Thursday 29 November 2012

Akwa Ibom born dancer, Flexzee makes it to final of Nigeria’s Got Talent

NIGERIA’S GOT TALENT - After a stiff competition in the zonal stages with over 4,000 contestants and 50 who slugged it out in the semi-finals, Ukeme Boniface, better known as ‘Flexzee’ of Tush Dance Academy has been chosen to compete for the 10million naira as the show comes to an end this Sunday. This was made possible after he was voted into the final amidst stiff competition from 49 others.  Again more votes are being solicited for as the Akwa Ibom born dance wizard battles 9 others to win N10m. Voting commences by 5pm on Sunday 2nd December 2012. Send 234 to 33685 to vote for Ukeme Boniface.

Messi, Ronaldo and Iniesta make FIFA Ballon d’Or final shortlist

Fifa and France Football have announced that Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Cristiano Ronaldo are the remaining three candidates to win the 2012 Fifa Ballon d'Or. I don’t even know who go for because the three of them were absolutely outstanding in the year.

Happy Birthday Ryan Giggs and Timaya

Today, 29 November is the birthday of two top celebrities – football star Ryan Giggs and Nigerian music artiste Timaya. Giggs, a Welsh born footballer is a legendary Manchester United footballer who is clocking 39 today. Timaya, the self-styled Egberi Papa 1 of Bayelsa was born on this date in 1977. CONNOISSEUR wishes them a very happy birthday.

Renowned motivational speaker Zig ZIGLAR is dead

World renowned motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, who wrote more than 30 books died Wednesday in Texas. He was 86. Ziglar, who had been suffering from pneumonia, died at a hospital in the Dallas suburb of Plano, said his personal assistant, Jay Hellwig. A memorial service is set for Saturday at Prestonwood Baptist Church. May his soul R.I.P.

Photo: Ime ‘Bishop Umoh’ spotted with his fiancée at the premiere of ‘Okon Goes to School’

Popular comedy actor, Ime ‘Bishop’ Umoh was recently spotted with his fiancée at the premiere a new movie which he starred in ‘Okon Goes to School’ (a sequel to the very successful ‘Okon Lagos’). The premiere which was done at Ozone Cinemas, Yaba, Lagos had in attendance A-list Nollywood actors. Ime who is known with very many names like Okon, Cafenol, Bishop etc rocked the red carpet with his gorgeous fiancée.

Wednesday 28 November 2012

BOSS Summit set to raise new generation entrepreneurs

Net Link, Nigerian company with base in Akwa Ibom is partnering with Amaecom Global to offer trainings on entrepreneurial skills development for youths in the Niger Delta region. BOSS is poised to make fresh ideas appear larger than life, and to guide them on the step by step process towards turning it into a reality, and helping youths to rule their world.

Tuesday 27 November 2012

Dear Kelly: The Nigerian music star who is breaking boundaries in South Africa

The article below was earlier published on last week’s edition of Community Pulse on Sunday. Music star and former presenter of Muzik Alive, Dear Kelly earlier in the year relocated to South Africa to take his musical career to a new height. Check out the spotlight after the cut and a copy of the Community Pulse on Sunday where he was featured on the front page…

Photos: Popular TV star, Asteroid at NYSC camp

After his recent completion of studies as a student of University of Uyo where he bagged a bachelor’s degree in Estate Management, popular TV presenter, Asteroid Bassey was posted to Keffi, Nassarawa State for his NYSC program. As a swag-minded fellow, the Associate Editor of E101Magazine was a shining star at the 3-week orientation camp as he won laurels for best parade and also got elected as interim National President, Akwa Ibom Corpers Forum in Nassarawa State.  After leaving camp on Tuesday, he was spotted shopping at Shoprite at Abuja and has also been redeployed to serve in Akwa Ibom. Congrats to him. More pictures of him at the camp after the cut…..

Monday 26 November 2012

Happy birthday Don Jazzy and Christine Iyoho

Today, 26 November is the birthday of Don Jazzy. Born Michael Collins Ajereh, he is a Nigerian Multi award-winning record producer, singer-songwriter, musician, former CEO of Nigerian record label Mo' Hits Records founded in 2004 and current CEO of the Mavin Records label which he founded in May 2012 after his split up with childhood friend and Mo'Hits partner, D'banj

Sunday 25 November 2012

Iyanya's dancer, MC Galaxy won Davido's N500K birthday giveaway

My homeboy MC Galaxy won Davido’s N500,000 cash giveaway at his birthday bash. It was Davido’s 20th birthday and the gig took place at Deuces Club. MC Galaxy became a popular face when he featured prominently in Iyanya’s ‘Kukere’ video with his Etighi dance steps. Congrats to him.   

Saturday 24 November 2012

Happy birthday Yvonne Okoro

Today is the 24th birthday of this pretty Nigeria/Ghanaian actress. HBD to her.

Friday 23 November 2012

Popular OAP, Aniekeme Finbarr and fiancée to serve as Best Man and Chief Bridesmaid to JohnPaul and wife-to-be

Popular On-air-personality (OAP), Aniekeme Finbarr Esq and fiancée simply known as Didi (both pictured above) are to serve as Best Man and Chief Bridesmaid respectively to JohnPaul Ukpong a.k.a JP and his wife-to-be. CONNOISSEUR has it on good authority that the Love FM Abuja presenter who dubs himself The Prime Minister of the Airwaves was chosen for the ‘job’ because of his closeness with JP. A source who is close to both JP and Finbarr said “JP and Finbarr are like 5&6. Finbarr’s girl (referring to Didi) is also close both JP and his bride – Unyime Nathaniel. It’s going to be fun”.

Wednesday 21 November 2012

Breaking: Rafael Benitez appointed as new Chelsea manager

Just in this evening, Chelsea FC has announced the arrival of former Liverpool manager, Rafael Benitez as the man to take charge of the club from now till next summer. The decision – unpopular among many Chelsea diehards – means Roman Abramovich has his ninth manager in nine years as owner. Welcome to Stamford Bridge, Mr. Rafa.

Chelsea Manager, Roberto Di Matteo sacked

After Chelsea’s recent woeful run of games, the management has sacked manager Roberti Di Matteo. This is coming on the heels of the club’s 3-0 loss to Juventus in the UCL last night which has put the club’s chances of reaching the knock-out stages on near impossibility. Check out the club’s statement on RDM’s sack after the cut…

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Happy birthday Davido and Nadia Buari

Today, 21 November is the birthday of Ghanaian Nollywood/Ghollywood actress, Nadia Buari. Also, music prodigy, Davido who recently launched his debut album has clocked 20 today. Happy birthday to them.

Download: ‘Ima’ by Wizzy P

Born and raised in Lagos, Akwa Ibom boy Friday Paul aka WIZZY P aka  PRASEH is an upcoming Nigerian artiste with a passion for music.
In 2011, Wizzy P dropped a single "JUKOLOLO" which has been added as a bonus below, was well received and got rave reviews. Now Wizzy is back with this brand new single "IMMA" produced by MICON and is sure going to get you singing, enjoy, share and drop a comment after the cut...!!!!

Video: American songstress, Keri Hilson dances Etighi and Azonto

She was in Nigeria over the weekend for the ‘Face of Sofa’ 2012. Watch her dancing Etighi and Azonto in this video. Nice one!

OAP Etop Ikon loses mum

On-air-personality, Etop Ikon of AKBC has lost his mother. The ‘Dial My Heart’ co-presenter took to his facebook timeline to announce the loss. “Oh my God, somebody help. Is this what n how it feels like to loose some one soooo dear?.... FOLKS. I JUST LOST MY MUM”, he wrote. We pray God to grant him the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.

Happy birthday President Goodluck Jonathan

 Today, 20th November is the birthday of Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, GCFR, the 14th Head of State and current President of Nigeria. We wish him a happy birthday.

Happy birthday Charles Novia

Today is the birthday of movie producer and director – Charles Novia who is also a music label owner. I wish him a happy birthday.

Snoop Dogg wants to sign David Beckham

Snoop Dogg has indicated interest in buying shares at Celtic FC and also try to sign England football star, David Beckham for the Scottish club. Below is what he said:
I asked my man David about Celtic and he was like, ‘Yeah, teams don’t come much bigger’.
I would try and sign him up for a season but he is pretty happy over here. LA is home for him and his family now – but I would have to at least make that offer to my boy.
We have lunch when we can, so next time, you know, I am going to speak to him about it. Never say never.

Monday 19 November 2012

Mya K nominated alongside Tiwa Savage, 2face, others for NMVA 2012

UK based 11year old songster, Mya K has been nominated for the 2012 edition of the Nigerian Music Video Awards (NMVA) which will hold on December 20, 2012. Mya K who has a British dad and a mom from Akwa Ibom is nominated in the category of ‘Best soft rock/alternative’ courtesy of her song ‘I’ll Survive’. Other stars in her category include BEZ (Stupid Song), Boogieman (Rock Your Party), Ebisan (Jowo), and Lagbaja (Knock Knock).

Thursday 15 November 2012

R.I.P Justice Kayode Eso

The well respected 87 year-old jurist died this morning at his Lagos home. May his soul R.I.P.

‘Okon Goes to School’ to be screened nationwide today

The much anticipated sequel to 'Okon Lagos' - 'Okon Goes to School' will be showing in cinemas nationwide as from today, Friday 16th of November 2012! The movie was written and produced by Uduak Isong Oguamanam, directed by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen and stars the very hilarious Ime Bishop Umoh. Can’t wait to watch it.

Veteran Nollywood actor, Pete Eneh is dead

Information at the disposal of CONNOISSEUR has it that veteran Nollywood actor, Pete Eneh is dead. He died today at Park Lane hospital in Enugu. The actor, who lost one of his legs to amputation few days ago, has been battling with his infected leg after being unable to get proper medical attention when he first had pains in the leg. May his soul R.I.P.

Akwa Ibom’s Iniobong Ifet evicted from Gulder Ultimate Search 9 for failing blindfold puzzle

Akwa Ibom’s Ifet Iniobong has been evicted from the on-going GUS 9. He was evicted after failing a blindfold puzzle. Below is how his eviction took place:

Exclusive: 3 corpers caught having sex, expelled from camp

Three members of the Batch C National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) serving in Ondo State have been expelled from the Orientation Camp in Ikare-Akoko after being caught having sex. CONNOISSEUR learnt authoritatively from a source at the camp that the three corpers (names withheld) were having fun last Saturday night while their colleagues were at the Welcome Party organized to officially welcome them to the camp.

Wednesday 14 November 2012

Nigeria’s Youngest Editor and Icekyd pose with their PMAN Awards in new photos

The pictures above and below show my humble self, Ifreke Nseowo, of course Nigeria’s Youngest Editor and music star Icekyd – Otuekong Ikwo 1 posing with our PMAN Award medals. We were given “Ambassador of Music” awards yesterday by PMAN. Etubomg Rex Williams was given a legendary award, while Mista Xto, Sir James and Godfada are some of the other recipients. Lets I forget, my magazine, E-101 was awarded “Best Entertainment Magazine”. The medal was received by our Fashion/Style Editor, Prince ‘Goldenchyld’ Simeon on behalf the Board of Directors of the magazine. More pictures of me and Icekyd after the cut….

Adams Oshiomhole appoints Patrick Obahiagbon Chief of Staff

After being sworn-in to office on Monday for a second term, the Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has appointed Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon as his new Chief of Staff. Hmmm…this is another opportunity presented to him to exert his grammatical prowess after failing to return to the National Assembly. It could be recalled that of recent, Patrick has emceed most of the state functions, including the Oshiomhole’s swearing in. I hope Osho will understand his usual parlance. Congrats to him.

Tuesday 13 November 2012

Kwara State political godfather - Olusola Saraki is dead

I learnt the Senator of the Nigerian Second Republic whose son is also a serving senator of the federal republic is dead. He will be buried today according to Islamic rites. May his soul R.I.P.

Photo of 27 year-old Miss Ebube Essien-Garricks who won MTN Aeroplane Wonder promo

Below is what was posted on MTNLoadedNG, the official facebook page of the telecommunications giants:
We are delighted to announce that Miss Ebube Essien-Garricks, a 27 year old student based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has emerged winner of the brand new Cessna 182T AEROPLANE in the MTN Ultimate Wonder Promo which ended today!
When contacted on phone, Ebube said she would prefer the cash equivalent of N64 million. Lucky girl!

Monday 12 November 2012

Happy birthday to 2face Idibia’s wife, Annie Macaulay

Today is the birthday of Nollywood actress, producer and presenter – Annie Macaulay. She is married to Africa’s legendary music star, 2face Idibia and has a lovely daughter for him – Isabella. #MyConfession# I had a crush on her 10 years ago or thereabout but she is now Mrs Idibia ooo, so no go area. HBD Afianwe !

Rihanna goes nude on the cover of GQ Magazine

This is not a new thing sha. She is known to be doing this for different magazines. Nice cover though.

Happy birthday Yvonne Nelson

Today, 12th November is the birthday of long-legged beautiful Ghanaian movie star, Yvonne Nelson. Wish her more fruitful years ahead.

Frank Edwards, LYN lead nominations for Nigeria Gospel Music Awards

Multiple award winning gospeller, Frank Edwards who is currently known as Nigeria’s Hottest Gospel Rock artiste is leading the pack of nominations for this year’s edition of Nigeria Gospel Music Awards.  Edwards who plays several musical instruments and is a keyboardist in Christ Embassy Church racked up 6 nominations at the awards. Also leading the pack is ‘Jamboree’ crooner, MefLyN Mbom popularly known as LYN who has nominations in the ‘Best Reggae’ and ‘Next Rated’ categories. Immediately the awards nominations were out, the beautiful songstress was swift to solicit for support from friends and fans. Check out LYN’s message and the nomination list after the cut…

Akwa Ibom indigenes in South Africa to hold first Cultural and Economic Summit

Indigenes of Akwa Ibom State in South Africa will be celebrating their first Akwa Ibom Cultural and Economic Summit at Education Centre, National Botanical Garden, 2 Cussonia Avenue Brummeria Pretoria, South Africa on the 17th of November, 2012. The Governor, His Excellency, Godswill Akpabio, CON, and top federal and state government officials and the global press as well as business, academia, and social leaders are also expected at the occasion.

Sunday 11 November 2012

[Profile + Download] Akwa Ibom Boy by Shalom

When you hear the Hebrew word shalom, what comes to your mind is the bible or the English translation of the word “PEACE”…but here we are talking about none of that! Shalom here, is one new breed of Nigerian musician, with an eclectic sound.  Born, Titus Uwana Udofot on August 15th.