Welcome to Linda Ikeji's Blog: 06/26/2011 - 07/03/2011





Saturday 2 July 2011

Genevieve Nnaji becomes first entertainer to grace TELL Magazine cover

In its 20 years of publishing, News/Politics magazine, TELL has never put a Nigerian entertainer on it's cover until Genevieve Nnaji graced one of its June editions. Here's some of what she told TELL.

You had a brilliant music video with Dbanj in Fall in Love, you guys had great chemistry and there have been rumours that you two are an item. He was at your birthday party in London in May, if all the circumstances are right, will you say yes to marriage with Dbanj?
First of all I have to agree within myself that I actually want to get married. If I would marry him, I don’t know. I think my life is already chaotic as it is being one celebrity. So, it’s a no.

Don Jazzy doesn't want your NEA votes

He was nominated for music producer of the year at the 2011 Nigerian Entertainment Awards scheduled to hold in September, but the hit maker doesn't particularly seem interested in winning.

He tweeted:
"Pls everyone that has been going to vote for me for NEA award i really appreciate it o but please spread the votes to my colleagues. thanks. No be say i dey form o but i kinda have 2 many already. and i know the award might ginger and motivate someone else. Thanks again o"
Well, since IDJA doesn't want it, here are other producers you can vote for. Sossick, Cobhams, Samklef, Jesse Jagz and Dokta Frabz

Rich Kids Joyriding in Abuja. Sometimes Bystanders Are Injured or Killed. Watch!

It's an old video, but you need to see it, especially the 1.40mark. If you live in Abuja, is this still going on?

Kate Henshaw, Carol King and others star in 'The Wives'

To kick off the Theatre on the Mainland series, PAWS (Performing Arts Workshop and Studio) in collaboration with The Knot Centre presents 'The Wives', a stage play written by Professor Ahmed Yerima.

In The Wives, Yerima's two plots craftily dissolve into one with lessons for everyone to learn. Are most men and husbands two faced and hypocritical?

China Opens The World's Longest Bridge

The world's longest sea bridge, Qingdao Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, in Qingdao, Shandong province, China, was officially opened on Thursday, June 30. The bridge is 42 km (26 miles) long.

26miles? That's endless driving. These Chinese people are something else! Kudos!

Nigeria’s economy to overtake South Africa’s as Africa’s largest by 2025.

A report by CNN Correspondent, Robyn Curnow.

A Good news for Nigeria. A wake-up call for South Africa.
That’s my “take-home message” from the headlines emerging from a new Morgan Stanley report, which predicts Nigeria’s economy will overtake South Africa’s as Africa’s largest by 2025.

High oil prices, the “decisive” election of President Goodluck Jonathan and buoyant consumer spending will all push Nigeria’s economy into the front in the next 15 years, says the Morgan Stanley survey. Critics in South Africa say they are not concerned about the prospect of the country losing its spot as the largest economy on the continent.

Mama Nothing Spoil's ex-husband reacts to her allegations

To understand what this is all about, you have to read Mama Nothing Spoil's version of events first. Read it here.

Here's what her ex-husband Segun Dada had to say about all the allegations leveled against by his ex-wife Mercy Oyebo, popularly known as Mama Nothing Spoil
"It is unfortunate for Mama Nothing Spoil to embark on this fruitless journey of false publication. I am not interested in joining issues with her but I have to put the record straight. Firstly I have not seen or met Kemi for the past three years. It is amazing how she can claim that I impregnated her best friend. The question is, how can a woman I didn't see for three years get pregnant for me?

So She Lied? Prosecutors To Drop Rape Charges Against Dominique Strauss-Kahn

The sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on the verge of collapse as investigators have uncovered major holes in the credibility of the housekeeper who charged that he attacked her in his Manhattan hotel suite in May, according to two well-placed law enforcement officials.

Although forensic tests found unambiguous evidence of a sexual encounter between Mr. Strauss-Kahn, a French politician, and the woman, prosecutors now do not believe much of what the accuser has told them about the circumstances or about herself.

Friday 1 July 2011

Same dress?

Left is Kate in a white Reiss dress for her official engagement portrait in November. Right is Kate today in Canada. Same dress?

Meanwhile more than Half a million people lined the streets of Ottawa, Canada, to welcome William and Kate who are visiting the country. More pics when you continue...

Rest In Peace Omozoje Titilayo Oyakhire

Titilayo was a mother, daughter, sister and friend, who had so much going for her. She was young, only in her twenties, had a good job, a beautiful daughter, a lot of dreams she wanted to accomplish but on Friday June 24, her life was violently cut short by her husband, Akolade Lukeman Arowolo, who stabbed her multiple times, then dismembered her body. Now he blames the devil!

If you are in an abusive relationship, then please look at Titi, look at her and ask yourself...why am I letting this happen to me? Don't I deserve better? Marriage is a wonderful thing, but when it's abusive physically or emotional, then it's ugly and God don't like ugly. 

A man who physically hurts you is worthless and doesn't deserve your time, your body, your peace of mind or your life. Think about it, what could be worst than being in constant physical and emotional pain? What's worst than the shame, the degradation, the shattering of self-worth, being constantly depressed, anxious, scared of someone you are supposed to love? What's worst than that? If you’re afraid of being alone, be more afraid of what will happen to you if you stay. You think Titi envisaged this would happen to her?

There's no shame in being divorced or single, the world might talk about it, but only for a little while. But if you die, the world will move on, and your children will suffer without you there to guide and protect them. Staying in an abusive relationship is not even healthy for your children. If you can't walk away for yourself, then do it for them. Living with an abusive man is no way to live. Let him go, he's not worth it! Please think about it.

Rest in peace Titilayo.

More details on the guy who stabbed his wife to death

Late Titilayo and the husband who killed her
Details have emerged of how Akolade Arowolo, a jobless graduate, suspected to have killed his banker wife, Titilayo, last Friday was arrested by the police. 

Akolade was arrested on Saturday at their residence at 8, Akindehinde Street, Isolo around 11pm.
“He came back to his flat the next day at about 11 pm; perhaps, to pick up a few things before making good his escape. Policemen had already laid ambush and were waiting. He was immediately arrested.
Titilayo’s family have been contacted and they have taken custody of her daughter. Kolade is now in the custody of the SCID, Panti,” the source, a policeman, said.

WTF? Even Naija celebs are planking?

Dr. Sid
Lol, wetin person no go see for this our obodo Nigeria? More pics of celebs planking when you continue...

Video: Chris Tucker In Nigeria

Actor and comedian, Chris Tucker joins former mayor of Atlanta Andrew Young on an unusual trip to Africa in this Emmy-winning excerpt from the documentary "Continent of Opportunity

Nigerian models and designers rep on Fashion TV

The Nigerian delegation, led by Mrs Joan Okorodudu's House of Jola, also features House of Farah, Reedas, Berry Couture, with Mrs Okorodudu's Isis Models hitting the runway at the Couture New York Fashion Week 2011 that took place early this year. Check it out...

Check out more videos here

Thursday 30 June 2011

First Suicide bombing, then drive-by shootings, now planking has come to Naija?

I'm sure some of you know what Planking is...or at least have heard of it. For those who haven't, Planking is a lying down game, where one lies face down in an unusual or weird location. The person's hands must touch the sides of the body, and having a photograph of the participant taken and posted on the internet is an integral part of the game. Players compete to find the most unusual and original location in which to play. And it's become quite popular in many parts of the world. And as Naija no dey carry last, the game has found its way here.
These two posted their pics on twitter today. lol.

Will you bring the story of the drive-by shooting that happened in Lagos, tomorrow. More pics of planking, Naija style, when you continue...

Nigerian man flies from JFK to LA with invalid ID, expired boarding pass

A Nigerian national was able to board a flight from Kennedy Airport to Los Angeles without a valid passport or ID -- and carrying someone else's expired boarding pass.

Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi cleared security last Friday to board Virgin America Flight 415 and travel to Los Angeles International Airport, FOX News Channel reported Thursday.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) confirmed Noibi was screened at JFK, but said it could not comment further due to the ongoing FBI investigation.

Designers Announced For 2011 African Fashion Week, London

Show Schedule Friday 5th August
3.00 pm Show
Rayo Collection UK/Nigeria
Sophia Brown London UK/Cape Verde Island
Chancie Style UK/Congo
Back2Eden UK/Nigeria
Fee Uhssi France/Nigeria

Amber Rose reacts to leaked nude pictures

Graphic nude pics of Amber Rose hit the internet yesterday via mediatakeout.com. Today, Amber went on twitter claiming the pics were two and a half years old and that she was losing business opportunities because of the leak
She tweets,

I was gonna wait until my radio show to address this but I want to say this now. I trusted someone that worked 4 me & allowed them to use my laptop a million times, I caught this person sending my pics to themselves and I fired this person immediately Wiz & I & both of our families have known about this for 2 months now. We tried to prepare ourselves for this day. Those pictures r 2 1/2 years old just sitting in my computer. I'm really hurt & embarr#!@%*#ed because I have so many young girls that look up to me. I would never put those pics out of myself.
More of her tweets and the nude pics when you continue. But we warned, it's very graphic!

Lady of Songs, Christy Essien Igbokwe dies @ 50

The First Lady of Songs and one time grand dame of Nigerian pop music, Christy Essien Igbokwe has died.The first female PMAN president and the lady who brought the ever green song 'Seun Rere' died today after a brief illness at the age of 50. This is so so sad. May her soul rest in peace...amen.

Beyonce's Met Gala dress comes to Nigeria..:-)

Left: Beyonce in a skin tight Emilio Pucci dress at the Met Gala event in May. Right: model/beauty queen (Miss Valentine '07) Mariam Elisha at an event in Lagos recently. You think that's the real Emilio Pucci dress? Mariam is loaded, so...:-)

Send cakes, flowers, wines, other gifts, from any part of the world to Lagos

Do you know you can now send cakes, flowers, wines and other gifts to your loved ones? Pretty amazing, right? It doesn't matter where in the world you are, all you have to do is visit www.giftstonigeria.com. They currently only deliver to Lagos but will be expanding soon. Show your loved ones how much you love them and order now!

Walmart coming to Nigeria?

Walmart, America’s foremost low-price merchandise retail store, is planning to open two stores in Nigeria soon. Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Prof. Ade Adefuye, told the Empowered Newswire on Wednesday that representatives from the famous retail store had visited him at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC as regards the plan to open the retail store in Nigeria.

Gov Fashola marks 48th birthday with children

Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola yesterday celebrated his 48th birthday with physically challenged children. The Governor visited the Heart of Gold Hospice, Surulere, one of the homes he built in 2009. More pics when you continue...

Police Chase Ends With Driver Getting Burnt

A 35-year-old man, Ogbona Stephen, was almost burnt to death yesterday morning when policemen in Abuja reportedly shot at his vehicle in an attempt to arrest him for plying the wrong route.

The tricycle burst into flames and Mr. Stephen ran out of the vehicle, his whole body ablaze eye witnesses report. Many people took to their heels at the sight, but a few stripped leaves from trees which they used to smother the driver’s flaming body. According to the witnesses, the good samaritans then apparently laid him on the side of the road near the fence of the Anglican Girls Grammar School, Abdulsalami Abubakar way and covered his naked body with more leaves. Many people taught he was dead hurried past, but one man apparently took the trouble of checking and confirmed that he was still breathing and therefore alive.

Beyonce performing 'Run the World' on X Factor in France

N6.5m Up For Grabs As Maltina Sets Up Dance All 5 Stage

Mr Vindah Edem, Media&public affairs mgr, Ottah Kalu, ED, Lowe Lintas, Mr Jacco Van der Linden, MD, NB plc, Mr Ageni Yusuf Corporate Affairs Adviser NB, Ngozi Nkwoji, snr brand manager Maltina and Eti Braimah, CEO Neo Media
Brand team addressing Journalist during media briefing
Ten Nigerian families will slug it out on the dance floor as they attempt to outwit one another as the popular family reality television show Maltina Dance All (MDA) enters its fifth season. The MDA is a unique TV reality show where families strive to outdo each other through the mastery of various types of dance steps ranging from Wazobia, Hip-hop Jive, Pantomime, samba to salsa, it is also the consumer engagement and experiential marketing platform that the brand deploys to resonate with esteemed consumers and the society in general.

Video: D'Banj on MTV Rapfix

Tags: MTV Shows

Tags: MTV Shows

Watch more of D'Banj's interview here

Is there a curfew in Abuja?

Some friends in Abuja told me that the Federal Government have imposed something similar to a curfew in Abuja from yesterday June 29 due to Boko Haram attacks. They are saying all eatries, fun spots, shops etc have been advised/ordered to close at 10pm till further notice.

I don't live in Abuja, so I don't know how true this is, but what I know is that most of the Boko Haram attacks were done in day light. Meanhwile the Nigerian Army yesterday said they will soon eliminate all Boko Haram members. Amen!

What is wrong with this picture?

Can you explain? lol

Wednesday 29 June 2011

Pictures From MTN Link Night - Benin Event

The panel of discussants
The stage was set for MTN Link Nite on Saturday June 25th at the aptly located Constantial Hotel, Benin City, Edo State. The event had in attendance the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, the Chairman of Oredo LGA, State Government executives and the top brass of the Edo State business community.

The interactive session was highly intellectual with questions ranging from finance to personal and business development being asked by members of the audience. These questions were ably answered by the discussants- Mr. Frank Evbuomwan (Commissioner for Works-Edo State), Mr. Tony Imadojemu (UBA branch manager), Naeto C and Mr. Osaze Ebueku- Segment Manager-Professionals MTN.

Actress Chioma Toplis battles Oge Okoye

They used to be best friends. Don't know what caused their 'wahala' but here's what actress Chioma Toplis wrote on her facebook page on June 20. - "Please any one that knows actress Oge Okoye should tell her to free me o, as i am very very busy with my business which is why i am in Nigeria and do not and will never have time for her idle gosips and side talks. While you do please tell her also to concentrate in taking care of her children as i am doing too, and stop wasting her time discussing me as i am not the cause of her failed marriage. 

Chioma wrote again: "While Oge Okoye is biting the fingers that fed her, she should also remember that those fingers could still choke her, especially MINE"
Oge is yet to respond.

IG Ringim goes to Washington

The Inspector-General of Police Hafiz Ringim left Nigeria on Sunday on a five-day working visit to Washington, USA. His mission? He's there for talks with U.S officials on the current security situation in Nigeria. He went there to learn how to battle terrorism among other things. So hopefully when he gets back, Boko Haram will be in trouble. *Yimz*...:-)

Nigerian man stabs wife to death, cuts her into pieces

Late Titilayo, with the man who killed her, her husband
I don't have the full story, but the sad news is all over Facebook. The man pictured above, Arowolo Akolade L, allegedly stabbed his wife to death and cut her into pieces on Friday June 24, 2011.

Kolade, who claimed to be a born again Christian, and Titilayo had been married for two years and had a daughter. No one knows exactly what transpired the day he killed his wife, only, family and friends got worried when Titi didn't show up at work or contact anyone for days. The police were called in and when they got to the couple's home, they found Titi's dismembered body and a distraught Kolade there. He has since been arrested.
Friends say Titi had left Kolade sometime last year, after he beat her mercilessly, but went back to him, only to be killed. The late Titi was a staff of Skye Bank, Victoria Island. May her soul rest in peace...amen.

This is so heartbreaking.

Comedian Tee A set to host Mike Aremu’s Sax Appeal

Ace comedian Tee A is set to host the third edition of Mike Aremu’s annual jazz series – Saz Appeal. The upcoming high-profile music event will hold at the New Expo hall of Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos on Sunday July 3, 2011.

Tee A will be fronting the event with a long list of performers including Judith Sephuma, Yolanda Brown, Kunle Ayo, Waje, Mike Aremu, Kenny G and a surprise international act. 

Photos that make you go....hmmmmm?

Including you sir?
You better believe it!
More photos when you continue...

Music Meets Runway: Designers and Artists Revealed

10 Designers: Presenting The New Era Of Fashion. Tsemeya Binitie, Vonne Couture, Meena, Viv La Resistance, Toju Foyeh, Babuhska, Grey, Virgos Lounge, Obsidian, Republic Of Foreigner
10 Performers: Naeto C, Duncan Mighty, Dr Sid, D’ Prince, Sasha, Shank, Show Dem Camp, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Dotstar from the UK, New Act: Davido
Host: Amber Rose, Banky W. Date is Saturday 9th July at Eko Hotel. Where to get your ticket when you continue...

Daughter Of INEC Commissioner in Rivers State kidnapped

The daughter of Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak, who serves as the Independent National Electoral Commission resident commissioner in Rivers state, 11-year-old  Utibeabasi A. Ikoiwak has been kidnapped. She was kidnapped at the premises of Abundance Life Ministries church on Ikot Idon Road in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State On 19 June 2011. Her abductors have demanded a ransom of N100 million.

Ms. Utibe (pictured above) is a year 2 Junior Secondary School student and only daughter of her parents.
Kidnapping a child? This is so so wrong. Imagine the terror the poor dear will be going through.

Tuesday 28 June 2011

Photos: Women's World Cup Group A: Nigeria VS France

Nigeria vs France was the first match at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. It took place in Sinsheim, June 26. Nigeria lost to France 0-1, but I heard our girls played a great game. More pics when you continue...

The soldier that defied traffic law has been dismissed

You all remember the soldier that contravened traffic law by passing the lane designated for BRT buses and caused a showdown between soldiers and policemen at Obanikoro late last week? (Read here if you missed it), well, he's been dismissed by the Nigerian army, News Agency of Nigeria is reporting.

“The dismissal of this soldier will serve as a warning to others. Military personnel must be warned that their insubordination of civil law will attract punitive measures like dismissal.” General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Maj.–Gen. Kenneth Minimah said yesterday.

The dismissed officer is Sunday Ayodeji and he was a lance corporal.

Pictures From MBGN 2011 Pageant

For those who haven't seen the pics yet...enjoy...
More photos after the cut...

Jezebel may have clowned D'Banj, but American blogger Sandra Rose had nice things to say...

Here's what Sandra Rose wrote on her blog: "Kanye West recently signed 2 Nigerian artists to his G.O.O.D. Music label. One of them is D’banj, who, according to Upscale Hype, attended the 2011 BET Awards styled in a pair of Christian Louboutin Mika Raja flats ($2,395) from the Spring/Summer 2011 Collection. I would rather see a man dressed like D’banj than one dressed like those untamed beasts who roam the urban landscape with their pants hanging off their butts, like Lil Wayne and that ilk. We have to do better."

D'Banj's shoes is almost N400k? Damn, this guy's paid!
Read more on Sandra's blog

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