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B’Haram strikes again in Borno, kills scores

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Again the outlawed Boko Haram sect attacked Banki, a border town in Bama Local Government Area of Bornu State killing people at will, moment after they sacked the only police station in the town.

Though details of the  number of casualties was not available as of the time of filing this report, the Borno State Commissioner of Police, Lawan Tanko, told journalists that the terrorists killed a policeman and injured many people.

However, some residents who spoke on condition of anonymity, said many people were killed by the sect members, who went from house to house slitting  their victims’ throats in the siege that lasted over an hour in the earlier hours of Wednesday.

This latest attack was not the first on the town, as it has been variously attacked by the sect in similar fashion.

Residents told journalists in Maiduguri on Thursday that the  attackers rode on motorcycles and Hilux Toyota  vehicles into the town from nearby bush.

They added that the attackers, who were armed with sophisticated weapons, attacked the police station first before they started killing residents.

One of the survivors, John Samuel, who spoke to journalists in Maiduguri said, “They drove from the nearby bush using motorcycles and carrying sophisticated weapons around 2am.”

He said that the attackers used rocket propellers to attack the station which caught fire immediately.

“Some of the policemen tried to engage them in a shoot out but they realised that the invaders had superior weapons so they had to run,” he said.

Samuel said that the attackers also raided homes killing and maiming residents before they fled the town through a bush path.

The state Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Lawal Tanko, who confirmed the attack, told journalists that, “I can confirm there was an attack on Banki town by suspected members of the Boko Haram group in the early hours of Wednesday in which my station in Banki was partially affected. I lost an officer and some sustained injuries.”

Meanwhile, the Borno-based vigilance group, the Civilian JTF, has called on the 7 Division, Nigerian Army, to relax the curfew in Maiduguri, to enable it to contribute more in checkmating suspected terrorists.

#Headies2013 and the Wizkid Sub by @AOT2

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Written by Ayomide Tayo
So the Headies has come and gone. As usual, everyone under the sun has been giving his or her two cents on who deserved to go home with the Headies plaque. Music critics (wannabes included), bloggers, OAPs, ‘socialites’ and celebrities have been part of the Headies conversation. Even artistes let a thought or two slide about the biggest event on Nigeria’s music calendar.
Despite his (I would like to believe) hectic schedule of performing, fine-tuning his sophomore album, and running his burgeoning vanity imprint Star Boy, Wizkid also made a comment about the Headies, or rather as they say on the streets, threw a sub at the awards ceremony.
“My fans see nd appreciate all the work…that’s enough awards to last me a life time!”, Wizkid wrote on Twitter.
Wizkid was nominated in two categories at Headies 2013- Artiste of the Yearand Collabo of the Year for his joint effort on the EME single ‘Baddest Boy’. But he ended up losing out to Iyanya and Olamide & Phyno in the respective categories.
Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, even the supreme one (God) above doesn’t tamper with man’s right to free speech. Yet it’s kind of surprising that the EME pop star feels that he has been snubbed by the Headies. Sometimes when you are on top, it’s hard to remember some defining moments in your career. For those that do not know, Wizkid has won three Headies in two years.
In 2011, he won the Next Rated category, which had Olamide, Tiwa Savage and Ice Prince as contenders. Looking at these names and how their careers have blossomed, the Headies would have been justified if the award wasn’t given to Wizkid.
The following year, he took home the Revelation of the Year, and the highly rated Artiste of the Yearcategory. Three awards in two years isn’t a bad haul for an artiste like Wiz. Yet, the young man has every right to believe that the award organizers did him wrong. That’s fine; it’s his God given right to air his mind.
To the conspiracy theorists, who have flooded the Internet with assumptions that there is some kind of vendetta against the star boy, I say let’s take a look at some facts. They never lie.
It would have been a major achievement if Wizkid won the Artiste of the Year category. Except for the EME artiste and Ice Prince, every nominee in the category had a solo album. Having an album increases your chances of winning a category which criteria states “most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year in review.” Wizzy stood no chance of winning this. His nomination in this category is the recognition of the fact that he put in work during the year in review, but at the end of the day that wasn’t enough. The collabo of the year is a no-brainer, anyone who thinks ‘Baddest Boy’ was hotter than ‘Ghost Mode’ needs to stop listening to music.
Some would say, what about ‘Back To The Matter’ or ‘Caro’ or ‘Jaiye Jaiye’? Weren’t they big enough to merit nominations? My answer is no. ‘Back To The Matter’ was a dope song (still is) but realistically its appeal wasn’t stronger than any of the songs in the Song of the Year category. The same goes for ‘Jaiye Jaiye’, which came out in May, a month before the end of the year in review. Perhaps, if he had released the song earlier, it would have been strong enough for nomination. Let’s forget about the Star Boy track ‘Caro’. The song was released in August. The year in review for the Headies 2013 ended in June.
Facts only, ‘Caro’ was not even eligible for nomination. Yes, Wizkid did drop a ton of tracks, but that doesn’t ensure nomination at the Headies. Phyno only dropped two songs within the year in review, and he went home with two awards. An award ceremony of lesser prestige, would have preferred to stack their nominees category with as many as eight or nine artistes and spread the winnings across so “as not to offend anyone”. Not the Headies. You win some, and you lose some. Wizkid is a brilliant artiste, and I bet he has many more Headies plaques coming his way. Sometimes the lines don’t fall in pleasant places.
Moving away from the Wizkid issue, some have taken time out to publish the laughable opinion that Headies 2013 was tilted to favour artistes that are MTN ambassadors. This line of reasoning is both humourous and pathetic. First of all, MTN was not involved in the sponsoring of the last edition of Headies. MTN and The Headies have had a long and fruitful partnership, but the telecoms giant didn’t take part in Headies 2013. Secondly, the biggest winner at last year’s Headies was Olamide who went home with three awards. Last time I checked, Olamide was with Etisalat and not MTN. Sean Tizzle, who won theNext Rated category, hasn’t even signed an endorsement deal with any telecom brand, let alone MTN.
Any award worth its salt will always be controversial (especially to those that don’t win) because it is not biased. P Square infamously raised hell in 2008, when they didn’t win at the Headies. They had conveniently forgotten that they took home five awards in the maiden edition and two the following year. Since declaring the Headies ‘Yoruba awards’, they’ve gone on to win three Headies plaques. They haven’t said anything against the Headies since then.
Not everyone can win. That’s the truth. There must be one winner. Just getting a nomination is a testimony of the hard an artiste has put in. Unfortunately, just like the Grammys or Oscars, the Headies is a big deal, people get emotional when their pick doesn’t win or when they don’t win. That’s life. That doesn’t stop the show from going on. See you at Headies 2014.

Originally posted on www.hiphopworldmagazine.com

Harrysong – Tele Mi ft KCee [VIDEO]

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Mr Songz formerly known as HarrySong returns barely 3 weeks later with the Video toTele Mi featuring KCEE.

Lovely visuals. Watch and Enjoy!

D’banj Set To Release New Single & Video: “Bother You” + The Soundtrack to “Half Of A Yellow Sun” Movie

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To kick off 2014 and his 10th year anniversary in the Music Industry since his first hit “Tongolo” (What is the Koko), Multi-Award Winning artist D’Banj prepares to release brand new single and video “Bother You” which is the  first official soundtrack of the new HOLLYWOOD hit movie HALF OF A YELLOW SUN.

‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ is an adaptation of the best selling novel written by Chimamanda Adichie and is directed Biyi Bandele. The movie tells the story of two sisters, Olanna and Kainene during the Biafran war and the effects of the conflicts on their lives and the lives of everyone around them.??Half of a Yellow Sun which premiered last year in Toronto at the Toronto Film Festival features Oscar nominee and British Independent Film Awards winner Chiwetel Ejiofor, Africa Movie Award winner Genevieve Nnaji, BAFTA Awards winner Thandie Newton, Nigeria’s X Factor judge, Legendary Musician and African Movie Academy Awards winner Onyeka Onwenu, Gemini Awards nominee Hakeem Kae-Kazim, African Movie Academy Awards winner O.C Ukeje and more! The much-anticipated movie is scheduled for release worldwide in March 2014.

“Bother You” is a love song  inspired by the love story in the movie.  The music video was shot in South Africa and produced by God Father Productions and DKM Media. The music video collates footage taken from the movie Half of a Yellow Sun.

The very talented award-winning singer/entertainer is set to release the video on Monday the 20th of January 2014, 6pm GMT.

In other news, D’Banj is also co-executive producing the Soundtrack album for Half of a Yellow Sun alongside Yewande Sadiku working with the legendary Onyeka Onwenu who also played the amazing role of Chiwetel Ejiofor’s mother in the movie ‘Half of a Yellow Sun.’

This move with ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ is a preamble to the greatness that is yet to come from this prolific entrepreneur and pioneer, D’Banj.

Watch out for spanking new video and song, “Bother You”.

D'banj Set To Release New Single & Video: “Bother You” + The Soundtrack to "Half Of A Yellow Sun" Movie 3

Check out Photos from the Video shoot below:

D'banj Set To Release New Single & Video: “Bother You” + The Soundtrack to "Half Of A Yellow Sun" Movie 1 D'banj Set To Release New Single & Video: “Bother You” + The Soundtrack to "Half Of A Yellow Sun" Movie 2

Phyno Impregnates Upcoming Female Singer Rita Edmond!

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Reports reaching us this New Year is that Young Beautiful Singer Rita Edmond, who launched her music career last year in Africa, has been put in a family Way. From all indication, this was meant to get a full 100% maximum secrecy, until Bimbo an actress & a close friend of Rita , in a phone conversation blew it open.
In the open phone conversation which was over-head by our source while on the set of a new Tv series. Rita Edmond’s friend was heard telling a friend that “the singer has hammered big time, as she was spoilt silly & also spent her Holidays in far away Dubai on the bills of Rave of the moment Igbo rapper Phyno, who put the singer in a family way,, and is trying to get the Imo State born Singer to keep the baby”.
The phone conversation, also revealed that the Singer, Rita wants to get rid of the baby, so as to focus on her music career while Phyno is really keen on having the baby without Marital commitment. The Singer Rita Edmond, has also been rumored to be the secret lover, that Phyno has always been visiting at nights in a guest house at Lekki Phase 1.

Insiders claimed the two love birds kicked off their “on & off” relationship right from the streets of Enugu State and have been on for the past 6years. We also gather that the Chic was earlier Financially assisting and sponsoring Phyno’s career before the Ibo Rapper hooked up with “Oga Boss” Ill Bliss at Capital Records whose Management manages Phyno.
Well, pregnancy is something that can’t be hidden forever,, even close friends of Rita,, agree that the ever-slim singer has been gaining weights naturally and nothing more… Let’s Wait and see, 9months is not too far.

Terry G – Oga [VIDEO]

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TGP Entertainment ended 2013 with a bang with the music video of “Jump Am Pass“. Terry G is now back again with a louder bang in the video of “Oga”.

Directed by ABD Cleartone, Terry G hails some of the popular Nigerian icons who have made a difference in Nigeria: from Musicians to Politicians to Royals to Footballers.

Some of the names mentioned in the video are: Femi KutiFela Anikolapo KutiPresident Goodluck JonathanTimayaObafemi Martins and many many more.

“…If I don’t call your name, make u no dey vex…”

Okonjo-Iweala Lied: Nigeria Lost Not $1 Billion But $9 Billion To Fraudulent Import Waivers – SaharaReporters

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Nigeria has lost more than one trillion Naira in revenue in the last three years, which is the direct result of import concessions or waivers issued by the Ministry of Finance. Documents confirming this information have been gathered by Sahara Reporters from a source in the Nigeria Customs Service.

On December 19, the House of Representatives Committee on Finance gave the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, 50 questions on the state of national economy.
Question Number 15 on the list was “how much exactly has been the amount of money lost in government revenue as a result of import duty waivers in 2011, 2012 and 2013?”

The Committee wanted to know who benefitted, what was imported, and most importantly: why these waivers were granted.

The Committee is now conducting a review of the Okonjo-Iweala’s responses.

In a release issued on January 15, the Minister pointed out that Nigeria gave out N170,727,078,336 billion Naira ($1,067,727,148 billion) in total from the waiver system between 2011 and 2013.

However, the documents obtained by SaharaReporters show that N1,435,980,495,810 trillion ($8,975,998,164 billion) is involved, which is nearly nine times what Okonjo-Iweala admitted to.

According to SaharaReporters, the over one trillion Naira lost in these agreements between the Federal Government and private enterprises favored hundreds of businesses.

Several Dangote Group subsidiaries benefitted to the tune of N26,222,605,864 last year, and were the biggest beneficiaries of the 2013 period.

It follows from the documents that in 2012 the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) benefitted the most, making about N77,979,042,860.

In 2011 first place was held by Sopon Nigeria Ltd, which cost Nigeria N32,773,467,146.

Coscharis Motors Limited, the company which supplied Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah with bulletproof BMW cars, has also benefited in the millions from the waiver scheme since 2011, costing the country N400, 099,570 million in 2011 and N698,427,424 in 2013, SaharaReporters says.

Records indicate the company imported a variety of items, including armored military vehicles. However, it is unclear why, and for whom it may have imported military vehicles, as the FG usually imports such supplies directly.

The list of other significant beneficiaries include:

The Ministry of Environment, Bauchi, which bled national revenue by N155,606,247 for window :air conditioners” in 2013;
The Office of the Executive Governor of Ondo State, for N146,852,981 in 2013 for generator sets;
Creation Commercial Ventures Limited, which imported “cigarettes containing tobacco” and received an exemption costing the country N70,187,029 in 2013;
The Ogun State Accountant General’s Office, which imported “motorized tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles” for N52,169,620 in 2013;
One Mr. Ifeanyi Emmanuel Ndianaefo and one Mr. Asimiyu Mohammed Salawudeen, for cast iron table, kitchen, and household articles costing N5,642,567 and N7,158,538 respectively in 2013;
The Rivers State Government, for N2,919,108 for “barbed wire and other fencing material” in 2013;
The Office of the Accountant General in 2013 for “wooden furniture” at a price of N2,098,553; and
One Mr. Ayotunde Aderoju, who imported a variety of “pot scourers”, “polishing pads”, and “gloves” costing Nigeria N2,035,569.

Other state governments and individuals reported to have benefited from similar arrangements incluse the office of the first lady, Patience Jonathan, though her NGO e”African First Ladies for Peace Mission (AFLPM)”, Inspector General of Police, the Chief of Army Staff, the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Bayelsa State Government, the Minister of Police Affairs, the Nigerian Police Force, the Sokoto State Government, the Akwa Ibom State Government, and the Watchtower Society which is assumed to be of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Besides, Moghalu Maduakonam Madubugwu, has also made it to the list as he benefitted from an exemption that cost Nigeria N142, 679,096 in 2012.

To recall, on January 23, 2013, he was arrested at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, en route to Dubai with $200,000.

The exemptions mentioned above and their financial consequences were not disclosed in the reports presented by the Ministry of Finance on their site, or in the Okonjo-Iweala’s answers provided to the House Committee on Finance.

Selebobo – Yoyo [VIDEO]

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Talented artiste & producer Selebobo drops the video for the original version of his hit single “Yoyo”; you might be familiar with the remix which features J. Martins. The video for the original was directed by Gambit Pictures and boasts cameo appearances from Iyanya, Yemi Alade, Tekno, Emma Nyra, Bass Okon, Dumex and Nonny D. Enjoy

Efya – Forgetting Me

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One Nation Entertainment presents a brand new single from Ghana’s songstress Efya. The soulful number titled ‘Forgetting Me’ is lifted off her forthcoming album; Efya belts out lyrics asking she has been forgotten by a past lover. You know Efya always comes through and that voice! *puts on repeat*

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Wale Documents His Visit to Nigeria in “I Am From (Mo Wa Lati)” Trailer [VIDEO]

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Watch the trailer of Wale‘s I Am From (Mo Wa Lati) documentary which will premiere on P Diddy’s Revolt TV on Monday January 20th 2014. The documentary revolves around the rapper’s first visit to Nigeria last year where he reunited with his family, performed at the Johnnie Walker event, visited a number of media houses etc.

We expect the full documentary to be available next week. Check on it!

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