Thursday, May 23, 2013
As promised, international rap icon now turned reggae popstar, Snoop Lion, gave fans present an unforgettable experience as he delivered performances from both his brands, Snoop Dogg and Snoop Lion.
Starting with classic hits tracks like Snoop Doggy Dogg, P.I.M.P, California Love, I Wanna Love You, Snoop thrilled fans with a medley of chart toppers throughout his music career as well as a thunderous performance of Endowed remix with Nigerian pop superstar, Dbanj. He later transformed from legendaryrapper to cool reggae superstar as he sang songs from his ReIncarnation album.
The concert featured top African acts like 2Face, Dbanj, Fally Ipupa, Flavour, Zakes Bantwini, Professor, Zahara, Big Nuz and Camp Mulla.
Top African DJ's, DJ Caise and DJ Cleo were also on ground to keep music lovers dancing through the night with a wide selection of both local and international music.
The MTV Africa All Stars concert was put together by MTV Base and Kwazulu-Natal Province
While the trouble with Tonto Dikeh, as a reliable source puts it is that, "Tonto Dikeh is no longer on the most wanted list of producers and directors again. They don't know if she is a musician or an actor again and for Mercy Johnson, she is busy with her family at the moment.
But in a swift reaction, a Nollywood stakeholder, Oliver Peters via telephone countered the rumours, "That is not really true. Tonto Dikeh and Mercy Johnson remain favourites of the industry. But for now, Tonto is so busy that she is not having much time for movie shoots".
The DJ reportedly forced the man to drink poison. The Zimbabwean radio personality was arrested in Harare following the disappearance of the man, who was identified as Magorimbo.
DJ Munya was yesterday still assisting the police with investigations. The matter is being handled by detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department's Homicide section.
Although the details were still sketchy by last night, sources close to the investigations said some time thismonth, DJ Munya suspected that his wife who works atPSMAS was having an affair with Magorimbo, a workmate.
Sometime last week he reportedly confronted Magorimbo at his workplace.
"A few days later Magorimbo went missing and a report was made to the police. Magorimbo went missing for two days, leading to the arrestof DJ Munya on allegations of kidnapping," said the source.
On Saturday Magorimbo was dumped near his flat in the city while he was unconscious and was taken to St Anne's Hospital for treatment.
Magorimbo died yesterday morning and it is believed that he was forced to drink an undisclosed pesticide.
His body is still at the hospital''s mortuary awaiting post mortem.
National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi yesterday said he could not comment as he was out of town.
So far, over N20m had been discovered by detectives in a personal bank account of the pastor (names withheld) who is one of the four directors in the Ministry of Education.
Also, four expensive cars were said to have been discovered in the garage in the pastor's house.
Our correspondent learnt from police sources that huge sums of money ranging from N10m to N15m had similarly been discovered in the bank accounts of three other directors allegedly involved in the fraud.
Police sources said when the pastor was questioned over the N20m found in his bank account, he merely pleaded for forgiveness.
Also, police were said to be on the trail of some proprietors of private schools in the state for their alleged connivance with the four directors to perpetrate the WAEC fee fraud.
A police source said, "We have made appreciable progress on the large-scale fraud and I want to tell youthat we are not resting on our oars to get the cabal within the state ministry of education as well as their private school collaborators."
The Ogun State Government had on Tuesday said it uncovered the huge fraud in the payment of the WAECfees for students in its secondary schools.
According to the government, the discovery of the fraudulent practices allegedly perpetrated by officials in the state education sector, spanned at least the lastthree academic sessions.
But the Ogun Police Command Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, told our correspondent on thephone that he was not aware of the alleged scam.
Adejobi, a deputy superintendent of police, however said, "I'm not aware of the matter. The policemen handling the matter are from where?"
There was tension in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Wednesday, when former Niger-Delta militants marched to the government house to prevent the governor, Rotimi Amaechi, and some of his aides from leaving the premises.
The ex-militants were largely peaceful as they called for the resignation of the state governor.
The protest on Wednesday raised fears over the rumour unrest intended to destabilise the state and consequently lead to the declaration of state of emergency in the state and thereby necessitate the removal of the governor.
Amaechi and President Jonathan have been at loggerheads over the latter’s second term ambition, which the former is opposed to.
The Speaker of the State House of Assembly had alleged of a plan to impeach governor Amaechi.
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta, MEND, has announced the suspension of its planned attack on “mosques and other related agencies of religious intolerance.”
The group disclosed on Wednesday through its spokesman, Jomo Gbomo, that the release of suspected Boko Haram members from detention, which was ordered by the Federal Government, was considered in shelving the planned attack.
MEND urged that its leader, Henry Okah, convicted for his involvement in the October 1, 2010, twin car bombing, be released.
Jomo said, “in spite of several provocative and careless utterances by so-called South-South elders led by Chief Edwin K Clark testing our resolve to carry out our planned attacks on mosques and other related agencies of religious intolerance, the intervention of well meaning Nigerians, religious bodies and the Nigerian government’s recent show of sincerity with the order to release from detention women, children, relatives and suspected Boko Haram members giving room for genuine dialogue has been taking into serious consideration.”
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
El Hadji Diouf was beaten up in a drunken fracas in a nightspot’s toilets, it was reported yesterday.
The Leeds Utd striker was said to have abused other drinkers at beach bar Five in Almadies in his Senegal homeland.
Local newspapers claim two men followed him to the toilets and laid into him for ten minutes before bar staff summoned his minders in the early hours of Sunday.
A source had said: “He was with his wife but was completely drunk and was shouting abuse at everyone.
“A man called Thierry and a friend beat him up in the toilets for at least ten minutes. They gave him a going-over.”
The whole reaction to his mythical transfer request has reportedly left Rooney upset.
"He was alarmed to see Sky pundit Gary Neville - his England coach and a former United team-mate - laughing about him asking for a transfer while conducting a TV interview with Paul Scholes," says the Mirror.
"That has left him with the feeling there was a deep undercurrent and determination within the club to sell him."
In regard to the Hart swap claim, the Mirror says: "Ferguson had even explored using Rooney as bait in an incredible player-plus-cash swap deal to bring Manchester City keeper Joe Hart to Old Trafford.
"Ferguson is a big admirer of Hart and felt his unhappiness under Roberto Mancini gave him a chance of snatching him.
"Hart is now happier at Eastlands and will stay on under boss-in-waiting Manuel Pellegrini following last week's decision to sack Mancini."
PSG are favourites to sign Rooney with Monaco, Chelsea, Arsenal and "even Manchester City" watching developments.
You suspect that Rooney's future will be the dominant transfer story this summer.
To other rumours and David Moyes will rival Chelsea in the battle to sign 17-year-old Luke Shaw this summer. The Southampton left-back is on Moyes's shortlist as the new Manchester United manager attempts to put his own stamp on the squad left by Sir Alex Ferguson. (Daily Mail)
Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, has vowed to fight off inevitable interest in Luis Suarez this summer, despite admitting that every player has his price after agreeing a £15m fee to sell Andy Carroll to West Ham. (The Times)
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Alex Ferguson took over the role of Manager of Manchester United when Ronald Reagan was in the White House, Margaret Thatcher lived at 10 Downing Street, Deng Xiaoping was undoing the calamity of the Cultural Revolution and Cristiano Ronaldo was just starting to cut his teeth. In the annals of American sports, Ferguson's accomplishments dwarf those of Vince Lombardi who coached the Green Bay Packers for nine years, or John Wooden who led the UCLA basketball team for 17 years. (In top-level American sports only Mike Krzyzewski's run at Duke is longer.) Ferguson's 27 year run at the helm outstrips Steve Jobs' 14-year reign as CEO of Apple or Andy Grove's 11 years as CEO tenure of Intel.
When it comes to business, Manchester United and, for that matter, every other high-profile soccer club, are tiny concerns. (Manchester United's revenues are about one third of one percent of Apple's). Yet the challenge of transforming a rotting entity (which was Manchester United's condition in the mid 1980s) into a winning franchise that has lasted for more than two decades – especially under the phosphorous glare of the media – is a task accomplished by very few leaders of any sort of organization.
The performance of most soccer managers is closely correlated with the amount of money that team owners lavish on players. Most managers, just like people who "actively manage" mutual funds, don't outperform their comparable indices. Not so with Ferguson who wracked up a record, accumulated over four decades, that for his fellow managers will seem like an unsurpassable bogey.
Ferguson arrived at Old Trafford, Manchester United's home, after spending 30 years as a player and manager of three clubs in Scotland (East Stirlingshire, St Mirren and Aberdeen.) He inherited a team of dissolutes and a club that had not won a significant trophy in many years. By the time he retired, Manchester United had won 38 pieces of what the British commentators so charmingly refer to as "silverware" – including 13 premier league titles, and two European championships – and the stadium had been expanded to accommodate over 76,000 fans.
Ferguson is part radical (he was a trade union leader in his younger days), longtime supporter of the Labour party (he was close to Tony Blair) but also has a deep belief in conservative virtues – application, hard work and loyalty. He says, "I'm a tough bugger but I'm a fair bugger," and that he is. Raised in Govan, which at the time was one of the world's great shipbuilding venues, his childhood was spent in a milieu, still marked by the strict rationing of World War II, outside toilets and no televisions or telephones. It's far removed from today's multi-racial Britain where every boy expects to own a pair of cleats and has a Facebook account.
Ferguson is a man of subtlety and charm (even though soccer referees and league officials with puffed-up feathers have frequently been on the receiving ends of explosive tirades). He is enormously curious, a wonderful raconteur (with a trove of stories drawn from a life spent with characters brimming with testosterone) and a man of great kindness. His interests extend far beyond soccer and encompass political history, British art (including the great mid-century painter, Stanley Spencer), wine (especially some of the more rarified French varietals) and the breeding of racehorses.
Like all great leaders, Ferguson has led an unbalanced life built upon an unquenchable desire to win. For him, everything revolved around soccer, which has become a year round activity. Daily practice, scouting missions, match preparations, romancing of young players (and their parents), negotiating with agents and sparring with the press (an increasingly tiresome task for Ferguson). In hotel rooms his television was always tuned to soccer and, no matter what he was doing, he was keeping an eye on a competitor. His winning ways came not from the match-day appearances but from studious application conducted far from public view. Consistent, relentless preparation was the foundation on which his record stands. It's no coincidence that he had a special fondness for players who would put in extra time at practice.
Under Ferguson, Manchester United was an organization that spoke with one voice. It was a voice of authority, drawn from years of experience. In his case, it was expressed in a style of attacking soccer and a refusal to dwell on setbacks. Many of his victories came in the final minutes of nail-biting games with squads taught that nothing is impossible.
Though Ferguson made his share of big money signings, he knew that great organizations are built from within. It's no accident that several of Manchester United's best players of the last 20 years have been schooled within the club since they were in their early teens. Ferguson had a knack for improving and tuning these apprentices. The prime example is Ryan Giggs, signed at the age of 14, and still playing a quarter of a century later. For the youngster, Ferguson was The Guvn'r, the Boss, the Gaffer, the Paterfamilias and, for many players, the Father figure they never had. The approach at Manchester United stands in stark contrast to other clubs in the Premier League, where mega-stars have been assembled by the hasty application of oodles of money from Oligarchs or Emirs.
While Ferguson, like all great leaders a part-time psychologist, knows how to minister to the insecure, chivvy the slackers, enhance the strong and tend to the mercurial, there has never been any confusion that club, team and organization comes before the needs of any individual. Hence the expulsions of David Beckham (who had too much of an affinity for make-up), Cristiano Ronaldo (who had a yearning to play in Madrid) and Roy Keane, the longtime club captain, who, incidentally, bears a striking resemblance to Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and had made 326 appearances for the club, before making the fatal mistake of making derogatory comments about some teammates. The latest head-on-the-block is Wayne Rooney, the barrel-chested Liverpudlian, whose infatuation with himself has been too much for Ferguson.
All the while Ferguson had to deal with the unpredictability of outside stakeholders. About eight years ago, an ugly spat with some Irish racehorse breeders, who owned about a third of the Club, resulted in its sale to the Glazer family of Miami. At the time, Manchester United was a publicly traded company with healthy profits. The Glazers, who operate their own down-market version of the buyout business, have since sucked out over $1 billion dollars to either pay interest on the debt beneath which they buried the club or pocket for themselves. This dwarfs the total amount Ferguson has spent on buying players during his entire time at the Club.
Ferguson left the field on Sunday with his team as strong – and young – as ever: the best bequest that anyone can leave a successor. He had already encouraged United fans to support his successor in tough times as well as good. Like Ferguson, Manchester United's new manager, David Moyes, is a hardened Scot whose heavy accent sometimes makes him just as difficult to understand.
Meantime, Manchester City, who with the exception of their Championship winning season in 2012, have long operated in United's shadow just appointed a new Manager. Brian Kidd will be the 19th Manager appointed at Manchester City during Ferguson's time at Old Trafford. In his younger days, Kidd was a United Player. He then spent a decade serving as Assistant Manager to the man whose ghost will always be in the dugout -- Alex Ferguson.
Rapper Naetochukwu Chikwe better known as Naeto C has ended his relationship with Storm Records, the music home where he launched his career into the Nigerian music market.
NET investigations have revealed that the rapper plans to fully launch his WKG/Cerious Music label in a matter of months.
Unlike the many breakups that have preceded Naeto’s, the rapper’s exit is not battlemented; both parties have been very silent about the issue. As a matter of fact, Storm Records insist that the rapper is still signed with them.
One of the label’s directors Tola Odunsi admits that Naeto has had his own record label Cerious Music for a while but is still with Storm.
‘Naeto has had his record label for a while at least 3 years it’s called Cerious Music – his music is being pushed as a joint venture btw storm 360 and Cerious Music. Nothing has changed’, Odunsi responded to our enquiry via E-mail.
The Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, will punish three of his Commissioners for resuming late to work. In a lock-out order given to the state’s Head of Service, Modupe Adekunle and the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, on Monday, the governor directed that the secretariat’s gates be locked at 8am.
Adekunle and Adeoluwa, along with some armed policemen, carried out the order, which affected the three Commissioners and hundreds of the state’s civil servants.
The workers were expected to have resumed for the day’s work by 7:30am, but many of them were not at the Oke-Mosan state’s secretariat as at 8am, when the two gates were locked by the two top government officials.
Names of the affected workers were compiled by some officials, while the governor will personally see to the punishment to be handed out to the affected Commissioners.
They were accused of stealing the governor’s black he-goat on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at the Government House, GRA, Osogbo, the state capital.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Abiodun Fagboyinbo, informed the court that the goat is worth N8,500.
However, the accused persons pleaded not guilty, while their counsel prayed for bail, which was granted.
They were granted bail in the sum of N50,000 each with one surety in like sum by Magistrate Habbibat Basiru. The surety must live within the court’s jurisdiction and must provide evidence of tax payment of two years with two passport photographs.
The court then adjourned the case to June 5 for hearing.
|Sir Alex Ferguson’s last piece of chewing gum has reportedly sold for nearly £390,000, with all proceeds going to charity.|
A man identified as Kaluemetu Emmanuel has been accused by his wife, Ifeoma, of assaulting her in an effort by the man to bring in their housegirl identified as Blessing, as his new wife.
Emmanuel was brought before an Ejigbo Magistrate’s Court in Lagos for assault. It was gathered that Emmanuel and Ifeoma, who lived as husband and wife at 8, Collins street, Kudeyibu Estate, Ijegun, Lagos State, have been without a child for five years.
But unknown to Ifeoma, her husband was sleeping with their housegirl who hails from Akaw-Ibom State. She became pregnant and bore the man a baby boy.
After the child birth, Emmanuel decided to chase out his wife to accommodate his ‘new wife’ into the house, which was allegedly the request of his new lover.
Ifeoma told the court that Emmanuel, 52, beat and threw out her belongings after she refused to leave the house for Blessing.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Ancelotti has spent just 18 months at the club from the French capital and this season led them to a first Ligue 1 title since 1994.
But rumours that he is set to replace Jose Mourinho at Real when this season finishes had been gathering pace in recent weeks.
"Following a meeting with Nasser al-Khelaifi and Leonardo (PSG's sporting director), Carlo Ancelotti will no longer be Paris Saint-Germain coach next season," said a message that ran across the bottom of the screen on the TV channel.
Saturday night, Ancelotti had refused to comment on his future, saying only that he would meet with the club's president in the next few days.
Ancelotti's first six months at PSG were largely disappointing as he took over a team at the top of Ligue 1, only to see them overhauled by Montpellier to miss out on the title.
However, this season he delivered on the club's twin objectives of winning the league and reachingthe Champions League quarter-finals.
He was greatly aided, though, by a huge financial investment from the club that allowed PSG to sign the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Ezequiel Lavezzi, as well as bringing in David Beckham on a short-term deal in January.
He described the move as a deliberate step to end insecurity in the country.
According to him, the amnesty offer must be open and honored, and
implemented to include economic restitution and inclusion of destroyed Christian and Muslim structures in affected Northern parts of the country.
Rev. Jesse Jackson, in an interview in Yenagoa said the amnesty being offered by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration must be made to work and the conditions fully honoured.
"The amnesty must involve the economic restitution, the jobs and the training. On the other hand, within the United States, when there was civil unrest, there was a kind of state of emergency. But I hope the country will soon get back away from the battle field and get to the negotiation table. In the end, it will be the bargaining table. It is not the battle field that wins victory. You can not battle forever."
"You can bargain and resolve the conflict in the North. That why I believe so much in non-violence. Non-violence does not mean fear but courage, thinking and it means the ability to figure it out and fight it out.
"You must have the ability to resolve conflict and not fight aggressively. It must not resolve into killing and being killed. You see, the United States was blessed five years ago when Barrack Obama became the President. Because America overcame,for the first time, a kind of ethnic tribalism. We choose a candidate whose values and vision transcended racial hidden agenda.
"We live our faith under the law. We need to have a strong bite of laws that will protect us against the violation of our democratic rights. And I can say to you that most of the struggle in the Niger Delta and the ones between Christian and Muslimsin the North should be solved with fairer distribution of available resources.
"The amnesty being proposed in Nigeria is hoped to have included the rebuilding of mosques and churches destroyed by insurgents. It is a sign of goodwill that will promote coexistence. We must choose to coexist because we have learn to stay apart and the insurgency have given us a harder lesson to live better and together.
"I just wanted to live the matter to be deliberated as an internal matter by Nigerians. Nigerians have many religions like the Christians, Muslims, the Buddhists and others. This is what make Nigeria rich.
They are multi-religious and multi-cultural.
It is also made up of many states and many resources. That is what makes the nation great and I hope everyone will appreciate the status of the country. And should,in our angry moments be part of the big family. I have seen some cases in America withsuch huge tensions as being witnessed by Nigeria. Some parts of America threatened to break away but Lincoln did allow it."
"He resisted succession. Just like the Biafrans some years ago. That was a resistance to succession. In 1960 during the Kenedy election, hehad 110,000 votes less than his opponent, but there was tension, no threat of succession becausethey chooses the country more than their ambition.
"In 2000, Al Gore had more votes that Bush and after the count Bush won. Gore considered nationalinterest above personal interest. Some of us makesthe nation a greater sacrifice. Some make sacrifice with pains and emotions. The politicians spin Nigeria should make a greater sacrifice."
Other items that also went up in the area, survey revealed, were the prices of other foodstuffs, including rice and fish.
The survey showed that a cup of gari, which sold atN30 between February and April, now sells at N70, while the cost of six cups of the commodity has risen from N100 to N200 at various markets in Eket and its environ.
Similarly, the current price of a bag of the staple food item is N14,000 as against N8,500 sold between February and April.
At the Udua Nka Market in the Afaha Nsit area of Eket, the price of a 50 kilogram bag of rice has increased from between N8,000 and N9,000 to N13,000 and N14,000, depending on the brand.
A food vendor in the community, Mrs Bassey Peter,lamented the development, saying "the way things are going now shows that hard times await ordinary citizens."
Peter said that the traffic of buyers of foodstuffs to her shop had reduced since prices of some of the items increased, adding that business was low.
She said that although some people could still afford gari, very many were beginning to stay away from the consumption of rice.
"It is only the rich people that eat rice now unlike before when everyone was managing to buy the commodity," she added.
The prices of fish, yam, tomatoes and palm oil had also increased.
Mrs Ekama Asuquo, another dealer in food items atthe Udua Nka Market, attributed the increase to the 2012 flood which ravaged many communities in the state.
Asuquo, who said that the high prices also affectedyams, tomatoes and palm oil, added that the flood had destroyed many farmlands in the area.
She said that another factor that contributed to theprice hike in gari was that the alternative use of cassava for producing flour for baking.
She urged the Federal Government to stop the exportation of cassava to other countries, saying it was affecting local availability of gari.
A rice seller, Mr Bernard Samson, said that the high cost and scarcity of the product would persist unless the state government did something urgently to address food insecurity. (NAN)
"After the conversations we have had with our coach Jose Mourinho we have arrived at an agreement to end our working relationship at the end of this season," Perez told a press conference.
Jose Mourinho factfile
Jose Mourinho factfile following Monday's announcement that he was leaving his position as Real Madrid manager at the end of the season:
Birthplace: Setubal, Portugal
Benfica (2000-2001), Uniao Leiria (2001-2002), Porto (2002-2004), Chelsea (2004-2007), Inter Milan (2008-2010), Real Madrid (2010-2013)
Portuguese league (2003, 2004 – Porto)
Portuguese Cup (2003 – Porto)
UEFA Cup (2003 – Porto)
Champions League (2004 – Porto; 2010 – Inter Milan)
English Premier League (2005, 2006 – Chelsea)
FA Cup (2007 – Chelsea)
English League Cup (2005, 2007 – Chelsea)
Serie A title (2009, 2010 – Inter Milan)
Italian Cup (2010 – Inter Milan)
Spanish league (2012 – Real Madrid)
Spain's Copa del Rey (2011 – Real Madrid)
Spanish SuperCup (2012 – Real Madrid)
Anybody thinking the Mariah Carey would forgo a chance to hit those octaves for real is fooling themselves, according to her rep.
“She ABSOLUTELY DID NOT lip-sync,” said her spokesperson. “She performed LIVE in front of several thousands of people!!!! (and did it 3 times!!).”
OJ Simpson is already planning life after jail — despite the fact that his conviction has yet to be overturned — and priority numero uno: a massive college speaking tour to line his pockets.
Simpson is gunning for a retrial in his 2007 armed robbery case, for which he’s currently serving out a 33-year-sentence. If a new trial happens, and his conviction is overturned, Simpson’s time behind bars could be drastically reduced.
With high hopes of getting out soon, Simpson reportedly told a source close to The NY Post that he plans to go on a nationwide college tour to make some cold, hard cash speaking about the Nicole Brown murder case.