related February 2017

#BBNaija: See what Biggie looks like to the housemates + More highlights

Day 37 of Big Brother Naija has Biggie feeling some type of way about art so he got the housemates to create a visual representation of him. He told them to let their imaginations run wild and it sure did as the housemates came up with very interesting paintings of what Biggie looks like to them.

Head of House, ThinTallTony came up with a Biggie without a face but who was omnipotent as well. For Efe, Biggie is not the same person so he attempted to create the personalities in one image. Marvis went for the logo effect, she wrote out the words “Big Brother” and dumped a crown next to it while Uriel just assumed Biggie belongs to beard gang.

When the housemates finished with this, Biggie instructed them to create a sculpture of an evicted housemate they shared beautiful memories with. To get this to work, the housemates converged before the portraits of their evicted friends where they said kind words about them as they were remembered.

Medview Airline flight develops fault mid air causing panic among passengers

A Medview Airline flight took off from Lagos for Abuja today but developed a fault soon after take-off, causing the plane to return to the Lagos Airport.

The plane with flight number VL 2102 was airborne, carrying 105 people; passengers and crew members inclusive, when the fault was noticed.

BBNaija's Gifty's in-laws says she's truly married, shares her wedding photos | Gifty reacts

One Augustine Akumah who claims to be a cousin ex BBNaija housemate, Gifty's husband, has released a statement and shared photos her wedding ceremony which was attended by former governor of Ebonyi state, Sam Egwu.

According to the man, Gifty got married to his cousin who is also a Nollywood director, David Sorochukwu Akumah, on 6th April, 2014.

She also claims that former Governor of Ebonyi state  Senator Dr. Sam Egwu was present at the wedding.

Arsene Wenger rejects £30m per year deal to coach in China

According to new reports, Arsene Wenger, Arsenal's coach since 1996 has rejected a mammoth £30m per year deal to manage in the Chinese super league, even though he isn't sure of his future at Arsenal following fan protests at the Emirates.

Wenger has a £8m-a-year deal with Arsenal that expires this summer, and has signaled that he'll still like to continue coaching but with his future still unclear, many people feel he should have accepted an offer as huge as this from China- which would have made him the highest earning coach in the world.

Read the report by Mirror Uk, below...

Mario Gotze ruled out of football 'indefinitely' after being diagnosed of metabolic disorder

Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund will continue to be without midfielder Mario Götze for the time being due to “metabolic disturbances”.

The 24-year-old World Cup winner has continually suffered with muscular problems in the last few months, prompting a comprehensive internal investigation into the possible causes, the club said in a statement.

Those investigations revealed the player has metabolic disturbances, rendering it absolutely necessary to withdraw him from team training for the time being.

You failed Nigeria, not your generation, Fayose blasts Obasanjo

Ekiti Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has asked former President Olusegun Obasanjo to stop blaming others in his generation for the nation’s problems.

The governor, who was reacting to a statement credited to Obasanjo in which he said his generation had failed the nation, said the former president had a huge chunk of the blame for the nation’s woes.

Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, the governor said Obasanjo’s sanctimonious self-righteousness was misleading, self-serving and discomfiting, and not what the country needed at this time.

Don Jazzy signs 3 new artistes into the Mavin Dynasty

Award winning producer and CEO of Mavin Records, Don Jazzy has welcomed three new artistes into the record label.

Don Jazzy unveiled the artistes on Tuesday via his Instagram page. The artistes are Johnny Drille and Itz DNA, made up of the duo of Blairis DNA and Clintis DNA.

97 Nigerians deported from South Africa

The South African Government has deported 97 Nigerians for their involvement in various criminal activities in the country.

The deportees, made up of 95 males and two females arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Monday night in a chartered aircraft with the registration number GBB710 from Johannesburg.

Spokesman of the Lagos Airport Police Command, DSP Joseph Alabi, confirmed the development.

Singer Sean Paul and his wife Jodi, welcome first child


Sean Paul became a dad for the first time! The 44 year old hip hop artist took to Instagram to announce the birth of his son.

He posted an adorable photo of him with his wife of 5 years, Jodi Stewart and their baby boy, Levi Blaze Henriques, with the caption:

Nicki Minaj releases more sexy BTS photos as source says she'll not be responding to Remy Ma's diss track

Someone close to Nicki Minaj has disclose that she will not responding to her fellow female rapper, Remy Ma's diss track because she is a ' broke b*tch' who needs attention.

Below is Nicki's team said.

An insider says Tonto Dikeh is blackmailing Churchill with domestic violence stories and more

The last has not been heard about the battle going on between Tonto Dikeh and her estranged husband, Chruchill Olakunle. 

Last week, Tonto said she lied when she claimed online that Churchill bought her several expensive gifts including a Lexus and Prado SUV. She accused him of being a woman beater, a cheat and that she gave him STDs. 

But according to LIB, someone close to Churchill says all these are lies. The insider claims Tonto is blackmailing her husband to tarnish his image.

New beautiful photos of pregnant Beyonce

Since after surprising the entertainment world with pregnancy announcement, Beyonce has been unstoppable. The music star has been flaunting her beautiful pregnancy self anywhere she goes.

New photos from her maternity shoot before hanging out with husband Jay Z during the Oscar weekend has emerged and Queen Bey is glowing.

Scroll down for the photos

Woman reportedly arrested for calling Tonto Dikeh's husband, Olakunle Churchill, a scammer on IG

 Actress Tonto Dikeh's estranged husband, Olakunle Churchill, has reportedly arrested a lady, Adeola Olonilua who runs an Instagram page, @NigerianWomenDiary, for alleged defamatory reports about Churchill's company. The lady accused Churchill of being a scammer before he met and started dating Tonto.

According to LIB, the woman who was arrested at 3pm at Tantalizers at Lekki Phase 1, was detained at Maroko Police state. They decided let her go after she signed an undertaken.

Amina Mohammed sworn-in as UN Deputy Secretary General (Photos)

Former Minister of Environment Amina Mohammed on Tuesday was sworn in as the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres administered the oath of office on Mohammed.

She had served as under-secretary-general and special adviser on post-2015 development planning to the immediate past UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.

Soludo, Utomi demand immediate release of Nnamdi Kanu

Former Central Bank of Nigeria governor, Chukwuma Soludo and a one-time presidential candidate, Prof. Pat Utomi have demanded the immediate release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

Speaking under the aegis of ‘Nzuko Umunna’, a pan-Igbo group, they also called for the release of his colleagues who are in jail.

Soludo, who delivered the group’s statement in Abuja on Tuesday, condemned the killing of IPOB members in the south-east.

The political climate in Washington under Trump is “pretty ugly” – George W. Bush

Former president George W. Bush has described the political climate in Washington as “pretty ugly” under Donald Trump’s presidency but expressed optimism the U. S. will pull through despite the divisive political discourse.

“I don’t like the racism and I don’t like the name-calling and I don’t like the people feeling alienated,” Bush, 70, said in an interview with People magazine that will hit newsstands on Friday.
“Nobody likes that,” Bush said.

Promoting his first art book – Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors – Bush said, however, that he felt no anxiety about the direction the country was headed in.

New Music Video: Yemi Alade feat. Alexx Ekubo – Marry Me

Yemi Alade continues to promote her sophomore album “Mama Africa” as she has released the visuals for the eighth single off the LP, which is Latin flavoured “Marry Me”, produced by Selebobo.

For the video she teams up with Paul Gambit and stars Nollywood’s heartthrob Alexx Ekubo. Yemi Alade delivers a memorable performance; reigniting the convincing passion and chemistry she shared visual’s male lead in the visuals from her smash hits “Johnny” and “Tangerine”.

Watch below.

Reuben Abati: The Let’s Pray For Buhari Competition

After the publication of my column last week, titled “I want to go to London… to see Buhari”, I received a lot of feedback from persons who were either amused or dead serious that they had been overlooked in my compilation of the list of persons who should go to London. One fellow asked:
“Abati, you left out the Miyetti Allah and the cattle herders of Nigeria.”
“Excuse me?”
“Yes, they too will like to go to London”
“With due respect, to go and herd cattle?”
“No, to visit the President and reassure him about the welfare of his cattle”
“My friend, are we talking about cattle or the health of Mr. President?”

Bonang Matheba, Boity, Jessica Nkosi, Mafikizolo.. Gorgeous photos from the Metro FM Music Awards + Full list of winners

The 16th annual Metro FM Music Awards took place at the Durban ICC on Saturday.

The event was attended by a lot of South African celebrities as the awards ceremony honoured music stars in South Africa.

Rapper Nasty C took home four awards as he walked away with the honours for Best Hit Single, Best Male, Best Hip Hop and Song of The Year,

“Not today Satan” – Banky W shares details of the fire outbreak in his house

A property in Lekki where music star Banky W, lives has been razed down by a terrible fire.

According to Punchng, a neighbor to the artist said that the fire was caused by a faulty air conditioner and was believed to have started around 6am this morning.

The resident said, “The fire started around 6am and all of us came out to assist Banky in putting out the fire. However, Fire service officials arrived around 7.30. So many items were destroyed including Banky’s awards.”

Nicki Minaj shares sexy photos from her video shoot with Future

Rapper Nicki Minaj seems to have moved from her feud with Remy Ma and she's busy working on her video shoot with rapper, Future.

Nicki has been sharing a series of pictures and videos from the set of a new video project with Future.

She has also been sharing sexy pictures of herself.

More photos below..

Diddy's girlfriend, Cassie puts bikini body on display at the beach (Photos)

Diddy’s longtime girlfriend, singer Cassie Ventura, pictured in a black and white swimsuit at the beach in Miami, Florida.

More photos below.

“Beat your wife, lose your title” - Emir Sanusi tells Imams, traditional title holders

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi has cautioned all Islamic title holders in Kano to desist from the bad habit of beating their wives or “outrightly lose their title.”

He reportedly revealed this at the recent mass wedding of 1,520 couples last weekend, sponsored by the Kano state government.

The Emir also called on all Imams, district heads, village heads and ward heads to adhere to the warning.

Osinbajo consults Buhari daily before taking decisions - Presidency

Special Adviser to President Buhari on Political Affairs, Babafemi Ojudu, says acting President Yemi Osinbajo, is working very hard to impress President Buhari that he can manage the affairs of the country in his absence. 

Ojudu said this while reacting to the comparisons Nigerians have made on the effectiveness of both men since President Buhari went on vacation.

Some Nigerians believe that Osinbajo has performed better in the last one month.

Speaking with State House correspondents on Monday, Ojudu said Osinbajo consults President Buhari before taking any decision almost on a daily basis.

Mourinho urges Man Utd to go to Ibrahimovic's house if it will make him sign a new contract

Former Ajax, Juventus, Barca and PSG star, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is yet to sign a new contract extension with Manchester United, and coach Jose Mourinho, fresh from winning the English Football League Cup on Sunday night, has urged Man Utd fans to go to his house and sleep there all night if that's what it'll take to make him sign new deal with the club.
Zlatan, 36, has been in astronomical and sensational for the club this season, scoring 26 goals for United, with his two goals in Sunday Night's final enough to give Mourinho's men EFL cup success.

Ibrahimovic signed a one year deal with Man Utd, and has an option to extend for a further year, but is stalling on contract negotiations, and Mourinho has urged the fans to do the needful.

Social media in meltdown over these photos of KellyAnne Conway in the Oval Office

US President Donald Trump met with several black college presidents on Monday. However, one woman 'stole the show' at the historic moment.

Trump's senior adviser KellyAnne Conway decided to behave funny by sitting carelessly on the couch in the Oval Office while busy with her phone.

Which of the pregnant ladies wore it better - Beyonce or Ciara? (See photos)

 They are both music super stars and heavily pregnant - and seems to like the same outfit.

Beyonce first wore the outfit to the 2017 Grammy Awards, the Ciara replicated it at the the 2017 Oscars after-party. Even their hubbies were decked in similar suit.

So people are asking - Which of the pregnant ladies rocked it better?

More photos below..

Senate to screen Justice Onnoghen as CJN on Wednesday

The Senate has said it will hold a confirmation hearing for Walter Onnoghen as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) on Wednesday.

Senate President Bukola Saraki made the announcement at plenary on Tuesday.

My generation failed Nigeria..Present generation of leaders has nothing to offer – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said his generation has failed Nigeria.

Obasanjo spoke as the chairman of the  38th Kaduna International Trade Fair’s Seminar organised by the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture on Monday.

The former President said the present generation of leaders lack the capacity to move the country forward.

Obasanjo identified bad leadership as one of the major challenges facing Nigeria.

I will forfeit salaries until workers are paid – Gov. Akeredolu

Newly sworn-in governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, has said he would not receive salaries until he is able to pay workers’ salaries.

Akeredolu stated this on Monday in Akure, the Ondo State capital, while formally meeting with the workers in the state civil service.

The governor appealed to the striking nurses and doctors to end their industrial action and dialogue with the government.

CBN releases additional $180m into forex market

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Monday released additional $180m in order to increase liquidity in the foreign exchange market.

This was disclosed by the Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, CBN, Mr. Isaac Okoroafor.

He said $100 million was released into the wholesale forwards segment of the market, while $80m was for personal demands like medical bills, school fees, etc.

NDLEA arrests police inspector with 75 sacks of cannabis

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Kogi State, on Monday paraded a police inspector, Abali Zagi, with the Nigeria Police Force headquarters’ welfare bus loaded with 818.2kg of Cannabis Sativa.

The NDLEA Commander, Muhammad Idris Bello, while parading the suspects, indicated that the police officer and two other accomplices were arrested along Lokoja-Okene road on their way from Okpeila.

He said his patrol team had earlier allowed him a free pass but perceived the smell of weeds and decided to pursue the bus and arrested them. After a thorough search, the exhibits were found.

Banky W’s Lekki home gutted by fire

Fire has destroyed a property located along Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1 occupied by singer Banky W, Punch reports.

According to the news platform, a neighbour confirmed that the fire which started at about 6am was caused by a faulty air conditioner.

Trump take on the #Oscars, says Organisers’ obsession about him destroyed the show

US President Donald Trump on Monday said Hollywood’s obsession about him led to the chaos at the Oscars award.

Jimmy Kimmel, while hosting the Oscars 2017 made Trump the butt of his jokes throughout the night, taking time to subtly criticize the president and even went as far as tweeting at him twice.

Lagos government to crush, recycle 4000 impounded motorcycles

The Lagos State Government on Monday said it would crush and recycle 4000 seized commercial motorcycles.

State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni disclosed this in Ikeja, stating that the action was in line with the Lagos State Traffic Law, 2012.

He said the government’s resolve to provide maximum security led to the clampdown on okadas.

He said they were used by criminals to perpetuate crime and get away.

VolunteerCorps provides free tuition to boost students’ performance in Osun (Photos)

In a bid to stern the declining performance of the State of Osun students in public examinations, VolunteerCorps, a non-governmental organisation, is organising free tutoring classes for students across the state to adequately prepare them for their exams.

Presently, the classes spread across 41 centres in the state and has over 3,750 students and 275 teachers enrolled in the programme, currently holds on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Photos from Chris Ubah's daughter, Nkem's traditional wedding in Anambra state

Nkemjika Ubah, the daughter of billionaire business and former political strongman in Anambra state, Chris Ubah had her traditional wedding Saturday in Uga, Anambra State. 

Nkem and her man got engaged on November 8, 2015. Music star Flavour performed at the grand ceremony.

See more photos from the wedding below..

Fani-Kayode alleges that the Synagogue Church building collapse was an attack, set 'to expose those behind it'

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has alleged that the Synagogue Church building collapse was an attack.

On Friday September 12th 2014, a building within the premises of Prophet T.B Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos collapsed leaving 126 people, mostly South Africans, dead.

In a series of tweets shared on Monday, FFK said he has carried out investigations and will soon expose those behind the collapse.

Mariah Carey exposes ample cleavage, Ciara, Mary J. Blige, others at the Vanity Fair Oscars after party (Photos)

Singer Mariah Carey attended the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills dressed in a maxi emerald animal-print gown with plunging neckline that showed off major cleavage.

The Hero crooner was the cynosure of all eyes in the gown which featured a thigh-high slit that was dangerously close to exposing her female part, but she did not seem to care and flashed a very wide smile as she posed for the camera.

Other celebs at the party include heavily pregnant Ciara, Sofia Vegara, Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Aniston and a host of others.

More photos below.

CAN celebrates Obasanjo at 80 in Ogun state (Photos)

Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo will be turning 80 in a couple of days – March 5th 2017, and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Ogun State celebrated the former leader by inaugurating him as the Onigbagbo of Ogun State.

The Thanksgiving service took place at Treasure House of God, Agbeloba, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Guests at the event included Awolowo Dosunmu, HRM Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu Amororo II, Oba Olowu of Owu; HRM Oba M. A. A. Gbadebo CFR, The Alake of Egbaland, Yetunde Abosede Onanuga, Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekumbi and other dignitaries.

See more photos below:

Dele Momodu & Buhari’s aide Lauretta Onochie in Twitter battle.. Reno Omokri joins the fray

A media war has erupted between the media aide of President Buhari, Lauretta Onochie and Publisher Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu.

And former aide of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, joins the fray.

The war started after Dele Momodu wrote an article titled;  “Before President Buhari Returns Home”

In the article published on Friday, Momodu had said that President Buhari’s medical leave abroad has turned out to be a blessing owing that the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo whom President Buhari had handed over before leaving the country is redirecting the All Progressives Congress, APC-led federal government back on course from it’s derailed path of fighting many war fronts while the economy suffered.

New Music Video: Sunny Neji – Aeroplane Turner

Veteran Nigerian Musician, Sunny Neji has released the visuals to his latest single, “Aeroplane Turner“. The video was directed by Lucas Reid.

Watch the video below:

Cisi Eze: Every Woman is a Prostitute

“I knew that my profession had been invented by men, (…) men force women to sell their bodies at a price, and that the lowest paid body is that of a wife. All women are prostitutes of one kind or another.” – Nawal el Saadawi’s “Woman at Point Zero”.

Prostitution is “engaging in sexual activity with another person in exchange for money or other valuable goods.” Prostitution is sex trade. It is between two parties. Why do we denigrate only one party?

If there were no buyer, would there have been a seller? This goes both ways.

First look at the new Nokia 3310 set to hit the market this year (Photos)

Nokia has re-released its classic 3310 model 17 years after it was first launched.

The iconic handset was a massive hit with users back in 2000 and now the mobile phone giant is relaunching it with a month-long battery, 22 hours of talk-time, and even its popular game, snake.

The 3310, with a slick new look that pays homage to its original design, was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain over the weekend.

Facebook introduces Naira payment for ads

Chief product officer of Facebook, Chris Cox has said the social networking platform is now accepting payment for advertisement in naira.

Cox disclosed this at an interactive session with journalists in Lagos, on Monday.

He said the decision was one of the requests made to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder, when he visited Nigeria in 2016.

Tuface donates N3.5m to United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)

Music star Innocent Idibia, popularly known as Tuface, has donated the sum of N3.5 million to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Nigeria, to support humanitarian interventions.

External Relations Officer, UNHCR, Nigeria, Mr Hanson Tamfu made the disclosure in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Tamfu said the donation from the 2baba Foundation was to support the commission in providing life-saving support to families forcibly displaced in Nigeria and across the continent.

FG appoints 5 new directors, General Manger at NCAA

The Federal Government has approved the appointment of five new Directors and one General Manager of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

In a statement on Monday by the General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, those appointed are Group Captain Edem Oyo-Ita (Director of Air Transport Regulations, DATR); Ahmed Abbas Sanusi (Director, Human Resources and Administration, DHR & ADMIN) and Bilikisu Adamu Sani, (Director of Finance and Accounts, DFA).

Court sacks Senator Bassey Akpan from Akwa Ibom

The Federal High Court in Uyo has sacked a senator, Bassey Albert Akpan representing Akwa Ibom North East in the National Assembly.

The court said the primary that produced Albert as a candidate, as well as the election was void.

Akpan, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was also asked to refund all salaries and entitlements he received as a Senator.

Obama dances up a storm on stage (Watch)

Former US president, Barack Obama on Sunday showed his dancing skills at a concert in the Caribbean.

Obama, who was decked in a black suit was seen jumping on the stage at the Soca Concert in Trinidad and Tobago.

Watch video below:

#Oscars: PricewaterhouseCoopers apologises for Best Picture blunder

The accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) which counts and delivers the winning Oscars envelopes has apologised for the Best Picture mix-up at the 89th Academy Awards.

A statement from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) reads, “We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture.  The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected.  We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.”