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By Adeniyi Adewoyin/ THE NATION

Big Brother Naija Shine Ya Eye housemate, Yousef has revealed he has a crush on Liquorose.

Yousef told fellow housemate Whitemoney during a conversation on Monday.

Yousef and Liquorose had kissed during a truth and dare game on Sunday night.

Speaking to Whitemoney, Yousef said he kissed Liquorose because he is crushing on her.

He said although he is yet to tell her about his feeling but he waited for Sunday night.

“Liquorose is my crush but I haven’t told her. For real she is my crush,” said Yousef

”Although I haven’t told her, I waited for that moment to kiss her during last night’s game.”

Posted On Monday, 02 August 2021 20:41 Written by

By Gbenga Bada/ THE NATION

Pere and Maria, the two wildcards in the BBNaija Shine Ya Eye house, have survived the first live eviction show and have officially begun competing for the grand prize with other housemates.

Ebuka took on the first BBNaija Shine Ya Eye live eviction show Sunday night but there were no goodbyes – just surprises!

After the ladies and gentlemen of the house settled in on Sunday, August 1, Biggie threw in the second twist of the season.

The mischievous Biggie told the housemates that two from among them were wildcards and they had a week to figure them out.

If they successfully did this, the two wildcard housemates would be evicted immediately.

Failure to do so meant they get to remain in the competition and battle it out for the grand prize.

The housemates investigated, questioned and tried hard to figure out who they were all week long.

The viewers were not left out in the guessing game until Thursday, July 29, when Biggie revealed that Maria and Pere were the wildcards.

During their Diary Room sessions on Sunday afternoon, majority of the housemates put forward Liquorose and Jaypaul as their prime suspects, to the amusement of viewers.

However, the cat was let out of the bag when Ebuka asked the wildcards – Maria and Pere – to reveal themselves.

This left the housemates surprised but impressed at how well they concealed their identities.

The game has now shifted gears as both Maria and Pere are officially in the game to win.

Ebuka revealed that both of them will have exclusive nomination powers on Monday night when the housemates exercise their nomination rights for the first time this season.

Posted On Monday, 02 August 2021 14:17 Written by

By Gbenga Bada/ THE NATION

Current Head of House Peace has mistakenly identified Liquorose and JayPaul as the wildcards.

Peace, who has been quite open about her suspicions and eagerness to find out who the wildcards are, has been seen to have conversations with different people to prove who the wildcards are and why she suspects them.

Towards the end of the week, Peace was spotted having a conversation with Boma,

Arin and Pere about her new suspicions.

In another conversation about her latest suspects with Tega, Peace was sure Liquorose and JayPaul were the wildcards.

One of the reasons she gave was that Biggie did not ask them about who the wildcards are in their Diary Sessions.

“They are the wildcards,” she said as she also picked up on a statement made by JayPaul about letting the wildcards stay in the house as her proof.

Interestingly, Peace’s suspicion held sway as Arin and Tega also hold on firmly to the belief that JayPaul and Liquorose are the wildcards.

However, Boma and Cross do not seem to be convinced because they are not sure JayPaul would decide to come into the house as a wildcard following how he lost a chance to be in the house last Season.

Posted On Sunday, 01 August 2021 12:55 Written by

By Samuel Oamen/ THE NATION

Biggie has revealed the ‘wildcards’ in the BBNaija 2021 Shine Ya Eye Edition.

They are Maria and Pere.

During a special Diary Session with Housemates on Thursday, Biggie asked Maria and Pere how they feel knowing they are the ‘wildcards’.

Wildcards are fake housemates of the show whose only purpose is to provide entertainment and serve as pawns of Big Brother in the House.

During the second launch of the reality show on Sunday, the host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, announced two housemates from all the 22 contestants are actually ‘wildcards.’

Posted On Thursday, 29 July 2021 23:10 Written by

By Adeniyi Adewoyin/ THE NATION

BBNaija Shine Ya Eye stars Boma and Maria have shared their first kiss in the House.

The kiss between the seeming love interests has been recorded as the first in Shine Ya Eyes edition.

Although not a romantic one, the lip-lock happened while the Housemates were testing their acting skills during the task preparation.

Boma was seated on a chair when Maria went to kiss him playfully.

Boma, a professional actor, who has featured in a Hollywood production, was the first housemate to step into the BBNaija Shine Ya Eye edition on Saturday, July 24, 2021.

Posted On Wednesday, 28 July 2021 23:33 Written by

By Olaitan Ganiu/ THE NATION

BBNaija season 6 housemate WhiteMoney has disclosed he is not a Casanova.

The bearded contestant made this revelation during his first diary with Biggie.

According to a 29-year-old man, he does not know how to seduce women but women come to him.

“I don’t know how to approach a woman,” WhiteMoney said.

Continuing he said, “They come to me because I have few of the things they like.”

Posted On Tuesday, 27 July 2021 02:21 Written by

By Chinyere Okoroafor/ THE NATION

The long anticipated Big Brother Naija sixth edition premiered on Saturday evening with the theme “Shine Ya Eye”

Anchored by its seasoned host Ebuka, this edition showcases mostly masculine fine men.

Below are males that have entered into the Big Brother House tonight:

Boma is a 34-year-old footballer turned ‘mixologist’ who is also into modeling was the first to enter the house.

Okusaga aka Saga is a 28-year-old engineer who hails from Lagos State. He became the second housemate to enter the house.

Yousef Garba is a 29-year-old teacher, model, who loves looking good for the camera.

Pere is a 30-year-old drama king. He is an actor and a real-estate agent, dripped into the show bearing ‘violence and ‘spontaneity’ as well as ‘adventure’.

White money is a business man who imports and sells shoes. He dislikes dishonest people. He’s bringing the fire and entertainment. He is the reason why people want to watch the show.

Adeniyi Lawal aka Niyi is 34 year-old from Oyo state. He wants to be known in the house as Niyi. The young man is spontaneous and likes to have fun. He is married too.

Yerins is a 27-year-old Bayelsa state indigene. He is a medical doctor and a polymath.

Jay Paul is an entertainer and into many things

Emmauel is a 24 year-old man who was become the first Nigerian to win the Mister Africa International title since its inception in 2011.

Samie is a student studying Guardian and Consuelling at ABU Zaria. He is also a filmmaker.

Cross promises to bring in a lot of drama. He also loves pretty women, clubbing and dancing.

Tomorrow will usher in all the female Housemates.

Posted On Saturday, 24 July 2021 22:07 Written by

By Ekaete Bassey/ THE NATION

Wizkidayo’s Essence with Tems has broken a new record on the Billboard Hot 100 and World Digital Song Sales charts.

“Essence” topped the Billboard World Digital Songs Sales list.

However, this isn’t the first time the superstar has topped the charts.

In 2019, Big Wiz’s collaboration with Beyonce on “Brown Skin Girl”, reached number one on the chart.

Wizzy’s “Essence” isn’t his only song on the Billboard World Digital Songs Chart.

Songs from the singer’s most recent album “Made in Lagos” are also climbing the charts quite rapidly.

Essence also peaked at number 72 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week as of July 21, 2021, making it the second week on the chart, having debuted at no. 82 just last week.

Furthermore, it is the first fully Nigerian song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song has risen ten spots in just one week after its release, demonstrating its huge global success.

Posted On Thursday, 22 July 2021 03:48 Written by

Mercy Eke won the 2019 edition of Big Brother Nigeria. She is also a television personality, model, actress and more. In this interview with Yetunde Oladeinde, she goes down memory lane to talk about her memories of the show, her relationship with Nengi, turning point in her career, mentoring young people as well as being newly appointed as ambassador of Payporte.

Let’s talk about life after Big Brother, any regrets?

I once said that if I should take anything back, what I would do differently in the house, is that I am going to be myself because I was myself throughout the show. Maybe, this time around, I would play the game as a single girl.

Did you regret falling in love in the house?

No! Love is a beautiful thing. I don’t think I regret falling in love with my ex-boyfriend. It was a beautiful experience, I enjoyed it while it lasted but life has to continue.

Let’s talk about COVID-19 lockdown last year. How did you spend your time?

Yes, last year it was really, really bad with COVID. I was indoors but the brands that I already signed with were there, I couldn’t tell them there was COVID. So, I created content in the comfort of my home and then had to put it out there. Of course, money had been paid and you have to work.

So, at that time, I was at home working with myself, creating good content and working for brands. They couldn’t do anything outside apart from us and we were on the social media. That was basically it.

We couldn’t travel or do the usual things. Everyone was just home and creating content for the existing brands came with lots of creativity.

You obviously wanted to leave the house and take advantage of the mileage that you had as well as remain in stardom. You have had that, yet you talked about worst moments, what could this be?

It varies. Worst times could come in different ways, it could be in terms of health, in form of family crisis, relationship crisis, mental crisis and a lot of other things. I have had some of this issues and it is not something that I want to put out there. It is something that we all face at some point in our lives. Most times, money is not everything. Money may not guarantee happiness. Some people may have all this things and still lack that inner peace of mind. So, when I say that I have been through it, I am coming from that point of view and talking about personal struggles that I have been through.

Tell us about your relationship with Nengi. She is also a brand Ambassador of Payporte that just signed you on. How do you intend to manage this?

That we are not friends is not true. We are actually having a photo shoot in Paris together. So, if we are not cool, there wouldn’t be such an arrangement. Most times, it is the social media that is overdoing things.

Let’s talk about the good times, some of the memorable moments in Big Brother?

I think that the good times is when I won, it was awesome. Also the relationships that I had in the house have been very fulfilling and memorable. I met some amazing people that till today it has grown to something else, something deep likes a deep connection, a deep relationship with these housemates. Of course, these are things that don’t make it to the social media. It is just us doing things, supporting each other and knowing that we are here; we went to this thing and learnt so much. And of us have a number of things in common and when you listen to our stories, we did well and wanted to better our lives. We went there and didn’t just come for the fame. Of course, some came just for the fame but we made sure that we grew from what we used to be to a better version of us.

Mercy Eke
Mercy Eke

You are multi -talented, actress, model and more. What drives the things that you do?

What drives me is the hunger for success, the desire to make it. To be able to help my family, help the people around me. As well as to be independent.

Tell us about your experience mentoring young people?

Yes, I do that. Even now, I just launched my Miss Eke Foundation in Lagos that was last week. For this project, I will be giving out N5million to young people, especially young entrepreneurs whether you have a business or not. Some have the idea but do not have the capital to drive it. So, I am bringing out this five million naira to help the young girls in my own little way. We have a form for our targets and there is a Hastag already for this. Most of them have applied and we have received over on thousand entries.

Tell us about life as Ambassador

I am the newest brand Ambassador to Payporte. It is not about how many deals that you have, it is about longevity. It is about staying in the game. It is about having these brands. There is no brand that has said that Mercy we have issues with you. I see a lot of people online fallout with the brands that they work with and bring this to social media.

I can beat my chest and say that there is no brand that I have worked with that I have ever fallen out with. That means that I know what I am doing. I carry the brands that I work with like my own brand. That is why I am very visible. All the brands that I am working with since I got out of the house; I am still working with them. I believe that

Payporte must have seen that to have still come. We have been on this since 2019. So, my brand is what I say it is. A reputable brand and that is what it is.

Did you reject any endorsement?

Yes, I have rejected a few brands, some of them signed but they didn’t come to terms with my conditions. It just didn’t work with me. I like brands that don’t like conflict. I like to work with all the ambassadors and we are there, they are paying us all this millions of naira to carry the brands to the next level. We have to bring value to these brands. But some of this brands trade off with conflict and they want to use the ambassadors to gain something. I don’t work with such brands. I like it when I am working with you and the atmosphere is calm. I can’t come for a shoot and we are sweating and at the end of the day, the whole thing would be in a mess. I want my peace and I am still growing my brand. I wouldn’t want a situation where in future a brand would say she is difficult to work with. So, if I see that from the onset, before we announce it that would be a no for me. I usually ask who is on board, are we going to work as a family and all that. If it’s fine, then I am okay. This latest endorsement is good, the people there are cool.

What are the things that you look out for?

I look out for shared values. In addition, this is a fashion brand and it is something that I am passionate about too. I first went to their page and I found that there has been a great growth. I love what they sell, I buy from them even when they don’t know. I can relate with them and I like to work with brands that I can relate with. They have beautiful outfits, something that anybody can afford. And it is affordable for every young person.

In addition, I am also working on something similar, a fashion brand. So, I would say that it is in line with what I want to do. He sees my vision and I also relate to his vision. I am therefore looking at a bigger picture, going forward to the next level. In a nutshell, I like bringing value to the brands I represent or work with.

What are the other things that occupy your time?

I am shooting my reality Show; this is actually the Season two. It is going to go worldwide and it is airing on African Magic. It is my personal show, The Mercy Eke Show. It’s all about my lifestyle, how I live, the brands I work with and what my fans should expect next. It is a reality show that covers everything about my life. It is centred around me, my family and whatever I do. Something like keeping up with the Kardashians.

What inspired you to do this?

So many things. Well, I just can’t pinpoint a particular thing.

Tell us about your romantic side?

Right now, I would say that I am single but not searching.

Let’s talk about early life. What was the experience like growing up?

I was born and bred in Owerri. My parents live there, it was interesting growing up with my mum and sisters. I schooled in Owerri from primary to the University. I read Psychology at MSUT.

Tell us about the things that you like to wear?

My style is being comfortable in whatever you wear. It doesn’t matter how much you buy it. Just like what I am wearing now. It’s Payporte and I can say that I look classy and very comfortable in it. I will wear it so far it looks good and feel myself wearing it. That is what fashion is for me, being sexy in your outlook.

What about Nigerian designers. How do you rate them?

They are great. I wear a lot of Nigerian brands when I go to events. I know that they are doing very well. A lot of them are very creative. In fact, they amaze me sometimes with their collections.

Posted On Sunday, 18 July 2021 22:13 Written by

Bleachers debuted a new song during their recent Tiny Desk concert for NPR – listen below.

Frontman Jack Antonoff, who is also a renowned producer for the likes of Lorde, Taylor Swift and other pop stars, joined his bandmates at New York’s Electric Lady Studios for the performance. The studio is also where the band have recorded their upcoming third album, ‘Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night’.

The band started their concert with ’91’, the unreleased song in question that is set to feature on their new album dropping July 30. Elsewhere, the group performed recent songs ‘Stop Making This Hurt‘ and ‘Chinatown‘.

Last week, Antonoff joined forces with Jason Isbell for a split 7′ single for charity in which they covered each other’s songs. Isbell covering Bleachers’ song ’45’, while Antonoff covered Isbell’s ‘Dreamsicle’ [via Rolling Stone].

All proceeds from the single will benefit the Ally Coalition, which Antonoff founded with his sister, Rachel Antonoff, to help provide support to LGBTQIA+ youth.

Last month, the band released new song ‘How Dare You Want More‘, which followed ‘Stop Making This Hurt’ and ‘Chinatown’.

Speaking about that single release, Antonoff said: “Over the past few years i found out things about my family that challenged some of the myths of our structure. I’ve felt rage, fear, darkness etc around it, but at the end of the day what i am left with is that everybody wants a little more and going out there and trying to get it is something that can produce a lot of shame in people.

“So…how dare you want more? How dare you go out and get what you want? How do you ask for it when you’re not sure if you even deserve it? It’s an easy song to write about the people in my life and the hardest thing to do to oneself.

“This one is the band on fire,” he continued. “Testing the boundaries of how close we can get to the edge without falling off. This recording could not have happened with any other group of people and its the direct sound of all the time we’ve spent on the road and how we’ve learned to know what each other is going to do. The band is carrying me through.”

Posted On Tuesday, 13 July 2021 01:19 Written by
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