Welcome to Linda Ikeji's Blog: 01/23/2011 - 01/30/2011





Friday 28 January 2011

ANPP Governoship Candidate Assasinated today in Borno State

Late Modu Fannami Gubio
The ANPP Gubernatorial candidate in Borno State, Engr Modu Fannami Gubio, was assassinated this afternoon while paying a visit to his family home in Maiduguri. Two assailants who came in two motor cycles opened fire at him immediately he came out of the house, then started shooting randomly, killing 6 other people who were in his company.

Engr. Gubio was the Commissioner of Finance in Borno and the cousin to the Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff. He was picked as the ANPP Governorship candidate 14th of this month.

Those killed alongside him are Alhaji Goni Sheriff, younger brother to the Borno State Governor, two security officers attached to the aspirant and four other ANPP stalwarts.

May his soul rest in peace...amen.

Unrest in Egypt

This week's demonstration in Egypt is the largest seen in decades. The demonstrators are demanding the ouster of the country's longtime autocratic president, Hosni Mubarak. He's been there since 1981 and after the elections in Nov 2010, wants to begin another term. He's 82 years. If I lived in that country, I would demonstrate too.


New Video: BBA Tatiana Ft Naeto C - Crazy

Guess the celebrity baby...

This should be easy. Check out the headphones on little man...so adorable!

Kamsee, 11, releases debut single

Kamsee Ekpeyong, 11, a student of Trinity International College Ofada, is set to take the music industry by storm. He just released his first single, friends, which he said he wrote and composed himself. The talented young boy who plays the piano and keyboard is also involved in writing, painting and acting.

Friends is currently playing on various radio stations.

Terry McMillan apologises

Why the apology naw? If you don't mean something and can't stand by it, then don't say it...or in this case, don't tweet it!

Naeto C unveils album cover

Naeto C's new album, Super C Season, will be officially released February 7, 2011.

INEC Boss wants additional N6.6billion for Voters Registration

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Attahiru Jega, two days ago Wednesday Jan 26 requested an additional N6.6 billion to complete voter registration, in disregard of the warning issued by the National Assembly (NASS) November last year for him not come back for more funds.

The INEC already got N87 billion for the entire election process, including voter registration.

Jega said that the fresh funds would address four pressing challenges: personnel (two), transportation, and consummables. He also said the INEC registered only 28.5 million voters by January 22 out of the estimated 65, 783,046 million.

Wonder shall never end!

FAB Magazine now sold in the UK

Yesterday Thursday 27 January marked FAB magazine's entry to the UK retail market, gracing the shelves of WH Smith's and independent retailers. If you are in the UK, and you love this magazine...then go get a copy!

Taraji P. Henson goes naked for PETA

She's 40 years old. Wow!

Thursday 27 January 2011

Ugandan gay rights activist bludgeoned to death in his home

A Ugandan gay rights activist whose name was published on a list of the nation's "top homosexuals" was bludgeoned to death today in his home near the capital, his lawyer said Thursday.

How unfortunate!

Jeta Amata's Black Gold Tops CNN Movie Review Chart

Jeta Amata's yet to be released movie about the Naija Delta, Black Gold, which stars several Hollywood actors, is currently generating a lot attention outside Nigeria. The movie was recently on the top list on CNN's movie review.

If these people are showing this much interest in a movie that's not even out yet, imagine when it comes out. Who knows, it could get an Oscar nomination for best foreign film next year. An Algerian film was nominated this year...so it's possible...

Warrant Issued For Former American Idol Contestant Chikezie Eze's arrest

A bench warrant has been issued for the arrest of former American Idol contestant, Nigerian Chikezie Eze, 25, after he failed to show up at a January 14th court hearing in LA regarding his arrest last year, for attempting to buy cologne with a fake credit card!

Author Terry McMillan Criticizes Will & Jada Smith's Parenting Skills

Author Terry McMillan took to Twitter to discuss how disgusted she is with the way Jada and Will are raising Jaden and Willow Smith.

Her tweets below...

The Smith children already act like child stars. There’s an arrogance in their demeanor and behavior. I find it incredibly sad. It feels like the Smith children are being pimped and exploited. Or, they’re already hungry for fame. What about 4th grade?

More when you continue...

Who would you rather?

Fally Ipupa or J Martins?

Hycinth Idibia and new wife

Hycinth Idibia, Tuface Idibia's immediate younger brother got married a few weeks ago in Sierra Leone. Above is a photo from the wedding. The singer married Hassanatu Kanu, a popular actress in her country. The two met in the US and tied the knot last month. Congrats again.

Wednesday 26 January 2011

The Gorilla who walks around on two legs

It's a known fact that gorillas share close to 95% of their DNA with humans. But it seems Ambam the Silverback may have found the other five - as he swaggers around his enclosure like a man. The 18-second clip, shot at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent, shows the hulking ape walking upright on his hind legs, and has become an internet sensation. - Daily Mail UK

Beauty of the day: Tayo Odueke (Sikiratu Sindodo)

Big is beautiful you know...

'The Nigerian Boy Who Conquered America': The King of Home Equity Fraud

Tobechi Onwuhara (right) at a Dallas nightclub with Ezenwa Onyedebelu. Courtesy: FBI.
A luxury suite at the W Hotel in Dallas is as good a place as any to conquer the world. At least it seemed that way in 2007 when Tobechi Onwuhara got the crew together. They'd meet there often, seven or eight of them. Some had nicknames from the Ian Fleming lexicon: C, Q, and E. Others were called Mookie, Orji, Uche. They would spread out on designer sofas and at the wet bar, open three-ring binders, and fire up laptops with hard-to-trace wireless cards. On a nearby table there'd be prepaid cellphones with area codes taped to them. A phone for Southern California. A phone for Northern Virginia. A phone for any place Onwuhara had found the "good money."

Who would you rather?

Lynxxx or Banky W?
Wow, check out that smile....

President Jonathan Appoints Bianca Ojukwu as Aide

In fulfillment of his pledge to tackle the spate of terrorism in the country, President Goodluck Jonathan today Wednesday approved the appointment of Zakari Ibrahim, former director general of the National Intelligence Agency as the new coordinator anti-terrorism in the country.

Also appointed is the wife of Ex-Biafran warlord, Dim Odiumegwu Ojukwu, Mrs Bianca Ojukwu, as Senior Special Assistant, Daispora Affairs.

Jonathan also approved the appointment of Kingsley Kuku as special adviser, Niger Delta Affairs, and Oyewole Olugbenga Leke as senior special assistant, Maritime Services. He said the appointments take immediate effect. - Vanguard

"How I met Dakore" - Olu Akande

""It's a day I will never forget in a hurry. Contrary to what people think that I saw Dakore in a movie, the very first time we met was in a poetry recitation in London. The moment I saw her I walked up to her and we exchanged numbers, and the rest is history. She is a loving girl and I'm happy I found her" - Olu Akande

More Nigerians Die In Libyan Prisons! One Death, Too Many

For about two decades now, scores of Nigerians have either been reportedly executed or detained in Libya. In fact, the name Libya to Nigerians has become synonymous to execution. Just last month, there were reports from some media, on the arrest of hundreds of Nigerians in Libya for immigration offenses, ranging from overstaying of visits to issues of international passports. These Nigerians along with some other Africans were locked up in different prisons in Libya. Reports reaching relatives back home have it that six among those detained in Torisha Deportation Camp and one in Saba Prison died as a result of exposure to the cold weather, three amongst whom are young girls.

“Bunmi Ademokoya is the love of my life’, “No, she’s not!” – Ex-Mr Nigeria, Bryan Okwara

“What can I say? She’s the love of my life. She is amazing. She is gorgeous. She is black. She is beautiful. She is my friend. She is a colleague. She cooks. She cleans. She’s God fearing. She’s somebody you want to meet anyday, anytime.” Bryan Okwara to Bola Akinboade of City People (this week) when asked if he was in a sizzling romance with top model, Bunmi Ademokoya. 

Bryan really made that statement? Hard to believe, because this same week he denied dating the beautiful model to an Encomium magazine reporter.
Read it after the cut...

Nollywood Actress, Susan Peters featured in International Afro American Magazine, Black Beauty And Hair.

Nollywood Actress, Susan Peters, is the first Nigerian and Nollywood actress to be featured in Black Beauty And Hair Magazine (February/March issue, 2011). Her management, E4 PR, is particularly pleased about this achievement, as many of you know how difficult it is to get a feature in an international magazine like this, which is in the same league as Ebony, Pride, etc, which usually feature international Afro American stars like Halle Berry, Iman, Beyonce, Naomi Campbell et al.

Congrats girl!

Guinness VIP enjoys wide Consumer/ Fans Acceptance (Over 200,000 consumers sign up)

The Guinness sponsored social interactive platform, GuinnessVIP (GVIP) recently launched to connect Guinness consumers to the very best of football experience recorded a massive sign up of football fans and consumers of over 200,000 members just 6 weeks after launch.

Sunmbo Ajaba berths events company

Tuface Idibia's baby mama and banker, Sunmbo Ajaba, recently unveiled her events company called ESOB Events and she's planning an official launch of the company in the coming weeks.
Congrats to her.

Anambra: Voters' Registration Centres Found in Evil Forest

Shock and disbelief could best describe the mood of Anambra State Deputy Governor, Mr. Emeka Sibeudu and the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the state, Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukaogu, yesterday when the duo led security operatives to discover four registration centres located at a shrine in a deep forest.

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Senate orders Minister of Education to re-open schools

The Senate has ordered the Minister of Education, Rufai Rukiyat to reopen all schools closed for the voter registration exercise as soon as possible, but not later than Friday 28 January. The order followed a motion brought before the senate by Victor Ndoma Egba (PDP Cross River State). Mr Ndoma said that closing the schools means “sacrificing the future of our children for political gains.” -234next.

Tuesday 25 January 2011

Ruggedman makes peace with Prince Adekunle

Ruggedman and General Prince Adekunle
For those who don't know the story, Prince Adekunle sang the original of "Awodi n fo herere" that Ruggedman sampled on his 'A word is enough for the 9ice' track, (the chorus) which he dedicated to 9ice, in his 'untouchable' album.

The prince must not have granted permission for the use of his song because he was about to sue Ruggedman for copyright but the rapper managed to track the man down and begged for forgiveness.

From the pic above...I say that's one settled case!

Stephanie Okereke's nuptials still on schedule

From her publicist.
Nollywood A-list Actress Stephanie Okereke was recently in the press with negative perceptions about her engagement to Chief Executive of Del-York International Linus Idahosa.

Delta State Gov. Uduaghan Sacks '100' Aides

The Delta State governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, on Monday sacked 100 aides. Those affected in what the state government explained as part of efforts to strengthen governance were the governor's senior special assistants, special assistants, political assistants and political aides.

2011 Oscar Nominations

The Nominations for 83rd Academy awards was announced this morning. The event will be hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway on 27th February at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

The list when you continue...

"Why most veteran actors are poor" - Enebeli Elebuwa

"It is because when we started acting, what we wanted to do was to learn the job and be good at it. But now, the financial aspect of it has come into focus and we saw that most of us got impoverished because we were working to be good. And again, we are living in a nation where the people who are involved in film production do not consider how good you are. Rather, they pay the young people, especially ladies more and pay us less just because we've been in the industry for a long time." - Veteran actor Enebeli Elebuwa.


Oprah introduces her half-sister, Patricia

Oprah Winfrey revealed on her show yesterday about finding out this past Thanksgiving that when she was 9 years old her mother had gotten pregnant, hid the pregnancy and secretly put the baby up for adoption...

Oprah's sister discovered Vernita Winfrey was her birth mother in 2007 and began reaching out to her. Vernita rejected Patricia's requests to unite. She still does.

Eventually an email from Patricia made its way past the hundreds of other "I'm your long lost relative letters" Oprah receives each week and after realizing Patricia had known the truth since 2007 and hadn't sold her out to the tabloids, Oprah decided she wanted to meet this woman whether she turned out to be her sister or not.

Interview footage here

Beauty of the day: Agbani Darego

She is the most beautiful black African I have ever seen.
My opinion. You don't have to agree...:-)

Olu and Dakore Akande to spend honeymoon in Chicago

Just wedded couple, Olumide and Dakore Akande, will soon embark on a two week trip to Chicago Illinois, for their honeymoon, same place where Olu proposed to the actress in 2009.

Wishing them all the best!

Stephanie Okereke denies rift with fiance's family

Stephanie and Linus
"There is no iota of truth in that report. I saw it and my future parents in law live in Lagos and they read it too and my mum in law is in shock. She doesnt understand why anyone would write such lies concerning them. I told her 'welcome to the entertainment world'.   My in-laws and I are really close and they are really happy about my relationship with their son. My relationship with Linus is solid and these cheap lies will not affect us. It was even faith my sister in law who alerted me that such a story was written. The Idahosas are like my second family and they love me like their daughter. God will expose whoever is behind this that's all I know. (Our wedding) isn't being delayed. We are putting things in place and it will happen very soon by Gods Grace. Faith my darling sister
in law will be my maid of honour." Stephanie Okereke to Stella Dimoko Korkus of Encomium

Flytime Promotion's Comedy Titans promo

Photo of the day...


Promo video for Dbanj - Mr Endowed remix ft. Snoop Dogg

Mike Ezuruonye and wife expecting first baby

Nollywood actor and Glo ambassador, Mike Ezuruonye and his beautiful wife, Nkechi, are expecting their first child. The couple are said to be very excited and looking forward to being parents. 

And she btw, is more beautiful in real life than in pictures. Congrats to them.

Jos Boils Again. 8 Killed in Midnight Raids. Protesting Women Shot, Hospitalised. Boko Haram Militants Kill Soldier in Borno

I know this is a gory sight and I apologise. But I need you all to see what is going on in our country. What the hell is this? My goodness, what have we turned ourselves into...?

No fewer than eight people were killed with many others sustaining varying degrees of injuries in three different attacks in Plateau State on Sunday by two different groups of people suspected to be Fulani herdsmen. Nigerian Tribune learnt that the assailants, numbering about 50, armed with sophisticated weapons, swooped on a village called Farin-Lamba in Jos South Local Government Area of the state at about 11.00 p.m. and descended on the inhabitants who had all gone to bed.

Breaking news: Footballer Uche Okafor was murdered

FBI brought out a report this morning saying former super eagles player, Uche Okafor, who was found hanged in his US home Jan 6th this month, didn't commit suicide but was murdered!

Story developing...

5 days to The Future Awards 2011: The finalists are revealed!

Nominees - Corporate Professional of the Year
Ini Edo, Banky W, Kemi Adetiba, Tokini Peterside, Tolu Ogunlesi, others make last lap.

At last!!! After 3 months of a rigorous judging process, The Future Awards (TFA) has finally released its final list seven days to the awards!

Monday 24 January 2011

Tyler Perry is back with another movie starring his cross dressing alter ego, Madea.

“Madea’s Big Happy Family,” which arrives in theaters April 22, stars Perry in his famous role as the wisecracking, gun-toting Madea; along with Atlanta rapper turned actor Bow Wow; Teyana Taylor; Lorette Devine, Lauren London and Isaiah Mustafa.

I love Madea. Anxiously waiting...

Iyanya ready for second album

The past months have been rough and hard; with the loss of his mother, and his only brother.
Now alone and in the cold, the singer is holding tight to his music – his only source of warmth and hope.

Oprah's secret: She has a long lost sister.

In promos for the show Oprah said she will reveal a family secret that "literally shook her to her core."
"I was keeping a family secret for months and on Monday you're going to hear it straight from me. I thought I'd seen it all... but this, my friends, is the miracle of all miracles."
After a huge build up, Oprah Winfrey today revealed on her show that she has a half sister that she never knew about. Oprah's sister, Patricia, was put up for adoption at an early age and bounced around foster care until being adopted at age seven. Oprah says her mother never told her she had a sister. Oprah is nine years older than Patricia and they do not share same father.

Style Star: Kel and Rita Dominic

What do you think? Are these ladies badd or are they badd?
BTW Rita, when you are done with that dress, send it over. Thanks, L.

Monalisa Chinda's ex-husband re-marries

Dejo Richards and new bride on wedding day

Monalisa Chinda's ex-husband, Dejo Richards, has remarried. He married American based Omolade Yetunde Olayinka on Sat Jan 22 at the Ikoyi registry, Lagos.

That was fast.
Congrats to them.

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