Thursday 30 August 2012

Eyo Eminue: I was never involved in a brawl with Barr. Enoidem

The 2nd runner-up of 2010 MTN Project Fame West Africa, Eyo Eminue has reacted angrily to report by a news site – NaijaLeaks that he was involved in a brawl with Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem at Monty Suites club better known as M-Lounge.
In a press statement released by the Lagos-based act and sent exclusively to Connoisseur, Eyo said he wasn’t in Uyo as at the time of the purported brawl.

Nigeria’s fast rising act, CYX working on new video

Cyril Umoren better known as CYX, still basking on the euphoria of the success of ‘Akwa Ibom Girl’ which he featured African G-pop star Don Tom is working on the video of the song which he has done a remix. He didn’t feature any artiste in the remix of the song.

Lyn set to release video of ‘Akwa Abasi Ibom’

Beautiful songstress, MefLyn Mbom a.k.a Lyn is set to release the video of ‘Akwa Abasi Ibom’. The video we learnt will be released alongside the audio on the 1st of September, 2012. The project which is supported by Ministry of Information, Akwa Ibom State also featured over 100 talented people on set.
The song was produced by Harry Baba, mixed and mastered by Final Mix while the video was directed by Akin Alabi.

Happy birthday to actor Ime “Bishop” Umoh

“Iyammi”….today, 30th August, 2012 is the day of birth of fast rising Nollywood sitcom actor, Ime Umoh popularly known as Bishop. Connoisseur wishes him a happy birthday.

Monday 27 August 2012

Ini Edo loses Future Awards to Tonto Dike

In the 7th edition of Future Awards held on Sunday at Port Harcourt, Actress Ini Edo lost ‘Actor of The Year’ Award to Tonto Dike. Others shortlisted in the category were OC Ukeje, Ivie Okujaye, and Gideon Okeke. Below is the full list of the winners…

Thursday 23 August 2012

Photos: E-101 Magazine hosts Umana Umana to birthday gig

 The rave-making E-101Magazine on Monday evening hosted the Secretary to Akwa Ibom State Government, Obong Umana Okon Umana to a birthday bash. It was the 53rd birthday of the man described as a ‘silent achiever’. The Magazine’s board of Directors consisting of Ifreke Nseowo (Nigeria’s Youngest Editor Ever), the versatile Asteroid Bassey, Nelson Nseabasi, Prince Simeon and Aniekan Ekah organized one of the biggest birthday gigs of the year for the SSG at Monty Suites. It was a night full of laughter and enjoyment (as you will see in the pix). The who-is-who in Akwa Ibom politics were they to celebrate with UOU. More pictures below….

Tuesday 21 August 2012

Photo Chronology: E-101Magazine surprises Umana Okon Umana on his birthday

South-South Nigeria’s first all entertainment/personality magazine, E-101 on Monday, 20th August, 2012 honoured the Secretary to Akwa Ibom State Government, Obong Umana Okon Umana on his 53rd birthday. Since they say pictures speak louder than words, below is a chronology of how it went in photos…! 

Sunday 19 August 2012

Happy birthday to Umana Umana

Today, 20 August 2012 is the birthday of Umana Okon Umana. He is the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government. Connoisseur wishes him a happy birthday.

Saturday 18 August 2012

Arsenal agree Song deal, to undergo medical at Barcelona on Monday

Arsenal has agreed to sell their star midfielder Alex Song to Barcelona for a fee reported to be in the region of £15 million. The Cameroonian will undergo a medical at the Catalan on Monday.

China wins Miss World 2012

China's Yu Wenxia has been crowned 2012 Miss World. It was the second time a Miss China contestant was awarded the title. The last time was in 2007 when Zhang Zilin took the honor. The first runner-up was Sophie Elizabeth Moulds of Wales and the second runner-up is Jessica Michelle Kahawaty of Australia. Nigeria’s Diamette Charles-Granville didn’t make it to the top 15 finalists.

Video: Wizkid confirms he will perform at Monty Fun Festival in Uyo

Several artistes have been billed to perform at the Monty Fun Festival which is coming up on 21 September, 2012 at Amazing Grace E-Centre, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. One of the artistes is Ayo Balogun a.k.a Wizkid. In this 20 seconds video, he confirms he is billed to perform at the show. Watch it..!

Photos: Behind the scene of Iyanya’s ‘Ur Waist’ video shoot

Still basking in the euphoria of the success of 'Kukere', MTN Project Fame West Africa winner Iyanya has shot the video of another single ‘Ur Waist’. The video which was shot on August 14 at Badagry Beach was handled by camera virtuoso Clarence Peters. More pictures of the behind scene after the cut…

Friday 17 August 2012

Hilarious video: Ime Bishop Umoh does a skit for ‘Sak Sio’

Very hilarious video typical of Bishop…Lmao..Just watch out !

Jamzi Kul hosted on debut edition of ‘The Connoisseur Show’

‘Nek Etighi’ crooner, Jamzi Kul on Friday became the first celebrity to be hosted on ‘The Connoisseur Show’. The 45 minutes program which is hosted by Nigeria’s youngest editor ever – Ifreke Nseowo made its debut today on UNIUYO FM 100.7Mhz. Celebrated broadcast virtuoso Mercy David and Rockyfella Eshiet Nsudo (both of AKBC) were in the studio before start the show to set a very fine tone for the kick-off of the show. Nsisong James a.k.a Jamzi Kul was on the hot seat as he intermittently answered posers from the Connoisseur while his favourite 10 songs were intermittently played. The show makes a return next week on 100.7Mhz with another top celebrity in the line to be hosted by Connoisseur. Watch this space for a podcast of the show’s debut edition. More pictures after the cut….

Photo: Comedians Maleke, I Go Save and I Go Die some years back

This photo shows rave-making comedians I Go Save, Maleke and I Go Die some years back. I think this must have been at Maleke’s graduation event. Now, levels don change oo….

Akwa-Ibom Indegenes Association South Africa inaugurate new exco

On the 12th of August 2012, history was made as the Akwa- Ibom Indigenes Association in South Africa elected officers to run the affairs of the association for the next one year.
In an emotion drained, tension soaked election meeting held at Lullilulli Hotel, Pretoria, Richard Usen defeated his opponent David Nkanang to become the president of the association.  He has the mandate to lead the association for the next one year subject to re-election provision of the constitution.

E-101 Magazine out with 5th edition

The magazine prides itself as South-South Nigeria’s first all entertainment and personality newsmagazine. Here is the 5th edition of the magazine with the Secretary to the State Government of Akwa Ibom, Umana O. Umana gracing the cover. These guys at D’Kartel Media (publishers of the mag) keep wowing us with every edition. Meanwhile, the magazine will be celebrating its one year anniversary alongside Akwa Ibom’s silver jubilee in September. I believe that edition will be super bumper. Nice one.

Video: Sir Wilker endorses 'Sak Sio' in Lagos

The highlife superstar has endorsed the forthcoming ‘Sak Sio’ show which will take place in September to commemorate the silver Jubilee of a Nigerian State, Akwa Ibom. You just have to watch it.

Wednesday 15 August 2012

Photo: World’s tallest man and shortest man

The photo above shows the world's tallest man Sultan Kosen (8 ft 1 in) and his shortest counterpart He Pingping (2 ft 5 in). Hmmm…na God create them all.

New video: Dani Andi – I Believe


Dani Andi has released the video of his song ‘I Believe’. The song which is done to celebrate his state’s (Akwa Ibom) silver jubilee attainment was directed by Indian train video-man Eddie Brendan. It was shot in different locations in the Nigerian state. Nice video indeed.

University Vice Chancellor kidnapped by gunmen

Prof. Cyprain Oneyeji, the Vice Chancellor of Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) was kidnapped at about 11.30am on Wednesday. It is learnt that 3 policemen on duty at the university’s gate where the incident took place were wounded in a gun duel with the 4-man gang. His whereabouts it yet to be known while his abductors has not made any demands.

Robin van Persie says goodbye to Arsenal; set for United medical tomorrow

Robin van Persie is set to bid goodbye to Arsenal as he will undergo a medical tomorrow, Thursday at Manchester United after both clubs agreed a £22m 4-year deal for the forward.  The 29-year-old now becomes the first player to leave Arsenal for United since Viv Anderson in the 1980s.  

Bush says he’s not aware of Finbarr’s sack, donates transmitters to UNIUYO FM

The CEO of WorldWinMedia, owners of BushHouse Nigeria has said he is not aware of our earlier report that the Chief Presenter of BushHouse Nigeria has been sacked from the organization. Mr Bush who recently turned 41 said on AM 45 - Centre Point that he’s in Uyo, and therefore knows nothing about the purported sack of the self-styled Prime Minister of the Airwaves. He however averred that a decision on Mr. Finbarr’s fate might have been taken by the Abuja office.

About The Onofiok Luke Legislative Internship Programme (TOLLIP)

The Onofiok Luke Legislative Internship Programme (TOLLIP) is a pioneer attempt at simplifying the workings of the legislature and drawing higher levels of public participation in and awareness about the legislature. This pioneer scheme which is to be powered by the Member Representing Nsit Ubium in the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly, Hon. Barr. Onofiok Luke, will train the participants in areas like legislative drafting, debates, leadership development, oversight among others.
The legislative internship programme will serve as a platform for leadership training for the next generation and to prepare them for future leadership engagements.

Tuesday 14 August 2012

Aniekeme Finbarr quits Bush House Nigeria

The three-year romance between the popular Prime minister of the airwaves, Aniekeme Finbarr and Bush House Nigeria has ended on a sour note.
Impeccable sources told Connoisseur that what started as a cold war between the duo of Finbarr and the CEO of Bush House, Michael Bush few months ago has now snowballed into a full blown crisis which saw to the exit of the youthful Finbarr from the Abuja corporate headquarters of the outfit, Monday.

Sunday 12 August 2012

Samuel Okwaraji: 23 years after

Former Nigerian football star, Samuel Okwaraji died on this day (August 12) in 1989. Today makes it 23 years since he collapsed and died of congestive heart failure in the 77th minute of a World Cup qualification match against Angola at the Lagos National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos State. We fondly remember him.

Usain Bolt says Ronaldo is better than Messi

The Jamaican born London 2012 100metres and 200metres gold medalist, Usain Bolt has said he considers Cristiano Ronaldo to be a better player than Lionel Messi. Read his comment after the cut…

Happy birthday to ace broadcasters – Michael Bush and Aitee Lawrence

Michael Bush

Today, August 12, is the birthday of ace broadcasters Pastor Michael Bush and Itoro Lawrence popularly known as Aitee Lawrence.
Pastor Bush who clocks 41 today is the CEO of WorldWinMedia, owners of BushHouse on Radio and TV, and News d’Or. He recently celebrated his nineteen years of active service as a broadcaster and 9 years of BushHouse Nigeria. His program, BushHouse Nigeria now runs on FRCN Radio network. 

Friday 10 August 2012

State-of-Emergency declared worldwide by Oga Sir

Yea, yea, yea…the caption was to lure you to this post though it’s somewhat related to the story. Tony Eminue better known as Oga Sir, former Commissioner of Streez & Creekz, C-in-C Lyrical4ces a.k.a Ooboy has released the full State-of-Emergency mixtape. The mixtape contains 14 tracks with the likes of Illex (formerly Ill Rhymes), Dani Andi, The Cartel, O’giveR, Otyno and others featuring some of it. Just click on the download button to get it on your systems, phones etc because it’s actually free. 

Happy birthday to Jesse Jagz

Today, August 10 is the birthday of Jesse Garba Abaga popularly known as Jesse Jagz. He was born on this date in 1984. He is a rap artiste, producer and the older brother of M.I. Connoisseur wishes him a happy birthday.

Top celebrities honour publisher at 30

Celebrant showing off his 56pounds London 2012 Olympics jersey

I might be proven wrong, but it was undoubtedly the biggest celebrity birthday for the year so far. The Publisher of top online magazine, Mr. Aniekan Ekah on Wednesday, 08 August, 2012 clocked 30.  The event which was held at popular celebrity hangout 2nd Baze had in attendance Marcel Oformata - MD Amaecom Global Limited, Ndueso Essien – S.A to Commissioner for Information, ace star artiste Mista Xto, Akwa Ibom State PMAN, members of E101 magazine Board of Directors, South Central Records, Double Dee of Justjojo Studio, Eddie Brendan, Di Kans, Zillions Dondada, Brandiny Ini, Godfada. My humble self, and of course, Nigeria’s Youngest Editor ever, Ifreke 'Connoisseur' Nseowo was there too. More pictures after the cut.

Thursday 9 August 2012

Photo: Omotola Ekeinde poses with kids

Lovely kids with their ever gorgeous mum.

Lyn, Dikans, CYX headline 2nd Akwa Ibom Industry Night

Gospel sensation MefLyn Mbom a.k.a Lyn, ‘Akwa Ibom Girl’ crooner CYX, and Dikans of ‘Global Singer’ fame are the headliners for the 2nd edition of the Akwa Ibom State Entertainment Industry Night. Others billed for the bi-weekly event include Comedian Sir James, new kid on the block Indigenous MaliQ (Itikpeke), fast rising producer Otyno, Ice Kid, Emerald, Oga Sir, Mirobed, Tush, De Musk, Esem S, Fillings, Aniferaz etc.

Photo: Fadabasi goes spiritual

The picture above shows Fadabasi, the man who sang ‘Abasi Ayaya’ which was used for Diamond Bank TV and radio commercials in a spiritual mood. I’ve always known him to be a man who loves showing his spirituality especially when he wants to perform ‘Abasi Ayaya’ but this one pass every other one ooo…he looks like that baba for bush…lol…Nice photo shot though.

Wednesday 8 August 2012

Photos of Nigeria’s Damiete Charles-Granville at the 2012 Miss World Competition

Damiete Charles-Granville is the beau representing Nigeria at the 2012 Miss World pageant taking place in Ordos, China. Check out some of her photos at the event below. Don’t forget to support her by voting at the Miss World website. 

Nike Oshinowo covers StyleMania Magazine

Nike Oshinowo, former Creative Director of the Miss Nigeria Pageant is the beau gracing the cover of the August edition of StyleMania. Nice one!

Photo: Gov. Akpabio and Sen. Udoedehe inside the ring with Samuel Peter

I actually found this picture when I was going through my pix archives and I decided to share it with you. The above picture was taken when Samuel Peter was crowned the WBC heavyweight Boxing Champion in Madison Square Garden, USA back in 2007. You can spot Godswill Akpabio, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State (2nd from left) rejoicing with the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ alongside his now political opponent John Udoedehe (right). That was when the going was good. I won’t be surprised if they become friends again tomorrow because in politics they say there is no permanent friend nor enemy but permanent interest.

Mista Xto’s car destroyed, laptop stolen

Mista Xto
The car of Mista Xto, the doyen of Akwa-Cross music was destroyed and his laptop and other items stolen from the vehicle. Check after the cut what he wrote on his Facebook page….
Uyo don step up o, it took a guy or guys less than 30min to vandalize my car and steal my laptop and other items in broad daylight at nwaniba oron road round abt. And they locked d car back for me. Na ibom science park dem tif so!

Publisher of turns 30 today

The publisher of - Aniekan James Ekah, an author, a Media Resource Person, Visionary Entrepreneur, IT Consultant, Online PR/Advert Specialist and Event Manager, is a native of Afaha Ube Itam, in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria and he is marking his 30th birthday today 8th August 2012!
Aniekan is undoubtedly one of the numerous young people making Akwa Ibom proud through resilience and hardwork in their field of endeavors. This IT whiz-kid is an old student of Lutheran High School, Obot Idim, with a university background in Microbiology.

Tuesday 7 August 2012

Video: Mish performs in SAGE World Cup in San Francisco

Music star and ‘Akwa Ibom Ayaya’ crooner, Mish performed at the 2012 SAGE World Cup in San Francisco, CA, USA. The event which took place between 27th through 30th of July, 2012 saw the fair-skinned dude wowing the audience at the last day of the competition. SAGE, an educational event with representatives from all parts of the world, saw Team Nigeria winning the world cup for two years in a row.
Mish performed ‘Love in sharing’, ‘Every Woman is Beautiful’ and the monster hit, ‘Akwa Ibom Ayaya’. Congrats to him and Team Nigeria. Click the play button to watch the clip.

Monday 6 August 2012

Photo: Jamaica celebrates Usain Bolt’s feat

Jamaicans celebrate after watching Usain Bolt win the men's 100 metres final during the London 2012 Olympic Games, as they gather in Half Way Tree in Kingston August 5, 2012. Hundreds of Jamaicans who braved the wind and heavy rain to watch outdoor screenings of the Olympic 100 meters final on Sunday, erupted in wild celebration, blowing horns, banging pots and pans and waving flags, as their star sprinter Usain 'Lightning' Bolt retained his title.

Sunday 5 August 2012

Usain Bolt wins 100m Olympic gold

Usain Bolt on Sunday retained his 100 metres Olympic crown in sensational style by winning in 9.63 seconds at the ongoing London 2012 Olympics. The Jamaican superstar, 25, put on a show for his fans in London to hold off Yohan Blake and Justin Gatlin.  Bolt becomes only the second man in history to win back-to-back 100m Olympics titles. Congrats to him.

Keagan wins Big Brother Africa StarGame!

South African Housemate Keagan has won the Big Brother StarGame! After 91 long days in the house, the young lad has finally hit the jack pot. His journey started in Doenville with partner Lee who was evicted on the same night he was Upgraded to Upville.

Photo: Int’l gospel star, Aity Dennis-Inyang chilling with family

The songstress is spotted enjoying with her family in a picnic at Portland, Oregon. Lovely !

Friday 3 August 2012

Darey welcomes baby No. 2

R & B singer, Darey Art-Alade is now a proud father of two. His wife, Deola was delivered of a bouncing baby girl on Friday morning at Queen Charlotte and Chelsea Hospital, UK. Congrats to him.

Psquare’s mum’s burial in pix

The burial of Late Mrs. Josephine Okoye, mother of pop duo Psquare took place on Thursday at Anambara State. Below are more pix….