Monday, 18 October 2021
Monday, 04 October 2021 00:56

Awoniyi strikes twice as Union beat Mainz

Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi netted two goals against his old club Sunday as Union Berlin fought from a goal down to beat Mainz 2-1 and continue their fine start to the Bundesliga season.

Awoniyi struck twice in four minutes in the second half to give high-flying Union their first away win of the season and fire them up to seventh in the table.

After a sluggish first half with few chances at either end, it was Union loanee Marcus Ingvartsen who gave Mainz the lead shortly before the break.

A mistake from Union midfielder Genki Haraguchi allowed the home side to launch a lightning-quick attack down the left, and the unmarked Ingvartsen stroked Karim Onisiwo’s low cross inside the near post.

But it was former Mainz striker Awoniyi who had the last laugh as Union bounced back after the break.

Having missed a handful of chances throughout the game, the Nigerian levelled the scores with a cool finish on the counter-attack 20 minutes from time.

A few minutes later, the 24-year-old scored an almost carbon copy of his equaliser to put Union ahead, once again latching onto a long ball and holding off the Mainz back line before slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

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BY MODUPEOLUWA ADEKANYE/ GUARDIAN.NG

Whitemoney has emerged as the winner of the 2021 BBNaija ‘Shine Ya Eye’ season with a #90 Million grand prize which includes a ₦30 Million cash prize.

The finale kicked off with Made Kuti performing to a large crowd who were ready to see which of their favourites will emerge as the winner. Right after Kuti’s thrilling performance, Big Brother gave the finalists a heartwarming speech.

Emmanuel who was the veto power holder became the first finalist to be evicted. After Emmanuel, Angel left in 5th place. The 21-year-old won fans over for her free-spirited nature. She says she believes she will make the #90 Million outside the house, and also has plans to venture into real estate, salon business, mental health, and spa business.

After an awesome performance from ex-BBN housemate Avala, Ebuka announced the eviction of another fan-favourite housemate Cross. Cross hoped to be the 2nd or 3rd evicted housemate, sadly, he ended up in the 4th place.

The second runner-up of the season turned out to be Pere, who is popularly called the General. The 36-year-old had an intriguing run on the show from joining as a wild card to his spot in the finals getting nearly lost to Angel. Interestingly, he declared his love for Maria.

While the fans were anticipating who the winner would be between Liquorose and Whitemoney, the winner of the last season, Laycon gave an outstanding performance. Laycon’s performance preceded performances from Lojay, Ajebo Hustlers, and the biggest announcement of the night confirming Whitemoney as the winner of the ‘Shine Ya Eye’ season.

Whitemoney won the season in a landslide victory scooping 47% of viewers’ votes. Liquorose came second place with 22.99% of viewers’ votes.

Liquorose says she never expected to get this far and the excitement from Whitemoney can be seen.

This marks the end of BBNaija ‘Shine ya eyes’ season, till it is time for the reunion where issues during and after the house would be thrashed before another season starts.

Published in News & Stories

By Oluwatomisin Amokeoja/ THE NATION

BBNaija season six winner Whitemoney will on Monday be presented with his N90 million grand prize.

According to the organisers, the winner’s prize presentation will commence at 3 pm on Monday.

Whitemoney displaced Liquorose with 47% of the total votes cast for finalists.

He will be awarded a cash prize of N30 million, a two-bedroom flat courtesy of Renovation Plus, Innoson IVM G40 and TravelBeta travel package for two (a trip for two to Dubai, including Airport Transfer and Tours.

Other items include cash in Abeg Wallet, cash prize from Patricia, a weekend getaway to Seychelles courtesy Diageo, Arla makers of Dano will provide cartons of Dairy products.

He will also enjoy Pepsi supply for 1 year + merchandise, packs of Munch It and merchandise, Tecno Products including the Tecno Phantom X mobile phone, WAW Detergent Cartons and Hawaii Soap products.

There will also be consolation prizes which are are yet to be disclosed for the runners up.

Published in Headliners

By Oluwatomisin Amokeoja/ THE NATION

Whitemoney has won the sixth edition of the BBNaija show.

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu declared him winner at the finale on Sunday night.

This leaves Liquorose as the first runner up of the Shine Ya Eye edition.

He displaced Liquorose with 47% of the total votes for the finalists.

Liquorose was left with 22.99%.

Whitemoney bagged the N90 million grand prize.

Details shortly…

Published in Business and Economy
Saturday, 02 October 2021 19:13

Nigeria at 61: Time for reflection

To use the word ‘celebration’, in reference to the marking of the 61st Independence anniversary of this country today, is a glaring misnomer about which the Nigerian leadership should be ashamed.

Given the fact that achievement, high performance, triumphs and successes are the outcomes that right-thinking people celebrate, there is no justification for any pageantry highlighting the failure, low performance and crass ineptitude that have dogged the country in recent times, and on many ramifications. This is why in the light of the gruesome realities enveloping the country, Nigerians rightly consider as pure tokenism and a shameless act of deceit to be excited about independence, let alone celebrate this annual ritual in pomp and merrymaking.

Nigerians are not enamoured with Independence anniversary, not just because of the country’s failings and steady descent into unbelievable anarchy, but more because such degeneration is grossly irreconcilable with her enviable human and material resources that leaders, in succession, mismanage even as they desperately pretend that what is amiss is insignificant, If the years of military dictatorship were regarded as the ‘‘years eaten by the locusts,’’ the abysmal descent of today’s Nigeria may be said to be ‘‘more years eaten by the locusts.’’

Significantly, the narratives of Nigeria’s transit revisited regularly on occasions such as today, have changed only in the reflection of a deepened tragedy of state failure, leaving as cause for chest-beating only the fact that the country remains one, miraculously; along with sparkles of personal development and individual break-through that have emerged from resilient Nigerians who have risen above the crassness and mediocrity of state institutions.

On the home front, successive leaders have abandoned the dream of our founding fathers for Nigeria and replaced it with motivations of self-aggrandizement. The country is divided, people are very poor, life and property are insecure and life is worthless. Every now and then, we witness Nigerians disowning their country with so much disgust and, spewing the worst kinds of invectives at their motherland. While persons of means have secured foreign citizenship for themselves and their families, others are making frantic efforts to do likewise or emigrate from Nigeria. This is the Nigeria that has been bequeathed to the upcoming generation of leaders: a disillusioned country, morally weak, socially fragmented, religiously disoriented and economically comatose.

This is not how a truly independent country carries on. To chart a course for progress, Nigeria needs big dreamers and, more especially, people who would not want to do things the usual way. To justify any claim of being independent, Nigerians must, first of all, ascertain the basis upon which they lay claim to independence. Do the different people that makeup Nigeria see themselves first of all as Nigerians? Or do they lay claim to clannish or tribal allegiance as their most fundamental identity?

Nigerians need a sense of national pride and national spirit, through which all the values, ethos and cultures from their different ethnic groups are harnessed. In other words, there must be a genuine sense of belonging in this country we call ours. To this end, the political class and ruling elite must not privilege a section of the country over others or treat others as second class citizens. Leadership is not about ethnic domination or selfish power imbalance; it is rather a disposition of moral strength and sacrifice to genuinely carry out a mission for the common good.

The imperative before Nigeria as she marks her 61st independence anniversary is to take a leadership position in Africa and the black world. Nigeria is naturally endowed for this leadership role which indeed she has played creditably in past engagements in the African continent and abroad. Leaders should be looking at the exemplary and inspirational roles the country can play, say, 50 years away. However, this can only happen if Nigeria rids herself of incompetence, greed and avarice that have become embedded in her leadership.

If there is anything worth celebrating at all, it is the tenacity and resilience of Nigerians who have decided to own their country despite its repeated embattlement by various categories of outlaws. These Nigerians include the farmers and locals trapped in the enclaves of terrorists and bandits, the repeatedly hounded school children, the disillusioned women and children in IDP camps, the soldiers in the trenches of war and police officers sacrificing their lives on the altar of parochial leadership; and the forlorn Nigerians who everyday hope in God that this too shall pass away. It is these Nigerians, who have kept this country together, that deserve the greatest courtesies.

If the government, especially the Muhammadu Buhari administration needs to do anything it is to fall in line with the nationalistic agenda of the founding fathers of Nigeria. President Buhari should accept that under his leadership, Nigeria has witnessed the worst deterioration ever. Leaders and followers must do their best to ensure that they desire a new, better Nigeria. Leaders must lead well and wean themselves off the selfishness and minimalism into which they have immersed themselves. To make this country work, citizens, especially the leadership, must be truly Nigerian by patronising Nigeria.

Nigerians at all levels should be well-meaning enough to embark on conscientious sober reflection on the state of the nation. Leaders should examine themselves on the quality of leadership they have meted out on the polity. They should reflect on whether or not they have fostered any home-grown solutions to Nigeria’s problems in the economic, educational and health sectors. Leaders must ask themselves whether their stewardship has done the basic minimum for their people. All Nigerians must question themselves about their positive contribution or negligence or indifference to the fight against corruption. Everyone should respect the rule of law and place a high premium on its human capital.

The need for concerted efforts is hinged on the fact that both the leadership and followership are complicit in this degeneration at all levels. Whereas the elite are parasitical on the misfortune of the hapless masses, the followership is largely complacent. As we have often noted, the duty to salvage the country is a moral obligation built on character. Great nations are built on the strength of character of their people. If Nigeria must be great, every person must take responsibility; everyone must commit to doing what he ought to do to his/her community. This is the basic moral obligation to the country. This is the meaning of being truly independent.

Published in Business and Economy

Liquorose, a two-time Head Of House in the BBNaija Shine Ya Eye edition, recently got a message to help her forge ahead.

Liquorose used some of her BB tokens to get an encouragement letter from her friend, Emeka.

Liquorose was taken to the executive lounge to listen to the message which got her emotional.

Emeka, speaking to her, encouraged her to be herself and continue to make her fans proud.

“I was so excited when I heard I had to make a message for you. I expected you to go into the house and do us proud but you exceeded our expectations.

“Few more days to go, we can’t wait to see you and we’re doing our own part out here for you. Just be yourself,” Emeka told Liquorose.

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The nominations for the BET Best Hip Hop awards are out, but it was only Ladipoe, the Mavin Record artiste that made it.

He has been nominated for the Best International Flow award, along with six other international singers.

They are Nasty C (South Africa), Xamã (Brazil), Laylow (France), Gazo (France), Little Simz (UK) and Dave (UK).

There was no nomination for Burnaboy or Wizkid or Davido.

Ladipoe, full name Ladipo Eso, was educated at University of North Carolina and majored in both Biology & Chemistry.

It was there he got into music and co-founded the group Lyrically Equipped with his friends Jeffrey and Kurt.

He was then signed to Mavin Records by Don Jazzy in 2017.

The 16th BET award show will air on Oct. 5 at 9 PM on BET.

The show itself will be filmed on Oct. 1 at the Cobb Energy Center in Atlanta, GA.

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion led the nominations for this year’s awards, with nine apiece.

Drake earned eight nods across seven categories.

He is up for awards including Hip Hop Artist of the Year and Song of the Year.

Read the full list:

Hip hop album of the year

“A Gangsta’s Pain,” Moneybagg Yo
“Call Me If You Get Lost,” Tyler, The Creator
“Culture III,” Migos
“Good News,” Megan Thee Stallion
“Khaled Khaled,” DJ Khaled
“Savage Mode II,” 21 Savage & Metro Boomin
“The Off-Season,” J. Cole

Song of the year
“Back in Blood,” Produced by YC (Pooh Shiesty feat. Lil Durk)
“Late At Night,” Produced by Mustard (Roddy Ricch)
“Laugh Now Cry Later,” Produced by G. Ry, Cardogotwings, Roget Chahayed & Yung Exclusive (Drake feat. Lil Durk)
“Up,” Produced by Yung DZA, Sean Island, DJ Swanqo (Cardi B)
“WAP,” Produced by Ayo & Keyz (Cardi B Feat. Megan Thee Stallion)
“Whole Lotta Money (Remix),” Produced By London Jae, Beatgodz, Tee Romano (Bia feat. Nicki Minaj)

Hip hop artist of the year
Cardi B
Drake
J. Cole
Lil Baby
Megan Thee Stallion
Tyler, the Creator

Best Hip Hop Video

Cardi B, “Up”
Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”
Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”
Drake feat. Lil Durk, “Laugh Now Cry Later”
Lil Nas X, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”
Saweetie feat. Doja Cat, “Best Friend


Best new hip hop artist

Blxst
Coi Leray
Don Toliver
Morray
Pooh Shiesty
Yung Bleu

Best collaboration
21 Savage & Metro Boomin Feat. Drake, “Mr. Right Now”
Bia feat. Nicki Minaj, “Whole Lotta Money (Remix)”
Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”
DJ Khaled feat. Lil Baby & Lil Durk, “Every Chance I Get”
Drake feat. Lil Durk, “Laugh Now Cry Later”
Pooh Shiesty feat. Lil Durk, “Back in Blood”

Best duo or group
21 Savage & Metro Boomin
Chris Brown & Young Thug
City Girls
Future & Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Baby & Lil Durk
Migos

Best live performer
Busta Rhymes
Cardi B
DaBaby
Doja Cat
Megan Thee Stallion
Tyler, the Creator

Lyricist of the year
Benny the Butcher
Drake
J. Cole
Lil Baby
Megan Thee Stallion
Nas

Best international flow
Ladipoe (Nigeria)
Nasty C (South Africa)
Xamã (Brazil)
Laylow (France)
Gazo (France)
Little Simz (UK)
Dave (UK)

Video director of the year

Cole Bennett
Colin Tilley
Dave Meyers
Director X
Hype Williams
Missy Elliott

DJ of the year
Chase B
D Nice
DJ Cassidy
DJ Drama
DJ Envy
DJ Jazzy Jeff
DJ Scheme
Kaytranada

Producer of the year
DJ Khaled
Hit-Boy
Metro Boomin
Mustard
The Alchemist
Tyler, the Creator

Hustler of the year
Cardi B
Drake
Lil Baby
Megan Thee Stallion
Saweetie
Yung Bleu

Best hip hop platform
Complex
Genius
Hip Hop DX
Hot New Hiphop
The Breakfast Club
The Shade Room
Worldstar Hiphop
XXL

Sweet 16: best featured verse

Cardi B, “Type Shit” (Migos feat. Cardi B)
Drake, “Havin’ Our Way” (Migos feat. Drake)
Jay-Z, “What It Feels Like” (Nipsey Hussle feat. Jay-Z)
Lil Durk, “Back in Blood” (Pooh Shiesty feat. Lil Durk)
Megan The Stallion, “On Me (Remix)” (Lil Baby feat. Megan Thee Stallion)
Roddy Ricch, “Lemonade (Remix)” (Internet Money feat. Don Toliver & Roddy Ricch)

Impact track
Black Thought, “Thought Vs Everybody”
Lil Nas X, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”
Lil Baby & Kirk Franklin, “We Win”
Meek Mill Feat. Lil Durk, “Pain Away”
Nipsey Hussle feat. Jay-Z, “What It Feels Like”
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BY MICHAEL BAMIDELE / GUARDIAN.NG

2Face Idiba

2Face Idibia has appealed to the public and his families to sheath their swords in his first statement over the crisis rocking his marriage.

This is following accusations of infidelity by his wife Annie Idibia who subsequently had a heated exchange on social media with 2Face’s younger brother, Charles Idibia.

2Face also known as 2Baba, in his first statement, said he he will not fold his hands and watch everyone have a “free for all” over issues affecting his family.

“I admit that bringing our personal issues on social media was not cool but I will not sit back and watch everyone have a free for all battle here in the name of love or solidarity,” 2Face wrote on his Instagram page.

“None of us is perfect. I will like to urge our families and supporters to stop the madness and the public to please respect our privacy and our kids. Let us deal with our issues internally. I take God beg una.”

Image: Instagram/official2Baba


Annie Idibia, in a now-deleted Instagram Story post, had accused her husband, 2Face, of infidelity.

“I’m a patient woman, I am not a fool innocent! Your family never loved me from the beginning, no matter how hard I tried. I was never worthy to them. I have made so many sacrifices for you and all your children. God knows I have tried,” she wrote.

Annie Idibia

The actress claimed that 2Face spent nights under the same roof with one of his baby mamas after taking his kids to Disney Land.

“What kind of man takes his kids to Disney and spends nights in the same apartment with his kids and their mother! How many times have you gone to see your kids with Pero and she stays with you and the kids under the same roof for nights?” she claimed.

In the post, Annie urged her husband to do better and also indicted the singer’s manager, Efe. Annie also claimed that Tuface’s baby mamas use his children ‘as an excuse for all sorts of rubbish’.

2Face and Annie Idibia

She wrote, “Your baby mamas constantly use your children as an excuse for all sorts of rubbish! I try to stay gracious!! You’re not the first man on the planet to have kids by different women. You can do better. Everything I do is to show the good human that you are!!! But today, this move by you, Efe, Frankie, and your family is unacceptable.”

Reacting to Annie’s accusations, 2Face’s brother Charles accused the actress of using charm on 2Face among other things.

He wrote:

“You got married into a family of peace lovers …so peaceful that it’s actually an idibia family flaw as I have come to realise. Perhaps this has made you think that we must be fools, but trust me, we are not. You are bringing up a Disney trip that happen pre-covid19 simply because you somehow cannot totally have your way today like you are used to? Trying to paint your husband bad publicly( because he is a very private person).

“Is your threat tool and means of gaining control? …and I thought you were smart, abi dey dealer gave you the wrong dose today? Asking your mum who lives in one of the bedrooms to add more fire to the Juju pot is would have been a smarter move, but as God will have it, you choose today to expose yourself. You better finish what you started this Night, because maybe, just maybe the public might just help us all. Inno is dying slowly, never seen a man so unhappy in real life, but we must all maintain ‘peace’ that has never existed from day one …fuck that shit! ..am done. The idibia family never gave you peace you say, please bring out all the wrong we did to you and post on your page pls, because I have a lot to say, and am going to say it regardless.”

Published in Headliners

BY Gbenga Bada / THE NATION

For the sixth Saturday night party, interesting activities went down in the club as well as after the party.

Many viewers rated it as unique as the 17 remaining Housemates, which include the double Heads of House, threw caution to the winds rocking to a double DJ’s expertise behind the wheels of steel.

Here are the six highlights from the party that you might have missed:

1. The Nigerian cultural display

The housemates were thrilled to a culture-themed event. The theme was a massive hit with all the 17 housemates looking regal and astonishing!

However, the Orijin-sponsored party, had many of the outfits inhibiting housemates dance moves. Majority of the female housemates and some of the male housemates were not comfortable on the dance floor in their regalias.

2. Like Double HOH, it’s a Double DJ

Like the twist in the Head Of House game which produced a double Heads Of House for the first time in BBNaija history, two Disc Jockeys performed at the Saturday night party. Away from the traditional beads, wrappers, flowing dresses, the housemates seemed to have been inhibited from showing off some of the dance moves as expected. However, it appeared they had a blast with DJs Dayzee and Shawn on the wheel of steel. As expected, viewers and housemates were not disappointed. From DJ Dayvee’s mid-tempo tracklist to DJ Shawn’s classic hits, the housemates stayed glued to the dance floor till the night was over.

3. A new couple on the dance floor

Before now, it used to be Pere and Maria and then Saga and Nini but for the sixth Saturday night party, Boma and Tega took the centre stage as the new couple on the dance floor. Despite being referred to as the okro geng leader, Boma couldn’t help himself rocking Tega on the dance floor all through the party. As expected, Nini and Saga remained a partying couple. For the better part of the night, the couple also maintained their usual style of keeping their circle tight on the dance floor.

4. Liquorose, Saga, Cross defied clothing inhibition

The cultural clothing inhibition wasn’t enough to stop Liquorose, Saga, and Cross on the dance floor. The outfits were certainly not enough to disrupt the dance queen’s moves as well as the party beast and the resident gym instructor. In the flowing dress, Liquorose lit up the dance floor with her energetic moves and Saga couldn’t help giving the Yoruba demon vibes with his dance moves. Cross won’t be left out as his energy on the dance floor remained a mystery to viewers and fans alike.

5. Whitemoney goes on dance prowl

Call it the eviction blues or just an unusual consumption of Orijin bitters, a lot of the housemates decided to let down their guards. One of the wildly noticed changes was spotted in Whitemoney, who seemed to be on a dancing prowl. The singer and entertainer decided to ignore the kitchen and put some major dents on the dance floor for what might be his last Saturday night party. Whitemoney became electric in his dance moves and many of the housemates marvelled as he owned the stage in his own eclectic dance moves.

6. Cross remained the party beast

Hate it or love it, Cross has crested his name in gold in the history of BBNaija for being the party beast. The richest housemate in the sixth week with over N4million in task winnings didn’t bother about the eviction on Sunday night when he was on the dance floor. At some point, Cross was hopping on Whitemoney’s back and this stunned housemates who wondered where he gets his energy from. Another time, he was jumping all over the place with Emmanuel and Jaypaul as DJ Shawn raised the tempo of the night.

Published in Arts & Culture

She was a married woman without morals. And she paid for it at Sunday's eviction exercise. Gutter-filthy Tega Offiong Dominic-Ajeboh, popularly known as Tega, and the only married female in the Big Brother Naija Show, threw all caution to the winds, and engaged in wild sexual dalliance with fellow housemate Boma. Her wild, sexual escapades with fellow housemate Boma seemed to have caught up with her Sunday when she was booted out of the Big Brother Nigeria house. Boma himself was also ejected from the house. It was indeed good riddance to bad rubbish for both lovers.

A woman of easy virtue, Tega by her filthy sexual activities right in front of national television, epitomized all that is wrong with our society - low morals, low integrity and impunity for decent character. And happily she got the punishment that she deserved from the viewing public - ejection. The Big Brother Nigeria Show is indeed prime entertainment, and contestants show up to impress the viewers and gun for the top prize of N90m. But Tega offended public morality. She turned the show into a podium for scandalous and decadent behavior.

Tega was nominated for possible eviction with fourteen other housemates. She is a 29-year-old business owner and hails from Cross River.

Organisers of BBNaija had announced that Sunday’s eviction will be a ‘Kingsize’ eviction. Earlier in the week, Tega set tongues wagging with a video that went viral which featured her kissing fellow housemate Boma and romping in his bed.

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