Welcome to Linda Ikeji's Blog: 03/29/2009 - 04/05/2009





Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Darey's album pirated + Etcetera releases new video


Barely a week after his album hit the stores; Darey Art Alade’s second album has become yet another prey to piracy. ‘If not for the timely intervention of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), I am not sure what story we’d be telling today. A lot of our intellectual work, time, money and energy have been put into the release of that album, and to think someone was trying to pirate it breaks my heart’ Darey says

The NCC on Thursday April 2, 2009 caught Akina Music International Limited formerly Benrit Outlook Ltd in the process of illegal mass production of suspected piratedproducts. The optical discs plant which will soon be charged and prosecuted for piracy of copyright protected works had also been raided by the Commission about four years ago and is currently being prosecuted at a Federal High Court in Lagos for piracy of musical works and cinematograph films.

Un.DAREY.ted. which has been on a test run since 2008, and has over time gained momentum as one of Nigeria’s most anticipated albums was finally released on March 31, 2009 under Soul Muzik after a string of videos for ‘With this woman’, ‘Carry dey go’, ‘Not the girl’ and ‘More’.

‘I hope and pray that this criminal act will not be allowed to continue to happen, I mean, people can’t continue to feed off our sweat and toil, its not fair’ Darey who was at Dubai as at the time the news broke disclosed.

Expected to hit the media are more eye catching, irresistible videos from the album- Un.DAREY.ted


The X3m records’ prized act is not your regular singer, and with an uncommon style that combines rock, r ‘n’ b and soul, He has made a fusion which he calls “soft rock”. And as fans and critics thirst and hunger for good music, Paschal Uche Ejikeme effortlessly brings it to the table.

His singles Mitchell, Love should last and lie for you, enjoyed massive airplay on radio in 2006 and won him the most played artiste in Rhythm and Cool FM. His genre of music he has established is basically soft rock, but he makes use of constant elements from his environment which he spices with catchy and diverse atoms. This is why most of the time; Etcetera is often mistaken by many to be a foreign artist when they hear his music.

And now, the act has done it again as he released a video titled ‘Hello’ on April 1, 2009

The video for ‘Hello’ which was shot in Cape Town, South Africa by David Wacklin shows Etcetera trying to encourage everyone that they can be what they want to be if they put their mind to it. ‘I am trying as hard as I can to make the best out of rock music and out of myself. I don’t want to be referred to as a local artiste, as a musician, I wouldn’t mind if I am being compared with what we have out there’ Etcetera says

He is presently in the studios working on a yet to be titled second album.

The singer-songwriter is currently signed onto X3m music, a record label managed by Steve Babaeko. The record label was responsible for the release of his debut self titled album ‘Etcetera’ which rolled out hit tracks such as Biafra, Life for you, Michelle, love should last and Miss H’s IV

More coming...

MBGN 2009 + Lagbaja's New Album + Jimmy Jatt's battlefield kicks off

24 year old Youth Corp member, Glory Chukwu, representing Nasarawa State was crowned The Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2009 during the event that held at the Sam Mbakwe Hall of the Concord Hotels, Owerri, Imo State on Sat. April 4th, 2009.

From left: Ugochi Ogugbue, Miss La Casera; Otohwo Sandra,Miss MBGN Universe; Guy Murray-Bruce, President, Silverbird Entertainment; Adeze Igwe MBGN 2008 and Glory Chukwu MBGN 2009 moments after the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant

What do you guys think of our new beauty queen?
Will get pictures from the pageant later...

Meanwhile here's good news for all Lagbaja fans

We’ve been waiting for long. We’ve been wondering un-end. We’ve worried till we’re weary – when will we lay our hands on another Lagbaja album? When will the masked musician and his band bless fans with another body of work? This year? Next year? Or the year after the next?
Well, we can all now heave a sigh of relief, because Lagbaja has confirmed that a new album – the first since his 2005 release Africano – is ready, and about to hit the streets.

According to a statement released by his publicist Ayeni Adekunle on Monday April 6, the new album, which comes in two CDs, will be officially released in Nigeria before the end of April.
‘‘I’m glad to tell you, brothers and sisters, that our new album is ready’’, Lagbaja said in Lagos this week. ‘‘The world is going through different challenges right now, but the journey continues. We’ll continue to make good music and preach the gospel of Africa to the rest of the world’’.
Lagbaja’s eponymous debut album was released to national acclaim in 1993.
He followed with Cest Un African Thing in 1996, and in 2000 he did what was hitherto thought impossible when he dropped a three-in-one album titled ME, WE and ABAMI respectively. The simultaneous three-part release further enriched his repertoire of hits and timeless pieces, endeared him to even more critics, and won him a million-and-one converts.
His most recent album – Africano… the mother of groove- was released to critical acclaim in 2005.
Once again, Lagbaja is releasing more than once album simultaneously. ‘‘We have two CDs coming out this time. Our fans deserve it, especially having waited for this long’’, He said. A third, the long-anticipated Africano Party (now remixed) will follow later in the year.
Further details concerning the upcoming album, including dates and track listings, will be communicated within the next 72 hours.
For more information, please visit http://www.lagbaja.com/ or email: ayeni@ayenithegreat.org


Its April already, the month DJ Jimmy Jatt’s battle field is expected to commence, and there is no how he is not staying true to his word.

‘‘The preliminary for Battlefield is kicking off this month, at the end of which we hope to discover new rappers, dancers and DJs’. He says

Remember how he hit our TV screens with Jimmy’s Jump Off, and how he released ‘The Definition’- a mix tape which featured a number of up and coming acts ‘I just want to do what I love to do the most which is give a lot of gifted and talented people a platform to express themselves, and that is exactly what battle field is all about’ he explains

Expected to debut in a matter of days, Battlefield will take a whole new dimension from the usual reality shows on TV. Jimmy Jatt says- ‘It is not really a reality show; it is more like a contest. It is called Battlefield. It is my own way of trying to discover new sets of DJs. We should be grooming DJs, rappers and dancers regularly. I have been around for a while and I have moved around a lot. I have realized that most talent hunt shows here are all about singers, but we should understand that just the same way we have a whole lot of young people who want to sing; we also have a whole lot of young people who want to rap and dance and become DJs’

The auditions kicks off in Lagos on April 15, 2009 at The place, GRA, Ikeja.and it starts with the DJ battle, while in May, it will be ‘rap battle’, and then in June, it will be the ‘Dance battle’. ‘We do different competitions every month and a winner emerges to qualify for the grand finale at the end of the year. Anybody that wins in each month gets between N200, 000 and N400, 000. For the grand finale, we have for the winner one million naira, a brand new car and a state-of-the-art DJ equipment’ he says

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Linda at ModeMen Black Night3

Wow, I had the most amazing time last night. Modemen Magazine Black Night 3 was a blast. From Muson Centre venue of the event, we went to Auto Lounge for the after party, stayed there for about an hour then went to Coconut groove, stayed there for about an hour then finally went to Insomnia, venue for American singer, Lloyd's performance, but we left before the show really started. Going to all these places was exhausting, but all in all, I had fun.

Check out pictures from my fun Night

This is how I dressed up from my house ... sweet, innocent Linda...lol
You should see what I turned into when I got to my sister's house...

I don't look that bad without make-up do I?
No, I don't... (Sorry I answered that myself -:))

I went to the event with my long time friend and top model, Andy Ogbechi, Oteri Agboro who works with me and my lil sis and best friend, Sandra

That's all of us before we got dressed

And that's us after

Is my dress hot or is my dress hot? lol

Oteri Agboro before

Oteri after
Oteri has been with my company since inception

Andy Ogbechi before

Andy after
Andy has been a top model in Nigeria for the past 20yrs. Yes, I said 20yrs. He's one of the old timers, still actively involved in the industry.
He was clothed by Clothesence

My lil sis, Sandra Ikeji before

Sandra after

Linda before

Linda after
My dress is from Rukkies Boutique

And here’s the back of the dress

Yeah I know... those legs eh? lol

I'm such a queen...

Here's Andy taking care of my legs (Oiling it)

And that's Oteri doing my hair

With Andy and that cute purse...;)

With Sandra

At the venue
With Zakky Adzay

With Andy and Awele Halim

With the guys and incredibly talented designer, Alvince of Alvince Couture

With Austin (Marketing director Modemen), Andy, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (Publisher, Mode Men Magazine) and Oteri

With Sandra, Andy and Model/Jazz singer, Toba Gold

And that my people... is a wrap
So what do you guys think? Am I fine or am I fine? -:)
And please tell me my shoe's on point this time...lol

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Naija Entertainment News

Let's do Naija Ent. News while waiting for my killer dress...lol
Let's start with this very sad news about Majek Fashek...
Majek Fashek lives in penury, now begs to survive - Azuh Arinze (Encomium)
The rainmaker, Majek Fashek is having a serious duel with poverty. The music icon who once dominated the music scene, now begs on the street to survive. Those who live in Anthony Village, lagos, regularly see him doing that. Even some school children and neighbourhood kids now 'dash' him money to sing for them, which he gladly obliges. Squatting at Diamond Hotel, where he is sometimes seen sleeping at the reception, Majek has aged considerably and is now a shadow of his old self.

Dbanj and HiTV Collaborate - Abiola Alaba (Encomium)
Dbanj and Nigeria's second cable network owned by Toyin Subair, HiTV, are both collaborating on a top reality show to be called Koko Mansion.

The show is said to take after another highly successful American one called Flavour of Love which features one of the top rap stars of the 80's, Flavour Flav of the Public Enemy fame. The show brings in a no. of ladies to Flavours mansion over a period of time, and they go through a lot of games and test for the love of Flav.
The lucky and last lady standing becomes the love of his life for a while. The whole scenario of Koko Mansion is not yet clear, but plans are already on the way for the reality show. So kokolets will be fighting for his attention?
LOL, let's see what that will look like.

Tunde and Wunmi Obe working on something new - Azuh Arinze
Celebrated showbiz couple, Tunde and Wunmi Obe are about wrapping up work on another hit album. They worked with the likes of I.D Cabasa, Rhymzo and other talented producers to put the album together. More on the album later.

True Love Nigeria changes hands - Abiola Alaba
A new era is being ushered in at the fantastic Lifestyle Magazine, True Love, where Bola Atta is the editor. Effective from March 1, 09, a change of baton came into effect as ownership shifted from parent company, Media 27 to Flair Production, a company owned by Bola Attah herself. True Love is said to have the highest circulation in West Africa.

Lord of Ajasa marries
Lord of Ajasa recently married his pregnant girlfriend. He tied the knots with his partner, Olufunmilayo Kasali at the Ikeja Local government registry, in Lagos on Saturday March 21.
Congrats to them

Fire guts Charles O'Tudor's home - Azuh Arinze
Adstrat BMC boss, Charles O'Tudor, had a terrible fire incident to contend with on Monday 23 09 at his Lagos home. Though no life was lost, the fire snatched one of his pitbulls as well as did extensive damage to his boys quarters and some household items.

De-United Foods boots out 255 staffers - Shade Wesley Metibogun (Encomium)
Foremost manufacturer of Indomie Noodles, De-United Food Industry has eased out all of 255 staffers from it's workforce. Interestingly, the management is justifying the act on the premise that it wants to reposition the company for the challenges ahead and also to cope with the global economic meltdown. Those affected were senior and junior staffers in Lagos and Port Harcourt branches of the company. To be precise, 55 senior staff and 200 junior staff were booted out. Names of those affected were issued with retrenchment letters, a cheque and at least seven cartons of Indomie Noodles as compensation.

25 new branches from Intercontinental Bank
A total of 25 new branches were added to Intercontinental Bank's network recently bringing the number of it's branches to 367. the new branches were among the 70 the bank plans to roll out in the first half of this year to deepen it's reach to customers.

Wande Coal's album launch
Flytime Promotions and RhythmFM in conjunction with Mohits Records presents Wande Coal Live, the official album launch. From Mushin to Mohits.
Venue: Expo center
Host: Dbanj
Co-host: Funke Akindele and IK
Date: 12th of April
Gatefee: N5, 000
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Photos of the day

09 Glassroof Mustang

09 Phantom Coupe
See you next with my pictures -:)


Hey people, how are you guys doing? I know I promised you guys Naija entertainment news but my week was filled with too much fun work. We are working on our next STYLE NIGHT Fashion show and it's not been easy getting sponsors, with this recession and stuff. Will let you all know how that goes.

Speaking of shows, I’m going to one tonight. Yeeeeeaaaa!

I'll be at the Modemen Black Night 3 event, taking place tonight at Muson Centre.

I don't go to events very often but whenever I make up my mind to go, I get really really excited.

My stylist Gbemi and I went shopping yesterday and we came up with something really nice.

Like before, it’s a short dress...really short! Shorter than anything I've ever worn ;)
And like before my mama must not see it, so I'll be dressing from my sister's place ;)
And like before, I'll be hot! -:)
I'll upload the pictures for you guys to see
I just hope I get the shoes right this time lol
Watch this space.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Cartiair's Video Shoot.

I'm sure you all know I run a modeling agency, but there's something we do that I realise I've never talked about here. My agency provides models for music videos. We shot quite a few last year, mostly for upcoming artistes.

The most memorable would have to be Cmion's 'She's Hot' video. Don't know how many of you have seen it. There were over twenty girls in hot white bikini doing their thing. We provided and styled the models for that video.

We just shot our third video this year for a new artiste called CARTIAIR for his hit single 'My Swagger', under Magic Records

Check out pictures from the video shoot

On the left, looking down, is my lil sis Sandra who runs the agency. She was at the shoot to co-ordinate the models. She's Godsent, don't know what I'll do without her, 'cos I never go to these shoots -:)

The record label execs
Still part of the shoot...

We also handled the make-up for the shoot. That's one of us, Oteri Agboro, doing his thing.

I'm tired of uploading so I'm gonna stop here :)
The song, My Swagger is already blasting on the radio...it rocks!!!
Y'all need to watch out for the video.

Also if you need video vixens or want to be one, just holla at us at Blackdove Models Management...08033595004.

Photo of the day

Hanging out with some friends.
For those who don't know what I look like, I'm the pretty one with that nice smile on your right. Ok, let me write that again. I'm the pretty one with the nice smile staring right back at ya! lol

Naija Ent. News next I promise!
Later people!

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