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MultiChoice To Pay N900 Billion To FG

The Federal Government of Nigeria through its Tax Agency, Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, has obtained a court injunction ordering MultiChoice Nigeria Limited to pay 50 per cent of the disputed N1.8 trillion tax.

In a statement issued yesterday by FIRS spokesman, Abdullahi Ahmad, he said that a Tax Appeal Tribunal, TAT, sitting in Lagos gave the injunction ordering MultiChoice Nigeria Limited to pay the sum to his agency.

In July, the FIRS appointed some commercial banks as agents to recover N1.8 trillion from the accounts of MultiChoice Nigeria Limited, MCN, and MultiChoice Africa, MCA.

The FIRS Boss, Muhammad Nami, said that the decision to appoint the banks as agents, and to freeze the accounts was a result of the continued refusal of MultiChoice to grant FIRS access to its servers for audit.

Multichoice owns the two entertaining satellite televisions, DStv and Gotv, which are the most popular subscription platforms in Nigeria

At the resumption of hearing yesterday, the five-member Tax Appeal Tribunal, led by A.B. Ahmed, issued the order, based on the application brought to the tribunal by FIRS.

The application read: “The counsel to FIRS made the application under Order XI of the TAT Procedure Rules 2010 which requires Multichoice or any other taxpayer who disputes their tax assessments, to make the statutory deposit required under Paragraph 15(7) of the Fifth Schedule to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (Establishment) Act 2007 (FIRS Act) as a condition that must be fulfilled before the prosecution of the appeal brought before TAT.

“In certain defined circumstances to which the Multichoice appeal fits, Paragraph 15(7) of the Fifth Schedule to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (Establishment) Act 2007 (FIRS Act) requires persons or companies seeking to contest a tax assessment to pay all or a stipulated percentage of the tax assessed before they can be allowed to argue their appeal contesting the assessment at TAT.”

The FIRS stated that Multichoice filed a suit at the Lagos TAT, following its dispute over the agency’s issuance of notices of assessment and demand note in the sum of N1, 822, 923,909,313.94k on April 7, 2021.

Reacting to the injunction, MultiChoice said that MultiChoice Nigeria has noted the media statement on the Tax Appeal Tribunal (“TAT”) appeal hearing held on August 24,2021.

MultiChoice further said that the directive issued by the TAT does not compel MultiChoice Nigeria to make payment of 50 per cent of N1,8 trillion, being half of the disputed tax assessment which is under appeal.

Rather, the directive was in accordance with paragraph 15(7) of the Fifth Schedule to the FIRS Establishment Act and requires MultiChoice Nigeria to deposit with FIRS an amount equal to the tax paid by MultiChoice Nigeria in the preceding year of assessment OR one half of the disputed tax assessment under appeal, whichever is the lesser amount plus 10%.

The lesser amount is the tax paid by MultiChoice Nigeria in the previous assessed year which is substantially less than the disputed assessment.

“MultiChoice Nigeria is a law-abiding corporate citizen and continues to engage constructively with FIRS in an attempt to resolve this matter,” MultiChoice stated.

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Miss Mexico Becomes Miss Universe 2021

Miss Mexico has become the crowned Miss Universe.

She was crowned at the event on Sunday in Florida after beating other contestants in the competition.

The Sunday night marked the return of the Miss Universe competition to television after the pageant was cancelled in 2020 for the first time due to the covid-19 pandemic.

The 26 year-old Miss Mexico, Andrea Meza, finished first ahead of the Brazilian and Peruvian finalists in a flashy televised event, hosted by American actor Mario Lopez and television personality Olivia Culpo.

Former Miss Universe contestants Cheslie Kryst, Paulina Vega and Demi-Leigh Tebow (who won the title in 2017) served as competition analysts and commentators, and members a panel of eight women that determined the winner.

Dressed in a sparkling red evening gown, Meza tearfully walked the catwalk as Miss Universe for the first time, before rushing back for a group hug with other competitors.

Meza beat more than 70 contestants from around the world to emerged as winner.

The 69th installment of Miss Universe event was held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Leading up to the final competition, Miss Myanmar, Thuzar Wint Lwin, who was among the top 21, used her time in the spotlight to bring attention to the coup in her country.

Our people are dying and being shot by the military every day,” she said during her biographical video, which showed photos of her taking part in the anti-coup protests. “Therefore I would like to urge everyone to speak out about Myanmar.”

She won the award for best national costume; during the competition segment on Thursday, where she wore an outfit beaded in traditional Burmese patterns and held up a sign that read “Pray for Myanmar.”

Her country has been in an uproar since February 1, when the army ousted civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

And according to local monitoring group, at least 796 people have been killed by security forces since then, while nearly 4,000 people are behind bars.

Miss Singapore, Bernadette Belle Ong, who did not make the top 21, also used the national costume period to make a political statement.

Dressed in a glittering red bodysuit and matching thigh-high boots, she turned around to reveal her cape, in the colors of the Singaporean flag, which was painted with the caption “Stop Asian Hate.”

What is this platform for if I can’t use it to send a strong message of resistance against prejudice and violence?” she wrote on Instagram alongside pictures of her outfit.

You will recall that the United States have witnessed a surge in anti-Asian violence in the past year, which activists have blamed on former president Donald Trump’s rhetoric, especially his repeated description of Covid-19 as the “China virus.”

The pageant, which has drawn criticism in the past for objectifying the contestants, had in recent years, focused more on female empowerment and activism.

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Ludacris & Wife, Eudoxie Bridges, Expecting Another Baby

Ludacris has announced his preparation to welcome his second child with his wife, Eudoxie Bridges, by sharing two new gorgeous photos of her posing with her growing baby bump to celebrate her 35th birthday.

The 43-year-old rapper shared the joyous news that he and his 35-year-old wife, Eudoxie Bridges, are expecting their second baby in a love-filled Instagram post.

The post was for Eudoxie Bridges’ birthday celebration, which included two beautiful pictures of her cradling her bump while smiling and then closing her eyes with her head back.

How is it YOUR Birthday & Your Giving Me The Greatest Gift? Joyeux Anniversaire Mrs Bridges 👼🏽,” Ludacris captioned the pictures.

The glowing mother looked radiant in a long sleeveless tan dress that had cut-out sections along the sides and back in the pics and rocked neon yellow nail polish. She also had her long dark wavy locks hanging down her back as they were tied back in a low ponytail with some strands loose and framing her face.

Meanwhile, the rapper’s fans have shared responses in the comments section to celebrate the moment with them.

“Congratulations 🍾 i hope it’s a boy!” one fan exclaimed while another called Eudoxie “beautiful.” Others shared more well wishes along with red heart emojis.

Some celebrities also took to the comments section to share their excitement about the couple’s thrilling news.

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️CONGRATULATIONS!!” Gabrielle Union wrote.

Kelly Rowland followed with, “CONGRATULATIONS!!!! 😍❤️😍❤️😍.”

Ciara also exclaimed, “Congratulations!!! So sweet! ❤️.”

Ne-Yo wrote, “Happy bday!! Congrats guys!!”

Ludacris and Eudoxie, who married in 2014, currently have a daughter together, 5-year-old Cadence, but the rapper has other three children, Shaila – 24, Karma – 13, and Cai – 6, from previous relationships.

This announcement is coming three years after they disclosed that they tragically lost a child to miscarriage and Eudoxie had to have surgery right after.

Lord, I thank you for the gift of life. This year didn’t necessarily start off right for us. I had a miscarriage and needed to have surgery,” Eudoxie wrote on social media in May 2018.

She added: “It was very easy to complain and self pity but I refused to let the enemy win. I stayed faithful and prayed up. I spent hours focusing on the many ways the Lord has blessed me. How could I complain when God has blessed me with the opportunity to already experience motherhood?”

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Ara: I Would Love To Get Married Again

The popular Nigerian female drummer, Aralola Olumuyiwa professionally known as Ara, has expressed her desire to get married again.

In an interview she granted, she said that she was still open to relationship and wished to love and be loved again.

She said: “Yes, marriage is on the cards for me. I definitely would love to get married again. I definitely would want to love and be loved again. I’m very open.

“It’s just that when one has been scarred, one tends to see everyone as a scallywag and one tends to be careful. But that doesn’t mean there are no good guys around. There are definitely good guys around. So fingers crossed, let’s see how it goes.”

The drummer disclosed that she was into mentoring young female drummers so as to encourage them in the art.

She said: “There are many female talking drummers but I agree that none of them has been able to get to the level I attained. Being a pacesetter is a tall order for a female talking drummer or any female drummer at that.

“Whenever any female drummer is sighted, people send me their videos and pictures. I recently had a meeting with a lot of female drummers and it was beautiful. I decided to start mentoring them because many of them were reaching out to me.

“They had lots of things bothering them and they needed direction. We have had our first meeting and we are going to have another major one soon, where the drummers from different parts of the South-West and other parts of the country will come to Lagos. There are some female drummers as young as five years old.

“We need to encourage drummers and artists generally. We have not been given our rightful place and we are not being appreciated the way we should. It is a sad development but by God’s grace, I believe things would change. There is going to be a positive turnaround for everyone on our platform.”

On the issue of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, she said she was lucky when she started, but some female artists exposed themselves to it.

She said: “I have heard victims talk about it. However, I would say I was lucky in that regard. When I started out, it was destiny and passion that drove me into entertainment. I had no ‘street sense’ whatsoever.

“There are instances where I would have fallen but because I was a genuinely naive person, I did not even know those were supposed to be traps. For me, it did not come as abuse or harassment. Along the line though, it started looking like it and I fought back. That is the reason I had a lot of issues at the end of the day.

“So, yes it (harassment) is very real. However, some females also offer themselves to these men in desperation to become famous.

“But, if you’ve got what it takes to be a star, you do not need to sell yourself or give your body to any man.”

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Turner, Jay-Z Inducted As Fela Missed Out In the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

The inductees for the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced.

Making the announcement, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, John Sykes, said: “This diverse class of talented inductees reflects the Rock Hall’s ongoing commitment to honor artists whose music created the sound of youth culture.”

However, the list did not include the popular Afro-beat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who was among the nominees.

The inductees are: Tina Turner, Carole King, The Go-Go’s, Foo Fighters, and Jay-Z .
Others are Todd Rundgren, Kraftwerk, Charley Patton, Gil Scott-Heron, Billy Preston, Clarence avant, Randy Rhoads as well as LL Cool J.

The 36th annual ceremony has been scheduled to hold on 30th October in Cleveland, Ohio, where the Hall of Fame is based.

Jay-Z, Foo Fighters and the Go-Go’s are all first-time nominees; as artists are eligible for nomination 25 years after the release of their first records.

After being eligible since 2006, The Go-Go’s, known for their 1980s punk-inflected dance pop, have expressed their gratefulness through their Twitter handle.

We are so EXCITED to announce that we will be … inducted into the 2021 Rock Hall of Fame!! Women have always been a vital part of the ever changing music business and we are so proud to have our success story honored and recognized by the @rockhall and our wonderful fans!” the band tweeted.

The rap star, Jay-Z, whose hits include “99 Problems” and “Hard Knock Life”; enters the Hall of Fame as a 23-time Grammy winner, and the first hip hop artist inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Tina Turner’s entry into the hall comes after a year that saw her being celebrated in an HBO documentary, which told her story of leaving her abusive husband Ike Turner, who was also her musical partner, before launching a successful solo career that includes hits like “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”

Turner tweeted in her appreciation message: “I am absolutely thrilled to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame amongst such amazing artists! Thank you for all your continued love and support over the years! Love, Tina.”

Boasting a decorated career as a songwriter for other stars, Carole King’s 1971 record “Tapestry” is one of the best-selling albums ever, with top tracks including “You’ve Got a Friend” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” — a hit made even more popular with an Aretha Franklin cover.

“I wanted to be a songwriter so I could meet all the great artists and they would know who I was. I thought being inducted into the @rockhall as a songwriter with Gerry Goffin was the pinnacle. Until now. Thank you for ALSO inducting me as an artist. And thank you to my fans always,” she tweeted.

The popular pop rocker Rundgren, known for hits like “Bang the Drum All Day”, was inducted after his fourth nomination and after he called the vote “a scam.”

The hall will also honor LL Cool J, Billy Preston and Randy Rhoads with “musical excellence awards,” while Kraftwerk, Gil Scott Heron and Charley Patton will receive “early influencer” designations.

Record executive Clarence Avant will receive 2021’s Ahmet Ertegun Award, which goes to non-performers.

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Alex Ekubo Sets To Marry Fancy Acholonu

The Nollywood actor, Alex Ekubo, has revealed the date for his wedding.

The marriage which is between him and his fiancee, Fancy Acholonu.

The award-winning actor chose Wednesday, 20th November, 2021 as Traditional wedding day in Imo State, while the Church wedding will take place on 27th November, 2021 in Lagos.

Ekubo recently proposed to his fiance as revealed in a post made public.

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Big Sheff Makes A Verse For Mama For Her 60th Birthday

The Nigerian rapper, Sheriff Ilori popularly known as Big Sheff, has made a verse to celebrate his mother at 60.

The rapper used his Instagram account to share the video of himself remixing the hit-track ‘Mama’ from Boys2Men.

He captioned the video as “A Verse for Mama” with pictures of him and his mother.

Big Sheff is the son of Nigerian fuji music legends, Kollington Ayinla and Salawa Abeni.

Salawa Abeni clocked 60 years yesterday and was celebrated by family, fans and friends worldwide.

 

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Baba Ijesa Faces Life Imprisonment If Found Guilty As Lagos Govt Set To File Charges

The Lagos State Government have taken over the case and will soon arraign Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, popularly known as Baba Ijesa, for sexual assault by penetration, among other charges.

The sexual assault charge is punishable by life imprisonment in the state criminal law.

Lagos State Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, said in a statement on Tuesday that the State’s Directorate of Public Prosecutions recommended five charges after due consideration of the facts in the case file.

Baba Ijesa was recently caught on tape harassing a minor, a 14-year-old girl.

In a viral video on social media, he was seen confessing to the crime and pleading for forgiveness.

After being detained by the police, reports emerged that he was soon going to be released.

This created an outrage on social media, but the police denied the report and said they were still investigating the matter.

In his Tuesday’s statement, Lagos State Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Onigbanjo, who is also the state Attorney-General, said Baba Ijesha would be charged under the Criminal Law of Lagos State.

He continued: “One of the charges includes Indecent Treatment of a child, which is punishable by seven years imprisonment.

“Another is Defilement of a Child, which is punishable by life imprisonment.

“Sexual Assault by Penetration is also punishable by life imprisonment.

“Baba Ijesha is also being charged for Attempted Sexual Assault by Penetration, punishable by 14 years imprisonment, and Sexual Assault, which is punishable by three years imprisonment.”

Whilst the State would ensure that Mr. Olanrewaju James’s rights as enshrined in the Constitution are upheld, the Ministry of Justice would not relent in its efforts in ensuring that whoever sexually abuses any resident of Lagos State is speedily brought to book,” Mr. Onigbanjo added.

He stated: “It is instructive to note that the Lagos State Ministry of Justice has been consistent in its efforts in protecting the vulnerable in our society and since the establishment of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team in 2014, it has till date prosecuted over 800 cases of Sexual and Domestic offenses.”

The Attorney-General hereby assured Lagosians and indeed Nigerians that in accordance with the DPP’s advise, charges would be filed accordingly.

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Kizz Daniel Celebrates Birthday With Baby Announcement

The popular Nigerian popstar, Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, professionally known as Kizz Daniel, has announced the birth of his twins.

The music icon, who is marking his birthday today, has posted on his Instagram handle on the way he wishes to celebrate his birthday.

The post has a picture of the musician holding the hands of a baby with a love sign.

He captioned the picture by saying: “There is no better way to celebrate my birthday, than announcing the arrival of my sons – Jelani and Jalil.”

Daniel rose to fame with his single song titled “Woju”.

He signed a record deal with G-Worldwide Entertainment in 2013, but left the label due to contract dispute and court case.

He later founded the Fly Boy Inc record label in November 2017, which recently signed two new acts Demmie Vee and Philkeyz.

Precisely in May 2018, Kizz Daniel announced the change of his stage name from Kiss Daniel to Kizz Daniel, which immediately reflected on his social media accounts.

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Women Display Bumbum In The Vuthela Challenge

Some South African women have taken to Twitter to share the pictures of their bumbums in a contest called “Vuthela Challenge”.

The challenge has gone viral on Twitter, where women show off the backside of their bumbums to determine the biggest of all.

In the challenge, the women are expected to kneel down and pretend to be blowing fire into the fire-wood stove, while the inclination of their bumbums is the focus.

Many of them have responded to the challenge, and have shared sensual pictures, while the winner is determined.

Below are the pictures of those that have responded.

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TAMPAN Releases Statement On Baba Ijesha’s Case

The president of the Theatre Arts And Motion Pictures Practitioners Association Of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Mr Bolaji Amusan professionally known as Mr Latin, has revealed, on his Instagram handle, the TAMPAN press release on Baba Ijesha’s case.

The statement is coming after the association had been condemned by the public for not reacting to the rape case involving one of their members, Olanrewaju Omiyinka James known as Baba Ijesha.

In the press release, TAMPAN condemned the act committed by the popular comic actor, Baba Ijesha, and sympathized with the victim and her parents.

The association however promised never to support such act from the society even from any of their members.

The group also used the opportunity to admonish all parents to give their children or wards the freedom to express themselves for a timely arrest of such horrible acts whenever such are committed.

The press release is below:

Read also: Baba Ijesha Arrested Over Sexual Harassment Of A Minor

TAMPAN PRESS RELEASE

THIS WAS RELEASED ON @tampanglobal PAGE 5 DAYS AGO:We find it obligatory to condemn in totality the odious occurrence of pedophilia confessed to by Mr. Olanrewaju James aka Baba Ijesha as confirmed by the police. Our association TAMPAN is crestfallen about this act and will reproach and remonstrate the committer of such exclusive sexual harassment to prepubescent children.

Considering the sensitivity of the case, which is still under investigation according to Lagos State Commissioner of Police, TAMPAN will never support all acts against what we preach and represent. As an association, we understand the Mores and Social Norm of our people and our behavior will always be homiletic. Therefore, we would not fail to support government in its bid to do justice towards ensuring that such ignoble acts are checked within our society.

We sympathize with the parents of the victim and also seize this opportunity to charge all parents to give their children or wards freedom to express themselves for a timely arrest of such horrible acts whenever such are committed.

Finally, we will always stand for actions that are morally standard and continue to be law-abiding.

Signed:
Yemi Amodu
Director of Research & Documentation

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Actress Abiola Adebayo Marries Her Lover

The Nigerian actress, Abiola Adebayo, has married her lover in a low key wedding in Lagos on Tuesday, 27th April, 2021.

The actress disclosed the news of her wedding on her Instagram handle as she shared a video tagged ‘life story’ showing her postures with her lover, and a caption: “Happy married life to us babe.”

She stated that she had lived in fear of marriage for so long, as did not believe in her strength or ability, but believes in God and she surrenders everything about marriage to Him.

She said: “...I said Yes! and today we started a journey to forever.

“This journey “ This journey called marriage “ as assertive as I can be with many things in life, definitely not sure I am with “marriage” my fears has held me down for so long but then I held unto his word and “I believe “ I do not believe in my strength or ability but I believe in the one that knows the end even before it begins (The Alpha and Omega) I dropped all my fears and worries at the feet of the Lord Jesus, I’ll do my part and I’ll leave God to perfect the rest.

“Don’t expect perfection from us because we’re not but our God is and we have put him at the center.

“Babe, thanks for choosing me to walk the “Journey” of life with you, I wholeheartedly choose you above anyone else.

“Rejoice with me! It’s the beginning of a new dawn.

“ROAD TO FOREVER!”

In another video shared, the couple were seen exchanging vows at the registry.

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Don Jazzy Raises Alarm Over Bride Price Controversy

Nigerian popular music producer, Don Jazzy, has expressed his mind on the way some guys treat their wives.

Jazzy stated that there’s need to educate those men to stop the bad treatment of their wives because of the bride price paid to secure their hands in marriage.

He explained that disrespecting one’s wife because of the bride price paid is a shallow mindset.

Jazzy stated this on his Twitter account, where he tweeted: “So apparently some of the men that disrespect and treat their wives like sh*t do so becos they paid some useless bride price. Kai, how do we educate the multitude with this shallow mindset?”

His assumption is a controversy in some homes, as respect for the woman diminishes as a result of the bride price paid on her.

Some men are fond of calling their wives names, and they will never have a second thought before descending on them at every provocation.

Meanwhile, some people have responded to Don Jazzy’s statement

Jaytheunbothered said: “I’ve always said the bride price tradition needs to go. It holds no water in this modern time and age.

“What is the purpose? And why won’t a man feel like he owns a person after paying for her?”

Efosa stated: “I disagree with you sir. Some, it’s as a result of how they see their father treat their mother.”

Izzyknows said: “As I’m talking right now, someone is in the village and they’re saying the bride price is 1M naira. I mean right now, just got off the phone with his mum.

“They know he doesn’t have this money, his in-law has taken a seat far away telling the boy to discuss with his kinsmen smh.”

Vee Stan expressed: “By teaching them that bride price payment isn’t equivalent to possessing, buying or owning any woman.

“I feel men to understand that marriage isn’t a master – slave relationship. It’s a partnership where both parties are meant to have equal rights.

“A woman isn’t a tail!!!”

Morgan Aliticus Playmaker said: “I think the whole bride price system should go tbh… Cos some cultures make the whole process seem like a sort of trade, which shouldn’t be.

“You hear questions like; “do you know she is a doctor” “do you know how much was spent for her education. It really doesn’t help at all.”

Omotayo of Lagos stated: “The bride price cultured needs to be canceled, lets people marry each other out of love without one feeling indebted to the other.”

Miracle Worker said: “This set of Men actually didn’t grow with “love” they have some stupid “ego” in them, they feel the woman owes them the whole world just bcuz they paid some silly “bride price” this is usually common among men who are still struggling to fix into the “middle family.

“And then they spend lots of money during the “marriage rites” so they just keep reminding the woman of how much they paid as “bride price” and the huge amount of money they spend traditionally to the direct family of the bride. They feel the woman should worship them.”

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Baba Ijesha Arrested Over Sexual Harassment Of A Minor

The Nigerian popular comic actor, Olanrewaju James known as Baba Ijesha, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police for allegedly having sexual relationship with a minor.

Lagos Police spokesman, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, explained that the 48-year-old actor was arrested after a case of sexual harassment was reported by Princess Adekola Adekanye at Sabo Police Station on April 19, 2021.

The case had been transferred to the gender unit of the state CID, Panti, Yaba for proper investigation.

According to report, the actor started having the affair with the minor seven years ago when she was 7-year-old.

Baba Ijesha had confessed to the crime, as it was also reported that he was captured on CCTV camera sexually assaulting the victim, who’s now 14-year-old.

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered for proper investigation into the case, and he promised to do justice on the matter.

Baba Ijesha is well-known for his roles in Yoruba movies with his comic character.

 

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Akuapem Poloo Granted Bail In The Sum Of $13,900

The Ghanaian actress, Rosemond Alade Brown popularly known as Akuapem Poloo, has been granted bail by the court.

The bail was in the sum of 80,000 cedis ($13,900) pending her appeal against her 90-day jail sentence for posting a naked photo of herself beside her son on social media.

The judge explained that her bail was because she was a young first-time offender, and had shown remorse by pleading guilty to the charge.

The judge added that the court considered the welfare of her son when deciding her release on bail.

The actress was recently sentenced to 3 months in prison by the Circuit Court in Accra for going nude in a picture she took with her son on his birthday.

Judge Christiana Cann, in her pronoucement of Poloo’s jail sentence, said that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to the general public given increasing levels of moral decadence in Ghana.

Though at the time, some agreed with the judge’s remarks, but social media users had been calling for the actress’s release using the hashtag #FreeAkuapemPoloo.

Meanwhile, the Ghanaian award winning News Anchor, Serwaa Amihere, has contrary opinion about Poloo’s release, as she wrote: “A person is convicted on her OWN PLEA. This means that the person accepts that he or she is wrong.

“The natural consequence of pleading guilty on your own volition means that you are ready to be punished. How are we asking for this person to be freed….”.

 

 

 

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The Comedian Ada Jesus Is Dead

The Nigerian comedian, Nmesoma Mercy Obi popularly known as Ada Jesus, is dead after battling kidney problem.

The comedian was recently diagnosed of kidney ailment, and was hospitalized in Anambra State.

Harrison Gwamnishu revealed this in a post on his Instagram account with a caption: “Thank you everyone. Rest in Power, Mercy Nmesoma Nnadi.”

Two days ago, she celebrated her birthday with her friends and Mr. Gwamnishu on the sick bed.

Last week, Mr. Gwamnishu confirmed that Ada has been having the health challenges for the past three years and was managing it.

MY NAME IS HARRISON, AFTER VERIFICATIONS, I CAN BOLDLY SAY THAT #NMESOMA HAS BEEN HAVING HEALTH CHALLENGE AND MANAGING IT FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS,” he posted.

She died at the Zenith Medical & Kidney Center, Abuja, at 24.

RIP!

 

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Former Ooni’s Wife Celebrates Birthday With Stunning Pictures

Former queen of Ile-Ife, Olori Wuraola now Zaynab-Otiti Obanor, has celebrated her birthday with stunning pictures.

The former queen took to her Instagram handle to share her birthday wishes as she clocks another year today, Tuesday 20th April 2021.

She posted a picture of her stunning beauty, and wrote that birthdays are moment of reflection.

She gave gratitude to God for the grace, and remembered those that lost their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic.

She wrote: “Birthdays are moments of reflection, as we celebrate another year, another time. We also remember those who lost their lives during these difficult period of a pandemic, a global challenge that we have all had to deal with.”

“And so we continue to pray for grace while living in the space of gratitude,” she added.

Zaynab married the King of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, in March 2016.

The marriage did not last as she filed for divorce, which was finalized on August, 2017 citing domestic violence as the reason for their separation.

 

 

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Helen Paul Cries Out To Instagram Over Number of Followers

The comic actress, Helen Paul, has cried out to Instagram on the number of followers credited to her account.

She observed that there’s disparity in the number of followers when her Instagram account was viewed at different time.

The actress posted the screenshots of her Instagram account showing the disparity in the number followers, and requested to know what happened.

She wrote: “Instagram, Abeg I don’t understand what is happening o…Abi na according to Phone or Weather?

“Some people can see 2.7m and some can see 3m.
Please #instagram weytin dey happen for Nigeria branch ig?”

The actress, who had earlier took to the social media to celebrate her 3million followers, was surprised to see the figure reading 2.7million.

Many of her friends and fans, who have responded to the issue, quoted different figures for her number of followers.

Some stated 2.7million while others stated 3million.

zanzeespabeautynstyle stated: “But I see 3M ooooo was going on!? And I dey Nigeria on.”

deleomowoli_mideoladimeji posted: “Mama wetting you yourself they see ma. I can see 2.7 oooooo”

yewandeadekoyaabiodun said: “I see 3M here oooo.”

biolabayo1 stated: “Na 2.7 I Dey see for this headquarter branch.”

comedian_acapella commented: “I see 2.7… I Know God Is Saying Something To Me… I’m relocating soon.”

uchejombo said: “I’m seeing 2.7M.”

justjoan_78 stated: “I see 3m in Abuja Nigeria.”

 

 

 

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Burna Boy Sets To Release New Album In August

The Nigerian Grammy award winner, Burna Boy, has hinted that his new album will be released in August 2021.

Burna Boy made this revelation when responding to a fan’s question about releasing an album this year.

The fan wrote: “Are we having an album this year?”

Burna in his reply, said that the album is underway, and will be released at the same time he released his award-winning album last year.

He replied: “Same time as last year. No worry.”

Burna released his last album ‘TWICE AS TALL’ on the 12th of August, 2020.

Therefore, his next album is expected on the same day.

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AKA’s Fiancee, Nelli Tembe, Laid To Rest

In South Africa, family, friends and fans were at the Durban International Conference Centre on Friday morning to pay tributes to the 22-year-old Anele “Nelli” Tembe, who died on Sunday.

Nelli died after falling from the 10th floor of the five-star Pepperclub Hotel in Cape Town on Sunday morning, she was AKA’s fiancee as they did their engagement in March.

Nelli’s body reportedly arrived in Durban on Wednesday ahead of the funeral, in company of AKA and other family members.

Attendance at the funeral service was limited to 100 people in observation of the Covid-19 safety protocols

Meanwhile at the funeral service, Nelli’s father, Mr Tembe, described his daughter as someone that was full of life.

Mr. Tembe, in reflecting on Anele’s life, said no one in his family would have imagined that she could take her own life.

Read Also: South African Rapper, AKA’s, Fiancee Is Dead After Jumping Off The 10th Floor Of An Hotel

He stated categorically that his daughter was never suicidal and did not commit suicide, but blamed the abuse of drugs and alcohol as the main cause of her death, and admonished the youths against substance abuse.

“As Anele’s father, I categorically state that Anele was neither suicidal nor did she commit suicide. We must as a matter of priority deal with the scourge that bedevils our youth. Alcohol which is overused and drugs. Fellow South Africans we better wake up and smell the coffee, we have a serious problem with substance abuse.”

Mr. Tembe, who sympathized with AKA and acknowledged his pain, advised him to surrender his life to Christ.

“I know the pain that you are in my son I invite you to turn to the Lord and you will become a better man,” said Anele’s dad.

The Nelli’s father stated that he knew of their relationship, which has been approved by his family and that he knew about AKA’s love for his daughter.

He said: “I knew of their relationship and approved and I knew that Kiernan loved my daughter.”

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Alex Usifo Celebrates Birthday With A Message

The legendary actor in the Nigerian movie industry, Alex Usifo, is celebrating his birthday with a message to his fans and colleagues.

The actor took to his Instagram account to share his birthday merriment with his fans and colleagues worldwide.

In his birthday statement, he firstly appreciated his fans all over the world and prayed for them too.

He said: ” I would like to seize this opportunity to my birthday anniversary to express my profound appreciation to my fans all over the world for the role you have played in my life as an actor. I pray that you and your generation, even yet unborn, shall be celebrated.”

The actor then introduced a platform ‘Under the Microscope’ to his fans, and explained that it’s a channel through which issues that critically affect humanity will be discussed.

Let me introduce my special platform to you which will be captioned “Under the Microscope”. It is a channel through which you and I will be examining issues that critically affect us as a people.

“We shall make objective appraisals and even our subjectivity will be logical. It will be highly cerebral. This means emotional write-ups will not be accommodated whether from me or from contributors. It will be an all-inclusive platform,” he wrote.

“I cannot guarantee frequency in coming up with write-ups since my metier is still movie-making, but it will certainly not go dry. All facets of life will be covered so it will be worth its weight in gold,” he added.

The movie star pointed out the mistake fans and colleagues are making in the pronunciation and spelling of his name as ‘Osifo’ instead of ‘Usifo’.

He said: “Worth pointing out is the mistake people, including the press and even most of my colleagues, make. My name is Alex Usifo – not Alex Osifo (Usifo not Osifo).”

He also emphasized that he has a PhD certificate from Babcock University and not an honorary, so, he should be addressed Dr. Alex Usifo.

For the record. I have a PhD in Information Resources Management (IRM) from Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State. I graduated in 2016, so I am actually Dr. Alex Usifo. It took me five good years of academic rigour to earn this, it is not honorary,” he said.

He stated that scammers have circulated wrong information about him, which has affected his followership as he keeps changing his social media account.

Scammers too have been having fun churning out wrong information about me. This has negatively affected my followership because I keep changing my Instagram handles and starting afresh,” he said.

One of the implications of this is that my handles never get validated. I sincerely hope this statement will correct such misrepresentation and dishonesty,” he added.

 

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Nigerian Television Presenter, Rachel Bakam, Dies Of Anaemia

A Nigerian television presenter, Rachel Bakam, has died of anaemia at the age of 38.

Her death was made public by her brother, Armstrong Bakam, during a chat with The PUNCH, where he revealed that Rachel died at 12pm on Tuesday afternoon with her mother by her bedside.

Armstrong explained: “She had anaemia; so, she was taken to the hospital on Friday and she died this afternoon at about 12pm. I was not with her when she died, but her mother was by her side.

“Before Friday, she fell ill and was admitted for some days but she was discharged and taken home. However, she was returned to the hospital on Friday.”

Armstrong expressed that she’s survived by her son, and her death has really affected her mother, as she was supposed to be 39 years in September.

“Right now, her mother is not in the right frame of mind to speak. Rachel was 38 years old when she died; she would have clocked 39 on September 11. She had a son,” he said.

Armstrong said that Rachel had sought for prayers from the church via the family group chat on Sunday, while the church members thought she was recuperating, and she

He said: “We will really miss her because her death is a shocking and devastating news to the family. In fact, the whole family is actually troubled and quite a number of people are yet to believe that it is actually true.

“On our family WhatsApp group, she posted that she needs our prayers while she was in the hospital on Sunday; people were wishing her well and she was responding with amen. Quite a number of people felt she was recuperating but the news of her death is a huge shock.”

He stated that she would be missed for her friendliness.

His word: “She was actually my niece because her father was my first cousin. I will miss her because she was a very lovely person. She was always smiling and she was down to earth. She was always accommodating because she had a large heart.”

Rachel was a graduate of English and Theatre Arts from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and studied Digital Filmmaking at the New York Film Academy.

May her gentle soul rest in peace!

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BAFTA 2021 Awards And Winners At The Event

The British Academy Film Awards for honoring the best national and foreign films had been held. The event which was the 74th edition of the awards took place over the weekend.

The 2021 event was a two-night celebration and took place virtually. The first night event was hosted by radio and TV presenter, Clara Amfo, with craft-centered awards announced, while the second night virtual ceremony was hosted by Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Amfo opened the first night with a tribute to Prince Philip, who died on Friday, 9th April, at the age of 99.

She read: “On behalf of BAFTA, we are extremely saddened by the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, on Friday. The Duke was BAFTA’s very first president over 60 years ago and was the first of a line of royal patronage all the way through to BAFTA’s current president, his grandson, the Duke of Cambridge.

It was Prince Philip and Her Majesty the Queen’s support throughout these years that in many ways allowed BAFTA, a leading charity in the arts, to continue in difficult times and to be here today in 2021. The Duke of Edinburgh occupies a very special place in BAFTA history and he will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family.”

Prince William’s appearance at the event, which was earlier scheduled, was canceled following his grandfather’s death.

The first night also witnessed the performance by BAFTA nominee, Leslie Odom Jr., who sang “Speak Now,” the song he co-wrote for the film One Night in Miami.

The second night hosts were joined by a small group of presenters at the esteemed British stage and concert venue, while others joined virtually from Los Angeles as they handed out the awards, including the public-voted Rising Star award and the BAFTA fellowship.

Movie stars like Priyanka Chopra, Phoebe Dynevor, Cynthia Erivo, Hugh Grant and more were on at the event.

See the full list of winners below:

Best Film
The Father
The Mauritanian
Nomadland — WINNER
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Outstanding British Film
Calm With Horses
The Dig
The Father
His House
Limbo
The Mauritanian
Mogul Mowgli
Promising Young Woman — WINNER
Rocks
Saint Maud

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
His House, Remi Weekes (Writer/Director) — WINNER
Limbo, Ben Sharrock (Writer/Director), Irune Gurtubai (Producer)
Moffie, Jack Sidey (Writer/Producer)
Rocks, Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson (Writers)
Saint Maud, Rose Glass (Writer/Director), Oliver Kassman (Producer)

Film Not In English Language
Another Round — WINNER
Dear Comrades!
Les Misérables
Minari
Quo Vadis, Aida?

Documentary
Collective
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet
The Dissident
My Octopus Teacher   – WINNER
The Social Dilemma

Animated Film
Onward
Soul  – WINNER
Wolfwalkers

Director
Another Round, Thomas Vinterberg
Babyteeth, Shannon Murphy
Minari, Lee Isaac Chung
Nomadland, Chloé Zhao – WINNER
Quo Vadis, Aida?, Jasmila Žbanić
Rocks, Sarah Gavron

Original Screenplay
Another Round, Tobias Lindholm and Thomas Vinterberg
Mank, Jack Fincher
Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell  – WINNER
Rocks, Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson
The Trial of the Chicago 7, Aaron Sorkin

Adapted Screenplay
The Dig, Moira Buffini
The Father, Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller  – WINNER
The Mauritanian, Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani and M.B. Traven
Nomadland, Chloé Zhao
The White Tiger, Ramin Bahrani

Leading Actress
Bukky Bakray, Rocks
Radha Blank, The Forty-Year-Old Version
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland  – WINNER
Wunmi Mosaku, His House
Alfre Woodard, Clemency

Leading Actor
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Adarsh Gourav, The White Tiger
Anthony Hopkins, The Father  – WINNER
Mads Mikkelsen, Another Round
Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian

Supporting Actress
Niamh Algar, Calm With Horses
Kosar Ali, Rocks
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Dominique Fishback, Judas and the Black Messiah
Ashley Madekwe, County Lines
Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari  – WINNER

Supporting Actor
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah  – WINNER
Barry Keoghan, Calm With Horses
Alan Kim, Minari
Leslie Odom Jr., One Night In Miami
Clarke Peters, Da 5 Bloods
Paul Raci, Sound of Metal

Original Score
Mank, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Minari, Emile Mosseri
News of the World, James Newton Howard
Promising Young Woman, Anthony Willis
Soul, Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross  – WINNER

Casting
Calm With Horses
Judas and the Black Messiah
Minari
Promising Young Woman
Rocks  – WINNER

Cinematography
Judas and the Black Messiah
Mank
The Mauritanian
News of the World
Nomadland  – WINNER

Editing
The Father
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal  – WINNER
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Production Design
The Dig
The Father
Mank       – WINNER
News of the World
Rebecca

Costume Design
Ammonite
The Dig
Emma.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom   – WINNER
Mank

Make-Up & Hair
The Dig
Hillbilly Elegy
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom   – WINNER
Mank
Pinocchio

Sound
Greyhound
News of the World
Nomadland
Soul
Sound of Metal  – WINNER

Special Visual Effects
Greyhound
The Midnight Sky
Mulan
The One and Only Ivan
Tenet  – WINNER

British Short Animation
The Fire Next Time
The Owl and the Pussycat  – WINNER
The Song of a Lost Boy

British Short Film
Eyelash
Lizard
Lucky Break
Miss Curvy
The Present   – WINNER

EE Rising Star Award
Bukky Bakray  – WINNER
Conrad Khan
Kingsley Ben-Adir
Morfydd Clark
Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù

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South African Rapper, AKA’s, Fiancee Is Dead After Jumping Off The 10th Floor Of An Hotel

The South Africa rapper, Kiernan Forbes known as AKA’s, fiancee, Anele Tembe known as Nellie, is dead, after she reportedly jumped off the 10th floor of Pepperclub hotel building in Cape Town, South Africa.

Tembe was reported to be battling depression, but died in an incident at the hotel.

The South African police have commenced investigation into the matter to unravel the incident.

Cape Town Central police are investigating an inquest case after an incident at a hotel this morning, at about 7.45am, on the corners of Loop and Bloem Street, in Cape Town CBD, where the body of a 22-year-old woman was found deceased,” the SAPS spokesperson, Captain FC van Wyk, said.

According to local media report, a security-man in the hotel gave an account of the incident that he heard that somebody screamed, before a loud thud followed, at around 7.30am on Sunday morning.

The security-man, who remains anonymous, said: “I thought it was a car crash and we went to look. At first we didn’t see anything, but then somebody shouted that there was someone lying on the street.

“We went closer and saw a naked young woman. She was still breathing at that time.”

Last month, the rapper was reported to have paid the bride price of Nellie Tembe, while their wedding was underway.

Meanwhile, the local media stated that Sony Music Africa has expressed their condolences to the award-winning rapper, AKA.

Managing Director of Sony Music, Sean Watson, said: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of such a young life, at such an important juncture. We send our heartfelt condolences to Kiernan and his family, as well as those of Anele.”

Also, fans and friends have paid homage to Nellie Tembe, and expressing their condolences.

 

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Colleagues Pay Tributes To The Veteran Nollywood Actor, Bruno Iwuoha

Nollywood actors and actresses have paid tributes to their departed colleague, Bruno Iwuoha.

The veteran actor, Bruno Iwuoha, died on Saturday, 10th April, at the age of 68 years, after a long battle with diabetes.

The news of his death was confirmed by Monalisa Chinda-Coker, Director of Communications, Actors Guild of Nigeria.

In her statement, she said: “On behalf of the entire members of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, the National President, Ejezie Emeka Rollas commiserate with the immediate family members, friends and fans. He prays that God comfort them at this moment of grief. May the souls of all faithful departed Rest In Peace.”

In 2015, the actor had disclosed his ailment at an interview with Brekete Family, on Human Rights Radio 101.1FM in Abuja, where he said that he never knew he had diabetes until a violent armed robbery attack landed him in hospital.

He explained: “I’ve gone to so many places; within the country, outside the country for treatment, until finally…finally, the thing [diabetes] claimed one of my sights. As I look at you now, I’m using only one sight. They call that glaucoma.

“And gradually, it’s affecting the other one. I discovered that this thing [diabetes] is a lifetime something. And it has robbed me of the job. And now, if I get a script, it will be hard for me to read it very well. And if I read it, if I strain my eyes for so long, it would look as if someone would lead me around the house or anywhere I want to go because it will affect the only one. So that’s my problem.”

Some of his colleagues in the movie industry, who spoke with Sunday Scoop, have expressed their minds on the death of the actor.

Actor Kanayo Kanayo stated:“The news of his death saddened me because we were very close. In fact, I called his phone severally but I was not able to get through. It is a very big loss to the movie industry. He had respect for the industry. It is a personal loss for me because of the bond we shared. Anytime we were on location, he was either in my room or I would be in his. We talked at length on different issues.”

Comedian actor, John Okafor, known as Mr Ibu, said: “I just heard about his death some minutes ago and I am still in shock that Bruno is no more. The type of person he was made it possible for people to emulate him. He succeeded in making good use of his age in teaching the younger ones. Even though it is painful that he is no more, I take solace in the fact that he was a good elder. He told me stories about life and he lived with caution. We also ate together. It is unfortunate that he is no more but we have to bear it.”

The President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas, added: “I received the news of his death with great shock. He was a very good fellow and a dedicated member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria. Even at his age, he was one person that always called to ask what he was owing the guild (dues and levies) and what he was supposed to do. He paid all his dues as at when due. His illness was sad and we tried in our own way to support him but at a point, the illness got out of hand. I pray that God grants him eternally rest. I would really miss his fatherly advice and support.”

The actor is survived by his wife and six children.

 

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IMECTAC Film School Holds Its Graduation Ceremony

The Ibadan Metropolitan College of Theatre Arts and Cinematography (IMECTAC) has held its graduation ceremony for the 2019/2020 set.

The School, which was founded by the veteran couple in the Nigerian movie industry, Mr. Ayoola Oluyemi and Mrs. Olatunde Oluyemi, has trained students in acting and film production, cinematography and film editing, story generation and screenplay writing as well as film directing.

The chairman of the occasion, Prof. Muyiwa Awodiya, admonished the graduands to be proud of the school and the education they have acquired.

He said: “Be proud of your achievement of being in the school. Be very proud of the education you have achieved in this school. You’re the top bearer of this Institution, and wherever you go you’re going to be reflecting the ethics you’ve imbibed from the school. You are to project it to the rest of the world, and you are going to teach the world how to behave, how to act, how to direct, and how to edit.

We thanked God that you have experienced this type of institutional development which will land you anywhere in human endeavours.

“We, in the University, are producing theater arts graduates and we have been advised to produced theater arts graduates and we’ve tried to collaborate with this school to develop our students in film orientation and development.

“When I visited the school, I was impressed by what I saw and I’ve referred some of my former students at the University of Benin to come for film training, theater training, solid training in film production and development.

“As a result of the quality training in the school, I have recommended the school to the Osun State University, where I now teach, for collaboration in the training of our students. To God be the glory, I was expecting the University to take over the program but the Osun State Government has taken over the program.

“I hope this news will be a good news to the graduating students o this school.
You should be very proud of your school proprietors that they have carried the frontier of the school to the Osun State Government.”

The proprietor of the school, Mr. Ayoola Oluyemi, expressed that the Institute was created to re-orientate the field of Theater Arts in Nigeria due to the decline in the quality of films being produced in Nigerian, and the flooding of the industry by untrained artistes.

He said: “We noticed a decline in the quality of films being produced in Nigeria (both English and Yoruba) due to the flooding of the industry by untrained people.

“We noticed an increase in the number of productions but a decrease in technical and artistic quality, due to inability of make profit on productions, which forced producers to bring down the budget of production, thereby, bringing down quality.”

He continued that there’s degradation in the values and ethics of theater practice in Nigeria, which were so cherished by past veterans, as violence and immorality now rule the industry.

We noticed the degradation of the values and ideals of theater practice. The ideals and ethics laid down and so cherished by the veterans of the Nigeria Theatre, such as our father and mentor, late Olusola Isola Ogunsola (Dr. I Sho Pepper) who departed this earth on 28th December, 1992, but who lives on through us, his trainers, mentors and colleagues, have been abandoned; violence and immorality now rule the day,” he stated.

He emphasized on the death of stage play in Nigerian, stating that it has increased the devaluation of the theater practice. He said they hope to correct those identified problems and propagate ideals of past veterans as well as promote profitable theater practice in Nigeria.

He stated: “We noticed that the stage theater is almost dead and this is bringing about even more devaluation of the theater practice.

“We wish to help correct the above problems and propagate continuity in the ideal and profitable theater practice in Nigeria. As you might well know, one can never be termed successful in one’s field of endeavor, until one is able to teach other people to continue in that path, that is, making leaders out of the right people in the field, thereby handing over the mantle of theater leadership.”

We hope to impact lives, bringing hope to the hopeless, for we know, there are many useful opportunities in the field of Theater Arts, when you enter with the right attitude and training. We hope to aid the growth of Nigeria, by building entrepreneurs, through whom joblessness and unemployment can come to an end,” he added.

The ceremony witnessed the induction of over sixty graduands into the Ayo Oluyemi caucus, and a stage play was performed by the students to entertain the guests.

Past graduands of the Institute were awarded Associateship certificates, among were the ace comedian, Olanrewaju Omiyinka popular known as Baba Ijesa, and the sexuality musician, Janet Ajilore known as St. Janet.

Madam Evangenlist Iyabode Ogunsola known as Iya Efunsetan Aniwura; Madam Mistura Asunmo popular as Iya 2D; Prince Tunde Odunlade; Mr. Kayode Olaiya known as Aderupoko; and Chief Adewale AbdulRasaq popular as Sokoti, as well as Chief Samson Eluwole known as Jinadu Ewele, were among dignitaries and veterans in the theatre industry that were honoured with Certificate of Honour.

 

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DMX Dies At 50

The popular American rapper, Earl Simmons known as DMX, is dead.

The rapper had been on life support since last week after suffering an overdose.

TMZ had reported that the rapper had suffered brain function after he was deprived of oxygen for nearly 30 minutes following his overdose, and as his brain function never returned, his organs began failing while he remained on life support in a New York hospital.

His family members have been visiting the hospital within the past week as he was recuperating.

A member of his family told TMZ: “We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50 years old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days. Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end.”

The statement continues: “He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized.”

DMX started his journey in music back then in the 1980s with his perfomance with Ready Ron, while simultaneously serving a jail time.

He finally got himself in the art in the 1990s, and was eventually signed to Columbia Records’ Ruffhouse imprint, and appeared on records with Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Mase and even the rock band, Sum 41.

He rose to fame in 1998 when he released his Ruff Ryders debut studio album “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot” to critical acclaim and commercial success.

The rapper produced 4 singles – “Get At Me Dog,” “How’s It Goin’ Down,” “Stop Being Greedy” and his best known track “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” that became the song everyone played to get hyped.

‘Ruff Ryders” has gone down in history as one of the greatest hip-hop songs ever, and it ended up making it on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

He followed up that success quickly with his 2nd album “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood”, which came out in December of 1998, and ended up hitting #1.

At the time, he became the second rapper to release back-to-back albums in the same year after Tupac.

DMX rode on the success of his second album making his third album a hit with the single “Party Up (Up in Here)”, that helped him get major play on radio, in clubs and in movies.

In the film industry, DMX made his debut in 2000’s “Romeo Must Die,” which starred Jet Li playing a version of Romeo opposite Aaliyah.

Other movies that he featured in were “Exit Wounds”, “Cradle 2 the Grave”, “Never Die Alone” and “Last Hour.”

Though, the rapper made name in both music and movies, but fought many legal battles as he was charged for various offences on weapons, drugs, DUI and tax evasion. He served time for some of those cases, but always continued his music career.

DMX released hitsongs like “X Gon’ Give It to Ya”, “Where the Hood At?”, “Lord Give Me a Sign”, and “We in Here.” despite his prosecution.

His life turned around in 2019 after ending a 12-month sentence for tax evasion, and had long battled with substance abuse and it was at this point that he did his last rehab stint.

He made his return to the stage in December 2019 when he hit Hakkasan in Las Vegas.

In July 2020, DMX was involved in a versus battle with Snoop Dogg as over 500,000 fans worldwide watched the two rap legends on Instagram Live.

The rappers entertained their fans as they complemented each other, and rocked some of their most iconic tracks, as DMX hopped on and joined Snoop for ‘Ain’t No Fun.’

Snoop also got down with “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and “Gin and Juice” while DMX did “Where My Dogs At” and his megahit-song “X Gon’ Give It To Ya,” which brought Snoop out of his seat.

DMX is reportedly survived by his 15 children, as the youngest was born in 2016 to his fiancee, Desiree Lindstrom.

RIP.

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GLAAD Media Awards And The Winners In All Categories

Niecy Nash was the host for the 32nd annual GLAAD Media Awards, as the ceremony honored LGBTQ representation in media.

Schitt’s Creek went home with the top honor for Outstanding Comedy Series for the second year in a row, while Sam Smith received Outstanding Music Artist, Disclosure for Outstanding Documentary, and more.

GLAAD announced that Michaela Coel’s acclaimed HBO show “I May Destroy You” was among the early winners announced before the ceremony started as it took home Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series. Also, Hulu’s First Day and Netflix’s She-Ra & The Princesses of Power, were tied but honoured for Outstanding Kids & Family Programming.

The event witnessed the presence of many LGBTQ celebrities and allies such as oJo Siwa, Sterling K. Brown, Laverne Cox, Dan Levy, Katy Perry, Bob the Drag Queen, and others.

The Glee cast also reunited for a special tribute to their late co-star Naya Rivera, with an introduction by Demi Lovato.

Full list of winners here:

Outstanding Film – Wide Release
The Craft: Legacy (Sony Pictures)
Happiest Season (Hulu) – WINNER
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix)
The Old Guard (Netflix)
The Prom (Netflix)

Outstanding Film – Limited Release
Ammonite (NEON)
And Then We Danced (Music Box Films)
The Boys in the Band (Netflix) – WINNER
The Half of It (Netflix)
I Carry You With Me (Sony Pictures Classics)
Kajillionaire (Focus Features)
The Life Ahead (Netflix)
Lingua Franca (ARRAY)
Monsoon (Strand Releasing)
The True Adventures of Wolfboy (Vertical Entertainment)

Outstanding Documentary
Circus of Books (Netflix)
Disclosure (Netflix) – WINNER
Equal (HBO Max)
For They Know Not What They Do (First Run Features)
Howard (Disney+)
Mucho Mucho Amor (Netflix)
Scream, Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street (Virgil FIlms/Shudder)
Visible: Out on Television (Apple TV+)
We Are The Radical Monarchs (PBS POV)
Welcome to Chechnya (HBO)

Outstanding Comedy Series
Big Mouth (Netflix)
Dead to Me (Netflix)
Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (Freeform)
Harley Quinn (HBO Max)
Love, Victor (Hulu)
Saved by the Bell (Peacock)
Schitt’s Creek (Pop) – WINNER
Sex Education (Netflix)
Superstore (NBC)
Twenties (BET)

Outstanding Drama Series
9-1-1: Lone Star (FOX)
Killing Eve (BBC America)
P-Valley (Starz)
Ratched (Netflix)
Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access) – WINNER
Supergirl (The CW)
The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
Vida (Starz)
The Wilds (Amazon)
Wynonna Earp (Syfy)

Outstanding TV Movie
Alice Junior (Netflix)
Bad Education (HBO)
The Christmas House (Hallmark Channel)
The Christmas Setup (Lifetime)
Dashing in December (Paramount Network)
La Leyenda Negra (HBO Latino/HBO Max)
The Thing About Harry (Freeform)
Uncle Frank (Amazon Studios) – WINNER
Unpregnant (HBO Max)
Your Name Engraved Herein (Netflix)

Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series
Dispatches from Elsewhere (AMC)
The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix)
Hollywood (Netflix)
I May Destroy You (HBO) – WINNER
Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)

Outstanding Reality Program
Deaf U (Netflix)
Legendary (HBO Max)
Queer Eye (Netflix)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
We’re Here (HBO) – WINNER

Outstanding Children’s Programming
“Challenge of the Senior Junior Woodchucks!” DuckTales (Disney XD)
“Dogbot” Clifford The Big Red Dog (PBS)
“Nancy Plays Dress Up” Fancy Nancy (Disney Junior)
The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo (HBO Max) – WINNER
Summer Camp Island (Cartoon Network)

Outstanding Kids & Family Programming
Craig of the Creek (Cartoon Network)
Diary of a Future President (Disney+)
First Day (Hulu) – WINNER (tie)
Kipo and The Age of the Wonderbeasts (Netflix)
The Loud House (Nickelodeon)
“Mary Anne Saves the Day” The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)
“Obsidian” Adventure Time: Distant Lands (HBO Max)
The Owl House (Disney Channel)
She-Ra & The Princesses of Power (Netflix) – WINNER (tie)
Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)

Outstanding Music Artist
Adam Lambert, Velvet (More Is More/Empire)
Brandy Clark, Your Life Is a Record (Warner)
Halsey, Manic (Capitol)
Kehlani, It Was Good Until It Wasn’t (Atlantic)
Lady Gaga, Chromatica (Streamline/Interscope)
Miley Cyrus, Plastic Hearts (RCA)
Pabllo Vittar, 111 (BMT/Sony Music Brasil)
Peppermint, A Girl Like Me: Letters to My Lovers (Producer Entertainment Group)
Ricky Martin, Pausa (Sony Latin)
Sam Smith, Love Goes (Capitol) – WINNER

Outstanding Breakthrough Music Artist
Arca, KiCk i (XL)
Chika, Industry Games (Warner) – WINNER
FLETCHER, The (S)ex Tapes (Capitol)
Keiynan Lonsdale, Rainbow Boy (Keiynan Lonsdale)
Kidd Kenn, Child’s Play (Island Records)
Orville Peck, Show Pony (Columbia/Sub Pop)
Phoebe Bridgers, Punisher (Dead Oceans)
Rina Sawayama, Sawayama (Dirty Hit/Avex Trax)
Trixie Mattel, Barbara (Producer Entertainment Group/ATO Records)
Victoria Monét, Jaguar (Tribe Records)

Outstanding Video Game
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)
Borderlands 3: Guns, Love, and Tentacles (2K Games)
Bugsnax (Young Horses)
Hades (Supergiant Games)
If Found… (Annapurna Interactive)
Ikenfell (Humble Games)
Immortals Fenyx Rising (Ubisoft)
The Last of Us Part II (Sony Interactive Entertainment) – WINNER (tie)
Tell Me Why (Xbox Game Studios) – WINNER (tie)
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands (Blizzard Entertainment)

Outstanding Comic Book
Empyre, Lords of Empyre: Emperor Hulkling, Empyre: Aftermath Avengers, written by Al Ewing, Dan Slott, Chip Zdarsky, Anthony Oliveira (Marvel Comics) – WINNER
Far Sector, written by N.K. Jemisin (DC Comics)
Guardians of the Galaxy, written by Al Ewing (Marvel Comics)
Juliet Takes a Breath, written by Gabby Rivera (BOOM! Studios)
Lois Lane, written by Greg Rucka (DC Comics)
The Magic Fish, written by Trung Le Nguyen (Random House Graphic)
Suicide Squad, written by Tom Taylor (DC Comics)
Wynd, written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios)
X-Factor, written by Leah Williams (Marvel Comics)
You Brought Me the Ocean, written by Alex Sanchez (DC Comics)

Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode
“Andy Cohen Calls for Change So He Can Donate His Plasma” Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen (Bravo)
“Black Trans Lives Matter” Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
“Emily’s Coming Out Story” Red Table Talk: The Estefans (Facebook Watch)
“Laverne Cox – Exploring Trans Representation with ‘Disclosure'” The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
“Lilly Responds to Comments About Her Sexuality” A Little Late With Lilly Singh (NBC) – WINNER

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment
“Black Trans Activists on Being the ‘Blueprint for the Struggle for Black Freedom'” MSNBC Live with Hallie Jackson (MSNBC)
“Dwyane Wade One-On-One: Basketball Legend Opens Up About Supporting Transgender Daughter” Good Morning America (ABC) – WINNER
“Faith, Foster Care and LGBTQ Rights Collide in Supreme Court” ABC News Prime (ABC News Live)
“One-on-One with Transportation Secretary Nominee Pete Buttigieg” State of the Union (CNN)
“Trans and Non-Binary People Face Voting Barriers Ahead of 2020 Election” (CBSN)

Outstanding TV Journalism – Long-Form
“ABC News Joe Biden Town Hall” (ABC) – WINNER
“The Deciders” (CBS)
“Pride and Protest: Being Black and Queer in America in 2020” (NBC News NOW)
“Pride on ABC News Live: The Landmark Decision” (ABC News Live)
“Prideland” (PBS)

Outstanding Print Article
“20 LGBTQ+ People Working to Save Lives on the Frontline” by Diane Anderson-Minshall, David Artavia, Tracy Gilchrist, Desiree Guerrero, Jeffrey Masters, Donald Padgett, and Daniel Reynolds (The Advocate)     –   WINNER
“The AIDS Quilt Marches Home” by Jason Sheeler (People)
“As Homeless Shelters Brace for Funding Cuts, LGBTQ Youths Take Desperate Measures to Get By” by Samantha Schmidt (The Washington Post)
“Delaware’s Sarah McBride Makes History as the Nation’s First Openly Transgender State Senator” by Meg Ryan (Delaware Today)
“How a March for Black Trans Lives Became a Huge Event” by Anushka Patil (The New York Times)
“It’s Time for a New Tipping Point for Transgender Folks in Hollywood” by Tre’vell Anderson (Out)
“LGBTQ Americans Are Getting Coronavirus, Losing Jobs. Anti-Gay Bias is Making it Worse for Them.” by Petruce Jean-Charles (USA Today)
“Lutheran High School Athletic Trainer, Coach Says She Was Fired for Being Gay” by Arika Herron (The Indianapolis Star)
“States Won’t Collect LGBTQ Data on COVID-19 — and Advocates Aren’t Happy” by Chris Johnson (Washington Blade)
“Why Billy Porter is a National Treasure” by Tre’vell Anderson (Essence)

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage
The Advocate
Billboard
PEOPLE        –   WINNER
Plus
Variety

Outstanding Online Journalism Article
“The Battle Over Title IX and Who Gets to be a Woman in Sports: Inside the Raging National Debate” by Katie Barnes (epsnW.com)
“Gay Men Speak Out After Being Turned Away from Donating Blood During Coronavirus Pandemic: ‘We are Turning Away Perfectly Healthy Donors'” by Tony Morrison and Joel Lyons (GoodMorningAmerica.com)       –   WINNER
“Here’s how Reggie Greer Takes on LGBTQ Outreach for Joe Biden in this ‘Very Personal’ Election” by John Gallagher (LGBTQNation.com)
“No Medicine, No Food: Coronavirus Restrictions Amplify Health Risks to LGBT+ People with HIV” by Nita Bhalla and Oscar Lopez (Openlynews.com)
“An Oral History of Fashion’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic” [series] by Phillip Picardi (VOGUE.com)
“Queer Spaces Project” [series] by Nico Lang, Samantha Allen, Marke B., Matt Baume, Steven Blum, Alexander Cheves, Devlyn Camp, Michael Cuby, James Factora, KC Hoard, Sophie Hurwitz, Michelle Kim, and Daniel Villareal (them.us)
“Trans Athletes’ Fight for Inclusion in World Rugby” [series] by Dawn Ennis, Alex Reimer, Karleigh Webb, and Cyd Zeigler (Outsports.com)
“Trans Freedom Fighters” [series] by Sam Levin (TheGuardian.com)
“Trans, Imprisoned — and Trapped” by Kate Sosin (NBCNews.com)
“‘You Don’t Belong Here’: In Poland’s ‘LGBT-Free Zones’ Existing is an Act of Defiance” by Ivana Kottasová and Rob Picheta (CNN.com)

Outstanding Online Journalism – Video or Multimedia
“A Closer Look: Transgender in Kashmir” by Robert Leslie (Business Insider)
“I’m an Immigrant Fighting for Queer Rights and Racial Justice” by Abigail E. Disney, Catherine King, Maria Nunez, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Patty Quillin, Julie Parker Benello, Susan Sherrerd, and Lynda Weinman (Refinery29)
“Stop Killing Us: Black Transgender Women’s Lived Experiences” by Talibah Newman Ometu, Thomas Blount, Juliana Schatz Preston, and Mariah Dupont (Complex World)        –   WINNER
“They Will See You: LGBTQ+ Visibility in Advertising” (Great Big Story)
“Why LGBTQ Rights Hinge on the Definition of ‘Sex'” by Laura Bult, Ranjani Chakraborty, Melissa Hirsch, and Sidnee King (Vox)

Outstanding Blog
Gays With Kids
JoeMyGod
Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents
The Reckoning
TransGriot             –  WINNER

Special Recognition (non-competitive category)
After Forever (Amazon)
Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast
Happiest Season Soundtrack (Warner)
Noah’s Arc: The ‘Rona Chronicles (Patrik Ian-Polk Entertainment)
Out (Disney+)
Razor Tongue (YouTube)
“The Son” Little America (Apple TV+)

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Pasuma Gives Out Daughter’s Hand In Marriage To Her Lover

The popular Nigerian fuji muscian, Wasiu Alabi Otedola known as Pasuma, has given out his daughter’s hand, Barakat Oyindamola, in marriage to her lover, Olajuwon Bello.

The 27-year-old bride is a graduate of politics and international relations from Lead City University, and she met her man, Olajuwon Bello, before going for NYSC program in 2014.

Many popular artistes graced the occasion among which were the closed allies of the bride’s father, Sefiu Alao and Taiye Currency.

Also, Saheed Osupa, Adewale Ayuba and other top fuji musicians were at the event to celebrate with their colleague.

Daddy Shoky, Madam Idowu Philip, Seyi Law, Faithia Balogun, and Yomi Fash-Lanso were also in attendance while the fuji King, King Wasiu Ayinde, entertained the crowd.

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Dolly Parton Loses Uncle, Bill Owens, And Writes A Heartwarming Farewell For Him

The country music legend, Dolly Parton, has lost her Uncle, Bill Owen, who passed away today.

The music star has shown her love for him as she wrote a heartwarming tribute for him.

She wrote: “I’ve lost my beloved Uncle Bill Owens. I knew my heart would break when he passed, and it did. I’ll start this eulogy by saying I wouldn’t be here if he hadn’t been there.

“He was there… there in my young years to encourage me to keep playing my guitar, to keep writing my songs, to keep practicing my singing.

“And he was there to help build my confidence standing on stage where he was always standing behind me or close beside me with his big ol’ red Gretsch guitar.”

She reminisced that she got signed up by recording company through Uncle Bill’s effort.

He was there to take me around to all of the local shows, got me my first job on the “Cas Walker Show.” He took me back-&-forth to Nashville through the years, walked up-&-down the streets with me, knocking on doors to get me signed up to labels or publishing companies,” she said.

She added: “It’s really hard to say or to know for sure what all you owe somebody for your success. But I can tell you for sure that I owe Uncle Billy an awful lot.”

Parton stated that Uncle Bill wrote many songs for her, and many with her including “Put It Off Until Tomorrow”, which she won her first big award with in 1966.

She said: “Uncle Bill was so many things. He loved the music, loved to play, loved his guitar and loved to write and sing. He wrote great songs, at least 800 of them through the years. We wrote several songs together, the biggest one being “Put It Off Until Tomorrow.” We won our first big award on that one back in 1966. It was the BMI Song of the Year.

“He wrote songs that were recorded by Loretta Lynn, Porter Wagoner, Ricky Skaggs, Kris Kristofferson and many others. He also traveled the road with many big artists playing his guitar, including playing on stage with me in my early years in Nashville.”

Parton wrote that Uncle Bill was everything to her about her music career, and she would forever be grateful to him.

She wrote: “Uncle Bill worked at Dollywood from the time we opened in the family show for many years. He was funny, friendly and generous. He always had a kind word for everybody and gave good advice to young people starting in the business. He joined forces with Dollywood, The American Chestnut Foundation, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and The American Eagle Foundation to bring back the endangered chestnut tree to the Great Smoky Mountain area. That was his passion. He also championed the cause of protecting the natural environment at Dollywood in 1986. During that time, he took it upon himself, with his wife Sandy, to plant 70,000 trees on the Park property.

“I bet a lot of our own relatives don’t even know all of the great things that Uncle Bill did behind the scenes through his life. But the greatest thing he ever did for me was to help me see my dreams come true and for that I will be forever grateful. I’m sure that Uncle Bill’s friends, fans, his wife Sandy, his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids will join me when I say that we will always love you. Rest in peace, Uncle Bill.”

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