Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Okonjo-Iweala is the 81st ‘Most Powerful Woman’ in the world

American business magazine Forbes has listed Nigeria’s Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in their recent ‘Most Powerful Women in 2012‘ list.

Only three Africans make the list: Malawian President Joyce Banda who comes in at 61st place, Okonjo-Iweala at 81st, and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who follows closely at 

Iweala, 58, is serving a second time in the ministry of finance. From 2003 to 2006 she served Nigeria under the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Other popular celebrities-figures that made the list include – US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, US First Lady Michelle Obama, Pop star Lady Gaga, R&B diva Beyonce, Shakira to mention a few.

Wizkid to Perform Alongside Trey Songz, Kendrick Lamar & Tulisa at the BBC Radio 1Xtra Live Concert in November

This is definitely Wizkid’s year. he has seen tremendous growth this year, And now, Wizkid is once again making headlines as the only Nigerian artiste to perform alongside top international acts including Trey Songz, 
Kendrick Lamar, Tulisa and Angel at the BBC 1xtra Live concert set to take place on Monday 12th November 2012 at the Brixton Academy, London.

Wizkid is rocking the music scene and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for us in 2013 , He has proven to be thick and has sustained himself uin the industry so far,

More Music, More Videos, More Honors in 2013 we suppose!
Photo Credit:Bella Naija

Anambra State Teacher flogs 12-year-old student to death in

 Miss Chidimma Ukachukwu, a 12-year-old student of a secondary school in Awka, Anambra State has died after she was allegedly flogged by her teacher for failing to do her homework.

A reliable source in the school told the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka on Tuesday that the girl died on Thursday last week after she was flogged. The source explained that the girl fainted after being flogged severally by a female teacher and was subsequently rushed to an undisclosed hospital, where she died.

The source also told NAN that the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Uju Okeke, then ordered the closure of the school as a result of the incident.

A NAN correspondent, who visited the girl’s family home, soon after she was buried on Tuesday in Awka, reports that the family was in grief.

The girl’s father, Mr. Simeon Ukachukwu, confirmed the incident, saying it was a sad development. He added that it was an act of God.

But when Okeke was contacted, she denied ordering the closure of the school and said that the school was on midterm break.

NAN investigation, however, revealed that schools in the state were not on midterm break.
This fact was corroborated by an official of the Nigerian Union of Teachers in Akwa South Local Government Area.

The Chairperson of the union in the local government, Miss Buife Ndigwe, told NAN that primary and secondary schools in the state would go on midterm break next week.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Mr. Ralph Uzoigwe, said that the matter had not been reported to the police, but promised that it would be investigated.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

Chris Brown spotted with Karrueche a day after hanging out with Rihanna

On Sunday night, Chris Brown and Rihanna showed up together at the Qubeey social network launch party in Beverly Hills. remember? i posted that blog on Monday......

Yesterday, Karrueche Tran's car was spotted parked outside Chris Brown's house all night, and later seen following him to the studio  Hours later, Rihanna Tweets what you see below...

What Exactly is Chris Brown up about? he has confessed of been in a love triangle, buh !!!!! hey man!!! choose one, i think this is really Gangstar......

Comedian MC Abbey Welcomes Son

The popular comedian welcomed a son yesterday October 23rd. 
Congrats to him and his wife!

Man Responsible For Arik Bomb Scare Released From Custody

Aminu Galadima,The man responsible for Arik Air bomb scare has been released from police custody. he was identified as an interior decorator with a history of mental illness. Mr Galadima was released after investigators were satisfied that he had no intentions of blowing up the plane and also had no ties to any terrorist group. 

Comedian Elenu proposes to girlfriend

Ace comedian, Akinlami Babatunde Julius, popularly known as Elenu proposed to his long time girlfriend, Chinwe Anyanwu, on Sunday October 21st at Federal Palace Hotel.

Chinwe is a graduate of International studies and diplomacy at Benson Idahosa University, Benin. 

Chinwe went out with Elenu to what she thought was dinner with friends, but when the waiter brought her plate to the table, Elenu had a ring ready.

More photos from the dinner and engagement when you continue...

                                                  Congrats to them!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

The Lagos State Government Bans Commercial Motorcycle Riders on 475 Roads in the State

Yesterday in Lagos, hundreds of commercial motorcycle (Okada) riders took to the streets in protest of the ban placed on them from plying some major roads. The Okada riders have been banned from 475 roads in the state and they took their protests to Ikorodu road yesterday, destroying government properties in the process.
It was reported that they vandalized some BRT buses along Onipanu and Palmgrove bus stops. Also at Ejigbo, the riders blocked the road, causing traffic jam in the area while they carried leaves and chanted anti-government songs.

However, the state governor, Babatunde Fashola made a pertinent point recently when he spoke about the risks associated with driving these motocycles on the high ways.
Many fathers have lost their children; many husbands have lost their wives; many children have lost both parents. All we are saying is don’t go on the highways. First because we must even understand, Okadas and vehicles are automobiles; they are not toys; they are mechanical devices and therefore for you to even use them you must go and train. That’s why you go to driving school to go and learn; then they certify you. Somebody just pulls okada from any parts of the country he likes, gets onto a truck, he’s going to Lagos and then you entrust your life to that man? As if that was not bad enough, he drives against traffic?

In such a situation, who should back down? Should the Lagos State Government rescind its decision or should the Okada riders just accept the ban in good faith?
What are your thoughts? What do you think??

Osita Iheme (Paw Paw) Lands N11.2m Endorsement Deal

Nollywood actor Osita Iheme is the new face of an entertainment TV in South Africa called VUZU TV.
Paw Paw'Sendorsement deal is worth $70, 000 (N11.2m). The deal will initially run for six months.
The actor was recently in South Africa to finalise the contract and shoot campaign commercials.

Rapper The Game Sparks Controversy With Gangsta Jesus Album Cover!

What do you think ot GAME's Album cover???
Rapper Game caused a firestorm this past weekend after he released the artwork for his next album
I think these Guys just have an issue with Christianity, Anytime they like, they just pop up a new annoying style,

Lady Gaga is known for causing an uproar with the Catholic church and Nicki Minaj tried it when she arrived at the Grammy Awards with the Pope trailing behind.
Now, The Game had decided to drop the album cover for his upcoming album, Jesus Piece depicting Jesus as a tatted up blood and as  a gang member

Its really when people using religion to stir up conversation.
Here’s Games’ explanation about the album,

“Jesus Piece gives me an opportunity to speak about situations that people like me who love God but are still street and still wanna remain themselves without going the Pastor Mase route. It gives the opportunity to know that it’s somebody out there that feels them.”

Kim Kardashian Gushes Over Birthday Trip With Kanye!

 Kim took to her blog to gush over her trip narrating how special she felt on her birthday
“Kanye surprised me for my birthday and took me to Italy! This has been the most incredible, romantic trip ever!! These photos are from my actual birthday, the last day of our trip! We were in Venice walking around and taking in the sights and we stopped in the Dolce  & Gabbana store and I got this amazing runway dress with red bag!

I had the best birthday ever!!! 
Nyce Dress also...But the Boot?? with that dress?? na i dont think so!!!!!!!!!

Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Step Out In Style in NewYork

Accompanied by her equally dapper beau, Kim rocked an electric blue grecian looking dress that accentuated major skin alongside a pair of killlller heels!  in New York City for the signature fundraising event of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, the Angel Ball.

Loving it! I  jsut love everything about their outfit..... from the Royal Blue seeing Kanye look so responsible and love that dress

The happy couple looked rejuvenated after spending a weekend in Italy celebrating Kim’s birthday.  They were spotted hamming it up with another famous couple, Nelly & Ashanti!

Tonto Dike Tweets at Burna Boy and Fires him Back

Well incase you are wondering why Tonto would Tweet and mention Burna Boy, let me explain. Remember Tonto released her two singles?? well!!!! ye!!!, 

Burna Boy Tweeted that "all wack artists deserve death", though he specifically said he wasn't referring to Tonto Dike.

Then during the Headies Awards which held on the 21st Oct Sunday,  Burna Boy fall from the stage while performing, he was wearing dark shades in the dark hall..... Anyways the vivacious actress/singer fired back at Burna Boy and called it

Monday, 22 October 2012

Listen and Download Brackets News Single TEMPERATURE

Bracket are back with another tune, almost an experimental new sound too, on “Temperature”. This spanking new single infuses a little High-Life vibe to a very dominant Afro-Dance/Afro-Pop concept. ITS ALSO A LOVE TRACK

Produced by Meca E.
Play Bracket – Temperature

FAAN names Dana Airline as Best Domestic Carrier in Nigeria

Dana Airline has been named the best domestic carrier for 2011 by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

Over the weekend, FAAN’s Regional General Manager, Mr. Chris Bature, said the airline was awarded the prize for its good customer relations and prompt payment of dues. 

He also added that the airline was selected because of its outstanding performance. “Mode of selection includes passenger capacity, frequency of the landing and take-off, their response to payment of bills. Among the domestic carriers, they were the best. They had the best volume, they were punctual in their operations,” Guardian quoted him as saying.

Reacting to a question on the timing of the award which is coming four months after the June 3rd Dana Air crash, Mr Bature explained that the award would have taken place earlier in the year and that the reward came after the operator’s license had been restored.

In all fairness, they did their best and we need to recognize that and encourage them to get back to their feet,” he added.

Dana’s Station Manager at the Abuja airport, Mr. Kayode Adeniran, stated that the airline’s commitment to best customer service and timely departure earned it the award. “We have this policy in our company that we must not delay passengers and we introduced another type of system. If your flight is delayed by 40 minutes, we give refreshments to all passengers that already had their boarding passes. So people were so impressed by our service.”

Bishop David Oyedepo accused of exploiting British worshipers

This is a story published by UK Daily Mail . They are accusing Bishop Oyedepo's Winners Chapel of exploiting their worshipers and receiving over £16 million in donations from them. See it below...
A church run by a controversial multi-millionaire African preacher has been accused of ‘cynical exploitation’ after its British branch received £16.7 million in donations from followers who were told that God would give them riches in return.
Followers are ferried in double-decker shuttle buses to the church, handed slips inviting them to make debit card payments, and are even told obeying the ministry’s teachings will make them immune from illness.
Today’s Mail on Sunday revelations about the Winners’ Chapel movement have prompted the Charity Commission to review the charitable status  of the church – one of the fastest-growing in the UK.
Winners’ Chapel is part of a worldwide empire of evangelical ministries run by Nigeria’s wealthiest preacher David Oyedepo, who has an estimated £93 million fortune, a fleet of private jets and a Rolls-Royce Phantom. 

Dubbed ‘The Pastorpreneur’, he was accused earlier this year of slapping the face of a young woman he said was a witch. The assault case was struck out but is being appealed.

Branches of the church have sprung up in major UK cities in a huge recruitment drive centred on Mr Oyedepo’s ‘prosperity gospel’. This claims that congregants who make regular donations and pay tithes – a ten per cent levy on their income – will be rewarded financially by God.

Followers are urged to target vulnerable people such as the lonely, the sick, the homeless and the suicidal as potential candidates for conversion.

Last night, Labour MP Paul Flynn said Winners’ Chapel was cynically exploiting supporters. ‘They [Winners’ Chapel] are making clearly spurious claims and it seems to be a cynical exploitation of the gullible,’ he said.

Referring to the slapping incident, Mr Flynn added: ‘What is also alarming is the reported violence and the lack of respect for the status of women. It’s taking us back to a previous age of ignorance and prejudice that we all thought the church had escaped.’

This newspaper’s investigation can further disclose:

  • Congregants are handed a payment slip requesting payments using cheque, cash or debit card when they enter London’s Winners’ Chapel.
  • Donations to the ministry in England almost doubled from £2.21 million to £4.37 million between 2006 and 2010.
  • Mr Oyedepo’s superchurch in Nigeria received £794,000 or 73 per cent of the charitable donations paid out by the British Winners’ Chapel between 2007 and 2010. This was despite claims in Africa that he is enriching himself at the expense of his devotees.
  • The registered charity has spent £6.81 million on evangelism and ‘praise, worship and fellowship’.
  • The church’s ‘Joseph Squad’ preaches in British prisons and has a weekly broadcast named ‘Liberation Hour’ on satellite and cable TV here.
In the past three years, Winners’ Chapel churches have been established in Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds and Bradford, adding to those in London, Manchester, Dublin and Glasgow.

An undercover Mail on Sunday reporter attended Sunday services  at Winners’ Chapel’s ‘London HQ’  in Dartford, Kent, which attracts 1,000 congregants – chiefly African and Caribbean immigrants. It is run like ‘a business conference’ by Mr Oyedepo’s son, David Oyedepo Jnr. Packed buses deliver singing worshippers from South-East London, Essex and Kent to the huge auditorium.

The reporter saw a payment slip being given to every person entering the church encouraging them to donate money by cheque or cash or to fill in a form with their debit card details. The slip said tithes should be paid separately using a ‘Kingdom Investment Booklet’ and the reporter was informed that payments could also be made by phone. A pastor told the worshippers: ‘You shall be financially promoted after this service in Jesus’s name if you are ready to honour the Lord therefore with all your givings, your tithes, your offerings, your Kingdom investment, your sacrifices.’

Congregants were told to fill in their slips and hold them above their heads while the donations were blessed

A jet belong to Bishop Oyedepo
The service was interspersed with testimonies. ‘I received a bill from  the bank that I didn’t understand, so I prayed,’ said one congregant. ‘A few days later, the bank wrote to apologise for their mistake – Hallelujah!’ ‘Hallelujah,’ the audience shouted back.
Congregants were told they could gain favour by persuading others to follow Mr Oyedepo’s teachings. His son said: ‘Look around you. Someone is sick and already wishing he or she were dead, that is a fruit ripe to harvest. Someone is confounded and considering suicide as an option, that is another fruit that is ripe to harvest.
‘Someone else is lonely and wondering if there is any future for him, that is another fruit ripe to harvest. 

‘Also there are many men and women, young and old that are homeless, these are fruits ripe to harvest.’

The reporter was taken, with 20 other new recruits, to a room where preachers gave sermons claiming acceptance of the Lord would prevent them ever being ill or suffering misfortune.

The Mail on Sunday has seen video footage of Mr Oyedepo striking a woman across the face and condemning her to hell after she said she was a ‘witch for Jesus’. He attacked her in a Winners’ Chapel superchurch, believed to be in Nigeria, in front of worshippers. A separate video shows him saying: ‘I slapped a witch here last year!’
In May, he was sued for £800,000 over the alleged assault. The case was struck out – a decision which is now reported to have been appealed.

The Winners’ Chapel movement, also known as the Living Faith Church, has hundreds of churches in Nigeria and across Africa, the Middle East, the UK and the US.
Mr Oyedepo has received fierce criticism in Africa. One Nigerian journalist accused him of ‘leading a growing list of pastorpreneurs – church founders exploiting the passion and emotion that Christianity commands to feather their nests’.

Catholic Cardinal Anthony Okogie criticised such preachers for placing materialism above Jesus’s message. He reportedly said: ‘They have been skinning the flock, taking out of the milk of the flock.’

Among Mr Oyedepo’s fleet of aircraft are said to be a Gulfstream 1 and Gulfstream 4 private jets. It is also claimed he and his wife, Faith, travel in expensive Jeeps flanked by convoys of siren-blaring vehicles. He is the senior pastor of Faith Tabernacle, a 50,000-seat auditorium in Lagos reputed to be the largest church in the world, and runs a publishing company that distributes books carrying his message across the world.
His other business interests span manufacturing, petrol stations,  bakeries, water purification factories, recruitment, a university, restaurants, supermarkets and real estate. The latest addition is a commercial airline named Dominion Airlines.

A Charity Commission spokesman said: ‘The Charity Commission is  currently assessing what, if any,  regulatory role there is to play with regard to the complaints made against the World Mission Agency. It is important to clarify that this does not constitute an investigation at this stage.’

Winners’ Chapel administrator Tunde Disu declined to comment.

Culled from Linda Ikeji Blog

Amber Rose Reveals Sex Of Baby…

Although Amber Rose was quoted as saying she and Wiz Khalifa would not reveal the sex of their unborn child until it arrived, it appears the mommy-to-be just couldn’t keep the secret from her Rosebuds.

With just a couple of months left before welcoming her first child, Amber announced on her birthday [Oct. 21] via Twitter that she and her beau are expecting a baby boy.

Happy for them!

Rihanna Attends Chris Brown’s Qubeey Channel Launch Party

On the 20th Oct, Saturday evening, the Chris brown celebrated the launch of his Quebeey Channel, a customized site that will allow Team Breezy to gain more access to Breezy’s photos, videos, and basically all things Chris Brown.

Held at Playhouse Club in Los Angeles, the event was star-studded with attendees including a slew of celebrity friends and of course Rihanna  was also in the building showing her first love support.

I see they are really trying to make their relationship work happy for them anyways
Look through some pictures taken that night.

Genevieve, and MAVIN Crew visit flood victims in Delta State

The Reach Out Initiative, a program kick-started by the stars themselves will be utilized to get a lot more people involved, both within and outside the country in donating help, either through relief supplies or financial donations.

On October 15th and 16th 2012,  Nollywood Actress Genevieve Nnaji, and the MAVIN Crew, Don Jazzy, Dr. Sid, and Tiwa Savage organized relief supplies and personally visited the refugee camps located in Asaba, Delta State in order to show both physical and moral support to the displaced victims.

The flood, currently ravaging through the nation has displaced over 100,000 families, leaving a lot of people homeless and without any business to keep them afloat.

Genevieve: “This is just the beginning, as our country has never experienced anything like this. The government is doing the best they can, but we as citizens, can also partake in helping the situation in the best way we can. The plan is to get more people involved, and visit more relief camps in the affected states.”



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