Social media war trails Nigeria model’s N40M claim signature hairstyle

By NewsDesk,

Comments across various social media platforms have continue hitting Nigerian model, Chika Lann, after she claimed that signature hairstyle cost N40 million.

Lann, who made the claim during media chat, stated that she that her hair in several long strands of woollen threads strung together to form a ‘basket like’ shape, said that the sytle cost several millions of Naira if she was not exaggerating.

.The top model and fashion enthusiast added that she loves to showcase her unique personality and thus, and that her personality could be difficult to understand.

She said, “I have been asked on several occasions about this question. Sometimes is not really easy to understand my personality.

“Talking about my hairstyle, this hairstyle is worth 40 million”

“I love to be unique. Because when you look around you will see that everyone style look alike and I am the kind of person that can spend any kind of money.

“I can go through any kind of stress or inconveniences just to stand out from the crowd,” Lann added.

Her claim was met with skepticism and clap backs from some Nigerians on social media, especially Instagram, who argued that the hair could not cost so much.

A social media commentator wrote, “She said 40 million, so till she defines the currency, we would say it’s just nothing.”

Another Tallyenzo said, “40 naira or 40 million, because its thread that I see.”

Another one @Anike_fabrics wrote, “We are sorry, we are not fighting you. On behalf of fellow Nigerians, 40 million what? Thank you.”

However, Lann shared a video on Friday, in response to the criticisms reiterating that the hair actually cost N40 million.

She dispelled the notion that she was hard on drugs for claiming that the hair cost that much, stressing that she was in her right senses when she grated the interview.

Mix reactions over Davido’s $5,000 donation to Rwanda musical school

By NewsDesk,

Mix reactions among Nigerians have trailed pop star, David Adeleke , popularly called Davido, $5,000 the renowned singer pledged to support a Rwandan music school, the gesture of which did not go down with some his in mate back home in Nigeria.

Against party’s opposition the kindness, the music star fans commended him for the generous act though advised Davido to extend gesture to music schools established by Nigerians.

Majority were of view that that those with interest in music could be sponsored by Nigerian artistes in music school to curb social vices.

One of them, a Nigerian flutist, Omatshola Iseli, popularly known as “Tee Mac”, said that such an act of generosity was not supposed to be publicized and that the donor should have done it quietly without bringing it into public limelight.’’

Iseli said that celebrities as public figures should be more concerned about giving back to the society just as Davido had done and that they should try to minimise how members of the public sing their praises due to their generosity.

“As celebrities, we need to give back to the society depending on how buoyant we are but this must be done without publicity.

“And I believe such will be appreciated more by God, as Davido has tried,” he said.

Another one, folklore musician, Ayo Orobiyi, popularly called “Adunni Nefrettiti” said that Davido’s generosity was a beautiful development for the Rwandan music industry and the African nations musical industry was below acceptable standard when compared with music produced by other African countries.

She said that the school should channel the donation to the right direction for the improvement of the Rwandan music industry so that arties  that it would be able to pace up with the qualities of music produced in Nigeria and some other African countries.

“This is a good development coming from one of us in Nigeria.

“I believe he must have observed that Rwanda needed such help more than Nigeria because their music is nothing to be compared with ours,” she said.

For Nigerian reggae musician, Austin Peters, known as “King Wadada”  Nigerian artistes who were financially buoyant should start to demonstrate such generous act to music schools in the country and that the Davido’s gesture to Rwanda was a testimony that Nigerian youths could also be assisted in enrolling in Nigerian music schools.

According to him, musicians can train the less privileged Nigerian youths who are interested in becoming musicians by sponsoring them in music schools.

Wadada said that this would curb the crime rates and other atrocities engaged in by youths.

“ Davido has tried so far; aside the pledge to the Rwandan music school, he has created a niche for himself and this is highly commendable.

“ I will call on other Nigerian artistes to emulate him but this time such assistance must be for music schools in Nigeria.

“There are many youths who will appreciate being trained in the music school as a way to further their career in singing.

“Such youths can be sponsored in music schools and we will discover that crime rates and some other social vices will be minimised,” he said.

Peters also advised Nigerian musicians to ensure that the contents of their music were edifying to the souls of the listeners and serve as tools for behavioural change.

“Our music should be capable of achieving positive results, changing the negative behaviour of people to the positive.

“Let us change the societal problems through our songs,” he said.

FG commends trio of Mo Abudu, Omotola, Adichie over global stage honor

By NewsDesk,

The Nigerian Government has commended trio of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu, Chimamanda Adichie and Nollywood star, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, after they were honored recently, with the global stage, describing the three women great ambassadors of Nigeria.

Through Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who issued statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, it said the three honorees are iconic women in the Creative Industry who have brought great honour not only to themselves, their families and their industry, but also to the country.

The government described the women as well deserved listing of Mo Abudu, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EbonyLife TV, and Nollywood star Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde among the top 50 women ”who are doing extraordinary things on the worldwide stage” by Variety magazine, a weekly American entertainment magazine.

It said that the already well-adorned cap of Adichie has been further festooned after her novel, Americanah, was listed in the New York Times’ list of 15 remarkable books by women that are ”shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century”.

He said the women are role models whose achievements will inspire a generation of young Nigerians to also do extraordinary things.

”Of more importance is the fact that these women’s achievements have transcended gender, nationality or race, placing them on the rarefied class of global, timeless achievers,” the Minister said.

He said the great honours bestowed on the women will further focus world attention on the nation’s burgeoning Creative Industry, thus placing it on the right pedestal to take the world by storm.

Olamide, baby mama step further relationship

By NewsDesk,

Nigerian pop star, Olamide Adedeji, populalarly called ‘Baddo,’ and his baby mama, Adebukunmi Suleiman, have step further their older time relationship with the musical star proposing to his long standing girlfriend and mother of his son.

The love birds have been together since 2011 and have had a son Maximilaino Adedeji, born in 2015.

However, Baddo announced the proposal on Snapchat on Friday, hours after the young artist sent his lady birthday wishes on same platform.

The YBNL boss was said to have bent on his knee before Aisha as he proposed to her birthday on Thursday which coincidentally was marked International Women’s Day with the theme: “Press for Progress”.

Olamide wrote: “My senior wife… Oya we have a wedding to plan.”

Olamide, who raps mostly in Yoruba, has been described as ‘the voice of the ghetto’.

The Bariga born artist recently released a seven minutes visual to his hit song ‘Science Student’ amidst controversies surrounding the message of the song.

He recently bagged the ‘Listeners choice’ award at the just concluded Sound city MVP awards.

Olamide came into limelight in 2011 with his debut album ‘Rapsodi’ before starting his label ‘YBNL’ in 2012.

Wizkid prepares debut for Indio valley music, art festival

By NewsDesk,

The Nigerian musical star, Ayo Balogun, popular called Wizkid, has been announced would make his debut at popular Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival popular known as Coachella in Indio, California.

However, Coachella is one of the largest, most famous, and most profitable music festivals in the United States and all over the world and with 2017 edition of the festival been attended by 250,000 people and grossed $114.6 million.

Wizkid who is one of Nigeria’s biggest exports, confirmed his participation through tweeter on yesterday.

“We taking the African culture to Coachella BTW and am bringing out everybody”.

The “Soco” crooner will be performing along sides international acts such as The Weekend, Beyoncé, and Eminem.

Other artists on performance list includes; Black Coffee, Jorja Smith, Migos, Cardi B, Jidenna, Tyler the Creator.

Meanwhile, `Daddy Yo’, Wizkid’s 2017 hit song is part of the soundtrack for British-Nigerian actor John Boyega’s new film, ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’.

‘Pacific Rim Uprising’, is an upcoming American science fiction and action film set for release on March 23.

The film is co-produced by Boyega; written and directed by Steven DeKnight in his feature film directorial debut.

Gaga halts European tour due to devastation

By NewDesk, with Agency report, 

US pop star Lady Gaga Saturday announced she had cancelled the last 10 shows of the European leg of her world tour due to severe pain.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the Grammy award-winning singer told fans she that has cancelled the tour due devastation but said the decision to cancel the dates on her Joanne World Tour, her fifth headlining tour, was “beyond her control.”

“My medical team is supporting the decision for me to recover at home,” she said.

“I need to put myself and my well-being first,” she added.

Shows affected include dates in London, Paris and Berlin, as well as Stockholm, Zurich and Copenhagen.

Dates in Cologne, Germany and Manchester, England were also halted.

It comes after the “Born This Way” singer cancelled another show in Rio de Janeiro in September after being hospitalized, also due to severe pain.

Lady Gaga, who shot to global fame in 2008 with her hit debut single “Just Dance,” has previously revealed she suffers from the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia.

According to a post by Mayo Clinic, Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.

“Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.

“Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.

“Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.

“While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of medications can help control symptoms. Exercise, relaxation and stress-reduction measures also may help”, Mayo Clinic wrote.

Olamide loses mother same day son celebrate birthday

By NewsDesk,

Nigerian Popular Rapper, Olamide Adedeji, who is known as Baddo on stage, has lost his mother reported to had passed away few hours after he celebrated his son’s birthday

The YBNL Boss, announced his mother death through his Instagram account where he wrote: ” Orisa bi Iya ko si laiye ( No god like a mother in the world), and with black, symbol to indicateher transition.

However, The “science student” crooner, had earlier penned a birthday message to his son, saying; ‘Happy birthday from Dad, your best pal’.

About four hours after, he post himself and his mom on Social media, on Instagram, where the announcement generated over 7,000 sympathetic comments by midnight.

Some fans expressed their condolence to the popular musician, with one liners: ‘Stay strong brother’, one fan said.

“Stay strong brother … God got you, said inxsprince. Orisa bi iya ooo, may her soul rest in perfect peace, stay strong bro, what a coincidence, another person wrote, with the name _banksmj”

Nollywood star arrives Italy, begins human traffic advocacy tours

By NewsDesk, with Agency report,

A Nigerian popular movie star, Stephanie Linus, has began an advocacy visit in Italy where she hope to raise awareness on heinous crime of human trafficking and give hope to victims.

It was learnt that Linus would be advocating for victims of human trafficking in partnership with the international medical humanitarian organization – Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SOS Mediterranean.

Through a statement on Saturday the Nollyhood star disclosed that victims in Italy have been sharing their experiences with her.

“It got even more interesting when the women decided to prepare a meal together, sing and exchange hand-made gifts.

“It was truly a heart-warming experience as hope was renewed in their midst,’’ she explained.

She also visited United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office where she was given a deeper insight into the operations of the organization in Italy.

This is coming in the wake of the increasing rate of human trafficking involving Nigerians who are trying to migrate to Europe through Libya.

Linus, a film director and model, also visited the rescue ship “Aquarius” to witness their activities and operations.

Actress Stephanie Linus on board The Rescue Ship “Aquarius” in Italy

She had a tour of the ship, and afterwards, held discussions on the overall need to educate people on the dangers of “being trafficked and integrating the rescued victims back into the society’’.

Linus also had a press conference with the international media, where she spoke about measures that could be used to curb human trafficking.

Linus has been at the forefront of advocacy over sensitive issues affecting the rights of women and girls.

She had carried out the advocacy through several movies, especially, “DRY’’.

She has also demonstrated her passion for fight against trafficking through her role as UNFPA Ambassador; and her charity organisation,“ Extended Hands Foundation’’.

Linus has received several awards and nominations for her work as an actress, including the 2003 Reel Award for Best Actress, the 2006 Afro Hollywood Award for Best Actress and Three nominations for Best Actress in leading role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2005, 2009 and 2010.

She was the runner up for the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria beauty Pageant 2002.

An increasing number of women, mainly from Nigeria, are being trafficked to Europe for sexual exploitation.

According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), there has been an almost 600% increase in the number of potential sex trafficking victims arriving in Italy by Sea since 2014.

Many of these women were kidnapped against their will or lured with the promise of greener pastures.

Banky W, Adesua’s wedding set to show on DSTV

By Adewunmi Abodunrin

For those who missed the talk-of-the-town wedding between R & B singer and actor, Bankole Wellington, a.k.a Banky W and Actress, Adesua Etomi, the celebrity ‘turn-up’ is set to hit the Africa Magic channel tomorrow.

According to the official trailer by Africa Magic, the couple shared details on why they chose to share their special day with the world, while stating that the wedding will be shown in the guise of a documentary titled “The Wellingtons”.

Africa Magic is a collection of Pay TV entertainment channels which focuses on programming of Africa-related culture and heritage.

It would be recalled that the marriage between the two celebs caused a lot of stir on the internet with hashtag #BAAD2017, with TV Personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu who stole the show with his bedazzled Agbada outfit at the traditional wedding.

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TV Personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu

The two celebrities who starred in the Nollywood romantic movie, ‘The Wedding Party 1’, playing the principal roles of Dunni (Adesua) and Dozie (Banky W) in the award-winning romantic comedy produced by Mo Abudu.

Adesua who became the third most searched individual on Google Nigeria during the year, attended City College Coventry (Dip) and University of Wolverhampton while starring in her first feature film, “Knocking On Heaven’s Door” in 2014. She has since appeared in Shuga, 10 Days in Sun City, Ayamma, The Arbitration, Out of Luck, Falling, A Soldier’s Story, Gidi Up, amongst others. She also won the Best Actress in a Drama award at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for her role in the 2015 romantic drama `Falling’.

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Banky W and Adesua at their traditional wedding.

Banky W, who debuted his acting career with The Wedding Party (2017) founded a record label, Empire Mates Entertainment. Empire Mates Entertainment (stylized as E.M.E) in 2002. The label is home to recording artists such as Wellington himself, Shaydee and Niyola.


Top 3 film directors of 2017

By Abimbola Adebayo,,

In less than two weeks, 2017 would completely gone into tin air and the year must not be allowed wrapped out without paying tributes to outstanding brains behind laughable drama and story telling scenes in the movie industry.

Come to think of it, the year 2017 has had exciting moments and kudos must go personalities who made smiles of many of millions of Nigerians through their God-given talents, turning stories to scenes, and those brave hearts considered for recognition among others are:

Niyi Akinmolayan, directed the sequel to the internationally acclaimed movie ‘The wedding party 2- Destination Dubai’.

The first part of the movie was directed by Kemi Adetiba , and was a success at the cinema grossing over 453, 050, 000.

The newest in cinema, second party  of film, directed by Akinmolayan, is currently highest grossing movie in Nigeria.

Besides, the man has directed successful movies including, Falling, The Arbitration, Make A Move, Out of Luck among others.

His selection among many other director to direct Nigeria biggest movie ‘The Wedding Party 2- Destination Dubai, made him one of the top directors for 2017.

Another brain when comes to movie packaging is Akin Omotoso, who is a film director that really knows his onions when it comes to directing.

It is believed that this young director will go places with his directing skills. His latest work ‘A Hotel Called Memory’ set him apart among his peer.

Talk about Asurf Oluseyi, the young man is another director that makes the best of 2017 enjoyable for movie lover.

With his skillful and creative idea, he makes the feature film ‘Hakkunde’ a comedy and drama produced by Frank Donga, came alive, making it interesting and enjoyable for movie lovers.