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Friday, 25 May 2018

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Adekunle Gold releases Sophomore Album “About 30” | Stream on BN

Adekunle Gold releases Sophomore Album "About 30" | Stream on BN

Nigerian Urban Highlife superstar Adekunle Gold has just released his sophomore album, a 14-track body (2 bonus tracks included) of work titled About 30.

The singer features DYO, Seun Kuti, Flavour & the Lagos Community Gospel Choir on the album.

The album has previously release singles like Ire, Money, Call On Me and even a remix for Ire.

Stream below:

Get About 30 on: iTunes | Spotify | Boomplay

Adekunle Gold releases Sophomore Album "About 30" | Stream on BN

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Forty & Fabulous! Makioba Olugbile Marks new age in a Glam Way

Makioba Olugbile turns 40 today!

She is one of Nigeria’s finest talents, globally admired for her eponymous couture and ready to wear fashion label that caters specifically to plus size women.

On the milestone celebration she said:

They say life begins at 40, though I’ve had quite the life so far up until now. With time, I’ve come to understand and appreciate things that matter and disregard the things that do not matter.

It’s been a marvellous adventure up until this point and I couldn’t have done it without you; my family, friends,  business associates and my Makioba women. As I celebrate this amazing milestone in my life, I would like to thank everyone who’s been on the journey with me and as I look forward to the years ahead, I know that far greater things are to come.

Here’s to brighter days ahead!

To mark her new age, she had a beautiful photo shoot session with Trans4maz studios rocking some exquisite designs from her brand.

See all the photos below

Photography: @trans4mazfotography
Hairstylist: @hairbysalvador
Makeup: @glambyaleeza
Hairpieces: @urezkulture
Outfits & Styling: @makiobaofficial


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Michael Afenfia: For Our Soldiers! Your Sacrifices Remain Appreciated

In late April this year, I got a message from a long-time friend. He had written a couple of things in it, but ended with the heart-wrenching words – Lord, I put my trust in you.

I was very busy that day and couldn’t get to the phone, so I didn’t see the message on time. When I did, I was unable to respond immediately because of some crisis I was involved in at work, and for that, I am filled with regret.  It has been weeks since that message came through. And though the two checks turned blue after I was able to send my reply hours later via WhatsApp, indicating that my prayer for God’s protection was read, he didn’t reply.

I haven’t heard from him again since then. His number wouldn’t connect, and my subsequent messages to him remain undelivered and that doesn’t give me comfort. You see, my friend is a soldier posted to the North East of Nigeria, where he has been for quite a while now.

It’s not unusual for him to be incommunicado for weeks, so I’m not reading any meaning to this lengthy silence. There had been times in the past, when we didn’t speak or communicate with each other for weeks, maybe even months, and then from out of the blue, he’d send a text message wishing me a happy new week or month… as the case may be.

Every now and then, I remember him calling to ask about my family or to share some exciting news about his family. Considering the sensitive nature of his job and how cut off he is from civilisation as we know it in the big cities most of reside, I’m always happy to know that he is doing fine and to offer my words of encouragement to him. He has never asked for it, but knowing that he is thick in the theatre of what essentially is a battlefield, I always offer it anyway.

I try not to ask about specifics, like the location of where he might be calling from, about the Boko Haram insurgents and if he has been involved in any gun battles or about welfare-related issues. I take those to be out of bounds for obvious reasons, but done be fooled. I’m curious as hell to get first-hand information, but I refrain from asking and he does not tell.

But does he really need to tell? I am capable of putting two and two together and making four. Those times he is unable to call home and we are unable to reach him… where was he? He has been in the North East for years and there is no indication that he’d be coming home anytime soon. I am terrified for his life and I worry about the fate of his wife and children if he doesn’t come home.

I don’t know very many of them, but I’ve been told by wives in similar situations how debilitating the experience can be. It can hardly be a happy life when every time your phone rings and it’s a strange number or one of husband’s colleagues calling, your heart skips, and you pray that it’s not the call every woman who has her husband in Borno state doesn’t want to get.

Every time there’s some breaking news involving Boko Haram and attacks on soldiers, sleep and appetite fly out the window and anxiety sets in. That must be how it is with my friend’s wife. Some might say he is a soldier; that’s what he signed up for, but still, to be a husband, father, son or brother in that situation must be one of the most terrifying experiences ever. I’m certain that is why soldiers abroad who undergo similar combat situations receive post-trauma care so they are able to get readjusted to society when they come back home to their families.

As I write, there are so many men and women, actual boots on the ground prosecuting this war against terrorism and insurgency. There are so many young Nigerians in uniform, dodging or taking bullets so the rest of the country does not dissolve into total chaos and anarchy, and communities decimated and obliterated. They deserve our praises because for them reality is not the senate summoning the service chiefs, or the presidency saying the war against terrorism has been won, technically or otherwise.

These men, do not put their fate in Tucano aircrafts or the extra $1m the presidency has secured from the excess crude account to secure the country, because that money just might suffer the same fate as similar monies voted for this purpose have allegedly gone in the past. These soldiers, my friend included, put their fate in the God they serve and in each other.

For these gallant men and women, reality is waking up every morning—knowing as certain as some of us are of our morning coffee and toast—that death is lurking and it might very well be their last day.

So if you can, please spare a minute to pray for these brave Nigerians, that for their sake and for the sake of all the innocent men, women and children of this country, who might be the next victim of suicide bombing, gruesome attacks or kidnapping, that this war ends, and very soon.

Photo Credit Wave Break Media Ltd

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Kanye West Spent $85k On Photo Of Whitney Houston's Drug-Strewn Bathroom For Album Cover

Kanye West dropped $85,000 on a photo of Whitney Houston's drug-strewn bathroom to use as an album cover.

In an interview this week rapper Pusha-T revealed Kanye- who co-produced his new Daytona album, decided to switch up the artwork, opting instead for the picture of the late singer's bathroom.

'1 a.m., my phone rings, no caller-ID,' Pusha told Power 105.1 of the call he received from the 40-year-old Gold Digger rapper.

'"Hey, yeah, I think that we should change the artwork. I like this other artwork."' he recalled Kanye saying. Pusha explained, 'Now this other artwork is 85 grand. I said, "Hey, I don’t want to pay for that. And I wasn’t even going to ask you to pay for that. We picked what we picked. It’s here, it’s ready."'

Kanye apparently replied 'No, this what people need to see to go with this music. I’ma pay for that.' according to Pusha.

'Ummm, it’s a picture,' Pusha explained.'It’s a picture. … It’s just a picture that to license it worldwide is 85 grand. I’m not really too, too, too entrenched in the art world like that. I’m just going to let him do that thing. And he’s paying for it.' 

The image Kanye bought the rights for, reportedly taken in 2006 inside Whitney's Atlanta mansion, shows a messy bathroom vanity with drug paraphernalia strewn around the sink.

Whitney was found dead in the bathroom of her Beverly Hilton Hotel room in 2012 aged 48.

'I Reject The Bible Saying Men Are The Head, We're Equal'- Twitter User

A female twitter user ,Monique Monrowe has said she rejected the biblical part that said men are the head of Home and both men and women are equal. Her tweets below;

Jamie Foxx To Host The 2018 BET Awards

Jamie Foxx will be front and center this summer. The Academy Award-winning actor and comedian will host the 2018 BET Awards on June 24, reports Billboard.

Foxx, who hosts the game show “Beat Shazam,” last hosted the award show in 2009 – just days after Michael Jackson died.

“This year’s @BetAwards are gonna be a party and celebration all in one cuz your boy is hosting and I’m #BackOnMyFunnySh-t so get ready,” Foxx, 50, quipped on Instagram. “We’re just gonna celebrate greatness and have a phuckin good time.”

Motorola Moto Z3 Play announcement set for June 6

Motorola has started sending out press invites for a product launch event on June 6 in Brazil. While the invite does confirm a smartphone will be the star of the event, the company didn't reveal exactly which device will be made official. But it's not difficult to guess. Since both Moto G6 and E5 are already official, we're definitely looking at the Moto Z3 Play. Recently, the device became subject of a major leak that revealed almost all key specifications, including Snapdragon 636 chipset, 6-inch 18:9 display, 4GB RAM, and 32/64GB storage options. The device will have a...

Gombe State House Of Assembly Mace Stolen

The Mace of the Gombe State House Assembly has been stolen during a session to remove the Minority Leader.

The Minority Leader, Mohammed Usman Haruna, was reported to have held a press conference on May 5 condemning the ward congress of the All Progressives Congress in the state.

This angered members of the party in the Assembly, which is dominated by the People’s Democratic Party, and they moved to remove him. Five out of eight APC members had signed the motion for his removal.

But on Thursday, during the process for his removal, one of those who had endorsed his removal made a U-turn, saying he had been forced to endorse the motion under duress.

This led to an equal split of those for his removal and those against it. In the ensuing drama, a member of the Assembly reportedly made away with the mace aided by another lawmaker.

After the lawmaker exited the chamber with it, his accomplice held the door close to enable him to get away.

After the incident, the Majority Leader of the Gombe State House of Assembly, Mr Fabulous Amos, said those involved in the theft of the mace had been suspended.

“We have suspended them for four legislative days,” he said adding that the matter was referred to the Committee on Ethics and Privileges.

The committee was mandated to investigate the incident and report back to the Assembly on Monday, May 28.

Court Nullifies Jibrin’s Suspension, Orders Payment Of His Salaries

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has nullified the suspension of a former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin.

The House of Representatives had suspended Mr Jibrin for 180 legislative days on September 28, 2016. Mr Jibrin, who has served the suspension and rejoined his colleagues, had challenged the decision after his suspension.

But it wasn’t until Thursday that the court delivered judgement. Delivering judgment in the suit, Justice John Tsoho, ruled that the suspension of the lawmaker is unconstitutional and ordered the House of Representatives to pay him all the salary due to him for the period he was unjustly suspended.

“The suspension was an interruption of his earning which will be automatically restored especially when it has been decided that the action was a nullity by virtue of granting prayers 1 and 3 of the originating summons,” he said.

Jibrin had been suspended after he repeatedly accused the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and other principal officers of the House of padding the 2016 budget with billions of naira, a claim they all denied.

Uganda To Pay Civil Servants Per Day At Work

The Ugandan government is to start paying civil servants according to the number of days worked rather than a guaranteed monthly salary, a senior official said Tuesday.

Prof Ezra Suruma, the head of the Delivery Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), said they are for a start installing biometric gadgets at public health and educational institutions to monitor clock-in, clock-out of health workers and teachers at their duty stations.

Prof Suruma said salaries of absentee civil servants will be deducted equivalent to work days missed, he said.

“Last week, we were in Jinja for a meeting with district local governments and we were told that some districts no longer pay civil servants who absent themselves from work.

"We want other districts to follow suit because this is kisanja hakuna mchezo (no playing games),” he said.

Kaliro, Kayunga, Buvuma, Bulambuli, Bugiri and Bududa districts-- all in eastern Uganda-- are already implementing the scheme.

Prof Suruma, the former finance minister and current Makerere University chancellor, made the comments while receiving an assortment of biometric machines donated by the British government through its overseas development arm, the Department for International Development (DFID).

Kourtney Kardashian Gets Roses From Toyboy Bendjima On One Year Anniversary

Kim Kardashian's not the only sister in the reality TV dynasty celebrating a big anniversary Thursday. Kourtney Kardashian, 39, took to social media to celebrate her one-year anniversary as a couple with boyfriend Younes Bendjima, 24.

The socialite took to Instagram Stories to show a bouquet of red roses with a pink heart in the middle, writing, '365 days of love' and tagging Younes, a tall boxer-turned-model.

The eldest of the Kardashian siblings began dating Bendjima, an Algeria native, in late 2016 and since then, they have embarked on a romantic journey that has taken them to all corners of the world on opulent vacations in locales like French destinations such as Cannes and Paris, and the Caribbean paradise Turks and Caicos.

BN Travel: Niyi explores all that Lagos has to Offer in #GidiwithGoogle2!

Hey guys, Niyi Ademoroti here!

I’ll be exploring 10 iconic landmarks in Lagos with Google this weekend and, well, I’m excited!

Every year, Google brings together media influencers to explore a particular city using the specialized Google apps for travel. This time, it’s #GidiwithGoogle2.

I’ll be using the Google Trips (Android/iOS) throughout this weekend as it gives you useful and reliable information about the city you’re visiting. You can also manage your reservations, keep a personal itinerary for each day, and get recommendations for the most fun places in the city.

The Google App (Android/iOS) is your personal assistant and helps you search for every and anything. (You should know that!) Of course, the Voice Search feature is an added bonus. Sometimes I honestly am too lazy to type.

When in doubt (aka lost but don’t want to admit because ego), check Google Maps (Android/iOS), and don’t forget to back up your photos on Google Photos because these are memories to live for.

Although I’ve lived in Lagos my entire life, I’m pretty excited to see what this weekend has to offer. It’d be nice to see Lagos through a new lens.

Make sure you follow all the live updates on @bellanaijaonline with the hashtags #BNGidiwithGoogle2 and #GidiwithGoogle2.

Let the fun begin!

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#BBNaija’s Teddy A debuts New Single “Down” | Listen on BN

A Trip to Kajuru Castle with Bae! Watch a New Episode of Akah Bants on BN TV

On this episode of Akah Bants, Akah Nnani and his bae Claire Idera explore Kaduna.

He says:

So a couple of months ago I was going to Kaduna for work. Bae and myself needed time off. I knew we would do a tour of the state and so I asked her to come with. Thankfully, she had things she wanted to do at Kaduna too so she agreed.
We went to the 5th Chickerell Ranch, we went to the suya spots, introduced bae to Fura de Nunu which is my absolute favourite, and then we went to the Kajuru Palace which was the highlight of our trip. I put some footage together to make this episode of Akah Bants.

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From Model to Superstar Blogger! Linda Ikeji features on Forbes Africa’s “Against the Odd with Peace Hyde” | Watch on BN TV

This episode of Against The Odds with Peace Hyde chronicles the journey of successful blogger, Linda Ikeji.

From humble beginnings, Ikeji had to not only find ways to overcome poverty but also provide for her family. Watch her prolific rise from model to superstar blogger on this episode of Against The Odds with Peace Hyde.


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Nollywood Sweetheart Lota Chukwu covers ZSN Monthly’s May Edition

Lota Chukwu 

Nollywood actress Lota Chukwu dazzles as she covers the latest edition of Zebra Stripes Networks (ZSN) monthly.

The issue highlights 10 reasons why you should love the fast rising Nollywood star and food enthusiast.

The edition also features award winning singer Aramide’s  #TedxBells Tech speech, Premium monthly brand Baba Ijebu’s Millionaire Maker, Deadpool 2 Nigeria premiere and much more.

For more click here

Photo Credit: Avril May-Nzeribe

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Morgan Freeman apologises after Sexual Harassment Allegations

Morgan Freeman apologises after Sexual Harassment Allegations | BellaNaija

Morgan Freeman. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for People Magazine)

80-year-old actor Morgan Freeman has apologized after allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior were made against him.

16 women spoke to CNN, detailing events of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior they suffered while interacting with the actor.

Freeman, according to Variety, quickly issued a statement, apologizing for his actions. He said:

Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.

Photo Credit: John Shearer/Getty Images for People Magazine

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A Story of Xenophobia! Hakeem Kae-Kazim & Fabian Adeoye star in Akin Omotoso’s ‘Man on Ground’ | Trailer

Akin Omotoso

Filmmaker Akin Omotoso‘s ‘Man on Ground‘ tells a story about how Xenophobia in South Africa affects the lives of two Nigerian brothers.

The film was directed by Akin Omotoso nd co-Produced by Hakeem Kae-Kazim who features in its alongside Fabian Adeoye, Fana Mokoena and more.

Watch trailer:

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