Wednesday, 26 February 2014


A new set of Ugandan laws make it illegal to wear clothes that reveal thighs, breasts and buttocks. This categorically implies the ban on mini skirts and bum shorts in this very conservative country.  The women have reacted by carrying placards in demonstration, stating that their boobs and thighs are hot and not irritating. They were however met with Police resistance in Kampala, the capital of Uganda.

But a report has it that "about 200 women, some dressed in short skirts, gathered outside the national theatre to voice their anger".

There have been cases of harassment of girls in miniskirts in public places over the past weeks. This was after the President signed into law the anti-pornography bill which bans "indecent dressing."

Last year, the minister of  Ethics and Integrity, Simon Lokodo, proposed the legislation, saying that women who wore "anything above the knee" should be arrested.

Now the President has signed it into law. How far can the women's protest go? Would the government back down on this. Do you think this law is barbaric? Lets hear your view or comments below.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014


Emerging UK celebrity, Artist, Model and Humanitarian, Miss-K,was one of the VIP guests who came out to celebrate the 9th Annual Screen Nation Awards.

The curvaceous, Afro-Caribbean beauty hit the press runway rocking a new braided-mo hawk hair style, wearing a black and pink dress that clearly showed off her curves at all the right places.



While awaiting for the awards to begin she mingled and got caught up with friends,including Beffta Awards Founder, Pauline Long, and chatted with actress, Yetunde Oduwole, from the sitcom "Meet the Adebanjos" who complimented her several times on her attire. The two spoke at length and exchanged hugs, before striking poses for a memorable picture together with Screen Award Winner Alex Ekubo, before being seated at their tables.

Photo credit: Ismiles Photo, Hazpics.

Miss-K striking a pose for the Cameras
The dress, which was a sensation, was specially made for her for the Screen Nation Awards,

by Miss-K's London Fashion Week Competition winner,British Designer BZion.

The designer, who had just flew straight from New York to co-design the piece with

Miss-K,for this special event had just completed a stellar showing during New York Fashion Week.
Miss-K's arrival blew the crowd away and she headed straight to the press lounge for interviews.
Curvy Miss-K

Miss-K with Alex Ekubo, Yetunde Oduwole,Pauline Long and other friends
Miss-K on the move

Paul Apel and Alh. Shehu Shagari mark birthday today.

Two people of great minds share today as their birthday. They are Paul Tavershima Apel and former  President of Nigeria. Paul is 40, while his birthday mate, Alhaji Shagari is 89 today, the 25th day of February.

Paul, who is popularly called "Papel" was born in Benue, and based in Abuja. He is a Nollywood Award-winning Producer/Director/Editor and Script Writer and also the CEO of Papel Image Tech Nigeria, husband to Stephanie Apel (an actress) and father to his two boys Iorver and Tavershima Apel.
Paul has achieved so much in his chosen career as a film maker which include


Best Of Nollywood Awards BON Best Editing Movie Category: Mr. & Mrs 2011

Best Of Nollywood Awards BON Nominee Best Sound Category 90Ninth Day 2011

HOMEVIDA Awards Due Process Film Prize: 90Ninth Day 2011

URBAN MINGLES Professional Achievement Awards 2013
Abuja International Film Festival Viewers Choice Award Category Blue Flames 2013
PAMSAA 2013 Awards Best Native Comedy Film Category MIMIDOO 2013
Elites Entertainment, Best Producer/Director of the Year 2013
Nollywood Movies Award NMA 2013, Nominee Best Editor Mr.& Mrs Movie
Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award AMVCA 2014, Nomination Best Sound Editor on BLUE FLAMES Movie
Information from our source is that the birthday celebration comes up immediately in Abuja when Papel returns from America where the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the “Project Act-Nollywood” is sending him and a few other Nollywood Film makers for training.

Papel, congrats on your African Magic Viewers Choice Award nomination. We look forward to your taking it home. We wish you the best at 40!

Monday, 24 February 2014


Venus Williams
It's a great celebration time for Venus Williams, who had been out of the winning table since 2012 in the Tennis Tournaments. Her sister, Serena has been dominating the scene since then. But today, we are saying a big Congratulations to Venus Williams on winning her 45th career title which she grabbed today in Dubai over Alize Cornet. It is her first since 2012. This victory deserves encomium from her fans and the well wishers of her family.
Venus Williams



Another winner worth talking about is Nigerian Actor, Alex Ekubo, who won the MALE AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL EMERGING SCREEN TALENT 2014 at the just concluded Screen Nation Film & Television Awards in London. Earlier, he had asked for votes from family, friends, and fans. Other friends also campaigned for him, including his long time friend, Uti Nwachukwu, who once won the Big Brother Africa Celebrity TV Reality Show and now that he has won it, he returns to them to report his wining and to thank them for their votes.

Alex Ekubo

Alex Ekubo
His words are full of gratitude and emotions when he said, "I'm Really sorry to bother you guys, my name is Alexx Ekubo & I just had to come back & say thank you. I just WON the FAVOURITE MALE AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL EMERGING SCREEN TALENT 2014 ( Screen Nation Film & Television Awards, London) Words Are Not Just Enough, to describe how i feel right now, to every single person that voted & campaigned, God bless you immensely as you have believed in me, may Heaven NEVER ignore you, Just As the Bible says "The Race is NOT for the swift, nor the Battle for the Strong, but for who GOD shows Mercy, i haven't been here long enough to deserve half the recognition & commendation i get, yet i'm showered by it Daily, From the Bottom of my Heart I appreciate every single one of you, THANK YOU THANK YOU & THANK YOU"

Asked if he had any inclination he was going to win, he replied me, via Blackberry, thus: "No, I didn't know I was going to win, you don't know this things."

This victory, we know, means a lot to Alex, and galvanize him into higher levels in his acting career. All the best, Mr. Alex Ekubo.


Finally, the "Kill The Gays" bill has been signed into law by the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni today, Monday. The bill makes homosexual relations a  crime, and attracts life imprisonment.

It is called "Kill The Gays" bill in the media circle because it was originally proposed in 2009 to carry the death sentence. However, it was passed without the death clause in December 2013, subjecting it to further study. This was due to pressures from the International community, especially, Britain which threatened to withdraw all aids to UGANDA. The President has been going back and forth on signing this bill. Last month he said, he would not sign the bill because gay people are "sick" people who needed help, not imprisonment".

But he further made investigations among scientists on the true nature of homosexuality, to know if there is a biological gene responsible for being gay. His finding is that "scientists had determined that there's no gene for homosexuality and it was merely abnormal behavior", and that is the reason he agreed to sign the bill today.

"It (homosexuality) was learned and could be unlearned," he said.
So, Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda and 37 other African countries, including Nigeria. In Uganda, the law is broadened to also criminalize Ugandan who practiced homosexuality in any other country,  asserting that they may be extradited for punishment back to Uganda. The law further stipulates "penalties for individuals, companies, media organisations, or non-governmental organisations that know of gay people or support LGBT rights. That means, no one is allowed to campaign for, or be sympathetic to the gays in Uganda.
During the signing and the announcementIt could be observed that President Yoweri Museveni, is still considerate of the Western Nations, probably, not wanting to lose the AIDS Ugandan gets from them, says the US should help in further works with the scientists to ascertain if gays are born gays. And he says the law could be reconsidered if such fact is established by the scientists. 
~Written by @EmdeeDavid

Friday, 21 February 2014

President Robert Mugabe is 90

President Robert Mugabe, the oldest leader in Africa , and second oldest in the world, is 90 years old today, The Zimbabweans have known no other leader apart from Mugabe who has been ruling them since independence from Britain in 1980. He is spending $1million to celebrate his birthday, but some Zimbabweans are really not happy about this, though those around him have no problem with that as 90 is a significant year to them. are. Here are a few reactions to this:

"This is a very special celebration. Turning 90 is no mean feat. You cannot turn 90 years when you are a womaniser, a drunkard or a chain smoker. We will be celebrating the life of a very special person on a very special occasion." ~ Absalom Sikhosana, secretary for youth affairs in Mugabe's Zanu-PF party.

"It would be inappropriate for a country's head of state to have such a lavish and costly celebration at a time when the country is faced with the disaster of flooding and a crumbling economy. It's about cultism, hero worship, institutionalizing Mugabe, with sycophants around him trying to oil the wheels of patronage. There's an entire system behind this corruption. His human rights record is one that no one can honestly admire. There is nothing to celebrate about his birthday or his legacy – and there are concerns that, if something should happen to him, the country might be plunged into chaos if there is no clear mechanism for transition"
~ Dewa Mavhinga, a Zimbabwe researcher at Human Rights Watch.

“The economy is going down and we need to do something about it. The government is clueless and has no idea how to manage it. Things are getting worse every day.”
Well…happy birthday Mugabe." ~ Tendai Biti, a finance minister.

Happy Birthday, Mugabe. Hope your people are happy.We wish you long life and Prosperity.

Would Mugabe get the kind of world celebration Mandela got at his 90th birthday?

BREAKING NEWS: Akolade has been sentenced to death for killing his wife.

The judgment has been passed on Mr. Akolade Arowolo, who stabbed and killed his banker wife some time ago. The Ikeja High Court has sentenced him to death for murdering his wife, Titilayo, a banker. He was seen breaking down in court and crying as the judgment was pronounced by Justice  Lateefat Okunnu. This should be a great lesson for wife battering husbands.


 The axe came hard on Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi yesterday when the President announced his suspension as the CBN Governor. Many reactions came up from different concerned individuals and groups, some of which boils down to the legality of President Jonathan's decision. However, others are concerned about the real reason for this action. Many, especially, those from the opposition party (APC), claim that it was a retaliation for Sanusi's exposure of $20 billion spent by NNPC/Presidency without appropriation. The CBN Governor himself had reacted thus:
 "It has never been my desire to hold on to a job. However, I believe if the CBN governor cannot be removed from office, then he cannot be suspended. He can be queried, but the exercise of the arbitrary decision to remove him must be challenged….. This is all about concerns around oil revenues and corruption in the oil sector. If the suspension is going to bring back the missing $20 billion, then it is fine. " 

We go back to last year to review a query given to the suspended CBN Governor on several unexplained issues. Here is an extract from the publication, which many among the public didn't know about. Here, it is alleged that Mallam Sanusi invested in Islamic Banking in Malaysia and also has been donating funds to a political party in Nigeria. Do these amount to any crime? Read more:
 "In a move that has surprised many, President Goodluck Jonathan has queried the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, over various infractions detected in the apex bank’s 2012 audited account.

The query, which covered 22 issues bordering on massive fraud at the bank, was sent to the governor on May 6 and the response, though expected back on May 8, was submitted to the President on May 21.

The query of the bank’s account, which its auditors, Ernst and Young, passed without officially signing, with only a comment that it complies with the CBN Act, covers issues such as investment of a huge amount of money in an Islamic bank in Malaysia without any guarantee of its generating returns.

Others are write-off of about N3.5 billion CBN staff housing loan and the donation of about one billion naira to a political party to open up offices across the country. This donation, which was given under the special access item in the account, is believed to be geared towards furthering Sanusi’s alleged political ambition in the 2015 general elections.

The query touched other issues such as refusal of the apex bank to consolidate in its account, the trillion debt owed by the Asset Management Company, AMCON, and the non-disclosure of the total liabilities through the bond floated by the company.

The governor was also asked to explain the discrepancies noted in the 2012 account regarding the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company, a subsidiary of the apex bank.

Other issues include the controversial donations made to some higher institutions in the country. Investigations have shown that some of the donations were inflated in the bank’s books.

For example, while the Bayero University Kano, BUK, was said to have collected N4billion, the school authorities claimed it got only N1billion.

The apex bank’s account became suspicious when the governor refused to submit it to the Financial Reporting Council, FRC, the body with the mandate to ascertain the compliance of companies with accounting standards, and the International Financial Reporting Standards, IFRS.

Rather than submitting it to the body, the governor requested for seven years’ grace for the CBNto comply with FRC stipulations.

The audit report of the account, which was submitted directly to the President, was later forwarded to the economic adviser to the President for his appraisal. The official okayed the account and noted that it complied with the CBN Act.

However, unhappy with the economic adviser’s comment, Jonathan returned the report to him and drew his attention to the refusal of the auditor to sign the account.

An official of Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria, ICAN, told our reporter that an audit report is worthless when it does not carry the signature of the auditor.

This is not the first time the CBN account will be open to scrutiny but the bank has always hidden under its autonomy to stave off close inspection. The apex bank is on the first line charge and receives its appropriation directly from the federation account and exercises enormous financial autonomy.

In May, the public accounts committee of the House of Representatives also had cause to query several expenditure items amounting to N4.7 billion in the CBN accounts. This included the N2.8billion which the bank said it spent on the construction of its Port Harcourt branch.

The House in turn had worked with a report from the office of the auditor general of the federation which queried extravagant expenditure by the apex bank for which documents were not made available for verification.

Chairman of the House committee on public accounts, Solomon Olamilekan at a meeting with officials of the bank alleged that there were indications that due process was not followed in expenditure as no documents were provided.

Some of the transactions that the committee queried include the sums of N23 million and N50claimed to have been spent for the same purpose of renovating the governor’s official residence as well as N848 million spent on the purchase of a property from the National Planning Commission without any transaction agreement.

However, like many probes of public institutions by the National Assembly, the matter appears not to have been pursued.

The N4 billion donation to BUK questioned in the President’s query had not even been known to the public. What had irked many Nigerians, including federal lawmakers, was the donation earlier in the year of N100 million to victims of terrorism in Kano, Sanusi’s hometown.

The House of Representatives entertained a motion on misuse of public funds on the donation which degenerated into a rowdy session. Many members accused Sanusi or misuse of public funds.

Member from Yobe State, Goni Lawan, described Sanusi’s donation of N100 million to Kano State and another N25m gift to Madalla bomb blast victims as “an act of terrorism”, arguing that attacks in Yobe and Borno states did not attract the same monetary consolations from the CBN governor.

“When I first heard of the action of the CBN governor, I was surprised. I asked whether Yobe andBorno states were not parts of Nigeria, as these attacks took place there first,” Lawan said.

Attempts to get the apex bank to react our story were unsuccessful. Over a week ago, when our reporter contacted the corporate affairs director of the CBN, Ugochukwu Okoroafor, and confronted him with the various issues noted in the CBN 2012 audited account, he claimed ignorance of any presidential query to the governor.

“I don’t know what donation you are talking about. Was it done in cash? I’m not aware of the things you are saying. If you can provide me with this document that would help, because I haven’t seen it,” he said.

Okoroafor said he was out of town on an official assignment in Abia State and would not be back until last weekend.

A mail asking him to respond to specific allegations about a write-off of about N3.5 billion CBN staff housing loan, donation of about N1 billion to a political party to open up offices across the country as well as the donation of N4 billion to the Bayero University Kano, among others, has not been replied.

Also, reminder text messages to the CBN spokesman have been ignored.
Courtesy International Center for Investigative Reporting ICIR." (culled)

Now, a critical question arises. If Sanusi is guilty of financial recklessness, as alleged, and if his accusation of NNPC misapproapiation of subsidy fund is also true, why is the Petroleum and Finance Ministers not sacked or suspended for blatantly flouting the President's order, albeit verbal, that subsidy on kerosene be stopped last year? Are all these part of the politics of 2015? Is any of the opposition party going for feature Sanusi as a Presidential candidate against Jonathan? Is GEJ scared of Sanusi?

Sanusi has vowed to challenge his suspension in court, though he says it is not for himself or for him to be restored, but for the sake of the institution called CBN. Let's see how it goes in the court.

Thursday, 20 February 2014


Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has been suspended as the Governor of the Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN). This Presidential order was announced some minutes ago by Reuben Abati, the Presidential spokesman. Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was appointed Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria on 3 June 2009. He is a career banker and ranking Fulani nobleman, and also serves as a respected Islamic scholar.

Why is Sanusi suspended? It may not be unconnected with the reports of Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria and other investigating bodies, which show clearly that Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has been found wanting in various acts of financial "recklessness and misconduct which are inconsistent with the administration’s vision of a Central Bank."  President Goodluck Jonathan expects a CBN that focuses on core economic management, prudence, transparency and financial discipline.
The  far-reaching irregularities characterized by Sanusi’s tenure are said to have "distracted the Central Bank away from the pursuit and achievement of its statutory mandate" 
Sanusi is replaced by Sarah Alade as acting CBN Governor. 

Wednesday, 19 February 2014


 Facebook has concluded plans to buy over mobile text-messaging start-up, Whatsapp for a total of about $19 billion. WhatsApp's founders, Brian Acton and Jan Koum will first receive $4billion in cash, and $12 billion in Facebook shares. There is an additional $3 billion in "restricted stock units that will be granted to WhatsApp’s founders and employees vesting over four years." These guys have suddenly become billionaires. Many think this price is outrageously high for a mobile messaging startup like Whatsapp whch has only 55 employees, but the CEO of FACEBOOK, Mark Zuckerberg believes Whatsapp would worth over $450billion. He is excited about this and says: “WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable, I’ve known Jan for a long time and I’m excited to partner with him and his team to make the world more open and connected.” And in response, Koum said
Whatsapp owners: Brian Acton and Jan Koum.
“WhatsApp’s extremely high user engagement and rapid growth are driven by the simple, powerful and instantaneous messaging capabilities we provide. We’re excited and honored to partner with Mark and Facebook as we continue to bring our product to more people around the world,”

Over 450 million people use Whatsapp monthly users,  and 70% of that figure are active on it everyday. It is also reported that over 1million people are joining Whatsapp everyday.

Now, Jan Koum, who owns 45% of Whatsapp "will join Facebook’s Board of Directors. It is agreed that "WhatsApp will continue to operate independently within Facebook." And in the event that the deal doesn't sail through, due to Regulatory approval, Facebook agrees to pay Whatsapp $1billion cash, and Class A common shares worth another $1billion. Wow! This deal is truly incredible!


The rumour has been making the rounds that the delectable TV personality, model, actress, and fashion designer, Kim Kardashian had done butt implants. She refutes this report vehemently and lashes out at the tabloids carrying the false news. She speaks thus:
"I'm seeing all these nonsense tabloids claiming I have butt implants-injections. Get a life! Using pics of me 15lbs skinnier (before I had my baby) comparing to me now! I still have weight to lose. Anyone who has had a baby knows how hard it is to lose weight(especially the last bit of weight) & your body totally changes! Making fun of me pregnant & making fun of me trying to lose weight now shame on you. I'm not perfect but I will never conform to your skinny standards sorry! Not me. And BTW I've lost a lot so far & I'm proud of that! Don't give young girls a complex!"

And truly, many younger ones see these TV stars, their shapes, Make-up and dresses and want to be like them. They would do anything, no matter how risky to have that figure or look. But thank God Kim clears the air on this. Don't feel inferior if you do not have the shape of Kim or any other super star you watch in films or on TV. 

Tuesday, 18 February 2014


 2Face Idibia seems to be faced with another challenge of a baby mama. One would wonder if the girls make it a mission to get pregnant for the talented singer or it is his hobby to distribute his God-given reproductive seed. It has even once filtered into private ears that the multi-award winning musician may have more than the seven reported children he is alleged to have from Baby Mamas. Whatever the case, a banker who has been serving as his account officer for many years is claiming to be almost-four-months pregnant for him. Of course, Tuface has come out to publicly deny the allegation, but the Banker, who is simply identified as Teniola, is maintaining that 2Face public denial is to cover the shame on his African Queen, Annie Macaulay Idibia. He also got support from his wife, Annie, who said the story is meant to take away her happiness in her matrimonial home. Well, whatever the case, the truth would be clear soon. Maybe, who knows, Tuface will own up and take responsibility for the child, as he has done with other baby mamas. Or could it be all fabricated lies? The said Teniola commented thus,
“My name is Teniola. Please I want my privacy kept secret. I just want to respond to Tuface’s denial of my pregnancy. I‘m 3.5 month pregnant for him and he is fully aware of it. His recent denial is to appease his wife and I understand that…
“Note, I didn’t receive any money from the magazine that published my story. My elder sister took my story there to draw public attention in case something bad happen to me. And I’m not really happy about it. Please I want privacy for myself and my unborn child.”

But how can someone who wants privacy write to the media? That's the loudest way to be in the public eyes.

On a final note, Teniola who is said to hail from Ado-Ekiti and a graduate of University of Lagos, Akoka, tells Tuface that, she is not for trouble but that "Tuface should know that sex without condom leads to pregnancy." In other words, if he doesn't want more baby mamas, he should a USE CONDOM, always!

Some unconfirmed reports also have it that Tuface is secretly begging Teniola with a brand new car to keep quiet and to do away with the pregnancy. Rumours! But if there is any element of truth in this, we shall soon know. It would however be a great challenge for Annie, his wife. But did she really expect a real change from the star after succeeding in marrying him? Perhabs, it may be true that "marriage does not stop..." fill in the gap for yourself.


Ozzy Sammie Okposo
Call it an extention of Valentine, after all, it's still the month of love. It is Ozzy's birthday today and her husband, Sammie Okposo took the opportunity to write a romantic message to her. Hear him: 

"Happy birthday to my beautiful ever loving caring wonderful and fantastic wife I celebrate you my love today and always I cannot thank God enough for giving you to me you are a rare gem a gift from God to me; this birthday will mark the beginning of bigger better and greater things in your life enjoy every bit of today cos you deserve it and a whole lot more I love you more than words can express. God bless keep protect increase and honour you today and always." 

We also join to wish Ozzy a very happy, wellu-wellu birthday, long life and prosperity.
Ozzy and Sammie Okposo

Ozzy Sammie Okposo  

Monday, 17 February 2014


The Movie Ambassadors, had their major public gathering on Valentine's day, 14th of February 2014. It was a time for Yoruba movie makers to meet and strategize a way forward for the Yoruba movie industry. And beyong that, the group is open to any movie maker from any region of the country. The interim Publicity Secretary, Yomi Fabiyi, spoke to us on the significance of the group and of the event.

"In what may initially look like a breakaway but now evidently a caucus and gathering of aspiring young film makers who believe the present practice and unethical structure in the movie industry will keep graduating and retiring hardworking and talented filmmakers into poverty and penury.

 The body, The Movie Ambassadors is an agent of change. The body comprising of only youthful film makers not more than 50years wants to re-brand the youths before any meaningful revolution can commence. They are of the opinion that it is only the youths in the industry that can endure the pain that may come in the process of submitting self to change. The body believes it is important the elders and veterans in the industry to be celebrated and well remunerated.

The body which had had few general meetings in Protea Hotel, GRA opined that love is an essential ingredient of achieving this and they can seize the opportunity of Lover's day celebration to announce their emergence and celebrate love, peace and oneness in a low key mode while making efforts to circulate their messages and campaign.

The Valentine outing held around 7pm at Ember Creek Ikoyi, Lagos. The Red Carpet soon began to witness stars' arrival to what is becoming a reality. The venue was filled with lovely thespians and movie marketers, all of whom were dressed in white and red. Kemi Afolabi and Dele Fagboyo anchored the event while only actors with music prowess were only allowed to perform.

"It was a night of fun but the message was clear and loud", says the interim publicity secretary Yomi Fabiyi, who also added that " Transformation takes time, and all young film makers are automatic member, it is about everybody, no segregation. We will sponsor bill with government that will improve the industry, all we need is unity"

The event had stars which included Saheed Balogun, Kemi Afolabi, Yomi Fabiyi, Tayo Odueke, also known as Age Anthony, Aisha Abimbola, Busayo Owolabi, Allwell Ademola, Sikiratu Sindodo, Kayode Oyibo, Gabriel Afolayan, and many renown film makers. However, the attendance doesn't mean that's all the youths involved from the beginning or are already members. Some are unavoidably absent or in a film location they cannot possibly abandon. 

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