The Wedding Party Breaks Nollywood Box-office Records

The Wedding Party, a romantic/comedy drama, has shattered multiple Nigerian box office records.

Directed by Kemi Adetiba, The Wedding Party has broken A Trip to Jamaica‘s record of grossing N35 million in its opening weekend.

Released in cinemas about twelve days ago, the movie has reportedly grossed over N120 million in total.

According to the producers, the movie centered around a typical Nigerian wedding, grossed N21.5 million on December 26 alone.

“After a record-breaking opening weekend at N36 million, The Wedding Party now holds the biggest opening week in the history of Nollywood at N66 million.

“The Wedding Party has set a new record across the nation. On the 26th December 2016, The Wedding Party gorssed N21.5 million in just one day.

“Revenues to date are now over N120m in total. This is unprecedented in the history of Nollywood. The Wedding Party’s official release date across all cinemas in Nigeria was 16th December, 2016,” the producers said in a statement.

A Trip to Jamaica, produced by Ayo Makun, was in November announced as the first film to make N35 million in its first weekend and also the first film to gross N62 million in its first week.

The movie was also the fastest film to rake in N100 million in 17 days as well as the fastest to make N150 million in six weeks.

The Wedding Party is now on course to break those records.

Cinema house, Film One, says “audiences nationwide” are in love with the movie which stars Banky W, Adesua Etomi, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Iretu Doyle, Sola Sobowale, among others.

“Nollywood doing great things. In a year of abundant downturns, the Nigerian movie industry has come out strong. The Wedding Party has proved to be the go-to movie this season. Audiences nationwide have fallen in love with the beautifully shot, casted, directed and produced movie,” said Film One.

The Wedding Party was jointly produced by EbonyLife TV, FilmOne, InkBlot Koga Studios.
Source: Thecablestyle

Olamide Drops New Album, ‘The Glory’

Rapper Olamide Adedeji has released a new album titled ‘The Glory’, making it the sixth since he debuted in 2011.

The album was released on Boxing Day to coincide with the third edition of his yearly concert, ‘Olamide Live In Concert (OLIC)’ which started three years ago.

The indigenous rapper will headline the concert which will also feature performances by over 30 Nigerian entertainers.

Funke Akindele, Jenifa star, and Ayo Makun, comic actor, will host OLIC 3.

The Glory contains songs like ‘Letter to Milli’, ‘Underground’, Symbol of Hope, ‘Sons of Anarchy’.

Burna Boy featured on 2 songs on the album which has a total of 16 tracks.

The album is available for download on Itunes, Spotify, Tidal, Google Play, and MTN Music.

Ambode Flags ff One Lagos Fiesta

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Saturday flagged off the One Lagos Fiesta (OLF), urging youths and entrepreneurs in the state to take full advantage of the N25billion Employment Trust Fund (ETF) initiative of his administration to grow their businesses and become self reliant.

Speaking at the Agege Stadium on day one of the annual end of the year revue put together by the state government, Ambode said the ETF was specifically designed to create greater opportunities for youths to be gainfully engaged and contribute meaningfully to the growth of Lagos.

The governor said over N6billion has already been earmarked to be disbursed annually through the ETF initiative, and that about N1billion of the fund will be pushed to the Agege division.

“I want to encourage all our youths because we are creating greater opportunities for all of you. I want you to take opportunity of applying for the Employment Trust Fund. We have monies already established to take care of your expertise.

“Those of you who are very creative; those of you who are artistic; those of you who are entrepreneurial in outlook; we have money that we will be ready to give to you to start your own business.

“We have earmarked over N6billion and we intend to push N1billion to this particular division. So, it is left for all of you to bring out your best. Whatever it is that you are doing, if you can’t get a white collar job, the ETF is there for you to help promote your business,” Ambode said.

While expressing the resolve of the government to use entertainment, arts and sports to promote tourism, the governor assured that his administration will continue to open up the tourism potential of the state with the view to getting the best from the youths.

To this end, the Governor said by 2017, government would construct an art theatre and a cinema in Igando and also build five new theatres in Ikorodu, Ikeja, Lagos Mainland, Badagry and Epe to give greater opportunities to the youths.

He, however, urged the people to remain peaceful and shun any criminal activity.

Explaining the rationale behind OLF, Ambode said it was a way of creatively engaging the youths to bring out the best in them, saying that the 2016 edition was arranged to be better, bigger and bolder than that of 2015, adding that a total of 40 shows would hold simultaneously for eight days in Badagry, Epe, Ikorodu, Agege and Victoria Island.

Earlier, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, commended Ambode for the initiative, especially for flagging the fiesta off in Agege, saying it was a thing of joy that people could have the best of fun in the area without having to travel to a far place.

He urged the people to maintain peace and say no to all forms of criminality.

Entertainers who performed on the opening day in Agege include Sir Shina Peters, Queen Salawa Abeni, Phyno, MI and Reminisce, with comedian, Omo Baba, anchoring.

Calabar Carnival ‘Power Week’ Kicks Off Today

The Carnival Calabar and Festivals which started at the beginning of the month has been building up gradually, with the biggest shows set to take place this week. Playing host to hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world, the Carnival will this week showcase some of the best costumes, artistes, dancers, acrobats, magicians and other entertainers from within and outside Nigeria.

Commencing tomorrow in what has been tagged the “Power Week” by organisers, there will be a Youth Carnival starting 10 in the morning, a Children’s Party hosted by the wife of the governor at noon and the Night of Kings andQueens which also doubles as the South Korean Culture day at the UJ Usuene Stadium from 7pm.

The Youth Carnival, which is a new concept, is meant to bring an academic bent to the carnival and encourage research, especially in interpreting the theme of the Carnival which is Climate Change.

On the 27th, there would be a Cultural Carnival for 8am, a Bikers Carnival at noon and a Street Party from 6pm.

Last year’s Biker’s Carnival played host to over 1,000 power bikers drawn from Nigeria, China, Canada, Australia, Germany, the US, Philippines, Togo, Ghana and Benin Republic. In a 12-kilometre ride, the bikers performed different types of stunts to the admiration of the ecstatic crowd that lined up along the carnival route to catch a glimpse of the extreme riders.Among the famous faces this year would be former Cross River Governor Donald Duke and Senator Dino Melaye.
A Governor’s Pre-Carnival Ball will be held at 9pm where attendees will be able to interface with the governor, sponsors and other dignitaries in a relaxed atmosphere.

The highlight of the carnival will as usual be the street parade on December 28, where five bands will compete and eight non-competing bands will strut their stuff. The parade is billed to start 10 am and expected to last well into the night and possibly the wee hours of the morning.

This year, there’s a new twist to the street parade. In the past, there was a particular take-off point where all bands congregated and proceeded one after the other. However, this meant the audience at the latter parts of the 12-kilometre carnival route had to wait until late in the evening to see the bands pass through.

This time, there would be five different take-off points for the five bands. The idea behind it is to get Calabar agog at the same time. There is also an increase in performance points in addition to the traditional adjudication points.

December 29 will be the day for the International Carnival which will kick-off 7pm. There will be representatives from about 20 countries participating.The next day, December 30, will be the Green Carnival, the Green Ball and Sponsors/Stakeholders Dinner as well as the unveiling of the 2017 Carnival theme. At Tinapa there will be the Dark Knight motor drift rally and stunt display, while the Calabar Rocks music concert with some of Nigeria’s leading entertainers will take place at the stadium.The climax of the Carnival party will be December 31, with a fireworks display ushering-in the New Year.

Snoop Dogg Reacts To Ooni Of Ife’s Otisese Carnival

Popular American rapper, Snoop  Doggy Dogg has commented on a video from the recently concluded Otisese Carnival which held at Ile-Ife, Osun State early December.

The 45-year-old rapper took to his Instagram page and posted the video with the caption “Mood” accompanying it.

A few stuntmen from Ile-Ife can be seen in the video performing some daring motorcycle stunts while surrounded by several cameramen and an enthralled crowd of young men and women.

One of the stuntmen in another perilous stunt, stood on his bike whilst on motion; sending the crowd into an instant frenzy as they bellowed with glee.

The post has since garnered over 900,000  views on Snoop Dogg’s page with over 3000 comments. Fans of the rapper can be seen commending the stuntmen in the comments section – one fan wrote: “Nigerians always got something for the people’’!, another wrote; “He doesn’t even need biking boots!”

The stunts were performed during the carnival parade in which thousands of attendees participated in.

Put together by Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi in collaboration with Achievas Entertainment and Mainstreet Promotions; the carnival was held to celebrate the Ooni’s meritorious reign since his ascendant to the throne.

Headies Awards: I Didn’t See Eva’s Fiancé – Wizkid

Artiste of the Year at the Headies 2016 Awards, Wizkid has denied that he snubbed Eva Alordia’s fiancé, Caesar at the awards, saying, he “honestly did not see” the on air personality.

The Ojuelegba crooner, who was making his first public appearance in the country after his sojourn abroad, netting international collaborations and a new Sony Music deal, was caught in a viral video, where he ignored Caesar, who was up on his feet with arms opened for an embrace.

Wizkid, however, hugged Eva who was sitting next to her beau.

The snub was regarded by many on the social media as the most ’embarrassing moment’ of the night.

But in his reaction, Friday, Wizkid, said, “Honestly didn’t see my man! love always!

2016 Umu Oganiru Carnival Closes With Bang As Flavour, Zoro And Others Perform

This year’s edition of Umu Oganiru Carnival ended with breath-taking performances by Flavour, Zoro and other popular South East artistes in Enugu state on Saturday 17December, 2016.

The two-day event which kicked off on Friday16 December, with a street procession round the coal city continued the next day with colourful displays through Artisan, Stadium, Onu Asata, Obiagu Roundabout, UNEC Campus Gate, Kenyata Market, Agbani Road, Garki and back to the Polo Park Mall, venue of the concert.

The brand also used the occasion of the carnival to reward 24 entrepreneurs with N250,000 each by Life Continental Beer through the Life Progress Booster show, an entrepreneurial talent hunt and mentoring program targeted at helping innovative businessmen and women in the South-East. This year, a total of 200 entrepreneurs from Nnewi, Enugu, Owerri, Aba, Abakaliki and Onitsha were rewarded with a total of N50 million in the Life Progress Booster show.

“The Umu Oganiru carnival is an initiative to celebrate the progress and culture of the South-Eastern people – a culture that is hinged on entrepreneurship, said Emmanuel Agu, Portfolio Manager Mainstream Lager and Stout brands, NB Plc. “We started the carnival with a maiden edition in Onitsha, Anambra state in 2015. This year we brought it to Enugu and next year, fans can expect a bigger and better show as we move the carnival to yet another capital of a South-Eastern state which will be announced in 2017.”

Guests were thrilled with music performances by Pammy Udi Bonch, Chijioke Mbanefo and fast rising star, Zoro. The evening ended in excitement as headline act, Flavour performed some of his hottest hits like Sexy Rosey, Nwa Baby, Ada Ada and Golibe.

The Umu Oganiru carnival is an annual event by Life Continental Beer aimed at celebrating the culture and values of people from South-East Nigeria. The word ‘Umu Oganiru’ when translated to English means ‘The Children of Progress’.

Kiss Daniel, Olamide, Others Win At 2016 Headies Award [Full List]

Kiss Daniel was the biggest winner at the Headies awards 2016, taking home three awards, one of which was for album of the year.

Ill Bliss, indigenous rapper, was right on Daniel’s tail with a total of two wins, his highest ever in the history of the Headies.

Darey Art-Alade also won two awards for his hit single, ‘Pray for Me’. One of his awards was in the coveted category of ‘recording of the year’.

Wizkid, as expected, was named artiste of the year while Olamide won for ‘best rap single’ and ‘best streethop’.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Best video

Clarence Peters (Soldier)

Best R& B/Pop album

Kiss Daniel (New Era)

Best R&B

Darey Art-Alade

Recording of the Year

Darey Art-Alade (Pray For Me)

Hip Hop World revelation

Kiss Daniel

Lyricist on the Roll

Ill Bliss

Best Rap Single

Olamide (Eyan Mayweather)

Best Rap Album

Ill Bliss

Best Streethop

Olamide

Special Recongnition Award

Flavour

Album of the Year

Kiss Daniel

Artiste of the Year

Wizkid

Next Rated

Mr Eazi

Reggae/Dancehall

Patoranking Best Alternative song – Bez

Best Vocal Performance (female)

Simi

Producer of the Year

Young John

Hall of Fame

Laolu Akins

Best Vocal Performance (Male)

Shaydee

Best Collaboration

Falz featuring Simi – Soldier

Best Pop Single

Reggea Blues – Harrysong ft Olamide, Orezi, Iyanya, KCee.

Heineken Announces Pop-up Experience Centres To Replace Heineken House Lagos

Premium beer brand and sponsor of the UEFA Champions League, Heineken, has announced plans to extend its first-rate UCL viewing experience across major cities in Nigeria with pop-up experience centres for consumers. The brand made the announcement at the ‘One Last Time’ party, it held on Saturday, December 17, 2016, to close the Heineken House Lagos.

“The Heineken House Lagos is widely known and well regarded. The House has over the years become a true evidence of the level of comfort Heineken offers to its consumers. However, the Heineken House Lagos will now be replaced by several Heineken pop-up experience centers in major cities in Nigeria,” says Ngozi Nkwoji, Senior Brand Manager, Heineken. The centres will be a mini-replication of the Heineken House Lagos.

Nkwoji further noted that the Heineken pop-up experience centers is an extension of Heineken’s desire to ensure that the premium Heineken experience is enjoyed by its consumers across Nigeria.

The Heineken House Lagos, the first Champions Planet in Africa, was the premium home of exciting experiences and conviviality as it offered visitors, business leaders and influential personalities an opportunity to enjoy matches while building new relationships. The ‘One Last Time’ party was held to celebrate these experiences the Heineken House provided for fans of the UCL over the years.

At the party which witnessed performances from A-list artistes such as Tiwa Savage, Falz and Olamide, the lucky winner of a raffle draw was presented with a KLM business class return ticket.

The new Heineken pop-up experience centres will open at the resumption of the 2016/2017 UCL season.

‘Don’t Blame Me For Diversifying, Hip-hop Is Dead In Nigeria’ – Terry tha Rapman

Following fans’ vitriolic criticism of Terry tha Rapman‘s new track, ‘Gamusu’, the veteran rapper has fired back with all cylinders through a long Facebook post that accused fans and the media of hypocrisy.

In the hours and days that followed the release of ‘Gamusu’, many fans have expressed disappointment at his switch from the mainstream hip-hop he was known for to pop. Some even accused him of straying into Tekno‘s lane.

Terry, who only last year announced that he would want to be referred to henceforth as Lord TR, is not taking the criticism lightly as he took to Facebook to defend his switch to pop music.

‘There is this issue I’d like to address as an artist which boils down to the issue of ‘Be a hardcore rapper & don’t change’ and the ‘Don’t do pangolo music’ debate. Being in this game for so long, I can attest there’s something ideologically hypocritical from so-called fans and media who show you no support when you release consistent materials from your acclaimed genre only for them to gnash their teeth at you when you go the other way,’ he says.

Continuing in that same tone: ‘Hiphop (rap especially) is dead and long gone thanks to fake fans & media who do not support the movement. The so-called fans we are accustomed to in this part of the world only debate who’s a better rapper, who killed who bla bla bla on a song. And this same hypocrites come out to shout ‘He sold out’ when they hear you switch style.

‘For the records, apart from being an artist, I’m human and if I cannot diversify (which I should have done years ago), then I’m in the wrong planet. I don’t know where people get this debate of ‘Hardcore rappers don’t sing’ or ‘Rappers don’t go commercial’. Says who?

‘Biggie did it with Juice, Pac did it with California Love, Eminem/JAYZ have brought in the world’s best singers to sell their songs. What about Drake? Kendrick? J Cole?. Right here in Nigeria, my friends Vector, MI, Ice Prince, Reminisce, Olamide, Falz the Bahd guy,Phyno,Yung6ix have all done that at various times.’

He concludes by saying, ‘For the records, as much as I have an important legacy to leave, I also have bills to pay.’

Source: NET

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.”

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