King Sunny Ade Looks Dapper Ahead Of 70th Anniversary Concert [Photos]

Ahead of his grand 70th birthday concert on December 11 tagged, ‘Sunny On Sunday’, a fresh set of photos of Nigerian music icon, King Sunny Ade has been released.

The very stylish photos, taken by the industrious Logor, were released by talent management and event company, Temple Management Company, and portray a side of the juju maestro that has never been seen before.

KSA pulled off varying looks and donned a bespoke suit, regal Agbada and even had time to look leisurely in tracksuits.

King Sunny Ade has promised to give fans the performance of his life at the concert scheduled to hold at Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. Other acts featuring at the concert include Congolese icon, Awilo Logomba, Onyeka Onwenu, Sir Shina Peters, Darey, Omawumi, Niniola, Terry Apala, Jeff and Tyson Noir.

KSA who has been performing on stage for over 50 years will also be honoured as the first Nigerian to join the Hard Rock Hall of Fame at induction ceremony scheduled to hold on Wednesday November 30th at Hard Rock Cafe, Landmark Village, Oniru, Lagos.

Photo Credit: Logor

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Olamide Signs New Artiste, DavoLee, To YBNL

YBNL boss, Olamide, has signed a new artiste, Shokoya Oluwasegunfunmi David, aka DavoLee, to his record label.

The 27-year-old confirmed his latest addition with a video posted on social media on Saturday.

 

DavoLee is known for his viral cover of ‘Panda’, a hit single by American artiste, Desiigner.

He had a rough time on the streets of Mushin, Lagos, where he hawked pure water, before joining YBNL.

The young rapper will replace former Olamide protégé, Lil Kesh, who now runs his own record label, YAGI.

The ‘Efejoku’ singer left YBNL shortly after releasing his first studio album titled YAGI.

DavoLee joins a star-studded team of artistes like Adekunle Gold, Viktoh, Temmie Ovwasa, Chinko Ekun and Olamide.

#HeinekenLFDW2016: How Heineken Changed The Fashion Game In Four Days

International premium beer brand, Heineken, was the headline sponsor of the 4-day Lagos Fashion and Design Week which took place from 26 October to 29 October at Federal Palace Hotel and Casino, Victoria Island, Lagos. For four straight days, the Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week held Nigeria – and, to a large extent, Africa – spellbound as it ‘connected the dots’ between the aesthetics of fashion, the commerce of fashion, and all other important aspects of the fashion industry at a level never seen before.

HeinekenLFDW2016 established that the business of fashion is one with far reaching economic and social consequences on the affairs of a nation.

The collections that were on display during the event only further affirmed the creativity, ingenuity and enterprise of the fashion industry in Nigeria. Prominent designers including Mai Atafo, Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Lanre Da Silva, Bridget Awosika, Washington Roberts, Lisa Folawiyo, Orange Culture and many others displayed collections that were truly fascinating and alluring.

Ejiro Amos Tafiri and Mai Atafo displayed customized designs supported by Heineken on 27 and 28 October 2016, respectively. Two lucky people, Ivie Omenai and Rilwan Quadree won the customized designs, after they purchased a six-can Heineken pack.

Heineken set the bar high with numerous experiences it created at the event to ensure that guests had the best of time. Some of these experiences were: the exclusive Heineken VIP lounge set up to entertain VIP guests at the HeinekenLFDW 2016. The lounge hosted numerous celebrities and VIPs like Mo Abudu, Rita Dominic, Timi Dakolo, Vimbai Mutinhiri, Noble Igwe, Bolanle Olukanni, Toke Makinwa, Zainab Balogun, amongst several others.

The HeinekenLFDW2016 experience will be incomplete without a mention of the Heineken experience tunnel which was situated at the entrance of the fashion event. Celebrity photographer, Kelechi Amadi Obi also created several magical moments through pictures of guests that attended the event.

The final day of the HeinekenLFDW2016 witnessed the ‘Live Your Music’ party, headlined by America singer, T-Pain. The party was the perfect ending to four days of thrilling and exciting fashion experiences. The Heineken Live Your Music party which took place on 29 October 2016, afforded guests an unforgettable musical experience with the RnB singer.

Heineken, through its sponsorship of the 2016 Lagos Fashion and Design Week, has reaffirmed its commitment to the development of the fashion industry in Nigeria. ‘Connecting the dots’, which was the theme of this year’s event showed the possibilities that exist when all parts of the fashion industry are in sync.

BBC To Premiere Film On Murder Of Nigerian Boy, Damilola Taylor [Watch Trailer]

On November 7 at 8:30pm, BBC One will be showing a feature film based on the death of Nigerian schoolboy, Damilola Taylor titled Damilola, Our Loved Boy.

Damilola Taylor was killed on November 27, 2000 less than two weeks to his 11th birthday. He was stabbed by two youths (who later said they wanted his coat) on his way home from a computer class and bled to death in a stairwell.

Two brothers Danny and Ricky Preddie were convicted of manslaughter six years later. Star Wars actor, John Boyega was said to be a very good friend of the family and he and his sister, Grace were the last people to see Damilola alive.

Damilola is played in the film by 12-year-old newcomer Sammy Kamara, born and raised in South London. His father, Richard Taylor is played by Babou Ceesay and his mother Gloria Taylor by Wunmi Mosaku.

The film was written by Levi David Addai and it tells the story of Damilola Taylor and his family, their journey from Lagos to London, the aftermath of his death and the family’s quest for justice.

Speaking about playing Richard in the movie, Cessay said, “It is a real honor to be part of the telling of this story. I feel a responsibility to the family, to Richard Taylor and of course to Damilola Taylor. I hope that in our own small way we can contribute to his legacy.”

My Divas Stage Tour Involvement Is Divine Arrangement – Singer, Rini Hillz

Afro pop singer, Rini Hillz has described her involvement at the Divas Stage Tour as a divine arrangement she would be taking advantage of to improve her art.

The singer who spoke ahead of the event’s kick off, on Friday November 11, 2016 at Bongo Center Owerri, Imo State, stated that the event is a commendable platform only fools can joke with, based on the fact that the girls in the train are already benefiting from the massive publicity the event is recieving. Rini Hillz who is known for her crystal vocal deliveries added that he packaging of the project has become a moral boost and it is making everyone in the group belief that it will work out fine.

“coming into Divas Stage Tour was not by mistake; I believe it’s by divine arrangement”, she said, adding that everyone is warming up to make the history that follows as they are set to perform in the first all-female artiste concert this part of the country will ever see.

“It is the first of its kind and I am very happy to be part of this history making team. Some might not really understand what it is all about, but going on stage with the feeling that everyone has come to watch you as the main attraction, gives you joy and I want to build my strength from that, to ensure I put up a quality performance for the event” Rini Hillz who has been blazing hot on her recent video ‘Call Me’, said.

Divas Stage Tour is a promotional platform for only female artistes, singers, dancers, comedians, comperes, DJs and many more. It is packaged by O’town Gist Media and Entertainment in partnership with the office of the SA to Governor Okorocha on Entertainment and Public Affairs headed by Chukwunonye Iruno, with the office of the SA sponsoring the first edition of the event.

The concert has been described as a cause for the girl child in entertainment and is designed to help the girls avoid the everyday struggles they face in the entertainment industry as well create role models younger ones will be looking up to in future.

“We want to put a check on the untimely retirement female talents face because they can’t bear the negative demands from the industry. We want to keep them in the game, so that the next talented 10 year old girl will have another role model that is not far away in the Television” a statement on the official website reads.

As a tour, it will also take the girl to various event places across the country and beyond, with the maiden edition set to hold in Owerri, the capital city of Imo State on Friday November 11, 2016 at Bongo Center Owerri. The event will be kicking off with red-carpet by 7:30pm.

American Singer, T-Pain Takes Over The Music At Heineken “Live Your Music” Party In Lagos

The highly anticipated ‘’Live Your Music’’ party which was announced as the official after-party for HeinekenLFDW 2016 delivered on its promise of providing the ultimate musical experience for music lovers as the party started in the last hour of 29 October and the music kept on blazing until the early hours of the morning of 30 October.

Bright lights, blasting speakers, thumping feet, excited whistles and united chants were all prominent features of the ‘Live Your Music’ party hosted by multiple-award winning American R ‘n’ B singer, T-Pain.

One of the numerous interesting parts of the party was the music Takeover. The Takeover is an interactive Heineken Live Your Music feature that involves a programmed system that proposes two songs for audience to choose from using a wristband. The crowd went into a frenzy as they selected between green and red lights on their wristbands to vote the song that eventually played.

T-Pain performed some of his hit tracks “Buy You A Drink”, “Panda”, amongst others during his first session.

Dotun of Cool Fm kept the show rolling with his grand mastery of the crowd, and together with the DJs, he took the audience down memory lanes with tracks that have ruled the airwaves over the past decade being churned out to the delight of the crowd. These include hits from artistes like Da’grin, 2face, 9ice, Eedris Abdulkareem, Awilo Logonba, Remedies, Styl Plus, Dr. Sid and many others.

The grooving also got turned up a notch when T-Pain and his crew were challenged to show their dancing skills to Nigerian dance steps including; galala, shoki, yahoozee amongst others. 

The crowd went into another frenzy as T-Pain hijacked the Shakiti bobo move and started dancing the move as vigorously and entertainingly as possible.

The party kept on till the early hours of the day, and everyone was thoroughly entertained. The Live Your Music wasn’t just another party, but an ultimate musical experience that is only befitting a brilliant and fantastic fashion show like HeinekenLFDW2016.

Patoranking, Falz, Simi, Others Thrill At Coke Studio 4 Launch Party

Coca-Cola brought about a whole new meaning to TGIT (Thank God it’s Thursday) recently when it launched the fourth season of Coke Studio with a stylish musical party, which held at the sky view terrace of Lekki Coliseum, Lekki Phase 1, Victoria Island, Lagos.

With east, west, and central African meals prepared by A-list celebrity chef, Chef Fregz, awesome music to dance to all night by DJ Obi, and Diva in a killer white dress, Bolinto, working the red carpet exclusive interviews, the crowd had a lot to of activities to enjoy.

With hosts, Laff Up and Dotun gearing guests up for a fun night, DJ Obi started the evening of fun, churning out hot vibes. It was dancing galore as the revelers rocked and rolled.

The highpoints of the party was when the Coke Studio artistes, Simi, Falz, Patoranking, and Tanzanian songstress, Vanessa Mdee, took to the stage with electrifying performances that had guests dancing and singing along with them.

Spotted grooving at the party were Darey Art Alade, Waje, Maraji, Stephanie Coker, IllRymz, Pamela Peter-Vigboro Leesi; Denrele, Denola Grey, Orange Culture’s Adebayo Oke-Lawal, Kemi Adetiba, Noble Igwe, Beverly Osu, Titilope Sonuga, DJ Lambo, YCEE, Dynamite, Lola OJ, Bizzle O, Melvin Oduah, Dynamite, and Dan the Humorous, among many others.

Coke Studio 4 airs every Sunday on AIT at 6:00pm with repeat episodes on MTV Base on Mondays at 8:00pm; ONTV on Mondays at 6:30pm; Wazobia TV and Wazobia MAX on Mondays at 8:00pm; Nigizie on Tuesdays at 5:00pm; Soundcity on Sundays at 7:30pm; WAP TV on Sundays at 8:00pm; Planet TV on Wednesdays at 6:00pm; and AMC on Mondays at 7:00pm

See 5 Memorable Celebrity Scandals In Nollywood

Several Nollywood actors and actresses have courted controversies at some point in their careers. Ranging from accusations of abortion, husband snatching to theft, you name the rest.

Although some of those controversies were botched plans to tarnish the image of the celebrities concerned, a good number of them had too much proof to be ignored.

Below is a list of celebrities and some of the controversies that have surrounded them at one point or the other.

1. Tonto Dikeh burning designer bags.

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About two years ago Tonto Dikeh’s name was everywhere for one wahala or the other. Some people were angry that she decided to pursue a music career, some were mad at some of the things she said during interviews, but one thing she did that got a lot of her fans riled up was in April 2015 when she burnt a set of designer bags that she allegedly didn’t pay for. The seller of the goods, Pearl cried out after the actress tried to pay her with a dud cheque and sent her a video of the burning bags when she (Pearl) started to pester Tonto for her money.

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Pearl eventually let the issue go but there were reports that singer Dencia offered to pay for the items.

 

2. Solomon Akiyesi wedding gate crash.

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The Nollywood actor’s third shot at conjugal bliss in 2013 was thwarted when his then pregnant wife, Lilian Akiyesi stormed the wedding venue and dabaru the whole place because according to her, they were still legally married and he couldn’t just leave her and marry his mistress, Uloma Agwu.

The actor finally got married in December 2015 at Akwa Ibom.

3. Femi Branch debt scandal.

A 32-year-old lady, Olabisi Aberuagba, alleged in 2013, that the actor owed her N130, 000 which she lent him in 2012. The news was quick to gain ground because the actor had only just managed to refute claims that he was owing rent.

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4. Stella Damasus “husband snatching”.

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Nollywood actress, Stella Damasus was labeled a husband snatcher after she got together with producer Daniel Ademinokan a few months after Daniel and another Nollywood actress, Doris Simeon split after being married for over six years. Later Doris Simeon alleged that she was being blocked from seeing the son she had with Daniel and the fracas intensified with several people camping in the Simeon corner.

5. Hanks Anuku HIV scandal.

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Nollywood actor, Hanks Anuku made the news when speculations came up that he might have infected his wife with HIV after a lengthy amount of time away from home, enjoying random romps.

The actor denied infecting his wife on purpose and reportedly became born again.

Source: TNT

T-Pain Arrives Nigeria For Heineken ‘Live Your Music’ Party

After weeks of anticipation, American singer and rapper T-Pain has arrived in Lagos, the entertainment capital of Africa, where he will host the Heineken ‘Live Your Music’ party this Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos.

T-Pain was announced as the host of the first ever Heineken ‘Live Your Music’ party in Nigeria by Sampson Oloche, Portfolio Manager, International Premium Brands, Nigerian Breweries Plc., at a press cocktail for the 2016 Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week held at the Heineken House.

The Heineken ‘Live Your Music’ party is the official after party for the Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week (HLFDW) which is billed to start from Wednesday, 26 October to Saturday, 29 October.

Heineken, a leader in innovative music experiences as well as technology and fashion, will also thrill music lovers with the fun and interactive music ‘Takeover’ – wherein people get to choose and dance to their own music playlist.

“The Heineken Live Your Music party is a party that is bound to leave its mark in the memory of music lovers,” says Ngozi Nkwoji, Senior Brand Manager, Heineken. She pointed out that the Live Your Music party is tailored to give passionate music lovers an opportunity to enjoy various music genres and also take control of their music.

“This is a musical experience that is unprecedented within Nigeria, it will stand as a testament that Heineken is a forward looking brand with a track record of creating innovative life experiences for her consumers. Heineken Live Your Music party will create a wonderful opportunity for music lovers to not only listen and dance to music but also live the music alongside other music lovers.”

Comparing Denrele With Bobrisky Is An Insult – Wale Gates

Nigerian comedian and MC, Wale Gates, on Wednesday took a swipe at social media celebrity, Bobrisky, saying it is insulting for anyone to compare the cross dresser with popular TV presenter, Denrele Edun.

The UK-based entertainer, who was a member of Theatre 15 with Denrele back at the University of Lagos, also wondered why Bobrisky was given a speaking role at the New Media, Citizens & Governance Conference in Abuja.

Unlike Denrele, he said the male Barbie “creates attention with no influence.”

Theatre 15 was a drama group formed by 15 Unilag students before the school’s creative arts department was created.

Others celebrities who passed through the group include Sola Salako, Teju Babyface, Bunmi Davies, Kayode Peters, Koffi and TeeA

See his tweets below:

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Kiki Omeili wins Lagos 30 Under 40 Awards for Best Female Act, English

Doctor-turned-actress, Kiki Omeili, has won the Best Female Act, (English) at the Lagos 30 Under 40 Awards.
The Lekki Wives actress topped the nominee list that comprised heavyweight actresses such as Kehinde Bankole, Lilan Esoro, Adesua Etomi, Nse Ekpe Etim andOmoni Oboli to become the maiden winner of the award.
Lagos 30 Under 40 Awards, a Lagos State initiative organised to celebrate young people who have risen to the top echelon in the entertainment industry, announced the winners of the maiden edition via their Instagram page on Wednesday.

The award presentation ceremony, scheduled to be held on Sunday, 9th October at the Bamboo Halls & Spaces, was cancelled due to logistical reason.

However, while speaking about the cancellation of the awards presentation ceremony, the Head of 
Communications of Shawttynatt, the organising outfit, Mrs. Adebukola Ogunrinde, said that the award plaque will be presented to the winners individually.

She said, “We encountered a major setback from our sponsors at the last minute. And we didn’t want to hold a below-the-standard event. That was why we cancelled it. However, the award plaque will be presented to the winners at our office. And we hope that the next edition will be well celebrated”.

Other winners include, OC Ukeje, Best Male Act, (English), Lateef Adeimeji, Best Actor, (Yoruba), Yewande Adekoya, Best Actress (Yoruba), Nancy Isime, New Face of Nollywood.

More winners, Comedian of the year, Ushbebe; Entrepreneur of the year, Pretty Mike; Personality of the year, Soft Olowo Eko;  Style Person 2016, Mercy Aigbe Gentry; Entertainment Personality 2016, Soso Soberekon; Best Act – Male 2016, Kiss Daniel; Best Act – Female 2016, Seyi Shay; Lagos Calendar Event, One Lagos Fiesta;  Music Video Director of The Year, AJE Films; International Music Act (Straight Outta Lagos), Olamide .

Glo Campus Storm Returns To Nigerian Universities

Telecommunications company, Globacom, has concluded arrangements to return its Campus Storm to the nation’s tertiary institutions as another season of its Campus Storm concert begins this Friday.

Announcing the commencement of the music show in a statement in Lagos on Thursday, Globacom disclosed that, for the next 24 weeks, several tertiary institutions across the country would be treated to world class entertainment and fun as 17 of the country’s best artistes including Wizkid, Flavour, Timaya, MI, Omawumi, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello, Di’Ja, Runtown, Basketmouth, Bovi and Gordons have been shortlisted to entertain our teeming youths in the nation’s tertiary institutions.

“We have the pleasure of announcing that our rave youth concert, the Glo Campus Storm, will be hitting tertiary institutions across the country beginning with the University of Port Harcourt, which will host the maiden edition of the 24-week show on Friday, October 14,” Globacom said.

The statement said that apart from providing entertainment, Glo will also “be using the Glo Campus Storm to reward and empower Nigerian students as 240 of them, 10 from each institution, comprising five males and five females, will become campus ambassadors of the Glo brand across the 24 campuses.”

Globacom added that “The 10 winners in each campus will receive up to N100,000 each, with all the 240 winners vying for the ‘Glo Data Dude’ and ‘Glo Data Diva’ coveted crowns at the grand finale.

“The two top winners in each category (male and female) will each have the chance of winning N1 million in scholarships in addition to being signed on as Glo Brand Ambassadors.

“They will also get special invitations to all Globacom organised events and shows such as the Glo-CAF Awards, Glo Lafta Fest and Glo Slide ‘n’ Bounce concerts,” the statement added.

For the University of Port Harcourt edition of the show, Globacom listed the artistes that will perform to include Timaya, MI and Nigeria’s youngest hip hop sensation, Runtown.

Popular comedian, Gordons, will anchor the show, while the most prolific female Disc Jockey, DJ Lambo, will take charge of the jukebox.

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