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“Praiz Produced My First Song For Just N4000” – Skales

Nigerian singer, Skales has revealed that at the beginning of his music career, fellow artiste, Praiz was one of the only people that truly believed in him.
Skales revealed this during his performance at the just concluded ‘Praiz live in Unilag’ concert.

He further stated that Praiz has always supported him and continues to do so even till today.
Nigerian R&B sensation, Praiz held the free concert at the Staff School Hall in Unilag on Friday, March 23rd, 2018.
Music lovers present were given an unforgettable experience as superstars; Praiz, Skales, Ajebutter22, IllBliss, Shaydee, BOJ and many others took the stage to perform their biggest hits.

Sponsored by MTN Music plus, the concert saw students and other young fans go home with exciting gifts like mobile phones, laptops, steam irons, electric kettles and even an acoustic guitar.

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TBoss subtly replies her father, after he cursed her

TBoss Might just have subtly responded to her father’s curse earlier today.

Recall, yesterday, pictures of TBoss’ father, Engr. Vincent Idowu, a civil engineering lecturer at Ambrose Ali University, married a 400 level student of the school.. and the picture immediately went viral.

Her dad, today, then took to the gram to reply trolls who came for him, for marrying a lady so young, who apparently, is his student.

He didn’t just respond to trolls.. He also laid a curse on his daughter, TBoss.. He wrote;

”When destiny smiles on someone, he forgets that there is life elsewhere. If I look like a roasted goat on my wedding day, that’s cool but that writer will soon become a resident of a subcity where people with severed limbs, broken bones, amputations, stinking blind and lame reside. THIS IS A PROMISE.

I live a humble, private life and did not intimate TBoss or any of her siblings of my plan to remarry in accordance with my tradition/custom. Furthermore, I did not make public or post anything about my marriage.

I am starting a new beginning and clearing the slate of all the wrong decisions I made in my life. I just want to forget Tokunbor (TBoss) and her siblings and start life afresh for all its worth. If and wherever Tboss and any of her siblings gets married, it shall be without my blessings and woe unto the man or the woman who marries any of them. So shall it be by the power vested on me by God Almighty”.

Now, in what seems like a subtle reply to her dad.. TBoss shared on Instagram the below post, but the turned off comments:

 

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Obasanjo is not my son’s grandfather- Tonto Dikeh

Nigerian actress, Tonto Dikeh, has said that former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, is not her son’s grandfather.

The actress cleared the air over the relationship between her son, Andre and the two-time Nigerian leader on Tuesday on Instagram.

The movie star reacted after an Instagram page dedicated to celebrity kids said Mr Obasanjo was her son’s grandfather.

Tonto swiftly replied the blog, correcting the insinuation.

“Excuse me that is my son and that’s not his grandfather in any way. Baba is a great man and has been wonderful to me and my son but unfortunately we have no blood relationship with Baba,” she replied.

It didn’t end there, as the controversial actress went ahead to reveal that her ex-husband, Oladunni Churchill ”deceived her into believing that Mr Obasanjo was his father.”

“But I would not have you using my son’s image for a lie. He has two grandfathers. One is late and mine is very much alive. I was as ignorant as you until I found the truth so please and please again I’m a mother and I would not tolerate this…Thanks and God bless you & your business,” she said.

Tonto’s latest social media outburst did not come as a surprise even though she had publicly declared Mr Obasanjo as her father-in-law in 2015 during her wedding introduction.

But following her messy divorce, Tonto has repeatedly told anyone who cared to listen that she does not want to have anything to do with her ex-husband.

Although they do not see eye to eye, both parties have launched an unending social media war against each other.

The Nollywood star confirmed there were cracks in her 17-month-old marriage in February 2017.

By June 2017, Tonto’s dad returned her traditional marriage bride price to his ex-son in law.

The 32-year-old actress who recently revealed that her much publicised beauty surgery cost N5 million recently told AFRICAN ENTERTAINMENT that she hopes to remarry some day.

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How I quit boxing after being badly ‘pummeled’ — Mr Ibu

Nollywood actor John Okafor, who is better known as Mr. Ibu, is the toast of filmmakers and Nollywood enthusiasts.

Famous for redefining hilarious imbecility, Mr Ibu is arguably one of Nigeria’s most successful comic actors in recent times.

A multiple award winner, the 55-year-old actor is also one of Nigeria’s highest paid actors. African Entertainment  caught up with him in Lagos recently and had him speak about his career, marriage and humble beginnings.

AE: Did you originally set out to become a comic actor?

Mr Ibu: I will just say comedy found me and over time I have found that I can’t feature in a ‘serious’ role because my fans may consider it odd. I have always been interested in soap operas and that was what inspired my career. I played cameo roles in a TV series titled Hotel De Jordan. I was passing by the set when the crew beckoned on me to be a part of it.

My scenes lasted a few seconds and I also had minimal speaking roles, but it was a big achievement for me at the time. So, its safe to say I officially launched my acting career on December 3, 1978.

I also starred in two series, Ogbu Anyanwu, and Kwere Kira, which were shown on Anambra Broadcasting Service in the late 90s. All these roles stirred my interest in acting.

AE: What movie would you say gave you your big break?

Mr. Ibu: Funny enough I got my big break after I played an imbecile in the late Alex Ezeamaku’s 1997 movie, Agony. He was assassinated in front of his house and that was why we couldn’t shoot the second part of the movie. I acted alongside Pete Edochie in the film. Other films like Mr Ibu, Vuga and Uncle Wayward also shot me to prominence.

The first Nollywood movie I acted in was titled Rolling Stone and it was shot in Onitsha, Anambra State. The late Solomon Eze produced it. The onset of my Nollywood career was very tough. I recall having to trek from Ajao Estate to Festac Town in Lagos State for movie auditions and rehearsals on a daily basis.

AE: What is the story behind your moniker, Mr Ibu?

Mr Ibu: I have always been called Ibu from childhood. My grandfather bore the name too and I took after him. When we began shooting Mr Ibu in 2004, we titled the film John Ibu Okafor and after some time, we changed it from Mr. John Ibu to John Okafor. I later settled for Mr Ibu and the name stuck after the film became a hit. I inherited my comic side from my grandfather. He was a better actor, a better comedian than me. He died in 1971

AE : Not many Nigerians are aware that you are an ex-boxer? Why did you quit boxing for acting?

Mr. Ibu: It’s because I didn’t tell them (laughs) I used to be a boxer. I was doing well as a boxer until I went for a championship in Delta State. I was badly pummeled during the fight that I could not even be recognised after the fight. I almost lost an eye because of the punches he dealt me. That was the incident that made me quit boxing. Aside from boxing, I’m sure that you don’t know that I used to be a football coach. I coached the national team of the Actors Guild of Nigeria for four years. I was also a Karate practitioner; I got my black belt in 1983.

AE: Are you venturing into filmmaking anytime soon?

Mr Ibu: I am working on a movie, which touches on Xenophobia. The production has seen me visit Ethiopia, Botswana (Gaborone), Zimbabwe, Liberia, and Ivory Coast for fact-checking. I am going the extra mile because I want to find out the truth behind xenophobia. I employed a writer who is currently scripting the movie. It has taken this long because the writer is also travelling to these countries for fact-checking. The script should be ready by May. The cast would be drawn from Nigeria, Liberia, Kenya, Ghana and Botswana. The film would be shot on locations in South Africa, Kenya and Botswana.

AE: Anyone who follows you on Instagram can tell that you are very fond of your wife. How did you meet her?

Mr. Ibu: Before I married her, I used to be quite unlucky with women. Whenever I fell in love with a girl, other men would snatch her from me. I steered clear of women after my first marriage crashed. I had nothing to do with any woman for six years before I met my wife. She won the Face of Imo State competition in 2004 and I was a judge at the pageant. That was how our paths crossed. We got married in 2015. We have five children. My ex-wife had four children. My first son is married with children and that makes me a grandfather.

AE: Your wife is also an actress….

Mr Ibu: Yes, she is an actress and we both have an understanding, so find a way around our busy schedules. As such, we are rarely on set together else the home front suffers. I am also guiding and mentoring her in her acting career.

AE: Do you find it odd that many people rarely take you serious because of your comic roles?

Mr Ibu: A lot of people think I’m stupid and foolish because of the roles I play in movies. Even when I have something meaningful to say, people don’t take me serious as they think I am just being silly.

Some people also think that I’m an illiterate but that’s not true. Thankfully, although I was already a star when I met my wife, she took me serious when I proposed to her.

AE: Tell us about your educational background?

Mr Ibu: I attended elementary school and stopped in 1974. I went to secondary school in Sapele, Delta State. Before then, I attended the College of Education Yola, then Gongola State, but I dropped out due to financial reason. I attended the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu for my tertiary education.

I couldn’t study full time because my father died quite early and no one was willing to sponsor me in school. My siblings and I fed from hand to mouth. That is why I sold firewood and practiced as a hairdresser in Enugu. I was also a photographer and butcher. As an undergraduate at IMT, I worked in a crate Industry and also repaired refrigerators.

AE: Do you have any concerns about your industry?

Mr Ibu: Nollywood really needs to put proper structures in place so it can attract serious investors. Ours is a very lucrative industry with a potential to generate more money for the country than oil if it is well managed.

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Nollywood in Hollywood to become annual event

Nollywood in Hollywood,’’ a collaboration between Nollywood and Hollywood to showcase Nigeria’s best films, is now to become an annual event.

The organisers of the event revealed this as two Nollywood films – THE BRIDGE and ISOKEN – were showcased in Hollywood, Los Angeles, on Saturday night at The Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex in Los Angeles.

The screening of the two films brought to three the Nollywood films showcased in Hollywood, with the screening earlier on Friday of 93 DAYS, a film on Nigeria’s resilience during the Ebola virus outbreak in the country.

The film – 93 DAYS – is a compelling drama of dedication, sacrifice, resilience and survival based on the true story of the people who risked their lives to stop the spread a catastrophic virus in Nigeria.

The screening of the three Nollywood films, which started on Friday and continued on Saturday, was the first collaboration between Nollywood and Hollywood.

This is also the first time that national film series, the foremost film programme in the world and the most historic of all of Hollywood’s cinema houses, are teaming up to bring a film series from Africa to Hollywood.

Nigeria joined a select list of seven countries from around the world to be part of the prestigious national screening series, according to the organisers.

THE BRIDGE was a film about inter-tribal marriage in Nigeria and the challenges associated with it, as it seeks to end the inter-tribal prejudices and strengthen marriages among Nigeria’s diverse ethnic nationalities

Obadare, a Yoruba prince, and Stella, a young lady from a distinguished Igbo family, are a couple whose relationship is threatened by tribal prejudice and parental plans for their lives.

When the couple secretly wed against their parents’ wishes, the consequence shakes the very foundation and sustenance of both families.

Similarly, ISOKEN is a romantic comedy that explores cultural expectations, racial stereotypes and the bonds that unite families in touching, dramatic and comedic ways.

Everyone in the Osayande family worries about Isoken, although she has what appears to be a perfect life – beautiful, successful and surrounded by great family and friends..

However, she is unmarried at the age of 34, which, in a culture obsessed with marriage, is serious cause for concern.

Things come to a head at her youngest sister’s wedding when her overbearing mother thrusts her into an orchestrated matchmaking with the ultimate Edo man, Osaze.

Osaze is handsome, successful and from a good family, making him a perfect Nigerian husband material.

However, in an unexpected turn of events, Isoken meets Kevin who she finds herself falling in love with and he just might be what she truly wants in a partner.

The only problem is, not only is he not an Edo man, he is Caucasian.

The screening was a question and answer series moderated by the Chairman of the African-American wing of the Directors Guild of America and an open air, post-screening Nigerian party on the historic Hollywood Boulevard.

The film was co-presented by the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California and O2A Media Inc., the production company of Nigerian-American filmmaker, Ose Oyamendan. 

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Wow!!! Popular blogger Linda Ikeji ‘engaged’

Popular Nigerian blogger, Linda Ikeji, is finally off the market as she got engaged to her ex-boyfriend on Wednesday.

Her sister, Sandra Ikeji broke the news on Instagram on Wednesday.

It has also been reported that Linda’s ex-boyfriend recently relocated to Nigeria where the lovebirds decided to rekindle their affair.

Also, Nollywood actress, Toyin Aimakhu, took to Instagram to congratulate her.

She wrote; “Congratulations to our very own Linda Ikeji for ticking one of the important boxes every woman has piled up on her list; as she got engaged to her heartthrob!

“I can’t wait to fill my tummy up with the rice o, so don’t keep us waiting too long… We just can’t wait!!!NB:FAM I’m next”.

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Chelsea line up Marco Silva as caretaker coach if Conte is sacked

Chelsea have reportedly lined up Marco Silva as temporary replacement if Antonio Conte is sacked

Conte has told club owner Roman Abrahamovic that it will unfair to be thrown out in a short period of time

– The Blues have all to play for when they face West Brom at Stamford Bridge in the final match of week 27

Premier League defending champions Chelsea are reportedly considering Marco Silva as a short-term replacement for Antonio Conte if they sack the Italian before the end of the season.

Conte has been under severe criticism after failing to replicate the title winning form of the 2016/17 season and the pressure is mounting after defeats to Bournemouth and Watford.

According to The Times, should there be another bad result, the Chelsea board could act and get rid of Conte and bring in a caretaker boss which Silva will be given priority.

The former Watford boss has been named as a potential candidate to try and get the Blues back on track and finish the season strongly.

Silva’s appointment would also give Chelsea’s management more time to identify a long-term replacement with the likes of ex-Barcelona man Luis Enrique and Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri on their radar.

However, Conte has told Roman Abramovich it would be ‘stupid’ to get him sacked after such a short period of time as manager in Stamford Bridge.

Conte said: “You continue to work with a manager or coach not because of what he achieves in one season, but because you trust in him.

“Then you build something with him.

“That doesn’t mean you have to win something because that’s not simple. Not easy. Especially in England.

“But in my vision you can win, yet at the same time the club might not be happy to stay with you and for this reason it’s right to send the coach away.

“Or you can trust in a coach and his work and continue with him even if you don’t win, and try and build something important.

“There are two ways. There is a stupid way and an intelligent way.”

Chelsea will be filing out with all to play for against West Brom in a week 27 Premier League match at Stamford Bridge and if Conte’s men does not get maximum points, he may be shown the way out of the club.

The Blues are currently fifth with 50 points behind Tottenham who are fourth with 52 and a win for Chelsea takes them to fourth one point above their London rivals.

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Banky W And Adesua attend Noble Igwe and daughter’s birthday party

A few days after celebrating his daughter’s birthday, Noble Igwe also celebrated his birthday on February 10, 2018.

Media personality and blogger, Noble Igwe recently celebrated his 36th birthday. The fashionista who is known for his sense of style has become one of Nigeria’s powerful fashion icons.

He had earlier celebrated his daughter as she turned one on January 31, 2018. Since their birthdays were only days apart, they had a joint celebration and power couple, Banky W and Adesua Etomi were pictured in attendance.

Noble Igwe had earlier taken to Instagram to celebrate his daughter with beautiful pictures and a cute message. He captioned one of the photos: “JAX IS ONE .They Say you are not meant to love one child too much but they didn’t tell you what to do with the one that first called you “Dada”.We bought toys for this gem but she prefers DSTV remote control. She does not eat rice yet but she understands Chioma’s “ If you touch that,I’d beat you” .We thank God for Jax and we know with your help, she’s grow up to be the best babe .

Banky W And Adesua attend Noble Igwe and daughter’s birthday party

Banky W, Adesua, Noble Igwe with his family Source: Instagram

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Buhari loses 2 family members in quick succession – Presidency

​Presidency has said that President Buhari lost two family members in quick succession

President on media and publicity, Garba Shehu identified one of the deceased as Hajiya Halima Dauda

– He identified the second deceased as the wife of the president’s older brother, Alhaji Mamman

The Presidency on Saturday, February 10, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s extended family was bereaved with the deaths of two members in quick succession.

Punch reports that the senior special assistant to the President on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, announced this in a statement made available to journalists.

“President Muhammadu Buhari’s extended family has been struck by the loss of two senior members who died within a few hours of one another,” the presidential spokesman said.

African entertainment  gathered that Shehu identified one of the deceased as Hajiya Halima Dauda.

He said the deceased who was buried in Daura on Saturday morning, February 10, was the President’s niece and younger sister to his close associate and nephew, Mamman Daura.

“She died at about the age of 56, leaving behind 10 children, four of them male and six female including one of President Buhari’s personal assistants, Mohammed Sabi’u Tunde,” he added.

He said the burial was attended by a federal government delegation led by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.

Others on the team were the minister of state, aviation, Hadi Sirika; two businessmen- Alhaji Isma’ila Isa and Sayyu Dantata; three senior special assistants to the President – Sarki Abba, Ya’u Darazo and Shehu; the director general of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar, the permanent secretary, State House, Jalal Arabi and the State Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Lawal Kazaure.

Shehu said the Buhari family had earlier on Friday buried Hajiya Ai’sha Alhaji Mamman on Friday, February 10.

He identified the second deceased as the wife of the president’s older brother, Alhaji Mamman.

Receiving condolences, Malam Mamman on behalf of the family and the Emir, Alhaji Umar Faruk for the people of Daura Emirate thanked God for the lives of the deceased and all the visitors for sharing the moment of grief with them.

Among those received by the family in Daura were the Governor of Bauchi state, Mohammed Abubakar, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu; and a former Military Governor of Kaduna State, Brig.-Gen. Jafaru Isa (retd.).

Meanwhile, African entertainment had previously reported that a sister in-law to President Muhammadu Buhari, Hajiya Aisha Mamman, is dead.

It was gathered that the information officer of the Daura Local Government Council in Katsina, Alhaji Salisu Haro, made the disclosure in in Daura.

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