Welcome to Linda Ikeji's Blog: 04/28/2013 - 05/05/2013





Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Pics: P-Square, Chinedu Ikedieze part of presidential delegation to SA

Paul and Peter Okoye and Chinedu Ikedieze were part of the presidential delegation to the Nigeria-South Africa Business Forum that took place in Cape Town, South Africa today. The twins pictured above with Nigeria's richest man and woman, billionaires Aliko Dangote and Mrs Folorunsho Alakija. See more photos after the cut...

Chris Brown and Rihanna take shots at each other on Twitter

Chris Brown tweeted this...
And Rihanna fired back! See what she tweeted after the cut...

Tribute for Yinka Olonode by the mother of his 10 month old baby

Tribute for former model and Rhythm OAP, Yinka Olonode, who reportedly jumped to his death from the rooftop restaurant of hotel in Portland, USA on Monday April 29th (Read story HERE) by the mother of his 10 month old baby, Lillie Halpern.
Dear Yinka,
Blessed man, brother, friend, love, father. I miss you so much in mind, body, and spirit. I never loved somebody as deeply as I loved you. If I could have caught you to stop your fall, I would have been there. May your light shine abundantly! I am not ready to say goodbye and I hope we will meet again in another time and another place. Your time was too short. Your gifts were so special. Your smile was so pure. Your mind was a ladder of intellect and curiosity brimming with childlike imagination. We will miss your presence. I leave all things in God's hands. Love and peace. RIP Yinka Olonode 
With Universal Love, Lillie Halpern

Waconzy releases 20 track album titled 'Money Back Guarantee'

Waconzy who is popularly known for the monster hit “I celebrate” has just released his brand new 20 track album titled “Money Back Guarantee (MBG)”. The album features collaborations with the American singer Truth hurts, Banky W, Faze and his producer Chimaga. 

Waconzy is presently on a worldwide #MBG tour which is organized by his own record label Dv8 Media. And for those of you who don’t know, Waconzy has since relocated from his PHC base to Dv8 mansion Lekki and he is no longer on dread locks. Two free downloads when you continue...

Rapper Ja Rule released from prison after two year sentence

After spending almost two years in prison for attempted illegal gun possession and tax evasion, US rapper Ja Rule has been released from prison. Ja Rule was released from Ray Brook Federal Prison in New York today Tuesday May 6th but will remain on home confinement until July 28th.

Ja Rule was sentenced to two years in prison for attempted criminal possession of a weapon and 28 months for tax evasion. He served both sentences concurrently.

Foursquare Gospel Church building at Ojodu Berger collapses

A three-storey building situated at 14 Bashiru Street Ojodu Berger collapsed this afternoon killing at least one person. Two others have been brought out alive as rescue efforts continue to extract people trapped under the building. The building is said to belong to Foursquare Gospel Church.

It was a 3-storey building but the church recently started to add a fourth storey when it suddenly collapsed.

Names and photos of crashed Nigerian Airforce pilots

Some of you asked for their photos, well here they are. These are the photos of the two Nigerian Air Force pilots who lost their lives after the fighter jet they were flying crashed in Niger yesterday Monday May 6th. (Read the story HERE)

They are Flt Lt Benjamin Bem Ado and Flg Offr Ayuba Joad Layelmenson. May they RIP! Amen.

Late Lt. David Adeyemi Sowole's baby arrives

Lt David Adeyemi Sowole was one of the pilots who died in the December 15th 2012 military helicopter crash that killed Kaduna State Governor, Patrick Yakowa and Ex-National Security Adviser (NSA) Gen. Andrew Owoye Azazi. 

Sowole's wife was pregnant at the time of the crash. She gave birth to a beautiful baby boy yesterday May 6th. The boy has been named David Adeyemi Sowole Jnr. Great news!

Video: Annie Idibia speaks on pregnancy

Annie isn't pregnant after all...:-)

Filmmaker Kingsley Ogoro builds N1billion film academy in Surulere

Ace Nollywood producer, director and CEO of Klink Studios, Kingsley Ogoro, is building a film academy called the Kingsley Ogoro Film Academy in Surulere Lagos. The N1billion project is being financed by Kingsley himself in conjunction with a bank. The film school, which will teach sound, editing, directing etc will run in conjunction with the French embassy and CEA in France.

Accommodations, practical and film classes will be in Surulere. There will be monthly intensive workshops, and experts in different fields in Hollywood and other recognized film industry will be brought to Nigeria to give proper lectures on how it's done.

The film academy, which the pioneer filmmaker has been working on for the past five years, will have state-of-the-art production and recording studio.

Singer Lauryn Hill sentenced to 3 months in prison for tax evasion

Despite paying her back taxes in full, singer Lauryn Hill, has been sentenced to three months in federal prison for tax evasion.

At her last court hearing Lauryn Hill was given two weeks to come up with $500,000 toward her $1.8 million tax debt. According to reports, Lauryn Hill paid $900,000 to the IRS on Sunday but it wasn't enough to keep her from getting locked up.

Yesterday Monday May 6th, Ms Hill was sentenced to three months in jail, a $60,000 fine, and one year probation. She must report to prison on July 8th to start serving her sentence. Before she was sentenced, Lauryn Hill said something. Find it after the cut...

Check out this piece on President Jonathan in the UK Guardian

The piece sums up President Goodluck Jonathan's 3 years in office as president of Nigeria, written by UK Guardian's Remi Adekoya. See it below...
Nigerians had no rational reason to believe their lives would improve after Goodluck Jonathan became president three years ago this week. The list of promises their rulers have broken is so long it would make a virgin cynical. But then Nigerians can be stubbornly optimistic.

Paul Okoye & alleged baby mama Elshama Igbanoi pictured together

19 year old Elshama Igbanoi's baby was actually born April 7th in the UK, four days before Paul Okoye and his girlfriend Anita welcomed their son, Andre, in Atlanta.

I spoke with Elshama's mum this morning and she said that P-Square's Paul Okoye is indeed the father of Elshama's son but didn't want to give more details. But contrary to earlier reports that Elshama is stranded in the hospital because she's unable to pay her bills, I can confirm that they are out of the hospital and chilling at home. The child's birth certificate bears Paul Okoye's name but only a DNA test can ultimately prove who the father really is.

The Okoyes are still not saying anything about the issue. In fact, someone from their camp said they do not plan to issue a statement or react to the story in any way.

Red Carpet Photos: Punk Rock Fashion at MET Ball 2013

The theme of this year's 2013 Met Ball was Punk: Chaos To Couture and celebrities rose to the occasion. Some were weird though. The Met Ball held last night at the Metropolitan Museum Of Arts in New York City. See more red carpet photos after the cut...

New Video: Laolu ft Lindsey - Love Before (Oro Ife)

Afromysterics Presents, “Love Before” Music Video by Laolu featuring Lindsey. The video was shot in Johannesburg, South Africa, by Maxani Films and produced by Basik Media.  The song was written and arranged by Laolu Senbanjo and produced by Atta LeNell and Gospel Obi.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Nigeria fighter jet crashes in Niger, two killed

A Nigerian warplane crashed in Niger today Monday May 6th, from where it was conducting military operations in neighbouring Mali, and the two pilots were killed, Nigeria's army said in a statement.
The fighter jet was part of Nigeria's air fleet engaged with an African force battling hardline Islamists in Mali. An army source in Niamey said it had suffered a "mechanical" problem.

"A Nigerian Air Force Alpha jet aircraft on a non-combattant mission crashed today at Dargol village...The two pilots on board the fighter jet died," the Nigerian defence headquarters said in a statement.

What is wrong with this photo?

Photo taken at Wuse 2 in Abuja. Lol! Naija! I just can't...

Hottie of the day: Oyibo LIB reader - Adam Johnson

Even oyibo sef dey read LIB. Well, occasionally. Lol. Anyway, Adam calls himself Oyibo Nigerian. He says he loves Nigeria, the culture, the music and especially the food and can speak Yoruba a little. He's our hottie of the day. Continue to see more. Oh, and LIB readers, please be nice! :-)

Singer Zara Gretti getting better; can now speak and walk a little

Zara Gretti has been battling multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, for a while now. (Read HERE). The singer who could not talk, walk or see with her left eye left the hospital two months ago and according to her, she's doing better now. Below is a BB broadcast she sent out this evening...just in case anyone wants to help out! :-)
Two months out the hospital where I almost died. I now speak and walk small small. My Halleluyah acres supplements are expensive. Wanna help? You can wire me funds from out the country (U.S), or put $ in my account. I'm not afraid to ask. I wanna live a long healthy life! Thank you. Margaret-Mary - Zara Gretti
More important than this is to keep her in your prayers.

Serena Williams goes from being Sloan Stephens's mentor to being her enemy

Tennis sensation Sloane Stephens, 20, once said that Serena Williams was her role model and she looked up to her growing up. In fact Sloan said her dream was to be the next Serena Williams. Then the mentor and mentee met at the Australian open this past January and the mentee beat the mentor.

After then things changed between them. Apparently Serena didn't take too kindly to being beaten by Sloan and went from being Sloan's mentor to being her enemy in the blink of an eye..

In the latest issue of ESPN Magazine, Sloan blasts Serena revealing,
"She’s not said one word to me, not spoken to me, not said hi, not looked my way, not been in the same room with me since I played her in Australia. And that should tell everyone something, how she went from saying all these nice things about me to unfollowing me on Twitter.”
“Like, seriously! People should know. They think she’s so friendly and she’s so this and she’s so that - no, that’s not reality! You don’t unfollow someone on Twitter, delete them off of BlackBerry Messenger. I mean, what for? Why?”

Mrs Idibia at On Bended Knees movie premiere yesterday


Kidnapped Alhaji Shettima Ali Monguno released

Elder statesman and former Petroleum Minister, Alhaji Shettima Ali Monguno, who was kidnapped on Friday May 3rd, has been released. The 87 year old politician and philanthropist was released today Monday May 6th. 

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State said no ransom was paid to secure his release.

Malta Guinness co-sponsors Okpekpe International Marathon in Edo

Actor Paul Obazele, Minister of Sports Bolaji Abdullahi and Governor Oshiomhole at the race
It was all guts, sweat and victory at the inaugural edition of the Okpekpe international 10km Marathon, a first in itself to happen in the Etsako West local government area of Edo state. 

According to promoters of the race, Okpekpe Road Race was of highest international standard with route measured and certified by the IAAF measurer. The race was endorsed by the IAAF and the AAC and the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), with the backing of Malta Guinness Low Sugar and the Edo State Government as major partners. Continue

Chris Brown confirms Rihanna break up

Chris Brown confirmed the break up in an interview with Kyle and Jackie O explaining,
“The way I look at it is… I’m always going to love that person, but people have differences, and people have different wants and needs.”
“At the end of the day she’s a young girl. I can’t really be focused on wife-ing somebody that young… and I’m young too.”
“I just got to step forward and be a man and be the best Chris Brown I can be instead of worrying about whoever else is going to be in my side pocket.”
Yeah, whatever! Soon, they will be photographed kissing and all loved up! Young love!

Former Nigerian model, Yinka Olonode, commits suicide in the US

On Monday April 29th, police said an unidentified man jumped from the rooftop restaurant of The Nines Hotel at 525 S.W. Morrison St, downtown Portland, USA. The man who jumped and died has been identified by the Multnomah County Medical's Examiner's Office as 34 year old Yinka Olonode.

Portland Police Bureau spokesman said Yinka jumped from the hotel building's 15th floor around 6:30pm that Monday evening. He said they do not suspect foul play but that the death is under investigation. If Yinka indeed committed suicide, nobody knows why he did it.

Yinka was a model back in the day and worked briefly for Rhythm FM before relocating to the US in 2003. Continue to see the popular MTN 'Shy Guy' TV commercial he featured in over 11 years ago.

Photos from the premiere of Chioma Akpotha's On Bended Knees

Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha premiered her very first movie, 'On Bended Knees' yesterday Sunday May 5th at Silverbird Cinemas, Ikeja. See more photos from the premiere after the cut...

Linda Ikeji covers May issue of Mania Magazine

Bam! Awww, miss my modeling days! So, I'm the cover girl for the May issue of Mania Magazine. Yay! Badass cover...even if I have to say so myself! *wink*. See more after the cut...

Private jet owners in Nigeria barred from carrying friends, associates

How can the federal government tell anyone who to carry and not to carry on their private jets? Sounds kinda ridiculous to me but maybe they have a reason for this? 

A new policy called the National Civil Aviation Policy, 2013 has been introduced by the federal government banning private jet owners from carrying their friends and business associates on board their aircraft. They are only allowed to carry family members, while companies with private jets are only allowed to carry their employees or members of the Boards of Directors.

Read what the NCAP policy states after the cut...

Video: Ghanaian actor John Dumelo's alleged wife speaks

A woman named Harrina Alexandria Dembele claimed a few weeks back that she's the legal wife of Ghanaian actor, John Dumelo. Harrina is a US based model, actress and nurse and actually released a marriage certificate as evidence of the secret marriage. Harrina said they got married March 11th 2013 in Virginia, USA. John denied the reports, describing it as ridiculous. He said:
"Last 2 years they said I was getting married to one actress. Last year they said I was married with 1 kids. I’m sure in 2 years they will say I’m the newest grandfather in town”
When asked about the marriage certificate, John explained that there is indeed a marriage certificate but it was used as props for a marriage scene in a new documentary he is currently shooting at different locations in different countries all over the world. Harrina is saying something totally different. See her interview after the cut and tell us who you believe...

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