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RISING Nigerian Afropop teen act, Phatiah, has returned with a new song after a brief hiatus.

After the release of her first two singles, ‘Itesiwaju Eko’ and ‘Education,’ Phatiah has returned to the scene with a new single, ‘Jeje.’

The young singer takes her music in a new direction to show a capacity for alchemical world-building. Phatiah made the new single in tandem with the popular street-hop act, Destiny Boy and had 2T Boyz as producer.

Posted On Sunday, 14 November 2021 17:57 Written by

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.

Posted On Monday, 04 October 2021 00:45 Written by

By Terhemba Daka, Abuja/ GUARDIAN.NG

Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd), has enjoined members of the National Assembly not to support to move to legalise cannabis, cautioning that members who vote for it might not be able to return to their constituencies.

Marwa made the submission yesterday while fielding questions from newsmen after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.

The former military administrator of Lagos said the World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed the dangers of cannabis to the brain, disclosing that Nigeria was the highest consumer of the substance globally.

Vowing that Nigeria would not submit to the push for its legalisation, Marwa said: “Now, the WHO itself has declared that cannabis affects the brain, alters brain function. It destabilises and affects behaviour. It also affects body organs, and at some point, it can lead to death.

“So, while we appreciate those who want to legalise it for financial gains, we have to be careful to reconcile it with life. So, it’s money versus life. And up to this point, science has not developed up to the point where it can remove the THC in cannabis to zero.

“Therefore, cannabis is harmful to our health; it is a danger to society. We must never allow its legalisation. What’s more, Nigeria has 10.6 million cannabis users; this is the highest in the world. Isn’t it sad?

“We should be the highest in science, technology, mathematics, physics and not highest in cannabis. That is something we need.

“We can never support legalisation and I don’t see how the National Assembly would pass the bill because I know 90 per cent or more of the honourable and distinguished members of the National Assembly know the implications of this legalisation. They dare not go back to their constituencies if anyone signs legalisation because we are seeing the implication on the ground. The youth, the families are being destroyed because of cannabis and drugs. It wouldn’t be legalised by the grace of God.”

Marwa, who revealed that he has received constant death threats from criminals in the course of his assignment, said he was not concerned even though he takes precautions.

Specifically, on the threats, he quipped: “Severally! It’s almost a daily occurrence because my phone number is open. Equally, messages come through family, through colleagues, and sometimes people at random whom we don’t know but I live in the territory. That said, we also take precautions.”

The NDLEA boss said he was at that presidential villa to brief President Buhari on the recent activities of the agency, especially the move to construct barracks for personnel of the agency, saying he received a positive response from the president on the initiative.

He added: “We have, as you know, personnel in the 36 states of the federation and FCT. Therefore, we expect barracks in all the locations. The budgetary provision is something that I will not comment on at this point.

“Well, the President told us well done. And that well done does not go to Gen. Marwa but the NDLEA officers and men. And if there’s a secret behind it, we thank the Almighty God for the successes recorded so far, and also to the gallant and professional officers and men of the NDLEA who have remained upstanding.”

Posted On Saturday, 04 September 2021 16:09 Written by

BY Alao Abiodun / THE NATION

Olajide Sowore, the younger brother of Sahara Reporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore, has been killed.

Sowore, in a terse post, said his brother was killed by suspected herdsmen/kidnappers in Edo state.

According to him: “My immediate younger brother, Olajide Sowore was today shot and killed near Okada in Edo state by reportedly herdsmen /kidnappers on his way from Igbinedion University in Edo sate where he is studying Pharmacy.

“They snuffed out the life yet another real human being! Rest In Power, “Dr. Mamiye!”

“This act in itself will not delay their day of justice.”

Playing tributes to the deceased, he said: “I traveled widely with you and our father as a little kid. You were the most loved robust kid I ever first knew. You, Mr. magnet had no enemy!

“You, Mr. Sunshine Foundation who made everyone happy.

“You, the boy who snuck out his older ones to parties, taking all the blames when our disciplinarian father found out.

“You, the guy who was an out-of-the-box thinker who decided school wasn’t for you and created you own genre of music and then turned around to go to school after you almost turned 50!

“You lived your life so that everyone could be alright but now assassinated by everything that’s not alright! Saddest day yet!”

Police authorities are however yet to confirm or deny the incident.

Posted On Saturday, 04 September 2021 15:58 Written by

BY Alao Abiodun/ THE NATION

In March 2021, pop star Innocent Idibia, popularly known as Tubaba or Tuface Idibia, and his wife, Annie, celebrated eight years of marital bliss.

In 2012, 2face had proposed to Annie on Valentine’s Day, a move that stirred her to tears when it happened as she wasn’t expecting it.

Going forward, the couple got married on March 23, 2013 in a star-studded wedding ceremony in Dubai.

They have two beautiful daughters, Isabella and Olivia.

But all does not seem to be well, following Annie’s recent outburst on Instagram, over 2face relationship with one of his baby mamas, Pero Adeniyi.

Annie had called out Tuface, for defying their marital vows.

She alleged: “Your baby mamas constantly use your children as an excuse for all sorts of rubbish.”

She also inferred that Tuface spent days with Pero, who has three children for the superstar, during a trip to the US.

Checks by The Nation shows 2face and Annie started dating when she was 15. Their relationship has, however, faced turbulent times.

2face during his relationship with Annie, had different affairs with other women. He is a father of seven; five from his previous relationships with other women and two with his wife, Annie.

His video African Queen, which saw Annie make appearances is the first video to be aired on MTV Base Africa.

2face Idibia once opened up on why he married his wife, Annie despite having kids from several other women.

He said: “When I used to repeat just 3 sets of clothes, she would always hold my head, look me in the eyes and tell me things will be fine one day.

“When I wasn’t handsome, she would call me her prince charming. When I wasn’t celebrated, she called me her king and said she is my number one fan and to this day, she still is.”

Posted On Saturday, 04 September 2021 01:19 Written by

BY Gbenga Bada / THE NATION

All isn’t well in the Idibia household as the cracks in Innocent Tuface Idibia and Annie Idibia’s marriage became the subject of public discourse on Friday.

Annie had on Thursday taken to her Instagram page to allege that her husband was cheating on her with one of his baby mamas, Pero Adeniyi, with whom he has three children.

The allegations were not allowed to go unanswered as friends, family and associates reacted.

From TuFace’s brother to Annie Idibia’s colleagues and associates, everyone seem to have an opinion on their eight-year-old union.

A number of friends who shared their opinions on the allegation chided the singer’s wife for washing their dirty linen in public.

Her elder brother, Uduak Macaulay, had criticised his sister saying he has cut ties with her.

“This is for mutual friends and family, I just want to announce the entity and actress known as Annie Idibia has ceased to be friend, family, sister,” he wrote.

“Don’t hit me up, don’t DM me about her I have nothing connected with Annie or that brand whatsoever.”

Charles Idibia, the youngest of the Idibias in the public eye took a swipe at his sister-in-law saying he would continue to speak out against her if it will help Tuface’s life.

“Your juju and drugs are finally catching up with you. These things never end well. Even your family has disowned you, that’s how terrible you are. All the public sympathy and lies won’t save you. Your mum who didn’t last one year in your dad’s house can live in your matrimonial home since you got married to be doing juju, but juju never ends well. The truth never expires,” Charles wrote, in a now deleted Instagram post.

Posted On Saturday, 04 September 2021 01:14 Written by

BY MODUPEOLUWA ADEKANYE/ GUARDIAN.NG

Nigerian music icon 2Face Idibia’s wife, Annie Idibia has called him out over his relationship with one of his baby mamas, Pero Adeniyi.

Pero is 2Face’s first baby mama and she gave birth to three kids for the music star.

Annie took to her Instagram on Thursday night to call him out over the relationship between 2face and Pero. She wrote:

I am 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 I tried. Your baby mamas constantly use your children as an excuse for all sort of rubbish. I try to stay gracious. You are 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 done by you, Efe, Frankie and your family is unacceptable. What kind of man takes his kids to Disney and spend 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 stay with you and the kids under the same roof?

She deleted the post some minutes after. However, 2Face’s brother replied to Annie on his own Instagram page. He accused her 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.

Annie Idibia and Pero’s rift can be traced back to 2015 and 2016 when they both called each other out on social media.

Their relationship took a left turn when photos of 2Face Idibia reportedly kissing Pero at the singer’s nightclub back in 2015 broke the Internet.

2Face is yet to say anything about the issue.

Posted On Saturday, 04 September 2021 00:55 Written by

BY Gbenga Bada / THE NATION

Boma and Tega have become pretty close and landed on the ship radar.

Boma, who prides himself as the huncho of Okra Geng (ladies can’t stick to him because he is slippery),has been spending a lot of time with Tega lately.

When it’s lights out, they also share the same bed.

On Day 37, Tega shared a passionate kiss with Boma during a game of Truth or Dare.

Since the kiss, there have been several rumours around their seeming closeness.

On Tuesday, Boma opened up about how he feels about Tega.

During his conversation with Jaypaul, he confessed that he liked Tega and he also extolled some of her virtues, noting how like-minded they were.

Boma pondered what could have been if she had been single.

However, he says that because she is married, he feels safe around her as he knows nothing will happen.

Posted On Thursday, 02 September 2021 16:18 Written by
Posted On Tuesday, 31 August 2021 03:25 Written by

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has taken into custody a former Abia Governor, Sen. Theodore Orji and his son, Chinedu over alleged N48billion security votes.

The two leaders are also expected to account for N2billion Ecological Fund and conversion of Sure-P funds.

While the ex-Governor was intercepted at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja before boarding a flight, his son reported to the EFCC headquarters.

According to a source, the ex-Governor, who has been on the Commission’s watch list, was intercepted at the Nnamdi International Airport, Abuja at about 1000 hours on Thursday and brought to the headquarters of the EFCC at Jabi, Abuja for the continuation of his interrogation.

The source said: “He is being quizzed alongside his son, Chinedu, the current Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, who turned himself in this afternoon upon learning of the arrest of his father.

“Senator Orji and his sons, Chinedu and Ogbonna, are under investigation by the EFCC for offences bordering on misappropriation of public funds and money laundering.

“The ex- Governor is alleged to have collected N500million monthly as security vote for eight years as governor of Abia state between 2007 and 2015.

“Other issues relate to the alleged mismanagement of N2billion Ecological Fund and conversion of Sure-P funds.”

The Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the arrest of the former Governor.

Posted On Thursday, 19 August 2021 19:15 Written by
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