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Sunday, 20 January 2019

Actor Adeolu Adefarasin has been ordained as a Pastor

Lola Rae celebrates Birthday with New Photos featuring Daughter Skye

Today is music star Lola Rae‘s birthday and she’s celebrating in a special way.

The music star and mum of one shared lovely photos styled by Jane Michael Ekanem and shot by Emmanuel Soyombo. The photos feature Lola Rae’s daughter with Tekno, Skye.

In a caption, Lola Rae says:

The Skye use to be the limit now she’s on my Hip 😍

See the photos below.

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Why I Posted Video Of MC Oluomo Online -Taye Currency

Since a chieftain of the NURTW in Lagos, MC Oluomo, was reportedly stabbed at a political rally some days back, there have been a lot of rumours that he had died from the wounds sustained during the attack. However, the rumours were finally put to rest when fuji artiste, Taye Currency, visited Oluomo in the hospital and uploaded a video of both of them together. However, some people criticised him for posting such video just to get attention.

In a chat with Sunday Scoop, Currency revealed why he posted the video. “I had been inundated with calls from people that MC had died; so, I had to convince them otherwise.

Everybody knows that whenever Oluomo comes to Ibadan, he is always at my place. We have been friends for over 25 years and are very close.

Because of that, so many people were on my neck for proof that he was still alive. That was why I visited him at the hospital and made a video for the world to see that he was hale and hearty,” he said.

Disputing the fact that Fuji singers are always in bed with louts and violent people, Currency said, “Fuji musicians are not fighters. However, we are friends with everybody; we don’t have enemies. I went to visit MC Oluomo as a friend. I am not interested in whatever fight anybody had or has. If it was his opponents that were hurt, I would have visited them as well.”

On his plans for 2019, the singer said, “My 26-year-old son, who I had at the age of 19, is contesting the State House of Assembly election in Oyo State. He won the Peoples Democratic Party’s primary and will be on the ballot for the forthcoming poll. That is the major project I have before me now because I want him to succeed.”

Harrysong Makes Peace With Kcee & Emoney

Popular Nigerian Afropop singer, Harrison Okiri a.k.a. Harrysong has appreciate and made peace with his former Five State Music label boss Emeka Okwonko E-money and label mate Kingsley Okwonko , Kcee.

The `Reggae Blues’ crooner took to his Instagram handle  and wrote

I had a great time at my listening party yesterday & it gave me time to reflect as I watched my young bro @skiibii perform his hit song #sensima

Making peace with yourself begins with your ability to face your truth.

My journey will never be complete without @iam_kcee & @iam_emoney1 you were part of the vessels that God used to change my story
I appreciate you both, I was hurt & reacted at the time but regardless of what happened, I recognise the impact you made in my life.

Never bite the finger that fed you my people...let love lead

#journeybyharrysong #mystory#myjourney #newbeginings #kingmaker💪

Lola Rae Celebrates Birthday With Stunning Photos

Singer Lola Rae is a year older today. She shared beautiful photos of herself with her daughter, Skye she had with Tekno.

Imoter Kpengwa: How to Achieve the Nigeria of Our Dreams

We’re approaching the time of the year when we have the power to elect our leaders. This opportunity has been available to us every four years since 1999, and it goes without saying that we are still dissatisfied with the people we elect into power.

Nigeria is simply not working. Our systems are dilapidated, to say the least. We can’t boast of an efficient healthcare system, or a befitting infrastructural system, or stable power or a consistent educational system.

Once again, the party banners are flying high, manifestos are ringing. Politicians are doing what they can to lobby votes, and we, again, are faced with the task of choosing who we think is best for us.

What we don’t realize as we choose is that in a plethora of candidates, it’s possible that none of them are good for us. It could be just another case of choosing a lesser evil.

This is because leaders emerge from followers; and when followers are blind to their own shortcomings, it is more than likely that the leaders emerging therefrom will be blind too. Leaders are a mere reflection of the people in a way.

More than voting and hoping that we choose good leaders, it is important for us to hold ourselves accountable for the various ways that we enable a culture that thrives on oppression and deprivation.

There are never-ending debates on Twitter about who should cook egusi between a husband and a wife; debates about safe abortions; debates about the rich getting richer while the poor, poorer, and debates about the LGBT getting their basic human rights recognized by our legal system. The general tone to these debates is one of gross insensitivity to the plights of the minority groups (that is poor people, women, the LGBT). Far-fetched as it may seem, this response is crucial to how our leaders treat us.

Picture this: a wealthy person who instantly feels himself above a poor person will most likely feel that superiority to his followers if he becomes a leader. A poor man, who acknowledges that classism deprives him, but who turns around to treat his wife as inferior will most likely treat his followers as inferior if he assumes power. Similarly, a woman who acknowledges the ills of patriarchy and classism, but who thinks the LGBT are inferior and disposable will most likely think of her followers as disposable too if she assumes a position of power.

They are many systems of oppression ranging from classism, sexism, homophobia and so on. And while we’re mostly victims of some of them (if not all), we are also perpetrators of other systems of oppression. It is paramount that we hold ourselves accountable for those systems of oppression that we propagate because that is the way our own voice against the oppression we suffer can be valid.

In acknowledging the systems of oppression that we enable and working to destroy them, we win allies who will be crucial in helping us dismantle the oppression that we suffer. We also propagate a Nigeria where mutual respect and tolerance is a norm. A norm that is key to good leadership.

Imagine a Nigeria where everybody respects each other as full and whole human beings with unalienable rights that shouldn’t be negotiated. That Nigeria will produce leaders that will in turn respect the unalienable rights of the citizenry and treat us as deserving and worthy people.

“Remove the plank from eyes before you remove the speck from the eyes of another,” Jesus famously said. It is about time we removed that plank, stood up against the forms of oppression that we actively enable, joined our collective voices, and ensure that each last one of us is treated with the same dignity and respect that we want for ourselves.


Photo Credit: Dreamstime

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Opinion: Bezel-less is not the way forward

How do you imagine the phones in three years? Foldable? Bezel-less? With invisible cameras? Powered by new long-lasting batteries? I could get behind a few of those ideas, sure. But bezel-less - that can't be the way forward. While I agree that the sooner we get rid of those awful notches the better, the bezel-less dream should be put to rest, too. I know this is the unpopular opinion, but just bear with me for a while. I was once a fan of the all-screen phones myself. But having reviewed enough skinny bezel-less smartphones, I just can't imagine myself with a true bezel-less phone - it...

Troops Kill 2 Boko Haram Insurgents, Rescue 2 Aged Women In Borno

The Nigerian Army on Sunday said its troops killed two Boko Haram insurgents in the ongoing clearance operation at Kajeri community in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation LAFIYA DOLE said in a statement in Maiduguri that the troops also recovered ammunitions and rescued two aged women from the insurgents’ captivity.

Nwachukwu said the insurgents killed on Saturday by troops of 112 Task Force Battalion on clearance operation in the general area of Zaza, Kajeri-Maye, and Kajeri-Maiburem villages in Mafa.

“During the operation, the gallant troops rescued two women who had been held hostage by the terrorists. The rescued women were handed over to officials of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Mafa.’’

 According to Nwachukwu, the troops also recovered one primed 36 Hand Grenade, two Dane Guns, one locally fabricated short barrel gun, and two Mobile phones. Other items also recovered by the troops include one AK-47 rifle magazine,17 rounds of  Anti-Aircraft gun ammunition, 27 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and 22 rounds of 7.62 mm NATO ammunition.

BN Book Excerpt: Take What You Need by Abiola Babarinde

Over the past six years, I have been searching.

Exploring, desiring and piecing together the life that I believe I am destined to live. It began with daring to challenge unspoken assumptions about my place in the world, in search of a more fully-formed self. A more authentic self. One who navigates the different phases of life with a confident clarity that outweighs fear.

The challenge with such a significant existential quest is that life gets in the way. Inner demons, external hurts and unpredictable circumstances threaten to exhaust us. This leaves space for doubt to creep in. An internal dialogue begins: Is it worth it? Was it all in my head? If it’s not broken don’t fix it, things might not be ideal, but they are good enough.

When the darkness of difficulty descends, or the busyness of success distracts us, it can be challenging to discern your next step. It becomes all too easy to coast, to sit back and let others dictate your direction. Until you finally lift your head above water, wondering how you ended up in the middle of nowhere.

Even though there is no one and no thing that can give you a step-by-step plan of your life up front, part of our responsibility as humans, and as a community is to remind each other of who we are and why we started this journey in the first place. We owe it to ourselves to encourage each other to keep searching and resist the temptation to take the easy, inconsequential way out.

This is the driving force behind this book. In the following pages you will find a collection of reflections from my life, a life of pursuing purpose and meaning. This is by no means a finished process, but it is the story so far, and it is my gift to you.

My intention is that between these pages, you will find ideas that propel you closer to the person you are destined to be. That you will look again at your life, making conscious decisions about what can stay, and what has run its course. My intention is that as time goes on, you will bookmark and revisit different principles for times when you need them the most. That you will take what you need, exactly when you need it.

— Abiola, 20

Purpose + The process

Without fail, the question of Purpose and The Process is always asked by my readers and audience members. Like a resistant strain of bacteria, it seems to be the battle that our generation is fighting collectively. We feverishly gather around with our mouths agape, desperate for answers, hoping that someone will step down from on high and give us the perfect formula for finding purpose.

But there is no formula. All we can do is engage in a process of following the signs that point us towards where we are meant to be. These signs are less clearly defined than we would want, and there is a reason for that. They are not clearly defined because part of our responsibility is to live out our purpose daily. This process draws us to the edge of risk: risking the familiar; risking relationships, or risking our previously imagined version of ourselves. Most importantly, we risk the comforting yet vacant applause of a crowd who are just as clueless as we are.

Someone I admire once quipped ‘it is a privilege to think’. Now more than ever, we are living life on demand. We click a button and immediately get an experience, a product or a person delivered to us. In the cacophony of messages that decorate daily life, much of the thinking has already been done for us. The promise of efficiency and outsourcing unimportant tasks has been fulfilled. The problem is that this behaviour slowly creeps into the more complex areas of our lives: the places that require the heavy lifting of critical thought.

Critical thought involves questioning where the aspirations and expectations that we impose on ourselves really come from. It is true that we cannot escape the influence of each other, but we owe it to ourselves to take the raw materials of what society recommends and craft it into something customised. This is what many of us miss. We happily — and sometimes unknowingly — collect so much from others that our minds are brimming with content, leaving no space to do anything with it all. We have exchanged the profound for the convenient, leaving us craving more depth.

Like a skilled craftsman, our responsibility is to first develop discernment. To seek out the finest raw materials, and discard the cheap imitations that hawkers thrust in our faces for a quick sale (or a quick follow, quick view, quick click). Then, with a faint vision in mind, we start to arrange, shave, cut and craft the raw materials into something more meaningful.

It is easier to be a passive recipient than to turn away the hawkers and wait patiently for higher-quality materials. It is easier to add more to the pile than to commit to the days spent engaging in the laborious process of creating a masterpiece. The irony is that as we engage in this work, the vague vision becomes clearer: it is revealed in the process.

I wonder whether we need to stop asking what our purpose is, and start challenging ourselves to grow the courage to act on what we think it might be. There is weight in asking yourself the big questions: what are the right materials for me? What am I willing to substitute and what must stay? That takes courage.

This is not a single act of courage however, it is a series. A collection of giant leaps and amateur attempts to beat the odds. It can be as small as reviewing that draft one more time, to more radical transitions into a new city, a new job, a new relationship or an entirely new life. The moments when you feel like a novice and moments when you are sought out for your expertise. This is the process of pursuing purpose.

Are we ready for that? Are we prepared for the reality of life? The path of purpose is more prickly than glossy stories that fit neatly into 800-word editorials. If we keep walking, keep engaging in and keep trusting the process long enough, finally, somehow, we make it ‘there’.


To read more,  buy a copy of Take What You Need HERE.

About the Author
Abiola Babarinde is a communications consultant and writer, based in London UK. Her work attempts to challenge life as we know it and uncover the things that matter most – the things we cannot see.

She has also published a regular newsletter, The Inner Circle since 2015, which focuses on personal development and spiritual growth. As a result, she has grown a highly-engaged audience of readers across the U.K., Nigeria and the U.S. Abiola is a regular public speaker, hosting her own events and joining an extensive number of panels. She trained as a management consultant, with experience at two of the global ‘Big 4’ firms.

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I Can’t Combine Music With Marriage Now - Skales

Rapper and singer, Raoul John Njeng-Njeng, better known as Skales, tells Olushola Rickett about his sojourn in the music industry

Did you achieve everything you set out to do last year?

Yes, I did. Most importantly, I put out my first studio album and worked with top artistes I have always seen as my idols. Last year was great for me, but there is always the desire to do more.

Since last year was better than 2017, I expect this year to be better than last year. I have started this year on a bright note already. I just released a new single, Feposi. I plan to do more songs this year and put smiles on the faces of people who have been supporting me from day one.

Have you really made money from music?

Obviously, music has made me who I am today. I have travelled to different countries and I wouldn’t have achieved that without music.

Music is a business and for you to get into any business, you need to study it well and know what people ahead of you did that worked for them. The music business is very lucrative for those that understand it.
Where is your dad?

My parents separated many years ago when I was a kid. I don’t know who my dad is; I don’t know if he is alive or dead.
Don’t you feel the need to look for your dad?

I believe that it is the work of a father to look for his child. I am about to start my own family; I don’t know if I care about that. Having a mother who has played a fatherly role in my life has made things easier for me.
Does your mum mount pressure on you to get married?

Yes, she does. She has told me many times that she cannot wait to be a grandmother and carry my children. But I keep telling her that I am not ready for marriage. I am more concerned about my work. Music is like a woman; it takes all your attention. It is hard to give music and your wife equal attention.

Does this mean you cannot combine music with marriage?

For now, it will be hard for someone like me who travels a lot. When I start a family, I will have to cut down on my travelling. We also need to understand that despite being an only child, I am still too young to get married. Marriage shouldn’t be my priority right now.

Kemi Adetiba’s “Brotherhood” brings a Unique Spin to Round-table Discussions

Ariana Grande Says She Misses Late Ex Mac Miller

Ariana Grande shared a note to social media on Saturday that revealed where her heart is.

The singer said 'miss you' on what would be her ex Mac Miller's 27th birthday.

The rapper, given name Malcolm James McCormick, was found dead on September 7, 2018 at his Studio City home. They dated from August 2016 until May 2018.

The songbird remembered Mac with a simple tweet on Saturday, posting just the words 'miss u' a little after midnight. 

Top 10 trending phones of week 2

The third week of the new year saw the Redmi Note 7 vastly extend its lead at the top of our popularity chart, but also some interesting new additions to the top 10. It appears that you guys are already focusing your attention on the phones to come in Q1 as the Pro version of the Redmi Note 7 and the flexible Galaxy Fold are the other two phones on the podium. That's despite the fact that neither of them is official yet. This has pushed the Redmi Note 6 Pro down to fourth, while the Galaxy A7 (2018) and the Huawei Y9 (2019) were unfazed by all this commotion and retain fifth and...

Actress Yewande Adekoya Releases New Photos As She Turns A Year Older

Nollywood actress, Yewande Adekoya Abiodun is a year older today and she shared stunning photos to celebrate her special day. More photos below;

Bukky Oronti’s audition on “The Voice UK” is giving us Goosebumps

The Voice UK 2019” is on and they are still on the blind auditions.

One performance that moved the coaches was Bukky Oronti, who performed A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera‘s “Say Something.”

Her audition was so good that coach Jennifer Hudson thought it was two people singing.

Check out her audition:

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BN Sweet Spot: Davido is Giving Chioma the Motivation She Needs for her Cooking Show

Kylie Jenner Passionately Kisses Beau Travis Scott

Their daughter Stormi's first birthday is less than two weeks away. And Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott are clearly still in the throes of love, as Kylie shared with her 124 million Instagram followers this weekend.

The 21-year-old reality star and lip kit icon was seen throwing her arms passionately around her 26-year-old boyfriend's arms and kissed him as they enjoyed a trip to Turks and Caicos.

Kylie indulged her animal instincts with a leopard print bandanna, flashing her chiseled midriff in a set of cleavage-baring workout gear.

Sony Music Drops R. Kelly Over S*xual Abuse

Popular American multiple Grammy Award Winner, Robert Sylvester Kelly also known as R. Kelly, has been dropped by his Record Label, Sony Music.

According to reports, the artiste who is currently facing series of allegation of abduction, s-xual abuse and exploitation was dropped by the record label on Friday, Jan.18.

The `I believe I can Fly’ crooner was also removed from the RCA website whose parent company is Sony Music.

Sony’s move comes after years of public calls, and even a petition from members of the #MuteRKelly Movement, for the company to part ways with him.

Those calls intensified in the wake of the documentary `Surviving R. Kelly’ in which multiple women accused him of s-xual misconduct.

The protest were by women, organisations and victims including parents and relations of victims at the Sony Music offices in Los Angeles and its New York Headquarters.

I Was Rushed To Hospital, Didn’t Know I Was Alive Or Dead – Lord Of Ajasa

Many Nigerians were dismayed when news broke that popular indigenous rapper, Lord of Ajasa, was hospitalised and needed money to settle his bills. A lot of people wondered why his friends in the industry couldn’t rally around him without making his condition public.

However, in a chat with Sunday Scoop, Ajasa stated that people, both within and outside the entertainment industry, had reached out to him.

He said, “Right now, I am at a private hospital in Ikeja (Lagos). I wasn’t getting proper care at the General Hospital Ikorodu, Lagos, and since people have begun to support me, I can now afford to get treated at a better hospital.

“I cannot mention the names of all the people who have assisted me because they are very many. However, some that I can mention are Gbenga Adeyinka, Alariwo, Jah Bless, Ice K (of Artquake), 9ice, Olamide, among others. Though some people are saying the support is not enough but it is whatever they have that they would give me. All the funds I’ve got have not been able to take care of all my bills. There are so many fans that have assisted as well; people that I don’t even know. I really appreciate the outpouring of love.”

Speaking on his present condition, the Le Fenu So rapper said, “I was supposed to undergo a surgery but the doctor said I’m improving; so, I may no longer need it. According to them, I have been responding well to treatment and I am getting much better.”

Explaining how his journey to the hospital started, Ajasa said, “I started feeling the pain on January 1 and I thought it was the usual occurrence because I had been experiencing such pain for some time. Usually, the pain would just come and go. But this time, it lasted longer. Suddenly, I could not even stand or walk. Then, on the first Sunday of January, I was rushed to the hospital; I nearly collapsed. I didn’t even know whether I was dead or alive. I vomited a lot and was in so much pain. However, I thank God that I am better now. For the two weeks that I was at the General Hospital, I couldn’t eat or drink. I was fed intravenously.”

On the nature of his ailment and what caused it, Ajasa said, “I was diagnosed with peptic ulcer and I must confess that it was partly due to my carelessness. I had been having the symptoms for a while but I thought it was just normal pain. My wife usually takes care of me and prepares food for me at all times. But during the December period, I attended a lot of shows; so, I wasn’t at home. I guess that was what triggered the attack.”

'I Love Rob': Rob Kardashian's New Girlfriend Says

She cooked dinner for her new beau Rob Kardashian on Monday. But Alexis Skyy was defending their relationship on Saturday after his ex Blac Chyna's new boyfriend said Alexis was only dating Rob 'for the fame'.

Rapper Kid Buu commented on an Instagram post of Alexis getting out of a car with the question 'You really wit robs fat ass for love or is it just for clout?'

And the 24-year-old responded: 'to answer your question... I love Rob.'

Before her declaration of love, Alexis threw shade at Kid Buu's relationship with Blac Chyna by asking: 'are you with chyna to sell her coke, or just to sniff it with her.'

Meanwhile, it was claimed that Blac and Alexis's feud at a recent party was solely over Rob, reported TMZ.
Sources close to the women alleged that Blac invited Alexis to a house party so she could 'set the record straight' about the Love and Hop Hop star's past dalliances with Rob, which she found inappropriate.

It was claimed that Alexis and Rob have been in contact since 2016, when he was still with Chyna.
Chyna reportedly wanted to clear the air between the pair, but Alexis reportedly lost her temper during the discussion, leading Chyna to throw a drink at her,

Days later, Alexis cooked dinner for Rob at his mom Kris Jenner's house.

The romantic date came just hours after he called her his crush on social media.
Roba said Alexis was his Women Crush Wednesday. 'My WCW… I’ve been wanting you for so long,' he wrote over a photo of Skyy on Monday.

Rob and Chyna began their on/off relationship in January 2016, before finally calling it quits in July 2017.

They share two-year-old Dream while Alexis shares one-year-old daughter Alaiya Grace with rapper Fetty Wap.

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