Welcome to Linda Ikeji's Blog: 05/20/2007 - 05/27/2007





Saturday 26 May 2007

Timi is the winner!!!

Timi wooooooon! I'm so happy it's crazy.

I was there live and direct and jumped up and down like a mad woman when he was announced as the winner of the first ever Idol West Africa.

A well deserved win I might add.

Here's the profile of the Idol West Africa 2007 winner...TIMI

Full Name: Timi Dakolo

Age: 26

Place of Origin: Bayelsa State, Nigeria

Star Sign: CapricornMarital Status: Single

Educational Qualification: Senior Secondary School Certificate

Occupation: Student

Favourite Songs: ‘Dance With My Father’ by Luther Vandross

Favourite Artistes: Lemar, Micheal Bolton

Role Model: Lemar

Hobbies: Singing and Reading

Why did you enter Idols West Africa? Because I can write songs and sing effortlessly

Where did you get your music skill from? Grandma

Songs he performed on Idol...

If there's any justice in the world - Lemar

Stuck on you - Lionel Richie

Everything I do, I do it for you - Bryan Adams

Faith - George Michael

Give me the night - George Benson

Flying without wings - Westlife

How am I supposed to live without you - Michael Bolton

Oruka - Sunny Neji

Don't let the sun go down on me - Elton John/George Michael

Ain't no mountain high enough - Diana Ross

Dance with my father - Luther Vandross

Must have been love - Roxette

Timi's own words

"Dreams: looking at how far I have made it, I can't believe I made it through all the stages and phases of the competition and all the experiences have just been good, and sometimes bad. I wish my grandma was around most of all to see what has become of her favorite grand son.I have dreams and I know the living God will make them come true. Thanks for all your love cuz without u all I can't be the Timi Dakolo I am.In the famous words of Martin Luther King, "I HAVE A DREAM THAT ONE DAY"… "

Timi went home with a 26inch flat screen LG TV, DSTV dish with 3 months free subscription, 10 thousand dollars cash, Kia Picanto, and a recording contract with Sony BMG.

This is just the beginning of great things to happen to TIMI. I hope his talents and humility take him to the top where he belongs. May God be with him every step of the way...amen!

Friday 25 May 2007

Introducing: Four Kornerz.

I heard a song some days ago titled 'Gonna make it', but the band that sang the song was unfamiliar to me. But when I love or have been moved by something, I go digging to find out all I can about it.

So I introduce to y'all, one of the biggest Nigerian boy bands in the UK, FOUR KORNERZ.

The band is made up of four brothers: Deji (27), TJ (25), Vidal (23) and Daniel (21) who combined stunning vocals with a fresh approach to music production.

Their debut single “Clap Clap”, gained rave reviews from across the music sector including Blues & Soul, Touch, I-DJ, Cross Rhythms, Live Listings and DJ Mag who gave the single five stars “one of the most incisive and irresistible soul/r&bers around”. The single also went on to receive Record of the Week at both UK leading urban stations Choice FM and BBC 1Xtra.

The Soulful House remix gained top five positions on various international House charts including Faize and TMP. The single also received generous rotation in key international territories like Nigeria, Canada, Germany and Kenya.

They opened for Styl-Plus when they came to London in March, they were also nominated for the recent Nigerian Music Award in Abuja and featured in Pride magazine.

The Nigerian-born brothers debut album 'Soulectric' will be out on June 11th this year and features the platinum-selling Nigerian saxophonist Mike Aremu amongst other noteworthy artists.

For those of you in Naija, the band will be touring in Nigeria towards the end of the year, so that's something to look forward to.

For more on these guys, visit their website, www.fourkornerz.com or www.myspace.com/fourkornerz for a feel of what Four Kornerz are about.

Thursday 24 May 2007

Naija Entertainment Gists.

Chief Osita Osadebe passes on

It just came to my notice that one of Nigeria's greatest High life artiste ever, Chief Osita Osadebe is dead. He died on Friday May 11 2007 at the St Mary's Hospital, Hartford, United States from complications arising from Bronchitis at the age of 71

Chief Osadebe was born in 1936 in Umuekeke village in Atani, Ogbaru LGA, in Anambra State. He started music as a chorister in the church. He began his music career in 1956 by joining the Empire Rhythm Skies band. He later went on to start his own band Osita Osadebe and His Nigeria Sound Makers International, creating beautiful songs mostly sang in Igbo language.

His popular songs include 'Osondi Owendi', 'Nke Onye Diliya' 'Makoyo'

He was married to several wives and is said to have over 20 children . May his soul rest in peace

D banj's Koko Clothing Line

I just heard that Ghana Music Award 'African Music Act of the Year' and Koko master, D banj, has started his clothing line, KOKO Wears.

His clothing line will also be involved in the making and designing of accessories of different types.

Other Nigerian artistes who claim to have a clothing line include Ruggedman' Rugged Wears, Sasha's Eclectic and Sound Sultan. Let's see what happens to Koko wears.

Miss Galaxy International Beauty Pageant West africa 2007
It also just came to my notice that the above mentioned beauty pageant is going to hold tommorow Friday 25th May 2007 at The Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe, V/Island @ 4: 00 prompt.

Star Prize
~ Toyota Corolla
~ Cash N500, 000
~ One year modeling contract in America

1st Runner up~ N250, 0002nd Runner up~ N150, 000

Those of you in Naija who want to attend, for ticket reservation call ~ 08026536591

Jay Jay Okocha's Restaurant

Ace footballer and former Super Eagles captain, Austin 'Jay jay' Okocha will officially open his much talked about restaurant and bar soon. The restaurant is situated on Saka Tinubu Street, Victoria Island and will be ran by his very beautiful wife, Nkechi.

Jerry Rawlings to visit Niteshift Coliseum

Former Ghanaian president, Jerry Rawlings is expected to pay a visit to the Grand House Reception, a high profile interactive session created by Ken Calebs Olumese, the owner of one of Africa's biggest nightclubs Nightshift Coliseum, before the end of june 2007.

Grand House Reception has played host of a Vice president, Senate president and several Governors.

Joan Okorodudu's 'Nigeria's Next Super Model'
Former beauty queen and the designer behind House of J'ola clothing label, Joan Okorodudu, has collaborated with National Lotto, owners of National Sports Lottery, in staging a modeling competion which they call Nigeria's Next top Super Model. Hmmmm!

The zoning of the screening of the competition has been set for Abuja, Lagos, Benin, Enugu and Port Harcourt.

The winner will go home with N1.2 million and a Kia Picanto. And is billed to hold in September 2007

So if you think you have what it takes to be a top super model, go pick your form from any branch of Spring Bank nationwide.

Dele Momodu Looses Mum

Ovation publisher, Chief Dele Momodu, on Friday May 18th 2007, lost his mum, Madam Gladys Arike Momodu. She was aged 84. May her soul rest in peace

Jimmy Jatt's Jump Off

Nigeria's no 1 DJ, DJ Jimmy Jatt, will tomorrow Friday May 25th 2007, present his 'Jump Off' to his fans. Jimmy's Jump Off is a video mix party designed to deliver the ultimate audio-visual to party goers. It's all about a venue with suspended screens, lighting effects and an elevated dance platform. The videos being played by Jimmy will be projected on a suspended screen...
gate fee: regular N2, 000, VIP N5, 000

Miss Earth Nigeria 2007
Forms @ N10, 000 available at Miss Earth Headquarters, no 15, Oheato Street, D/line, Port Harcourt, Rivista, 134, Awolowo Rd Ikoyi, Lagos.
No's to call: 08023539154, 08033427285

website http://www.missearthnigeria.com/

That's all the gist I have for y'all for now. Have anything to say? Holla

Wednesday 23 May 2007

D banj and Idol WA Eric Quote + Stars On The Runway Update

D banj quote
On emerging 'Best Artiste Of The Year' in Ghana "I feel happy. I never knew my music is being appreciated up to that extent outside Nigeria. I will want to say that this award is another priviledge given to me by my God. More importantly, it is not within my country. I give all thanks to God"
On Kokolets in Ghana
"They are very friendly and beautiful. I never knew I have more kokolets in Ghana than in my own country Naija. They get mad love for me. But one thing that makes me wonder is that most Ghanaian girls have more protruding ass than Nigerian girls. (Huh?)

Idol WA Eric Arubayi quote
On leaving the house
"Just like everyone believes that he has what the world is looking for, but sometimes, you think you are right, but you're prooven wrong. And because you are out, it doesn't neccessarily mean that you are not good, it just means that you are out"

On female fans
"I have gone out a couple of times and it was really embarrassing, but I think I will survive. One of the experiences I had has taught me to stay indoors mostly. I think it will cut off those unwanted outings and spend more time doing lucrative things.

Stars On The Runway Update

7 Weeks to go to the 7th of the 7th 2007! Saturday 7th July 2007. Lagos NIGERIA.

After the break for the general elections in Nigeria, the countdown now begins for THE fashion event of 2007. Stars on the Runway, the Fashion show with a difference, showcasing the best of Nigerian fashion featuring 60 Celebrities, 12 Designers on 1 Runway.
All roads lead to the Lagoon Venue on Victoria Island Lagos on the 7th of July for the event that will set the new benchmark in creativity, style and production.

Come and experience the creative mix of Fashion, Music and Film, and help raise money for a good cause.

In attendance will be over 60 Celebrities from the world of entertainment, sports, business and government, plus top fashion magazines from around the world, featuring 5 categories of Runway shows, music performances, 3 course dinner, comedy, raffle draw, auction, and of course the Red Carpet before the show.

You can buy Platinum or Gold Tables seats hosted by an A-List Celebrity with food and wine and a chance to win fantastic prizes and the special Goodie Bag. Tickets go on sale soon.

Visit the website http://email.accountsupport.com/atmail/parse.pl?redirect=http://www.starsontherunway.com for regular weekly updates or read the Punch newspaper entertainment pages at the weekends.

The 7 week countdown has begun. Stars on the Runway, 07/07/07!
For more information, call 01 898 3450, 0806 728 5613 and 0806 062 7500 in Nigeria (Text 0805 676 2556 roaming), 0207 263 0970 in the UK and 404 488 4615 in the USA.

STARS ON THE RUNWAY is produced by R70 World UK.

Supported by Motorola Nigeria, Prowse and Hargood and Virgin Nigeria (more sponsors welcome)Media Partners: NTA, Silverbird TV, Rhyhtm 93.7FM and The Punch Newspaper Nigeria.

~Organisers of Stars on the Runway~

Ronke, the next email I expect from you should be an invite o. You hear me? I'm sure it will be a great show. Can't wait...

Tuesday 22 May 2007

Fab Engagement rings, Wedding and Office Dresses

A friend recently got engaged, she showed me the engagement ring her fiancee gave her and I can now officially say I have seen a real diamond ring. She told me he bought it in France for $25 thousand dollars...he's an auto dealer, she's a 25 year old student/model, rocking a N3 million naira ring...Life!

Anyway, that inspired to go check out the rings available, hopeful one day, when I find the right 'one', I'll just point out the ring I want on my blog, right? lol

Check out this really beautiful engagement rings!

Sapphire and Diamond



Solid platinum

Custom made with Diamond

Solid Diamond

Gold Plated Diamond

White Gold


Also, check out some really fab wedding dresses. Those of you planning on getting married soon, go for a really beautiful wedding dress to make your special day memorable. If it's too expensive to buy, rent/hire it!

I'm not a suit person. I don't particularly like wearing pants, I'd rather do jeans. If you are a working class woman and don't like wearing trouser/skirt suits, then do what I do, wear office dresses. If your work place does not have a strict work wear, then who says you can't go to the office looking glamorous, sexy, classy and chic at the same time?
Check out some dresses suitable for the office...

You can do the 'suit thing' and look like this!

You like or you like? Let me know what you think.

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