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.

Tonto dikeh

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.

Solomon Akiyesi and his new wife

Solomon Akiyesi and his new wife

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”.

Stella Damasus and Daniel Ademinokan

Do we even need to tell this story?

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.


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

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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.”

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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 .
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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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T-Pain Is Coming To Lagos This October For The Heineken Live Your Music Party

American singer and rapper, T-Pain, has been announced as the host of
Heineken’s Live Your Music party by Nigerian Breweries, brewers of
premium beer brand, Heineken.

The Heineken Live Your Music party is a celebration of music, tailored
to give music lovers a passionate music experience and an avenue to not
just listen to the music but also live their music.

This announcement was made by Sampson Oloche, Portfolio Manager,
International Premium Brands, Nigerian Breweries Plc., at the press
cocktail for the 2016 Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week held at the
Heineken House on Tuesday, 11 October.

“We’re happy to sponsor this year’s Heineken LFDW themed ‘Connecting the
dots’, to reaffirm our commitment to the growth and expansion of
Nigeria’s fashion industry,” said Oloche. “We’re putting together a
fantastic after party for Heineken LFDW to be hosted by T-Pain. The Live
Your Music party will create an excellent music experience that is in
line with Heineken’s global reputation as a premium beer brand.”

Guests will experience brilliant fusion of lights, fashion and music at
the Heineken Live Your Music party featuring popular Nigerian DJs and
the interactive music Takeover session, where guests get to choose their
own playlists.

The Heineken Live Your Music party will take place on the closing night
of Heineken LFDW 2016, Saturday, 29 October.

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connect with their audiences, enhance their bottom-lines and lead in
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It has 6 major practice areas: Corporate Practice, Technology Practice,
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Practice – with work for brands across Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South
Africa. RED owns the continent’s largest portfolio of youth media

Its Content Division holds brands across TV, radio, online and events
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Tiwa Savage’s Fans Launch Online Campaign For Award Votes

Tiwa Savage’s fans have launched an online campaign for her to win every single award she has been nominated for before the close of the year.

The hashtag #VoteTiwaSavage was a trending topic for most part of Wednesday.

The ‘My Darling’ hit maker is nominated in six different categories for the African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) holding in Dallas, Texas on October 15.

They are Artiste of the Year, Best Female West Africa, Best African Collaboration, Song of the Year, AFRIMMA Video of the Year and Best Artiste in African Contemporary.

Tiwa is also up for winning the Best Female Award and Video of The Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) in Johannesburg, South Africa on October 22.

The mother-of-one is nominated for the Best African Act at the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards in Glasgow, Scotland on November 4.

Given the formidable opposition she is up against, her fans have mounted a vigorous campaign for her.

Some of the tweets soliciting for votes are:

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Funmi Holder Screens Debut Movie ‘The Grudge’

Actress and Producer Funmi Holder, has now wrapped up production of her debut film, ‘The Grudge’.

She hosted the cast, crew and celebrities to a VIP screening of the drama in Ikeja, Lagos.

The cast while sharing their experiences working with her, expressed joy over the outcome of the film.

One of the cast, Iretiola Doyle, said she is so proud of Funmi, for being able to play her roles properly both as an actress and a producer.

“It’s not easy and she has taken on this huge endeavor and I dare-say that she has taken it on successfully” she said.

Being an actor herself, Mrs Doyle said “Funmi knows how to handle her actors too”.

The movie also stars fast rising actress, Ijeoma Aniebo who played the role of a poor woman, struggling by all means to support her family.

Ijeoma said she has been asked a lot of questions concerning her choice of role and in response to that she says “the human experience is a global experience and getting to understand what people are going through is incredible”.

For her, working with industry experts such as Ireti Doyle, Richard Mofe Damijo among others, was a career dream come true.

Richard Mofe–Damijo on the other hand is well aware of his influence on the younger generation of colleagues in the film industry, including the movie director, who is also just having his first shot at directing.

According to him, if he notices the team involves a younger generation, he tries to make them as comfortable as possible.

The movie whose theme is centered on how to manage relationships and as the name implies, the effects of holding resentment for close associates with a focus on marriage and family, was directed by Yemi Morafa.


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Nigerian Dance Group Emerges Best Team At Korean Pop Festival, Wins $7000 Prize

The `Supreme Task’ dance crew from Nigeria has won 7,000 dollars best prize in performance category at the 2016 Korean POP (K-POP) World Festival held at Chanhwon Sport Park, South Korea.

The information is contained in a statement issued by Mr Han Sungrae, the Director of Korean Cultural Centre, made available on Thursday in Abuja.

Sungrae stated that the event had a total of 15 finalists from different countries such as Nigeria, Nepal, Russia, Malaysia, Mexico and the U.S.

Others were Vietnam, Sweden, Israel, Italy, India, Indonesia, Japan, China, and Hungary

“80 contesting teams from 65 different countries had earlier participated in the preliminaries, categorised into Performance and Vocal and Nigerian team beat other contestants in the performance category.

“The Supreme Task Dance crew performed a Korean song `Fire’ by TBS in the presence of about 20,000 people to emerge the best team in the performance category.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this was the second year consecutively that the Nigerian team would be participating in the K-Pop World Festival in Korea.

In last year’s edition, “Pacific Stars’ team from Nigeria won the overall best team of the Festival and became the first African team to do so in the six-year history of the festival.

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BET Hip Hop Awards 2016 Winners: The Complete List

Being aired simultaneously with U.S Vice-Presidential debate Tuesday night, BET was celebrating a popular musical genre at the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards.

While the show was filmed back in September at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, fans at home were able to watch Travis Scott, T.I. and other artists perform.

In addition, some of your favorite musicians were able to pick up some pretty impressive trophies in a wide variety of categories.

If you missed the show, we’ve got you covered with the complete list of winners below. With Drake leading the night with 14 nominations, was he the big winner? Take a look for yourself…..

The Winners :

Best Hip-Hop Video: Drake, “Hotline Bling”

Best Collaboration, Duo or Group: Fat Joe and Remy Ma ft. French Montana and Infared, “All the Way Up”

Best Live Performer: Kendrick Lamar

Lyricist of the Year: Kendrick Lamar

Video Director of the Year: Director X

DJ of the Year: DJ Khaled

Producer of the Year: Metro Boomin

MVP of the Year: DJ Khaled

Track of the Year: Fat Joe and Remy Ma ft. French Montana and Infared, “All the Way Up”

Album of the Year: Drake, Views

Best New Hip-Hop Artist: Chance the Rapper

Hustler of the Year: DJ Khaled

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style): Kanye West

Best Mixtape: Chance the Rapper, Coloring Book

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse: Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé, “Freedom”

Impact Track: J. Cole, “Love Yourz”

People’s Champ Award: Travis Scott, “Antidote”

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Yemi Alade, Wizkid, Rihanna, Others Nominated for 2016 Watsup TV Africa Music Video Award

By Prince Akpan

Yemi Alade, Wizkid, Cassper Nyovest, Diamond Platnumz have lead the nominations for the newly launched WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards which collated Music Video contents from over 20 Africa countries across 21 Categories.

The Awards which is an initiative of WatsUp TV, a leading Entertainment Content producer in the Pan African Bilingual communitylaunched and announced its first set of Nominees for the 2016 WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards (WAMVA), an annual award dedicated to the celebration and honouring of the best in African Music Video on Thursday 29th September at Plot7 in Accra, Ghana.

The platform which is set to bridge the gap between the Anglophone and Francophone music video contents show true ingenuity when over 140 videos from 136 artistes where considered for this prestigious award thereby expanding the scope of knowledge on what African musicians and directors have been churning out across the continent.

Yemi Alade who leads with 6 nominations had Wizkid, Cassper Nyovest and Diamond Platnumz following with 5 nominations respectively.

Some of the Most Nominated Videos include: Final (Wizkid), Want You (Yemi Alade), War Ready (Cassper Nyovest), Tsumani (Ahmed Chawki), Baby Chop Kiss (Shatta Wale), Nyedzilo (Edem), Pana (Tekno) etc

Nigeria leads with 39 Nominated artistes followed by Ghana (26), South Africa (12), Cameroon (7), Tanzania (8), Morocco (6) etc.

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Possible Reasons Why MTN Sacked Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Others As Brand Ambassadors

There was a big buzz on Thursday when top telecommunications company MTN announced that he would be retaining the services of some artistes as brand ambassadors, while disengaging some for the year 2016/2017.

The big names that had their contracts suspended include MAVIN’s big boss, Don Jazzy, his First Lady, Tiwa Savage and Omo Baba Olowo, Davido.

While the trio got the axe, the likes of Hafeez Oyetoro (Saka), Nkem Owoh (Osuofia), Chidinma Ekile, Praiz, Iyanya, Falz, Tekno, Skales, Nedu and Adamu Zango will continue smiling to the bank on the bill of the GSM operator.

Though the company declined giving any reason why some were sacked while others were retained,  industry watchers and Potpourri in particular believes their decision might have been influenced by scandals some artistes got themselves embroiled in the past months.

For Tiwa Savage, her getting axed may not be unconnected with the crashed marriage and infidelity involving her and ex husband, Tee Billz. Though Tiwa eventually warmed her way into the hearts of her fans by proving to be an angel in that union but it appears MTN didn’t find it amusing.

Davido was never looking like he would be a pricy item this year, not after the brouhaha with his Baby mama, Sofia Momodu, and the resultant face-off with the uncle, Ovation magazine publisher, Dele Momodu. The Dubai child trafficking allegation didn’t help matters either – At least, MTN could have thought so too.

On Don Jazzy’s part, his spat with Olamide at the Headies might have been bigger than we thought. Though it was a beef started by Olamide, but Don Jazzy’s conduct after the showdown could have embarassed the Y’ello people.

However, MTN’s General Manager, Consumer Marketing, Richard Iweanoge explained why they are keeping past winners of their Project Fame reality music TV show, which include Inyanya, Chidinma and Praiz, saying “MTN is particularly proud of these musicians because we not only gave them the platform to express their talent through Project FAME, we have consistently supported them over the years by making them our ambassadors.

We are proud to have been able to contribute to some of Nigeria’s biggest music acts.”

Beyond the Project Fame alumni, Iweanoge also said that in order to nurture other artistes so that they too could attain greater heights, MTN would still retain the services of some of its newly-signed brand ambassadors like Falz, Skales and Tekno who are the faces of its youth segment proposition – MTN Pulse.

He added that there will be a renewed focus on building MTN’s digital platforms.

Credit: Vanguard

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