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The Big Names In 2009 Show Biz

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Stephanie Okereke One of the good things that happened in 2009 was the N10 million movie titled premiere mark hit by top actress, Stephanie Okereke with her movie titled Through The Glass. Even though the film was not produced during 2009, it made an extra-ordinary mark and shot the status of Imo State-born actress high and made her one of the richest and most hardworking actresses in the country.

Funke Akindele

Funke got to the Zenith of her career through her celebrated movie Jenifa. The movie turned out be the only Yoruba speaking movie that has sold over one million copies in one year. Early in 2009, Funke won the award of best Actress in Africa at AMAA awards. She also scaled through and picked the prestigious Future Awards as the best Nollywood Actress for 2009. She equally bagged another as the best Actress for 2009 at the Afro Hollywood Awards. Her achievements and hardwork in the movie industry earned her endorsement deals with the telecom giant, Globacom worth N14 million per season for two seasons, as well as another one with the Lagos State Government. 2009 proved to be Funke Akindele’s year and it will not be out of place to say she was the wealthiest actress in that year.

Wedding Bells

The year 2009 ushered in a lot of weddings for showbiz people as many of them got their heart desires. There were lot of wedding in the year. Early in the year, and an unprecedented number of entertainers got married or renewed their wedding vows. Top actress Ini Edo opened the door for others to follow as she and her husband had their wedding in Houston, Texas, US after a superlative traditional marriage in her home town late in 2008. Ini’s wedding was followed shortly by another actress, kate Effiong whose traditional marriage was held in Lagos. After this, another huge surprise struck the Nigeria’s biggest veteran actress as, Liz Benson walked down the aisle after many years of widowshood and single parenthood. She got married to a Delta State based Bishop.

Ireti osayemi was the next to follow before Bisi Ibidapo-Obe got married to a German based businessman in secret. To end the year in style was Tricia Eseigbe, another top actress and a television presenter. She got married to kingsley Jite kerry in an elaborate wedding which pulled all the stops on the 19th of December.

Big Brother Africa  4

A Nigerian, Kelvin Chuwang Pam made Nigeria proud in far away South Africa when he became the first ever Nigerian to win the prestigious BBA 4 after years of trying. The Jos, Plateau State born 27 years old took home the handsome cash reward of  S200,000 for his troubles.

Brand Endorsements

The year 2009 was a good year for Nigerian actors as corporate endorsements came in from every angle for some of them. Despite the fact that the movie industry remained in a state of inertia, the few fortunate artistes hit big with brand endorsements. The most prominent among them was the famous Globacom endorsements that telecoms giant splashed on the acts. Those who were lucky to be made Globacom Ambassadors worth a whooping N500 million were Rita Dominic, Uche Jumbo, Monalisa Chinda, Funke Akindele, Chioma Chukwuka, Ramsey Noah, Desmond Elliot, Jim Iyke, Nonso Diobi, Mike Ezeuruonye. Aside the Glo endorsements artists like Funke Akindele, Bimbo Akintola, Segun Arinze and Kate Henshaw Nultal also got endorsement from the Lagos State government while the likes of Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and Jide Kosoko became Chi Plc Ambassadors.

Movie Premieres

Apart from the premiere of Stephamie Okereke’s Through The Glass the year witnessed more premieres than any other year which gave the movie industry a serious lift.

Movie maker, Emem Isong and actor Desmond Elliot premiered Guilty pleasures which was considered to be one of the blockbusters of 2009. top actress, Uche Jumbo premiered Nollywood Hustlers, which received lots of accolades from people in and outside the industry. Vivian Ejike, another top movie maker also premiered her movie silent scandals while top Yoruba actress, Bisi Ibidapo equally premiered Igboran San. Not left out in the season of premiere was Kunle Afolayan who premiered his movie figurine which turned out to be one of the best movies shot in the year.

Sound Sultan

Lanrenwaju Fasasi is the man behind the brand Sound Sultan and for him, the biggest breakthrough he had in year was the successful release of his fourth album, SS4 and the marriage to his wife Farida as well as birth of his child, a beautiful female baby named Zara. If such were the yardsticks used to judge the success of man in his life, sound sultan will be singled out as a man who increased the population of Nigeria by one and recorded so much in terms of registering his presence as a force to be reckoned within the industry year 2009.

Femi Kuti Got Nominated For The Grammy

Scion of the late Afro Beat creator, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Femi got a well deserved nomination for grammy Awards even though he had not been too visible in the Nigerian music scene in 2009. the living Afrobeat King had cause to rejoice and boast that his works are seriously receiving global attention in the sense that he was nominated for the second time for the world’s most popular music award coming up in February 2010 in America.

Nelson Brown Blessed With A Son

Close to a decade after, he got married to his wife Mary, God blessed the family with a bouncing male baby. The birth that came in 2009, brought smiles to the face of the longsuffering music producer.

Paul Dairo/Kl Escape Death

It was good news when top of the range musical act survived cancer scare after he had minor surgery in South Africa. The talent musician, song writer and producer had cause to thank God in 2009, and has bounced back to doing what he loves doing. It was also the same cheering news for KI De ultimate, who was surprisingly diagnosed of living infection and was operated in Canada. The king of Fuji music has also retired to the country and is doing even better.

 

John Enyie

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Why I Am Not Ready To Have Kids Yet-Burna Boy

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Grammy-winning Nigerian singer, Damini Ogulu, aka Burna Boy, has opened up about why he is not ready to be a father yet.
According to the 32-year-old, he is not ready to have kids yet because he can not give them the attention they deserve.
Burna Boy disclosed this while responding to questions from newsmen, in a recent interview.
He explained that he would have children when he is settled or married.
“Why have not I had kids yet? Bro, because I don’t want to have kids yet,” he said.
“Have you seen my mum the way she loves me? Have you seen my dad the way he loves me?I know I can not give that to anyone right now with the life I’m living. So until I’m settled and I can be there for my children everyday, I’m not having no kid.
“I feel like my kids deserve better than I got. And I got both my mum and dad so you understand?”
On the allegations that he is impotent, Burna Boy said, “When I see the bants and the things people say about me not being able to have kids, I said this is unimportant. Let’s assume that it is true that I could not even have kids, you know that there’s something called IVF? But that is not even true,” he summed up.

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2Baba’s  20 Years Anniversary Of  ‘Face 2 Face’

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May 15, 2024, made it 20 years since Nigerian seminal superstar, 2Baba released his debut album, ‘Face 2 Face’.
Before 2Face Idibia (Now 2Baba) left the boy band Plantashun Boiz to chase a solo career, he was adjudged by many to be the band’s most talented member.
In fact, superstar rapper, Eedris Abdulkareem could not resist the urge to point this out in ‘Wackawikee MC,’ where he dissed former Remedies members, Tony Teitula and Eddy Montana as well as the Plantashun Boiz.
It was this huge expectation based on proven talent that preceded the release of 2Baba’s debut album, ‘Face 2 Face’ which was an emphatic statement of his ability and ambitions.
The Tide Entertainment reports that released under the iconic Nigerian music label, Kennis Music on 15th May 2004, ‘Face 2 Face’ would carry the zeitgeist of Nigerian pop music in the 2000s with heavy hip-hop and RnB influences.
For 2Face, the album was crafted to position him for commercial success justifying his decision to leave the Plantashun Boiz. ‘Face 2 Face’ would achieve this as it houses some of the biggest hit tracks that defined the 2000s and rocketed 2Baba as the face of Nigerian pop music.
‘Face 2 Face’ welcomes listeners to 2Baba’s world where he shares his many thoughts through mind- blowing lyrics, melodies, and compelling versatility.
“Today is the first day of the rest of my life,” he says in the hit song ‘Nfana Ibaga,’ where he delivers his statement of intent that will alter the direction of change in the Nigerian soundscape.
2Face had many things to share and he found exciting ways to communicate these thoughts. When he raps about love on the hit track ‘Ole’ he effortlessly molds melodies in unprecedented fashion.
2Baba is arguably Nigeria’s most gifted artist and his unbelievable ability shines in elevated lyricism, remarkable shapeshifting, and mind blowing delivery.
The acceptance of his fallibility offers food for thought on the lyrical masterclass ‘U No Holy Pass,’ where he cautions his critics who have a lot to say over his decision to leave Plantashun Boiz and the way he chooses to live his life. This record is one of those songs that reminds listeners that there is about nothing 2Baba can- not do as he effortlessly flows over the strings and drums of Rock music.
While the album carries significant hip-hop influences, it also has the palpable RnB music that shaped the American soundscape in the early 2000s.
On ‘Right Here’, 2Baba pours out his heart on a brilliant domestication of RnB and hip hop hybrid popular with Western RnB stars like Usher, Craig Davids and Joe.
The album’s biggest song is the classic guitar ballad, ‘African Queen’ which will break the commercial roof of Nigerian and African music. If there is any such thing as a perfect song, it will be ‘African Queen’ as the writing, delivery and production make for a perfect combination that is one of the most important records in the history of Nigerian mainstream pop music.
The success of 2Baba’s ‘African Queen’ transcended the shores of Africa as it was used in the 2006 Hollywood movie, ‘Phat Girls’ which was one of the earliest exportation of Nigerian mainstream pop music.
2Baba is known for being an artiste who constantly uses his music to speak on social justice and this is a trait that runs back 20 years ago.
On ‘police Skit,’ listeners get a commentary on the state of the Nigerian Police who are hardly distinguishable from armed robbers.
2Baba is one of Nigeria’s music’s most indefatigable hitmakers and he laid the blueprints for what is to come on the groovy party-starter ‘Keep on Rocking’ feat Natives & Lil Seal where he effortlessly switches language and flows.
‘Face 2 Face’ is a product of an era when artists craft wholesome albums with something for every listener and a concerted effort to carry a national outlook. Tracks like the gospel tune ‘Thank U Lord’ and ‘Odi Ya’ feat Black Face where he showcases his Benue roots point to this effort.
20 years after its release, ‘Face 2 Face’ is celebrated as a hall-of-fame Nigerian album that laid the blueprint for the hit projects in the Nigerian mainstream.
‘Face 2 Face’ showed listeners many sides of 2Baba – the singer, the rapper, the songwriter, the sage, the hitmaker, and ultimately, the pacesetter.

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Davido Reacts To Report Of Sacking His Lawyer

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Nigerian Afrobeats singer, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has debunked reports that he sacked his lawyer and longtime friend, Bobo Ajudua, over embezzlement.
The Tide Entertainment gathered that Davido recently sacked his long-term business partner and lawyer, Bobo Ajudua for embezzling $370,000.
However, reacting, the singer said, that was not the case.
He clarified that they are still friends even though they are no longer business partners.
”This was not the case at all! We are still very good friends! In business, things evolve and change all the time! Please, everyone disregard this narrative.”

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