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Feverish anticipation as Rick Ross hits stage with Terry G, Flavour, Eva and others

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After months of intense and meticulous preparation, heavy publicity and feverish anticipation, American renowned rapper, Rick Ross will be storming the country this Friday, August 17, 2012 for Summer Jam Fest, a concert many have dubbed as the biggest concert of the year 2012.

Summer Jam Fest 2012 which will hold at the New Expo Hall, Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos is organized by popular magazine, St. Eve and will see the Florida native who made headlines with his debut album in 2006 titled ‘’Port of Miami’’ headline the music concert alongside rave of the moment West African musicians like Flavour, Azonto crooner, ODG Fuse, Terry G, Eva Alordiah. Respected DJ, Cool DJ Jimmy Jatt will be manning the turntable.

Already, fans of the American rapper have indicated that they cannot wait for the arrival of the God forgives, I don’tcrooner.

Tunji, a banker with a new generation bank while speaking on his eagerness about the concert said, “Rick Ross is a great rap artist. From his Port of Miami album to Deeper than rap through God forgives, I don’t, I have been following the phenomenon called Rick Ross; so you can imagine the excitement when I heard he was coming to Nigeria. Can’t wait to be at the concert.”

Speaking on the concert, a representative of St. Eve magazine said “Summer Jam Fest 2012 is geared to set the tone for an annual concert to promote health and proper lifestyle, and this year, some of the hottest Nigerian artists of the year will be performing alongside Rick Ross. St Eve Concepts aims to promote healthy living through music and entertainment.”

It will be recalled that Rick Ross released his fifth studio album God Forgives, I Don’t earlier this year and also collaborated with hit Nigerian duo P-Square on the remix of the well-known song “Beautiful Oyinye, a song that has dominated the airwaves since it debuted.

Rick Ross first made headlines with his debut album in 2006 titled ‘’Port of Miami’’ an album which debuted at the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart, with sales at 187,000 units after its first week.

Tanker Accident along Apapa-Oshodi Expressway

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A full tanker ran into a Danfo Bus picking passenger along the expressway and somersaulted at Jakande Bus Stop along Apapa/ Oshodi expressway in Lagos.

Two Suspected Bombers Blow Selves Up in Kaduna

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At least four motor cycle operators and three bombers are reported to have died in an explosion this afternoon in Kaduna.

The incident happened along Ali Akilu road, between Abakpa Total/Shagalinku within the metropolis.

It is not clear where the bombers where heading to with the explosives before it went off. The operational office of the Kaduna state security task force, Operation Yaki, is located along the street directly where the bomb went off.

Update:

A witness said that the explosion occurred along the busy Ali Akilu road in the city centre. The explosive device, a security source said, exploded accidentally in the hands of two men, who were travelling with it on two motorcycles. A loud bang rang out after the explosive went off, shaking buildings around the area. Several people around the explosion were also affected by the blast, and the casualty figure from the incident may rise, witnesses say.

Men of the Joint Task Force, JTF, have arrived the area and have cordoned off the scene.

Spokespersons of the police and the JTF could not be reached yet for comments.

The bombers are believed to be members of the extremist Boko Haram sect.

Plateau Flood Update: Emergency worsens as Shendam Bridge Collapses

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The emergency situation in Plateau South worsened Tuesday morning with the collapse of the Shendam Bridge, cutting off most parts of the southern part of the state from Nasarawa, Benue and Taraba, and trapping rescue officials who had responded to the emergency caused by the flooding which preceded rains that fell through out Saturday and Sunday.

The bridge finally collapsed after the rains continued through Monday night. Officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) had gone to distribute relief materials to victims in Wase, Langtang and Shendam local government areas.

The floods had taken led to a death toll of at least 28 people by Monday, with many others still missing, while also destroying homes, bridges and farmland, officials said on Tuesday.

“We have lost our main bridge and we are at a loss as to how to handle this matter,’’ said a visibly shaken Alex Dabo, Supervisory Councillor in charge of Social Services in Shendam Local Government.

Mr Eugene Nyelong, NEMA Relief and Rehabilitation Officer for the North-Central, who was among the stranded officials, added that the agency’s officials were already on ground to ascertain the level of damage to the bridge.

“We have to ensure that no casualty is recorded; we are also looking into the possibility of erecting a temporary alternative passage to restore some form of communication. ’’

“It is indeed a very bad situation; very devastating, but we shall see what we can do as quickly as possible,’’ he said.

NEMA spokesman for North-Central, Audu Yohanna, described the development as “very unfortunate’’, but expressed relief that no casualty was recorded.

“Nobody was killed, but cars cannot cross to the other side as I speak with you. The residents are just confused.

“What we intend to do is to try to find a way to Langtang through Tunkus and Mikang, while others will move through Lafia in Nasarawa State .’’

Plateau has continued to suffer massive flood incidents with worst incidents recorded in Gangare, Tudun-Osi, Tudun Talakawa and Angwan Rogo settlements in Jos north where scores got drowned.

NIMET has predicted flooding in many states, among them Plateau, and advised stakeholders to be very vigilant.

Pics: Mr Ibu Spotted With Female Fans In Houston

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Mr Ibu Spotted With Female Fans In Houston.

Chris Okotie verbally attacks ex-wife Stephanie during church service

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This happened in his House Hold of God Church just two days ago…during his sermon on Sunday August 12th. According to some members of his church that attended the service that Sunday morning, pastor Chris Okotie threw caution into the wind and verbally attacked his estranged wife, Stephanie Henshaw, comparing her to Jezebel in the bible and saying that he was free to judge her because of what he suffered in her hands. (He didn’t say what). He was also quoted as saying that Stephanie was free to go to CNN or BBC to talk about him but he will never take her back.

Those who listened to him said he sounded so bitter and had never spoken about her like that before.

Pastor Chris has also taken back the two expensive cars he gave Stephanie during their four year marriage; a Benz S Class and a BMW X6.

Source: Linda Ikeji

iROKING in NYC with 2Face, Brymo, M.I and more

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No words required for this one – iROKING, on tour with the United Sounds of Africa, had an incredible night partying with Nigeria’s finest recording artists. One of them even performed wearing an iROKING t-shirt. Looking FLY!

Michael Ugwu, CEO of iROKING says: “Big love to all the artists who were part of the tour – you guys were incredible – intense, powerful, awesome. These guys are the ultimate advocates to promote Nigerian music around the US.”

If you missed the tour, don’t forget you can get a taste from the wheels of steel of the almighty DJ Zimo – listen to the iROKING and United Sounds of Africa mixtape now

Photo: Barack Obama Doing Farm Work In Kenya Many Years Ago

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This old photo shows Barack Obama doing farm work with his paternal grand mother many years ago.

Eyewitnesses Accuse LASTMA Of Framing Female Banker (Yinka Johnson)

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For the fifth day running, Mrs. Yinka Johnson, a female banker accused of killing  a 33-year-old Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) official, Hammed Balogun, has been in detention with her less than  three-month-old baby. And with every passing day, more facts are emerging to the contrary. The young mother has continued to maintain that she did no such thing. Her storyline bears logic and reason.

The continued detention of Johnson, a member of staff of Standard IBTC Bank Plc., in Lagos, has continued to create ripples in the society.

The suspect was arrested on Friday by police operatives for the alleged murder of Balogun around Ikota Estate, on the Lekki-Ajah Expressway.

Relying on the claims of  LASTMA officials on ground, the General Manager of the agency, Mr. Babatunde Edu, had blamed the banker for killing the deceased.

According to him, the banker was driving against traffic and when apprehended, she attempted to flee. While trying to escape, she allegedly knocked down Balogun and on realising the enormity of her action, fled into the Ikota Estate where she was protected by the security men until her arrest.

The arrest and subsequent accusation of murder against Johnson raised many unanswered questions, which LASTMA authorities are no longer willing to entertain. From the pictures taken at the scene of the incident, the green Landrover Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) with registration number CY 276 LSD, with which the suspect allegedly killed Balogun while fleeing from arrest was parked by the side of the road.
Again, the picture showed a truck belonging to LASTMA parked in front of the SUV as it prepared to tow the vehicle to the agency’s office. The picture, which has been circulating on social media, has prompted the public to ask at what point was the towing truck positioned in front of the suspect’s vehicle—before the knocking down of the LASTMA official or after?

According to an eyewitness, the late Balogun was knocked down by a commercial bus, popularly called ‘danfo.’ The witness pointed out that the impact of the accident was so much that it broke the windscreen of the bus, whose driver fled from the scene. As at yesterday, there was still no physical impact like dent or broken windscreen etc., on the suspect’s car, parked at the State Criminal and Investigation Department (SCID) Panti, to suggest a collision with any person or object.

Many of the eyewitnesses who spoke to THISDAY yesterday said the LASTMA personnel was hit by a fast-moving green commercial bus driver and not the suspect.

Besides, a senior police officer who also spoke on condition of anonymity, exonerated the suspect from the crime. He said: “Initially, it was believed Johnson committed the crime but from subsequent investigations, it has been revealed that another driver actually did it.

“I want to clear my conscience. We have gone over the scenario several times and arrived at the same conclusion. She couldn’t have hit the deceased because her car was stationary and our conclusion was buttressed by the picture LASTMA took of the incident.

“Again, there was a towing vehicle parked in front of her car so she couldn’t have hit him except she drove the car in reverse and even if she did, she couldn’t have hit him because the official was not at the back.”

While protesting her innocence from behind the counter of the SCID, where she is currently being held with her three-month-old baby, Deborah, she said the whole incident was a frame-up.

The fog on the accusation against Johnson may have started clearing after  detectives from  the SCID visited the crime scene alongside the suspect and LASTMA officials yesterday.
Led by the Officer-in-Charge of the Homicide Unit, Mr. Solomon Okechukwu, the detectives were told  by several eyewitnesses that the LASTMA official was killed by a commercial bus driver while he was attempting to cross the road.

But a LASTMA officer who was with the detectives believes the witnesses are not fair to them, saying, “if we investigate further, you will find out that many of these so-called eyewitnesses were not even here when the incident occurred. My colleague was killed and   Johnson will not go scot free. The crowd is booing us because they don’t like us and it explains why they are ganging up against us.”

Admitting that the suspect had indeed driven against traffic, Okechukwu Ogunike, a resident of the area, said that was just about the only offence Johnson committed. According to him, the suspect drove out of the Ikota Estate and drove against the traffic instead of driving all the way to the shopping complex at Ajah to make a U-turn.

Taking THISDAY through the route taken by the suspect, Ogunike said: “There is a route by the side of the major road when you are leaving the estate and that is where everybody plies because of the ongoing construction on the road.”

Although he said it was regrettable that a life was lost, he flayed the adversarial attitude of the LASTMA officials.

He said: “How many policemen on the road do you hear that are killed by an approaching vehicle? How could he stand on the express just in the name of effecting an arrest? Admittedly, they are to do their jobs but LASTMA  officials should learn how to stop cars without putting their lives in danger.”

Corroborating Ogunike’s story, another eyewitness, Ilonze Benjamin, said the LASTMA officials were usually careless, rude and reckless when enforcing traffic laws. He said most of the time, they jump in front of moving vehicles when trying to apprehend errant motorists. According to him, the spot where the accident occurred was dangerous as many people lose their lives there on a weekly basis.

He said: “The LASTMA official was not crushed by the lady. He had seized the car key and was attempting to cross the road when he was hit. The modus operandi of LASTMA extortion is that they seize the car keys of errant motorists and walk far away from the vehicle so that the motorist will follow them.
“After the motorist follows them to a corner, they collect bribe and then let you go.”

Another witness, who identified himself as Simon Eze, said when the suspect was  arrested, she pleaded with them but they were adamant. He said: “Even one man in a red car came down from his vehicle to plead with them but the officials refused and went to get a towing vehicle. As one of the officials attempted to cross the road, he was crushed by a commercial bus but he did not die on the spot.

“The LASTMA officials suddenly blamed the banker and accused her of killing their colleague. If they had attended to the deceased on time, he probably would have survived. The commercial bus was badly damaged in the accident and his windscreen was shattered. Although the driver stopped for a while, he later sped off.”

Congolese Olympians go missing during final weekend

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Democratic Republic of Congo’s Cedric Mandembo, who lost his only judo match in 49 seconds to Russian Alexander Mikhaylin in the 100 kg category, disappeared shortly after Sunday’s closing ceremony and was not answering his mobile phone, U.N.-sponsored Radio Okapi reported, citing the Congolese Olympic Committee.

Congo judo coach Ibula Masengo, boxing trainer Blaise Bekwa, and national technical director of athletics Guy Nkita had also gone missing, according to the report, which said all four had left the Olympic village with their luggage.

No further details were immediately available in London and a government spokesman said the Home Office did not comment on individual cases.

Olympic officials are also looking for seven Cameroonian athletes who went missing during the Games. Cameroon officials asked for help tracking down five boxers, a swimmer and a soccer player, and said they were probably seeking to stay in Europe for economic reasons.

The London Olympic organising committee said it had notified British police about the missing Cameroonians, but added that the athletes would not be infringing immigration laws until their visas expired in November.

‘‘Directing Hoodrush was very complicated’’- Dimeji Ajibola

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The producer and director of one of the most anticipated films of 2012, Hoodrush, Dimeji Ajibola has spoken about his movie, the challenges he faced while directing this flick and how life has been before the advent of Hoodrush.

Hoodrush is a musical movie which features an impressive and vibrant cast of Bimbo Akintola, O.C Ukeje, Chelsea Eze, Gabriel Afolayan,Bolanle Ninolowo, Ifeoma Agu, Lee Lee Byoma and others. The movie was produced from the stable of Flipsyde Studios, an entertainment company managed by the producer. Bolanle Ninolowo is the CEO of Diesel music, they recently signed popular musician, 9ice into their label.

Dimeji Ajibola is best described as a creative entrepreneur with creative and business interests in filmmaking, virtual worlds, animation, cartoons, interactive digital media, and music. His background is a blend of traditional skills and digital art. The filmmaker is adept in creative illustrations, visual layout and staging, project planning and execution. He Studied Advance Character animation at a school in San Francisco, he also studied Filmmaking and Cinematography at the New York Film Academy and also at the Universal Studios in California. He has other skills in 3D modelling, character rigging for animation, visual effects and the meticulous art of motion capturing.

Speaking on the movie, the director said ‘’it was a challenging project for me as a greenhorn in the full movie business. Movies generally have their challenges, Hoodrush had its own but we were able to work as a team, there were many complications on set because of the storyline and what we were trying to achieve with the movie. I hope the cinema audience like this flick and also the general public as it would be in DVD in the nearest future’’.

Hoodrush will be in cinema from Friday, October 12, 2012.

Video: We have more than Enough Northerner Nigerians to Kill in Ijaw land

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Video: We have more than enough Northerner Nigerians to Kill in Ijaw land to make them Cry! Asari Dokubo on the need for SNC & ‘cessation of hostility by Northern Nigeria.

Niger Delta activist, Asari Dokubo addressing a press conference in Abuja on Monday August 6, 2012 on the current security situation in the country and the convocation of a national conference. Video: Abdulwasiu Hassan.

 

F.G Declares Public Holiday For The Eid-El-Fitr Celebrations

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The Federal Government has declared Monday August 20th and Tuesday the 21stas public holidays to commemorate the 2012 Eid-el-fitr  Sallah celebrations.

A press statement by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Ms Nwaobia Daniel, made the announcement.

The Minister of Interior, Mr Abba Moro, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government  urged Nigerians to emulate the exemplary attributes of Islam which comprises love, tolerance  and peaceful co-existence amongst Nigerians.

He further urged Nigerians irrespective of their faith or religion to use the occasion for sober reflection and pray for the peace, unity and progress of the nation.

Psychologists Say Booze Boosts Creativity At Work

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Psychologists at the University of Illinois have validated what every artist, musician and writer has known since ancient Greek times: a few cocktails can boost creativity.

This helps to explain the counterintuitive success of the three-martini lunches on Madison Avenue in the 1960s, all the way to Silicon Valley tech startups today. It should be noted that alcohol mixed with mundane tasks — say data entry or operating heavy machinery – is still considered unproductive, not to mention highly dangerous.

M.I, Omawumi to Host The Headies 2012

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Lagos|Nigeria  August 13, 2012 Best-selling singer-songwriter Omawumi Megbele and hip-hop icon Jude ‘M.I’ Abaga have been announced as hosts for the 7th edition of The Headies – Nigeria’s biggest music honours event.

Announcing this today, executive producer Ayo Animashaun says the pair  have been selected in line with the awards’ tradition of picking talented and inspiring entertainers, to front an awards ceremony that parades some of the continent’s biggest entertainers.

“It’s a very important year for us at The Headies, and for the Nigerian music industry in general’, Animashaun, who founded the awards in 2006 says.  “And we found in M.I and Omawumi, two great entertainers who are very passionate about the awards, passionate about their work, passionate about the music business and a great source of inspiration to young, up and coming artistes, because of their peculiar stories climbing up”.

Omawumi, 30, came second on West Africa Idol, in 2007.  Her success on that show provided a strong foundation for her career, and she hasn’t looked back for a minute. With her debut single  ‘In the music’   released in 2008, she established herself as a talent to court, and a singer whose eyes are on the global stage. The success of that single, won her the coveted ‘Next Rated’ prize at The Headies in 2009. The award came with a brand new KIA Optima. Omawumi has moved on to become a remarkably successful singer, actor, performer and philanthropist.

 

Omawumi’s co-host   M.I, has risen from grass to grace, in just about half a decade. And, from a Jos-bred wanna -be, who worked hard to find a niche in the hip hop community, M.I has now become the leading rapper and hip hop ambassador on the continent, with many medals to show for his achievements. The Chocolate City rapper is a multiple winner at The Headies, with his prizes including Best Rap Album and Revelation of the year (both in 2009). He has won a total of 9 Headies, starting from his first surprise win in 2008.

‘I won my first Headie when no one knew who I was’ M.I says. ‘It was a big leap for me and my career and I can say the same for a lot of my colleagues. Several years after, I’m excited to be here, performing in a very important capacity, along with my very good friend Omawumi’.

“You know one of the things over the years that have been traditionally so great about the Headies awards is the fact that they do two things well. They merge the aspirational aspect of entertainment with the inspirational aspect of entertainment. You take us to the villages, we meet people where they don’t really have water we’ve done that. At the same time you take people to Brazil. A young person can look and be inspired and also aspire too,” he concluded.

Both acts have already been getting together, sharing ideas and fine-tuning concepts, along with The Headies  producers, in anticipation of a great show this year.

‘It’s been fun fun fun for me’ Omawumi comments. ‘From the photo shoot to all the meetings, rehearsals, fittings and interviews, I can see that I’m going to have the fun of my life. And I promise this year’s guests will have even more fun.  Me and M.I   go craze!’.

The Headies 2012 will hold at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Saturday October 20.

Now in its seventh year, The Headies (formerly Hip Hop World Awards) is Nigeria’s premiere honours event for urbane music and hip hop culture. Produced and presented to match some of the biggest awards shows from around the world, The Headies annually celebrate deserving Nigerian music stars, giving honour to whom it is due, and encouraging many to step up their game in order to enter The prestigious Headies alumni.