“I was planning a `collabo’ with Ras Kimono before his death–Ara

By News Desk,

Aralola Olumuyiwa, the talking drummer,“Gangan’’, on Monday said that she was planning to have a musical collaboration with the late Ras Kimono before his death.

She said that the `colabo’ would have included Majek Fashek and other reggae musicians.

Aralola, popularly called Ara on stage, said this while expressing her shock over the death of the Reggae Rastaman.

“I was still planning a collaboration with Ras Kimono, Majek Fashek and other reggae musicians.

“When I discussed it with him, he told me to wait for him to return from his trip to the United States of America but he never went.

“ His death hits me badly because he was such a humble and kind hearted fellow. May his soul rest in perfect peace,” she said

.Ara added that the repercussion of procrastination had now dawned on her as she would not be able to perform alongside Ras Kimono in the `collabo’.

She said that this was because the Reggae musician had bid the world farewell unannounced.

Ara also said that she met Ras Kimono last week at Sir Shina Peter’s 60th birthday bash and he was looking good.

“I am completely down and surprised because I saw him last week looking healthy only to wake up from my siesta yesterday to hear of his death.

“My condolences to the family and pray that God fills that huge gap his death had created for them and for us in the music industry, ’’ she said.

Ukeleke Elumelu, popularly known as Ras Kimono, 60, died on Sunday in Lagos after a brief illness.

Robert De Niro uses F-word against Trump on TV

By News Desk, with Agency Report,

Hollywood veteran and Oscar-winning actor Robert de Niro, denounced U.S. President, Donald Trump during the live television broadcast of the Tony Awards ceremony on Sunday.

De Niro appeared on stage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall to introduce rocker and Tony Awards performer Bruce Springsteen.

“I’m gonna say one thing. Fuck Trump,” De Niro said, without any preamble.
With the audience of theater actors, directors and producers shrieking and rising to their feet in applause, De Niro said: “It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s fuck Trump.”

He did not elaborate on his comment and switched immediately to a prepared introduction of Springsteen.

“Bruce, you can rock the house like nobody else,” De Niro said. “And even more important in these perilous times, you rock the vote, always fighting for, in your own words, Truth, transparency, and integrity in government. Boy, do we need that now.”

The expletive, known as the F-word, was bleeped by the CBS network for millions of television watchers at home.

However, it was heard by those in the audience and journalists covering the awards show, which honours the best of Broadway theater, and it quickly became the top trending item on Twitter.

De Niro is one of the most respected actors in the United States with two Oscar wins for “Raging Bull” and “The Godfather: Part II.”

“Mr. De Niro’s comments were unscripted and unexpected,” CBS said in a statement. “The offensive language was deleted from the broadcast.”

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.

De Niro, a noted liberal, has been increasingly critical of Trump, a Republican, at smaller show-business events, but none have the high profile and audience of the Tony Awards.

The Tony Awards show was seen by some six million Americans last year.

Reggae Legend, Ras Kimono dies @60

The Nigerian reggae legend, Ras Kimono, has been reported to had passed away at an hospital in Lagos, a day after he slumped and was rushed to the hospital.

Sources from the hospital, Lagoon Hospital, disclosed that the 60 years old man died after he had been stabilized and that his family were contacted so as to be aware of Kimono passing away.

Miracle wins N25m cash prize, emerges as BBN 2018 edition winner

By NewsDesk,

A 23-year-old man, Miracle Igbokwe, has emerged as winner of Nigeria’s biggest reality TV show, Big Brother Naija, 2018 edition, which ended on Sunday with young to go home with N25 million cash prize asides others.

Miracle, who was one of 20 housemates winning the grand prize of the show that kicked off in January, was among five finalists of the game including, Cee-C, Tobi, Alex and Nina.

The young man won the contest with over 38 per cent votes against, contender Ceece, Tobi and others who were among the five finalists.

The lucky BBNiaja housemate, had earlier emerged winner of the season’s Payporte arena games challenge with a prize of N1 million.

He also won the Pepsi Challenge carting away the sum of 1 million naira.

The young man was again lucky to have won N200,000 wager allowance after picking the box tagged number two.

Miracle won the cash in a contest with seven other housemates.

They were all instructed by BigBrother to pick a box each labelled 1- 10.

BigBrother, who presented the wager challenge as the simplest of the season, presented housemates with 10 suitcases with gift items in each of the boxes.

BigBrother said one of the suitcases contained a cash reward and instructed housemates not to pick the suitcase containing the cash reward.

He said if any of the housemates picked the suitcase containing the cash reward the housemate wins the cash reward but the house loses the wager.

Housemates were given two minutes to pick and open a box of their choice using the pin code 777.

Miracle picked the box labelled number 2, which contained the money.

Miracle’s winning profile

₦1m Payporte Games. ₦200k from final wager. Another ₦2m. Pepsi trip to One Music Africa Fest Dubai Year long supply of Pepsi Year long supply of Aquafina ₦25m cash ₦12m SUV ₦4.7m trip for 2 ₦3m entertainment set.

Arnold back after recovery from heart surgery

Veteran actor and former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger underwent heart surgery to replace a valve that was originally replaced 20 years ago, waking up with the words “I’m back” in a twist on his catchphrase, a spokesman said on Friday.

He had previously in 1997 replaced a pulmonic valve, which outlasts its life expectancy, so the former California governor chose to have valve another replacement by catheter, spokesman Daniel Ketchell announced on his Twitter account.

He was recovering and in stable condition at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, the statement said.

According to Ketchell, 70-year-old Schwarzenegger “is awake and his first words were actually ‘I’m back”.

Schwarzenegger’s character famously says “I’ll be back” in his breakthrough role in the 1984 movie “The Terminator.”

Born in Austria, Schwarzenegger won the Mr. Universe bodybuilding contest five times and Mr. Olympia seven times before turning to acting, starring in action movies such as “Conan the Barbarian” and “Commando.”

He then went into politics, and was elected governor of California as a Republican in 2003 and 2006.

Mr P ‘Psquare’ announces first solo tour

By Agency Report, 

Peter Okoye, one of the duo that made up the estranged Psquare group, has announced plans to commence his first solo tour after the split.

The singer and dancer, who goes by the moniker ‘Mr P’, shared the news on his Instagram page @peterpsquare where he wrote:

“Europe Confirm!!! All Eyes on Me Tour, April to May. Let us know the country/city you want me and my band to come through. Yes we are coming to a city near you!”

The tour was developed from a mini video series ‘All Eyes on P’, directed and produced by Mr P and aired on YouTube.

Since the duo went their separate ways, Mr P has since released a couple of songs independently, including the hit song ‘Cool it down’.

The tour will be the first time Peter will engage in separately from his twin Paul, since they both began their music career in 2003.

Psquare split in September 2017, after Peter allegedly accused Paul and their elder brother Jude of short changing him.

A few days later, Peter posted a Snapchat video revealing that he is in Philadelphia on his own for a solo performance – without his twin brother, Paul.

“My name is Mr P, as from today, guess what? It’s show time, I’m about to go on stage,” Peter said.

In March 2016, the duo had a difference in opinion regarding what Peter perceived as lopsidedness in individual input of songs which was getting featured on their joint albums.

Peter accused Paul of being uncooperative and ruining their plans as a group for a musical tour in the U.S.

The twins, known for their engaging dance routines and electronic style songs, dominated the Nigerian music industry for many years and became pop idols.

Olamide’s ‘Science Student’ under NBC’s restriction

By Zulaykha Abodunrin

The Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has said that it found Nigerian popular rapper, Olamide‘s latest single ‘Science Student’ not worthy for broadcast and thus placed the song under restriction.

The Head, Public Affairs,  NBC, Maimuna Jihada, said that the song was not out-rightly banned but prohibited from being played on local stations.

Speaking to journalists on Sunday, she stated that NBC could not ban music but has direct to determine which song should be aired or otherwise.

“NBC does not ban music. Our mandate is on what goes on Radio and TV. Olamide’s Science Student has been declared ‘Unfit for broadcast because of the song’s subtle promotion of illegal drugs and we have communicated all our licensees for compliance or they will face sanctions.”

“The warning has since been served to all radio and television stations over the week” she disclosed.

 

Omawumi hooks sweetheart trado-style (Photos)

Singer and songwriter, Omawumi Megbele, known as Omawumi, has had her traditional wedding with her longtime lover, Tosin Ibrahim Yusuf in her hometown, Warri, Delta state.

The 35 year-old Itsekiri bride who has had two daughters with Tosin appeared beautiful and regal in the photographs which flooded the social media in the wake of the ceremony.

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Before now, the couple had legalised their union at the Ikoyi Court registry in January 2015.

Her hubby, Tosin, is the founder of Lloyd Gate Limited, a real estate company and former co-owner of Zamunda Nightclub.

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Omawumi who trained as a lawyer gained national attention when she emerged second runner-up in the 2007 West African Idols which was won by singing ace, Timi Dakolo.

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She is a brand ambassador for Globacom, Malta Guinness and Konga.com.

Her sophomore album, The Lasso of Truth, was a commercial success and she has since featured with notable acts such as Wizkid, Tu Face, Timaya and Flavour.