Monday, 31 December 2012

Chidinma, Davido win @ 2012 KORA Awards as Omawumi, D’banj, Clarence Peters lose out

Chidinma with her award

The 2012 KORA awards was delayed by 24 hours but it wasn’t enough to douse the surprises and thrills of the epoch making event which held late Sunday night in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Petite framed beauty and Kedike crooner Chidinma walked away with the Best African Female Act award for her hit song ‘Kedike’ surprisingly beating ebony skinned, song goddess Omawumi’s ‘If you ask me’ and five other African female artists.
Omo baba olowo Davido who was absent also was a winner at the event as he clinched the Best Newcomer Award.
It wasn’t a happy KORA awards event for D’Banj, Clarence Peters and the Infinity Group as they failed to win in their categories as Best Male African act, Best Director and Best Gospel group respectively.
American pop recording artist Chris Brown who was the reason for the event’s 24 hours delay as he had flight issues arrived Abidjan Sunday with his off/on Girlfriend Rihanna to perform at the event.
Nigerian pop recording twins P Square also hit the stage to give their own electrifying performance.
A full list of winners will be published shortly…

R-E-V-E-A-L-E-D: Why Osaze was dropped, Regret Insulting Keshi

Osaze and Coach Stephen Keshi

Facts may have emerged on why Nigeria’s West Brom striker, Osaze Odemwingie was excluded from the Super Eagles squad for the 2013 African Nations Cup holding in South Africa, by coach Stephen Keshi.
According to Paul Bassey, a columnist with Vanguard Newspaper, who was present at the NFA Technical Committee meeting where Keshi and his assistants defended the Nation’s Cup list, the Eagles’ coaches were skeptical about a player who withdrew from National duty just because he was substituted during a match at the last world cup.
According to Bassey, Keshi was querried by the technical committee on the omission of Martins, Taiwo and Osaze from the list. “Members of the Technical Committee were unanimous that Nigeria needed to go to South Africa with the best legs there are, and presently Osaze was one of the best.
“But by the time Keshi and his assistants finished explaining the reasons for his (Osaze)omission, there was nothing to fault him. Post events have certainly proven the coach right. Much as I do not want to drag us back, the coaches were skeptical about a player who withdrew from National duty just because he was substituted during a match at the last world cup”, Bassey noted.
“…Sirs, as I am talking to you I have an idea of my starting eleven and Osaze may not be there as he has not been part of our plans so far. What happens if I go to South Africa and I do not give Osaze a starting shirt, don’t you think it will cause more problems for the team?….” Keshi was quoted to have told members of the committee.
Keshi was also said to have reminded the meeting that when he invited Osaze in November to take part in the Venezuela friendly, he said he could not because his wife was expecting a baby. “As you are reading this, Osaze’s wife is yet to put to bed!”
“Then, there was the issue of lack of respect for constituted authority. A player who decides not to respect his captain is definitely not a team player and a destablising factor”, Bassey said in his Column, Sports Bassey.
Meanwhile, he has said he regrets his abusive Twitter comments. He claimed they were made because coach Stephen Keshi was not fair to him. He even described Chris Green, whom he had also abused, as a good man:
“I remember it was Green who settled my case with Siasia then, but I was too angry when he called me over this matter, and was impatient to listen to him.”
“My comment was not directed at him personally, but to those who made the decision, but I think I overreacted then.”
On his face-off with Keshi, Osaze said:
“I called the coach two or three times within that period, maybe two or three days before the list was made public and told him of my commitment to be part of the Nations Cup, and have told my (club) coach I will be going to the Nations Cup.
“I told the coach I was ready to report to camp by January 3, even before other professionals start reporting to camp, if I were in his programme for the Nations Cup, and even told him to feel free to drop me, if I were not in his programme.
“I felt betrayed after that seeming heart-to-heart discussions with the coach few days to the release of the team list and he could not hint me I was not in his plan for the Nations Cup.
“I am human and open to errors by the way I may have taken the issue, and regret the whole controversy, and want to put all this behind me now and focus on my club career, while wishing the team the best of luck as a Nigerian.”
Recall that the West Bromwich striker had in the wake of the release of the Nigeria provisional team list for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations taken to his Twitter account and made disparaging comments against Keshi, the team captain and some Nigeria Football Federation officials.
Past coaches, including Samson Siasia and Lars Lagerback, were not spared and continued days later with direct hits at ex-Nigeria international Victor Ikpeba.
However, Osaze said his mistakes were made in a fit of anger.

Official Video: Banky W - "Yes/No"

Omotola answers questions from fans on Twitter

The actress answered some very personal questions from her fans on her Twitter page. Questions like what happened to her husband's job, her supposed rivalry with Genny, how much she charges for movies, her real age, music career, her kids, sex advances from movie producers, etc. See more after the cut...


The actress answered some very personal questions from her fans on her Twitter page. Questions like what happened to her husband's job, her supposed rivalry with Genny, how much she charges for movies, her real age, music career, her kids, sex advances from movie producers,      

See first photos of Mercy Johnson’s baby

The news and the picture flew like wild fire about the addition to the Okojies as Mercy Johnson Okojie gave birth to a baby girl a few hours ago in a hospital in the. Isn’t it a great way to say; Happy New Year?
According to reports, mother and daughter are doing just fine and they look happy in the photo above.
From the Stable of AFTERMATH INC, we are all saying congratulations to the Okojies.

"Mario Balotelli is glad that I am dating his sister" - Obafemi Martins

Obafemi and Abigail in a private jet
Obafemi Martins is dating Mario Balotelli's elder sister, Abigail Barwuah and Mario is said not to be particularly happy about their relationship. But in a recent interview with, Obafemi dismissed insinuations that Mario was not happy that he's dating Abigail
“Mario is my boy. The respect is there because I used to play at Inter, in the youth team with him. He’s giving me my respect and I’m doing same. People are putting it in the news that he’s upset, of course he’s glad.
“He’s glad that Obafemi Martins is dating his sister. But if he gets jealous then it means he doesn’t want his sister to grow. But it’s not like that. The boy is not a bad boy.
He also said he and Abigail haven't discussed marriage yet.
“The relationship is true but getting married or not, we haven’t discussed anything like that. She’s upstairs and we’re happy together.
Abigail, 24, told the The Sun in an interview in April that she couldn’t date a footballer: “Mario wouldn’t let me anyway. He knows only too well what they are like. They are surrounded by women. Girls throw themselves at them.”

The Entertainers and Events to Watch For in 2013

The year 2012 is one that would not be forgotten in a hurry by close watchers and players alike on the entertainment scene. We take a peek into the New Year, chronicling those who may likely make the headlines in 2013.
Making up the roll-call in no particular order are a list of promising acts and the ‘usual suspects’ set to take the scene by storm.

Olamide: Filling the void
Barely two years into his professional music career, Olamide Adedeji, known for his creative lyrics, has become a household name in the Nigerian music circles. His single titled ‘Eni Duro’ literarily catapulted him into national prominence while he also seemingly filled the void left by DaGrin with his endearing lyrics delivered in Yoruba.
Olamide’s road to fame is one for the history books, this time two years ago he was a regular kid growing up in the heart of Lagos Mainland, Bariga. Even though Olamide insists he is still that Bariga boy, a lot has changed in his life.
A recording artiste signed onto ID Cabasa’s Coded Tunez Record label and managed by industry heavy weight Toni Payne, his rise to fame was not handed to him on a silver platter. Olamide’s hard work and pure unbridled talent are responsible for the artiste that we see today.
In an industry filled with artistes delivering their lines in American accents, whether real or imagined, it is a relief to have at least one artiste we can call 100% Nigerian.

King Sunny Ade: Set to usher good tidings with ‘My Year’ In a manner that looks more of a prophecy, newly crowned ‘music emperor’ King Sunny Ade is launching into the year 2013 with a new work which predicts a bountiful and rewarding year for Nigerians.
According to KSA; “the work, titled ‘’My Year’, is packaged to bless my fans particularly and Nigerians in general, encouraging them to hold on to the belief that 2013 is their year of blessings and rewards in their individual endeavours.”
A sneak preview into the collection indicates another major music piece from King Sunny Ade as he goes back into musical archives for arresting lyrics, technically crafted into moving proverbs of songs and danceable beats that had been his trademarks for years.
Distributor of King Sunny Ade’s works, Mr. Ademola Joshua, said, “’My Year’ is an essential musical work to stimulate those who are looking forward to 2013 as a rewarding year.”

Tiwa Savage: Tightens her grip on the scene Ever since she dropped her endearing single, titled ‘Love Me Love Me Love Me’, sexy artiste Tiwa Savage has won for herself a glut of fans and admirers alike. She is a singer cum songwriter signed onto Mavin Records who seems poised to tighten her grip on the music scene which is equally littered with quality female vocalists.
Currently working on her debut upcoming album, Tiwa’s career received a big boost when she was named Pepsi Ambassador- a role she shares with EME’s cash cow, Wizkid.
She has collaborated with Chuck Harmony (Rihanna, Mary J. Blige), Warren ‘Oak’ Felder (Chris Brown and Jennifer Lopez) and producer So Sick, just to mention a few, on her debut collection.
Weaving an eclectic collision of influences on her forthcoming piece, Tiwa says her album will be a blend of “songs in my native language and some straight up Soul and R&B cuts.”

Tuface Idibia: Away and beyond While faceless people were spreading rumours about his death, 2face Idibia was far away in a Los Angeles studio waxing a song. The rumour which came days after proposing to his girlfriend, Annie Macaulay, didn’t deter the musician as he went on to launch his celebrity hangout Rumours in G.R.A, Ikeja while also acquiring choice properties in Victoria Island.
2Face Idibia is scheduled to return to the school circuits come 2013 after a six-year hiatus. Idibia will embark on a scheduled campus tour that would see him visiting various tertiary institutions in Nigeria for the first time in over six years.
The tour was engineered to provide the artiste with a platform on which he could show gratitude and appreciation to everyone who played a part in making the 2face brand successful in the year 2012. In the year 2013, the ‘African Queen’ crooner seeks to foster a lasting relationship that will ensure continued association and cooperation in the future.

Don Jazzy The godfather of club hits The recently was rated as the 36th “Most powerful celebrity in Africa” according to Forbes. Such is the stock of Michael Collins Ajereh (born November 26, 1982), better known as Don Jazzy.
Jazzy is a multi award-winning record producer, singer-songwriter, musician, former CEO of Mo’ Hits Records founded in 2004 and current CEO of the Mavin Records label which he founded in May 2012 after his split up with childhood friend D’Banj.
Don Jazzy’s first full credit production work was in 2004 on Tongolo for Nigerian singer D’Banj. He went on to produce D’Banj’s first studio album titled No Long Thing released in 2005.
Jazzy’s appetite for a full-time career in music could no longer be satiated when, in 2004, he partnered with D’Banj to set up the Mo’ Hits label. Within two years, the prolific producer had wrapped up two albums (No Long Thing and Rundown/Funk You Up) with his former Mo’ Hits partner and was working on a third, Curriculum Vitae. By this time, he had already started becoming a household name with the trademark intro It’s Don Jazzy Again!
In 2008 there were further production credits for the best selling album of that year; Jazzy repeated the trick with Wande Coal’s Mushin 2 Mo’ Hits, an album that was described as one of the best albums to ever come out of Nigeria.
2013 will definitely be a busy year for Jazzy as he is set to make more hits for his signees on the Mavin Record stable such as Tiwa Savage, D’Prince, Wande Coal and Dr Sid.

Burna Boy: Blazing the trail His songs are said to be a break from the norm as he succeeded in changing the sound gear of present day Nigerian lovers of music who mostly love songs with heavy beat and low message.
Burna boy showed why he indeed is the King of the Afro Fusion genre as he perfectly blends English with a bit of Igbo and Yoruba over the smooth sound of the house influenced beat produced by LeriQ.
The Aristokrat Records signee officially dropped four singles off his forthcoming debut album L.I.F.E. (Leaving an Impact For Eternity) which will include successful singles such as ‘Like To Party’ and ‘Tonight’.
Expect more singles from the six pack artiste who has got female fans excited about his music in 2013, leading to the launch of his debut album.

Courtesy: Ahmed Boulor

Saturday, 29 December 2012

D’Banj Issues Apology For 2012 Koko Concert Fail

A few minutes ago, D’Banj issued an apology via his twitter page for the shambolic mes that was the Koko Concert which took place 27th December at Eko Atlantic Lagos.
Yesterday I gave you a little insight into what went down at the concert that got everyone so mad.
See his apology tweets after the jump