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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...

9jagal.com + 2009 BET Awards Red Carpet

If you haven't discovered it yet, here's your chance. One of our favorite bloggers, Naijagal, has upgraded. She now has a new website.

I've been there, and it's hella fab.
Check on it here...http://9jagal.com/

2009 BET Red Carpet pictures
The award has come and gone...quite memorable!
Check out what the stars wore...
Pay particular attention to Alicia Key’s dress and Tyra's ensemble...fab!

Beyonce Knowles in a beautiful Balmain dress

Letoya Luckett in a lace, crystal embellished, zipper Balmain dress and an Alejandro Ingelmo shoes.

Ciara in a Cynthia Steffe Fall 2009 dress.

Alicia Keys in a Moroccan inspired embellished mini Jenny Packham dress, a Christian Louboutin Spartenvol Strass 100 sandals and a matching nude clutch.

Zoe Saldana in a white one-sleeved Calvin Klein dress and a Brian Atwood shoes.

Melody Thornton of the Pussycat dolls in a nude body-stocking Alexander McQueen dress.

Taraji P. Henson in a black Kaufman Franco one-sleeved gown with leather strapped detail on the back.

Cassie in a Mark Fast knit dress and a Giuseppe Zanotti fold-over booties.

Singer Keri Hilson in a black bustier dress with Casadei black satin pumps completes.

Amerie in a LWD with Alexander McQueen peep-toe booties

Estelle paid homage to the late Michael Jackson by wearing a single white glove with a denim tiered Acne baroque peplum dress, with a contrasting silver spiked earrings.

Actress Keke Palmer in an embellished dress with sparkled in the LA sunshine.

Tyra Banks in a menswear-inspired satin ensemble, with suede Trib Two pumps

Teirra Marie

Kim Coles

Sharon Carpenter

Wendy Raquel Robinson

Mary Mary


Three 6 Mafia

Day 26

Sean Paul

Lala and Carmelo

LisaRaye and daughter

Arsenio Hall and son

Joe Jackson

Naija Ent. News next...you're going to get it next I promise...:-)
Catch y'all later...

Wednesday 1 July 2009

Asaba International Airport Project + Delta State University Teaching Hospital

The International Airport, still under construction, is situated in Asaba, Delta State
Check it out...

Front view

Side view

Asaba International Airport Control Tower

Runway of the Asaba International Airport

The reason I brought these pictures here is because of a statement made by someone after seeing these pictures...

Here it is... "Another white elephant project...another conduit to drain scarce resources. Does Delta and Akwa-Ibom states need 'International' airports? Must every state in Nigeria have an airport? Aren't durable, well paved road networks a million times better? Asaba is bracketted by two airports (Enugu/Benin) that if properly developed alongside solid road network will allow the citizens of Edo, Enugu, Anambra and Delta state conduct their lives with utmost ease. This airport project is...bullshit!

Is this the right attitude? There's nothing 'bull' or 'shit' about the structures I'm looking at in these pictures. I know we've been let down severally in the past by our Government, but shouldn't we show appreciation when they do things like this? Like what our Governor in Lagos is doing? But on the flipside, is there any sense in what the writer wrote? Who agrees or disagrees with him?

Meanwhile check out another structure built by the Government of Delta State
Delta State University Teaching Hospital
This hospital in located in Oghara, Delta State
Front view of the Teaching Hospital

Side view

A Clinical Staff displaying some Medical Equipments of the Hospital
Pix thanks to Trueface of Delta...

Happy new month all
God bless!

Tuesday 30 June 2009

Emmy Collins takes ThisDay Newspapers to court + Omowunmi is Lagos State Environmental Ambassador

I heard this story sometime last year but I honestly didn't take it serious until I saw Emmy's facebook status message yesterday. It read

"1st they ingnored me hoping I wud just go away but then realised it wudn't happen so they eventually responded to the case file against them @ Lagos State High Court. See u in court THIS DAY newspaper. They say one man can't make a change, I say busllshit. This one is for every model, designer OR individual who has ever been screwed over by them. WISH ME LUCK GUYS"

For those who don't know the genesis of this case, below is an interview he granted another newspaper late last year explaining his own side of the story.

Why I am suing ThisDay Music and Fashion Festival Organizers —Emmy Collins

How I got involved.
I was in Club 10 in Victoria Island early this year when Ruth Osime, the Editor of ThisDay Style Magazine met me and told me that they would want me to participate in the ThisDay Music and Fashion Show. I asked her the for me to take part she should make it official by sending me an official letter to participate in the show. I wanted to be part of the show because what they sold to me seemed like a charity event that would benefit Nigeria in the way of attracting investors to Nigeria. I bought into the idea.

The cancellation of the show.
I came down from UK for the show, did a collection for the show which cost me tens of thousands of pounds and I spent like two months working on that collection which included things I was going to do on the runway and actually I wanted people that would be there to know what fashion is all about. I did what I did because of the passion I have for the art and not necessarily for the money. When I came back, I was informed that I was going to be at the show that would hold in Lagos but later shifted it to Abuja. When we went to Abuja, we spent three days getting ready for the show and just thirty minutes to the show, it was cancelled. The same show that I spent so much money to come and participate was cancelled with a wave of hand. What amazed me was that when they knew all the way that they were going to cancel the show, they didn't even tell me. It started with a rumour and we spent three days there preparing for the show, fixing and teaching the models and even on the last day, I was still working. I just went up to my room dressed up and came down only for the rumour to start and then it became clear that the show was cancelled.

Seeking legal redress.
I waited up until last two weeks when I started sending them letters from my lawyer, the organizers did not even get back to me with as much as an explanation for the cancellation of the show and that is not professional. What we did was to send them a letter telling them that they had no right to behave the way they did and that I did cut a lot of expenses in preparation for the show and that what we want from them is to pay for those expenses because the stress I had gone through. Before I came back to Nigeria for this show many people, Nigerians for that matter, advised me against coming down because they felt that there would always be a negative intention in the invitation but I said no; I even wanted to get so many Nigerian designers, many of whom have never come home to Nigeria, back home and start up something like I have done here. I wanted us to have a whole building where we will showcase our products but they were not interested because of the kind of elements they have heard exists in Nigeria.

I was really depressed because when you put so much passion in what you do and it ends this way, it is very depressing; I was depressed not only for the money, I was depressed for the disrespect not only to me but to the entire Nigerian public who came for the show that day. The Abuja show was supposed to be Music and Fashion show which was the package the public paid for but when you produce the music part of the show and cancelled the fashion part and nothing was said about refund. That sounds like scam to me. I did not know that that is how the ThisDay thing works but since this happened I have started hearing things about ThisDay that doesn't sound so good and one funny thing is almost everybody knows these things about ThisDay and nobody was talking about it. I think someone is supposed to be talking to the EFCC now because what ThisDay is doing is like a money laundering scheme to me because when I come to think about it I ask myself where does Africa come into this? Where do we get the investments? Are the investments going to come from Naomi Campbell, Ozwald Boetang or Jay Z? So you ask yourself what was the essence of all those things.

Suing for damages.
I want to let you know that I am going to sue ThisDay and the whole money that we are going to sue them is £75, 000 and we are going to sue them here in Nigeria and in the United Kingdom. I am not going to be intimidated by anyone. Even when I told some people that I was going to sue ThisDay they got scared and pleaded with me not to do that before they run me down. For Christ's sake I can sue the president if he does something bad to me.

Role of the Banks.
What I apparently want to do now is to include banks that were involved in this in the suit because they should know more about the whole scam going on. I think the banks that are backing this whole thing should be brought to book to account about what's really going on.

Why suing when participation was for charity.
My complain at the moment is that they invited me for a show which I run cost and the show never happened. Now if the show had happened, everybody would have been happy and nobody would be complaining. And from what I am hearing, the show was not meant to happy; I don't know if that is true or false. I am complaining that after this show was cancelled, the organizers couldn't even write me a letter or give me a call to explain why the show did not hold. I believe if they had written me that letter I wouldn't be here right now; they lacked simple courtesy. I am not suing them because they invited me to participate in the show and they will pay me a certain amount of money, that's not what I am contesting. Why I am going to court is that ThisDay invited me to participate in a show and that show never happened and I had wanted to organise a preview of my collection in Lagos prior to the show on my own but I had to cancel that preview because I was transferred to Abuja. The essence of a preview is to showcase your collection and in that preview you make sales and get money but I was made to cancel all these opportunities because of I show that would never happen.
Source: nationaldailyngr.com

I don't know if going to court is necessary (I tried it once...it was a total waste of my time and money) but I salute his courage.

What do you guys think?

Meanwhile check out some of Emmy's fantastic designs below...

I don't know if you guys see it, but there's something totally cool and different about Emmy's clothes. Totally in love with him...his clothes I mean...lol

Goodluck with this case Emmy, God knows you need it :-)

Moving on...

Omowunmi Akinnifesi; Lagos State Environmental Ambassador
2005 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, Omowunmi Akinnifesi is Lagos State Environmental Ambassador. She was endorsed by the Lagos State Governor some weeks back...
Check out the pictures...

Congrats babe!

Austin Osagie Photography/Centaur Photographers

Austin Osagie has been around for a long time...more than seventeen years as a photographer. I shot my first modeling job with him in 1998...and we've shot many others since then. He's my official photographer. He shot all the pictures of me you all have seen of recent (minus the i-tees). A really great photographer with world class equipments. You can call Austin Osagie on 08065440228. His office is at 34, Calabar str., off Adisa Bashua, Masha, Surulere.
Be sure to check on him for your events, weddings and portraits.

Photos of the day
2009 World's Ugliest Dog!
Pabst, a boxer-mix, took top honors at the 21st annual World's Ugliest Dog competition at the Sonoma-Marin fair on Friday night. Pabst's "bitter beer face" won over the judges and his owner, Miles Egstad, was awarded $1,600 for his mangey mutt's win.

Michael Jackson final rehearsal photos
Two days before suffering a cardiac arrest, Michael Jackson goes through a run-through during his final concert rehearsal at the Staples Center on Tuesday (June 23) in Los Angeles.

We'll always love you Michael, you were the greatest. Rest in peace!

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