Monday, December 10, 2012

Channels TV Is Nigeria’s Best Television Station For The Seventh Time(+ VIDEO)

Channels Television has emerged the ‘best television station of the year’ for 2012 in Nigeria.

At the 12th edition of the Nigeria Media Merit Awards (NMMA) held at the Eko Hotels in Lagos, Channels Television beat all comers to clinch the laurel for an unprecedented seven times.

Within the last decade, Channels Television won the NMMA an amazing six times between 2000 and 2010 culminating in the distinction of “Station of the decade.”

Channels Television’s bias for news has placed it well above other competitors in the Nigerian Television industry.

Congrats Channels TV.

Police Apologizes to Notorious B.I.G's Family for Autopsy Release

                              The Notorious B.I.G.
Police were criticized for not informing the slain rapper’s family before the report was made public Friday.

The Los Angeles Police Department has issued an apology to the family of TheNotorious B.I.G., after it made his autopsy public without informing his relatives ahead of time.
Police said the records relating to the March 1997 slaying of the rapper, whose real name was Christopher George Latore Wallace, were released prematurely Friday “due to an administrative error,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

Photo: Daniel Wilson Weds Mother of 6-Year-Old Son


After several years of living together as a couple, popular Naija 90s singer, Daniel Wilson got married to Yetunde, the mother of his 6-year-old son last Saturday. 

The wedding took place at the Archbishop Vinning Memorial Church in Lagos.

Why wait so long before deciding to marry her?? Anyway, Happy married life.

GTBank Partners With Selfridges To Promote African Designers


Guaranty Trust Bank plc recently launched its partnership with Selfridges, UK to project authentic designs by talented African fashion designers. The collaboration tagged “Guaranty Trust Bank presents Ndani” stems from the Bank’s commitment to the projection of African Art to global audiences as a Proudly African and Truly International financial institution.

Ndani represents the beauty of Africa and this is clearly demonstrated at a distinct pop-up shop in Selfridges’ departmental store on Oxford Street in the UK. The designs on display at the shop express the

Cesc Fabregas Out For 4 Weeks Due To Injury

           GUTTED ... Cesc Fabregas
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas could be out of action for up to four weeks after tearing a thigh muscle in yesterday’s 2-1 win at Real Betis.
The former Arsenal star came off after just nine minutes of the match in Seville, a game which saw teammate Lionel Messi score twice to set a new record of 86 goals in a calendar year. The Spain international, who has been in excellent form over recent weeks, had to be replaced by Alexis Sanchez.
“He’ll be sidelined for three to four weeks. Therefore, he’ll miss the team’s last three games in 2012 — the two Liga matches against Atletico Madrid and Valladolid and the away leg of the Copa del Rey against Cordoba,” said a Barcelona statement.
“He could also miss the first games of 2013, against Espanyol and the return leg of the Cup at the Camp Nou.”
Captain Carles Puyol was taken off at half-time after he suffered an injury his right leg.

Mandela Stops Talking In Hospital

Anxiety over the health condition of South Africa’s first post-apartheid president, Mr. Nelson Mandela, has heightened as he has stopped talking, the Sunday Times, a South African newspaper, quoted an unnamed source close to the family.
He was rushed to the hospital on Saturday without the knowledge of his family. “He has stopped talking…he is not looking good. It’s clear that something is troubling him,” the source said of the Nobel-prize-winning icon considered as one of the world’s foremost statesmen and a living legend.
The Telegraph of London said Mandela spent a second day at the Pretoria hospital where he is said to be undergoing tests. On Saturday, he was flown from his rural home in the Eastern Cape to the capital Pretoria to receive medical attention.

Deranged Woman Holds Up Traffic In Surulere, Lagos (PHOTOS)

There was mild drama on Sunday around 7:45pm at Ogunlana Drive in Surulere, Lagos, when a middle-aged woman suspected to be mentally deranged stepped on the road and held traffic for a long time.

There was a traffic build-up with motorists wondering what the problem might be and not knowing exactly how to get her off the road. The driver, who was in an Honda Civic car, waited patiently for the woman, who spoke good English, to be persuaded to leave the road.
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Breaking news! Kidnappers of Okonjo-Iweala's Mother Demand $1 Billion Ransom

The Kidnappers that Abducted 82 year old Mother of Finance Minister, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iwealla at their family home in Ogwashi uku, Delta state, are demanding for a whopping $1 billion ransom.

Gunmen Sunday abducted the mother of the Minister of Finance, in Ogwahi-Uku, Delta State.

Okonjo-Iweala’s mother who is the wife of HisMajesty, Professor Chukwuka Aninshi Okonjo Agbogidi, the reigning Obi of Ogwashi-Uku kingdom was kidnapped Sunday at about 1:30 pm from the husband’s palace at Ogbe-Ofu quarters in Ogwahi-Uku by eight gunmen who stormed the palace in two Audi cars.
It was gathered that the kidnappers, numbering about 10, were lurking around the palace, until the woman and her maid came down to serve workers at the gate soft drinks.
An eye witness account said as soon as she came down from the main building towards the gate, the criminals moved in from the gate, grabbed her and pushed her into a waiting Golf Volkswagen car.

This demand according to source was relayed to the family of the woman this morning. Its yet to be seen how the family will react to this development.
The octogenarian Professor of Medicine is the wife of the traditional ruler of Ogwashi-Uku, Prof Chukwuka Aninshi Okonjo, who was not in town at the time of the incident.

Delta State police spokesman Charles Muka said: “Yes, we have got the information on the kidnap. We also have information that will lead to the arrest of the hoodlums.”


Why Did Jacintha Saldanha Commit Suicide Over A Prank?

Jacintha Saldanha (pictured above left) is the 46 year old nurse who killed herself after being duped by a hoaxer pretending to be the Queen.
Three days before her death, Mrs Saldanha was manning the hospital switchboard where Kate Middleton was taken to for acute morning sickness when she took a call from two Australian radio presenters – Mel Greig and Michael Christian – (pictured above right) impersonating the Queen and Prince Charles.
They were transferred to the Duchess’s ward and broadcast confidential information given to them by a second nurse. Although she wasn’t blamed in any way for what happened, friends said Mrs Saldanha ‘took it very badly’ when prank was broadcast.
She was found dead on Friday morning in the nurses’ accommodation at the hospital.

As Messi Keeps Breaking, It's Time For Villa To Consider His BarcelonaFuture

The Spain striker is fit again and scoring goals but still cannot force his way into first-team reckoning at Camp Nou. It may now be time for him to consider his future.

David Villa still cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. Virtually a year after suffering serious injury with a broken leg at the Club World Cup which kept him out for eight months, the Spain striker’s return in pre-season overshadowed even the signings of Alex Song and Jordi Alba. But more than three months into the season, the Asturian still cannot hold down a first-team place.

Two Igbo Students Killed By Gunmen In Kano (PHOTOS)


The non-Muslim population resident in the Muslim dominated northern Nigerian State of Kano continues to suffer death in the hands on the native Kano indigene.

Information available to indicates that two teenage students, aged 16 and 17 years were shot dead by unknown Muslim gunmen on Thursday December 6, 2012 at the Yankaba area of Kano metropolitan city near Hadejia road.

Eyewitness reports indicate that the shooting incident occurred some minutes after 7pm near Yankaba area popularly referred as Anambra – line when unknown gunmen riding on a motorbike instantly shot the two teenagers to death at close range – while wailing “Allah is Great” in Arabic. The gunmen escaped immediately.
The names of the two teenagers killed were Daniel Nwachukwu, aged 17 [from Owerri] and Chukwuemeka Emmanuel Agazie [from Umuchu], aged 16. Both were childhood friends who grew up in Yankaba. Daniel recently secured university admission in Imo state. spoke to the fathers of the murdered boys, Solomon Agazie and Nwachukwu. They expressed shock and disbelief over the killing of their innocent sons in cold blood. Mr Nwachukwu who was heavily saddened, cried repeatedly “Who killed my son? What offence has he committed to be shot instantly to death without justice?”

The father told our correspondent that on Thursday, Daniel visited his friend, Chukwuebuka and while Chukwuebuka was seeing off Daniel just 200 metres away from his home, when Chukwuebuka sister, who was in the bathroom had two gun shots, rushed out to the scene, only to discover that her brother and friend had been shot to death.

In panic, she alerted her parents. Both fathers rushed out to see the dead body of their two boys lying in a pool of blood - bullet riddled body.

E.X.P.O.S.E.D!!! Actress Jackie Appiah Sex Scandal

Following a ‘graphic’ sex scene she acted in an upcoming movie titled ‘Death After Birth’, Ghanaian award-winning actress, Jackie Appiah, is being trailed by a barrage of accusations, among which is infidelity.

As a result, I heard the babe is in a serious battle at the moment trying to convince everyone that “nothing happened”.

Days back, gist started spreading like wildfire in Accra and Kumasi that Jackie was indeed having an illicit affair with a radio presenter turned actor, Abeiku Santa. And guess what, this story is causing some heat for the babe at the home front.

Sources in Ghana said the sex scene even caused a fight in the studios of Okay FM as Abeiku and his friend, Kwame Amoo, nearly exchanged blow.

The two were said to have rained invectives on each other over the matter. So in a bid to save her face and possibly her marriage, the woman in the middle of the storm, Jackie Appiah, has denied ever making ‘real’ love with Abeiku.

Culled from Global Excellence mag

OMG: 3 Million Condoms For Calabar Christmas Carnival


Cross River State Agency for the Control of HIV and AIDS has acquired more than three million condoms for distribution at the Christmas Carnival village in Calabar.

The Director-General of the agency, Dr. Irene Aniyom, told the News Agency of Nigeria at the village in Calabar on Sunday that the measure was to create more awareness on HIV and check the prevalence level.

She explained that the youths were targeted in the distribution of condom because they were the active participants at the annual carnival.

She added that SACA and her partners would also offer free counselling and test on the scourge during the 32-day event.

ACN, ANPP, CPC Finally Agree to Merge In 2013


The Three major opposition political parties - Action Congress of Nigeria, Congress for Progressive Change and the All Nigeria Peoples Party – may drop their identities by April 2013, when talks on their proposed merger are expected to be completed.

The merger of the parties is one of the strategies being canvassed by some politicians to defeat the ruling Peoples Democratic Party which has dominated power since the advent of the present democracy in 1999.
Analysts are of the opinion that any genuine and honest cooperation among opposition parties for the 2015 general elections could make the election tough for the PDP.

REVEALED: Union Bank Secretly Sacks 1000 Contract Staffs

The Management of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc. on Friday laid off not less than 1000 contract staff nationwide.
The is the second time the financial institution is doing such within a space of 13 months.
The decision which took the disengaged workers by surprise, was communicated to the them at the close of work last Friday.
A source at the Dopemu branch of the Bank in Lagos who spoke to a source on the condition of anonymity said: “It is quite depressing. They fired those of us that are Tellers but some marketers survived the axe. I received the news with great shock. How can they do this to us at this period when the festive season is fast approaching?” she queried.
Asked if any compensation was paid, the disheaterned mother of one said: “I got an alert of N75, 000 this morning. I guess others got something in that range. I served them for five years and the best pay back I get is a sack letter two weeks to Christmas”
On her next line of action, the source in a shaky voice said: “What can I do? I will re-write my CV and go back to the labour market. I stay at home for years before I got this job, I just pray there won’t be repeat now that I have to start all over. It’s really sad.”
The Source gathered that Union Bank already has replaced the sacked members of staff with new hands recruited from Phillips Consulting and other outsourcing firms.
Our reporter called the Operations Manager of the Dopemu branch of Union Bank, Mr. T. C. Ogbonna to get his reaction.
When questioned on the reason for the lay off, Ogbonna said: “My brother, I don’t know oo. I can’t say anything because I really don’t have the details.” Sensing the reporter will not drop the call without a cogent information, the official said “Please I am not in position to speak. You can call the Head of Human Resources or Corporate Communications.”
Another insider who confided in a source said, Mr. Ogbonna may not likely give reasons so as to save his job. He is the current branch secretary of the Bank’s labour union.

Don Jazzy Acquires N160m Lekki Home



Court Dissolves 5-Year-Old Marriage Over Housemaid Maltreatment and Infidelity


A Grade ‘A’ Customary Court in Agege, Lagos on Monday dissolved a five-year-old marriage over infidelity and maltreatment of their housemaid by the woman.
The Court’s President, Mr Emmanuel Sokunle, said that the court could not save the union of Mr Tope Fasanmi and Zainab, due to irreconcilable differences.
“The court tried all it could to settle the matter but the efforts failed.
“The custody of the only child of the union, remains with the respondent (Zainab).
“The petitioner shall be paying her N20,000 monthly through the court for the child’s upkeep.

"I Am Not Single"- D'banj


Bad news for the ladies; D’banj, the superstar entertainer who’s fond of boasting about his sexual prowess is off the market.
Shocking, right? Especially coming barely weeks after he released a new single titled ‘Bachelor‘.
Dapo Oyebanjo has come out to say anyone expecting him to be single at this stage, must be joking. The hit-maker told guests during a live interview at theTymeout With Tee A concert on December 1, that he’s definitely ‘occupied,’ to the disbelief of several prospects.
Even when I tell them I’m single’, they don’t believe. So these days, I tell them what they want to hear. I mean look at me, at my state, would you expect that I won’t be seeing anyone?‘ He asked in rhetoric.
Linked to many women in the past, D’banj is one of Nigeria’s most eligible bachelors. Those close to him tell us what he said at Tee A‘s event is ‘definitely not far from the truth.’

BREAKING NEWS: Explosions and Gunfire Rock Pokistum, 4 People Killed.

A policeman and at least three suspected Boko Haram gunmen died Monday following an early morning bombing and shooting raid on a police formation in northeast Nigeria, a military spokesman said.
Suspected Boko Haram Islamists launched an attack with explosives and rifles on a regional police headquarters in the town of Potiskum in Yobe state around 2:00 am (0100 GMT), leading to a shootout with police and troops, Lieutenant Lazarus Eli said.
“The (military) was promptly alerted and reinforced the police in repelling the attack by Boko Haram terrorists on the police area command,” he told AFP.

Annie Idibia & Iyanya On The Cover Of 'Red Sheet Magazine' - December Issue


PPA Disbands Its South-West Zonal and State excos

The controversy of the last week’s de-registeration of 28 political parties seems to be taking its toll on some parties as the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) on Sunday announced the dissolution of South-West zonal and state excos with immediate effect.
In a statement, the party said: “The Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, has dissolved the Zonal and State Executive Committees of the party in the South-Western States of Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti.”

John Mahama Declared Winner of Ghana’s Presidential Election


President John Mahama, has been announced as the winner of Ghana’s presidential election, by the electoral commission.
“Ladies and gentlemen, based on the results given, I declare John Dramani Mahama president-elect,” electoral commission chief Kwadwo Afari-Gyan told journalists.
According to the commission, Mahama won 50.7% (5,574,761 votes) against his NPP rival Nana Akufo-Addo.
The results were announced hours after the opposition accused the governing party, of conspiring with the commission to fix the poll, which took place on Friday.
Policemen had to barricade the road around the electoral offices, as the results were announced.

Lionel Messi Breaks Gerd Muller’s Record


Lionel Messi has broken Gerd Muller’s long standing record, after he scored his 86th goal in a calender for both club and country.
The Argentine forward, who was a doubt for the game away to Real Betis, opened scoring with a typical run and finish. His second goal – which took him past the record – was a smart finish, from a cute Iniesta backheel.
Barcelona went ahead to win the La Liga match 2-1, to go six points clear of Atletico Madrid and 11 points ahead of Real Madrid.
Messi achieved this fear in games, while it took the former Germany and Bayern Munich striker just 60 appearances to set the previous record in 1972.
Barcelona will play three more games before 2012 runs out and it will be a chance for Messi to further increase his tally.