Newly acquired Imo Air owned by Imo State Govt in maiden flight.

The maiden flight of Imo Air owned by Imo State Government has landed at the Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport Owerri with the first set of passengers, Tuesday.

Governor Rochas Okorocha, members of the state Executive Council and thousands of Imo people were at the airport to celebrate the feat.

The 140-seater plane with Imo Air written boldly on the body, landed at the airport at exactly 11.42pm. It is being operated for the state by DANA Airline because, according to the governor, the state has not got the license to operate the airline, yet. Continue reading

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Ban Ki Moon bows out as UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres steps in.

UN Secretary-General ,Ban Ki-moon bid goodbye to staff and Permanent Representatives at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday, being his last official working day as the UN scribe.

The Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria in New York reports that Ban, whose 10-year tenure comes to an end on Dec. 31, was full of appreciation for the opportunity to serve.

The outgoing two-term UN Scribe was also full of praise for the UN staff for their hard work and was thankful to those who had gathered to wish him well.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” the outgoing secretary-general, who assumed office on Jan. 1, 2007, said continuously, as he waved to his well-wishers, some of whom were close to tears. Continue reading

Billionaire Who Had Slept With 10,000 Women ready to splash N72bn dowry cash on any man who opts to be husband to lesbian daughter.

Controversial Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao ,who once claimed to have slept with over 10,000 women is back in the news with a special deal.

The billionaire who made his money through real estate in 2012 offered a sum of $60,000,000, (over N24 billion) form of dowry to whichever man could turn Gigi straight.

In 2014, he multiplied the huge sum by two and offered $120,000,000 (over N48 billion) and now he has again increased the sum to a $180,000,000 (over N72 billion) for the task. Continue reading

King Sunny Ade at 70,basking in euphoria of N500m court award.

…says :”I look forward to having my master tapes and if it comes with the money, it’s okay.”

The King of World Beat, Sunday Adegeye popularly known as King Sunny Ade has for the first time commented on his N500million copyright suit he recently won against African Songs and its subsidiary, Take Your Choice Records (TYC).
The copyright infringement suit was filed by KSA in 1975, and Justice James Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Lagos ordered both companies- African Songs and its subsidiary, Take Your Choice Records, to pay the damages.
According to Sunny Ade, he has just been briefed by his lawyers that the company has appealed the judgement.
Said a highly elated King Sunny Ade during a press interview as part of the prelude activities marking his 70th birthday : “The case was won by me and I was awarded the sum of N500million but the next move from what my lawyer said is a notice of appeal. So we are working on that. I look forward to having my master tapes and if it comes with the money, it’s okay.”
KSA as he is popularly referred to by his colleagues and fans worldwide, attributed his global fame in music to his boss and benefactor, legendary dramatist and filmmaker, Chief Moses Adejumo Olaiya famously known as Baba Sala, who, he said, advised him to leave his travelling theatre group and go solo in music. Continue reading

AFRIMA 2016 Best Female Artiste-Who wears the crown !Yemi Alade or Tiwa Salvage ?

Tiwa Savage,(L) and Yemi Alade.

The subtle supremacy question between top Nigerian female hip hop acts, Tiwa Savage and Yemi Alade, will get a verdict in November when the grand finale of this year’s All Africa Music Festival holds in Lagos.

Both singers have been nominated alongside other artistes in the Best Female Artiste, West Africa category, respectively for their songs, If I Start to Talk and Na Go De.

Many agree that Tiwa and Alade have, in recent years, been in the vanguard of female artistes that are reshaping the content of Nigerian music.

Although Savage broke into the limelight earlier, Alade later came in very forcefully and she does not seem to have dropped then.

Even where Tiwa may have an edge over her in terms of a piercing voice, Alade’s songs are usually very forceful, just as the energy she invests in performances and videos can be phenomenal.

When AFRIMA’s panel of judges eventually come up with their judegement on November 16, it will be interesting to see where the pendulum will swing.

But this may be an arbitrary observation as there are
other female musicians they are contesting with on the
table

Indeed, based on how some of them are fairing in their recent works, the game may just remain open as the jury would want to say.

Also nominated for the AFRIMA Best Female Artiste of the Year, West Africa are Aramide, with the song, I Don’t Care; Niniola, J’ete; Seyi Shay, Right Now; and Temi Doll Face, School Hour.

Nominated from Senegal is Adiouza, with the song, Daddy; while Josey is carrying the Ivoriene flag with her song, Diplome.

The list for the Best Male Artiste, West Africa is also very interesting. Here Flavour and Wizkid are in competition with their songs Dance and Final Baba Nla respectively.

Brymo and Tekno are also in the race with In the City and Duro, while two Ghanaian stars, Okyeame and Sarkodie, are shortlisted for their songs, Small Small and Hand to Mouth.

From Mali, Idikiba & co completes the list with Confiance.

Many other artistes have been nominated in other regions of the continent, while the organisers said nominations in other categories of the competition would soon be released.

Unveiling the nominees’ list, the African Union and the 13-man jury expressed excitement at the quantity and quality of the entries received.

According to the moderator of the adjudication process, Mr. Mike Strano, about 2,700 entries from African music professionals were received between of May 20, 2015 and July 30, 2016 when the submission lasted.

Describing the nomination process as careful and thorough, Strano harped on the Jury’s resolve to be fair and transparent.

He said, “The Jjury is very careful about being accurate right from the process of verifying eligibility of entries to the process collating and finalising results. It is an evolving process but one we work painstakingly at to ensure transparency and fairness.”

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Davido in trouble over N7million contract scam.

 

Entertainment artiste ,David Adeleke popularly known as Davido has been involved in a clash with the organisers of a show for which he was billed to perform.

The 23-year old aiye crooner and toast of young enterprising class of Nigerians who was advertised to be among the artistes to perform at the Festival of India, which took place in Lagos last Saturday, was conspicuously absent.

It was learn’t that the non appearance of Davido at that show infuriated certain guests who were his lovers and had hinged their attendance on his being art of the show.

Meanwhile,the chief organaniser of the show confirmed that Davido was indeed invited,adding that he actually paid the sum of N7 million to perform.

They however got irritated by the fact that Davido only informed them on Friday night, just a day to the event that he was indisposed. 

It was further gathered that the vexed show’s organisers have reached out to his lawyers in hopes of getting a refund for the fee said to have been paid failing which they have made up their mind to seek legal means to get their money back..

Entreaties by journalists to get Davido’s reaction to his alleged contract scam is yet unsuccessful as he or his managers are yet to respond to queries.