The Sun News » Entertainment http://sunnewsonline.com/new - Voice of The Nation Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:28:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.5 Lagos and the gains of mainstream politics http://sunnewsonline.com/new/lagos-and-the-gains-of-mainstream-politics/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/lagos-and-the-gains-of-mainstream-politics/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:04:36 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=126128 BY SOLA OGUNMOSUNLE One of the fascinat­ing points of the 2015 general elec­tion with particular reference to the Lagos State gubernatorial electioneering campaign was the calculated canvass for votes by the two leading political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Dem­ocratic Party (PDP), to con­vince the electorate on the need for the [...]]]>

BY SOLA OGUNMOSUNLE

One of the fascinat­ing points of the 2015 general elec­tion with particular reference to the Lagos State gubernatorial electioneering campaign was the calculated canvass for votes by the two leading political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Dem­ocratic Party (PDP), to con­vince the electorate on the need for the State to cease from being in opposition at the federal level.

Since the return of the coun­try to democratic rule in 1999, Lagos State has remained one of the very few States in the federation that has not, at one time or the other, been gov­erned by the Peoples Demo­cratic Party (PDP). Zamfara, Bornu and Yobe are the other States never to have at once aligned with the centre until 2015.

Prior to the presidential election, the then ruling PDP, encouraged by the power of incumbency, had hoped to win the presidential election and had enjoined the electorate to ensure that Lagos State, for once, falls into what it termed ‘mainstream politics’. The then opposition party, the APC, buoyed by its success at the presidential poll, flew a simi­lar kite! The APC also bid the electorate not to let the oppor­tunity to align with the centre pass by. The outcome of the election now belongs to histo­ry! Lagos is now governed by the APC that equally controls the central government.

Undoubtedly, Lagos is a beautiful bride that all the po­litical parties covet for obvious reasons. The State represents a major way forward for the socio-economic renewal of the country. Lagos is the former seat of power for the country and is home to about 2,000 industrial complexes and over 10,000 commercial ventures. It contributes 30% to the na­tion’s GDP (2006 statistics) and is the leading contribu­tor to the non-oil sector GDP (2011 statistics). It accounts for over 60% of Nigeria’s in­dustrial and commercial activ­ities; 70% of national maritime cargo freight, over 80% of in­ternational aviation traffic and over 50% of Nigeria’s energy consumption.

Equally, Lagos is a highly private sector-driven econo­my. Growth in Lagos would therefore have spiral effect on Nigeria as a whole. All these enable the state to generate most of its revenue (73 per cent of the total), giving it an incentive to perform well. Un­like other state governments, it does not depend on the alloca­tions from the Federation Ac­count to drive its developmen­tal agenda.

Regrettably, when the fed­eral capital was relocated to Abuja in 1991, Lagos was left to rot away by successive mili­tary administrations. The fed­eral government has refused to emulate countries such as Germany, Brazil, Malaysia, Australia and Tanzania, which have relocated their national capitals without abandoning infrastructural development of the former capitals. Bogged down by a burgeoning popu­lation of over eighteen mil­lion people, Lagos had over the years become what former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, once described as ‘a jungle’. At the return of the country to democracy in 1999, the State government, under Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his successor, Mr. Baba­tunde Raji Fashola, embarked on aggressive infrastructure renewal and development that has, within fifteen years, trans­formed Lagos from being a symbol of urban disorder to a widely cited example of effec­tive governance in Africa.

In its efforts to clean up the rot left behind by the aban­donment of Lagos, the State government had repeatedly clashed with the federal gov­ernment in many instances that have raised questions whether we practise true fiscal federal­ism in Nigeria.

The State demanded in­creased powers from the cen­tral government. As a matter of fact, the Lagos State govern­ment had instituted dozens of lawsuits challenging the over­bearing powers of the federal government over the other fed­erating units in the federation. The State was always at log­gerheads with the federal gov­ernment such that President Obasanjo blocked numerous Lagos projects ranging from traffic control to independent power generation, claiming they exceeded state authority. The State’s attempt to create and add additional 37 Local Governments Areas to the ex­isting 20 in 2004 was stifled by the federal government despite the Supreme Court ruling that the new LGAs were validly created. The federal govern­ment, holding on to some form of ambiguity in the ruling, withheld the statutory alloca­tion to the existing LGAs for many months to snuff life out of the created LGAs.

Some form of political so­lution was later reached in 2008 under the administra­tion of late President Umaru Yar’Adua to name the newly created entities Local Council Development Areas (LCDA)

Now that the State belongs to mainstream politics, the expectation for some form of partnership for development has been elevated. It is pre­supposed that the two sides will bury the hatchet and bring the feud to a close. The very first area where the State can begin to enjoy its new found romance with the centre is the payment of the amount owed Lagos by the federal govern­ment. According to the former Governor of the state, Mr. Ba­batunde Raji Fashola, the fed­eral government in Abuja owes the state certified N51billion, being costs of repairs carried out on federal roads. If this happens immediately, it will be a good starting point for Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the new Governor of the state.

One other area that the fed­eral government can partner with the State is the ceding of the abandoned federal govern­ment owned structures and institutions in the state. The federal secretariat in Ikoyi is one property that can be put to good use if ceded to Lagos State.

The subsisting lawsuit on the property can be settled amica­bly out of court. The derelict National Stadium in Lagos can also be ceded to Lagos State that can possibly manage the facility better than what is ob­tainable now.

It is also hoped that the State’s clamour for a special status as a former capital of the nation will receive a favor­able consideration from the National Assembly, particu­larly if the motion for the bill emanates from the Executive. It is a well-accepted fact that when it is well will Lagos, it is well with Nigeria and when it is well with Nigeria, it is well with Lagos.

.Ogunmosunle writes from Lagos State Ministry of Infor­mation, Alausa, Lagos.

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I can’t date a married man –Kay Samuel, actress http://sunnewsonline.com/new/i-cant-date-a-married-man-kay-samuel-actress-2/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/i-cant-date-a-married-man-kay-samuel-actress-2/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 23:06:15 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125955 By CHUKS EZE Pretty actress, Kay Samuel, made her Nollywood debut in Friendly Scorpion. The graduate of History from Imo State University (IMSU) has since featured in other movies such as Shattered Mirror, Sweet Potato, My Prince My Princess, Crown Princess, and Lonely Princess. Having conquered Nollywood, Samuel is now making a foray into music, with a single in the offing. [...]]]>

By CHUKS EZE

Pretty actress, Kay Samuel, made her Nollywood debut in Friendly Scorpion. The graduate of History from Imo State University (IMSU) has since featured in other movies such as Shattered Mirror, Sweet Potato, My Prince My Princess, Crown Princess, and Lonely Princess.
Having conquered Nollywood, Samuel is now making a foray into music, with a single in the offing.
The multi-talented artiste opened up to Entertainer at a function in Enugu State and she spoke on a variety of issues including her career, relationship and her soon-to-be-released work. Excerpts:

You look great, what is the secret to your beauty?
Thanks for the compliment. I always visit the gym and I am on constant diet. That’s what I do to keep fit. A woman has to do whatever she could to look good.
How much does it cost you to always look this good and trendy?
To be honest with you, it costs a lot. For you to look ravishing all the time is quite demanding. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been working out and trying to keep fit because in showbiz, aside the talent, you have to really look good. However, I also believe that I have a natural smooth face and a great body. I do not use anything extra-ordinary apart from the usual cleansers that help prevent pimples and burns on the face.
Looking beautiful usually attracts male admirers. How much of it do you experience?
Oh, don’t even go there. It is normal. It happens to women everyday and all the time. It happens in churches, market places, everywhere. But you must note that a substantial number of these admirers are fans. So, I think one should be cautious in handling them because we need our fans as much as they need us. I am a very polite person and I know how to handle male folk around me.
Are you hooked up?
That’s an issue for another day.
When will the wedding bells ring?
Any moment from now, just watch out.
In Friendly Scorpion, your first movie, you played company secretary and your boss’ wife felt insecure about you…?
(Laughs) Yes, that was what happened. It was a Coruma Movies’ production. She was actually suspecting that I was dating her husband but the reverse was the case.
You depicted that role so well. Can you date a married boss in real life?
First of all, I am against office romance and secondly, why contest for someone else’s husband when there are so many free men out there?
How would you like your man to handle you?
I like a man who can treat me like a queen, understand and appreciate me.
What if he treats you like a queen but turns out deficient in the bedroom?
Well, when we get to that bridge we will know how to cross it.
Is it true that virtually all women like men that are vulgar, I mean, no-holds-barred-men?
I would say that it is different strokes for different folks.
What about you?
Every woman desires a romantic man and I am not an exception.
How challenging was Friendly Scorpion?
The script was challenging being my first Nollywood outing. More so, I had to put up with popular actors like Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Mike Ezuruonye, Solomon Akiyesi, Rukky Sanda and the likes, so I sincerely found it challenging. Although, I grew up writing scripts and acting from my primary school days, but camera-wise, Friendly Scorpion was my first.
Your mum was an actress, would it be right to describe yours as an entertainment family?
Yes, it would. I think that we took after our mother. She was into acting and the creative arts. She told us that she joined a drama group as a toddler. Today, my siblings and I are into entertainment; we sing and act. But my only brother is late now so, it’s just my sister and I. My sister launched her album on June 21 and I am currently working on my debut single.
What genre would it be?
It’s gospel. It’s all about glorifying God for his goodness to me, especially for seeing me through this uneasy journey. God willing, the album will drop before the end of the year.
Why do you not wear tattoos or do you have them where the eyes cannot see them?
No, I don’t wear tattoos. I think the Holy Bible condemns it and I would not do what goes contrary to biblical teachings, because I love and fear God.

What would you not do as an actress because of your faith?
It depends on the circumstance. If I am faced with a challenge and it is against my Christian faith, I would not do it.
What about going nude in a movie?
I can’t. I wouldn’t do that for any reason or any amount. But I’m not against those who do it because they are comfortable with it.
Even with a N5 million upfront pay?
I will not even if you give me all the money in the world.
You’re supposed to be a professional, is going nude not part of make-belief?
It depends on how you view it. But like I said, it is a personal thing. I cannot go nude in a movie.
What special qualities must your ideal man have?
I desire a God-fearing person because I’m very God-fearing too. I like a man that has focus, vision and a goal-getter. And of course, he has to be romantic and understanding.
Is it possible to find a man with those qualities in Nollywood?
Yes, it is possible.
Can you marry an actor or entertainer?
Yes I can.
Don’t you think that challenges are usually higher when entertainers marry each other?
I think that one thing that keeps a relationship going, whether it is marriage or a dating, is understanding. Adequate understanding is all that matters.
What offence could make you deny your husband sex?
It depends because I’ve grown to be a very understanding person. Marriage is not just about relationship and sex; friendship matters a lot. Normally, men do things that shatter women’s hearts. But personally, I have come to a point in my life where I have realised that ‘hey, these are men for you; that’s what they are and you have to deal with it that way’. So, I’ll do everything to ensure we don’t have unnecessary issues that will degenerate to such a level.
Would you break your husband’s head if you catch him pants down on your matrimonial bed?
No, I would pretend that it is not a big deal and walk away.

You’d just walk away, speechless?
Yes, speechless. Maturity is not about making noise. If I start ranting, either the woman loses regard for me or my husband does. I would just make sure they see me before I walk away. So, it is up to my man to do the whole begging and apologies. I could even leave the house for a while or something of that sort. But such is not an easy experience because even if you have to cheat on me, it should not be on my matrimonial bed.
Do you think that all men cheat?
No, but I would say a majority do. There is this belief that 99.9 per cent of men cheat. So, it is just a minute fraction that doesn’t. The truth is that there are still one or two men out there who don’t.
What about women, don’t they cheat too?
Well, I wouldn’t say all women cheat because personally, I can’t cheat on my man. I can only speak for myself. But seriously, I think that men cause most of the problems that women face today.
Can you dump your man over ‘bedroom deficiency’; I mean poor performance in bed?
That is a complicated one I must confess. For my husband, marriage is for better for worse. So, that is a no-no. But for a boyfriend, if I try to explain to him and there is no improvement, I will leave because sincerely, no matter how you fake it, you will not be happy in such a relationship.

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Dad’s name opens doors for me –Love Idoko http://sunnewsonline.com/new/dads-name-opens-doors-for-me-love-idoko/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/dads-name-opens-doors-for-me-love-idoko/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 23:00:34 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125848 Love Idoko has surely come a long way. From running a GSM business after she lost her dad at a tender age, today she is a publisher, talk show host and event planner. In this interview, Idoko speaks about her TV programme and the journey so far. Why did you delve into T.V production? I [...]]]>

Love Idoko has surely come a long way. From running a GSM business after she lost her dad at a tender age, today she is a publisher, talk show host and event planner. In this interview, Idoko speaks about her TV programme and the journey so far.

Why did you delve into T.V production?
I have always wanted to inspire people. We started a radio programme, Activating Success, three years ago and we have enjoyed widespread acceptance so we decided to take it to TV. At age 17, I wrote my first book entitled Celebrating Change.

You have interviewed very influential personalities on the platform, how did you pull it off?
By God’s grace I have been publishing a magazine, Motivation Magazine, for eight years. So we have been able to get contacts and build relationships with great people that have graced our cover. They include Dr. Mike Murdock, Dr. Paul Enenche, Honourable Desmond Elliot, Fela Durotoye and NAFDAC’s DG, Dr. Paul Orhii among a host of others. I’m also an events planner so I get to host a lot of celebrities at our events and they have become like family to me. That’s why it was easy to get their interviews for our TV show.

You recently interviewed Dr Mike Murdock and featured the late Dr Myles Munroe on the latest edition of your magazine, why are you into men of God?
I believe we need God to succeed in life. I come from a strong Christian home. Even though my dad was Chief Judge, he was a preacher of the gospel. My mum also has a Christian womens’ ministry that has been on for 29 years. So I grew up watching these men of God preach and they influenced me.

What was growing up like?
Growing up wasn’t adventurous. I was introvertive and wasn’t friendly (Laughs). I was very shy, quiet and always kept to myself and was too serious. However, I became a bit friendly in the university when I started speaking in my fellowship.

How has being the daughter of a chief judge impacted your life?
I hardly mention my dad’s name. He was a very humble and God-fearing man. I tell myself all the time, ‘Love, you need to work very hard so you will make your father proud.’ My father was a good man who touched many lives. He was Chief Judge for 15 years so his name definitely has opened doors and I believe it’s all part of God’s master plan for my life.

Who are your mentors?
Dr Mike Murdock; he is always there to advice and encourage me. My mum and dad have also mentored me and of course, Bishop David Abioye, who has been like a father to me.

You lost your dad a long time ago, how did you cope?
When God called my dad home, I realised immediately I was connected directly to God. Even though I was heartbroken by his death, I was very positive that God will not leave us stranded. His death made me work harder and determined to be productive. After I lost my dad, I started a small GSM business (laughs). The business grew gradually and later I employed someone; that was how I was able to weather the storm.

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Why I’m enthusiastic about giving back to society –Imo beauty queen http://sunnewsonline.com/new/why-im-enthusiastic-about-giving-back-to-society-imo-beauty-queen/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/why-im-enthusiastic-about-giving-back-to-society-imo-beauty-queen/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 23:00:10 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125844 From TONY OSAUZO, Benin Beauty they say, lies in the eyes of the beholder. Evidently, no one would dispute the beauty and quality of the natural endowment of Miss Cynthia Ngozi Igbokwe who emerged the most beautiful girl in Imo State for 2014/2015. The 24-year old beauty queen has been involved in several humanitarian services [...]]]>

From TONY OSAUZO, Benin

Beauty they say, lies in the eyes of the beholder. Evidently, no one would dispute the beauty and quality of the natural endowment of Miss Cynthia Ngozi Igbokwe who emerged the most beautiful girl in Imo State for 2014/2015.
The 24-year old beauty queen has been involved in several humanitarian services across the length and breadth of her primary assignment with a leadership view of using her God-given talent to help society.
The free flowing Queen of Imo state, is from a God- fearing family  of six made up of three brothers and three sisters. She studied for  her first degree in Social Work at  the University of Calabar.
She was  much younger when her mum taught her how to be a good girl, to love and respect people, and also  to know that the man is the head of the family.
Speaking to Niger Delta Chronicle in Benin, the Edo State capital, she   reflected on  her foray into modeling and her earnest resolution to project her selfless programmes for  her constituency.
“I got into modeling some years ago when friends urged me to veer into it because I’m well behaved and I have a good physique  to contest. So, I decided to try it when I was in school even though I did not win on my first trial. That gave me the privilege to make some money while in school, because I didn’t have to ask my parents for money all the time. So, it really helped me. After, I decided to go for a test even though I did not win but it gave me the edge to do better next time. But then, I went for another test, The African Village Queen contest and  came out as first runner-up and that was a good thing for me too. Then, I had to focus on my academics because it was my final year in school. Finally, I participated in another contest, Miss Hospitality Ambassador in Nigeria 2013-2014, which I won. When I handed over to my successor, I still had the notch to go for more and so I contested The face of the world Nigeria pageant , the most beautiful girl in Imo State 2014-2015 and I won.
“Certainly, it’s not as if I was more beautiful than other contestants, but I had something special and better to offer. Perhaps, I was more intelligent and outspoken and I thank God for that. I hope I have the opportunity to do more when called upon  and give back to the society what I can and practice my profession as a social worker”, she said.
The beauty queen attributed her victory to God Almighty, parental support, self confidence and her relationship with people.
“God first, is the giver of all things. I believed in myself and believed I could do something. I believed  I came for the crown and I could go home with it. I was convinced of my qualities and when I look back I could see the support of my family which was a plus to my victory. Even though my parents did not want it from the onset but I had to prove why I have to be a model and in the end they accepted it”, Miss Igbokwe said.
In life, quitters never achieve anything and achievers are resilient by nature. So is the quality of a great ambassador of humanitarian service exhibited by Miss Igbokwe particularly, as she faced strong competitors before she was crowned the most beautiful girl in Imo State.
“It was very challenging particularly as a girl-child. Many people wanted to get to know me especially the male folks. Even men wanted to sleep with me  and if you say no, you miss the financial support. So, it’s very challenging. But then, you have to stand your ground by letting them know they could help without sleeping with you. Other basic challenges have to do with gossips among contestants particularly when you win and they lose. They feel you are pompous and that could lead to malice within the circle and again getting funds was a major challenge as well as waking up everyday and thanking God, that I am alive and plan to work out things. I know I have family there for me and I know that I have good people to work with. That makes me happy and I know also that I have food on my table to eat today, tomorrow, and  the next”, she said
On giving back to the society, she is poised to work with  orphans, focus on youth empowerment through her pet project tagged ,Talent And Wealth Creation and the very aged that have given so much to the society to bring to bear her humanitarian services.
“I intend to work with orphans as my pet project and also to support the aged. So, I will also focus on the youth as well, even though I know some people don’t have opportunity to such advice. I am going to give back to the society. They should be ready to benefit from what my mama taught me letting them know that, the advice will pay them if not now but in the future”.
Miss Igbokwe, however, urged people to believe in themselves and remain focused to achieve the needful in various opportunities that come their way.
“So, I urge people to believe in themselves; just tell yourself you can do it because there is an adage  which says  “If you can’t beat them, join them”. That also goes with the fact that if you can’t beat them leave them and be the change you want to see in the world”, she said .

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Fire: Funke Kuti consoles Kate Henshaw http://sunnewsonline.com/new/fire-funke-kuti-consoles-kate-henshaw/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/fire-funke-kuti-consoles-kate-henshaw/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 23:00:10 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125846 By FATUNMISE DAMILOLA Following the fire that gutted actress, Kate Henshaw’s home on Thursday, June 25, Funke Kuti, ex-wife of Afrobeat star, Femi Kuti, took to instagram to express her sympathy. “My superwoman, my darling, dearest, this one is personally for you @k8henshaw. We will sing a new song. In fact, we have been singing [...]]]>

By FATUNMISE DAMILOLA

Following the fire that gutted actress, Kate Henshaw’s home on Thursday, June 25, Funke Kuti, ex-wife of Afrobeat star, Femi Kuti, took to instagram to express her sympathy.
“My superwoman, my darling, dearest, this one is personally for you @k8henshaw. We will sing a new song. In fact, we have been singing a new song since! Wipe your tears, God is not sleeping. Love you plenty. Kate! Kate! Kate! You are a winner. Godwin. Only laughter and praise to the Almighty. Enemies watch this space. I love you my black beauty for life. My blood! My sister for life! Nothing do you.
“Sure it’s a sad thing to see ones property destroyed but we bless God for keeping Kate’s life and pray for a better replacement of all that was lost to the fire quickly by the grace of God.”

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Mama G, Wizkid, AY, Odunlade, others join Glo as brand ambassadors http://sunnewsonline.com/new/mama-g-wizkid-ay-odunlade-others-join-glo-as-brand-ambassadors/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/mama-g-wizkid-ay-odunlade-others-join-glo-as-brand-ambassadors/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 00:00:18 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125935 Telecommunica­tions solutions provider, Globa­com has signed-on Nigerian star actress, Patience Ozokwor, popu­larly called , Mama G as one of its new Brand Am­bassadors. According to company sources, other new am­bassadors include hip-hop sensation Wizkid, popular comedians Ayo Makun (AY) and Bovi Ugboma, award-winning actor OC Ukeje, Odunlade Adekola, fast-rising Marvin Crew of Koredo Bello, Reekado [...]]]>

Telecommunica­tions solutions provider, Globa­com has signed-on Nigerian star actress, Patience Ozokwor, popu­larly called , Mama G as one of its new Brand Am­bassadors.

According to company sources, other new am­bassadors include hip-hop sensation Wizkid, popular comedians Ayo Makun (AY) and Bovi Ugboma, award-winning actor OC Ukeje, Odunlade Adekola, fast-rising Marvin Crew of Koredo Bello, Reekado Banks and Hadizah Blell (Dija).

Other entertainment stars who joined the brand as ambassadors include, Fulani-born trado-hip hop crooner, Sani Danja; foremost gospel musi­cian, Sammie Okposo; comedienne, Helen Paul; electrifying Peter and Paul Okoye popularly known as P Square; popular Nol­lywood diva, Funke Akin­dele of Jenifa fame and her colleague, Ini Edo.

Also in the league are Bezhiwa Idakula (Bez); popular comedian Bright Okpocha (Basketmouth); African Rapper Number One, Jude Abaga (MI ); Koko master, Dapo Oye­banjo (D’banj), Wande Coal, Chinedu Okolie (Flavour); Omawumi Megbele; Ego Ogbaro and veteran broadcaster, Bimbo Oloyede. Others are John Okafor (Mr Ibu); Ime Bishop Umoh; Chin­wetalu Agu and Damini Ogolu (Burna Boy).

Mama G is an accom­plished actress having won the Best Supporting Actress award at the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards, for Best Actress in Supporting Role. A comprehensive list of its brand ambassadors shows that Glo retained 19 show­biz superstars who have consistently projected the network positively.

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Breaking news: Victor Essiet of Mandators Fame Kidnapped http://sunnewsonline.com/new/breaking-news-victor-essiet-of-mandators-fame-kidnapped/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/breaking-news-victor-essiet-of-mandators-fame-kidnapped/#comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 13:15:15 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125202 Victor Essiet of the Mandators Fame has been Kidnapped in Nsit Ubiom area of Akwa Ibom state. He was abducted, yesterday, while returning to Uyo from his elder brother’s (Tony Essiet) wake keep, who died last month. Details later.]]>

Victor Essiet of the Mandators Fame has been Kidnapped in Nsit Ubiom area of Akwa Ibom state.
He was abducted, yesterday, while returning to Uyo from his elder brother’s (Tony Essiet) wake keep, who died last month.

Details later.

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I enjoy marathon sex –Tamilore Ojo Martins, actress/movie producer http://sunnewsonline.com/new/i-enjoy-marathon-sex-tamilore-ojo-martins-actressmovie-producer/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/i-enjoy-marathon-sex-tamilore-ojo-martins-actressmovie-producer/#comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:00:14 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125132 BY DAMILOLA  FATUNMISE Actress cum movie producer, Tamilore Ojo Martins, is not one to shy away from sex. She’s brutally frank and unpre­tentious when the issue revolves around sex. To her, sex is spiritual and she enjoys having it regularly. In this interview, Martins talks sex and movies. Enjoy it. What’s Tamilore been up to [...]]]>

BY DAMILOLA  FATUNMISE

Actress cum movie producer, Tamilore Ojo Martins, is not one to shy away from sex. She’s brutally frank and unpre­tentious when the issue revolves around sex. To her, sex is spiritual and she enjoys having it regularly.

In this interview, Martins talks sex and movies. Enjoy it.

What’s Tamilore been up to lately?

Wow! Tamilore is doing pretty fine. God has been so good to me. He added to my shelf another award last month. And for me, this is a mighty leap because I know that I’m progressing. Right now I’m planning a trip to the UK, Turkey and USA during which I will be shooting my new movie and that’s happening pretty soon. It is evident that God has been so good to me.

Could you shed light on your trip?

Actually, I’m heading to America to relax and just cool off, but I have decided to use the opportunity to shoot my new movie. As for Turkey, I’m going shop­ping. You know, Turkey is one of the hottest destinations for quality clothing, shoes and bags.

So, what is it about this movie?

It is the story of a lady who was used for money rituals. Consequently, any man who touches her experiences poverty no matter how rich he may be. And then the lady has to die to save her sister from being used by the same ritualist that used her for money rituals. It is entitled Aida.

Why Aida?

Actually, I titled the flick after the bad deeds of the ritualist. What prompted the storyline is that a lot of guys out there are ready to sleep with anything in skirts. But as a Yoruba adage has it, Ohun to wa l’ eyin eefa ju eje lo (What you see is not what you get). Men should be wary and eschew sleeping with every lady they stumble on the streets.

Is it a true-life story?

Yes, it is based on a true-life story and I am shooting the movie so that all pro­miscuous men will learn a lesson. It is didactic. It happened in Badagry, Lagos. From what I gathered, the man involved did not live to tell the story.

You are a relatively new face in acting but within a short period you’ve been able to establish yourself. How did you pull it off?
I don’t have any power of my own. It has been God and hard work all the way, so I give Him all the glory. I joined the in­dustry in 2007 but I left and later returned fully in 2010 under the umbrella of Laide Olobe’s group. I left because I couldn’t cope with my job. Then I was a journalist with Nigerian Tribune.

Wow! Nigerian Tribune? Why did you quit?

Journalism is tasking and requires full attention, so also is acting. I found it dif­ficult back then to combine both. I had to leave one for the other. You know, like they say, you can’t serve two masters at the same time (laughs).

Why did you choose acting over journalism?

I am happy with acting. I chose acting because I have a passion for acting; it is in my blood and runs in the family. My mum was once an actress with late Duro Ladiipo’s Theatre Group.

We understand that you are very close to your mum. Tell us more about her?

She’s the best mother in the whole world. She’s my best friend, my pillar and my support. She’s everything to me, and I must confess, she is nice to a fault. She encouraged me to join the industry and I’ve been follow­ing her advice ever since. I can boldly say her advice has kept me going in the industry.

You are such a beautiful lady, why are you still single?

I don’t want to talk about it please.

There is sex everywhere in the movie industry. What’s your view on pre-marital sex?

Sex is a normal thing between two adults and it’s biblical that we enjoy it with our loved ones before making ba­bies. Sex for me is a thing I enjoy doing with someone I love, and please note, not someone I like. And I love doing it because I know I’m very good at it. I’m not one to shy away from reality; I could be very candid. I believe in always expressing the way I feel by saying it the way it is in black and white.

Since it is something you are good at doing, could you talk more on it?

Yes, I can say I’m perfect when it comes to love making. But please, don’t forget what I said earlier which is that I only love doing it with someone I love. Sex is spiritual. As long as my partner wants it, I will always give it to him.

Which means that if your partner demands marathon sex on a daily basis you won’t hesitate to give it to him all the way?

Yes.

How do you feel if you don’t have sex in a week?

Please, get this right; I’m not a sex ad­dict! Some­times I could go for months without having sex but when I want to have it I make sure I do it wholeheartedly.

Why do you love sex so much?

I love it because it makes me feel cool and relaxed. I could as well relax without having sex but sex cools the mind. What drives me crazy is the way my man handles me. Honestly, the way my man responds to sex blows my mind!

So, how do you know when you are in love?

I don’t fall in love easily but when I see myself do­ing crazy things for a man I know I’m in love.

You were romanti­cally linked to Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi a while ago. Are you guys dating?

That’s not true. Its just speculation. He only show­ered encomiums on me after I was given an award by the Oyo State government for a job well done. Some journalists just used the avenue to start speculating and writing false reports.

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Why I want to work with Flavour –M Young http://sunnewsonline.com/new/why-i-want-to-work-with-flavour-m-young/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/why-i-want-to-work-with-flavour-m-young/#comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:00:12 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125127 By DAMILOLA FATUNMISE Up-and-coming R&B singer, M Young, is dreaming big. In this chat with Entertainer, he talks career and why he wants a collabo with contemporary highlife star, Flavour. Tell us about yourself? My real name is valentine Chibuzo and my stage name is M Young. I do R&B. Currently I am working on [...]]]>

By DAMILOLA FATUNMISE

Up-and-coming R&B singer, M Young, is dreaming big. In this chat with Entertainer, he talks career and why he wants a collabo with contemporary highlife star, Flavour.

Tell us about yourself? My real name is valentine Chibuzo and my stage name is M Young. I do R&B. Currently I am working on my debut album but I have a couple of singles but they are not out yet.

Why did you choose R&B?

I love the coolness of it and it’s close to my nature. I chose music because mu­sic is part of me. I see music all around me, it’s a talent that I can’t hide; it is the window through which I see the world. I have been doing music for as long as I can remember.

Are your parents in full support of your career?

Yes, they are in full support but wait a minute, I won’t say my dad is in support because he’s not aware. I will still tell him when the time is right but for now, it is only my mum that is aware.

If you are opportune to be signed under any record label in Nigeria, which one would you prefer?

Hmmm…I think I would prefer 2nite Entertainment. Why 2nite Entertainment you may ask? It’s because I love Flavour. His works are just out of this world and he inspires me and I would be glad to work with him. Simply put, he is my mentor in the music industry.

So, what’s your educational background?

I am not through with my education yet. I stopped for a while, hoping to bounce back someday. I dropped out because of financial issues.

Aside music, what else do you do?

At the moment I work as a full time beautician in a big saloon in Lagos.

Wow! You make hair?

Yes, I make hair. I also do facials and make up among others. I had my train­ing at Hair Wizard, a beauty institute in Oweri, Imo State.

So when should your fans expects your album?

I will say soon by God’s grace.

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My Michael Jackson moment –De’boyed http://sunnewsonline.com/new/my-michael-jackson-moment-deboyed/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/my-michael-jackson-moment-deboyed/#comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:00:06 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125121 .Set to drop album America-based Nigerian singer, D’eboyed, has recounted the day he met and took a snap shot with Pop legend, Michael Jackosn. In a chat with Entertainer from his American base, D’eboyed said: “It was great meeting with the King of Pop. He was so humble and I even had the privilege of [...]]]>

.Set to drop album

America-based Nigerian singer, D’eboyed, has recounted the day he met and took a snap shot with Pop legend, Michael Jackosn.

In a chat with Entertainer from his American base, D’eboyed said: “It was great meeting with the King of Pop. He was so humble and I even had the privilege of taking a snap shot with him. The news of his death came to me as a great shock. He is one of those musicians who influenced me greatly.”

Meanwhile, his twin singles, Let’s Celebrate and Chinyere, are still enjoying massive airplay. According to his Nigerian manager, Ray­mond Lasisi (Baba Ray)

“Deboyed’s popular tune, Let’s Celebrate, seems specifi­cally in tune with the wind of change blowing across Nigeria as the country celebrates a new dawn of change, courtesy of President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory during the recent polls as he preaches the gospel of change. It is time to celebrate change D’eboyed’s way. Both singles are available for download on Youtube and itunes.”

Added Lasisi: “D’eboyed has also promised his Nigerian fans to expect the best from him as he plans the official release of his 13 tracker album entitled Money Talks, which is billed for release later in the year. D’eboyed is also exploring ways of assisting the government of Buhari in improving the power sector via solar energy from repu­table experts in America.”

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What mum told me about sex – Adaora Ukoh http://sunnewsonline.com/new/what-mum-told-me-about-sex-adaora-ukoh-2/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/what-mum-told-me-about-sex-adaora-ukoh-2/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 23:17:28 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125091 Plus size actress and star of popular soap opera, Lekki Wives, Adaora Ukoh, finally cleared the air on her marital status in this chat with CHRISTIAN AGADIBE. Excerpts: Tell us about your family background? I am the first in a family of four. I was born in the early 80’s in Awka, Anambra State but [...]]]>

Plus size actress and star of popular soap opera, Lekki Wives, Adaora Ukoh, finally cleared the air on her marital status in this chat with CHRISTIAN AGADIBE.

Excerpts:

Tell us about your family background?

I am the first in a family of four. I was born in the early 80’s in Awka, Anambra State but I was bred in Lagos. My dad was an ex-military man turned publisher though now late. The father figure is just basi­cally what I miss most about him. My father taught us the rudiments of hard work and the need for edu­cation. He gave us the best even if it meant he sold all he had just for us to go to good schools. He gave us a strong background even when the goings-on was rough and published a few Catholic books. He also co-published Understanding Mathematics.

Did you have any formal training when you joined Nollywood?

No, not at all. However, I am thinking of going for formal training now because I want to move into movie production. Acting for me is something that just happened and with time, I noticed that I was passionate about it.

How did you stumble into acting?

In the neighbourhood where I lived those days, there was this lady who featured in Nneka The Pretty Serpent 2. She had just done that movie and was famous and I just wanted to be like her. I was so passionate one day I walked up to her and said ‘aunty, I want to be like you. Please, can you take me to go and act.’ She took me to my first audition and I got a role and then another role came and it just went on and one and here we are today.

What job are you current­ly working on?

The project we are currently working on is a huge one. I just left location but the truth is that I don’t know the title of the film. But I just finished Lekki Wives Season 3 and that for me is a strong project.

A lot of fans are thrilled by your perfor­mance in Lekki Wives. What stands you out?

I guess it is the intimidating presence of Miranda, my character. Miranda is a rich and domineering wife. Miranda has her own struggles at home and she takes out the frustration on everyone including her friends, family and even her children. Every time Miranda pops up people expect trouble. I guess, that is what has made the role standout. Also, the fact that it is more like a lesbian role also makes Miranda standout.

Which would you say is the most challeng­ing movie you have featured in to date?

Lekki Wives is very challenging. Each time I get the script, as much as I love to shoot it, it has a way of unsettling me. Lekki Wives come with a lot of lines and the director is very spontaneous and very intense. She writes the script and directs it so she knows exactly what she wants.

Is there a movie you have done but feel you could have done better after watching it?

That should be Black Bra but fortunately, that is the movie everybody likes; They say I pulled off the role very well. But each time I slot in the movie I feel that I could have done better. If the script is given to me now I would nail it three  times better.

What is the craziest thing a fan has done to you?

(Laughs) I had an elderly woman hit me so hard in the back I almost choked. It was all because I was mean to her TV idol, Ini Edo, in a movie.

How do you manage male fans?

Well, a woman has to do what a woman has got to do. There is always that ability to draw the line. I know it comes with the job but even beyond the job, men will always chase women and vice versa (laughs).

Now that you are married, are men still chasing you?

(Laughs) No, I am not married now, or rather, I am not officially married. I am going to be officially married when I walk down the aisle.

So, why have you been telling us before now that you are mar­ried?

I am engaged right now. I have never been officially married.

What attracted you to your man?

He is a gentle man. He understands the kind of job I do and gives me the kind of push I need to be the best I can.

Do you sometimes wish you could be slim?

Yes I do. Sometimes I fantasize that I am getting slimmer but with the way I am built I know I could never become slim. But the biggest problem I have with my weight is that sometimes, I get angry and get into the entire weight loss thing. I stop eating and do a lot of exer­cise but the truth is when you stop, you tend to grow even bigger (laughs).

Apart from what we see on the screen, who is Adaora Uko?

I am a very jovial person; I am full of life. I love to dance, I love to eat and I love my job.

What is your advice for up-and-coming actors and actress­es?

It is all about passion. The truth about the industry is that it is not easy ground; acting is not a tea party. I have been doing this thing for 10 years and more but I am not where I want to be yet. To succeed you need patience and passion. So, whatever you do as a grow­ing artiste, you must be passionate and keep pushing. The truth is somebody is watching so something good will eventually happen.

What is your biggest challenge right now in the industry?

The industry is a bit too crowded now I must confess. Acting has become an all comers affair and every Dick, Tom and Harry wants a shot. And it is not easy to sieve out those who have talent and those who don’t. Sometimes, that I am plus size becomes an issue for producers so all these come up as chal­lenges.

During Valentine, your cling­ing outfit showed a lot of cleavage, emphasising your voluptuous figure and that got tongues wagging. What inspired that outfit?

It was a photo shoot I did and it was supposed to have a theme and all that. When it was released I knew tongues where going to wag. It wasn’t that bad after all or is it because I am a plus size (Laughs)?

What is your advice to ladies who are plus size and are not confident?

Just be confi­dent. That is the advice because even when I started the plus size clothesline, trying to sell to plus size women was challenging. I got a lot of nega­tive comments that I was pro­moting obesity. All I try to preach is for everyone to be comfort­able in their own skin. I know fat is en­tirely not healthy but as long as you can cut down on in­take, you should also dress to look good and feel confident about yourself.

What advice did mum give you about sex?

You know, those days our parents didn’t teach us anything concerning sex education except to say ‘stay away from men because if they touch you, you could get pregnant.’ I don’t think I really got much but I had this scary feeling about my dad catching me with a man and all that.

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My Lesbian ordeal –Sochima Ezeoke, actress http://sunnewsonline.com/new/my-lesbian-ordeal-sochima-ezeoke-actress/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/my-lesbian-ordeal-sochima-ezeoke-actress/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 23:00:49 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125047 By CHUKS EZE Dazzling Imo State-born actress, Sochima Ezeoke, has narrated her ordeal in the hands of lesbians who allegedly tormented her life for refusing to succumb to their romantic advances. According to the Mass Communication graduate, it got to a point that her life was in danger, as the unrepentant lesbians vowed to kill [...]]]>

By CHUKS EZE

Dazzling Imo State-born actress, Sochima Ezeoke, has narrated her ordeal in the hands of lesbians who allegedly tormented her life for refusing to succumb to their romantic advances.
According to the Mass Communication graduate, it got to a point that her life was in danger, as the unrepentant lesbians vowed to kill her before her last birthday last year. The pretty actress, who is largely believed to have Genevieve Nnaji’s style of role interpretation, in this interview, speaks on many issues including alleged pregnancy for Port Harcourt-based music star, Duncan Mighty. Excerpts:

Just as movie lovers spotted another Genevieve Nnaji in you, you bolted out of the industry. What chased you away?

(Laughter) Nothing chased me away but I went in pursuit of something. I took a break to enable me concentrate on my education and make good grades. But I have since bounced back after I finished my Youth Service programme last November. I have done over eight movies since then, with a couple of soon-to-be-shot scripts on my desk. However, much as I love and admire Genevieve, I cannot be like her; I can only be me, to the glory of God.

 

Which script do you hope to shoot next?

It would be Immortal Films’ movie, which would be shot in Asaba (she’s currently on set for the film).

 

What course did you study and where did you serve?

I studies Mass Communication and I served in Oshogbo, Osun State.

 

How did you join Nollywood?

I started acting officially after winning Great Movies’ talent hunt in 2011, when I was in 200 levels. I was then given a lead role in the film entitled, Palace Slave, with the sequel entitled, King’s Bride. I answered Precious in the film and played with the likes of Olu Jacobs, Mike Ezuruonye and Nonso Diobi. That was how I started in Nollywood.

 

What are some of the prices you paid for being pretty?

Hmm. I don’t want to talk about that, please.

 

Okay, what was the biggest price you have paid in Nollywood as an actress?

I would just say that it has not been easy coping with the demands.

 

Do you mean professional demands or demands from the opposite sex?

I believe that nothing good in life comes easy. But I am grateful to God that I returned to the industry after taking some time off and I was embraced immediately as if I never took a break.

 

I hear that lesbians hardly take their eyes off pretty girls like you. Have they ever ‘toasted’ you in the industry?

I have experienced it severally both in and outside the industry. It got to a point that they threatened to blackmail me or kill me if I refuse to yield. They would call me and say that if I refuse to succumb to their advances, they would sponsor damaging publications against me. I took it as empty threats until they started sponsoring unspeakable publications against me on social media. They even turned it to be that I was the one wooing girls to be my lovers.

 

Why did they go to the extent of threats and blackmails?

I think it was as a result of an interview that I granted a certain Kenyan journalist in Kenya. After the interview was published, a lot of people who saw it were calling to commend me. But these people were pissed off. They were like, ‘Okay, you think you are the only good girl in Nollywood? There is nothing like good girl in Nollywood. If you don’t join us, we will deal with you’. They were calling me and sending text messages, sometimes anonymous, and my brother kept replying them. In fact, they even threatened to kill me before I celebrated my last birthday in October 2014. And at a time, I had to even dump Facebook. But seeing that all their evil plots failed, they recently started apologising through calls and text messages secretly.

 

Why didn’t you give in to save your life?

Sochima can’t! I will never do that in my life. I grew up in a Catholic family where we were taught to stay off sin that would prevent us from receiving the Holy Communion every Sunday. I grew up with that consciousness – always working on it and looking forward to receive the Holy Communion on Sunday. Even at the university, I kept on pushing for that. But as a beautiful girl, like you earlier described me, it was not easy. But I kept pushing on.

 

Did you also withstand the men all through; do you have a boyfriend in line with the saying that body no be wood?

I am still single.

 

Is marriage in your plan presently, at least to set you free from lesbians and male admirers?

(Laughter) Don’t worry when I’m ready, I’ll invite you.

 

But is there any man on the waiting list, so I would know how to go about my candidacy, that’s if I’m your kind of man?

(Laughs) You are free to join the queue. But sincerely speaking, there are several available suitors, but I am praying for divine guidance so I don’t make any mistake.

 

Apart from acting, what else do you hope to do in the future?

I like children so much and I also like touching the lives of the less privileged. So, I am considering the idea of either building a school or an orphanage. But it is still a dream project for now. So, I would like to marry someone who would respect my dream and support it too.

 

How would you describe your experience working with Ngozi Ezeonu and Kenneth Okonkwo on the set of Amanda My Village Wife?

It was great. They made things easy for me. Aunty Ngozi has the heart of a wonderful mother and it was so easy relating with her. Kenneth, on the other hand, taught me a lot and encouraged me. I was always looking forward to seeing them on set.

 

What was the cause of your rift with Duncan Mighty?

I don’t understand.

 

There was a rumour that both of you dated and he impregnated you, but he later dumped you, which led you to abort his baby. What actually happened between both of you?

Hmm… thank you for this opportunity. Naturally, I am not the type that responds to rumours just because some haters have something to beef about. The truth is that none of such rumours occurred. Being an actress does not stop you from having friends. But I never dated Duncan Mighty, let alone pregnant for him; and I was never dumped. I am not yet married; I never had a baby and I cannot imagine myself aborting a baby under any circumstance, when several women are dying to have one. So, the evil rumour was the handiwork of jobless rumour mongers. I’m sure they are getting set to cook up more rumours to peddle against me, but I have a message for them: I am yet to unleash my innate abilities on the screen, which will make me to soar to a record height. And I will never back down just because of someone that is making money or gaining evil satisfaction from lies and cheap rumour.

 

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Tee Mac slams Pretty Okafor! http://sunnewsonline.com/new/tee-mac-slams-pretty-okafor/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/tee-mac-slams-pretty-okafor/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 23:00:43 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=124930 ‘Abuja land documents still with me’ By TONY OGAGA ERHARIEFE Former Performing Musicians’ Association of Nige­ria (PMAN) president, Tee Mac Omatsola Iseli, has declared that Pretty Okafor misinformed the public when he (Pretty) declared that he had handed over to him, documents of the musicians’ Abuja property worth N5.6b. In a chat with Entertainer, Tee [...]]]>

‘Abuja land documents still with me’

By TONY OGAGA ERHARIEFE

Former Performing Musicians’ Association of Nige­ria (PMAN) president, Tee Mac Omatsola Iseli, has declared that Pretty Okafor misinformed the public when he (Pretty) declared that he had handed over to him, documents of the musicians’ Abuja property worth N5.6b.

In a chat with Entertainer, Tee Mac presented the certificate of the 3.5 hectares land and declared that contrary to the position Pretty was ped­dling, there was no time he gave the original documents of the property to him.

“My attention has been drawn to stories making the rounds that I have given the original copies of the documents of PMAN’s land in Abuja to one Pretty Okafor who has been parading himself as PMAN Interim President.

“Let me use this opportunity to enlighten the public that at no time did I hand over to him any document. The documents are with me and here it is,” he said waving a laminated document for all to see, “Pretty should stop misinforming the public.”

“I want the whole world to know that this is the original certifi­cate of PMAN land and it is with me, Tee Mac and the PMAN lawyer. And nobody will get this document until there is proper election and a committee set up to develop the land. Look at it very well, this is the original and it is with me and not Pretty Okafor.

“I discussed with him that if they have money to develop it, they should come to me and we will form a committee and the elders of PMAN will approve the project and then we will develop the land and not that I, Tee Mac, will give this document to Pretty Okafor. It is sad that he is claiming that the reverse is the case.”

Recently, reports that Tee Mac had given the documents of the property to Pretty had gone viral after Pretty issued a press release to that effect.

Part of the release read thus: “By hand­ing them (documents) over to the president Mr Pretty Okafor, you have distinguished yourself as a positive reference point and a respecter of the rule of law. You have also displayed the true quality of a statesman worthy of special honour. We hope other past leaders in possession of PMAN property will emulate your footsteps even as we call on all stake holders to support our drive to reclaim the lost glory of PMAN and fulfil the objectives of its founding fathers.”

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Real reason Oritsefemi fell for Adasounds http://sunnewsonline.com/new/real-reason-oritsefemi-fell-for-adasounds/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/real-reason-oritsefemi-fell-for-adasounds/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 23:00:09 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=124929 By TONY OGAGA ERHARIEFE It has emerged that the real reason self styled Musical Taliban, Oritsefemi, dumped his ex, Blessing Rawa, for fast rising singer, Adasounds, was her sheer talent and beauty. According to an insider who opened up to Entertainer: “One thing you can’t take from this diva in the making is her raw [...]]]>

By TONY OGAGA ERHARIEFE

It has emerged that the real reason self styled Musical Taliban, Oritsefemi, dumped his ex, Blessing Rawa, for fast rising singer, Adasounds, was her sheer talent and beauty.

According to an insider who opened up to Entertainer: “One thing you can’t take from this diva in the making is her raw tal­ent and of course, her beauty. She is a great singer no doubt. In fact, that was what attracted Oritse­femi to her from the very begin­ning; it was love at first sight.

“Adasounds came into the in­dustry just a couple of years ago in 2013 and within a short while she dropped tracks like Kperere, Kejo and After The Sun. Ada­sounds has proved that she knows her onions and this inspired Orit­sefemi, who has a large heart and knows how to appreciate budding talent to throw his weight behind her and support her in any way he could to encourage her. However, along the line Oritsefemi devel­oped a soft spot for her and was even planning to sign her unto his own label but then, business turned into romance and like you very well know, the rest is now history,” the source added.

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Taylor Swift agrees to stream ‘1989’ on Apple Music http://sunnewsonline.com/new/taylor-swift-agrees-to-stream-1989-on-apple-music/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/taylor-swift-agrees-to-stream-1989-on-apple-music/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:30:37 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=124886 Taylor Swift on Thursday announced that she had dropped her opposition to release her latest album “1989” on Apple’s new music streaming service. The move came days after Swift blocked her multi-platinum album from the service to protest Apple for not paying recording artists during Apple’s three month free trial. Apple later changed its tune [...]]]>

Taylor Swift on Thursday announced that she had dropped her opposition to release her latest album “1989” on Apple’s new music streaming service.

The move came days after Swift blocked her multi-platinum album from the service to protest Apple for not paying recording artists during Apple’s three month free trial.

Apple later changed its tune and agreed to pay the musicians.

“After the events of this week, I’ve decided to put 1989 on Apple Music… and happily so,” Swift tweeted out to her nearly 60 million Twitter followers on Thursday.

“In case you’re wondering if this is some exclusive deal like you’ve seen Apple do with other artists, it’s not,” she said in a series of tweets. In a third, she added, “This is simply the first time it’s felt right in my gut to stream my album. Thank you, Apple, for your change of heart.”

On Sunday, Swift wrote a blog post entitled “To Apple, Love Taylor” that explained why she was holding back “1989” from the service.

The post went viral and led to Apple executive Eddy Cue to tweet, “we hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple.”

Apple said on Thursday, “We are thrilled to offer Taylor Swift’s entire catalog including 1989, along with over 30 million songs by other incredible artists when Apple Music debuts next week.”

The news on Thursday brings a resolution to the tiff between the 25-year-old pop artist and the tech giant while also allowing the new Apple Music to stream one of the biggest albums in recent memory.

Swift’s “1989” has sold 4.93 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music.

In November, Swift pulled her albums from Spotify due to a dispute regarding proper compensation for artists and streaming music.

Swift has yet to return to Spotify, but as for Apple it appears that this mini-break up has ended with a happy ending.

(CNN MONEY)

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Taylor Swift takes a bite out of Apple over artist pay http://sunnewsonline.com/new/taylor-swift-takes-a-bite-out-of-apple-over-artist-pay/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/taylor-swift-takes-a-bite-out-of-apple-over-artist-pay/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:58:00 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=124604 Taylor Swift, the musician who’s just as famous for her disagreements with music streaming companies as she is her long list of spurned lovers, has finally offered her opinion on Apple Music. Two weeks after Apple released its new $10-a-month streaming service, the pop star wrote the company a public letter on her Tumblr, explaining [...]]]>

Taylor Swift, the musician who’s just as famous for her disagreements with music streaming companies as she is her long list of spurned lovers, has finally offered her opinion on Apple Music.

Two weeks after Apple released its new $10-a-month streaming service, the pop star wrote the company a public letter on her Tumblr, explaining why she’s withholding her latest album,1989, from the subscription-based platform.

Per the post, which went up Sunday morning:

“I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.”

She went on, explaining that her decision was meant to be a signal of support for young, struggling musicians.

“These are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child. These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much. We simply do not respect this particular call.

I realize that Apple is working towards a goal of paid streaming. I think that is beautiful progress. We know how astronomically successful Apple has been and we know that this incredible company has the money to pay artists, writers and producers for the 3 month trial period… even if it is free for the fans trying it out.

Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing. I say this with love, reverence, and admiration for everything else Apple has done. I hope that soon I can join them in the progression towards a streaming model that seems fair to those who create this music. I think this could be the platform that gets it right.

But I say to Apple with all due respect, it’s not too late to change this policy and change the minds of those in the music industry who will be deeply and gravely affected by this. We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

Swift made headlines last November when she pulled her entire catalog from the subscription-based streaming service, Spotify. (Her explanation then was that she wasn’t willing to contribute her life’s work to an experiment). The CEO Daniel Ek fired back, mentioning that Swift was on track to make $6 million in royalties from her contract with the company.

Swift’s sparring with Internet companies is not limited to the music industry. In February of this year, the cat-lover’s lawyers sent at least one cease-and-desist letter to an Etsy store owner for selling merchandise that contained her recently trademarked song lyrics.

Hey, in the words of the singer herself: [Insert literally any melodramatic Swift lyric about break-ups here.]

There you have it, people. The power of Swift Shade™ is alive and real. Just ask Katy Perry.

Re/Code’s Peter Kafka had a late-night conversation with Cue, who explained that Swift’s complaints, coupled with concerns from other independent artists, came to change his mind. He said he spoke to Apple CEO Tim Cook face-to-face on Sunday, and they decided to change Apple’s payment policy together.

Cue also reached out to Swift, who he said was “thrilled” to hear of the change. Cue doesn’t know if that’ll convince her to make 1989 available on Apple Music, but that, according to the interview, wasn’t the reasoning for his change.

Swift’s only public response was a thankful Tweet:

(YAHOO!)  

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A year after, hubby, Don Momoh still misses Kefee http://sunnewsonline.com/new/a-year-after-hubby-don-momoh-still-misses-kefee/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/a-year-after-hubby-don-momoh-still-misses-kefee/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 23:00:25 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=124265 How time flies. Who would believe that it is a year since gospel singer, Kefee (Kefee Obereki) said goodby to mother earth. Obviously missing his heart throb, widower, Teddy Don Momoh, took to his facebook timeline on June 12, the day she died and posted the following message: ‘One year wow!!! Only cherished memories now [...]]]>

How time flies. Who would believe that it is a year since gospel singer, Kefee (Kefee Obereki) said goodby to mother earth.

Obviously missing his heart throb, widower, Teddy Don Momoh, took to his facebook timeline on June 12, the day she died and posted the following message: ‘One year wow!!! Only cherished memories now a foot print in my heart. People say God loves U more and they are right ‘cos He took U away even when I still … But it’s all good ‘cos I am blessed ‘n honored U chose me to have been the one to host an angel like you before God took U. I’ll forever cherish this. Every passing day I still think of our unfinished dreams but it is all good ‘cos I now see the baton has been passed on and loo, your protégées are living it up. And on behalf of them I say thank U for been that pacesetter. Adieu my kuchi. Continue to Rest # KefeeLivesOn!”

In memory of the singer who died in Los Angeles, California, last June, Don Momoh organised a concert in February in honour of her christened An Evening with Kefee. Kefee was buried on Friday, July 11, 2014, in her hometown of Ok­para Inland, Ethiope-East Local Govern­ment Area, Sapele, Delta State.

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Sexy Adasounds that conquered Oritsefemi’s heart! http://sunnewsonline.com/new/sexy-adasounds-that-conquered-oritsefemis-heart/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/sexy-adasounds-that-conquered-oritsefemis-heart/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 23:00:20 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=124271 By TONY OGAGA ERHARIEFE It was with shock that the fans of Afropop star, Oritsefemi (Femi Ma­jemite), received the news that he has parted ways with Blessing Rawa, his lover of five years, who stood by him when the going was tough in the ghettos of Ajegunle. Now, the girl allegedly behind the break up [...]]]>

By TONY OGAGA ERHARIEFE

It was with shock that the fans of Afropop star, Oritsefemi (Femi Ma­jemite), received the news that he has parted ways with Blessing Rawa, his lover of five years, who stood by him when the going was tough in the ghettos of Ajegunle. Now, the girl allegedly behind the break up has finally been revealed, and she is fast rising singer and sexy bombshell, Adasounds (Ofor Stephanie Adaeze).

According to an in­sider, both Oritsefemi and Blessing were so close and it seemed only death could separate them. The source told Entertainer: “We are still in shock. Orit­sefemi and Bless­ing were like the perfect couple. How he could break up with Blessing after many years of being together over a mere incidence of Instagram account hacking still beats me hollow. Only recently, there was talk that they were planning to get married and then the break up came! But who can blame Oritsefemi? This new girl, Ada­sounds, is really hot!”

Sources say the pair met in a studio some­times ago and became friends, but Ada­sounds was crushing on Oritsefemi badly and when cracks appeared in the singer’s affair, she hopped in and took charge of his life after moving into his Lekki home.

“Adasounds’ frequent visits to his house actually precipitated their break up. Oritse­femi tried to deny it all but Blessing knew the game was up and so she has moved on after Oritsefemi accused her of hacking his Instagram account. As soon as the coast was clear, Adasounds moved in with bags and baggage.

“Both Oritsefemi and Adasounds are always spotted together at popular hang­outs in Lekki with Oritsefemi splashing expensive gifts on her, including plans for a vacation in Dubai. There is no gain say­ing it, Oritsefemi is head-over heels in love with Adasounds and there are rumours that he might be traveling to her village in the east to consummate the relationship with a traditional wedding anytime soon,” the source added.

After Oritsefemi parted ways with Bless­ing, he issued a press statement to that effect. However, Blessing in her own statement had denied the ac­cusation, saying she never hacked into Oritsefemi’s Instagram’s account.

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Tony Okoroji wants to save Majek Fashek http://sunnewsonline.com/new/tony-okoroji-wants-to-save-majek-fashek/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/tony-okoroji-wants-to-save-majek-fashek/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 23:00:16 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=124262 By TONY OGAGA ERHARIEFE COSON Chairman, Tony Okoroji, is so passionate about reggae legend, Majek Fashek; he is calling on cor­porate bodies to reach out and save the singer. Okoroji took to facebook to announce his new passion when he posted this recently: “We cannot afford to allow the prodigious talent of Majek Fashek to [...]]]>

By TONY OGAGA ERHARIEFE

COSON Chairman, Tony Okoroji, is so passionate about reggae legend, Majek Fashek; he is calling on cor­porate bodies to reach out and save the singer.

Okoroji took to facebook to announce his new passion when he posted this recently: “We cannot afford to allow the prodigious talent of Majek Fashek to be flushed down the drain. I am therefore compelled today to ask my many friends at Nigerian Breweries, Guinness, Coca- Cola, Pepsi, MTN, Glo, Airtel, Etisalat and the other organizations who deploy music as their major communication platform to give Nige­rians a chance to once again enjoy the musical wizadry of the mystical and magical Majek Fashek. It is both a good business decision and a sound humanitarian decision. Please put Majek Fashek on your shows.”

Earlier he had posted: “Early in his career, I was involved in a tour that featured this guy. On a hot day, with the sun shining so bright at Crystal Park in Aba, Majek mounted the stage and once he started singing, ‘The sky is misty and cloudy’ the weather suddenly changed. It began to drizzle. As soon as he got to the chorus line, “Send down the rain’ the skies opened up and it began to rain like the stuff was getting out of fashion. This happened from city to city that it became difficult for me to insist that it was co-incidence. Majek became known as the Rainmaker. This born performer still holds his audience spell­bound.”

Are you a fan of Majek’s? Are you touched? Do you want to reach out to the rain maker? A Majek Fashek Fund has been set up at Diamond Bank.

“This is an appeal to all lovers of good music and all fans of Majek Fashek to please contribute today to the Majek Fashek Fund,” Okoroji pleaded.

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Cossy Orjiako goes haywire again: I plan to have big buttocks like Nicki Minaj http://sunnewsonline.com/new/cossy-orjiako-goes-haywire-again-i-plan-to-have-big-buttocks-like-nicki-minaj/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/cossy-orjiako-goes-haywire-again-i-plan-to-have-big-buttocks-like-nicki-minaj/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 23:00:03 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=124296 From doing erotic dances in fuji singer, Abass Akande Obesere’s musical videos to acting and singing, Cossy Orjiakor has surely come a long way in Nollywood. In this chat with SANDRA IHEJIRIKA on social media, Cossy talks career and her plans to acquire a massive buttocks like that of popular American rapper, Nicki Minaj. Excerpts: [...]]]>

From doing erotic dances in fuji singer, Abass Akande Obesere’s musical videos to acting and singing, Cossy Orjiakor has surely come a long way in Nollywood. In this chat with SANDRA IHEJIRIKA on social media, Cossy talks career and her plans to acquire a massive buttocks like that of popular American rapper, Nicki Minaj. Excerpts:

Could you please talk a little on your back­ground?

I am the fifth of seven children. I have a degree in Accountancy from the University of Ni­geria, Nsukka. I also have a Diploma from ITPAN in movie di­recting, producing, scriptwrit­ing and editing. Funny enough, I did not make use of my second-class upper degree in Accounting. I have only just started utilizing the diploma now.

How did you get into the movie indus­try?

That was through an audition notice I saw about a movie, The Only Nigerian Girl. I have equally tried other things like music and dancing because I believe that they are all the same thing.

How many movies have you acted in and can you mention a few?

I can’t remember how many movies I have acted in to be sincere. However, I did One Million Boys and Beach 24 among others. And guess what, I have just produced my first movie entitled Power Girls, and it would be out soon.

Do you have crush on anyone in the industry?

Yes, I used to have crush on someone in the industry, because of his cute dreadlocks.

Are you married?

(Giggles) No, I am not.

Any plans of getting married anytime soon?

Hmmm… for now nothing serious.

Can you marry a guy from the industry, a fellow actor?

I don’t like dating industry people, so my crush never got to know that I was crushing on him, and now he is married.

Your boobs are awesome, are they natural?

I have not enhanced any part of my body. I am still natural, but I do appreciate enhancements, and I’m toying with the idea of getting massive Nicki Minaj’s kind of *ss. Hahaha, but I don’t have such careless money for now.

I learnt you are not on talking terms with your mum, how true is that?

Hmmm… my mum is a part-time musician and she goes by the name Bradson Jay. She has a degree in Music from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and I am her manager for now. I love her so much because she is a constant reminder that age is not a limitation to any ambition.

Tell us about your sex life?

My sex life is private. I like keeping my affairs secret.

What’s your advice to your fans and those who look up to you?

I don’t have any advice for them.

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