Tuesday, 16 October 2012

JUSTIN BIEBER IS ADIDAS NEO’S NEW GLOBAL STYLE ICON! HIS NEW SHOE IS UNVEILED!

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(AP)  Teen superstar Justin Bieber has teamed up with the Adidas NEO Label to be its new global style icon.
1x1.trans Justin Bieber Is Adidas Neos New Global Style Icon! His New Shoe Is Unveiled!The two-year partnership with the German sportswear company was announced Tuesday.The Canadian pop star, who cites James Dean as his fashion idol, says the collaboration is a “perfect fit” because “we both believe in living life to the fullest, being young, free and making our own style.”
The 18-year-old singer will front the company’s ad campaigns and fans will be able to shop for his personally selected favorite looks. He describes his offstage style as simple, saying he chooses “clothes that look good” while onstage it’s all about “comfort, great color and fit.”
Bieber is touring the United States on his “Believe” tour, which moves to Europe early next year.
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Before the Big announcement on Facebook. 
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BET NEW HOST T. J. HOLMES COVERS UPTOWN MAGAZINE

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The host of the new nightly show ‘Don’t Sleep’ on BET T J. Holmes is the November 2012 cover boy for Uptown Magazine.
Before the move to BET he was a new anchor with CNN in Atlanta.
This is what he told the mag…
On Women he said: “You would not believe some of the women!” he says of his numerous run-ins, including one such incident when a fan literally pushed his wife out of the way to get closer to him. “It was a difficult decision to move to New York because we love Atlanta so much,” he says seriously. “We went back and forth about it,” he says of his love, with whom he was serendipitously set up on a lunch date. “But I just couldn’t imagine not taking advantage of this opportunity. I couldn’t imagine not doing this show. I would just have too many regrets.”
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BEYONCÉ WILL PERFORM AT THE SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOW

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A source familiar with Super Bowl XLVII told The Associated Press the Grammy-winning diva will take the stage at the halftime show on Feb. 3, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because that person wasn’t authorized to publicly reveal the information.
The official announcement is expected Wednesday, the source said.
Beyonce, whose pop and R&B hits include “Crazy in Love,” ”Irreplaceable” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” has won 16 Grammy Awards. The 31-year-old sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 in her hometown of Houston when the New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers.
Madonna performed at halftime at this year’s Super Bowl in February with guests CeeLo Green, Nicki Minaj, LMFAO and M.I.A. The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots in a thrilling rematch of the contest four years earlier. Her performance was seen by 114 million people, a higher average than the game itself, which was seen by an estimated 111.3 million people, according to the Nielsen Co.
If Beyonce’s performance at the Pepsi NFL Halftime Show features collaborations, it could likely include husband-rapper Jay-Z and her Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
New Orleans last hosted a Super Bowl in 2002, making next year’s game the first NFL championship in the city since Hurricane Katrina devastated parts of the Louisiana Superdome in 2005. Pepsi is returning as the sponsor for the halftime show since doing so in 2007 when Prince performed.


source: AP

D’banj Beats Sarkodie In The MTV EMA Race For Africa

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Nigerian artiste Dbanj has been voted to be Africa’s nominee in the Africa-India-Middle East category for the forthcoming 2012 Worldwide Act for MTV EMA!. D’banj beat the likes of BET award winners Sarkodie and Wizkid, Camp Mulla and Mi Casa. He will represent Africa at the 2012 MTV EMA slated for November 11 at Frankfurt .
MTV EMA announced this:
You voted around the clock… you told everyone you know to support your favourite artist… and now you’ve chosen a local EMA winner! It’s… D’Banj!
D’Banj and other winners from other continents will be competing for the second ever Worldwide act. Below is the list of the international musicians who will be competing
AFRICA-INDIA-MIDDLE EAST
Best African Act: D’Banj
Best India Act: Alobo Naga & the Band
Best Middle East Act: Ahmed Soultan
EUROPE
Best Adriatic Act: Who See
Best Belgian Act: Milow
Best Czech Act: Majk Spirit
Best Danish Act:Medina
Best Dutch Act: Afrojack
Best Finnish Act: Robin
Best French Act: Shaka Ponk
Best German Act: Tim Bendzko
Best Greek Act: Vegas
Best Hungarian Act: 30Y
Best Israeli Act: Ninet Tayeb
Best Italian Act: Emis Killa
Best Norwegian Act:Erik & Kriss
Best Polish Act: Brodka
Best Portuguese Act: Aurea
Best Romanian Act: Vunk
Best Russian Act: Dima Bilan
Best Spanish Act: The Zombie Kids
Best Swedish Act: Loreen
Best Swiss Act: DJ Antoine
Best UK/Ireland Act: One Direction
Best Ukranian Act: Alloise
ASIA PACIFIC
Best Asia Act: Han Geng
Best Australia/New Zealand Act: Gotye
LATIN AMERICA
Best Brazilian Act: Restart
Best Latin America North Act: Panda
Best Latin America Central Act: Don Tetto
Best Latin America South Act: Axel


Bryan Okwara, the first ever winner of the Mr. Nigeria pageant in 2007

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Sexy Bryan

Hot, sizzling and more-hot are just a few words to describe Bryan Okwara, the first ever winner of the Mr. Nigeria pageant in 2007. As a model, Bryan has graced the catwalk of stages across Africa and America and has served as ambassadors for brands such as Audi, Guiness, Knorr and Globacom. He made it to the semi-final stage at the Mr. World pageant in 2007 and won the award for Most Outstanding African Male Model at the Nigerian Models Achievers Awards 2010 and Model of the Year at the Mode Men Awards 2011. His acute dancing skills were brought to the fore as a contestant in the Reality TV Show, Celebrity Takes 2 and more recently, he has graced our TV screens with movie roles in “Heart To Heart”, “I’ll Take My Chances” and yet to be released “Weekend Getaway”, “True Citizens” and “Awakening”. The 6 feet 1” model with well-chiseled abs and an attractive face is a favourite for magazine covers and has graced the covers of magazines such as WOW, Bloke, Shakara and Greenland.

Five years after winning the title as Mr. NigeriaBryan Okwara is still being called “Mr. Nigeria”. At the E-center in Lagos where we meet for the interview, everyone still calls him that. He is friendly, greeting the security guards, waiters and shop attendants who all seem to be familiar with him. “Silverbird is my home”, he says about the organizers of the Mr. Nigeria pageant whose office is just beside the E-center. We sit down to chat at Koko Lounge which is quiet in the morning and I had an interesting time getting to know Bryan behind the glam of lights and cameras.


The “Bryan of All Trades”

Tell me about your journey across your different careers – TV presenting, modeling, acting…
I originally started out as a model, and coming from back then, it wasn’t anything to look forward to. And then, I went in to NIGEZIE and started working as a TV presenter for a couple of years before I went in for Mr. Nigeria pageant. Luckily I won and then moved on from there. For someone who is multi-talented, you get to a point in life where you ask yourself that “Are you going to die with all these talent, why don’t you just explore” so I came out and here I am.

You’re quite famous for TV presenting, modeling, dancing and acting. Which one do you feel more comfortable with?
Surprisingly you haven’t mentioned it. I have a passion for singing. If you hear me in the bathroom, you’d think I was Michael Jackson. My manager is pushing me to go to the studio but I haven’t done anything yet. I’d love to sing R&B.

So you’re still just a bathroom singer (pun intended)
Honestly, I really love singing.



The Nigerian modeling industry is more saturated now than when you started out with a lot of new models and new faces. How do you remain relevant as a model now that you have more people to compete with?
You have to be very consistent and hardworking. You’re not getting any younger, any fitter, any faster so you have to train yourself. But with us experienced models, we’ve been there and we know what the clients want so it gives us a little bit of an edge over the new models.

Mr. Nigeria

You entered for the Mr. Nigeria Pageant during its maiden edition which was a time when male pageants weren’t as popular as they are now in Nigeria. What made you take that decision?
Initially, I didn’t want to go for it because I thought I wasn’t cut out for it. The image I had of a Mr. Nigeria was someone who could speak all the Nigerian languages, someone who was very Nigerian in his ways, had tribal marks and stuff like that. But a lot of people advised me to go for it. I went for it and saw that it was actually bigger than what people perceived. They take someone who is an all-rounder. I won the competition not by myself, but because a lot of people brought out things in me that I really didn’t know that I had.

Bryan with some of his award 
What was your experience like during your reign as Mr. Nigeria?
It was amazing. I won Mr. Nigeria in 2007 and people still call me Mr. Nigeria until tomorrow. I think I made a great impression on people but I really don’t know what it is. Going for Mr. World was also a great experience for me.

Getting On to the Big Screen
How did you get your first movie role?
My first movie was shot in South Africa called Heart To Heart. A lot of people don’t know that. It was directed by Mr Remi, the CEO of Africa Awake in 2008. He got a group of people, gave me a crash course and handed me my first script. It was a really good story but acting is very rigorous. I did my very best. It was later when I came back to Nigeria that I was casted for “I’ll Take My Chances”. They called me and offered me this really huge role. Desmond actually took time off to coach me. I spent four hours every day for two weeks learning a dance routine. It’s an accomplishment that I was happy to be part of.

You had a lead role starring alongside Ini Edo in “I’ll Take My Chances”. What was it like working with her?
It was a really great experience. Ini is a five star actress. If you are acting alongside Ini, you just have to be good because if you are not, her reaction to you would make you sit up. She is the kind of person that will be laughing with you one minute and when they say “action”, she is another person. Working with her at an early stage of my acting career has been a blessing because I got a lot of grounding with her.

Bryan grace the cover page of WOW Magazine

What informs the choice of movies you agree to be cast in?
If the script has a very great story line and I can see myself being that character, I’ll do it. If I don’t like the story, it would show in my acting because throughout the movie, I would be forcing myself to be that character and I won’t do that.

A Peek into the world of Bryan
I doubt that you studied acting in school. What course did you study?
I studied International Relations part-time at the Lagos State University because I was working at Nigezie at that time.

When you were younger, what did you dream of becoming in future?
I always wanted to recycle. I wanted to own a company where I could recycle stuff like bottle, plastic, paper. When I was little and anything spoils in the house, I take it and I keep it; so if you were looking for anything that was broken or spoilt, I had it. I always thought I could bring them back to life.

Where did you grow up and what is your family like?
I grew up mostly in Satelite Town, Lagos, but I spent a few years in America when I was a teenager. Most of my family don’t live here, they live abroad. I have two sisters and four brothers – the famous seven, seven lucky kids. I lost my Mum in 2003. The rest of us keep in touch. Now my siblings are everywhere- America, Paris, Turkey, Bulgaria, South Africa, and Dubai.

What is your definition of a beautiful woman?
A woman who is comfortable in whatever she sees herself in. A woman who exudes confidence whether she’s slim, fat, not attractive; a woman who is not oppressed easily.

 And what is her beautiful name?
Her name is Bunmi Ademokoya.

Are there any plans of you taking your relationship with her to the next level?
We’ve been dating for over three years. There is no point being in a relationship with someone you are not committed to. We are committed to each other and we are just going to give it all we can.

You have a physique that most guys would envy. What do you do to keep fit?
When I was in South Africa, the facilities to work out were more available to me than in Nigeria. I try to work out three times a week, but I would love to do more like five times a week. I do my push-ups, sit ups, squats, sometimes I do mountain climbing and I pretty much eat right.

When was the last time you had a hair cut?
It was in late 2008. After I won Mr. Nigeria, I cut off the relaxed hair and started growing virgin hair. But I wasn’t in Nigeria so nobody saw me.

Did you just decide one day to grow your hair or was it more like an experience you later felt comfortable with?
If you are going into a career in the entertainment industry, you have to evaluate yourself and see if you are marketable, find good selling points that would make people take a second look at you. So when I was going into modeling, it was one of the discussions I had earlier with my people and they said- “give it a try”.

We are used to seeing you in your traditional corn rows. What informed your choice of your new hair style?
I make my hair at Hair Whispers Den somewhere in Lekki and the lady that runs the place is really talented, she became my personal stylist. And she looked at me and said “Bryan, you have a lot of hair, why don’t you try something else?” She said she was going to do a ‘Twist Lock’. I was skeptical but she turned my back to the mirror and started twisting my hair. At the end of the day, it came out well.

Bryan and Bunmi Ademokoya

How long have you had this style on?
About a month and a week ago.

How much do you spend on your hair every month?
Not more than N20,000

Nigerian men are now more fashionable than ever before. They are wearing colours that were formerly strictly for ladies and getting really daring with fashion. What do you think is responsible for this?
The fashion industry now is something you can’t do without; it is something that has pronounced itself. Men of before would want to keep the conventional black suits, short hair, but now we have embraced a lot and now with the way things are done now, we are getting there. We have created a really huge niche in the fashion industry and those who dare to be different have stepped up. We are now embracing it.

What is your own fashion style like? What informs your choice of dressing?
I dress to impress. Sometimes I just want to look different, sometimes presentable, sometimes I want to dress to the occasion and not look apart. There are some designers whose attention to details fits my taste. Designers like Mai Atafo, House of J’Ola, Iviano Signatures.

Tell me about your most embarrassing moment
I went to the ATM to withdraw money and I forgot I had spent some money in my account such that it was less than what I wanted to withdraw. I met a long queue. When I was tired of standing, I sat for a while but when it was almost my turn I got up and a lady who had taken up my position and got into a mild argument with me. Eventually, I had my way and went to the machine only for me to punch in the amount I wanted to withdraw and got the message “insufficient funds”. The lady who was standing right behind me saw the screen and burst out laughing “Ha ha ha, he no even get money sef”.

What was your most romantic date?
Valentine’s Day in 2009. I was in New York with my girlfriend and while we were having dinner, I gave her a Valentine gift which she was quite happy with. But earlier, I had given the waiter a bigger and better gift to bring for her saying it was from an anonymous person. They brought it while we were eating. It was awkward at first but at the end of the day, she knew that it was from me.

First kiss
 I was 13. We didn’t know what we were doing; we were just doing what we see on TV.










FTV Fashion Party holds this Saturday

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FTV Fashion Party will hold this Saturday October 20th at Best Western Hotel, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island. Red carpet starts 4pm. Top models, designers, actors, business men and women will all be at the event. This is the party of the year and it's brought to you by Isis Models and Studio 24.

Find out more about the party on their Facebook page...hehehehehehe see u there

“Let’s gun for 25 years next” – Van Vicker tells wife as they celebrate 9 years of marriage

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Ghanaian actor, Van Vicker and his wife, have celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary. The movie star, took to Facebook to thank God for the longevity of his union with his wife, who he met a decade before they tied the knots.
“It’s being 19yrs with you. 10yrs of boyfriend, galfriend and 9yrs of marriage. Where I fall short u strengthen me and I become ur strength when u r weak. Today I thx God for u and for us and all He’s done for us over the years. He is seeing us thru. Let’s gun for 25yrs next. Thx for accepting to marry me 19yrs ago. I love love you my wife. Muahhhhhhhhhhh”
Van Vicker and his wife have three kids – a boy and two girls.happy wedding anniversary...

VIDEO: Men strip a girl accused of stealing and abuse her

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This new trend is spreading like Wild Fire, and its happening all over the world.

People now take the law into their own hands. Police Stations don't exist anymore? Policemen are NOT to be trusted? People DON'T report criminals anymore.


At a time when many people are still talking about the ALUU killings, these sex hungry looking men will do anything to molest a young lady at the slightest provocation. 

They even went to the extent of inserting an iron object into her private part. How barbaric? Is that the punishment for stealing?haba this is the height of wickedness...

Flood: Four farmers commit suicide in Kogi State

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Having lost all their life savings to the raging flood that has succeeded in destroying lives and property and has also rendered
thousands of people homeless, four once successful farmers in Kogi State took a very drastic decision by taking their own lives.
This ugly incident was confirmed yesterday by President Goodluck Jonathan in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital as he visited the flooded parts of the state to console and give words of encouragement to the Internally Displaced People, IDPs, in his country home.
The President who assured them of immediate intervention said the Federal Government will rehabilitate and make proper provisions for their well being.
While addressing the flood victims at Samson Siasia stadium, Yenagoa,Bayelsa State, he said, “In Kogi State, four farmers committed suicide because they borrowed money from the bank to buy seeds and the flood came and destroyed it. So because they were scared they committed suicide. I was also in a place in Kogi, where a storey building was under water.
“People that are not in IDP are the people always struggling for relief materials. This flood is all over the world, Asia, Europe, I know that Nigeria flooding is bad. And when we have such disaster food is not the problem, do not make food your priority....its well may their souls rest in perfect peace..

Aluu Killings: The crowd chased away heavily armed policemen with stones – IG

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The Nigerian Police has reacted to the questions being currently asked by the public in relation to their inability to stop the mob of Aluu indigenes from lynching the four students of the University of Port Harcourt in Aluu community of Rivers State.

It would be recalled that the death of the four boys who were killed in Aluu community as directed by the community head has generated many questions as to why those boys should be killed with no intervention from the police and the JTF.
In a statement issued by the police today, they had stated how they tried to stop the mob, but were stoned and attacked.
“The police on getting to the scene met a mob attack on four victims who were supposedly the suspected armed robbers,” The statement had affirmed.
The statement signed by the IG of Police, Mohammed D. Abubakar said;
“Attempts made by the police patrol team to take over the suspects were met with stiff opposition from the mob, who chased the team with stones.”
“The four police officers at the scene then called for reinforcements, but they arrived after the victims were stoned and burnt to death, while the mob immediately took to their heels,” the statement said.

The police have not yet confirmed why they were unable to fire gunshots into the air to scare the mob from carrying out the act at the initial time.
The four students were killed in Aluu, a community that is only 3 kilometers away from the University after they were accused of stealing a laptop and a phone from an Aluu indigene.
READ FULL TEXT OF STATEMENT BELOW
UP-DATE ON ON-GOING INVESTIGATIONS ON ALUU KILLINGS
Rivers State: Murder of Four (4) Students of University of Port-Harcourt:
On 5th October, 2012 at about 0700Hrs, based on a distress call that some armed robbers were arrested at Omukiri-Aluu area in Ikwerre LGA, a patrol team of four Policemen from Isiokpo Divisional Police Headquarters was dispatched to the area, a distance of about 10kms. The Police on getting to the scene met a mob attack on four victims who were supposedly the suspected armed robbers. Attempt made by the Police Patrol Team to take over the suspects were met with stiff opposition from the mob who chased the team with stones.
Consequently, the Patrol Team called for reinforcements, but unfortunately, upon the arrival of the reinforcements, the alleged armed robbery suspects have been stoned and burnt to death, while the mob immediately took to their heels. The corpses were recovered by the Police who by then have been joined by members of the Joint Task Force (JTF). The victims were later identified to be students of University of Port
Harcourt. They are namely:
(i)   Ugunna Obuzor- aged 18 Years; 200 Level Geology student;
(ii) Lloyd Toku- aged 19 Years; 200 Level Civil Engineering student;
(iii)Tekena Elkanah- aged 20 Years, a Diploma Technical student
(iv)Chiadaka Odinga- aged 20 Years, 200 Level Theatre Arts student.
The Police immediately launched an investigation leading to the arrest (based on information) of Alhaji Hassan Welewa, the Traditional Ruler of Omukiri Community, Aluu where the heinous incident took place and eighteen (18) others, some of who are members of the vigilante group of the community.
Intelligence report implicated Alhaji Hassan Welewa, as being the person who incited the mob to unleash terror on the victims. Further investigation conducted by the police indicates that four (4) suspects, namely: Felemo Solomon; Cynthia Chinwo; Ozioma Abajuo and Chigozie Samuel Evans have been closely linked to this barbarous act.
Findings have revealed that the victims had gone to the area where they met their unfortunate death earlier that morning to demand for money allegedly owed to them by Coxson Lelebori Lucky, alias ‘Bright’, who raised a false alarm that the victims were armed robbers. Although, Coxson has gone underground, Detectives are on his trail.
Investigation is ongoing with efforts being intensified to track down others who are involved in the incident. Those who are found culpable shall be prosecuted.
Meanwhile, massive deployment of Policemen has been made to the area, including detectives to assist the State Police Command. Normalcy has been restored in the area, while the situation in the area, especially in the University and other tertiary institutions are being closely monitored with a view to forestalling any untoward reactions.
Efforts are being intensified to establish the motive(s) behind this crime, arrest all who may be directly or indirectly connected with the crime and eventually bring all indicted persons to book.
I wish to use this medium to advice and appeal to Nigerians to see it as their civic obligation in the fight against crime and criminality, to assist security agencies in the discharge of their responsibility. Security is everybody’s responsibility and so, should not be abandoned in the hands of security agencies alone. The maximum cooperation of the public is needed to ensure that Nigeria is safe for all.
Nigerians are further reminded to avoid taking laws into their hands, as two wrongs can never make a right. More so, it is criminal and against the laws of the land and those that do so will surely be made to face the full wrath of the law.
In addition, the IGP appeals to citizens who might have information torching on this and other on-going Police investigation not to hesitate in turning over such information to the Nigeria Police Force.
May I assure Nigerians that the Police Force will do everything legitimate, within its capacity, to ensure that perpetrators of these dastardly acts at Aluu in Rivers State are identified and made to face the law.
IGP MOHAMMED D. ABUBAKAR, CFR, NPM, mni
INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF POLICE
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGER

Rapists besiege flood camps in Benue, more than 19 girls fall victim

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It was a clear case of double tragedy as rapist besiege the camps of flood victims in Makurdi, Benue state capital raping no fewer than 19 young girls in different settlements.
Investigations confirmed that the devilish act of defiling young girls has gradually become a regular occurrence in different designated camps across the state.
Just like the wolves in sheep’s clothing, it was revealed that the perpetrators of the ungodly act were young men who reside in the camps with their victims while some others come from within the communities where the flood victims are taking refuge.
The camps at Wurukum part of the state to Saint Catherine and Wadata , have similar rape complaints.
A 19-year old victim who pleaded to be anonymous narrated her ordeal in the hands of a young man she couldn’t identify.
According to her, “I just walked back into the camp after I had visited a former neighbour in town. I got into the camp that evening, while walking towards the classrooms where we sleep, somebody called my name from a dark spot. I tried to find out who it was, but before I knew what was happening, somebody grabbed me from behind and threatened that he would stab me to death if I shouted. He grabbed me down and raped me. I am not the only one they have done this to, there are so many other girls; there are over 19 of us that have been raped in the last few days, but we are all hiding it because of the shame, but if we don’t cry out we will not get help because we are helpless. And if we don’t cry out because of the shame, the people behind this evil acts will continue to torment girls and women in the camps.”
However, the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, for Benue State, Assistant Superintendent of Police Ejike Alaribe maintained that the rape cases at the flood camps had not been formally reported to the State’s police command yet. But he however, assured that his men would intensify surveillance around the camps to unmask the faces of the rapists and consequently bring them to book...