Monthly Archives: June 2015

Davido launches clothing line called O.B.O

June 30, 2015 What’s up guys!

So, pop star Davido and his elder brother HKN chairman Adewale Adeleke have launched their own clothing line called O.B.O, made available online.

The duo made the announcement on their Instagram pages on Thursday, asking their fans to order O.B.O T-shirts on the O.B.O HKN Gang wear website.

EL Now gathered that Davido and his big brother have plans to invest in many other ventures in the near future. Well done guys!

 

Stonebwoy wins Best International Act: Africa at BET 2015 Award

June 29, 2015 Greetings guys!

Let’s start by congratulating Ghanaian dancehall singer Stonebwoy who emerged Best International Act: Africa at the Bet Awards 2015 in Los Angeles yesterday.

Making his first appearance as a nominee at the prestigious award, Stonebwoy beat his other African contestants such as Sarkodie, Davido, Wizkid, AKA, Fally Ipupa, Yemi Alade, Sauti Sol and The Soil. Congratulations dude!

 

DJ Xclusive unveils debut album titled “According To X”

June 29, 2015 Make way for the long-awaited debut album of Empire Mate Music’s DJ Xclusive which was unveiled at an all-white party at the Landmark Event Centre, Oniru, Lagos, over the weekend.

Performing at the party were stars such as 2Face, Banky W, Iyanya, Patoranking, Olamide, Skales and many more.

The album, “According to X” features stars such as EME boss Banky W, Niyola, 2face, Iyanya, Olamide and several others, as well as production credits to top Nigerian producers such as Don Jazzy, Masterkraft and many more.

 

New video alert! Flavour – “Power To Win”

June 29, 2015 2nite Entertainment record label boss Flavour N’abania drops the video to the Masterkraft version of his song titled “Power to Win”, as part of his global music campaign.

Shot in Cape Town, the inspirational video portrays the journey of an ambitious little boy who refuses to give up in spite of all odds.

The original track was a soundtrack for the GLO 2014 Nigeria World Cup campaign to motivate Nigeria’s Super Eagle national team.

 

New music alert! Phyno – “Asai”

June 29, 2015 Celebrated Igbo rapper Phyno drops a new jam and video titled “Asai”.

Directed by prolific video director Clarence Peters, the video has Phyno as the sole character, rapping along on the streets and beach in Cape Town, South Africa.

The track was produced by Phyno.

 

Young British divers make a splash at European Games.

June 29, 2015 In a dazzling display of diving at the Baku Aquatics Centre, Britain’s juniors took away four golds, one silver and one bronze from eight events, suggesting that more champions in the sport are coming up fast.

18 year old James Heatly set the pace for his team mates by claiming medals of all three colors, including one silver alongside 17-year-old Ross Haslam in the synchronised event, across the men’s springboard diving disciplines.

The 18 year old expressed his joy at the feat:

“Feels amazing to get three medals, especially I didn’t think that I was going get three, so I have overdone my expectations, and I think everyone else’s, I got a bronze the first day and a silver so to finish it off with a gold, it was just incredible,”

In the men’s and women’s platform events, Matthew Lee and Lois Toulson added gold medals with Katherine Torrance emerging victorious in the 3 meter springboard competition in the Azeri capital.

Lee aims to be at the Olympics soon enough:

“This is my first ever multi-sports games and a village atmosphere and it has been awesome. It is the best experience of my life, I hope to go to the Rio 2016 Olympic games, I don’t think it is farfetched, I just have to keep working hard and training hard and just keep being positive,”

Gold medal winner Torrance shared her pride in her country’s swimmers:

“I think British diving is in a really good place at the moment, because obviously with the team that we have got we have quite a few medals between us, and obviously we have the senior team that are doing quite well at the moment, so yeah, I think we are in a good place,”

 

Indian budget airliner offers yoga 35,000 feet high in air.

June 29, 2015 Both people who are scared of flying and yoga enthusiasts will be happy to hear about a partnership with Indian budget airline SpiceJet and the Isha Foundation for Yoga which trained flight attendants from SpiceJet to perform some simple exercises to ease the mind and bodies of the passengers, and to release stress from travelling on long haul flights in increasingly cramped spaces.

Ajay Jasra, general manager of communications and corporate affairs at SpiceJet, gave the reasons for this, which was in addition to marking International yoga day this year:

“We have seen that while flying at a height of 35,000 feet, there is a pressure of 10,000 feet, and people generally have issues, travel related issues like numb feet or they have an issue related to the breathlessness. So our yoga instructor today, we have partnered with Isha Yoga today and they have instructed us and our crew who are going to tell our passengers how to cope with these travel related issues,”

Approximately 50 Isha instructors and SpiceJet crew members performed 10-minute sessions onboard selected long-haul flights across the network.

Vasundhara Rao of Isha Foundation gave instructions to the crew members and passengers as they performed light breathing exercises and mild head and shoulder movements.

“Sadhguru devised these practices so that anybody can do them in any mode of transport, be it on the flight, be it a train, be it in a car. Simple practices without disturbing the passenger next to you. You can do certain practices that we discussed today, that we learnt today and feel more energised, feel more relaxed, feel less tired,”

Most of the passengers loved it, like Ramesh Kumar Singh and Rubal loved it.

Ramesh Kumar Singh said “This is a very nice concept. SpiceJet had shown it on television and they have started it today. I did it today and it felt very nice,”

And Rubal added “Actually when you are up in the sky, like flying, your body gets very heavy and your ears get blocked, so when doing yoga you feel very relaxed when you’re doing that,”.

Airline officials said they hoped to do more of such classes during the oncoming monsoon season when the seat load is relatively low and more instructors can be accommodated on flights.

 

Giant panda gives birth to twin sisters.

June 29, 2015 In China’s South West Sichuan Province, a panda breeding center witnessed the birth of twin female cubs, born to a giant panda, Kelin. The historical feat is the world’s first set of giant panda twins born in 2015. The older sister weighs 118 grams while the younger one is currently at 70 grams.  They both drink about one milliliter milk per meal, according to breeders.

Their mother was pregnant through artificial insemination in January and produced the babies after 2 hours of labor.

The breeders with the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding say both mother and babies are doing well.

 

U.N. expands refugee camp in Kenya as South Sudan conflict rages.

June 29, 2015 UN Refugee agency has reported that Kakuma camp in northern Kenya is expanding by nearly a half. This is to be able to accommodate refugees fleeing nearby South Sudan as hopes for peace in the world’s newest nation remain slim.

The arrival of about 44,000 South Sudanese refugees since late 2013, when fighting broke out, has proved too much for the camp to handle. With the planned expansion, the facility will be able to accommodate up to 80,000 more.

Officials say the extra space will help ease congestion as well as make room for new arrivals U.N.refugee agency’s Kenya representative Raouf Mazou, had some things to say:

“The four Kakuma camps that we have host about 188,000 persons and the camp probably has the capacity of 100,000 or 140,000 or so, so there is a need to decongest the camp, We tend to develop camps as if they were to close after a year or two years and our assistance model is that of providing relief assistance to people; food healthcare education and the rest, for as long as they are there. The problem we are having is that the average length of a refugee situation right now around the world is 17 years,”

In 2005, a peace deal paved the way for South Sudan‘s 2011 independence and the United Nations launched a repatriation program. By 2008, officials contemplated the camp’s closure, but the crisis involving long-time rivals Kiir and Machar has led to fierce fighting along ethnic lines.

Andrew Riek, a twenty four-year-old man lived in Kakuma for a decade before returning home in 2011, he returned to the camp in 2013 and has no plans of going back again.

“If there is peace in South Sudan, I’d still be here more years, because… I don’t know maybe, it happened that there was peace in South Sudan but recently something happened. The same thing that happened last year may also happen,”

“I am very worried about going back to South Sudan, because I may be killed, yeah, I may be killed,” he added.

 

South Africa welcomes the Cuban Five.

June 29, 2015 South Africa’s ruling party, ANC has welcomed The Cuban Five, five men who were jailed in the U.S. on spy charges, as they arrived the country on June 21st. Reports have it that the visit will last almost two weeks, and that the men came to thank South Africa for its support during their imprisonment.

The men, Gerardo HernandezAntonio GuerreroRamon LabañinoRene Gonzalez and Fernandez Gonzalez are honored as Heroes of the Republic in their homeland for spying on anti-Castro groups in the United States and serving from 13 to 16 years in U.S. prisons.

In December of 2014, the final three– Hernandez, Guerrero and Labañino– returned home  when Cuba and the United States completed a prisoner swap as part of the deal restoring diplomatic relations after more than five decades of confrontation. The other two men had already returned home after completing their sentences.

In exchange, Cuba freed a Cuban man who spied for Washington and spent nearly 20 years in jail, as well as an imprisoned American aid worker Alan Gross, plus 53 people that the US considered political prisoners.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe is happy that both countries now see eye to eye:

“We are celebrating but we are committing ourselves that the struggle continues, because yes the Cuban five are free, yes diplomatic discussion on establishing democratic relations are underway, yes we must still call for the lifting of the illegal blockade on Cuba, and that is the commitment we should be making here today as we welcome these comrades here,”.

The five men paid homage to the late  South African anti-apartheid leader Oliver Tambo by placing a wreath on his tomb.