Welcome to Linda Ikeji's Blog: 10/11/2009 - 10/18/2009





Saturday 17 October 2009

Ghana Satellites win U-20 World Cup.

Ghana's U-20 team, Ghana Satellites made history yesterday Friday 16th Oct. 09 at the capacity Cairo International Stadium, when they beat pre-tournament favourites and four times champions Brazil 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out to lift the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

Ghana became the first African team to win the Under-20 World Cup.

So proud!!

AY is UN Ambassador for peace

AY with Munachi Abii

Award winning funny man, AY, has been been nominated to receive another award as the United Nations Ambassador for Peace in Nigeria. The title will be given to him on Saturday 24th of October 2009.

Congrats to him.

Also AY TV premieres on HiTV on November 1. For more info visit ...www.ayshow.com

Mariah Carey to be a mum

The 39 year singer told Intouch magazine that she's expecting a baby with hubby of over a year, Nick Canon, 29.
Good for them.

Funmi Iyanda Journeys Nigeria

After eight years of producing and hosting the acclaimed studio talk show, New Dawn, Funmi Iyanda is returning to the screen at the helm of a different kind of show. The new project is called Talk With Funmi (TWF).

Talk With Funmi is an exciting new programme that captures people around Nigeria. It is a thought provoking, illuminating and entertaining journey into the life of Nigerians from all over the country.

Funmi Iyanda journeys from state to state talking with Nigerians from all spheres of life. The show talks to people everywhere – capturing discussions that range from the hard hitting stories of the day to day challenges of Nigeria with some light-hearted banter and fun along the way. With the first season of recording already completed in some states, don't be surprised if TWF soon shows up at your doorstep.

Beautifully produced and shot on high definition video, Talk With Funmi is a technical masterpiece. The excellent cinematography and deep, rich colours of the production provide tactile pleasure. TWF is an artistic blend of documentary, reality television and talk show and thus resists categorization. The result is groundbreaking and innovative television from a production team led by award-winning director Chris Dada.

With 36 states, over 200 ethnic groups and 140 million people, Nigeria is alive and teeming with vibrant stories. Nigerians are a people who love to talk, and Nigerians still have great stories to tell – stories of joy, laughter, hard work and success. Stories of suffering and harrowing pain; stories of hope and resilience in spite of all odds. As Nigeria moves towards 50, this is the perfect opportunity to capture transformative Nigerian conversations—conversations that will ignite meaningful change.

It is the power of these conversations that will unlock the potential of our nation and reaffirm the bonds that hold us together as a country. These are the stories that award winning broadcaster and journalist Funmi Iyanda has set out to capture in an ambitious and innovative television show.

The TWF journey promises to be one that is fresh, eye opening and fun and will be broadcast to TV audiences across Africa.

Talk With Funmi is an Ignite Media production.

Check out pictures of Talk with Funmi screening that took place yesterday...

Funmi with Guy Murray Bruce

With Sonny Irabor

With Governor Fashola

Great stuff!!!

Friday 16 October 2009

Miss West Africa 2009

The second edition of Miss West Africa will be taking place in London, at the Royal Regency Hall, on 27th November 2009. The prestigious pageant will be hosted by award winning comedian, Eddie Kadi, with performances from UK Ivory Coast dance group C'MAD. The event will be in support of Yvette Gates, a young Gambian child in need of bone marrow donors.

MWA 2009 will have participants from Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone and more.

Check out the 14 contestants...

The girls are stunning huh?

If you want to know more about this pageant, go to their website here... http://www.misswestafrica.com/

9ice Drops First Single off His Upcoming album titled TRADITION

Multiple award winning Alapomeji recording artist 9ice has officially dropped the first single off his upcoming album "TRADITION". The single titled "GBAMU GBAMU" is one of the many hit songs recorded by 9ice. The album which has been tagged "the most anticipated album of 2009" features hit track after hit track, no instrumentals and no skits.

A fusion of proverbial lyrics in his mother tongue (Yoruba), a danceable tune, and a unique style that is known to belong to 9ice, Gbamu Gbamu gives a brief insight of what to expect from TRADITION.

Can't wait for this album to drop.

Thursday 15 October 2009

Murder, brutal rape and repression in Guinea

*Warning - horrific pictures.
Please don't continue if you can't stand gruesome pictures.

I know I'm probably going to spoil your day with this post...it's horrific...and I'm sorry...but this is something we all need to see... as Africans...as a people...you won't believe the kind of terrible, despicable things we do to each other...*

Read the story below...

On Monday September 28th 2009, Guinean troops opened fire on opposition protesters at a stadium in the capital Conakry, killing 157 and wounding over 1, 253 people in the crackdown.

About 50,000 people were protesting over rumours that their erratic military ruler, Capt Moussa Dadis Camara who took over in Dec 08 after the death of long-time ruler Lansana Conte, intends to run for president in an election scheduled for next January.

During the protest soldiers moved in to quell the rally using tear gas and baton charges and firing live ammunition into the crowds killing many people.

Women caught in the massacre were raped and brutally murdered by soldiers.

"I'm 57 and they stripped me naked!" said one woman, her face still swollen a week later, as she showed off her bruised arms and buttocks.

"I saw soldiers putting their rifles into womens' private parts while they were hitting me," she added.

Thierno Maadjou Sow, head of the Guinean Human Rights Organisation, said it was setting up an association for women who had been raped so they could take legal action.

"A soldier had a knife, he ripped all my clothes," added the woman, who is an opposition activist. "I told them, 'I'm your mother.' They jabbed me in the buttocks with a knife, they beat me terribly."

Beside her, a woman of 47 showed reporters the bruises and wounds scarring her back.

"A soldier hit me and stripped me, he hit me on the head with his gun. They knocked me to the ground," the mother of two said. "Someone came and put their hand.... they raped me. I got out of there naked."

Sow said the rapes were perpetrated in full view of all and constituted "a crime against humanity."

And now to the pictures...
Please remember you were warned...

Photo credit: Mawuli Dake

This is totally unacceptable. Please join to demand justice- sign the MILEAD Fellows petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/guinea-28th-september-2009-massacre

I've signed the petition. Hope you do the same.

Lil Wayne expecting baby no 4

With ex-wife and first baby mama Toya

Third baby mama, actress Lauren London

With Nivea Hamilton and fourth baby mama

Lil Wayne has confirmed that he and singer Nivea are expecting a baby boy! The baby will be Weezy's third son to be born in just over a year. Just last month, actress Lauren London, gave birth to Lil Wayne's second son. He already has another son with a college student and a daughter with his ex-wife Toya.

Seriously, I don't understand how some women can even tolerate this.

Edo female deportees from Libya return with unwanted pregnancies.

Out of the over 1, 000 Edo State indigenes who were recently deported from Libya last month, no fewer than 50 of them are pregnant. Investigations have revealed that the deportees were languishing in various prisons in Libya before the federal government in collaboration with some other agencies, fought frantically to ensure their release and subsequent deportation of the Edo indigenes.

It was learnt that these girls were either impregnated by Libyan security operatives or prison officials. These unfortunate Nigerians had left the shores of the country to Libya to secure passage to European countries like Spain and Italy.

Source: City People Magazine

Darey dominates NMVA Nominations

Darey Art Alade has packed six nominations for the 3rd Nigerian Music Video Awards, making him the highest nominee this year.

The bestselling musician who was recently announced winner for the Best RNB Video at the SMVA in August 2009, has been nominated in the category of Best RNB video, Best Afro pop video, Best Use of Costume, Best Use of Choreography, Video of the year and Best Producer in a music video (Soul Muzik)

The 2009 NMVA organized by Callivision Network is scheduled to hold on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at Expo hall, Eko Hotel

Congrats to him!

Wednesday 14 October 2009

Is this 'Black Face'?

~Painting white people black for the entertainment of other white people is offensive in ways that stand entirely apart from cultural context.~

French Vogue did a shoot with Dutch model Lara Stone and black people are angry about it. Lara was painted black.

The general consensus is that the 'fashion world' does not have respect for 'black models'. They are wondering why a black model was not hired for the shoot instead of painting a white girl black.

Is this disrespectful to the black world or is it just artistic?

Pastor Ituah Ighodalo's Timeless Times

Since stepping down as a Provincial Pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (For remarrying),  the very handsome pastor and better half of former Miss Lux and Elizabeth R boss, Ibidun Ajayi, has kicked off his radio ministry.

The Sunday sermon which began on Classic 93.7 FM on Sunday, Oct 11, 2009 is called Timessless Times and starts at 10am

So tune in every Sunday...

Tyra Banks tops Forbes list

Tyra Banks took the first place spot on Forbes list of Prime-Time's Top Earning Women earning considerably more than her contemporaries.

Between America's Next Top Model, The Tyra Banks Show, and numerous TV appearances, Tyra raked in an estimated $30 million this year!

Rounding out the rest of the list...
2. Katherine Heigl - $18 million
3. Marg Helgenberger - $9.5 million
4. Eva Longoria Parker - $9 million
5. Mariska Hargitay - $8.5 million
6. Julia Louis-Dreyfus (tie) - $8 million
6. Maura Tierney (tie) - $8 million
8. Tina Fey - $7 million
9. Marcia Cross - $6.2 million
10. Jennifer Love Hewitt - $6 million

Oh how I admire this woman...

Daily Independent Newspaper shuts down

The staff of Daily Independent are complaining that they have not been paid their salaries for the past four months. They also alleged that N11 million belonging to the staff cooperative society has not been paid to the cooperative by the company.

One of the most notable among the grievances of the workers is that for the past eight years, none of the old staff has been promoted, while some of the newly employed ones have been promoted.They are angry that 22 workers considered some of the best hands were sacked last week.

The 22 senior staff members were alleged to have been sacked because they refused to be the mouthpiece of the newspaper owner, Chief Ibori. Some workers alleged that they were forced to launder Ibori’s image by writing editorials, letters to the editor and articles attacking those opposing the embattled ex-governor.

Their refusal was said to have cost them their jobs.

Source: PM News...

Please translate...

Pls translate this sentence to correct English....
how many years I take senior you?

And no it's not...
how many years am I older than you?...lol
Let's know...

Tuesday 13 October 2009

RIP Nicholas Anukanti

Nicholas Anukanti was a fashion TV presenter and the brain behind Nigerian Television Fashion Show and Style.com . He died on Saturday 10th Oct 2009 after a brief illness. He was 37 years old. Such a sad loss.

I saw him some weeks back, told him about my show and he promised to support 100%. I never imagined that would be my last time of seeing him. The way life is...
May his soul rest in peace...Amen

Photo of the day

These girls have ya wered oh...lol

Photo credit: Mabinuori Olashupo.

The new hand gesture

Ladies and gentlemen, check out the new hand gesture. It's no longer 'Yeah' or 'Peace out'. It's something like what Tuface, D'banj, Wande Coal, Ikechukwu, Sound Sultan, Dr. SID and Wyclef is showing us.

Is that a symbol of Oneness?
Something tells me Wyclef is the brain behind it...
You feeling it?

Whitney Houston launches European tour dates

On the heels of her critically acclaimed, internationally chart-topping album I Look To You, Whitney Houston announced today the first leg of an eagerly anticipated European tour, her first major tour in more than 11 years. The UK concerts will be the must see shows of this decade as Houston returns to the stage to perform classic hits alongside her latest songs. I Look To You will be released in the UK on October 19, just one day after a massive appearance on the hit program The X Factor.

Her European tour will see her perform in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium as well as the UK, with territories to be announced shortly.

*Thursday, April 8 Manchester, UK Manchester Evening News Arena
*Sunday, April 11 Glasgow, UK SECC
*Tuesday, April 13 Birmingham, UK LG Arena
*Thursday, April 22 Newcastle, UK Metro Radio Arena
*Sunday, April 25 London, UK 02 Arena

Ticket On-Sale Information
All tickets go on-sale Friday, October 16 at 9am

Box office details
*Manchester 0844-847-8000
*Glasgow 0844-395-4000
*Birmingham 0844-338-8000
*Newcastle 0844-493-6666
*London 0844-856-0202

24hr credit card hotline details
Ticketmaster 0844-847-2450, See Tickets 0871-2200-260, Ticketline 0844-

Online at
www.ticketmaster.co.uk; www.seetickets.com; www.ticketline.co.uk;
www.ticketsoup.com (Glasgow only)

Source: Nippy Inc.

Monday 12 October 2009

Tuface and I are still together - Pero Adeniyi

The gist in town was that Tuface had parted ways with two of his baby mamas, Sumbo Ajaba and Pero Adeniyi. Sumbo confirmed the split many weeks back, but Pero is insisting she's the still with the father of two of her kids. She spoke with Afolabi Adekoya of City People Magazine in far away Canada where 2face had gone to perform some weeks back.

"People told me about the report but I didn't get to see the paper. Well as for Sunmbo, she spoke for herself and that has nothing to do with me. I am not separated from 2face. We are still very much together. If we are not together, I wouldn't be here in Canada to be with him. I just decided to keep a low profile for a while and I think because people have not been seeing me around in Nigeria, they assume we have parted ways. I was going through a lot of stress in Nigeria so I thought the best thing to do is to go back to the US where I can live a quiet life. I'm here with my kids and I will remain with 2face because I love him. I will stay with him through thick and thin"

Screening of Talk with Funmi

TWF is a multi-segment variety show set in multiple locations across Nigeria. It brings truly inspiring real life stories, fresh perspectives of our diverse cultures, tangible information and inspirational experiences of real people from various parts of the country into the homes of Nigerians in a fun filled engaging and entertaining manner.

Anchoring this unique program is the talented and outstanding broadcaster, Funmi Iyanda, who is well known with ‘New Dawn with Funmi’, a programme which ran on national TV for eight years. She is also a multi-award winning journalist, blogger and writer as well as a fellow of both the Desmond Tutu African Leadership Institute and the Aspen Institute’s African Leadership Initiative.

TWF takes Funmi and her crew round the entire 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, to bring the Nigerian story alive. Four states have been visited so far and the first 13 episodes of the show have been shot and fully edited. The show will be premiered on DSTV’s Africa Magic & Magic World (Primetime), NTA/AIT and other selected stations around Nigeria, with an international cut scheduled for a major UK network.

The preview screening will hold on Friday 16th October, 2009 at Hall 3, Silverbird Galleria, 133 Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos by 5pm.

Film starts at 5.30pm promptly.

This event is strictly by invitation.

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