Monthly Archives: January 2016

Shatta Wale gets banned from Vodafone Ghana music awards

Jan 29, 2016 We start off with Ghanaian self-acclaimed dancehall king, Shatta Wale, who has apparently just been banned indefinitely from the acclaimed annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA).

Shatta Wale got at loggerheads with Charter House, the organizers of the Awards, after losing the Best Dancehall Artiste award to Ghanaian dance hall queenr Kaakie at the 2013 VGMA, landing Shatta Wale in a defamation lawsuit.

This prompted Shatta Wale to release a song where he warned Charter House not to nominate him in any award, only for Shatta Wale to submit his works for consideration in 2016 VGMA.

Now Charter House has apparently decided to ban Shatta Wale from participating in the awards for 3 years or more.


Nollywood actor Olumide Bakare suffers cardiac arrest

Jan 29, 2016 And over to Nigeria, veteran Nollywood actor Olumide Bakare has reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest, landing him at University College Hospital UCH in Ibadan Oyo State recently.

The “Maami” actor who had previously suffered cardiac arrest in 2013 had been in poor health since then.

Olumide Bakare’s family has urged his fans to pray for him while in intensive care in the hospital.


Liz Benson, Wale Ojo star in new movie titled “for the wrong reasons”

Jan 29, 2016 And veteran Nollywood star Liz Benson joins Wale Ojo, IK Ogbonna, Adunni Ade, Vimbai Mutinhiri, Michael Godson, Mary Lazarus and others in Elvis Chuks’ new movie titled “For the Wrong Reasons”.

The movie tells the story of people who make life decisions for the wrong reasons to end up paying dearly for them.

“For the Wrong Reasons” is due for release in February 2016.


Iyabo Ojo set to premiere “Black Val” on valentine’s day

Jan 29, 2016 And Nollywood star Iyabo Ojo who is crossing over from Yoruba movies to English movies is set to premiere her anticipated English language movie titled “Black Val” on Valentine’s Day this year at Silverbird Cinema, Ikeja Mall in Lagos.

The movie centered on love, family and betrayal stars Desmond Elliot, Chacha Eke, Bukky Wright, Eniola Badmus among others.

The movie was produced by Iyabo Ojo and directed by Desmond Elliot.


New video alert! Yemi Alade – “Na Gode (Swahili version)”

Jan 29, 2016 Over now to music, Yemi Alade has dropped the video to the Swahili version of her hit track “Na Gode” due to popular demand by her East African fans.

The Johnny singer had released the Swahili version of “Na Gode” during the Christmas festive season after falling in love with Swahili during her trip to Kenya and Tanzania.

The video of “Na Gode” (Swahili version) was directed by Paul Gambit.


South Sudan rebel leader says committed to peace deal

Jan 29, 2016 South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar recently reiterated his commitment to the peace deal that was entered between government and rebel forces.

He however went on say that President Salva Kiir’s creation of new states is an impediment to ending the two-year civil war and called on outside mediators to reject the president’s move.

A political dispute between Kiir and Machar sparked a civil war, which has since widened and reopened ethnic fault lines between the Dinka and Nuer tribes.

Following a meeting with regional mediators, Machar told a news conference in the Ugandan capital Kampala that he had appealed to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and others to pressure Kiir to abandon the state creation plans.

“I have not violated any provisions of the agreement – it is the government that has violated the agreement. Ask them, where are they taking us? My team is in Juba, soon we will send more teams to Juba for the dissemination of the peace agreement. There is no way except implementing this peace agreement,”

South Sudan political analyst, Angelo Izama, also commented on the peace process saying:

“So, I think just because the guns have gone silent it is a very bad conclusion (that peace talks have worked). And only people who are external, who are involved in this kind of diplomacy, would like to advertise that the peace negotiations have delivered actual peace, no I don’t think so. There is a state of war there that will be permanent until the political conditions completely reverse and this hasn’t happened. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if actual fighting breaks up pretty soon,”


Ghanaians decry transfer of Ex-Guantanamo prisoners to their country

Jan 29, 2016 Ghanaians recently reacted against the transfer of two Yemeni detainees previously held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay to the country.

Many citizens complained that the presence of the detainees in the country may pose a security threat.

Speaking to this effect, Adongo Thomas, a resident of Accra said:

“To me I’m not happy they are in Ghana here anything can happen and if anything happen we are the poor people who will suffer for it they also have way to go by now they have their plane tickets passport and everything so in case if anything happen in Ghana the poor will be facing the trouble and we will suffer a lot so we are not happy with what are leaders have done so far,”

Another citizen, Azoya Philemon said:

“There is a force somewhere pushing the president to do what he’s doing without consulting let me say parliament and if parliament disagree with it which he might not take their decision that is why he just have to do it without the consent of parliament because the western world controls African most than our own decisions,”

In a bid to pacify the brewing tension, President John Mahama insisted that the prisoners posed no threat and would always be monitored.

“We have had several sessions with the Americans. Our people went to Guantanamo and personally interviewed these people and I believed our security is not endangered because they are in our country. What we should fear is not them because we have them under surveillance, what we should fear is somebody who can come in and create havoc that we do not yet know and so our collaboration with the United States of America, the U.K. and France helps us to be able to protect our safety and security of our by being able to access the data base of persons who are suspected and perceived to be terrorists,”


Confiscated elephant tusks destroyed in Sri Lanka

Jan 29, 2016 Sri Lanka recently destroyed 359 confiscated elephant tusks after paying tribute with a Buddhist ceremony for the animals that lost their lives for them.

The event was attended by Sri Lanka’s Wildlife Minister, Gamini Jayawickrama Perera along with John Scanlon, the Secretary General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

Speaking at the event, Scanlon said:

“Today’s event is the first such destruction of confiscated ivory in South Asia and it is the first time such an event has included a religious ceremony in honour of the elephants that were killed, which has made today’s event truly unique and a remarkable event,”

The tusks were crushed at the event location and the remains were taken to an incinerator to be burnt.


Colombia's Santos thanks UN on efforts to support FARC peace deal

Jan 29, 2016 Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos recently praised the United Nations Security Council for approving a disarmament observer mission to support the FARC peace deal.

The 15-member council unanimously adopted a British-drafted resolution that would establish a political mission to monitor and verify the definitive bilateral ceasefire and cessation of hostilities.

Speaking to this effect, President Santos said:

“This is a major boost from the world’s highest authority to all Colombians. I spoke personally with all leaders from country’s with a permanent seat on the (Security) Council, the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom as well as other non-permanent members. On behalf of Colombians, I want to thank hem, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Pope Francis and all countries and organizations that have expressed support in our peace process,”

Colombia’s government and FARC jointly asked the Security Council to help monitor and verify rebel disarmament should the two sides reach a deal to end their 50-year-old war.

The rebels’ willingness to make the request jointly with the government was regarded as a sign of progress, as the two sides strive to reach a comprehensive peace agreement.

President Santos went on to say:

“The decision taken by the Security Council means that we are no longer alone, we have the hand of the United Nations, of the whole world to the end of this war. It’s the best guarantee this will happen,”


Wizkid allegedly welcomes baby with new baby-mama

Jan 28, 2016 Social media has been flooded with news of pop star Wizkid fathering yet another love child, this time with Atlanta-based Guinean vixen Binta Diamond Diallo who had been identified with Davido and Kcee in the past.

According to US gossip website, Binta, who has been dating Wizkid on and off in the past 2 years, said she named their new baby boy “Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun” after Wizkid’s real name so that he doesn’t disregard their baby like he did his first love child.

Binta was also reported to have said Wizkid promised to be in the baby’s life when she told him she was pregnant but he did not only keep the pregnancy a secret from his fans but also didn’t turn up after the baby’s delivery.

On the other hand, Wizkid’s known girlfriend, Tania Omotayo had reportedly broken up with Wizkid since last year, the two of them agreeing to remain friendly towards each other.