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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

D'Banj, Seun Kuti, Wizkid for Best African Act at 2011 MOBO Awards

The nominations have been announced for
the 16th annual MOBO(Music of Black
Origin ) Awards, with the ceremony taking
place in Glasgow, Scotland this year on
October 5, co-hosted by Jason Derulo and
featuring a special performance from Boyz
II Men, plus Jessie J, Katy B and Alexis
Jordan among others.

Check out full list of nominees below.

BEST UK ACT in association with Capital FM
Chase & Status
Jessie J
Katy B
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The Streets
Tinie Tempah

BEST NEWCOMER association with Lebara
Mobile – voted for by Facebook
Alex Clare
Ed Sheeran
Emeli Sande
Jamie Woon
Jessie J
Loick Essien
Maverick Sabre
Rizzle Kicks
Wretch 32

Rizzle Kicks
Tinie Tempah
Wretch 32

Chipmunk ft. Chris Brown – Champion
Jessie J – Do It Like A Dude
Rizzle Kicks – Down With The Trumpets
Tinchy Stryder ft. Dappy – Spaceship
Wiley – Numbers In Action

Alexis Jordan
Aloe Blacc
Bruno Mars
Cee Lo Green
Jason Derulo
Nicki Minaj
Snoop Dogg
Wiz Khalifa

BEST SONG in association with PRS for
Adele – Someone Like You
Chase & Status ft. Tinie Tempah – Hitz
Jessie J – Do It Like A Dude
Tinie Tempah – Wonderman
Wretch 32 – Traktor

Adele – 21
Chase & Status – No More Idols
Jessie J – Who You Are
Katy B – On A Mission
Tinie Tempah – Disc-Overy

Damian Marley & Nas
Jah Cure
Denys Baptiste
Gwilym Simcock
Karios 4tet
Matthew Halsall

Cheikh Lo
Fatoumata Diawara
Owiny Sigoma Band
Seun Kuti
Spoek Mathambo
Viewux Farka Toure

Bobby Bovell
Four Kornerz
Junior Garr
Triple O

Dionne Bromfield
Marsha Ambrosius
Mike Hough

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No doubt featuring big named international
artists is the in thing right now, and WizKid
wasn't going to be an exception to the new
trend as he has just recorded a remix to his
hit single, 'Dont Dull", and in it, he features
Konvict Music star, Akon.

Picture From The Hennessy Artistry Unveling »‘I Was Touched By Mirror Boy’ – Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve at Mirror Boy’s premiere at the
Empire Leicester Square in London, UK

Actress Genevieve Nnaji has enumerated
the UK, Ghana and Nigerian success of her
recent movie, Mirror Boy, as a justification
for her participation.

Speaking through the movie publicist,
BigSam Media, the actress reveals that she
was fascinated by the simplicity of the
story of Mirror Boy and the determination
of the producer and director, Obi Emelonye
to do something ‘special’.

“I was impressed with the way the writer
spinned a whole lot around a simple story
of mother and child and a spirit. It is told in
such a way that you feel the three distinct
characters. You feel the pain of a mother
whose child is missing, you feel the trouble
of an African boy born in the U.K now in
search of an identity, and you feel the
emotion of a reincarnated father who
doesn’t want his biological child lost in the
world of ‘missed identity’. It is the kind of
story that touches you from the screen so I
am not surprised at the success so far at the
cinema’, she explained.

Mirror Boy which has been at Nigerian
cinemas for four weeks running is said to
have grossed over N15 million, allegedly
setting the enviable record of being the
highest selling Nollywood movie in Ghana
and the longest running movie by any
African in UK cinema. The movie which was
shot in Gambia features Genevieve Nnaji,
Osita Iheme and a Gambian upcoming star
Edward Kagutuzi.

The Mirror Boy is an enthralling journey as
seen through the eyes of a London- born
12 year old African boy, Tijani. After a
London street fight on 13th of June, in
which a local boy is hurt, Tijan’s mother
decides to take him back their roots in

On their arrival in Banjul, Tijan encounters a
strange apparition – a boy smiling at him in
a mirror and then vanishing. Seeing the
same boy in a crowded street market the
next day sets in motion a chain of events,
with Tijan finding himself lost. While Tijan’s
panic-stricken mother struggles to find her
son, Tijan is left alone in the company of the
enigmatic Mirror Boy, seemingly visible to
him only. A cathartic climax helps TIJANI to
unravel the mystery of the MIRROR BOY. It
also provides him with a rather mystical
explanation for the way his life has
cascaded from the 13th of June towards
this inter-twined fate with a father he has
never met.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Keeps Sept. 5 Premiere Date

The show must go on.

Despite the suicide of Taylor Armstrong's
estranged husband Russell earlier this
month, The Real Housewives of Beverly
Hills will still premiere Monday, Sept. 5 on

"Given that these episodes were filmed
months ago, the producers of the show
taped a brief interview this week with
several of the cast members to introduce
the premiere. Re-editing of the episodes is
still underway," Frances Berwick, the
President of Bravo Media, told Us Weekly in
a statement.

Berwick added that the channel "has
partnered with the Entertainment
Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) to raise
awareness about suicide prevention."

The network will air various PSAs during
the show, as well as provide additional
information and resources on
including the National Suicide prevention

"Our thoughts continue to be with the
Armstrong family during this difficult time,"
said Berwick.

Contrary to reports, there won't be a
Russell Armstrong-themed special. "All
reports of a 'suicide special' are wrong," a
source tells Us.

Tell Us: Will you tune in for The Real
Housewives of Beverly Hills premiere on
Sept. 5?

Source: Us weekly

Strauss-Kahn returns to IMF, gets warm applause

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn
apologized to the institution’s staff in his
first return visit since charges of sexual
assault against him were dropped last week.
He was greeted with warm applause.

Strauss-Kahn, who was with his wife French
TV personality wife Anne Sinclair, drove
himself to the headquarters of the
International Monetary Fund and met briefly
with his successor and fellow French
national Christine Lagarde.

He later addressed a packed auditorium out
of reach of the cameras of televisions crews
and photographers who had camped
outside the IMF all day waiting for the
former director.

“He received a very warm welcome,” said
Paulo Nogueira Batista, who represents
Brazil and a group of eight Latin American
countries, after the meeting.

“It reflects the fact that he is very much
appreciated in the institution,” Nogueira
Batista said, adding: “People clapped for
very long periods.”

Another witness, who asked not to be
identified, said staff broke into
spontaneous applause before Strauss-Kahn
began speaking. He did not talk about his
court case but did note that the U.S. justice
system had been fair, the witness said.

The IMF said the visit by Strauss-Kahn was
personal and arranged at his request.

His visit to the IMF had been greeted ahead
of time with dismay by some IMF staff,
while others said they felt sorry for Strauss-
Kahn and wanted to pay tribute to his time
at the helm of the global lender.

Strauss-Kahn led the IMF, the world’s
economic firefighter, as managing director
for four years before he resigned on May
18 after his shock arrest in New York on
criminal charges of sexual assault and
attempted rape involving a hotel maid.

In a dramatic development last week,
prosecutors asked that the charges against
him be dismissed after they lost faith in the
credibility of his accuser, an immigrant from

Strauss-Kahn had been expected to be
voted France’s next president in the 2012
election before his arrest.

Credit – 234next

Prostitute Arrested For Trying To Burn Down A Church

A prostitute who was being persuaded to
renounce her trade and become a born-
again Christian has been arrested by the
police for allegedly trying to burn down the
church where members of the Catholic
Charismatic Renewal Ministry were trying to
make her a member.
The woman who was identified by the
police as Lydia Joseph, an Idoma from
Benue State, was alleged to have entered St.
John’s Catholic Cathedral, Bauchi, at 12.30
p.m. yesterday with petrol which she
reportedly sprinkled on the pews and lit
them with a lighter. After her action, she
tried to escape but was caught by other
church members. It was alleged that the
suspect lied to securitymen at the gate that
she had gone to ‘’buy kerosene before
getting to the church for prayers,’’ before
she was allowed to go in, having become a
regular face on the premises. However,
nemesis was said to have caught up with
her when she sprinkled with petrol on the
pews and set them on fire but was noticed
immediately by another member of the
church who was praying inside. The
Catechist at St. John’s Catholic Cathedral, Mr.
Daniel John, said he was at the priest’s
house in the church compound when he
heard shouts by other members who
noticed the smoke coming out of the church
and saw the suspect trying to escape and
then raised an alarm which attracted other
people to the scene before the arrival of
policemen. John said: ‘’The lady took to her
heels when she noticed that a church
member was inside, praying and had seen
her carry out the dastardly act”. “When I
came out she had run out of the compound
but the members who saw her running
chased and caught her”.

34 Die In Ondo Auto Crash

This year’s Eid-El-Fitri celebration
in Ondo State turned awry as no fewer
than 34 persons died in a multiple auto
accident along Akure-Owo Expressway
late Monday.
LEADERDHIP also gathered that 16 of the
victims were roasted alive in the crash
which involved
two Abuja bound buses and a trailer.
It was further learnt that the 14
occupants in one of the buses involved
in the accident were roasted beyond
An eye witness said that the increase in
the number of passengers at the parks as
a result of the Eid-El-Fitri celebration
might have caused the accident as the
drivers were said to be rushing to make
enough money from more trips.
It was also gathered that efforts by the
police and other road users to save the
situation proved abortive as the flame
from one of the buses was massive and
could not be put off.
While the police and other good
Samaritans were helpless in saving those
in the bus that caught fire, it was another
tragedy as the 14 occupants in the bus
which ran into the bush reportedly died
on the spot.
Efforts by the police and
other sympathisers to rescue the
occupants in the bus that crashed into
the bush was fruitless as they were all
dead before they were brought out the
of the wreckage.
Speaking with journalists in Akure, the
police spokesman, Mr. Adeniran Aremu,
said that the crash occurred late on
Aremu pointed out that the
two buses were on top speed and in an
attempt to overtake the other, one of
the buses veered off its lane and rammed
into an incoming trailer
marked XN769ABC.
He added that the bus and the trailer
went up in flame and all the occupants
met their untimely death.
The passengers in the other bus
marked XZ 976 AKD were not burnt but
that they all died on the spot as a result
of the crash especially as help did not
come too soon.
Aremu added that the corpses had been
deposited at the Specialist hospital
in Akure.
Contacted, the Sector Commander of the
Federal Roads Safety Commission, Mr.
JohnMeheux confirmed that 32 persons
died in the multiple crash.
Meheux said that this was confirmed by
the rescue team he sent to the scene of
the crash and added that “”all the 14
persons in the first bus, a
Toyota Hiace and the two occupants of
the trailer which it crashed into got burnt
beyond recognition.
According to him all the 18 passengers
and the driver died on the spot while
three others sustained injuries.

Youthful 42Years Old Ex MBGN Queen, Sabina Umeh Jabari Releases a New Single

Sabina Umeh, the 1989 MBGN winner
and wife to fashion designer/ actor
Kese Jabari announced the release of
her new single by saying

"The Sabina act has a brand new
single titled, ‘Warrior’ and a bonus
single, ‘iLike’ featuring Tuface and
the 'kid' Sammy".

Since her title as MBGN Queen, she went
ahead to participate in the Miss
Universe, Miss Intercontinental, and Miss
World, pageants, and won the Miss
Personality award. After relinquishing
her title, the beautiful soft-spoken
damsel took to modeling and singing. A
graduate of Theatre Arts, she specialised
in Dance, Choreography and Acting. The
mother of four is also co-founder of a
music production company called Juicy
Groove which has about six acts on the

Amber Rose to host Vodafone 020 Live Concert in Ghana Next Month

Vodafone Ghana confirmed via their
official Facebook page that american model
Amber Rose will be hosting the second
edition of the annual Vodafone 020 Live
concert slated for The Dome of the Accra
International Conference Centre on
September 20. Last year, the show was
hosted by Caroline Simpson.

US R&B star, Trey Songz , VIP, Five5,
R2Bees, Stay Jay, D Cyme, RnM
and D’Banj will be performing at the show,
nonetheless, Vodafone Ghana is still
expected to make an official
announcement later this week.

Dying Ghanaian Muslim’s Wish Over-Ruled: A True Story

A Ghanaian family
won the Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery in
Ghana . Like most deprived and under-
privileged Africans, they raised enough
money to buy flight tickets. The father in his
late 50’s, the mother 42, and a son
who was
22 were ready for the life-dream journey to
the land of opportunity where milk and
honey flowed and dollar bills littered the
sidewalks for any interested walker to
pickup – the United States of America. This

December of 2006.

Coincidentally, the father knew a Ghanaian
final year student at the University of
Missouri in Columbia , Missouri State USA
who was visiting home on holidays. This
student apparently agreed to be their host
upon arrival in the USA . Finally, this naïve
Muslim family ended up in a small university
town called Columbia , in the State of
Missouri , USA with their student host. The
city of Columbia is the seat of the main
campus of the University of Missouri
system and other smaller colleges. Sooner,
their host graduated and moved out of
Columbia in pursuit of his life dreams. Now,
this family was alone in Columbia with no
other point of reference.

As they struggled to get their feet on the
ground in Columbia by doing menial jobs
and/or taking classes in a college, their son
became ill and was subsequently diagnosed
for a terminal cancer. The family was
eventually advised that their son’s type of
cancer would be better treated at the
University of Kansas Medical Center in
Kansas City , about 150 miles away. That
meant relocation for the entire family. Mind
you: The parents had no jobs nor benefits.

Some how they were all transported to KU
medical center in Kansas City where they
knew nobody and had no resources for
accommodation or funds to feed. They
literarily became destitute and homeless in
the Medical Center and resorted to begging
for alms, as their son lay critically and
terminally ill in a hospital bed. They were
finally told the inevitable news that their
son had no chance of survival and that his
death was a matter of time, etc.

After languishing in the hospital lobby for
about three months, the father begged for
donations from the hospital staff for the
sole purpose of visiting home in Ghana to
sell some landed property and return with
some cash to offset some of the
accumulating bills. He traveled to Ghana and
was not heard from for over four months!
Now the wife was left alone with their
dying son in the hospital. She painfully
decided to make a daunting request. She
asked to be put in contact with the Muslim
Community in Kansas City . Surprisingly, her
request of them was not money for food.
Her request was for the Muslim Community
to make sure her son gets a Muslim burial
when he dies. The Islamic Community
contacted the Ghanaian Community in
Kansas City , but none of their members was
interested enough to visit the dying young
man in the hospital.

Yes. The long expected happened. Their son
died on Friday, July 29, 2011. Now the main
twist in the story: The hospital gave the
woman some money, arranged for her
flight to join her husband in Ghana and
claimed their son’s dead body for research.

What is the message from this? VISA lottery
recipients: Beware! It is not as rosy in
America as you are made to believe.
Americans do not sleep in the afternoon as
the British do. Americans work very hard
for their money. You earn your living in the
United States . If you cannot explain your
source of wealth in the United States , you
are a suspect and most likely a criminal. The
Internal Revenue Service will be knocking
on your doors eventually. Yes. It is a land of
opportunity quite all right, but to get a free
lunch, you have to be declared destitute.

Credited:Alen Ighedosa

Pictures: MIkel Obi Visits President Jonathan to say thank you

Nigerian international footballer and Chelsea
football club star, Mr. John Mikel Obi has
expressed gratitude to President Goodluck
Ebele Jonathan for his assistance during the
kidnap of his father, Mr. Michael Obi, early
this month.

Speaking to the President at State House,
Mikel said his “entire family appreciate your
help to us during this difficult time,” adding
that his father was recovering from the
mainly psychological and physical injuries
he suffered.

He said he was encouraged to put in his
best for the national team in their
forthcoming national assignments,
particularly the African Nations’ Cup
qualifier in Madagascar, adding that the
Super Eagles were ready for the encounter.

Responding, President Jonathan described
the kidnap of Mr. Michael Obi as
“unfortunate and sad,” but said
government would continue doing all that is
possible to guarantee safety of all citizens
and non-citizens resident in Nigeria.

Source: Pm News

Rapper T.I Set To Be Released From Prison On September 29th 2011

T.I. may be released
to a halfway house on August 31 nearly a
month earlier than his original September
release date. The rapper has been serving
an 11 month sentence in Forest City
Correctional Facility in Georgia for a drug
related breach of his previous parole
conditions. The rapper is expected to get
back into the studio soon after his Smash
music partner La Mar “Mars” Edwards said,
“He let me know, ‘I got your back and stay
close to me, you’re my brother’Ever since
then, he’s really treated me like a little
brother. He’ll call me to talk about life. It’s
more to it than me being his production
partner and having Smash Factory.” DJ
Drama, who has collaborated with T.I.,
recently revealed that Tip had been working
on a book which might drop as early as
mid-October. T.I. Has been keeping his fans
up-to-date through his website since his imprisonment and
posted his last letter a week ago saying,
“Next time you hear from me, I’ll be back
out there with you. Doing for those who
can’t do for themselves and speaking for
those whose voices are never heard. When
I touch down, I’m going all the way back to
square one, like I’m fresh in the game and
never sold a record. Back on some I’M
SERIOUS, TRAP MUZIK sh–. … But until then
RESPECT to all who deserve it.” T.I. has been
doing more than blogging and thinking
about the next stage in his career. While in
prison he was inspired by the generous
support of his family, friends and fans to
organize a Memorial Day bus trip that
brought the families of inmates to visit.
UPDATE: Tip’s lawyer, Jonathan Leonard,
issued a statement contradicting reports of
the rapper’s early release and clarified the
matter saying, “The Bureau of Prisons
makes all the decisions once [someone
goes] into the federal system then the
federal prisons is the governing body as to
when he’s released, the judge has no
control over it,” he explained. “And you
don’t have any real contact with them, they
don’t communicate with you and they don’t
tell you when exactly he’s gonna be
released.” The reports of the release
originated from MTV who but now it
appears that the rapper will remain in the
Arkansas prison until his scheduled
September 29th release, although there is
still some chance that that may change
Leonard stressed that, “[The Bureau of
Prisons] won’t give you the information
until the very last minute.


Late Sam Loco Efe to be buried October 21st

The remains of star Nollywood actor Sam
Loco Efe would be laid to rest on 21 October
2011 in Benin City his home town in
accordance with the Benin tradition

It would be headed by his son Bismarck and
comprise Mr. Peddie E. Okao as coordinator
and Mr.Ogie Ogedegbe as Secretary.

While addressing the press, his first son, Mr.
Bismarck Nosakhare Efe, informed that a
committee has been set up for the purpose
of the burial in Benin City to be called Sam
Loco Efe Burial Committee/ Foundation.

A secretariat has also been opened at 14,
Cooke Road, Benin City, Edo State, and the
son also directed all other committees and
friends of the departed top liaise with the
Secretariat that is headed by him for
effective coordination and proper burial
according to the Benin tradition.
On the number of children the deceased left
behind, Mr. Bismarck told the press that they
were six in number and that he was the
first son.

He said three of the other siblings were
abroad and that one has just finished from
the law school.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Nigeria Is Fastest Growing Market For Blackberry Phones in the World

In an interview granted to Ben Uzor Jr
of BusinessDay, Aldi Wepener, regional
director, Research in Motion (RIM),
manufacturers Blackberry phones,
popularly known as ‘BB’, says Nigeria is one
of the fastest growing markets globally at
this stage and they plan to set up a local
office in Nigeria towards the end of the

The Nigerian market was managed through
their distribution channels but this will
change in the next six months when the
local entity in Nigeria is established. New
channel sales and marketing managers as
well as regional directors will be employed.
Apps developers are not left out too as they
intend to include local content and
applications for the Nigerian consumer.

Nigeria will be used as a hub for West Africa
while there will be more activity in the area
of marketing to accelerate growth in the
market. Currently, there are 67 million active
blackberry subscribers worldwide and RIM
sees Nigeria as a key market.

Lady Gaga Wore a Prosthetic Penis at VMAs

Little monster in her pants!

Lady Gaga pulled out all the stops to
become male alter ego Jo Calderone at the
MTV Video Music Awards in L.A. Sunday.
The pop provocateur (real name: Stephanie
Germanotta), 25, didn't just wear men's
clothing (including Armani men's
underwear) and fake stubble in her "drag
king" get-up: To complete the gender-
bending transformation, Gaga wore a
prosthetic penis, an insider confirms to Us
The "You and I" singer stayed in character
throughout the night at the Nokia Theater.
"I am from New Jersey," Gaga as Jo told Us
backstage. " My family is from Palermo,
Sicily and I am not a singer or a model or
an actor or anything. I am just a guy."
And "Jo" had high praise for fellow pop star
Britney Spears, one of the night's
honorees, who rejected Jo's sexy advances
onstage. "She is f***ing hot. Didn't you j***
off to Britney when you were a kid?"

3 Hot Hairstyles At the VMAs

In a sea of pin-straight strands and tousled
waves on the black carpet at the 2011 MTV
Video Music Awards, three stars stood out
with their creative coifs.

Selena Gomez went for a sophisticated,
swept-back updo with small twists that
showed off the high-neck on her dramatic
black lace Julien Macdonald gown.

Mommy-to-be Beyonce took a cue from her
one-shoulder orange Lanvin dress and
gathered her two-toned tresses into a loose
side ponytail. The singer let her hair down
(and debuted her baby bump) during her
performance of "Love on Top" later that

Vanessa Hudgens, who chopped off her
hair into a pixie cut back in July, looked
retro-glam at an after-party with 1930s-
inspired finger waves.

Angelina Jolie: "I'm Not Pregnant" or "Adopting at the Moment"

Three-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox
Jolie-Pitt can rest assured: They will remain
the babies of the family for the time being.
Just ask their mom, Angelina Jolie.

"I'm not pregnant," Jolie, 36, tells the new
issue of Vanity Fair. I'm not adopting at the
moment," adds the star, who has six kids
(three biological, three adopted) with love
Brad Pitt.

The Oscar-winning actress sat down with
the magazine to chat up her directorial and
screenwriting debut In the Land of Blood
and Honey -- which might complicate her
relationship with Pitt, 47.

"Brad thinks I'm going to be a nightmare,"
she jokes. "I had such a good experience
he thinks I'm going to be impatient with
directors, which I already am. I get
impatient with people working on a film
that have their head in their hands like it's
the most complicated thing in the world."

But the typically confident superstar admits
that she freaked ou getting behind the
camera and putting her name on the
screenplay byline. "I've never felt more
exposed. My whole career, I've hidden
behind other people's words," she explains.
"Now it's me talking. You feel ridiculous
when you get something wrong."

The star feverishly wrote the script for the
Bosnian War romance while feeling under
the weather -- and separated from the
twins plus Shiloh, 5, Zahara, 6, Pax, 7, and
Maddox, 10.

"I had the flu. I had to be quarantined from
the children for two days. I was in the attic
of a house in France. I was isolated, pacing.
I don't watch TV and I wasn't reading
anything. So I started writing. I went from
the beginning to the end. I didn't know any
other way."

She got the thumbs up on her screenplay
from Pitt himself. "He called and said, 'You
know, honey, it's not that bad.'"

And her man remained "so supportive"
throughout the project, she gushes. "He'd
come in and say what he liked or what he
didn't understand. Like any woman, I
would listen to most of it and fight a few
things...It's hard to separate the person that
loves you from the critic, so I don't think
he's a fair judge."

Happy Eid-ul-Fitr

Happy Eid-ul-Fitr to all our Muslim brothers
and sisters. Wishing you happy

Kanye West's Performs at Mohits Koko Concert Yesterday

The Mohit's Koko Concert, which was
sponsored by GTB Bank took place
yesterday at Apollo Arena, Hammersmith
yesterday and it was like none other. It was
awesome, and got even more amazing the
second Kanye West climbed on stage to
support his newly signed artist, Dbanj and
producer, Don Jazzy. Though his
performance at this concert was only a few
hours after his performance with JayZ at
the VMAs, so no doubt he put in so much
All in all it was a great show and we all got
our moneys worth, as well as a free Oliver
Twist CD. They say the show could become
a yearly thing, well i hope so.

20 People and Several Vehicles lost in fresh jos Violence

At least fourteen people are reported dead
as fresh violence broke out in Jos, Plateau
State capital Monday afternoon.

Trouble started early in the morning when
some members of a Muslim group went for
Eid el Fitri prayers at a mosque in Gada Biu
area of the town and were resisted by
Christians living in the area.
By Mid-day, the skirmishes had spread to
Dogon Karfe, Massalachin Juma and Unity
Junction areas of the town.

While security sources are yet to confirm
the number of casualties, early reports
indicate at least four people were fatally
shot by operatives of the security task
force in the town at Unity Junction. More
than 50 vehicles and 100 motorcycles
were also burnt.

The University of Ilorin has emerged the best university in Nigeria, 5484th in the world and 55th in Africa

The University of Ilorin has emerged the
best university in Nigeria, ranked 5484th in
the world and 55th in Africa, the July edition
of the World University ranking, conducted
by Webometrics has revealed.

Since 2004, the ranking is published twice a
year (January and July), and it covers more
than 20,000 Higher Education Institutions

Previously, no Nigerian university has ever
been rated amongst the first five thousand
best in the world. Quality of educational
research, school size, academic prestige, and
others are amongst several other conditions
considered for the ratings.

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife,
emerged the second in the country, 5756th
in the world and 61st in Africa. It is followed
by University of Jos, University of Lagos,
University of Benin, University of Ibadan,
University of Nigeria Nsuka, all with 66th,
77th, 79th, 99th positions in Africa and
5882th, 5936th, 6324th, 6425th and
7170th respectively position in the world.

The new rating is seen as a sign of
improvement, as the best Nigerian
university in its February ratings emerged
in 6340th global position.

The University of Lagos, which was ranked
at the 6340th position, is now 5936th but it
slipped to the fourth position amongst
other Nigerian universities.

Harvard University was rated the best in the
world, followed by Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, and Stanford University

Africa has only one university amongst the
first 500, and five in the first one thousand,
with University of Cape Town, South Africa
leading in Africa and ranked 340th in the
entire world. Stellenbosch University,
University of Pretoria, and University of the
Witwatersrand, followed the ranking as the
leading African universities respectively.

President Obama’s Uncle (Onyango Obama) Arrested For Drunk Driving

President Barack Obama’s uncle, Onyango
Obama, has been charged with drunk
driving in Massachusetts and is being held
by immigration officials.

Onyango Obama was arrested last week in
Framingham, which is 20 miles outside of
Boston, after police said he made a rolling
stop and nearly caused a cruiser to strike
his SUV.

When police asked if Onyango Obama
wanted to make a phone call, he said, ” I
think I will call the White House.”

A spokesman for the immigration attorney
Margaret Wong, who is representing him,
confirmed that the 67-year-old is the
president’s uncle.

Onyango Obama is the brother of Zeituni
Onyango, the president’s aunt, who last
year won the right to stay in the United
States after a deportation order.

Police say the president’s uncle is originally
from Kenya and is being held without bail
on a detainer from U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement

Source: CBS News

PICTURES: Shameful Part of Mercy Johnson's Wedding - The Mad Woman Disrupting

When a high profile wedding takes place, it
is only normal that amid the glits and
glamour, there'll be the trouble and disaster,
and Mercy Johnson's wedding aka Nigerian
Royal Wedding was no different despite the
huge security personnels employed, no
wonder the Nigerian Society for Women
didn't bother protesting.
The full story of what went down on the
day is best told with pictures, so grab your
popcorn and click READ MORE

Saudi Arabia to Deport 1,500 Nigerians

No fewer than 1,500 Nigerians residing
illegally in Saudi Arabia are to be deported
by authorities of the oil-rich kingdoms.

Nigeria’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Garba
Aminchi, told the News Agency of Nigeria in
Mecca on Sunday, that those affected were
apprehended at various locations in the
country Saudi.

He said some of them were caught
engaging in criminal activities like stealing
and robbery while others were
apprehended for street begging or
constituting a nuisance.
Aminchi added that more than 20,000
Nigerian illegal immigrants were deported
by the Saudi authorities in the last 12
months for similar offences.
Aminci said most of the criminal activities
perpetrated by those already deported
included fraud, theft, robbery and

He pointed out that the Nigerian Embassy in
collaboration with Saudi security agencies
were identifying more Nigerians residing
illegally in the country with a view to
deporting them.

The ambassador raised the alarm over the
increasing influx of Nigerian girls into Saudi
Arabia for prostitution.

He told NAN that about three different
syndicates that specialised in trafficking
young girls to the Middle Eastern country
had been smashed.

He said some members of the syndicates
and their victims were apprehended and
deported to Nigeria after serving various
prison terms in Saudi Arabia.

The ambassador stated that some of the
arrested girls were not even Muslims but
bearing Muslim names to deceive the
security agencies.

He noted that Saudi Arabia was attracting
prostitutes from Nigeria because of the
erroneous belief that prostitution was a
booming venture in the Kingdom.


Dj Zeez set to release first single under owned label

Fokasibe crooner, Dj zeez is set to release
his first official single titled Take it eazy
under his new formed record label Vanilla
villa.The single will be released on the 1st of
September 2011 .

He is currently working on a new album
with three singles jazz me featuring
waje ,puonozor and ogbologbo have been
released off it

Ijeoma – Oloomi (My Love) Video

Project Fame Season 1 participant, IJEOMA,
releases the video for her official single
She is signed to Dudutoonz Studios as a
brand ambassador for the multimedia
company that is also responsible for her
brand, perception and quality control.

AUDIO: Oloomi

Performed by Ijeoma

Written by HarrySong

Produced by Del B

Directed by Matthias for Dudutoonz Studios

Kate Henshaw, Jim Iyke comment on being dropped as Glo Ambassadors

News filtered out a few weeks ago that
Globacom has dropped Kate Henshaw-
Nuttal and Jim Iyke as their brand
ambassadors, but the two say they are
not aware of the new development. Kate
had no comment on the matter when
approached by journalists, Jim Iyke said
he only heard it in the news, that they've
not been officially notified.

So basically what happened was that Glo
released the names of their ambassadors
to the press and in the list, Sunny Neji,
Kate and Jim Iyke's names were missing
and new names were added. Globacom
Marketing Communications manager,
Onyeakachi Nwosu then said that
'anybody whose name doesn't appear
on the list is definitely not a Glo

BBA winner Karen denies having naked photos and says she was never a stripper

If you've never seen the naked pic, google
it. But Karen says the woman in the pic is
not her and contrary to popular reports
that she was once a stripper in the UK, she
says it's not true. She tells a City People

"There's a naked photo going round
on the internet that is supposed to me.
It's a lie, it's not me. It's the work of
photoshop. I have never posed nude
and no amount of money can make
me want do it. My private body is
mine. I wouldn't want Africa to see me
naked. There is also the stories flying
around saying that I am an ex-
stripper. This is not true. As God don
bless me, bad belle people wan bring
me down. There are some things I will
never do for money and my culture
has taught me that. I am very

Mikel Obi, Osaze Odemwingie hire bodyguards for their fathers

Mikel Obi has hired plain clothe security
personnel for his father and other
members of his family in Jos, after the
kidnap saga that saw his father held by
kidnappers for 11 days. Some footballers
are also beefing up security around their
family members. Osaze Odemwingie is
one of them. The footballer has built a
security network around his dad who
lives in his house in Benin, Edo State.

How can you not feel safe in you own
home again? Too sad!

Music Producer K Solo buys N36m property in Lagos

The talented producer, who has produced
beats for Paul Play, Kefee, Sunny Neji and
many more A-list Nigerian artists, is reaping
the fruits of his labour. Sources say he just
acquired N36million property in Agege,
Lagos, and he confirmed the acquisition
when approached by encomium magazine
reporter, Shade Wesley-Metibogun. He tells

Yes it’s true. The house is in an estate in
Agege. It is worth that amount. I just got it
and I am working on it now. I have not
finished payment on the property, I still
have a few millions to pay.

New Photo Shoot From Stephanie Okereke

Star actress Stephanie Okereke is the new
brand ambassador for Kenekalon hair in
Nigeria. She is looking good.See


God Has Scattered My Daughter’s Enemies, Said Mercy Johnson Mum & Dad

Expectedly, Mercy Johnson’s Dad and Mum
were elated and in ecstatic mood as the
wedding held against all odds.

Here are what they said when we engaged
them in a chat.

Mercy Johnson’s Mum

what’s the situation now
There would be no place for them. All the
enemies of Odianosen and Mercy, like the
Egyptians, have been overthrown.
They have gone… They have already
entered the Red Sea (Mercy Johnson’s dad
cuts in ).

What was going on in your mind then? Did
you at a time contemplate giving up?
No, I never gave up because my God is a
God that answers prayers.
…. We didn’t do anything negative (Mercy’s
He’s unchangeable God. There is no
impossibility with Him. He’s the same God of
today, yesterday and forever.

How would you describe Mercy, your
She’s a wonderful girl. She’s a girl that puts
joy in my eyes, my heart and my face. She
knows when I am angry. She knows when I
am naked.
She knows when I am sick. She knows
exactly what I need at any time.So; my God
will always bless her.

What about Odi
He’s a perfect man made for my family. A
man that is so caring and humble.
What was your mind telling you the first
day you met Odi?
I prayed and asked God to convince me if
he was for my daughter. And God did.

How many children do you have?
I have four daughters and four boys.
So, what’s your prayer for the couple?
My prayer for them is that goodness and
mercy shall follow them all the days of their
lives. And they will know no shame in the
name of Jesus.
They will live above their enemies in the
name of Jesus. They will always be the head
and not the tail.

Mercy Johnson’s Dad

How does it feel to see your daughter get
married today?
Today is my most memorable day. It is one
of my best days. It’s just wonderful.
How did you feel with all the controversies
before the wedding?
I am happy that the whole drama ended
happily. As you can see, a positive result
surfaced at last. My heart never shook for
one day.

What do you wish the couple?
Happy home, many children and above all,
peace and prosperity.
So, you were never apprehensive when
your son’s ex-wife threatened to stop the
Not for once. My mind was positive because
Mercy has not done anything wrong.

credit: nigeriafilm