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Friday, January 10, 2014

Yaya Toure wins Glo/CAF African Footballer of the Year 2013


Cote D'ivore/Manchester City player Yaya Toure has been named Glo/CAF African Player of Year 2013, beating Super Eagles and Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi & Didier Drogba of Cote D'ivore. 
Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, won African Coach of the Year

Thursday, January 9, 2014

New Video: Seyi Shay – Ragga Ragga

Sound Sultan is the Face of Midiva! View their Debut Shoe Collection Lookbook

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Watch out Victor Kwen, Sound Sultan is busting out his inner model.
New shoe line Midiva, presents its debut shoe collection with none other than Nigerian singer-songwriter Sound Sultan.
Midiva is an indigenous style and quality conscious brand, producing creative, authentic and edgy shoes. They want to give you the right shoes for the right occasions and are presenting this collection featuring the Natural Something crooner.
The debut collection is a mixture of luxury leather, velvet and rubber that creates a soft blend of unique shoes. The collection is inspired by colours, patterns, and a bit of menswear. It focuses on making the wearer look sophisticated, unique, comfortable, and stylish.

Check them and him out.
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By Jennifer Obiuwevbi

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde: “My Motivation for Singing is Inspired by being an Activist for Africa”

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The actress who was called the “Queen of Nollywood” by Stella Magazine, speaks to CNN correspondent Vladimir Duthiers about her upbringing, career achievements, passion for activism and future plans.

“I’ve reached a point in my life where I’ve realised I have to leave something. I have to have a legacy. I decided I will be an activist for Africa. My experience with the UN and other humanitarian organisations inspired me to want to speak out and say more and there’s so much you can just say with words. This was my motivation for singing.”

Monday, January 6, 2014

New Video: DiL Feat. Praiz & Lynxxx – Acapella



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New Video: Mr. Walz Feat. Seyi Shay – Paradise

Harold Writes: 5 Things Every Serious Writer Must Do In 2014

The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates
On December 29, 2013, I had dinner with Tunde Leye and a couple of other contemporary Nigerian writers. It was a good opportunity to socialise with some great literary minds and share some fresh ideas. Our discussions during dinner covered one broad subject area: the art of writing and our individual projections for 2014. That meet up could be summed up in the above quote by the great Philosopher, Socrates. We were able to reflect on our experiences in 2013, while also deliberating on what we hoped to achieve in 2014 in this chosen, hallowed field.
In the course of evening, Tunde Leye popped the question, “if you were to be relieved of your 8-6 job in 2014, how do you hope to make money from writing?” We all had different answers to the question, but of course, those answers came after some very deep thoughts. The time each person spent deliberating on the question before proffering an answer was a pointer to the fact that not everyone at the table had been taking their writings seriously.
While this post is not about how to make money from writing, it is a guide on how to take your writing serious in 2014. Hopefully by adopting some of the tips herein, your path will be led to the mysterious writing money vault.
Get a Blog
While it is cool to write for different platforms and call yourself a freelance writer, the benefits of owning a personal blog cannot be overemphasized. I have some writer friends who don’t own personal blogs for different, seemingly genuine reasons. Some claim to be too busy to maintain a blog with regular posts, while others believe social media is a great substitute for blogging. I have a poet friend who does all his postings on Facebook. He has quite an impressive following on his Facebook Page and sees no reason why he should trade that for a blog.
If you belong to this category of writers, you are missing out on something special here. Your blog is your fortress, your battle field, your empire. It is where the world worships at your feet. I host my blog with WordPress and they sent me my 2013 Audit.  One fascinating stat from the audit was that in the year 2013, I had visitors from over 65 countries, and most of them were not even from my resident country. What more? Many discovered my blog by searching for information using search engines. This is one benefit the alternatives to blogging cannot afford you.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

2face absent as Annie Idibia welcomes second daughter in US

2face and wife Annie Idibia
2face and Annie Idibia have welcomed their second child together – a baby girl.
Annie Idibia delivered a bouncing baby girl in the night of January 3, 2014 at an hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, US. Her manager Naomi Adenuga confirmed the news through her Twitter. ‘Thank God for safe delivery …. Princess Idibia is here*‘, she wrote a few hours ago.
Annie travelled to the US back in November 2013. She has been in the company of her mother and four-year-old daugther Isabella.
Meanwhile, NET has confirmed that 2face was not with Annie in Atlanta. The Pop singer who had a busy performance schedule during the Christmas/New Year festive period is currently in Lagos, Nigeria. A photo on Instagram shows him partying with friends at his newly opened Club Rumors night club located at FESTAC, Lagos.

2face is now blessed with seven children – two girls with wife Annie, two boys with baby mama Sunmbo Ajaba and two boys plus a girl with his other baby mama Pero Adeniyi.
By Osagie Alonge

Pregnant Man Gives Birth To Baby Girl In Argentina

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The first baby to be born to transgender parents in Argentina was delivered via C-section in the province of Entre Ríos.
The proud parents are 26-year-old Alexis Taborda and 28-year-old Karen Bruselario.
Alexis was born a woman, but lives as a man and Karen was born a man, but lives as a woman. Because of Argentina’s Gender Identity Law passed in May of 2012, the couple have both been able to legally change their genders without gender reassignment surgery, which meant that when they got pregnant via natural means, it was the man, Alexis, who carried the baby.

New Video: Olamide – Eleda Mi (LEKAN BABARINDE'S BLOG VIDEO OF THE WEEK)

Access Bank, Mariah Carey under fire for lavish $2m concerts

Mariah Carey pre-tapes 4th of July special. Photo: Bang Showbiz
Mariah Carey has come under fire after she was allegedly paid $1 million to perform for Angolan President Josè Eduardo Dos Santos a day after she performed at a Lagos gig for a Nigerian bank which recently laid off 200 workers.
The ‘All I Want for Christmas is You‘ singer gave a two-hour concert for authoritarian Angolan President Josè Eduardo Dos Santos on Sunday  December 15, 2013, in return for the huge amount, angering human rights groups. She had earlier performed in Lagos, Nigeria, for Access Bank which also allegedly coughed out $1m for her appearance. Her Lagos visit sparked criticisms because the bank had only recently disengaged 200 workers.
Human Rights Foundation president Thor Halvorssen said: ‘It is the sad spectacle of an international artist purchased by a ruthless police state to entertain and whitewash the father-daughter kleptocracy that has amassed billions in ill-gotten wealth while the majority of Angola lives on less than $2 a day.’