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Bello-issima! Soprano’s success gets Nigerians into opera

A live performance of an aria from an Italian opera, sung by a professional soprano, isn’t a common sound in Nigeria’s bustling commercial and entertainment capital, Lagos. Nigerian soprano Omo Bello rehearses in Lagos on December 8, 2017.A live performance of an aria from an Italian opera, sung by a professional soprano, isn’t a common sound in Nigeria’s bustling commercial and entertainment capital. But it’s not the strangest thing for the performer, Omo Bello. News of her appearance in Lagos has attracted a crowd, even it’s only for a short rehearsal. / AFP PHOTO But it’s not the most surprising thing for the performer, Omo Bello. News of her appearance at the MUSON School of Music has attracted a crowd, even when it’s only for a short rehearsal. “I didn’t realise t...

Fuji Czar, K1 losses daughter, Wasilat in Canada

Nigeria’s Fuji maestro, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal’s daughter Wasilat was reported to have died in the early hour on Tuesday at the age of 34. K1 d Ultimate “May God give him the fortitude to bear the loss. We can’t blame God!!!Asabi Olaronke Wasilat,continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord. May her soul rest In peace, says a family member. Though the family is yet to release official report on the death, but condolence messages have been pouring to console the distraught father. Vanguard gathered that the Fuji maestro also know  as K1 d ultimate is particularly crushed by the fact that late Wasilat was the only daughter of her mother who also died some years ago. More updates later

‘…our president does not take it seriously when Nigerians are killed abroad’

Former Director-General, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, has expressed worry over Federal Government’s silence on killing of Nigerians abroad. Odinkalu, Senior Team Manager for Africa Program of the Open Society Justice Initiative, spoke on the sideline of Human Rights Fiesta on Monday in Abuja. Ras Kimono He said that the government was not caring for citizens. Odinkalu said that six Nigerian females were killed abroad recent, but that there was no serious action was taken by the government. He said that the Federal Government needed to do more to ensure that every Nigerian life mattered. “If one white person gets killed in France, our president sends a condolence message. “It is disappointing that our president does not take it seriousl...

Fela used musical platform to agitate for human rights, says Bolanle Austen-Peters

Lagos – Mrs Bolanle Austen-Peters, the founder and operator of Terra Kulture Arena on Sunday eulogized the virtues of the late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and his wives who used his musical platform to agitate for social change and human rights during his life time. Obasanjo, Fela and Buhari Austen-Peters said this at the official launch of Fela and his Kalakuta Queens, a stage show held at the Terra Kulture Theatre Arena, Lagos. She described the freedom fighter, Fela as an enigmatic artiste who used his musical band including his wives to challenge the government of his day and people to explore development through social and economic activities that were rooted in African values. Austen-Peters said that the musical play chronicled Fela’s birth, rebirth, act...

Wizkid, Davido, Joshua winners at Africa’s Future Awards

Wizkid, Davido, the undefeated heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, Kenny Blaq and Nancy Isime, emeged some of the winners at The Future Awards Africa 2017 held in Lagos on Saturday. Davido and Wizkid The event was held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. Below is the full list of all the winners and their profiles : THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICE Winner: Olamide Bada (27) After qualifying as a British solicitor specializing in industry law across several platforms, she set about the task of helming the consolidation of startup businesses in Nigeria. Bada has set the tone for Black Friday events in Nigeria, planning and organising the Jumia’s 2015 Black Friday giveaway. Her superb handling earned her strong praise and proved t...

Any bids for — a shot of Tupac’s penis?

Looking for a special holiday gift for a fan of rap legend Tupac Shakur? Now available to the highest bidder — a picture of his penis. Tupac In one of the more bizarre items in a rash of Tupac memorabilia to go on sale in recent years, an auction house is selling a close-up of his member snapped in 1990. An unnamed female companion of Tupac, who would be shot dead six years later, said the then up-and-coming rapper was fond of dropping his trousers at parties. “On this particular night, when a friend was about to take (a) group shot, he did it again! She told him that she was going to zoom in if he didn’t pull his pants up fast, but he just smiled at her and didn’t budge,” said the posting on auction site Gotta Have Rock and Roll. She asked for $7,500 for the picture b...

Yuletide: MI, Ice Prince, Harrysong others shut down Jos Chillin’ Carnival

By Luminous JannamikeLast week turned out to be an unforgettable experience for concert-goers in the North as MI Abaga, Ice Prince, Cynthia Morgan, Harrysong, Mr 2kay, Skales, DJ Neptune others shut down Jos, the Plateau state capital. Ice-Prince, MI and Harrysong The line-up brought their A-game and gave their fans a night to remember with energetic, interactive and entertaining performances during the 2017 Jos Chillin’ Carnival. The carnival also highlighted some of the brightest upcoming stars in the Northern part of the country such as; Lyrical Dr Smith, Classiq, Mad Dragon All-Stars, The Lucky Starz Band, Manny and many others. A day before the grand finale, members of the Superbikers Club Association of Nigeria (SCAN) took to the streets of Jos to display excepti...

You lied Kiss Daniel tells G-Worldwide Entertainment

Solicitors to Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe AKA Kiss Daniel has said that “it is laughable and unbelievable that G-Worldwide Entertainment Ltd will purportedly claim to own or have dashed Anidugbe his own middle name. His solicitors L & A-Legal Consultants in a statement signed by Oluwaseyi Lawal (Esq) and titled ‘What G-Worldwide Entertainment Ltd will not tell you’ said that the Federal High Court in Lagos did not stop Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe from using the stage name “Kiss Daniel” but rather refused G-Worldwide Entertainment Ltd the application to stop him from performing, recording or using the stage name Kiss Daniel. Kiss Daniel The statement read thus:We are solicitors to Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe (Kiss Daniel) our attention has been drawn to the un...

How excesses of unscrupulous crowd nearly marred Phyno’s Phynofet

BY LUMINOUS JANNAMIKE For entertainment aficionados in the South-East, Sunday, November 19, 2017 was a fresh experience for them as they stormed the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu for an evening of breath-taking performances by their very own Phyno, Flavour, Runtown, and Zoro, who literally made the entertainment utopia a reality for them during the PhynoFest concert. Phyno and a fan Hosted by ace broadcaster, Olisa Adibua, the 22,000 capacity concert venue was packed with attendance; affirming, as the stuff of legend, Phyno’s cult-like following in the Eastern part of Nigeria. Seldom, do Nigerian artistes stage individual shows that attract the numbers that Phyno has been able to mobilise to sell-out the Enugu stadium back-to-back. However, one of the unpalatable highl...

Rapper DMX faces 5 years in jail over tax evasion

DMX, the US rapper best known for his taunting song “Party Up (Up in Here),” faces prison time after he pleaded guilty Thursday to evading $1.7 million in tax payments. Rapper DMX Prosecutors said the 46-year-old rapper and actor avoided taxes by living virtually only on cash, without maintaining a bank account or filing required returns to the Internal Revenue Service. DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, admitted guilt before a federal judge in New York and agreed to pay back taxes, prosecutors said. He will be sentenced on March 29 and faces up to five years in prison. The rapper could have been hit with up to 40 years in prison if he had been tried and convicted on all counts. “No matter who you are or whatever fame you may have achieved, the law applies equally t...

Jonathan, Ben Bruce applaud Wizkid over best win at MOBO Awards

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan and Sen. Ben Murray-Bruce, have applauded Nigerian music superstar Ayo Balogun, a.k.a Wizkid, for winning the ‘Best International Act’ at the 2017 MOBO awards. Wizkid The 22nd edition of the iconic Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards was held on Wednesday night at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, United Kingdom. The ‘Star boy’ defeated American rapper Jay-Z, Drake, SZA, Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar and other famous international artistes to clinch the highly coveted trophy. Jonathan in a post on his Facebook wall congratulated Wizkid for making Nigeria proud. He wrote:“When Nigeria does well, I cannot help but feel well. “My happiness is tied to the happiness of Nigeria, and when Nigerians break records and take the name of Nigeria to gre...

Davido wins “Best African Act” at MOBO Awards

Abuja – Nigeria’s ace singer David Adeleke, a.k.a Davido, has won the “Best African Act”, at the 2017 edition of the prestigious Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards. DAVIDO WITH HIS AWARD (PHOTO GETTY) The 22nd MOBO Awards was held on Wednesday night at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, United Kingdom. David edged out Wizkid, Mr Eazi, Tiwa Savage, Wande Coal, Maleek Berry and others to pitch the “Best African Act” award. Nigeria’s star boy, Wizkid who did not disappoint his fans also won the Best International Act, beating top artists like Drake, SZA, Cardi B, JAY-Z and Kendrick Lamar,among others. On the international scene, English grime and Hip Hop artist, Stormzy, was the biggest winner of the night winning in three prestigious categories – “Best Male Artist”, “Best...

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