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.

M.I Plays American Returnee In Professor Johnbull

The hilarious TV drama series, Professor Johnbull, sponsored by Globacom, enters its 26th episode and last episode of Season 2 on Tuesday with a presentation titled ‘Speak the Word’.

It stars rapper, M.I Abaga, who plays the cameo role of a Nigerian New York City-based returnee.

Announcing the new episode of the sitcom, Globacom, in a statement issued in Lagos on Monday, said that “the episode is aptly tagged ‘Speak the Word’ to underscore the importance of communication and intelligibility in our society, especially at a time when many of our youths believe that until they speak in slangs or use any other foreign lingo, they would not be regarded as successful or ‘belonging’.

In the episode, viewers will be reminded about the essence of clear and unambiguous communication as they sit back to watch the increasingly popular Professor Johnbull treat the issue of impersonation in a more comic and equally didactic.

Globacom said the episode would resonate with a lot of “Been-To” youths who come back to the country with foreign accent and incomprehensible slangs”.

The episode parades the sitcom’s regulars such as Professor Johnbull (Kanayo O. Kanayo), Olaniyi (Yomi Fash-Lanso), Caro acted by Mercy Johnson Okojie, Flash (Stephen Odimgbe), Ufoma (Bimbo Akintola), Jumoke (Bidemi Kosoko), Etuk (Imeh Bishop), Mai Doya (Funky Mallam) and Samson acted by the Waffi boy, Ogus Baba.

Why We Are Hosting Big Brother Naija In South Africa – MultiChoice

It is tagged “Strictly Naija”, but the highly anticipated Big Brother Naija reality TV show kicking off on Sunday, January 22 is taking place in far away South Africa.

Twelve Nigerian housemates will be ushered into the Big Brother House by host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, on that day with one emerging winner of N25million and a brand new car after 11 weeks.

Ebuka was a contestant in the first incarnation of the show, named Big Brother Nigeria, held in Nigeria in 2006.

Speaking on the choice of venue of Big Brother Naija, Mimi Ucheagwu of XLR8, a communications management consultancy firm representing MultiChoice, told Qed.ng that the show is going to South Africa for the same reasons The Voice Naija was hosted in that country.

According to her, “the structure used for The Voice Naija is on ground. It will be a waste to host the show somewhere else when the facility is still available in South Africa.”

Hosted by IK Osakioduwa and Stephanie Coker, The Voice Nigeria was broadcast from April 10 to July 31, 2016 with 2face Idibia, Waje, Patoranking and Timi Dakolo as judges.

Addressing journalists at a conference in Lagos, M-Net Regional Director, West Africa, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, said The Voice Nigeria was taken to South Africa for “business reasons”.

Her words: “The decision to shoot it in South Africa was based on business reasons which every business has to take.

“It was about commitment. It was about the best quality show in the most efficient manner to ensure that our sponsors and the coaches are happy.”

The business reasons, insiders say, include the cost of building a standard studio and engaging quality crew in Nigeria.

There is also the twin problems of poor power supply and insecurity.

Referencing The Voice Nigeria, Mrs Ucheagwu, however, said Big Brother Naija is 100 percent Nigerian content.

“It is a Nigerian show from the housemates to host,” she pointed out.

Comedian, AY Announces New Movie ’10 Days In Sun City’

Award-winning Nigerian actor and stand-up comedian, Ayo Makun, popularly known as AY, is set to release a new movie “10 Days in Sun City”.

AY who dropped the hint on his Instagram handled and shared a photo from his production wrote: “Production meeting is in progress for my new movie ‘10 Days in Sun City.”

He is yet to reveal more details about his upcoming movie.

The actor is still basking in the success and popularity of his movie, “30 Days in Atlanta,” with the highest domestic gross of N137m.

The comedy movie was also recognised by the 2017 Guinness World Records, as one of the films with the highest domestic gross in the territories of Bollywood and Hollywood, listed alongside “PK” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,”.

It was the first time that the Nigerian movie industry received such recognition by the ‘Guinness World Records’ since inception in 1955.

Thereafter, AY’s second movie titled: “A Trip to Jamaica” was premiered in Sept 2016, and grossed N168m at the box office within three months of its premiering at cinemas.

It surpassed the N137 million record set by Guinness World Record holder, “30 Days in Atlanta”, to become the highest grossing movie of 2016 in Nigeria.

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Ambode Meets Top Artistes, Says Entertainment Will Boost Lagos GDP

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday revealed plans of his administration to leverage on the vast economic opportunities in entertainment, tourism and arts sectors, among others to grow the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the State and promote talents in the State to compete globally.

Speaking at Lagos House, Ikeja when he received artistes who performed at the One Lagos Fiesta (OLF), who were on a thank-you-visit, Governor Ambode said the creative industry remained a veritable platform to grow the economy, and that government would tap into it and use it to positively engage the bulging youths in the State.

The OLF, which is an annual end of the year revue put together by the State Government, held simultaneously in five different locations across the State from December 24, 2016 to January 1, 2017, and it was adjudged to be very successful with participation of a-list artistes from different genres of music.

The Governor, who thanked the artistes for their partnership with the State Government, said the OLF was a platform put together by his administration to majorly create awareness about the potentials inherent in the entertainment industry, especially in using it to grow the economy and positively develop talents that abound in the country.

He said according to statistics, the State recorded the lowest crime rate during the period of the OLF, saying that the artists contributed significantly in keeping the city secured and scale up the international rating of the State as a safe place.

He recalled the Project T.H.E.S.E (Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment, Sports for Excellence) which was part of campaign promises to Lagosians, saying that his administration remained committed to using the initiative as well as the OLF to grow the economy of the State.

He said: “We have a bulging youth population dynamics in Lagos. 66 per cent of our population are below the age of 35 and if two third are of below 35, it means there is an economy in that age bracket that government is not seeing. The OLF was used to test run how to bring people together.

“The issue now is beyond OLF, how do we now take that opportunity to become a catalyst for this partnership? On my part, I want to reiterate my commitment. This is an area I love which is underutilized for the societal development of the country.

“Government is now willing to use your industry to grow its GDP because so far entertainers are working, we would have more visitors coming to Lagos; they will stay in our hotels; they will buy clothes; they will go out in the night and buy our drinks and the ultimate thing is that more taxes come in for the state.

“So, there is a concentric cycle around the energy of entertainers and so what I want is a structured framework. What is it that we should do as government to grow the industry? Why should we go and be doing video shoot in South Africa for instance? I want a win-win partnership not just to use artistes and dump them till another December. I want a year-round partnership that is built around a framework,” he said.

Going forward, Governor Ambode tasked artistes to come up with a structured framework to grow the economy, while government will provide infrastructures and initiatives to help the sector.

“The challenge for our artistes now is to come up with a framework of how government can intervene. We are willing to support and we are willing to draw up a programme to support you but how do you want to fuse into that to make Lagos the entertainment hub in Africa? That is the challenge but I want to thank you for honoring us,” the Governor said.

Many of the big names in the entertainment industry including Queen Salawa Abeni, Adewale Ayuba, Tiwa Savage, Adekunle Gold, Sir Shina Peters, Sound Sultan among others, lauded Governor Ambode for the OLF initiative and his commitment to grow the industry.

Other notable names who were part of the delegation included Folarin Falana (Falz), M.I Abaga, Patoranking, Obesere, Tony Tetuila, Dr Sid, Idris Abdulkareem, Aramide, CDQ, Sulaimon ‘Atawewe’ Adio, Reekado Banks, Humblesmith, Dammy Krane among others.

Tiwa Savage To Perform At Grammy Event

Mavin first lady, Tiwa Savage, is set to perform at ESSENCE Black Women In Music, a Grammy award week event.

The 8th edition of ESSENCE Black Women In Music would celebrate the achievement of Grammy-winning singer, Erykah Badu, and also mark the 20th anniversary of her album, ‘Baduizm’.

“2017 is looking great already. Guess who is performing at the Official Grammy week Essence event,” Tiwa Savage wrote on her Instagram page.

ESSENCE president, Michelle Ebanks, said, “Our collaboration with The Recording Academy underscores the mission of our ‘Black Women in Music’ platform.

“Essence, like the Grammys, has always been at the forefront of recognising the genius of so many artists and influencers—from iconic legends to the next generation’s international rising stars, like Tiwa Savage.”

ESSENCE ‘s Black Women in Music, which was established in 2010, celebrates the achievements of black women in the industry.

Previous honorees include Jill Scott, Andra Day, Solange, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland and Janelle Monaé.

The event will take place Thursday, February 9 in Los Angeles, U.S.

Omawumi Releases New Single ‘Butterflies Under New Record Label [Watch Video]

Singer, Omawumi Megbele has released a new single titled ‘Butterflies’, produced by Ace producer, Cobhams Asuquo and the video for the single directed by Chris Hernandez.

The single is her first under a new record, the Cabal Entertainment, which she has just signed a record deal with

Cabal Entertainment is affiliated with Roc Nation, owned by Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter, American hip-hop veteran.

“Starting the year at Cabal. Presenting our first and best @omawonder’s new video – Butterflies. Let’s go already,” Ubosi wrote on Instagram.

In a short video released to announce Omawumi’s signing, Ubosi described the soul singer as a “great performer” and one of the “most talented” in Nigeria.

He said: “Omawumi is one the most talented artistes we have here. She’s a great performer, works with bands and has a very strong stage presence.

“Omawumi is the only artiste signed to Cabal at this point in time.”

Also, Omawumi took time out to praise the producer of the song for a job well done.

“Thank you @cobhamsasuquo for such a beautiful song. I fell deeply in love with #butterflies when I heard the live strings for the first time,” she wrote on Instagram.

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