Friday, May 29, 2020

Kenneth Okonkwo Reveals Nollywood’s Finest Actress

Mercy Aigbe and Kenneth Okonkwo on set
Nollywood actor, Kenneth Okonkwo, has disclosed that Mercy Aigbe, is one of ‘Nollywood’s finest actresses.’
The 51-year-old actor complimented Mercy when he shared a behind-the-scenes photo from a movie.
“Be yourself! She loves you for who you are not for what you are. Whether you are a road side Mechanic or an Engineer, what is yours is yours. On stage with one of Nollywood finest actresses @realmercyaigbe whom I love and cherish even if I am a Mechanic and she is a Princess,” he captioned the post.

Okonkwo is popularly known for his role in the movie Living in Bondage. as MR Andy.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Trump Calls For Investigation Into George Floyd’s Death




The United States President Donald Trump has called for an expedited investigation into George Floyd’s death.
Floyd, the deceased was pronounced dead in a hospital on Monday night, following a brief altercation with a Minnesota policeman.
According to reports and video evidence, the officer, Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck of the black man who later died.
Trump described Floyd’s death as ””very sad and tragic” and also said that ”justice will be served”.


On his official Twitter page, he wrote; ”At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd…
“….I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!”

Bisi Alimi Blasts Simi For Condemning Homosexuality

LGBT Activist Bisi Alimi and Simi
Nigerian gay rights activist, Bisi Alimi has called out Nigerian singer Simi after she spoke against racism and violence on Blacks while she once condemned homosexuality.
Simi on her Twitter page had condemned the brutal killing of an African American man named George Floyd by police in Minneapolis USA after a cop knelt on his neck.
The ‘Duduke’ singer wrote; “And we have our own people killing us in the streets and it has become so normal now. It’s almost more abhorrent. As fucked as it is, it is one thing for people to be intimidated by and hate you for being different, but how do you not value someone the exact same as you?”

Reacting to this, Bisi Alimi called her a hypocrite referencing how she on her Youtube series: Stoopid Sessions, she once called homosexuality, “abnormal.”
He wrote; “There is a name you call the #Nigeria middle/upper class elites that sympathise with abroad blackness but promote local homophobic violence against their own #LGBT; hypocrites. The @SympLySimi of this world. You are a disgrace.”
In January this year, Bisi Alimi shared a piece of advice to all gay Nigerians to find means to escape from the country that ” is designed to kill you and your dreams!”
The Berlin-based university lecturer shared a post which reads thus; ”Dear Nigerian LGBTQ Individuals, if you can find your way out of Nigeria please do it. To be honest, start investing in getting out of that jungle. Your future matters.”

Apple Announces DJ Cuppy As Their First African Radio Host

              DJ Cuppy becomes Radio Host


DJ Cuppy, the celebrity daughter of Nigerian billionaire, Femi Otedola, has landed first-of-its-kind deal with Apple Music as the music platform launches its first radio show in Africa.
The streaming platform announced today, Thursday, that “Africa Now Radio with Cuppy” will debut Sunday and will feature a mix of contemporary and traditional popular African sounds, including genres like Afrobeat, rap, house, kuduro and more.
The weekly one-hour show will be hosted at 3 pm Nigerian time on Sundays.
As face and voice behind Apple Music in Africa, Cuppy will be bringing the world to Africa.
Besides DJing all genres of African music, the show will see Cuppy entertaining the listeners with interviews from artists across the continent and even beyond.
”I’m the first ever African @AppleMusic  @Beats1 radio host? Pinch me! This is for YOU Africa! ✊🏿🎡✊🏾🎢✊🏽 Promise to do my people PROUD! 🌍#AfricaNow,” Cuppy tweeted.
“The show represents a journey from West to East and North to South, but importantly a narrative of Africa then to Africa now,” Cuppy said.
I’m the first ever African @AppleMusic@Beats1 radio host? Pinch me! This is for YOU Africa! ✊🏿🎡✊🏾🎢✊🏽 Promise to do my people PROUD! 🌍










African music and artists have found success outside of the continent and onto the pop charts in both the U.S. and U.K. in

Cynthia Morgan Reacts To Jude Okoye’s Rebuttal

                  
Embattled singer, Cynthia Morgan, said she never stated that his former boss, Jude Okoye, took away her Instagram account.
Cynthia, however, insisted that Jude took over her VEVO account and she should be suing him.
Cynthia, now Madrina, made this known in another Instalive video session with former Miss Globe Nigeria Cassandra.
This came after Jude Okoye issued a rebuttal to Cynthia’s claim that he was responsible for her career misfortune.
Jude Okoye claimed he took over her VEVO account because he lost N40 million after she breached her contract.
But Cynthia said this happened because Jude didn’t do his job well because she was a big brand while still with Northside Entertainment.
Below are other comments made by Cynthian Morgan in her recent interview.
“Jude didn’t care about my feelings and that’s why I didn’t resign from the contract.”
“Shoutout to Davido. One Love and I’ve always loved David”
“I can meet up with Jude but definitely not my ex-manager. Joy was trying to use me and I even think Jude was used.”
“I wasn’t fighting anybody but just saying my truth. People go always talk for instagram”
“Jude never had control of my Instagram account.”
“If I see Joy, it’s on sight bruv”
“The first 3 years of my contract, I wasn’t happy. The person I actually had an issue with was Joy and not Jude. Joy as a manager was more of a dictatorship.”
“The contract is an investment. Our agreement was to pay Jude back e.g if he invests 50million and after then, 50 50 deal comes in”
“If I really need sympathy, I would’ve come out years ago and currently, I’m saying the truth”
“I should sue Jude actually. I was hungry and Jude was turning down 3.5million gigs”

The Real Truth About Cynthia Morgan And Jude Okoye's Deal

Cynthia Morgan Accuses Jude Okoye Of Her Career MisfortuneGuardian ...

The contract between Cynthia Morgan and Jude Okoye's Northside Entertainment which generated a buzz last weekend after the dancehall singer claimed it made her lose her name, Instagram account, royalties and VEVO account has finally been released. 
Recall that Jude Okoye who countered the claims made by Cynthia Morgan, had said he will be sharing the contract online.
The contract made available to Tunde Ednut and signed in October 2013, ran for 4 years and had a 2 year option renewal. It also had a 50-50 sharing formula. 

Here is the below; 



Here is the contract between Cynthia Morgan and Jude Okoye


Here is the contract between Cynthia Morgan and Jude Okoye


Here is the contract between Cynthia Morgan and Jude Okoye
Here is the contract between Cynthia Morgan and Jude Okoye

Jude Okoye Responds To Cynthia Morgan's Allegations

Here is the contract between Cynthia Morgan and Jude Okoye


Jude Okoye has responded to the allegations made against him by Cynthia Morgan and May D.
In a live interview with Instagram influencer Tunde Ednut, Jude Okoye addressed some of the allegations made against him by the dancehall singer who accused him of shipwrecking her music career.
Her Stage Name And Social Media Accounts
Cynthia Morgan who now goes by the stage name Madrina alleged that she was not allowed to use her stage name and that she no longer had access to her social media accounts following her exit from Jude Okoye’s Northside Records.
Speaking to Tunde on the issue, Okoye denied the claim.
“I never took that name from her. I don’t have that power.”
Okoye added the songstress still had access to her social media account two years after leaving the label.
Her Contract With Northside Records
Jude stated that the contract Cynthia Morgan had with him (Northside Records) expired in 2017 when responding to a question on if Cynthia Morgan was free.
Jude affirmed that Morgan indeed owed him over 40 million dollars.
During the course of the interview, he said that he will make the contract available to the public.
Promotions
Cynthia claimed that Jude was not promoting her.
“Why are people not asking questions; how come this girl has been down this so long and not even one colleague came up to her rescue? Not rescue as in giving her money or sponsoring her. Rescue as in identifying with her.”
He said she burned all the bridges he built for her and stated Cynthia Morgan once questioned his value in her life.
“Cynthia Morgan looked me in the eye and asked me ‘what the f**k have you done for me?'”
On May D
Jude Okoye also addressed the allegations made by Akinmayokun Awodumila better known by the stage name May D. Following the allegations by Morgan, May D whose brief stint with the defunct PSqaure ended in 2012, stated that while he was with the label he was poorly treated. He claimed that he slept on a carton in the boy’s quarters which he shared with their driver.
In his reaction to the allegation, Jude said he spent over a hundred thousand dollars on May D. According to Jude, trouble began after he gave May D a contract and the singer came back after 2 weeks stating that there were no incentives in the contract.
Jude said May D had demanded a car and an apartment in Lekki despite the fact that the singer was still up-and-coming and had not done any shows.
On Psquare
Jude also chipped in on the bad blood between him and Peter. He stated that the only reason he decided to speak up on the Cynthia Morgan allegations was because Peter had involved himself.
Jude Okoye stated that the reason PSquare broke up was because Peter didn’t want his (Jude) involvement in the group. When asked if he could bring back the group together again, Jude said no and that “there is nothing humanly possible for me to do to bring Psquare back”.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Live Report: Rebirth Of Real Hip Hop

Mi and AQ are undoubtedly a force to reckon with when it comes to hip hop in Nigeria, this is because their catalogue and discography vividly portrays the amount of energy and talent they have both put in to get to the stage at which their career is in presently.
 
Art is supposed to connect , regardless of the form it comes in; whether as photography , films,music or even poetry , it is meant to connect to give people another deep sense of imagination. This is what these two rappers artistically did on this project.
Amazingly, it was a tweet that birthed the whole project , as a fan reached out to AQ to ask him to do a project with MI and things went by so fast and six days later, The Live Report was birthed. This can fully attest to the fact that the rappers are extremely talented and they are one hundred percent confident in their craft.
It is evidently ridiculous to ignore MI when conversations of the greatest in African hip hop arises; this is because he has been around for more than a decade and his bars are still as hungry as a rookie who just broke into stardom. This project is his tenth work and it keeps getting better. The self acclaimed African rapper number one has his name imprinted in history when it comes to hip hop in Africa .
AQ’s lyricism has effortlessly put him on the map and has raised his name when conversations on who is the lyrical king in Nigerian hip hop arises. Having won the lyricist on the roll award at the 2019 Headies and putting out one the best rap albums so far this year with Gods Engineering; he cannot be counted out or ignored when hip hop is addressed in Nigeria’s music journey


A hip hop fan is supposed to except nothing less than epic when two talented rappers like MI and AQ decide to work together on a project. The six track EP covers ranges of topics and issues. They consistently hit the nail on the head and raise all the dust needed on issues that matter. This generated lots of applause when the project just came out . It also did not hesitate to top the charts on the hip hop genres.
The first track “tone of the conversation “ serves as an introductory track as the two rappers projects theirselves and the rapping prowess they possess. They waste no time to insist that nobody is on their level; with MI expressing in one of the lines that he’s a walking “Museum “ and he also serves as a protector to other rappers as he goes on to project himself as “ Amotekun”. AQ also hints on the fact that he feels his time is now as he asserts with statements like “ I have crowned so many kings and this is my coronation “. In this track , they aggressively claim their spot .
The live report serves as the second track and also the title of the project. In this song, that talk about the ills going on in the society as blunt as it could ever be , citing examples from the present Covid -19 pandemic, the 5G drama that played out , politics and the mindset of the average Nigerian . They also hinted on how social media affects the people negatively due to its excessive use. MI states clearly that “intelligence is not married to elegance” advising people to get wiser
Jesus said use your head comes off as the title of the next track . Here MI and AQ bants on religion and the extremism attached to it. They pour out their mind on the way religious people exaggerate and over analyze ; in this song, they advice the church goers to go back to the Bible so they can get a background knowledge on whatever topic the pastor raises . Ignorance towards the words of God is a harsh reality on the religious sect today . MI speaks on his disappointment at which one can easily relate criminal activities with pastors on pulpits.
The next track “Clap for yourself” features big daddy jayy. This track comes off in a hyper sarcastic intro ; it ridicules the alarming rate at which people lie ,MI hyped himself out ; throwing light on how he’s successful and he feels he ought to be applauded for all his achievement . AQ shades people who claim to be rich on the internet and in reality ; they are poor and have noting to show for themselves.
When I’m gone takes a deeper reflection on the fact that everyone will be gone one day. In this next verse ,AQ analyzes that despite the changing system of the world , he is still stuck to old values . He urges his fans to always stick to his music because he thinks he might gain more fame when he’s gone because these days ; people are heavily pulled in to the trendy “booty songs”. MI starts off with the fame thirsty people on twitter who tweet without regard and possess little or no value on how people would feel when they put out negative tweet aimed at hurting someone. He explains that even when he’s gone , the set of individuals that hated him will switch lanes and act like the loved him . The message in the song is advising people to show love whenever they can because life is not guaranteed.
The last track on the EP is titled “ brave heart “ in this song ,AQ starts off by talking about his zeal to chase his dreams. He emphasizes that no can stop him from doing what he has been designed to achieve. He continues to draw attention to his notion on the fact that he does not trust the media. Mi takes God-status on the track ; he boasts that he is always busy “starting companies and he disregards beefs” this is because he keeps wining and continues to make what he states as “clean money”.
The live report is one work of art that serves as an eye opener to the way at which rap can be a platform to buttress issues happening in the society. MI and AQ continues to break boundaries as they consistently try to regulate and push rap music to same level at which Afro beats is in Nigeria. For me, this is hip hop and as a country we need more rap artists like the two talents on this project.
By Naomi Oleribe 

Waje Opens Up About Insecurities And Why She Almost Quit Music

Waje opens up about insecurities and why she almost quit music in an interview with
Chude Jideonwo



In a bare-all interview with Chude Jideonwo, co-founder of RED | For Africa and Joy Inc., the
multi-talented singer, Aituaje Iruobe, known professionally as Waje, revealed some of her
deepest insecurities, including how she almost quit music in 2013.

In the latest episode of #WithChude, the Nigerian singer whose vocal range is doubtless one
of the best in the industry opened up about how relentless attacks on her looks from the
public, made her decide never to do music again.

“Someone said I looked like a DSTV remote control,” she said, recounting the day in 2013
when she went viral on Twitter following a music performance she didn’t feel confident
about. According to her, “Strangely, nobody said anything about my performance, but they
kept saying stuff about how I looked.”

Recounting the experience, the singer admits, “I still have the picture from that day, and I
looked good, not bad. But I really believed what they said, and I stopped being happy.”
Waje explained that she was only able to overcome that phase of her life when she
highlighted the things that were within her power to change and focused on them while
devoting a whole year to finding God and building her faith.

#WithChude is a special series of targeted multimedia conversations and investigations
focused on narratives that enable and strengthen the mind, heart and spirit. Leveraging the
voice, network and passion of its host, Chude Jideonwo, the show underlines social issues,
aims to raise social consciousness and spark social movements.

New episodes of #WithChude show every Saturday at 9 pm on TVC Entertainment, and
every Thursday on Ebony Life TV at 7.30 pm. With an extended play podcast up on Spotify,
iTunes among other podcast platforms every Wednesday at 10 am, everyone can join the
conversations.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Man Arrested For Sneezing On Currency



A man may be liable to pay a fine of $272,000 after sneezing on the currency of the United Arab Emirates.
The Police in Dubai arrested the man over a video he posted on social media.
In the video, the man can be seen pretend-sneezing on the currency.
He was also seen using the note to clean himself.
UAE laws regard his action as an insult to an Emirati symbol.
He has been referred to the authority concerned for further action, the police said.
The police said that the cybercrime law specifies a maximum fine of Dh1 million and a prison term for insulting the country or its symbols.
The police also posted the suspect’s photo on their social media channels without blurring his face, reports Khaleej Times.

Protest In Ojodu-Berger Over Trader’s Death While Struggling With LAGESC Officers [PHOTOS]

The death of a trader in Ojodu Berger area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria during an encounter with officials of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps, LAGESC, last Friday has sparked off a protest in the area.
The trader was said to have slumped while trying to recover her seized goods from the agency officials and was rushed to the hospital where she later gave up the ghost.
The traders came out en-masse to air their grievances.
They accused officials of LAGESC of extortion and harassment every week.
The Baale of Ojodu while addressing the angry traders advised them not to take matters into their own hands.
He promised to do a follow up on the matter and also talk to the government to provide a proper market for Ojodu since the one they had was taking by the previous administration.


Story By Efunla Ayodele.