Archive for October, 2012

The semi- finals of the wave-making Nigeria’s Got Talent Show, sponsored by Airtel Nigeria, has propped up 50 top contestants.

The Semi-finalists emerged after scaling through a post-audition assessment which proved to be a daunting task for celebrity judges Dan Foster, Kate Henshaw-Nuttal and Yibo Koko due to the abundance of talents on display.

The Judges

 

Teenage sensations, Amarachi Uyanne, an 8 year old dancer; Raji Oluwayomi and Oluwatoke Salami, both 11 years old singers and Olayemi Pelumi, were among those whose performances and presentations at the auditions were deemed worthy of making it to the semis by the judges who unanimously moved them a step closer to stardom.

Other semi-finalists include John Uket, Deborah NkamiObeten, Violinist Godwin Uzowuru Ogechukwu, Musician Micheal Onyinye, Saxophonist Abel Tolulope Akinyelure, Drummer Girl, Blessing Christopher, Dancers Boniface Ukeme, Raphael Cherie, the Sistaz, Kelly Family Dance Crew, DNA and Red Code.

Meanwhile, the 50 contestants who scaled the hurdle to the semi-final stage have expressed belief in their abilities while also admitting that they would all need more than luck to progress from this stage to the finals where each would stand a chance to win the coveted N10 million prize money.

Airtel’s Chief Marketing Officer, Olu Akanmu, believes that the stage is now set for the “real deal”, as the show enters the semi-final stage which signals the beginning of public vote for preferred talents.

“The progress of the contestants going forward will largely depend on what viewers across the country make out of their performances. They now know their fate does not only lie with the judges, but also with the viewing public, a reality that should naturally push them to dig deeper and raise their performances. This obviously promises a lot of excitement for Nigerians,” Akanmu added.

In a related development, five winners that emerged in the on-going Nigeria’s Got Talent SMS trivia campaign have been presented with their winnings.

They include consolation prize winners Yahaya Ayodeji from Ondo, Benjamin Emeonu from Plateau, Habila Abu from , Onitsha-based Onwuaso Raymond and -born Umar Muaza, who won the weekly prize of one million naira.

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A suicide bomber has attacked St. Rita Catholic Church in  Malali area of Kaduna metropolis. The attack which seriously injured the Reverend father in the church occurred around 8:45 AM during mass.

Car Bomb

Freemans Lounge gathered that the bomber approached the church gate in a car, in the bid to drive into the church, but he was denied entrance by the security men.

The bomber then reversed the car and rammed it against the gate of the church. The gate caved in as the bomb exploded, injuring several churchgoers.

Although details are still sketchy, it was gathered that over 15 Worshipers were killed.

More details shortly.

There is a popular aying that goes ‘Karma is a b***h!!!!’ Seems like the case here.  One is inclined to think that in light of Burna Boy‘s tweets subtly aimed at Miss Tonto Dike, his fall at the Headies during a performance is only justified. The young artist who recently went on a twitter rampage subbing Tonto Dike has (in a manner of speaking) gotten his own back as he fell off the stage at the Headies.

Burna Boy (left) and Tonto (Right)

Tonto Dike aka Poko recently released some auto tune heavy hits which had people less than pleased with her singing efforts. At this, Burna Boy made some less than favourable remarks about ‘wack artists‘ who go about ‘releasing noisy wackiness‘ and how ‘death is the least‘ such people deserve. Harsh abi? Though he mentioned no names, most people have concluded that they were directed at Miss Dike.

Burna Boy’s Tweet

However, only a week ago at the much anticipated Headies Awards ceremony, Burna Boy suspected to be blinded by his own shades, fell down whilst performing his hit track ‘Like To Party‘. This was quickly recorded and quickly got back to Tontolet who tagged it as Karma as her tweets below read:

Tonto’s Tweets

What do you make of all this? Will this be the beginning of a tweet war between Burna Boy and Tonto Dike? Will Nollywood producer, Charles Novia get his own too?  Let’s wait and see….

The search for a lasting solution to the perennial campaign of violence by the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, has taken President Goodluck Jonathan and his National Security Adviser (NSA), Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd) to Bamako, the capital of Mali, for a secret meeting with the civilian and military authorities in the troubled West African country, following a strong intelligence report which shows that Mali’s northern region is being used as the operational base of the dreaded sect.

men of the Nigerian Army

The presidency had, in a statement by presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, announced on Wednesday, October 17 a two-day working visit by President Jonathan to Niger Republic and Mali. While the president was scheduled to attend a meeting of the High Authority of the Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission, in Niamey, with President Issoufou Mohammadou of Niger Republic to revitalise and reposition the 41-year-old commission, as a primary platform towards addressing emerging cross-border challenges, the statement added that on his way back on Friday,October 19, he would make a stopover in Bamako, the Malian capital, for further consultations on efforts by ECOWAS and the UN Security Council, to restore normalcy to that country. Saturday Sun, however, gathered from diplomatic and presidency sources that the meeting in Niamey was a mere decoy for President Jonathan to “seek collaboration and cooperation of both the military and civilian authorities in Mali on how best the operational base of Nigeria’s Boko Haram in the north of Mali, which is under the firm control of Islamist groups and Tuareg rebels, who took control of the region following a coup in March.” A reliable diplomatic source revealed that rather than making just a stopover in Bamako, as announced by Abati in his statement, “the Nigerian president actually left Niamey, Niger Republic on Thursday, October 18 and went straight for the main goal of his trip, which is to hold talks with the Malian authorities, as part of efforts to dismantle the main structure of Boko Haram in the North of the country (Mali).” It was gathered that a recent intelligence support for Nigeria had confirmed that Boko Haram militants were being trained and armed in northern Mali, where the leader of the sect, Sheik Mohammed Shekau, is also believed to be hiding and coordinating attacks on Nigerian targets.

Based on this, the diplomatic source revealed that Nigeria became more interested in the politics and political stability of Mali. The military junta in Mali, headed by Captain Amadou Sanogo, had seized power on March 22, accusing the democratic government of President Amadou Toumani Toure of failing to deal effectively with a Tuareg rebellion that had started in January. Islamist groups then took advantage of the chaos and seized all the region’s major towns, including the historic city of Timbuktu.

“What is certain is the success of the war against Boko Haram depends largely on the stability in Mali and the ability of the African and the entire international community to dislodge all rebels and Islamist groups operating in northern Mali because if you observe closely, they share the same religious ideology and modus operandi with Boko Haram militants. If you follow developments there, you will notice that the Islamists have imposed a harsh interpretation of Sharia in the areas they control in the north of Mali and there are reports of people being stoned to death and having their limbs amputated,” the source added.

Sharing Ogun to Lagos (Mock Pix)

what do you think of this picture? feel free to express your thoughts…

The Ogun State Government under Senator Ibikunle Amosun on Wednesday allocated 500 hectares of land to the Lagos State Government for agricultural purposes.

This is contained in a statement jointly signed by the governors of Ogun and Lagos states, Ibikunle Amosun and Babatunde Fashola, at the end of a meeting between the two states.

The meeting which lasted about one hour was held at the Government House, Oke-Igbein, Abeokuta.

The statement added that the land in Eggua, Yewa North Local Government Area would be used for agricultural development.

It also said the letter of allocation for the land was presented to Fashola during the meeting.

Amosun also handed over Certificate of Occupancy of Iju Water Works to Fashola during the meeting.

The statement reads in part, “The request for agricultural land by Lagos State Government has been granted and a letter of allocation in respect of 500 hectares in Eggua (Yewa North) was presented by Amosun to Fashola.

“The Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) in respect of Iju Water Works was also handed over to the Lagos State Governor, while re-connaissance of Adiyan Water Works land area is ongoing.”

The two governors re-affirmed their commitment towards regional integration of the South-West.

Also during the meeting, issues relating to 15 border communities were resolved.

According to the statement, such areas are Iragbo, Agbara, River Ilo, Iroko Village, Isheri, Emuren, Ojodu, Akute, Ajuwon, Mojoda, Ogijo, Agbado, Alagbole, Iju and Ilogbo Eremi.

It however said outstanding issues in respect of Ode-Omi in Ogun Waterside Local Government Area would be addressed at a later date. – from Ogun Loud mouth.

A 33,000 litres petrol filled tanker fell at Berger axis of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Friday morning, causing a gridlock for hours cutting short the trips of Eidel-Kabir holiday makers and other travelers.

The Scene of the Fallen Tanker

We gathered that the petrol tanker was leaving Lagos for Ogun State at about 12 am on Friday when it ran into a pothole by New Garage, Berger, lost control and rested on its side at about 7 a.m., forcing traffic officers to halt vehicular movement on the Ibadan-bound lanes, leading to a heavy hold-up.

It was confirmed by an eyewitness that no causality was recorded in the accident; but the driver and a passenger in the truck sustained various degrees of injuries. He also commended the quick and timely intervention of security operatives and transport managers that prevented the tanker from going up in flames as they cordoned off the scene, prevented scooping of the petrol and diverted traffic.

The General Manager of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Babatunde Edu, said that the accident was a lone one which might have resulted from the driver’s carelessness.

He said that no life was lost in it. “We are taking our time to trans-load the content in order not to cause more danger. “We had to call on experts from the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers to help in the evacuation; fire service workers are well on ground. “The process of evacuation is ongoing, and very soon traffic will be normal as the blocked lanes will be opened.”

Many road users held up in the traffic were so angry and frustrated appealing to the concerned authorities, especially the Federal Ministry of Works, to fill the potholes on the highway to reduce cases of accidents.

The FRSC Lagos Sector Commander, Mr. Nseobong Akpabio, said the fall of the tanker also affected traffic on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

Celebrated actors, Babtunde Omidina othwerwise known as Baba Suwe, Yemi Ayebo also called Yemi My Lover and Yomi King known as Opebe, have had a face-off, over money received from Governor Mimiko for their support in campaigning for his party.

Baba suwe (Left), Opebe(Right)

Their fight has a deep root in Governor Mimiko re-election campaign fee the actors reportedly received from the public. The two actors with a sidekick, Yomi King travelled to show their support for Mimiko in the upcoming election facilitated by Yemi Ayebo who is an Ondo State native.

Sources claimed after all said and done, they were given N200,000 (Two hundred thousand naira) as a group. And Babasuwe as an individual got another N250,000 (Two hundred and fifty thousand) for supporting the Labour Party candidate despite overtures from rival party, Action Congress of Nigeria’s campaign team.

Insiders claimed it later emerged of the N200,000 joint fee, actor Opebe received just N5,000!

Insiders revealed Babasuwe and Yemi My Lover shared the remaining N195,000 on equal basis.

Informants claimed, it was about two hours after the deed was done that Opebe got a hint of what went down and he was greatly infuriated.

He reportedly stormed Yemi Ayebo’s room and charged at him, stridently telling all that cares to know the cause of his grouse.

According to a source ‘it to a while for onlookers to separate the combatants’

Sources further revealed by the time the peace makers got the full hang of what was amiss- Babasuwe had disappeared.

Opebe was said to have rained curse words and abuses on both Ayebo and Babasuwe tagging them ‘greedy betrayals’.

He reportedly vowed to get all due to him back from them, tagging ‘his enemies’

if you were on twitter before tuesday the 16th of october 2012, you would have seen the viral war on the released songs by Tonto Dikeh, some loved it some are indifferent about it, but over 98% were mad, heart-broken, disturbed by the fact that She,(Charity Tonto Dikeh) would just wake up one morning and decide to add music to her already busy resume and also decide it to be so bad that even musicians threw Espirit de coup to the wind and couldn’t hold back their tongue as they lashes out their views on the songs most especially, “Get High”

The cover to the song “Hi”

Quite clearly, Tonto Dikeh, is not bothered by all overwhelming criticisms, she has received so far, after she ventured into music. The Nollywood actress, dropped two tracks, ‘Hi’ and ‘Itz Ova’, three days back to a very acidic reception.

Nigerians on social media have ripped her apart, a friend Wale Odunsi says her music career barely got off the ground.

Movie producer and Director, Charles Novia has added his voice, with a feisty description of her singing efforts as a midstream orgasm, even one time considered “Nigeria’s whackiest Artist”, Vic O, seemed to have a pop at her via his tweets.

And if you ever thought that was enough to deter Miss Dikeh, well you’ve got another thing coming. The Petro-Chemical Engineering graduate, says she just got started.

“Tnxx Hunz 4d DOWNLOADZ*WE MADE HISTORY 2GEDA but ma name alone waz WRITTEN*17th waz a HUGE succezz 4mi wit Ur help dat Iz**#HI ITZOVA*#POKO,” she tweeted in acknowledgement of the over one million downloads she got.

She then went on to explain why she was adding music to her already busy portfolio.

“I Wnt2 do Muzik dat Millionz Wld Lizten2 N I achieved dat**Bigger tinz Ahead 4all of Uz**TNX**#HI ITZOVA***#POKO#

Finally, she made it clear that she was not discouraged enough to quit, and so we should expect more songs.

“Hope ya’ll had Fun Yesterday I DID2**I Love ma People MuchO But Here’z BREAKIN NEWZ::I’M NOT BACKIN DOWN N I’LL GET BETTER*HI ITZOVA*#POKO#

“Like I said Yezterday Keep Liztenin U’ll Love IT Eventually***Hehehehe Itz POKO Baby**#POKO#”

Obviously she has a lot more under her sleeves but, the quality will only be determined by the future, but i think she was a little bit misguided by some folks to tail the likes of Omotola Jalade, Genevieve Nnaji and her god-mother, Patience Ozokwo, whose music careers was over before one could spell POKO…

On the other hand I tend to agree with her, indeed she has earned more popularity in this few days than she ever did with any movie, call it cheap popularity but it worked well for her pretty good.

Now all she need to do to sustain this popularity, is to get the likes of whizkid, Samklef or even Davido to do a collabo with and make sure the song is a little bit (Just a Little bit) better than any of this two, and BOOM she will be on main stream music

…….. na Advice Oh…..

No fewer than 19 young girls have been reportedly raped at four of the designated resettlement camps established for flood victims in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

Investigations revealed that rape cases have become a daily occurrence in the four official camps spread across the state capital for flood victims.

It was also gathered that perpetrators of the unholy act were young men who reside in the camps with their victims and some who come from within the communities where the camps are situated.

From Wurukum to Saint Catherine and Wadata camps, it was the same sad story. One of the victims, a girl of 19 who craved anonymity disclosed that she was raped two days ago at about 10pm by a young man she couldn’t identify.

She said: “I just walked back into the camp after I had visited a former neighbour in town. I got into the camp that evening, while walking towards the classrooms where we sleep, somebody called my name from a dark spot.

“I tried to find out who it was, but before I knew what was happening, somebody grabbed me from behind and threatened that he would stab me to death if I shouted. He grabbed me down and raped me.

“I am not the only one they have done this to, there are so many other girls; there are over 19 of us that have been raped in the last few days, but we are all hiding it because of the shame, but if we don’t cry out we will not get help because we are helpless.”

“And if we don’t cry out because of the shame, the people behind this evil acts will continue to torment girls and women in the camps.”

When contacted, the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, for Benue State, Assistant Suprintendent of Police   Ejike Alaribe said the rape cases have not been brought to the notice of the Police.

Alaribe, however, assured that the Police would intensify its surveillance around the camps in the town to stem the unhealthy development.

FG registers 88,740 IDPs in three states

ABUJA— As President Goodluck Jonathan rounds off the first leg of his nationwide tours of flood affected states, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has confirmed the registration of 88740 Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Adamawa, Benue and Taraba states.

According to a statement by NEMA and signed by Head, Public Relations, Alhaji Yushau A. Shuaib, in Abuja, the IDPs were registered by emergency and rescue workers after the floods that submerged houses and washed away farmlands.

The statement said: ”In Adamawa State which was worst hit, emergency workers recorded 46,030 Internally Displaced Persons in seven affected local government councils.

“In Benue State 19505 IDPs were recorded from six affected local government councils, while in Taraba, the emergency workers registered 23,205 IDPs in camps that are spread in seven local government councils of the state.”

Shuaib noted that NEMA officials had collaborated with major stakeholders, especially respective State Emergency Management Agencies, SEMAs, response agencies, Red Cross Society and recognised volunteers in the establishment and management of the camps where the IDPs were temporarily accommodated.

He said relief materials had also been provided to the victims.