Farouk Lawan’s bribery allegation is not a sting operation – Former Minister

Former Minister of Work, Adeseye Ogunlewe on Monday said that the $3 million bribe allegations involving the suspended Chairman of the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee that probed the management of the subsidy fund, Farouk Lawan and the Chairman of Zenon oil and Gas, Femi otedola is not a sting operation.

Mr Ogunlewe was speaking while responding to questions from Channels Television Sunrise Daily’s presenters.

Tuface, Blackface and I are working on an album – Faze

Richard Chibuzor Orji, popularly known as Faze on Saturday said that he is currently collaborating with his members of his former group to produce a new album.

Faze, who was a guest in Channels Television’s weekend breakfast show – Sunrise, said that the relationship between him, Tuface and blackface is still very cordial and that their break up was for the best interest of their personal career.

The Singer spoke more about his relationship with his girlfriend and their plans to get married soon. He further tells his fans plans to thrill them with new releases soon.

Watch the video for an in-depth interview with originator of the kolomental vibe.

We are busy organising competitions, not developing sports – Analysts

The guests on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise, blame the decline in sports in Nigeria on the neglect of school sports.

“There is a disconnect between the foundries and national sport,” Duro Ikhazuage, the group Sports Editor, Thisday newspaper said.

Alfa Beach surge: Environmentalists say agency flout Jonathan’s order

An Environmentalist, Desmond Majekodunmi and a Journalist, Tunde Akingbade speak on the environmental impact of the absence of beach fronts in Lagos.

Mr Majekodunmi said that 10 months ago, President Goodluck Jonathan, who had visited Lagos and inspected a shipwreak gave an instruction that the wreaked ship be removed from the shoreline.

However, despite the fact there is an agency of government responsible for removing shipwreaks from the shoreline, nothing has been done about the president’s order.

BBA: Junia and Malonza get evicted

One of Big Brother’s most loved couple Junia and Malonza are no more in the House. They were the latest to bid farewell at the Stargame last night.

When it was time for the eviction, IK, the presenter, scared the 6 housemates that were put up for eviction, by calling out their names with so much sympathy.

Prezzo who was the first to be metioned showed so much fret in him, but fortunately for him he was saved by his fans.

Malonza whose name was also mentioned appeared not to be bothered, instead his girlfriend Junia broke down into tears.

When being asked by the presenter (IK) if the relationship was going to continue even after he leaves BBA, Malonza said “Anything that continues from here will be a plus but all I know is that Junia is a special friend.

He added that “what brought me joy at the Big Brother was the fact that I found Junia.”

When the time for the second eviction came, Goldie was so nervous that Prezzo (the evicted)  had to pat  her at the back but he got lucky.

Well, when it was time to depart the house, Junia smiled while hugging others and whispered “At least am leaving with him.”

It is clear that these two have genuine feelings for each other and they now finally have a chance to see if their love is for real.

BBA: Davido to perform at Eviction Show

The prolific Nigerian singer, David Adeleke popularly known as Davido has been confirmed for an appearance on the Eviction stage of the Big Brother Africa Stargame.   

Davido a recording artist and music producer from Nigeria started his music profession a year ago.

The star has been performing since age 11, in a short space of time Davido has developed a huge fan base in Nigeria, US, UK as well as throughout Africa.

This young fresh talent’s hit single “Dami Duro is a guaranteed club banger and enjoys massive airplay throughout the continent.

Davido has shared the stage with incredible artistes including Fabulous, Keith Sweat, Cabo Snoop, D’banj, Naeto C amongst others.

N25 million compensation: Baba Suwe’s case to receive accelerated hearing

The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division has granted an accelerated hearing of the appeal filed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) against the decision of Honourable Justice Yetunde Idowu of the High Court of Lagos awarding N25 Million in favour of ace Comedian Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe.

The Court of Appeal held that rather than hear or take the Application for stay of execution filed by the Agency, it was more disposed to granting an accelerated hearing of the appeal.

The court then adjourned to the 18th of October for the hearing of the substantive appeal.

Also, the Court of Appeal granted the application filed by counsel to the comedian, Bamidele Aturu for extension of time within which to file his Respondent brief.

Upon grant of the application, the court ordered the Appellant, the NDLEA, to file its reply brief on points of law within 14 days.

It will be recalled that Baba Suwe was arrested by operatives of the NDLEA at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport on the 12th of October 2011 on the suspicion that he had ingested narcotics or hard drugs.

He was confined for a period of 23 days without any evidence that he ingested any narcotic or banned substance as he did not excrete any such.

Based on this, he approached the High Court of Lagos State by way of application for the enforcement of his fundamental rights claiming in the main that his arrest and detention on suspicion of drug trafficking without trial were unlawful and unconstitutional. He also asked the court to order the NDLEA to apologise to him in three National newspapers.

With today proceedings, the battle to collect the N25m awarded to him by the Lagos High Court has now shifted to the Court of Appeal.

Nigerian marketers ban the sale of Ghanaian movies

The aegis of Film, Video Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (FVPMAN) has placed  an embargo  on Ghanaian films with effect from the end of this month.

The  FVPMAN chairman, Onitsha branch, Mr. Uzo Godson Nwosu who confirmed this development,  said the decision became necessary following the position taken by their Ghanaian counterparts who have banned the distribution of Nigerian films in their country long time ago.

According to him “starting from the first week of August, no Ghanaian film will be allowed to enter the Nigerian market again. We have resolved that no Ghanaian film will be distributed within our controlled market. Our Ghanaian counterparts have long stopped distributing our films in their country, and given this development, we have no choice than to reciprocate the gesture.”

Nwosu who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Guinks Investment said any of  their members who failed  to compile with this new order will either  be prosecuted or have his goods confiscated by the association.

The marketer said the association is finalising plans to storm Ghana any moment from now, particularly to confront those local  television stations who are illegally airing Nigerian films without obtaining permission from the right owners.

Also, given the problem associated with “second tier market”(where a producer is compelled to observe a three-month  grace before releasing his film into the market in a large quality), Nwosu said the association has decided to reversed the trend.

Film owners, according to him, are now free to release their films into the market without necessarily observing the mandatory  three months grace before doing so.

They will also be required  to obtain censors’ board and copy right commission’s documents in addition to registering the film with the sum of N10,000 with the FVPMAN.

“In order to move the association forward, we have resolved to address the problem of second tier market.” FVPMAN boss further stated.

Nollywood dedicates “Last Flight to Abuja” to victims of the Dana crash

Producer of the award winning movie ‘Mirror Boy’, Obi Emelonye, has dedicated the premiere of his aviation inspired film “last flight to Abuja” to the victims of the June 3rd Dana Air crash.
The premiere which is set to take place on June 8, 2012 in London at the Troxy Cinema will start at 9pm.
According to a statement signed by the movie organizers ‘It is quite unfortunate that the plane crash occurred before the premiere of the movie. The movie is dedicated to all who lost their lives in the two ill fated crashes that involved Allied Air and Dana Air in Accra and Lagos.’
The organizers further said ‘ The movie is to express our solidarity with the feelings of everyone affected by both tragic events, especially those who have lost their loved ones. A minute silence will be observed before the film screens and the movie will be used as an advocacy tool to highlight the issues of air safety in Nigeria and Africa at large.’
‘Last flight to Abuja’ was inspired by the series of plane crash tragedies that rocked the Nigerian aviation sector in 2006.

9ice to play ‘lead role’ in Yoruba movie

Ace singer, Abolore Adegbola Akande, aka 9ice, is about to make a foray into Nollywood, following his acceptance to play a lead role in a new Yoruba movie titled “Jejere’.

The ‘Gongo Aso’ singer, who is famed for his rich musical lyrics in Yoruba language, in an interview with NET expressed his first experience in the make-believe world, saying ‘being the first time on set, I have to act, cry when nothing is actually wrong with me, laugh when nothing is really funny. I also have to depict this character in the presence of others.”

“It is a privilege to be part of ‘Jejere’ and I look forward to the premiere” he said.

When asked if he would like to take on acting as a new career, “if the pay is right with good content and the standard is on point, why not” he replied

The ‘Jejere’  movie which deals with issues plaguing the country, such as insecurity issue, corruption, mass unemployment, robbery and kidnapping and menace of bad leadership, proffers the way forward.

The film is produced and will be released by Sim Line International, (formerly Front Row Productions), owned by Nollywood actress, Laide Bakare.

According to Laide Bakare, “the movie is about an African hero that saved his environment.”

Other actors in the movie include Emeka Ike, Oby Alex O, Fathia Balogun, Akin Lewis, Ebun Oloyede, and Bakare herself.

Nigeria’s duo, Ola and Chris exit Big Brother house

Nigeria’s representative in the on-going Big Brother Africa StarGame, Ola and Chris have annonuced their ‘voluntary exit’ from the reality television show, on health grounds.

Ola sought the exit based on his high blood pressure which the medical team has urged him to seek better treatment.

When asked in a dairy room by Big Brother what their predicament were, Ola stated that he will like to quit the Big Brother due to health issues.

He said that he has thought about it and since the medication he is on does not seem to be taking well, he will like to seek medical attention outside the Big Brother House.

His second running mate Chris also added that health is wealth and he completely agrees with Ola. “Yes, this is a game however, we can’t play with our lives” he said.

They were both instructed by the Big Brother to go and explain their situation to the other housemates.

Chris and Ola, who both entered the competition as friends will have to leave the house immediately.

The exit of the duo leaves Goldie as the only Nigerian in the BigBrother House.

Goldie, Nigeria’s pop princess is housed in the Upville residence of the BigBrother StarGame with six other stars from the continent.



Funke Akindele to walk down the aisle

It appears that ace actress cum movie producer, Funke Akindele aka Jenifa has finally found her Mr right.

For those of you that would love to attend, their  engagement ceremony will hold May 26th 2012 in Lagos, while the  wedding proper will hold in December.

In an interview wit thenetng.com, Funke Akindele’s manager confirmed the news saying “the actress will indeed be getting married this year but that of ‘May 26 is only a family-traditional introduction. We however want it to be as private as possible”

There are unconfirmed reports that the 35-year-old bachelorette is engaged to a politician.

Akindele who has had a very successful career so far with her movies especially ‘The Return of Jenifa’ recently bagged two of the ZUMA films awards.