Monthly Archives: April 2014

CELEBS SPOTTING! DON JAZZY, GBEMI O, TOKE MAKINWA BOAT CRUISE IN DUBAI.

30 Apr 2014 Still on celebs splashing about, here’s some celeb spotting in Dubai where over the weekend stars converged for the wedding of Tiwa Savage and hubby Tee-billz.

They used the opportunity to gather for a luxury boat cruise where we spotted Beat FM’s Gbemi, Toke Makinwa, Don Jazzy and the wedding couple having a blast.

We also spotted DR SID and his lady love clad in a sexy bikini as he showed her curves off in the picture where he adorably tags her as the woman who completes him. How cute.

 

PETER OKOYE SPLASHES N30MILLION ON 2014 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT.

30 Apr 2014 Okay is taste-d-money time! All that controversy of P-Square breaking up must have really stressed Peter Okoye out. To calm his nerves down, he’s done some retail therapy by indulging himself with a new toy.

We’re talking about his new buy, a 2014 Bentley Continental GT which is reportedly worth about 30 million naira.

While the ride which is still being decked out at the dealer shop in Atlanta, Peter has been tensioning his wife with the new love of his life with the tweet: “Ma new BABY… I’m sure @Lolaomotayo2011 wuld be so jealous of her.”

Hello! Who wouldn’t!

 

HARRY SONG DENIES “MY PARENTS ARE SIBLINGS” INTERVIEW.

30 Apr 2014 So was it all a massive publicity stunt? Only child and Better pikin singer Harry Song had last week revealed to Yes Magazine that his parents where related by blood and that is the reason why they split.

Over the weekend, Harry has in a statement denied ever making the assertion prompting Yes Magazine to release one as well re-confirming the validity of the interview with Mr Songs, and inviting over anyone who would like to listen to the full audio interview.

Sigh! Harry! Try to be a beta pikin!

 

TIWA SAVAGE MARRIES TUNJI BALOGUN IN DUBAI.

29 Apr 2014 And now news from Tiwa Savage’s wedding where this weekend Nigeria’s A-listers swarmed Dubai for the wedding of the year.

Tiwa Savage wed  Tunji Balogun on Saturday in the presence of close friends and family. Tiwa dazzled in a pristine Vera Wang gown.

Spotted at the wedding where stars such as Don Jazzy, who we hear gave Tiwa a 2014 Prado jeep as a wedding present, DJ Exclusive, Banky W, Toke Makinwa, Eku Edewor, Toolz, Kaffy, Sheyi Shey and many others.

More juicy gist on the wedding tomorrow so stick around.

 

CNN Report proclaims Mo Abudu Conqueror of the continent of Africa

LAGOS (April 24, 2014) A CNN report titled “How ‘Africa’s Oprah’ conquered a continent”, has profiled Mo Abudu, CEO and Executive Chairman of EbonyLife TV, Africa’s first Global Black Entertainment and Lifestyle network, as the woman who conquered the continent of Africa.

During an interview on ‘Leading Women’, CNN’s popular news feature that showcases global extraordinary women who are at the top of their fields and careers, the world’s foremost cable news network celebrated ‘Mo’, as she is fondly called, as a dynamic talk show host and media entrepreneur who presents the vision of a very different Africa.

CNN also attributed its assertion of Ms Abudu’s industry conquest to her glowing career and business accomplishments, her relentless and passionate portrayal and celebration of a better Africa – ‘one brimming with entrepreneurs, academics, and artists’; her huge popularity and growing media empire, leading to her glamorous reputation as the first black woman to own a pan-African TV channel.

“What makes Abudu’s story remarkable is not that she conquered African TV,” remarked CNN’s Sheena McKenzie and Stephanie Busari, “but that she did it without any prior media experience.”

Labeling her the queen of African chat shows and “Oprah of Africa,” the CNN report trailed Ms. Abudu’s sterling background at oil giant ExxonMobil where she was head of human resources for about a decade; to Vic Lawrence & Associates, Nigeria’s leading HR consultancy firm and executive training centre; to her philanthropy work with The Inspire Africa Foundation which is already nearly completing a one hundred-bed home for the less-privileged called The Harbour, a project in partnership with Moreno Construction.

Acknowledging her “deep-seated passion to tell Africa’s story”, the report noted Ms Abudu’s distaste for racial discrimination and afro-pessimism. Recognizing her zeal to pursue different and better narratives on Africa when in the streets of London a couple of years ago, the report described how she went about with a microphone, randomly stopping people and asking what came to their minds when they heard the word Africa.

“Starving children, poverty, HIV, Mugabe,” were some of the responses she got. Others simply described Africa as a place with “babies with flies on their faces.” Asked why they thought their descriptions truly represented the continent, the general answers Abudu got were: “It’s what I read in the newspapers,” or “It’s what I see on television” or “Because that’s the popular notion of Africa.”

Pained by this one-sided perspective of the continent, CNN observed that Mo Abudu decided it was time the rest of the world saw a different view of Africa. This determination led her to create a platform that would showcase the best of Africa to the world and elevate its entertainment content for a global audience.

Barely nine months old now, that platform, EbonyLife TV, channel 165 on DStv, has continued to rise in continental and global awareness, as well as in influence and viewership. Interestingly, the Global Black entertainment and lifestyle network has recently been rated in the top 25% of all channels watched on the DStv platform.

For all this, Mo Abudu is grateful to three sets of people, besides God – her team, the viewers and her clients. “I feel very humbled by this recognition. Every time I get honored like this I look in two directions. I look up and also look around. I look up and thank God, realizing that without Him we are powerless, but with God we can do all things. I also look around, and what do I see? I see my team; I see the viewers who actually own the channel; and most importantly, I see our clients. I thank them all.”

Thanking the clients further, she says: “I feel really humbled to be viewed as having conquered the continent, media wise. But if CNN said it, then we certainly have not done it alone. I would like to thank all our clients who have supported us and embarked on this exciting journey of changing global perceptions about Africa through the EbonyLife TV vision. They have partnered, and continue to partner with us in showcasing the best of Africa. They are strong brands that believe in supporting the growth of media in Africa as well as showcasing premium, original content.”

She continues, “Many thanks therefore to the Cross River State Government, US State Department, Nigerian Breweries, Diageo, General Electric, First Bank, Diamond Bank, Zenith Bank, ARIK Air, UBA, Nokia, MAC Cosmetics, Samsung, Friesland Campina, among others. Thank you so much for partnering with us to conquer the continent.”

In consistency with its vision, which is to be the preferred global network for premium African entertainment through the creation and broadcast of homegrown and premium content, EbonyLife TV commenced its 100% homegrown entertainment programming on January 01, 2014, heralding a new and refreshing viewing experience loaded with the best of original African lifestyle and entertainment content which cut across music, lifestyle, film, drama, talk, factual, comedy, magazine, reality and fashion.

Three times better, Africa’s first and daily syndicated talk show, Moments with Mo continues to bring viewers the most magnetic views and insights through Africa’s Queen of Talk herself, Mo Abudu, with her co-hosts, Dolapo Oni and Bolanle Olukanni; Love Lounge, the unique Radio/TV simulcast talk show with Oreka Godis makes sense of contentious love, sex and relationship issues; award winning The Spot serves viewers that daily mélange of talk and sitcom in the coolest hang-out style format; Fattening Room is a spell-binding, must-see reality show with a difference; with six single, beautiful and feisty ladies from six different African countries united by an exciting quest for one thing: the secret to finding and keeping love, the old Efik way!

Other exhilarating never-to-be-missed homegrown shows include the often star studded Banky & Tiwa Show; the compelling daily entertainment magazine show EL Now; EL Rated, the new hilarious street-wise countdown show; the suspense-filled mystery thriller, Married to the Game; EL Reports, with the easy talking Arit Okpo, brings viewers the latest African headlines and positive news from around Africa; amongst many others.

Mo Abudu’s continuous rising profile as an international media icon is continuously underlined by some of the many awards she has received lately for her numerous exceptional achievements, among which include the Forbes Award for The First Woman in Africa to own and operate a pan-African TV Channel; The Hollywood Reporter’s recognition as one of The 25 Most Powerful Women in Global TV; New African Magazine’s recognition as one of the 100 most influential Africans; and Entrepreneur of the Year award given by WomenWerk, an alumni group of the University of Columbia.

 

Let’s Talk Celibacy

What does celibacy mean to you? When you hear the line “I want to remain celibate” what automatically springs to mind? You think “this person must be crazy” or “this person must be holier than thou” right? According to the Oxford Dictionary, Celibacy is the state of abstaining from marriage. Extreme isn’t it? This was back in the day, now it refers to abstaining from sexual activities until marriage.

In today’s society, if you’re in your 20’s and you’re still a virgin you are seen as “uncool”. It is also hard to find a boyfriend or girlfriend. Let’s talk about getting a boyfriend, if you’re a virgin and you’re not ready to have sex, more times than not the guy will run away because 1. He knows he will not be able to stay faithful to you and 2. He’ll see you as boring. If you’re a virgin and you are ready to have sex, depending on the kind of guy you meet, he may still run away because he doesn’t want to deal with the whole emotional side that comes with losing one’s virginity (and to be honest, it’s better to let him go because that kind of guy just wants a wam bam thank you ma’am, then he’ll be off). If you’re not ready to give it up, he’ll leave you because quite frankly there’s only a certain amount of kissing a guy can take before he wants to take it to the next stage (don’t blame him though, his little/big friend has a mind of its own).

As for being a virgin guy it’s not as hard finding a girlfriend in fact, sensible girls would find it cute seeing that most girls are more about communication and emotions than physical. However, depending on the motive of the girl, she may not be interested in a guy who is a virgin. This type of girl is the kind who likes men to take control and if as a virgin you are not experienced and don’t really know what you’re doing, it may be a turn off and she may not have the patience to wait for you to catch up to her abilities. Please note that this is different to the kind of girl who prefers sex to “making love”, who can put her emotions aside, this kind of girl? hmmmm let’s just say, that is a topic for another day.

One of the main reasons behind the choice of remaining celibate until marriage surrounds religion. Some individuals choose to make a covenant with God that they will not engage in sexual activities until they’re married. Some people just make a personal choice to remain celibate as a way to avoid giving themselves to the wrong person. It will eliminate time wasters in their life and some people revel in the thought of being different and not giving in to peer pressure. The way in which one is brought up can also be a factor; some individuals maintain their innocence throughout adolescence, are wrapped in cotton wool and not exposed whilst being told “if you sit next to a guy, you’ll get pregnant” does not work for others (in the case of ladies, of course).

Is it wrong not choosing to be celibate? No, because some may want to (as they say) “try before they buy”. There isn’t any shame in that, in a way it could reduce the rate of divorce. One of the main drivers for divorce is sex. If your partner has a very high sex drive and you have a low one, it could cause a lot of frustration in your marriage, causing your partner to step out and vice versa. Just like if as a man, your penis is big and your wife is very tight, it may cause a lot of discomfort for her in the same way that, if as a man your penis is small and she is very loose, neither of you would enjoy sex. So testing each other’s rhythms and wants before you commit to each other for the rest of your lives, can be seen as a wise decision (as long as it’s done for the right reasons).

Is it right to choose to be celibate? Yes, because there is more to a relationship than just sex! What happened to good old fashioned courting, going out and getting to know each other without the whole sexual side of things? One of the best ways to ensure a long lasting healthy marriage is when you marry your best friend. Get to know each other on a friendship level first; get to know each other for who the other person truly is without the whole pretentiousness.

Basically, whether you choose to be celibate till marriage or not is your own choice, (it is what it is). You cannot condemn someone for not having the same views as you. If you choose to be celibate, good on you! There’s nothing to be ashamed of, if you choose to “test before you buy” good on you too, just be sensible about it *wink*

What’s your view on celibacy? Do you know anyone who has chosen to go down that route? Have you chosen to go down that route? How is it going? What’s the hardest part for you? Leave your comments below; we’d love to hear from you.

 

IYANYA VISITS NYANYA BOMBING SURVIVORS

22 Apr 2014 First up, your Waist crooner Iyanya Mbuk this Saturday made a grand gesture of human compassion by visiting survivors of the ugly Nyanya bombing.

Under the mantleship of the Iyanya Foundation, he donated food items and toiletries to the affected who were to spend Easter in the hospital. He even tried to cheer the sick up with jokes and singing.

 

DAVIDO ACQUIRES THE NEW 2014 MERCEDES S63

22 Apr 2014 Also in a celebratory mood is Aye singer Davido who is super excited and impatient about the arrival of his new toy, a 2014 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG.

This new acquisition is going to set him back a whopping 20million naira. Seems Davido is building a formidable garage. Only a couple of months back, the singer had splashed on a Mercedes Benz G Wagon worth over 30 million naira.

Baba Olowo to badtest!

 

Mo Abudu has conquered a continent: CNN's Leading Woman profiles "Africa's Oprah"

CNN has profiled Mo Abudu, Executive Chairman and CEO of EbonyLife TV and first black woman to own a pan-African TV channel, EbonyLife TV, as one of the continent’s leading women.

‘Mo’ as she is fondly called was interviewed on ‘Leading Women’ – a show that connects its audience to extraordinary women in the world – as a talk show host and media owner who presents the vision of a very different Africa. The show celebrates women at the top of their field, exploring their careers, lives and ideas.

With EbonyLife TV, Africa’s first Global Black Entertainment and lifestyle network, Mo has won acclaim for building a TV network creating 1,000 hours of fresh, engaging, original and premium home-grown programming yearly. And there are plans to unveil even more channels – all under the EbonyLife brand.

Calling her “Africa’s Oprah”, CNN notes that Mo Abudu’s greatest achievement and what makes her story remarkable is not just conquering African TV – but doing it without any prior media experience.

“There were many knock backs along the way, many people telling me ‘you can’t do these things,” said the British-born entrepreneur in an interview with CNN’s Stephanie Busari. “But I think what’s important in life is that you believe in yourself and the things you can do.”

Click HERE to read the article and video from CNN

 

I SCORED 17 OUT OF 400 IN JAMB – TIMAYA

16 Apr 2014 Celebrities may be regarded as stars, but let’s face it, not all of them can particularly be termed as bright. When it comes to academics, many have fallen far from grace.

Case in point is Egberi papa 1 of Baylesa Timaya who over the weekend revealed on stage his Joint Exams and Matric Board score during a Star Music Trek concert in Uyo. Timaya confessed to what we imagine was a shocked audience that out of 400 points, he scored a humbling 17 marks. People, that’s 17 over 400.

Let’s note though that his reason for this self-humiliation was actually a message to the youth that education wasn’t for him. “ I don’t have the brain for education” he said, “ but for those of you who do, please do it, it’s good”.

Timaya today stands as one of the country’s most successful and hardworking artists, recently releasing collaboration with Jamaican great, Sean Paul.