Welcome to Linda Ikeji's Blog: 06/28/2009 - 07/05/2009





Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Koko Mansion update + Nollywood Glo Ambassadors.

Here's the Koko Mansion press release, summarizing the activities of the first week on Koko Mansion by the show's publicist, James Amuta.

The Koko Master himself

Identifying the qualities to look out for in an ideal woman, up until one week ago had been a daunting task. But who could ever guess that this search for the acceptable definition of an ?Ideal Nigerian Woman? could be forged on the platform of reality TV; based on a 12-hour daily live observation of the activities and lifestyle of 12 dynamic young Nigerian women.Just going on its second week on live cable television; the concept of Koko Mansion has inspired a heated debate on what constitutes the qualities of the ideal Nigerian woman.

Nigerians and Nigerians in the Diaspora have become addictively involved in this debate ? contributing their views from all over the world ? using the Koko Mansion forum on the Koko Mansion website, Koko Mansion Facebook fan page, and the interactive SMS 2 TV platforms as the interface for the debate.
This debate continues, attracting more debaters, and will linger for the next 7 weeks until only one young lady emerges as the embodiment of the qualities that define the ideal woman.But which of the 12 young ladies in the Koko Mansion would emerge as the flesh and blood definition of the Ideal Nigerian woman?

To answer this question: many have resorted to the ardent observation of the individual qualities of the 12 beautiful Kokolets presently living in the Koko Mansion, using them as case study to illustrate their various opinions on the issue.But then, a few activities, tasks, and training were given to these housemates in order to analyze their personalities, develop their individual and collective skills, and project their dynamic characteristics to the world for the sake of this debate.

The first training these ladies received was in elocution, poise, and etiquettes, delivered by the amiable finishing school instructor, Mrs. Grace Oforiokuma. The ladies? table manners and presentation skills improved tremendously after that encounter. Their first task was deemed relatively simple, but it turned out to have been more demanding that they actually thought. They were asked by D?banj to make a short presentation of themselves, using clippings from old photo albums, and other personal memorabilia to illustrate the highlights of their journey through life.

That task was judged by Dbanj, Ikechukwu, Dr (Mrs.) Jinadu, and the governess, Chika Anadu. In the end, Bolanle Okhiria emerged winner with 51 points, followed closely by Rita Isoken Igbinedion who scored 47 points. As a result of this, they (and Bidemi, whom Bolanle picked as the winner's plus-one?) were rewarded with a dinner date with Dbanj and the Mo Hits Crew at Jade Palace.
Dbanj also gave the ladies an assignment to put together a tribute to Michael Jackson, using the song We are the World? for the presentation. To get this assignment on the road, the ladies were tutored and groomed by the multi-talented instrumentalist, Yemi Sax, in the mansion.

The Nollywood star, Ramsey Noah was also a guest at the mansion. His visit paved way for a forum that highlighted some of the challenges experienced by the film industry in Nigeria. Julius the Genius Agwu was another celebrity guest in the mansion; he cracked the ladies up with an endless supply of his hilarious jokes.

However, the most remarkable celebrity visit occurred on Friday night, when Dbanj, Don Jazzy, Ikechukwu, Wande Coal, and Dr. Sid stormed the mansion with gravitating fanfare.

The ladies ended up being entertained briefly by Wande Coal who teased the ladies with his sonorous voice.The ladies were jarred from slumber on Sunday evening at the eviction show. At about 5PM, all the contestants were instructed to pack their bags and report downstairs for eviction. They were shocked, but then they remembered the in-house eviction-nomination exercise which they all participated in, a few days ago.
They all gladly nominated their fellow housemates for eviction, and in the end, four contestants had the highest number of nominations - voted by two contestants each. Shona, Bolanle, Victoria, and Mary faced possible eviction, but Dbanj's leniency came to play, and he exercised his lifeline in saving all the ladies from eviction.

But that?s where his lifeline was exhausted from this week, if two girls are up for eviction he only has the power to save just one of them.The voting lines will be open to the public this week, and only your votes can keep your favorite contestants in the Koko Mansion. And ultimately, only your votes can determine who emerges as the definition of an ideal Nigerian woman from the Koko Mansion.

1. SMS: KOKOVOTE (leave a SPACE) ( and type CONTESTANTS id #)
2. Viewers in: Nigeria = send text to 33126
UK = send text to 81696
USA = send text to 976053.

Bidemi = 1
MARY = 8
RITA = 10

SAMPLE VOTE: to vote Chidinma,text = KOKOVOTE (leave space)3

I watched a bit of Koko Mansion on STV last night and I couldn't stop laughing. That kokolette Rita (the girl in low cut), was she put deliberately in the show as comic relief or is she for real? LMAO.
I'm also thinking the concept of the show has changed. Why now?

Glo Ambassadors
Some Nollywood actors have been endorsed as ambassadors by Telecom giant Glo

In this pix: Funke Akindele, Uche Jumbo, Rita Dominic, Chioma Chukwuka and Monalisa Chinda with Glo reps.
Rumour has it that they are all getting between 10 to 15 million naira each.
If only models are accorded same recognition in Naija. We'll also be millionaires!
One day sha! lol
Congrats to all the ambassadors!
Pix thanks to Seun Oloketuyi

Joke of the day
For laughs :-)
Dollar bill dey feel the financial meltdown

The U.S. Treasury Department has just issued a new dollar bill to reflect the state of the economy....
Yes, the economy is that bad! lol

Photos of the day
Rihanna, spotted recently partying with Jay Z and co in Las Vegas. Her outfit caught my attention...most people think it's trashy...I kinda like it. She's 21 for goodness sake...
Check it out...

Good girl, gone bad :-)
You like?
Source: bossip.com


Obiwon brings on the praise with 'My F.a.t.h.e.r'

Urban/r'n'b artiste Obiora Obiwon begins an expedition into the gospel/inspirational genre with the release of My F.A.T.H.E.R, a christian praise-style jam and the latest single off his highly anticipated sophomore album The Rebirth.

Anticipation for The Rebirth recently rose with the rave-making hit ballad Obi Mu O, the first single, which also featured an upbeat remix with top notch nigerian rappers. While Obi Mu O found O.Obiwon experiencing true love, My F.A.T.H.E.R showcases a marked themic departure, buttressed with mass choir vocals and upbeat production from notorious hit maker J.Martins.

The sophomore album aptly titled The Rebirth is set to capture the next level for the artiste’s unique blend of African influences into the urban/r’n’b sound and is made up of mostly inspirational material.

For additional information send enquiries to obisbox@yahoo.com

By the way, I've heard the song and it's beautiful. I don't upload videos on my blog (Still haven't figured that out yet :)), but I'll get you a link where you can go listen to it...

Sunday, 5 July 2009

YAK 100, R.Kelly at Thisday Music Festival + other news and pictures

Yakubu Aiyegbeni's YAK 100

YAK 100 is a celebration of African talent and achievement in the image of Yakubu Aiyegbeni.Yakubu Aiyegbeni is currently the only African to have scored over a 100 goals in the premiership and to celebrate him, the YAK 100 project which is a platform for youth and social development as well as an expose on Yakubu Aiyegbeni was launched.

The project includes : The Yak Academy cup for under 15 is a platform for the numerous football academies in the country to compete amongst themselves under close supervision from Yakubu Aiyegbeni and top international football scouts.While the Yak documentary film is a look into Yakubu's football career from Edo state , through to Israel and down to the United Kingdom airing on various networks.
Will bring you more details on this

R-Kelly at Thisday Music Festival
R-Kelly is in Naija...pictured above with Wale Ademokoya...

He performed yesterday at the Thisday Music Festival
Check out the pix I found of the show...

Pix thanks to Ajibola Anthonia pictured above with Noble Igwe, Tee A and other friends
Will get you more pictures of this event.

Now to the...News of the day
I'm sure most of you know about the fraud scandal that rocked Siemens a few years ago...the bribes given so they can be awarded lucrative contracts in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens...the 100million Euros that was diverted... the $1.8billion used to illegally win foreign contracts...etc etc...
Well, Siemens has been fined $100million by the World Bank
Read the story below...

The World Bank Group has announced a comprehensive settlement with Siemens AG in the wake of the company’s acknowledged past misconduct in its global business and a World Bank investigation into corruption in a project in Russia involving a Siemens subsidiary. The settlement includes a commitment by Siemens to pay $100 million over the next 15 years to support anti-corruption work, an agreement of up to a four-year debarment for Siemens’ Russian subsidiary, and a voluntary two-year shut-out from bidding on Bank business for Siemens AG and all of its consolidated subsidiaries and affiliates.

As part of the settlement, Siemens has also agreed to co-operate to change industry practices, clean up procurement practices and engage in collective action with the World Bank Group to fight fraud and corruption. Siemens will also provide information on any additional cases of wrongdoing to the Bank’s Institutional Integrity Vice Presidency (INT), which investigates fraud and corruption in Bank Group-financed activities.

Cedarwood Events
They rent beautiful chairs and tables for weddings and events...

Check out their presence in Bimbo Adebayo and Dayo Adewoye's wedding at Yaradua Center Abuja...

Be sure to check them out...

Celebrity Home Make over with JJ Okocha
CHM, is a TV show designed to run in the fashion of do-over shows like Extreme Makeover, Home Makeover etc. It's a show designed to give Nigerians a new platform upon which Nigerians facing tough times in our economy will be given a new beginning in life.CHM will offer Nigerians the opportunity to become and live the celebrity and comfortable lifestyle they have always dreamed of by giving their homes a total makeover.

The host for CHM is Austin Jay-Jay Okocha , renowned business man and formal national and international footballer.
Coming to a station near you!

Delta State Street Light Project
I'm not from Delta, don't know anyone in Government :), I just like what the Government of that State is doing. Kinda like what our Government in Lagos is doing. Let's appreciate them...a little.
Check out the State's street light project

Pix thanks to TrueFace Of Delta

Quote of the day
"If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters"
~Alan Simpson
Have a fabulous week ahead.


Naija's own version of facebook...y'all need to go there and check it out. You will be proud!!!

Afroterminal, a social, business and entertainment networking website, is now on stream.

As the name suggests, Afroterminal is a choice location where Africans (Continental and Diaspora) could meet, establish new relationships, strengthen the ties with homeland, buy, sell and lots more.

It is planned to become the next major online brand after the Myspace and Facebook. The most interesting thing about the site is that it is powered by Nigerians. And unlike the aforementioned online brands, is afro-centric.

If you want to register and be active on the site go here...http://www.afroterminal.com/
I've registered, join me!!!

Photo of the day
Michael Jackson's Casket
The specs for Michael Jackson's coffin have come in and it is elaborate, to say the least.
Costing a whopping $25,000, the casket is solid bronze, plated in 14-karat gold. The custom designed casket's interior is flame blue velvet and the exterior will have a mirror finish.
Source: Perezhilton.com

Saturday, 4 July 2009

2009 Soundcity Music Video Awards Nominees

Hey people, hope you all are having a great weekend so far. For those who haven't seen the nominees list for the 2009 Soundcity Music Video Award, here it is. The second edition will hold on the 1st of August, 2009 at The Soundcity Music Centre, Oceanview V/I.

Check out the nominees...

Best Male Video
Gino - Farabale
Naeto C - Kini Big Deal
Igho - Naija Boy
Shank - Too Late
Banky W - Capable Remix
9ice - Party Rider

Best Female Video
Sasha - Only One
Goldie - Shift
Wierd Mc - Riranwo
Ty Bello - Ekundayo
Kel - Waa Wa Alright
Nikki Laoye - Never Felt This Way

Best Choreography
Freewindz - Like That
P-Square - Roll It
Dipp - Dangerous
Goldie - Shift

Best Special Effect Editing
Mo Hits All Stars - Ten Ten
Dipp - Dangerous
P-Square - Roll it
Omawunmi - In The Music
Sorty - Brymo
H-Man - Ndoli Ndoli

Best Duo/Group Video
Mohits All Stars - Pere
P-Square - Roll It
Kentro World - Kama Kazee
KC Presh - Shokori Bobo
GXploits - Bolu Moru

Best Cinematography
Bigiano - Shayo
Eldee - Bosi Gbangba
Sasha - Only One
Tuface Idibia - Enter The Place
Darey Art Alade - Not The Girl

Best Hip Hop Video
Str8butah - Last Standing
Mode9ine - Hip Hop
OD ft. Sound Sultan - No Be Today
Gino - Farabale
DJ Jimmy Jatt ft. Sasha, Blaise, Kemistry, Bouqui - Too Much

Sound City Fresh Video
Bouqui - Morile
Ikechukwu - She Makes Me Go (Shoobeedoo)
GXploits - Tear Rubber
Morachi - Boomskolo
Steel - South African Girl

Sound City Viewers Choice
9ice - Street Credibility
Wierd Mc - Riranwo
Tuface Idibia - Enter The Place
Bigiano - Shayo
Ikechukwu - Wind Am Well
D'Banj - Suddenly

Best Collaboratian in a Music Video
Jmartins ft. Timaya and P-Square - Good or Bad
Tuface Idibia ft. Sound Sultan - Enter The Place
2shotz ft. Timaya - In Case You Never Know
Klever Jay ft. Danny Young - Koni Koni Love
Ayzee Yo ft. Tuface Idibia - No Be Small Thing
DJ Jimmy Jatt ft. Sasha, Blaise, Kemistry, Bouqui - Too Much
Ikechukwu ft. D'Banj and Don Jazzy - Wind Am Well

Discovery of the Year
YQ ft. Dagrin - Efimile
DeeBee - Collabo
Bracket - Yori Yori
Kel - Waa Wa Alright
Bigiano - Shayo
Tustep ft. Dagrin - Call the Police
Jmartins ft. Timaya and P-Square - Good or Bad

Hit Producer Of The Year (As used in a music)
"Efimile" by YQ ft. Dagrin - Dr Frabbs
"Le fenuso" by Lord of Ajasa - ID Cabasa
"Suddenly" by D'Banj - Don Jazzy
"Kama Kazee" by Kentro World - JJC Skills
"Pasa Pasa" by M.P - Dapsee
"Enter The Place" by Tuface Idibia - JSleek
Best R&B pop Video
Omawunmi - In The Music
Banky W - Don't Break My Heart
Dipp - Dangerous
Tony Tetuila - Do Re Mi
KC Presh - Shokori Bobo
Ay.Com - Pass Me Your Love

African Video Of The Year
Nneka - Heart Beat (Nigeria)
ML - 340 (Mozambique)
Hip Hop Pantsula (South Africa)
Asem - Pigaro (Ghana)
Okyeama kwame - Woso (Ghana)

Best Video
Wierd MC - Riranwo
Eldee - Bosi Gbangba
Naeto C - Kini Big Deal
Mo Hits All Stars - Pere
Bigiano - Shayo
Kentro World - Kama Kazee
P-Square - Roll It
Tuface Idibia - Enter The Place

To vote, go to their official website here...http://soundcity.tv/smva/
Special request: Please vote for Djinee in the Best RnB/Pop Video. Pls go to the website to vote or SMS 'Djinee Lade RnB/Pop to 3314.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Naija Entertainment News

Armed Robbers attack comedian Gbenga Adeyinka and his family at their Ikorodu home early this morning; leaving their guard dead.
Will bring you more on that...

Michael Jackson tribute concert


Be right back...

Adebayo Jones to be honored at Icecapade 09

This is a special post for a very special man. The phenomenal Nigerian-born UK based designer...Adebayo Jones.

In all my years as a model, this is the only designer I modeled for who gave me a dress in appreciation after the fashion show; and when he came back to Nigeria the following year for another show, he brought some of his tops for some of his favorite models, myself included :-). The gesture really surprised me, 'cos it wasn't common in those days. Designers don't generally give clothes to models, but he did it...

A very special man...He's being honored by Icecapade.
Read the press release below.

N4LIFE Entertainment are proud to present London based Nigerian Haute Couture designer and style icon Adebayo Jones with its first ever N4LIFE ‘special recognition’ award. This prestigious award will be presented to Adebayo Jones by N4LIFE Entertainment at its official launch party on 18th July 2009, aboard the elegant and classy Tereza Joanne boat, London.

The N4LIFE ‘special recognition’ award, given for the first time, is to formally recognise the achievements of Adebayo Jones, a young and exemplary Nigerian, in the world of fashion and style. It is also to applaud him for positively promoting the image and perception of Nigeria through his creative and stylish designs on an international platform.

Adebayo Jones, one of the leading African designers in Europe, is known for his fine, clean and classic lines while using the most luxurious and luscious fabrics, ranging from silks to brocades, velvets, chiffon’s organza’s, crochets and damask. Besides designing glamorous outfits for celebrities such as Patti Boulaye, Adebayo Jones has also designed and styled gowns for several winning Miss Nigeria contestants and for some finalists at the Miss Universe pageants.
On the 18th July 2009, at ICECAPADE, Sade Adegoke of the N4LIFE team will be wearing some exclusive and breathtaking designs specially made for the event by Adebayo Jones.

Besides being part of a unique and innovative event, a classy champagne reception, exotic cocktails and delicious canap├ęs are just a few of the highlights also included in the ticket price. Tickets are priced at £30.00 standard and £50.00 VIP, and can be bought on-line at http://www.naija4life.co.uk/ or through Ace Adegoke on +44 7944 344 288.

Adebayo Jones designs

Sheree Williams in a silk Linen formal shirt with frills in front. Crystal hand beaded tie, with silk brocade flares . Boots are handmade in silk Aso-oke.

With Patti Boulaye dressed in Adebayo Jones

More stuff coming...

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