Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Music executive, Irv Gotti reveals he pulled a gun on his daughter's boyfriend during sex talk


American music executive and creator of BET series Tales, Irving Domingo Lorenzo a.k.a Irv Gotti seems to be taking the baton from T.I after disclosing that he pulled a gun on his daughter's boyfriend during their talk about sex.

Gotti's comments were in response to T.I.'s recent admission of accompanying his daughter to the gynecologist to check her virginity.

The music executive who claimed to have a great relationship with his daughter's boyfriend, said he pulled the gun jokingly during their talk.

"It was funny because I pulled a gun out on him," Gotti said. "But I was only joking!.. I have a great relationship with her boyfriend."

He further revealed that he created a two-way dialogue that is filled with honesty when having "the talk" with his daughter, Angie.

"I keep it real with my kids. I don't lie to my kids. So I told her 'sex feels good,'" Gotti said. "But I was like 'Yo, just make sure it's respectful...' and I told her boyfriend 'Just always be respectful.'"

I Can't Act In A Movie Without Royalties In My Contract - Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde


Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, says the reason she has not been picking up roles in movies lately is because she cannot act in a movie where she will not get royalties in her contract.

Popularly known as Omosexy, she disclosed this in an interview on Rubbin Minds on Channels Television.

She also lamented that Nollywood industry is disorganised and lacks structure. She, however, added she is proud that alot of learned people are in the movie industry now and that the standard has increased.

“It is really hitting me, how disorganised my industry is and how much we have not done structurally. I know there are people who are very intelligent in this industry but somehow, we have not just coordinated ourselves. Individually, some of us are doing very well but as a body we are not.

“So I have decided to fall back. I am not doing movies for now because most times when I talk to producers, I tell them since I acted ‘Ije’ every movie I have acted had royalties in my contract. So if you are not going to put royalties in my contract, I am not going to do your movie. You don’t just pay me off and go.

“If I die tomorrow, let my children too have something to hold on to,” she said.

Also known as the ‘Queen of Film’ Omotola said it is irresponsible that actors will allow themselves to be used and dumped by producers.

“I think it is irresponsible that we are doing this or that we are allowing people to do this to us.”

When asked if actors demanding royalties is sustainable in Nigeria’s entertainment industry. She expressed confidence that, “It is very sustainable.”

The actress also hinted at her new initiative called Teffest which according to her will change the face of entertainment in the country.

Kim Kardashian Stuns On Red Carpet With Mum & Sisters


The People's Choice Awards was all about the Kardashians. The famous family stole the limelight - as always - as they posed up together on the red carpet.

Kim Kardashian stunned as she was joined by her sisters Khloe and Kourtney and their momager Kris Jenner.

The 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' stars grabbed all the attention as they posed up together at the awards bash, where Khloe was named Reality Star of the year.

T.I.'s daughter Deyjah Harris unfollows him on Instagram after hymen comments


T.I.'s daughter Deyjah Harris has unfollowed her dad and family on Instagram after he made comments about her hymen.

It comes after her rapper dad, 39, said he attends Deyjah's gynecologist appointments to make sure she's a virgin.

The star, 18, has yet to publicly address her dad's remarks as he bragged that he has ensured her hymen is still intact by meeting with her doctor after her annual check-up.

Deyjah recently liked a series of tweets calling his actions "disgusting", "possessive" and "controlling".

Adding fuel to the fire, she also tweeted: "I loveeeeeee yalllllll" and received huge support from her fans.

Lamar Odom gets engaged just four months into his new relationship


Lamar Odom has announced his engagement to his girlfriend Sabrina Parr, after just four months of dating.

The 40-year-old NBA star used to be married to Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Khloe, before they split three years ago.

He revealed the news on Instagram that he had proposed to 32-year-old Sabrina, along with a pic that showed off the huge diamond ring that he had bought her.

In the photo, Sabrina is seen with her arms around the basketball star, showing off her sparkler with Lamar captioning the pic: "Introducing my new fiancé!! Soon to be Mrs. Parr-Odom. She the ONE!!!!”

Sabrina, who is a health and life coach was just as ecstatic to share her big news.

She declared on Instagram: "I SAID YES!!!!!”

Queen seen riding horse in Windsor Castle at 93 the day after tears for war dead


The Queen went on a quiet horse ride yesterday after shedding a tear for the war dead on Remembrance Sunday.

The monarch, 93, was pictured riding her black horse through the serene autumnal grounds of Windsor Castle.

She trotted through the fallen leaves alongside her head groom Terry Pendry - and appeared to be in a sombre mood.

The head of state wiped away a tear during the two minute silence for the war dead at 11am on Sunday.

She wore riding gloves, a white scarf, a blue coat and black sunglasses on her ride yesterday.

The Queen is known to be a passionate equestrian and has won 534 of the 3,205 races her horses have taken part in.

She joined senior royals and politicians to honour the war dead on Remembrance Sunday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour's Jeremy Corbyn attended the service at the Cenotaph memorial on Whitehall in London, as well as Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle .

Thousands joined cabinet ministers, religious leaders and representatives of Commonwealth nations, as well as hundreds of armed forces personnel to pay their respects.

Ronaldo risked two-year ban for storming out of stadium


Retired footballer Antonio Cassano has declared that Cristiano Ronaldo risked a two-year ban after he left Juventus' stadium early during their 1-0 win against AC Milan.

The former Real Madrid forward was left furious after being hauled off in the 55th minute against the Rossoneri, with the player alleged to have exited the ground in the 87th minute.

Ronaldo, 34, is claimed to have told boss Maurizio Sarri to "go away" before storming down the tunnel after being withdrawn from play for the second match running.

But the ex-Chelsea boss had the last laugh as his replacement Paulo Dybala came off the bench to net the winner.

Things could have ended worse for Ronaldo, with former Milan and Roma striker Cassano revealing he was involved in a similar situation, and was urged to return to the stadium.

Actress Osas Ighodaro puts her banging body on display


Nollywood actress Osas Ighodaro put her curvaceous body on display while posing in a green strapless bodycon dress.



Meghan and Harry to 'skip Christmas with the Queen and spend it with Duchess's mum'


Prince Harry and Meghan may not come back to the UK for Christmas - deciding instead to spend it in America with Meghan’s mum instead.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are heading to California to spend time with Doria Ragland, with Remembrance Sunday thought to be their last joint public engagement.

The trip will come as part of a six-week break away from royal duties to allow the couple and their six month old son Archie to spend some “much-needed” family time together.

Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and their three children are expected at Sandringham after spending 1st Christmas with Kate's family.

If Harry and Meghan were to stay away it would suggest the rift with his brother he confirmed last month in a TV documentary is no further to being healed.

Monday, 11 November 2019

A Film On Nigerian Sex Workers Disqualified From Oscars Because Of Too Much English



The Academy of Motion Pictures has rejected a second entry for next year's Oscar award for Best International Film.

The Austrian movie, Joy, is about Nigerian sex-workers in Vienna, but the Academy says it has too much dialogue in English.

Last week it turned down Nigeria's own submission, Lionheart, for the same reason.

The rejections come in the year when the Academy re-named the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar award to Best International Film for "films that are not in the English language".

News about the film's disqualification was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter website, which said the Academy found that two-thirds of the dialogue in Joy was in English.

"As we do every year, the Academy is in the process of reviewing the films submitted for the International Feature Film category to determine whether they meet our eligibility rules. The film Joy, submitted by Austria, was just reviewed and is ineligible because only 33% of the dialogue is non-English," a statement from the Academy says.

The movie was written and directed by Austrian filmmaker Sudabeh Mortezai.

Renowned film director Ava DuVernay has faulted the Academy's decision:

Saudi Arabia To Host 2020 Spanish Super Cup


The Spanish Super Cup tournament will be played in Saudi Arabia in January 2020, the national football association (RFEF) said on Monday.

The four-team event features Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Valencia at the 62,000-capacity King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah.

Spanish newspaper ABC said the federation would earn between £29-£34m a year from the three-year deal.

But a government official and La Liga have criticised the move.

Spain's acting junior minister for sport, Maria Jose Rienda, said the government would not support holding the competition "in countries where women's rights are not respected".

Human rights organisation Amnesty International has highlighted the country's "abysmal" human rights record. Heavy restrictions on freedom of expression and women's rights have been raised, as has the use of the death penalty for offences not recognised as crimes under international law.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has sought to stage sporting and entertainment events in a bid to attract visitors and move away from its oil-dependent economy.

A ban on women attending football matches in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom was lifted in 2017 as part of a wider easing of social restrictions championed by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Under his rule, the kingdom has lifted a ban on women driving, eased rules on gender segregation and women's dress code.

Some barriers remain and several women activists have been put on trial, although RFEF president Luis Rubiales said he could guarantee no restrictions would be placed on women attending the matches.

An RFEF statement said the tournament would "ease fixture congestion" and allow clubs "to be able to better plan their pre-seasons".

"The internationalisation of the competition will increase its value and contribute to raising our visibility and improving our image ahead of our bid to host the 2030 World Cup," added RFEF.

However, in September, former Spain women's international Veronica Boquete heavily criticised the decision, saying it represented "the victory of money and business above sport, above everything else".

The tournament features the previous season's top two teams in La Liga, as well as the winners and runners-up of the Copa del Rey, or the teams finishing third and fourth in La Liga.

Barcelona will face Atletico Madrid and Valencia will take on Real Madrid in the revamped tournament between 8-12 January, with the two winners meeting in a final.

La Liga's president Javier Tebas opposed the RFEF's choice of host, saying channel beoutQ carried pirated broadcasts in Saudi Arabia of global sports events, including Spanish football.

Italy's Supercoppa Italiana was held in Saudi Arabia in January with Juventus beating AC Milan 1-0, and Juventus will face Lazio in Riyadh on 22 December.

INEC Restricts Military Participation In Bayelsa, Kogi Gov Elections To Patrol



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said that the military would not be involved at the polling boot security, except on the invitation of the lead security agency, the Nigeria Police.
Consequently, said the commission, the military would only patrol as a standby force in case of trouble beyond the control of the internal security forces.
The commission clarified that the Nigeria Navy and the Nigeria Air Force have been selected for a special duty of airlifting sensitive electoral materials and protection of the INEC staff in Bayelsa State, but ruled out their presence of the Nigeria army completely within the polling areas.
INEC said that the Nigeria Police shall be in charge of all security issues during the two elections on November 16.
The position of INEC was disclosed to THISDAY by the INEC National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education, Mr. Festus Okoye.
When asked whether the military would be involved during the two governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States, he said no, emphatically.
Later he sent a written position of the commission titled: “The Army and Bayelsa and Kogi Governorship Elections” to THISDAY.
The document says: “The Nigerian Police is the Lead Agency coordinating election security operations.
“The Nigerian Police Force and other security agencies have presented their deployment template to the Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security Co-Chaired by the Chairman of INEC and the National Security Adviser and it has been adopted and approved.
“A rainbow coalition of unarmed security personnel will be deployed in the inner cordon of the polling units. Armed Mobile Police Officers will patrol the outer cordon of the polling units while a combined team of armed security personnel will protect critical national assets, the Registration Area Centers, INEC offices at the Local Governments and INEC State Offices.
“In accordance with section 29(3) of the Electoral Act, 2010(as amended), the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) has requested the assistance of the Nigerian Navy to assist with gunboat’s to protect electoral officials and personnel on the high seas especially in the riverine areas of Bayelsa State.
“The Nigerian Air Force will also assist in airlifting electoral materials for the commission to far distances and difficult topography.
“However, it is within the remit of the lead agency on election security to request for further assistance of other security agencies based on its assessment of the security situation in each state of the federation.
“Let me point out that election security operations must be separated from existing deployment of the Nigerian military for internal security operations in some states of the federation. It is a matter of common knowledge that in some states, the Nigerian military are permanently deployed for internal security operations.
“The commission has absolutely nothing to do with the internal security duties and operations of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
“The main political forces in the two states have a duty, a responsibility and obligation to create a serene ambience that enables duly registered and willing voters to cast their votes with dignity and civility. Heightened tension, threats of breakdown of law and order, unwholesome electoral practices and negative narratives will cast a dark shadow on the elections and disengage the voters from the electoral process.”

Miley Cyrus 'has vocal cord surgery and will require several weeks of silence'


Miley Cyrus has undergone surgery on her vocal cords and will have to remain silent for weeks. The 26-year-old was hospitalised last month with tonsillitis but was forced to return to hospital this week.

People magazine reported the Wrecking Ball singer has 'now left the hospital' after undergoing surgery.

A source told the site: "When Cyrus was hospitalised for tonsillitis last month, she discovered a separate issue with her vocal cords, which she had unknowingly had for years.

"After learning of the issue, Cyrus was told she would need to have surgery before the end of the year, and that the recovery process would include several weeks of silence."

Dybala's goal send Juventus to the top of Serie A table


Cristiano Ronaldo was substituted for the second straight game as replacement Paulo Dybala scored the winner against AC Milan to return Juventus to the top of Serie A.

Coach Maurizio Sarri made the change after 55 minutes, with Dybala's goal moving Juve above Inter Milan.

Ronaldo, 34, has now been substituted as many times in two games as he was during the whole of last season.

Juve struggled at times, with Wojciech Szczesny making several good saves.

Dybala had replaced Ronaldo with eight minutes remaining in Juve's 2-1 win over Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League last Wednesday.

Szczesny was kept busy and forced to make important stops to deny Milan's Krzysztof Piatek, Lucas Paqueta and Theo Hernandez.

Gonzalo Higuain went close for Juve, and Dybala could have doubled his tally late on in the game.

Juve remain unbeaten, and are one point ahead of Inter, while Milan are in 14th place.

Mum hits back at Instagram followers who shamed her for posting a bikini photo


When you become a parent, it suddenly seems like everyone has an opinion on how you raise your child.

But they also have views on other parts of your life and aren't afraid to voice them - no matter whether it's their place to do so or not.

One mum was recently criticised for a photo she posted to her Instagram, as people didn't think it was appropriate content for a mother to share.

Sia Cooper, an American fitness blogger who posts under the name @diaryofafitmommyofficial, shared a snap of herself in a bikini while on holiday.

The 30-year-old mum-of-two uploaded an image showing her stood on a boardwalk in the Bahamas, wearing a bikini, looking out over the sparkling blue sea.

In the caption she revealed the photo had been taken back in June but she had been nervous to post it as you could see cellulite on the back of her legs.

Ultimately she decided to put it out there to help her followers feel "empowered".

But the photo was met with backlash from some.

One comment in particular really bothered Cooper.

It read: "To show your gains you don't have to show your behind like that, you are a mother, think about what your children see your behind in your posts in the future."

The user went on to say they would be unfollowing the mum because of it.

But Cooper wasn't here for the shaming and hit back in another post featuring another bikini picture.

She wrote: "The other day, I had posted a photo of myself in this very same bikini and was told to cover up... because I am a mother. Cue the mom-shaming.

"Since when were moms supposed to hide their bodies? Since when were mothers no longer allowed to feel sexy? How do you think babies even got here in the first place?

"She went on to say that I should think about what my kids will think of my behind some day. You know what? I want my kids to see a mother who is body positive. I want my kids to see a mother who is comfortable in her own skin. Plus, they love my butt and use it as a bongo when I'm cooking dinner or awkwardly standing in line at the grocery store."

She added: "There is no rule out there that states you can't rock a bikini just because you pushed a baby out of your vagina at some point in your life. In fact, that should make you worthy of one and so much more.

"I grew up with a mom who hated her body. In fact she also made me hate mine by nitpicking it apart and pointing out every time it looked like I had gained weight.

"I fought like hell to finally love myself and it wasn't until a few years ago that I started wearing shorts again in public. I would've given anything to have a body positive mama and I make sure that my kids see and feel this positivity everyday."

Cooper went on to encourage her fellow mums to put on their bikinis and to stay true to themselves.

Man Utd legend Ryan Giggs dating DJ Helen Stelling Holt


Ryan Giggs is reportedly dating a DJ and model who is 15 years his junior.

The Manchester United legend is rumoured to be seeing Helen Stelling Holt, who is already well known on the 'Cheshire circuit'.

Giggs, 45, is said to now be closed to Helen, who regularly plays music at Old Trafford at corporate events held at the stadium.

There was said to be speculation about their relationship at Rio Ferdinand's wedding in September, when his former United team-mate tied the knot with former TOWIE star Kate Wright.

Helen has nearly 10,000 followers on Instagram , where she often shares pictures from her part-time modelling.

By trade, she is a relationship manager for the Menagerie Restaurant in Manchester - a venue well-known and popular with celebrities in the north of England.

It is claimed that Giggs, the current Wales manager, has been there with her in recent weeks.

Helen was a guest in a corporate box at Manchester United's match with Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League last Thursday night and has been present at matches numerous times this season.

A source told The Sun: “Helen is a well-known face on the Cheshire circuit, and is very popular.

“She’s a lovely girl and, like Ryan, really into her fitness. She regularly works out in the gym and has an amazing body.

“They have a few pals in common and grew close after bumping into one another at a couple of events.

“It’s early days but they enjoy each other’s company, and have become the talk of the WAGS.”

News of Giggs' latest relationship comes two years after his divorce from wife Stacey, who is the mother of his two children.

Giggs split with Stacey in 2016 after Giggs had an affair with his brother's wife Imogen Thomas.

Netflix accused of suggesting Queen may have had a fling with horse racing boss


Netflix has been accused of muck-raking in the new series of The Crown for suggesting that the Queen may have had a fling with Lord Porchester, her horse racing manager.

Dickie Arbiter, her former press secretary said over the weekend: “This is very distasteful and totally unfounded.

“The Queen is the last person in the world to have ever considered looking at another man.

“Not only is this muck raking, this is gossip that’s been washing around for decades. It’s got absolutely no substance.”

In the third series of the Crown, to be released by Netflix next Sunday, the Queen played by Olivia Colman is shown to have a close relationship with the man she affectionately calls Porchie.

In one hour-long episode she spends a month visiting stud farms in France and America accompanied by Porchie.

In the drama, Prince Philip is suspicious and grills her when she returns to Buckingham Palace.

Irritated by Philip’s attitude the Queen snaps: “If you have something to say say it now, otherwise if you don’t mind, I’m busy.”

Philip, played by Tobias Menzies starts to walk away but the scene ends with him returning to the Queen and then kissing her.

The Queen remained close to Porchie until his death in 2001. There has never been any evidence that they were more than friends.

Mr Arbiter, 79, said Peter Morgan, the writer of The Crown, has a habit of “beefing up” his scripts and is concerned that “people will take whatever he writes as sacrosanct”.

Arbiter added: “The Crown is fiction. No-one knows any conversation between memberts of the Royal Family but people will tell the story they want to and sensationalise it.”

Halle Berry finally achieves her six-pack abs


Halle Berry is in the best shape of her life at 53.

The Oscar winner lifted up her shirt to reveal a set of rock-solid abs in a new Instagram post.

The mother-of-two has been working hard to get in shape for her new project Bruised, a MMA film she is both directing and starring in.


Berry captioned the Instagram photo: 'Happy #FitnessFriday, everyone! There’s no better feeling than setting a goal and smashing it.

She went on to push her followers to follow suit and focus on their ambitions, too.

'One of my goals for #BruisedTheMovie? Ripped Abs - and today? I finally got them, and it feels unbelievable! This #FitnessFriday, I encourage you guys to set your bar.

'What is your fitness goal? Set the BAR higher than you think, share your goal in the comments and HOLD yourself to it. The work won’t be easy, but that pay off? Worth every damn second.'

Berry then invited her 5.7M followers to check out her Instagram Story for a glimpse at her routine curated by performance coach Bar Malik.

The Instagram Story includes a showcase of a vitamin D-enriched drink Berry has come to rely on as well as some shots of her killing it on the kettle bells.

'I Hardly Repeat Clothes' - Actress Anita Joseph Says


Curvaceous Nollywood actress, Anita Joseph rocked a beautiful Native outfit to an event and made a revelation.

She wrote

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Men Do Not Run Away From Me So Allow Me To Enjoy The Fruits Of My Labor- Delay


The ever-controversial Deloris Frimpong Manso has debunked rumors that she said any man who gets close to her ends up running away with their tail between their thighs.

According to Delay, she did not say that anywhere on this earth and that rumor is just aimed to dent her hard-earned reputation.

“I will mostly not respond to such stories but my friends keep sending this link to me and I find it rather shocking that any human being will sit at home and create such fake news just for traction. I haven’t said this anywhere, I am not experiencing what this story is intimating. Kindly let me enjoy the fruit of my labor in peace. My reality is different from all the speculations. I can promise you this.” (SIC).

The post has since been removed, perhaps because of the mistakes in it but the message was quite clear.

Michy Says She’ll Hold An Event To Celebrate One Year of ‘Freedom’ From Shatta Wale


Dating Shatta Wale was a whole hell on its own, to the extent that Shatta Michy claims when escaping she had to leave with almost no clothes on her.

When describing how she left Wale, you would think she was talking about escaping a prison rather than a relationship.

Speaking with Becky on Joy News, she said because of how she’s suffered, she’s going to celebrate her one year of freedom from Shatta Wale.

She said on January 5 next year, she would celebrate ‘one year of freedom’.

“I’ve learned things the hard way, I’m not bitter, I’m the happiest girl at this point in my life, I don’t have everything I want, I have everything I need and I’m grateful to God for that,” she said.


Pep Guardiola 'does not know' if Man City can catch Liverpool


Pep Guardiola said he "does not know" if his Manchester City side can overcome a nine-point deficit and catch leaders Liverpool in the Premier League title race.

City are aiming to become the first side since Manchester United in 2009 to win three consecutive titles but now sit fourth in the Premier League.

"I am not a magician; I don't know the future," Guardiola said.

"We have Chelsea at home next. We will try to beat them."

City are now in a not dissimilar position to last term, when the Reds opened up a 10-point lead over Guardiola's side after 20 games, although at that stage Liverpool had played one match more.

However, City then went on a remarkable run, dropping just three points in their remaining 18 games, which included a victory over the Reds at Etihad Stadium.

The pivotal moment in that game came via a dramatic goalline clearance by John Stones.

But City were on the wrong side of a match-defining moment on this occasion when they were convinced they should have been awarded a penalty for a Trent Alexander-Arnold handball moments before Fabinho struck the opening goal.

Guardiola appeared visibly upset by the decision to allow the goal, suggesting any questions about it should be put to Mike Riley, general manager of Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the body responsible for referees in English professional football.

The City manager offered no comment on the incident beyond saying: "Ask Mike Riley and his people please."

He added: "Congratulations to Liverpool, they scored three, we got one but I'm so proud of my team, few teams can come here and play the way we did.

"We started incredibly well, we showed incredible bravery, they are the champions of Europe and it is the most difficult stadium in the world. We played like back-to-back champions.

"We cannot deny how good Liverpool are but the way we played, the personality, it was good."

incredible" and "really wild", even if Fabinho's opener met with a muted response from the German.

"The problem was the VAR. I saw the discussions before the first goal and I was just waiting," Klopp said.

"It is not the same any more but it is no problem. I can celebrate tonight. It was so tough to play, the intensity of the game was so clear. It was all worth it, really great."

Headers from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane put Liverpool in control before Bernardo Silva pulled a goal back for the champions.

But it was not enough to prevent Liverpool from enhancing their prospects of a first domestic title for 30 years.

Only Manchester United (nine points in 1993-94) have enjoyed a bigger advantage at this stage of a Premier League season, with Klopp's side now eight points clear of Leicester and Chelsea at the top.

But despite that margin, Klopp played down its significance, with his squad now facing a busy run of fixtures between 23 November and 2 January.

"It's not important," he added. "Who wants to be first in early November? It's important to be top in May.

"Each point we have we need to go through the most intense period ever."

Documentary on Nigeria’s most fatal pipeline explosion, premieres this week at AFRIFF


On November 13th, award-winning journalist Eromo Egbejule’s directorial debut Jesse: The Funeral That Never Ended premieres at the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in Lagos. The documentary film is the previously untold and emotionally gripping story of another community in the oil-rich Niger Delta whose gift became a curse.

Twenty-one years ago, a massive leak pipeline passing through the community, connecting the south and north of Nigeria, triggered an explosion that ultimately resulted in the death of at least one thousand people, with hundreds more undocumented and tens of survivors with ghastly scars. Jesse: The Funeral That Never Ended, the rehashing of that tragic story as it happened in 1998, is produced by Arit Okpo, the host of CNN African Voices Changemakers.
“The documentary is the resurrection of an impeccably tragic story of a people who were hemmed in all sides by what should have been a blessing for them”, says Egbejule. “With all the stories coming from the Niger Delta, it was important for us to tell this one lest they stay forgotten and become drops in the ocean.”
It captures the crucial moments before and after the pipeline exploded, through the eyewitness accounts of survivors of the longlasting inferno, relatives of the dead, first responders at the scene and community leaders.
Narrated by Singto Saro-Wiwa whose father, the playwright and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged this month in 1995 by the Sani Abacha regime for his fervent criticism of the region’s exploitation, it also includes interviews with Nnimmo Bassey and the late Oronto Douglas, two contemporaries of the elder Saro-Wiwa.
The film threads the environmental degradation of the Niger Delta, the evolution of its people into collateral damage to continue the conversation on the region’s bittersweet relationship with crude oil. In Okpo’s words, “the story of Jesse is the story of the Niger-Delta; a people for whom a gift has become a tragedy, a story of lives changed forever and of scars that exist long after the rest of the world has moved on.”

PRODUCER
Arit Okpo is a TV presenter, documentary filmmaker, and voice-over talent. She is the Host of CNN African Voices Changmakers, where she tells the stories of Changemakers across the African continent. She is also the host of Untold Facts, a web talk show exploring the perspectives and experiences of LGBT people in Nigeria.

Arit produced and presented the current affairs show The Crunch and Nigerian politics show
Naija Politics for Ebonylife TV.  She was Producer and Interviewer for a mini-documentary on Grammy nominee Seun Kuti as part of the United Nations African Allies Series. She has also produced mini-documentaries showing the work of the Obudu Conservation Centre and the British Council’s Creative

Enterprise Program.
Arit was the voice talent for Swallow – a documentary on food security in Nigeria produced by the Yar Adua Foundation as well as for Marked – a documentary on scarification produced by Naila Media. She hosts corporate events within and outside Nigeria and is an experienced panel moderator. She explores cultural relationships and interactions around identity, gender, and sexuality and is committed to telling stories from a human, nuanced perspective.

DIRECTOR
Eromo Egbejule is a journalist who covers mostly conflict, politics, culture and human identity with a historical lens across West and Central Africa. His writing and photography have appeared everywhere including The Guardian (UK), Al-Jazeera, Washington Post, Telegraph, Financial Times, Times of London, The Atlantic, The Africa Report, Thomson Reuters Foundation, and others.
He has covered among other things the Boko Haram insurgency in northeastern Nigeria, gender violence and flooding in Sierra Leone, immigration in Guinea, the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon, Ebola epidemic in Liberia, landslides in Sierra Leone, pastoralist crisis across the Sahel, Sino-African investment in Djibouti as well as sustainability in the Peruvian Amazon. A 2016 CNN Multichoice Journalism Awards nominee, he is currently a Dag Hammarskjöld Fellow at the UN HQ in New York.
In 2017, Egbejule was a visiting lecturer and researcher at Malmö University, Sweden. Jesse: The Funeral That Never Ended is his debut film.

Socialite Amber Ray allegedly dating singer Akothee’s ex boyfriend!!!


Amber Ray is not your average next door girlfriend and the lass has proven this severally thanks to her don’t care attitude.

Well, this past weekend the renowned socialite Amber Ray left many men heart broken after ‘confirming’ that she was now involved with singer Brown Mauzo – who is also rumored to have been romantically involved with Akothee back in the day.

The two love birds apparently spent some quality time this past weekend as they celebrated Amber Ray’s birthday with only close friends.

Judging from the posts shared by Brown Mauzo himself, it’s evident to see that the two no longer want to keep their affair on the low as he went on to confess how much he loves his new lady. Through his Instagram page, the singer went on to share a series of photos which he captioned;

'Love you like a fat kid loves Cake
@iam_amberay
#MrLoverMan
#mauzoclassic'

This comes a few weeks after word had it that she may have been the reason behind Otile Brown and Nabbi’s breakup.

It was alleged that the steamy photos between the two pushed the Ethiopian beauty to walk out since it appeared that Otile Brown was not ready to settle down.

Anyway, we cannot confirm nor deny how true the rumors were…but as for Brown Mauzo, we can clearly say that the lass swept him off his feet!




Fabinho, Salah And Mane Score As Liverpool Thrash Manchester City At Anfield


Liverpool struck a potentially decisive blow in the Premier League title race as victory over reigning champions Manchester City at Anfield opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the table.

The confrontation between the two domestic superpowers had been billed as a defining moment in Liverpool's 30-year quest to land the title - and this outcome leaves them with a commanding advantage over Leicester City in second place.

Liverpool took the lead after only six minutes when Fabinho flashed a 25-yard drive past keeper Claudio Bravo, deputising for injured Ederson, the goal given after a video assistant referee check for handball against Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Manchester City were threatening in possession but Jürgen Klopp's team are ruthless in attack, as proved when Mohamed Salah doubled their lead six minutes later, heading in at the far post from Andrew Robertson's superb cross.

Raheem Sterling missed a headed chance and Sergio Agüero saw a shot deflected on to the post as City tried to find a foothold but it was all over six minutes after the break when Jordan Henderson's pinpoint delivery lured Bravo into a critical moment of hesitation and Sadio Mané headed in.

Bernardo Silva pulled one back with 12 minutes left but it was too late for City, who will rue not making the most of their plentiful possession and opportunities as they now lie nine points off the top in fourth place.

Guardiola was fuming at the final whistle, appearing to thank referee Michael Oliver sarcastically before leaving the pitch, shortly after being enraged when another penalty claim against Alexander-Arnold was waved away.

Liverpool, meanwhile, celebrated a victory that gives them a real hold at the Premier League summit.

The manner in which Klopp and Anfield celebrated this victory said everything about its magnitude - if self-belief was not surging through them before, then it surely is now after last season's champions were overcome.

A huge roar went up from the Kop as Liverpool's players gathered in front of it after the final whistle. Such is their form this season, with 11 wins from 12 league games, that it is surely their title to lose now. This is a team who have lost one of their past 51 league games - where will the numerous slips needed for them to lose this lead come from?

Sunday, 10 November 2019

US-Based Nigerian Man Narrates How He Adopted A Baby Abandoned By Her Dad

 A Nigerian man based in Missouri, United States has gotten many on social media emotional after he narrated how he adopt a little girl who was abandoned by her father.

Narrating the story on popular micro-blogging platform, the man simply identified as Olatunbosun tells how he met the mother of girl who he met 3 years ago.

Olatunbosun also narrates how the baby girl who would never allow anyone to carry her allowed him to do so with ease.

He also shared how he tried in vain to get the father to be in the baby's life before he later abandoned the girl finally before he (Olatunbosun) later choose to adopt her.

Read his full story below;

“I met a lady 3 years ago, and she told me she had a 7 month old baby. She explained she was a single mother, and asked if it was a problem. I said “NO”. I asked about her daughter one day.

“She made it clear that she needed to see how serious I was about the relationship. 2 months later, she invited me to her house to meet the baby. She explained how clingy her daughter was and that she never let anyone pick her up. I was just excited to meet her.

“She was adorable. She said “she won’t even go to anyone in my family! She just wants her mama. So, don’t get offended if she refuses to say hi, or cries when she sees you.”

“I was like OKK. Around 10 pm, I got to her place and exchanged pleasantries with her family. I whispered “where is she?”.

“She answered “come with me”. The little girl was sitting by herself with her toys in her moms room. I sat down, and smiled to her. About 10 mins later, she started getting fussy,
and her mom said “I think she is ready to sleep”.

“She was about to pick her up. I said “wait!.
Let me try!” I stretched my arms towards her, and miraculously, she stood, and came to me. We were shocked! Her mom ran to the living room to get her siblings.

“They came and yelled “what the Bleep?! Dude! Where did you come from!” I sang to her and she fell asleep within 5 mins.

“Her mom called me the next morning, and said she showed her baby a picture of me. She gave a big smile. Sometimes, I would call her mom to bring her over so I could hangout with the baby. I took her everywhere with me. Together, we started building an unbreakable bond.

“One day, I asked about the baby daddy. She told me he never wanted her. But he shows up like once a month, and stays for like 10 mins, then he disappears again.

“About a month later, I called the dad and asked to meet with us. So, I told him “hey! I don’t know why you are doing this to your child. We don’t need your diapers, formula or child support.

“All we are asking for, is this child to know she has a responsible father. You can’t keep coming in and out of her life as you please! It’s not fair to her!”

“He explained he was looking for a job, and...
how things were hard for him. I said “just show up man. Check up on her. Let her know you are her father. That’s all we want”

“Then, he stopped returning texts, and calls “again”. 2 months later, he invited his daughter his niece’s birthday party.

“We honored his invitation. We got there and he started boasting of how beautiful is daughter was and all. The little baby was clingy, and wouldn’t let him touch her. She cried every time he tried to. He then got frustrated. I called him again, and talked to him.

“I said “hey! This girl doesn’t know you. You never show up! So why are you upset?!” He walked out on me, and forcefully carried his daughter. She started crying. So we all told him to let her be. He gave her back to me, so we left. I was furious.

“I looked at the baby, and asked. How do you not love this beautiful girl? Why would you wanna hurt this beautiful soul? She cried to sleep. 5 minutes after we got home.

“We received a long text from him that said “I’m gonna stay out of her life. I am not a good father, and you are right! She deserves better.

“The support system she has is the best for her. I don’t wanna screw it all. I’m stepping aside, so she can have the best care in her life” we tried to reach him. He never responded. We tried for sometime. We got nothing! It bothered me for a while. So I sat down with this little girl and promised her.

“I said “Hey girrrrrl. Don’t worry. I’m never gonna leave you. I will protect you like you are mine. I will never let anything happen to you. You are now my daughter, you are my friend, you are the LOML. You gave me your heart the first day I met you.

“I promise to keep it safe. I am your daddy. ” Her mom said “you can’t say stuff like that if, you don’t mean them. You just can’t.

"I answered “who said I didn’t mean them. I meant every word I said”. The bond kept getting stronger. We did everything together.

“Till this moment, 95% of the people who know me, don’t know I didn’t birth her. Some even say she looks like me. Most of my family don’t even know she isn’t mine.

“I don’t want her to be treated differently. I’m pretty sensitive when it comes to her. I have stopped talking to few people because of her.

“Thou shall not Touch! I love this girl, and I promised not to break her heart. And I never WILL. Every time she smiles to me or looks at me, and ask “are you okay daddy?” Or “do you need a hug?”

“My heart melts. She is one of the very few that has my mumu button. It breaks my heart when I remember someone walked out of her life. I am so emotional typing all these.

"My mom was the first person I talked to about her. I told her I wanted her to be treated like mine. I said to her “Mom! This is your granddaughter. Please, do not treat her differently.”

“The plan has always been to birth my own kids, and adopt at least one. Giving birth and adopting are both special and both are great ways to have a child(ren) of your own. So Yesterday, November 8th 2019 around 10am, I adopted Amiyah.

“4 Years ago, she gave me her heart. Yesterday, I gave her my surname. ❤️”


UDUTH Staff, 4 Others Arrested By DSS Over Alleged Sale Of Children

Five suspects including a staff of Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital Sokoto (UDUTH) have been arrested by the Department of State Security (DSS) over alleged sale of three children abducted from Zuru in Kebbi.

Gov. Atiku Bagudu, who handed over the three children to their parents on Sunday in Birnin Kebbi, named the suspects as Comfort Nwanko of UDUTH, Dorothy Okonkwo, Uchenna Benedict, Helen Samuel and one Moses who lives in Zuru.

He said that the three children, including a set of twins were sold in Anambra in connivance with Nwankwo and Moses.

Bagudu commended the security operatives for tracking and rescuing the children and assured that the suspects would be prosecuted.

He urged parents to be vigilante and monitor their children to prevent them from falling victims of abductors.

Yusuf Umar and Rabi Kabiru, parents of the abducted children, commended the governor, vigilantes and security agents for rescuing the children who went missing four months ago.

I Don't Know If We Can Catch Liverpool - Guardiola

Pep Guardiola said he "does not know" if his Manchester City side can overcome a nine-point deficit and catch leaders Liverpool in the Premier League title race.

City are aiming to become the first side since Manchester United in 2009 to win three consecutive titles but now sit fourth in the Premier League.

"I am not a magician; I don't know the future," Guardiola said.

"We have Chelsea at home next. We will try to beat them."

City are now in a not dissimilar position to last term, when the Reds opened up a 10-point lead over Guardiola's side after 20 games, although at that stage Liverpool had played one match more.

However, City then went on a remarkable run, dropping just three points in their remaining 18 games, which included a victory over the Reds at Etihad Stadium.

The pivotal moment in that game came via a dramatic goalline clearance by John Stones.

But City were on the wrong side of a match-defining moment on this occasion when they were convinced they should have been awarded a penalty for a Trent Alexander-Arnold handball moments before Fabinho struck the opening goal.

Guardiola appeared visibly upset by the decision to allow the goal, suggesting any questions about it should be put to Mike Riley, general manager of Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the body responsible for referees in English professional football.

The City manager offered no comment on the incident beyond saying: "Ask Mike Riley and his people please."

He added: "Congratulations to Liverpool, they scored three, we got one but I'm so proud of my team, few teams can come here and play the way we did.

"We started incredibly well, we showed incredible bravery, they are the champions of Europe and it is the most difficult stadium in the world. We played like back-to-back champions.

"We cannot deny how good Liverpool are but the way we played, the personality, it was good."

'I can celebrate tonight' - Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp called the frenetic nature of the game "incredible" and "really wild", even if Fabinho's opener met with a muted response from the German.

"The problem was the VAR. I saw the discussions before the first goal and I was just waiting," Klopp said.

"It is not the same any more but it is no problem. I can celebrate tonight. It was so tough to play, the intensity of the game was so clear. It was all worth it, really great."

Headers from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane put Liverpool in control before Bernardo Silva pulled a goal back for the champions.

But it was not enough to prevent Liverpool from enhancing their prospects of a first domestic title for 30 years.

Only Manchester United (nine points in 1993-94) have enjoyed a bigger advantage at this stage of a Premier League season, with Klopp's side now eight points clear of Leicester and Chelsea at the top.

But despite that margin, Klopp played down its significance, with his squad now facing a busy run of fixtures between 23 November and 2 January.

"It's not important," he added. "Who wants to be first in early November? It's important to be top in May.

"Each point we have we need to go through the most intense period ever."

Otedola Donates N5 Billion For North-east Intervention Through Cuppy Foundation



Business mogul, Femi Otedola, has donated the sum of N5bn to the Cuppy Foundation, a philanthropic project of his daughter, Florence Otedola, popularly known as DJ Cuppy.

Mr Otedola, who was represented by another one of his daughters, Tolani, made the announcement during the ‘Gold Gala’, an event by his daughter at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, on Sunday evening, to a standing ovation from guests in attendance.


Tolani said, “My father, Mr Femi Otedola, has been at the forefront of supporting worthy causes. It is in this spirit that he will be donating the sum of N5bn to the children of Borno, Adamawa and Katsina through Save the Children.”

Among the guests were Vice-President Yemi Osinbjao; CEO, Save the Children, UK, Kevin Watkins; Mr Femi Otedola; entrepreneur, Hajia Bola Shagaya; Ambassador Babagana Kingibe; and Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo.


They also included the Senator Gabriel Suswam, Representative of Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Minister of State for Transport, Gbemisola Saraki; National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole; Alhaji Aliko Dangote; and his daughter Hajia Halima Dangote.

Others were Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Paulen Tallen; former Governor of Borno State, Gen Buba Marwa; Group CEO, Oando Plc, Wale Tinubu; Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun; and Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum.


Cuppy’s godfather, Dangote, who is the owner of the Dangote Group, also made a donation of N100m.

The businessman told guests that they should not just allow government to do everything as even government had “a lot of challenges.”

Dangote said, “To whom much is given much is expected. It gives me great pleasure to be here supporting my brother, Femi, making this kind of big donation. I believe we need more Nigerians to have big hearts to give back to the needy.

“People find it very difficult in Nigeria to give money away but the more you give the more God blesses you. Femi, you are no more a rich man. You have joined the league of wealthy men. I have said I will give more of my money when I pass away.

“To Cuppy, I must congratulate you for having a big heart to visit those children in Borno. She spent about four days with them playing with them. In the light of this, I am making a donation of N100m.”

The young philanthropist, who is also an ambassador of the Save the Children UK, a non-governmental organisation, said her foundation, which was launched in August 2018, was inspired by a trip to Maiduguri, Borno State.

According to Miss Otedola, she started the foundation as a way of giving back to the less fortunate.

She said, “Becoming an ambassador for Save the Children has exposed me to so many children around the world.

”I was able to visit Save the Children in Maiduguri with the help of my godfather Alhaji Aliko Dangote.”

Osinbajo, in his address, told the guests that the event must refocus their minds on caring for the poor and malnourished especially in Nigeria.

According to the Vice President, in 2015, Buhari proposed the “largest social investment programme in Africa” of about N500bn annually.

He added, “Yet we are far from where we ought to be. It is obvious that government cannot do it alone. So, we don’t (all) need to be billionaires (to do our part). It is time for every one of us to decide that we can make a difference to ensure that the poor and vulnerable are given a decent life.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described Manchester United's 3-1 win over Brighton as "their best performance of the season


Midfielder Andreas Pereira and striker Marcus Rashford scored either side of a Davy Propper own goal to give United their biggest home Premier League triumph since August and move them into seventh place, their highest position for two months.

Rashford should have had another but inexplicably fired Daniel James' cross wide of an open goal.

Brighton keeper Mat Ryan saved from James and Brazilian midfielder Fred, before denying what would have been a memorable solo effort from Anthony Martial.

Solskjaer added: "It was exhilarating and entertaining. How we didn't end up with five, six or seven I don't know."

After their 3-0 win over Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday, it was the first time United had scored six in two games since March and extended a run of five wins in six games in all competitions since a 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

"If we don't get confidence from this, I don't know what to tell them," added Solskjaer.

The victory came at a cost, though, as midfielder Scott McTominay had to be carried down the tunnel on a stretcher after falling awkwardly and will have a scan on his injured ankle on Monday.

It was a familiar story for Brighton, who have never won at Old Trafford and never looked like breaking that sequence and allowed Rashford to restore the hosts' two-goal cushion two minutes after Lewis Dunk's header had given them hope.

Leicester City are "not really thinking about the title race" - Brendan Rodgers


Brendan Rodgers said Leicester City are "not really thinking about the title race", despite their 2-0 win against Arsenal taking them above Manchester City into second in the Premier League.

The 2015-16 champions had looked set to be frustrated as they missed several chances in the first half before Wilfred Ndidi struck the bar early in the second period.

But Jamie Vardy finally broke the deadlock as he finished off an excellent team move, firing in his 11th goal of the season after Harvey Barnes and Youri Tielemans cut open the Arsenal defence.

James Maddison then made sure there was no way back for Arsenal with a low strike through Héctor Bellerin's legs and into the back of the net.

Victory means Leicester move above Manchester City and Chelsea with 26 points from 12 games, five behind leaders Liverpool but nine clear of fifth-placed Sheffield United.

"We are thinking about the development of the team and making them better and if we can bring European football here in my time, that would be great," said Rodgers.

"We have thrown a hand grenade right into the middle of it all. We are working very, very well. We will just concentrate on our performance levels until 10 games to go and assess it then.

"I came here to make an impact and create something that we can hopefully sustain over a number of years."

Arsenal, meanwhile, are now eight points off the top four and are without a win in the Premier League since beating Bournemouth 1-0 on 6 October.

Nollywood Actor, Bolanle Ninalowo, Steps Out With His 13-Year-Old Daughter

Nollywood actor, Bolanle Ninolowo shared some rare family photos of his teenage daughter while spending some time with her.

The actor wrote the caption: "My cutie beloved daughter, model by calling and a stylist as well and proceeded to write the famous phrase: Family first".

Checkout the photos he shared below:




"The Haters Have Won" - Actress Nkechi Blessing Announces Breakup From Her Boyfriend

 Popular yoruba movie actress, Nkechi Blessing Sunday have given credit to her haters for ending her relationship with her boyfriend, she claimed so many people are so keen on not seeing her happy. In another message she said she is single and open for relationships and all potential suitors are welcomed to submit their proposals.

Here is how she put the message:




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