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Buhari celebrates Onyeka Onwenu at 70

President Muhammadu Buhari has joined the entertainment and media industries to celebrate renowned musician Onyeka Onwenu as she turns 70.

A statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, expressed Buhari’s appreciation of Onwenu’s contributions to both the media and entertainment industry.

“President Muhammadu Buhari joins the entertainment industry in sharing the joyous occasion of 70th birthday with renowned songwriter, singer and journalist, Onyeka Onwenu, congratulating the multiple award-winning artiste and actress for leading a life that keeps inspiring both the old and young.

“The President affirms that Onwenu’s creativity, sincerity of purpose and diligence continue to bring glory to the country, starting out as an NTA presenter and reporter that caught the world’s attention by putting a spotlight on corruption in the 80’s, and releasing songs with great social and moral impact.

“President Buhari felicitates with the former Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of National Centre for Women Development and Chairperson of Imo State Council for Arts and Culture for the fresh ideas and institutional reforms she brought into public service, passionately creating and pursuing a vision for a better life for many.

“As the journalist and activist turns 70, the President believes her many recognitions and awards, at home and abroad, were well deserved, particularly in directing her energy into global movies with historic contexts, and sharing the gospel of Christ.

“President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will continue to bless Onwenu, singer of ‘One Love’, who is also known as the ‘Elegant Stallion’, with long life and good health,” the statement reads.

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Popular skitmaker Isbae U faces alleged sex-for-skits scandal

Adebayo Ridwan Abidemi popularly known as BaeU Barbie, Isbae U or just BaeU by teeming fans, is under fire for allegedly demanding sex from ladies before featuring them in his skits.

On Sunday, Isbae U became a subject of discussion, topping social media trends especially on Twitter with over 10,000 tweets. A popular gossip mill on Instagram received and posted screenshots of evidence from the ladies who spoke about their various encounters with the skit maker.

Eastern Herald  cannot independently verify all of these claims as at time of report. The Instagram sensation, who is making waves in the entertainment industry with his very comic skits, started off his career in 2017.

 

He had his education at Igbogbi Secondary School, and bagged a National Diploma from Yaba College of Technology.

Checks by The Nation across his social media platforms especially Instagram, show that he was yet to respond to the allegations or comment on the matter as at time of report. But many Nigerians have taken to social media to react over the trending allegations.

They advised him to clear the air as regards the controversial allegations.

Reacting, Dami Adenuga @DAMIADENUGA said: “Bae U has been accused of inappropriate and unprofessional behaviour, he was accused of asking a woman to sleep with him before allowing her feature in his comedy skit.”

Razak Adeniyi @RazaqDesigner said: “He asked for sex to feature you in his skit. It’s your choice to agree or decline.”

@__izuchukwu argued: So bae u asks for sex in exchange for a role (haven’t seen any instances of rape) All these girls had two options: 1. Kindly refuse, 2. 2. Accept the terms, 3. Most of them accepted and now they’re blaming him for what exactly?

@letveeplay posited that: “They’re not blaming him, they are calling him out. Just as he can demand for sex from them, they can call him out on it too. It is not commendable that you chat up girls, offer to do a skit with them and then tell them they must sleep with him first. It is wrong.

@phamography_ said: “Listen, what Bae U did is absurd and morally wrong. I’m in no support of such. However, he hasn’t committed any crime.”

@drpenking said: “Imagine how Bae U girlfriend will feel about realizing that she is dating a video call preeq after probably boasting to all her friends that she got the best guy in the world, popular and all. May we not date somebody that will turn us into a National embarrassment”

@ireunusal advised: This Bae U and Mason Greenwood matter are synonymous, and its talking about the weakness of a man when it comes to “SEX” men should learn to control their urges, incase u never know, women can finish your career in life if u can’t control ur sexual urge as a man, Caution Kings!

 

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Court grants popular aphrodisiac seller, Jaruma bail

Popular aphrodisiac seller, Hauwa Muhammed, popularly known as Jaruma, has been granted bail.

Jaruma was arraigned before an Upper Area Court in the Zuba area of Abuja on Monday for alleged defamation of character, false news publication and intimidation of business tycoon, Ned Nwoko, on social media.

Nwoko had accused Jaruma of publishing falsehoods on her Instagram page against him and his wife, Regina Daniels, who is an actress.

The judge, Ismaila Abdullahi, on Monday ruled that she should be remanded in the Suleja Correctional Centre pending the bail hearing on Friday.

Juruma arrived at the court premises in a black veil around 11:20am.Ruling on her bail application, Abdullahi said her remand should not be seen as a punishment to the defendant.

He, however, warned all parties involved in the matter to refrain from actions that could be considered prejudicial to the case.

He said, “The court did not remand her in custody as a punitive means to penalise the defendant but to make her present and answer to her case. By this, I shall be quick to point out that the charge against the defendant is bailable but not ordinary.

“I hereby grant her bail on the following conditions: That the surety must be a level 12 civil servant working within the FCT. Also, all the parties involved in the case should stay from anything that would be prejudicial to the case.”

He, however, adjourned the case till February 23 for hearing.

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Stella Damasus laments incorrect name spelling

Nollywood actress Stella Damasus has lamented the misspelling of her name.

In a recent social media post, the thespian indicated she has not ceased to correct Nigerians over the spelling of her name.

Using a hilarious meme which has her photo to hammer away from her point, the 43-year-old mother of two lamented how her efforts at correcting the people have continued to fall on deaf ears.

The inscription on the meme read: “Me to Nigerians: My name is Stella DAMASUS, not DAMASCUS.”

Sharing her post from the micro-blogging app on her Instagram page, the film star expressed shock that people on the app only just learnt the correct spelling of her name.

Damasus further quizzed her Instagram followers if they were also guilty as their counterparts on the microblogging app.

She wrote: “Wahala dey o! Twitter people are just learning the correct spelling of my name My Instafam are you people in this WhatsApp group too??? #StellaDAMASUS.”

 

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Tina Turner, Jay-Z Among 2021 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees, Fela Misses Out

Fela Anikulapo-Kuti has missed out on the bid to become an inductee of the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where Tina Turner, Carole King, and Jay-Z made it.

Jay-Z, the Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Carole King, Todd Rundgren, and Tina Turner are the newest inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the organization announced Wednesday morning.

The hall said it’s 2021 class includes the “most diverse list of inductees in the history of the organization.” Three are two-time inductees.

Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, and Jay-Z were on the ballot for the first time this year.

Speaking of the new inductees, John Skyes, the Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said: “This diverse class of talented Inductees reflects the Rock Hall’s ongoing commitment to honor artists whose music created the sound of youth culture. It will make for an unforgettable live celebration of music in October at this year’s Induction Ceremony in Cleveland.”

To be eligible for induction, artists have to have released their first record 25 years earlier and “have created music whose originality, impact and influence have changed the course of rock & roll,” according to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, and Jay-Z were on the ballot for the first time this year.

Musicians and groups who were nominated but not inducted were Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Iron Maiden, Chaka Khan, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, and Dionne Warwick.

Fela Kuti was first announced as a nominee for the award in February. Soon after the announcement, there was a huge push on social media to vote for the Nigerian music legend whose music much of the populace especially fans say is still relevant to date because of the social issues it addressed.

Massive support from celebrities like Davido, Burna Boy, Banky W, Don Jazzy, and other prominent voices gave the legend an early boost but the Turner fans gave it more from the results that were published by the hall.

If Fela had won, the multi-instrumentalist and Afrobeat legend would have made history as the first Nigerian artist in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

No Plans To Let Fela Win?

Fans took to social media to express their disappointment and displeasure in the situation despite having the second-highest votes and other inductees not coming close to his number of votes being inducted to the hall.

See some of the tweets below:

 

 

 

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N200m Challenge: Otedola, Obi Cubana, Others Gift Davido Millions

Billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola and billionaire socialite, Obi Iyiegbu a.k.a Obi Cubana, have gifted pop star, David Adeleke, a.k.a Davido millions ahead of his 29th birthday on November 21.

Davido who is currently in Dubai, had challenged his friends and fans to send him N1 million, saying he has always been in a position of lifting others and now he wanted them to return the favour.

Within the first 10 minutes of announcing the challenge on his Insta stories, the pop star received N7million and went on to say that the goal was N100million.

“I wan clear my Rolls Royce from port abeg,” he wrote, adding the ‘laughing with tears’ emoji.

While he continued to post screenshots of his N1million alerts from close friends and colleagues, he also mentioned Femi Otedola and Obi Cubana without stating how much they both sent to him.

“@Obi_Cubana haaaaaa!!!! Baba don finish me!!!! Love u baba, he wrote, “@Femiotedola FO!!! This one no be alert, na alarm,” he wrote in another slide, insinuating that the billionaires may have sent him more ‘loaded’ sums.

Several other persons including Naira Marley, Zlatan, MC Galaxy, Big Brother Naija stars Nengi, Dorathy, and even a fan who met up with him at a mall in Dubai have also sent him money.

Travel company, Travel Beta, and also Munch It for which he is an ambassador;  were also not left out of the challenge.

As of Channels TV’s last check, the sum had amounted to N134million, with Davido announcing that the target has now shifted to N200million.

The challenge which seemed to have started as a joke has now taken over the internet, drawing up various reactions from Nigerians.

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Whitemoney to start reality TV show – BBNaija organisers

Big Brother Naija Shine Ya Eye winner, Whitemoney, will soon start his own reality TV show.

This was announced by the BBNaija organisers, Multichoice, on Monday, through the GOtv Instagram page.

Sharing a picture of Whitemoney, GOtv wrote, “Guess who is also getting his own reality show. @whitemoney.” (sic)

Earlier on their page, GOtv announced Whitemoney as the latest Multichoice ambassador, as they welcomed him into the ‘family’.

The announcement read, “Welcome to the Multichoice family. Whitemoney is our new GOtv brand ambassador.”

Confirming his ambassadorship, Whitemoney took to his verified Instagram page to express his happiness over his new achievement.

He wrote, “I am highly pleased to join @gotvng family as their latest ambassador. I feel so honored to be part of this leading pay TV entertainment brand.

“Moreso, as an entertainer, I also have the opportunity to own my show on this platform and I couldn’t be happier to associate with a pure quality entertainment brand.

“Looking forward to the exciting journey with my new family.” (sic)

Born Hazel Onou, Whitemoney gained stardom after winning the recently concluded reality TV show, Big Brother Naija season six.

Upon his emergence as the winner, Whitemoney clinched the mouth-watering grand prize worth N90 million.

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Andoni Carnival: Rivers LG boss harps on harnessing wildlife potentials for tourism

 

“Our large stretch of the rain forest is a natural habitat harbouring various species of wild cats, monkeys, snakes, antelopes, elephants, hippos and other rare animal species.”

The chairman of Andoni Local Government Area in Rivers, Erastus Awortu, has reiterated his commitment to boost tourism potentials of the area.

He said this while unveiling the 2021 Andoni Carnival Week on Friday.

He added that the carnival intends to woo investors to tap into the rich economic potentials in the area.

The carnival tagged “Unity Carnival” is part of the move to demonstrate the level of peace and stability in the area and showcase the rich tourism and cultural heritage of the area’s people.

Mr Awortu noted that the Council has concluded plans to host a Unity Carnival as part of the celebration for the Yuletide season.

“We want to position Andoni to begin to benefit from tourism.

“Although the area is blessed with oil and gas, there is an urgent need for us to invest in tourism especially as our country strives towards enhancing economic diversification.

“When fully harnessed, tourism has the potentials of providing an alternative revenue for the nation and employment for our youths.

“Our large stretch of the rain forest is a natural habitat harbouring various species of wild cats, monkeys, snakes, antelopes, elephants, hippos and other rare animal species,” he said.

The council boss also noted that the area is richly endowed, as it has large sandy beaches with natural serenity.

“Fishermen in Andoni fishing settlements at various times have celebrated catches of exceptionally large size of fish including dolphins and swordfish.

“Indeed, our untapped exquisite wildlife and rich ocean reserve is a low-hanging fruit and springboard for investors,” the chairman said.

Responding, an official of the state ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ken Kovu, who represented the commissioner, lauded the chairman for the initiative that would consolidate the existing peace in Andoni.

The event was attended by dignitaries from different political parties, traditional rulers and other stakeholders.

The highlight of the event was a cultural exhibition and dance.

 

 

 

 

 

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Five things you didn’t know about Obi Cubana

Popular Nigerian socialite and businessman, Obinna Iyiegbu, aka Obi Cubana, has once again made headlines in the news as he is in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Since Monday, he has been interrogated by officials of the EFCC over alleged money laundering and tax fraud.

The Anambra-born club owner got into the spotlight in July when he hosted an ostentatious burial for his late mother in Oba, Anambra State. It was gathered that over 200 cows were killed.

The lavish display of wealth set tongues wagging with many Nigerians wondering about his source of wealth.

However, here are some facts you didn’t know about Obi Cubana.

  • Full name Obinna Iyiegbu, he was born on April 12, 1975. The businessman is the Chief Executive Officer of Cubana Group. Popular among his businesses are the night club and luxurious hotels he runs.
  • The political science graduate from the University of Nsukka made his first million during his National Youth Service Corps days with his Place of Primary Assignment at the National Assembly in Abuja. In Abuja, he was introduced to real estate business where he met a client who wanted to furnish a house. After furnishing the house for the client, Obi was gifted N500,000 as he also made over N600,000 in profit for the job. “That was the first N1.1m I made before I joined contract work in Abuja,” he said in an interview.
  • His sojourn into the business world began in 2006 when he established his first night club, Ibiza, in Abuja. Later on, he built another club, Cubana, in Owerri, Imo State. From there his business empire grew.
  • In October, he clinched the award for the Man of the Year, defeating the likes of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State; Chairman, UBA Group, Mr Tony Elumelu; and Chairman and founder of BUA Group, Mr Abdul Rabiu. The businessman was voted by Nigerians at home and in the diaspora via online platforms in a 14-day Leadership Excellence Awards. The Cubana Group boss emerged winner with 2,667,845 votes, while Makinde, Elumelu and Rabiu had 1,015,224, 848,652 and 819,562 votes respectively.
  • Obi Cubana, in several interviews, has always hinted that he is a religious person as he tags himself, God’s favourite son. In 2008 he got married to Ebele Iyiegbu, who is a lawyer. Their union is blessed with four sons.
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ABBA halts promotion of new show after two die at tribute concert

Swedish pop sensation ABBA announced Wednesday that they were pausing promotion of an upcoming show for 24 hours after two died in a dramatic fall at a tribute concert.

The world-famous quartet is preparing to release a new album, “Voyage”, on Friday, 40 years after the group split up.

But on Tuesday night, an 80-year-old man fell seven storeys to his death at a concert hall in Uppsala in a presumed accident, killing another attendee.

The venue north of Swedish capital Stockholm was to host a tribute show for an audience of around 1,000 called “Thank you for the music”, honouring the works of Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, the two male members of ABBA.

“In the light of the tragic news at the tribute concert in Sweden last night, we have decided to hold off on releasing our concert trailer until tomorrow,” a post from the ABBA Voyage Twitter account said.

 

In addition to the release of its new album announced in early September, the Swedish cult band is currently building a venue in London that will host a show which includes digitised “avatars” of the four band members, scheduled for May 2022.

The exact form of these avatars, designed by a special effects company that worked on the Star Wars films, is still shrouded in mystery, but the band insists that they will not be mere holograms.

The “ABBAtars” will represent Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad as they looked in 1979.

AFP

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