31 March, 2012

About 60 days to NFIAwards...Which Beverage Drink will consumers pick as their best!!!

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It is just about 60 Days to the first ever Nigeria Food Industry Awards that will be taking place at the prestigious Golden Tulip, Hotel in Festac Town on Monday, 28th May, 2012, and you can still vote your favourite food brands, companies, outlets and so on on the official website (www.nfiawards.com) or on facebook at (www.facebook.com/nfiawards)

So lets quickly review one of our very refreshing, energizing and vital categories as we countdown to the D-day.

The Best Beverage Drink of the Year!!!

Pictures from 2012 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Audition - Benin and Port Harcourt

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Seven finalists were chosen at the MBGN 2012 Port-harcourt Screening on March 29th.

From the second picture, meet the finalists from Benin Audition which held on March 27th.

ABUJA Audition will hold today Saturday March 31
Venue: Silverbird Entertainment center, Plot 1161, Memorial Drive, By Musa Yar'adua Center, Central Business District, F.C.T.

And LAGOS Audition will hold on April 3rd
Venue: Xclusive lounge, Silverbird Galleria, 133 Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island.

African Model Esosa Edosomwan hits Zen Magazine April 2012 cover

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Editor's Note  --> There are so many reasons to embrace every new month, for us, it gives us the opportunity to meet new & exciting people, to share in their stories & to connect our readers with our contents. On our cover this April, we feature a remarkable young lady called Esosa. Esosa Edosomwan is an inspired thinker who has the ability to inject her passion into everything she does. She is a devoted model, an actress, a writer & a directress. She will be directing & starring in her first feature film titled 'One Night in Brooklyn' which would feature a multi-cultural cast of amazing individuals. To learn more about the movie visitwww.onenightinbrooklyn.com - We have some interesting inside features this month and they are all high-quality events. We shall be bringing you all the photo footage from one of Africa's premier fashion events 'Hub of Africa Fashion Week 2012 which takes place in Addis Ababa, to the hot terrains of Morocco to witness the 243km endurance race in the Marathon Des Sables, some of the best online media websites that promote African diversity in every magnitude, the importance of The Pikolinos Maasai project in Kenya & Eugenia Silva's ambassadorial role to the project & finally our list of the 50 greatest African Icons over the past decade.

Photography by: Briana Monet 
Photography Assistant: Alexander Weston 
Styled by: Dee Dwyer-Harris Rosemary Blue Vintage 
Hair & Makeup: Remy Ginger

30 March, 2012

Bobbi Kristina Lands Acting Role in Tyler Perry’s “For Better or For Worse” Sitcom!

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Whitney Houston's troubled 19-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina just signed a new acting deal with Tyler Perry.

Bobbi Kristina has been coping with the recent and sudden loss of her mother, and has seen her fair share of negative media attention in the past few months, especially in regards to her controversial "relationship" with her play brother turned boyfriend/fiance Nicholas Gordon.

But it looks like Tyler Perry, a close friend of the Houston family, wants to change all of that!

According to sources, Perry has given Bobbi Kristina a recurring role on his sitcom "For Better or Worse," which was recently picked up for a 2nd season on TBS, and is scheduled to begin airing in July 2012.

The series, which is loosely based on Tyler Perry's 2007 film "Why Did I Get Married?" and the 2010 sequel "Why Did I Get Married Too?" stars Tasha Smith and Michael Jai White as a couple (Marcus and Angela Williams), along with two other couples, who are all at various stages of their relationships as they weather the ups-and-downs of married life and dating.

TRACE Urban & Rubis Wine Pre Party Holds Tonight at Club 10

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TRACE Urban in partnership with Industry Nite is having a special VVIP pre-party for Dat TRACE Thang with Rubis wine.

The VVIP pre-party event takes place at Club 10, today Friday by 8:30pm.

It's a place for them to relax and chill before the big party, have some Rubis wine and network.

2012 TIME 100 List is out - Jonathan makes Time 100 List

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President Goodluck Jonathan
 The short list already produced by @Time Magazine for its annual '100 People' list already includes President Goodluck Jonathan, Merly Streep, Beyonce, Mark Zuckerberg, Alec Baldwin and many more.

Is President Goodluck Jonathan among most 100 important people on Earth? We  want your opinion:

The complete TIME 100 list will be chosen by our editors and revealed on TIME.com on Tuesday, April 17.
Check out the  Full List:
Adele, Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, Sheldon Adelson, Ai Weiwei , Marc Andreessen, José Andrés, Anonymous, Aziz Ansari, Bashar Assad, Vidya Balan, Alec Baldwin, Eike Batista, Fatou Bensouda, Almudena Bernabeu, Ben Bernanke, Beyoncé , Jeff Bezos, Preet Bharara, Sara Blakely, Usain Bolt, Bon Iver, Danny Boyle, Jan Brewer, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, Warren Buffett, Sarah Burton, Louis C.K., David Cameron, Eric Cantor, Pete Cashmore, Pete Cashmore, David Chang, Jessica Chastain, Chris Christie,

Starboy Nathan - Warn Up session on Factory 78

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Starboy Nathan is getting ready to drop his second official album "3D" on the 13th of May 2012 so he checks in with Factory78tv to talk about the UK urban scene, what his fans should expect from the album . Watch his one on one with Adesope as well as his warm up session with Novo performing "stunting" right here on F78tv.


29 March, 2012

Get Ready to Party with Jameson Whiskey Twice as Smooth Revolution on April 7th

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 Are you ready for a revolution? The Jameson Whiskey Twice as Smooth Revolution is back! The hottest party of the season is happening at the Likwid Lounge, Victoria Island on the 7th of April, 2012 with DJ Xclusive spinning the best club hits. Visit and like www.facebook.com/JamesonNigeria for a chance to win VIP tickets. Tell your friends too. Don't dull!!!

New Video: L.O.S 'On Fire'

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Video for the Smash single "On Fire" by emerging super-group; L.O.S The single which is already making inroads climbing into the charts , gaining heavy rotation on radio and taking over the clubs across Africa and beyond. After setting your groove on fire, L.O.S being trendsetters are going to make everyone activate their Bad Guy P with their forthcoming single, which is already a swag anthem.

Directed by Bobby Boulders.
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Photos from MTV SHUGA Screening in Lagos

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Two weeks ago, MTV held an exclusive screening of Shuga: Love, Sex, Money at the Silverbird Galleria in Lagos. Here are some of the pictures from the Screening.. Happy viewing..

28 March, 2012

This week on BET Spotlight - Wizkid and Psquare

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On this week BET Spotlight, Nigerian Music Acts Wizkid and P Square will be feature on a series by BET spotlight. It is a new half hour series by BET International that invites some of the brightest stars to step into BET spotlight where they share their lives through words and music.The program will air on Friday March 30,2012 at 8:30 PM GMT.

Fela Palava!!! Afrobeat Legend comes to Life as final 3 Nigerian Idol Contestants do Musical Battle

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Joe Blue Performing

It was a night of unending excitement and a walk down memory lane as Nigerian Idol’s final 3 performed Nigerian songs including songs from Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. As Najite took her final bow on the competition earlier in the week, Mercy, Joe Blue and Stephen were the remaining contenders for the Idol title. Added to the list of the judges for the night was Grammy-nominated artiste, Femi Anikulapo Kuti. Guest performers for the night were Jesse Jags and Black Magic who wowed the audience with individual performances.

Mercy Chinwo performing

“It is true when they say time flies when you are having lots of fun,” Project manager Tiwa Medubi highlighted. “It has been an incredibly hectic few months and suddenly a star will be unveiled, this what we all

Behind the Scene - Making of Afrosoul Diva Teni's 'Lion's Heart' Video

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Afrocentric Singer and House of Makeda Designer, TENI, is preparing to release the video for her single "Lionheart," Directed by Kayode Otolorin of AMVCA. "Lionheart" is a powerful declaration of strength and triumph over adversity with driving afrobeat providing the anchor for Teni's soaring vocals and a truly original Fela Kuti inspired dance-heavy video to match. The self-produced track is a classic anthem that


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While in the UK for his soldout performance at Proud2 in London's O2 Arena last month, the Chocolate City superstar Ice Prince sat down with Gidiculture TV to chat about his massive debut album E.L.I, the global rise of Afrobeats, his crazy tour stories and so much more. While in conversation, talk quickly moved to his massive new single "Magician" which originally features Yung L and J Milla. In the exclusive footage below, Ice Prince reveals to Gidiculture TV exactly how "Magician" came about in the studio and the inspiration behind the huge single…

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Tweet of the Day

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The Tweet ays it all.. He is in love with D'banj's 'Oliver Twist' Video.. I'm sure he likes the azonto dance.

27 March, 2012

Julius Agwu Takes Laff 4 Christ Sake to London

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London Agog For Laff 4 Christ Sake

Popular stand-up comedian, Julius Agwu has announced that he is taking the gospel themed comedy show, 'Laff 4 Christ sake' to London. The brand from the stable of Reel Laif entertainment, producers of Crack Ya Ribs and Comedy Train which started in 2004 has no doubt gained lots of popularity in Nigeria and environs.

This development is coming 10 years after hosting Crack Ya Ribs, the most popular comedy brand from his stable annually in London. The comedian said he is taking Laff 4 Christ Sake to London as part of Easter celebration for his fans and lovers of quality entertainment.

The show will take place at Lighthouse Hall, Camberwell SE5 0DL on April 8th 2012 from 5pm - 10pm. Performing at the events are SonnieBadu, FaithChild, Andrew Bello, Shabach(Beautiful Sounds),Pastor Gabriel Eziashi & TIM GODFREY, Dan D Humourous, Owen Gee, DJ Mri and many others.

Speaking concerning the show, Julius said "Laff 4 Christ Sake is an evening of gospel rhythms & jokes and

Iyanya Thrills Fans with 'Kukere Video'

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Lagos| Nigeria Since emerging winner of the maiden edition of the MTN Project Fame West Africa in 2008, Iyanya has continued to prove his remarkable talent to the media and his fans.
With the release of his recent singles "Kukure" and "South South girl" featuring Duncan Mighty, also the massive response by music lovers and heavy rotation on radio stations and clubs across the continent. Iyanya, in preparation of dropping a second album has released a music video for the track "Kukere".
The music video showcases the cultural dance from the South South especially among the Calabar/Akwa Ibom axis. The video was shot in Lagos and Calabar where Iyanya grew up and started his music career. He's at the forefront of promoting the Etighi dance, an artform that has now gone viral since he released his Etighi-themed video.

Iyanya explains, "This type of dance from my people in the South South and precisely Calabar/Akwa Ibom is called the "Etighi" dance. There are different dances that Nigerian youths today love like Azonto, Alanta and I believe with the release of this video, the "Etighi" dance would become a favourite in Nigeria."
The music video was directed by Patrick Ellis and produced by Detunes. The music video also has guest artiste appearances like Sexy Steel, Baba Dee, among other young artistes.
The dashing singer would be dropping his second album in a matter of months although his management is yet to disclose full details but we are told the album will feature top Artistes in the Nigerian music scene.

Iyanya is presently on a tour around Nigerian Universities and has stormed the Federal University of Technology Akure, Leadcity University and there are more schools to go.
Since his leap into fame by winning MTN Project Fame 2008 and the release of his debut album "My Story", Iyanya Mbuk has worked with top artistes in the Nigerian industry like MI, DJ Zeez, Faze etc. He has also worked with major producers in the industry like TY Mix, Cobhams, ID Cabasa, OJB, Wazz Beats among others.

Iyanya has performed in various events like the New York Fashion festival 2009, 2011 MTN Power of 10, 2012 MTN Pre Valentine Gig and a host of other events.

Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk discovered his talent for singing at a tender age while singing in the Anglican Church, Calabar. He later started singing at weddings and soon enough was given an offer to perform regularly at Channel view Hotel Calabar. He came into national attention during the first edition of MTN Project Fame West Africa where he was announced winner on October 24, 2008.

Olmeca Tequila Golden Sun Party this weekend Saturday March 31st

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Hey, party people! March 17th was a fabulous night, with great music, cocktails and celebrities at the 1st Olmeca Golden Sun party in Nigeria, but Olmeca Tequila has more! It's happening again next Saturday, March 31st @Likwid Lounge, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Olmeca Golden Sun is also an amazing recipe of Olmeca Tequila with sexy orange slices and magic cinnamon powder and you'll get to try it at the party. Other free splendid cocktails will also be served to guests on the carpet while interacting and taking pictures with celebrities and each other before heading into the club to PARTY!

As usual, access is by guest list only. To get the magic Olmeca text message, go to www.facebook.com/OlmecaTequilaNIgeria and send your name, email address and mobile number to the mobile number on the page. Yup! That easy!!!


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It's a show of gratitude!

The much anticipated event is being put together to appreciate sponsors, media partners, fans, friends and well wishers who have played towards the success of the Model Of Africa(MOA) vision and to celebrate the Model Of Africa winner and top models for their achievement.

Highlights of the event include a fashion showcase with 30 of Nigeria's biggest male models on the runway walking for some of the most creative menswear designers. The designers who have been given the platform of the MOA fashion party to showcase their pieces include: Thots On Tees, Femy Toyz,Nack, Maxivive, Kamsi Tchales,  Blackz & Emy, and Ben Clair. One of these designers would be selected for an automatic spot alongside other major designers like MAI, Yomi Casuals, Alvince, David Wej and Ginani, who shall be showcasing at the MOA 2012 event.

The runway would be filled with MOA 2011 winner Kenneth Nwadike and runner-ups Victor Kwen Akomaye, Segun Oyeyemi, Damola Adebowale, other top models like Uti Nwachukwu, Gbenro Ajibade, Alexx Ekubo, Dominic Ejiro, Ono, Kelvin, and Kenneth Okolie.

The event would also provide a networking opportunity between fashion insiders, models, designers and stylist.

Date- 31ST MARCH, 2012
Time – 5 to 8PM

Be there!!

A.G Mankind to Re-Emerge with “TOUCH IT” Single on 02-04-12

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Come Monday, April 2nd 2012, A.G Mankind – the rap and singing artiste that bagged numerous awards for creativity while a student of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria would re-emerge with another sensation song titled "TOUCH IT".

A.G Mankind (Real Name 'Wale Makinde) who his previously released songs "4 Kampus (Campus Wahala)" and "U Know I Love U" from his 'Pre-Emergence' Mixtape enjoyed rotational airplay especially on stations close to his campus apologizes to his fans for keeping them waiting all these while. He said Touch It would make up for all those quiet period and promises not to leave them for too long again before giving them more doses of good music.

"When you listen to TOUCH IT, you'd know instantly how the song came to be" smiled Mankind (as he's also called) when asked the story behind the soon to be released track.

Touch It was produced by Don Pauleon (the Omoge Wa Gba Petrol crooner),
and mixed by fast rising sound engineer – X Factor.

Keep your fingers crossed for TOUCH IT and more songs from A.G mankind.

O’jez honours ‘Village Headmaster’ Justus Esiri April Fool’s Day

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SUNDAY, APRIL 1 would be the turn of veteran Nollywood actor, Justus Esiri, to receive the prestigious O'jez Entertainment Award.
The monthly awards series that was instituted over a decade ago is honouring Esiri for his over three decades invaluable contribution to the nation's acting industry.

 The event which holds every last Sunday of the month had to be moved by a week for some reasons, which the organiser, O'jez Entertainment Limited, says "was all for the greater good." So instead of it holding on March 25, the March edition has been shifted to April 1 at the same celebrity restaurant, O'jez, inside National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. Time is 7pm.

 Chief Executive Officer of O'jez, Chief Joseph in a statement signed by his media Company, Media Image Managers, MIM, said Mr. Esiri deserves all the honours he can get "for being one of the pioneers of the nation's film industry in Nigeria. His role as the Village Headmaster in the rested TV serial The Village Headmaster, will remain fresh in the memory of Nigerians who were old enough to enjoy the programme back in the days. He is an actor's actor, Mr. Esiri, and like I always say, O'jez Entertainment Award is for exceptional people in the Nigerian society that have distinguished themselves in their chosen careers in life."
The actor would be treated to great highlife tunes to be performed by the O'jez and Evergreen bands while comedians Elenu, MC Shakara among others will take turns to thrill the crowd. Awards compere and Nollywood comedy star Charles Inojie with his deft way, will make the evening a memorable one.

One of the world's oldest performing musicians, highlife veteran, Fatai Rolling Dollar will also be on the stage while energetic dancer, Awilo will thrill with his energy sapping dance steps.

Esiri, father of Afro hip hop star, Dr. Sid, in a statement accepting the awards, said he was indeed glad the honour was coming at this time of his career. "I have had many awards, in fact, so many I can't remember some but I cherish the O'jez Entertainment Awards because this is one man's own little way of recognizing and appreciating people and to think he has been consistent in doing this for over a decade now shows he has good intentions. I, my family and friends as well as well wishers will storm O'jez restaurant on April 1 to receive this award that is so dear to me. I thank the organizers."
This is what Esiri had to say about his role in The Village Headmaster that brought him fame: "Before I featured in that programme, I never liked Village Headmaster because of the pidgin English. I was already in Lagos. One day I was at home when someone came to tell me that I should come for an audition for Village Headmaster because according to him, they had tried a lot of people and decided I should come.

At the National Theatre on that day, everyone was seated and they said they were going on location by the weekend. I had never seen the script before then, so I took it home and read it through. The location was in Badagry. On that day, everyone including Late Elsie Olusola, Kabiyesi Funsho Adeolu, Joe Layode, Ibidun Allison, Kabiyesi, Wole Amele, everybody sat down watching because I had not worked with them before. To my surprise, by the time I finished that sequence, they were all clapping.

  "When I am on set, I am a very deep person because of the belief that words have life and must be given life. People appreciated the way I handled Village Headmaster. Then Supple Blues which was a different thing entirely.

Then Things Fall Apart. There was a time I was three times weekly on network television. That is why I feel very bitter that of all the programmes I had done, those who took part in Samanja that came from the North of Nigeria, those who took part in Masquerade and those who took part in other Yoruba programmes were given National honours while I have featured in several plays and have not been recommended. I am not judging them, I just feel bitter. It would come when it would. One thing I am happy is that people appreciate what I have done. One day a car was chasing me around and almost bumped into me when the woman in the car peered out of the window to tell me she was sorry but she had told her driver to chase me so she could tell me something and that is that you "make acting look like real life".

The event is expected to start at 7pm.

Royal musical rumble at Kennis Music Easter fiesta

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NIGERIANS will witness 72 hours of music and fun at the oncoming Royal Kennis Music Easter Festival scheduled to hold on Friday, April 6 through Monday 9 at the Elegushi Beach, Lagos.

 Rechristened Royal Kennis Music Easter Festival by His Royal Majesty, Alayeluwa, Oba Ademola Elegushi, Kuyela III (Elegushi of Ikateland), the Good Friday Edition will be held as usual on April 6 at Get Arena, Lekki Expressway Lagos, with the Red Carpet at 8pm.
The event will be aired live on AIT and Kennis Music Channel from 9pm (Regular Primetime Africa slot on AIT). The 14th Annual Kennis Music Easter Festival was rechristened by the royal father at his beautiful palace at Ikateland, Lagos, recently when he played host to the Kennis Music entourage led by Chairman/CEO Kenny 'Keke' Ogungbe alongside rave of the moment Afro hip hop star, Jaywon, Africa's Queen of Pop Goldie, MINjin, Joe EL and Pokaface of Jukebox among others.
The king also blessed the festival and promised full moral and financial support among others. The meeting at the palace was also graced by the Executive Chairman of Eti Osa Local Government council, Prince Elegushi.
"Kennis Music Easter Festival which is 14 this year is now authoritatively called 14th Annual Royal Kennis Music Easter Festival which will broadcast live on AIT, Kennis Music Channel, Ray Power Network,Vibe FM, Ghana and it would also be streamed live on the Internet," Ogungbe said in a statement signed by his media Company, Media Image Managers, MIM.
Over 20 artistes and comedians have been confirmed for the show which is unarguably going to be the biggest during the Easter celebrations. Picked across all genres of music to cater for varying tastes, they are: Adewale Ayuba, Eedris Abdulkareem, KSB, PSquare, MI, Ice Prince, Jaywon, Brymo, Davido, Wizkid, Banky W, Goldie, Sauce Kid, Necto C, W4, ElDee D-Don, Chuddy K, Terry G, Sound sultan, Sasha P, Essence, Tiwa Savage, Flavour, Jahbless, Reminisce, Minjin, Joel, Capital FEMI, Durella, YQ, Konga,Vector, Olamide, Skales, Oristefemi, Weird MC, Sledge, Jukebox, Sd Awango and Adepyper.
Others are; DJ Zeez, Jybho, Danny Young, JJC&All stars,Young Six, Baba Dee, Tha' Suspect, Ilblis, Nomoreloss, Azadus, X-Project, Style-Plus, Ego, Sleezy E, Eva,Rayce and Morachi.
Comedians Gbenga Adeyinka D 1st, Basket Mouth, D-Don, Julius D Genius Agwu, Igos and Jedi will ensure the crowd laugh their hearts out while Osi, Shyne Begho and Ali Baba are hosts and Chief Host respectively. "Without sounding immodest, the Royal Kennis Music Easter Festival is the biggest show in Nigeria because its been a long while that stars from all genres of music will perform in a concert and we are talking about four days of non stop music and comedy. Yearly, we try to surpass our performance of the previous edition and this we have been doing for 14 years now," Kenny Ogungbe said.

26 March, 2012

Acclaimed Producer Kid Konnect releases Afrobeat Remix to Tyga's 'Rack City'

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Once again, producer/ beat maker Kid Konnect comes out with yet another Afrobeat remix track, this time working his magic on Tyga’s “Rack City”
This track is available for free download here:


 If you missed Kid Konnect’s previous tracks:

[Download Coupe Decale version of “Motivation” – Kelly Rowland Ft. Lil’ Wayne: http://hulkshare.com/1vwjjx66r5zn /
[Download Afro-Juju version of “Racks”: http://hulkshare.com/i0onja48s6v1/

Register Now for the African Youth and Governance Conference Accra 2012

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 About the Conference
The world population report has indicated an unprecedented increase in youth population across the world with nearly half the global population under 25 years, with more than 1 Billion between the ages of 15 and 24 years. It has been projected that by 2015, there will be 3 Billion young people and 2.5 Billion of them will be living in developing countries (Ruth Kagia, World Bank Group, 2008).  In 2002, youth as a percentage of the total global population ranged from a high of 35 percent in Grenada to a low of 14 percent in Monaco. The percentage of youth was predominantly higher in Africa and much of Asia, but generally low in the countries of the Developed World and in Eastern Europe and the new independent states of the former Soviet Union. Over the 2002-2025 period, the change in the population ages 15- 29 is expected to vary by region. Youth population in Sub-Saharan Africa has been projected to grow at very fast rate while declining in China, Eastern Europe, and the Developed World. As a result, youth as a percentage of the total population are likely to decline everywhere across the globe except in Sub- Saharan Africa.

Despite the increasing youth population growth, successive Governments in Africa have demonstrated little commitment to address the problem of youth marginalization from mainstream development. Africa today has

Lagos Shoppers, Are you Ready? Oja Ara is coming your way this Easter

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Oja Ara is coming your way this Easter, keep a date with OJA-ARA, they will connect you with the things you love.  Oja Ara, will bring you the best bargains this season. We will have juicy deals and steals on clothing, jewelry, accessories, homeware, cookware, gadgets, toys and clothes for the kids. Own a small business? Hang with us and connect with other small business owners for endless potentials. Also, take advantage of the business support services from some of our vendors to enhance your sales at an affordable costs . Enjoy the beautiful atmosphere with great food and music. You can’t afford to miss it.

Oja-Ara will take place on the 6th and 7th of April 2012 at Unity Center, 28b Isaac John Street, opposite Ruff n Tumble, GRA Ikeja. 11am -6.30pm daily

As always, at Oja Ara, you could go home with more than you bargained for. Every time you buy something

Beyonce Asks Christian Louboutin To Design Shoes For Blue Ivy

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Who runs the world? Beyonce and Blue Ivy Carter.. lolz!! Beyonce has reportedly asked high fashion shoe designer Christian Louboutin to design a special pair of his famous shoes for Blue Ivy Carter.

The two-month old baby was recently spotted out wearing a pair of tiny Marc Jacobs gold ballet pumps and now it seems she'll be getting a unique pair of red soled shoes to add to her already killer wardrobe.

Banky W a.k.a Mr. Capable gets Coca-cola Endorsement

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We all know him as the face of Samsung and to an extent, a voice for Hennessy lovers, but it appears prolific singer, MC, songwriter, producer, writer and Chairman of Empire Mates Entertainment, Banky W is not going to stop at just that.
Last month, the R&B power house made an appearance on our screens and billboards as the new face of Coca cola Open and Win campaign. Mr. Wellington was signed for an undisclosed figure for a period of three months, but it sure looks like a good deal.

It feels really good when world-class brands see your image and products, and are willing to tie into that and partner with you. It’s an honor to be chosen, and at EME, we can only expect greater things by God’s grace.” Banky W told newsmen in Lagos last week before heading to the United States where his protégé Wizkid will be making major media appearances.

For two years, Banky W took the back seat - preparing, grooming and moulding Wizkid for global stardom.

Photo Speak: Wizkid and Rev Al Sharpton

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New Video: Eldee 'Today na Today'

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Great video and sound quality with special appearances from Trybe Records crew (Sheyman, Sars, K9 and SoJay). The video is simple off the chain as it paints the pictures better than we imagined and as always, eLDee never fails to deliver and his beautiful bride with her elegant wedding gown further added more colour to the video.

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Ara the Talking Drummer makes Another First

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The enigmatic soul diva and one of Nigeria's finest performer, the first female talking drummer of international repute , makes another first in far away New York City, when she was before the world made the Melody Ambassador for Water by Melody For Dialogue AmongCivilized Association an organization affiliated to UNESCO and UN on the world water day at the Merkin Kaufman concert hall. At the well attended ceremony with representatives from the UNESCO headquarters in France, UN office in New York, 
Ara was eulogized as a woman who broke away with traditions and norms of limitation usually imposed on

Zen Magazine Editorial piece for the Month of March - CEO of AGU Couture - Emeka Chukwu

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Zen Magazine is back again with their editorial piece for the month of March. This one features a piece on the hardworking and handsome Emeka Chukwu, the CEO of AGU Couture. He is a jewelry designer and stylist extraordinaire. See more to know who this man is!

April Edition is gonna be Hot!! Hot!! Hot!! I can't wait!

My ChamPAYNE Life: A New TV Series by Toni Payne

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The hottest new TV series Premiering on Monday April 2nd is coming from non other than Toni Payne, Ceo of Toni Payne Concepts a music, fashion and beauty company.

My ChamPayne Life is a A Reality TV Series that documents the work life of Toni Payne; a Public Relations Executive, Entertainment Consultant, Online Radio Owner, Socialite, Makeup Brand Owner and Mother. The series will show how she balances her hustle, career and everyday life.
Toni Payne always had a passion for being creative, and an innate drive for business. Her passion for fashion, beauty and entertainment has led her to creating a niche for herself in the Nigerian Entertainment Industry. Her

Search for the Next Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria starts Tomorrow

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 Screening for the 25th Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant Starts tomorrow. Check out the screening dates and venue.

Date: Tuesday March 27
Venue: HomeVille Hotel, Evbuomwan Street off Sapele road. Benin City

Date: Thursday March 29
Venue: Silverbird Showtime, Former Obi Wali Cultural Center, MILE 1, Diobu, Port Harcourt.

Date: Saturday March 31
Venue: Silverbird Entertainment center, Plot 1161, Memorial Drive, By Musa Yar’adua Center, Central Business District, F.C.T.

Date: April 3rd
Venue: Xclusive lounge, Silverbird Galleria, 133 Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island.

FACTORY78 - Mya k interview / Live Performance

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Factory78 studios had a rare visit by rising child star Mya K in March 2012. The British entertainer of mixed heritage (Nigerian mother and English Father ) had a chat with Adesope and DJ Lanre about being a ten year old singer, performing at the Calabar Festival 2011 and of course her music. Watch Mya K rock the mic with her incredible vocals before her interesting interview right here on Factory78tv.
Watch Here

24 March, 2012

Pictures from Bez Idakula Performance at SXSW in Austin

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See Pictures fromBez Idakula and IBK spaceship boi  at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Hosted by Spinlet. Photo Credit: Rock photographer Jay Blakesberg.

Check them out!

Pink Pearl Foundation and Oaken Events Easter Giveaway

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 In the sacrificial spirit of Easter, Pink Pearl Foundation would be organizing a Cancer Awareness Campaign and Charity Giveaway on the 6th of April 2012, to commemorate the Easter celebration. The event is focused on touching lives by putting smiles on people’s faces with a mission to reduce the rate of death caused by breast and cervical cancer in Nigeria. This event will take place in Lagos’ “Ghetto City – Ajegunle” at LA primary school complex Ajegunle with special appearance from the Ghetto Soldier - Daddy Showkey and Nigeria’s finest DJ Jimmy Jatt. There will be free screenings during giveaway.

 Speaking on the reason for the event, Spokesperson for the foundation, Mr. Onye Ubanatu said; “just as we had the December Giveaways, Easter reminds us of God’s selfless sacrifice of his only son, Jesus Christ,

Goldie, Wierd MC and Sound Sultan endorsed as Peace Ambassadors

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United Nations (UN)  recently endorsed the two musical acts, Weird Mc, Sound Sultan and  Susan 'Goldie' Harvey as Peace Ambassadors.

The Youth Peace Ambassadors project promotes and supports the role of young people in peace-building activities that contribute to living together in dignity and dialogue.

Through a network of specifically trained young people who strengthen the presence and promote the values of the Council of Europe in conflict-affected areas and communities. And also they can use their influence and fame to promote the cause of peace in their community, environment and globally.

Congratulations to you all!!!

New song, New look! Rihanna Becomes "Gangsta Gothic Geisha" for New Video

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 Rihanna, who's currently shooting the video for her latest track "Princess of China," posted a photo of herself dressed in an anything-but-traditional Asian outfit on Twitter with the caption: "Gangsta goth geisha #thuglife #princessofchina".

The pop star, 24, sports extreme black eyeliner, thin penciled eyebrows, bold red lips and an architectural updo adorned with chopsticks. In one pic she shows off her extra-long gold nails while sticking up her middle finger and glaring at the camera.

23 March, 2012

Video Premiere: Naeto C 'I Gentle'

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This clean and crisp video was shot in February 2012 in London, produced by the crew at Spaceship and directed by Christopher K with a full international cast and crew Storm 360 is proud to present "I Gentle" the video. The song is now available on itunes and is also here as a limited free download attached to this release. The video will move to tv platforms from next week but at this time please enjoy this one. Super C is sending this one out from Miami where he is perhaps the only major Nigerian artist present at Miami Music Week and of course he just shut down SXSW last week Friday at the Spinlet Showcase in Austin, Texas.

This is the first new release from Super C in 2012 but there are more videos coming from the Super C Season Album and also he has already begun recording for the next album which is due later this year. In the meantime enjoy this one..
Watch the video Here:

Song Download Link>>>>http://tinyurl.com/igentle

Connect with Naeto C

Today On The Big Friday Show

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On the all new episode of 'The Big Friday Show' showing on Silverbird Television, hosting the show alongside Basket Mouth is actress Nse Ikpe Etim. The stunning actress was also pranked on the show. You don't want to miss that! Also catch rapper 2Shotz's exclusive interview at the seaside station Rhythm 93.7fm.
Don't miss it showing at 6pm on Silverbird television.

If you missed last weeks episode with guest artist Vector and the prank the BFS crew pulled on Joseph Benjamin, catch it on MTV Base at 7:30pm (8:30pm CAT)

Follow The Big Friday Show on twitter: @BigFridayShow

Source: MTV BASE

Photo Credit: Osahon Ademota

Photos from Olmeca Tequila Golden Sun Party

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Adebola and guest
Socialites in Lagos, last Saturday, enjoyed a night of networking, great music from DJ Sose, cocktails and the Olmeca Golden Sun experience at Jay Jay Okocha’s Club 10, Saka Tinubu, Victoria Island.

Celebrities and popular personalities like Olisa Adibua, Dipp, DJ Caise, W4, Nigga Raw, ShowDemCamp and so on had a great time from about 10pm when the Gold Carpet started til 5am in the morning.

Elbama and Andre Blaze


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Apparently when HipTv's ace celebrity presenter/reporter 'Dayo Ephriam' is not on the red carpet covering an event or reporting a breaking news, he plays in the studio as we stumbled on recorded material from the presenter. Judging from the track, it is safe to say that singing is one of his numerous talents.

This is a stellar cover of the famous Hero by latin singer/song-writer 'Enrique Iglesias' by Dayo. The question is should we expect an official single or album from him? Enjoy!

Wizkid, Omawumi, Chigurl for Abuja Young Entrepreneurs Awards (AYEA)

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As the nation's capital, Abuja gets ready for the maiden edition of The Abuja Young Entrepreneurs Awards (AYEA), organised by Fusion Lifestyle Limited, in Partnership with The Connector Limited, which is set to take place on Friday the 20th of April at The Abuja International Conference Center from 6-10pm, the organisers have been working round the clock to ensure the event lives up to expectation.

The awards aim to recognize, motivate and celebrate young outstanding business owners in the FCT who have made distinguished themselves among their contemporaries. In all, there will be 11 categories of awards going out to outstanding individuals. Also, three other individuals will be honoured for outstanding entrepreneurial skills and philanthropy.

Described as a night of glamour and entertainment, the event will be hosted by Matilda Duncan of Rhythm FM and Ebuka Obi-Uchendu of Big Brother fame.

It will feature musical performances by top musicians like WizKid, Omawumi as well as upcoming Abuja artistes. There will also be comedy by popular comedienne Chigurl and Ajebo and a fashion show by the Fashion and Style nominees, Dzyn Couture, House of Farrah, Ms. Makor, Reedas and Serendipity.

Tickets are available for sale from various outlets in Abuja and cost 20,000(VIP), 5,000(Regular) and 2,500(student/Corper).


Speaking on the April 20 event, a key member of the team, Samiah Oyekan said ''there is so much excitement about this event, many youths have been looking forward to it, we want to assure them that it will be entertaining and fulfilling, that is why all hands are on deck. Since it's the maiden edition, expectations are high but we assure the public that the event will be one that many will remember for years to come. We implore people to purchase their tickets early to avoid the rush''.

The dress code chosen for the event is 'VERY CLASSY' and the event will be a proper dinner event.

The event is proudly supported by Brides and Babies, LB events, Studio 24, Love food, Medicaid Diagnostics, Tulip press, Cancerq.

For enquiries
08098389882, info@ayeawards.com

22 March, 2012

Nollywood Actress Liz Da Silva back with 'Mama Insurance'

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Liz Da Silva is Back!! Fast rising actress in Nollywood who is half Togolese and half Nigerian has come a long way in the make believe world.

Liz, actress cum producer last year shot an all ladies cast movie titled (Mama Insurance) which was directed by Bayo Tijani and shot in Victoria Island in the stars Faithia Balogun, Iyabo Ojo, Ayo Mogaji, Lanre Hassan, Ronke Oshodi oke among others.


The movie is about a landlady (Ayo Mogaji) who has female tenants in her house and she is a disciplinarian, well educated and knows the value of insurance. She's got 4 tenant 1. Banker( Balogun) 2. 419(Liz Da-silva) 3. Prostitute(Ronke Odusanya) 4. Iyabo Ojo(born again), A maid (Shola Williams) and a security lady (Ronke Ojo).

The landlady despite being a disciplinarian shows a lot of love to one of her tenant not knowing she is fraudster. Liz told us that she got the inspiration to do the movie because she loves to do her things differently.

The movie is expected to hit the video shelves in a couple of days.

Courtesy of Epsalaum films.

Eva Fun Walk - Join us this Saturday March 24th

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Join the Eva Fun Walk @ National Stadium Surulere, Lagos @ 7am, Saturday 24th March 2012. IPods for the 1st 50 people arrive that day. More info @facebook.com/evafunwalk
Eva strives to entrench the active healthy living culture in Nigerians, and as such has launched the "Be Eva Active Campaign" by bringing to Lagosians, the 1st edition of the New & Improved Eva Fun Walk Activation.
The Walk will begin at the National Stadium – Western Avenue – Abebe Village Road – Eric Moore – Bode Thomas – Adeniran Ogunsanya – Alhaji Masha Road – Ogunlana Drive – Itire Road – Western Avenue - National Stadium.
Be Eva Active, join the Eva Fun Walk, and let's Make Walk Fun @ 7:00am on Saturday 24th March 2012 at the National Stadium Surulere.Like us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/evafunwalk and join Eva on BBM by scanning attached QR code or entering this PIN 26E161B6 to your Blackberry Messenger.
Come and help make this a success.

Tchidi Chikere responds to malicious report on true state of his marriage

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A statement released by Tchidi's publicist: 

Our attention has been drawn to a malicious report by a softsell magazine and selected blogs about our client, Tchidi Chikere on the state of his marriage and the reasons behind his decision to walk away from the nine-year union. In the said report, the soft sell publication claimed Tchidi has impregnated an actress, is currently living with the said actress and also planning to tie the knot with her by the end of the year.
The report is at best laughable and absolutely untrue. So that truth will not be turned on its head and silence taken as admission of guilt, we wish to make the following points clear:
1.      Nobody is pregnant for our client. We couldn't fathom that reporters who delight in fabricating falsehood in the name of gossip would go through this ridiculous and laughable route. Pregnancy is not something that can be hidden, and according to our findings, the said actress is presently on location with actor, Nkem Owoh in Enugu. Those who care to know the truth and are not interested in propaganda can go find out the true state of her 'pregnancy.' This is one accusation, given time, would prove true or false.
2.      Tchidi Chikere is not getting married to anyone anytime soon. We cannot comprehend where the fabricating machine got such lies from, and the December date is just around the corner, so let's wait and see.
3.      For those who care to know, Tchidi is not living with anyone – actress, actor or colleague.
For avoidance of doubt, Tchidi has not been happy in the nine year old marriage and his family knows about it, Sophia's family knows about it, close friends and associates can also testify to this. Should we ask a man or woman to continue in perpetual state of unhappiness all in the name of saving face?
He has worked the marriage for the past nine years and has exhausted all means of peaceful co-existence with his wife. All thanks to Sophia. The decision to end the marriage has nothing to do with any woman and Sophia knows this herself. Otherwise she wouldn't have made promises to friends and family members to turn a new leaf.
No matter the falsehood published after this, our client will not be joining issues with anyone or those who have chosen to pursue personal vendetta on the pages of newspaper.


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