2Baba Signs First Female Act ‘Lady Gaga’ To Hypertek

Singer and songwriter Innocent Ujah Idibia popularly known as Tuface has signed on the first female act onto his music imprint Hypertek and now music management.

The singer under whose tutelage the embattled Dammy Krane gained prominence, signed on Imo state-based female rapper Cynthia Anyiam who goes by the alias Lady Gaga.

She was discovered under the Imo State government support programme aimed at boosting the growth of an entertainment industry in the south-eastern state and was recommended to the Hypertek boss by the state.

Tuface Releases ‘Gaga Shuffle’ Music Video

Singer and songwriter Innocent Ujah Idibia popularly known as Tuface Idibia or 2Baba has released a brand-new music video titled ‘Gaga shuffle’.

The video which featured cameo appearances from P-Square, Tiwa Savage, Timaya, Dj Spinall, among others is directed by unlimited L.A.

The new tune which is 2Baba’s 4th release of the year comes with visuals introducing the new dance step.

More than a decade after he took the Nigerian music industry by storm 2Baba has shown no sign of slowing down.

In the course of his career, the music icon received one MTV Europe Music Award, one World Music Award, five Headies Awards (Hip-hop award), four Channel O Music Video Awards, one BET award for his musical work.

TuFace who loves to give back to the society established an NGO called 2Face Idibia Reach-Out Foundation whose motto is “service to humanity”.

He also went on a tour recently in Borno where he thrilled officers of the Nigerian Army and dedicated a song to the IDPs in July.

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In 2009, he was presented with the prestigious International Youth Ambassador for Peace Summit and the Nigeria Youth Merit Award by the National Youth Council of Nigeria in recognition of his contributions to youth development in Nigeria.

Tu Face was one of the Judges in The Voice Nigeria season 1 alongside other artists like Timi Dakolo, Patoraking and Waje.

Tuface Thrills Troops In Borno, Dedicates Song To IDPs

Musician, Innocent Idibia also known as Tuface is on a tour in Borno where he thrilled officers of the Nigerian Army and dedicated a song to the IDPs.

The African Queen crooner emphasised the need for the peace to rain in the country, especially in the northeast.

He commended the Nigerian Army for the gallant fight they are putting in the counter insurgency war.

Tuface who is the ambassador of the UNHCR has been on a tour in Borno state interacting with displaced persons in Ngala and camps around Maiduguri.

The partnership between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and ace singer Tuface Innocent Idibia is to give a voice to happenings in northeast Nigeria.

The UNHCR Head of Missions in Borno, Caesar Tsav believes that in the coming days the partnership will yield more positive results.

“We were in Ngala and he visited all the camps and he interacted with children, IDPs. We will visit more camps if God permits but in general, it’s a good partnership.”

The entertainer also met with soldiers of the Lafiya Dole operations at the 7Division Maimalari Barracks where he conveyed his appreciation to them for their sacrifices.

While commending the troops, Tuface said: “What you guys are doing is wonderful putting your lives on the line for the nation is something that you cannot be compensated enough for.” He told the excited soldiers.

“It’s not easy what these guys are doing, I give them kudos and I ask every Nigerian to give them all the support they can give. I am impressed that we have able bodied men and women that are willing to put their lives on the line for Nigeria.”

He says although the humanitarian crisis is devastating, the unrelenting efforts of the soldiers has also given hope to the affected population who are most keen on returning home to live normal lives again.

The Chief of Staff, Division, Bridg. Gen. John Ochai noted that he believes in the service to humanity and his nation that he is here to boost the morale of soldiers of Operation Lafiya Dole we can’t thank him enough”.

Face Off 2015: Nigerian Celebrities Set For Basketball Friendly

Face OffTop Nigerian celebrities are teaming up to play basketball and compete with a top Nigeria Basketball league team in a friendly game.

The annual event tagged Face Off is a creative blend of basketball, music, dance and all round entertainment facilitated by intensive media coverage as a medium to drive key social values among young Nigerians.

The organisers say it is also a movement to revive Nigerians’ interest in basketball as an
“absolute urban sports genre”.

The 2015 edition of the basketball event would feature a host of A-List Nigerian celebrities vs. the popular basketball team ‘Lagos Islanders’ on November 27, at Landmark Centre, Lagos.

Celebrities that will be playing include, Sound Sultan, Tuface, Darey, Burna Boy, MI, Peter (PSquare), Kaffy, Iyanya, Jimmie, Praiz, N6, Vector and many more.

Although the main ‘Celebrities vs. Islanders’ game is scheduled for 7PM, the event starts by 5PM and will also feature other games like, Celebrities vs. Basketball Veterans, 3-point shooting competition, free throw competition, and a Slam Dunk contest.

Fans of Face Off have been encouraged to purchase tickets online. Free tickets will also be won in a competition on the official Facebook and Instagram pages of the event.

Face Off is a product of Playcenter Ltd in partnership with Lagos Islanders and produced by Tobems Media Ltd.

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Tuface, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage Nominated For MTV Africa Music Awards

tuface-idibiaThe prestigious MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) nominations were revealed at a glittering nominations celebration at The Sands, Johannesburg, South Africa by MTV Base VJs, Nomuzi Mabena and Sizwe Dhlomo, alongside Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, Tim Horwood, Channel Director, MTV Base and Shirley Mabiletja, Brand Manager: Absolut, Pernod Ricard South Africa, in the presence of nominees AKA, Beatenberg, DJ Clock, Burna Boy, Mafikizolo Professor, Oskido and Yuri Da Cunha.

The biggest and brightest contemporary artists from across the African continent and beyond were nominated in 15 different categories including Best Male, Best Female, Song of the Year and Artist of the Year. Broadening the scope of the MAMA awards franchise, achievement in non-music fields was recognised in “Personality of the Year”, and “Transform Today by Absolut”, an award designed to recognize and support young, emerging and original African creative talents who use their imagination to fuel social transformation and bring positive attention to the continent.

Tied for first place in the nominations were South African artists Mafikizolo and Uhuru, and Nigerian artist Davido, who each scored 4 nominations while going directly head-to-head for Song of the Year, Artist of the Year and Best Collaboration. Following closely behind with 3 nominations each were Nigerian artists P Square (Best Group, Artist of the Year, Song of the Year), South Africa’s Mi Casa (Best Group, Artist of the Year, Song of the Year), and Angolan artist Yuri Da Cunha (Song of the Year, Best Lusophone and Best Collaboration). Hot on their heels with two nods each were Angolan star Anselmo Ralph (Best Male, Best Lusophone), Nigeria’s Wizkid (Best Male, Best Collaboration); Gabonese artist Arielle T (Best Female, Best Francophone) and Diamond from Tanzania (Best Male, Best Collaboration).

Other artists from across the African contemporary music spectrum nominated for the awards included: 2Face, AKA, Amani, Beatenberg, Big Nuz, Burna Boy, Chidinma, Danny K, Diamond, DJ Buckz, DJ Clock, DJ C’ndo, DJ Ganyani, DJ Kent, The Arrows, Donald, Don Jazzy, Dr Malinga, Dr Sid, Efya, Espoir 2000, Fally Ipupa, FB, Ferre Gola, Flavour, Fuse ODG, Gangs of Ballet, Goldfish, Heavy K, Ice Prince, JD, KCEE, Khuli Chana, LCNVL, Lizha James, Matthew Mole, May D, Mi Casa, Michael Loman, Nakhane Toure, Nelson Freitas, Olamide, Oskido, Professor, The Parlotones, Phyno, Radio and Weasel, R2bees, Sarkodie, Sauti Sol, Shortstraw, Stanley Enow, The Arrows, Tiwa Savage, Toofan, Uhuru, Youssoupha and Zakes Bantwini.wizkid

Celebrating musicians and achievers who have made the most impact on African youth culture throughout the year, MAMA 2014 would feature dazzling performances from African and international artists, including the awards’ signature collaborations between artists of different genres and cultures – a high point of every show.

The Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa, Alex Okosi, commented, “We congratulate all the nominees for the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards. This year, the MAMA offers a stunning platform for African artists, it also celebrates the young personalities, leaders and creatives who are making a positive impact on the continent.”

The Head of Department of Economic Development & Tourism, KwaZulu-Natal Province, Desmond Golding, said “KwaZulu-Natal Province congratulates all the artists and stars for their achievement in being nominated. We look forward to welcoming these hugely talented artists and personalities to the Durban ICC on 7 June for the biggest contemporary music spectacle that KwaZulu-Natal Province and South Africa has ever seen.”

Brand Manager, ABSOLUT, Pernod Ricard South Africa, Shirley Mabiletja commented, “As a brand, ABSOLUT is thrilled to be associated with the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards, and we would like to congratulate all of the nominees announced for this year’s awards and wish them the best of luck on this journey.

“Each generation there are a handful of artists who leave a transformative mark, and the MTV Africa Music Awards most certainly celebrates these artists. As the perfect platform, ABSOLUT has proudly sponsored one of the new categories, ‘Transform Today by Absolut’, which forms part of ABSOLUT’s Transform Today campaign, aimed at celebrating the power of young individuals who transform the image of Africa through their creativity and vision. We are excited to celebrate this initiative and our ongoing involvement in contemporary culture through creative collaboration.”

The MAMA nominations in full:

MUSIC CATEGORIES

Best Male:
Anselmo Ralph (Angola)
Davido (Nigeria)
Diamond (Tanzania)
Donald (South Africa)
Wizkid (Nigeria)

Best Female:
Arielle T (Gabon)
Chidinma (Nigeria)
DJ C’ndo (South Africa)
Efya (Ghana)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Best Group:
Big Nuz (South Africa)
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Mi Casa (South Africa)
P Square (Nigeria)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)

Best New Act:
Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Heavy K (South Africa)
Phyno (Nigeria)
Stanley Enow (Cameroon)
Uhuru (South Africa)

Best Live Act:
2face (Nigeria)
Fally Ipupa (DRC)
Flavour (Nigeria)
Dr Malinga (South Africa)
Zakes Bantwini (South Africa)

Best Collaboration:
Amani ft Radio and Weasel – ‘Kiboko Changu’ (Kenya/Uganda)
Diamond feat Davido – ‘Number One’ (Remix) (Tanzania/Nigeria)
Mafikizolo feat May D – ‘Happiness’ (South Africa/Nigeria)
R2bees feat Wizkid – ‘Slow Down’ (Ghana/Nigeria)
Uhuru feat DJ Buckz, Oskido, Professor, Yuri Da Cunha – ‘Y-tjukutja’ (South Africa/Angola)

Artist of the Year:
Davido (Nigeria)
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Mi Casa (South Africa)
P Square (Nigeria)
Uhuru (South Africa)

Song of the Year:
Davido- ‘Skelewu’ (Nigeria)
DJ Clock feat Beatenberg – ‘Pluto’ (Remember Me) (South Africa)
DJ Ganyani feat FB – ‘Xigubu’ (South Africa)
DJ Kent feat The Arrows –‘Spin My World Around’ (South Africa)
Dr Sid feat Don Jazzy – ‘Surulere’ (Nigeria)
KCee – ‘Limpopo’ (Nigeria)
Mafikizolo feat Uhuru ‘Khona’ (South Africa)
Mi Casa- ‘Jika’ (South Africa)
P Square – ‘Personally’ (Nigeria)
Yuri Da Cunha -‘Atchu Tchu Tcha’ (Angola)

Best Hip Hop:
AKA (South Africa)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
Khuli Chana (South Africa)
Olamide (Nigeria)
Sarkodie (Ghana)

Best Pop:
Danny K (South Africa)
Fuse ODG (Ghana)
Goldfish (South Africa)
LCNVL (South Africa)
Mathew Mole (South Africa)

Best Alternative:
Gangs of Ballet (South Africa)
Michael Loman (South Africa)
Nakhane Toure (South Africa)
Parlotones (South Africa)
Shortstraw (South Africa)

Best Francophone:
Arielle T (Gabon)
Espoir 2000 (Ivory Coast)
Ferre Gola (DRC)
Toofan (Togo)
Youssoupha (Congo)

Best Lusophone:
Anselmo Ralph (Angola)
JD (Angola)
Lizha James (Mozambique)
Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde)
Yuri Da Cunha (Angola)

NON MUSIC CATEGORIES

Personality of the Year:
Chimamanda Adiche (Nigeria)
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde (Nigeria)
Trevor Noah (South Africa)
Lupita Nyong’o (Kenya)
Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire)

Transform Today by Absolut
Anisa Mpungwe (Tanzania)
Clarence Peters (Nigeria)
I See a Different You (South Africa)
Leti Arts (Ghana)
Rasty (South Africa)

I Compete Only With Men In Nigeria’s Music Industry – Tiwa Savage

Nigeria’s RnB diva, Tiwa Savage has thrown down the gauntlet against her female peers in the music industry as she deems none of them a threat.

When asked on this week’s edition of Rubbin’ Minds, who she considered the biggest threat to Tiwa Savage amongst the female vocalists, she replied, “none actually.”

“In my head the people I compete against are the male artistes” she affirmed, adding that “for me I look at the bigger picture fortunately.”

“I look at people like Wizkid, Iyanya, Tuface, D’banj, Ice Prince. They are getting MOBOs, BET awards, MTVs, so I’m like I’m coming for you guys” she stated.

She traced the immense success of male artistes to the typical male dominance in Nigeria as seen across diverse profession and this; she is willing to take on.

She however gave kudos to other female artistes saying “we are working harder to close the gap.”

Akpabio’s N6m Lunch Money Was To Support Party Members — Commissioner

Still on allocation, commissioner Umanah said despite the large federal allocation from the FG, the state is still in need of money to complete on-going projects in the state, which is still where the state directs its local revenues generated to after he was asked by Kayode Akintemi to highlight what the state does with its local revenues.

He went further to explain that since the inception of governor Akpabio, the salaries of the State staff has been jacked up several and it has not stopped as there are plan in the pipeline to jack it up to N3 billion soonest.

On the issue of Governor Akpabio giving PDP South-South Chairmen and their delegates up to 1,200 people were given N1m each which totalled N6m according to the commissioner for information. The commissioner said that it is not supposed to be a problem as it was the governor gesture towards being humane because the chairmen and delegates have been waiting for the governor’s arrival without breakfast and lunch.

Wedding Gift To Tuface Not Too Much – Akwa Ibom Commissioner

In a swift reaction, the issue of SUV and N3 million cheque as wedding gift to popular singer Tuface Idibia and Annie Macaulay was brought to light.

The commissioner went on to defend the gesture by Governor Akpabio saying ‘Annie Macaulay and Tuface Idibia have created something very significant for Akwa Ibom State’

They brought in a galaxy of the entertainment industry, music stars and so on likewise new ambassadors into the state’.

He said if it is to fund destination marketing of branding then he doubts if the cost of one SUV and N3m is too much.

‘If we were to fund the destination marketing of branding ,i do not think N3million and the cost of one SUV is too much, even if we were to place advert on Channels Television to attract people to the new destination Governor Akpabio is building’.

He said governor Akpabio’s gesture was to repay a daughter of the state; Annie Macaulay for contributing to the repositioning of the state and has done the state proud too.

Akwa Ibom Imbroglio: Akwa Ibom Glowing With Development — Commissioner

It is no news that Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio emerged as the Chairman of the Governors Forum but what has taken Nigerians aback is the spending spree that the governor has embarked on. As if bitten by money bug, Governor doled a whooping N1m to south-south PDP chairmen for lunch at Mr. Biggs as he called it.

Kayode Akintemi and Bisi Coker Sunrise Anchors had Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Infrormation; Aniekan Umana, a journalist and a legal practitioner Uche Onu to debate on the recent spree trip that the governor has decided to embark on.

According to Bisi Coker one of Sunrise anchors, Akwa Ibom has the largest allocation amongst all the 36 states in Nigeria and despite that most part of the state is lacking development, not to talk of the horrendous daily living of the Akwa Ibom people.

And with focus on the commissioner for Information, he reacted to this saying ‘the assertion has to be objective because talking of oil production, the indices has to be understood for it fluctuates’ meaning that the said allocation does not have a regular figure.

The commissioner however debunked the assertion that development has not radiated the length and breadth of the state as he challenged our anchors to travelled down and see the level of development that reached the 36 local government areas of the state.

Akpabio Distributes N1 Million To PDP Chairmen For ‘Mr Biggs’

The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio on Sunday gave N1 Million each to the six Chairmen of the Peoples’s Democratic Party (PDP) from the South-South geopolitical zone who had converged in Port Harcourt for a party reconciliation session.

The Governor of Akwa Ibom, Godswill Akpabio

Mr Akpabio’s cash gift followed a speech by the Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, who had said that poverty is widespread among party members in the zone and that action needed to be taken to reduce the hardship faced by party members.

“If you want to prevent our members from straying to other parties, you must put food in the stomach of our supporters,” Mr Uduaghan had said.

Shortly after Mr Uduaghan spoke, Mr Akpabio announced he would distribute N1million each to party chairmen at the venue as lunch money as a way of placating them not to leave the party.

He said, “My brother Governor, Uduaghan, said our members are hungry and that we must put food in their stomach so that they don’t stray to other parties. I am giving all the state chairmen of the party N1 million each for Mr Biggs. Our members must not be hungry.”

Tuface, Wife Collect Promised Suv From Akpabio

Earlier the recent celebrity couple Innocent and Annie Idibia had not made up their mind to collect the wedding gift donated to them by the Akwa Ibom state governor, Godswill Akpabio.

Innocent Idibia popularly known as Tuface has accepted the Prado SUV gift promised by the governor, the state government released a picture on Thursday showing Mr. Idibia looking as the commissioner for Information, Aniekan Umanah presented the car keys to Annie Macauley–Idibia in the presence of her husband and a friend, Jackson Udom.

The governor will further support the relatives of Mrs Idibia who can’t afford to go for the white wedding in Dubai.

Tuface Tops MTV Base Chart

Popular musician Innocent Idibia also known as Tuface Idibia has ranked top place in the inaugural chart with his hit single Ihe Neme.

Close on 2Face’s heels were P-Square with “Alingo” while Ice Prince’s “More” clocked in at number 3. Other artists featuring in the top 10 included Banky W., Iyanya, Burna Boy and the late Goldie, with “Skibobo”.

Every week, The Official Naija Chart is decided by a panel of Nigerian broadcasters and music specialists .

As of the second episode, Bella Naija music editor Onos Ariyo will be joining DJ Jimmy Jatt, Cool FM’s DJ Xclusive, DJ Humility and Big Time(Rhythm FM), DJ Case and Toolz (The Beat FM) and Osagie Alonge (Nigerian Entertainment Today) on the judging panel.

The full Official Naija Top 10

2face – Ihe Neme

P-Square – Alingo

Ice Prince – More

Banky W. – Yes/No

Iyanya – Your Waist

Burna Boy – Tonight

Goldie – Skibobo

Phyno ft Olamide – Ghostmode

LOS – Bad Guy P

Olamide – First of all