Celebrity Couple, Bankole Wellington a.k.a Banky W and Adesuwa Etomi have taken the final leg of their wedding to Cape Town, South Africa after they shut down Lagos last weekend with the festivities of their traditional marriage.
The couple jetted out with their close friends and family earlier in the week and have kept fans seriously anticipating the final event with their posts on social media.
Weeks ago, the internet went agog as news of a supposed engagement of social media comedian, Woli Arole, to an unidentified woman began to trend.
The news followed the release of pictures of the comedian seen loving up with the same lady which many blogs inevitably tagged as pre-wedding pictures.
The Instagram sensation has now spoken up on the matter, stating that the pictures were from a recent modelling gig. He, however, added that he has been inspired by the reactions to create a marriage focused series.
According to him, even his family members started calling frantically over the news but he had to explain to them that it was only a photoshoot for a clothing brand.
Speaking further on the idea of the marriage focused series, titled ‘Taken’, Arole explained that it a project he strongly believes would address a lot of issues concerning dysfunctions in marriage, which he identified as a growing trend especially in Nigeria.
“We have realised that most people get married for the wrong reasons – This project will solve a lot of questions, and I am sure after people watch this, you will have a rethink before you get married.”
Big Brother Naija star, Tokunbo Idowu, popularly known as ‘Tboss’ has revealed plans to begin a career in acting as well as hosting a radio show which she hopes to develop into a television programme.
According to her, she is currently gathering content for the show, attending a couple of auditions and she has received a lot of scripts which she has been screening.
The former BBN housemate said this on Channels Television, while sharing her experience in the house as well as outside the house, since the show came to an end.
“I am overwhelmed, completely overwhelmed.” According to her, there has been so much love and she would rather focus on the love, rather than on any form of hate.
Reacting to the issue of an alleged sexual harassment by Kemen, a former housemate who was later disqualified from the show following the incident, TBoss expressed utter disappointment, adding that the decision by Big Brother was the best option.
“I considered Kemen a friend. He was my go-to guy and my buddy, he encouraged me, he motivated me and he pushed me to mingle more with people especially at times when I didn’t feel like I fit in. So, for what happened to have happened, and just knowing all the people that look up to me, it was sad.
“I was angry, humiliated and I did feel violated but, I don’t play the victim card and I honestly feel that the decision that Big Brother took, was the only Decision that could have been taken.”
The ‘See Gobe’ edition second runner up, who was asleep in the same bed with Kemen, when the said assault occurred, stated that she was unaware of any such thing until Big Brother called her attention to it the following day hence; she did not assent to it and whatever happened was not mutual, as initially suggested by Kemen.
She also stated that initially, her reaction to Kemen would have been to slap him if she had her way, but on getting out of the house, she realised that anyone could make mistakes, especially as she considers herself an attractive person.
However, she equally expressed displeasure over the fact that according to her, Kemen has been granting several interviews in which he has been making contradictory statements.
Also reacting to an article titled ‘Big Brother Naija – Television As Madness’, written by a renowned Journalist, and a former Special Adviser to the Nigerian President, Mr Reuben Abati, who specifically body-shamed Tboss, she described it as sad and unfortunate, especially coming from a man of such calibre.
The Big Brother star, has however chosen to remain on the brighter side of life and embrace all the love she gets from the ‘Boss Nation’, as her fans are fondly called.
The Ogun state government says it is partnering the International Funds For Agricultural Development (IFAD), to cultivate 6,000 and 2,000 hectres of mechanized farmland for cassava and rice respectively, in the 2017 planting season to ensure food security.
This was communicated in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital at a one day sensitisation workshop for representatives of farmers from the three senatorial districts of the state on mechanized Agriculture service delivery.
According to the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs Adepeju Adebajo, who was represented by the Ogun state coordinator of the IFAD, Mr Samuel Adeogun, this is in order to take advantage of the sector and its value chain in rice and cassava production to develop the state economy and ensure employment opportunities for its residents.
”We are here because farm mechanization is one of the strategies adopted by IFAD to enhance the productivity of farmers along the rice and cassava value chain and as you know, to improve the productivity of farmers we must be mechanised, the era of hoes and cutlasses are over if we are to feed our teeming population.
”It is becoming very important that we put in place a service delivery that will ensure our farms are adequately mechanized. For this planting season, we are looking at about 6,000 hectres of cassava and 2,000 hectres of rice production and if we are to deliver on this, all hands must be on deck.
”Ogun state is the only state in the whole of the southwest participating in the IFAD supported value chain development programme. That is very instructive for us and let me also put it on record that the state government has actually supported this project.
“Our counterpart funds for 2014 and 2015 have been paid while approval for the 2016 has been granted by the governor. He has been highly supportive of the programme.” he added.
Some of the farmers present at the occasion appealed to the government to fast track efforts in this direction before the commencement of the planting season.
”The government should please come to our aid. At least last year we were able to cultivate about 37 hectres of farmland through mechanized farming and we are targeting 50 hectres this year.
“The most important thing is that government should help us on time before the commencement of the planting season,” they urged.
Ellyman, an IMO Recording artiste, has dropped the video for his new single, ‘Your Matter’.
The new video directed by Unlimited L.A., Ellyman cerebrates African women everywhere.
Primed for the dance floor and seasoned with Jamaican flavours, Your Matter allows Sunday Ogbu to flex his ‘Smooth Operator’ on the banger.
He had after the release of the audio version described the love song that talks about falling in love and the act of loving someone as a positive affirmation-filled smash for the New Year.
“Ogbu wants to talk about ‘Your Matter’, a line from the latest release, follows a slew of drops released last year, including ‘O’Africa’ and ‘Got The Money’. All of this is leading up to something,” he said.
The Benue-born artiste has also hinted fans on his plans to organise a singing competition before the end of February.
According to him, the first, second and third runners-up would be awarded gifts worth some hundreds of thousands.
Temitope Sholeye, popularly known as TQuest, says although he was raised in a family that places much importance on education, all he wants to do is to make music professionally.
Raised in an environment where the new school Nigerian Hip-Hop music was nurtured, TQuest revealed that he had his musical dream rekindled after meeting with the likes of ID Cabasa way back when the Coded Tune imprint was a rave within Nigeria’s mainstream Music.
Speaking to Channels Television, He narrated how he started his musical career.
He said that he grew up in Akoka and his first encounter with Music production was after a friend of his, invited him to visit a producer down the street.
“We visited the producer and that was the first time I met ID Cabasa and 9ice at the studio,” he said.
That gave him an opportunity to have collaborate with Nice for the first time.
Speaking of the journey so far, TQuest said his family insisted that he got a degree first, before thinking about making music professionally.
He then made the decision to leave music for a while just to please his parents.
This however posed a key challenge to him as he was denied their full support.
Thereafter, he went on to get a degree in Business Administration, after which, his father still did not give his support.
According to him, it was until he released a song, ‘One Love’, where he featured J-Won, that his father finally approved of his music career.
“When he heard my song, ‘One Love’ on the radio, he called me and said they just finished playing your song and I heard the whole EP, and the presenter mentioned your name.
“He asked, is it the same TQuest and I said Yes, after a while I showed him the video and he actually liked it.
“Ever since then, he noticed that I don’t just want to sing because I have been seeing people singing or I like their swag but, because I have a message to pass.” he said.
The music video for his his recent track, “Lord I Pray”, has been lauded for shying way from the lewd trend dominating the industry and he credits this to the conscious efforts he makes to keep his content clean.
Stunning Nigerian Instagram sensation, Klinton Cod, has narrated his journey from the medical sciences and how he made the switch into online comedy.
Speaking to Channels Television, Klinton, who became an internet comedy sensation in less than two years, revealed that his parents do not believe in his comedy.
Narrating his educational background, he said he initially had a dream of becoming a medical doctor but he instead chose Biomedical Sciences in which he bagged a BSc Degree.
Afterwards, he went on to gain a Master degree in Public Health because according to him, he has a passion for health.
He even wanted to go ahead and bag another Masters degree in nursing in the UK but he rather decided to focus on comedy.
Explaining his parents reaction to the switch, Klinton stated: “My parents don’t believe in my comedy career but my dad watches my videos and he laughs, but they wanted me to focus on my studies”.
Although he admitted the importance of education, he however placed priority on his comedy.
If I hadn’t been doing comedy, I probably would have been in the hospital, so you could call me either a Senior Nurse, Biomedical scientist or a public health professional,” he said.
According to him, while still working in the hospital as a training nurse, he preferred talking to the patients to make them feel better.
“At some point, they were complaining that I was here as a training nurse why do I keep going into the ward and keep talking to patients, I told them this is what I love doing, I walk into the ward and make patients laugh.
“Sometime they could be looking for me and they would just hear laughter coming out from somewhere, and they’ll realise that Klinton is definitely there.
It was afterwards that he realised that comedy was what he really wanted to do and according to him, he took the bold step and left the UK for Nigeria.
Speaking of the journey so far, he highlighted the importance of social media in his craft.
He believes that social media comedy is very important because, it reaches more people compared to the real life stand up comedy.
“An online social media comedian can easily get access 50,000 people from the comfort of their bedroom and from different vicinities but the stand up comedian has to plan towards an event and then the number of people to come for the event may probably be like two thousand,” he stated.
In preparation for the big screens Nollywood Debutting Director, Femi Adisa, hosted industry friends, cast and crew of his movie ‘King Invisible’.
The martial arts themed epic movie, stars African Magic Viewers’ Choice award winning Tope Tedela, Gabreal Afolayan, Omowunmi Dada.
A handsome warlord role played by Tope Tedela, is fast transitioning into a wolf due to the curse of the dogs that has been placed on him and he must immediately find the cure to this curse or be forever damned.
Tedela, speaking of his filming experience, told Channels Television that although the role was not an easy one, he had to get in tune with the character to make the script come alive.
“You need to really think deep about where the character is coming from, he had a back story that we knew, so It was just for me to work it to life.
“Also, the stunts and the physical preparation we had to do, helped to bring the character to life, so it was a mix-match”
Being the director’s first movie, Tedela said he had expressed concerns about how they would efectively pull the script off, especially as it seemed to be ‘novel-like’.
He however said that in the end, he was glad to be part of it.
Gabriel Afolayan also commenting on his filming experience, said: “professional actors will always have a little bit of concern if you are working with a first time director”.
He however stated that he was never in that zone with Femi Adisa because according to him, after taking a look at the script, he was convinced that the director knew what he was doing.
Gabriel Afolayan played the role of a prince who couldn’t wait to be king and subsequently, he felt Tedela’s character posed a threat to that ambition.
“I was told I was going to play the role of a prince but I did not know the dimension to the roll till I actually laid my hand on the script.
After reading it, he said he felt challenged to take up the role, as it was new to his person and his regular kind of roles.
According to Adisa, screening the movie, marks a major landmark in the project that technically began 13 years ago.
Omowunmi Dada, who was also cast in the movie, said shooting an epic movie isn’t a stroll in the park and although it seemed a bit challenging in the beginning, it ended up being successful.
“As a born actress, I said to myself are we going to really get it right but when I eventually saw it I was surprised” Omowunmi said.
Meanwhile, ‘King invisible’ has already been nominated in the best costume category for 2017 Africa Magic Viewer’s choice award.
Maleek Soyebi, Popularly known as Maleek Berry, is a British born, Nigerian record producer, whose break into the Nigerian music circle came in 2013 with his collaboration with Wizkid on the track ‘the matter’.
A graduate of computer sciences, Maleek’s early contact with music came from listening to classics from the likes of Michael Jackson.
Speaking of his early years in music, he told Channels Television that although he had always loved and practiced music, he took it a notch higher by creating a rap group in his local church.
This later inspired his introduction into music production.
“I started teaching myself how to produce and I was the one producing the music for the group, writing the hooks and that’s how I just fell in love with production”.
According to him, everyone in his family always knew he would go into music one day, although they insisted he must conclude his University education, before going ahead to pursue a music career.
Speaking of artists he has worked with, Maleek said he met with Davido in 2010 when the pop singer was still up and coming.
“That was the early stage of me attempting to make afro beats.”
Having worked with the likes of Wande Coal among others, Maleek’s brand has so far grown to become a household name in Nigerian music.
In 2016, he released an extended play body of work titled ‘the last days of summer’, clearly introducing himself as a performing artist.
The EP, puts together a couple of impressive singles including ‘Control and ‘Eko Maima’.
The 29 year old, however explained that when it comes to production, he still always knows how to take off his artist hat.
“When I’m a producer, I like to see myself as a servant. I take away the pride because it’s all about the artist and its all about helping the artist become a bigger star than they already are,” Maleek said.
Canadian based Christian singer and songwriter, Deborah D’Worshipper, has released a new song titled ‘Thank You’.
Born in Nigeria, where she spent the earlier part of her life, the artist says singing has always been a part of her destiny.
According to Deborah, her mother was a singing evangelist who travelled, preaching the gospel with her, being the first of five children.
She revealed that later on, her mother passed on and the events of her lifetime contributed to her love for creating beautiful Christian music.
As a child, Deborah had grown up going to Church every day, and started with praise and worship in the children’s choir at the Assemblies of God Church and Church of God Mission, founded by Archbishop Benson Idahosa.
The gospel act who has written over 400 songs, said her debut CD “Faithful God”, was born out of appreciation to God for seeing her through some of life’s worst Challenges.