This year, the Yahoo! Wireless Festival is taking place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London across Friday 12 July, Saturday 13 July and Sunday 14 July. Nigerian pop sensation Wizkid and the “Azonto” pioneer, Fuse ODG have been billed to perform this year. Both acts follow in the footsteps of D’Banj who performed on the same stage last year. Wizkid and Fuse will be sharing the stage with International superstars Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Trey Songz, John Legend, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Emeli Sande, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Rita Ora and so many more.
Friday, 31 May 2013
According to Billboard, Sharon Benjamin-Hodo, mother of popular US rapper Andre Lauren Benjamin, otherwise known as, Andre 3000 is dead. Billboard is reporting that Benjamin-Hodo was found dead in her Atlanta home on Monday May 28, 2013, one day after Andre’s 38th birthday. Cause of death remains unknown and the rapper has not spoken to the press either.
Andre 3000 is best known for being part of hip-hop duo OutKast alongside fellow rapper Big Boi.
Information has it that gifted music producer; Don Jazzy was part of beat makers who produced the songs in D’Banj’s new album entitled, DKM. So, the days of Don Jazzy and D’Banj heart melting lyrics and sounds is not over yet.
DB Records will be making their first release in what is already setting up to be one of the most anticipated albums of the year. The compilation will feature label acts Kay-Switch and J-Sol alongside a myriad of local and International superstars.
The second Woolwich killer, 28 year old Michael Adebolajo, was discharged from the hospital today. He has been taken into custody at a south London police station, where he will be questioned and charged for the murder of British soldier, Lee Rigby who was hacked to death on May 22.
As part of recent pan-continental expansion, Nigeria’s leading recording and entertainment company Chocolate City has announced the commencement of operations in Kenya, one of the key markets for music and entertainment in Africa.
Chocolate City Vice President M.I made the announcement in Lagos today, May 31, saying the Kenya launch will happen in a matter of days.
One of the opposition Parties in Osun state, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), has endorsed the incumbent Governor, Rauf Aregbesola for a re-run in the 2014 gubernatorial race. Sources say, the empowerment programmes of Governor Aregbesola has earned him the people’s mandate.
Julia Blaise Blog (JBB) gathered that veteran Nollywood comic actor, Babatunde Omidina, otherwise known as Babasuwe has lost his N25million law suit against National Drug Law Enforcement Agency. The Court of Appeal, Lagos, today, Friday, May 31, 2013 delivered a judgment in favour of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) which made an appeal against the judgment awarding N25million as compensation in favour of the actor.
Popular Wazobia FM On Air Personality, (OAP) Ani Chinedu Emmanuel, popular known as Nedu, and his wife, Uzoamaka Ohiri have concluded their white wedding today Friday May 31, 2013 at Church of Resurrection in 1004, Victoria Island, Lagos. The couple who had their court registration in April, commenced with their wedding reception immediately at Terra Kulture in VI.
Kogi state governor, Idris Wada has commissioned the foundation laying of a 272 unit housing estate in Gadumo village, Lokoja, aimed at helping hundreds of victims who were displaced by floods in 2012. Governor Wada said his government is committed to alleviating the suffering of the flood victims in the state by providing an environment conducive for the people to live in.
This light skin Nollywood actor, Ikem Chude has picked June 16 wedding date. The actor will walk down the aisle with his beautiful wife at Sign Fireman Miracle Crusade, Aguda, Surulere, Lagos. They had their traditional marriage last week in his wife’s home town. Ikem Chude was one of the hottest dudes in movie industry three years back before he went out of the scene. Sources disclosed that the actor fell sick as far as becoming blind before he left the industry.
The Secret Service disclosed on Thursday, May 30, 2013 that authorities stopped a threatening letter addressed to President Barack Obama that was similar to ones sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Letters sent to Bloomberg and his gun control group contained material believed to be the deadly poison ricin and contained a reference to gun control, New York police said on Wednesday. A Secret Service official said the White House letter was similar but did not elaborate.
Guaranty Trust Bank PLC just bagged 2013 bank of the year by the African Banker Magazine. The award recognizes financial institutions that have emerged as industry leaders and continent trend setters, due to good corporate governance practices, exceptional service delivery within the financial services industry of their country and innovative products.
Anytime the thought of Nollywood actresses who like dogs comes to the mind, the first person that will click is Empress Njama. This actress has so much passion for the animals that she trains them for sale. Recall hat Julia Blaise Blog (JBB) has mentioned that Tonto Dikeh keeps dogs as pets, and now actress and producer Stephanie Okereke-Linus has unveiled her dog for all to see.
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The House of Representatives yesterday approved a 14-year jail sentence with no option of fine for the same sex couple even as it outlawed gay clubs and societies in Nigeria. Considering a report of a Bill for an Act to prohibit marriage or civil union entered between persons of the same sex, solemnization of the same and for other matters related, the lawmakers placed a 10-year jail term for members of gay associations or those who engaged in gay processions. The lawmakers said any marriage or civil union entered into by persons of the same gender was prohibited. The Bill on the same sex was introduced on the floor of the House last year.
Girl, 23 has been stabbed to death by her brother during a fracas over noodles meal in Warri, Delta State. It was informed that misfortune started when the victim, in a fury, inflicted injuries on her brother with a sharp razor blade, which resulted to serious bleeding. It was gathered that her brother, in a bid to avenge the harm done to him, picked up a sharp object, later identified as knife and stabbed his sister in the neck, which subsequently led to her death instantly.
Thursday, 30 May 2013
No fewer than 20 persons were reported dead in a motor accident in Amassoma, Yenagoa, on Wednesday. The 20 persons were mostly part-time students of the state-owned Niger Delta University, Amassoma who were returning from lectures in a 13-seater bus that collided with another that was returning to Amassoma from Yenagoa.
Lagos state governor Babatunde Fashola on Friday unveiled 57 athletes who have been adopted by sponsors in the state’s Adopt-A-Talent sports programme. Governor Fashola said that the future of Nigerian sports can only be built on young athletes that are tapped at their tender ages, noting that the problem of Nigeria’s poor performance in sports emerged because there is a fixation about getting immediate results.
Despite being in a state of emergency, the Governor of Yobe state, Ibrahim Gaidam, reshuffled his cabinet on Thursday, May 30, 2013 with the splitting of Ministry of Education, into Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher education. This development came three days after the Governor also declared a state of emergency in the state’s education and the health sectors. The secretary to the state government, Babagoni Machina revealed in his statement that “with the split of Ministry of Education into two, Aji Yerima Bularafa who is the former Commissioner of Youth and social development is to head the Higher Education Ministry while Mohammed Lamin of Transport and Energy, is to take charge of the Ministry of Education.”
It has been disclosed that the faction of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) loyal to the governor of Plateau state, Jonah Jang has commissioned its secretariat in the Maitama District of Abuja. The secretariat, a butter colour two-storey building, located at No 2, Nana Street, Maitama District, was officially opened by Gov. Jang and his self-appointed NGF Vice Chairman, Olusegun Mimiko, the Ondo State Governor.
There are indications that top Nollywood’s bad boy, Jim Iyke has hit it big this time. Right now, he is on the set of a movie entitled, Santa Monica in the biggest movie industry in the world, Hollywood situated in California, US.
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According to sources, the Federal Government of Nigeria has begun investigating commercial banks for irregularities in remittances of revenue by some of them engaged in the collection of non- oil revenue for the federation account. Money deposit banks across the country would be scrutinized as their activities concerning the receipt and remittances to the federation account of taxes and duties from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) have come under question to ascertain the extent of diversion by the banks.
The reality TV star, Kim Kardashian had serious battle with the wind few days back, as her baby bump was almost lashed open to the public view. Lucky enough, the baby mama of Kanye West won the battle..Photos
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola yesterday commissioned the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge, where he paid glowing tribute to the late President of Nigeria, Musa Yar’Adua, saying he played a pivotal role in the successful construction of the bridge.
The governor, who spoke at the ceremony held on the new bridge, recalled the challenges initially encountered by the state government when the idea of the bridge was first conceived.
JBB exclusively learnt that veteran actress Ngozi Ezeonu, who cerebrated 48th birthday two weeks ago has relocated to Asaba, Delta state temporarily. According to sources, the actress did not move to Asaba for pleasure, rather her quest for more movie jobs made her move to the city where almost all the Nollywood movies are produced in recent times.
JBB gathered that the filmmaker who hit the limelight with the movie entitled, Glamour Girls has moved her important belongings, which includes her car to Asaba. She was really prepared for her new base, as she was said to have gotten a flat for herself in the city to avoid living from one hotel to the other.
The Mapara Moboluwaduro community of Ifo Local Government Area, Ogun State has been thrown into confusion since Tuesday, May 28, following the abduction of the community’s traditional ruler, Chief Lateef Adewale Amodemaja at about 10p.m.
Modemaja was whisked away in his ash coloured Pegeout car at about 10p.m on Tuesday by three men in police uniform. And since then, he had not returned home and his whereabouts remained unknown.
The Deputy Chairman of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), Major-General Mamman Tsoho Kontagora (rtd) is dead. Kontagora who was in 2003 defeated by Isa Maina in the FCT senatorial primaries of the PDP was aged 69.
Kontagora, who was defeated by late president Umaru Musa Yar’adua during the presidential primaries of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2007 general elections, died in the late hours of Wednesday.
Front-line predecessors of President Goodluck Jonathan in office, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo; and ex-dictators, retired Generals Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Babangida, and Abdusalami Abubakar (retd.), as well as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, on Wednesday shunned the Democracy Day event of the Federal Government.
While all former heads of government were reportedly invited to the event where Jonathan rendered an account of his mid-term performance, only Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.) and Chief Ernest Shonekan attended.
Talented and handsome Nollywood star, Chidi Mokeme was sighted treating himself to a lavish stay at the world’s most deluxe relaxation points in Dubai called, Burj Al Arab located in Jumeirah.
The actor, who shared some of the pictures, was said to have stayed at the hotel for a short holiday with few business associates.
Tragedy struck in Bayelsa State in the wee hours of yesterday when generator fumes killed a mother and five of her children. Fve children of Mr. Celestine Onwudili and his wife, Chinyere, were found dead in their house located at Azikoro village road by neighbours yesterday morning.
Bayelsa State has been in total black out since May 18 when, during a downpour, a tree fell and destroyed the 33KVA transmitter transmitting electricity to the state from the Ahoada-Owerri axis of the Transmission Power Station.
BREAKING NEWS: STELLA DAMASUS, TONTO DIKEH SCREENED OUT FROM RED CROSS AMBASSADORSHIP OVER SCANDALS, TATTOO
Insiders sources disclosed to JBB that among top actresses who were chosen for Red Cross Society of Nigeria, Lagos chapter Celebrity Health Ambassadors include, Tonto Dikeh and Stella Damasus.
However, the two talented actresses did not cross the scrutinizing lines to become Red Cross Ambassadors, reason being that they were screened out by the Society as they could not pass the health and personality selection exercise.
On Friday, May 24, 2013, top Ghanaian movie stars such as, Yvonne Nelson, Jackie Appiah and John Dumelo streamed out to the premiere of Frank Rajah Arase’s new film entitled, Cheaters.
According to sources, Cheaters was premiered with a huge red carpet event at the Silverbird Cinemas, Accra, Ghana and had several Ghanaian celebrities in attendance.
The indigenes of Port Harcourt, Rivers state were not only thrilled but also set in a comical mode few days back when Nollywood’s big artistes such as, Funke Akindele-Oloyede, Doris Simeon and other cast of Femi Branch’s stage play, Jungle Justice, unraveled the city.
According to sources, the audience numbering over 3000 was left in awe as the thespians which include Segun Arinze, Femi Branch, Rykardo Agbor, Femi Brainard, Funky Mallam and Omololu Sodiya unleashed the stage craft they have known with over the years.
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
There are indications that Rob Kardashian has settled with the photographer who accused him of robbery, stealing her camera equipment, and this will almost certainly mean the end of the criminal case against Rob.
Sources familiar with the situation disclosed this to TMZ, stating that Rob has agreed to pay Andra Viak the value of the camera equipment.
EUCHARIA ANUNOBI, GENEVIEVE NNAJI, OMOTOLA, OTHERS BECOME CELEBRITY HEALTH AMBASSADORS FOR RED CROSS
On Thursday, May 23, 2013, top entertainment practitioners numbering about 29, such as, Evangelist Eucharia Anunobi, Sir Shina Peters, Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Olu Jacobs, Joke Silva, Kate Henshaw, and many others passed the tedious screening of Red Cross Society of Nigeria, Lagos state chapter and become the Celebrity Health Ambassadors for the Society.
According to the information gathered, the honour was bestowed on the stars by The Chairman of National Providence of the Nigeria Red Cross Society, Mr. Emmanuel Ehiwerei. The assignment of these entertainers who are considered to be sound in health will be focusing on the area of ensuring that the society will provide health assistance to Lagos residents continuously.
Despite attempts from French citizens to stop the arrangement, Bruno Boileau and Vincent Autin were joined in matrimony as man and wife.
French police made at least one arrest as a group of individuals tried to disrupt the marriage ceremony by booing the couple on the way into Montpellier town hall, where the wedding was due to take place.
It’s no longer news that German club side; Bayern Munich won the Champions League title and the Bundesliga and take away the German Cup to make it a treble win for this season, but the news now is that the German club has knocked off English side; Manchester United from its position as the world’s most valuable brand.
In the new rankings done by BrandFinance Football 50, Bayern Munich leapfrogged after a nine per cent rise in value from 2012, moving from second to first after the double success and hopefully would clinch the German Cup.
According to reports, Busta Rhymes has just been sued for $70,300 by Paramount Recording Studios for allegedly stiffing it on a massive bill. It was reported that the star Hip Hop singer had an insane recording schedule.
PRS filed the lawsuit against Busta, claiming he racked up nearly 375 recording hours back in 2011-2012 and never paid a cent. The studio is now suing for its money back.
A relation of a former Minister of Interior, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho (retd.), has been accused of killing his live-in lover.
The suspect, George Iheanacho, allegedly killed his 32-year-old partner, Regina James, the mother of his three children – two boys and a girl.
It was reported that one of the Woolwich killers, 22 year old Michael Adebowale has been discharged from hospital and moved into custody in a south London police station, while Michael Adebolajo is still in hospital.
Meanwhile, Michael Adebolajo's family yesterday issued a statement of condolence to the family of the soldier who was killed, Lee Rigby. It reads:
A Kenyan High Court has ordered police to reinvestigate complaints of rape by 11 girls in a landmark case brought by a children’s charity on behalf of more than 240 victims of child rape, some of them as young as three years old.
Mercy Chidi, who runs the Ripples International children’s charity in Meru, Kenya, filed a petition on behalf of the girls, who came to the charity for help after being raped by fathers, grandfathers, uncles, police officers and neighbors.
Producer, actor, director, Kunle Afolayan is tidying up his desk to hit location for the production of his film soon.
According to message circulated by Mr. Afolayan’s Golden Effects Pictures, the producers of Figurine, Irapada and Phone Swap, an audition would be holding on Thursday, June 6, 2013 for Kunle Afolayan’s next movie.
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Going by the picture that this rapper artiste posted on his Instagram, he just purchased a Bentley car. Sources disclosed that the wonders-on-wheels removed a whopping sum of N32million from his bank account.
This is coming few days after rapper M.I acquired the same car.
Star actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde who has been on location in Hollywood, has returned to Nigeria in grand style. The mother, singer and actress, who landed at Murtala Muhammed Airport over the weekend, was welcomed by her husband Captain Matthew Ekeinde, and fans who were waiting before her arrival.
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