Friday, May 30, 2014

Lagos Man Flogs 16 Year Old Son to Death for Stealing N1,200

Lagos police authorities have arrested a man for allegedly beating his son to death with a belt for stealing N1,200.
The man, Benson, received reports from residents in the area that his son, Bright, had stolen the money from them. Benson was enraged when he found the stolen N1,200 in his son’s pocket and proceeded to beat his son brutally, Punch reports.
Bright had reportedly been ill before the beating, and so a combination of the illness and the severe beating led to his death.
“My father was very angry on discovering the money in Bright’s pocket. He returned the money to the owners, and after they left, tied Bright’s hands with a rope. He then began to beat him with the iron end of his belt,” said Benson’s second son, Samuel.
Bright’s body has been deposited at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital Ikeja mortuary for autopsy.
The case is now being probed by the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba.
Photo Credit: Punch

Praiz: My Dream Was to Be a Footballer, Not a Musician

The R&B singer reveals details about his childhood dreams, his album which will be released in June 2014, the craziest thing a female fan has asked him to do – sign an autograph on her private part, and his MTN endorsement.
Read excerpts from the interview with Vanguard below;

Teen Kills Parents With Knives for Taking iPod

A 16-year-old African-American 10th Grader Vincent Parker admitted in court that he killed his father and mother, for punishments such as taking away his iPod.
Parker killed his parents by hacking at them with knives and bashing them with a baseball bat a week before Christmas.
He told Police that he “just got mad and went off” and was fed up with what seemed like routine punishments for a teenager.
“I just remember getting mad. It’s all from my dad. All this stuff like my dad taking away my iPod and stuff”, Vincent said.
He attacked his mother first while getting out of the shower with a pepper spray, stabbed her in the eye, beat her in the face with a bat and crow bar. She later died in the bedroom.
When his father came home, he attacked him, but lived long to tell Police what happened.
Although he is still a teenager, he will be prosecuted as an adult.

Ex-Ecuador President Sentenced to 12 Years Imprisonment for Embezzlement

A court in Ecuador has ruled that former president Jamil Mahuad, will serve a 12-year jail sentence for embezzlement.
The ruling comes two days after a warrant for his arrest was issued by Interpol. He has been sentenced in absentia.
He was accused of commanding banks to close for many days and freezing the accounts of ordinary citizens to protect the interests of bankers affiliated with him, BBC reports. 
The incident occurred in March 1999 during a critical economic crisis. At the time, Ecuador was struggling with a devalued currency, extremely high inflation, and paltry prices for oil, its primary export.
Mahuad, who had been in office for less than a year, fled to the United States in 2000 after a military coup.
“The crime committed by the accused caused huge social turmoil. Its consequences are still being felt by Ecuadorean society to this day,” said Judge Ximena Vintimilla in her ruling.
Mahuad has however denied the embezzlement allegations, stating that it is “political persecution.”
Photo Credit: AP/BBC

Monaco’s Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene Expecting Baby

PARIS (AP) — Princess Charlene of Monaco, who married Prince Albert II in 2011, has announced she is pregnant with the couple’s first baby.
The 36-year-old South African former Olympic swimmer and her husband issued a statement expressing their “immense joy” at the news.
The short statement says that the birth is expected before the end of the year. Although it does not elaborate, this implies that the style-conscious princess is at least three months pregnant.
The news is sure to please the palace and end recent tabloid media speculation about why Charlene, after nearly three years of marriage with 56-year-old Albert, had not yet provided an heir to the jet-set European principality. Britain’s Kate Middleton became pregnant with Prince George around a year and a half after she married Prince William in April, 2011.
Until the baby is born, the Monegasque heir remains Princess Caroline — Albert’s older sister — and then her eldest son, Andrea Casiraghi, who’s recently become a father.

Wizkid shows off his expensive jewelry acquisition

#choppinglife

New music service MyMusic.com.ng to launch next month

Will you pay N30 for a song with your phone credit? A group of young guys are starting a new music service called MyMusic.com.ng. Their idea is to offer a large collection of Nigerian music, both oldies and new school, on their mobile app /websites, price themat N30 per track, and allow people to pay for them with their phone credit. Founded by three friends, Tola, Damola and Dolapo who met in Babcock University years back, they say nobody has yet been able to solve the problem of digital music distribution in Nigeria. Continue...

Nigerian sentenced to 27 years imprisonment in Cambodia

23 year old Precious Chineme Nwoko (pictured above) has been sentenced to 27 years imprisonment by a Cambodian Court for drug trafficking in Cambodia.

Police sources say Nwoko was a ringleader in a heroin smuggling cartel in Cambodia. He was arrested last month for handing a backpack containing 2.2 kilos (4.8 pounds) of heroin to two women, 41year old Australian Yoshe Ann Taylor and 19 year old French Charlene Savarino, for onward transportation to an unidentified man in Australia. Both women were however caught and arrested.

Kim K makes it official. Changes name to Kardashian-West

A few days after marrying Kanye West, Kim has changed her name on her Twittter and instagram accounts to Kim Kardashian West.

It's official: Apple buys Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics for $3billion

It's official. Dr Dre is set to become the first billionaire in Hip Hop. Apple Electronics announced today that it has acquired Dr Dre's Beats Electronics for $3billion. According to Forbes, Apple paid $2.6billion cash upfront and gave $400million in stock that will vest over time.

The $3billion purchase price includes Beats Music, the sister company that runs a subscription streaming music service. As part of the deal, Beats co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine will join Apple in undisclosed roles.
"Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple,” CEO Tim Cook said in a statement released today. “That’s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world.”
This acquisition is Apple’s biggest and largest acquisition since the inception of the company. Apple made $171 billion revenue last year, while Beats made $2 billion.

Absolut Vodka Supports Creativity with Art Party 2014

To strengthen its support for creativity and transformation in Nigeria using Art, Absolut Vodka, recently raised the bar in party style when the brand showcased the combination of colours, vibrancy and celebrations at the Art Party 2014 which was held at the Lagoon Crest in Lekki Lagos. The much anticipated event remains the talk of town within social circles as fashionistas, celebrities, party-buffs, fans, and consumers of Absolut Vodka had the entertainment of a lifetime. Continue...

D'banj wins 'Best Selling African Artist' at 2014 World Music Awards

D''banj won 'Best Selling African Artist' award at the 2014 World Music Awards which took place on Tuesday 27th of May at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco. 

D'banj performed at this event alongside artists such as Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey, Flo Rider, DJ Khaled, Ricky Martin, Tinie Tempah, Leonah Lewis and more! Congrats to him. See more pics below...

Deeper Life pastor, Eric Abakporo, sentenced to 6yrs for Real Estate fraud

A pastor with Deeper life Bible Church and a former Brooklyn-based civil attorney Ifeanyichukwu Eric Abakporo, was on Thursday May 28th sentenced to 6 years imprisonment by a US Federal High Court for defrauding banks, mortgage lenders, property owners, and property buyers in America.

Prosecutors say Mr Abakporo and his accomplice, Latanya Pierce, carried out the illegal transactions for over nine years. They were convicted in a wide-ranging series of illegal transactions in New York city over a 9-year stretch, dating back to 2003. His accomplice, Latanya Pierce was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment.

Pastor Abakporo was immediately handcuffed out of the courtroom with his wife and his 2 children present in the court room wailing as he was taken away.

Lupita obtains rights for film version of Chimamanda 's Americanah

Actress Lupita Nyong'o has optained rights for the film version of Americanah. Chimamanda Adichie apparently recently during a Stylist magazine book session in London.

Laverne Cox becomes first Transgender person on the cover of Time

American Transgender actress, Laverne Cox, of Netflix's hit Orange Is the New Black becomes the first transgender woman to grace the cover of Time magazine for a story about 'The Transgender Tipping Point. Time revealed the mag cover today.

Laverne, who is a voice for transgenders in the US and one of the most well-known transgender faces in mainstream media, talked to Time about her life as an effeminate young boy and the bullying she had to endure growing up. If you care to, read it here

Agbani Darego shows off hot body in monochrome swimwear

Ex-Miss World showed off her hot bod in this swimwear while on holiday in Mykonos Island, Greece. HOT!!

Buy Tickets to “Basketmouth Uncensored” to WIN a Kia Rio Car

Basketmouth Uncensored will hold June 29th at Eko Hotel, Lagos. Tickets for the show is now available @www.quickteller.com & www.cokobar.com. The first 100 people to download Diamond Mobile App will win a free ticket to the show. Also one lucky person will win a brand new Kia Rio at the show. 100 people from the audience will win a Dana Air return ticket to Abuja and Port Harcourt.

For Kings Row and Queens Row tickets please call: 08055555121 or 08072001613 or 08030830308 or email info@basketmouth.tv. For standard ticket purchase, call 08072001613.

'Old women still have sexual urges' - actress Taiwo Ajai-Lycett says

While promoting her stage play, Hear Word, where she plays a sexually active old woman, veteran actress Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, said old people still enjoy sex and some are quite sexually active.
"I am an old woman in the play and in real life. I am 73. The society doesn't think older women exist anymore, nobody thinks they feel anything. The people around old women never realize they are going through a turmoil, nobody cares about them. So what I am trying to portray is that it's not over until it is over. That an old woman is still alive in more ways than one, they still have sexual urges, people forget an old woman is human. An old woman enjoys her sexual life more when she no longer thinks about children's school fees, when the children have all gone to their husband's houses or in some cases the boys have married and it remains only the old woman and her husband. It never crosses our mind that these old parents can still get on whenever they like. Do you know that when an old man realizes he is free from child bearing, he becomes promiscuous and they are susceptible to all kinds of diseases. But the old woman is confined to a corner in the house, nobody thinks she is still actually active" she said

Google to Allow Europeans Erase Personal Information from Search Engine Results

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is starting to accept requests from Europeans who want to erase unflattering information from the results produced by the world’s dominant search engine.
The demands can be submitted on a Web page that Google opened late Thursday in response to a landmark ruling issued two weeks ago by Europe’s highest court.
The decision gives Europeans the means to polish their online reputations by petitioning Google and other search engines to remove potentially damaging links to newspaper articles and other websites with embarrassing information about their past activities.

Genevieve Nnaji: “Let Girls Grow Up to Become Women” | Watch UNICEF Interview

Genevieve Nnaji in an interview with Breaking Views with UNICEF, advocates for girls rights.
The Nollywood star speaks against early child marriage, and shares her dreams for a brighter and fairer Nigeria.
Watch!

Skuki Reacts to Best New Act NEA Nomination: “This Must Be a Joke”

Skuki Peeshaun reacts to the Best New Act category they were nominated under at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. Read more of his tweets below...

Spain arrests 6 Suspected Terrorist Recruiters

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Interior Ministry says police have arrested six members of a group that allegedly recruited jihadist militants to fight in Libya and Mali.
A statement said the arrests took place early Friday in Spain’s north African enclave city of Melilla.
The detained include one person who is suspected to have trained in a camp in Mali run by the al-Qaida-affiliated Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, or MUJAO.
Spain has arrested several dozen suspected jihadist militants in Melilla and its other north African enclave city of Ceuta in recent years. The cities are located on the Mediterranean coast and surrounded by Morocco.
Photo/Story Credit: AP

Photos from Chief Awolowo's grand daughter, Wemimo wedding

Grand daughter of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Oluwawemimo Dosunmu recently got married to her heartthrob, Ayodeji Anifowose at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, GRA in Ikeja, Lagos. Wemimo is the daughter of late Chief Awolowo's daughter, Ambassador Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu. Prominent Nigerians such as Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state, Gov Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state, former Head of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, ex-Ogun Governor, Chief Gbenga Daniel graced the occasion. See more photos below..

Freeze Coolfm receives his Nickelodeon Award plaque

Cool FM OAP Freeze made history as he became the first Nigerian to win the award for Favourite Nigerian On-Air Personality at this year’s Nickelodeon’s 27th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards in LA which held on Saturday 29 March 2014.
He finally received his award plaque or Blimp as it's famously called on the 29th of may.
Freeze who was nominated along side top OAPs like Beat FM’s Toolz, Rhythm FM’s Toke Makinwa and Wana Wana of Inspiration FM walked the orange carpet with international superstars from the worlds of film, music, sports, television and more. Congrats to him.

Children raped, forced to eat faeces in Indian school - police



The owner and manager of a children's boarding school in Maharashtra have been arrested after five minors said they were raped, forced to watch pornographic films and act them out with one another, police and charity workers said.

The children were made to eat faeces as a punishment if they did not comply.

The 52-year-old owner of the Chandraprabha Charitable Trust and his 30-year-old female manager were arrested on Monday after a police raid on the school in Karjat city. Continue...

Kim and Kanye's wedding photo breaks instagram record

This pic of Kim and Kanye kissing at their wedding has broken Instagram record, with the highest number of likes of any pic on the social networking site. It has over 1.96m likes and was posted on Kim's instagram page. It breaks the previous record held by a pic of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez posted on Justin's instagram page. That pic had 1.8million views...

Ex-Lagos Governor, Sir Michael Otedola, Laid To Rest

Former Lagos state governor & father of billionaire businessman Femi Otedola, Sir Michael Otedola, who died May 6th, was buried today May 30th. His funeral mass held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Epe.

Guests included President Jonathan and his wife Patience Jonathan, Governor Babatunde Fashola and his wife Bimbola; Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji; former President Olusegun Obasanjo; Mallam Nuhu Ribadu; Aliko Dangote; Folorunsho Alakija; Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie; former governor Peter Obi; Abike Dabiri, former military Administrator of Lagos, Olagunsoye Oyinlola; Ministers for Culture and Tourism, Edem Duke and Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Ayo Adesina. 

Press release: Terrorist attack on 3 Emirs' convoy in Borno today

Below is the official press release on the terrorist attack on three Borno Emirs' convoy this morning, posted by Presidential Spokesperson, Reuben Abati on his website this evening...
A band of terrorists today attacked a convoy of the Emirs of Gwoza, Uba and Askira who were travelling to Gombe for the funeral of the late Emir of Gombe.  Troops deployed in Garkida responded to the attack. The Emirs of Uba and Askira were secured while the body of Emir of Gwoza who died in the attack has been recovered.  Troops are currently on aggressive patrols along the entire route with a view to apprehending the perpetrators and keeping the area safe. 
Meanwhile, raids carried out by troops of the Special Task Force operating in the north-central part of the country have led to the  arrest of 23 members of armed gangs terrorizing the region.  The suspects including a hard drugs supplier were apprehended during raids on camps and criminal hideouts located in Bukuru, Jos South and Barkin Ladi general areas.  All the suspects are currently undergoing preliminary investigation before they will be handed over to appropriate prosecuting agency.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The final Johnnie Walker ‘BMW’ showdown happening at the Grand Square Lagos

Johnnie Walker has so far given out four BMW cars this year and plan to give away more.

Enugu, Abuja and Port-Harcourt have witnessed these awesome give-aways, now it’s time for Lagos to Step Up to the VIP Lifestyle as the 5th BMW X3 will be given out to a lucky consumer. 

Grand Square, VI will be buzzing this Thursday, 29th May by 4pm, as the final draw takes centre stage, so if you are within the vicinity, you can grace the occasion and participate. Continue...

Photo: Ex-governor Peter Obi in India to visit Prof. Dora Akunyili

Find a statement posted on Professor Dora Akunyili's Facebook page below
Immediate past Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, is presently in India on a visit to see former Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, who is receiving treatment in the country. Mr. Obi left for India yesterday in company of his media aide, Mr. Valentine Obienyem. The two men confirmed in a message from India that Prof. Akunyili is responding to treatment and that her situation is nothing near the scary picture being painted by rumour mongers.

Jumia Independent Sales Consultant now recruiting in Port-Harcourt

Jumia Nigeria promotes Entrepreneurship with an amazing opportunity to build your own business with a fast growing global organization; you get to run your own business with unlimited income!

As Jumia Nigeria’s Independent Sales Consultant Scheme rapidly expands, the organization is looking to recruit young vibrant people into its force, who have an unrelenting passion for financial freedom. Continue...

Ailing Nollywood filmmaker, Chike Bryan gets N10m grant from GEJ

Ailing Nollywood movie producer and current National President of Script Writers Guild of Nigeria (SWGN), Chike Bryan, who was diagnosed with kidney failure in July 2013 has received a N10m support from President Jonathan for his kidney transplant in India, Encomium magazine reports.

The President's support was made known to him by the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) President, Ibinanabo Fiberisima at the AMAA awards in Bayelsa State over the weekend.
 
Acknowledging the support, Mr Bryan thanked the President as well as Ibinabo Fiberisima who helped to facilitate it in her capacity as the AGN President.
Continue...

Kanu Nwankwo sends special shoutout as his wife turns a year older

Kanu's wife of 10 years, Amarachi Kanu, turned a year older today May 27th. Happy birthday to her!

Red carpet photos from 2014 AMAA awards

The 2014 Africa Movie Academy Awards held this past Saturday May 4th in Bayelsa state. Pictured above is Clarion Chukwura as she collected her Best Actress award. See more red carpet photos below...