Umu Oganiru Carnival Takes Over Enugu With Street Procession And Musical Performances

The much anticipated 2016 edition of the Umu Oganiru Carnival kicked off on Friday, 16 December in Enugu, with a colourful street procession by various cultural dancing troupes and masquerade displays around the city of Enugu.

Starting from the Polo park, the procession moved through New Market, Kingsway Road, Old Park, Holy Ghost, Otigba Junction, New Heaven Junction, Abakpa Junction, Ogui Junction, Campus, with the ‘Progress Procession’ coming to a final stop at Polo Park. There were short stops at these popular places, as the dancers and masquerades entertained residents of the city who came out in droves to see the carnival train.

Speaking during the carnival, Mr. Funso Ayeni, Senior Brand Manager, Regional Mainstream Brands NB Plc, described the carnival as a celebration of the people of South-East Nigeria and their unique way of life. He emphasised that Life beer is not only supporting businesses in the region, but also promoting the cultural heritage of the people. “After a very busy year of various activities, we are using this carnival to bring the festive season more alive in the East. There are lots of entertaining activities lined up for this carnival, but this procession is our direct platform to promote the culture of the people of the South East.”

Seven lucky entrepreneurs emerged winners of N250, 000 each from the Life Progress Booster show, an entrepreneurial talent hunt and mentoring radio programme targeted at innovative businessmen and women in the South east.

The first day of the carnival continued with a night show at the Polo Park where guests present were entertained with performances by an Atilogwu Dance Troupe as well as musicians, Tipsy Kelvano and Sunny Bobo.

Day 2 of the carnival continues today in Enugu with live performances from Zoro and headline act, Flavour N’abania.

How Toyin Aimakhu Covered Up Seun Egbegbe’s $3,000 Fraud – MultiChoice Dealer

Following the alleged theft of 9 Apple iPhones by Nollywood actress, Toyin Aimakhu’s ex-boyfriend, a MultiChoice dealer has recounted how Seun Egbegbe’s $3000 fraud was covered up by the actress.

SaharaReporters reported the chat with the MultiChoice dealer below:

“The dealer, Semiu and Egbegbe had met briefly on December 9, 2015, at a MultiChoice outlet opened by the latter two days earlier at Uncle Joe Bus Stop at Mokola area, Ibadan.

About 9 am on that day; the dealer told SaharaReporters, a man he had never met walked into the outlet requesting to buy two GOtv decoders.

The prospective customer, added the dealer, said he was expecting a friend of his to bring money with which he would pay for the decoders.

Shortly after his arrival, another man arrived wearing jellabiya, the long robe favored by Muslim men, and gave the prospective customer some money.

The dealer, who was working when the jellabiya-wearing man handed over the cash, said he did not know the exact sum given to the first man. After handing over the cash, the man in jellabiya left. Curiously, too, the prospective customer, who would later turn out to be Egbegbe, the dealer explained, stepped out of the shop and waited outside, where he was shielded from view by a glass door.

Wondering what was happening to the envisaged transaction, the dealer stepped out to check on Egbegbe.

He found him standing outside and sought to know what was going on. Egbegbe, who kept impersonating a prospective customer, then pointed to a man waiting for downstairs, signaling that he was the one that would provide information required for the activation of the decoders. Though he was speaking, said the dealer, his voice was drowned out by music from the loud speakers hired to create awareness for the outlet.

That was the beginning of trouble. When the jellabiya-wearing man got upstairs to meet the dealer, he announced to him that Egbegbe had taken $3,000 from him.

He could not make any connection between what he heard and the transaction he was supposed to carry out.

“I considered it a joke initially, but later realized that the second guy was a Hausa man, who had innocently transacted business with the pretended customer on the assumption that he owned the MultiChoice outlet,” the dealer said.

The Hausa man, recalled the dealer, told him that the pretended customer had phoned him from a Fidelity Bank branch opposite the MultiChoice outlet, claiming to own that place and requesting to change naira to dollars.

Apparently, Egbegbe had failed to give the forex trader the naira equivalent of the money he took from him, with currency trader lured into a false sense of security that Egbegbe owned the dealership and could always find him there.

When the currency trader realized that the man he transacted business with was not the owner, he raised the alarm.

“Before I knew what was happening, I was surrounded by over 20 Hausa men and dragged to Sabo, the hub of forex trading in Ibadan,” the dealer told SaharaReporters.

From there, things would get nastier. At Sabo, the currency traders convinced that the dealer knew the man who took $3,000, descended on him.

“I was beaten for about 45 minutes and was about to be killed before a policeman from State Investigation Bureau (SIB), named Samson, intervened and ordered us to move to Oyo State Police Command Headquarters at Eleyele,” he recalled.

While relieved to have escaped jungle justice, there was to be no further let-up to his ordeal.

At the SIB, the dealer and other currency traders were told to wait in a room, while the man from whom the $3,000 was taken, Samson and the SIB head went for a private discussion. After their discussion, and without any interrogation, he claimed, they were transferred to AKS for another round of beating.

At AKS, he added, they kept asking him to refund the $3,000.

“I kept telling them that I knew nothing about the money and that they should not kill me because of $3,000 (N750,000). After about 30 minutes of beating, I was handcuffed and taken to my office and to my house. My wife and four-year-old daughter saw me in handcuffs. They searched my house and found nothing,” he said.

Before going to the dealer’s house, they had arrested the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of the Fidelity Bank branch opposite his office, where the perpetrator of the fraud claimed to have phoned the currency trader from. The CSO was arrested because the police found evidence that he had phoned.

Samson, the police officer, explained the dealer, had told them at SIB that CSO called him to find out if the operation was successful and that the CSO said it was.

From his house, they moved to that of his staff identified as Alfa. This is in the Agbowo area of Ibadan. They equally found nothing incriminating in the house.

The dealer said he would also later discover that Samson, the policeman, told the SIB that the found firearms in his house. He was the detained for five days.

While in detention, he kept requesting that he be charged to court because he suspected that there was a plot to make him face criminal charges and have him remanded in prison. On account of the suspected plot, many people, including one of his lawyers, advised the dealer to offer to pay N500,000 of the N750,000. The man from whom the money was taken agreed when it was suggested to him. He was told to put it in writing.

“I knew nothing about the money and there was also no way I could raise the amount suggested, having just started business. I was given till 15 January 2016 to pay part of the money,” he narrated.

While waiting outside the Anti-Robbery Squad premises on the deadline day of January 15, 2016 the dealer said he saw actress Toyin Aimakhu with a man that was being wildly cheered by policemen.

He took a closer look and discovered that the man being cheered by the policemen was the person that came to his office requesting to buy GOtv decoders and eventually took $3,000 from the currency trader.

On the said day the victim saw him at Anti-robbery Squad where Seun Egbegbe and Toyin Aimaku came to release Aimakhu’s Range Rover that he Seun gave her which d police impounded from her driver earlier that day and fortunately Semiu saw and recognized Seun Egbegbe as someone who collected $3000 from the BDC vendor. lawyers.

“I was confused. I then told one of the Anti-Robbery Squad officers that the man in front of them was the one who collected the $3,000.

The officer asked if I knew the person I was pointing at. I said I was sure he was the one. The officer said he is Seun Egbegbe, a socialite,” said the dealer.

Stung, the dealer I ran to the Investigative Police Officer (IPO) handling his matter to tell him of his discovery. The IPO, the dealer said, asked him repeatedly if he was sure of the man’s identity.

“I told him I was sure he was the one who came to my shop,” stated the dealer.

Drama then ensued when the IPO wanted to arrest Egbegbe. He was arrested after initial hesitation by police and confessed that he was the one that did it.

But his actress girlfriend, Toyin Aimakhu told the police that she was ready to offer them (the police) any amount to bury the case because she doesn’t want a scandal, the victim wanted to press charges against Seun Egbegbe but the police colluded with Aimakhu and threatened Semiu and his co-victim with harm.

Some officers were opposed to his arrest, but the IPO insisted on arresting him, and he was arrested.

He confessed to the crime and promised to refund the Hausa, currency trader. The actress, added the dealer, slumped in shock.

“I was invited back to AKS on January 18, 2016, for apology and compensation, but nothing not was done. The CSO and another staff of the Fidelity Bank branch lost their job. I incurred huge financial losses and almost lost my sight,” the dealer recalled.”

Elumelu Parties With Reekado Banks, Dr Sid At REDTV First Anniversary

Chairman of United Bank of Africa (UBA), Tony Elumelu, took time off his hectic schedule to dance and mingle with guests at the first anniversary of online lifestyle channel, REDTV, on Thursday, December 8.

The REDTV Rave was an opportunity for the network to celebrate one year of rollercoaster entertainment and other milestones.

Coming a day after the private screening of REDTV’s much anticipated Here and Now series; the rave was a star-studded event where everyone had fun right through the night. The ambiance was perfect with lasers, mood lights and strobes from every corner.

The highlight of the evening was the performances by Mavin Records duo, Reekado Banks and Dr. Sid.

Elumelu was joined on the dance floor by former UBA CEO, Phillips Oduoza.

Also In attendance were celebrities like REDTV’s ambassador Agbani Darego, Peace Hyde, VJ Adams, Chef Eros, Demilade Roberts and Simi Esiri to name a few.

Olaolu Mudashiru, Mako Alabi, Audu Dankaro, Kojo Claude-Enin and others came from the business community.

REDTV is a brand dedicated to creating and producing quality and entertaining lifestyle content from the African continent.

It is proudly supported by UBA and is a one-stop shop for quality entertainment covering all genres including but not limited to fashion, music, sports, lifestyle and much more.

Music Star, Chidinma Releases New Single

Multi-talented music star, Chidinma has once again reflected her amazing versatility with the release of a new single, ‘For You’ dedicated to the Christmas celebrations.

Produced by Mystro, For You is a thrilling fusion of amazing vocals and Yoruba traditional vibes. For You is an amazing euphony of Gangan (talking drums) and horns to celebrate Christmas!

Chidinma Ekile ( Chidinma) is a contemporary Afro pop singer, songwriter, performer, recording artiste since 2011 and has so far worked with distinguished artistes like Sound Sultan, Illbliss, Wizkid , Flavour Banky W, Tha Suspect and international acts like Awilo and Toofan.

Following her amazing performance at the 2010 edition of MTN Project fame, the beautiful singer emerged winner and promptly began her music career signed to Illbliss management company, Goretti Company.

Over the years, Chidinma’s music career has grown in leaps and bounds as the singer has won a good number of prestigious awards including the KORA, NMVA to mention but a few.

The songstress was also the first female musician to peak at number 1 on the MTV Base official Naija Top chart. She has also been recognized in an impressive number of nominations including Channel O Music Video Awards, NEA, HEADIES, MTV AFRICA.

The singer is currently signed to her own music label, 40fied Music Company.

Nominees For 2017 African Magic Viewers Choice Awards Unveiled [Full List]

The nominees for the 2017 African Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) has been unveiled, scheduled to hold in March next year has been unveiled

The announcement ceremony took place at the Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos and broadcasted live on all African Magic channels saw two Nigerian movies, ’76 and 93 Days nominated in eight categories.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Best Supporting Actress

Ivie Okujaye – Something Wicked

Somkele Idhalama – 93 Days

Adunni Ade – It’s Her Day

Ebele Okaro – Ebele Okaro

Kehinde Bankole – 8 Bars and a Clef

Khanyi Mbau – Happiness is a Four Letter Word

Namundi Mbusi – Vaya

Best Supporting Actor Movie/TV series

Gideon Okeke – 93 Days

Warren Vasemole – Vaya

Kofi Adjorlolo – Ghana Must Go

Mpho Sebeng – The Jakes Are Missing

Rotimi Salami – Just Not Married

Nkem Owoh – Ghana Must Go

Best Art Director

76 – Pat Nebo

93 Days – Bola Bello

Oloibiri – Chima Adighije

Happiness is a Four Letter Word – Gary Smith

Ghana Must Go – Godwin Ashong

Best Soundtrack

Oloibiri – Rex Ricketts

93 Days – George Kallis, Tunde Jegede and Banky W

No Good Turn – Brymo

The Encounter – Michael ‘The Truth’ Ogunlade

76 – Hyacinth Ogbu, Daps Agwom, Ukachi Nnachi

Best Cinematographer

Mrs Right Guy – Adze Ugah

93 Days – Yinka Edward

Happiness is a Four Letter Word – Lance Gewer

Oloibiri – Curtis Graham

76 – Yinka Edward

Best Actress in a Drama

Bimbo Akintola – 93 Days

Ivie Okujaye – Slow Country

Rita Dominic – 76

Adesua Etomi – The Arbitration

Zimkhita Nyoka – Vaya

Meg Ottamwa – Derailed

Hannah Ojo – Love is A Prank

Best Actor in  a Drama

RMD – Oloibiri

Ramsey Nouah – 76

Sambasa Nzeribe – Slow Country

Gregory Ojefua – The Encounter

Olu Jacobs – Oloibiri

Femi Jacobs –  Femi Jacobs

Best Actress in a Comedy

Tina Mba – Meet the In-Laws

Uche Jombo – Wives on Strike

Dineo Moeketsi – Mrs Right Guy

Chioma Akpotha – Wives on Strike

Funke Akindele – Jenifa’s Diary

Funke Akindele – A Trip to Jamaica

Omoni Oboli – Wives on Strike

Best Writer

76 – Emmanuel Okomaiyi

The CEO – Tunde Babalola

A Trip to Jamaica – AY Makun

Oloibiri – Samantha Iwowo

Ghana Must Go – Tunde Babalolo

Vaya – Akin Omotoso

Best Actor in a Comedy

Imeh Umoh Bishop – The Boss is Mine

Ayo Makun – A Trip to Jamaica

Bovi Ugboma – It’s Her Day

Blossom Chukwujekwu – Ghana Must Go

Mike Ezuruonye – Brother Jekwu

Okey Uzoeshi – The Life of a Nigerian Couple

Amechi Munagor – Meet the In-Laws

Best Movie West Africa

93 Days

76

Oloibiri

A Trip to Jamaica

The CEO

Best Movie South Africa

Mrs Right Guy

Happiness is a Four Letter Word

Vaya

The Jakes are Missing

All About Love

Best Movie East Africa

Aisha

Kati Kati

Epidemic

Homecoming

Best Overall Movie

Mrs Right Guy

Happiness is a Four Letter Word

Aisha

93 Days

76

Naomba Niseme

Best Short Film or Online Video

Ireti

Loot

Meet the Parents

Cat Face

Light Diaries: Spin Around

Best Documentary

Roots Gambia

Makoko: Futures Afloat

Alison

Amaka’s Kin: The Women of Nollywood

Petra’s Nebatean Heritage

Best Picture Director

Oloibiri

Vaya

76 – Emeka Ojukwu

Happiness is a Four Letter Word –

93 Days –

Best Costume Design

76

Oloibiri

Ghana Must Go

Casino

King Invincible

Best Indigenous Language  TV series/movies (Swahili)

Siri Ya Mtungi

Mganga Bomba

Fihi

Zilizala

Urembo

Best TV series

Jenifa’s Diary

Sokhulu and Partners season 3

Duplicity

Beneath the Lies

Beyond Your Sight: The Police Story

Sunny Ade’s Guitar Sold At Auction For N52m

It was a night of great performance and surprises as  the ‘Sunny On Sunday’ concert held Sunday to mark the 70th birthday of Juju music maestro, King Sunny Ade.

The concert had some of Nigeria’s biggest artists to thrill the crowd, among them Tiwa Savage Awilo Logomba, Onyeka Onwenu, Sir Shina Peters, Darey, Omawumi, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Iyanya, Jeff and Tyson Noir.

Funke Akindele, Lolo Omotunde and comedian Tee A, served as hosts

One of the highlights of the concert was the auction of King Sunny Ade’s Fender telecaster guitar. It was designed by artist and writer Victor Ehikhamenor.

Bidding for the guitar began at N9m but a bidding war soon saw the bid close at N52.1million.The Sunny on Sunday concert of King Sunny Ade, Juju maestro, had a lot of great performances as well as a few surprises.

 

Tiwa Savage, Funke Akindele, Others To Perform At KSA’s Concert

Organisers of the grand concert in celebration of the 70th birthday of music maestro, King Sunny Ade’s has announced the addition of Mavin Records Queen, Tiwa Savage, to the impressive list of performers at the show.

Tagged Sunny On Sunday, the show for the Juju music icon promises a star-studded list of artistes including Awilo Logomba, Onyeka Onwenu, Sir Shina Peters, Darey, Omawumi, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Iyanya, Jeff and Tyson Noir.

Organisers of the show, Temple Management Company, have also unveiled the Jenifa’s Diary duo of Funke Akindele and Lolo Omotunde to join comedian Tee A as hosts for the night.

The concert which holds tonight at the Temple Balmoral Marquee, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, will be shown live on DStv Channel 198 and GOtv Channel 29.

Speaking on her performance, Tiwa Savage enthused, “Personally, I have been looking forward to honouring King Sunny Ade and when this chance came, I grabbed it. Long before I dreamt of pursuing a music career, King Sunny Ade has paved the way for us especially on the international stage. On a personal note, I still remember how he cancelled other requests to perform at my wedding ceremony and I will never forget that rare act of graciousness”

Another major highlight of the event will be the auction of one of King Sunny Ade’s famous guitar masterfully painted by award-winning artiste, Victor Ehikhamenor. According to Terfa Tilley-Gyado, Director Communication, Temple Management, the master-piece is a collector’s item and has been receiving anonymous bids. The section will be moderated by United Auction House.

An ecstatic Ehikhamenor said, “When you are given the opportunity to add a line to the history of a legend, you’d better ask God to take your hand and guide your senses. I’ve loved King Sunny Ade’s music for the longest time and his rhythm is one of the best companions in my studio when working.

He added, “it was a pleasure creating on this guitar for his 70th birthday concert coming up this December. I just heard him say on TV “I have many guitars, but this is my favourite. I call it my baby.” Now Bellagio, Italy just got warmer for me this winter morning.

On a radio appearance, King Sunny Ade has promised his fans one of the biggest gifts. “This is one of my biggest nights ever and I promise to give my audience something to remember for a long time to come.”

Styl-Plus Stages Comeback, Signs New Record Deal

Styl-Plus duo Shifi and Zeal have been reportedly signed to Eskimo Records. The record label which has been busy signing upcoming artistes like Prokassy and Dunnie the guitarist, decided to go way back and sign Styl plus.

They are not upcoming artistes, but we really don’t know how to categorise them after going into hibernation for such a long time.

Styl plus are known for their hit songs, “Imagine that”, ” Olufunmi”, “Iya Basira”, ” Four Years”, and so on.

Fans will definitely be gladdened by this news because these group has become our very own West-Life and a lot of fans can’t wait for what they will churn out very soon.

Heineken To Host Celebrities, Others To #OneLastTime Party In Lagos

Premium beer brand, Heineken, will on Saturday, December 17, 2016, host celebrities, media personalities and industry leaders to an exclusive party at the Heineken House, Ikoyi, Lagos, to mark the end of an era.

Aptly themed; “One Last Time”, the party is strictly by invitation and will be a celebration of the fun times and relationships built at the Heineken House. The party will also feature top Nigerian DJs, celebrities and also Heineken’s highly interactive music experience system – The Takeover.

In its years of existence, the Heineken House Lagos became known as the premium home of new experiences and excitement to visitors, celebrities and industry leaders who gather at this location to witness a range of Heineken sponsored events and activities. The Heineken House Lagos is also a Champion Planet where football lovers were hosted on Champion League match nights to an unprecedented football experience.

Coming just weeks after the #HeinekenLiveYourMusic party which thrilled music lovers in Lagos, the Heineken House Lagos – One Last Time party is another reaffirmation of Heineken’s commitment to providing premium experiences to its consumers.

Tiwa Savage, Teebilz Unite Again

There is an indication that singer Tiwa Savage and her estranged husband, Tunji Balogun, may have decided to patch up the broken bits of their marriage and start again. The gossip mill is agog with a story that the couple has been making moves to reunite after a stormy breakup that generated so much noise in the mass media a couple of months ago.

Evidence that critics have been watching the celebrity couple closely emerged on Wednesday when a popular Nigerian blog reported that Tiwa and her husband had been attending a counselling clinic somewhere in Lagos. The report also insinuated that the couple were seen attending an event together on one occasion.

If this is true, it means that the celebrities must have made up their minds to push their differences aside and rekindle the spark in their relationship. This is by all means good news to many fans of the singer, who have privately wished for a development of this nature.
Source: Punch

Ex-ministers Daughter, Kah-Lo Nominated For Grammy

Wizkid is not the only Nigerian shortlisted for honour at the 59th Grammy Awards holding in Los Angeles on February 12, 2017 after all.

Joining the Starboy Records CEO on the list of nominees is Faridah Demola Seriki (aka Kah-Lo), daughter of former Minister of Defence and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Demola Seriki.

The rising international star is nominated in the Best Dance Recording category of the Grammy for her vocal performance in ‘Rinse & Repeat’ by Riton.

Kah-Lo, a graduate of journalism from Hofstra University, New York was full of positive emotions after the nomination was announced on Tuesday.

Other tracks nominated in the category are ‘Tearing Me Up’ by Bob Moses, ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ by The Chainsmokers feat. Daya, ‘Never Be Like You’ by Flume feat. Kai and ‘Drinkee’ by Sofi Tukker.

‘Rinse & Repeat’ was released as a digital download in the United Kingdom on 26 February 2016.

The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 13 and at number 2 on the UK Dance Chart.

Hofstra University too excited at the prospect of its alumnus winning a Grammy.

Needless to say that Kah-Lo’s father and Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor of her home state, are overjoyed.

Kogi Emerges Overall Winner In 2016 Abuja Carnival

Kogi won a total of six trophies and six plaques under different categories and emerged as overall winner of the Abuja carnival which started on Dec. 3.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the closing ceremony   started with a processional display by participants from the old parade ground in Abuja, through Ahmadu Bello way to the Eagle’s Square. Participants demonstrated enthusiasm in their bid to win laurels for their respective states.

NAN also reports that 22 states took part in the carnival. Mr Biodun Abe, the Artistic Director, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and Chairman of the 2016 carnival committee said many states did not participate due to paucity of fund.

He added that “many states were  unable to come because they couldn’t access fund. “Lagos State was able to make it to Abuja today (Dec. 6) so they can be part of the closing ceremony. That shows that their commitment to the national agenda is not questionable.

“We are happy that the event was a huge success and hopeful that next year will be better,’’ Abe said. Other states which emerged first in other categories include Nasarawa, Bauchi, Abia, Katsina, Gombe, Ogun, Bayelsa and two secondary schools in Abuja.

However, Mrs Payeboye Festus-Lukoh, the Bayelsa State Dance Director, Ministry of culture and Tourism, said that the award for the children fiesta should have gone to  Bayelsa. According to her, Bayelsa was the only state that had children in their contingent. (NAN)

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