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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Cheap Papers For College 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 source 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.

 

Could Burna Boy have dropped his concert over Olamide’s show threat?

click here By Abimbola Adebayo

Speculation emerging from the public domain as well as within the entertainment industry have held  that Reggae and dancehall singer, Burna Boy, born Damini Ogulu, cancelled his much talked about concert over the threat that street singer, Olamide Adedeji, better known as Olamide, concert might overshadow his show because the date coincide together.

Formally, both artistes were to have their concert on this forth coming Sunday until Burna Boy announced cancellation of his show on the premise that he has to clear his name because of the robbery allegation leveled against him.

While Burna Boy is to have his ‘’unleashed, unrestricted, untamed’’ concert at the Balmoral Conventional Centre, Lagos, Olamide is set to have his ‘’Olamide Live in Lagos’’ on the same day at the, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos. But, sources, claimed Burna Boy decided to postpone his concert because he,knew that, Olamide’s concert, which is supported by the Lagos State Government is going to pull more crowd, than his concert.

However, Burna Boy concert management in a statement says that the singer decided to cancel his concert because of the robbery allegation leveled against him by fellow musician, Mr.2kay.

The singer had been accused by Burna Boy of  sponsoring the robbery attack on him at the Eko Hotel and Suites after performing at the ‘’Buckwyld N Breathless’’ concert in October.

According to the statement made by Burna Boy’s management, it says the singer is working hard to clear his name from the robbery allegation that was levelled against him

‘’Bavent Street Live, promoters of The Burna Boy Concert Show, scheduled for the 17th Dec. 2017 at the Balmoral Convention centre wish to inform all fans and lovers of Nigeria’s top-most afro-fusion artist, Burna Boy, and our corporate partners and sponsors of a shift in the date of the above scheduled concert.

This is solely due to the recent allegations levelled against Burna Boy, which are as of now, unfounded and are yet to be proven. Burna Boy and his management are working assiduously within the ambits and requirements of the law to clear his name in these investigations.’’

The management of the show further said “He therefore needs time to come back and promises an incredible performance for his fans. For now, he needs the time and space to deal with these allegations, which have arisen at such a crucial and sensitive time when he’s working on his album and his concert.

We ask that we respect the time he needs during this challenging period.

The new date for The Burna Boy Show will be communicated in the near future, (all tickets purchased will remain valid, however you have the option to receive your full refund from the ticketing partners immediately).

We thank all Burna Boy fans, our great partners and sponsors for your continued love, trust and support.

Moji Olaiya, Evans, Adesua Etomi, Nnamdi Kanu, Bobrisky, are top searches on Google in 2017

click here By Abimbola Adebayo

Google Nigeria, has revealed the list of the most searched people, places, event, trending stories on its site by Nigerians for the year 2017.

The company revealed to the media at its 2017 year end result that , searches like, who is Bobrisky, Moji Olaiya, what is MMM and where is Nnamdi Kanu among others where the most searched information by Nigerians.

Google year end result offers a unique perspectives on the year’s major moments and top trends based on what Nigerians where looking for on Google. This, include people, places, and things such as music and movies and trending stories around the world in the past 12 months.

Google Nigeria made it known that Nollywood actress, Moji Olaiya, who died barely two months after the birth of her baby in Canada topped the list of the most searched person in the Google in search list in Nigeria for this year.

In the second position was notorious Nigerian kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, otherwise known as Evans.

Adesua Etomi came third as the most search person on google  due to the announcement of her engagement to Nigerian popstar, Olubankole Wellington, better known as Banky W.

It was also made known by Google that people came on the site to ask questions which they are too embarrassed to ask friends. This include question like ‘’what is president Buhari state of health, what is Bitcoin, what is monkeypox,  When is JAMB, WAEC result going to be released.’’

Google also said that this year, Nigerians are more interested in event and trending stories which include, symptoms of Monkeypox, political news in other African countries, IPhone release and celebrity weddings.

Kwam 1 pays tributes to late daughter, Wasilat

By Abimbola Adebayo

Ace fuji star, Wasiu Anifowose, better known as Kwam 1, has paid an emotional tribute to his late Daughter, Wasilat, who died in the early hours of Tuesday, after a brief illness in Canada

The 34 year old Wasilat, died as a result of complication which suspecting to be diabetes, she has been battling with.

As a tribute to her, her grieving father wrote…

Olaronke Ashabi mii
17th July 1983 -12th December 2017, The 2 dates in
history and shall never be forgotten ever in my life..
The first, a date you came to this world and the later
the day you departed.
I give glory & thanks to God Almighty who gave you to
me as a gift by you coming to this world for a
purpose and through me, I have seen that severally
while you were growing that I am privileged to be your
father and also to the kind of a child that also double
as my friend.
About your sickness and all our efforts through medical
means that was available to us to make you better failed us,
neither did your prayer and that of mine and
everybody that loves you never heeded by God, rather
it is a direct word from God Almighty that Allah
Subhanalahi Watahala wants you around him in his
paradise and I totally submit to that and never
question him God for doing that.
You embraced God and his commandments, also with
your knowledge of the Holy Quran is enough
testimony to the fact that you truly served your God
whom you knew too well inside and outside.
If you are able to look back right now this minute
You will see how people across theglobe are all trying
to comfort me and soften my heart with many
beautiful words and verses from both Quran and
Bible, the books that guide us to our creator then
you will agree with me your death is well celebrated as one already in aljanata.
Adesubomi babami: shagbola ogoji, o kobi foshika
ko fenu a rare wuree, omo olorule Sesese
natiijebuode titi de epe, omoba alade merindilogun,
omo awujale fidipote ton gbenu aafinpase dede lu.
alayeeeeeee dajiiiijii
Rest peacefully well with your creator as I have
submitted to his Will without regret or complain.
Many thanks to you friends, fans, family and all
associates across the globe that grief and mourns
with us in this home-call of my best friend.
I thank you once again.. Ao ni fi irue san oo. Ojo
gbogbo wa ati awon omowa aape lorile aiye.

OlasunkanmiI Marshal- K1 DE Ultimate
Ule Omo Ojushagbola Villa
Ijebu-Ode Ogun state
Nigeria.

Fuji legend, Kwam 1, daughter dies of diabetes

By Abimbola Adebayo

One of fuji music legend, Wasiu Anifowose, popularly known as Kwam 1, daughters, Wasilat, has been reported to have died of diabetes in Canada at age of 34 after a brief illness as a result complication in the early hours of Tuesday.

Although no official statement has emerge from the popular musician but the lady’s death was confirmed by Kwam 1’s, manager, Esther, who refused to give further details concerning her death.

The incident could be a sad turn of event for the 60 year-old fuji maestro who recently welcomes his 39th child, a baby girl with one of his numerous wives, Fathia, during April,  in United States of America.

The fuji legend also recently celebrated the academic achievement of one of his children, Ademola who secured an admission to study Economics at the University of Exeter, England.

The singer has been receiving condolence messages from his fans all over the world over the death of his daughter.

Wasiu Ayinde Marshal also known as K1 De Ultimate, is known as one of the best fuji musician of all time in Nigeria and also one of best in sing praising.

Davido remembers late friend, DJ Olu

By Abimbola Adebayo

Nigerian singer, David Adeleke, but otherwise known as Davido, few hours ago posted an emotional message online, in remembrance of his late official DJ and friend, DJ Olu real name, Olugenga  Abiodun.

The singer posted on his instagram “Woke up today missing you, till we see again!!

DJ Olu, the son of Heyden Petroleum Chairman and Ogun State senatorial candidate Dapo Abiodun, was found dead with a friend, Chime Ameachi, in a parked BMW car on Block B Banana Island, Lagos.

Upon investigation, police discovered that the late DJ, who was about to complete a state of the art car park in Lekki, Lagos and his friend took an overdose of hard drugs which remains was found in the car.

Burna Boy release new song amidst robbery scandal

By Abimbola Adebayo

Dancehall musician, Burna Boy, born, Damini Ogulu, seems to be unfrazzled about the robbery scandal surrounding him, has he just released a new song ‘Skekkle Down’ featuring a London based singer J Hus and also shared behind the scene photos to the music video.

The singer who has been fingered and declared wanted by the police over the robbery attack on fellow artist, Mr. 2kay, shared the behind the scene of his newly released song ‘Skekkle Down.”

Burna boy who is currently shooting his musical video albeit outside the country is not allowing the robbery scandal affect his career.

It would be recalled that musician Mr. 2kay had accused Burna Boy has the sponsor of the robbery attack on him in his hotel room at the Eko Hotel and Suites during the “ Buckwyld N Breathless “ concert on October 22, 2017.

The allegation prompted the police to launch an investigation into the matter and Burna Boy was invited for questioning but the singer failed to grant the police request.

Earlier on the police had paraded Burna Boy’s manager Joel Kantiock, alongside four other suspects who finger Burna Boy has the sponsor of the attacked on Mr. 2kay.

The suspects claimed that the singer had paid them the sum of N50, 000,00 to carry-out the attack  and on completion of the job another N50,000, 00 would be paid.

But surprisingly, when the case came up on December 1, 2017, the name of the singer and that of his manager were missing from the charge sheet.

However, a few days ago, Mr. 2kay, implied that the singer had called to beg him over the incident though, Burna Boy, claimed his innocence on the matter.

Wizkid put concert on hold to stop a man, molesting a lady

Abimbola Adebayo

Awards winning singer,  Ayo Balogun, otherwise known as Wizkid, showed his soft side when he stopped in  the middle of his live concert in Uganda, to stop a man, who was molesting a lady.

The singer who saw what was going on, while performing was appalled by the situation and had to appeal to the man albeit in a gentlemanly manner to desist from hitting the lady and asked that the victim be brought to him on stage by the security.

“Mr man don’t touch that girl, you are a guy don’t touch that girl listen to me listen to me. One love one love. Wizkid’s show is all about love, we preach love, we are all about love”

“Don’t touch that girl, make sure that girl is all right, don’t touch that girl make sure you ever touch a woman in your life ” he warned the man who was molesting the woman.

“Bring her on stage, bring her on stage with me, she’s about to party with Wizkid.” The singer said to the security at the show.

The singer has had a good year, winning many awards including the, Music of Black Origin, MOBO, as the ‘Best International Act’ on which he received congratulatory messages from President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Goodluck Jonathan.