Deborah Cox and Primary Wave, 3 Winans to BMG, Legends of ATL

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Primary Wave Music has signed singer/songwriter Deborah Cox to a management deal. Best known for the R&B/pop hit “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here,” Cox is also recording a new solo album slated for release in winter 2014/2015. The singer, whose longtime business partner Lascelles Stephens will also be working in conjunction with Primary Wave’s Hosh Gureli, joins a management roster that includes Cee Lo Green, Eric Benét and Atlantic newcomer Trevor Jackson.

BMG has signed a publishing and artist services deal with the 3 Winans Brothers, a new gospel group comprised of BeBe, Marvin and Carvin Winans. The trio is collaborating with R&B/gospel/pop producers Rodney Jerkins and Daniel Weatherspoon on forthcoming album “Foreign Land” due this spring through BMG. The set’s first single is “If God Be For Us.”

BMI will present its ninth annual Legends of ATL Award on April 16, recognizing a key community leader’s contributions to the Atlanta music scene. The award will be handed out during the Super Producers Beat Summit at Atlanta venue Terminal West. Presented by BMI and production team Flight School, the summit will feature producers Mannie Fresh (Lil Wayne, The Notorious B.I.G.), Craig “KLC” Lawson (former member of No Limit Records’ in-house production team Beats by the Pound) and DJ Toomp (Jay Z, Kanye West).

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WOW! Lupita Nyong’o Wins At The Oscars +Full List of Winners

The first time I heard her name, it sounded funny to me. But today, Africa’s golden girl, Lupita Nyong’o has hit it big as she attained gold standard in Hollywood for her a role in “12 Years A Slave”. Lupita defeated four other ladies to emerge winner of the Best Supporting Actress award at the Oscars. Congrats to her!

Below is the complete list of winners…

Best Picture:
“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Gravity”
“Her”
“Nebraska”
“Philomena”
“12 Years a Slave” – Winner
“The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Supporting Actor:
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club” – Winner
Best Supporting Actress:
Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave” – Winner
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”
Best Director:
David O. Russell, “American Hustle”
Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity” – Winner
Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Best Actor:
Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyer’s Club” – Winner

Best Actress:

Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine” – Winner
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”
Best Original Screenplay:
“American Hustle”
“Blue Jasmine”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Her” – Winner
“Nebraska”
Best Adapted Screenplay:
“Before Midnight”
“Captain Phillips”
“Philomena”
“12 Years a Slave” – Winner
“The Wolf Of Wall Street”
Best Animated Feature:
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Ernest & Celestine”
“Frozen” – Winner
“The Wind Rises”
Best Foreign Feature:
“The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Belgium
“The Great Beauty,” Italy – Winner
“The Hunt,” Denmark
“The Missing Picture,” Cambodia
“Omar,” Palestine
Best Visual Effects:
“Gravity” – Winner
“The Hobbit: The Desolation”
“Iron Man 3”
“The Lone Ranger”
“Star Trek Into Darkness”
Best Cinematography:
“The Grandmaster”
“Gravity” – Winner
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Nebraska”
“Prisoners”
Best Costume Design:
“American Hustle”
“The Grandmaster”
“The Great Gatsby” – Winner
“The Invisible Woman”
“12 Years a Slave”
Best Documentary Feature:
“The Act of Killing”
“Cutie and the Boxer”
“Dirty Wars”
“The Square”
“20 Feet from Stardom” – Winner

Best Documentary Short:

“CaveDigger”
“Facing Fear”
“Karama Has No Walls”
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” – Winner
“Prisoner Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall”
Best Film Editing:
“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Gravity” – Winner
“12 Years a Slave”
Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
“Dallas Buyers Club” – Winner
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”
“The Lone Ranger”
Best Music (Original Score):
“The Book Thief”
“Gravity” – Winner
“Her”
“Philomena”
“Saving Mr. Banks”
Best Music (Original Song):
“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”
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Photos: Genevieve, Aki & PawPaw, Funke Akindele, Ramsey, At The AMVCA 2014

The 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award what a show of class and elegance as the stars and wana-be stars all turned up in their best to make lasting impressions. See pix of your favourite celebrities below…

…congrats to Funke Akindele and other winners!
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Update On Musician Obesere’s Rapé Saga

 

While popular Fuji musician, Alhaji Abass Akande Obesere is looking for out-of-court settlement in the saga that has brought so much trouble to him, OluFamous.Com gathered that there are some persons who are bent on seeing that Obesere goes to prison or at least he appears in court for the messy case.

 
But what did he do? The woman, who he said set him up to extort money from him, is making new claims:

In the words of Ms Olanike: “I bled for more than two weeks after Alhaji Obesere raped me and inserted his ring into my private part. The incident occurred on February 12, 2013 and I have spent a lot of money treating myself.

“The DPO, Isolo Police division, took pity on me and refused to give in to Obesere’s pressure to strike out the case and God will bless him for that.

“But last week I was informed that the case had been transferred to the SCID and my Investigating Police Office, IPO, at Isolo asked me to come to the station on Tuesday for the transfer.

“But when I got to the SCID, I discovered the IPO, who took over the case, one Mr. Jacob, I don’t know his rank, became hostile to me…

“You need to see how this man treated me. He started by asking me to write a new statement and when I tried to explain that I had written a statement at Isolo division, he rebuffed my explanation and insisted I wrote a new one.”

Anyway, Obesere is still maintaining his innocence, saying there is no way a matured lady who is not having an affair with him would have spent the night with him in his house. He said it’s just a set up all for money.

Meanwhile, the lady told Vanguard that she had relocated to her home town in Sagamu, Ogun State, where she is currently receiving treatment for the alleged rapé incident.

“As I speak with you, I am in Sagamu, my home town, where I have been receiving traditional treatment since the incident occurred,” she claimed.

The embattled musician, Obesere, has been released on bail pending a thorough investigation by the SCID.

UPDATE

I Warned That Girl Not To Blackmail Obesere –Friend Opens Up

 

More revelations are still coming out, with clear indication that Miss Olanike Olaiye is actually lying against the man she accused of raping her, Abass Akande Obesere. The lady who introduced Olanike to Obesere has now confirmed Obesere’s story that Olanike is just trying to blackmail him and get some millions.

Speaking to newsmen on Friday in Ibadan, Bola Okoro, the lady who brought two of them together, said her friend, Olanike has a daughter and she has been responsible for she and daughter’s upkeep for more than five years, adding that Olanike had earlier revealed to her a plan to blackmail Obesere for N10 million:

“I warned her not to try such a thing and I thought she had taken to my advice. Obesere is my business partner and I introduced Olanike to him in order for him to help her with her business without knowing that she had another plan to malign him…

“She was with Obesere on Tuesday and called me that she would be coming to Ibadan to check on her child on Wednesday, but I told her to wait; that I was also coming to Lagos for a meeting, and she came to meet me at that meeting. I was not aware that anything was wrong with her until we got to Ibadan, but I was surprised when Obesere called me that Olanike said she was bleeding that I should take her to the hospital. 

“When I inquired about what was wrong, she told me that if I needed money, I should support her plan to collect N10 million from Obesere, but I refused. I told her that I would never be part of that plan before she proceeded to Lagos and reported the alleged abuse at Okota Police Station.

She also revealed that Olanike’s real name is Morenike Kikelomo, not Olanike Olaiya that she gave police.

“She had been abandoned by her parents because of her waywardness before I took up her responsibility. I have known Alhaji Obesere for over 12 years and he is a responsible, kind-hearted individual who cannot hurt a fly. I wonder why he would stoop so low as to rape or use a girl for ritual when so many girls are out there who want to have him,” the woman added.

 
For now, it seems that Olanike (or Morenike) is in hiding as her covers has been exposed. Hmmm…women!
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Photos: Iyanya Performs At Computer Village, Gets Prado Jeep

After entertaining the crowd at the highly populated Computer Village in Ikeja, Kukeremaster, Iyanya drove out of the arena in a brand new 2014 Prado Jeep, courtesy of Solo Phones. He is their brand ambassador and it is believed they used the occasion to further increase the awareness on their phones in the market.

Check out photos of the Prado Jeep that was given to Iyanya below…

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Wizkid’s Girlfriend Tania Omotayo Flaunts Her Stuffs In New Pix

 

Tania is becoming a big girl, thanks to her relationship with Wizkid. See more cute photos from her below…

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Marc Anthony Leads List of Winners at Premio lo Nuestro

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Marc Anthony Leads List of Winners at Premio lo Nuestro

Marc Anthony performs at the 14th annual Latin Grammy Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, November 21, 2013. Las Vegas, Nevada.

With four awards, including Tropical album of the year for 3.0, tropical song of the year for “Vivir mi vida” and tropical salsa artist of the year, Marc Anthony was the lead winner at the 2014 Premio Lo Nuestro Awards, which aired live on the Univision network Feb. 20.

Anthony, who performed a medley of hits, including Vivir Mi Vida, also received a special Excellence Award for his career trajectory.

Following Anthony in number of wins was were the late Jenni Rivera, regional Mexican singer/songwriter Gerardo Ortiz and urban bachata star Prince Royce, whose nods included Premios Lo Nuestro Artist of the year.

Winners to Univision’s annual Premios Lo Nuestro awards are voted on by fans.

Performances for the evening included premieres of new singles by Luis Fonsi (whose single “Corazón en la maleta” also premiered on Univision radio), Jencarlos Canela (who debuted his single “Irreparable”) and Marco Antonio Solís (who performed “De mil amores”). Enrique Iglesias also sang two new singles, including “I’m a Freak” with Pitbull, who was also there to give Anthony his Excellence award. Other notable performers included Romeo Santos, who sang singles “Odio” and “Propuesta indecente,” and whose new album, “Formula, Vol. 2,” is due out on Tuesday, while Daddy Yankee premiered new single “La nueva y la ex” and also got a special “Youth” award.

Premios Lo Nuestro took place at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena.

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Citi Offering Additional Tickets to Lady Gaga’s Sold-Out Roseland Ballroom Residency (Exclusive)

Citi Offering Additional Tickets to Lady Gaga's Sold-Out Roseland Ballroom Residency (Exclusive)

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All tickets to Lady Gaga’s seven-night residency to bid farewell to New York’s iconic Roseland Ballroom next month sold out within minutes.

But Citi will offer additional tickets beginning Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. eastern at livenation.com, allowing Citi ThankYou cardmembers the exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets to a VIP soundcheck prior to the penultimate performance on April 6. The other sold-out dates will take place March 28, 30, 31, April 2, 4 and 7.

Tickets will be sold for $400, including all service fees, and access to the performance itself. Additional details on the extremely limited allotment will be at citiprivatepass.com/thankyouevents.

“We are ecstatic to partner with Lady Gaga on what is sure to be an amazing preshow experience at the Roseland Ballroom,” says Jennifer Breithaupt, senior VP of entertainment marketing at Citi. “Through our access programs we strive to create lasting memories for our Citi cardmembers, and this will be an event to remember.”

The Roseland residency will preview Gaga’s upcoming tour, which is also proving to be a hot ticket both in Live Nation pre-sales and the other true gauge of a tour’s viability — the secondary market. As Billboard reported exclusively last week, Gaga was the “most anticipated” artist on tour in 2014 according to secondary ticketing site StubHub’s popularity market, which indicates the increase in keyword searches on StubHub the week after a tour’s announcement.

Gaga promoted a 900% increase in searches the week after the tour’s announcement, followed in anticipation by George Strait (up 700%), One Direction (up 400%), Miley Cyrus (up 345%), and Billy Joel (up 145%) in the first week after their respective tours were announced.

Not surprisingly, tickets for the Roseland dates are going at exceptionally high rates as well — after all, it’s a rare chance to see the singer play a 3,500-capacity club before hitting arenas with crowds of 18,000 or more. The opening night on March 30 currently has secondary rates as high as $6,603 per ticket on StubHub.

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TB Joshua’s Synagogue: What Most Nigerians Are Not Seeing

I was in far away Ajaokuta Steel Company in Kogi State that day; my phones kept ringing like hell. Since we were in the middle of a guided tour of the abandoned multi-million dollars steel company, I switched them to vibration mode. Yet minute-by-minute, the phones kept buzzing, forcing one to attend to the caller, who happened to be an old classmate.

“I just finished reading your story in The Guardian. In fact, I had to call someone who gave me your number. Please, I need to see you,” he said excitedly as if he had just won big money from Baba Ijebu.
At first, I was confused, but at the same time, I played along and promised to meet him in Lagos on my return. However, in my mind, I kept wondering, which story could this be?

I had written few copies before I embarked on that revealing assignment, so it was a bit difficult to ascertain the particular story my good friend talked about.
Thank God for Blackberry; I quickly logged on to The Guardian website. Low and behold, it was the story on TB Joshua titled, ‘Inside TB Joshua’s Synagogue… The Myth, The Reality’, published in the Guardian of Sunday June 10. I actually did that report ahead of the prophet’s 50th anniversary. In fact, I had totally forgotten the story was to be published that week.
Without waiting to return back to Lagos, I called my friend back that evening just to know his interest in the story. “When I saw that you were the one that did the interview with TB Joshua, I told some of my friends that we were classmates. My brother, if you know how people, including some of my relatives, struggle to see the prophet… Since then, I’ve not rested o; they want me to link them up to you so you could help them see the man of God,” he revealed.
At this point, I recalled my experience with a group of South Africas during a training workshop in Bramfontein, Johannesburg last year. As soon as I introduced myself as a journalist from Nigeria, prophet TB Joshua’s name came up; they seem to know him very well in that part of the world. In fact, the way the ladies spoke about The Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), one would think they were talking of Jerusalem or Rome. Without being told, you could tell that they are ardent followers of the Emmanuel TV; they know about the miracles.
Just recently, I laid my hands on a copy of the Mail & Guardian newspapers of September 6, 2013. On the cover of the leading South African newspaper, is a story on the visit of the ousted ANC Youth League Leader, Julius Malema, to the Synagogue Church Of All Nations. According to the spokesperson for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, who was part of the pilgrimage to the ‘super prophet’, Malema stayed for a week at the church doing “lots of reading, watching sermons and prophecies.” He reportedly met with the prophet, though details of of their meeting were never disclosed.
In South Africa, it is believed that Malema’s visit to the prophet is unconnected with his effort to “create friendship with his son of Africa and his congregation, and ask for blessings for the journey ahead,” in his political struggle.
Written by Varashni Pillay, the report also took into account some influential men, who have once visited TB Joshua in Lagos. The list included Malema’s on time mentor, Winni Madikizela-Mandla, Malawi’s former president Bingu wa Mutharika, who later died after a prophecy by TB Joshua to that effect, and Zimbabwe’s Morgan Tsangirai. Some popular South African rugby players are also regulars at SCOAN.
In the same edition, another reporter. Monica Mark, also did a report on how residents are cashing in on the thousands of tourists, who attended TB Joshua’s church. Titled Super-pastor’s cup runneth over, the reporter’s diary chronicled the economic side of SCOAN, with focus on the ancillary businesses that have since cropped up around the church. From hotels to money-changers, hawkers, restaurants, mama put… it’s a whole business chain, with residents constantly making brisk business.
Aside from South Africa, the UK Guardian of September 2, 2013, also devoted its half page to a story on TB Joshua titled, preacher’s spiritual healing brings big bucks to Lagos, with a rider, Business booming in streets around church that draws 50,000 worshipers a week.
By the time you do your arithmetic with this figure, then you begin to understand the level of economic transaction and foreign exchange SCOAN ears for Nigeria on a daily basis. Now, is this not a typical case of ‘a prophet is without honour in his own country?’
Last year in Zimbabwe, the police investigated a Harare church, which claimed to be affiliated to TB Joshua, after scores of people reported to have paid thousands of dollars for trips to the Nigeria, which never materialised. The church, which is based in Sunridge, Mabelreign, allegedly promised members trips to TB Joshua’s Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN). Of course, TB Joshua is reputed across Africa to have mythical healing powers, which has seen thousands of people from around the world with various personal problems and ailments flocking to his church.
So, don’t blame those who paid their way just to see the prophet.
Claiming to be operating under the express direction and instruction of TB Joshua, the Harare church was also selling bottles of”holy water” allegedly used by the preacher for his healing sessions. Dozens of desperate people seeking a quick solution to their life problems were shelling out up to US$50 for a bottle of the “miracle water,” which TB Joshua is said to give out for free.
But the scam was exposed after TB Joshua issued a statement distancing his organisation from the Harare church, forcing its members to rush to the police in a bid to recover their money. Hmmm, at last, the world is the world is seeing something positive in Nigeria. Unfortunately, back home, it’s a different ball game.
Notwithstanding, on June 12, TB Joshua’s 50th birthday, the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) was fully loaded with guests. But surprisingly, the prophet was not at the event to celebrate his birthday. Instead, he preferred to go to the mountain to commune with his creator. Notwithstanding his absence, the birthday bash went on as planned – his men took charge of events.
Notable among guests at the event were former PMAN president and renowned flutist, Tee-Mac Itseli, who performed some of his evergreen songs. Comedians Julius Agwu, Lepacious Bose and MC Abbey were also present, including the King of Comedy, Ali Baba, who anchored the programme.
All through his Golden Jubilee celebration, Joshua hammered on job creation and need to help the poor.
“We must get jobs for people who are jobless. This is the number on project for my 50th birthday; I’m going to purse it. Graduates are everywhere without a job.” he said.
The following Sunday, Prophet Joshua set the ball rolling as part of efforts aimed at fulfilling his promises. Already, some organsations, within and outside the country, are buying into his job creation project, including the MBA Tour group, who visited the church that Sunday, to announce their partnership with Emmanuel TV.
Speaking at the event, the West African representative of the MBMA Tour, Ms Hannah Bertillia Acquah said her organisaton and SCOAN share mutual goals. “You have a wonderful man of God, who is passionate about people. He sees success from failure; he sees gold when there’s still clay. It is a pleasure to associated with Emmanuel TV and Prophet TB Joshua.”
Describing the MBA Tour as a platform that encourages people to look beyond their limits, Ms Hannah said that based on the partnership, Prophet Joshua has agreed to assist some youths with financial scholarship to take the programme.
“Our partnership will enable African students, who demonstrate outstanding potentials, access to fellows at the world’s top business schools and academic institutions, including MIT Sloan School of Management; Yale School of Management; Columbia Business School; Harvard Business School; Erasmus University and others.”
That day, the whole church erupted in jubilation as the prophet read letters from big organsations from around the would, ready to provide jobs for young Africans through the prophet’s initiative. With national flag of different countries held high by some members of the congregation, it was obvious that SCOAN has become a worldwide movement; that was my first time in the Sunday service.
While those that made it into Synagogue early soaked in anointing, latecomers struggled to gain access. No way! “If you don’t have number, you can’t go inside,” one of the security operatives warned.
Even at that, a certain lady, who acted as if her continuous existence in this world depended on her seeing the prophet that day, begged uncontrollably; others followed. Before you knew what was happening, three was a large crowd, seeking to set their eyes on the man of God. Could all these people be wrong? Again, don’t forget that upon release from prison, Major Hamza al-Mustapha, a Muslim, made TB Joshua’s Synagogue his first port of call…
With all these, I counted myself lucky to have had the privilege of meeting the super-Prophet one-on-one. Unfortunately, my mission has nothing to do with seeing miracles; it t was purely an official assignment and I intend to keep it at that.
But he, a ‘bad egg’ would have used that opportunity to make so much money from gullible ‘miracle seekers;’ like those chaps in Zimbabwean church did. Oh, you doubt it?
All right, look at it it this way… what if I had collected $50 each from those ’miracle seeks,’ including my former classmate and his group, with the promise of linking them to the prophet? With the thousands of people trooping there daily, how much do you think I would have made by now? Don’t bother how I would convince them to drop; that interview with TB Joshua is enough ‘seeing is believing’. Now you are laughing abi?
But on a serious note, behind that structure called Synagogue, there are hundreds of activities going on; both spiritual and physical. Behind the man TB Joshua, there’s even much more going on. Most importantly, while Nigerians jet into Mecca and Jerusalem yearly to spend their hard earned money to seek the face of God, we now have our Synagogue, where miracle seekers from all over the world come on a weekly basis to spend their hard currencies and return home with a positive news about Naija.

Written By Chuks Nwanne
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Actress Iyabo Ojo Releases Pix & Video for Her Movie SILENCE

The first trailer of the much anticipated movie SILENCE has been released. The movie which is to be premiered in April before Cinema release, has it’s theme centered around Child Abuse, consequences and how it can be overcome. It features a heap of Nollywood super stars from all strata, so fans have a reason to watch this life transforming movie.

Written and produced by Iyabo Ojo and directed by Alex mouth, starring Iyabo Ojo, Benjamin Joseph, Alex Osufo, Tina Mba, Faithia Balogun, doris simeon and lots more. Watch the Movie Trailer below…

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