Welcome to Linda Ikeji's Blog: 07/20/2008 - 07/27/2008





Saturday 26 July 2008

Sony Pictures Sues Nigerian Bank + Foreign Ent. News

Bank in Trouble for Format Theft
Sony Pictures and its local affiliates plan to sue a leading ECOWAS bank operating in Nigeria for plagiarizing its TV show format.

A senior employee working in the Corporate Communications department of a leading ECOWAS bank with Headquarters in Lome seems to have offhandedly initiated a proposal that could end up costing the bank a huge deal. It seems the bank is about to slug it out with one of the worlds leading media companies with a turnover of more than USD40 Billion per annum – Sony Pictures.

Formerly a UBA employee, the executive in question has been said to have effortlessly lured the Producers of a licensed Television franchise which was at the time being pitched to UBA to terminate talks with the Africa’s Global Bank (while still an employee there) and allow for her to take the format with her to new employers at this large ECOWAS bank with its Nigerian headquarters in Victoria Island.

Further to unsuccessfully convincing the Producers, she embarked up a self-seeking mission to copy the idea and rename the show that now has something to do with ENTRPRENUERSHIP. Having self-commissioned this copied format for her new bank as senior brand executive, she forged on and got her superiors to put up money for the project.

Now the issue here is that Sony Pictures, who were initially anxious about entering the Nigeria TV terrain and Africa’s Global bank, who the lady-in-question formerly worked for, and the production company -the Producers of the original TV show (Dragons’ Den Nigeria) have now caught wind of the unscrupulous act and are now preparing to sue the bank for both devising and consenting to such a deceitful action, thus allowing the theft of intellectual property to proceed under its sponsorship and banner.

Sony Pictures have frantically sent down their representatives to Nigeria to look in these matters and have insisted that they intend to do all it takes to protect their intellectual property as these remain the currency of trade in the media world. Sony Pictures we gather would also go to the extent of severing ties with any television network affiliate of the show.

What this translates to is that any TV station involved in broadcasting the show would be blacklisted from accessing any content from Sony’s worldwide catalogue which includes blockbuster films, and primetime TV shows.

Meanwhile we hear the matter is being referred to the Nigerian Copyright Council and to the FRAPA –the world intellectual property copyright agency.
When contacted, the licensors of the show whose copyright has been infringed on expressed their distaste regarding the ongoing issue.

Source: http://www.jamesamuta.com/

Anyone got a comment?

Ok, let's move from that to the foreign scene. Let me introduce to you, Milan Roskopf, from Slovakia

He's the Guinness World record man in power juggling
He sent me an email asking me to introduce him to you all. They read my blog in Slovakia? lol
Anyway, click here to see more of him...http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Milan+Roskopf&search_type=&aq=f

Hollywood highest earners

Will Smith banked an impressive $80 million – making him Hollywood's top money earner last year, according to a new ranking from Forbes.

Cameron Diaz made $50 million last year, the Shrek and What Happens in Vegas star was Tinsel Town's top-earning female.

Among the top 5 earners...
No 2. Johnny Depp, with a $72 million
N0 3. Eddie Murphy and Mike Myers, with $55 million each
No 4. Leonardo DiCaprio, with $55 million, rounded out the top five.

While Atonement leading lady Keira Knightley earned $32 million, and Jennifer Aniston pulled in $27 million.

In terms of media personalities, Oprah Winfrey's earnings last year was a staggering $275 million. As for other TV stars, Charlie Sheen was the top-earning male ($20 million), while Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl deposited $13 million, making her the top-ranking female.

Diddy is reportedly engaged to singer, Cassie.

Sean “Diddy” Combs is giving marriage a chance. The bachelor father of six is quietly telling close friends and family that he and singer Cassandra “Cassie” Ventura are heading to the chapel.
Poor Kim, she has three kids for him...

Chris Brown's Dance Reality TV Show
Chris Brown is set to enter the reality TV industry by launching his own dance competition series. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker frequently shows off his fancy footwork in his music videos and live performances, and now he is to give wannabe dancers a chance to strut their stuff on his forthcoming show.

The currently untitled project, which will focus on hip-hop and street dance culture, will see contestants go up against one another in a variety of dance-offs, with Brown choosing the winner of each round. Speaking of the programme, Brown says, “Dancing is more than just a way of moving, it’s a different expression of music. That’s what I want to focus on with this show.”

Later people!!!

Oh by the way, I got 25 beautiful dresses from Rukkies Boutique on 86, Bode Thomas, opp Mr Biggs, Surulere. They want to cloth me fully from now on. I'm such a lucky girl ain't I? I'm going to model some of the clothes for y'all to see how beautiful they are...
Now that I have all this clothes, I have to start going out eh?
Most probably will be at D'banj's album launch tomorrow. I know I'm def going to watch Hancock at the movies this weekend...
Whatelse am I doing that's not work related? Hmmmmmmmm...
Nothingelse, just working. Can't wait to take a holiday and do nothing but...wink!
See y'all later.

Friday 25 July 2008

Naija Entertainment News.

I'm sure y'all understand my absense. Trying to put our show together nicely. The date is still Aug 3rd but the venue has changed now from Lagoon Restaurant V/I to Golden Gates Restaurant Ikoyi. Hope to see some of you there.
And hope everyone is doing OK. If you're not, you will be fine in no time. Just hang in there.

Ok, let's do what we know how to do best...me gossip, you read and not leave a comment. Lol.
Let's start with my favorite Naija artiste..Tuface. I love picking on him huh? lol He granted an interview recently and well, he had some interesting things to say...enjoy...

"I'm the best person to speak on condom" - Tuface by Seun Apara
What is your greatest regret in life? 2face "I think it was the first day I smoked because that was the day I started drinking"

How does it feel to have kids from different women?
2face "The truth is if I din't want people to know that I have kids, people will not know. I love my children and I am performing my responsibility as a father. I can’t run away from them. They’re my children and there’s nothing anybody can do about it. I don’t think I am the only person that has children from different women. Everybody is guilty of one sin or the other."

Tell us about your women
I don’t like talking about them

There’s a rumour that you impregnated a South African lady, how true is it?
I heard it too. But I want to tell you now that it’s not true. I didn’t impregnate anybody from SA. If I did, I won’t deny it”

As an ambassador that preaches the use of condoms to prevent HIV and AIDS, how do you apply it to your personal life?
If I say use condom to prevent HIV, you must use it because I am saying it with all sincerity. You can’t afford to have casual sex because of the risks involved. I even believe that I am the best person to talk about HIV and condoms at the moment because I believe I am now more experienced than before."
What of sex without condom?
That one na if you want to do o, you’re on your own.”

As a music star, what are the things you’re yet to achieve?
“I still need that international recognition. I want my songs played in every part of the world”

What are the things you dislike as a star?
Too much unwanted attention. Someone you don’t know will be pretending to be your number one lover. Too many pretenders around you. You can’t even live a quiet life.”

Kakakam...aka..the end lol

Rev Chris Okotie weds Stephanie Henshaw

Traditional wedding – Thursday Aug 7th
Registry – Friday Aug 8th
Church – Sunday Aug 10th
Congrats to the couple
Photo credit: Niyitabiti

Kosibah Creations Exhibits...

Kosibah Creations will be showcasing bridal gowns on the catwalk and exhibiting at Stand G40 at the SPOSA Wedding Exhibition on Sunday 14th September 2008 at Alexandra Palace, London N22.
From 10am - 6pm.
Tickets - Adult £8.00 (or advanced booking £6.00)
Ticket Hotline: 01992 450909
For more information, visit the website at http://www.devise-design.com/

Sunny Okosuns Buried
The remains of Ozziddi king and evangelist, Sunny Okosuns was finally buried on Fri., July 18th 2008 at his House of Prayer Ministries Church on Yaba Abatan. Ogba, Lagos.
May his soul rest in peace. Amen.

Sunny Neji out with new single...Azuh Arinze
Immensely blessed and talented musician, Sunny Neji, has something new for all his fans and lovers of good music. Neji's new single is called Obosun and is currently ruling the airwaves

Segun Arinze weds
Versatile Actor, Segun Arinze , on Sat., July 12th 2008, concluded the first leg of his union to Juile Nsofor in Oguta, Imo State. The while wedding is scheduled for later in the year. Congrats.

Nigerian Telecoms Awards 2008
The 2008 edition of the most prestigious awards in the Telecommunications industry, Nigerian Telecoms Awards, will take place on Saturday, August 16th, 2008, put together by Logica Telecoms Awards
Some of the categories in this year’s awards include:
Best Telecoms Company
Best Nigerian Mobile Operator
Best Telecoms product
Best Nigerian Mobile Handset
Best Nigerian VSAT operator
To round off this year’s awards is a show tagged Night of the Aristos, featuring the Shalamar band from the US and popular fuji artiste, Adewale Ayuba.

Introducing the newest Hip Hop Group in town

Watch out for these guys

Face of Africa UK 2008

Be there!!!

Luscious Deserts

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We also create delicious fruit designs filled with fresh strawberries, pineapple, grapes, oranges, cantaloupe, honeydew, bananas and pears. Arrangements are guaranteed fresh and are available in a variety of styles and sizes. They are perfect for any occasion from birthday, Wedding, Kids Party and Corporate Event. Contact Lolade at
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Yinka Ayefele LIVE in Philadelphia
On 30th AUGUST 2008.Ticket is $70 - advance, $100 @ doorVIP is $100 - advance, $150 @ doorVenue:ALFIESBlue Grass Shopping Centerby Roosevelt Blvd & Welsh Street,Philadelphia, PA 19114
TIME:7pm - 2am (prompt)Free DVD - "my american nurse" with purchase of ticket - while supply lasts.
BUY UR TICKETS NOW BEFOR IT IS SOLD OUT.......for more info call Marion (610)546-9003DJ Mike Etim (610)823-0660Lagos Mini Mart (215) 528-6056marion@nigeriancelebritynetwork.com
COME AND EXPERIENCE A NIGHT WITH THE KINGwith special Host - PASCAL ATUMA (Hollywood Actor/Movie Producer)

Funny chaeating stories...
The 1st Affair
A married man was having an affair with his secretary. One day they went to her place and made love all afternoon. Exhausted, they fell asleep and woke up at 8 PM. The man hurriedly dressed and told his lover to take his shoe outside and rub them in the grass and dirt. He put on his shoes and drove home. "Where have you been?" his wife demanded. "I can't lie to you," he replied, "I'm having an affair with my secretary. We had sex all afternoon." She looked down at his shoes and said: "You lying bastard! You've been playing golf!"

The 2nd Affair
A middle-aged couple had two beautiful daughters but always talked about having a son. They decided to try one last time for the son they always wanted.The wife got pregnant and delivered a healthy baby boy. The joyful father rushed to the nursery to see his new son. He was horrified at the ugliest child he had ever seen. He told his wife: "There's no way I can be the father of this baby. Look at the two beautiful daughters I fathered! Have you been fooling around behind my back?" The wife smiled sweetly and replied "Not this time!"

The 3rd Affair
A mortician was working late one night.He examined the body of Mr. Schwartz, about to be cremated, and made a startling discovery. Schwartz had the largest private part he had ever seen!"I'm sorry Mr. Schwartz," the mortician commented, "I can't allowyou to be cremated with such an impressive private part. It must be saved forposterity." So, he removed it, stuffed it into his briefcase, and took it home"I have something to show you won't believe," he said to his wife,opening his briefcase. "My God!" the wife exclaimed, "Schwartz is dead!"

The 4th Affair
A woman was in bed with her lover when she heard her husband openingthe front door. "Hurry," she said, "stand in the corner."She rubbed baby oil all over him, then dusted him with talcum powder."Don't move until I tell you," she said, " pretend you're a statue."
"What's this?" the husband inquired as he entered the room."Oh it's a statue," she replied, "the Smiths bought one and I likedit so I got one for us, too." No more was said, not even when they went to bed. Around 2 AM the husband got up, went to the kitchen and returned with a sandwich and a beer. "Here," he said to the statue, "Have this. I stood like that for two days at the Smiths and nobody offered me a damned thing."

The 5th Affair
A man walked into a cafe, went to the bar and ordered a beer. "Certainly, Sir , that'll be one cent." "One Cent?" the man exclaimed. He glanced at the menu and asked: "How much for a nice juicy steak and a bottle of wine?" "A nickel," the barman replied. "A nickel?" exclaimed the man."Where's the guy who owns this place?" The bartender replied "Upstairs, with my wife." The man asked: "What's he doing upstairs with your wife?" The bartender replied "The same thing I'm doing to his business down here."

The 6th Affair
Jake was dying. His wife sat at the bedside. He looked up and said weakly:"I have something I must confess." "There's no need to, " his wife replied."No," he insisted, "I want to die in peace.I slept with your sister, your best friend, her best friend, and your mother!"
"I know," she replied, " now just rest and let the poison work."

Check out this GUS 5 website...awesome!!!
Also check out this blog http://www.terencesambowrites.blogspot.com/.

I try abi? lol
See y'all later
God bless!

Sunday 20 July 2008

What I know about love + Dragons Den Nigeria

I'm the last person to ask advice on matters of love. What do I know? What have I experienced? I'm not married, haven't been in many relationships, I started the love game much later in life. Sometimes I wonder if I've ever really been in love. I'm as confused about love as most of you are, but in all my confusion, there are a few things I know for sure about this thing called love.
These are the things I believe...
1. I believe that when you finally meet 'the one', that special someone meant for you, somewhere deep inside of you, both of you will know. It will feel like you've known each other in another life or another place...you just will KNOW!

2. I believe God knows when to send that special someone to us. He sends them when He thinks it's the right time , not when we think it's the right time.

3. I believe God has someone special for everyone. If the relationship you've been in or in right now didn't or doesn't work out, then that's not the person God wants for you.

4. I believe that love comes in the most unique and amazing ways. Sometimes when we least expect it.

5. Sometimes real love is just right under our noses. All we need to do is look well.

6. I believe in love we don't need to pretend or mold ourselves according to our partner's expectations. Let them love us for who we really are...

7. Love is the most beautiful gift, because with all the money and success in the world, if you have no one to share it with, it means nothing.

8. The mistake we women make is wait around for a man to make up his mind whether he wants to marry us or not. I believe that a real man pretty much knows right away when he sees his 'future wife'. After that, he's just checking to confirm what he already know...
9. There's nothing wrong with being single (If you're happy), but there's a lot wrong with being unhappily married.

10. When it comes to love, don't be a coward. Go look for it and hold on to it when you find it.

Ok, this is what I know about love. What about you? What do you know for sure about love?

Meanwhile, here's a new show called
Dragons Den -Nigeria

John Momoh
Ibukun Awosika
Femi Tejuosho
Chris Parkes
Alexander Amosu
and Toks Ishmael.

This show starts Broadcasts Sunday 27 onwards...
9:30 AIT and Channels TV for now.
Will bring you more detail about this show later.
Have a beautiful week ahead.

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