“There were no obvious signs of trauma to the body that we observed,” he said. “I don’t know if anything otherwise will show in the autopsy report. But there were no obvious signs to suggest anything violent happened. There were no signs of that at all. We have no reason to believe that this was suicice. But [foul play] is still under investigation.”
“This all continues to be under investigation,” he added. “We well do a complete invetsiagtion. But it is better for us to do it well rather than fast. We just want to do the best job we can.”
Hernandez, who plays for Bayern Leverkusen, revealed the club would only release him for one tournament, and he chose the Copa America.
“The Mexican federation wants me to go to the Copa America,” Hernandez said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “It’s not only my decision. It’s like 50-50, the decision. The federation wants me to go to Copa America and I decided to go to Copa America.
“Not because I don’t want to go to the Olympics. It’s because it’s the best for…my club, for me and for the federation.”
“The most important thing here is what my club as well wanted,” Hernandez said. “If we finish fourth, I cannot go to the Olympics. So it’s not my decision. And if we finish third, the thing is I need to do preseason. So it’s not only my decision. Not only 100 percent mine.”
Clarion Chukwura finally shares photos of her marriage to Anthony Boyd, her U.S. based fiancé.
He is her third husband. The wedding was a quiet affair in Georgia.
The renowned actress married her first husband, a man only known as Mr. Abiola. The marriage ended in 2003. Subsequently she married Femi Oduneye fondly called Femi Egyptian; They split in 2006 but only got divorced recently.
Yesterday, she shared pictures on her Facebook wall officially announcing her current relationship status: “History made, destiny fulfilled, me and hubby on Savannahs Street, Georgia.“Just Married…Anthony and Clarion Boyd.”
Clarion is the mother of famous music director, Clarence Peters. Clarence is a love child from a relationship Clarion had with legendary musician Shina Peters 34 years ago.
TeeBlaq is celebrating with new song titled ’20 Bottles.’ Produced by K. Pillar, the Street Royalty serves another party anthem. 6 years ago, TeeBlaq and the music industry lost a gem, Olaitan ‘Da Grin’ Olanipekun and 6 years after, his impact is still be seen. Eldar Records en-signed TeeBlaq is celebrating all his legacy as he asks for more drinks in this record ’12 Bottles’. Enjoy!
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Music legend YQ come through with A new single titled Awon Temi my people for those inspired by Dagrin and the streets as a whole
This street anthem is dedicated to every hustler inspired by all the positives DAGRIN lived for – The Ghetto Dreamz and so much more.
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With physical copies of the ‘Oba Orin’ by Jaywon album finally hitting the streets after about a week of it’s digital release, The 21-tracker album has received rave reviews with stand out tracks and applause for Jaywon’s songwriting and distinct voice.
Here’s an official release of the first post-album release single from the award winning Next World Music frontline act titled ‘Champion.’ A befitting release as song calls to celebrate every milestone. Jaywon details his rise to the top in this Metro on D Beat-produced catchy tune. Enjoy!
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Legendary Afrobeats/Afropop act, Mr Olu Maintain, kicks off his 2016 with a new single titled “Excuse My French“. As the title suggests, he delivers some of his lines in French.
Proper club banger. Don’t rule out yet another sick video from the biggest boss in Naija music.
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The reason for the existence of the Nigerian Senate has not being obvious for a while. What do they do each day? What results can they show for sitting each and every day? Apart from political grandstanding and collecting constituency allowances. The normal reason for having a Senate in a bicameral legislative structure in a democratic nation is to have a counterweight to the House of Representative. The Senate is usually smaller, with more experienced people who want to enrich the democratic process with their wealth of experience. The Nigerian Senate deviates from this in not having the wellbeing of the Nigerian people in mind. It’s all about what they can gain from the Nigerian state. The members are a serious cost to the nation’s finance, and extremely selfish.
Let’s deal with the expensive part first. In 2013, The Economist magazine conducted an analysis of salaries across legislatures in the world and announced that the Nigerian legislature was the second highest paid, with members receiving salaries of up to $189,000 (N60 million) per annum, meaning that an average legislator earns about 280 times what the average Nigerian on a minimum wage of N18, 000 per month and N216, 000 per year earns. In fact the budget for the Nigerian legislature for 2016 is N120 billion ($375 million) dollars, with only 469 legislators in all (109 in the Senate and 360 in the House of Reps). There are also quite a number of allowances not covered under the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission approved payments, including the quarterly constituency allowance of N45 million for Senators and N35 million for House of Reps members, translating to N70 billion per annum, which these legislators do not have to account for how spent. There also appears to be a constituency project allowance that is different from the foregoing. In fact the budget for these 439 people is more than the budget of over 20 states of the federation.
Then there is the other side. In the last few weeks, the Senate has tried to review the Code of Conduct Bureau Act for the sole purpose of protecting ex-governors like Bukola Saraki, Akpabio etc from being probed retroactively for false assets declarations, while the budget lays forgotten. How selfish! Which bill affects the people of Nigeria more and needs to be treated faster? The Senate actually then had the audacity and criminal tone deafness to invite the judge of the Code of Conduct Bureau before who the Senate President is appearing to appear before them at the same time the trial ought to be going on in a move that was clearly targeted at truncating the ongoing trial. How much more shameless can one get.
These shameless senate is making Nigeria the laughing stock of all legislatures in the world, period! A few years ago, a member of the legislature stated that MTN had been giving members N7,500 in phone credits each month for years. These are people paid stupendous amounts and who don’t need such from a company in an industry that they regulate. Why were they taking such unethical handout if not out of sheer greed?!
Bicameralism is not the problem really. Half of the legislatures in the world are bicameral presently. The United Kingdom has a bicameral legislature with a House of Lord working with the House of Commons to pass legislation, although in the past few years the power of the House of Lords to reject legislation has been removed. In the United States, the Founding Fathers of the nation put a bicameral legislature in place, with a Senate and House of Representatives. The US Senate was created as a stabilising force to the perceived recklessness of the lower house.
The problem is the type of people present in the Senate, particularly in Nigeria. True, once or twice a year in America and the United Kingdom, a Senator or House of Lords member is caught with a prostitute, molesting a young child or stealing money from campaign funds, but usually not at a high rate. Ordinarily, Senators are sound people who love their countries and work hard to serve them. Most are also professionals (lawyers, doctors, accountants etc.) who have had successful careers before coming into the Chamber. This is not the case in Nigeria, in which most senators are ex-governors or professional politicians who have come to the Senate for the sole reason of remaining politically relevant and making money. These are people who are there not because they love Nigeria or want to pass innovative legislation that would liberalise the economy and spur the growth of technology startups or dramatically reform our stagnant state institutions, but because they need a job that covers their expenses. Finish.
I propose that we fire the Senate and save Nigeria over N60 billion a year, which starting from next year can be used to start work on the 2nd River Niger bridge and complete it within 3 years. That’s a much better outcome than keeping a bunch of scheming and non-contributing ex-governors and other such types in comfort in the Federal Capital city at our expense, while they do no real work or make our lives better in any discernable way.
A suicide bomber has killed at least nine people when he detonated an explosive vest after Friday prayers at a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in south western Baghdad.
This is just as Iraqi police and hospital sources said the second suicide attacker at the mosque in al-Radwaniya district was shot and killed by security forces before he could set off his explosives.
In a related development, security and medical sources confirmed that a separate bomb went off on Friday in the district of Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad, killing two and wounding nine.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which wounded at least 25 others, but Islamic State militants battling government forces in the north and west have regularly targeted Shi’ite areas in the capital.
The rise of the ultra-hardline Sunni Muslim group has exacerbated a long-running sectarian conflict in Iraq, mostly between Shi’ites and Sunnis, which emerged after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
The Iraqi government has retaken several major cities from the Islamic State in the past year and slowly pushed them back towards the Syrian border.
The authorities said they want to recapture the northern city of Mosul this year, but Iraqi officials privately question whether that is possible.
The Supreme Court in Abuja has on Friday affirmed the death sentence passed on a farmer and father of five, James Afolabi, by the Kogi State High Court, Lokoja, in 2012 for the murder of a Fulani man, Abubakar Mohammed.
According to a unanimous verdict delivered today, a five-man panel of the apex court held that there was no basis to disturb the concurrent finding of the trial and lower courts in their previous judgments.
Afolabi, a native of Kogi state, was previously convicted and sentenced to death by the Kogi State High Court, Lokoja, in 2012 for the murder of a Fulani herdsman.
ThisDay gathered that the court depended on Afolabi’s confessional statement to the police, where he claimed to have shot Mohammed in the chest for straying into his (Afolabi’s) yam and cassava farm on February 27, 2009.
The Court of Appeal, Abuja on March 22, 2012 dismissed his appeal and upheld the decision of the trial court, a decision he appealed to the Supreme Court.
However, in his ruling, on Friday, Justice John Inyang Okoro, in the appeal marked: SC/181/2012, held that although the prosecution could not produce an eye witness at trial, it provided sufficient evidence, through its witnesses, “which gave vent to the confession of the appellant.
He added, “And in any case, this court held in Mohammed v State (2007) 11 NWLR (pt 1045) 303 at 230 paragraph F that where an accused person confesses to a crime, in the absence of an eye witness of the killing, he can be convicted on his confession alone.
“For all I have said, I hold a strong view that the court below was on a strong wicket when it upheld the conviction and sentencing of the appellant upon reliance on his confessional statements.”
“In the instant case, the appellant states emphatically, in Exhibit D (confessional statement), adjudged to have been freely and voluntarily made, that he aimed his gun at the chest of the deceased at close range and shot him.
“It was his further evidence that the deceased fell down and could not move again. At that point, he ran to the village head and reported that he had killed a man.
“In the circumstance, did he intend to kill the man? I had earlier stated in this judgment that a person is taken to intend that natural and probable consequences of his act.
“So, when the appellant aimed his gun at the chest of the deceased and shot it, did he intend to keep him alive? I do not think so. At least he intended to cause him grievous bodily harm.
“And, in view of the force of a gunshot aimed at the heart, the engine room of a man’s life, it can safely be concluded that the appellant intends to kill the deceased on his action, the report he made to the village head notwithstanding.”
Following the dissent between the executive and the National Assembly over the content of the 2016 Budget, President Muhammadu Buhari has returned the Appropriation Bill to NASS even as he is expected to meet with its leadership again on Friday (today).
This was confirmed by the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, who told pressmen after the House rose from its plenary on Thursday that the meeting would take place “this week.”
The meeting which will be held at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa will have the Senate President Bukola Saraki, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, and other principal officers of the National Assembly as attendees.
He said, “Recall that we in the House, mandated our speaker to meet with Mr. President on the grey areas in the budget.
“The speaker reported back to us and the Presidency wrote us, identifying the grey areas to be worked on in the budget.
“Following this, the leaders of both chambers also met and agreed after discussions, to meet with Mr. President, hopefully, this week to conclude the deliberations.”
Corroborating with Namdas, a legislative official told The Punch that:
“The meeting will be held on Friday; the point is that efforts are on by the executive and the National Assembly to resolve the budget dispute once and for all.
“Mr. President is expected to be at the meeting with his economic team so that all sides will be on the same page.”
“One is for Mr. President to present a supplementary budget. This will be in line with the position earlier taken by the Senate. The first, second and third readings of the bill can be done in both chambers in one day.
“The other option is for Mr. President to sign the budget already passed and the executive can go ahead to implement the areas that can be implemented immediately.
“We have to meet with Mr. President, lay all these issues out for discussion so that everyone will be on the same page.”
Adeosun showed gruesome photos of the victims of Boko Haram’s attacks and their latest weapons during the briefing at the Multinational Joint Task Force’s headquarters in Chad on Wednesday.
One picture showed a bird with an explosive strapped on its back, demonstrating “a lot of ingenuity,” he said.
Adeosun was quoted as saying his forces had received intelligence that ISIS members were being embedded with Boko Haram but that the Nigerian sect had not satisfied requirements for greater operational co-ordination.
This is not the first time an Islamic death sect will be using animals to carry explosive devices, as photos had emerged in July 2015, claiming to show bombs strapped to chickens by Isis fighters in the Iraqi city of Fallujah.
“Africa has a new anthem for “getting-off-your-butt-and-working-towards-your-goal” in the brand new single from music icon 2Baba. It comes courtesy of a partnership between Hypertek Digital and Terragon limited as distribution partner. The stirring pop tune titled ‘Oya Come Make We Go’ is delivered in collaboration with multiple award-winning Kenyan Afro-pop band, Sauti Sol. The track was produced by J-Sleek and mixed and mastered by MAQAI.
Oya Come Make We Go is a song that inspires the listeners to believe in themselves, dare to dream and make the required strides toward the desired destination. 2Baba begins the track in his trademark style, riding the beat with an elegance that has defined his music for decades. The hook that follows is as mesmerizing in its simplicity as it is in its message. The fusion of styles is the glue that brings the track together and Sauti Sol is on hand to add extra spice. The kings from the east shine effortlessly on the track through inspiring lyrics and rousing vocal delivery.
2Baba has been on an incredible run this year, releasing two singles earlier in the year; the groovy ‘Coded Tinz’ and the Valentine Special ‘Officially Blind’. On 20 April, 2016, he became the first ever Nigerian ambassador of Italian liqueur brand, Campari.”
Nini Mbonu officially releases a gospel soulful track ‘Onye Na Emem Mma (Prod. @Skytimz)’.
Nini Mbonu is a gospel minister, singer and songwriter. A member of House on the Rock choir in Lagos, Nini has shared the stage with gospel music veteran, Sammie Okposo.
Nini’s vocals playfully strum over the strings of guitar filling your soul with her voice. Nini has always loved singing; while growing up she always showed an amazing voice control and body movement in dance that were way beyond her age. It was inevitable that she was going to end up in music someway, as music has always been part of her life.
Her brand new Single off her project, titled “Onye” which was produced by Skytimz, talks about the goodness of God, His mercies and loving kindness in our daily lives, waking up each day to new mercies and new blessings. This sensational song is the kind you sing to daily.
Nini is that phenomenal singer and songwriter that you’d want to put on replay. “Onye” (Prod. @Skytimz) is currently enjoying airtime on all your favourite radio stations.
From the stable of “Timelex Records” comes the mind blowing visuals to the smashing hit single “BEMBE” by multi talented song writer/Artiste “TKAY” which features two Of the Industry’s heavy weights Alaga Ibile “REMINISCE” and Super Cool Cat “ICE PRINCE” directed by Ace film maker UNLIMITED LA,
There is sure no better way than this for the Super cool cat “TKAY” to kick start his 2016 amidst many other banging joints coming your way as the year unfolds. Watch, download & Enjoy this movie titled ‘Bembe’ join TKAY on social media. Twitter & IG @Tkayonline
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has said that 25 of its former candidates, who had returned the certificates gotten through examination malpractice, as a result of their newly found Christian faith, may also forfeit the degree certificates acquired through the West African Senior Secondary School Examination (WASCE) results.
Confirming the development, when contacted, a senior staff of WAEC said that as soon as WAEC withdrew and cancelled those certificates, the National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCE), were notified for appropriate action.
Speaking on Thursday to Vanguard Newspaper, the WAEC staff, who craved anonymity, also said:
“Besides, the 25 WAEC candidates, who returned their certificates due to their Christian faith, there were over 100 persons whose certificates, were withdrawn.”
According to him, the implication of the decision by the former WAEC candidates who had personally reported their involvement in examination malpractice is to forfeit any certificate or job gotten through the WASSCE results.
The senior official said: ‘’Our stand has been made known to them such that they cannot come to WAEC office to verify their results for those years.’
‘’The onus is on universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, to withdraw their certificates if they ever gained admissions to such institutions through the cancelled results. Also, if the cancelled WAEC certificates were part of their official credentials at the point of job employment, their employers, if they so wish can take their decisions.
“WAEC has no power to prosecute them for personally reporting their involvement in examination malpractice, except those who impersonated to collect other persons’ certificates. We can personally hand over such to the Police for prosecution. All we could do in the case of those who reported themselves was to withdraw their certificates and notifies relevant education institutions.
“We have informed the National Universities Commission, NUC, National Board for Technical Education, NBTE and National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCE were notified for appropriate action.’’
Samson Siasia, who coaches Nigeria’s Olympic team, dreams of meeting hosts Brazil in the final of the event.
The pair met in the semifinal of the Atlanta 1996, with Nigeria progressing to the final after winning 4-3 after extra time.
Siasia attended the Olympics soccer draw in Rio de Janeiro last week and said his thoughts of another clash with the five-time world champions came when he stood beside Brazil coach Dunga at the event.
“I told myself this is the man I would be playing against in the final match,”
This is even as the council urged candidates to take advantage of the opportunity to review their entries while registering for the West African Senior Secondary School Examination (WASSCE) on their online portal or obtain affidavits from the courts of law.
The announcement was conveyed in a statement on Thursday by the council’s Public Affairs Officer in Nigeria, Mr. Demianus Ojijeogu, who averred that development was part of measures to curb examination malpractice.
Ojijeogu also said that all requests for amendment of any information on bio-data could only be considered during and after registration.
He said: “We have observed with chagrin the volume of requests for amendments by candidates as well as the fact that it could be an opening for examination malpractice hence the need to stop the ugly trend. Moreover, where a candidate detects any error in his/her date of birth after the certificate has been printed, he/she will be advised to obtain an affidavit from a court of law as a support to the certificate.
“The council has included in its registration portal, a secondary opportunity for candidates to confirm the correctness of all their entries in the date of birth box. In addition, all requests received prior to the above-stated effective date will be treated on their merit.”
Live Theatre on Sunday Theatre Production, Lagos Country Club, Ikeja GRA and the Ayo Bankole Centre , Surulere, Lagos invite you to see her new production J.P.Clark-Bekederemo’s ‘The Hiss’.
‘The Hiss’ is a hilarious comedy set in the city of Lagos featuring the encounter between an Okada man and his passenger as they travel through the streets. The satirical play lampoons the state of affairs in our society.
‘The Hiss’ comes up over the May Day Weekend, April 30 – May 2nd, 2016.
The first day is April 30th, 2016 and the venue is the Ayo Bankole Centre, 32, Yesufu Sanusi Street off Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, Surulere, Lagos (The street is the 2nd turning left on Adeniran Ogunsanya from the Stadium end).
The 2nd and 3rd show dates are on Sunday, May 1st and Monday, May 2nd, 2016, and the venue is the Little Theatre, Lagos Country Club, 2,Joel Ogunnaike Street, GRA Ikeja, Lagos. Show Time is 3pm and 6pm respectively each day.
Troops of the Nigerian Army have recorded another huge success in the battle to wipe out the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists from the Northern part of the country.
It was gathered that the multiple clearance operations, raids and patrols that were carried out recently led to the killing of many suspected Boko Haram terrorists, even as the troops equally arrested and rescued some persons, and as well recovered some arms and ammunition.
According to a statement issued on Friday by the Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, on Thursday, troops of 21 Brigade Nigerian Army carried out clearance operations at Bulari, Tori 1, 2 and 3 during which they successfully cleared the general area of remnants of the heinous Islamic cult.
The statement revealed that during the mop up operation, 10 fighters of the sect were killed and one was captured alive. Unfortunately, 2 Civilian JTF accompanying the troops lost their lives.
The statement read: ”During the operation, 10 terrorists were killed and one was captured alive. Unfortunately, 2 Civilian JTF accompanying the troops lost their lives. The troops rescued 7 civilians and recovered a Volkswagen Golf car, 15 bicycles and various bags of foodstuffs.
”The troops of 22 Brigade on the other hand intercepted 26 persons comprising mostly women and children, coming towards Adah village in Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State, who on interrogation stated that they were held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists, but escaped as their captors were moving towards Lake Chad general area because of troops presence. ”
In a related development, troops of the same Brigade carried out a fighting patrol, cordon and search operation on Thursday, 21st April 2016, along Dikwa-Marte road, Kaje, Selenge, Manekura, Mane Gana and Gawayi villages.
There was no encounter with the terrorists as the troops recovered 5 motorcycles, 6 Boko Haram terrorists’ flags and 4 bags of grinded corn in Mane Gana village.
The troops also freed 3 women and 5 children at the same village.
Some of those persons rescued disclosed to the troops that their husbands were actually Boko Haram terrorists who have absconded toward Lake Chad area due to immense pressure from the military clearance operations.
”On their part, troops of 3 Battalion also conducted patrol towards Diema, Sigel and Kala in which they had an encounter with Boko Haram terrorists in which the gallant troops killed 8 of them and recovered 2 Dane Guns and 4 assorted batteries.
”The troops of 7 Division Special Fighting Forces attached to 25 Task Force Brigade Damboa, at a checkpoint, arrested a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Abubakar Bello and 6 other suspects carrying 28 gallons of “Turkey” brand of vegetable oil, 8 bags of flour, 130 crates of soft drinks and 2 bags of sugar.”
Others were 5 mobile telephone handsets, 1 external hard drive and 5 flash drives, 2 national identity cards and the sum of Seventy Thousand Naira (N70,000.00k) only were recovered from him. Preliminary investigation discovered that the terrorists now dilute vegetable oil with other substances to produce diesel to power their generators.
Elsewhere, troops of 254 Task Force Battalion with the help of vigilantes and Borno Youths Empowerment Scheme (BOYES), also carried out clearance operations at Mufurundi, Kaleri, Masemari, Bego, Bale, Gadzama and Gagantilo villages along Damboa-Bale-Gwoza road.
During the operation, they encountered and detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), buried by the terrorists at Gadzama village.
They also encountered Boko Haram terrorists at Bego where they engaged the terrorists, neutralized them and cleared their camps within the general area.
In the encounter, the troops killed 9 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered 1 AK-47 rifle with registration number TH5712 and 17 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition. They also rescued 157 persons held hostages by the terrorists.
The troops of 26 Task Force Brigade stationed in Gwoza also on Thursday intercepted 8 suspected Boko Haram terrorists, trying to enter Gwoza town. Though they claimed to be farmers coming from Shiadawey, Takwala and Amdaga Madachi villages respectively, which were known terrorists hideouts, preliminary investigations showed that they were indeed terrorists on a recruitment drive.
“This was made manifest when the sum of Six Hundred and Thirty Seven Thousand (N637,000.00k) Naira was discovered on Abdullahi Yakubu who was identified by
another escapee/suspected Boko Haram terrorist as having trading links with the terrorists while the others were confirmed to have participated in carrying out various terrorists acts for the Boko Haram terrorists group.
”Oone Ibrahim Bute aged 67 years, of Gobara village was arrested by the troops on suspicion of being a Boko Haram kingpin.
“Troops of 114 Task Force Battalion of 28 Task Force Brigade also conducted a fighting patrol along Bitta-Madube-Izge axis same day.
”The troops of 117 Task Force Battalion following a tip off, also arrested a suspected Boko Haram terrorist who gave his name as Bello Isah at Mugulvu village. The unit also discovered and retrieved 29 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) rounds of ammunition hidden at a farm in Gella village.”
Bryshere Gray will play as Micheal Bivins in the three part miniseries Elijah Kelley (“The Butler”) as Ricky Bell.
Cast and characters include: Singer-songwriter Luke James as Johnny Gill; Algee Smith (“Let It Shine”) as Ralph Tresvant; Keith Powers (“Straight Outta Compton”) as Ronnie Devoe, and Woody McClain (“Autographs”) as Bobby Brown.
The three-part miniseries haven’t been titled yet and will air over three nights.
Members of the boy band ‘New Edition’, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown all signed as consultants and co-producers for the film.
The younger versions of the group will be played by Dante Hoagland, Caleb McLaughlin, Jahi Winston, Myles Truitt and Tyler Williams’.
New Edition’s longtime manager Brooke Payne will be serving as a co-producer. The script was written by Abdul Williams (“Lottery Ticket”) and the yet to be titled film is scheduled to begin shooting next month.
Chris Robinson (“ATL,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood”) will be directing and it will be premiered in 2017.
Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks, said:
“We have developed a deep and authentic relationship with our audience over the last 36 years, and it is that genuine connection that has allowed BET to expand into a global multiplatform brand.
Lee continued: “This year, we are committed to reaching far beyond the television screen and continuing to deliver more of the premium content that our audiences have come to expect.
With BET being more accessible across more platforms, we are creating a powerful 360 degree experience for our audience to interact with the BET brand like never before”.
The New Edition members said in a statement:
“It’s been a long time coming and that time is finally here! Now that we have signed the deal, New Edition’s journey will be captured in a three night miniseries to tell our life story through our very own eyes.
We are happy to have New Edition Enterprises collaborate with BET Networks’ Debra Lee and Stephen Hill along with Jesse Collins Entertainment”.
New Edition added: “From our beginning in the Orchard Park Projects in Boston to Hollywood and everything in between, just like The Temptations and The Jackson Five—we are ready to retrace our footsteps and show everyone how we got here.
For the fans all over the world, this one’s for you”.