CELEBRITY INTERVIEW: Why I didn’t marry Bimbo Akintola – Dede Mabiaku

Published:10 Feb, 2013

Dede-familyDede Mabiaku is a versatile musician, who has come a long way in the Afrobeat, Highlife and Jazz music genres. He has over the years proven himself a force to reckon with in the Nigerian music scene, within and outside the shores of the country. His display of stagecraft, showmanship and knack for audience participation are in present day Nigeria, unequalled.

A protégé of the Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Dede indeed learnt at the feet of the master himself. For more than 10 years, he was an integral part of Fela’s daily life and his band Egypt 80. Dede opened all Felas local and international shows, performing on vocals and playing the saxophone. Today, he remains unchallenged as the best Afrobeat artiste ever.

Dede,  who recently featured in a movie, Render to Caesar, produced by Desmond Ovbiagele believes that the Afrobeat king lives on. He relives fond memories of his 10 years sojourn with him, his romance with actress Bimbo Akintola and the women in his life.

 

Let’s talk about ‘Render To Caeser’, a  movie  you featured in that will soon be released. How come you gambled into acting?

I didn’t gamble into acting. I’m a Thespian by training. I went to the University of Jos and University of Benin to study Theater Arts. I was admitted into the university in 1968, so, I’m not a kid. And I happened to be the first actor to ever win an award in this country in 1987.

At Nigerian Festival of Films and Nigerian Television Productions, I won the Best Actor in this country. First of all, I am a Theater Artiste and it encompasses every unit of the arts, including music. That’s why I’ve been into music.

 

But you are more popular in the music arena than in acting?

Music is theatre. What Fela did and which we all saw is referred to as Total  Theater. So, I happen to be studying that realm. Fela also acted in the movie, “Black President”. It was after his starring in that movie that the then, military regime went and set ablaze his Kalakuta residence. Fela studied music in the university. And I studied Theater Arts. So, my delving into acting is based on credibility.

 

You were like Fela’s forerunner  while he lived. Do you think his prophetic songs have found meaning in our present day Nigeria?

All the things  Fela said back then are happening today.

 

So you call him a prophet?

I don’t need to call Fela a prophet. I was simply an Orisa(god). That is what it is for someone to stand there and fight for the people, open their minds, wake them up to realities and their rights, and not for anything other than the peoples’ value. Fela was not an ordinary person. He was  an orisa to us.

Fela went through torture and degradation because he was fighting for us. Ask anybody to tell you about the beatings, how his head was broken, legs were broken, how they used sharp objects to cut his penis, how he was whipped and  stripped naked and thrown into the gutter…all because he was speaking the truth but yet the people were not told all that story.

Long time ago, Fela  started singing about  “African emancipation.” He started telling us  to make use of our senses and stick to  our  ways of life but we didn’t listen to him because we wanted to follow the western lifestyle. How would this help us and make us a better people ?

 

Do you think Fela’s disciples are still sustaining his legacies?

First of all, when you say disciples, I don’t believe a man should be marked by his biological offsprings but rather, by  the value of  the impact he makes on the lives of other  people. When you say his disciples, you are also one of Fela’s  disciples because you accepted the fact that what he said then, are playing out today in this country.

We are all Fela’s disciples and you should know  it’s time we start to stand-up for our rights and embrace his crusade for social justice. I’ve been a fan of Baba since I was in secondary school. Then, when I became an undergraduate, I joined a band, and after graduation, I worked with the now rested record label in Owerri called Labamba Records.

All through these period, anytime I sing Fela’s songs, people usually get inspired. Throughout the shows I staged in the eastern part of the country in 1984, while I was undergoing my National Youth Service, I relived memories of the Fela factor.

So, coming to meet him in Lagos  after my service was meant to be. And when we met, the spiritual link started and there’s  no way it will stop because when I ‘m no more, others will take up the baton. If pastor Tunde Bakare could climb his pulpit and said, “a prophet had just left our midst”, that was after Fela’s demise, then, we should have a rethink.

Then, ask yourself a question, have you ever heard of Ogun and Sango worshipers fighting? Have you ever heard of Igbe worshipers and Aronzi and Ohafia worshipers fighting? But you will always see  Muslims and Christians fighting and killing themselves.  There are churches in every nook and cranny of this country and the pastors buy jeep, airplanes and jets yet, corruption is at its peak in Nigeria. Fela was a personification of the African way of life.

 

What would you say is the binding force between you  and Fela?

For me, I would say there are three things that held us firmly together-truth, true African spiritual understanding and true African way of life. These three things are the most important things you can ever seek in life and ultimately, you shall have peace of mind.

 

What’s your relationship with Fela’s family after his demise?

Great! I’m a part of the family and you can’t take that away from me.

 

Since  he demised in 1997, what would you say you missed about Fela?

Truth. You’ll hardly find people who are truthful to themselves. Look around you, the politicians we have today are legis-looters and execu-thieves. They are ripping off the common man in this country.  Aren’t we ashamed of ourselves? The Arabs developed their country with the money they made from their oil.

Don’t we have oil too? But our leaders spend our oil windfall on prostitutes and partying abroad, building useless mansions that the masses can’t rent. I was in the east of America and they showed me some massive houses belonging to our senators and  governors.  Truth is missing in the system. People say I don’t talk like Fela.  Fela was Fela. He didn’t wear shoes but canoes. For me, I do my bit until we start to respect the rule of law, accountability and credibility in our system.

I missed Fela’s sincerity, his jokes because he was  the greatest man in Nigeria. He was  the first black man ever to be represented on the Broadway, that’s the heights of theater in the world. He was bigger than anything this country has brought down. Look around my house- everywhere, my room, my mind, my spirit- I’m in tune with Fela. Fela lives on.

 

Would you now say you are living out your dreams?

I laugh at people who say they are living out their dreams. Do you know what a dream is? I’m living out my reality. I am in this world on a journey. And I happen to be a proud person who is happy to say that I’ll rather develop human beings than I would build houses here and there. I don’t turn my back on my people and God has used me to educate my people.

I’ll rather invest my money on people than on houses, cars, gold. I don’t wear wrist watches, I don’t wear gold. There are many people who have passed through me and are  better people today. Those were part of the things I learnt from the master, Fela.

 

It has been long you released your last album?

Fela told me he wanted me to spend 10 years on stage before releasing an album. He said I should first and foremost culture my sound, build my stand before releasing an album. Now, many years after his demise, I find it imperative to understand what he said then.

To me, the album doesn’t make a man. When it is time, every person will receive it. I can’t hide it. Right now, I’m making sure the younger ones sing content-oriented sounds and become more instrumentally and live music conscious.

 

What do you think prepared you for what you are doing today?

My first attempt to go on stage was when I was 9 years. It was Fred Amata’s grand father that took me from my father’s home and had me act with the cast he assembled in his native plays during the Christmas celebration. I remember that when I was in primary school, I was highly interested in cultural activities because my father was part of the Benin royalties and he also loved the things of culture.

So, I  respect the culture of the people. But getting into the university, I met Professor Femi Osanfiso who opened up my mind a lot more to the essence of African creativity. I left him and networked at the end of the day with Baba(Fela) who then made it concrete.

 

Were your parents disappointed that you followed Fela?

My father protested to the greatest heights and even disowned me. Even the mother of the girl I wanted to marry then rejected me on the basis that I was Fela’s boy. But unfortunately for her,  the lady had a daughter for me  who is now a  graduate. Today, I’m not a disgrace.

I’ve not let my country down,  instead I’ve brought a good name to it. My name doesn’t bring sadness but joy and I’m grateful to Fela for it. I’m over fifty and I can sit here, look at you in the face and say you came to my house, sat and was at peace. The things you heard me say are for growth and development. That’s the essence of Fela.

 

I’m sure that lady and her mother are still alive to see what you’ve turned out to become?

My daughter Sola is alive and she’s a graduate. I don’t have any rancour with them. I love my daughter  and she loves me too. I have other children and they love me too. They call me by my name, Dede . People don’t know them because I shielded them from the world. I put them behind, and present myself for people to attack.

 

But they don’t live with you

That’s why you can’t find them around me.

 

So, how do you connect with them?

We know our moments. God’s time is the best.

 

How many children do you have?

Are you ready for this? I have seven biological children. My first child is going to be thirty-one year old soon.

 

At what age did you have your first child?

I was in my twenties then, during my university days. Don’t go that side(laughs). I attempted marriage just once and it was  one of the funniest experiences in my life. I’ll state this today, that I did it with all my heart. I wanted to try something new, something I thought I never would do. I did it but it didn’t work out. I had my last two kids from the marriage.

 

Are they all in Nigeria?

No. My last kids are in Ghana with their mother. All my children are with their mothers and it gives me the freedom to be the artiste I want to be. But I still have so many children who have gone through school and there are still more in school. They come at different times. God used me to bless some of them. Some are in Nigeria while others are in Sierra-Leone and Ghana.

 

Did you meet them while sojourning with Fela?

No. I don’t even know the parents of many of them. I give God the glory. All I know is that they deserved to go to school but the society didn’t encourage them. They’ll be better people tomorrow. Nigerians need to change. We must start to focus on the things that will  change in the country.

That’s why I gave my all in the yet to be released movie, “ Render to Caesar” produced by Desmond Ovbiagele. I read the script, I’m a theater person and I know what that script can deliver. I played the role of an Inspector of Police. Playing that role gave me joy because I realized there are things we should start sharing with ourselves. I’m so proud that I starred in the movie and working with the likes of Omoni Oboli.

 

How did you get the role?

Desmond approached me. He wanted me to play a role in one script he brought to me before now. But  I turned down the script because I didn’t like the story as I advised him to come up with a better script. He came with this one and I liked it instantly, even though I thought I would play the lead role, but he made me play another lead which is the commissioner of police. The role wasn’t bad and I enjoyed it.

 

Most people thought you were going to marry actress Bimbo Akinola. What happened?

Let me tell you this, I’ll say it for the last time. Bimbo and I were friends for two years before we started dating. I never knew her as a woman with any kongo. I knew her as my friend who was in the university of Ibadan whom I supported  morally and otherwise.

I like her because she has a wonderful mind and  spirit. She’s a wonderful woman and you can’t take her talent away from her. At that time, I was dating her, I had so many women but she was the main woman. She stood by me and we weathered  the storm together.

Then, one day, we sat down and reviewed our relationship after which we agreed that we were better as friends than lovers. And since that day, about twelve years ago, we have remained friends- no sex, romance or kissing. We’ve kept the respect, value and true love for each  other since then.

When it comes to marriage, I wasn’t ready at that time. If I was ready then, maybe, I would have married her. Marriage is not a factor to me. It will come when it will come if it has to. But for now, my saxophone is my sweetheart. And one thing is sure, I don’t disregard women. I value them and treasure them.

 

But people believe you dumped Bimbo?

No, if I dumped Bimbo, will I be talking like this? Let me tell you, if I call Bimbo now, the first thing she’d say is “hello darling”. We are that close. She’s called me twice today. Can’t people be true friends? I have true friends but she stands out and that’s why you guys are raising eyebrows and keep harassing me about her.

 

Aside her, what about other women in your life?

The other women in my life? They are my children. The other women around me are particularly not in my life. You’ve been here for some time now, how many women have you seen walk in? Well, gone are those days when women were all around me. The point is, I’ve used that time to understudy women and  I have to carry on with those lessons I’ve learnt from friends, Fela, my mother and others.

 

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She is known for the enviable curves inherited by the rest of the voluptuous Kardashian clan. But reality star Khloé looked slimmer than ever in a figure-hugging black ensemble as she posed for an Instagram snap for Popsugar on Wednesday. Showing off her slender legs and nipped-in waist, the 31-year-old looked a shadow of her former self, no doubt the result of her recently increased workouts. The fashionista, who is currently promoting her new children's wear...

Eva Longoria Demands Newspaper ‘Apologise’ For Claiming She ‘Pretended’ To Need Glasses For Specsavers Campaign

She arrived Down Under in a blaze of Specsavers glory, fronting the optical retail chain's campaign for the smartest glasses wearer. But despite Eva Longoria wearing glasses as the style ambassador and judge for the 2015 Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year hunt, a Sydney newspaper accused her of 'pretending' to need spectacles to market herself and the brand. The Desperate Housewives' star, 40, told Thursday's Kyle and Jackie O show of the Sydney Morning Herald claims: '...

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Funeral To Take Place On Saturday

Bobbi Kristina Brown will be remembered by her friends and family during a funeral service in Atlanta on Saturday morning. The private service will take place at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta at 11am, with family members including her father Bobby Brown, aunt Pat Houston and grandmother Cissy Houston gathering to pay their respects. Soon after her body will be flown to New Jersey, where she will be buried alongside her late mother Whitney Houston at Fairview Cemetery...

Miley Cyrus To Host VMAs, Gives Middle Finger In Her First Promo

Miley Cyrus is hosting MTV's Video Music Awards this year and we can't help but be excited and nervous about what is going to transpire on that stage! Judging from the 22-year-old's first video promo that she shared via Instagram, we expect Aug. 30 to be a night of controversy. Watch promo below: https://instagram.com/p/5sbypAwzPA/?taken-by=mileycyrus Credit: intouchweekly  

Oil Marketers Back President Buhari On Sector Probe, Split Of NNPC

The Zonal Chairman, Independent Petroleum Marketers’ Association of Nigeria, Western Zone, Alhaji Debo Ahmed, has expressed its support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s probe of the activities in the oil and gas sector. He hailed the administration’s plan to split the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, saying it would address the recurrent scarcity in the oil and gas sector. Ahmed told newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara State that it was high time the sector was overhauled to...

Individual Efforts By Everyone Of Us Won’t End Terrorism – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said efforts being made by individual countries are not capable of tackling terrorism. He said Nigeria and neighbouring countries must come together and join forces if the dream of defeating Boko Haram terrorists in the sub-region must come to pass. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement on Thursday quoted Buhari as speaking at a state dinner held in his honour at...

Tompolo Hails Buhari, Calls Him A Listening Leader

Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, frontline ex-Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND leaders, the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Niger Delta ex-militants and other stakeholders in the Niger Delta, yesterday, hailed President Muhammudu Buhari over the appointment of Brigadier Gen Paul Boroh (rtd) as the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme. Niger Delta ex-militants, who congratulated the newly appointed chairman of the Niger Delta Amnesty programme, said that Buhari had made a wise and deserved...

PDP Announces Reduction Of Staff Strength, Salaries And Allowances

Barely two months into its new status as the opposition political party, having governed the country for sixteen years, the Peoples Democratic Party, has started struggling with the challenge of being an opposition, as it yesterday announced that the party will reduce allowances, staff strength by 50%. The party has also said it would reduce the salaries and allowances of its staff by 50%, even...

Kylie Jenner Had Lip Fillers & Khloe Supports It

Khloe Kardashian is throwing a whole heap of shade on anyone who has been dishing out criticism to her younger sister, Kylie Jenner recently. In an interview with Complex magazine, Khloe slams people’s criticism of Kylie well-publicized lip fillers. “Sometimes things bother her. When it comes to her lips, I knew it was one of her biggest insecurities. She used to always take pictures covering her...

Iyanya Bears It All On His Romance With Yvonne Nelson (Watch Video)

Iyanya was asked in an interview with MTV Base VJ Ehiz ‘Real Talk’ about Yvonne Nelson and their public breakup. Here is what he had to say! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PbKplHXlyY Source: MTV Base

Sharon Osbourne Speaks Out Against The Legalisation Of Marijuana

Sharon Osbourne may come across as a laid-back liberal mother, but there is at lease one issue on which she remains staunchly conservative. The former X Factor judge – whose husband Ozzy Osbourne and children Kelly and Jack have all battled drug addiction – has spoken out against plans to legalise marijuana, warning “it is going to end in tears”. Sharon, 62, told American CBS TV: “I have big resentments that this is happening. Anything...

Kris Jenner & Ex Husband, Now Caitlyn Jenner, Finally Meets In Person

The highly anticipated meeting between Caitlyn Jenner and Kris Jenner has finally happened. A source confirms that the two exes met at Caitlyn's Malibu house yesterday for their first face-to-face get together, undoubtedly an emotional moment for both. Kris, who openly struggled with the news of Caitlyn's transition on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, is the last of the family members to meet Caitlyn. And although she stayed mum about Jenner's debut in the...

Soldiers In Aba Kill Kidnapper, Arrest 2 Members Of His Gang, Including A Lady

Soldiers of the 144 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, stationed at Asa in Ukwa West local government area of Abia State have shot dead a kidnapper, arrested two members of his gang, including a lady, and rescued a female victim. Vanguard gathered that an Aba-based business woman, Mrs. Rita Anaekwe, was last Sunday night abducted at her residence on Anaekwe Street, Umuleta village, Obinkwu in Ukwa West local government area. Family sources said the hoodlums gained entry into...

419 Girls Scam ISIS on Social Media For Travel Money

If you’re low on funds for that big vacation, you could always ask to borrow money, make a Kickstarter campaign… or swindle a couple of Islamic State recruiters. It may not be the safest way to make money, but that’s what three girls from Chechnya, a Russian republic in southeastern Europe, did. The Chechen girls are under investigation for fraud after they allegedly scammed ISIS members into giving them money on the pretense that...

Director General Of The DSS, Lawal Daura Is An APC Member – PDP

Press statement from the PDP... The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at its meeting today thoroughly considered a number of very important issues pertaining to the state of affairs in our nation. The NWC brings to the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari to some disturbing development in the polity which, if not nipped in the bud, might significantly affect our democracy and stability as a nation negatively, and that is the growing...

ISIS Plans To End The World By Provoking The US To War

According to a recruitment document understood to be written by ISIS militants,the terrorist group plans for an all-out war to bring about 'the end of the world'. Follow the jump for the full story and discovered document: The Urdu document seen by USA Today, passed to the American Media Institute by a Pakistani citizen connected to the Taliban, reveals the scale of the ambition of ISIS, including targeting India to provoke...

Oil Worth $13.7bn Stolen Under NNPC, Says NEITI

The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Hajiya Zainab Shamsuna-Ahmed, on Wednesday said between 2009 and 2012, about 160 million barrels of oil valued at $13.7bn was stolen under the watch of the national oil giant, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. She also said that subsidy payment from 2005 to 2012 indicated that $11.63bn had been paid to the NNPC but that “there is no evidence of the money being remitted to the federation...

Oil worth $13.7bn stolen under NNPC, says NEITI

The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Hajiya Zainab Shamsuna-Ahmed, on Wednesday said between 2009 and 2012, about 160 million barrels of oil valued at $13.7bn was stolen under the watch of the national oil giant, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. She also said that subsidy payment from 2005 to 2012 indicated...

Port Harcourt And Warri Refineries Commence Preliminary Operations

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has announced that the Port Harcourt and Warri refineries have been successfully re-streamed after a nine-month rehabilitation exercise conducted by its in-house engineers and technicians. The corporation, in a statement, noted that both plants commenced preliminary production of petroleum products after successful test-runs, adding that while PHRC was ramping up its operation to about 60 per cent of its 210,000 barrels per day capacity, WRPC production was projected to hit 80 per cent...

FG Overrules JAMB On New Admission Policy

The Federal Government has overruled the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on its new admission policy that recently sparked off protests in parts of the country. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. MacJohn Nwaobiala, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Tuesday, after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari of his ministry’s activities and challenges at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. JAMB had, at its 2015 Combined Policy Meeting, adopted a policy whereby candidates of universities with...

Missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 Plane Wreckage Found Off The Coast Of Africa?

Almost a year since the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flight vanished mid-air during flight to China, wreckage found of the coast of Africa Officials revealed might be that of the missing plane. The debris, discovered near to the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, is that of a Boeing 777, investigators confirmed. The Malaysia Airlines jet - also a Boeing 777 - is thought to have come down in the same ocean on March 8 last year. Officials at...

Police Arrest Fed Poly Oko Graduate For Beheading Friend in A’Ibom

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command on Wednesday arrested a 32-year-old graduate of the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State, Mr. Stephen Onona, in connection with the death of his close friend and employee, Mr. Daniel Solomon. Onona is from Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State while Solomon was from Uruan LGA of Akwa Ibom State. Onona was said to be an employee of Africana First Publisher, Uyo, where he worked for four years. The Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom...

Buhari commends Father Mbaka’s courage and patriotism in run-up to 2015 elections

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended fiery Catholic priest, Revd Father Ejike Mbaka, for his patriotism in the run-up to the 2015 general elections, saying his courage has earned him a mark in the sands of time. In a statement Thursday to congratulate the leader of the Adoration Ministries Enugu, Nigeria, on the occasion of his 20th priestly ordination, the President said history would favour Mr. Mbaka for courageously speaking truth to power, even at great risks. In the statement signed by...

Nigeria has taken ICJ’s ruling on Bakassi in good faith -Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Yaunde, Republic of Cameroon said to Nigerians to accept the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the oil-rich Bakassi penisular to Cameroon in good faith. “Since Nigeria allowed the case to go to court and we lost, we have to abide by it” he said

Massive shake up in Nigerian Army , as Buratai appoints new GOC

There is massive shake up in the hierarchy of the Nigerian Army as the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai appointed new General Officers Commanding the Divisions of the Nigerian Army as well as new Principal Staff Officers to run the affairs of Army headquarters. Also appointed were...

Air force intercepts Boko Haram’s fuel supply

The fuel supply route of the Boko Haram militants has been intercepted, and their new fuel supply seized by the fighter pilots of the Nigerian Air Force. The Director, Air Force Information, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, said in a statement on Wednesday, July 29,  that the Air Force seized 4,000 drums and jerry cans of...

FG goes after ‘super rich’ civil servants over corruption

Federal Government’s anti-corruption operatives have been sent after ‘super rich’ public officers who have multiple properties and other assets suspected to have been the rewards of graft. The searchlight of the anti-corruption agents is on civil servants that possess many properties in the Federal Capital Territory.

Photo Of The Day – D’banj

D'banj looks smart in his suit, designed by Okunorenhe.  He Wore a black suit, paired with neck chain, a wrist watch and shoes to blend the look. He wrote on his Instagram #SALUTE = Dress code + Work mode - Boss Mood #theKingIsHere #TheKingIsHere ...feels good to be Bag in Lasgidi. Week 3 get ready..   Lagos are you ready for the...

El-Rufai Nominates 13 Commissioners

The governor of Kaduna State, mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has nominated 13 persons as members of the state executive council. In a letter to Aminu Shagali, Speaker of the Kaduna State...

#AkwaIbom: Okori VS Akpabio: No election took place, Okori’s witnesses tells tribunal

...insist Akpabio not PDP candidate ...ex Governor's camp in disarray, Paul Usoro, Nwoko missing in court The trial in the legal battle between Chief Inibehe Okori of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Chief Godswill Akpabio of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) commenced on Wednesday at the Customary Court, Dutsen Alhaji, Abuja. Three witnesses testified on Wednesday against the former Governor. At the...

Governor El-Rufai nominates 13 Commissioners

Malam Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, has nominated 13 persons as members of the state executive council. In a letter to Hon. Aminu Shagali, Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, El-Rufai requested the legislators to consider and approve his nominees. The governor also attached the indicative portfolios of the nominees in the interest of a transparent screening process. The nominees are: NamePortfolio 1 Professor...

Beyonce Finally Pregnant After Months Of IVF Treatments

Beyoncé, 33, and her hubby Jay Z‘s, 45, are more than ready to expand their family it seems. A new report claims that the famous duo turned to IVF to get pregnant for a second time. It’s been three years since they welcomed their daughter Blue Ivy, 3, so the timing couldn’t be better. Speculation that Beyoncé is pregnant is back with full force! A new report claims that the singer is with child thanks to multiple rounds of IVF treatments. “Even though...

‘They Call Him Timaya; “Getting Down” Higher’ By Charles Novia

Charles Novie who is known for his controversial articles is back.  Read below; Dancehall cum Afropop star act, Timaya, has been trending for a few days for the wrong reasons, perhaps. A lady in Atlanta, America took to social media to accuse him of rape. Initially when I read the news on a blog, I thought it was one of some crazy publicity stunts some Nigerian artistes pull up and didn’t give it a...

Only Palace Chiefs Can Announce Monarch’s Death, IDB Debunks Oba’s Death Reports

The President of Ife Development Board (IDB), Prof. Muib Opeloye, on Wednesday debunked reports of the death of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade. Mr. Opeloye, who addressed a crowd that had besieged the Ooni’s palace to confirm the veracity of the reports, said: “Although Baba is advanced in age, he is still hale and hearty in London. “lf anything of such happened, there is no need spreading the news and moreover, if it...

Yar’Adua Cancelled Sale Of Refineries, Refunded Dangote’s $750M – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has explained that the sale of two of the nation’s oil oil refineries had been concluded before he exited office in 2007, saying his successor, the late Umaru Yar’Adua, reversed the sale due to “pressure”. Obasanjo said this in his serialised interview with ‘Book Club’, a programme on Channels Television, monitored in Lagos on Wednesday. The ex-President said business mogul, Aliko Dangote, leading a consortium of investors, had paid $750m for...

Bobbi Kristina’s Boyfriend, Nick Gordon, To Be Charged With Manslaughter

Nick Gordon, who was the boyfriend of the late Bobbi Kristina, is now in serious trouble as prosecutors want to charge him with involuntary manslaughter, and are trying to use one of Nick's friends to turn him in law enforcement sources told TMZ. TMZ's sources say authorities believe Nick's alleged crime is arranging to get drugs for Bobbi Kristina the day she almost drowned in her bathtub. Nick already confessed to the fact that both he and Bobbi...

Tyler Perry Speechless After Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Death

The news of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s tragic death is absolutely devastating, and those close to the daughter of Whitney Houston are absolutely reeling with sadness. That includes Tyler Perry, who was an extremely close friend of Whitney and Bobbi for many years, and the actor released an tear-inducing...

UNIBEN Bans Students From Wearing Earpieces, Headsets Following Death Of Student

Following the death of the UNIBEN student, Rita, the school has banned students from wearing headsets and earpieces outside of their rooms. Information coming out of the school says this is a security measure to ensure that students are alert at all times. This was posted yesterday at Tinubu Hall in the school.

#BelieveItOrNot !! Hotel Where Perverts Pay to Have Sex With Animals Busted By Police

Three men have been jailed after being convicted of running an animal brothel in Swansea, Wales. The hotel specializes in getting animals and grooming them to become good in having sex with humans. Their animal catalog includes domesticated female white lions, mountain nanny goats, Irish pigs, Himalayan gentle donkeys and other species of animals. Some animals that are not dangerous like female sheep's and some breeds of dogs are also trained to give oral sex and receive full...

Kim And Khloe Come For Caitlyn Jenner?

Kim Kardashian has a tense conversation with Caitlyn Jenner in an extended preview of I Am Cait, accusing her of “bashing” her family while speaking publicly about her transition to living as a woman. Viewers will be able learn a lot more about how Kim and the Kardashian-Jenner clan are coping with Caitlyn’s new reality as the docu-series continues. “Khloe is upset,” Caitlyn admits in the episode. “She didn’t like the Vanity Fair article.”

Sight And Scenes From DA Music Room’s Denim Party As Premiere Show Records Huge Success In Abuja #AboutLastWeekend

The city of Abuja were not sure what to expect from a Christian party especially since its being hosted at one of Abuja most conspicuous club and lounge. Regardless of the mixed reaction the attendees were perplexed with the variety of entertainment and fun experience they got.     Da Music Room had earlier invited young, trendy, music and party people...

U.S. Indicts Borno Govt. Over Use Of Child Soldiers

Despite efforts by Nigeria’s central government to combat human trafficking and servitude, the Borno State government in the country’s north east, plagued by Boko Haram insurgency, actively supported the recruitment of child soldiers in the last one year, the United States government has said in its latest report on human trafficking. The report, released Monday, praised the Nigerian government for its efforts at fighting trafficking and ranked Nigeria in its Tier two category – the same...

President Buhari Arrives Cameroon For Talks On Boko Haram

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in neighbouring Cameroon on Wednesday for talks on how to combat the escalating regional threat from Boko Haram Islamists. Security was tight for the 24-hour visit, after a surge of Boko Haram violence in Cameroon including an unprecedented series of five suicide bombings in the far north. Presidential guard soldiers were posted on rooftops of houses and along the route from the airport to the presidential palace in Yaounde, while vehicles armed...

Ijaw youths task FG on economic plan for Niger Delta

The Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide have tasked President Muhammadu Buhari on economic plan for the people of the Niger Delta. The youths said they are not against the president’s moves to curb oil-related theft in the region, but advised president Buhari to do the needful before deploying soldiers in the region.

Saraki Shocks Nigerians, Names Four Senate Committees

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has shocked Nigerians, by naming four Committees at Wednesday plenary. The committees include: 1. Selection Committee to be headed by the Senate President. 2. Rules and Business Committee with Senator Babatunde Omoworare representing Oshodi East Senatorial District as Chairman 3. Ethics and Privileges Committee with Senator Samuel Anyanwu representing Imo East Senatorial District as Chairman 4. Ad-Committee on Publicity is to be headed by Senator Dino Melaye from Kogi West Senatorial District. Read More: 

Obama warns world leaders to change attitude towards Africa

U.S. President Barack Obama in his visit to Ethiopia on Tuesday urged world leaders to change their attitude toward Africa. In a historic speech at the AU, Obama spoke strongly against corruption, bad leadership and economic exploitation of Africa by foreign powers, without naming any countries. He, however, sent a strong message to African leaders against extending term limits to cling to power indefinitely. He said “Africa’s progress is at risk when leaders refuse to step aside when their terms end. “No person...

Drake Comes For Meek Mill On Diss Track

Round 2. Just four days after dropping his diss track “Charged Up,” Drake takes aim at Meek Mill once more on his “Back to Back” freestyle. On the three-minute track, the 6 God addresses the ghostwriting controversy head on, rapping, “This for ya’ll that think that I don’t write enough / They just mad ’cause I got the Midas touch.” Drizzy goes on to bash Meek, who is currently opening for Nicki Minaj on her “Pinkprint Tour.” “You love...

New Terrorist Group In Kaduna, Police Arraigns 120 Suspected Members

Kaduna State Police Command yesterday arraigned 120 suspected members of a new terrorists group known as Sara- Suka before a Kaduna court. The suspects who were taken to court in large number, were later assigned to various magistrate courts by the Chief Magistrate court One, Awaulu Musa Aliyu, for the continuation of the case. However the suspects were taken back to police custody. It would be recalled that, Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, had...

Incredible! Man Cuts Off Wife’s Hand Over Adultery Allegations

Man, identified as Jacob Nwachukwu from Abala in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State, has cut off his wife’s left hand over allegation of infidelity. The man’s wife, Mrs Nwadiokeonu Nwachukwu, is now at a hospital in Aba, while her severed hand had been taken to her husband’s village at Abala for burial. The incident happened, Monday, at Ogbor Hill Area of Aba, where the woman had lived for years, while the husband lived at...

Nicki Gets Intimate With Meek Mill In Sexy Video

All eyes are on Meek Mill and Drake’s beef. But the Dreamchasers rapper turns the spotlight on his relationship with Nicki Minaj in the video for “All Eyes On You,” the first single off his chart-topping album Dreams Worth More Than Money. In the Benny Boom-directed clip, Meek and his boo show why they’re hip-hop’s hottest new couple, putting their love on display for the world to see. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut9ThAbfde0 Credit: MeekMillTV

Man Kills 41-Day Old Baby Just To Divorce Wife

A 41-day-old baby, Zainab Olajide, has died after she was allegedly poisoned by her father, Kazeem Olajide, in a desperate attempt to divorce his wife. The incident happened at about 7am on Friday at Toluwalase Estate, Ijoko-Abule, in the Lemode area of Ogun State. Punch Metro learnt that the mother, Abosede Ogundare, had left Zainab with Kazeem to sweep the compound only to come back and met the baby with foams gushing out from her...

Nicki Minaj’s Ex Safaree Samuel Comes After Her, Labels Meek Mill Fat

Nicki Minaj's ex-boyfriend has taken a new dig at the superstar, claiming he ghostwrote some of her hits and slamming her current boyfriend Meek Mill as fat. Safaree Samuels blasts The Pinkprint rapper, 32, saying in new song Lifeline that he wrote lyrics for her hit album. In the track, Samuels raps: 'My bars on The Pinkprint no one will ever match'. Queens-raised...

Man Dies After Drinking 20 Sachets Of Gin In N500 Bet

A middle-aged man, identified as Chucks from Imo State, has died after consuming 20 sachets of gin in a N500 bet with a woman. The deceased, said to be a barber, is married with a child and lived along Ngwa Road area of Aba, Abia State. An eyewitness said the deceased had on the fateful day, gone to a nearby local shop situated within the area to take a sachet of his usual brand of gin and boosted to...

Letter To President Buhari: A Tripartite Solution To Terrorism In Nigeria By Olawale Rotimi

Dear President, Terrorism which was alien to Nigeria has become an intrinsic challenge to the country. This challenge has led to serious infrastructural damage in the areas of education, health and social welfare facilities, poor economy particularly in affected areas, while millions are left homeless. Terrorism in Nigeria did not develop from a vacuum; there are some social and political factors that gave birth to terrorism in Nigeria. Though the terrorist group, under the name “boko...

Air Force Unveils Unmanned Bomb Detector, Light Surveillance Aircraft

The development is part of the force’s contribution to the fight against insurgency in the troubled north-eastern region. Commandant of the AFIT, Air Vice Marshal Toni Adokwe, introduced the device at a gathering ahead of the institute’s 44th Convocation Ceremony coming up on Friday. The Commandant demonstrated how the device could dictate and pick up Impoverished Explosive Device to safer locations for disposal. The device has a frequency jammer to distort GSM signals and...

Beneath Leahy’s Law By Anthony Ademiluyi

Senator Patrick Leahy etched his name in the world of diplomacy through the instrumentality of the American Senate – an institution he has belonged to since 1975 with the promulgation of the Leahy act named after him. The Leahy vetting is the process by which the United States government vets assistance to foreign security forces to ensure that the recipients have not committed gross human rights abuses. Military aid is automatically withdrawn if there are established and...

Names Of Oil Thieves Handed To Buhari By U.S

A member of the President Muhammadu Buhari's entourage during last week’s visit to the US has disclosed that the US gave the president names of Nigerian oil thieves. The source disclosed that the President was given two separate lists – one listing the names of top government officials who have been stealing the country’s oil, using their high offices to perpetrate the stealing; and the other containing the names of illegal oil bunkerers. He said the...

Fake Baby Bump? Kim K Flaunts It Anyway

Kim Kardashian’s pregnant tummy seems to be growing, then shrinking, then growing again! While the KUWTK star, 34, has been extremely vocal that there is no way she’s faking her second pregnancy, Kim was under speculation yet again after her baby bump seemed to drastically change size within one day. So how is Kim reacting to the controversy? Well, not exactly how you’d expect! “Kim thinks the whole ‘fake’ baby bump controversy is hysterical. If anyone doesn’t think she’s pregnant they should take a...

Nigerian Army Arrests Soldier Responsible For Sporadic Shooting In Damaturu

The Nigerian Army said the sporadic shooting heard around Damaturu metropolis on Tuesday was due to an action of one of its soldiers. The explanation came in a statement issued by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sani Usman. “The Nigerian Army wishes to inform the public and clarify that the sporadic firing heard in Damaturu this evening was a gross act of indiscipline on the part of a soldier who has already been arrested,” Usman...

Kaduna State reconstitutes boards, names Special Assistant on Persons With Disability

-    Binta Dikko-Audu heads SIECOM -    Aboki leads KASUPDA -    Aliyu Muhammed Salisu is Special Assistant on Persons with Disability The Kaduna State Government today announced new boards for it agencies responsible for managing elections, urban planning, traffic and emergencies. A statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, disclosed that the governor has approved the reconstitution of the boards of SIECOM, KASUPDA, KASTELEA and SEMA. Dr. Binta Dikko-Audu will chair the board of the Kaduna State Independent Electoral...

PDP Supports PMB’s Anti-Corruption Move, Warns Against Victimization

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supported the anti-corruption war by President Muhammadu Buhari, noting however, that the war should not be blind to the impunity of the present leaders of the country in terms of borrowing and spending without recourse to the statutory organs of government. The party also insisted on due process in order to ensure that it is not used as a guise to victimize innocent citizens and curtail the freedom of Nigerians.

APC Accepts Gbajabiamila’s Emergence; Still Indifferent On Saraki, Ekweremadu

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has expressed “relative satisfaction” with the choice of Femi Gbajabiamila as the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives. He, however, expressed indifference to the vote of confidence passed on the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, and other principal officers of the upper legislative chamber. Mr. Gbajabiamila on Thursday emerged the House Leader. He had on June 9 contested the Speaker position but...

We Were Not Elected To Fight For Positions, Saraki To Senators

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, told his colleagues that the primary purpose of their election was not to fight for leadership positions but to pursue good governance and purposeful leadership. Saraki made this remark while welcoming his colleagues back to the plenary after  a four-week recess which was dictated by fierce struggle for leadership positions. Saraki said: “Nigerians did not give us our mandate to come and pursue leadership; their mandate was for us to...

Dozens Of Women, Children Freed From Boko Haram By Nigerian Army

Nigeria's army said Tuesday it had liberated 30 hostages held by Boko Haram, including 21 children and seven women, amid ongoing offensives against the extremists in the country's northeast. Army officials said the operation to free the captives took place in the town of Dikwa in Borno State, which had fallen to Boko Haram twice since April, and was recaptured by...