LOLADEVILLE Headline Animator
Monday, April 30, 2012
The show, a segment of the famous 'Keeping Up with Kardashian' series aired on entertainment channel, E! Online on sunday nights would be stopped so that the latter can concentrate on his basketball
The 32-year-old basketballer who has moved his family to Los Angeles has hired a trainer to help him improve his skills.
I understand that music fans can be over demanding and insatiable, this can be frustrating for artistes and producers alike. The truth is most
fans know what they want only when they hear it, not before.
Henry Ford said "when I asked the people what the wanted, they said faster horses"... that said; Now to the business of the day...
1) eLDee - Category
2) Npz featuring Davido - Throw Way 3) MayD featuring
4) Iyanya - Burst My Brain
5) Classiq - Tinini Tanana
We found an easy and stress-free link to the latest
Download Now! : http://hu.lk m40gv0mzhptl
Find Out More : http://
Have a fun week!
Produced from his Golden Effects stables, his movies are not only poles different from the wishy-washy ones which flood the market but they speak lots of volumes in terms of originality, storyline, quality and many more.
There is no gainsay that his recent film, Phone Swap is a Nollywood production with a class, infact the buzz surrounding it is still very intense.
The film had its premiere barely two months in Nigeria and Ghana got four nominations at the recently concluded Africa Movies Academy Awards (AMAA) but claimed the Achievement in Production design prize.
In this short interview, he speaks on the secret behind his first-class movies as well as other issues. Enjoy and share!
I ask, what differentiates Kunle Afolayan from other filmmakers?
In a very relaxed mood, the soft-spoken actor didn't mince words, he exuded a lot of confidence all through.
"I think it is just my work that speaks for me and the fact that my mindset is different from a whole lot of people." He began.
" I believe anything that is worth doing is worth doing well. I was able to witness the genesis of motion pictures in Nigeria and privileged to see the positivity in it when we started and what austerity and a whole lot of economic issues has done to the industry before it now translated to Nollywood. I felt that there's a whole lot to be done to revive that vibrant industry, production value was more important than commercial, for me I've been able to blend the two together".
What made Phone Swap a success?
Well, i think it was God that made it so. Then i invested a lot of hardwork into it. The film wasn't an hurried job, i really took our time. Then. i also had a wonderful cast, working with them was quite easy and enjoyable. Wale Ojo actually got into the cast like 4 Days to the shoot unlike Nse who got the script like a year before the shoot.
Briefly tell us about your company, 'Golden Effects'.
Basically what we do is audio visuals. We shoot films, commercials and documentaries. We rent out equipments, we do training, act as liaisons for people who come to shoot films in Nigeria. We have different departments, post production, accounts and many more.
How do you monetize your creative content?
One of the channels of distribution available in this country is the theatrical, that is the cinema but we are trying to explore other forms like online streaming. We also extend it to training for other corporate organizations, we hope to sell TV rights much later, a film like Irapada is still making some money through TV rights. I want to believe that the scope is getting bigger.
Your father, 'Ade Love' w as a renowned entertainer, do you feel his impacts are really working out for you?
I will say Yes to an extent but the man was long dead before i started learning one or few things not as a filmmaker but rather in the area of film business. I never learnt anything from him creativity wise but i was able to see how they run production companies especially film exhibition and stuffs but most times it opens doors, it is now left for you to utilize that opportunity.
For me I've been able to build my own image to the extent that it now rubs on easily. If you surf through the internet, most of the things that are being said about him (my Father) are being linked to me or some of my brothers, unfortunately we dont have archives in Nigeria, there are not a lot of things about him online, so children born 20 years time won't even know anything about him until they search online.
We've seen Irapada, Figurine and Phone Swap, what's next?
The next one is in progress, infact, i started working on it before Phone Swap. It's in that genre of Figurine. I want to believe it is going to be the biggest.
How do you keep in shape and what are your regular exercises like?
I walk in the morning for one and a half hours, i used to play basketbal every Sunday but I've been so busy with work so I've not done that in a while now. At least i take a walk around my neighbourhood like three times a week.
What are your challenges, either as a family man or an enterpreneur?
The challenges are enormous, even our day to day activities. As a young enterpreneur, when you're trying to manage creativity and business, for you to step up your game, you must really be very smart. For me i plan, most times when you employ people to do stuffs for you, they don't do it to my satisfaction. That alone is challenging.
Also, if you're thinking about a project, there's no sure avenue to raise money in this country. You have to think and work out how you raise money, that too is a very distracting and exhausting experience.
This environment does not help or encourage filmmakers. There's usually no light, everything has has to be powered by generators, when you want to push, the light of these obstacles weigh me down, you might not really be at your best. We have been surviving it and our best is yet to come.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
For example snapping pictures in the studio with lion teddybears, jumping, placing your hands on another person's shoulder, sleeping on the floor etc those were ignorant times.
Nowadays ladies turn to their cars/ toilets for lovely picture backgrounds but this one seriously beats me. What's the attraction? The greenness or the flower itself?
Common, this flower isn't The Gold of Kinabalu Orchid or other expensive flowers in the world, these are just regular ones people urinate or spit on.
Issokay sister, maybe I'm not seeing what you're seeing. You're fine sha and your hair is okay but the 'flower-holding' is itching me.
So four years after their surprise wedding, Mariah Carey&Nick Cannon decided to renew their marital vows.
The elated singer tweeted, "Tonight was an incredible night, I can't express how amazing it was to renew our vows in Paris at the top of the Eiffel tower."
Their marriage is blessed with twins who would turn 1 tomorrow.
Before then, they had a traditional wedding ceremony lastweek 21st April 2012 at Owerri, Imo State.
The bride, Jane Chinwe Olumba is a US-based medical practitioner.
The season of marriage is not yet over for our celebrities. More to come.lol
Wishing them a blissful marriage!
Saturday, April 28, 2012
This couple must have been tired of cars (jeeps, limos, motorcycles) that they opted for something big and unique.
But the standing up is what I don't think I can do. I understand you want to flaunt the 'newest couple in town' thing to the world but punishing my legs. Nah!
But another thing is people won't see you if you sit down, so endure the small suffering. (But they aint complaining sef)
But how many caterpillars would follow the first one? The traffic will definitely 'unsmile' that day.
Anchored by glamorous entertainers, Julius D Genius Agwu and Kate Henshaw, the maiden edition of the Nollywood Movies Awards (NMA), organized to recognize and honour outstanding talents in the Nigerian film industry will come up on saturday 2nd June 2012 at the Civic Centre also in Lagos, Nigeria.
However, a nominees party scheduled to precede the event has been slated for saturday 5th May 2012 at the Oriental hotel, Lagos.
BEST ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE
1) Van Vicker (Against The Law)
2) Ramsey Nouah (Private Storm)
3) Trybson Dudukoko (Ghetto Dreams)
4) Joseph Benjamin (Tango With Me)
5) Joseph Benjamin (Kiss And Tell)
6) Charles Okafor (Fake Prophet)
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE
1) Genevieve Nnaji (Tango With Me)
2) Omoni Oboli (Anchor Baby)
3) Mercy Johnson (Weeping Soul)
4) Uche Jumbo (Damage)
5) Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde (Private Storm)
1) Mirror Boy
2) Anchor Baby
3) Private Storm
4) Memories Of The Heart
5) Tango With Me
6) Kiss and Tell
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
1) Junior Pope Odumodoh (Nkwocha)
2) John Dumelo (Private Storm)
3) Yul Edochie (Against The Law)
4) Gabriel Afolayan (Ghetto Dreamz)
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
1) Tina Mba (Tango With Me)
2) Rachel Oniga (Ghetto Dreamz)
3) Stella Damasus (Bent Arrows)
4) Nse Ikpe-tim (Kiss And Tell)
BEST ACTOR IN AN INDIGENOUS MOVIE (NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING LANGUAGE)
1) Chiwetalu Agu (Nkwocha)
2) Yinka Quadri (Aye Dudu)
3) Saidi Balogun (Eti Keta)
4) Brown Igboegwu (Apparition)
5) Femi Adebayo (Emi Abata)
6) Odunlade Adekola (Ikuforiji)
BEST ACTRESS IN AN INDIGENOUS MOVIE (NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING LANGUAGE)
1) Funke Akindele (Emi Abata)
2) Funke Akindele (The Return Of Jenifa)
3) Queen Nwokoche (Nkwocha)
4) Mercy Aigbe (Oladunjoye)
5) Dupe Adejare (Alantaku)
BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE (NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING LANGUAGE)
1) Eti Keta
5) Aye Dudu
1) Mahmood Alli-Balogun (Tango With Me)
2) Obi Emelonye (Mirror Boy)
3) Lancelot Imasuen (Private Storm)
4) Daniel Ademinokan (Ghetto Dreamz)
5) Desmond Elliot (Kiss And Tell)
1) Mirror Boy
2) Private Storm
3) Changing Faces
4) Anchor Baby
5) Tango With Me
6) Kiss And Tell
BEST MOVIE EDITTING
1) Mirror Boy
2) Anchor Baby
3) Ghetto Dreamz
4) The Return Of Jenifa
5) Changing Faces
6) Memories Of The Heart
BEST MOVIE SOUNDTRACK
1) Bent Arrows
2) Mirror Boy
3) Ghetto Dreamz
4) Changing Faces
5) Memories Of The Heart
6) Tango With Me
BEST SOUND EDITTING
1) Tango With Me
2) Private Storm
4) Anchor Baby
5) Mirror Boy
6) Ghetto Dreamz
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY/SCRIPTWRITING
1) Obi Emelonye (Mirror Boy)
2) Ugezu J Ugezu (Against The Law)
3) Daniel Ademinokan &Ope Banwo) (Ghetto Dreamz)
4) Uduak Isong Oguamanam (Kiss And Tell)
5) Lonzo Nzekwe (Anchor Baby)
6) Chinwe Sele (Soul After Soul)
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
1) Mirror Boy
2) Ghetto Dreamz
3) Tango With Me
5) Entrapped(Chiemela Nwagbaoso)
1) Ghetto Dreamz
2) Tango With Me
4) Mirror Boy* (Gabriel Okorie)
5) Damage (Temisan Isioma Etsede)
RISING STAR AWARD
1) Halima Abubakar (Entrapped)
2) Helen Paul (The Return Of Jenifa)
3) Nuella Njubigbo (Apparition)
4) Sylvia Oluchi(BENT ARROWS)
5) Gabriel Afolayan (Ghetto Dreamz)
6) Chinyere Madubuike Kosi (Apparition)
The Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) award recipient will play Ms Adebayo, another professor who develops a flirtatious relationship with her colleague Mr Odenigbo (Ejiofor).
Set during the Nigerian-Biafran War of 1967 – 1970, the novel, which won the Orange Prize for fiction explores the impact of this conflict through the twisting story of a University Professor (Ejiofor) and his lover (Newton) her sister, a British ex-pat, and a young houseboy.
After 'Doctor Bello' which will see her feature alongside US actor Isaiah Washington, Vivica A Fox and Jimmy Jean-Louis, this is the second major role the Imo-state citizen is getting involved in.
Filming of Half of a Yellow sun will however commence next month and will be released in 2013.
I'm a huge fan of Genevieve, can't wait to see her input (and others' as well)
This happened about 3 weeks ago, April 11 to be precise, at Magodo phase 1 (between Magodo&Shangisha).
May God save me from gossip.lol
Incase you're wondering what happened here; Emeka Ike's wife drove into a supermarket, left her (about) 4 years old son in the car and went to purchase some things, by the time she returned, the son had pulled a Jean Claude Van Damme.
He turned the key in the ignition and the car moved eventually damaging another car parked along the road.
I can imagine the shock on her face by the time she returned and saw the scenario....especially the damage done to the car.
Thank God nothing happened to the little boy sha.
Little children can like to 'experiment' they can like to drive you mad train you for hypertension. The shout of 'Leave it', 'Don't touch that thing' and other phrases is another course on its own.
On Sisi Eko", the performing artiste praises and spreads positivity about ladies in general.
Tflava came into sight in January 2011 with "How Low". He followed up in May with "Think You Know" featuring Outtatown, Zara Gretti, Pope Da Hitman.
His album is expected to drop later this year under the " Rated-R Records".
Download & Listen To: T-Flava - Sisi Eko ft Insane
Link I [ http://hu.lk/1697kqclnvo2 ]
Link II [ http://www.4shared.com/mp3/qG69Yndi/T-Flava_ _Sisi_Eko_Prod_By_T-F.html ]
Friday, April 27, 2012
With just over 30 Days to the maiden edition of the Nigeria Food Industry Awards, 14 different Nigeria Food Industry categories are currently being voted for by consumers (the kings) at the official website of the Nigeria Food Industry.
1) Best Fast Food Outlet of the Year
2) Best Noodles of the Year
3) Best Fruit Juice of the Year
4) Best Food Seasoning of the Year
5) Best Beverage Drink of the Year
6) Best Packaged Water of the Year
7) Best Malt Drink of the Year
8) Best Alcoholic Drink of the Year
9) Best Soft Drink of the Year
10) Best Beef Sausage Roll of the Year
11) Best Milk of the Year
12) Outstanding Contribution Award
13) Food Industry State of the Year
14) Food Industry Bank of the Year
To vote for your favourite food brands,
organizations, personalities and states, visit www.nfiawards.com
To read and know more about "Nigeria Food Industry Awards" and "The 2012 Hunger Day" as being marked in Nigeria, please visit
The songwriter who is also the daughter of renowned ex footballer, Segun Odegbami recently became the second Afrobeats artiste after D'banj to be A-Listed on UK mainstream radio.
It stars Eastenders heartthrob Chucky Venn and the Uniquesilver dancers, with cameo appearances from DJ Abrantee and Big P of SRE (Dotstar).
Directed by Lex Lewter, the video showcases the talented dancer's excellent dance moves, sublime vocals and everything beautiful about being an African.
"TEN TEN" which was first played on London's Choice FM by DJ Abrantee - is a clever dance mix infused with
Afrobeats drums, heavy synths, Fela harmonies and a very commercial
vocal sound. It is poised to challenge
a UK chart position when it is released on May 7.
WATCH "TEN TEN" ON YOUTUBE: http://youtu.be/JaduM38SFsM
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Signed by B-Hive Entertainment the Akwa Ibom citizen does not only thrill the audience in events with eccentric dance moves, he also sings beautifully.
Download BRANDINY's singles.
Juices In The Sky:
You've Been Used:
‘I’m a risk taker’, he says. ‘Life is all about risks. But you must never endanger yourself. I don’t endanger myself, which is why, even though I’m here, I’m still in Nigeria all the time, performing’.
He believes his deal with Kanye West was a case of ‘preparation meets opportunity’.
‘I pulled up with my entourage at the Emirates first class lounge in Dubai. We were returning from Scott Tommey’s birthday. I came down with Bankuli, my P.A. Chuchu, and my business manager Chidi. My entourage was large and I was looking fly. One of the hostesses ran to me with a Kanye West placard. I said I’m not Kanye o – then I told my guys ‘Kanye is around so no dulling.’ Chuchu and Bankuli spotted Kanye walking in to check in.
They went to him and he said we could come over’. ‘As they came, I had my iPad with me, and my headphones. Kanye said ‘I like your T-shirt’. I wore a Zara T-shirt and a D&G ring. He liked my appearance and said he’d give me 5 minutes. I told him ‘I played with you in Nigeria during NB PLC Star Megajam.
I’ve done a song with Snoop and we’re going to shoot the video now. I’d like to play you my songs.’ I played Oliver, Scapegoat, and Fall in love. He was dancing. He removed the headphones and said ‘I don’t mean to sound rude, but if anyone has to bring you out in the states, it has to be me, not Snoop. He asked when I was going to be in the US, and I told him I was going there that day. Then he asked who my producer was, and I said Don Jazzy. He said ‘come with him.’
‘It was only an email address he gave us at the airport. When we got to NY, we sent several emails but got no response. Then Bankuli sent a final one saying, ‘we have been in New York for some time and sent several emails. We have waited long enough and are now on our way to do the Snoop Dogg video’ And then the reply came. ‘Sorry to have overlooked your earlier emails. Mr. Kanye would like to meet with you tomorrow.’ ‘We didn’t believe it.
Don Jazzy, who had been reluctant all along, still did not believe it. Even when we got there (Wyclef’s studio) the next day, he stood outside. When Kanye came I went to call him ‘Oya come now, come play am the music now’. It was difficult to believe it was real and it was happening. Then when Kanye came in, with the GOOD music acts, I was like, ‘wow’. ‘I’ve always thought of how I can be a useful vessel to the industry. A friend and colleague always says to me: ‘D’banj, you’re the Jesus Christ of the industry.’
So having ran Mohits for nine years, I already had plans of how we could blow Mohits up. I had plans of expanding, and most especially, bringing hope to that 11 year-old kid somewhere in Africa who may never have had the opportunity to get signed to major labels’. ‘So it was not really just about me. There’s a big market in Africa. I said to them, ‘I’ve sold millions of records in Africa, we’ve done millions of hits with CRBT, and I’ve run the most successful label on the continent. You take care of the US, but let me take you to Africa.‘
And I’m happy to tell you that we’re doing that. D’banj’s album will be the first under Universal/Def Jam Africa, and we’re already putting all the structures in place’. And that’s where the problem started. ‘Don Jazzy was no longer comfortable. You know, we were like fishes out of water, in this new system, starting all over again, like when we returned home in 2004. I got him a place in the US, set up a studio there, so he’d be comfortable and be able to work without going to hang around the studios. In one year Jazzy did not make a song.
I said, maybe you want to go back to Lagos, you’ll get inspiration there?’ I was all about the work, I wanted us to make this happen, so we can bridge that gap and create a path for Africa. But Jazzy wanted us to go back home. And I understand. He’s my friend, my brother’.
‘But I never expected him to do what he did.’ He said to me in July last year ‘Let’s scatter Mohits. He told me there are two captains – two captains cannot be in a ship. I was like ‘that’s not possible, this is a marriage’. He said ‘then this marriage is no longer working’. I said then let’s go for counseling; I asked, so what happens to our children?’ ‘
I have full rights to my catalogue and full ownership of my Koko Holdings, while he has full ownership of Mo’Hits, including the artistes and liabilities.’
On the attitude of Dr Sid and Wande Coal, D'banj is sad, but not bitter or lonely.
‘Asking me if I’m lonely because Wande or Jazzy has left me is like asking my first sister if she’s lonely now – she has two kids now, lives in Canada. Don Jazzy is still my brother – we just had to move on. We’ll still work together in future, same with my boys. In fact, just this week, he sent me the remix to Oliver Twist that we’re releasing in the UK on May 14.
All the interviews I’ve had here, I kept hyping him. It’s already in my system – you know me, I’m a one-way soldier. Jazzy is a very quiet person. Loyalty is key. My loyalty still lies in the friendship I had with him. He was cheated by JJC, and I was present. I swore never to cheat him. But I’d like to think our visions became different. ‘It was clear when we met that Jazzy wanted to be the biggest producer, I wanted to be the biggest African entertainer, not the biggest singer. I had my mind on money.
In order to say I’m the biggest, I had to be the richest. So for a very long time, he was on the back end. He respected my act, I respected his music judgment. Every meeting that brought us money I went for. I’d say I need to confirm from Don Jazzy because that was the agreement, even though I knew it was my decision. First Glo deal was $500,000. That Landcruiser jeep was because of my demands. It was because of the skill and exposure that I used to bargain. I’m a businessman’
‘People say I’m less talented, I was known as a jester in the JJC squad. I’d make everyone happy and play the mouth organ, but I knew what I wanted. I decided to give Don Jazzy power in 2007 when we realized that after four years, they did not recognize us as a record label. We had signed artistes and done all this work. So we restructured, and restrategized.
So I told him to chill, so he can be more respected and be the don. I’m older than him by one year, yet I respected him like a don. I remember when he came out at Ali Baba show, I knelt down for him, so people would say he’s the baba. All the talking in my ears and all, it was an arrangement. All the Soundcity advert and all, he did not tell me anything.
It was all an arrangement.’ ‘Jazzy did his part’, he made the music for nine years. But nothing stops him from making for twenty more years. We could have changed the formula. Why didn’t he want to change the formula? It was time to expand the business, Mohits was Motown reloaded. We always knew we would expand, he always said I had more swagger than anyone else he knows, And I know he’s one of the best producers in the world; we wanted to make Mohits the biggest in Africa.
Other labels were springing up. So if we could conquer America, London when no one had done it before.
Most of our people stop in Germany, or Paris. We had already made the money. Kanye did not want to change anything about my music, my style of dressing, or my brand. It is God’s favour. But Jazzy was and is very scared. Something had worked for eight years, so he wanted to maintain the status quo. People are afraid to try new things.’ I’m a vessel that God is trying to use to help the industry. Once in a few years, one artiste comes from the UK to run the world, none has come from Africa. Fela was the closest. It’s been my own dream.
I made my name from Nigeria, unlike Seal, Wale, and Tinie Tempah. And I want to bring Universal, Def Jam and all to Nigeria. So if I can build that bridge, then we’re good, because it will give hope to the boys in Asaba, in Oshogbo that this thing is possible.’
‘And when people say why am I not talking, this is why. I’m focused on making this happen. It’s more important for me to make sure I don’t disappoint all those who have invested in me; all those who believe in me and are supporting the movement, than to be fighting over who’s right or wrong. Even now that I’m talking to you, I don’t even know if I should be doing this interview.’
The perception is that you’ve become arrogant, unreachable, proud.
Obviously people will say stuff – but this is me. I can’t keep up with everyone, no matter how much I try. But I understand where I’m coming from. I cant forget my roots. You saw me giving Jazzy props in my interview earlier.
That’s me. If I was arrogant I wouldn’t have been the one even chasing Jazzy around since he told me last July that he wanted to scatter Mohits. Last time I saw him was on February 19 at Irving Plaza. He didn’t support the show, and he only came on stage when SID and Wande were performing. I wanted peace.
And even my mom, who had supported us from beginning, who gave us the house we stayed in (in Michael Otedola estate, Lagos), the Previa bus we used and paid for Tongolo video, spoke to his parents last December; ‘this is what your son said o’. I remember my mom saying to me, ‘if you guys have been together all these years, and no wahala, then if you need to part, I hope there’ll be no wahala.’
She was very particular about that. I had enough proof to have come out and speak; this thing has been on for a long time, and we’re in April now. But I don’t want to cause any wahala. I don’t want to spoil anything. I don’t want trouble. Right now, I just want to be able to move on and do my business.’
And on the leaked email?
‘The signing (away of my shares in Mohits) was already being discussed before April 16. If I kept quiet from January till now, what would it benefit me to leak anything? Remember all the stuff about my password and all? We know where that was from, I really wouldn’t want to think it was from him, my brother, but it could be from anywhere, but I don’t want to call anyone’s name’
But were the emails forged?
Everything in those emails were facts. And I don’t even think the mails favoured me in any way. It’s not the exact mails that were sent and signed, but there were elements of truth in the mails that were published.’
Why did you tell Ebony you own Mohits?
My mom advised me not to speak. And the interviewer took it out of context. I co-owned Mohits. We registered the business in 2004, and we owned it 50:50. So I spoke about that, but the interviewer took it wrong and the fans put pressure on them and they corrected it.
How about Sahara Reporters?
I never wanted to have any interview. It was on the eve of my US show. I was told I should do the interview, because they’re very troublesome. I had to do the interview for the sake of my show the next day. I was guaranteed that there’d be no politics questions. I had not been in the country. And I had been under pressure.
Sadly, when that happened and I was being attacked in the media, none of my guys came out to support me. Looking at all this, what are your regrets? The truth is that if nothing went wrong, you’d have still heard all this good news and Mohits would take the glory, I didn’t come out in eight years to say anything.
Everyone made their contributions. There were no issues, as long as it worked. My mistake was thinking that we were one. How do you feel about Wande Coal and Dr. SID taking sides with Jazzy? I won’t be too quick to judge Wande Coal. I hear it was Jazzy that tweeted those Wande tweets. I don’t know how true that is, but I know he had our social media accounts. As at a month ago, I couldn’t access any of my accounts.
My password was changed on Twitter and Facebook. Then Universal intervened. I’m about to be verified on Twitter now. I’m not really a social media person, so it was Don Jazzy and some of our other guys that were running it. Wande himself knows the truth. He cannot talk to me like that. The whole Mohits knew who ran the label businesswise. They knew who to come to when they needed to get money out, after we recorded the album.
Who knows the factory where Dansa was made? But you will know the marketing manager.
The car he’s driving, I bought him a brand new Prado from Phyllis and Moss after he crashed the car he won from Hiphop World awards. I bought six Range Rovers last year. I bought D’Prince an LR 3 last year, he crashed it, then I bought him a Range, and it’s true that I bought two Bentleys. Because of Jazzy. But after July last year, after the issue with Jazzy, I bought myself the Aston Martin.
How were you able to fund all that?
In the last nine years, there are a few people and corporate bodies that God has helped me build relationships with, either individuals or banks, or even corporates that are involved in the growth of the industry. I’ve enjoyed their support, and even now that we’re going global, we’re pooling the funds together from all these places.
Could you possibly be Nigeria’s richest pop star?
A billionaire? Vanity upon vanity. Money is material. In terms of what we’re doing, you’ll call me a Trillionaire, because this vision is too big for only me. With the help of the industry, the government, people like you Ayeni, we will not only be billionaires, but trillionaires.
There’s been a lot of confusion, what label exactly are you signed on?
My album comes out under my label/GOOD Music/Island Def Jam. I’m funding the D’banj album, in America, through GOOD Music/Island Def Jam. GOOD Music is Kanye West who is co-executive producing with me. The deal comprises of Island Def Jam, in US. But in UK, it is under Mercury. My first single will be released in Europe on May 14. My work will be released in Africa through Universal/Def Jam. We don’t have these structures in Africa. They’ve seen what I’ve done with Mohits. I’ve made them realize how much they were losing in the African region. Over 150m Nigerians, over 800m Africans. 2% of that is 8.5m. They were not making anything except from S.A, which has been the US of Africa. So we will be launching this label in Ghana, in partnership with Vodafone, launching in Nigeria in partnership with MTN. Def Jam Africa will be up soon. Why are you risking all this? What if you burn your fingers and lose everything you’ve worked for? Lose out? Well, I am happy I even have something to risk. To whom much is given, much is expected. Look at Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jay Z, Kanye West, these people take it to the max, take it to where they believe that they can push it to.
In the first instance, coming back to Nigeria with Jazzy was because I was a risk taker. And I wouldn’t say I’m throwing everything away. I would say I’m putting everything back in, in order to rip into the future. I get a broadcast from Tonye Cole everyday. He says when you tell people this your vision, know that it’s not for you alone – it’s for everyone. It’s like what Fela did. If what I’m doing doesn’t work, but sows that seed that will germinate in three, five years, it means my name will be written in gold.
Some people have tried this before you, unsuccessfully. Do you have doubts and fears sometimes?
My last album was in July 2008 – no album in four years and I know what I still command in those four years. The momentum for me to be able to do this is because I see how much it took me, I saw the benefit, it’s God, and the favour of the relationships we’ve built. Plus, I don’t take no for an answer, I don’t take negativity. It will work in Jesus’ name. If not, I wouldn’t have landed in the UK and hear Oliver Twist on the radio.
Nor would I be in the mainstream media with them saying I’m pioneering afrobeats. I said to them ‘Oh hell no, that’s Fela’s music. Fela is the legend.’ So I pray to God – I beg my fans, it‘ll be good to do half a million downloads.
It’s possible, it’s a different market. Platinum in UK is 300,000. I believe with the support of my people in Redding, Coventry, Dusting, Hackney, Thamesmead, Abbeywood, we can do it.
According to Daily Independent newspapers, A-list actress, Mercy Johnson-Okojie few weeks ago caused a scene on the set of a new movie 'In the mind' in Asaba.
But someone provoked her! Yeah, one seemingly smart make-up artist.
According to the source, the super talented actress was in the heat of a romantic scene when this lady (you sef what were you thinking?lol) brought out her phone to take some shots.
Obviously annoyed by her action, she jumped off set, slapped her, seized the phone and smashed it.
"This is how it all begins, before you know it, they will start writing lies about me in the press". Was all she uttered. (From me to the make up artiste) have you seen what you've caused now?
And she agreed to continue on the condition that the girl be sent off☹.
Anyways, learnt the poor soul has been begging 'them to tell her' to replace the BB! Even if na CC, losing even a Turaya 'just like that' can be very painful. Something you never planned. (No one plans losing a phone anyways)
The Enugu-indigene who also possesses great song writing skills was born under the influence of music.
The fast-rising hip-hop artiste kicked off his career in 2006 as a solo artiste, though he is yet to be signed to a record label.
DXB's popularity is not only spreading in Lagos where he presently resides but also in his home-base Enugu.
He dedicates his awesome track, 'Make me Maga' to all the beautiful ladies out there.
Download his song via this link
Reflecting on her motherhood experience so far she said, "I feel more beautiful than I've ever felt because I've given birth. I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this Earth."
Describing her 3months old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter whom she loves singing to she claimed "She's just the cutest thing."
Does she resemble the most vibrant member of the Destiny Child group or famed rapper Jay Z?
"She looks like Blue, She's her own person. The best thing about having a daughter is having a true legacy," she adds. "The word 'love' means something completely different now."
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Over the past 30 years, the number of overweight children has doubled and the number of overweight teenagers tripled.
Studies show that individuals who are 20% or more overweight run a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, and some forms of cancer.
The prevalence of diabetes increased by 33% in the past 20 years, due primarily to the increased number of overweight people.
It takes approximately 20 minutes for your brain to know that your stomach is full.
The majority of items in existing vending machines contribute to a variety of health issues including obesity, diabetes and heart disease, as well as behavioral issues such as hyperactivity, fatigue and aggression.
Over 300,000 deaths per year are caused by poor nutrition and a lack of physical activity.
One out of every three children born today will develop diabetes at some point in their lifetime if dietary trends continue as they are today. A can of soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar.
All humans have to eat food for growth and maintenance of a healthy body, but we humans have different requirements as infants, children (kids), teenagers, young adults, adults, and seniors.
For example, infants may require feeding every four hours until they gradually age and begin to take in more solid foods. Eventually they develop into the more normal pattern of eating three times per day as young kids. However, as most parents know, kids, teenagers, and young adults often snack between meals. Snacking is often not limited to these age groups because adults and seniors often do the same.
• Eat three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner); it is important to remember that dinner does not have to be the largest meal.
• The bulk of food consumption should consist of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk products.
• Choose lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts (with emphasis on beans and nuts).
• Choose foods that are low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars; look at the labels because the first listed items on the labels comprise the highest concentrations of ingredients.
• Control portion sizes; eat the smallest portion that can satisfy hunger and then stop eating.
• Snacks are OK in moderation and should consist of items like fruit, whole grains, or nuts to satisfy hunger and not cause excessive weight gain.
• Avoid sodas and sugar-enhanced drinks because of the excessive calories in the sodas and sugar drinks; diet drinks may not be a good choice as they make some people hungrier and increase food consumption.
• Avoid eating a large meal before sleeping to decrease gastroesophageal reflux and weight gain.
• If a person is angry or depressed, eating will not solve these situations and may make the underlying problems worse.
• Avoid rewarding children with sugary snacks; such a pattern may become a lifelong habit for people.
• Avoid heavy meals in the summer months, especially during hot days.
• A vegetarian lifestyle has been promoted for a healthy lifestyle and weight loss; vegetarians should check with their physicians to be sure they are getting enough vitamins, minerals, and iron in their food.
• Cooking foods (above 165 F) destroys most harmful bacteria and other pathogens; if you choose to eat uncooked foods like fruits or vegetables, they should be thoroughly washed with running treated (safe to drink) tap water right before eating.
• Avoid eating raw or undercooked meats of any type.
Tips for special situations:
• People with diabetes should use the above tips and monitor their glucose levels as directed; try to keep the daily blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible.
• People with unusual work schedules (night shifts, college students, military) should try to adhere to a breakfast, lunch, and dinner routine with minimal snacking.
• People who prepare food should avoid using grease or frying foods in grease.
• People trying to lose weight (body fat) should avoid all fatty and sugary foods and eat mainly vegetables, fruits, and nuts and markedly reduce his/her intake of meat and dairy products.
• Seek medical advice early if you cannot control your weight, food intake, or if you have diabetes and cannot control your blood glucose levels.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
At the grand finale which takes place on June 16th in Lagos, 25 of Nigeria's most sexiest and intelligent men representing the 6 geographical locations of the country will emerge.
SOUTH EAST REGIONAL AUDITION
VENUE: KFC HALL, MCC ROAD, OWERRI, IMO STATE
DATE: 4TH MAY 2012
TIME: 10:00AM – 3:00PM
SOUTH SOUTH REGIONAL AUDITION
VENUE: ELLEANORA'S KING. 42 OLD ABA ROAD, BY ARTILLERY. PORT HARCOURT,
DATE: 5TH MAY 2012
TIME: 10:00AM – 3:00PM
NORTH REGIONAL AUDITION
VENUE:MARACAS LOUNGE, 3RD AVENUE, GWARIMPA, ABUJA
DATE: 10TH MAY 2012
TIME: 10:00AM – 3:00PM
SOUTH WEST/NATIONAL AUDITION
DATE: 12TH MAY 2012
TIME: 11:00AM – 3:00PM
VENUE: TO BE ANNOUNCED
Mr. Universe Nigeria Contest, combines a male pageantry and a supermodel search into one to create a super talent competition for discovering future national
personalities such as film-stars, models, businessmen, spokesmen and performers; encapsulated by its motto *'*for the glamour, for the purpose, for the nation*',* the event has been strategically designed not just to add value to the contestants but also in the long run for them to become a force to reckon with both here in Nigeria and in the diaspora.
The grand finale venue being one of the biggest stages in the country's
pageant history sitting over 2,000, the event will be promoted by leading
broadcasting networks in the country as well as through the global network
of Mr. Universe Model International Licensees which is expected to be
watched by about 50 million viewers around the world through the webcam network EarthCam (www.earthcam.com) that provides 99% of the live
broadcasts of the world.
The top winning contestants will be given opportunities to represent
Nigeria at international contests, Represent top national/multinational
brands as ambassadors and spokespersons, cash prizes as well as consolation
prizes. They would also have the opportunity to be poached by top
producers/scouts to become top/super models, movie performers etc.