Psychiatrist Clears Denrele Of Anomalies

POPULAR presenter, Denrele Edun needs no introduction.  His flamboyant personality and eccentric dress sense have made many to think that he is gay or transsexual. Surprisingly, celebrity Psychiatrist, Maymunah Kadiri, has cleared the entertainer of such insinuations, saying in a Facebook post that Denrele is neither gay, nor mentally disturbed in any way.

In the post which she titled The Denrele Edun you must meet and know, after a personal encounter, she said: “ . . .  Almost throughout my school days, a particular young man named Denrele Edun became my unofficial client/patient. Over 90% of the students including some facilitators believed he was a ‪#‎sick, ‪#‎crazy, ‪#‎psycho ‪#‎mad man. He was constantly used as a case study to explain the business in the entertainment industry”.

She continued, “Fast forward, our organisation decided to campaign and increase the awareness on mental health by creating documentaries to depict this Societal menace. Our first script came through and was named ‎Peppersoup. The producer and I decided to look for the right person who will really showcase this character and ….Denrele Edun came to mind. I’m sure you are also thinking what I’m thinking….Denrele is already a mad man na…so, why him. We prayed that he will accept the role and make himself available for the shooting. Lo and behold, Grace Edwin Oboba, our beautiful producer sent him the script and then…..the BIG NEWS!!! Denrele did not only accept the script, but fell in love with it…”

After having worked with Denrele Edun on a project, and relating with him over a period of time, Maymunah gave her professional judgment about the eccentric presenter, “Denrele is a handsome young man who is very intelligent and passionate about his career. All you see is his prolific way of standing out of the crowd because he is destined to be ‪‎unique. Socially, he neither drinks alcohol nor smokes any psychoactive substances. …….and also he is NOT Gay. So ‪‎keep calm and stop drinking phensic for his headache.”

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Fashion Critics Throw Jabs At 2Baba, Jim Iyke

THE popular MTV base channel got more dramatic as the 2016 entertainment year kicks off with an addition tagged #BaseSlayedorShade, an exclusive red carpet fashion police special airing today.

Hosted by Stephanie Coker alongside Media personality, Hauwa Mukan and fashion blogger, Tokunbo Owolabi, #BaseSlayedOrShade features a number of activities from the 5th edition of Music Meets Runway which held late last year with several A-list Nigerian celebrities in attendance.

In the course of the show, the three hosts dissect the fashion sense of the celebrities who walked the Red Carpet at the event, awarding the various outfits with positive judgment or thumbs-down as in the case of 2Baba and his wife Annie and Nollywood actor Jim Iyke.

Just as Tokunbo advised that “2Face and Annie Idibia need a stylist,” Hauwa said “Jim Iyke is wack. Jim Iyke has always been wack.”

The programme airs at 7 pm on MTV Base (Channel 322), even as fans are joining the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #BaseSlayedorShade.

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Wizkid Has Been Stealing My Songs For Long –Blackface

Veteran dancehall act and a former member of the defunct Afro-pop singing trio, Plantashun Boyz, Ahmedu Augustine, widely known as Blackface, has called on fellow musician, Wizkid, to “stop stealing” his songs.

Blackface who spoke exclusively to Saturday Beats earlier in the week, said the young hip-hop artiste had been copying many of his songs for a long time but he decided to keep quiet just to let peace reign. The Benue State-born raga performer however said he decided to speak out now because he could no longer sit and watch someone else take the glory for his efforts.

The latest controversy follows the release of a new song by Blackface titled Killa where he was believed to have taken a swipe on Wizkid for allegedly copying many of his songs especially two tracks from his Dancehall Business album released in 2010.

“I never really wanted to talk about it all this while but after people started checking out my new song, Killa, many felt Blackface sounded like Wizkid, which I didn’t like.

“If you check properly, you would realise that Wizkid’s hit, Ojuelegba, sounds exactly the same as the track 13 on my dancehall album released as far back as 2010. You need to listen to that album to know what I am talking about. The song is so similar that I think it shouldn’t be that way.

“Well, in Killa, I sang that “they tried to copy my melody,” and the bloggers got a hint of the gist and put their reports out. What I said is the truth and I am going to get to the root of this matter because I deserve justice.

“The Ojuelegba song has made so much revenue for Wizkid. I am not bothered about that but I want the industry to be in a position whereby people will understand that some of the artistes and the songs they are cheering is someone else’s efforts, especially fellow artistes that they are doing everything to bring down. All they are doing is to bring down Blackface and to say that he is not relevant in the industry. Some people are bent on killing my legacy. I believe there is definitely a gang-up against me in the industry and this has been going on for a long time,” he said.

Asked if he had taken on Wizkid personally on the matter, the dancehall artiste said he did his best in that regard but that the response from the Star Boy act shocked him. To get justice on this issue, Blackface disclosed to Saturday Beats that he could seek legal redress if Wizkid or others do not refrain from stealing his intellectual properties.

“There was a time Wizkid followed me on twitter and I told him that I don’t want him taking my songs and that if he wants to do any of my rhythm, he should let me know. I told him that because I was just being a big brother to him. I told him that our songs can’t be sounding so similar and that if he wants anything, he should let me know. But after some time, he ‘unfollowed’ me and it was shortly after then that the Ojuelegba song was released. I don’t have any problem with Wizkid or any other person, all I am saying is that they shouldn’t be tampering with my songs because those are my properties.

“Wizkid and I do different kinds of music and he doesn’t have my type of skill. I don’t have a problem with that. I am only bothered when somebody takes my song and tries to turn it around into theirs without giving me due credit,” he said.

Efforts to reach Wizkid to react to Blackface’s claims proved abortive as his phone numbers were switched off. His manager, Sunday Are, couldn’t be reached as his line was switched off as well.

Wizkid has been in the news lately for a similar allegation. Hypertek Music artiste, Dammy Krane, also recently accused him of stealing one of his songs. The controversy degenerated into a physical fracas with Wizkid reported to have thrown a glass cup at Krane which injured him during a night out at a club in Lagos. The two are believed to have since mended fence.


Tuface, Waje Unveiled As The Voice Coaches

Award- winning singer, Tuface Idibia, earlier in the week, was announced as one of the coaches of the maiden edition of The Voice Nigeria.

Other artistes unveiled as the coaches for the Airtel sponsored music show include Waje, Patoranking and Timi Dakolo.

Meanwhile, the much talked about reality show is all set to kick off as the auditions will hold in some cities in the country including Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Calabar.

Speaking during the coaches’ unveiling, Director, M-Net West Africa, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu said, “It’s an exciting time for us at M-Net. The Voice is an internationally renowned franchise and has consistently provided exciting television content whilst giving great opportunities to talented individuals to showcase their talent to the world. The Nigerian adaptation will be no different and our viewers can expect the best television entertainment even as we wait to discover the next generation of talented singers!”

Commenting during the unveiling, Mr. Ahmad Mokhles, the Chief Commercial Officer of Airtel Nigeria, noted that Airtel is passionate about creating platforms that will delight, excite, entertain and engage talented youth as well as telecoms consumers across the country.

According to him, “The Voice Nigeria demonstrates Airtel’s commitment to its vision of connecting Nigerians to their dreams. We are also pleased by the fact that the majority of the coaches are not just icons in their respective music genres but also members of the Airtel family, underscoring our intense interest and support for the entertainment and creative industry.”


Folorunsho Alakija set To Complete Towers

Folorunsho Alakija has expanded the frontiers of success by constantly challenging herself and beating her own records. Proceeding on the principle that only those who attempt the odd can achieve the impossible, Alakija has pushed herself to the point of becoming one of Africa’s richest women.

What many do not know about Alakija is that she is a big player in the property and real estate sector in Nigeria. Having hit it big in the oil sector, she has invested a lot of her wealth in real estate in Nigeria and London. She also has investments in the Middle East.

Right now, this pretty billionaire is building her dream home at Modupe Alakija Crescent, a highbrow street named after her in Ikoyi, Lagos. The street was formerly called Ikoyi Crescent. The dream house is being built by Julius Berger. So huge is the project that Julius Berger had to first build a mini-construction site before commencing work. The project is being handled by her property company, Dayspring Property Development, a construction company co-owned by her husband, Modupe Alakija. The construction is a three-floor residential building with a 16-floor mixed use tower beside it.

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School Fee Angers Fuji Musician, K-1

As schools across the country resume for the second term, and parents make effort to pay their children’s fees, one person who is vexed by the exorbitant levies is Fuji musician, Wasiu Ayinde, aka K-1 de Ultimate.

Infuriated with the demand of N1million by an unnamed school for his three-year-old child, the musician described the situation as a ‘rape’ and denial of the child’s fundamental right to quality education.

“How can a three year old be given a school fee of N1million, just because you want the child to have an early foundation? If this is applicable in other countries, then there is problem in the world, because nobody will have access to good education,” he said.

Brandishing the document which described the fee as Development Levy, the musician expressed his anger in the presence of his manager, Bayo Olasoju and a few guests at the R&A, Lamex, Ikeja, Lagos last week, saying: “Honestly, the Nigerian leaders have failed in their social responsibility. What kind of development levy do you ask for a child that will be three years old in February – such outrageous fee. I have informed her (his wife) that we are going to court. I will fight that case; I have also informed her that I will sponsor and champion that cause in the press and internet.”

When told that he has a choice to public schools, the musician said irrespective of choices, education should be affordable by all. “We will take this up with the federal government. This is total denial to good education for citizens. No public school is functioning; the National Assembly should be called to order to make pronouncements that says all private schools should be banned. They are talking about corruption but corruption starts from the grassroots and if you do not stop this nonsense then corruption will continue. How can somebody being paid N2 million per annum afford to send children to school? That’s nonsense, you are earning N2 million per annum and you have two kids, how do you get them to good school? How do you pay for your living? I’m going to take it up, I am going to make a serious touch on education and the leadership.

“It is a rape. We want to raise a better society. If President Muhammadu Buhari must score points, then he needs to go into the educational sector and handle it.”

Asked why he has not considered an elective position despite his long involvement in partisan politics, he said: “Must everybody come out to serve? Must everybody come out to take elective office? Very many people you see today in politics are there for different reasons. Some are there because of their self benefits, some are there simply because they want to register their names in the book as a member of House of Representatives or House of Assembly or as Commissioner. But what about millions of others who add great values to the political party they choose by serving their constituencies in personal capacity and making sure that people around them benefit good services from the government.”

K-1 said of his type of person in politics: “There are many people there who are mobilisers whom people seeking political offices can’t afford to joke with because of their good standing in the community. I prefer to be one who has a good standing in the community and constituency that will be of great value for anybody coming around.”

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Ali Baba Rewards Winner Of His Comedy Show

King of Nigerian comedy, Ali Baba has made good on his promise to reward the star winner of the third edition of his annual comedy talent hunt show tagged “ Ali Baba’s Spontaneity, with a car gift.

The ace-comedian redeemed his pledge on Tuesday, as he handed over the key to a brand new car to the winner of the comedy show, Aderombi Adedayo popularly called Dee-One.

Dee-one beat Emeakpore Ofajemue a.k.a Short Family and Tolulope Olayiwola popularly known as Remote who also smiled home with consolation prizes of N250,000 and N200,000 respectively as the first and second runners-up, to clinch the star prize.

Speaking at a brief hand-over ceremony, which held in his office, on the island, Ali Baba said, he decided to establish the comedy show in order to provide fast rising comedians the platform to showcase their talents with fresh, original and undiluted jokes which they will have to generate live on stage.

The comedy merchant lamented the prevailing trend where some established comedians are not only repeating jokes, but also, featuring their colleagues’ jokes at random. He promised to monitor the star winner’s growth in the industry for one good year. “Ali Baba’s Spontaneity is a new platform to help truly creative comedians to ride the waves of their careers to fame and fortune,”he said.

The winners emerged from the 10 finalists, who were selected at an event held at Muson Centre, on the 13th of September, 2015. They performed on stage with Alibaba, during the legendary comedian’s January 1, 2016 concert, which held at Eko Hotel and Suites.


PMAN To Build Entertainment Village in Edo

The Edo Chapter of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) said in Benin on Sunday that it was proposing a multi-billion Naira Entertainment Village in Edo.

The state chairman of the association, Mr Maleke Idowu, stated this when he led other leaders and members of the union on a courtesy visit to the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo Council on Sunday.

He said the village ‎would serve both as a revenue earner for the state and a one-stop point for entertainment activities.

Idowu said that the proposed entertainment village would boast of music and film schools, health facilities, a sports centre and other needs, for musicians and entertainers.

But the association has frowned at the activities of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), who they said has been collecting money on behalf of artistes, but was not transparent in the distribution of the revenue.

Idowu said the proposal for the entertainment village and a prototype of the village have been presented to the state government.

Meanwhile, PMAN also said that it had petitioned the state House of Assembly on the activities of COSON.

In the petition, signed by the association’s secretary, Willy Nova, Edo PMAN said the activities of COSON were already enshrined in Rule 3 (h) of the PMAN Constitution.

“He said that PMAN was registered by the Federal Government on Aug. 15, 1984 to perform such roles and wondered why COSON would now begin to do that, without adequate remittances to the owners of the copyrights.‎

“We appeal to Mr Speaker and members of the House “to intervene in this matter and stop COSON from the illegal collections and to also compel them to render account for all the monies they have collected,’’ the association said in the petition.

In his response, the Chairman, Edo Council of the NUJ, Mr Roland Osakue, lauded the leadership of PMAN in the state for conceiving the idea of an entertainment village.

He said the proposed village would be the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa and promised that the union would support PMAN, to ensure that its members were adequately compensated with royalties accruing from their works. (NAN)

February Date For Nigerian Broadcasters Merits Awards

After hosting five editions in Lagos, the annual Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards (NBMA) has shifted base to Abuja, organisers have said.

“It’s about time other regions had the feel of the pioneer award for the broadcasters in Africa/ Nigeria,” said the convener, Mr. Kazeem Popoola in a statement, who added: “However, due to some circumstances beyond our control, this year’s NBMA earlier scheduled for 23rd January, 2016, has been shifted till February 27th.”

He announced that the 6th edition of the event will take place at the prestigious BARCELONA HOTEL, Wuse 2 Abuja, while the nominees’ party is billed to hold on Saturday 23rd January, 2016, at new celebrity hangout, HEIRS PLACE/LOUNGE, Ibadan, Oyo State.

“It’s going to be a gathering of broadcasting heavy weights and society big-wigs. Among the lined-up programmes that will add glitz and glamour to the event, includes a red carpet reception, live studio broadcast, fashion display, command performances from top rated music stars and humour merchants, as well as other side attractions,” said Popoola.

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Sound Sultan Unveils Monsura Video Competition

Nigerian singer, Sound Sultan, who few days back, released the video to the song ‘Monsura’, featuring multi-award winning rapper Olamide, has also engaged his fans to take part in the video, by unveiling the ‘Monsura’ dance video competition.

Directed by Capital Hill, the video which the singer revealed has been getting high buzz, will see five lucky winners go home with monetary prize, which he is yet to unveil.

He stated: “Monsura video getting mad buzz grateful to my people for the reception. Make your Monsura dance video, watch the video in my bio and make yours. We are giving out (prize) money to the best five. Hurry lets gerrit in before two weeks.”

Sound Sultan, a Nigerian rapper, singer-songwriter, actor, comedian and recording artist, is regarded as one of the pacesetters of modern hip hop music in Nigeria. In 2000, he released his first single, Jagbajantis, which according to reports, became an instant hit and a classic song in Nigeria.

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