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US singer, Christina Aguilera, relocates to Las Vegas, joins Celine Dion, others

By News desk

United State singer, Christina Aguilera, has concluded plans to join other popular world musicians including Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, the Backstreet Boys and Mariah Carey to launch a residence in Las Vegas, U.S.

“Christina Aguilera: The Xperience” will open at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on May 31, as the growing number of musicians show their presence in Las Vegas.

Aguilera announced 16 performances which tickets started selling on Saturday.

The Grammy winner released her debut album in 1999 and is known for hits such as “Genie in a Bottle,” ”Beautiful” and “Ain’t No Other Man.”

Aguilera released the album “Liberation,” last year. Two of its songs — “Fall in Line” with Demi Lovato and “Like I Do” with GoldLink — earned nominations at the 2019 Grammys, airing Feb. 10 in Los Angeles.

Others who have made Vegas a temporary home include Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, the Backstreet Boys and Mariah Carey.

Nike unveils self lacing shoes, controlled with smartphone

Nike, the global sportswear giant on Tuesday launched some magic shoes that will automatically loosen or tighten when you step into them, and then adapt based on your activity.

Click here to watch Nike’s demonstration.

The Nike Adapt BB shoes, which go on sale on February 17 for $350 in the United States, are controlled by the touch of a button or a smartphone app.

“We picked basketball as the first sport for Nike Adapt intentionally because of the demands that athletes put on their shoes,” Eric Avar, Nike VP creative director of innovation, said in a statement.

Using a custom motor and gear train, “Adapt” technology enables the shoe to be automatically adjusted to the foot.

The app allows the player to load in different fit preferences — for example, game play versus a timeout.

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum is the first pitchman for the new shoe.

“That the app allows the ability to put the shoe on and touch the button, change the colors, see the percentage on the battery…it’s just cool,” Tatum said in a statement.

Nike says it plans to bring the system to shoes for other sports.

How world welcome 2019 in style

By News Desk

Welcome 2019 in Moscow: the year in display at a concert

Revellers welcomed 2019 with fireworks displays and festivities as a celebratory wave swept westward across the globe from Asia to Europe and Africa.

The Americas will be the last to celebrate  the conclusion of a tumultuous year, as they are five hours behind.

Monday’s celebrations kicked off with Sydney hosting its biggest-ever pyrotechnics display and lighting up its harbour-front skyline for a full 12 minutes.

More than 1.5 million spectators gathered to enjoy the spectacle that also featured a ceremony to celebrate Australia’s indigenous culture.

In Hong Kong, hundreds of thousands of party-goers packed the streets on either side of Victoria Harbour for a spectacular 10-minute show that burnt through $1.8 million worth of fireworks.

In the Indonesian capital Jakarta, more than 500 couples tied the knot in a free, mass wedding organised by the government to mark the arrival of a new year.

Fireworks shows, however, were cancelled out of respect for victims of a December 22 tsunami that killed more than 400 people.

In Japan, locals flocked to temples to ring in 2019, as US boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather came out of retirement to beat Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in a multi-million-dollar “exhibition” bout outside Tokyo.

In Dubai, fireworks lit up the sky over the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, to the delight of onlookers, while nearby Ras al-Khaima sought to enter the Guinness Book of Records with the world’s longest fireworks show.

Russia saw in the new year progressively over several time zones starting in the far east, with concerts and light shows planned for Moscow city parks, and more than 1,000 ice rinks opened for merrymakers.

But a tower block gas explosion that killed at least four people and left dozens missing cast a shadow over New Year’s celebrations.

In his New Year’s address to the nation, President Vladimir Putin urged people to work together to “increase well-being and quality of life so that all citizens of Russia… feel changes for the better in the coming year.”

In Paris, fireworks and a light show with the theme “fraternity” were scheduled for the Champs-Elysees despite persistent “yellow vest” anti-government protests.

French President Emmanuel Macron, in a televised address, acknowledged the French government “can do better” by citizens complaining of shrinking spending power.

In Berlin, music lovers partied at a concert at the Brandenburg Gate, while Britain’s capital London opted to usher in the new year by celebrating its relationship with Europe, despite Britain’s impending departure from the European Union.

London’s fireworks display would seek to show Europe that the British capital would remain “open-minded” and “outward-looking” post-Brexit, said the city’s mayor Sadiq Khan.

In Portugal, dozens of people, some in costume, will brave the winter for a traditional New Year’s ocean dip near Lisbon, while in the Democratic Republic of Congo, election officials will be counting votes after a presidential election Sunday.

In Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari used his New Year’s address to promise a free and fair election in 2019 and there were fireworks in many cities such as Lagos and Abuja and crossover services in many churches.

In Ivory Coast leader Alassane Ouattara vowed the creation of a new, independent, electoral commission for polls planned for 2020.

When the celebrations reach the Americas, Rio de Janeiro’s famous hilltop Christ the Redeemer statue will be brought to 3D life with special light projections before fireworks illuminate the city’s Copacabana beach where around two million people are expected to party till dawn.

As the world celebrates, many are wondering whether the turmoil witnessed in 2018 will spill over into the next.

The political wrangling in Westminster over Brexit was one of the key stories of this year, with a resolution yet to be reached ahead of Britain’s scheduled March 29 departure.

US President Donald Trump dominated headlines in 2018, ramping up a trade war with China, quitting the Iran nuclear deal, moved the US embassy to Jerusalem, and meeting his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un.

North Korea’s commitment to denuclearisation will remain a major political and security issue into next year, as will Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s reassertion of control after Trump’s shock announcement of a US troop withdrawal from the country.

The war in Yemen, which has killed about 10,000 people since 2014 and some 20 million at risk of starvation, could take a crucial turn in 2019 after a ceasefire went into effect in mid-December.

Numerous countries go to the polls in the coming year, including India, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Nigeria, South Africa, Argentina, and Australia.

Major sporting events on the calendar include the Rugby World Cup in Japan, the cricket one-day international World Cup in England, and the athletics World Championships in Qatar.

 

 

 

Ambode discloses plans after leaving office as Governor

By news desk

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has given an hint into his plans after leaving office May 29th, 2019, saying, the arts and entertainment industry will continuously receive his attention.

Ambode added that future of the Lagos Gross Domestic Product, GDP lay so much in the sector because several potentials were embedded in the sector.

The governor, who gave the hint after the performance of a stage play – Oba Esugbayi, held at Muson Centre in Onikan, Lagos, argued that the zeal and creativity exhibits by youths in the industry indicated brighter future for Nigeria.

“I just want to say that I have enjoyed myself thoroughly and this is one of the Christmas gifts to me. Sitting down here and watching for one and half hours, you know that there is a big future for this country and for everybody that has actually taken part in this stage play, I say God bless you.

“When I see younger people and the sense of creativity around them and the energy, it brings that sense of hope in this country and whatever support I can give in and out of government, I will do it without hesitation,” he added.

While describing the sector as future of the State, the Governor said investment so far made by his administration was geared towards using the industry as a springboard to plan for the burgeoning youth population in the State.

“Obviously, I am a lover of arts and as a government; we have invested so much in culture, entertainment and so on. The real GDP of Lagos is in entertainment and arts because that is where the future is.

“The population dynamics of Lagos is like 65 percent below the age of 35 and you have to start to find somewhere to actually fill in that gap to grow the GDP of Lagos and that is why we have decided that we would promote a lot of things in arts, culture and entertainment and that is just the right way to go,” Ambode said.

Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, confirms birth of twins babies

By News desk

Apparently to end speculations surrounding birth of her babies, Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, on Saturday confirmed birth of her twins.

The actress, in a confirmation message on her social media handle, posted a musical track of Nigerian gospel singer, Tope Alabi, titled Logan Ti Ode.

Adding to the track, she wrote, ”Thank You Lord’, saying, What else to expect from an actress, except another touch of drama!

The song and the message have further triggered more congratulatory messages for the actress, also known as Jenifa, after her award winning movie and TV series of the same name.

Nollywood actors, actresses congratulate Funke Akindele over child birth

By News desk

A flood of congratulatory messages have continued to trail Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, who gave birth to twins.

Many adulatory messages have been posted on the Instagram accounts of Funke and her husband, Rasheed Bello,  better known as JJC Skillz., but there has been no official statement from the couple, who married in 2016.

Funke, who is 41 years old,  lent some credibility to the trending story when she wrote in her Instagram story:  “Thank you Lord. Oluwa e tobi (God is great), I am now being called a new name.”

Some of Funke’s fellow artistes joined in the adulation. Mercy Aigbe posted on Instagram the good news and wrote: Best news of the year! Jehovah overdo…Twins. To God be all the glory!! Congrats@funkejenifaakindele and @jjcskillz on the arrival of your twins! Iya Ibeji mo ba e yo”.

By noon on Saturday, there were already over 4,000 congratulatory messages on Funke’s Instagram account, tagged to the post  promoting the movie Chief Daddy.

Philippines wins Miss Universe crown

By News desk

Philippines contestant, Catriona Gray, has been crowned Miss Universe on Monday, the fourth time the Southeast Asian country has won the international beauty pageant.

The win marked the fourth for the country after winning the crown in 2015, 1973 and 1969.

Gray, a 24-year-old Filipino-Australian model, won the title in the Thai capital Bangkok where the pageant included for the first time a transgender contestant.

“My heart is filled with so much gratitude. There were moments of doubt where I felt overwhelmed and I felt the pressure,” said Gray, who wore a red and orange dress that was inspired by Mount Mayon, a volcano that erupted this year.

Gray was asked during the contest about her views on legalizing marijuana and replied that she supported it for medical uses.

After she was crowned, Gray to

Celebrities back Buhari’s re-election

By news desk

President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated celebrity support group, “Together Nigeria’’, assuring that his administration would reward handwork and loyalty adequately.

At the event organised by the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), the president expressed gratitude to the organisation for their gesture.

“Some individuals and organisations might be feeling disappointed because we have not been able to please everyone.

“I would like to assure you that this time, handwork and loyalty will be rewarded adequately.’’

According to him, the event reminds him of the political struggle and support he has been enjoying from the group over the years.

He, therefore, endorsed the plan put in place by the BSO to reposition the organisation and strategise towards success in the next election and beyond.

“This once again gives me further encouragement, hope and optimism in our political journey,” Buhari added.

While acknowledging the overwhelming nationwide support he has been enjoying over the years, Buhari said his administration was already celebrating the landmark achievements so far recorded.

He expressed gratitude to the group for sensitising Nigerians to the successes recorded by the governing All Progressive Congress (APC).

He also expressed appreciation to the Nigerian celebrities for their contributions to the growth of the country’s entertainment industry as well as projecting the good image of Nigeria abroad.

“I would like to thank our celebrities for projecting the image of Nigeria globally and your contributions to our entertainment industry,’’ he said.

Great news IGers: Select who can view your stories

 

Yes! Now you can get really personal on your Instagram social media, with the Close friend feature introduced by the application.

You can handpick people from your followers who will view your stories by using this feature, and it will be hidden room your other followers and the public. Awesome right!

Instagram is helping you achieve your privacy need as the social media world keeps expanding every second. For someone that has the mom or dad, or that nosy aunt or a stalker on your list, you can successfully keep your activities awa from him/her.

Here’s all you have to do;

Make sure your app is the most recent version,

  • Go to your Profile page by tapping the profile icon in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.
  • Tap the three lines icon in the top right corner of your screen.
  • Tap Close Friends and then tap Add next to the names of people who you want to add to your Close Friends list. You can also tap Search to search for a friend.
  • Once you’ve finished adding people to your list, tap Done.

You can easily add more or remove from this list using similar process.

 

And just like regular Instagram Stories posts, your story will be available to view for only 24 hours for your Close Friends list.

 

 

Here’s how to share a story to your close friends:

  • Tap the camera icon on the top left corner.
  • Choose an image or video you intend to share.
  • Once you do that, you will see two icons at the down left side of your screen with “your story” and “close friends” text underneath.
  • Tap close friends and voila done

Once you’ve posted an Instagram story to your Close Friends list, your profile image will appear with a green circle around it, both on your Profile page (which only you can see) and in your Close Friends’ feed.

The green circle helps it stand out from the other pink circles that usually highlight an account has live Instagram Stories posts you haven’t seen yet. Others that are not on your list can’t see it.

 

 

By Mariam Haruna

haroonmaream3@gmail.com

Seun Kuti gets Grammy nomination for best world album

By Newsdesk

Afrobeat musician, Seun Kuti, has been nominated for 61st Grammy’s best world music album for his Black Times album.

The youngest son of late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti will be contesting the category with four other nominees: Bombino – Deran, Fatoumata Diawara – Fenfo, Soweto Gospel Choir – Freedom and Yiddish Glory – The Lost Songs of World War II.

The nominations, which were announced Friday, saw Kendrick Lamar leading the field, with eight nods recognising his work for the “Black Panther” soundtrack, including the hit song “All the Stars” with SZA.

Drake is right on his tails with seven nominations, and producer Boi-1da and Americana singer Brandi Carlile are just behind them with six apiece.

Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Childish Gambino, Maren Morris, R&B newcomer H.E.R., and producer Sounwave all notched five nominations..

As against last year, in which Jay-Z was the only artist to score nods in the top three categories, this time around, Drake, Lamar, and Carlile all garnered nominations for record, song, and album of the year.

Drake’s single “God’s Plan” and his album “Scorpion” are both recognized; Lamar’s “All the Stars” and the “Black Panther” soundtrack he curated are vying for the top categories; and Carlile’s song “The Joke,” along with her album “By the Way, I Forgive You,” nabbed top nominations as well.

The 2019 Grammy is set to hold on February 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, US.