CBN Vows Not To Extend Deadline Of BVN Registration

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The Director, Corporate Communications, Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Ibrahim Mu’azu, has disclosed that the deadline – Tuesday, June 30, 2015 – for registration of the Biometric Verification Number will not be extended.

According to Mu’azu, bank customers have been given suffice time and CBN expected they should have taken advantage of the period scheduled for the exercise to register.

Contrary to the speculation that customers who do not have BVN will be prevented from making transactions, such as payments and withdrawals, Mu’azu said only customers using remote access services: internet banking, Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and other on-line services would not be able to transact.

He also confirmed that over 14 million bank customers have already registered.

For Nigerians in Diaspora to participate in the exercise, CBN has also directed banks to provide online platforms for those who have local accounts to register.

Meanwhile, here are 7 things you should know about the BVN:

1. The BVN is an initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
2. It was launched in February 2014
3. It is a unique number that enables one person to have a single identity in the banking system
4. It is aimed at protecting bank customers from identity theft
5. It wills serve the purpose of strengthening the Nigerian banking system
6. A customer is only expected to register at one bank, irrespective of the number of accounts he has
7. Customers will still be able to access cash after the BVN deadline ends but online transactions will be restricted

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Wali Takes Over From Jega As INEC Boss

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Professor Attahiru Jega’s tenure as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has come to an end.

The former INEC boss, who took over from Professor Maurice Iwu, on June 8, 2010, during the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, handed over the mantle of leadership to the commission’s National Commissioner, Ambassador Mohammad Wali, on Tuesday.

Ambassador Wali, who hails from Sanyima town in Tambuwal Local Government Area of Sokoto State, north-west Nigeria, will therefore end, is tenure as acting chairman on August 11, 2015.

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Dog Eats Food Laced With Weed, And Gets Incredibly High [VIDEO]

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Many human beings like the euphoria that comes with weed, but this dog sure doesn’t.

In a video on YouTube, a Siberian Husky can be seen acting extremely stoned.

The poster of the video then revealed that ‘after investigating we established that he had went into one of our friend’s bag and ate his Rice Krispies treat filled with marijuana.’

Sad dog! Watch the video below!

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Professor Attahiru Jega To Quit INEC Today

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The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, is set to leave the board today.

Today marks the completion of his 5-year tenure as chairman, and Jega will now hand over the mantle to someone else.

Six National commissioners: Col. M.K. Hammanga (Rtd), Adamawa state, (North East); Dr Ishmael Jikiri Igbani, Rivers state, (South South); Prof. Lai Olurode, Osun state, (South West); Dame Gladys Nne Nwafor, Abia state, (South East); Mrs Thelma Amata Iremiren, Delta state, (South South); and Engr. Dr. Nuru A. Yakubu, OON, Yobe state, (North East) are also leaving their posts today.

Jega had been appointed in 2010 by former President Goodluck Jonathan, replacing former chairman Professor Maurice Iwu.

Jega, who was previously the Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University in Kano, has been widely applauded for his conduct of the 2015 general elections, and his successor will have to work hard to leave a better legacy.

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Fashion platform FDC offers multicultural designers opportunity to shine

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The Fashion Designers’ and Craft maker’ Young Designer Awards invites young fashion designers from all over the UK who have excelled creatively and have the potential to be the next big stars of the international fashion stage, to compete for the coveted and very special title of Fashion Designers and Craft makers Young Designer of the Year. The theme of the award  for London based designer is The Great Gatsby and the theme for all other young designers living in other parts of the UK is ‘Fashion Meets Art’ we are looking for the new design geniuses that can produce one innovative, creative, cutting edge or couture garment.

The Young Designer Award rewards exceptional design talent, and identifies those who have the potential to break through the boundaries of creativity and become fashion leaders of the future. The awards is designed to raise awareness of multi-cultural cutting edge UK fashion designers, and is open to young people ages 16-25 years that who have a passion for fashion, and who have an ability to do intensive research and have a natural enthusiasm for the subject. Winners will be put forward for selection to showcase in the FDC Collections Showcase in New York or Vancouver Fashion We are also inviting fashion designers between 21-29 years to take part in the Radical Designer Award; this award is aimed at emerging designers who have a fashion label.

Young Designers have to produce one innovative couture garment, it mush be inspired by the brief, however, must be fresh and creative and encompass technical design skills; Radical designers have to produce a mini collection the winners will be awarded the title of Designer of the year and given the opportunity to début

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Photo: Katherine Angelique

a collection in Vancouver Fashion Week, to an audience of international fashion journalists, photographers and buyers. The FDC Young Designer Awards aims to nurture raw talent, and encourage outstanding young people to follow their dreams by offering the chance of a successful place in the fashion world.

The Awards was founded by London based Knitwear Designer, Joanna Marcella whose aim is to increase the number and visibility of young and exceptionally gifted multi-cultural designers; the awards, encourages designers to reach their true potential and become as high profile as, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen or Vivienne Westwood.

Joanna says, There are some extremely talented young people in our community, who deserve this great opportunity. The Young Designer Award offers award winners a chance to show collection in New York City as well as the opportunity showcase in Vancouver Canada. We are confident our young designers can rise to the challenge and produce the most flamboyant garments”.

Photo: Katherine Angelique

Photo: Katherine Angelique

This platform was founded to nurture raw talent, and encourage outstanding young people to follow their dreams. Joanna continues “This fashion design awards has given several Young British Designers who are still studying for their fashion degrees, an opportunity to showcase in New York Fashion Week, Maryland Fashion Week, Fashion Designers Expo Florida, Caribbean Fashion Week and Caribbean Fashion Week.

There are still a few places left for designers who wish to enter the awards, application forms can be requested from email: youngdesignerawards@hotmail.com.

 

Book your tickets here.

 

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Rita Ora flashes major flesh in revealing outfit at Wireless Festival

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Pop star Rita Ora is known for not being afraid to show off some skin and last weekend was no different. The 24 year old singer donned a bondage inspired ensemble, not very far off from what you’d expect to see in ’50 Shades of Grey’, the erotic movie which she appears in.

Photo: Michael Tubes

Photo: Michael Tubes

Photo: Michael Tubes

Photo: Michael Tubes

Ora initially appeared on stage in a leather jacket before ditching it to reveal a strappy bra top paird with hotpants, that seemed a size too small and sheer tights.

Her set warmed up fans who were looking forward to see Drake, the festival’s headlining act and they were not disappointed.

Other acts who wowed on Sunday include Katy B, Kid ink, Chase the Rapper and Public enemy.

Photo: Michael Tubes

Photo: Michael Tubes

Headline act- Drake thrills the crowd at Wireless Festival. Photo: Michael Tubes

Headline act- Drake thrills the crowd at Wireless Festival. Photo: Michael Tubes

Photo: Michael Tubes

Photo: Michael Tubes

Katy B, performing at Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park. Photo: Michael Tubes

Katy B, performing at Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park. Photo: Michael Tubes

Chance The Rapper. Photo: Michael Tubes

Chance The Rapper. Photo: Michael Tubes

Kid Ink. Photo: Michael Tubes

Kid Ink. Photo: Michael Tubes

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#Nollywood Movie Review: Love or Something like That

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Kwaaley (Jocelyn Dumas), a newly married medical doctor, finds out she is HIV positive and tells her husband, Alex (John Dumelo).  The ensuing resentment becomes a spanner in the wheel of their otherwise happy union.

Shirley Frimpong Manso (Contract, Devil in the Detail) returns with another love story, which tells a tale that is similar to Tango with Me.  In both films, the men find it difficult to make love to their wives.  In Tango with Me, the lady is raped in her husband’s presence while in Love or Something like That, the man resents the wife when she tests positive to HIV.  Incidentally, she was also raped by her lover.  In Tango with Me, the man begins to have an affair while in Love or Something like That, the woman goes back to her former lover.  In the end, the men blame themselves for not keeping to their marital vows to love their wives through thick and thin.

Asantua (Nana Mensah), though vulgar, provides comic relief in the film and surprisingly offers her friend, Kwaaley, good advice.  When Kwaaley complains that Alex is mad at her, Asantua observes that he is rather mad at the situation, urging her friend to give it time.  She equally tells Kwaaley that Alex still loves her, but is only more human than her lover, Henry.  When Kwaaley furthers wonders what will become of her whole life: husband, career, children, Asantua assures her that everything will come full circle.  She says that to imply that everything will come to fruition.  When Kwaaley says she loathes Henry for wrecking her life, Asantua assures her that Henry probably hates himself more, urging Kwaaley to forgive him.

Sonia (Christabel Eke) is a very knowledgeable woman, who seems to have a mind of her own, but really doesn’t.  It is curious if people like her truly exist.  Given her heart-to-hearts with Alex, it is astonishing to see her trying to derail Alex’s marriage.  She sensibly asks Alex how fair it is to abandon one’s dreams to pursue someone else’s; which, for her, is what marriage does to people.  She states that she is afraid of marriage owing to its numerous demands; but as it turns out, her action is one of the problems, bedevilling marriage.

Kwaaley fails her medical profession and humanity by putting another person at risk when she could have confirmed her suspicion and let Alex know what he was going into.  On the other hand, it takes a negative HIV result for Alex to have a discussion with his wife after a period of barely talking to each other.  It is very easy to guess that he would have reacted aggressively if the result had gone the other way.  Where, then, is empathy?

The man who played a mirror character in Devil in the Detail plays a similar role in Love or Something like That, giving a feeling of déjà vu.  He offers the same kind of advice, the same way.

There are inconsistencies in the film.  Why is Kwaaley shocked when Henry Dominic (O. C. Ukeje) walks into her consulting room whilst his file is the topmost one on her table?  Does it mean she never knew her former lover’s surname?

Kwaaley serves her husband breakfast and initiates a conversation on the most sensitive issue in their lives.  Of course, that was never going to end well.  She should have allowed him to eat before raising the matter.  Timing is of the essence when people want to discuss delicate matters and Kwaaley is supposed to know this.

How unscientific it is for Alex to wash his penis vigorously after sexual contact with his wife.  Though he is not a scientist, he is educated all the same and should know better.  Why is Sonia’s hair-do almost the same throughout the film in a motion picture that spans a couple of months?

Alex talks about a lifetime of protective sex.  Did he mean to say protected sex?

The story in Love or Something like That is built on a faulty premise because today, many churches demand recent HIV test results before joining couples in matrimony.  Therefore, a contemporary story of an HIV positive patient who discovers her status after her wedding is far-fetched.

Read more #Nollywood Movie Reviews Here

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Banks To Deny 14.6Million Customers Banking Service From July 1, Find Out Why

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As from Wednesday July 1, 2015, Deposit Money Banks, nationwide may start denying about 14.6 million customers access to banking services.

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This, according to the Bankers’ Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), was attributed to their inability to comply with the obtaining of the compulsory Bank Verification Numbers (BVNs).

The BVN initiative which started in February 2014, mandates all customers to do biometric registration and obtain BVN; a unique number for proper identification.

According to the Punch, statistics from the Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access shows about 28.6 million adults in the country have bank accounts.

The Bankers’ committee further divulged that the exercise, which formally closes on Tuesday, June 30, has registered 14 million customers as at June 11, 2015.

These figures imply that about 14.6 million bank customers are yet to obtain BVNs.

Statistical analysis from the Electronic Payment Providers Association of Nigeria also indicates that the number of bank account holders – individuals, including children, and organisations – has reached 76 million in contrast to the official population of 170 million people in the country.

The Managing Director, United Bank for Africa Plc, Phillips Oduoza said: “We also discussed the electronic banking space. In the area of BVN, we have done 12.5 million customers and this is a substantial mileage. There is still a need to close the gap before the deadline of June 30 and any customer that hasn’t done so will not enjoy banking services.’’

It was learnt that customers nationwide now engage in last-minute rush to register for BVN before the deadline looms.

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“Audiences should look out for Mrs. and Mrs. Johnson” – Grace Edwin-Okon

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Grace Edwin-Okon wears many creative caps as screenwriter, published author, film producer and actress.  After placing third at the 1999 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN), she got a role in Zeb Ejiro’s Candlelight and has remained in the movie industry.

 

She recently started The Derwin First Shot Initiative (DFSI) through which she encourages up-and-coming film-makers, who lack funds to execute their first feature film projects.  In fact, the first film by the initiative, Mrs. and Mrs. Johnson has been shot.

 

The amiable young lady, who also starred in Doctors’ Quarters, an MNET TV Series, takes us through her journey in the world of make believe and her goals for the future.

 

  1. Could you tell us about your education: the primary, secondary and tertiary institutions attended plus qualifications obtained at the tertiary level (undergraduate and/or post-graduate)?

 

I started my education at Lara Day Nursery and Primary School, Ikeja, Lagos and attended three secondary schools, namely: the Federal Government Girls College, Bauchi; Adebayo Mokuolu College, Ogba, Lagos and Federal Government College, Odogbolu, Ogun State.  For my tertiary education, I attended the Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State, where I obtained a BA (Hons.) in the English Language.  I recently attended a business school called Water Mark Academy here in Lagos.

  1. How did you start out as an actress and what is the title of the film you first participated in?  Could you list other films you featured in when you set out as an actress?  Do you still act?

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Back in 1999 after I placed third in the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant (MBGN); I followed two of my friends, Tina Iruviere and Ayo Makun, to Zeb Ejiro’s office, where Tina had been invited to try out a role and Zeb needed someone to read with Tina. I was given a script and I read with her; that was the first time I saw a movie script. I guess my reading impressed Zeb Ejiro, so he proceeded to give me my first role in a movie titled Tears in Heaven. Some of the other movies and soaps I have featured in are as follows: Candlelight (series), Extreme Measures (film), My Dream, Prodigal Brother, Doctors’ Quarters (series), Heavy Beauty (film), A Fool’s Tale (film). And yes, I still act.

  1. When and why did you embrace film production?  We know you produced Heavy Beauty, Tunnel, Kpians: Feast of Souls, Oblivious, Sting and The Deadwood.  Which other films have you produced?  Could you tell us in one or two sentences, the stories and genres of each film?

I started producing content for children in 2004 and produced my first feature film in 2012.  I embraced film-making because I felt there was something unique that I could add to the Nigerian film industry.  In addition to the films listed above, I have also produced Kids and Praise 1 and 2, Fruit of the Spirit, My Creek Town Adventure, Sister’s Keeper, A Fool’s Tale, The Maid, Demystifying Autism, Mrs. & Mrs. Johnson and Funsie.

Kids and Praise 1 and 2: Kids’ content sing along; Fruit of the Spirit: Kids’ content sing along and drama; Heavy Beauty: An urban adventure of an eighteen year-old pregnant girl who is stuck between having her baby and chasing her dreams; Tunnel: A Pastor lost in a tunnel of his woes; Kpians – Feast of Souls: A horror flick based on the lives of supposed friends; Oblivious: A husband’s infidelity makes him oblivious of his wife’s medical plight; Sting: A rape story spun out of a physiologically deranged boy’s hunger for virgins; The Deadwood: A documentary based on the plight of pensioners; My Creek Town Adventure: A love story, played out on the tourist sites of Cross River state; Sister’s Keeper: A tale of two sisters intertwined in love and hate; The Maid: An autism awareness infomercial/short film; Demystifying Autism: An animated autism awareness documentary; A Fool’s Tale: A dreamer girl’s love folly; Mrs. & Mrs. Johnson: an urban drama with slight comic hues, which journeys through the rude awakening that shakes the world of two women both named Mrs. Johnson, under a very unusual circumstance and Funsie: A 3D animated children’s series.

  1. Are you the Executive Producer of any of the films?  If yes, how did you raise money for the film(s)?

Yes, I am the Executive Producer of many of the films; I raise money mostly through private investors.

  1. What challenges do you face as a producer and which of the films was the most challenging to make?

Two major challenges – first is finance, sometimes it’s difficult to raise enough money to shoot big budget films; second, location – it can be difficult to shoot in certain places, especially the outdoor location. The most challenging so far is Heavy Beauty.

  1. Apart from The Deadwood and Oblivious, which other films of yours have won awards?

Kpians: Feast of Souls

  1. Which of your films have been distributed and can you disclose the means of distribution: online, cinema, DVD, etc.?

The Deadwood, Sister’s Keeper and Oblivious – Online; Tunnel – DVD/Satellite Television.

  1. What are the high points of your career and what are the low points (if any)?

I’ve had many high points in my career, but let me share two that are special. A short film version of Heavy Beauty was shown to about a thousand teenage girls at a “Hands up for Her” event at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and after watching the film, the girls gave it a standing ovation. It brought tears of joy to my eyes to know that they really liked it. Second was The Deadwood winning the Best Documentary Award at the AMVCA. A low point so far will be discovering that a particular location sound man did a very bad job on one of my movie sets and it almost ruined my production.

  1. What new project/projects are you working on and what should the audience expect?

I am presently working on a film project called The Derwin First Shot Initiative (DFSI). Derwin First Shot Initiative is an organization set up to give young men and women their first shot at shooting their first feature films by providing the much needed funding, professional guidance and support required to shoot the films. DFSI has produced its first feature film, titled Mrs. & Mrs. Johnson; it’s a film that audiences should look out for.

  1. What are your thoughts on Nollywood; in terms of the industry’s achievements and the challenges it faces?

Nollywood has done very well for itself; it has grown into a globally recognized industry without any external help, which is an amazing achievement. Our major challenges presently are funding, distribution and piracy. I pray that soon, all three challenges will be overcome.

  1. Which older film-makers (local and foreign) do you admire and why?

Tyler Perry, The late Amaka Igwe.

  1. What do you hope to achieve in the near and distant future?

International co-productions and global awards.

  1. What do you have to say to struggling film-makers out there, especially the young ones, who are trying to break into Nollywood?

Never give up on your dreams.

  1. Are there any other experiences or insights you will like to share with us?

I am also a scriptwriter and have the following to my credit: Heavy Beauty, Chiga Chiga, The Deadwood, A Fool’s Tale, My Creek Town Adventure, The Maid and Funsie. In addition to film-making, I have also become an author; I have published Heavy Beauty as a book.

 

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Looks We Love – Toyosi Phillips in A Skater Dress

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Media  Personality Toyosi Phillips looks undoubtedly the picture of chic perfection in this white skater dress. Beautifully accessorised with a tribal inspired bold necklace, she’s a picture of sheer perfection in her recent photoshot to celebrate her birthday.

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Steal her style in our Fever London skater dress, pair with a statement necklace to glam it up for semi formal occasions, and for Formal gatherings throw on a blazer or pair with a blouse underneath for that trendy pinafore look.

 

 

Photo Credit

Shot by Tobbie of TCD Photography

source – www.bellanaija.com

 

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Grant Gustin Tells Us More About ‘The Flash’ Season 2 After Bagging “The Saturn Award” (+Video)

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After winning a Saturn Award (An Award bestowed by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films) Grant Gustin aka The Flash teased that the shows sophomore season will introduce its new villains in the first couple of episodes

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“We’re introducing a really cool big bad that’s going to be revealed kind of immediately,”

Click here to view the embedded video.

Gustin also revealed that his character (i.e The Flash) will star heavily in the opening episodes of CW’s new super hero drama ‘DC Legends Of Tomorrow’

“I’m going to be a part of that right out of the gates as well,” Gustin said. I get to be Flash on three TV shows [the third being Arrow]. I was unemployed a year and a half ago, so that’s pretty cool.”

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#360TvSeries : ‘The Flash” Season 2 Premiere Episode Title Revealed In New Photo

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Apparently we now know the tittle of the premiere episode of The Flash season 2.  It will he be titled “The Man Who Saved Central City.”

Here are two theories from the tittle

  1. It either refers to Barry Allen aka The Flash, as you all know we saw him running up in air and into the singularity threatening to destroy Central City
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  1. It could be Eddie Thawne who killed himself so as to end to Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash’s evil plans

“The Flash” returns October 6, 2015 on the CW.

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Nominate your favourite BAME journo now for ‘Diversity Commentator of the Year at ‘The Comment Awards’

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Nominations have opened for The Comment Awards 2015, the annual awards recognising and celebrating the UK’s best print and online commentators and their editors. The awards are the first of their kind in the UK, run by Editorial Intelligence, the knowledge networking business.

Now in their seventh year, the awards will incorporate four new categories this year to reflect a growing and developing media landscape: Comment Piece of the Year for a single piece of excellent writing; Young Commentariat of the Year; Society and Diversity Commentator of the Year; and Technology and Digital Commentator of the Year.

Nominations are open to everyone, from editors to readers, and can be submitted free of charge via the Comment Awards website. All nominees have to write for the UK media and articles need to have been written between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015 inclusive. Deadline for submissions is 31 July 2015

The inclusion of the society and diversity commentator of the year award paves the way for black and other ethnic minority journalists like Bim Adewumi, Reni Eddo-Lodge and Samantha Asumadu of Media Diversified to be recognised for their work in Comment Journalism particularly in areas of race and diversity.

Chair of judges Dr Anthony Seldon said: “Against the backdrop of a UK general election, attacks on freedom of expression, and a changing media landscape, the past 12 months have been a challenging time for comment journalism; yet never has the form been more important. With nominations open to editors, writers and readers alike, The Comment Awards 2015 is set once again to turn the spotlight on the best of British comment journalism, celebrating a segment of our media that thoroughly deserves the attention.”

Award categories include Arts, Culture and Entertainment Commentator of the Year, Columnist of the Year, Online Comment Site of the Year and Foreign Commentator of the Year.

 

 

 

 

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Jessica Lucas Cast As ‘The Tigress” For Gotham Season 2

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Jessica Lucas has been cast as Tabitha Galavan aka Tigress in the sophomore season of Gotham

Here’s a breakdown of Tabitha’s role

Tabitha is the lead enforcer for her brother Theo, a billionaire industrialist hell-bent on taking over Gotham (and to be played by go-to bad guy James Frain). Described as sexy and violent — and toting a bullwhip! — she’s the opposite of her cold and calculating brother, deriving a sensual pleasure from the mayhem she’s tasked with making.

Gotham Season 2 Will premiere on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015

For other Gotham Season 2 News click on the links below
#360TvSeries : More Information About Gotham Season Two Trickles In. (Careful For Spoilers!)

Gotham Cast James Frain As Series Regular For Season 2

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DJ Cuppy teams up with Wizkid, P Square and more for her second mixtape ‘House of Cuppy II’

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Nigerian superstar DJ ‘Cuppy’ is back with her second mixtape. ‘House of Cuppy II’ consists  of a mix 8 tracks featuring top Afrobeats A Listers including the likes of  Olamide, Wizkid, P Square and many more.

Cuppy’s latest venture  pioneers a new genre of music that fuses house and Afrobeat, coined ‘Neo-Afrobeat’. “I’m so excited to announce the launch of ‘House of Cuppy II’,” said Cuppy. “The compilation has been an opportunity for me to work with some of my country’s most talented musicians, and reinvent the traditional sounds of Africa, mixing them with the global influences that inspire me.”

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The 22 year old King’s College London graduate has enjoyed a high profile career which has seen her perform at events including the MTV Africa Music Awards last year,  Tatler Magazine and Christie’s Inc. Arts Ball in London and the Diane Von Furstenberg Awards in New York. Most recently, Cuppy headlined the Oil Baron’s Charity Ball in Dubai, where she entertained more than 3,000 guests.

‘House of Cuppy II’ is available for download now. Check it out on Soundcloud.

 

Source: living12

#Nollywood Movie: Stigma

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Dagogo Diminas, who started his career in Nollywood in the 1990s as a make-up artist has joined the league of movie producers/directors.  The brain behind 13 Fatman, his make-up outfit, which also shares the same name with his production company, recently premiered his feature film, Stigma.

Ibiso (Hilda Dokubo) and her daughter, Vanessa (Jackie Appiah), are Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs), who contract HIV from their vocation.  They battle for their lives as friends and relatives desert them.

Emeka Ike, Francis Duru, Ngozi Nwosu, Clem Ohameze, Sobifa Dokubo, Columbus Irosianga and a host of other actors also feature in Stigma.  Sonja Nina Gellweiler is the film’s Executive Producer whilst Okwuchukwu Victor Eze and Vincent Bura-Bari wrote the script.

Pictures from the set of Stigma:

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#Nollywood Movie Review: The Grave Dust

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Clara (Amaka Chukwujekwu) ditches Johnson Okwuozo (Ramsey Noah) after her sister pronounces that Johnson’s family is accursed because members of the family die in their prime.  Her marriage to Jordan (Joseph Benjamin) is constantly menaced by a ghost, which is invisible to everyone else, but Clara.

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It is pleasant surprise to see Emeka Edokpayi, the mortician, and Emeka Okoro, Chijioke – the ghost, after donkey years.  Clara and her sister bear a resemblance to each other just like Chijioke and Johnson – good casting.

Ikechukwu Onyeka (Mr. and Mrs.) now seems to have a knack for stories, in which people are haunted by spooks.  However, the narratives (The Duplex and Grave Dust) are trivial round and hardly enliven the viewer contrary to the very nature of thrillers.  Worse still, the screenplay for Grave Dust is appalling – laced with constructions that fail to maintain the integrity of the English language, the chosen language for telling the story.  Apart from the fact that tenses are incorrectly used; simple words like concern, concerned, listen, death and anything are wrongly pronounced.

The visual effect during the inferno is not convincing in any way.

In Grave Dust, Onyeka serves his audience a film that not only moves at snail’s pace, but one that has been told time and again.  The characters and situations created by the screenwriter are very familiar: an overbearing mother who interferes with her son’s choice of wife; a grown man who is tied to his mother’s apron strings and a marriage which, like every other, faces challenges, but one where the people involved think that parting ways and remarrying is the best solution to the problems they face.

Most followers of Nollywood are constantly in search of fascinating films that will thoroughly entertain them and also task their imaginations at the same time.  Indeed, there are a couple of horror flicks and thrillers that fit this bill.  People were thrilled by Diamond Ring (RMD, Liz Benson, Bimbo Akintola, Teju Babyface), a 1998/99 Tade Ogidan movie on a young man whose life is immensely threatened after he joins a secret cult in the university.  Granted that there is nothing new under the sun, Diamond Ring was preceded by at least two other Nollywood films on secret cults in universities: Another Campus Tale and Rampage.  However, Diamond Ring told its story remarkably well.

Recently, Eric Aghimien directed A Mile from Home; another movie on savagery in universities; whose greatest strength lies in the visual effects that show the distressing violence these young people mete out to their rivals.  A Mile from Home probably has the best visual effects ever seen in a Nollywood film.

Amaka Igwe’s To Live Again (Uche Macaulay, Nobert Young, Stella Damasus, John Njamah, Fred Aseroma) is another 1999 thriller, in which a typical story of infidelity is turned into a monster hit.  Who will forget Aquila Njamah’s The Untold (Emeka Ike, Hank Anuku), where a pastor with powers from the occult unleashes mayhem on unwary victims?

Therefore, Grave Dust woefully falls below expectations in almost every regard.

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Watch As Woman Crushes 3 Watermelons Between Her Thighs!

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The internet is the home of weird places, and this certainly qualifies as weird.

A video of a woman squashing watermelons in between her thighs was uploaded on YouTube.

The video is laced with sexual vibes, which just makes it so, so, wrong.

The woman, dressed in underwear, starts off with a small watermelon and ends with a pretty huge one.

Really, really creepy. Watch it below!

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Seyi Slay! Afrobeats star looks dazzling at friend’s wedding to Swansea footballer

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It has been a great week for fast rising Afrobeats and R&B star Seyi Shay.

The ‘Murda‘ singer who announced her record deal with Island Records on Tuesday via her Instagram page was also a special guest at the wedding of her former band mate Daisy Evans to football star Jonjo Shelvey last weekend.

The singer looked ravishing in a bright orange body con dress by Nigerian designer Iconic Invanity, while she kept her locks blonde.

Old friends. Seyi Shay poses with former band mate Daisy Evans at her wedding to Swansea footballer Jonjo Shellvey. Photo: Daniel Sync

Old friends. Seyi Shay poses with former band mate Daisy Evans at her wedding to Swansea footballer Jonjo Shellvey. Photo: Daniel Sync

Seyi who also reunited with members from her former ‘From Above‘ singing group at the exquisite wedding ceremony was also said to have shot the music video for her latest single this week.

 Photo: Daniel Sync

Photo: Daniel Sync

 Photo: Daniel Sync

Photo: Daniel Sync

 Photo: Daniel Sync

Photo: Daniel Sync

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Royal bloom: Stephanie Linus Okereke looks stunning as she attends the Queen’s Young Leaders award with hubby Linus

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Our Nollywood stars are really making huge strides in Britain. While many of us were going hard at the daily grind on Monday, Nollywood actress Stephanie Linus Okereke was being fetted at an exclusive reception held by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

The 32 year old was part of guests invited to celebrate the winners of the Queen’s Young Leaders awards, which includes the veteran actress.

Stephanie kept fans updated throughout the day as she made her way towards Buckingham Palace with her hubby Linus Idahosa.

Photo: Daniel Sync

Photo: Daniel Sync

Stephanie who looked beautiful in a floor length navy blue gown was glowing thanks to motherhood. The couple posted photos showing them having a good time at the exclusive event as they bowed and courtesied to Her Majasty while taking advantage of the celeb packed party to take selfies with the likes of David Beckham.

See more photos below.

Photo: Daniel Sync

Photo: Daniel Sync

Photo: Daniel Sync

Photo: Daniel Sync

Stephanie Linus en route Buckingham Palace with her husband Linus Idahosa. Photo: Daniel Sync

Stephanie Linus en route Buckingham Palace with her husband Linus Idahosa. Photo: Daniel Sync

Stephanie Linus and hubby Linus Idahosa outside Buckingham Palace. Photo: Daniel Sync

Stephanie Linus and hubby Linus Idahosa outside Buckingham Palace. Photo: Daniel Sync

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Customers Storm Banks For BVN Enrollment As Deadline Approaches

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With less than a week to the deadline of the enrollment for the Bank Verification Number (BVN), hoards of customers in Makurdi have on Monday besieged their banks to enroll for the exercise.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), while many customers had done their registration, a good number of them were yet to comply with the central bank’s directive.

Most customers, it was learnt, were unable to participate in the exercise early enough because of their crowded schedules.

A First Bank customer, Mrs. Dorcas Atim, complained that she just gave birth when the exercise commenced, hence her inability to do the verification earlier than now.

”I was doing everything by myself and as such I had little or no time to spare for other things other than my domestic choirs which were time consuming,” she said.

A UBA customer, Mr Atom Iordaa, disclosed that the demanding nature of his job was the reason why he was unable to register in time.

“I am only free during weekends, but banks do not transact businesses during weekends, but since they said that one cannot transact businesses after the deadline, my Oga, permitted me to come and be captured,’’ he said.

At GTB, a customer, Mrs Rose Otu, said she thought the last minute registration would not be as time consuming because most people would have captured.

“It is unfortunate that l miscalculated that the queue will not be long. It is like many people have that same reasoning of coming now as l have.

“If only they will use the data gathered to forestall bank fraud, it will not be a futile effort, but how will they capture the aged, those on sick bed and those in the Diaspora?’’ She concluded.

It should be noted that the deadline for the exercise is June 30, 2015.

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