Mikel Obi Determined To Stay At Chelsea

Mikel ObiChelsea’s Nigerian midfielder, John Mikel Obi, says he has no intention of leaving the London club.

Signed to the club in 2006 and now second only to Captain John Terry as the longest serving player in the club, Obi says Chelsea has become his home.

There have been rumours linking Mikel with a move away from West London but recent pre-season happenings show that Jose Mourinho might have plans for Mikel in his squad, at least in the 2015/16 season.

The 28-year-old spoke to club website and expressed confident views about his chances in the Chelsea squad.

“I want to stay and the manager wants me to stay,” said Mikel.

“I’ve got two years [on my contract] here and I’m happy.

“I like to be somewhere where I have developed friends and family. It’s like my family here and every day I come to work it is like coming in to see my family.

“I know all the players and all the staff so it’s going to be a hard place to leave when my contract runs out but let’s see what happens. I want to see out my two years.”

Mikel Obi played the first half of Chelsea’s match with New York Red Bulls on Wednesday, leaving the pitch at the break with the Blues 1-0 ahead.

He created an excellent chance for a second with a fine long pass which was latched on to by his compatriot Victor Moses. The winger was unlucky not to score with a dink that hit the post and not the net.

Mikel believes, “Overall it was a pretty good warm-up game but not the result we hoped for.

“We knew we needed to start the game well. I was in the dressing room having a shower at the beginning of the second half so I don’t know how we started but we obviously didn’t end the game well.”

Goals from Loïc Rémy and Eden Hazard could not prevent Chelsea slipping to a 4-2 defeat.

“We are here to work hard, and we are here to train hard leading to the Community Shield and to the league. I think we’re on the right course. That game was just a one-off game and we know we need to go back to training, buckle up and know the season is starting soon”, Mikel Obi said.

Otelo Burning Wins Big At The Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Award

The 2013 edition of the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Award was held on Saturday at the prestigious hall of the Eko Hotel and Suits Victoria Island.

The event is created to celebrate African film and television talent, both in front of and behind the cameras; the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards will feature several special categories in which viewers will decide the winners directly, alongside several professionally judged categories.

The event brought together past and present Nollywood stars including veteran actress Liz Benson.

Below is a full list of winners at the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Award

Best Actor – Drama (Movies/TV)
OC Ukeje – Two Brides and a Baby

Best Actress – Drama (Movies/TV)
Jackie Appiah – Perfect Picture

Best Supporting Actor – Drama (Movies/TV)
Matthew Nabwiso – A Good Catholic Girl

Best Supporting Actress – Drama (Movies/TV)
Maureen Koech – Lies that Bind

Best Actor – Comedy (Movies/TV)
Hafiz Oyetoro – House a Part

Best Actress – Comedy (Movies/TV)
Mercy Johnson – Dumebi the Dirty Girl

Best Costume Designer
Ngozi Obasi – The Mirror Boy

Best Short Film
Ngendo Mukii – Yellow Fever

Best Writer – Comedy
Tim Greene – Skeem

Best Sound Editor
Michael Botha & Joel Assaizky – Man on Ground

Best Movie Director
Obi Emelonye – The Mirror Boy

Best Lighting Designer
Dave Howe – Otelo Burning

Best Art Director
Anita van Hemert & Chantel Carter – Otelo Burning

Best Movie (Comedy)
Tim Greene – Skeem

Best Picture Editor
Aryan Kaganof – Man on Ground

Best Movie (Drama)
Akin Omotoso/Fabian Adeoye Lojede/Hakeem Kae-Kazim/Rosie Motene – Man on Ground

Best Local Language Movie (Yoruba)
Tunde Kelani – Maami

Best Local Language Movie (Hausa)
A. Ali/Hafizu Bello – Faida Nura

Best Local Langauge Movie (Swahili)
Sameer Srivastava/Sanjni Srivastava – The Ray of Hope

Best Writer (Drama)
Obi Emelonye/Amaka Obi-Emelonye – The Mirror Boy

Best Television Series
Godffrey Mwampembwa/Marie Lora-Mungai – The XYZ Show

Best Cinematographer
Paul Michelson – Man on Ground

Best Make-Up Artist
Jacqui Bannermen – Otelo Burning

Best Movie
Sara Blecher – Otelo Burning

Industry Trailblazer Award
Ivie Okujaiye

Industry Merit Award
Olu Jacobs

 

Genevieve Nnaji
Rita Dominic
Stephanie Linus
Funke Akindele
Karen Igho
Kunle Afolayan
Lynxx
Jackie Appiah
Chidi Mokeme
Alex Ekubo
Chinedu Ikedieze
Funlola Awofieybi- Raimi
Linda Ejiofor
Osas Ighodaro
Jim Iyke
Toolz and RMD
Eku Edewor
Eniola Badmus
Ufuoma Ejenobor
Dolapo Oni

 

 

 

Mikel Obi ventures into music

Chelsea and Nigerian midfielder, John Obi Mikel has made foray into music with the setting up of a label named Matured Money Minds.

The label has since kicked off operations with four acts including Jason ‘Kido’ Igho, brother of the winner of the 2011 edition of the reality TV show, Big Brother Africa, Karen Igho.

Karen wrote on Twitter on Thursday, ‘Mikel Obi signed my brother @callme_KIDO to his record label’.

Other acts on the newly formed label are Charass, Edgar and Splash.

With the help of his younger brother Patrick Obi, the 25-year-old football star has set up his Matured Money Minds (MMM) entertainment label.
Mikel who has a relationship with P-Square, is hoping to take music promotions in Nigeria to another level.

“Mikel had always showed his love for music. Setting up a label is just a confirmation of his desire to contribute to the growth of the industry in Nigeria,” said a source.

The artists on the label have reportedly cut their albums and full promotions are in the pipeline to promote and make then rub shoulders with the biggest artistes in the music industry in Nigeria.