A 30-year-old Brazil-based Nigerian hairstylist has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) after attempting to smuggle cocaine into the country.
The suspect, Nnaji Juliet Ijeoma, was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on Friday.
Officials discovered that the suspect’s brassiere was filled with narcotics when screening passengers coming off a South African Airways flight. If the suspect had succeeded smuggling in the drug into Nigeria, she stood to reap the sum of N1 million from her sponsors.
The NDLEA commander at the Lagos Airport, Commander Ahmadu Garba said in a statement “A thirty year-old lady by name Nnaji Juliet Ijeoma was arrested on her way from Brazil following the discovery of 535 grammes of cocaine hidden inside her brassiere. The incident is being investigated and she will soon be charged to court.”
The suspect, a Diploma holder in Mass Communication, said in her statement that that she smuggled the drugs because she needed money.
Her statement read: “I work as a hair stylist in Brazil where l reside for the past two years. I studied mass communication but because of lack of job, I work as a hair stylist in Brazil. I was approached to smuggle cocaine to Nigeria and I accepted because of the money involved. I needed money for my personal problem. The drug was prepared inside brassiere and given to me to put on. I did not know how it was packaged. My role was to smuggle the drug to Nigeria and collect the sum of one million naira.”
The NDLEA boss added that efforts are ongoing to unmask other suspected members of the syndicate who are working with International Drug Trafficking Organisations in Brazil.
Nigezie has unveiled 4 Freedom Fest hosts for her 10th year anniversary concert set to hold on the 29th of October 2016. The 15hrs long Music festival would be hosted by Kunbi Black (NigezieTV OAP), Shody The TurnUp King, Dotun (Cool FM OAP) & Amb. Elajoe (Hiphop Legend)
The Freedom Fest concert is set to feature the best from the past and present music generation, cracking comedy, a special fashion show and many more exciting activities.
Among over 70 Music and Comedy acts already confirmed for the showpiece music concert are 9ice, Reminisce, Sound Sultan, Praiz, Sean Tizzle, Ycee, Orezi, Illbliss, Tjan, Koker, Pasuma Wonder, Obesere, Idris Abdulkareem, Niniola, Modenine, Ruggedman, Jaywon, Olu Maintain, Terry Tha Rapman, Pepenazi, Humblesmith, Terry Apala, Mayorkun, Dremo, Ras Kimono and a host of others.
Dj Jimmy Jatt, DJ Neptune and DJ Humility amongst other top class djs would be on deck to deliver high watts of top class music
Comedy performances by AY, Gbenga Adeyinka The First, Funnybone, Ushbebe Special Appearance by the king of comedy Alibaba and a host of others.
Save the date!
VENUE – Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Kaduna-Born Kannywood actress Rahama Sadau was banned from the Hausa film industry two weeks ago after she appeared in a romantic music video with Jos musician, ClassiQ.
Her appearance in the music video was said to be ‘immoral’ by the Hausa film industry as she was seen hugging and cuddling with the artiste.
When news of the ban broke, it was met with outrage and condemnation from social media and word got to US-based Nigerian film maker, Jeta Amata who together with International star Akon invited the actress to the set of their new film in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
Now, a Kano-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa, has suggested that the Kannywood star turn down the Hollywood invitation.
In an open letter addressed to Rahama on Facebook in Hausa, Sheikh Daurawa described the problem the actress had with Kanywood as trial from God to test her faith. He added that Islam agrees with people being told to mend their ways when they make a mistake. The cleric went on to suggest that marriage would be better for the actress.
As part of Sony Music Entertainment’s expansion across Africa, the label has announced an exclusive deal with Ycee of Tinny Entertainment, today in South Africa.
The unprecedented deal will see the rapper’s first E.P,’ The First Wave’ released under the Sony umbrella. With this move, Ycee joins the likes of Nigerian superstar Davido, as part of the Sony Music family.
Michael Ugwu, General Manager, Sony Music West Africa stated “I’m extremely proud to welcome Tinny Entertainment and the amazing talent that is Ycee to the Sony Music Entertainment West Africa family. I’ve watched this team grow over the past few years and I am amazed at how they have navigated the industry to reach this stage. Ycee is the future of Hip Hop in Africa and will be front and centre of SME West Africa’s strategy as we take Africa to the World.”
According to Arokodare ‘Tinny’ Timilehin, CEO Tinny Entertainment, “We are very excited about the future for both Ycee and Tinny Entertainment. This is a stamp of approval on all the hardwork we have put in through the years and an indication of even greater things to come” he added.
Expressing his excitement at the deal, Ycee posted on Instagram “Great things happening, alongside Tinny Entertainment, I’m so proud to become part of the Sony Music family!!” This weekend, Ycee who has been nominated in two categories; ‘Best Hip-hop’ and ‘Breakthrough Act’ will be performing at the MTV Africa Music Awards the MAMa’s.
Oludemilade Martin Alejo, popularly known by his stage name YCEE, is a Nigerian rapper and songwriter. He rose to limelight after one of his singles titled “Condo”, which features vocals from Patoranking, earned him two nominations at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. He was also nominated in the “Best Artist in African Pop” category at the 2015 All Africa Music Awards. YCEE is also nominated for Best Breakthrough Act & Best Hip Hop Act at this year’s MTV Africa Music Awards taking place in Johannesburg this weekend.
The Room President Buhari Really Needs Now, By Gimba Kakanda
At first, like every sane Nigerian, I took President Muhammadu Buhari’s response to his wife’s criticism of his government as a joke. And even agreed with Mallam Garba Shehu’s description of it as such on Twitter, that “(President Buhari) was obviously throwing a banter.” But the president’s unnecessary restatement of that misogynistic caricaturing of his wife in a subsequent interview, clarifying that indeed “she belongs in my kitchen, my living room and the other”, was devastating. And this was done as guest of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, a woman who manages a country more prosperous than his and ranks higher than him in the global political equation. Yet that wasn’t a clue to keep his patriarchy to himself.
This piece was written by Gimba Kakanda. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.
The tragic thing is, what Mrs. Buhari said wasn’t even damaging. It was an explicit praise of the president, which was why I endeavoured to understand her interviews on BBC in Hausa and then in English as a PR stunt developed to exonerate the husband. For what could be a more convenient inference from her claim that the government has been hijacked by strangers and opportunists? I even likened her guts to that of her fictional American counterpart, Mrs. Claire Underwood, reputed for audacious ambition and manipulation of events to secure her husband’s political capital. “House of Cards” fans will get this analogy.
For a president serially accused of nepotism and parochialism, Aisha’s interviews, in my initial interpretations, seemed like strategic PR for President Buhari. Her criticism only portrayed him as he once described himself, that he “belongs to everybody…” All the things she said, intended to be a criticism of her husband, only projected a favourable image of the man.
For a fact, Aisha wasn’t speaking for me, probably not for anyone outside her circle of partisan elite. She was speaking for those who deserved or expected rewards for supporting Buhari. The hunger addressed in the BBC interview isn’t really that of the masses, but that of a part of the Nigerian elite who aren’t eating as they had anticipated. So, following her logic, democracy is intended to be a grand house party for friends and family of the celebrant – the president.
Shouldn’t this have been explained by the president’s media managers as validation of the man’s famous declaration of belonging to nobody even though he belongs to all? Aisha Buhari’s argument could’ve been valid if she hadn’t based a point on Buhari inviting strangers and opportunists to his government. She painted her husband as naïve, and that his government has been hijacked. Before him was an opportunity to describe her outrage as a misunderstanding of his magnanimity.
Perhaps the president was not disturbed by the media backlash that trailed his initial degrading response to his wife because patriarchy is a way of life in his country, and expressions as his aren’t interpreted as wrong and unacceptable here. We shouldn’t be fooled, millions of us like this male-privileging social order, even if we can’t make the delusion of that grandeur public. Amongst ourselves, and deep within us, there’s a maddening patriarchal tendency obvious in our reactions when we see a car badly driven, a lady living alone, a lady over 30 who is unmarried, a lady heading a big public institution. Like all privileges, men see this patriarchy as birthright, something hard to unlearn. Like that racist who can’t imagine a world of all equal. And it would be foolish to praise the president for publicly shaming us all.
Buhari has goofed by degrading his wife in the eyes of the world, and he should apologise to her. But her outrage over his approach to governance was harmless. There’s nothing wrong with the president of Nigeria appointing citizens he didn’t know, or had never ever met, which seems to frighten his wife the most. That’s a partisan concern, not a national problem. If anything, we should commend the man for refusing to reward only those who supported him as expected by his wife and her ilk. It’s one thing to say Nigeria isn’t functioning as promised by the APC, it’s another to say it’s so as a result of existence of “strangers” and “opportunists” in the government.
As we await the next episode of the first family’s rumble, the president needs a retreat to reflect deeply on the legacy he intends to leave behind, and the impact of this politically incorrect example he advertised in his reaction to his wife. Buhari used to be a flawless model to some partisans, and their intellectual allies could have written the story of his struggles and named it “The Best President Nigeria Never Had” if he had lost the 2015 Presidential Elections. Today, he’s falling down the popularity bar, and the speed with which this is happening is the only motivation he needs to sit up. It’s likely he may not have company in the “other room” soon, so what he really needs is a space to reflect—a Reflection Room. May God save us from us!
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This piece was written by Gimba Kakanda and was first published on Premium Times. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.
The 71-year-old man was accused of duping the Church’s branch in Osun province of the sum of N1.6 million.
During court sitting, the Prosecutor, Mr. Taiwo Adegoke, told the Magistrate, Mrs Halimatu Bashiru, that the suspect committed the offence in February 2012 at Temidire Estate in Osogbo.
The prosecutor claimed the accused fraudulently obtained N1.6 million from Pastor Alade Samuel for a piece of fake land – claiming that the plot of land bought by the pastor for the Church from the accused person belonged to another person.
According to Adegoke, the offence contravened sections 419 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Code cap 34 vol.11 laws of Osun, 2003.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge, and his Counsel, Mrs Oketade Olufunke, prayed the court to grant bail to the accused with liberal terms.
Nigeria’s biggest football party, Merrybet Celebrity FC is back this December with its 3rd edition and this time around, it WILL be bigger and a lot more exciting.
In a press conference held at Club Rumours, Ikeja on the 19th of October 2016, the organizers of the event as well as some of the top executives of the betting company revealed that people should expect world-class musical performances, rib- cracking jokes and amazing football skill exhibition as Nigeria’s top celebrities will battle each other in support of their favorite football clubs!
Asides the detailed information given by the organisers, the press conference was also an avenue used to unveil the newest ambassadors for the betting company. Peter of Psquare, Falz and Orezi were unveiled as the newest ambassadors for Merrybet. Some of the headliners of the event were also present at the press conference.
Merry Bet Celebrity FC is an annual event that showcases celebrities engaging in some football challenges to prove to the audience and their fans that the team they support is the best.
The host for this year’s edition is the stunning Kiibati Bankole who will as usual play the role of the referee. Her co-host and assistant referee will be the rib cracking comedian Seyi Law.
Music artistes set to display their soccer skills include : Tuface Idibia, Olamide, Peter of P Square, Banky W, Timi Dakolo, Burna Boy, Falz, Humble Smith, Mayorkun and Eedris Abdulkareem. Comedians on the list include Gbenga Adeyinka, Funny Bone among others.
DATE : December 3rd 2016
VENUE : Oriental Hotel Ozumba Mbadiwe Street Victoria Island, Lagos
His re-arrest is coming barely days after the commission had ordered the detention of his wife; Mrs. Precious Fani-Kayode in Ado Ekiti.
On Monday, Mrs. Fani-Kayode, who was in Ado-Ekiti as a guest of Governor Ayodele Fayose, had gone to Access Bank branch in Ado Ekiti around 3pm for transactions when she was detained by officials of the bank acting on the orders of the EFCC.
In a statement issued on Monday night by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC blamed her attempt to withdraw money from an account which the agency had frozen for her arrest.
Emefiele, who was represented by the Deputy Governor; Corporate Services, Suleiman Barau, recalled that the YEDP was introduced by the Bank in March 2016 as part of efforts to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.
He noted that the programme was also to ensure that the creative energies of the over 64 million Nigerian youths are harnessed to stimulate growth, address restiveness and promote economic development.
He added: “To realize this objective, the Bank, in partnership with the NYSC and Heritage Bank, began the pilot seven months ago to inspire and harvest the entrepreneurial abilities of Nigerian youths towards creating over one million direct jobs by 2020”.
The CBN Governor also announced the commencement of the YEDP with other Deposit Money Banks such as Sterling Bank and Fidelity Bank in a bid to fast track the process of identifying budding young entrepreneurs and broaden the scope of the entire programme.
He said that the programme was open to 18 to 35 years-old serving corps members, graduates or artisans.
He added that “to overcome the bottleneck of collateral requirements for loans, the beneficiaries’ academic and NYSC certificates, third party guarantees and movable assets are allowed as acceptable collateral under the Programme.
“The programme has a revolving fund with target to create more than one million direct jobs.
“We encourage all Nigerian youths that are interested in being their own boss to apply online through the participating banks.”
Speaking on the occasion, the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, thanked the CBN for supporting efforts to empower the youths.
Also speaking, the Managing Director of Heritage Bank, Mr. Ifie Sekibo, said since the commencement of the programme, the Bank had worked assiduously with the CBN and the NYSC to develop guidelines and holistic risk management framework to protect its integrity and sustainability.
Sekibo, who spoke through Mrs. Mary Akpoborne, said from the 4,000 applications received, 1,200 were shortlisted and taken through at a 3-day Enterprise Development Training at selected NYSC Orientation camps across the six geo-political zones of the country.
Jonathan Mannion: The Legend Behind many iconic Hip-Hop Album Covers is in Lagos this October.
For two decades, JonathanMannion has been the photographer whose lens has defined hip-hop. From rappers, actors, athletes, artists, designers and other taste-makers, his eye is the most trusted by industry legends and those who seek to carefully craft their public persona and to truly connect with their enigmatic audience.
Anyone born in the ’80s, whoever marvelled at the cover of a hip-hop magazine or sat staring at their favorite rapper’s album cover has likely seen most of their musical heroes through Mannion’s lens.
For superstars like Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Lauryn Hill, Rick Ross,Eminem, Snoop Dog and countless others, Jonathan Mannion’s vision, consistency, and ability to innovate has made him the go-to image-maker for the most important projects of their careers.
In the history of hip-hop, no photographer has created more memorable images of the culture than Jonathan Mannion. Since he stepped onto the New York rap scene in 1993, the Cleveland native has produced iconic visuals that indelibly defined a generation of rap, R&B, and reggae artists.
Mannion’s first established himself as a cultural force through his work with the recording industry, documenting over twenty years of hip-hop music.
Early in his career, when many in mainstream media were dismissing rap music as a passing fad, Mannion was hustling to create the cover art for Jay-Z’s debut LP, Reasonable Doubt. It was the first of many iconic album covers with prominent MCs that quickly crowned Mannion as hip-hop’s premiere visual biographer.
Hennessy is excited to introduce Jonathan Mannion to Nigeria; projecting him as a perfect representation of a genre that has played an important role in the growth of the brand – Hip Hop.
This October, as part of the celebrations of Hennessy Artistry, the legendary photographer will be in Lagos to showcase some of his most iconic works!
“We are excited about bringing Jonathan Mannion to Nigeria. Both Hennessy and Jonathan have played a key role in the development and formation of the DNA of the Hip Hop Music & Culture. Art and Hip Hop Enthusiasts will be presented with an invaluable opportunity to explore some of Jonathan Mannion’s legendary body of work. For us, this is an initiative which remains true to Hennessy Artistry – celebrating Music, and in this case, rather creatively and hopefully, memorably” – Lere Awokoya, Brand Manager for Hennessy Nigeria.
The project being the first of its kind in Nigeria, is another initiative of HennessyArtistry as a continuous means of expressing its love for Music.
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About Hennessy Artistry
Launched in 2006, Hennessy Artistry focuses on celebrating music and discovering unrecognized new talent. In 2009 Hennessy Artistry was introduced to Nigeria and has engaged its Nigerian audience with series of activities that has propelled talented artistes to some of Nigeria’s stars today like M.I Abaga, D’Banj, Ice Prince, Tu Face, Banky W, WizKid, Nneka, Tiwa Savage, Praiz, Burna Boy. It has been celebrated by the most diverse musical influences, ranging from classical to jazz, funk, soul, Hip-Hop, R&B, pop amongst others in the world.
Atletico Madrid have managed to secure Belgium star Yannick Carrasco to a new contract expiring in 2022.
The 23-year old has been attracting the attention of European giants such as Barcelona and Chelsea, but has now committed his long term future to the club.
“We are [in talks to sign a new deal at Atletico Madrid]. I have a contract until 2020 but I wish to extend it to stay here longer,” Carrasco said last week while playing down reports linking him with a move to Chelsea. “It’s a lie [that I want to leave]. I have not spoken to anyone. I’m fine here at Atletico and I want to stay here.”
A deal has now been negotiated, with Carrasco set to remain in the Spanish capital for the time being.
“Yannick Carrasco has extended his contract with our club until 30 June 2022. The Belgium international signed his new contract, which increases his stay for two seasons more than the previous one, which finished in 2020,” the club confirmed in an official statement. “Carrasco came to our club last season from Monaco. The Belgian left midfielder played in a total of 43 official games in the 2015-16 campaign, playing 2,402 minutes and scoring five goals, one of them in the Champions League final. He also assisted his teammates for five goals.”
Kanye West isn’t all too happy with his mentor Jay-Z and he has let his feelings known.
During his Saint Pablo tour stop at Seattle on Wednesday night, Kanye took out time to deliver one of his iconic rants.
This one was directed at Jay-Z, and and he revealed how he’d given up an appearance with Drake because of Tidal’s competition with Apple Music.
He said: “I was not talking about Drake. And let me tell you something, there will never be a Watch the Throne 2. You know why? Because…I wasn’t on this song [final version of “Pop Style”] because of Hov. Because of Tidal Apple bullshit. And this shit be getting me tight every time I perform this motherfucker. So y’all didn’t get what y’all was supposed to get with me and Drake on this song, because of Tidal Apple bullshit. Every time I perform this song I think about this shit. I think about the politics and the bullshit. I think about how hard I go. For music. For art, for y’all, for the fans. And Hov, he don’t.”
He also expressed disappointment over the fact that Jay-Z never bothered to check up on his family after wife Kim got robbed in Paris.