Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, today pleaded guilty to 10 counts of money laundering, fraud, conspiracy to defraud, and other offenses in a London court. He pleaded guilty to stealing over $250 million in public funds.
With this plea, Ibori faces up to 10 years in a UK prison at his sentencing, which will happen after the trial ends. Goodluck and Goodbye!
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Article culled from Ynaija.com
"There are many examples of high-wattage celebrity that eventually find themselves done in by a misguided sense of their own immortality. The day eventually comes that they find themselves on stage and there are no cheering crowds. Then, it will dawn on them. But by then it will be too late..."This is about the SaharaTV interview. Continue to read the full article...
Judging by the fact that the transcript of D’banj interview with SaharaReporters TV is still one of the most-read stories on this platform even one week after it happened, this continues to be a hot button topic for thousands of young Nigerians – as it should be.
(See the interview transcript HERE.)
No one – no matter how many bodyguards he has or how many hit albums to his credit – should be above being interrogated by his or her compatriots over the state of the common enterprise called Nigeria.
Now, there are those who have reacted with visceral, even uncommon, anger over what they refer to as Dbanj’s insensitivity and a seeming discontent with the Nigerian reality. And there is the visibly minority view, which insists that D’banj is only an entertainer and should be left alone.
Yes, it is a bit of a stretch to criticise D’banj for not joining the rallies in Lagos or London, or to insist that he must oppose the fuel subsidy removal policy. It is after all his fundamental right as a citizen to hold an opinion, even if – perhaps especially when – it is not the popular one.
But that is hardly the point. What D’banj did was essentially tell his interviewer that he had no concern on the subjects of poverty, fuel subsidy removal and the way the affairs of the country are managed – and in the most dismissive sense.
This is wrong for many reasons.
For one, the artiste has referred to himself as a youth ambassador. Of course, as people try to position themselves and their careers, titles like this are strategic to that advancement. However, they must also be ready for the responsibility that comes with that priviledge.
Even more to the point, there is an ironic contraction to D’banj’s latest stance that severely undermines his personal credibility. The singer has always been in his legal and moral rights to produce a song for any politician for a fee – as a business person, this is proper practice. However, in D’banj’s case, he has insisted that this was an endorsement based on belief and not a commercial venture.
This is where it gets tricky. How do you endorse a man out of concern for your nation a year ago and then suddenly be too busy to care about the most important matter concerning your nation, and brought about by that man, a year after?
For those who insist that D’banj is an entertainer and thus should not be burdened with these issues, that is the crux of the matter. He put himself out there.
Perhaps more disappointing than this lack of consistency, is the transparent arrogance in a young man whose success is created by the public, disdainful of the issues on the top of that public’s mind. It is impractical to expect Dban’j to have a Seun Kuti-like grasp of the complexities of cost of governance and fuel subsidy removal, but it is by no means out of order to expect him to show an awareness and sensitivity to those issues, at whatever level he understands them.
It is important for the famous and the influential to understand that patriotism and concern for one’s country is intrinsically linked to the entire concept of citizenship – active or not. You cannot be arrogantly disinterested in your country and still hope to profit from its progress.
D’banj is a talented young man with a superior grasp of his business and his musical brand. If anything, this is apparent from the sold out concert in New York immediately following the disastrous interview. But we certainly hope this is not an attitude he intends to keep up, just because the concert crowds are large, the music awards continue to stream in and the bank account is deservedly fat.
If that is in fact the case, then he would be sorely mistaken. There are many examples of high-wattage celebrity that eventually find themselves done in by a misguided sense of their own immortality.
The day eventually comes that they find themselves on stage and there are no cheering crowds. Then, it will dawn on them. But by then it will be too late.
Mercy Johnson Okojie Ini Edo
This is what the lovely actresses wore to the premiere of Ini Edo and Emem Isong's 'I Will Take My Chances', on Friday Feb 24th a Silverbird Galleria in Lagos, but before you pick best dressed, continue to see more photos...
Nse Ikep-Etim Omoni Oboli
So, best dressed goes to...???
Pix thanks to Nollywooduncut.com
CBN governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, said that the donation was in line with the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which was approved in 2006, enabling the bank to support people in times of need.
The CBN also donated N100m to the victims of the Kano attack in which over 200 died.
A 23 year old Australian woman, Sarah Jane Cochrane-Ramsey, has been fined after stealing more than $30,000 from Nigerian scammers who were running a fraudulent car sales website. In March 2010, Sarah agreed to open an Australian bank account in her name for a group of Nigerians who said they needed the account to transfer money from a phony car sales website. The Nigerians told her that she could keep 8% of the money funneled through the account, but instead Sarah decided to keep all of it.
Smart move!!!! hehehehehe
DavidO said he was asleep when the photos were taken. I personally think it's extremely wrong to take compromising photos of someone when they are asleep and make it public. But it's more sad to me that she's only 18 and doesn't find anything wrong in what she did. Thoughts?
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Chocolate City Group has signed its first female act. And she’s upcoming Port Harcourt based rapper Princess Esindu also known as Pryse.
The label’s lead act and exec M.I announced this afternoon, Friday, February 24, 2012 via his Twitter handle ‘Ladies and Gents… Its Official… @itspryse is the first official Choc Girl!!! Welcome to the fam!!!!’, @MI_Abaga tweeted.
Choc City CEO Audu Maikori confirmed the news to NET, ‘Yes it’s true, we’ve signed Pryse. We’ve been looking for someone like her for years but didn’t find till now’. Maikori says he got to know about Pryse through M.I who had told him about the femcee a while back.
‘Her art is overwhelming and we are satisfied with her lyrics and delivery’, Audu added.
‘I’m a Chocolate City artiste! I’ve been wanting to say those words 4 a while now! Lol…bear with me oh…’, Pryse excitedly tweeted a few minutes ago.
Pryse joins the list of artistes such as rapper M.I, Jesse Jagz, Ice Prince, and BrymO who have been flying the Choc City flag high.
Meanwhile, the label may also have signed R&B up-comer and former Nigerian Idol finalist Tonii, according to information on the label’s website.
With Chocolate City finally signing its first lady, all eyes are now on Empire Mates Entertainment and Mo’hits who are also hoping to pick up a female talent.