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Friday, July 13, 2012

This week on Big Brother




You have got to hand it to Prezzo for being a snake in the grass. First he put his woman, Goldie, up for eviction, but then when they both survived, he went back to her like nothing happened.
The poor girl thinks he is deeply in love with her. You can’t blame her, because when Alex told her that she looked better without the ridiculous eyelashes, she ran off to tell Prezzo, who was quick to bite Alex’s head off. He even went on to bar Alex from speaking to her again.
When it came out that Keagan was talking about Prezzo behind his back, the Kenyan rapper again called him out in front of the other housemates. Unlike before, when Keagan was all high and mighty, this time when Prezzo spoke, the man listened with his tail between his legs.

NOMINATIONS REVIEW

Goldie, Kyle, Lady May and Prezzo are up for eviction this week. People are probably getting really worried about Goldie’s ever-changing emotions. She is the personification of the phrase “cry me a river”. She cries if she is nominated and when she is not. She needs to go.
Kyle is a great guy, but perhaps he is a bit lacking when it comes to star power.
Lady May and her ego need to be on the next plane off the show. She was funny at first in her silliness but it’s now getting ridiculous.
I don’t like Prezzo much but he is a master of deception and so we will have to hold on to him for a few more weeks. He is the ultimate deceiver and he probably wants to win it more than anyone else. For that he needs to stay on and give us precious memories on the show.

IN-HOUSE BEHAVIOUR

Let’s give it up to Big Brother for lifting the alcohol ban on Wati. The man is trying. He confessed that although the alcohol was supplied on a Wednesday, he never touched a drop of it until Saturday. For someone with a drinking problem, that was an achievement and kudos to Biggie for considering that.
Lady May’s stunt at gym was just childish. The diva – who works out in heels – walked away from the morning exercise session after concluding that it was not a real workout but instead just dance. “Silly” doesn’t begin to describe it.

WORDS FROM THE DEPARTED

Love birds Malonza and Junia were evicted in what could have been some kind of fairytale ending. Except that while she is obviously into him, he is just playing it safe.
“Look, I am not sure what is going to happen now, but if it does happen that we stay having these feelings then we probably will develop it into something,” he said.
As if they had rehearsed it, Junia echoed his sentiments. But since she was on to every guy that was remotely attracted to her, you have to wonder if she cares about what the world will think.
“I worried a lot about my mom but when she said she was happy to hear that I was coming home and that she was proud of me, I was relieved. My mother is the only person whose opinion I really value,” she said.

WHAT LIES AHEAD

Let’s not even waste time on this one. Kyle is going home. Place your bets. 

Two Nigerians make Forbes ’10 Young African Millionaires’ list




Two Nigerians have been listed on a compilation of the ten young Africans millionaires to watch out for.
The list which was released by popular business magazine, Forbes, has 30-year-old C.E.O of Bakrie Delano Africa, Ladi Delano and owner of IrokoTV, Jason Njoku as the only two Nigerians on the list.
Other young entrepreneurs who made the list include Mark Shuttleworth, Justin Stanford and Yolanda Cuba from South Africa, Ashish Thakkar from Uganda, Senegalese Magatte Wade and three others.
The magazine recently released a list of 20 youngest most powerful African women which had writer, Chimamanda Adichie, journalist Funmi Iyanda and I.T guru, Juliet Ehimuan as Nigeria’s representatives.

By Olamide Jasanya

Nigeria to spend $33.4m on family planning in 4 yrs - Jonathan


President Goodluck Jonathan has said that Nigeria will spend $8,350,000 annually over the next four years making a total of $33,400,000 on issues bordering on family planning with a view to reducing the country’s currently unacceptably high maternal and child mortality rates.
Jonathan, who was represented by the Minister of State for Health, Dr Mohammed Ali Pate, stated this at a family planning summit which took place in London, on Wednesday.

According to him, the new arrangement was aside current annual commitment of $3 million for the procurement of reproductive health commodities.

“We are committed to increasing the awareness and demand for family planning and reproductive health services by women regardless of their socio-economic status. In our quest to save one million lives in Nigeria by 2015, we consider all lives have equal value,” he said
He added: “We are focused to save the lives of mothers and children from preventable causes and consider family planning a life-saving intervention. This effort is important for our country to reap its demographic dividend in the years to come.”

He said the Federal Government of Nigeria remained fully committed to meeting unmet needs for reproductive health services and commodities, including family planning, saying this would be done in an integrated, collaborative manner.

“We recognise that in Nigeria, the average total fertility for uneducated women is more than twice that of women who have had above secondary education. Thus, girl-child education remains an important area of focus to improve reproductive health and reduce maternal and child mortality.”



by Muda Oyeniran, Lagos     

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Worlds Largest Companies Royal Dutch Shell tops Fortune's list of the world's largest companies by revenue.


Worlds Largest Companies




Royal Dutch Shell


Rank: 1 (Previous rank: 2)
CEO: Peter R. Voser
Employees: 90,000
Address: Carel van Bylandtlaan 30
The Hague, 2596
Country: Netherlands



The company at the top of Fortune’s Global 500 list has made headlines for its push to drill in Arctic waters. It's been a controversial plan, in part, because a spill in cold water near Alaska would likely prove difficult to clean. Shell is pushing forward, hoping to begin drilling this July for some of the estimated 90 billion barrels of recoverable oil in the Arctic. Over the next 10-20 years, the company expects oil from the Arctic to be its largest source of crude.
In the short-term, Shell has done well, boosting its earnings for the first quarter of 2012 by 11%, compared to the previous year, to $7.7 billion. Part of the increase in earnings comes from Shell’s long-term projects that have just started producing: namely, a gas-to-liquids plant in Qatar and projects in the Canadian oil sands. 


Shelley DuBois, writer-reporter




Usher’s Confession crosses 10-million sales mark!



Usher’s 2004 album Confessions surpassed 10-million in U-S sales this week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Confessions was released on March 23rd, 2004 and debuted at number one on the Billboard album chart with 1.1-million copies sold in its first week, making it one of only 17 albums to sell one-million in a single week. Confessions spent nine weeks at number one on the album chart and spawned three number one hit singles with "Yeah!," "Burn" and "Confessions Part II."

According to Nielsen SoundScan, Confessions is only the 19th album to sell 10-million units since the SoundScan era began in 1991. The last album to sell 10-million was Eminem’s The Eminem Show, which was released in 2002 and crossed the threshold last year.

MTV Base 

9Ice signs to Diesel Music: Joints set to be released in the next few weeks…




Founder and owner of Alapomeji Records, 9ice, has signed a new record label deal with Diesel Music.

9ice has already collaborated with Shyne and Smoothy who are also signed under Diesel Music. According to reports the deal was sealed not so long ago.

A few of the joints are set to be released in the next few weeks.
 MTV Base 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

R. Kelly blames The Notebook for his divorce

R. Kelly alleges that the true reason he and former wife, Andrea Kelly got a divorce was due in part to Ryan Gosling. The couple was married for a turbulent twelve years during which they had three children and endured the backlash during Kelly’s child pornography trial. After one too many fights, Mrs. Kelly threw her 50-thousnad dollar wedding ring into a pond in the couple’s backyard and spawned R.Kelly’s epiphany after watching 2004’s The Notebook. According to Kelly’s new memoir, the R&B singer burst into tears at the end of the film, coming to the realisation that his marriage had ended and there was nothing he could do to bring it back.


by MTVBASE

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I will push for Chelsea deal insists agent of Wigan Athletic ace Moses




The agent of Victor Moses has insisted he ‘will do all he can’ to ensure his client switches to Chelsea.

The Latics have already rejected one £4 million bid from the Blues, but it is expected that they will return.

Wigan chairman, Dave Whelan, recently attacked the involvement of agents, arguing they were not working for the good of their clients.

Moses’ representative, Tony Finnigan, has hit back and gone on to say he will push for a move as long as the two clubs agree a fee.

He said: “I know how these things work, but I’m not getting involved in a slanging match.

“All I will say is, how did Victor end up at Wigan, when he could have gone to Manchester City? Who took him to Wigan?'

He added: “Provding Wigan can agree a fee with Chelsea, I will do all I can to make the move happen for Victor,' he added.

Wigan are demanding up to £12 million for Moses, while Chelsea are said to value him at closer to £8 million.



by Rob MacDonald

DANA issues $30,000 cheques to victims’ families



Dana Air’s lead underwriter in Nigeria on Tuesday issued cheques for interim benefits to nine claimants.
This comes on the heels of legal verification of documentation and next of kin status.
The commencement of payment to the nine families by DANA Air is in compliance with the mandatory requirement by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), for interim benefits to be paid to families of crash victims within 30 days of the accident.
As part of efforts to ensure proper rehabilitation of the displaced Iju-Ishaga residents, Dana Air has also presented cheques to all affected families as payment for new accommodation.
The company, according to its spokesman, Mr. Tony Usidamen, explained that is in contact with all other families who have submitted relevant documents to Dana Air's Crisis Management Centre (CMC) in Lagos and Abuja.
It advised that they come forward to the chambers of Yomi Oshikoya & Co, appointed by the insurers in Lagos, in order to conclude advance payment formalities.
He said, “As of Tuesday, July 3, 2012, the airline had received completed insurance forms for 68 of the victims, four of which are our staff members. They have been submitted for verification.
 “We are aware and perfectly understand and respect that most of the next of kin or legal representatives who submitted documents or are yet to visit the Crisis Management Centre and submit documentations to us, are still observing the customary mourning period.
“Advance payment claims will be concluded on a case by case basis as and when claimants find it convenient to come forward," Usidamen added.

By Kelvin Osa- Okunbor