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Saturday 16 August 2014

Photo: New Ebola Ward reportedly opened in Lagos

Saw this pic on the twitter page of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. They said the newly opened ward is designed to care for Ebola Virus Disease positive patients, isolating them from EVD negative patients. They didn't say where in Nigeria it was opened...

MTO claims Beyonce's family member snitched to them about what's really going on with the couple

MediaTakeOut claims to have spoken to a member of Beyonce's family who wanted to clear things up and explain what's really going on in the power couple's marriage. The source supposedly said all the stuff in the media about Beyonce, Jay Z and reasons for the fight in the elevator with Solange are false and did the interview with MTO to clear things up. Erm, well, read for yourself below...

On Jay Z and Beyonce's relationship, in general:
[Jay Z is] a rapper so all that tough exterior is all a lie, he's extremely soft. Esp towards her. So the tabloids are wrong. He's not the controller, if anyone is, that's Bey. Jay is extremely jealous too. Hates to see her getting too close to men. And with her job, she can't help it so this causes problems between them. But they fight one day n the next day, they are all over each other, hugging, kissing and all that. Its sad that people say they are all about business because I've seen first hand how close they are.

Photos: Iyanya's manager Ubi Franklin involved in car crash

Iyanya's manager and MMMG Chief executive Ubi Franklin was involved in a car crash that totaled his car in the early hours of this morning. He shared photos from the accident and explained what happened. See the pics and details after the cut...

IOC bars Ebola-region athletes from some events @Youth Olympic Games

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) yesterday Friday August 15th said that it's prohibiting young athletes from the Ebola-affected region of West Africa including Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia and Sierre Leone from participating in certain events at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, which will begin today August 16th and run till the 28th.  

From Reuters

Athletes from West Africa, where authorities are battling an outbreak of the Ebola virus, will not be allowed to compete in combat sports or in the swimming pool, as it is impossible to rule out the risk of potential infection, the IOC and the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee said in a joint statement.
The rules will prevent a total of three athletes from the region from competing in those events, the statement said.

Photos: Mercy Johnson's husband joins her in the U.S

Actress Mercy Johnson Okojie, who traveled to the US a few weeks ago to await the birth of her second child, was joined by her husband today in Baltimore. Mercy and her husband will celebrate their wedding anniversary and her birthday later this month.

Tonto Dikeh and Toyin Lawani come for each other...

It looks like former friends actress Tonto Dikeh and fashion stylist Toyin Lawani are no longer in good terms and they have taken to social media to subtly come at each other.

So here's what happened. Two weeks ago Tonto Dikeh posted a throwback photo of herself dressed in a sequin gold dress and gave styling credit to her stylist and friend, Swanky Jerry Ogbodo. Toyin Lawani saw that particular post yesterday and got mad because according to her, she was the one who styled Tonto and not Swanky. Toyin said she did the styling for a Complete fashion party a few years ago and even shared a pic of herself and Tonto in the gold dress.

When Toyin Lawani threatened to sue anyone who takes credit for her work, Tonto posted a pic on her instagram page with the message..'Do I look like I care?". Trust Tonto, she had a lot more to say. Continue...

2face Idibia's Ascension album review by Emma Ugolee

2face Idibia's Ascension album reviewed by former TV personality and host of Nigeria's first ever music video countdown, Emmanuel Ugolee. Read below...
I was going to take my time and digest "The Ascension" but then the news that the 2 week (or so) old album had broken an African billboard record would not let me. I was in a mad hurry to see what content had pulled that feat.
Just before I took to dissecting, I cautioned myself about:
a) Comparing the album to the prevalent sound of buzzing music today since I had immense disregard for the yardstick of its acceptance (melody and lyrics alike) and ...

Pic: Let's help save the life of Nigerian doctor who got infected by Sawyer

Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh (pictured above) is a Senior Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist at First Consultant Hospital in Lagos where late Liberian Patrick Sawyer was diagnosed with the deadly Ebola disease. She was one of those who diagnosed and was treating Sawyer at First Consultant before he died. Unfortunately she was infected by Sawyer.

Her colleagues put her pic and case out at a press conference on Thursday, appealing to the U.S Govt to urgently send whatever treatment they have for the Ebola virus to Nigeria to save her life and that of other Nigerians at risk of the disease. 

Her colleague Mr Okubadejo said on Thursday;
“She treated Sawyer because she was patriotic only for her to be infected with the virus. I am appealing to the U.S. government to send whatever medication they have to Nigeria fast to save Adadevoh. She does not deserve to die. So, this is the reason for this appeal,”
I heard Dr. Adadevoh was one of those who refused to let Sawyer leave the hospital when he attempted to leave before getting the lab results. She probably saved many lives by doing this despite pressure from the Liberian ambassador. Dr. Adadevoh has spent three decades caring for others and deserves the crusade for the drugs. God be with her. #USsendZmapp. #SaveDr.Ameyo.

Photo: Police arrest man who robs by drugging his victims

The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Lagos State Police Command has arrested 39 year old Akeem Ogunniran, an indigene of Osun State, who allegedly robs jewelries merchants of their jewelries after drugging them.

Akeem was arrested after he allegedly drugged two women then robbed them of their jewelry valued at about N7million. Feigning to be a wealthy man, Police say Akeem, after identifying jewelry dealers will invite them to his hotel room, claiming he wants to buy jewelry from them. When they get to his hotel room, he will offer them drinks already drugged and immediately his victims fall under the influence of the sedative, he then absconds with their goods.

Police say he'd been arrested several times for similar cases but had managed to escape prosecution

Impossible Fusion - written by Charly Boy

Article written by Charly Boy. Enjoy below...
A soulmate marriage does not at all mean that you have found someone you match up with on all the cards – on all the issues, on everything. That would be the most deadly dull thing to even imagine. Instead, it means you've found someone and they don't ever want to blow out that little light inside you. And you feel the same way about them. 
Growing up, seeing my Dad and Mum play the happy couple,  holding hands, stealing kisses, made marriage look so easy and beautiful. Hummmm for where? Continue..

What is wrong with this picture?

Really? Y'all see it?

Former Abia state Gov Uzor Kalu writes about his successor, Theodore Orji, calls him a chameleon

In a piece titled "The Chameleon in Theodore Orji", former Abia state Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu bared his thoughts about his successor and one time friend, Theodore Orji, calling him a chameleon. In the no-holds-barred piece, Uzor Kalu spoke about how he made Theodore Orji a governor and how his former friend turned his back on him after he became governor. Find the piece he posted on his Facebook below...
"The first thing that would strike any person meeting Theodore Ahamefule Orji for the first time – 16 years ago – was his humble personality. I doubt if he still carries himself with the same simplicity and can­dour, for which I have known him, now he has tested power as governor. I say so, because power has a way of intoxicating some people, especially those who never dreamed of getting it. I must openly sub­mit that I was taken in by his facial ap­pearance, not knowing that deep inside he was a different person all together – a chameleon. Subsequent events have since proved me right." Continue...

Heartbreaking pics from Liberia as country battles spreading Ebola epidermic

Getty Images photographer John Moore traveled to Monrovia, Liberia, risking his own life to chronicle harrowing scenes in the country which is in the grip of the deadly Ebola disease. The death toll from Ebola has now reached 1,069 and Liberia is the second most affected country after Guinea where this recent outbreak started from. See the photos after the cut...

Nigerians tricked into selling kidneys in India share horrible tales

Nigerians who claim to have been tricked into selling their kidneys in Indian hospitals have shared horrific tales of their ordeal. In this exclusive sit down with Punch, Martin said he was tricked into selling one of his kidneys for just $7,500 (N1.2m) in 2008
Martins said he had only one reason why he was willing to sell one of his kidneys for that amount: financial independence.
He'd tried to make a meaning out of his life. While growing up, he had dreamt of becoming an engineer but his parents did not have the wherewithal to support his dream.
So when he was approached by his childhood friend, he did not think times over before accepting the offer. He would sell his kidney, his friend, who was also the agent, would make about $1,800 (N300,000), while he would pocket the balance — $5,600 (N900,000). He felt it was balanced Mathematics, but the complexity of the deal was none he could have imagined. Continue...

Photos: Two stolen babies reunited with parents in Imo state

The Imo state police command have successfully rescued and returned two babies abducted from their mothers a few hours after they were born.

While presenting the rescued babies to their mothers at the Imo state Police command headquarters, the head of the anti-human trafficking unit of the Imo police command, Mrs Elizabeth Okosun, said the police was able to rescue one of the babies after a tip-off by a commercial tricycle rider who suspected the shady behavior of the suspects when they boarded his tricycle about to travel with the baby to another state. Continue....

Alexx Ekubo dapper in Jason Porshe at a movie premiere last night

Monochrome perfection. Nollywood actor and top model Alexx Ekubo looked dashing last night at a movie premier in a Jason Porshe monochrome Tuxedo...

EFCC Arrest Former Bank Manager for N81million fraud

Find the EFCC press release below...
A former branch manager of one of the new generation banks, (Ecobank Plc), Victor Amushie has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for a credit fraud in the sum of N81, 024, 749.28( Eighty One Million, Twenty-Four Thousand, Seven Hundred and Forty Nine Naira, Twenty Eight kobo only).

The suspect allegedly packaged loan facilities for himself, using several names and accounts of some customers of his bank, with whom he shared the proceeds.

Question of the day

From a LIB reader
"Is it right for someone to always remove his/her shoes before entering someone's house? In the olden days, people did it in the villages but in this modern day, should we continue that way? I need to know because I was recently embarrassed for not taking off my shoes"

Family of five found dead in Abeokuta

A family of five, including a father, mother and their three children were found dead in their home yesterday Friday August 15th at Temidire Community, in Sabo, Abeokuta North LGA of Ogun State

The dead people have been identified as Aliu Adeboye, his younger wife identified as Iya  Aliya and three of Adeboye's six children.

Vanguard reports...
 Findings have shown that,  the late  Adeboye had two wives and six children  before the incident. Further findings have also revealed that,  the  first wife, and her three  children who slept in another room in the same six-room bungalow were alive.
It was gathered that the whole community woke up and found out that the five people were dead while the first wife and her children were safe.

Sale of genuine Apple devices with internet connection begin at Glo shops

Nigerians will now be able to get genuine Apple devices from the nationwide outlets of Nigeria’s national carrier, Globacom, following an agreement between the operator and Apple’s authorized distributor for Africa, Core Group.

Officials of Globacom and Core Group held a press conference in Lagos on Thursday, August 14, to formally announce the partnership. Head of GloWorld, Mrs. Titi Ebinisi, said the partnership will enable lovers of premium quality Apple products to enjoy Globacom's super-fast internet service, Glo Bolt. Continue...

Jennifer Lawrence reportedly dating Gwyneth Paltrow's ex, Chris Martin

Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, 24, is reportedly dating a much older man...Gwyneth Paltrow's ex-husband, and Cold Play front man, Chris Martin, 38.

According to E!, Chris has been quietly dating Jennifer since June, just a few weeks after she ended things with on again/off again boyfriend, Nicholas Hoult.

Jen and Chris were spotted partying together as far back as July 1st after she attended his concert in London and sources said they were very affectionate with each other.

Gwyneth is said to have moved on too as she is currently dating Glee co-creator, Brad Falchuk.

Are We Entertainers Socially Irresponsible? - Etcetera writes

Another 'bombshell' article from singer turned writer Etcetera. Read below...
I got a call on Wednesday morning from one of our popular female artistes asking if she could be a guest on my radio show to promote her new album that is meant for release this month. I said, “Why not? It will be my privilege to have you on my show.” As we talked on, I tried chipping in a little advice that it might not be a good idea releasing an album in the middle of an ebola crisis; suggesting that right now people might be too worried and preoccupied with the ebola scare to care about a new album. I told her she would stand the risk of being branded insensitive for dropping her album at a time the country is having a crisis of some sort. I went on thinking I could convince her to postpone the album release to a time when she can easily get people’s attention. But she wouldn’t hear of it.

Photos: Annie Idibia's fab red carpet look last night

Annie Idibia pictured above at a movie premier last night, styled by Lilian Unachukwu for Liam Fashion Agency. Annie is wearing a black metallic Jovani dress with Ferragamo shoes and a cocaine white Chanel purse. She looks great!!

Friday 15 August 2014

Oops! Future back with his other baby mama? Looks like it...

This must really hurt...sorry CiCi! So here's the gist. When Ciara met Future in 2012, he was dating a former Atlanta stripper named Brittni Mealy. In fact Brittni was pregnant when Ciara started messing with Future. A very angry Brittini and Ciara even got into a series of messy social media fights.

Well, fast forward to August 2014 and it looks like Brittni has gotten the last laugh.

For the past few weeks, Brittni, who has a 1-year-old son Prince with Future, has been making it clear on social media that she and Future are once again very close. Not only did she move from Atlanta to LA where Future lives, she is currently traveling with Future and their son on a string of European tour dates and sharing photos on instagram...see the pics after the cut...

When The Catwalk Came To The ICM

As expected, it was fun stuff from the onset. Red carpet started on schedule for 4pm with guests and shoppers arriving, taking pictures and talking to members of the press. It was a full house with the management of ICM and other notable dignitaries in attendance.

The fashion show kicked off at 5pm with the Nigerian National anthem. Moments later, Maybrands, a fashion accessories store in ICM collaborating with a guest designer took center stage. Continue...

Ebola experimental drug 'Nanosilver' is a pesticide US warns

Yesterday we heard that an experimental drug called 'Nanosilver' developed by a Nigerian in diaspora for the treatment of Ebola has arrived the country. (read here).

But now, despite the experimental drug getting approval for use by the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is claiming that Nanosilver is a pesticide

From Reuters
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday it has become aware of products being sold online that fraudulently claim to prevent or treat Ebola.
The FDA's warning comes on the heels of comments by Nigeria's top health official, Onyebuchi Chukwu, who reportedly said earlier Thursday that eight Ebola patients in Lagos, the country's capital, will receive an experimental treatment called nano-silver.
Silver has been used as an antibacterial for centuries. Tiny silver particles known as nano-silver have controversially been incorporated into a variety of consumer products such as socks and bedding to help block odors caused by bacteria and mold.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers nano-silver a pesticide. Manufacturers of products that contain it must register them with the agency.

Photos: Fashola commissions newly built Tejuosho market

Lagos state Governor, Raji Fashola today August 15th commissioned the newly refurbished Tejuosho market in Yaba Lagos, 7 years after the old market structure was completely gutted by fire.
The refurbished market, which used to have 1,484 lockup, has been increased to 2,640. Facilities in the new market complex includes banking spaces, 8 lifts to enable goods, services and people move up, two escalators for up and down movement of people, two ramps designed to assist physically handicapped people to get into and out of the building and a crèche where nursing mothers can attend to and keep their children while they are trading.

There is also a dedicated Fire Service Station within the complex with fire fighting systems built in the market to forestall any incident of fire disaster as well as a dedicated 800-vehicle capacity car-park unit. See more photos after the cut...

Hot new single: Ruggedman ft Wande Coal - Agidi

A month ago, a hot Wande Coal verse on a mad beat was leaked on the internet and it immediately went viral. Unknown to many, it was a part of Ruggedman's new single that was somehow stolen.

Now the veteran award‎ winning Rapper who was recently made a United Nations Peace Ambassador has decided to end people's wait and release the full song. 'Agidi' features Nigeria's singing sensation Wande Coal aka Black Diamond, produced‎ by Tyrone and Mixed and Mastered by Sheyman.

Click here for the hot banger - http://bit.ly/YcBQG7 Continue...

GEJ, VP Sambo, others at private viewing of Omoni Oboli's movie at the villa

Pres. Jonathan pictured above with actress Omoni Oboli at the private screening of her new movie 'Being Mrs Elliot', at the state house yesterday August 14th.

Other dignitaries in attendance included Vice President Namadi Sambo, PDP Chairman Adamu Muazu, Elder Statesman Chief Edwin Clark, Governor-Elect of Ekiti state Ayo Fayose, former First lady of Edo state Eki Igbinedion and many others. See more pics after the cut..

Doctors Without Borders say control of Ebola epidemic will take 6 months

The International President of Doctors Without Borders, Joanne Liu (pictured left), said today August 15th that it will take six months to bring the current Ebola epidemic sweeping through West Africa under control. She said this after a 10-day trip to some countries in West Africa where the outbreak has so far occurred. Liu, who met with Ebola patients & doctors, said the outbreak felt like 'wartime'
"The main thing I come back to is that it is deteriorating faster, moving faster than we can respond to. To put it in context with my time with DWB, I really feel that it is like wartime, in terms of fear and nobody knowing what is going on. We need a response in terms of international organizations and states, and it needs to happen now if we want to contain this epidemic. Over the next six months we should get the upper hand on the epidemic, this is my gut feeling. We need people with a hands-on operational mindset to combat the outbreak." she said

Chris Brown dating Kendall Jenner? + Karrueche confirms break up with Chris

Are they or are they not? That's the big question. But evidence suggests that Chris Brown, 25, may be dating Kim K's younger sister, Kendall Jenner, who is just 18. Some random person tweeted that her sister got in accident with Chris and Kendall at 3am in the morning. Interesting!

Meanwhile Karruche Tran has officially confirmed she and Chris are no longer together. See her tweet after the cut...

YQ signs multi million Naira record deal with Cadilly Entertainment, gets brand new car

Yakubu Jubril popularly known as YQ, a talented Nigerian artiste who has performed on the same stage with the likes of Akon and Ricky Rozay and has done tours in the UK, United States, South Africa, Malaysia, Ghana, Dublin (Belfast) amongst others, has just signed a Multi Million Naira record deal with the fastest growing record label in the southern hemisphere, Cadilly Entertainment (www.cadilly.com) same week as his birthday. Continue...

Presidency reacts to report which alleges GEJ revealed location of Chibok girls

Below is the State House Press Release
Press release which alleges that president Jonathan has revealed location of Chibok girls is political dirty trick...

All media organisations and persons on my mailing list should kindly disregard the press release purportedly issued by me earlier today titled: President Jonathan reveals location of Chibok girls and exposes Boko Haram masterminds.
No such press release was written or circulated by me. It is clearly the work of fraudsters who have hacked into my email account in an odious attempt to mislead the public at the expense of the credibility of the Jonathan Administration. Continue...

Us Weekly claps back at Ciara

Yesterday Ciara lashed out at Us Weekly mag on twitter after they reported her break-up from her baby daddy, Future, using quotes from an interview done before the break-up went public. Well, Us has clapped back. They say they stand by their report and even posted audio from Ciara's interview

From Us Weekly
In spite of her claims, Ciara indeed gave an extended interview with an Us reporter at an L.A. event on Tuesday, Aug. 12. During the chat, she spoke at length about her fashion, her fitness routines, her music, her upcoming MTV House of Style episode and being a brand-new mom to baby boy Future Zahir Wilburn, among other topics.
As it happens, Ciara is also newly single. As Us exclusively revealed Wednesday morning, she recently broke up with her infant son's father, rapper Future, after learning of his infidelity. (The pair had been engaged since October of last year.)

Actress Halima Abubakar shares a pic of her bikini butt...

She shared the pic on her instagram page. It's not all out there but enough to make men want more..:-)

LIB Exclusive: Basketmouth finally opens up on love child

Ace comedian Basketmouth has two kids, a boy and a girl, with his wife Elsie. What most of you do not know is that he has another daughter with an ex. Basketmouth talks about his love child for the first time in this exclusive interview with LIB. Find it below...
There's this story that won't just go away that suggests you have a love child?
Basketmouth "I wouldn't refer to her as a love child. She's my child that people didn't know of. Yes I have a daughter with my ex-girlfriend. Its not a comfortable topic to discuss because I wouldn't want to put anybody under pressure. As long as my family is happy and I'm on the same page with my wife, my siblings, my mum, my pastor and the family of my daughter, that's all that actually matters.
When did you have the child?
Basketmouth: years ago, a while before my wedding. Continue...

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