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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

VIDEO: Zafi B ft. Maleek Berry – See My Baby

VIDEO: Zafi B ft. Maleek Berry – See My Baby

Whilst juggling her university studies in Broadcast Media and working on her debut EP, the pint-sized teenage songstress Zafi B returns with a brand new video for her summer anthem ‘See My Baby’ which features prolific producer and singer-songwriter Maleek Berry (Wizkid, Davido, Runtown).

Filmed in the heart of an abandoned London record store with 80’s aesthetics, ‘See My Baby’, which is directed by Kunia Lester (Woody McClain, JoJoe Vine), sees Zafi B embracing her new lane and sound that reflects the current trend of persuasive Afropop music that cuts across genres, while borrowing elements of R&B.

A timely release of ‘See My Baby’ featuring Maleek Berry will see this club and radio-friendly track by the young star score high with DJs across Africa and the UK throughout the summer of 2017

Tonto Dikeh beautiful in new photos

Pretty woma

Second chance! Nigerian single mother of two remarries four years after the death of her husband (photos)

Dr. Ejiro Beulah Izeze remarried four years after the death of her husband and father of her two children. Ejiro and Godwin Onoro tied the knot on June 7th, at Oginibo Town in Ughelli-South LGA of Delta State.

Her brother, Comrade Reuben Rume Izeze, Member representing Ughelli-South State Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, posted the photos thanking their first in-laws, the Orseers for looking after their daughter and sister "all these years of locust"

Read the post and see more photos below...
"Indeed, no matter how long the "wahala" lasts, JOY is gonna come in the morning" he wrote.
Her friend, Nkechi Ika Bianca shared her story to inspire Nigerian single mothers, widows and divorcees. Read below:
"Let me tell you a short story about my friend.
Dr. Ejiro Beulah Orseer was married, but she became widowed some years ago. She had two daughters with her late husband, who died 4 years ago, while they were still married.

She recently got married again to a man whom I don't know personally, but looks to me like a good and gentleman.
Some days ago, she told us how she's having butterflies in her tummy. You know that feeling of true love.
Why am I writing this?

Firstly, I want to say a big congratulations to my sweetheart and Facebook friend, Dr. Ejiro Beulah Orseer. A woman whom I met on Facebook but have come to love and admire.
I hope your happiness increases in your new home. I hope you never stop being happy.
I sought Ejiro's permission to make this post.
To all ye single mothers, most especially the ones who still want to get married and/or find lifetime committed companions, this is for you.
Ours is a society where single parents, most especially single mothers are made to seem like "rejected goods". And I'm trying in my own little way to change such narrative.
You have been told that single mothers do not deserve great men, if at all they deserve to have male companions.
This belief even makes some men think they are doing single mothers a favour by dating or marrying them.
Listen my dear sisters, and get these into your heads.
No man, and I repeat that NO MAN is doing you a favour by dating or marrying you. Do NOT date or marry any man who gives you the impression that he is doing you a favour by being with you.
There are several great men out there who will love you GENUINELY even as a single mother in your 20s, 30s, 40s, and older.
Many single mothers that I know got remarried to VERY RESPONSIBLE MEN.
Earlier this year, I wrote about my aunty who got married in the late 80s, fled from her abusive husband in the early 90s, and got remarried in the early 2000.
Her first daughter (only child from first marriage) is a doctor currently doing her NYSC, the second is currently a student at Unilag, and the other two are still in secondary school.
Nora Oma Patrick got married this year, a while after she left her abusive first marriage. She has two children from her first marriage.
Gillian Chikaodi Nwangumah who also has two children from her previous marriage remarried last year to a cute dude.
I can go on naming them.
Never lose your self-esteem due to loss of spouse or divorce or even because you are approaching 35 years of age.
Never remain in an abusive relationship because you don't want to be termed divorcee and single parent.
Don't settle for ass holes just because you think no man will love you again.
Save up some money. Buy nice clothes, buy a makeup kit, have a makeover from head to toe, get your grove back, set your standards and BE VERY SELECTIVE.... yes, you heard me, I said be selective.
The chances of second time love for women are very much higher than the Nigerian society make you believe.
This post is specifically to inspire Nigerian single mothers, widows and divorcees.
I will find time tomorrow to write for single women who are in their 30s and older

Ohio mum and her two daughters killed then left tucked in bed

A woman and her two daughters were found dead on Sunday night at their home in North Royalton, Ohio, and from the way their bodies were placed, it looked as though they were tucked into bed.

Police are referring to the deaths as a targeted attack.

The mother, 45-year-old Suzanne Taylor, had a fatal knife cut while the daughters had no obvious sign of death so it is still not clear what led to their death until the result of an autopsy is released. Suzanne's body was found in bed by police. Beside her were 21-year-old Taylor Pifer and 18-year-old Kylie Pifer. All three bodies were tucked under the covers.

Police found them after a 911 call from Taylor's boyfriend informed them of what had happened at the house. Upon investigation, there appeared to be no signs of forced entry into the house. Police suspect the daughters were killed in another part of the house then brought to their mother's bed. No arrest has been made yet and police say they do not have a suspect at the moment.

Forensic evidence has been collected from the scene and is currently being investigated. In addition, autopsies are also being conducted and there is hope that progress will be made.

Mourning the slain young women, the girls' stepmother said that the family was blindsided by the death of the girls who she referred to as great kids.

"They were great kids. Taylor and Kylie were great students. Taylor was majoring in fashion design, while Kylie was involved in theater and was majoring in forensic science.” she said

Photos: Partially naked Abuja indigenes stage protest over perceived marginalization by FG

Indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, today trooped out to stage a protest against the Federal government over claims of marginalization.

The indigenes who carried placards, threatened to issue quit notice to residents of the area as they were being marginalized. Some of the protesters were partially naked as they joined in the protest. More photos after the cut.

Queen Vee – My World (prod. gTbeats)

Queen Vee – My World (prod. gTbeats)

Queen Vee follows up her smash hit ‘Nobody’ with the catchy single ‘My World’ welcoming you to her wonderful world.

Produced by gTbeats.



VIDEO: Sifter Ft. Snow – Possible

VIDEO: Sifter Ft. Snow – Possible

The much anticipated visuals of US based Nigerian artiste “SIFTER” of Bugatti Records now the CEO of 007Sounds. He feat SNOW in his new song titled “POSSIBLE”. The video is shot in AMERICA and NIGERIA by HD Genesis.
Connect on with Sifter on social media: Instagram – @itssifter
Twitter – @sifterdabadson

Watch video below

Kemi Adetiba and her dad stun on the cover of Father's day issue of Genevive magazine

Filmmaker, Kemi Adetiba and her dad graced the cover of Genevieve magazine's father's day issue. Kemi shared a photo of the cover and captioned it; "Forever, Daddy's Little Girl"

Igbo-haters, the Arewa ultimatum and our nation By Reuben Abati

Read his piece below...

Fifty years after the civil war ended, Igbos do not yet feel a sense of belonging, acceptance or safety in the Federation called Nigeria. The sad part is that this belief is shared not just by the generation that witnessed the war and its deadly consequences, but Igbos across all generations, including the millennials who have been socialized into believing that there is a gap between their people and other Nigerians.

Let us not deceive ourselves about certain plain truths. The civil war is perhaps the most remarkable incident in Igbo history in the last century. The pain, the loss, all about it, is deeply imprinted in the Igbo consciousness. Whereas the Igbo nation has shown great resourcefulness since the war, and its people have proven to be enterprising and determined to hold their own in every sphere of life, including outstanding contributions to the making of the Nigerian state, there are Nigerians who still regard and treat the Igbo suspiciously.

Anti-Igbo sentiment may not be so openly expressed, but it is usually something beneath the surface. There are landlords in many parts of Nigeria, for example, who will never rent out their property to an Igbo man. The Igbo tenant is easily stigmatized. I have heard people complain that Igbo tenants are too stubborn or that when you rent a room to an Igbo man, he will end up sub-letting that one room to all kinds of persons from his village, putting pressure on the property’s limited facilities.
Some landlords insist that an Igbo tenant could even start eyeing the property, to buy it off the landlord, or if it is a shop, the Igbo trader would end up renting the entire street, and could turn the street into an Igbo neigbourhood. This stigma has been a source of agony for many Igbos seeking accommodation, particularly in Lagos, but it is of course completely baseless stereotyping. There are good and bad persons from virtually every Nigerian ethnic group.
The stereotyping of the Igbo person can also be found in the political arena. It is assumed by some persons, and such statements have been made to my hearing, that the only reason an Igbo man cannot be President of Nigeria is because every Igbo man sees himself as a potential President, and should the Presidency be zoned to the South East, the struggle for the ticket could result in inter-community strife in Igboland. The name of the group is Igbo, but when other Nigerians want to be mischievous, or perhaps out of ignorance, they refer to Igbos as Ibo, and when you try to correct them, they may insist you don’t seem to understand. It is I-Before-Others (IBO).
Igbos have also been held responsible for all sorts of things, kidnapping, drug trafficking, child trafficking, armed robbery – even when there are criminals from virtually every community in Nigeria. Meanwhile, they are one of the most vertically educated ethnic groups in Nigeria, and the most enterprising in all fields. A friend once said that if you enter any community in Nigeria and you don’t have an Igbo man running a small shop there, or engaged in some other kind of business, then you have no business staying in that community. Igbos are also obviously the most integrated ethnic group in Nigeria, which is why it is ironic that they are also the most vilified.
I wrote what I considered a harmless piece recently in which I referred to the declaration of Biafra in 1967 and quoted excerpts from the Ahiara Declaration. I got a phone call from a friend who declared that I should stop encouraging these “Biafrans”. Nothing I said made sense to him.

“You don’t know those people”, he declared.

“I know people from all parts of Nigeria,” I said.

“You don’t know Igbos. Has there been any problem in this country that you know in which Igbos have not been involved? They have started again, heating up the polity with threats of secession.”

“It is a sign that all is not well with Nigeria,” I retorted.

“Don’t mind them. I don’t think anybody wants to secede. If Igbos really want to secede, you think it is Nnamdi Kanu that will be speaking for them?”

“It takes just one illuminated soul to start a revolution.”

“Don’t bring that line. Everything is not textbook, this man. Just tell those Igbos not to include my people in whatever they are looking for. We are their neighbours. They dragged us into the civil war. This time around, they’ve gone to draw a map, including my people. Biafra does not extend to the South-South. We are just looking at them.”

“Biafra is an idea.”

“I don’t want to hear all these textbook things, I have told you. Which idea? See, most Nigerians do not support Biafra. They think Igbos are just playing games. I’ll send you some other articles written by other Nigerians and you’d see what I am talking about. People are angry that anybody will be talking about secession in 2017! Nigerians are fed up with Igbos and their games. President Jonathan gave them everything but on election day, many of them stayed at home and refused to vote. Now, they are talking secession.”

“But Yorubas are also talking about Oduduwa Republic.”

“The Yoruba are not going anywhere. What they want is restructuring, fiscal federalism. Which Oduduwa Republic?”

“The people of the Middle Belt are also aggrieved.”

“Anybody can be aggrieved. You can’t please Nigerians. And some of these things are political. Obasanjo became President, Niger Delta carried arms; Jonathan got there, Boko Haram kidnapped children, Buhari is there now, and all the ghosts of Biafra are frightening everybody. But these Igbos, tell them they are not going anywhere.”

“I am surprised you are talking like this.”

“What is the matter with those people? They are all over Nigeria. They are even selling land in Lagos. But no outsider is allowed to buy half a plot of land in Igboland. You carry Igbo girl sef, na problem. Go and check your email. I will send you other perspectives on this matter.”

Before long, I received a mail indeed. The fellow had put together a collection of anti-Biafra, anti-Igbo articles which he urged me to read, with the rider that I should pay particular attention to the fact that some of those articles were written by Igbos. I ignored the rider. Some of those articles could have been ghost written. What is clear, however, is that all is not well with Nigeria. We are a country that needs to be rescued from the centripetal forces tearing us apart, and the leading forces today would include, as was the case before now, ethnicity, religion, the politics of hate, and citizen alienation.
If my review of the stereotyping of Igbos in Nigeria and the reported conversation with an Igbo-hater does not fully convey the seriousness of this situation, then the June 6 ultimatum issued to all Igbos living in Northern Nigeria by a coalition of Northern Arewa youth groups should.
A group called the Northern Emancipation Network, comprising 16 Arewa youth groups, has asked all Igbos living anywhere in Northern Nigeria to pack their bags and baggage and be out of the Northern region by October 1, 2017. When the 19 Northern Governors met and dismissed the threat as misguided, the young Arewa Igbo-haters issued a riposte and more or less asked the Governors to shut up. Their message is that since Igbos no longer want to be part of Nigeria, they should get out, because they, Arewa youths, do not want belong to the same political union with Igbos. They are angry that on May 30, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Indigenous Peoples Organization of Biafra (IPOB) succeeded in shutting down a part of Nigeria to mark the 50th anniversary of the declaration of Biafra.
The arrogance of the Northern youths is insufferable. It speaks to virtually everything that other Nigerians are uncomfortable with about the Fulani North: a born-to-rule, hegemonic tendency. It is an assault on the Nigerian Constitution, to the extent that the Constitution does not grant any individual or group, the right or the power to determine where any Nigerian may live or work or die or acquire property. All Nigerians are equal before the law. The Northern youths, who do not think so, held a meeting, a press conference, and issued statements. The Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir el-Rufai asked the Nigeria Police to arrest them for promoting ethnic hatred. The only response we have had from the Police Headquarters so far, is from one Jimoh Moshood, described as Police Spokesman telling Nigerians that the Arewa youths “are not sitting in the market waiting to be picked up.”
Moshood, if you actually said that, then you should be relieved of your position forthwith. If you are a spokesperson and you have nothing intelligent to say, the best option is to remain silent, otherwise whatever you say will be used against you in the court of public opinion. So, the Nigeria police only arrest people when they go to the market and wait to be arrested? Is that the new police that we now have? The Northern Emancipation Network called Igbos all kinds of names – “unruly, reckless, insatiable, uncultured, confrontational, ungrateful” - and since they issued their ultimatum, the polity has been heated up, ethnic hate has been promoted, the Igbos of Nigeria have been further alienated.
This was how the civil war of 1967-70 started. Nigeria cannot afford another civil war. No country survives two civil wars. Already, Igbos in the North are reportedly relocating back to the South East or elsewhere in Nigeria. Young Nigerians from the North, the East and the South started the civil war. The politics of ethnicity and the rhetoric of hate ignited the fire that consumed the nation for three years. The scars have not healed because 50 years later, the youths of the North and the East are again lighting up the fire of hate. On June 6, the Northern Emancipation Network also asked Northerners in the East, I hope this includes the peripatetic herdsmen, to return to the North!
The Nigerian Government must take this on-going febrile conversation between the North and the East more seriously than it appears to be doing. The security agencies do not have to go to the markets to look for what is not there. When there is a threat to the state, it is their duty to identify the threat and act on it. All persons who are working hard and making provocative statements to cause a national crisis should be monitored and checkmated. With all the difficult challenges facing this country, at this moment, our security alert system should be pushed a notch higher.
If the security agencies fail to act, particularly on the matter of the coalition of Northern youths promoting Igbo hatred, the Federal Government would have committed a grievous sin, likely to be interpreted as aiding and abetting. And there would be persons who will legitimately ask: are we confronted with a hand of Jacob and voice of Esau situation? Who is sponsoring the Arewa youths? Who granted them the permission to use the platform of Arewa House to spew anti-Igbo hate speech? Who is blocking their arrest by the security agencies? What those boys have done is even worse than the threat of secession by Nnamdi Kanu and his supporters.
But the message is clear: Nigeria is not yet a nation. A country where any group or association can threaten to expel another group is not yet a nation. The common enemy is not the secessionists. The common enemies are the political leaders, the tribal demagogues, the political opportunists, the religious bigots, the paid shamanists, who continue to manipulate Nigeria’s destiny to suit their own purposes. There can be no country except the people love the nation and the state.

Stop causing mayhem to save your drowning political career- Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello tells Dino Melaye

The Kogi state government has asked Senator Dino Melaye to stop orchestrating crisis in the state in his bid to save his drowning political career.

Dino had an anti-Yahaya protest in front of the polytechnic yesterday and during the protest, some armed men stormed the venue and reportedly opened fire at the organisers and the participants, killing five people including a student of the Kogi state polytechnic, Saka Seidu.

According to Dino, it was his bulletproof car that saved his life. He accused the state governor of contracting the armed men to assassinate him.

Reacting to his claim, Governor Yahaya Bello in a statement released by his chief press secretary, Petra Akinti Onyegbule, cautioned the Senator from orchestrating crisis in the state all in his bid to save his drowning career. Recall that members of the Kogi West senatorial district are currently collating signatures for Dino's recall from the senate. Governor Yahaya asked Dino to desist from further plunging the State into needless political crisis capable of threatening the peace and security of the people in the State. The statement reads:

"The Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello sadly condemns the unruly conduct, political violence and needless crisis orchestrated by Senator Dino Melaye in a bid to foil his recall from the National Assembly which led to the brutal murder of Saka Seidu, a student of the Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja. The Governor sincerely regrets the unfortunate incident and calls on the people, youth and students of Kogi to remain calm, law-abiding and refrain from taking laws into their hands in the face of imminent threat to their life and security, whilst assuring them of continued safety and maintenance of security in the State. He urges the embattled Senator to desist from further plunging the State into needless political crisis capable of threatening the peace and security of the people in the State. He is appalled that despite his commitment towards ensuring safety and security for the indigenes and inhabitants of the State and endeavour to rid the State of insecurity and political thuggery, the embattled Senator remains hell-bent on causing mayhem in the State in a bid to save his drowning political career.
He hereby reiterates his firm commitment to ensuring continuous security and safety of lives and properties in the State as he vows not to relent in his administration's lofty strides in securing the life of every inhabitant in the State. The Governor calls on young people to desist from being readily available as cheap tools to malicious politicians' devilish use and manipulation. He reiterated that their lives are precious and should not be sacrificed on the altar of any selfish politician's political expediency. He recalled that the State Government had petitioned the Presidency and the Inspector General of Police in January of 2017 on the likelihood of such an outbreak of violence but wonders why no action was taken. He called on the authorities to expedite action on the petition to ensure there is no repeat of today's unfortunate incident. He thus urged the Senator with a notorious antecedent for political violence from further plunging the State of Kogi into needless political violence and security crisis whilst advising him to honour his constituents' rights to exercise their constitutional obligations".

Filming wraps on The Wedding Party 2 in Dubai

Eager fans are one step closer to enjoying the sequel to Nollywood’s highest-grossing movie

Lagos, Nigeria - After a couple of weeks of shooting in the ‘Jewel of the Middle East’, The Wedding Party 2 is now in post-production, with many weeks ahead of editing footage, sound and special effects, before the film can be screened at its first festival.The cast and crew worked amidst jaw-dropping scenery and spectacular venues, thanks to Dubai Tourism and a host of local partners. By all accounts the movie will be a visual treat. The director, Niyi Akinmolayan, enjoyed shooting in Dubai and is excited about the next stage. “It has been a remarkable opportunity to film in Dubai – it was magical and the team was awesome. We are thrilled to create something special for viewers and we are sure that they will be impressed with the movie,” he said.

Mo Abudu, Executive Producer for EbonyLife Films, was also delighted about being in Dubai. “We had a really tough schedule, but we are happy to be moving to the next phase. We are really grateful for the support we received from Dubai Tourism and everyone else in the destination who worked so hard to make it possible. We collaborated with some remarkable partners who treated us warmly and were extremely professional,” she said.

After long days on the set, both cast and crew were able to unwind at fascinating attractions, such as IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai Mall and desert-based restaurant Qasr Al Sultan, before retiring to sumptuous accommodations at Atlantis The Palm, Palazzo Versace, Armani and Ghaya Grand hotels. Some of these locations are featured in the movie but moviegoers will have to wait to see which ones make the cut.

For fans eagerly anticipating The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai, this dedicated team effort is a reminder of what they can expect – a hilarious, high-quality film that simultaneously entertains and raises the standard of filmmaking in Nollywood. The film will have its Lagos premiere on December 10, with cinema release in time for the Christmas holidays.

The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai is a production of The ELFIKE Collective (EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios) and is supported by Dubai Tourism, Wontra Travel, Tour Brokers International, Guinness Nigeria, and Atlantis The Palm, Palazzo Versace, Armani and Ghaya Grand hotels. For more information, visit

Math Teacher charged with having sex with three students

A North Carolina charter school Math teacher, Erin McAuliffe, 25, was arrested last Thursday for allegedly having sex with three male students: two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old. The Rocky Mount Preparatory teacher was charged with "three counts of sexual activity with a student and one count of indecent liberties with a minor".

Police officially launched an investigation into McAuliffe on May 5, when school officials reported alleged misconduct. The day before the report from officials, McAuliffe was fired from the charter school over the suspicions.

After detectives conducted numerous interviews with both students and staff members, a warrant for the teacher's arrest was issued, and she was arrested shortly thereafter.

It was then determined by police that McAuliffe's alleged sexual interactions with the three boys took place off school property.

The Rocky Mount Prep job was the first time McAuliffe worked as a teacher full-time, according to her Linkedin profile.
According to her resume, at Rocky Mount, McAuliffe taught math III, advanced functions and pre-calculus. She also offered “after-school tutoring to help struggling students improve their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.”
McAuliffe also worked to “develop alternate enrichment activities and modifications in student programs to increase student understanding.”

The school said Friday she was removed from the school on May 4 and fired on May 8, after school administrators learned about the accusations against her and reported them to police.
“We have been fully cooperative with local law enforcement during the course of their handling of this matter,” a statement from the school to WITN-TV said.Her sister is also a teacher at Rocky Mount Prep.

McAuliffe is being held at Carteret County Jail on a $20,000 bond; her first court appearance was yesterday, June 12.

McAuliffe was hired at the prep school in August of 2016 and sacked in May 2017.

Source: Daily Mail

Jay Z hangs out with Damian Marley & Marlon Samuels in Jamaica

Legendary American rapper, Jay Z, who is preparing to the welcome birth of his twin babies with Beyonce, was recently spotted hanging out with Damian Marley and cricketer Marlon Samuels at the Trench Town Culture Yard in Jamaica. The 47-year-old rapper is presently working on a project with Damian Marley.

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