Friday, April 18, 2014

PSquare deny breaking up with brother, Jude

Jude Okoye, PSquare's elder brother, recently kicked off his own record label.

Pop duo, PSquare, have denied that their elder brother, Jude 'Engees' Okoye, has dumped the Square Records family.

Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES, the Public Relations Executive to Psquare, Bayo Adetu, described the report as irresponsible blogging.

"I am too busy to give some wanna be blogger traffic, I don't know where that report is coming from. Maybe they just want to get traffic to their site. It's baseless and untrue".

Jude Okoye, in a tweet, had suggested he might have called it quit with Square records having kicked off his own record label, North side entertainment.

"@judeengees After over 10yrs of hard work, it's over. Am done," he tweeted earlier on Friday.

Despite the tweet, Jude's Twitter bio remains- "President/C.E.O Square Records, Northside Music Inc and Northside Entertainment Ltd. PSquare's Manager/Producer Director …….what else…".

Earlier in the week, Wizkid and Waje parted ways with their manager, Godwin Tom.


Peter and Paul of P-Square allegedly on the verge of break up

Although there is no official statement from the parties yet, it appears that there is trouble brewing up in the P-square camp.

According to celebrity blogger Linda Ikeji, "On Wednesday April 16th, I gathered from industry sources that the brothers fought each other physically during rehearsals. They had to be separated by their dancers. This is fact! I hear one of the wives is causing some of the problems between the brothers."

Also, their elder brother and manager tweeted this a few minutes ago "After ten years of hard work, it's over and I'm done!!!"

The Okoyes – P-square and Jude Okoye delved into music in 2004 and have been active ever since.
So far, they have released six successful albums


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Ondo REC Recants, Says ‘I Didn’t Indict Obanikoro Over Aborted Ilaje/Ese-Odo By-Election’

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ondo State, Mr. Akin Orebiyi, has clarified that his statement on the conduct of the Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, during the April 5 Ese-Odo/Ilaje by-election was in "the context of the malpractices generally perpetrated by political parties".

In a statement he personally signed and issued to journalists on Thursday, Orebiyi denied saying that the minister "was in Ese-Odo/Ilaje Federal Constituency on Saturday April 5, and was seen going round disrupting the conduct of the election".

According to him, "This statement is not true. What was meant simply was that the presence of the Honourable Minister (who had been in the constituency earlier and left before the election day) led to some agitated youths mistaken one of our Supervising Honourable Resident Electoral Commissioners for Hon. Minister and nearly lynched the said Hon. Commissioner on Sunday, April 16".

The REC explained that the intention of his comment was to denounce the near-lynching of a colleague of his, who was mistaken for the minister and not to denigrate his (Obanikoro) person or imply that he was responsible for the mob action.

It would be recalled that Orebiyi, during a stakeholders meeting on Tuesday, berated political parties for their misconduct during the election and insinuated that Obanikoro, who is from Lagos State, was also involved in the breach of the electoral process.

His recanting might not be unconnected with reports that he was summoned to Abuja by his employers at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), who felt embarrassed by Orebiyi's daring accusation.


Kano Commissioner For Agriculture Resigns

The membership of Kano State Executive Council was depleted on Thursday following the resignation of the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Baraka Sani from the cabinet.

Sani, however, did not give reasons for resigning from her position.

It was learnt through a reliable source that Sani threw in the towel on Wednesday following disagreement with the state Governor, Engr. Rabi'u Kwankwaso over selection of some candidates for the forthcoming local government election.

"The commissioner was not happy because the governor had refused to consider one of her candidates for the election in the state", the source said.

It would be recalled that the former Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Faruk Iya, resigned last November in protest against moves by Kwankwaso to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).


Alleged Boko Haram link: Apologize or face legal action – Buhari tells PDP

A former head of state and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that he has ties with the Boko Haram sect.

He therefore warned the ruling party to tender an unreserved public apology to him or face a legal action.

In a statement he personally signed in Kaduna on Thursday, Gen. Buhari said:"I cannot sit back and allow my image, and that of my political party be smeared by falsehood in the name of politics."

He said the widely publicized and very serious allegations made against him by the PDP and its spokesman, Olisa Metuh, to the effect that his utterances were responsible for the current state of insecurity and terrorism bedeviling Nigeria, were absolutely without basis

"To support his claim, Mr. Metuh engaged in twisted logic and outright distortion – which he called facts – in which he said that I,Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, beckoned on my 'supporters to go on lynching spree' should I lose the 2011 presidential election, as a result of which 'an unprecedented violence broke out claiming the lives of hundreds of innocent people.

"I take very serious exception to this grave accusation against me by the PDP Publicity Secretary. It is a false allegation aimed at tarnishing my image and reputation in the hope of destroying my political and electoral standings, and that of my party, the APC, in the country.

"Firstly, it is public knowledge that Boko Haram as a terror organization long preceded the 2011 presidential elections. My utterances or lack of them on the 2011 presidential election could not therefore have created nor sustained the Boko Haram insurgency.

"Secondly, the PDP Government of President Goodluck Jonathan constituted the Sheikh Ahmed Lemu Panel of Inquiry to investigate and report on the post-election violence in some parts of the country. The panel discharged its duties within its terms of reference and submitted its Report to the President. This Report was accepted by government and a Whitepaper issued.

"Nowhere in that Report, a product of thorough investigation of that unfortunate incident, was I mentioned in the remotest way to have uttered a word or acted in any form or manner that sparked off the violence. If I had, certainly that investigation would have uncovered it. The truth is that I had not.

"Thirdly, 2011 was not the first time I contested a presidential election and was declared defeated, it was the third! If I had had no cause to 'beckon on my supporters to go on lynching spree' in the two previous occasions, I would have had no cause to change in 2011 – and I did not," Buhari said.

The APC chieftain said the PDP National Publicity Secretary also deliberately misquoted the interview he gave in Hausa on May 14, 2012 in which he said the opposition was determined to fight in the 2015 elections.

"I used the Hausa idiom 'Kare jini, Biri jini', which is a metaphor for a very tough fight. But, like the Islamic fundamentalist toga they falsely put on me because they cannot impinge on my personal and professional integrity, PDP apologists deliberately twisted this idiom to mean I called for violence.

"I am not a violent person and, other than my professional calling as a soldier, I have never associated with violence, I abhor violence and have never advocated it. I have always been a law abiding person who insists on due process and the rule of law in all my private and public affairs.

"It is therefore a grave infraction to my person, personality and integrity that such a false and malicious accusation is being levelled against me by the PDP. This is dangerous politics by the ruling party and it must stop forthwith," Gen. Buhari added.


Nigerians dominate 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards nominees – See full list

Shining a spotlight on the African continent and the amazing achievements of Africans around the world, MTV Base on Wednesday, revealed the nominees for the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards.

Tied for first place in the nominations were South African artists Mafikizolo and Uhuru, and Nigerian artist Davido, who each scored 4 nominations while going directly head-to-head for Song of the Year, Artist of the Year and Best Collaboration.

See the MAMA nominations in full:

Best Male
Anselmo Ralph (Angola)
Davido (Nigeria)
Diamond (Tanzania)
Donald (South Africa)
Wizkid (Nigeria)

Best Female
Arielle T (Gabon)
Chidinma (Nigeria)
DJ C'ndo (South Africa)
Efya (Ghana)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Best Group
Big Nuz (South Africa)
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Mi Casa (South Africa)
P Square (Nigeria)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)

Best New Act
Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Heavy K (South Africa)
Phyno (Nigeria)
Stanley Enow (Cameroon)
Uhuru (South Africa)

Best Live Act
2face (Nigeria)
Fally Ipupa (DRC)
Flavour (Nigeria)
Dr Malinga (South Africa)
Zakes Bantwini (South Africa)

Best Collaboration
Amani ft Radio and Weasel – 'Kiboko Changu' (Kenya/Uganda)
Diamond feat Davido – 'Number One' (Remix) (Tanzania/Nigeria)
Mafikizolo feat May D – 'Happiness' (South Africa/Nigeria)
R2bees feat Wizkid – 'Slow Down' (Ghana/Nigeria)
Uhuru feat DJ Buckz, Oskido, Professor, Yuri Da Cunha – 'Y-tjukutja' (South Africa/Angola)

Artist of the Year
Davido (Nigeria)
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Mi Casa (South Africa)
P Square (Nigeria)
Uhuru (South Africa)

Song of the Year
Davido- 'Skelewu' (Nigeria)
DJ Clock feat Beatenberg – 'Pluto' (Remember Me) (South Africa)
DJ Ganyani feat FB – 'Xigubu' (South Africa)
DJ Kent feat The Arrows –'Spin My World Around' (South Africa)
Dr Sid feat Don Jazzy – 'Surulere' (Nigeria)
KCee – 'Limpopo' (Nigeria)
Mafikizolo feat Uhuru 'Khona' (South Africa)
Mi Casa- 'Jika' (South Africa)
P Square – 'Personally' (Nigeria)
Yuri Da Cunha -'Atchu Tchu Tcha' (Angola)

Best Hip Hop
AKA (South Africa)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
Khuli Chana (South Africa)
Olamide (Nigeria)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Best Pop
Danny K (South Africa)
Fuse ODG (Ghana)
Goldfish (South Africa)
LCNVL (South Africa)
Mathew Mole (South Africa)

Best Alternative
Gangs of Ballet (South Africa)
Michael Loman (South Africa)
Nakhane Toure (South Africa)
Parlotones (South Africa)
Shortstraw (South Africa)

Best Francophone
Arielle T (Gabon)
Espoir 2000 (Ivory Coast)
Ferre Gola (DRC)
Toofan (Togo)
Youssoupha (Congo)

Best Lusophone
Anselmo Ralph (Angola)
JD (Angola)
Lizha James (Mozambique)
Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde)
Yuri Da Cunha (Angola)

Personality of the Year
Chimamanda Adiche (Nigeria)
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde (Nigeria)
Trevor Noah (South Africa)
Lupita Nyong'o (Kenya)
Yaya Toure (Cote d'Ivoire)
Transform Today by Absolut
Anisa Mpungwe (Tanzania)
Clarence Peters (Nigeria)
I See a Different You (South Africa)
Leti Arts (Ghana)
Rasty (South Africa)