MTN Drops Don Jazzy, Davido, Tiwa Savage And More As Ambassadors

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MTN has revealed their line up of ambassadors for 2016/17, confirming reports that there has been a major reshuffle by the telecoms giant.

There were rumors that the company had dropped a number of it’s major big names, including Davido and Don Jazzy. This has now been confirmed by the company in a new press release.

The press release reads in part: “In line with its commitment to supporting Nigerian musicians by providing alternative platforms through which they can receive lucrative value for their intellectual property, MTN has announced brand ambassadors for 2016-2017.

“Music ambassadors for 2016-2017 are: Praiz (Praise Adejo); Iyanya (Iyanya Mbuk); Chidinma(Chidinma Ekile); Falz (Folarin Falana); Tekno Miles (Augustine Kelechi) and Skales (Raoul Njeng-Njeng)

“Four other ambassadors are – Saka, (Hafiz Oyetoro); Nedu (Steve Onu); Osuofia (NkemOwoh) and Adamu Zango.

MTN Executive, Amina Oyagbola spoke on the new developments. “MTN remains proud to be associated with the growth and development of the careers of all our ambassadors, past and present,” she said.

“We specially thank all our former ambassadors for their immense contributions to building our brand and also making us the network of choice in Nigeria. We will definitely continue to maintain the strong and mutually beneficial relationship with them through the monetisation of their content on all our digital platforms – MTN Music+, CRBT and VAS.”

MTN keeping Iyanya, Chidinma and more

“Iweanoge posited that they planned to keep alive the same original concept of music brand ambassadorship. MTN would thus retain the services of past winners and participants of its Project Fame music reality TV show.  These include Iyanya, Chidinma and Praiz.

“MTN is particularly proud of these musicians because we not only gave them the platform to express their talent through Project FAME, we have consistently supported them over the years by making them our ambassadors. We are also proud to have been able to contribute to some of Nigeria’s biggest music acts.”

Beyond the Project Fame alumni, Iweanoge also said MTN would still nurture other artistes. MTN would still retain the services of some of its newly-signed brand ambassadors. These include like Falz, Skales and Tekno who are the faces of its youth segment proposition – MTN Pulse.

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Haye Gets Shot At WBA

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According to WBA president Gilberto Mendoza, David Haye could get a shot at the WBA heavyweight title.

The one time two division world champion road to No 5 on the WBA rankings, and is in contention for a shot at the organization’s regular title.

Mendoza confirmed Haye, who held the WBA heavyweight title between November 2009 and July 2011, is firmly in the mix.

He exclusively told Sky Sports: “Browne’s title shot came out of a legal settlement we had to do after we got sued by Browne’s people for stripping him.

“I think the WBA grounds were very strong. He took us to court and we settled for giving him a title opportunity.

“If by that time, David is a leading available contender, that fight could happen, but then we have on the other hand Fres Oquendo, who has a court order saying that he must have a chance to fight for the championship.

“We would love to have David Haye back as our champion, that’s what I can tell you, but boxing is complicated, it’s not easy.”

“In a theoretical way, David Haye would receive a title opportunity,” said Mendoza. “I don’t know if in 2016, but perhaps at the beginning of next year.

“He is high in the ranking, but obviously he will have to be active and fight other boxers.”

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Neuer Named As Germany Captain

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Manuel Neuer has been named Germany’s new captain, following the retirement of Schweinsteiger from international duty.

The Bayern Munich man will get to work immediately, as Germany face Norway in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Mats Hummels had been touted as his successor, but coach Joachim Low has opted for 30-year-old Neuer.

“As a national team we are in the fortunate position to have several leading players who have a captain’s profile,” said Low.

“For me Manuel Neuer is the logical successor of Bastian Schweinsteiger.

“He brings everything that I want from a captain. His sporting achievements are outstanding, Manuel is always there for the team, he is a team player and an absolute role model.

“There are also his great human qualities. He accepts responsibility, he is calm and collected. Manuel is highly regarded, his word has weight.”

Neuer, who has 71 caps, is the second goalkeeper to captain Germany after Oliver Kahn.

“For me it is a great honour,” he said. “It makes me proud to be captain of the team, but we all know that we need several leading players on the pitch if we are to succeed.”

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Nigerian Senate Is Currently Recruiting | Check Here For Details

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The Nigerian Senate – the upper chamber of the 8th National Assembly – has called on interested and competent Nigerians for recruitment into its prestigious chamber as ‘video editors’ for its Television station.

READ ALSO: Elections May Not Hold In Nigeria In 2019

In a tweet on its Twitter account on September 1, 2016, the 8th Senate said it is looking for two video editors for its Television station.

The tweet reads: “We are looking at recruiting 2 video editors for Senate TV station. Know anyone interested? We will start taking applications September 5th”.

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Miranda Handed Brazil Captaincy

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Inter Milan defender Miranda has been named as replacement for Neymar in the captain capacity at Brazil.

Neymar chose to step down from his post as captain, after leading the selecao to gold at the Rio Olympics.

#Rio2016: Neymar Helps Brazil To Gold

The Selecao met Ecuador on Thursday hoping to get their qualification campaign back on track with what would be their first win at the altitude of the Ecuadorian capital in 33 years.

“It is the greatest time for us to reply. The fans want us to give them answers,” Miranda continued.

Neymar Hands Off Captain Armband After Olympic Win

“We will go in search of victory and playing good football. Tite has us fully prepared we are ready to put that work into practice.

“We must be well organised and that is what we have been working over the past few days, being organised at the back and launching surprise counterattacks.

“it is a very important game and we’ve come here to try to bring home the three points.”

Expected Brazil line-up vs Ecuador: Alisson; Daniel Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho, Renato Augusto; Willian, Neymar, Gabriel Jesus.

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LAPD Find No Guns In Chris Brown’s Home

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After searching singer Chris Brown’s mansion, The Los Angeles Police Department are reported to have found no guns within the premises.

Chris Brown was arrested on Tuesday by police on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after Baylee Curran, a guest at his mansion accused the singer of pointing a gun at her face and threatening her after she went to examine a piece of jewelry.

READ: Chris Brown’s Accuser, Baylee Curran Is A Wanted Thief In New York

“It has become apparent that the allegations are false and fabricated,” Mark Geragos, the attorney for Brown said. He also added that during their search of the house, the police found neither the piece of jewelry or any firearms. Chris Brown has since been released from police custody on a $250,000 bail and is set to be arraigned on September 20.

It’s worth noting that Baylee Curran, the accuser, is wanted for questioning by the NYPD following an October 2013 theft at the Plaza Hotel.

 

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Fans React To Reekado Banks’ Debut Album “Spotlight”

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Earlier today, Reekado Banks released his debut album dubbed “Spotlight”. A twenty one [21] tracks embodied album including three [3] already released singles.

Reekado Banks' Debut Album "Spotlight"

Reekado Banks’ “Spotlight [Front Cover]“

Prior to the release of the album Reekado Banks passed a warning message to them #REEKADDICTs about the infectious body of work; via his social media.

In his mind’s mind, he already knew how infectious the album would be.

Available on digital platforms, the Spotlight album by Reeky; so far, seems to be serving it’s purpose ’cause his fans are now out of control

…Wait Michael, hope they are not just some sycophants? No they are #REEKADDICTS.

See some tweets and opinions by fans below.

You can get the album via iTunes HERE
Fans Reaction To Reekado Banks' Debut Album "Spotlight"

Fans Reaction To Reekado Banks’ Debut Album “Spotlight”

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Hennessy Artistry VS Class Is Back!

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One of Hennessy Artistry’s most engaging series The VS Class is back for the third season!  Since its premiere in 2014, it has become one of radio’s strongest shows where up-and-coming rap MCs showcase their talent to millions of people. To show it’s appreciation to a music genre which has played an important role in its global growth, Hennessy (Nigeria) created The Hennessy VS Class platform to promote Hip Hop, Hip Hop Culture and discover talented MCs with a true passion for the art in Nigeria. The show from its inception has become widely accepted & highly anticipated.

The show brings together the talented MCs to compete in a lyrical battle and fends the season with the best of the best and give them the privilege to be a part of The Class. The Class of 2014 and 2015 in both years were given an opportunity to create their own track put together by Hip Hop Producer, Kid Konnect.

This year the stage is set and the floor is wide open for up and coming emcees who feel they have what it takes to be winners of the class of 2016.  To enter this year’s contest, interested participants were simply required to upload a one (1) minute clip video rapping their best bars on Instagram or Twitter. Tune on to the show every Thursday from September 1st to 22nd on The Beat 99.9 FM from 10pm.

The Hennessy VS Class was created in partnership with The Beat 99.9 FM in 2014 to promote the Hip Hop community in Nigeria. Since its creation, it has revealed some of Nigeria’s best lyricists, namely; Modenine, MI, Vector, Yung6ix, Reminisce, Falz, Eclipse, Show Dem Camp and underground Rappers with impressive skills.

See clips from previous year’s session

Check out the Class of 2014 Track

Check out the Class of 2015 Track

Hennessy Artistry is proudly supported by Trace TV & Beat FM

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STYLE Mania: The September Issue – An Ode To Bloggers

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Nigeria’s foremost fashion, arts & lifestyle magazine – Style Mania releases its September Issue – An Ode to Bloggers.

This issue remarks our reinforced approach to documenting popular culture, its players and the role they play in shaping thoughts and behavior.

Bloggers are today’s priced middlemen and with the engagement of young people who see this platform as a self-expression portal, we congratulate a few who have been distinctive and we also explain this movement to those who haven’t gotten with the program.

BellaNaija comes tops on our list with the meek approach to reportage and shining a light on the brighter sides of Nigerians.

Noble Igwe makes more than a cameo appearance in this issue; his fashion sensibilities are put to the test.

Mania played the anonymous card on the cover as this helps us delve into topical issues with no holds barred.

Our fashion editorials feature some of Nigeria’s distinguished bloggers (yours truly – founders of 360NoBS – Noble Igwe, Antonia Soares and Oye Akideinde) and well as our beauty editorial starring Ezinne Alfa of Beauty In Lagos.

This issue is a must have, a must read and a must keep. Check out some of the editorials from this issue – An Ode to Bloggers.

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Illustration: Kelechi Amadi-Obi | Creative Direction: Godson Ukaegbu

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Photographer: Kelechi Amadi-Obi | Stylist: Godson Ukaegbu | Make-up: Bimpe Onakoya | Model: Ezinne Alfa

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FashionMania – Hold That Thought 

Photographer: Uche James-Iroha | Stylist: Godson Ukaegbu | Make-up: Remi Alugo | Hair: Zubby Eneoma | Models: Noble Igwe, Antonia Soares, Oye Akideinde

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Quirks – Photographer: Kadara Enyeasi | Stylist: Godson Ukaegbu | Make-up: Omotola Olatunji | Hair: Mannix Idam | Model: Cassandra Ikegbuna, Akin Faminu.

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Make your own fashionable flat lay with any page or cover of MANIA MAGAZINE and stand a chance to win a Carolina Herrera GOOD GIRL perfume. Post on your Instagram page with the hashtag #STYLEMANIAFLATLAY #GOODGIRLNIGERIA.

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Pastor Accused Of Camping, Defiling 30 Young Girls

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The Lagos State Police Command has apprehended the General Overseer of Tongue of Fire Restoration Ministry, Chukwuma Nkwocha, for allegedly camping and defiling about 30 underaged girls.

The suspect, 38, whose church is located at Sogunle area of Lagos state, was accused of camping and defiling the young girls, whose ages range from 10 to 15 years.

READ ALSO: We’re Ready To Swap Boko Haram Detainees For Chibok Girls – Buhari

Nkwocha was further accused of taking advantage of their ‘homeless predicament’ to lure them to his place and then sexually abuse them.

The accused person was apprehended on Tuesday evening by the police team, operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, during a church service at the church premises located in Sogunle area of Lagos State.

READ ALSO: Hungry And Angry, IDPs Go On Rampage In Maiduguri

He was taken away from the church premises along with the girls.

While confirming his arrest, the spokesperson of the Lagos State Police Command, Dolapo Badmos, said the State’s Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has ordered thorough investigation of the case.

She said: “The Command rescued about 30 young girls from the pastor’s custody and two of them acknowledged he had canal knowledge of them. Investigation is ongoing.”

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Candidates Uneasy As JAMB Vets 2016/2017 Admission Lists Sent From Varsities

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Scores of candidates are beginning to heave in anxiety about the fate of their 2016/2017 admission status, as the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) continues the process of scrutinizing the first batch of applicants submitted to it by the various universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.

READ ALSO: JAMB Set To Upload Names Of Successful Candidates For 2016/2017 Admission

The anxiety of the applicants begun to gather significant momentum after the board assured that it would upload the lists for candidates’ accessibility three days after meeting with stakeholders in Kano, Kano State.

JAMB Officials – led by their Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede – and stakeholders had earlier conveyed a meeting last week at the Bayero University, Kano State, where they looked into the 2016/2017 admission exercise.

READ ALSO: JAMB Re-Enables Admission Status Checking Portal For 2016 UTME Applicants | Check Yours Here

But as of Wednesday evening, the board had yet to upload the lists.

Speaking on the matter, the JAMB Head of Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, however, said that it would upload the lists before the end of the week.

This he said as he stressed that the board is still reconciling all the data forwarded to it by the various institutions to ensure that they respected the laid down procedures.

The JAMB spokesman also stated that the final lists of candidates seeking admission to the nation’s universities in the 2016/2017 academic session would not be known until November 14 when the board as well as other stakeholders would meet again to determine their fate.

READ ALSO: JAMB Unveils Portal For Admission Status | Check Yours Here

The meeting, according to Benjamin, will hold in Owerri, Imo State capital.

He, however, assured that the delay would not result in denying any eligible candidate admission, The Punch reports

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Nigerians Drag Tyrese Gibson Over Mark Zuckerberg Post

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American actor, Tyrese Gibson is facing the wrath of Nigerians after he made a comment that Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg came to Africa.

The former MTV VJ wrote on Instagram, Wednesday, August 31:

Some people think we’re human beings having a spiritual experience it’s the other way around – we’re spiritual beings having a human experience – Mark Zuckerberg randomly popped up in Nigeria, Africa and he’s there jogging hanging out and connected with our people – he looks so happy and I’m sure they’re doing a lot for his spirit and life – Sometimes you just have to run away to far places and find your balance………..

I’ve seen a few pics and I just love this so much…… Mark I felt the same the people of Africa are just amazing people and souls.

His words were met with scorn despite how good-intentioned it was when he clicked “post”.

Know your geography, Tyrese!

Those who criticized him included, oman5880 wrote, “@tyrese it’s not your fault u are ignorant of world geography.. afterall americans (sic) are the least educated in world politics n geography!Shioor! (sic) Get an education n stop being condescending..we are nigerian (sic) n proud!”

jnogbu also shared, “@tyrese Mark Zuckerberg is not in AFRICA for God’s sake. He is in NIGERIA DAMMIT. Africa is Continent with over 50 countries. You guys are just ridiculous. Smh (sic).”

Others such as oluwamidhe kept it safe with “Well Nigeria is in Africa so it’s safe to say he’s in Africa 👌.”

Tyrese isn’t so wrong. Mark Zuckerberg did come to Africa and just visited Nigeria as he’d also be visiting other African countries as well.

Plus, no one can argue that ‘everyone knows Nigeria is in Africa’ so he also passed a geographical knowledge for those who are ignorant of the location of the country.

Nigerians like to take everything with a spoon of spawn and they’d hold his statement to heart without considering the fact of the matter which is “Zuckerberg came to Nigeria”, a country in Africa.

Whether Tyrese mentioned Nigeria, Africa or Nigeria alone is besides the point.

Read: Mo Abudu Makes US Business Insider Magazine’s Top 100 Visionaries Alongside Bill Gate, Mark Zuckerberg And Starbucks’ Howard Schultz

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Nigerian Port Authority, NPA, Bans Inappropriate Dressings Among Airport Staff

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The Nigerian Airport Authority, NPA, has banned its staff from wearing trousers and mini skirts which it calls “inappropriate dressing” in all Nigerian airports. 

The internal memorandum is titled “DRESS CODE”, with reference number HQ/CR/AD/G.1/589. It is dated July, 27, was sent to all staffs informing them of the new decision.

The new dress code was issued less than a month after the newly appointed managing director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, took over the runnings at the headquarters in Lagos.

Usman told her colleagues to join her vision to make the airports a “model” agency, as soon as she assumed office.

She told them, “We will listen to our customers, importers, exporters and other agencies working in the Ports to improve on our service delivery to the nation, anything less than world-class services is simply not acceptable; attaining such heights is a mission to which I am certain we can all subscribe.”

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NPA bans wearing of trousers and skirts at its airports

Madailygist confirmed the letter was by Y.G Bukar, NPA’s general manager, Human Resources.

It read:

It has been observed that despite the issuance of a couple of circulars vide HQ/GMHR/CON/G.3/128 of 25th August, 2008 and HQ/CR/AD/G.1/3039 of 19th December, 2014 on corporate Dress Code, some employees still indulge in improper dressing to the office.

For the avoidance of doubt, it is hereby reiterated that inappropriate dressings such tight jeans trousers, cut-off trousers, mini-skirts/dresses, tummy and navel shirt transparent/exposing outfits, spaghetti strapped dresses, mismatched clothes, rubber slippers, tattered shoes and rough hairstyles, (to mention but a few) that are unnecessary distractions would no longer be condoned and will henceforth attract appropriate sanctions.

In view of the foregoing and to further maintain a positive corporate image of a reputable organisation, all divisional, departmental and sectional heads, especially heads of personnel are once again enjoined to ensure monitoring of compliance of employees dressings with emphasis on decent, moderate and smart national and formal English wears.

Read: Nigerians Named World ‘s Biggest Spenders On Heathrow Airport VIP Services

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Ckay Signs To Chocolate City Music

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Multi-talented artiste, producer and songwriter – Ckay, signs recording contract with Chocolate City Music. Ckay has shown off his skills in the recently released “Photocopy Series” which features Ruby Gyang, Epixode, M.I Abaga & Akanm D Boy.

The official unveiling of Ckay to Chocolate City Music was held on Monday, August, 29th, 2016 at the Chocolate City Music headquarters in Lagos. The label’s CEO, M.I Abaga made the announcement at the surprise party held for Ckay at the same venue.

Ckay who already has under his belt, production credits to the newly released “Give Them” by Koker, Ice Prince and Korede Bello’s “Chike”, Oritsefemi and Skales’ “Zangarewa” and both production and co-production credit on TICBN Vol 1 and Illegal Music 3, is now officially an artiste.

 

Watch clips of the unveiling Video below!

For bookings and general inquiries, please contact:

bookings@chocolatecitymusic.com
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Elections May Not Hold In Nigeria In 2019

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With about two and half years to the general elections, a former Chairman, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Chidi Odinkalu, has expressed pessimism that the poll may not hold in 2019, considering the level of preparation.

Speaking in Abuja at a town hall meeting and presentation of the findings of a post- 2015 elections research conducted by ActionAid Nigeria, the NHRC Chairman averred that if the elections go ahead without proper preparation, crisis and deaths may ensue.

READ ALSO: The Igbos: Why Are They Still Biafrans?

While crediting the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for recording some gains in the 2015 elections, Mr. Odinkalu said 2019 may be different.

His words: “Today, the executive has gone into lax mode; judiciary has become lawless; National Assembly is lacking in credibility; INEC is troubled; politicians have gone unruly. Government says it has no money to run the economy. Every element that made 2015 is currently missing.”

“There is absolutely no reason why the executive should allow the number of vacancies we have in INEC to be. By next month, INEC will have 28 vacancies among RECs (Resident Electoral Commissioners) and seven commissioners. The Executive is carrying on as if this normal. It isn’t.

“Citizens are carrying on like: ‘We will tweet it on social media’. We should do more than that, because our country is at stake. The way we are carrying on, 2015 is history; 2019 may not happen, if we don’t reset. We‘ve got to take our country very seriously. There will be no elections in 2019.

“I’m sorry to sound alarmist. But, continuing the way we are going, we will not be able to have elections in 2019. If it happens, there would be too many broken heads and dead people.”

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Chris Brown’s Accuser, Baylee Curran Is A Wanted Thief In New York

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Baylee Curran, who accused Chris Brown of pointing a gun at her gets exposed as a thief.

An ironic case of don’t throw stones if you live in a glass house, Ms Curran’s name is on a list of wanted criminals.

The 25-year-old stole a designer purse at an expensive hotel and is still wanted for grand larceny in New York.

In 2013 , Baylee was on vacation with some friends at The Plaza and an argument ensued between them.

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Chris Brown and Baylee Curran

According to TMZ, NYPD documents stated that:

Baylee snatched a $1,000 Louis Vuitton purse from one of the girls and ran out of the hotel.

The purse contained $200 in cash, as well as credit cards and a Michael Kors wallet.

Security chased Baylee, who allegedly dropped the purse but somehow fled with the contents.

The purse contained $200 in cash, as well as credit cards and a Michael Kors wallet.

Security chased Baylee, who allegedly dropped the purse but somehow fled with the contents.

By the time cops arrived Baylee was long gone.

Read: Chris Brown Faces 3-Years Prison Sentence Over Firearm Charge

Baylee Curran is a wanted woman

An I-Card warrant is out for her. This sort of warrant will enable NYPD officers automatically arrest Baylee Curran if she’s caught in the city.

This new discovery will help Chris Brown’s case seeing as she was thrown out of his house for admiring a diamond jewelry.

The spiteful woman then called the police with a claim Brown had threatened with a gun causing the Los Angeles Police to storm the singer’s house with choppers and a SWAT team.

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Baylee Curran as Miss California Regional

Read: Nick Young Wants Chris Brown Out Of Their Neighborhood

Brown led them on a long-hour wait as he refused to let them into his home without a warrant. They later got the warrant and he let them into his house.

New information into the case revealed he was arrested and charged with suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

Police said a bag containing drugs and a gun was found at his residence which he had allegedly thrown out through his window while he stalled the police.

Chris Brown was released with a $250,000 bail, Wednesday, August, 31 and is set to appear before a judge on September 20.

Mark Geragos, Chris’s attorney shared on Twitter, Wednesday, “Thanks to everyone for their support and well wishes. Chris is out and well. The allegations against him are demonstrably false #TeamBreezy”

Geragos added, “We are cooperating. There is no truth to it and we’re going to let it play out.”

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Apple Music Calls Off Chris Brown Deal After Firearm Charges

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Chris Brown just lost a very lucrative deal with Apple. 

Being a bad boy doesn’t pay and it seems with Chris, his acts are finally catching up to him.

Apple Music was having discussions to purchase the exclusive rights to his upcoming documentary, Welcome To My Life.

The company had set aside an $800,000 (N252,200,000) advance for the rights but Chris can bid farewell to the fund.

Chris revealed the documentary was his “redemption story” which would share details about his life and his famed assault on Rihanna in 2009.

Brown and Rihanna were dating at the time.

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Chris Brown’s Apple deal off the table

Perez Hilton, on Thursday, August 29, quoted an inside source as saying the deal was “taken off the table after the company found out he was caught up in another lawsuit for allegedly beating his manager Mike G.”

While no release date has been slated for his docustory, many seem to support Apple’s decision to quit negotiations with the singer.

Brown is being accused by his former manager, Mike G of assaulting him earlier this year.

The 27-years-old star is due to appear in court on November 29, for the assault charge.

Brown is also being investigated for threatening a woman with a gun at his residence in California, Tuesday, August 30.

Though his accuser’s story is yet to be verified.

Read: Nick Young Wants Chris Brown Out Of Their Neighborhood

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Don Jazzy Says Jidenna Is The Yankee Version Of Banky W

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Don Jazzy called Jidenna the “Yankee Banky” leaving Banky W at a loss for who he is.

Is he the #NaijaBanky?

Born Bankole Wellington, the singer shared on Instagram with a photograph of himself and the Nigerian/American singer, Jidenna.

Banky wrote, “@donjazzy says @Jidenna is #YankyBanky, what does that make me? 😐😂 Banky Doubliyou #JenifaVoice lol.”

@donjazzy says @Jidenna is #YankyBanky, what does that make me? 😐😂 Banky Doubliyou #JenifaVoice lol

A photo posted by Banky W. (@bankywellington) on Aug 31, 2016 at 1:31pm PDT

Banky W is one of the most eligible bachelors out there which is why he keeps being queried by fans about when he’d settle down.

In August, he wrote on his social media, “My fellow Bachelors & Bachelorette For too long we have been teased, harassed and tormented by Society with “When will you marry” and “when is your wedding” ?? It is getting out of hand. U don’t see us going around to old people asking them ” please when is your funeral”? These days, I can’t even post “Good morning” on social media, without someone saying “yes but it will be a better morning WHEN YOU MARRY!”

“By God’s grace we will get there.. we will settle down with the right person and live happily ever after. But until then, please leave us alone. Because the same people who are pressuring us and talking us into marriage, are the same people who will mock us and talk ABOUT us if the marriage ends quickly. If it’s party rice you people want, we will give you party rice. And peppered fish. And Ciroc to wash it all down. But leave us and our single status alone.”

Read: Banky W Celebrates 38th Wedding Anniversary Dinner For His Parents

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How Nigeria’s Naira Fared Against The US Dollar [Sept 1]

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The naira appreciated against the dollar at the interbank, on Wednesday, closing at N316.24 to the dollar, at the segment from N338.96 it traded on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

READ ALSO: Forex: CBN Licenses 11 New International Money Transfer Operators

While at the Bureau De Change (BDC), the naira exchanged at N413, N530, and N460 against the dollar, pound sterling and the Euro, respectively, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

READ ALSO: Naira Weakens To All-Time Low Against Dollar, Trades At 414/$1

However, at the parallel market, the local currency traded at N420, N535 and N461 against the dollar, Pound Sterling and the Euro, respectively.

This is against the N418, N531 and N461 to the dollar, pound sterling and Euro, it traded respectively at the parallel market on Tuesday.

READ ALSO: CBN Prohibits 9 Banks From All Forex Transactions

Traders said that scarcity of foreign exchange was still taking toll on the market.

Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, the President, Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), said the dollar rate at the parallel market was unacceptable.

“Evil forces at the market under the mask of speculators are profiting from the hike in the dollar rate.”

It would be recalled, in a bid to liberalise the Foreign Exchange Market, ensure liquidity and make foreign exchange more readily available to low end users, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) licensed more International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs) to operate in Nigeria.

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#DeadlineDay: EPL Spends £1.165 Billion On Transfer

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The EPL transfer window has seen a lot of expenses in recent years. Premier League clubs spent £155 million on Deadline Day, taking the overall transfer spending to £1.165 billion.

A total of £1.005 billion had already been spent by 8:30 on Wednesday, with last year’s record of £870 million smashed.

The 20 clubs in the English topflight have a record £5.1 billion Television deal to thank for the spending power, with 13 EPL clubs breaking their own transfer records.

List Of Biggest Fees Spent By EPL Clubs In 2016-17 Summer Transfer Window

List Of Biggest Fees Spent By EPL Clubs In 2016-17 Summer Transfer Window

Manchester City and Manchester United both spent £150 million in the window each.

United signed Paul Pogba after a lengthy transfer saga for a world-record £89m. With Mkhitaryan and Bailly also joining for a combined fee of around £30m.

Clubs Who Broke Their Transfer Records

Manchester United: Paul Pogba (£89m)
Bournemouth: Jordon Ibe (£15m)
Liverpool: Sadio Mane (£36m)
Sunderland: Didier N’Dong (£13.6m)
Crystal Palace: Christian Benteke (£32m) Hull: Ryan Mason (£13m)
West Ham: Andre Ayew (£20.5m)
West Brom: Nacer Chadli (£13m)
Leicester: Islam Slimani (£29m)
Watford: Roberto Pereyra (£13m)
Southampton: Sofiane Boufal (£16m) Burnley: Jeff Hendrick (£10.5m)
Swansea: Borja Baston (£15.5m)

City signed Leroy Sane for £37m from Schalke and also paid £47.5m for Everton’s John Stones. Both players are defenders.

Following a terrible season for Chelsea, new manager Antonio Conte was given enough spending power by Abrahimovich. The Blues spent £120m in a bid to make it back into the top four. With £34m spent on bringing back David Luiz to the club and another £33m spent on Belgium striker, Michy Batshuayi.

A number of players were also sent out on loan, as clubs fight for the top-four spot. Players who were seen as first choice players have also been sent out on loan. About £153m worth of talent, based on the fees paid for them, found temporary homes in this window.

Manchester City led, with keeper Joe Hart, midfielder Samir Nasri, striker Wilfried Bony and defender Eliaquim Mangala shipped out. They have a current estimated market value of about £62m.

Chelsea loaned out 38 players – five more than this time last season (no surprises here) . Midfielder Juan Cuadrado, who cost £23.3m, signed up to another season at Italian champions Juventus, and £6m-forward Lucas Piazon will spend his 2016-17 season at Fulham. It is the fifth club the Blues have loaned the 22-year-old out to.

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360Focus: Roll The Dice, Mr. Miyagi Is In Town

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Chocolate City’s soft-spoken butter kid, Dice Ailes is one artist that came on the scene with a very promising sound. Dice rolled onto the scene with Telephone. An easy pop single with a foreign sound.

The video that followed made it clear that Chocolate City had landed a golden egg. The Telephone video featured a retro look from the ’80s and was shot in an American suburban setting complete with a vintage Rolls Royce and colourfully dressed models.

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Telephone was a definite Afro pop single with a touch of American pop which was likely sourced from Dice Ailes’s Canadian background.

Dice who calls himself Mr. Miyagi (after Kesuke Miyagi in the movie Karate Kid) spent most of his early years in Canada, was born Shasha Damilola Alesh in Victoria Island, Lagos. His family moved to Canada in his teens where the music influence from the neighbouring United States where he is doing college, grew on him. He released his first single at the age of 15 featuring his uncle and continued to grow his skill right into college.

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Dice was a rapper with a couple of singles and college-wide recognition by the time he was first introduced to M.I. According to Dice, when M.I was played one of his singles, Yemisi, he immediately took Dice to then Chocolate City Music President, Audu Maikori and told him they had to sign Dice Ailes. Months later, Telephone was released.

Telephone and Dice Ailes’s music in general depicts an easygoing kid going through the motions of life, usually trying to woo a hot girl or enjoying life in general. Unlike some artists that come from affluent backgrounds yet try to sing of “the struggle”, Dice stays real by singing about what he is really about.

Dressed in a colourful yellow, blue and fuschia pink jacket, a brown hat, yellow gold high-topped kicks and golden grill, Dice looks easy going as he tells me about his aspiration in music.

“I just want to make great music that makes people happy”

The only child of a diplomat, Dice Ailes has had the opportunity to experience different cultures which has helped shape his sound into the unique form it is now.

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His next single, Oh No, had him switching to Hip Hop in a track full of braggadocio as he raps in front of a Maserati in a snowy background. The single is off the critically acclaimed TICBN compilation album that Chocolate City put out in 2015.

The Indestructible Choc Boi Nation was a 15 track compilation that featured all the 13 artist Choc City had at then

The Indestructible Choc Boi Nation was a 15 track compilation that featured all the 13 artist Choc City had at then

Dice next single, Machinery which seems to have been very well received was a total departure from his foreign infused style of Nigerian pop music. The single was plain Nigerian pop music as Dice encourages a lady to “dance like machinery”.

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Machinery was so popular that Headies Next Rated Winner, Reekado Banks covered the song, which only further increased its popularity.

Machinery with its widespread success begs the question of if Dice Ailes will move to pure contemporary sound or will aim for uniqueness in an industry full of copycats.

Koker with Dice Ailes. Both are relatively new Chocolate City signings recognized for being quite unique and the future of Nigerian music. Read about Koker here

Koker with Dice Ailes. Both are relatively new Chocolate City signings recognized for being quite unique and the future of Nigerian music. Read about Koker here

Snippets from interview with Koker by Stephen Amaza at the Chocolate City Office, Photographs by Dapo Salami.

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US Open: Milos Raonic Shocked In Second Round, As Djokovic Advances To Third Round

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Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic was shocked at the US Open, with the tennis pro eliminated in the second round.

The fifth seed Canadian struggled physically against Ryan Harrison as the 120th seed American qualifier won 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 7-5 6-1.

Milos was among the favorites to win the Slam, after reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open and the final of the Wimbledon, losing to Murray on both occasions.

However, the 25-year-old struggled to carry his bags by the time he left the court following defeat by Harrison.

“It was probably just nerves and stress, a mental sort of over-exuberance,” Raonic said.

“Cramping in the left arm, right forearm there towards the end of the third set, both quads, a little bit in the hip flexor on the left. It was just catching me all over.

“I couldn’t switch grips from one point to the next. There were a few points where I would hold the racquet with my left hand and trying to stretch out my right hand in between shots, and that’s not going to work.”

Top seed Novak Djokovic reached round three without hitting a ball as Jiri Vesely withdrew before their match.

The Czech, 23, said he was “very, very disappointed” to pull out with inflammation of his left forearm.

Defending champion Djokovic, who has been struggling with a wrist injury, gets three days off before facing Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny on Friday.

Former champion Marin Cilic and French seeds Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga progressed, with fourth seed Rafael Nadal to play Italy’s Andreas Seppi later on Wednesday.

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Buffon: Donnarumma Is My Heir

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Gianluigi Buffon has seen his replacement in the Italy national team in teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, but is not ready to vacate his spot with the Azzurri.

The 17-year-old who is AC Milan’s first choice goalkeeper, has been seen as Buffon’s international heir.

And the veteran goalie knows he has to compete with the youngster for the starting position, but he’s looking forward to a different era under Ventura.

“Donnarumma is a chosen one,” Buffon said. “There’s a new project, and we’re ready to make our quality available to the coach.

“When you feel you still have something to give then you’re ready for a new project.

“It’s important to be mentally ready for a match like France-Italy. This is the most difficult phase of World Cup qualifying in my career.

“We have the desire to cry again, but [cry] with joy.”

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Robson-Kanu Picks West Brom On #DeadlineDay

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Hal Robson-Kanu, Wales sensation at the Euro 2016, will be playing in the Premier League after signing for West Brom.

The former Reading striker scored two goals for Wales at the Euro 2016, before crashing out in the semifinal.

A host of EPL clubs were on high alert following his performances, especially after his contract with Reading expired last season.

And it is Tony Pulis’ West Brom who have won the race for his signature as the 27-year-old signed a two-year deal with option for a third at the Hawthorns on Wednesday.

“It was an important decision for me and my family and we took our time,” Robson-Kanu declared to the club’s official website.

“But it’s a fantastic club and manager and I’m really happy to be here.

“I’m particularly pleased to be back in the Premier League. I am grateful for everything that Reading have done for me and I enjoyed my time there.

“But it’s great to take this step.”

Robson-Kanu is an immediate replacement for Rickie Lambert, the England international signing for Cardiff City for two years after the clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.

“I am very excited to be here at Cardiff City.,” Lambert told Cardiff’s official website.

“The sooner I can get on the score-sheet and start helping my new club, the better. I’m used to being relied on to score goals.”

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#DeadlineDay: Sissoko Swaps Newcastle For Tottenham

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Tottenham has made its third signing of Deadline Day, with Moussa Sissoko joining on a five-year contract.

#DeadlineDay : Tottenham Complete Signing Of Espanyol Goalkeeper Pau Lopez

The 27-year-old had not hidden his desire to leave Newcastle following their relegation from the EPL.

And Tottenham, who had to fight off Everton to land the France international reportedly paid a fee in the region of £30 million.

#DeadlineDay : Georges-Kevin N’Koudou Completes Move To Tottenham

In a message to Tottenham fans, Sissoko said: “I’m happy to be here. I will give everything and I hope we can win a lot of games and titles.”

The midfielder has become the third new arrival at White Hart Lane on transfer deadline day, following the earlier signings of Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Pau Lopez.

Sissoko joined Newcastle from Toulouse in 2013 and scored 12 goals in over 130 appearances for the Toon in all competitions.

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