuesday 17 July 2012

Happy birthday to actor Nonso Diobi


Today, July 17 is the birthday of Nollywood star actor, Nonso Diobi. He is the last child in the family of 5, 2 girls and 3 boys. He has acted in scores of movies. Connoisseur wishes the Enugu-born thespian a happy birthday.

Monday 16 July 2012

Happy birthday to Wizkid

Today, 16 July, is the birthday of Wizkid.  Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun a.k.a Wizkid is a talented singer, songwriter and performer. He recently won the BET Award in the category of Best African Act. His true age has been controversial as some say he is 23 while others write that he is 22 today. All the same, Connoisseur wishes him a happy birthday.

Sunday 15 July 2012

Goldie cries on stage after being evicted from BBA Stargame


Nigeria’s representative at the Big Brother Star Game, Goldie on Sunday got evicted from the house after spending 70 days. She was sent packing by Biggie after failing to beat off stiff competition from Kyle and Lady May.  
Big Brother presenter IK first broke the good news to Lady May and Kyle that they had been saved by Africa, then Goldie was unfortunately told that she had become the latest eviction victim from the house.

Mario Balotelli’s mum gets job as £6-an-hour office cleaner to make ends meet


Rose ­Barwuah, Balotelli's mum
The mum of multi-­millionaire footballer Mario Balotelli has a new job to make ends meet… working as a ­CLEANER at an office block.
And while the ­Manchester City and Italy star drives to work in his £120,000 Bentley Continental GT, skint Rose ­Barwuah’s more modest mode of transport is the Number 11 bus.
She is scraping a living doing evening shifts as a Mrs Mop at the ­offices of a car lease company for close to the £6-an-hour minimum wage.

First photos: Prof. Wole Soyinka visits Akwa Ibom


The Noble Laureate was challenged by the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio to “to come and see” what is happening in the state. On Sunday, the professor of English who recently turned 78 alongside his wife, touched down AKIA and were hosted by the state’s chief executive at the Gov’s Lodge. More photos coming.

BBA Update: Prezzo & Goldie Fight Again!


After their fight yesterday in the bedroom, the two love birds seem not to have had enough as they engaged in another verbal fight in the afternoon.
Apparently, the cause of the fight is Prezzo‘s missing ring which he accuses Goldie of taking.
Prezzo who was playing cards with Kyle in the lounge saw Goldie coming from the bedroom and told her that he wanted his ring back but the Nigerian singer seemed not have any idea where the missing ring could be.

Happy birthday to Osaze Odemwingie


Today, July 15 is the birthday of Nigerian football star, Osaze Odemwingie. Born on July 15, 1981, Peter Osaze Odemwingie plays for West Bromich Albion in England. In the early part of last decade, he chose to play for Nigeria, even though he was eligible to also play for Russia and Uzbekistan.

Oshiomohole declared winner of Edo guber polls

Incumbent governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has been announced as the winner of the July 14, 2012 guber polls in the state. He was declared winner by INEC's returning officer Prof. Osayuki Oshodi. The ACN candidate won with 4,77,478 votes followed by PDP with a distant 144,235. Below is the number of votes each party amassed at the polls.  

Saturday 14 July 2012

Happy birthday to Pulse Editor, Nsibiet John


Today, 14 July, is the birthday of the Editor-in-Chief of widely-read newspaper, Community Pulse. The Eket born writer has been the Sports Editor and Weekend Editor of Community Pulse, then Editor of True National News (Abuja) and a columnist in very many other newspapers. Connoisseur wishes him a happy birthday.

Friday 13 July 2012

Happy birthday to Prof. Wole Soyinka


Today, 13 July is the birthday of Prof. Wole Soyinka. Born 78 years ago, Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Soyinka is a Nigerian writer, notable especially as a playwright and poet; he was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African in Africa and the diaspora to be so honoured. Connoisseur wishes him a happy birthday.

Mikel fails to sign John Terry’s court document, as the Chelsea captain is cleared of racial abuse


In the day 3 of the John Terry trial over alleged racial comments against QPR defender, Anton Ferdinand, the former England skipper’s legal team read out a statement prepared for and signed by 17 members of Chelsea’s first-team squad to say they have never heard him use racist language. But Nigerian International, John Obi Mikel who plays alongside Terry in the Chelsea setup did not sign the document. Others who were not signatories were Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Alex, Florent Malouda, Gary Cahill and Josh McEachran.

Happy birthday to star gospel singer, Aity Dennis-Inyang


Today, July 13 is the birthday of top gospel act, Aity Dennis-Inyang. Aity is the first of six siblings. She resigned her job as a broadcaster in AKBC in order to concentrate fully in making gospel music. She is reputed to have over about 1,500 songs to her credit. She is married to Pastor Dennis Inyang. Connoisseur wishes her a happy birthday.