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Bleaching causes cancer, kidney disease – NAFDAC

By News desk

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has advised Nigerians against the use of bleaching or “whitening” chemicals because they could result to cancer and kidney malfunction.

Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, gave the advice in an interview with news men yesterday in Abuja, stressing that the appeal became necessary against the backdrop of the seizure of large quantity of whitening chemicals recently seized by NAFDAC in Lagos.

“There are many people involved in these whitening chemicals, from glutathione injection to the tablets and other such chemicals.

“ Sometimes last week, we got information that there were some people involved in these products at the Trade fair complex in Lagos and our Investigation and Enforcement team moved in and confiscated four trucks of glutathoine.

“We are concerned about glutathoine because it can cause skin cancer as well as kidney disfunction and failure; this is what people do not know.

“ People should stop bleaching their skin; we should be black and proud. NAFDAC is on the spot to ensure that these dangerous products, which come in illegally are seized and destroyed,” she said.

The NAFDAC boss, however, advised Nigerians dealing in genuine foods and chemical products to ensure that their products get tested and registered with the agency for safe consumption.

“If importers know that their products are safe for consumption, they should always ensure to put them through our normal registration process and not pass through `short cuts.’

“ We understand that not all unregistered products are bad, but Nigerians should always present their products for scrutiny. Some people just do not want scrutiny.”

She called for inter -agency cooperation as well as synergy as effective means of stopping importation of illicit drugs to Nigeria.

“Multi-agency cooperation and synergy will also go a long way toward addressing the issue of importation of some of these chemicals into Nigeria. Most of these chemicals come in from China.

“I was in China recently and I have started mounting pressure on them to change their laws which allow them export products that are banned in their country to a place like Nigeria.

“The Foreign Affairs and Finance Ministries, as well as other relevant government agencies can also make strong impact in that direction.”

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.

Youth corps member Chidinma Aaron crowned 42nd Miss Nigeria

Chidinma Leilani  Aaron, a youth corps member and  professional chef  was crowned Sunday night as the 42nd Miss Nigeria.

Chidinma, who emerged from the South East Zone  beat 17 other girls to emerge the new queen at the Eko Convention Centre of Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Eighteen contestants made it to the grand finale before the selection of the final 12.

They were made up of Ntan Nton, Egede Lagele, Thomas Mseve, Ameh Munirah, Otunba Ifunaya, and Shitta Remilekun.

Others are Tizhe Usa Miriam, Okudili Odinaka Doris, Agida Stephanie, Ugwu Ijeoma, Aaron Chidinma Leilani, and Dunu Chisom Olivia.

The contestants were later reduced to five from where Aaron emerged.

The final five were Dunu Chisom, Ntan Sharon Nton, Ameh Munirah, Agida Stephanie and Aaron Chidinma Leilani.

Dunu, from the south east zone like Chidinma,  picked the prize for the first runner-up, while Ameh, from the South South was named the second runner-up.

Aaron, winner of the pageant, took home N3 million, a luxury apartment and an automobile.

She succeeded Mildred Ehiguese who won the 2017 edition.

There was no registration fee for the 2018 edition of the pageant in a bid to be all-inclusive and “to prevent financial restraints on the part of young ladies who are truly deserving of the ultimate title”.

Idris Elba is People’s sexiest man alive

By Entertainment Desk,

Actor Idris Elba, who James Bond fans are campaigning to be the next person to play 007, was named the sexiest man alive on Monday by People magazine.

The London-born actor, 46, said he didn’t believe it when the magazine told him.

“I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?’” Elba told the celebrity publication. “Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, ‘Yeah, you are kind of sexy today.’ But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling. It was a nice surprise — an ego boost for sure.”

One of Britain’s best-known stars, Elba won a Golden Globe for his lead role in BBC television detective series “Luther”, played a Norse god in “Thor” and appeared in U.S. television series “The Wire.”

Other actors and singers who have been given the title by the magazine’s editors in recent years include Blake Shelton, Chris Hemsworth, Adam Levine, George Clooney and Channing Tatum.

Only two other non-white men – African-American star Denzel Washington in 1996 and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, whose mother is Samoan and whose father is black Canadian, in 2016 – have won the title since People started the feature in 1985.

Fans have been campaigning for Elba, the son of African immigrants to Britain, to take over from Daniel Craig as secret agent James Bond in the lucrative movie franchise after the next Bond film, due for release in 2020.

Elba in August stoked the rumors that he was set to become the first black actor to play Bond when he posted a cryptic message on Twitter using one of the character’s best-known lines – “My name’s Elba, Idris Elba.” Days later he flatly denied it was going to happen, however.

Elba appears on the cover of a special double issue of People that arrives on newsstands on Friday. people.com/sexiestmanalive2018

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry rush out of Fiji market

Meghan Markle’s only solo engagement during her royal tour of Oceania with Prince Harry was cut short this morning when she was hurried out of a crowded market in Fiji.

Kensington Palace initially said the pregnant royal’s sudden departure was down to “uncomfortable conditions” but later added that there had been “crowd management issues”..

The Duchess was at the market in the capital, Suva, to meet female stallholders involved in a UN Women project called Markets for Change, which seeks to promote a safe, inclusive environment for women vendors in a number of South Pacific nations.

According to the Daily Express, “Meghan was spotted whispering to one of her royal aides” before leaving the market with her security team just eight minutes into the scheduled 15-minute visit.

“Onlookers say the Duchess ‘looked concerned,’ as she greeted large crowds and did not seem like her ‘usual self’,” the newspaper adds.

Meghan and Prince Harry are currently on their first overseas tour together since getting married in May. Their 16-day trip started in Australia, and will continue on to Tonga and New Zealand, says the BBC.

Prior to the market incident, the Duchess delivered her first speech of the tour during a visit  with her husband to the University of the South Pacific.

Calling for greater educational opportunities for women in developing countries, she told the audience: “Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly, the education they have the right to receive.”

The Duke then travelled alone to Colo-i-Suva Forest Park, where he planted a tree and unveil a plaque to mark its dedication.

Soyinka emerges winner of UK pageant

By Fashion Desk,

Nigeria’s Temi Soyinka has emerged winner of the 5th annual ceremony of the prestigious Miss Nigeria UK cultural beauty pageant.

Mr and Miss Nigeria UK is organised annually to expose the cultural values of Nigeria in the diaspora.

The confirmation was made on the Bellanaijaonline Instagram handle on Thursday.

The event is not celebrated just for entertainment but also to inculcate Nigerian cultures on Nigerians born and brought up in the UK.

NAN reports that 14 finalist from around UK competed for the coveted position of the Queen for the 2018/2019 session.

This year’s grand finale was held in St Mary’s Venue Marylebone, London.

Soyinka would work with many organisations that supports and enrichs the Nigerian culture as well as work with organisations in Nigeria.

The Royal Air Maroc has also provided prize flight tickets for the queen.

Similarly, Adedoyin George and Olamide Oni emerged the 1st and 2nd runners-up.

Soyinka, a graduate of Architecture, is working on a project that would get young people internship and work experience in different fields of endeavours.

Soyinka has also created her own make-up line which would be released soon.

Dbanj walks runway in South Africa’s Tlale designs

By News Desk,

Nigerian singer Oladapo Oyebanjo, a.k.a D’banj, walked the runway at the African Fashion International Johannesburg Fashion Week.

The musician, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, television personality and rapper, teamed up with South African designer David Tlale, as he showcased a suit while strutting comfortably down the runway recently in Johannesburg.

He has won several music awards, including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Muisci Award 2007, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009.

Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, and Best-selling African Artist 2014 World Music Awards, Evolution award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards.

In 2016, D’banj was ranked to be the richest solo musician in Nigeria according to T.I.N Magazine. (NAN0
D’Banj is vastly immersed in the information technology, particularly in the areas of value added services and Content digital distribution.

He owns MCOMM Ltd (Median Mobile Communications Limited, A Value Added Service Content Provider) and D’ Kings Men Media Limited (a 360 Media Company), which are responsible for his major digital moves in recent times.

D’banj’s D’Kings Men Media partnered with MTN Nigeria and the Bank of Industry (BoI) to launch THE CREAM PLATFORM, a creative talent platform to help discover young creative minds across Nigeria by just dialing a USSD code on a mobile phone.

It is reported that the platform, as at December 2016, had over two million paying subscribers and has discovered hundreds of talents from the music category alone, with tens of music videos and millions of Naira given out to winners.

Lil Wayne finally releases long awaited “Tha Carter V”

By News Desk,

Lil Wayne has finally delivered on his promise with the release of the long awaited ”Tha Carter V” and it turns out to be worth the wait.

Six years after it was first mentioned and a dozen of projects in between, the fifth instalment in the series, ”Tha Carter V” was delivered on his birthday, packing fire, passion, lyrical acrobatics plus wit, a totality of all we have come to know Lil Wayne for.

The 23 track project parades a number of collaborations that include XXXTentacion, Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Reginae Carter, Snoop Dogg among others.

 

Meanwhile Davido and Phyno are set to hit us with a new jam just before the end of the year.

Phyno posted a tweet indicating that he had completed work on a record with Davido.

The duo had worked together on the song ‘Secret Agenda’ off DJ Neptune’s ”Greatness” album released earlier in the year.

Both Phyno and Davido are working on their upcoming albums with Phyno recently putting out the single ‘Iwa’ which features Tekno, with the visuals expected to follow on October 5.

There is no hint as to when the song is expected to be released yet, but the pair may just be planning to steal the charts for the remainder of 2018.

Also, LadiPoe has released his track list ahead of the official release of his debut album scheduled for October.

The Mavin artist enjoys a cult following from the hip-hop community, with many seeing him as the ‘saviour of rap.’

On February 28 2017, he got signed to Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records, which generated a major buzz among his fans as it was rare to see a rapper pen a deal with one of the biggest labels in the land.

But since joining the label, there were some agitations as he was no longer releasing music like he did in the past as he underwent his development stage with the label.

His announcement that the album was finally on its way, has sparked renewed excitement among his online following.

The album titled ”Talk about Poe”, contains 10 tracks and will feature some familiar names that have worked with him in the past like Ghost of Show Dem Camp, Funbi and Sir Dauda.

Other contributors to the album include Ghanaian singer Efya, Seyi Shay and Tems.

On the fashion scene, Nigerian contemporary menswear brand, Clemas Couture brightened up the runway during the Durban Fashion Fair 2018 with rainbow hues for its S/S 19 menswear collection named “Rainbow”.

The fashion brand broke out of the traditional outfit frame of mind by producing uniquely seamed shirts which intend to lend an effortlessly simplified appearance to formal or informal look.

The Rainbow collection is due for release in Accra Ghana later this month and will be available to the public in limited quantity in November in Lagos and in Durban, South Africa, later in December 2018.

Meanwhile, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has been honoured by the United Nations as one of the 100 most influential people of African descent.

The award-winning actress announced the good news via her Instagram page, saying “Honoured to be one of the Most Influential 100 People of African Descent at the United Nations by @mipad100,”

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde isn’t the only Nigerian celebrity on the list as the likes of Davido, D’banj, Dakore Egbuson, Yemi Alade, Stella Damasus and Falz also made it.

The award ceremony, which took place between September 23 and October 3, 2018 in New York, was held following the opening of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly.

American rapper Mac Miller dies at 26

By News Desk,

American rapper and singer , Malcolm McCormick , known by his stage name, Mac Miller, has been found dead of suspected overdose.

The 26-year-old rapper who died on Sept.7 in his Studio City  home of  San Fernando Valley had sung  about his struggles with drug abuse and death in his music.

He was known for channeling his struggles into his music and rose to fame after topping US charts with his debut album in 2011.

Malcolm signed a deal with Warner Bros in 2014 and  Tom Corson, the Co-Chairman of the group,  released a statement about his death.

“All of us at Warner Bros. Records are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic news of Mac Miller’s untimely passing.

“Mac was a hugely gifted and inspiring artist, with a pioneering spirit and a sense of humor that touched everyone he met.

“Mac’s death is a devastating loss and cuts short a life and a talent of huge potential, where the possibilities felt limitless.

“We join all of his fans across the globe in extending our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends,”  the statement said.

Mac Miller was born on Jan.19,1992 in Pittsburgh, Pennyslavia.

He grew up in Point Breeze, Pittsburgh with his parents  who were  both an architect and a photographer.

Miller  recorded his first track at  14 though he started his rapping at nine .

In 2009, he recorded his first mix – tape on his laptop which he described  as ” of  horrible quality” having  sold about 70 copies.

Other stars in the hip-hop world had been paying their   tributes  to Malcolm.

J Cole said on Twitter: “This is a message for anybody in this game that’s going through something.

“If you don’t feel right, if you feel you have a substance problem, if you need a ear to vent to, if you are  uncomfortable talking to people around you. Please reach out to me.”

Thinking out loud singer, Ed Sheran also posted a tribute on his instagram saying the news was heartbreaking.

“This just really saddened me. I hung out with Mac a few times over the years and he was always such a sweetheart, always had the time of day for anyone, whoever they were.

“As well as being a great talent, he was a great human. Love and prayers to his family and friends. I don’t know what else to say,” he wrote.

Chance The Rapper tweeted , “Mac Miller took me on my second tour ever.

“But beyond helping me launch my career he was one of the sweetest guys I ever knew. Great man. I loved him for real. I’m completely broken. God bless him.”

The rapper was into  a long-term relationship with singer Ariana Grande which ended on grounds of substance abuse.

The pair dated for almost two years and recorded multiple songs together, including “My Favorite Part and “The Way.”

Grande and Malcolm ended their relationship in May.

AMVCA 2018: Was CeeC the best dressed of the night?

By News Desk,

The AMVCA 2018 held Saturday night at Eko Hotel and Suites. But on the sidelines of the main event, the female celebrities had their own grand slam of the most fashionably dressed for the night.

From social media threads, CeeC (Cynthia Nwadiora) of the BBNaija 2018 fame appeared to have run away with the trophy in her regal red outfit. In contrast BamBam drew a lot of hisses for her ‘chicken’ like dress.

We now ask you to be the judge.

BBNaija’s Nina
Fathia Williams
Toyin Abraham

 

Bisola
Dlamini Jones
Lota Chukwu
Lota again
Here is Bisola again in a blue royale
Omo Sexy