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I Got Pregnant At 17 —Actress, Clarion Chukwura

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Nollywood actress, Clarion Chukwura in a recent interview shares her  acting and growing up experiences.

I lost my father when I was 11 years and one week old; it was only my mother that I can say reacted when I started acting. But she was never against my acting.

I actually began acting in the university community. My mother spoke with Bayo Oduleye (then a lecturer at the University of Ibadan.)

She also spoke with Yomi Shohunde. My mother, being an educated woman, did not have problem when I began acting, though she thought I would study law.

The fact that I became a star early did not let me have the problem my pals were having. I became a star at 15. When I got pregnant, there was a crack between me and my mother – which any mother would react to.

At that time, I was 17, and an undergraduate. She felt it was her fault, having lost her husband, she had the responsibility to look after us so that she would not lose any of us.

I started acting (stage and television) in 1979, when I was 15 years, and I joined the Nigerian film industry in 1982 with Ola Balogun’s Money Power. But if you want to talk about home video, I joined the home video industry in 1994. I was the lead female character in the first attempt at home video production in Nigeria by Jimi Odumosu, Fiery Force (1986).

My Career is Not For Club Anthems – Jesse Jags

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People say you don’t really make club anthems, is that correct?

Jesse Jagz: Are you confining my whole career to the club? If I put out an album that I want people to listen to and is not made for the clubs would I have made an error? I am 29, I might as well consider performing elsewhere, because there are over fifty younger artistes dying to perform at the clubs.

Read Full Interview on: The Nation today, page 26.

Man Hands His ‘Boko Haram’ Son over to JTF

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A Maiduguri based businessman (name is not disclosed for security reasons) on Thursday turned in his biological son, a member of Boko Haram, to the Joint Task Force, JTF, with an order that he should be shot dead, witnesses said.

The son, according to close family sources, had once threatened to kill his father before he fled home and returned only recently; as security operatives continue to clamp down on the sect me. He was said to have returned as a prodigal son, seeking asylum in his father’s compound.
“After confessing all his crimes including how he participated in the killing of people and looting of banks to his father, the old man said he has no such conscience to keep a killer son in his home,” said the family member under anonymity.

The 60-year old Kanuri man who lives in Babban-Line Commercial Area, Maiduguri, simply approached the Sector Office of the JTF and told them about his son.

Witnesses quoted him as saying, “This boy is my son; he is a confirmed member of Boko Haram and has killed many people, he too should be killed too.”
In a dramatic twist, as the young man attempted to flee from the soldiers to whom his father handed him over, he was shot at and struck down by a bullet. He later died. His father, who was yet to completely leave the scene simply turned around, looked at the writhing body of his son on the ground and said, “Masha Allah” meaning, “To God be the glory.”

Before he was handed over to the soldiers, the young man was said to have revealed to his father and family members that he possessed two cars and had millions of naira buried somewhere near his family home. But the father said he had no interest in the ill-gotten assets and has no intentions of inheriting them according to Islamic laws as they are ‘haram’.

Photo: Task Force Arrest Local Masquerade

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Photo: Task Force Arrest Local Masquerade. Isn’t the masquerade supposed to be a spirit?

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Nigerian security officers ground ‘suspicious’ cargo plane in Kano airport

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Soldiers and airport security officials have cordoned the plane.

Reports indicate that a cargo plane that landed at the Aminu Kano International Airport has been grounded by security officers.

Sources at the airport said few minutes after the plane landed on Saturday evening; security operatives conducted a search of the cargo.

Though the content is yet to be disclosed, speculations among senior airport security officials is that the cargo was filled with ‘suspicious’ arms.

Soldiers and airport security have now cordoned the area were the cargo plane is parked on the airport tarmac

Efforts to reach the spokesperson of Nigerian aviation parastatals, Yakubu Datti, were unsuccessful as he did not pick or return calls to his phone. The spokesperson to the Aviation Minister, Joe Obi, however, said he is not aware of the incident.

More details later…

Source: premium Times

Ado Bayero Celebrates 50 Years On Throne As Emir Of Kano

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The Emir of Kano Ado Bayero celebrated 50 years of reign as the ruler of the emirate today as he asked Kano residents, traditional title holders, politicians and whosever feels offended by the 50 years of his reign to forgive him.

The Emir was speaking during a special Durba organized to mark his golden jubilee as he celebrate fifty years on the throne of Kano emirate.

Thousands of people including the Nigeria’s Vice President Namadi Sambo converged to witness the traditional Durba.

Three years after the Nigeria’s independent, Alhaji Ado Bayero was turbaned the emir of Kano from the Fulani dynasty of the Emir Abdullahi Bayero.

52 years down the line, the emir was said to have exemplified a leadership style that transformed the ancient city of Kano into more vibrant commercial center of northern Nigeria.

Part of the emir’s legacy was preaching for peace and unity among different ethnic group, call for meaningful and sustainable leadership as well tolerance and hospitality among others.

“My people, I urged you to continue to leave in peace with each other; for me, I have no grudges with any one and for those who offended me knowingly or unknowingly I forgive them, and those who felt I step on their toes intentionally or unintentionally I seek forgiveness from them all.”

It would be recalled that the Emir of Kano survived an attempt to murder him when his convoy was waylaid and attacked losing a few of his aides in the process.

For the sultan of Sokoto Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar, the Emir’s fifty years on the throne of Kano emirate was a blissful period for the people of Kano state and indeed the traditional institutions in Northern Nigeria as he pray for peace and stability in the Boko haram affected areas of Yobe and Maiduguri.

Highlight of the celebration was the colourful horse riding and paying homage to the emir by the district heads and other traditional title holders.

Source: ChannelsTv

10 Things To Never Do On Facebook If You Are In A Relationship

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Now that you’re in a happy, healthy relationship, there are some Facebook rules that need following to ensure it stays that way. 10 things to never do on Facebook if you are in a relationship:
1. Hide things from your spouse or significant other.
If you don’t want your partner seeing who you’re chatting with online, that’s not a good sign. Facebook should not be a secretive escape from your relationship.
2. Befriend someone of the opposite s*x your partner is uncomfortable with.
If your partner is uncomfortable with you “liking” photos of your ex — or chatting with your super-flirty co-worker online — respect his/her wishes. Don’t engage in behavior that will feed insecurities or threaten your partner. If you’re not currently Facebook friends with an ex, don’t add him. Especially in a long-term commitment relationship, you should each trust and respect each other enough to let each other veto online friendships with members of the opposite s*x you’re not comfortable with.
3. Keep up old photos of exes.
Even if you never go back and look at old photos, some of your friends might. Respect your new relationship and delete old online mementos of your past relationships.
4. Change your relationship status without talking to your partner.
Relationship statuses should be discussed prior to any online changes. (Don’t abuse the status, either. Wait until it’s serious enough that most of your friends already know you’re dating someone awesome.)
5. Deny the relationship.
If your Facebook page has zero evidence that you’re in a relationship — no pictures, statuses, links that hint that you’re attached — and your partner wants to be acknowledged, show him/her that you’re proud to be with him/her, and simultaneously let your flirtatious Facebook friends know that certain online behaviors are now officially off-limits, by giving an occasional nod to your significant other.
6. Add his/her friends or family as “friends” before you’ve met them.
This is just creepy.
7. Complain about your partner or make a fight public.
If you’re in a real relationship, have real conversations. Seek conflict resolution in person, not online — and especially not on a Facebook wall. Don’t use Facebook as a place to vent, be passive-aggressive, or to humiliate your partner. Ever.
8. Gush too much. 
You’re in love. That’s great. But use terms of endearment and “I have the best boyfriend in the world!” statuses in moderation. Don’t alienate your loved ones — or incite major eye-rolling — by using Facebook strictly as an excuse to brag about your recent endorphin surge.
9. Post racy pics.
Don’t upload on-vacation bikini shots. Don’t share photos of your new man “just waking up.” Keep it classy. Respect your partner by not seeking attention from others with sexy poses and provocative statuses.
10. Have a shared Facebook profile.
Even if you’re married, the whole “2 become 1? thing does not apply to Facebook. An old classmate might want to say hi without wondering which of you he’s talking to.
Source: Harmony

Nadia Buari Dumps Jim Iyke For New Lover?

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The rumour in town about the love affair between Ghanaian screen goddess, Nadia Buari and Nigeria’s Jim Iyke may finally come to a halt as Nadia, the model and actress revealed her new lover named Bomb Bacious Clay.

Sources said the issue of Nadia and Jim is just a publicity stunt as the ‘real owner’ of the property has come to claim his good back. B Clay who was born in Ghana but has Nigeria blood flowing in his system is in the US as you read this.

Source -Nigeriafilms

Interview: If not music, I would have loved to be a teacher – Omawumi

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Popular songstress, Omawumi Megbele, speaks to Ademola Olonilua about the “bad” things she did as a teenage girl back in the day, she also dishes on her latest work and sundry issues:

Why it took me so long to launch my album

I just wanted to take out time and make good music. There are some people who do yearly albums, I try to do like two or three years. There are people whom I emulate. I feel that as music is a craft, you must try to make sure you put out good materials that can stand the test of time. It is not something that can be relevant for only two months or a year. You want something that is good.

My Lasso of Truth album

I’m very happy, I have got a lot of positive feedback. The sales in the first week was great. They made about 500,000 copies and it is almost sold out. The sales did very well because the demand is high. I did not even know that the demand was this high, even outside Nigeria, We have been working out platforms where we can sell the album. People outside the country ask whoever is travelling abroad to buy the CD in bulk for them. The demand is that high.

If not music, I would have loved to be a teacher

I might be fun to be with, but I’m not a comedian. My mother wanted me to practice law, but I wanted to teach. I have always wanted to teach, I would have been a teacher. I don’t know why I have the capacity to get people to listen to me. Right now, I’m part of an organisation that mentors young girls. You know when you sit with young girls and you are advising them, if it is someone else advising them, deep down they might not listen and think the person is spoiling their fun. But I come across as somebody who has been there, done that and got the T-shirt. So they listen. I think it would have been a beautiful challenge for me to be a teacher. I’m sure I would have been worried about the pay but it would have been flexible enough for me to have a family as well as enjoy what I’m doing if I was not into music.

My early days

I had many experiences but I’d like not to embarrass myself. I was very mischievous as a kid. I used to get into a lot of trouble. I had a lot of older ones, so they used to deal with me a lot. They would say, ‘Omawumi don commit again’. I was the sort of person that would steal my elder sister’s bra and put socks inside; that was when I was bare-chested. The sad thing is that when the thing now came out, it just came out at once. I did the usual things that children do. I can’t say most of it in print. If my older ones should read it, they would discover some things I did back then. I was pretty much a normal kid. I used to play a lot but my parents made us understand the value of education.

Year 2013 so far

I have got four endorsements this year. It has been fantastic. The thing about it is that I have been working towards things like this for a while. The way my work is, I have a healthy fan base. I have the kind of music I make and the kind of people who like it and it appeals to. When it comes to endorsements, I’m really grateful to God. It is a process, if you work and you put out good material and you are relatable, it’s a good thing. The fact that I can market so many products proves I’m a true Nigerian. Without blowing my horn and in trying to be as modest as I can, I am educated. Most parents want their children to be educated and even if they want to pursue their dreams, they use me as an example. I pursued my dream but at the end of the day, I got the basic education. Is she street wise? They use me as an example.

Even though you are educated, it doesn’t mean you should be dumb. There are some parts of my life I feel people make comments, like ‘she is a single mother’; it is not supposed to be celebrated. The plus side of it is that I have a beautiful daughter. I figured that it is better for me to keep a life that God has given me as opposed to killing. That it didn’t work the way it should work or that I am not married, it is still a process, I am still a human being. That is also relatable. It is not like they say that when you get to a stage and you don’t get someone to marry you, you go and get pregnant. Some of my friends, when they look at me and say they want to be like me or that they don’t have time for men, I tell them no. Circumstances and life brought it upon me, I would not regret one day of it. I am happy with my daughter, I am happy about the family that she has and the one I have. Nonetheless, it is not something someone should come out and say this is the way to go.

Criticism

I’ll tell you the truth, I’m indifferent. I have developed a thick skin. I would not say that from the outset it never affected me. But it didn’t mean I put my hand under my cheek and started brooding. I was just worried why this sort of thing happened. I am a solutions kind of person and so I started looking for solutions. I found out that there was no solution. Whether you like it or not, people must talk about you. The more mysterious you are, the more stories would be woven around you. I figured that you win some and lose some, you cannot have it all. The day you are the focus of the press, you just say by God’s grace, this too shall pass. I don’t like it when people form an opinion about me out of negative publicity, especially when it is not true and it affects my career. That is the part I don’t like because I believe everybody puts a lot of hard work into their music. That’s why I always tell people, I’m not an angel. That is why I encourage people to just enjoy the music. It is the music I am giving you, not my personal life, not who I am.

My first crush and boyfriend

I can remember him. I think I ‘died’ for him so much I cannot remember how he toasted me. You know when you like a boy so much and you try to catch his attention. He was my elder brother’s very good friend and it was like a taboo to have anything to do with your elder brother’s friend. The elder brother would beat both the friend and the sister. That was the sort of position I was in. I still collected the beatings because when you are blinded with love, you would stick with the boy no matter what. Eventually, we were so in love for a long time.

What influences my fashion sense

I try to be comfortable and look good as much as I can. It is not easy but I try. I’m not much of a fashion icon. I just know you wear fine blouse or skirt. I find it difficult to accessorise or match colours. I don’t know all those type of things. I started hearing it when I came to Lagos. I am a Warri girl. Before now, I was all about my shirt and jeans. Some people say they like Omawumi but they wish I would dress better or that I need a stylist. I would tell you that it is fine. I wish I would have a stylist, but in a situation where I don’t have one, as I dress, take it like that. The most important thing is that I am putting out good music. The minute I become a 360 artiste – where I am selling my fashion as well as my music, then you can criticise but till then, accept me as I am.

Photos: Lagos stríp Club Collapse

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Tragedy was yet averted on Sunday May 26, 2013 when the building of a Lagos stríp club, Ocean Blue collapsed.

The club, located on 14, Opebi Street lost half of its two-storey-ed structure when it collapsed. Eye witnesses say the incident which happened at around 1:20pm startled the neighbours.

An eye witness who talked to our reporter said, “I was just on my way out when I suddenly noticed the building crumbling from the top. I really hope no one was injured or has died”.

Another witness, Nasiru Ahmed, who runs a provision kiosk confirmed to NET that no one was injured.”They are lucky that it happened in the afternoon, because if it was in the night when customers would have been around, it would have been very disastrous”, Ahmed said.

The reason for the collapse of the building is still not clear as the club security refused our reporter or anyone entry into the premises under the orders of the management.

From the looks of things the management of the club seem to want to conceal the misfortune as the stríp club which is located in the carefully concealed premises was allegedly being run illegally.

A call through to the Ikeja Police Station, proved that the police is unaware of the incident.

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‘My husband died of Cancer’, Fatai Rolling Dollar’s wife reveals

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Sherifat Olagunju, one of the wives of the late iconic Nigerian musician Fatai Olayiwola Olagunju better known as Fatai Rolling Dollar who pased on today, has told Nigerian Entertainment Today exclusively, that the 85-year-old highlife musician and band leader died of the deadly Cancer disease.

Speaking with a NET Correspondent at the late musician’s family house located at Block six, Millenium Housing Estate, Oko Oba, Alimosho area of Lagos State, Sherifat explained that Fatai Rolling Dollar had been diagnosed with Cancer while on tour in the US sometime last year.

We confirmed it when he returned to Lagos. He was a loving and caring husband. He not only saw me as a wife, but also as his child. We had many plans together and I will miss him greatly‘, Sherifat told NET as she sobbed.

Sherifat bore two children – a boy (6) and girl (3) for the late veteran musician.

Source: Thenet.ng

Tanker Driver Sacrificed Himself To Death To Save Others

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A brave tanker driver yesterday morning avoided crashing into other vehicles along Zuba road in the FCT as he veered out of the road, somersaulted and died instantly.

Two other passengers in the tanker however survived the accident and were rushed to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada.
Weekly Trust gathered that the driver whose name was Mustafa, raised alarms to on coming motorists to clear the road before be veered off and crashed to death.
A witness said the tanker was coming from Madalla along the Kaduna-Abuja express way.
He said barely two days ago, a similar accident took place near the spot that involved another tank, adding that though there was no death,  the driver of a Golf car sustained injuries.”
According to him, five cars were damaged and were removed from the scene hours after, including the tanker which poured petroleum content on the ground.
Reacting, Divisional Police Officer of Zuba, Chief Superintendent Femi Adelegan, confirmed the incident and said the driver was trapped after the crash as the vehicle fell on top of him. The police officer said he contacted Zuba road safety office, which made available two towing machines from Yangoje main office of the Federal Road Safety Commission to remove the driver’s body.
Residents in the area said Zuba and Madalla have witnessed many of such crashes in the past due to wrong parking of heavy duty vehicles on one hand and the activities of road hawkers as well as illegal parks in the area.

Breaking News – Tinubu’s Mother Abibat Mogaji Is Dead

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Report reaching us now from an impeccable source has it the the mother of the National Leader of Action Congress of Nigeria and former Governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Mother, Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji is Dead.

Mama died on Saturday evening at the age of 96 in her Lagos home town, Ikeja.
Before her death, She was a frontline leader of Lagos State Market Women Association.
Mogaji recently received an honorary Doctorate Degree from the Ahmadu Bello University during its 50th anniversary.
Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, described the death of the matriarch as a great loss to millions of people.
In a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Osun State, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, the governor said Mogaji’s death would leave a big vacuum both in politics and commercial sectors of not only Lagos State but Nigeria at large.
Aregbesola said Mogaji led a life of substance that is worthy of emulation.
He said, “Mama Abibatu Mogaji was a mother in a million. We commiserate with her children, particularly Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for their great loss.
“We commiserate with the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu; the Mogaji family; the people of Lagos, particularly Femi Okunnu; the party; the government of Lagos; and market men and women in Nigeria and Lagos in particular.
“We pray that God gives them the fortitude to bear the loss and we pray God grants herAljana Firdaus.”
Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, said the death was “a great national and personal loss.”
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Hakeem Bello, Fashola said she was a defender of people’s rights.
He said, “She was one of the pioneer traders who ventured into the capital intensive and risky business of importing consumer goods, thereby breaking the monopoly previously enjoyed by foreign tradesmen. Her business acumen attracted the attention of multi-national enterprises operating in Nigeria, then, which had no option but to register her as a business partner and distributor of their consumer goods in Nigeria.”
Also, the state Peoples Democratic Party, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Gani Taofik, described the deceased as a dogged fighter for justice.
She will be buried at 11am on Sunday at Ikoyi cemetery.

 

Obadare To Be Buried In Gold Plated Casket Worth 30,000 Dollars

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The late Apostle Timothy Obadare would be buried in a gold-plated casket as a mark of honour for his contributions to Christendom.

This was disclosed by his first son, Pastor Paul Obadare, during a press briefing organised by the family and his protégés in Lagos on the burial arrangement.

Obadare said, “The coffin to be used for the burial of our father, Apostle Timothy Obadare, is taken after the type used for the burial of the late Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.”

However, Saturday PUNCH’s check showed that these celebrities were buried in Batesville-branded golden caskets, which cost between $25,000 and $30,000.

He said the late founder of World Soul Winning Evangelical Ministry deserved to be so honoured.

Paul, who is the General Overseer of the church in the United States of America, described his father as a national figure, who made lasting impact on the nation in his time.

He said other events lined up for the burial of the renowned evangelist include an exhibition of snapshots of crusade documentaries.

He added that there will be lying-in-state in Ilesha, Osun State in a transparent ambulance.

“Our father was a renowned teacher of the bible, a great missionary, crusader and devoted apostle of Jesus Christ. He lived a well-fulfilled exemplary life of a good Christian.

“He served man and God before his passing. We the children, biological and spiritual, have come together to give him a deserving burial as a national figure.

“There will be service of songs in Ilesha, Akure, Ibadan and Lagos, while he will be interred at a mausoleum prepared for his final rest at WOSEM conference ground at Ilesha-Ife, in Osun State,” he added.

Meanwhile, one of his protégés, Pastor Ladi Thompson, among others, extolled the virtues of the late preacher

Things To Know Before Getting Married

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Before you get married please read…

1. Once you are hooked to the wrong person the battle is over, you will either be managing or patching till you die. If a goat marries a fish, how would they live or where would they be meeting each other? It is only
when the goat is thirsty and goes to the river to drink water that they will only see briefly as the fish will jump out to greet the goat and swim away. Any marriage where both partners see each other once in a long while is likened to the goat and fish illustration above. Marriage does not make marriage. It is the people in marriage that make marriage.

2 .Compatibility is worked out, of course you may never get a perfect person. But with dedication,knowledge and wisdom compatibility will start building, that is if he or she is the right person.

3. But the major challenge in getting married is choosing the right person. You don’t choose a person because he or she is available or eligible. You choose a person because that person is the right for you.

4. Run away from any man or woman that is easily angered by nature; that is getting angry easily is he or she’s lifestyle. It is difficult to change that person. But if someone gets angry by mistake, that person can be corrected but if it is his or her nature, you have to think twice.

5. It is possible to mis-marry. It is possible to be living with the wrong man or woman. It is possible to be dating the wrong person or be in courtship with the wrong person.

6. Once your choice is right then you are on the right track. How can a lion be married to a goat? what now
happens when the lion is hungry? Any man that beats his wife is likened to the above illustration. Any woman that oppresses her husband is also likened to this scenario.

7. There are some people that are highly inflamable, please do not take a box of matches near them. What this means is that these people’s hearts are made of stone, giving them your soft heart in love is a mistake. They will not value it.

8. Love may be blind to many, but marriage will definitely open their eyes. Love in reality is not blind when you start seeing those unchangeable signs during courtship please keep off. When a man starts cheating on you when dating, it is a sign that he will do much more when he is married to you. He or she may legally begin to cheat on you because he is now married legally to you.

9. Dating is not for outing alone, dating is for knowing, watching and examining. Watch out for negative signs to see if it can be dealt with, if it cannot be dealt with in courtship it may not change in marriage.

10. To get the right person, try to be the right person. Work on yourself, work on your flaws.

11 America and the western world is plagued with divorce today because they marry without paying attention to these facts listed above. They marry without knowing the person they are marrying at least to a large extent.

12. Don’t practice divorce before you get married. That is when you are breaking relationships over and over
again, your emotion is also affected in the process. Wait for the right person.

13. Don’t marry because you cannot enjoy your singlehood. If you are happy being single, then you will be happy being married and if you are not happy while still single….

14. Marriage is not an escape from singlehood but marriage is actually a graduation from singlehood…moving
from writing simple exams of life to writing another hard exams.

15. Do not rush into marriage because you are under pressure or you are feeling you are the odd one out. When you are feeling everyone is getting married except you then you are making yourself becoming a wrong person.