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Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim shares `unwholesome’ marriage experience

Ghanaian actress, Juliet Ibrahim on Wednesday advised women involved in unwholesome marriage to quit and save their lives.

Ibrahim stated this on her instragram handle @julietibrahim, as she opened up her divorce issue with her ex, Kwadwo Sofa at her book launch titled “A Toast of Life”.

The beautiful movie star in her book shared her journey through life and how her family survived wars across Liberia, Lebanon and Côte d’Ivoire in the book.

“A Toast of Life” tells the story of how a girl could succeed through difficult times and still emerge successful.

The book was an eye opener on Juliet’s growing up years and her current reality.

The Ghanaian star further appealed to women to quit their ‘unwholesome marriages’ in order to stay alive instead of killing themselves in such marriages.

The film producer, thereby, admonished the public to stop judging people who want to end their marriages, stressing that, hers left her in a dark place where she was miserable.

”People have had their own perception about what led to my divorce. I have sat down for many years and have had to deal with the pain and insults from the public who had no clue what I went through as a person during that period and how it affected me.

“The depression and all that happened. All I will say is you should never judge someone who wants to come out of a marriage.

“Sometimes, it is better to come out of it than to stay in it, for your own sanity and mental stability,it is always good to take a bold decision for yourself. For your kids, if there are kids involved take a bold decision,” she said.

Ibrahim had revealed that her marriage with Sofa was a mistake which should not have happened while pointing out that her ex-husband’s family was never in support of her marriage.

She was married to Safo in 2010 after she got pregnant for him in the course of their friendship.

They were however granted divorce in June 2014 after he allegedly cheated on her.

The actress made her first acting debut in 2005 in ‘Crime to Christ’ starring Majid Michel, her first Nollywood film was Yankee Boys and had featured in more than 50 films.

In 2014, she produced her first film ‘Number One Fan’, where she starred as an actress being stalked on by a fan in the film.

Her second movie ‘Shattered Romance’ which paraded Nigerian and Ghanaian actors, launched amidst fanfare in Accra, Ghana 2014.

Her new TV series; ‘Every Woman Has A Story’, where she debuted her directorial skills airing on Terrestrial Tv and her new Reality Show.

She has also featured in Twi movies in Yoruba language films and also a Hausa Language film “Ladan Noma”.

She has won the Best Actress in a Leading Role award at the 2010 Ghana Movie Awards for her role in four Play.

The 33 year old is being referred to as the “Most Beautiful West African Woman” according to A-listers Magazine

Met Police to investigate Khafi for appearing on BBNaija without permission

The Metropolitan Police says it is investigating Khafi Kareem, a Big Brother Nigeria housemate, for appearing on the reality show without permission.

The 29-year-old police officer is said to be on unpaid leave from the Lambert Station where she has been working since 2015 as a PC.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Met said Khafi’s request to take part in the reality show had been declined and that the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) in London would investigate the situation.

“A PC attached to the Met transformation command requested permission to take part in a reality entertainment show in Nigeria. Permission was not given,” the Met statement read.

“The Met Police is aware that the officer has since appeared on the show without authority. The Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and would be carrying out an investigation into the circumstances.

“The Met does not support the officer’s appearance nor does she represent Met while appearing on the show.”

The Sun UK had reported that Khafi might lose her job for having sex on the show, which is aired live.

Khafi had told BBNaija she joined the police after her friend was murdered in 2007 adding that she was on Met’s female genital mutilation team.

In a statement released on Monday, her team had threatened to sue The Sun UK for publishing an article that is “damaging to the image and livelihood” to her.

Lekki strippers: We’ll make Tekno a scapegoat, says FG

The Federal Government has promised to bring sanity into the social lives of citizens and stop the debasement of humanity and the pride of Nigerian women by making scapegoats of some persons.

The government was reacting to the controversial music video by a popular musician, Augustine Kelechi, aka Tekno, with scenes of four semi-nude women dancing in a moving van on the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge in Lagos.

The artiste, in the four-minute video, was seen throwing money suspected to be dollars at the young women.

The government expressed disappointment that despite ongoing investigations into the anomaly, Tekno went ahead to release the offensive video.

In the official music video for the song, ‘Agege,’ which was released on Thursday, Tekno was seen in the moving van performing to the camera with the half-clad women dancing seductively.

A statement on Sunday by the Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture, a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Segun Runsewe, said Tekno would be made a scapegoat “to teach others a serious lesson.”

According to him, the NCAC is committed to exposing proponents of such kind of offensive sights and videos in Nigeria, while security agencies will be briefed to place Tekno on their watch list, “because his conduct is a threat to national security.”

Runsewe said he got hundreds of telephone calls and SMS from Nigerians, both at home and in the Diaspora, who queried why such immorality would be allowed in the country.

He stated, “We commend the police for arresting Tekno for the shameful misconduct. The same person, who was granted bail on health grounds has gone ahead to release the controversial video. We are now warning him to desist from this shameful conduct, which is not part of our culture.

“No single person is bigger than Nigeria; whether he likes it or not, we are going to use him as a scapegoat to send strong signals that this government does not tolerate nonsense and immorality, but discipline, which is our moral principle.

“Since the offensive Tekno scam video came to the limelight, I have received hundreds of telephone calls and SMS from Nigerians at home and others in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and other parts of the world querying why such anomalies would be tolerated in Nigeria.

“Now that he has released the shameful video when investigation is still ongoing, we are going to inform security agencies to place him on their watch list, because his action is a threat to national security and a bad influence on Nigerian youths.

“We are committed to exposing proponents of this kind of offensive sights and videos. We warn that nudity is not part of our culture and should not be tolerated. The Federal Government will henceforth fish out clubs for nude dancers across the country for their promoters to face prosecution.”

Section 134 (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, stipulated that an indecent act in a public place would make both parties engaging in the act liable to imprisonment for two years.

Section 136 also states that any person, who commits any act of gross indecency with another person in public, commits an offence and is liable upon conviction to three years imprisonment.

6th AFRIMA: 8,157 entries sets new submission record

The 6th edition of All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, in partnership with the African Union Commission, AUC, has received 8,157 songs/videos on its online portal as entry submission closed at 1159 hours (WAT) on Friday, August 2, 2019.

This year’s submission continues in the record-setting precedent of previous editions amassing the highest number of entries from African artistes, music producers, songwriters, Disc Jockeys (DJs), and video directors among others, since the inception of the biggest music event in Africa.

The 2019 submissions which opened worldwide on May 15 exceeded the 2018 submissions by 148 entries. Of the 8,157 entries submitted this year, Western Africa leads the pack with 38% of the total entries followed by Southern Africa with 24%. Eastern Africa, Central Africa and Northern Africa have 20 per cent, 14 per cent and four per cent  respectively.

Meanwhile, following the end of the 6th AFRIMA entry submission, the 13-man International Jury of AFRIMA will arrive Lagos, Nigeria on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 for the week-long adjudication process from Wednesday, August 7 to Tuesday, August 13. The AFRIMA Jury’s responsibility involves screening, categorising, assessing, grading and selecting into the 36 different Regional and Continental awarding categories nominees who will vie for the 23.9 carat gold-plated AFRIMA trophy.

AFRIMA hospitality partner, Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria, will provide a secure venue for the eminent International Jury members who represent the five regions of Africa, the Diaspora (Europe and North America) and the African Union Commission.

Guided by transparency and fairness, each of the Jury members will bring their span of experience and professionalism to play and utilize their boundless knowledge of African music, culture, and entertainment, to collectively arrive at artistes and/or recordings on the 6th AFRIMA Nominees’ List that reflect the creative energy and output of African music talents between the music review period of August 1, 2018 to August 2, 2019. After this process is concluded, the 6th AFRIMA Nominees’ List would be unveiled during a World Media Conference scheduled for Wednesday, August 14 at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The AFRIMA Jury member occupying one of the slots for Eastern Africa is Tanzania’s Joett, a veteran vocal coach and artiste development manager whose song writing skills earned him registered membership of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Another is Tabu Osusa from Kenya. The veteran music professional has spent more than three decades in music production and promotion. He has chaired several musical projects within and outside Kenya.

Representing Central Africa from Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, is Charles Tabu, a music executive, with wide experience in artiste management and promotion. Charles has worked with major record labels across the continent including Sony, Universal and Warner.

The second jury member for Central Africa is Bob Ekukole, a renowned Cameroonian media and music professional with 29 years of experience in media and broadcasting. He is currently the Director, TV Programmes and Production, Cameroon Radio and Television, CRTV.

Northern Africa is represented by Omar Essaidi, a Moroccan music programmer and artistic director. He brings to bear his practical experience as judge/juror for several musical contests in Northern Africa.

Zimbabwean radio DJ and lawyer, Delani Makhalima, takes up one of the two slots for Southern Africa. The entertainment and media executive has also honed his professional experience in song writing and music composition in the region. Filling the other slot is South Africa’s music professional and concert promoter, Chris Syren who is the co-founder and director of Making Music Productions (MMP), a music production company that has played a vital role in music promotion in South Africa.

Western Africa representatives include Olisa Adibua, prolific broadcaster, music executive and talent manager from Nigeria and David Tayorault, a

Côte d’Ivoire music legend, whose work in the music industry has influenced the jazz, blues, soul, zouk and Brazilian samba genre in Western Africa countries.

Representing the Diaspora-Europe is Rita Ray, a UK-based BBC Radio 3 presenter, International Music Curator and popular Club DeeJay. Her counterpart representing Diaspora-North America is Hadja Kobélé Keita, a music executive whose career spans experience in Artiste and Repertoire management and Public Relations with Universal Music Africa/Island Africa.

The African Union Commission is represented by Angela Martins, the Head, of the Culture Division of the AUC. Mrs. Martins, who is a citizen of Mozambique, is a professional African Culture Analyst and an African music enthusiast.

Speaking on the 2019 entry submission and adjudication process: Mrs. Angela Martins said: “AFRIMA, the Pan-African initiative and music platform is gaining greater momentum, continental visibility and recognition. This can be verified by the increased number of entries received for its 6th Edition, to be held in November 2019.

The African Union Commission congratulations the international Committee of AFRIMA for this achievement for the promotion and development of the continent’s Creative Economy. The Commission would like to once again express its strong support to AFRIMA as it plays a key role in recognising and awarding myriad of music talents on the continent.

In the same vein the AU Commission welcomes and salutes members of the AFRIMA jury who will start the important Adjudication Process on the 7th of August in Lagos, Nigeria. The role of the AFRIMA Jury is Crucial to ensure fairness and transparency of the continental prestigious awards”.

Also reacting to the entries received for the 6th AFRIMA, Central Africa Jury member, Charles Tabu, expressed excitement that more artistes within and outside Africa we getting more involved in AFRIMA submissions.

“Once again, we have proof that the talents coming from the Diaspora and from the continent have taken over AFRIMA. It is their platform, their awards and AFRIMA is all about rewarding Africa. As an AFRIMA jury member and an African music professional, I am so proud and amazed to see the number of entries in 2019 surpasses what we had in 2018. This a huge improvement from the 2,025 entries received in the first edition of the awards in 2014. I am waiting to see the quality, creativity and surprise talents we will discover during the adjudication in Lagos”.

In partnership with the African Union, the awards recognising and rewarding musical creativity and talents of Africans is scheduled to hold in November 2019 during a four-day fiesta of music, glamour, Afrocentricism and entertainment in the official awards Host City.

The four-day AFRIMA event commences with the Welcome Soiree followed by the AFRIMA Music Village, the Host City Tour, the Africa Music Business Summit, the exclusive Nominees Party and concludes with the live Awards Ceremony. Fans of African music globally can follow along and take part in the AFRIMA 2019 events on social media, live stream on the AFRIMA website, the AFRIMA App and by tuning to over 84 television stations which are AFRIMA partners.

Police arrest popular artiste Tekno over Lekki nude dancing girls

For breaching public decency by conveying half naked girls in traffic, the Lagos State Police Command has arrested popular musician, Augustine Kelechi, aka Tekno.

It was gathered that he was arrested on Tuesday and he is undergoing questioning at the state Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba.

Tekno had something last week conveyed half clad girls, who were dancing seductively, in a transparent glass box on a truck around the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge.

In the truck, the musician was seen spraying the scantily dressed girls with money as they danced.

Following the public outcry it generated, the state government reacted swiftly and condemned the move.

In his defence, Tekno said he merely used the truck to convey his crew to a location for a shoot, which was not intended to breach public decency.

Confirming the arrest, the state Police Spokesman, Bala Elkana, a deputy superintendent of police, said he was invited for questioning.

He said: “The command has arrested Tekno and the two girls for conveying half naked girls at the Lekki area of Lagos.

“He is presently undergoing questioning at the state Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti.

The police said such acts of public indecency is against the criminal code and if after investigation those involved are found guilty, they would be charged to court.

Already, the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency has suspended the advertising firm, Pro-Vision Media Systems Limited.

FG probes Lekki naked dance in Lagos

The Federal Government on Tuesday condemned the public naked dance in Lekki area of Lagos State describing it as “strange entertainment from the pit of hell.”

While throwing its weight behind the decision of the Lagos State government to fish out the masterminds of the act, the government said it had commenced an investigation of the allegation against the TV company involved in the act.

The government, therefore, warned that such immorality “must not be allowed to turn Nigeria to a destination for sex and illegal drugs tourism.”

A statement issued in Abuja by Otunba Segun Runsewe, Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, expressed government’s commitment to repositioning the true gains and pictures of the diverse cultural history of Nigeria.

He said, “The Lekki public show negates the beauty of Nigerian culture and way of life. It is unacceptable, Jezebelistic and a sin against Nigerian culture which must be condemned, ridiculed and rejected by Nigerians from all works of life.

“The Lekki debacle must be used as an example to officially clamp down on promoters and influencers of strange entertainment from the pit of hell. Nigeria will never succumb to an imported cultural pastime or to blackmail, tailored to destroy centuries-old and rich Nigerian culture.

“This dizzying madness cannot and would not be allowed to turn Nigeria to a destination for sex and illegal drugs tourism. Enough is enough, and for God sake, where is this coming from?”

Runsewe who also doubles as African President of World Craft Council said NCAC “is investigating the allegation against the TV company.”

According to him, NCAC would work with other relevant government agencies to find lasting solutions to any foreign cultural infractions and subtle attempts to colonize the minds of young persons in Nigeria.

He called on traditional rulers to join hands with the government to check the open rage and rape against Nigerian culture with possible consequences of the unimaginable.

“In Nigeria, we love and respect our mothers and sisters, women in general and therefore will not condone deliberate acts or actions that would betray the values of our culture and make our heroes past to turn angrily in their graves”, Runsewe explained.

He also sent a strong message to state governors to create and empower agencies and departments of culture to arrest the organised assault against an established and respected Nigerian way of life.

“We must be proudly Nigerian and resist vigorously attempts to insult the Nigerian women,” Runsewe stressed.

Kylie Jenner hires $250m Super- Yacht’ for 22nd birthday

American model and TV reality star, Kylie Jenner has hired a Super-Yatch worth 250 million dollars for her 22nd birthday party.

According to TMZ, the ‘self-made’ billionaire and mother of one spent the fortune hiring the luxury yacht consisting jacuzzi, helicopter pad, swimming pool and beach club for the birthday coming up on August 10.

The 300-ft vessel boasts of rooms for 22 guests including a master suite and three VIP staterooms, a spa and a beauty salon.

It also has a cinema, a gym, a deck-pool, an outdoor bar, its own helipad and is serviced by a 29-strong crew.

Kylie Jenner, a Make-up mogul, media personality and socialite, starred in the popular E! Reality television series ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ since 2007 and is the founder and owner of cosmetic company Kylie Cosmetics.

She is one of the most followed people on Instagram, with over 129 million followers.

In 2017, Jenner was placed on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list, making her the youngest person to be featured on the list.

According to Forbes magazine, her net worth is estimated at One billion US Dollars, making her, at age 21, the world’s youngest billionaire as of March 2019

UBAmarketplace2019 puts Abuja on lockdown, Whizkid named ambassador

 

Some 20,000 guests who attended the UBAmarketplace 2019 were left in awe and full of commendation for United Bank for Africa and REDTV as they revelled in a great line up of activities during the two-day event which was held on the July 26th and 27th at the Transcorp Hilton hotel in Abuja.

The UBAmarketplace event, which took place on the sidelines of the 2019 edition of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum – the largest gathering of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Africa, provided the attendees and participants with a huge platform to get everything in one place, UBA said in a statement.

Guests and participants were able to network, while being engaged with a series of entertainment, panel sessions, fashion, fun, comedy, relaxation and shopping.

At the event, they also had the unique opportunity to meet with some of their favourite stars and celebrities.

The major highlight at the marketplace was the unveiling of Africa’s international Afropop artist, Ayo Ibrahim Balogun aka Wizkid as the new brand ambassador for UBA.

Just before the big announcement, Uzoka and Wizkid had sat in a fireside chat themed “Suits and Stars, Afropop meets High Finance” where they discussed issues regarding finance and the creative industry in Africa.

The UBA GMD explained that as a major driver of employment for the youth, the critical role of Small and Medium Scale businesses in the development of any economy cannot be overemphasized.

Uzoka said, “UBA is a bank that is interested in the growth of SMEs as well as youth empowerment and we have done many things in the past in this regard. We have partnered with the Tony Elumelu Foundation to support the youths across Africa who we know are the future of our continent’s economic renaissance.”

Continuing, Uzoka said, “And so today, we are unveiling Wizkid as our brand ambassador to show our unrelenting support for SMEs and to further create a platform for them to thrive. This is a strong collaboration that will help us as an institution to propel our dream of making Africa a truly self-sufficient economy,” Uzoka noted.

In his response, Wizkid, who sought for increased support of financial institutions for the African entertainment industry, expressed his profound excitement with the partnership, adding that the UBA brand shares his passion to make every child and youth in Africa have the opportunity to thrive.

He said, “It is my passion and my biggest dream to help the youth and to build schools around Africa, and this partnership, I believe, is a step towards that direction; UBA and Wizkid, now let’s change the world.”

In a separate panel, Richard Mofe Damijo, the top Nollywood icon, Movie producer/director, Tunde Kelani , Cynthia Nassardine, a top actress from Cote D’ivoire, Ayoola Ayolola sat with the CEO UBA Africa, Mr. Victor Osadolor in a movie panel session to discuss the theme ‘The Big Picture: Business of film making’.

The movie session wch was moderated by Bola Atta, UBA’s Group Head, Corporate Communication and Executive producer for the Bank’s REDTV, deliberated on how entrepreneurs from the creative and film making industry in Africa can benefit from the opportunities in the world of finance. Music was not left out as Dj Cuppy, Dj Neptune, Pheelz the Producer and UBA’s Chief Credit Officer, Franklin Erebor discussed on the theme ‘Booth to Bank: How the beat becomes the profit’.

Uzoka speaking at the market place opined that with the series of events, UBA has touched base with small business owners and will continue to positively affect the lives of entrepreneurs doing business in its countries of operations and beyond’. “I think everyone realises the fact that we need to prioritise the private sector. We need to encourage entrepreneurship and the African youths. This is the driving factor and the major reason why we are organising an event of this magnitude’ he said.

Other side attractions at the Redzone was the screening of the Lion King Movie and Bling Lagosians by REDTV; fashion shows by up and coming African designers; treasure hunts, as well as a Founder’s Day pitch event, where beneficiaries of the Tony Elumelu Foundation were presented a platform to pitch their businesses, with a grand prize of a grant courtesy of UBA.

 

Tristan Thompson addresses rumors he cheated on his pregnant GF with Khloé Kardashian

Tristan Thompson hit Twitter to deny cheating on his then-pregnant girlfriend Jordan Craig with Khloé Kardashian.

Jordan had previously alleged that Tristan’s relationship with Khloé was damaging to her pregnancy.
Thought you could get through the week without Tristan Thompson stirring up new drama? Please. Summer 2019 will have no! such! thing! For some reason, Tristan felt the need to respond to allegations that he cheated on his pregnant ex-girlfriend Jordan Craig with Khloé Kardashian—news that made headlines back in June when tabloid Radar Online published court documents from Jordan, alleging that Tristan’s relationship with Khloé was damaging to her pregnancy.

Unclear why Tristan waited a full month to weigh in, but he hit Twitter—first to deny that he spent the summer on vacation:

And then to deny that he was in a relationship when he started dating Khloé. He also got pretty defensive of both her and Jordan, saying “Also, when I met Khloe I was SINGLE. The negative comments that are constantly being directed towards her are unnecessary. She does not deserve all this backlash for my wrong doings. Both Khloè and Jordan have been nothing but great mothers to my kids.”

First of all, lol @ Tristan for using the wrong style accent on Khloé’s name. But also, for what it’s worth KoKo denied the Jordan cheating rumors too, hitting Instagram last month to say this:

“My truth is: I met Tristan because HE CHOSE to go on a blind date with me. A mutual friend set us up. After going on some dates, Tristan told me that he had an ex that was pregnant. Obviously, I was reluctant about us continuing to date or start a relationship. He pleaded with me that the relationship was over long before we met. He had me talk with his most inner circle. He showed me physical proof (correspondence between the two) and had me on calls with his lawyers to prove his point. His best friends, business associates and even his mother told me, him and his ex were broken up before we met.”

‘The Lion King’ makes $1bn in three weeks

Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ has crossed the billion-dollar mark after less than 3 weeks in theatres.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the live-action remake of the 1994 movie features Beyonce, Donald Glover and Chiwetel Ejiofor in lead roles.

The movie joins ‘Avengers: Endgame’, ‘Captain Marvel’ and ‘Aladdin’ as the fourth Disney title to surpass one billion dollars in global ticket sales in 2019.

With its blockbuster slate, Disney has nearly 38 per cent of the domestic market share, a cut that increases to more than 40 per cent when Fox, which it just purchased, is added.

‘The Lion King’ earned 361 million dollars at the domestic box office and 638 million dollars overseas.

Outside of North America, it had especially strong showings in China with 115 million dollars, along with the United Kingdom with 48 million dollars and Brazil with 44 million dollars.

The movie also stars Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa. James Earl Jones reprised his role as Mufasa from the original animated film.

The milestone comes on the heels of another Disney benchmark. Between July 26 and July 28, the company set a new all-time record for global ticket sales for a single studio.

Disney hit 7.67 billion dollars worldwide, smashing the mark it previously set in 2016 with 7.61 billion dollars.

Disney set a new record in 2016 with four films that grossed over 1 billion dollars. In the coming months, Disney will release ‘Frozen 2′, a ‘Maleficent’ sequel and ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’.

I might be a mother someday —Naomi Campbell, 49

Veteran model, Naomi Campbell has revealed that there was still a possibility that she might become a mother someday.

In an interview with Paris Match, Campbell, who is 49 years old, was asked whether she missed being a mother.

She replied, “No. By the way, who said I would not be a mother someday?”

Meanwhile, she also revealed her experience of racism during the last Cannes Film Festival held in France.

She revealed she had been invited to an event at a hotel in the south of France but wasn’t allowed in because of the colour of her skin.

Campbell said, “I was recently in a city in the south of France, at the time of the Cannes Film Festival, where I was invited to participate in an event in a hotel whose name I will not mention. They did not want to let my friend and I in because of the colour of my skin. The guy at the entrance pretended that the place was complete. But he let other people pass.”

She added, “It is for these kinds of shocking moments that I will continue to express myself and make myself heard.”

U.S. singer falls in love with Barack Obama, needs his sperm for kids

U.S. singer and reality star, Aubrey O’Day has professed her love for former American President Barack Obama, saying that she needs him as her sperm donor for kids.

O’Day declared in a recent interview that she was now ready to be a mother but would need Obama to be her sperm donor to make her dreams come true.

“I would like to do a show about inseminating me with some brilliant man’s sperm so I can have a child,” O’Day recently told Page Six.

She further said: “Dream donor, Barack Obama.

“Because he’s brilliant, classy, kind, compassionate, witty, gorgeous; everything that a great woman deserves, and that’s why he’s got a great woman.”

The 35-year-old Danity Kane singer has been single since her split from 39-year-old TV personality and disc jockey, Paul ‘Pauly D’ DelVecchio, 39.

She also dated Donald Trump Jr. prior to that and said on the first episode of “Ex on the Beach” — which airs on MTV Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET — that he is her soul mate.

O’Day claim she would have gotten back together with Trump Jr. if he had shown up to compete for her love on “Ex on the Beach,” telling us: “If he gave up what he chose to be with over me and came back, I would jump on and marry him right then and there.”

The 57-year-old Obama, has been married to Michelle Obama, 55, since 1992 and they share two daughters, Sasha, 18, and Malia, 21.

Wizkid’s manager, babymama accuses singer of domestic violence

Ayo Balogun aka Wizkid’s manager and the mother of his third child, Jada Pollock has accused him allegedly of domestic violence.

Pollock made the allegations on Wednesday when she announced their split. She alleged that the singer hit her multiple times during the relationship.

She wrote on Instagram @_jada.p, “From today, Ayo and I will no longer work together. I have been in an abusive relationship with him for years. Covering up for him time and time again and I am tired.

“Wiz continuously puts his hands on me, leaves me with bruises that I cover up from the world, including my friends and family.

“It often feels like we are at war in the same house. I have done all I can to keep this all together but from today, I let go.

“You can support someone as much as you can but at some point, you have to value yourself. I can’t raise my son in this kind of unhealthy environment,” Pollock said.

Wizkid’s relationship with Pollock began on professional terms before the arrival of their child causing rifts between the mothers of his children.

In May 2018, the relationship between the mothers of Wizkid’s second and third children reached an all time low.

They were both caught up in a social media rift after Pollock praised the father of her child for being such an amazing father.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Pollock is an entertainment veteran also known as Jada Styles.

She is the head of her consulting business firm she shared with African football star Didier Drogba.

She is responsible for the branding of many affluent and prominent football players.

The daily star and West London Living once referred to her as a highly acclaimed image guru.

 

Beyonce features Yemi Alade, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, others in Lion King album

Pop queen, Beyonce, has featured six Nigerian artistes in her new album, The Lion King: The Gift, which is the musical accompaniment to her new Disney movie, with the same name.

The Nigerian artistes include Yemi Alade, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Mr. Eazi and Tekno.

According to Fader, the Single Ladies crooner has confirmed the details of the new album scheduled for release on Friday.

Ghana’s Shatta Wale was also featured in the album.

Beyonce had last week said, “Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery while listening to a new contemporary interpretation.

“It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.”

Nigerians spent N3bn in cinemas in 6 months

Nigerians spent nearly N3, 124, 026, 959 to watch box office movies at Nigerian cinemas between January and June.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the figures are according to data provided by cinemas and gathered by the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN).

The year opened with ‘Aquaman’, ‘Chief Daddy’ and ‘Up North’ sitting on the top three of the chart with an estimated combined earnings of 168, 263, 512.

The movies maintained their positions until the fourth week when ‘Glass’ debuted at number one with ‘Aquaman’ taking second place and ‘Chief Daddy’, third booting ‘Up North’ to fourth place.

This led to a combined earnings of N91, 409, 100, which fell to 77, 259, 811 million Naira as January closed with Kevin Hart’s ‘The Upside’ kicking ‘Chief Daddy’ to fourth place.

Infographic showing gross distribution (Source: NAN)
Infographic showing gross distribution (Source: NAN)

NAN reports that earnings remained low for February, making it the lowest grossing month with a total of N291, 843, 044.

Top spots were alternated between ‘Alita’, ‘Cold Pursuit’, ‘What Men Want’, ‘Escape Room’ and ‘The UpSide’.

By March, viewership picked up steadily and the earnings were almost doubled from that of February leading to a total of N434, 432, 431.

‘What Men Want’, ‘Alita’, ‘Hire A Woman’, ‘She Is’, ‘Us’ and ‘Babymamas’ enjoyed a relatively good run in March but a chunk of the earnings and viewership went to Marvel’s flick ‘Captain Marvel’.

At the beginning of April, ‘HellBoy’, ‘Shazam’, ‘Little’ and ‘Us’ continued to share the top spot with ‘Captain Marvel’ until the release of the much anticipated ‘Avengers:Endgame’.

NAN also reports that with ‘Avengers: Endgame’, earnings from April climbed from N186, 929, 188 in its third week to N342, 382, 389  in its final week.

The month, which is the highest grossing in 2019, closed with an estimated total earnings of  N734, 151, 060 due to major boost from Disney’s ‘Endgame’.

In May, there was a massive dip in earnings similar to that experienced in February. With ‘Endgame’, ‘The Intruder’ and ‘Longshot’, it earned a total of N367, 498, 554.

The fall in viewership is usual after a global holiday such as Christmas for December/January and Easter for April.

The numbers picked up in June with ‘John Wick’, ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Aladdin’ leading the numbers. They were supported by ‘Anna’, ‘Men In Black’, ‘Dark Phoenix’ and ‘Bling Lagosians’.

June opened with N161, 132, 714 but closed with N100, 663, 647 leading to a total earning of N576, 322, 779.

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Busola Dakolo files formal rape complaint against Fatoyinbo

Busola Dakolo, a celebrity photographer, who accused Biodun Fatoyinbo, senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), of raping her has filed a legal complaint.

In a video interview that has now gone viral, Dakolo, who is the wife of Nigerian singer, Timi Dakolo, alleged that the pastor had sexual relations with her when she was 16 going on 17 in Ilorin.

The Nation reports that Dakolo filed a formal complaint with the police on Thursday.

This means that the police will carry out an investigation into the allegation.

After protests to some branches of his church on Sunday and various comments, Fayotoyinbo announced that he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the church pulpit.

On Thursday, a former staff of the church also accused Fatoyinbo of having sexual relations with her without her consent.

The lady, pseudo named ‘X’, said the incident happened in 2017 beyond the shores of Nigeria.

She said she was in an undisclosed country, working for the church when Fatoyinbo invited her to his house and allegedly raped her.

According to her, Fatoyinbo apologised after the alleged rape, and she had to keep working with him and the church.

X further alleged that Modele, Fatoyinbo’s wife, is complicit in the rape allegations.

She explained that she was an ordinary member of the church for about five years until Modele made contact with her and brought her (X) close to the family.

She said everything done to bring her into the family was deliberate.

Fatoyinbo didn’t wed Busola and I, Timi Dakolo says

Singer Timi Dakolo has said that pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Biodun Fatoyinbo, did not preside over his wedding to Busola, as widely circulated.

Busola had, in an interview with Y!Naija last Friday, accused Fatoyinbo of raping her on two occasions 20 years ago.

The allegation, which generated a lot of controversies on social media, had thrown up some alleged rumours, which the singer addressed on his verified Instagram page on Thursday.

He said, “Desperate people do desperate things including ridiculous attempts at a smear campaign. So let me address this foolishness once and for all

“First, the ridiculous rumour that Biodun wedded us. Please watch the video yourself, does the Pastor look like Biodun Fatoyinbo? His name is Pastor Seyi of Global Impact church officiating the wedding and that is a statement from Yemi Davids, Pastor of Global impact church on this issue but nameless and faceless cyberbullies can’t read, can they?

“I have never met or been in the same space with Biodun Fatoyinbo nor do I ever want to be and have never been a member of COZA

“I guess that also answers the desperate attempt to say I was a music director in COZA. Funny as I have never been a music director in ANY church! A church can’t have an anonymous music director, can they? Foolishness!”

Netflix acquires Kunle Afolayan’s ‘Mokalik’, others

Netflix, the America streaming giant, has acquired award-winning director and producer Kunle Afolayan’s new movie ‘Mokalik.’

Afolayan disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday on the sideline of the French-Nigerian Cinema Days holding from July 2-3 at the Alliance Francaise, Ikoyi, Lagos.

“I wish to inform you that Netflix has acquired “Mokalik” and some other of my films,” he said.

However, Afolayan did not disclose the value paid for the acquisition. He added that the company has not announced when the films would be released on the platform.

The acquisition represents Netflix’s ongoing aggressive interest in Africa content.

The company had reportedly signalled that it planned to get serious about ordering/acquiring original series and films from the African continent, created by Africans.

At the Toronto International Film Festival, the streamer acquired Nigerian drama “Lion heart,” the directorial debut of Nollywood veteran actress Genevieve Nnaji.

It was also picked as a Netflix Original movie and was released worldwide on January 4, 2019.

NAN reports that ‘Mokalik’ features singer Simisola Ogunleye, a.k.a Simi, in her debut acting role and Big Brother Naija ex-housemate, Tobi Bakre among other actors.

Mokalik’s plot follows the story of an 11-year-old boy, Jaiye, from the middle-class suburbs, who decides to find his path in life as an apprentice at a mechanic workshop.

When his father arrives to take him home, Jaiye has to make up his mind if he wants to return to school or take on his apprenticeship full time.

 

After backlash, Kardashian drops ‘Kimono’ name from underwear line

“Kimono” is now a no, no, Kim Kardashian West said Monday.

The pop culture icon announced that she will change the name of her new “Kimono” line of underwear, after being accused of cultural appropriation.

Kardashian, who is married to rapper Kanye West, sparked a social media storm last week when she unveiled the new line, with some in Japan accusing her of disrespecting the traditional outfit.

Following the backlash, which included the trending Twitter hashtag #KimOhNo, Kardashian revealed on Twitter and to her 142 million followers on Instagram that she would change the name.

“When I announced the name of my shapewear line, I did so with the best intentions in mind,” Kardashian said.

“My brands and products are built with inclusivity and diversity at their core and after careful thought and consideration, I will be launching my Solutionwear brand under a new name,” she said.

Once a standard of the Japanese wardrobe, the kimono is now often reserved for special occasions, such as weddings and coming-of-age ceremonies, and is mostly worn by women.

The mayor of Japan’s ancient capital Kyoto was among those who asked the reality television star to consider renaming her shapewear line.

“Kimono is a traditional ethnic dress fostered in our rich nature and history,” Kyoto Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa wrote in a letter to Kardashian.

“(I) ask you to reconsider your decision of using the name Kimono in your trademark,” Kadokawa said.

Explaining her decision to change the name, Kardashian said “being an entrepreneur and my own boss has been one of the most rewarding challenges I’ve been blessed with in my life.

“What’s made it possible for me after all of these years has been the direct line of communication with my fans and the public,” she said. “I am always listening, learning and growing — I so appreciate the passion and varied perspectives that people bring to me.”

(AFP)