Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Trump hovers over McCain, Rubio U.S. Senate re-election contests

Republican voters in Arizona and Florida are expected to pick Senators John McCain and Marco Rubio as their respective U.S. Senate nominees when they go to the polls on Tuesday, but one name not on either ballot, Donald Trump, looms large.
The Republican presidential nominee has endorsed both McCain and Rubio in their re-election bids even though he has rocky relations with both senators.

Car bomb kills five soldiers outside Somali president's palace: police

A car bomb claimed by al Shabaab Islamist militants killed five soldiers outside the president's palace in the Somali capital of Mogadishu and badly damaged two nearby hotels, police said.
Reuters witnesses said gunfire could be heard after the explosion and a huge cloud of smoke could be seen above the president's palace, outside which were the remnants of the car and splattered blood.

Nickel Discovery in Kaduna: Ministry appeals to Nigerians to be Patient

Nickel ChunkThe Ministry of Solid Minerals Development has appealed to Nigerians to be patient and allow it to come up with detailed report on the discovery of Nickel in Dangoma, a town in the North West area of Kaduna State.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mohammed Abbas.
According to the statement, since the first discovery many months ago, technical experts from the ministry have been following up on the development as provided by law.

We’ll protest naked to summon wrath of gods against FG, gas company over oil spillage – A’Ibom women

*Protesting womenNSIT IBOM- WOMEN of Obotim Nsit community, Nsit Ibom Local Government Area, Akwa-Ibom State (Nigeria) have vowed to protest nude to summon the wrath of the gods against government and a gas company whose pipeline was blown up in the community by the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, July 24, for allegedly abandoning them to their fate after the destructive incident.
They claimed that the explosion caused extensive damage to all the houses in the village besides ruining their farmlands and other means of livelihood, only for the company, working for the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, which constructed the pipeline, to simply evacuate its equipment after the incident and leave.

“Do something fast…. The buck stops on your desk” – Cardinal Okogie tells Buhari | Presidency Responds

He urged the president to fulfill the campaign promises made by him and his party – All Progressive Congress (APC), adding that “may it not be written on the pages of history that Nigerians die of starvation under your watch”.
He stated this in an open letter which he released on Monday. The letter read:

Scientists find Earth-like planet circling sun's nearest neighbor

Scientists have discovered a planet that appears to be similar to Earth circling the star closest to the sun, potentially a major step in the quest to find out if life exists elsewhere in the universe, research published on Wednesday showed.
The relative proximity of the planet, known as Proxima b, gives scientists a better chance to eventually capture an image of it, to help them establish whether it has an atmosphere and water, which is believed to be necessary for life.

Unknown Persons Seal Off APC Secretariat with ‘Juju’ | Photos

Ondo APC Charm2Unknown persons on Monday locked up the Ondo State All Progressive Congress (APC) secretariat located Oyemekun road in Akure.
According to DAILY POST, palm fronds and charms were used to erect Ogun shrine at the entrance gate to the office.
This is a follow-up to the crisis rocking the party as it prepares for its primaries ahead of the gubernatorial election in the state.

Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan hit by suspected suicide car bomb

A suspected suicide car bomber rammed the gates of the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek on Tuesday, killing the attacker and wounding at least three other people, officials said.
Officials from both countries described the assault as a terrorist act, and Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev ordered the government to take extra counter-terrorism measures in the capital and regions, his office said in statement.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

BMW Club Nigeria Celebrates 100 Years of Excellence with ‘BMW @ 100’ | Saturday, September 10th

BMW 100 (1)In line with its worldwide 100 Years Centenary Celebrations, BMW Club Nigeria will be celebrating BMW@100 this September.
The event highlights include:
  • Safety Talk
  • Time Attack
  • Auto Exhibition (Discount shopping on Auto accessories)

First Look: King Sunny Ade’s 70th Birthday Celebration in Houston, Texas

King Sunny Ade 70th birthday bellanaijaScreen Shot 2016-08-23 at 09.50.48_8_2016_On the 21st of August, Legendary musician King Sunny Ade had an electrifying performance in Houston, Texas with his 20 member African beats band. He also celebrated his upcoming 70th birthday, which is on the 22nd of September 2016.
The centrepiece for the celebration were his elaborate cakes that embodied KSA and his love for music so well; a custom musical turntable cake by Ehi’s Cakes that thrilled even the King himself.

Beyonce & Jay Z step out for the Premiere of Usher’s New Movie “Hands of Stone”

The ‘Hands Of Stone‘ U.S. premiere held yesterday, August 22, at SVA Theater in New York City.
Sugar Ray Leonard & UsherThe movie, which stars Robert De Niro as legendary trainer Ray Arcel and Edgar Ramirez as Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán also features musician Usher as Sugar Ray Leonard, a one-time undefeated lightweight champion.
The movie focuses on how, at age 72, Ray Arcel comes out of retirement to coach world-class Roberto Duran. Ray Arcel became a mentor to the ferocious fighter, convincing him that winning ultimately comes down to strategy. After scoring knockout after knockout, Roberto Duran prepared for a bout against Sugar Ray Leonard. Five months later, on Nov. 25, 1980, the two titans meet for an infamous rematch that makes boxing history.

Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Allegedly Killed RCCG Pastor & 2 Others in Kaduna

Armed-Fulani-herdsmenPastor Luka Ubangari of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Unguwan Anjo, has been killed by gunmen alleged to be Fulani Herdsmen on Sunday night.
PUNCH reports that the deceased was killed alongside 2 others near Godogodo in the Jema’a Local Government Area of  Kaduna State.
Ubangari was said to have been ambushed, shot and killed while on his motorcycle  after an evangelical visit to Golkofa, also in the area.

First Lady, Aisha Buhari Set to Launch Her “Get Involved Initiative” for Malnourished Children

Get Involved Official LaunchThe First Lady, Her Excellency Aisha Buhari is set to formally launch the Get Involved component of her Future Assured Initiative.
Get Involved is an initiative aimed at raising awareness on the issues of Malnutrition,  advocating for the underprivileged women and children; and victims of insurgency in the North Eastern part of Nigeria. It is painfully true that 2.5million children are malnourished in the country and without intervention, 500,000 children will die this year, thus the urgent need for extraordinary interventions.

#Kerry tells South Sudan leaders to stick to peace deal or face sanctions

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses a news conference in Kenya's capital Nairobi, August 22, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas MukoyaU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has urged South Sudan's leaders to "get the job done" by fully implementing a peace deal or face a U.N. arms embargo and sanctions.
His warning followed meetings in Nairobi on Monday with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and foreign ministers from Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan to discuss escalating violence in South Sudan and the deployment of a U.N. protection force.

Kerry tells Nigeria fight against Islamists is not just a military one

Nigeria's battle against Boko Haram will only succeed if it tackles the reasons why people join Islamist militant groups and if the government and its military gain people's trust, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday (Today).

#Science: What are the origins of life? There's a rocket for that

The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft which will travel to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu and bring a sample back to Earth for study is seen in an undated NASA artist rendering.   NASA/Handout via ReutersNASA scientists are putting the finishing touches on a spacecraft designed to rendezvous with Asteroid Bennu in 2018 to find clues about the origins of life.
"We are days away from encapsulating into our rocket faring and lifting this spacecraft on to the Atlas V vehicle and beginning the journey to Bennu and back," Dante Lauretta, the principal investigator of the mission told Reuters at the Kennedy Space Center.

In Iraq, Nigeria and now Turkey, child bombers strike

The boy looked scared and younger than 16 when Iraqi police grabbed him on the street in the northern city of Kirkuk. Pulling off his shirt, they found a two-kilogram bomb strapped to his skinny frame.
That was last Sunday. Less than a day earlier, Turkey was less fortunate: a teenage bomber detonated his suicide vest among dancing guests at a Turkish wedding party, officials say, killing 51 people, nearly half of them children themselves.

Nigerian air force says kills top Boko Haram militants as Kerry arrives

Nigeria's air force said it had killed a number of senior Boko Haram fighters and possibly their overall leader, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived for talks on tackling the militants.
Government planes attacked the Islamist group inside the Sambisa forest in its northeast heartland on Friday night, the air force said on Tuesday, saying it had only just confirmed details of the raid.
"Their leader, so called 'Abubakar Shekau', is believed to be fatally wounded on his shoulders," the statement by military spokesman Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman added, without going into details on the source of its information.

Friday, 19 August 2016

#Science U.S. astronauts prepare station for commercial space taxis

NASA astronaut Jeff Williams works inside the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) attached to the International Space Station in this still image from NASA TV taken June 6, 2016.  NASA/Handout via ReutersTwo NASA astronauts completed a six-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday to install a parking spot for upcoming commercial space taxis, which will end U.S. reliance on Russia for rides to the orbiting outpost.

Station commander Jeff Williams and flight engineer Kate Rubins floated outside the station's airlock

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Alicia Keys is “Just ready to be free” on the Cover of Ebony Magazine’s September 2016 Issue

alicia-keys-ebony-magazineWhile maintaining her dedication to the #nomakeup movement, music star Alicia Keys poses in a makeup free photo for the cover shot of the September 2016 issue of Ebony Magazine.

Nigerians to pay 9% tax on calls, SMS, MMS, Data, others

Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting organised by the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry, LCCI, on CST bill which seeks to levy nine per cent on subscribers for the use of the various communication services, Shittu said the outcome of deliberations on the bill would form the basis of his advice to the President.

Justin Bieber deletes Instagram account after committing online hara-kiri

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Singer Justin Bieber performs onstage during KIIS FM's 2012 Jingle Ball at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on December 3, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. /AFPIn the 1970s, an angry, maligned rock star would throw his television out of his hotel window, but Justin Bieber has gone for the millennial-style nuclear option — deleting his Instagram account.
The baby-faced Canadian musician, 22, committed online hara-kiri after becoming upset by a barrage of negative comments about his new friendship with Sofia Richie.

Leave Kanu alone, IPOB warns MEND

Nnamdi kanuENUGU—The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has warned MEND and it’s agents to leave Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB alone and face their business with the Federal Government. This was contained in a statement signed by IPOB’s Publicity and Media Aide, Comrade Emma Powerful yesterday.

Why I named my dog ‘Buhari’ — Trader

The embattled trader, Chinakwe.The Police in Ogun State, yesterday, released unconditionally, the 30-year-old trader, Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, who was arrested last Saturday for naming his pet dog ‘Buhari’.
The embattled trader, who was visibly angry after his three-day incarceration in police cell, was let off the hook around 5pm on Tuesday after the intervention of both the Serkin Hausa and President-General of non-indigenes in the state.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Super Star DJ Xclusive Most Anticipated All White Party is Back | Sunday, September 11th

Last year was massive, this year will be legendary. Super Star DJ Xclusive All White Party Flight 2016 edition holds at the Landmark Event Centre on Sunday, September 11th.
Save the date

#Rio2016: Faith Kipyegon Grabs 3rd Gold for Kenya after winning Women’s 1,500m event

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon of Kenya celebrates with the flag of Kenya after winning the gold medal in the Women's 1500m Final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 16: Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon of Kenya celebrates with the flag of Kenya after winning the gold medal in the Women’s 1500m Final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon, 22, has won a gold medal for her country after coming first in the women’s 1,500m race.

Johnny Depp & Amber Heard reach $7 Million Settlement in Divorce/Domestic Violence Case

After a long couple of months, movie stars Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have reportedly settled their divorce case.
CULVER CITY, CA - JANUARY 09: Amber Heard and Johnny Depp attend The Art of Elysium 2016 HEAVEN Gala presented by Vivienne Westwood & Andreas Kronthaler at 3LABS on January 9, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA – JANUARY 09: Amber Heard and Johnny Depp attend The Art of Elysium 2016 HEAVEN Gala presented by Vivienne Westwood & Andreas Kronthaler at 3LABS on January 9, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)

Drake Brings Eminem on Stage During his Detroit Show and Pays Homage to Him as “The Greatest Rapper to Ever Get on a Microphone”

Drake-Eminem-Detroit-BellaNaija-August-2016Rumours made the rounds recently that Eminem was preparing a Drake diss track. Well the two rappers shut them down when they shared the stage at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Jamaicans blow whistles, horns & bang metal pot covers for Bolt

Traffic came to a standstill and thousands stood in muddy puddles after a heavy storm, but Usain Bolt had won so it was time to party.
The national green and yellow colours dominated streets as people poured out to watch the Rio Olympics 100m on giant screens.
It was cool and there was a slight drizzle, but nothing could put a damper on the island’s festivities.
As Bolt struck his familiar lightning pose, Jamaicans blew whistles and horns and

Japan man arrested over unpaid taxi fare for 850km trip

A Japanese man was arrested for allegedly stiffing a taxi driver after having promised to pay when embarking on an 850-kilometre (528-mile) journey, police said Monday.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Hyacinth Idibia is out with TWO New Songs! Listen to “Na You” and “Roses”

IMG_33582Baba’s brother Hyacinth Idibia is back with new music.
Hyacinth Idibia, also known as Hi-Idibia, has kicked off his musical journey in 2016 with two brand new singles he dubbed “Na You” & “Roses”.

Patient’s Kidney Allegedly Removed at a Private Clinic in Adamawa | Govt Sets up Investigative Panel

Adamawa State Governor Mohammed Jibrilla BindowThe Adamawa state Government has constituted a six-man investigative panel to probe the alleged illegal removal of a patient’s kidney by a physician in a private clinic in Yola, the state capital.
Abubakar Muhammad, the the Information Officer of state Ministry of Health, confirmed this to newsmen on Sunday in Yola.
He said that one Dr. Hassan Yakubu of Jimeta Clinic was alleged to have conducted a surgery on the affected patient.

Torrei Hart wishes Ex-Husband Kevin Hart & Eniko a Happy Married Life

Kevin Hart and Eniko Parrish wedding_Torrei hart congratulationsComedian and actor Torrei Hart wished her ex-husband Kevin Hart and new wife Eniko a happy married life on Instagram, and advised the newlyweds to keep God first.
She shared a photo of them after they exchanged their vows and captioned it,

Alicia Keys Lands Her Second Make-Up Less Cover! Check out her Spread in Grazia France Latest Issue

Grazia France - ALicia-Keys-August-2016-BellaNaija 215-time Grammy Award Winner, Alicia Keys is doing a lot to embrace her flawless skin these days.
Only last month she graced the cover of Fault Magazine where she told the magazine that she’s letting go of the word perfection on her new quest.

Amber Heard says She “underestimated the toll” Her Divorce Would Take on Her after Video of Johnny Depp Allegedly Battering her Surfaced Online

CULVER CITY, CA - JANUARY 09: Amber Heard and Johnny Depp attend The Art of Elysium 2016 HEAVEN Gala presented by Vivienne Westwood & Andreas Kronthaler at 3LABS on January 9, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)Actress and Estranged wife of Johnny Depp, Amber Heard has thrown an unexpected curve ball into the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Divorce Case.
In a video released to TMZ, Johnny Depp allegedly went beserk on Amber Heard in their kitchen, throwing a wine bottle and glass and she videotaped the entire thing.

Not Beyonce – “I can’t dance or anything like that” Adele Hilariously Confirms She Won’t be Performing at “Super Bowl 51” Halftime Show in 2017

DENVER, CO - JULY 16: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Adele performs during her Adele Live 2016 tour at the Pepsi Center on July 16 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Thomas Cooper/Getty Images)In early August, rumors surfaced that Adele was a favourite to headline the Super Bowl 51 halftime show following reports that the singer was approached by the NFL to perform at the February 2017 event in Houston. However, at Adele’s concert Saturday night at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, she confirmed that while she was offered the gig, she turned the opportunity down.

Cameroonian Couple in Possession of 2-week old baby Arrested in Cross River

Nigeria Immigration ServiceThe Cross River State command of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has arrested a Cameroonian man, Kamsol Ayang, 44, and his wife, Theresa Asamoa, 46 in custody of two-week-old baby boy suspected to have been stolen, Vanguard reports.
Cross River State’s Comptroller of the Immigration Service, Funke Adeuyi,

MEND says Nnamdi Kanu accepted to renounce Biafra in secret

Nnamdi Kanu arrive the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, June 20, 2016.WARRI- THE Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta, MEND, today, took the the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, to the cleaners, saying he agreed in secret to renounce ‘Biafra’ in exchange for freedom, only to act hypocritically in public after sealing discussion with MEND on the matter.

Breaking News: New militant group fulfils threat, blows up pipeline in Delta

WARRI- BARELY 24 hours after it threatened to bomb oil installations in the Niger Delta region if the Federal Government did not stop its one-sided talks with the Ijaw ethnic nationality, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, NDJM, Wednesday, blew up a major trunk delivery line in Delta state.
The trunk line conveying crude from Isoko to the Eriemu manifold Urhobo nationality belong to NPDC and Shoreline Resources.

Wenger says Arsenal “Physically we are not ready”

wengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger said his team was not physically ready for the Premier League season after opening the campaign with a chaotic 4-3 defeat at home to Liverpool. With Per Mertesacker and Gabriel injured and Laurent Koscielny short of match fitness, Wenger deployed Calum Chambers, 21, and 20-year-old debutant Rob Holding at centre-back in Saturday’s game. wenger Like Koscielny, Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil are returning to fitness after Euro 2016 and to compound matters,

Usain Bolt wins, sets another record

Jamaica's Usain Bolt makes his trademark celebration pose after winning the final of the men's 200 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on August 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISJamaica’s Usain Bolt had a slow slat but a marvelous finish to create a record nobody is sure would be surpassed or even matched any time in this generation and some say in this life time.
With 9.81 seconds he won the 100m gold medal at the Rio Olympics. It was his third consecutive 100m gold, having won in Beijing in 2008, London in 2012 and now in Rio 2016.

I am not running against Crooked Hillary Clinton, media -Trump

TRUMP Donald Trump, clearly angered by news reports that he has grown depressed and sullen over his fading presidential prospects, has issued some of his sharpest attacks on the media. “I am not running against Crooked Hillary Clinton,” the Republican presidential candidate said in a speech late Saturday in Fairfield, Connecticut. “I’m running against the

5 killed, 5 injured in Third Mainland Bridge accident

LASEMA staff at the scene of the 3rd Mainland bridge accident .LAGOS—Five persons, including two children, were yesterday confirmed dead and five others injured in multiple auto accidents on Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos State. Vanguard gathered that the three vehicles involved in the crash, which occurred at about 6:10p.m. were a Lagos State government-owned (LAGBUS) bus, a Toyota Hilux owned by a local vigilante group and a Rover SUV.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

US condemns Indonesian anti-LGBT statements

(iStock)Washington - The United States criticized Indonesia on Thursday for saying there is "no room" for the gay community in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.

Jidenna set to tour Africa

He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.Nigerian-American singer, Jidenna has signed deals with American record labels Epic Records, Sony Music West Africa and Sony Music South Africa, all subsidiaries of Sony Music Entertainment.
This he did to get a global distribution and penetration for his forthcoming debut album.

Friday, 12 August 2016

‘Barack would have never been president if Michelle Obama had natural hair’

Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieNigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was a recent guest on Channel 4 News where she talked about racism in America, feminism and the politics of black women's hair.

My girlfriend’s mum blocked our marriage plans- Awurum, top Nollywood actor

•Awurum Charles Awurum is one of the highly rated comic-actors in Nigeria any mother would want for a son-in-law. But  this was not to be as the mother of his ex-girlfriend  rejected him after he proposed to her daughter and went ahead to fix a date for their traditional wedding. Feeling rejected and heartbroken,  Awurum later found his wife in a church, and, today, he’s better off for it. Ten years down the line, and with three big boys to show for the success of his marriage,

Kanu agrees to dialogue with Buhari

Muhammad Buhari. (File, AP)Abuja - Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu has agreed to negotiate with President Muhammadu Buhari to end agitation, Vanguard reported.
This comes after Kanu made this known to his lawyer while he was reacting to government's decision release some members that were arrested earlier on in the year.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

All truths about actor, Ani Iyoho who got burnt on set

ani iyohoNollywood actor, Ani Iyoho, who was reported to have sustained serious fire injuries in a fire stunt said to have gone bad, on the set of a movie shoot, was confirmed healthy and unscathed by the movie director. Ani Iyoho The actor, who was said to have been badly burnt when the fire stunt got out of control, was contracted to do the fire stunt which went well without a fire outbreak as

2days to the FirstStars Reality TV Show Premiere!

FirststarsOn Wednesday, August 3rd at 8pm WAT or 9pm CAT, tune in to Ebony Life TV DSTV 165 to come along with us on this journey to producing Nigeria’s future Oscar Winners. FirstBank in partnership with EbonyLife TV, through its First@arts initiative brings to your television screens from Wednesday, August 3rd 2016 –The FirstStars Reality TV Show!