Tuesday, 29 April 2014


Nigerian film producer and script writer, Amaka Ene Igwe is dead. She passed on in the early hours of today. She was said to have been battling with Asthma which eventually took her life. 
The late veteran produced one of Nigeria's early home movies, "Rattle Snake". She was also the producer of the  rested soap, "Checkmate". She equally produced the popular comedy series, "Fuji House of Commotion".

She celebrated her wedding anniversary on her Facebook wall on the 17th of April. She had written a lot about godliness recently. It has come as a big blow to the entire Nollywood Industry.  Amaka  is survived by her husband, Charles Igwe and children. 

Monday, 28 April 2014


The Organisers and Founders of the Nigerian Events Awards UK have officially announced the dates for the 2nd NEA UK Awards/Dinner evening. It is billed for Sunday the 25th of May 2014 at the London Docklands Hilton Hotel from 5pm.

Following up on the success of NEA UK 2012, the organisers promise an even swankier array of celebrities and high profile Nigerians in the UK diaspora with an evening of fun, classy entertainment, wining and dining and great surprises. There shall be a number of top UK based Nigerian artistes performing at the event with the Goddess of Songs, Dele Achiever taking top billing. Music is to be provided by Celebrity DJ Deoba Authentic and hosts for the evening are Victor “The Posh MC” Oluwole and Dazzling Daizi Fini.

The organisers also announce that following up on their promise at last year's event, there shall be an exhibition of Nigerian Events businesses at their NEA UK Events Expo scheduled for Saturday the 24th of May, at the same venue. The organisers are expecting over 500 visitors to attend this expo which promises to feature the works of Balloon artists, Photographers, Cake Designers, Bridal Wear Designers, Beauty and Make Up artists, Fashion and Fashion Accessories, Venue Designers and Decorators and Events supports and logistics suppliers.

There will also be 4 different workshops by top events practitioners including Prince Remi Adenyin (Jkstar Photography – Winner NEA UK 2013 Best Nigerian Photographer Award) and Princess Mary Peters (Mopsy Cakes – Winner NEA UK 2013 Best Cake Designer Award)

Entry to the Events Expo is free but guests are required to register and book their tickets from the tickets' sales site:http://neauk2014.eventbrite.com

Businesses wishing to showcase their products and services to a wider audience and take advantage of this huge gathering of potential clients can also book their exhibitors' stall from the same site.

Tickets to the Awards Dinner evening are priced at £75 VIP & £50 Standard, they can also be purchased from the tickets' site:http://neauk2014.eventbrite.com

Dress code for the night is Oscar Red Carpet Style. The Organisers, Jumoke Ariyo and Vanessa Oluwole state that the nominations list for this year's Awards was even more extensive and robust than the previous years, and that the Final selection process has now been completed. They both added that anticipation is very high regarding the eventual winners due to the high calibre of nominees. A list of NEA UK 2014 Finalists can be seen at:http://www.nigerianeventsawards.co.uk/nea-uk-2014-finalists/ 


This morning, Olamide aka King Baddo dropped a new single titled "Dansaki".  Produced by the new DB Records acts, 2Kriss, it's a song you will enjoy to sing and dance to just like any other song from him. This is going to rock the dance hall and keeps you yelling for more. Olamide is known not to disappoint his fans, which is why he has continuously churned out songs they will love. He is one act whose songs are addictive from the very second you hear them. 


Friday, 18 April 2014


The 2014 Dallas International Fashion Event is set to hold at the ultra-modern Dallas City Performance Hall and promises to be spectacular, thrilling and entertaining with a lineup of over eight international designers representing various countries in Africa and other parts of the world. A series of preparatory programs including model casting calls and mock fashion shows have been hosted with an established impressive response. Dallas International Fashion 2014 is presented by Trendy AfricaMagazine and is being hosted and supported by the City of Dallas.

DIF serves as a platform for promoting multicultural internationality within and around Dallas while working towards establishing favorable relations and cultural ties between Dallas residents and foreign Nationals via showcase of fashion, culture and traditions. The City of Dallas Africa Liaison officer Mrs. Regina Onyeibe reiterates the cities readiness to host the world adding that Designers, Models and other fashion enthusiasts would benefit immensely by participating. “Creating a platform for cultures to create awareness for their products and attracting foreign investment to the City of Dallas forms a major part of the mission at DIF.

The event which serves as a great branding platform promises to be explosively entertaining and would feature a host of top rated international fashion designers, models and entertainers. Guests expected at the event include top Government functionaries, Captains of Industries, Fashion Icons and the diplomatic corp.

Expected International celebrity guests include;Actress/Publisher Monalisa Chinda, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa; Chairman, house committee on Diaspora, Fed. House of Reps, Nigeria, Senator Ita GiwaYouth Re-Orientation Activist EeefyIke and Comedian Tee A. The Mayor of the city Dallas and other top City officials are also expected at the show.


Date: May 16th, 2014

Venue: Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014


Last weekend, a 12 year old girl gave birth to a 7lb baby girl. Making her and her 13 year old boyfriend the youngest parents in Britain. The Sun reports that she fell pregnant at 11, while still at primary school, shortly after starting a relationship with a boy who lives near her family home in North London. The young parents have set the record of the lowest combined age of any British parents in history.

A source close to the family told The Sun that the pair, who have been in a relationship for over a year, were ‘totally in love’ and plan to bring up their newborn daughter together. 'Both sets of grandparents are incredibly supportive. It’s a very difficult situation because the parents are both so young – but their families are right behind them. ‘The baby’s mum and dad have been in a relationship for more than year, so this isn’t a fleeting romance. They intend to stick together and bring their daughter up together.‘They’re very into each other, totally in love. She is obsessed with him. She sees this as true love. They want to get married.’ The young mother, who lives with her mother, hopes to return to school in September. At 27, her mother is one of the UK’s youngest ever grandmothers reports The 

Another BRITAIN'S Youngest parents, both 14

Another set of young parents


Activists in UK have called for the deportation of Nigerian movie producer and preacher, Lady Apostle Helen Ukpabio, founder of the controversial Liberty Foundation Ministries who runs a branch of her ministry in UK where she has now relocated to. The activists in their letter claim she is a major threat to children, based on her doctrine that if a child under age two screams and cries in the middle of the night and with health conditions, that child is a servant of satan. 

Home Secretary, Theresa May has been urged to look into the case of this Nigerian witch hunter, ban her, and prevent her from further revivals which she does at different UK locations. The preacher who claims to have been betrothed to Satan in her teens before being rescued from a cult at the age of 17 now specialises in deliverance sessions for liberating witchcraft captives. The move which is said to put children's safety at  risk

As at the time of filing this report, we learnt Ms Ukpabio hasn't been tracked down.

Saturday, 12 April 2014


The President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan's daughter, Faith Elizabeth Sakwe weds her heartthrob Prince Osim Godswill Edward today Saturday April 12th at the National Ecumenical Centre in Abuja. 

The gold plated iPhone wedding souvenirs 


The original date of the Nigerian Diaspora Direct Investment Summit (NDDIS) has been changed to the 12th and 13th of June 2014. This is to enable the Honourable Minister of Trade and Investments, Dr Segun Aganga to attend. He is expected to deliver the key note address to help mobilise Nigerians in the UK to invest in Nigeria. This was stated at a press conference held in the banquet hall of the Nigerian High Commission in London on Thursday, 10th April, 2014. The Press conference had in attendance the men and women of the press corps, both local and international.  It was also attended by the SSA on Investment to the Kaduna State Governor and the Commissioner for Trade and Investment from Niger State.
The Press Conference opened with an interactive session coordinated by the newly appointed NDDIS Head of Media, Don Pedro Okojie who began by asking those present to discuss their experiences of the problems faced by many Nigerians in the Diaspora who chose to invest in Nigeria and to exchange ideas on best practices and how Nigerians in Diaspora can safely return to their country to contribute to national development.
Mr Folayan revealed that the NDDIS team had written to the 36 states of Nigeria, visited 10 states on invitation and first 3 have indicated their willingness to provide business incentives and support for Nigerians in the Diaspora. 
“So far, three states have indicated their willingness to partner with the NDDIS to support Nigerians in the Diaspora because they are looking for Nigerians willing to relocate and set up SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) to support the mining sector or to partner with existing businesses in Nigeria.” said Bimbo Roberts Folayan NDDIS Executive Director and Chairman of the Central Association of Nigerians in the UK (CANUK) in his welcome speech.
“I undertake to go to all lengths to mobilise serious minded and genuine Diasporan Business leaders and their UK friends to focus on these states in particular, because of their willingness to champion Diasporan efforts to invest in Nigeria.” said Mr Folayan.
In promising that the NDDIS would not be an ordinary talk shop, but a real deal making Business-to-Business meeting of Nigerians in Diaspora and Government and Private Institutions from Nigeria he stated: “For the second time, the NDDIS will open its ‘deal room’ and invite Diaspora businessmen to meet with Commissioners and Investment Directors to discuss opportunities on one-to-one basis during the summit.”
Mr Folayan also revealed that a new publication ‘The Eminent Nigerian Series’, designed to promote the ethical values of Nigerian heroes, would be launched at the summit.
The Chairman of the NDDIS Steering Committee, David Smith of the British African Business Alliance spoke on the fragmentation of the Diaspora and the need for people, institutions, agencies and governments to act as ‘Diasporan Champions’.
He commended the Chairman of the Central Association of Nigerians in the UK, Bimbo Folayan and described him as a Diaspora Champion who promotes the interest of the Diaspora for the benefit of Nigeria. He talked about the mass potential of Nigeria and the growing opportunities that abound for those interested in investing.
According to Mr Smith, there is a pressing need to develop the SME sector. “The statistics illustrate the disparity between the present situation of 17.5m Micro and SMEs, where 98.8% are subsistence businesses and Nigeria’s need to develop the SME sector into a powerhouse of economic growth and the creator of widely held wealth. This is a role in which the Diaspora is ideally positioned to help; through its expertise, experience and investment potential,” he commented.
Talking on behalf of the Nigerian States, Mohammed Lere, the Senior Special Adviser to the Kaduna State Governor on Investments, commented “We are looking for new businesses to come to Kaduna State and Nigeria in general and we have a range of incentives to support our programmes.” He provided details on DVD of the Kaduna Investment Support Programmes and promised to look after any Diasporan who chose to come to Kaduna outlining the funding support that is available through Kaduna State and Bank of Industry.
Whilst addressing the audience he explained the rapid change that is taking place in Nigeria’s business environment.  He urged those with apprehension to rethink and place their faith not only in the NDDIS, but also in Nigeria as a whole, in order to capitalise on the bourgeoning market.  
Other speakers included David Foxman, the Chairman of Developed Africa, an online platform that provides links between Investors and Entrepreneurs. He commended the organisers of the NDDIS and stated that Developed Africa is in partnership with NDDIS and will soon be integrating their platform with that of the NDDIS so that those who plan to invest in Nigeria can have access to their growing lists of Investors and Entrepreneurs.
During  the question and answer session, Mr Folayan revealed that the Patron of the NDDIS is the current Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, Dr Dalhatu Sarki Tafida, who has given his full support to the initiative to mobilise Nigerians in the UK for the benefit of their country.  The 2nd Summit also has former High Commissioner Bola Ajibola’s law firm as Legal partner to help follow up deals with Nigerian businesses and governments and to work with Hallmark Solicitors in the UK who will help coordinate all deals coming from the summit.
The maiden event of NDDIS in June 2013 was attended by the Oyo state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, his wife and delegates from Oyo state, Officials from Bayelsa and Kaduna States, SMEDAN, NIPC and several other agencies from Nigeria and the UK. The 1st NDDIS conference was described by participants and dignitaries as a resounding success, creating increased belief that the 2nd conference will surely surpass it.
Mr Folayan commended the sponsors and partners of NDDIS, Shell, Stanbic Bank, Arik Air, MoneyGram and ISAC, Monopoly and Metlife Insurance  and described them as preferred businesses for Diasporans to engage because of their support for Diaspora efforts and their continued support for the actualisation of the summit.
The 2nd NDDIS aims to provide a direct link between interested individuals and businesses in the Diaspora with state governments and business partners in Nigeria, helping to bridge the gap in investment opportunities.
Delegates were advised to visit the NDDIS website: www.nddis.com to register for the summit.

Chairman of CANUK, Bimbo Folayan addressing the Press

The trio of Mohammed Lere, Bimbo Folayan and David Smith at the Conference
SSA to Kaduna State Governor                                                
                                                   Don Pedro Okojie

Saturday, 5 April 2014


Earlier today, Faith, the daughter of the President of Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan commenced on the first leg of her matrimonial journey to hubby, Godswill Edward Osim in Otueke, Bayelsa State, the President's hometown. The white wedding is billed for 12th April.
•The bride
•President with daughter 
•First family with in laws 

•The new couple
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