A full list of the 2012 Future Awards winners

Here is a full list of winners at the just concluded Future awards, which took place at the Atrium, in Port Harcourt.

Best Use of Advocacy- Babafemi Oyediran

Best Use of New Media- Gidi Traffic

Creative Artiste of the Year- Bayo Omoboriowo

Designer of the Year- Toju Foyeh

Excellence in Service (Government)- Hadiza Abdullahi

Excellence in Service (Journalism)- Alkasim Abdulkadir

Excellence in Service (Corporate) Ngozi Nkwoji

Innovator of the Year (Science and Technology)- Seun Onigbinde

Innovator of the Year (Education) Otto Orondaam

Entrepreneur of the Year (General)- Ola Orekunrin

Entrepreneur of the Year (Agriculture)- Tochukwu Ikpegbu

Entrepreneur of the Year (Communication and Media)- Uyi Omokaro

Entrepreneur of the Year (Entertainment)-Michael Collins

Entrepreneur of the Year (Technology) Jason Njoku

On-Air-Personality (Radio)- Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru

On-Air-Personality (TV)- Denrele Edun

Musician of the Year- Wizkid

Actor of the Year- Tonto Dikeh

Producer of the Year (Music)-Jeremiah ‘J. Sleek’ Shelika

Producer of the Year (Screen) Clarence Peters

Young Person of the Year- Idris Akinbanjo

I can marry Goldie – Prezzo

Kenyan rapper, Prezzo whose real name is Jackson Ngechu Makini on Wednesday confessed his feelings for his  former housemate in the just concluded Big Brother Africa stargame, Goldie Harvey saying one of his missions in Nigeria is  to see her.

Prezzo who is currently in Nigeria, in an interviewed with his fans said at first he came to the Big Brother House as an individual, along the line he said he developed feelings for Goldie.

“In all honesty, I cared about her and she cared about me. In that house, you don’t know what to expect. With God on my side I pray everything works out well.

“The attraction was nature taking its cause. We found ourselves mostly together all the time. I will tell Goldie I’ve been thinking about her since I left the house. Emotions started building up when we were in the house. You can’t control your emotions.

“My mission here is to look for Goldie, Yes I will marry her,” Prezzo.
Prezzo also spoke about his broken marriage.

“I was married before and now we are separated but I have a baby girl with her and that is not the end of the world. My baby mama has the divorce papers with her and it is in process. We don’t live together for the past 3 years and my wife knows our relationship cannot work. There is no relationship between the both of us anymore”.

He however added that he is willing to get the Nigerian singer back “My mission here is to look for Goldie. The time for looking out for fan base will come.

“I travelled from East Africa to West Africa and that is just the beginning. The Big Brother House will bring the worst of you and the best of you. For everyone who felt offended I am truly sorry, I am not that kind of person. It’s just a game of strategy. The BBA House is nothing but a game”.

Tupac foundation honors Julius Agwu

Foremost comedian Julius Agwu was recently honored by the Tupac foundation in Atlanta USA.

The comedian was presented with the autobiography of Tupac Shakur titled ‘Tupac Shakur Legacy’ autographed by Tupac’s mum, Afeni Shakur.

Julius Agwu with so much excitement said, ‘I feel very excited for this recognition. And most importantly, it is an inspiration for most of us who are in the business of entertainment because even for the fact the guy’s life was cut short at a very early stage, we know he has left a very indelible mark on the sand of time.’

Tupac Shakur Legacy features removable productions of handwritten, lyrics, notebook pages and other personal memorabilia plus Tupac Shakur Speaks, a 60minutes CD featuring interviews with Tupac

Style Plus comes back with new single

Nigeria’s only surviving R&B group Style Plus is back to the studios with another song titled Alive. The video was directed by Mr. AK – One.

The group consists of Shifi Emoefe, Tunde Akinsanmi, Yemi Akinwonmi, and Lanre Faneyi. The name STYL was adopted by combining the first letters of the first names of the founding members.

In 1999 Lanre Faneyi died, and Zeal Onyecheme joined the group.

In 2002 Yemi Akinwonmi left the group and the musical band became a trio without adding a new member. Starting 2003, the group had its own record label STYL-PLUS.

In February 2006, they released their highly anticipated 11 track debut album “Expressions”.

With singles like OluFunmi, Runway and Imagine That.

The group have performed with the likes of Femi Kuti, Rugged Man, Shaka Demus and Pliers amongst others.

Russian government dash out cars to Olympic medalists

Besides fame and glory, this year’s Russian Olympic medalists are getting a handsome cash prize and a new luxury car.

The Russian Olympians Foundation, financed by 15 of the nation’s wealthiest businesspeople, presented the Audi sedans to the medalists on Wednesday.

After a closed ceremony in the Kremlin hosted by President Vladimir Putin, the athletes ventured onto the Red Square where 129 black Audis, accompanied by 129 hired drivers were waiting on the cobblestone slope behind St. Basil’s Cathedral.

The Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko mingled with the athletes and their trainers.

Then the cordon was opened and the athletes percolated through the lot, each claiming a car.
Gold medal winners received Audi A8s, which sells for $120,000. Silver medalists got A7s ($75,000), and bronze medalists got A6s ($50,000).

The foundation’s executive director, Alexander Katushev, said the cars were acquired at a ”Significant discount”
He added that elite athletes deserve elite cars.

“A fine athlete in a crappy car is like a beautiful girl who cusses. The exterior doesn’t match the interior, and this won’t do,” he added.

In addition to the cars, the fund is giving cash prizes to the medalists: 4 million rubles ($125,000) for gold, 2.5 million rubles for silver, and 1.7 million rubles for bronze.

According to some of the athletes, getting cars and cash prizes didn’t motivate them to win.

Volleyball player Alexei Obmochayev rifled through his car’s glove compartment. He took out the manual to look up the car’s horsepower.

His teammate, Alexander Volkov, carefully folded his towering, 210-centimeter frame into the back seat of one car. “Plenty of room here,” he said, hunching forward awkwardly.

One by one, the athletes were driven away by the hired drivers, with the exception of several wrestlers, who insisted on getting behind the wheel.

Gymnast Alina Makarenko, 17, will only be sitting shotgun for the foreseeable future — she doesn’t have a driver’s license. Makarenko said her mother would drive the A8 until she received one.

“I think if they had been Russian cars, nobody would have shown up,” said pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, who won bronze after taking home gold in the last two Olympics.

The Russian Olympians Foundation includes Russia’s richest man, Alisher Usmanov, as well as tycoons Roman Abramovich, Viktor Vekselberg and Oleg Deripaska.

The nation finished fourth in the total medals count, with 82, including 24 golds, 26 silvers and 32 bronzes.

M.I and Omawumi to host The Headies 2012

Singer/ song writer Omawumi Megbele and foremost rapper/producer M.I Abaga are set to host the 7th edition of The Headies.

Ayo Animashaun made the announcement saying the pair have been selected in line with the awards’ tradition of picking ‘talented and inspiring entertainers, to front an awards ceremony that parades some of the continent’s biggest entertainers’.

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

For Omawumi she has been able to establish a strong foundation for her career, in 2008 she released her debut single ‘In the music’ which caught across the globe and won “The Next Rated” award in 2008 Hip-Hop award which is now referred to as The Headies.

The Chocolate-City rapper has won himself multiple awards at The Headies, a total of 9.

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

‘You know one of the things over the years that has been traditionally so great about the Headies awards is the fact that they do two things well. They merge the aspirational aspect of entertainment with the inspirational aspect of entertainment. You take us to the villages, we meet people where they don’t really have water, we’ve done that.

At the same time you take people to Brazil. A young person can look and be inspired and also aspire too,’ he concluded.

The event which is one of the most anticipated events in the entertainment world started in 2006, as Hip-Hop award and in 2011 was later changed to The Headies.

The Headies organizers said this year’s event will hold October 20, 2012, at the Eko Hotel and Suites.

Beyonce and Jay Z named world’s highest paid celebrity couple

Popular musicians Beyonce and Jay Z have been named the world’s highest paid couple according to Forbes Magazine.

The couple earned the sum $78 million together in the last one year. While Beyonce made $40m  from May 2011 to May 2012, Jay Z made $38million, according to data from the latest Celebrity 100 list.

The couple were the runners-up last year on the list of The World’s Highest-Paid Celebrity Couples and they have now climbed to top for this year’s ranking.

Beyonce Knowles, took a break from her hectic touring schedule in 2011 to give birth to daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, while her album went platinum in the U.S.

Jay-Z isn’t far behind his wife. The hip-hop mogul made millions from Watch the Throne, his musical collaboration with Kanye West, and even more from the tour that followed.


Video: Oshiomole celebrates re-election with Azonto dance

The re-elected governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomole rocked the Azonto dance step with R&B singer Chuddy K at a victory party put together at the King’s Square Benin City.

The R&B singer Chuddy K while performing his hit single “Gaga Crazy” got the governor dancing the popular Azonto step hereby thrilling the crowd.

Mr Oshiomhole polled a landslide victory in all the recent Edo State election with 477,478 votes-73.72 per cent of 647,698 total votes cast-to defeat his closest rival, Charles Airhiarvbere of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

He was before now the former president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has earned a second term in office following his election in the 2007 general election.

Dakore Akande returns to movie set

Nollywood actress, Dakore Akande has returned to the movie set, she will be featuring in the forthcoming movie written and produced by singer Ashionye Michelle Raccah.

The movie which is titled ‘Journey to Self’ features Nse Ikpe-Etim, Ashionye Michelle Raccah, Katherine Obiang Edoho and Tosin Sido in lead roles.

Also starring Carol King, Kalu Ikeagwu, Femi Brainard, Femi Jacobs and Chris Attoh and Tope Oshin Ogun.
The movie is about friendship, sacrifice, empowerment and self-respect’. It is about four friends, Nse (Nse Ikpe-Etim), Regina (Ashionye Michelle Raccah), Alex (Dakore Akande) and Rume (Katherine Obiang Edoho) who lose a mutual childhood friend, Uche (Tosin Sido).

Uche speaks through a series of letters stirring her friends to a journey of self-discovery… a ‘Journey to Self’.
It is reported that the movie took about 13 months to spring forth and it will also mark the Nollywood debut of Katherine Edoho.

The movie is set to be premiered this year.

Why I signed Jaysleek – D’banj

Multiple music award winner and entertainer Dapo Oyebanjo popularly known as D’banj, recently opened up on his signing of popular producer Jeremiah Shelika, popularly known as Jaysleek  as an ambassador for the newly formed D’banj Records.

In a statement released and signed by D’banj, the Koko Master expressed so much excitement saying ‘it is a sure sign of great things to come.

“This has been a long time coming so we are really happy to see Jaysleek join the D’Banj family. It’s exciting to be working with one of the best; Jaysleek is a fantastic producer, hardworking, humble, and immensely creative.”

I’m so certain that he will carve a niche for himself here at D’Banj Records and inspire us to even greater music,” he added.

Jaysleek in his reply said “I’m honoured to be part of such a young, fresh, innovative team; there’s so much energy here, it’s simply incredible. We’re going to keep on making great music for our fans for a very long time to come, you can be sure of that!”

The prolific producer has produced for topmost artistes like 2face, Faze, Wizkid, Sound Sultan amongst others.

He also produced the latest single from D’banj “Oyato” after the split of Mo’Hits Crew.

Big Brother Africa: I have learnt my lesson, Goldie tells fans

Following the controversy surrounding her exit from the Big Brother Africa house,  Bimpe Susan Harvey, popularly known as Goldie, has issued a press statement where she apologized to all Nigerians for her ‘shameful’ misconduct in the Big Brother Star Game house.

The statement reads:

“I want to tell Nigerians that I am so sorry. I am human just like everyone. I am an extremely emotional person. Everybody has two sides. What we entertainers represent on stage is different from who we are off stage. And I didn’t go into the Big Brother StarGame with any strategy.

“I went in there as an individual and just to be my real self. And that’s what Africa saw. I didn’t go into that house as Goldie, the performer; I was in there as Susan. Fortunately, my teeming fans got to see the human side of me and not the woman they see on stage.

“I wear my heart on my sleeve. I am brought up to be loyal and be truthful to everyone. I am not the type that plots or play schism. So, when I.K. showed me the nomination last Sunday, the discovery was shocking and my knees went weak. Every other guy had like 8, 6 and 5 nominations, but I had just two. And I was the one to leave. I felt betrayed when I discovered one of the persons that nominated me for eviction.

“Nigerians are loving, caring and religious people. We have high moral standards. And all these qualities I tried to exhibit while in the Big Brother house.

“You had about 50 cameras to watch you but I had only two eyes and two ears and I believed in what I saw. But when I heard everything he had said, I was sad, but I realise that he went into the house to play a game. I have learnt my lesson and I am stronger for it” she said.


Darey features Flavour in Sisi Eko remix

Popular musician Darey Art-Alade has featured High-life musician Flavor in the remix of Sis Eko video.

The song was shot in the heart of Lagos Market, with a wide cast of Celebrities such as Julius Agwu, Ali Baba, Waje, Omawumi, Kaffy, Seun Kuti amongst other international acts.

The song is about certain lady doing window shopping as Darey and Flavor spot her in the popular Lagos traffic.
Now Darey trys his best to talk to her but she ignores him, Flavor comes to try his luck blocking other motorists and causing more traffic.

Leaving motorists cursing and swearing on them but they are both lost in the competition of getting the lady.
Who does the Sisi Eko follow?