Saturday, April 21, 2018

Ruggedman romances Police, drops ‘Is Police Your Friend’ video

By Ayo Onikoyi
Ruggedman has finally released the video for his much talked about song, “Is Police Your Friend?”
Ruggedman
Ruggedy Baba is really out to ensure that the Nigerian police start doing the right thing, so they can get on the people’s good side.
The star-studded music video features the likes of comedians Frank Donga, Mr Hyenana. Actors Doris Simeone and Ijebu alongside fashion stylist Jerry of 710 Vision and singer Water.
According to the rapper, “Some clips you see in the video might not be for the weak-hearted, but we have to face reality and know when a menace has to be stopped.” The song was produced by Seanz Beat while the man behind the visuals is Dr Nell.
Recall that Ruggedman’s romance with the police started with the anti-SARS crusade, which ultimately earned an ambassador of the “Police and the Youth’ concert which held late last month.
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2019: Buhari’s second term bid divides Nigerian entertainers

By ROTIMI AGBANA
…2Face, Yinka Davies, Skales, Felix Duke, others withdraw support
Buhari
When President Muhammadu Buhari declared his intention to contest in the 2019 presidential election, many Nigerians frowned at his decision because they expected him to honourably step aside, and encourage the younger generation to take over the reins of Nigeria’s leadership. But there are also many who say that the man has done well and could continue.
D’banj
Mixed reactions have continued to greet the declaration which some have described with unprintable words. While some believe he has the right to contest, others strongly argue that he is too old and doesn’t have what it takes to take Nigeria to Eldorado.
Although, it’s indisputable that the Buhari-led government has recorded laudable achievements in the past three years, it’s also not out of place to say that the administration has recorded some setbacks. It’s on this premise that Showtime went to town during the week to feel the pulse of Nigerian entertainers on the matter. However, while many entertainers declined comments for fear of losing the favour of powers that be, others eloquently spoke their minds.
I didn’t know he has declared to run for second term- Dbanj, singer
Has he declared his intentions to run for second term? Wow, I didn’t know! Well, I have nothing to say about it.
I don’t understand the idea of granting amnesty to Boko Haram—2face
I don’t understand the idea of granting amnesty to Boko Haram, it doesn’t make any sense. There are so many graduates out there who are jobless and not able to fend for themselves; why does it have to be people who don’t have respect for lives that the federal government is considering granting amnesty? This just means that we have accepted defeat. It means we’re trying to appease them. Many people are angry and tired, but because we are peace loving people and the government knows, that’s why they are taking advantage of it.
2face
Running for second term is greed— Actress, Praise Sam Ogan
How can he even think of that! In a country where civil servants retire at 64, he wants to run for an election at the age of 75 and people will vote him in? This country is becoming something else; I doubt we can grow and become better even in the next 200-years!
Buhari is too old to rule us again- Pop music star, Skales
“Honestly, I’m not in support of Buhari’s decision to run for second term, so it’s a ‘no’ from me. I’m part of those people who feel younger people should be given the opportunity to rule this nation. When I say younger people, I mean people between the ages of thirty and fifty because we know what the future is. No offence to Buhari though, I have huge respect for him.
Skales
He’s a great man. But the truth is that these men are old! They should give young ones chance to rule because they can’t predict our future for us. They are done; they have seen their own future already.”
He has to step on toes to succeed- Musician, Djinee
“These three years have been painful for the masses as evident in the constant groans and pains you feel everywhere you turn to. It’s always darkest before dawn and before we enjoy a bountiful harvest, we’ll experience the pain associated with years of misrule.
But the change won’t come if institutions are made up of corrupt individuals who are strung across parties, decamping because they seek to line their pockets. For the president to move this nation forward, he will have to bite the fingers that fed him. And they include those he dines with because the ruling party and opposition are the same. Will he find ten honest Nigerians? Will he also probe himself for the sake of the nation? Your guesses are as good as mine.”
Nigerians should use their votes to decide — filmmaker, Prince Iyke Olisa
So far, this administration has inflicted more hardship on the masses than the paradise they promised. Despite the administration’s fight against corruption and the recovery of some stolen funds, we notice more hardship and upsurge of insecurity in the country.
We expected that when you fight corruption and recover stolen funds, the effect will tell on the economy; instead the masses are suffering more. I think Buhari has a clear agenda but there are some elements in his government whose presence and activities will continue to undermine his efforts. Any solution that is not affordable or effective is definitely not a solution.
Though one must not also fail to accept the truth that the previous administration had its lapses but as a progressive government, one expected that this administration should live beyond daily chanting of the dilemma called “Past administrations” and start making achievements and policies that will reflect on the lives of Nigerians. President Buhari has the right under the constitution to seek  second term.
His declaration was not surprising to me at all, in fact I would have been more surprised if he chose not to re-contest. I have not seen an African President or Head of state who will have an opportunity to continue and decline except maybe one or two.
People should channel their energy on how to make use of their votes in 2019 rather than agitate over someone’s declaration to run. Anyone has the right to declare to run for any office as long as you are eligible by law to do so.
However, the power to actualize that dream rests on the people who will decide with their votes. So if you think this administration is parading an old man, what are you preparing to do as a youth? If you think they haven’t done much to deserve second chance or term, what are you planning to do with your power (PVC)? So let’s stop grumbling and do the right thing. Buhari has right to contest, it is left for him to gather enough of our votes to continue. I see nothing wrong with his ambition.
PMB cannot rule Nigeria smoothly- Actress, Foluke Daramola
It’s within the constitutional right of the president to decide to contest for second term, but in my own view he’s still an aspirant. APC does not have a presidential candidate yet but one presidential aspirant until after the proposed national congress of the party.
And until all the presidential candidates are presented by all the political parties to Nigerians by all the political parties, it might not be intelligent enough for anybody to jump at anyone yet for consideration in the race. So, Nigeria does not have a presidential candidate yet until INEC presents them to Nigerians. Nigeria has been a dilapidated house under repairs and renovation, no doubt. Mr. President and his team have been trying their best. As far as I’m concerned, he has been trying his best to fix the house. And under such circumstance, the work might not be seen or appreciated, or even the intention of the person fixing it might be misconstrued.
Even a Nigerian like me won’t see it until the renovation work is completed and presented for proper assessment. But in all, what I see as the main problem of this government is how it has carried on with the politics. Mr. President, I believe, cannot continue to run this government smoothly and still make a great impact as it should be if he cannot decide to play the necessary politics needed to run the government.
He has no clue on how to solve Nigeria’s problem- Radio presenter, Sabina
This present administration had good intentions for Nigeria and Nigerians, or so we were made to believe three and a half years ago during the election campaigns. I was actually one of those who welcomed the idea of giving another set of leaders a chance to see what they could do differently to move Nigeria forward.
From my observation, President Buhari and his cabinet had no clue about the magnitude of the issues we face as a nation. Yet they made so many promises. I hold this against them for not properly counting the cost before promising paradise! In the area of fighting corruption, I welcome and applaud the presidency’s efforts, but I’m still expecting them to clean out the grey areas, no one found guilty should be spared. No sacred cows please, this is where integrity plays out the most.
Again, the hardship in the land has tripled compared to the last administration. Yes, sacrifices have to be made by all towards a better tomorrow but for how long? And what’s the plan to alleviate the pain Nigerians are going through? Why hasn’t the exchange rate improved in our favor in three years?
Why are Nigerians being killed on a daily basis and we don’t hear of people being questioned ?  What about stories of animals stealing money in offices manned by human beings? Look at education and health sectors.  Are we not retrogressive?
There’s hunger in the land and blaming the past administration for everything is actually a bad signal to the citizens who voted you in to turn things around for the better. Would you have the people’s mandate if there weren’t problems to be solved? I see Buhari’s administration as one with good intentions but it lacks the wherewithal to do what problem solvers do, and thus should give way to another crop of leaders.
Nigeria can sure boast of another set of practical intellectuals and critical thinkers who have something to contribute to the all round growth of this great nation. I appeal to Mr. President to allow them come in to help just as Nigerians gave him the opportunity to do likewise at the last election. I do not think he should re-contest.
Nigeria needs a more strategic president- Gospel music singer, Nikki Laoye
“I have no personal bias against President Buhari desiring a second term. But I just personally believe we need a younger, bolder and more strategic mind on the presidential seat at this time. Nigeria is such a rich country but we are not using the right strategies, neither do we have the correct structures in place. That’s why we are still having the same fuel scarcity, electricity issues, etc. The same issues that had been with us since I was a child still exist today. We need a drastic overhaul in our nation right now-the people, the mindset, the policies in place-. God help our country.”
Buhari hasn’t fulfilled half of his promise- Soma, ex BBNaija housemate
I don’t think Buhari has done half of what he promised Nigerians. So, I’m not in support of his second term ambition, it’s a big no!
I can never support him for second term- Musician, Felix Duke
“What can an old man do? He has nothing to offer, he brought pain and suffering to Nigerians so he should go home, sleep and enjoy his old age. I’m not in support of his declaration to run for second term, God forbid! Haven’t people died enough? I can never support him because I don’t want him back.”
Buhari deserves a second chance- Jaywon
“For me, I think everybody deserves a second chance. I feel he hasn’t done badly.”
It’s the people’s choice- Actress, Winner Lazarus
If he wants to run for second term it’s the choice of the people to vote for him and if they do then it’s fine. Everything depends on the choice of Nigerians
Anybody older than Nigeria shouldn’t contest in 2019- Juju music singer, Tayo Mix
Anybody who is older than Nigeria shouldn’t contest at all in 2019 because they only think about their families; they never do anything for Nigerians. They should allow younger people to rule so that problems such as power outage, joblessness, thuggery, violence, corruption, etc. will stop.
Yar’Adua’s tenure was better- Yinka Davies
“Our country won’t be crushed by one man’s  destiny. The destiny we bring to this world says a lot about who we are and affects our people, our surroundings, and our community. Should a violent man be called into a gathering, he may not be the culprit, but everything around him will revolt against something, that is where we are. It is not for us to decide, what matters is what destiny he brought to the office. Yar’Adua’s head was gentle.”
Buhari needs rest- Actress, Sylvia Edem
“They should allow young people to rule and stop religious conflicts because we need peace in this country. The past three years of his government has been from one violent attack to the other. Do you know how many lives we have lost and the level of hunger people are suffering from? Nigerian youths are angry; Buhari needs to take a rest. I’m not in support of his second term rule.”
He has nothing good for Nigeria- Agoha John
“Buhari should just go and rest and enjoy his old age. How can he think of running for second term because people are pushing him to do so? That man has nothing good for this country.”
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Ebenezer Obey’s 76th birthday gift to Nigerian youths

BY ROTIMI AGBANA
Instead of throwing a lavish party to mark his 76th birthday as people would expect, music legend, Evangelist Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi, seized the event to impact lives as well as give back to the society, especially the younger generation.
Evangelist Ebenezer Obey
Obey, who clocked 76 on April 3, said despite expectations that he would paint the town red with a classy event to mark his birthday this year, he had concluded plans to launch an initiative aimed at empowering youths, including talented young musicians.
According to the music icon, the desire to institute a music foundation tagged ‘Ebenezer Obey Music Foundation’ (EOMF), is a dream come true. “It is my joy that this dream has become a reality. I shared this burning vision and commitment to give back to the society through the youth employment initiative in music and skill acquisition to the teeming youths at my 75th birthday last year.
I thank God for the success of the initiative through the support of well-meaning Nigerians. Though it was not easy, we are glad that the dream has come to pass”, he said.
Speaking further, he expressed profound gratitude to God for being alive to celebrate his 76th birthday.
“I want to thank God for making it possible for me to witness another birthday; 76. I feel happy and grateful to God. Looking back at all what God has done in my life. I have nothing to do than to pay gratitude to Him and to thank all my fans and admirers all over the world for their support over the years.
I formed my first band. Royal Mambo Orchestra in Idogo, when I was 15 and today I am 76. That means I have been in music professionally for 61 years.
God has been so gracious to me in my music career and life entirely,” Obey said with excitement. He hinted that aside the prayer session that was held on April 3 at his Lagos State residence, a Special Thanksgiving Service will hold on April 29 at the Decross Gospel Mission Church, headquarters, Agege, Lagos; where the foundation will be officially launched as well as introduce one of his sons, Reverend Folarin Obey-Fabiyi as the deputy General Overseer of the church.
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RMD reveals close bond he shares with Ego Boyo

By Njoku Benjamin
…Ahead of premiere of ‘ Mr X Family’ TV series
Veteran actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo, fondly called RMD, has given an interesting insight  into the close bond  he shares with screen darling, Ego Boyo, saying “ she represents female side of what I present for male actors in Nigeria.”
RMD and Ego Boyo
RMD spoke ahead of premiering of his new TV series, “The Mr X Family”, which is slated for Sunday, May 6, on Dstv channel 151, Africa Magic Showcase. The series, starring himself alongside Ego Boyo as couple is sure to  mark the actors’ reunion after they co-starred in the now rested TV series,“Checkmate,” and the  late Amaka Igwe’s produced movie, “Violated” as a couple over two decades ago.
RMD’s co-starring with  Ego Boyo again has been generating a lot of excitement among fans. But the veteran actor said she’s the only actress that fits into the character as couple in the new TV series.
“I was looking for somebody who cuts across different generations. I needed someone who represents the female side of what I represent for male actors in Nigeria. I think Ego Boyo fits into that description,” RMD told HVP in a chat during the week.
While Ego Boyo is a very busy woman, the veteran actor said getting her to star in the new TV series, after she took a long break  from acting was not an easy task.
Describing  “Mr X Family” as a family drama series that viewers will surely fall in love with, RMD said it chronicles the story of a man who’s trying to raise his children in a morally debased society.  The actor explained that every season  of the series is made of 13 episodes.
The upcoming TV series which also marks RMD’s debut as a producer is already generating a lot of buzz in the industry. Announcing their reunion on his Instagram page last year, RMD  wrote: “I can only hope that getting back together again on TV will tickle fans of Ann Hathrope and Segun Kadiri and the fans of Tega and Peggy who have been craving to have them grace their TV screens again.”
“Ego and I are pretty excited about this and hope the excitement catches on,” he added.
Boyo and RMD are most remembered for their roles in pop-culture staple, “Checkmate,” which ran from 1991 to 1995, and starred RMD as Segun Kadiri, the arch-enemy turned lover of Ann Haastrup ( Boyo). In 1996, the duo also returned as Tega and Peggy in “Violated”, a movie that tells the story of a wealthy man who falls in love with a woman beneath his background.
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Untold story of my life after the accident that killed Dr. Giwa Suraj—...

…’I’m sorry,’ she tells Nigerians
By Ayo onikoyi
Nollywood actress, Ibinabo Fiberesima has never had any peace since she was involved in the  auto accident that  killed Dr. Giwa Suraj along Lekki–Epe expressway, Lagos in 2006. The former beauty queen  has been in and out of  prison following that ugly incident.
The last was in 2016, when the matter returned to  court again after she was slammed with a 5-years jail term. However, two years after she regained her freedom, the former president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria,AGN, has taken time out to recount her tales  of woes.
In  an interview she granted to seasoned journalist, Azuka Jebose, which he posted on his Facebook page, Ibinabo apologized to Nigerians for whatever wrong she has done.
Ibinabo
She also pleaded with the Suraji family to forgive her for causing them unforgettable pain. She said “I have had periods of feeling miserable in the last 12 years as a result of this accident. I need to find peace. I seek forgiveness. I am sorry.”
I need to tell my story. I stayed silent for so long and watched as my life, character and person were being ruined in published reports, including social media. This is my story, told for the first time on social media platform.
My heart has never stopped aching. It will not. An accident took the life of someone. I am forever in mourning because of this. Two families’ lives have been changed forever with this unfortunate fatal accident.
It was an accident. Dr. Suraj Giwa didn’t have to die. I wished I could bring him back. I am sorry for the pains caused. I have also been maligned and disparaged in the media: I am a monster. I am a killer and a murderer, I am a drunk… No. Azuka. I am none of these. I am just another human being that was in a deadly accident and the accident caused the death of Dr. Suraj Giwa. It’s been 12 years of heartache, pain and depression for me. My eyes are rivers of tears. Some days I feel like killing myself.
Life has no meaning to me. I think about Dr. Giwa every day. I pray for his soul and I pray and seek forgiveness from his family for the pain and agony. I am very sorry.
It didn’t have to happen. I wished I knew it would happen that unfortunate day, I would not have travelled that road. I was not drunk that day.
Azuka, I was driving along Lekki road, returning home after picking up a friend’s daughter from a church Fellowship. Suddenly, a red car overtook the SUV in front of me. The SUV was travelling slowly, so I shifted to its front, too. The red vehicle was being driven by a young man and had his friends with him…I drove past the red car. I think that might have angered the young chap because he swiftly sped from behind, drove past me and made a sudden stop in my front.
I tried to avoid hitting those boys in the red car. I swerved and lost control in that moment, the impact dived my vehicle into inbound lane.. Dr. Giwa was inbound, thus he drove into my car and both cars collided. I collapsed and passed out..
Three days later, I woke up in a hospital bed to learn what had happened. I was weak, sore and in pains. I could not move my legs. I had been sedated for three days. Doctors said they had to sedate me to numb my pain. Meanwhile, the police had been informed that I was in that hospital. The Lagos State Police came to the hospital to take my statement of what happened. After I gave them my statement, I was arrested at the hospital and charged to court.
At my court appearance for hearing, the judge noticed how sick, weak, incoherent an disoriented I was: he also saw my injuries. He ordered that I should be sent back to the hospital for further treatment until I was well enough to stand trial. I could not walk then.
Later at the hospital, I woke up from coma and to reality. I was afraid and shocked. I could not believe I was involved in an accident that had taken a life. I was like: Wow!..Someone died in that accident. Oh my God!. I didn’t know the family. While I was in the hospital my family contacted the family of Late dr. Giwa who died in the accident. My family was there for the funeral and did everything during the mourning season. I was afraid.
But I met them in court and tried to approach them. I understood the anger and pain I had caused them, so I accepted their anger toward me….his sister was really angry at me… I wanted to talk to her… it was hard for me to get close to her… I understood all these: the pain and distress they felt as a result of the accident. I felt their pain. I wanted to tell them how sorry and remorseful I was… It was an accident. I did not intend to wake up that morning, went out and had a fatal collision.
Weeks later, I was arraigned. I attended all my court appearances. During the process I visited the family and attempted several times to make peace. I never ignored them. I am always sorry. I know the pain is tough, so I understood their anger but I kept begging. I am sorry. I had gone to so many good people and friends to assist me in pleading for forgiveness from the family. One of such friends is late Iyalode of Lagos.
She assisted me in begging the Giwa family: when I became well and able to walk, she took me to The former Imam of Lagos and the incumbent Oba of Lagos: these traditional and religious leaders begged on my behalf, pleading with the family for forgiveness and showed how sorry and remorseful I was that the accident happened. I never ran away from the scene of the accident. I was unconscious. How could an unconscious accident victim remove plate license and registration papers from the vehicle as reported in the media? Why would I do a thing like that? How could I have done a thing like that?
These were all lies manufactured and circulated in the media to tarnish me. Days after the wreck, I woke up in a hospital. I was never drunk as being speculated and alleged. I was never charged for drunk driving. I was charged for reckless and dangerous driving.
I am forever very sorry this accident happened. I never planned for it. I plead with the family. I reached out to the GO of the church where the late doctor’s wife worships to beg him to join me plead with her. He was on a crusade in Benue and I went and met with him. I am very sorry it happened. I am not arrogant or careless. I have just been wrongly represented and maligned in the media. The story has several versions that make me a heartless beautiful beast and monster. I have not said much because the family is bereaved. It hurts. I need to respect their sorrows and what they are going through:trying to explain myself, I thought, would sound arrogant. So I kept quiet. I have been sorry from the moment I learnt the accident took a dear life.
Life has never been the same for both families. I am sorry. Losing Dr Giwa altered our lives and I regret that. It’s devastating.
As the case was progressing, I began to read so many false stories about me being arrogant, being an alcoholic and drove under the influence on that day; that I refused to ask the family to forgive me..
Wow…I was stunned. How are all these possible?. So I approached Giwa’s family to find out the source of all these stories that do not make sense. The family said my Nollywood colleagues told them all kinds of things and lies about me. The lies included: that I owned a night club and so I must have been returning from my night club, drunk. I owned a night club years before the accident. They said someone that sells alcohol is an alcoholic. I am being punished with false statements saturating the media. I am broken…
Soon, I was stopped from going to visit Giwa’s Mother…. The only person that always met with me was Barrister Giwa , he is the eldest in the family…who would tell me “Ibinabo you were at the wrong place at the wrong time… things happen…” What do I do?…
Meantime, I became pregnant and my due date was approaching. At that point, I was sentenced to fine because the judge said I had shown remorse. I didn’t even have any money in court that day. A woman I didn’t know paid for me. So I left for UK to go and have my baby.
After the birth of my child, I returned to continue seeking peace and forgiveness with the family. My lawyer informed me of another court appearance. I came back to start all over again….
I didn’t know what was happening. I couldn’t look at myself anymore…why would this case reopen?. What have I done?.. In the middle of this craziness, false statements began to spread and track, again: that I was throwing parties and celebrating… How could I be doing that?. I wasn’t even in Nigeria…I just returned then from child birthing.
How could I have been throwing parties when I was pregnant?. Parties for what celebration?.. I couldn’t do all these things…… somebody lost his life, why should I party? But I kept quiet, secretly begging the family, seeking forgiveness. I kept begging… I feel their pain. I was involved in an accident: a wonderful son, father and husband lost his Life: I kept begging.. I dint know what else to do….
Giwa’s family said that somebody told them I was drunk at my club and must have been coming from there, that day. Are you serious?. My club was closed eight years before the accident happened..
There was no alcohol involved. I wasn’t drunk on the day of the accident.
These silly rumors manifested in the mainstream and social media: the rumors continue to spread that I was drunk when the accident happened… The accident had nothing to do with alcohol. Nothing!. My charge was reckless driving that caused someone’s death. It wasn’t driving while impaired. It wasn’t alcohol that caused the death of Dr. Suraj. It wasn’t… it wasn’t…there was nothing that concerned alcohol with the unintentional accident.
They keep breaking me with these false accusations in public. The public bought into them and perhaps, accepted I was drunk on that day. I keep praying to God to release me from this miserable bondage…I am broken! My life is uncomfortable.. I do not go out. I hardly socialize. I am afraid.
*To be continued.
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Death of Avicii shocks music world shocked

The death Friday of 28-year-old Avicii, one of the world’s most successful DJs, stunned his fans and the music world.
Picture taken on May 30, 2015 shows Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer Avicii (Tim Bergling) performing at the Summerburst music festival at Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden.It was confirmed Avicii died on April 20, 2018 in Muscat, Oman. / AFP PHOTO /
Here are some of the key reactions to the death of Avicii, a Swede whose real name is Tim Bergling and who was found dead in Oman.
“So sad. So Tragic. Good Bye Dear Sweet Tim. Gone too Soon.” — Madonna, who hired Avicii as a producer on her last album, on Instagram
“We had the honor to have known him and admired him both as an artist and the beautiful person that he was.” — Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip and his wife Sofia
“You set the precedent for the rest of us producers/opened doors and set the trends. A real groundbreaker and influencer to all your peers. You should have lived to be 150. But your music is gonna live forever.” — Prominent electronic producer Diplo, on Instagram
“We lost a friend with such a beautiful heart and the world lost an incredibly talented musician. Thank you for your beautiful melodies, the time we shared in the studio, playing together as DJs or just enjoying life as friends.” — Leading DJ David Guetta, who collaborated with Avicii, on Twitter
“Words can not describe how I feel right now. I am gonna miss you brother.” — Dutch superstar Tiesto, an early mentor to Avicii, on Twitter
“A beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do.” — Calvin Harris, the top-paid DJ last year according to Forbes, on Twitter
“Nobody can deny what he has accomplished and done for modern dance music and I’m very proud of him.” — Canadian DJ Deadmau5, who had mocked Avicii when he announced a retirement from touring, on Twitter
“I would like to take a moment to pay tribute to the man who really opened my eyes as to what my productions could one day sound like. @Avicii was a genius and a music innovator, and I can not believe he is no longer with us.” — Pop singer Charlie Puth on Twitter
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Runtown: Dilly motors boss denies being arrested for attempted murder of singer

Runtown had accused his former label boss of bullying, mental torture and rip off. Record label owner and boss of Dilly motors, Okwudili Umenyiora, has denied reports that he was arrested by the police for attempted murder.According to Linda Ikeji, Okwudili was arrested at a gym by policemen from Alagbon, Lagos state.The EricMany Entertainment boss’ purported arrest was because he allegedly pulled a gun on singer Runtown and threatened to kill him.Runtown was signed to EricMany in 2014 until the singer abruptly terminated the contract due to alleged breaches, threat to life and extortion.Okwudili, however, dismissed reports of his arrest when Pulse contacted him.  When asked if he was truly in police custody, he laughed and said “It is not true”.In a previous interview with Pulse, Runtown had accused his former boss of bullying, mental torture, and rip off.”…Before EricMany I already did the ‘Gallardo’ video on my own, I paid N4.5 million for the video, exclusive of the money I used to push the song. You all know much it takes to push a song in Africa. I also did ‘Successful’, on my own.”The first video we did together was ‘Domot’, I noticed that when money started coming in from shows, I was having a lot bookings, and I noticed that the label started taking all the money. The contract stated that I get my percentage which is 35%, until when we recoup like half of what we invest in the career, then we will renegotiate the contract. I accepted and said let’s go ahead…”, Runtown partly said in the interview.

Music World Shocked By Avicii’s Death

This picture taken on June 12, 2015 shows Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer Avicii (Tim Bergling) performing at the Summerburst music festival at Gardet in Stockholm, Sweden.  Christine Olsson / TT News Agency / AFP
 
The death Friday of 28-year-old Avicii, one of the world’s most successful DJs, stunned his fans and the music world.
Here are some of the key reactions to the death of Avicii, a Swede whose real name is Tim Bergling and who was found dead in Oman.
“So sad. So Tragic. Good Bye Dear Sweet Tim. Gone too Soon.” — Madonna, who hired Avicii as a producer on her last album, on Instagram
“We had the honor to have known him and admired him both as an artist and the beautiful person that he was.” — Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip and his wife Sofia
“You set the precedent for the rest of us producers/opened doors and set the trends. A real groundbreaker and influencer to all your peers. You should have lived to be 150. But your music is gonna live forever.” — Prominent electronic producer Diplo, on Instagram
“We lost a friend with such a beautiful heart and the world lost an incredibly talented musician. Thank you for your beautiful melodies, the time we shared in the studio, playing together as DJs or just enjoying life as friends.” — Leading DJ David Guetta, who collaborated with Avicii, on Twitter
“Words can not describe how I feel right now. I am gonna miss you brother.” — Dutch superstar Tiesto, an early mentor to Avicii, on Twitter
“A beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do.” — Calvin Harris, the top-paid DJ last year according to Forbes, on Twitter
“Nobody can deny what he has accomplished and done for modern dance music and I’m very proud of him.” — Canadian DJ Deadmau5, who had mocked Avicii when he announced a retirement from touring, on Twitter
“I would like to take a moment to pay tribute to the man who really opened my eyes as to what my productions could one day sound like. @Avicii was a genius and a music innovator, and I can not believe he is no longer with us.” — Pop singer Charlie Puth on Twitter
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Young film makers out to groom new Nollywood faces

By Njoku Benjamin
The biggest Nollywood producers will soon start banking on new faces, as a crop of youngsters better known as 14 Partners Alliance have hatched plans to groom new talents that will take over the big screen from the likes of Genevieve Naji and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde.
The young producers have wrapped up plans to shoot their debut movie with talented newcomers in the bid to set a new record  for the industry.
Looking towards the future, the youngsters believe that the big producers should nurture young actors as they have vowed not to relent on their mission to revolutionize the industry.
(m)Akpors flanked by his partners
Speaking at the press unveiling of the company,  the Marketing Director and popular comedian, M.O.G a.k.a  Akpors said: “We are a new production house that is out to redefine the Nigeria entertainment scene. We are into movies, comedy, music and dance. We are wrapping up plans to shoot our debut movie.
We talked about the movie industry and the pain we went through back then and how we have grown  big today.  So, we feel we can contribute to the growth of the industry hence we set up the 14 Partners Alliance.”
The comedian revealed that the company has trained about hundred young actors in preparation for its upcoming movie production at 14 Partners Alliance Academy. “The shooting of the  movie, which kicks off  next week will last for one month. We have been planning about this project for over a year now, and we are using this movie to launch the movie arm of the company.”
He also disclosed that the platform has organized about two concerts to expose its musicians and comedians to the industry.
According to him, the upcoming movie is a family oriented thriller that will project family values: “The movie is a thriller woven around crime and how to combat it. It is a family oriented story that deals with the history of a family and how a young man killed his own cousin.”
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Avicii: Swedish DJ dies at 28

Avicii was said to have been found dead on Friday, April 20, 2018. He was 28 years old. Swedish DJ Tim Bergling popularly known as Avicii is dead, his publicist Diana Baron confirmed.He was said to have been found dead on Friday, April 20, 2018. He was 28 years old.”It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii”, Baron said in a statement.He said Davicii was “found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.

Music Video: J Cole – ”ATM”

American rapper J cole releases visuals to first single off his new album, ”KOD” Fresh from dropping his new album in the morning, J Cole has released the visuals to ATM.J Cole announced via a tweet, that his first video off the new album was out, which is directed by Scott Lazer and Cole. The songs which highlights the vanity of chasing money sees Cole play different roles that drive home the message accurately.

BREAKING: Top DJ Avicii Dies At 28

In this file photo taken on August 13, 2015, Swedish DJ, remixer, record producer and singer Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name ‘Avicii’ performs at the Sziget music festival on the Hajogyar Island of Budapest. Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP
 
Avicii, one of the world’s most successful DJs who helped lead the global boom in electronic music, died Friday in Oman, his representative said. He was 28.
The Swedish DJ, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was found dead during a visit to the kingdom’s capital Muscat, a statement said without specifying a cause.
Details later…
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“Rumour Has It”: Dolapo gets an exciting news, Ranti’s relationship with Charles takes an...

Dolapo gets an exciting news, Ranti’s relationship with Charles takes an interesting turn in episode five of “Rumour Has It” season 2. The fifth episode of the second season of “Rumour Has It” is out.”In the new episode, Ranti’s relationship with Charles takes an interesting turn as she finds out that he is a hacker sent by Arinze to change the admin of her blog to Obi. Things look up for the Mensahs’ as Dolapo is given exciting news. After five years of trying, she finds out that she is pregnant. An excited Dolapo is gets home to break the news to her husband, but unfortunately, Femi already delivered an unexpected blow. The second season of “Rumour Has It” centers around Dolapo, a young and successful CEO of an NGO, who has the life every young woman her age could ever dream of.However, things take a dramatic turn after a series of bad decisions threaten to destroy her life as she knows it.The season features Linda Ihuoma Ejiofor, Efa Iwara, Jemima Osunde, Elozonam Ogbolu and Mawuli Gavor.The new season of “Rumour Has It” is directed by Jay Franklyn Jituboh.

African Drum Festival: Event to unite Nigerians, Africans, says official

The commissioner said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday at the ongoing third edition of the African Drums Festival in Abeokuta, Ogun. The Ogun Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Muyiwa Ladipo, has said that the African Drums Festival is designed to unite Nigerians and Africans.The commissioner said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday at the ongoing third edition of the African Drums Festival in Abeokuta, Ogun.“We are just starting. This is the third edition. By the time we enter the sixth, seventh, tenth editions, it is going to explode.“This is the third edition and as at the last count last year, we had 18 African countries. Today, we are having at least 15 African countries.“We are growing and of course, that is a sign of good things to come.“So, without doubt in my mind, the African Drums Festival is a force for unity for Ogun State and for Africa.“It’s another sports in the making. You know sports, particularly football unite Africans, unite everybody but this African Drums Festival also unite Africans,’’ Oladipo said.The commissioner said that the festival would inject more money into both the state and Nigerian economies as visitors would make a lot of purchases and visit places of historical interest.He said that the festival was about reviving the Nigerian and African culture through drums.

Bishop Imeh: Cheating scandal as alleged chat between actor and mystery woman surfaces

Bishop Imeh has reportedly being accused of infidelity after a chat with a mysterious woman surfaced online. Bishop Imeh is presenting embroiled in a cheating scandal as a chat between himself and a mysterious lady has surfaced online.The funny actor in the chat is alleged to have tried to hook up with the lady but things didn’t go as planned as the lady declined his invitation to Eko Hotel and Suites. However, because of his continuous persistence, the lady apparently got angry and began to reign insults on the actor.It even got to the point in one of the alleged conversations that the lady threatened to expose him and even went as far as insulting the actor’s wife, Idara.  This is one story that doesn’t look complete because from the chats she was all nice and all of a sudden she switched off. Hopefully, we get to see the end of this gist.ALSO READ: Bishop Imeh dedicates daughter in church   Celebrities are never far from drama and scandals and when it has to do with cheating, it is usually a big deal. We can’t forget the time a similar gist like that of Bishop Imeh played out. We are talking about the time media personality, Stephanie Coker’s husband, Olumide Aderinokun was accused of allegedly cheating on her. Just in case you didn’t the story, a viral photoshopped chat conversation which allegedly shows Stephanie Coker’s husband, Olumide and Yolanda  Nifise Ayemo, a student of Bells University of Technology, Otta, arranging to meet in a hotel for a hookup was released in January 2018. The release of the chat conversation speculated that Olumide was having an affair barely a year after his marriage to Stephanie Coker, an allegation he vehemently denied. The lady caught in the center of the drama, Yolanda Nifise Ayemo in her press statement revealed that she has never at any time in her life met Olumide Adenirokun, Stephanie’s husband. She also says that her account has been compromised which has resulted in it getting hacked.