Gifty Apologies To Banky W, Falz, Beg Nigerians Not To Judge Her With #BBNaija Show

Gifty Powers, a former Big Brother Naija housemate, has urged Nigerians not to judge her based on the “game” she was playing before being evicted from the reality show.

She was the only housemate sent home Sunday night after getting the least number of votes from the public.

During the four weeks she spent in the house, Gifty attained controversial status for many reasons, particularly for saying she didn’t know Banky W and Falz, two of Nigeria’s famous celebrities.

Addressing Nigerians through her Instagram page on Monday night, Gifty said she was misunderstood.

The upcoming actress said what she actually meant was that she had “never met” both artistes before.

She reminded everyone that Big Brother Naija was a game, noting that there was a reason behind everything she did.

“Good evening everyone. First of all I was misunderstood when I said I don’t know Banky, actually what I meant was, ‘I’ve never met him in person’,” she wrote.

Gifty Powers

“Banky is an amazing singer no doubt. And right now I want to use this platform to apologise for all the wrong words I said about him. It’s just a game, we say/do things for specific reasons.

“I was emotional[ly] unstable cos I was up for possible eviction. So to all Banky fans and everyone plz forgive me, Banky I love ur music and you are a talented cute guy.

“And concerning Falz, I know the song called “soft work” but believe me I had no idea it was FALZ that sang it and also I haven’t met him before..that was why I had to ask ‘who is he’.

“To everyone out there, I just want to refresh your mindset again that the BIG BROTHER SHOW is always a game that has just one winner and whatever actions u have seen in the house is for a reason so please I beg you all don’t judge by what you have seen or heard.”

Cristiano Ronaldo To Star Alongside Angelina Jolie In First Acting Role

Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid superstar, is set to make his acting debut alongside Hollywood star Angelina Jolie, in a TV drama.

Ronaldo, the 2016 FIFA best male player, has signed up to appear in Hayat Koprusu, a new TV drama series about Syrian refugees.

Eyup Dirlik, director of the series, said that Ronaldo will make a cameo appearance in the drama that will feature actors and actresses from all over the world.

“The series is about the plight of a Syrian refugee family who flees the war-torn country, and what they go through.

“We will begin filming in the first week of April, the series is about the plight of a refugee family and what they go through.

“There will be appearances from actors and actresses from all over the world including Cristiano Ronaldo, Angelina Jolie and Nancy Ajram,” he said.

Cristiano Ronaldo is a five-time ‘Ballon d’Or’ winner.

Gifty Evicted From #BBNaija House

Big Brother Naija has evicted another housemate, the fourth to go. It is Gifty, the entertaining girl that schooled in Accra and drew much criticism last week for not knowing some celebrities such as Falz, the hip hop singer.

She was among the three housemates up for eviction today. ThinTallTony, alias TTT and bespectacled Marvis were all saved in the voting by the fans.

Marvis got the highest vote of the three, in a surprising result that got Twitter buzzing about the unfairness of the outcome. Most fans of the show wanted Marvis out, on the grounds that she had  been boring in the House.

With her eviction, Gifty’s dream of winning the show’s star prize of N25m has evaporated.

As a housemate she had stirred several buzzes in social media over her kisses and foreign accent. She now joins Soma, Miyonse and Coco Ice, the earlier evictees.

Korede Bello To Release Debut Album March 11, Announces Album Title

Mavin Records singer, Korede Bello, on Tuesday announced that the title of his debut album is Belloved.

TheNETng reported on Wednesday that the album will be released on March 11.

Belloved iscoming after fellow Mavin artistes, Tiwa Savage and Reekado Banks, released R.E.D and Spotlight in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Signed on to Mavin on February 28, 2014, the 20-year-old has singles like ‘African Princess’, ‘Godwin’, ‘Romantic’ and ‘Do Like That’ to his credit.

His 2014 collaboration with label mates, ‘Dorobucci’, became a continental hit and was certified Platinum on YouTube with over 23 million views.

Rapper, Fat Joe Describes Tiwa Savage As ‘Africa’s Rihanna’

American rapper, Joseph Antonio Cartagena, better known as Fat Joe, has described Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage as the “Rihanna” of Africa.

Fat Joe, while speaking during an interview on The Breakfast Club on Hot 97, described Savage as the biggest African female artiste.

The rapper also revealed that Savage had collaborated with his music partner and Grammy-nominated rapper, Remy Ma.

“She did the African chick, the biggest African chick… Tiwa Savage. She’s Jewish though. She’s huge yo, she’s like the African Rihanna type, you know. She’s big,” Fat Joe said.

Remy Ma and Fat Joe are set to release their joint album titled Plata o Plomo on Friday after enjoying a return to the charts with All the way up in 2016.

Tiwa Savage, who is signed to Jay-Z’a Roc Nation and Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records, is expected to release several international collaborations in 2017.

TheCable Lifestyle recently confirmed that Mavin and Roc Nation were in the process of sealing a partnership arrangement.

Credit: The Cable Lifestyle

Ex-Project Fame Winner, Jeff Akoh Joins Iyanya At Temple Management Company

R&B starlet, Jeff Akoh, took a positive career move by joining leading creative agency and management firm, Temple Management Company.

The gifted singer, who became the youngest winner of Project Fame in 2015, signed the dotted lines in the company of his mother, Betty Akoh, at the corporate offices of the company in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Jeff impressed a high-octane audience holding his own among established acts like Awilo Longomba, Sir Shina Peters and Onyeka Onwenu at the recently held Sunny On Sunday Concert in honour of King Sunny Ade.

According to Mark Redguard, Head Of Entertainment, “Temple Management is not only about A-list artists, we are also focused on artist development by nurturing young stars who will take the reins. In Jeff Akoh, we at TMC see this lofty vision is actualised and we hope to do some wonderful things together.”

Exuding with satisfaction, Jeff Akoh expressed optimism about his new relationship with Temple Management Company, TMC: “With Temple Management Company solidly by my side, I can concentrate fully on my music with confidence and some motivation. It is the joy of every artist is to have a solid backend and I am happy that TMC brings that and a lot more with strong affiliations with global players in the entertainment industry.”

“After I won Project Fame, there has been a lot of expectations from Nigerians, rightly so. I am more confident than ever that I can do some fantastic music. As they say, when preparation meets opportunity, the inevitable result is success.”

Temple Management Company Limited who recently curated the much-talked about Sunny On Sunday concert is a full-service creative talent and event management company incorporated in Nigeria and operating in the Entertainment, Sports, Media and Art sectors.

Cocoice Evicted As 2 Fake Housemates Joins #BBNaija House

It was end of the road on Sunday for Cocoice one of the housemates nominated for eviction in the ongoing Big Brother Naija reality TV show.

Cocoice, who was one of the five other housemates nominated on February 6 for possible eviction. There include, Bisola, Bassey, Cocoice, Debbie-Rise and Gifty.

To make the show more interesting, two new contestants were on Sunday added to the Big Brother reality television show.

The new housemates were unveiled during the eviction show by Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, the presenter.

Although the duo will compete as housemates for the remainder of 57 days left in the house, they are not eligible for the ultimate prize of N78 million.

They are “fake” housemates whose only purpose is to provide entertainment and serve as pawns of Big Brother in the house.

Jon, a former reality show contestant and musician, was the first fake housemate to be introduced by Obi-Uchendu.

He said he will focus his attention on Bally, Gifty and TBoss as he joins the remaining 13 contestants in the house.

The second phoney housemate to be introduced was Ese, who is a beauty queen and comedian.

Ese promised to add more drama to the show and to push the buttons of Uriel, one of the “real” housemates.

The winner of Big Brother Naija will win a grand prize of N25 million and a brand new KIA Sorento car.

Adele, Beyonce Wins Big At The 2017 Grammy Awards [Full List]

Adele Adkins shone like a million stars on Sunday at the Grammy Awards 2017 winning the top three categories of the award – Best Album, Best Record, and Best Song – for the incredible hit song.

Adele won five awards in total, most notably the top three categories, inking her name among music greats of all time.

Beyonce, on the other hand won two awards from her nine nominations.

While receiving her plaque for Album of the Year, Adele tearfully said the award should have gone to Beyonce, whom she described as “the artist of my life.”

“My queen and my idol is Queen B. I adore you,” she said.

Here’s the complete list of winners.

Album of the year
25 – Adele – WINNER
Lemonade – Beyoncé
Purpose – Justin Bieber
Views – Drake
Sailor’s Guide to Earth – Sturgill Simpson

Record of the year
Hello – Adele – WINNER
Formation – Beyoncé
7 Years – Lukas Graham
Work – Rihanna
Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots

Song of the year
Formation – Beyoncé
Hello – Adele – WINNER
I Took A Pill In Ibiza – Mike Posner
Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
7 Years – Lukas Graham

Best rap album
Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book – WINNER
De La Soul – And The Anonymous Nobody
DJ Khaled – Major Key
Drake – Views
Schoolboy Q – Blank Face LP
Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

Best urban contemporary album
Beyonce – Lemonade – WINNER
Gallant – Ology
King – We Are King
Anderson Paak – Malibu
Rihanna – Anti

Best country solo performance
Love Can Go To Hell – Brandy Clark
Vice – Miranda Lambert
My Church – Maren Morris – WINNER
Church Bells – Carrie Underwood
Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban

Best rock song
Blackstar – David Bowie – WINNER
Burn the Witch – Radiohead
Hardwired – Metallica
Heathens – Twenty One Pilots
My Name Is Human – Highly Suspect

Best pop duo/group performance
Closer – The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
7 Years – Lukas Graham
Work – Rihanna
Cheap Thrills – Sia featuring Sean Paul
Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots – WINNER

Best new artist
Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance the Rapper – WINNER
Maren Morris
Anderson Paak

Best pop vocal album
Adele – 25 – WINNER
Justin Bieber – Purpose
Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman
Demi Lovato – Confident
Sia – This Is Acting

Best pop solo performance
Hello – Adele – WINNER
Hold Up – Beyoncé
Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
Piece By Piece (Idol Version) – Kelly Clarkson
Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande

Best R&B performance
BJ The Chicago Kid – Turnin’ Me Up
Ro James – Permission
Musiq Soulchild – I Do
Rihanna – Needed Me
Solange – Cranes In the Sky – WINNER

Best R&B song
PartyNextDoor Featuring Drake – Come See Me
Bryson Tiller – Exchange
Rihanna – Kiss It Better
Maxwell – Lake By the Ocean – WINNER
Tory Lanez – Luv

Best rap performance
Chance The Rapper featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz – No Problem – WINNER
Desiigner – Panda
Drake featuring the Throne – Pop Style
Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – All the Way Up
Schoolboy Q featuring Kanye West – That Part

Best rap/sung performance
Drake – Hotline Bling – WINNER
Beyoncé featuring Kendrick Lamar – Freedom
DRAM featuring Lil Yachty – Broccoli
Kanye West featuring Chance the Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream – Ultralight Beam
Kanye West featuring Rihanna – Famous

Best R&B album
BJ The Chicago Kid – In My Mind
Lalah Hathaway – Lalah Hathaway Live – WINNER
Terrace Martin – Velvet Portraits
Mint Condition – Healing Season
Mya – Smoove Jones

Best rap song
Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – All The Way Up
Kanye West featuring Rihanna – Famous
Drake – Hotline Bling – WINNER
Chance the Rapper featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz – No Problem
Kanye West featuring Chance the Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream – Ultralight Beam

Best metal performance
Baroness – Shock Me
Silvera – Gojira
Korn – Rotting In Vain
Megadeth – Dystopia – WINNER
Periphery – The Price is Wrong

Best rock performance
Alabama Shakes – Joe (Live from Austin City Limits)
Beyoncé featuring Jack White – Don’t Hurt Yourself
David Bowie – Blackstar – WINNER
Disturbed – The Sound of Silence (Live on Conan)
Twenty One Pilots – Heathens

Best dance recording
Bob Moses – Tearing Me Up
The Chainsmokers – Don’t Let Me Down – WINNER
Flume – Never Be Like You
Riton – Rinse and Repeat
Sofi Tukker – Drinkee

Best dance/electronic album
Skin – Flume – WINNER
Electronica 1: The Time Machine – Jean-Michel Jarre
Epoch – Tycho
Barbara, Barbara, We Face A Shining Future – Underworld

Best music video
Beyonce – Formation – WINNER
Leon Bridges – River
Coldplay – Up and Up
Jamie xx – Gosh
OK Go – Upside Down and Inside Out

Best country song
Keith Urban – Blue Ain’t Your Color
Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man
Humble and Kind – Tim McGraw – WINNER
My Church – Maren Morris
Miranda Lambert – Vice

Best country duo/group performance
Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King – Different For Girls
Brothers Osborne – 21 Summer
Kenny Chesney and Pink – Setting the World On Fire
Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton – Jolene – WINNER
Chris Young With Cassadee Pope – Think of You

Simi Signs Endorsement Deal With Etisalat

X3M Music singer and songwriter, Simi, has signed an endorsement deal with telecommunication company, Etisalat.

The 28-year-old Covenant University graduate shared the news on Instagram on Friday with a picture that has the Etisalat logo on her face.

She has now joined Eniola Badmus, Ice Prince and Francis Odega on the Etisalat family.

 

With songs like ‘Tiff’, ‘Jamb Question’ and ‘Love Don’t Care’, Simi has proven that she is a star in her own right.

Her collaborations with Falz and Adekunle Gold have also gone a long way to confirm her star power.

2016 was a standout year for her as she won a number awards including Female Artiste of the Year at the City People Entertainment Awards and Best Vocal Performance (Female) at The Headies.

Cobhams Asuquo Release New Song, ‘Empty’ [Listen]

Multitalented music maker, Cobhams Asuquo, on Wednesday announced the release of his single titled ‘Empty’.

The visually impaired producer has produced and written tons of music for A-list musicians and is well known for his enduring influence on Nigerian music.

Cobhams is signed to Sony/ATV UK publishing as a songwriter and is set to release his debut album, For You, on March 12.

Kunle Afolayan Patners Multichoice On Three Films

After a swell outing with his pan Africa film, ‘The CEO’, popular Nigerian filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan is back with a set of three films, sponsored by Multichoice Nigeria.

The threesome; ‘Roti’, ‘Umogwo’ and ‘Tribunal’ will enjoy back-to-back filming that will fast-track their releases, beginning from the first quarter of the year.

Originally planned as television productions, the ace filmmaker has however secured the understanding of his sponsors for the films to explore the traditional channels of exhibitions safe for DVD; thus, the films will make debut with an April 2017 cinema release, enjoy some festival routings before berthing on Africa Magic channels.

The three films are engaging some A-list stars who are acting on Kunle Afolayan’s set for the first time. They include Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Kate Henshaw, Nobert Young, Toyin Oshinaike, Fathia Balogun, Dari Afolayan,  Funsho Adeolu, Ade Laoye, Omowunmi Dada, Damilola Ogunsi, Ayo Adesanya, Yaw and Gloria Anozie Young among others.

In ‘Roti’ which stars Kunle Afolayan himself playing alongside Kate Henshaw, Toyin Oshinaike, Fathia Balogun and Dari Afolayan, the story is told of how, years after a couple loses their son called Roti to a brief illness, the wife sees a boy called Juwon who is an exact replica of her dead son. After discovering that Juwon is not a reincarnation of Roti, she is washed anew by grief and soon descends into depression and consequent hysteria.

In ‘Tribunal’, “Jimi Disu, a man in his fifties, is one of the bright- minded lawyers who co-establish a leading law firm in Lagos many years ago. However, he lost his sense of direction and strength after being hit by a series of personal challenges that question his resolve as a man. He becomes a ‘charge and bail’ lawyer with no further ambition. Approached by a young, enthusiastic, fresh law school graduate, Tanimowo (who adores him for the stature of his legendary pedigree as a lawyer), to defend her friend, an albino, who has been unfairly relieved of his duties at work, Jimi Disu is presented a chance to battle his old law firm. ‘Tribunal’ stars Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde, Funsho Adeolu, Nobert Young, Ade Laoye, and Damilola Ogunsi.

The third flick which stars Ayo Adesanya, Yaw, Gloria Anozie Young and Omowunmi Dada is ‘Umogwo’, the story of Omotunde, a young Yoruba civil engineer, married to Raymond, an Igbo man. Coloured by different cultural backgrounds, drama ensues when Raymond’s mother, Chimanda, insists on performing Umogwo, an Igbo cultural practice by which the mother of one of the couples lives with the couple for a period of time to relieve the nursing mother of the pressures of convalescing and baby care.

Omotunde’s mother, an egotistic, self-absorbed woman feels she has the right, as Chimanda, to be there for her daughter and granddaughter and receive as much praise as Chimanda. Both mothers-in-law move in with the couple and complicate their lives even further in this comic-filled drama.

The shooting of ‘Roti’ is currently ongoing. Directed by Kunle Afolayan, the movie also marks the return of prolific DoP, Yinka Edward to Golden Effects Production after his further study in the United Kingdom.

Runtown’s ‘Mad Over You’ Most Played Song In Nigeria

For a third week running, Runtown holds down the number one spot on the charts with Wizkid’s ‘Daddy yo’ at number two. Runtown’s ‘Mad over you’ continues to run the  charts at number one position according to Playdata charts.

Wizkid’s  ‘Daddy yo’ keeps up at number two spot as Seyi Shay’s ‘Yolo Yolo’ remains at number 3 position on the chart.

The Playdata radio chart is based on measurements from impressions gathered from radio stations in Lagos and a couple of other cities across the country. The monitoring service puts together the most played songs on radio for the past week on its top 10 chart.

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