Monday, 6 May 2013

Former Nigerian On-Air Personality Yinka Olonode Commits Suicide

Former Cool FM OAP, Yinka Olonode who hosted a show called “Get a Grip”, committed suicide about a week ago (April 29th, 2013) in Portland, Oregon, US.
At his time in Nigeria he was also a model, featuring in commercials for MTN.
Yinka Olonode, 34, of Portland, fell about 6:30 p.m. from the 15th floor of The Nines hotel at 525 S.W. Morrison St., where Departure Restaurant and Lounge is located. – Oregon Live Reports
It is reported that Yinka was having troubles in the US. Along with being an illegal immigrant in the US, he was also arrested in 2010 after a fight with his girlfriend.

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Rivers Assembly demands redeployment of state Police Commissioner

PORT HARCOURT – Rivers State House of Assembly, has called for the immediate redeployment of the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu, saying he was an interested party   in the political crisis rocking the state.
Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr.  Otelemaba Amaechree, in a statement, said the House had to postpone its sitting, yesterday, because the state Police Commissioner suddenly cancelled an approval requesting police protection for the sitting.
He  said  they had uncovered an alleged plot by five members of the House to cause panic and tension if the House had gone ahead with the  sitting, adding that  the game plan was for security operatives to start shooting sporadically and firing teargas to create  a picture of a breakdown of law and order in the Assembly.
Otelemaba explained that the decision to further adjourn sitting sine die was to protect lives and property in the state.
He said: “Ironically,  a request by the House of Assembly for deployment of Police operatives to guard and protect the Assembly complex earlier approved was unceremoniously withdrawn by the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command on ‘the orders from above.’
“Consequent upon the above and as your elected representatives, determined to save the democratic structures in the state, lives and property, we are aware of plans to stall the sittings of the House through disruptive and violent acts by five members   of the House intended to culminate into sporadic shootings and firing of tear gas canisters by security agencies outside the chambers under the guise of maintaining law and order.
“We are being inundated with threats of arrests, assassinations, and violence on the persons of the Speaker and 26 members of the Assembly. The name of the presidency had been used by those five members of the House in their unguarded utterances and display of intimidation, therefore, the sitting is postponed.”

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New Music: DJ Shabsy – Standing Ovation ft. Ice Prince, Olamide, Vector

The unfinished version was released online a few weeks ago, and here is the official version from DJ Shabsy. The track Standing Ovation features Olamide, Vector, & Ice Prince, and is produced by Fliptyce.
Hot one. Enjoy.


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New Music: D’Prince – Birthday

The Mavins are not stopping at all! Here is Don Jazzy again on the beat, with Dprince on the vocals on this one titled “Birthday”! Listen up and enjoy!

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Singer Zara Gretti getting better; can now speak and walk a little

 Zara Gretti has been battling multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, for a while now. (Read HERE). The singer who could not talk, walk or see with her left eye left the hospital two months ago and according to her, she's doing better now. Below is a BB broadcast she sent out this evening...just in case anyone wants to help out! :-)

Two months out the hospital where I almost died. I now speak and walk small small. My Halleluyah acres supplements are expensive. Wanna help? You can wire me funds from out the country (U.S), or put $ in my account. I'm not afraid to ask. I wanna live a long healthy life! Thank you. Margaret-Mary - Zara Gretti
More important than this is to keep her in your prayers. 

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Actresses Charles Novia Lie About Being Paid Huge Sum For Shaving Hair -

 Nollywood filmmaker and critic, Charles Novia, has reacted to the recent buzz in most social media and blogs about actresses being paid huge sum to shave their hair.
In recent times, actresses have found joy in shaving their hair and making a big deal out of it. More disturbing is the huge quotes these actresses make just agreeing to alter their looks.
Reacting to the trend, Charles Novia took to his twitter page to share his mind on the issue.

According to him, "Seems to shave hair, blog it and lie about being paid huge sums is the new fad among some Nollywood actresses?

"And the shaved hair might just be the only bit good about the movies too or why fuss so much about the hair?"

Chika Ike, who reportedly got N5million for shaving her hair, and Ebube Nwagbo are the latest actresses that have made a fuss out of the hair shaving brouhaha
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SSS Parades Suspect Hired By Governor Akpabio To ‘Kill’ Senator Etok

 The State Security Service (SSS) today paraded a suspect, ex-militant Adelola Tamunotonye Olaore, alias "General Africa" over a plot to assassinate and extort money from Senator Aloysius Etok in Abuja.

Senator Etok is the man that Governor Goodswill Akpabio openly admitted having rigged into office, although the Senator has said his election was transparent. 

But Senator Etok also occupies the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial Seat, the same seat that the governor covets in 2015 when he cannot run for a third term, giving the impression it is merely being held in trust for him. 

The suspect, who was born in Port Harcourt, hails from Okeho in Kajola Local Government of Oyo State.  He confessed to having been contracted by three of Governor Akpabio’s loyalists to assassinate Senator Etok.  In order to convince the Senator [he was not lying] he offered to furnish him with details of the Governor’s purported Bank Account and Energy Company in South Africa.

Adelola said that he wanted to broker peace between Governor Akpabio and Senator Etok, having followed the political wrangling between the duo over the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial Seat.

He confessed to having used the political rift to extort money but he was apprehended by the security operatives.

That development following a directive from the SSS to the Senator who had written a letter to the service titled “REPORT OF THE PLANNED ASSASINATION BY A MAN WHO CALLS HIMSELF GENERAL AFRICA (AN-EX MILLITANT)” 

The Senator was asked to play along with the suspect, leading to his arrest on April 29.
Governor Akpabio, a personal friend of President Goodluck Jonathan, has made it plain he will represent the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District in the Senate in 2015, an ambition that has the entire Peoples Democratic Party machinery in the state behind him, including a faction of the legislature which recently adopted a resolution warning Senator Etok they will only support Akpabio’s Senatorial candidature in the forthcoming election. 

Speaking recently in an interview about the political manipulations in Akwa Ibom State, the Senator said, “That is what happened during my second term struggle that as soon as they knew I was going to contest, my wife was kidnapped. After the release of my wife, my mother in law was kidnapped.

“When she was released, she died because of the torture she received in the hands of the kidnappers. As a result of that my father in law died out the heart break. Therefore, I also want Nigerians to ask Governor Akpabio what I have done to him. I have not done anything to him. I want all of you, like I am going to send a petition to the President, to ask Governor Akpabio to let me be. That his hit squad which he has resurrected should let me live. If anything happens to me, I want the world to know that Governor Akpabio is after my life.”
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Cut OFF Marks For Some Nigerian University Tertiary Institutions!!! 2012/2013 JAMB-UTME Cut-off Marks:

*. University of Port Harcourt, UNIPORT: 200 and above for Dentistry, Pharmacy, Engineering (except Civil & Environmental Engineering), Management Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Social Sciences; 180 and above forothers are invited to a Screening Exercise First Choice and Second Choice

*. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, NAU/UNIZIK: 180 Arts (except Departments of English & History) and Education 200 for others

*. Federal University of Technology Owerri, FUTO:180 First and Second Choice.

*. University of Ibadan UI: 200 First and Second Choice Most preferred

*. University of Lagos Unilag: 200 all courses, FirstChoice only

*. University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN: 200 all courses; first and second Choice.

*. Obafemi Awolowo University OAU: 200; first and second choice

*. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, NAU/UNIZIK: 180 Arts (except Departments of English & History) and Education and 200 for others;first choice only.

*. University of Ilorin, Unilorin: – (i) 200 UTME for courses other than those listed in (5) ‘O’ level Credits at not more than two sittings. (ii) 220 UTME for Accounting, Biochemistry, Business Administration, ­­ Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Common Law, Economics, English, Electrical Engineering, Finance, Geology, Industrial Chemistry, Mass Communication, Mechanical Engineering, Microbiology, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine& (5)‘O’ level Credits at not more thantwo sittings. (iii) MB;BS candidates who obtained: (a) 240marks in the UTME and (b) Credit Passes at one sitting only in the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination or its equivalence in each of the following subjects: English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

*. University of Ado- Ekiti: 200; First and second choice

*. University of Benin, UNIBEN – 200; first choice only

*. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria: 180 for Science based courses and 190 for Arts, Social Science,Law and Administration; ­­ first choice only

*. Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto: 180; First andsecond choice

*. Federal University of Technology, Akure FUTA: 200;first and second choice

*. University of Uyo, Uniuyo: 180; first choice only

*. University of Calabar, Unical: 180 for some courses and 200 forothers
*. University of Agriculture, Abeokuta UNAAB – 180

*. University of Jos UNIJOS: 180; first and second choice

*. Lagos State University LASU: 200; first and second choice
*. Niger Delta University NDU: 180;first choice only
*. TAI Solarin University of Education TASUED: 180 first choice only and change of course
*. Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna: (i) 220 for School of Engineering and Engineering Technology and Environmental Technology (ii) 200forSchool of Environmental Technology and School of Science and Science Education (iii) 190 forSchool of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology and School of Science and Science Education.
*. Federal University Dutsin-Ma, Katsina: 180; first choice only
*. Federal University Oye-Ekiti: 180; first and second choice
*. Federal University of Wukari, Taraba State: 180 in the Sciences and 190 in the hmanities and Social Sciences; first and second choice.
*. Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State: 180; first and second choice.
*. Ebonyi State University EBSU: 180; first and second choice
*. Osun State University (UNIOSUN): 180 for Agriculture, Education and Arts (Humanities and Culture) and 200 for the rest; First and second choice.
*. Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun: 180; first and second choice
*. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike; 180; first and second choice.
*. Anambra State University; 180; first and second choice.
*. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma: 180; first choice only
*. Kwara State University KWASU: 200; first and second choice and changing of courses.
*. Afe Babalola University (ABUAD):No official cut-off mark.
*. Benson Idahosa University: No official cut-off mark.
*. Bells University of Technology, Ota: No cut-off mark,as long as you chose or wish to change course.
*. Kaduna State University, KASU: 180 UTME cutoff (first choice only)
*. Imo State University IMSU: now Evan Enwerem University EEU : 180
*. Enugu State University of Science Tech – 180
*. Adekunle Ajasin University: 200
*. Rivers State University of Science and Technology, RSUST: 180 (1st choice only)
*. Delta State University, Abraka, DELSU: 180

*. Abia State University, Uturu, ABSUU: 180

*. University of Maiduguri, UniMaid: 180
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Omotola Linking Up With Danny Glover, Mel B & Kim Elise


With Spice Girl, Mel B
Omotola aka OmoSexy is really getting in the scene in the American entertainment industry as she’s recently be spotted with former Spice Girls singer Mel B, African American actor Danny Glover, Yeni Kuti and Kimberly Elise. Never know, one of these days, Omotola will be a full on American celebrity.
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                                                                  With Danny Glover
With Kim Elise & Yeni Kuti
With Kim Elise & Yeni Kuti

Efe Omorogbe reacts to Kenny Ogungbe’s speech at #NECLive

Efe Omorogbe responds to Kenny Ogungbe’s speech delivered at the Nigerian Entertainment Conference, April 2013. Photo: Oyeyemi Farotade
When I learnt that Mr. Keke Ogungbe, founder/CEO of Kennis Music was billed to speak on the topic: ‘Are Record Labels Endangered Species?‘ at the inaugural Nigeria Entertainment Conference, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect and it made all a bit more exciting.
I obviously had my opinion on the subject matter. Working with artistes in management capacity and providing label support services to the indie artiste had made it quite clear that the label is a necessity even with the advent of the digital era. To me, it was simply a question of adaptability for the labels, the traditional need remains, it was just the modus operandi that needed tweaking.
I was curious to find out Mr. Ogungbe’s perspective and recommendations as to how the label can ensure its survival and profitability. The speech, though highly informative and interesting didn’t adequately address the topic in my opinion. More ink was dedicated to an engaging historical exposition and general music/entertainment industry issues than the meat of the session which to me, was more about the status of the record label in a changing music business environment.
For me, some of the core issues are thus:
(1) If an artist can record, mix and master a track on his laptop, produce a viral vid on the same device, publish the audio and visual materials on YouTube, promote via social media and secure iTunes and Spinlet distribution by sending 3 emails and possibly become a star, of what use is a label to such an artiste?
(2) As digital distribution gradually become the primary source of label revenue, how sustainable is a system where a telco insists on an 80/20 rev share ratio with a VAS company/aggregator which in turn, takes about half and leaves the label with a paltry 10 per cent to further split with the artiste?

9ice Owes PHCN Electricity Bills Over N60k Unbelievable:


According to source providing Stella Dimokorkus, Crooner Abolore Akande a-k-a 9ice might be owing over N60k light bill at his Ahmadiya Abule egba Lagos home. 
Some PHCN officials visited his home and disconnected his light cables and after the officials left,a miracle happened and the cables were noticed to be ‘reconnected’.
The Phcn officials paid another visit to 9ice’s home about two weeks later to probably get settled but were shocked to discover light that they didnt authorize. The officials stood outside threatening to disconnect the cables again when 9ice supposedly came out and counter threatened the phcn officials daring them to disconnect his cables.
9ice also rained abuses on them in his native dialect and the officials had to quickly leave when area boys in the area begin to gather around in support of 9ice.
Before they left,one of d phcn staff who is a fan of the crooner was so angry at the way 9ice behaved that he went to the car they arrived in,brought out two of 9ice’s Cd’s and broke them in front of the crooners house.
No statement has been made by 9ice, or his spokesperson, however, we want to believe things are not that bad…or are they?

is dis possible pls drop your comment 

Celebrities At The “LoudNProudLive” Red Carpet

The monthly music concert LoudNProudLive  tagged ‘The Reality Edition‘ was  held on Thursday, April  25  2013 at DeMarquee.

Karma (Naija Ninja)


Eva Alordiah

Tosin Igbenoba


TARRI – singer songwriter


Yemi Alade

Tewa Onasanya

Tayo Afolabi

PRYSE – 1st Lady Chocolate City

Miss LA winner of Golden Break through auditions

Sound Sultan

Moses aka ‘The Teddy Bear’ Winner Nigerian idol

Hon Abike Dabiri - Erewa to Speak at United States Embassy in Nigeria

To mark the World Press Freedom Day celebrated yearly, The Chairman House Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Hon Abike Dabiri- Erewa will on the 7th May 2013 be speaking at the United States Embassy in Nigeria at a  program Tagged: The  Effective Use of the Freedom of Information (FOI).

The program is being put together by the U.S. Mission in Nigeria (Abuja and Lagos) in collaboration with the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and Pan African University.

The program will discuss how journalists can use the FoI Act effectively to advance transparency and good governance in Nigeria. 

It will be recalled that last year Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa and Prof. Pat Utomi, attended an exchange program in the United States titled “Nigeria: Freedom of Speech, Expression and Belief” so this year both Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa and Prof. Pat Utomi will be leading the discussions in Abuja and Lagos respectively.

Ghanaian Millionaire Quits Microsoft to Educate “Africa’s Future Leaders

Having just quit a highly lucrative job with tech giant Microsoft in the United States, where he’d made millions working as a program manager, Patrick Awuah would wake up once in a while wondering if he’d done the right thing.


“And then I read the words of Goethe,” remembers Awuah: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it — begin it now.”
What Awuah wanted to begin was to create a university in his native Ghana, a state-of-the-art education hub that would help educate the country’s next generation of leaders.
Inspired by the saying of the famous German writer, Awuah moved with his family back to Ghana. There, he invested his own money and with the help of other donors he founded Ashesi University.
“Africa needs to have a renaissance,” says Awuah, as he explains what drove him to take the risky decision.
“The world needs to change in this way and I strongly believe that people like me who have had the privilege of a great education need to be part of the solution; that I need to be really actively involved in helping to drive this change in Africa so that 30, 50 years from now, the world will be a different place for all people of African descent in the world.”


Fostering leaders
Located about an hour’s drive from the capital Accra, Ashesi, which appropriately translates to “beginning,” is the first Ghanaian university to combine technical majors with a liberal arts approach.
Its vibrant campus, set on 100 acres in a town called Berekuso, was designed to be inspiring for the more than 500 young Ghanaians studying there.
And while Ashesi has already come a long way — when the school first opened in 2002 there was no campus, just a couple of rented buildings for its 30 students — Awuah plans to expand his offering as part of his dream of finding and developing Africa’s next problem solvers.
“In this country, only 5% of college-age kids go to college,” he says. “And there’s two problems with that number: one is it’s too small, but the second is that everyone who goes to college by definition is going to be running this country one day, the 5% — they’re going to be running the courts, they’re going to be designing roads and buildings and infrastructure, they’re going to be running the hospitals, the schools, the businesses.
“So when I look at universities I see Africa fast-forward 30 years. When this 20-year-old is now in his or her 50s, that person is going to be a leader. And so I felt that engaging how that leadership, that future leadership core, is educated could be catalytic.”
Tough decisions
Awuah, who grew up in Accra, left Ghana in 1985 to pursue his own education in the United States. There, he got a job at Microsoft, spearheading software design for dial-up internet access, making millions in the process.
He admits that quitting Microsoft was not an easy decision and credits his American wife for supporting him.
“I won’t lie to you — it was tough,” says Awuah. “But I can tell you that when I mentioned this idea to my wife, she immediately agreed,” he adds. “She’d never been to Africa before she met me and part of her conviction that this sounded like a good idea and her willingness to go ahead with it was very encouraging.”
Committed to providing greater education opportunities in Ghana, he went back to school himself, earning a Master’s degree at Berkeley, one of the world’s top business schools. For his efforts, he’s won many awards.
Changing the continent
Today Ashesi, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, offers degrees in business, information systems and computer science, with plans to offer engineering and economics majors in the near future. Its graduation rate is between 70 and 90%, according to Awuah.
Total fees costs $9,000 a year, including tuition, housing and meals. Awuah says the university brings together a diverse mix of students from different backgrounds, including scholarship-winning undergraduates from humble beginnings who are the first in their families to attend college.
“Our last freshman class, 50% of that class paid full tuition, 25% were on full scholarships and 25% on partial scholarships,” he says.”The reason why diversity’s so important is that the most important conversation on campus is a conversation about the good society — what is the good society we would like to see in Africa?’ That conversation is a lot more interesting if you have diversity in the classroom,” adds Awuah.
“Because each person has an important perspective to share, but each person also has certain blinders that need to be peeled away — that can be peeled away if they’re in a room with others who have other perspectives as they do.”
Looking ahead, Awuah says he hopes Africa’s universities will cultivate a new generation of bold and innovative leaders, helping the continent to transform itself.
“If you come back in 30 years, universities will be competing for the best and brightest students,” he says. “I hope that universities will also be competing on things such as whose students are the most ethical,” he adds.” If that happens, it will change the continent.”
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