Thursday, 17 April 2014

Back to the Top: Diddy Beats Out Dr. Dre, Jay Z As Forbes’ Most Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artist Of 2014

Puff Daddy is back to winning ways as he tops the recently released list of hip hop’s top cash kings. The Forbes Five: Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists 2014 .

Diddy topped the list this year with an estimated fortune of $700 million. Thanks to his newly launched Revolt TV channel, Puff’s worth rose $120 million from last year, according to Forbes.

Dr. Dre and Jay Z fell to number two and three, respectively. The “Beats by Dre” headphones company helped hip-hop’s prestigious Doctor rake in $550 million while the Jigga Man bagged $520 million, thanks to his Roc Nation label and sports agency.

Check the full list and how much each artists earns.

1. Sean “Diddy” Combs ($700 million)

Diddy keeps his crown yet another year, pushing ever closer to the billion-dollar mark thanks mostly to non-musical ventures. His newly-launched Revolt TV provides him with a majority equity stake that could one day make him hip-hop’s first billionaire.The artist formerly known as P. Diddy has plenty of other ventures, including a deal with Diageo’s Ciroc that entitles him to eight-figure annual payouts and a nine-figure windfall of the brand is ever sold.

2. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young ($550 million)

The California-bred superproducer leapfrogs Jay Z on this year’s list, fueled by the runaway success of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, which he cofounded with record executive Jimmy Iovine in 2008.

With a whopping 65% market share of the premium headphone market and a recent $500 million infusion from Carlyle Group, Beats’ value is soaring toward $2 billion.

3. Shawn “Jay Z” Carter ($520 million)
Megadeals like his $204 million Rocawear sale in 2007 and his $150 million pact with Live Nation in 2008 provide Jay Z’s fortune with firm footing. But the bulk of its growth this year comes from new ventures.Jay Z’s Roc Nation is worth a healthy nine figures itself thanks to the addition of Roc Nation Sports, which gets a single-digit percentage cut of pacts like Robinson Cano’s $240 million monster. (For more on Mr. Carter’s rise as a businessman.

4. Bryan “Birdman” Williams ($160 million)

Birdman’s number would be over $300 million if he didn’t share his fortune with brother Ronald “Slim” Williams, with whom he cofounded Cash Money Records two decades ago.Cash Money continues to grow with a roster that includes Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and even Paris Hilton; diversification is on the way with Cash Money Content, a YMCMB clothing line and GT Vodka.

5. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson ($140 million)

One of the most successful rappers of the past decade, 50 actually owes most of his fortune to his $100 million haul from the sale of VitaminWater in 2007. Now he’s trying to recapture that magic with companies like SMS Audio and SK Energy. In the meantime, he’ll reboot his music career by taking his G-Unit Records independent and releasing new album Animal Ambition.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Red Carpet Fashion+ Full List of Winners: The 2014 MTV Movie Awards

Check out few Red Carpet pictures of The 2014 MTV Movie Awards which is being held at the Nokia Theatre LA Live today April 13, 2014 and hosted by Conan O’Brien.

Actor David Hasselhoff (R) and Hayley Roberts

Amber

Chris Pratt

Holland

Jessica Alba

Lupita

Rihanna

Hilarious! Charles Novia shares his Experience at President Goodluck's Daughter's Wedding

I just attended the wedding reception of President’s Jonathan’s daughter, Faith and her husband, Godswill. I am sure most of you saw it live on television but I just might write a behind-the-scene review of what happened in the hall which you could not see. I might write that later.

Let me just give a slice of it; all these big men you guys see in power and out of it are all hustlers like you and me! The rush to enter the hall, ehn? Captains of industries and
Government officials were in a flux and fight to enter the hall which was barricaded by stern security men at the International Conference Centre.

The protocol is that once the President enters the hall; the doors are shut and no one gets in or out till the President leaves. So, there was a scramble to enter. Me sef shame for some people. Chai! There were rumpled and creased clothes on people after the scamble. A couple of ladies lost their headscarves and headties and gave us shocking glimpses of their ‘Abolo’ heads! Chai!

The President’s Security detail at the venue were stern but professional. They didn’t give a hoot who you were. Orders are orders. Everyone who entered; those that mattered wanted to be seen by the President or First Lady and a small line of diffident favour-seekers or friends was formed but many could not pass through the security detail to just greet Mr President.

Let me shock you guys a bit. The biggest critics of President Jonathan, the opposition parties or cliques, the rabble-rousers and all were mostly there at the wedding! I was shocked! Ehn! Politicians! That’s how they deceive you all by crying wolf and abusing the President yet they run to him to prostrate at night or in private!Those of you who follow blindly these people una go see! Be careful!

I even saw Dele Momodu, who lambasts President Jonathan every week for the past four years on Thisday backpage on Saturday, taking pictures and going round shaking hands. He shook my hands too. Egbon! Look, in politics there are no permanent friends or enemies: just permanent interests!

I must hand it to GEJ, he shielded his family from public glare. I mean; how many of us know he has three biological children and three adopted with this new bride being an adopted child he took in about 15 years ago? Very touching.

The couple got gifts of over 60 brand new cars as presents from what a close source told me. ‘Bastardly rich’ Nigerians fell over themselves to give presents. Chai! There was a group of orange-scarved women who caused a stampede in the hall after the wedding rushing for gifts and stuff! Wetin? People nor get shame? The presents given to the guests were magnifique! Not anything ostentatious but just cool.

This Nigeria is great, sha! Odiegwu!

culled from Nigeria Films

Monday, 31 March 2014

Akon joins movement for peace in Democratic Republic of Congo..

Five-time Grammy Award nominee, Akon, has joined the Peace One Day campaign to increase grassroots effort for peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Great Lakes region and around the world. ‘I felt extremely honoured and yet humbled when asked to lend my voice to the resounding cry for peace. I challenge myself and others to think contemplatively and ask: who will I make peace with on Sunday, September 21, 2014,’ he told DSTV.com The ‘Hold my hand’ singer is expected to headline a concert in Goma, DRC, on this year’s Peace One Day date. The performance will enjoy multi-platform delivery in form of digital, mobile, radio and television broadcasts. Unifying the people of the DRC and Great Lakes on Peace Day is the primary objective of Peace One Day’s campaign in the region. The goal of the Peace One Day project in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and throughout the Great Lakes Region (GLR) is to encourage all parties to stand together in the name of peace on September 21, 2014. ‘Starting this year we aim to raise the level of awareness of, and respect for Peace Day, so as to generate a significant reduction of violence across the country on the day by 2016,’ organisers say.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Our Family Relies On Royalty For Survival—Oliver De Coque’s Son, Safin

The Nigerian music industry was thrown into mourning mood in 2008 following the death of a veteran musician, Oliver De Coque. The heavily bearded guitarist reportedly died of cardiac arrest at a private hospital. His death shocked many, who were never expecting such.

Oliver De Coque won the hearts of many music lovers with his scintillating performances and songs in his lifetime. His high-life music was loved by the older generations that cut across the Igbo and Yoruba tribes.

The Anambra State-born music icon played a major role by playing music for Biafran soldiers during the civil war of 1967 to 1970. It will be recalled that the corpse of the mother of the musician was still in the mortuary, when he died in 2008. She had died few days before his death and Oliver De Coque was planning to bury the old woman in the house he was building then before he died suddenly.

In an interview with Nigeriafilms.com, a son of the late musician, Safin De Coque disclosed that the family has been enjoying royalties from the albums of his late dad.

“I felt the pain when he first died, but I have learnt to move on and I am glad that he left some things on ground to sustain the family,” Safin said when asked how he felt when his father died.

When further asked to explain what he meant by ‘some things’ his father left behind, the bearded rapper said, “the royalties from the sales of his albums, and what we get from his properties and many other things he left behind.” He also said, “I also appreciate his good friends, who still call the family to know how we are fairing.”

The young De Coque said that he will soon remix one of the songs of his late dad and he hopes this would bring back the memories of his father. He informed us that his own style of rap music has a fusion of highlife, which appeals to lovers of both genres of music.

CULLED Nigeriafilms

Cobhams, Sean Tizzle, Ara, Yemi Alade, Waconzy, Media Professionals and More at the New Media Africa Symposium



The New Media Africa Symposium organized by iBroad group, to discuss the role of digital communication in Africa, took place at the Grand ballroom Eko Hotel & Suite, Lagos.

The symposium witnessed a gathering of digital marketers, tech media professionals, bloggers, podcasters, web TV producers, social business leaders, media makers and creative activists to discuss how new media platforms are being used in Africa to educate, organize, entertain, and advocate.

The theme “Media Evolution: The Impact of New Media on Societies, Brands And Governments” had discussions on other pertinent issues surrounding new media participation such as Africa’s digital divide, brands and political issues.


Kazeem Popoola Ara (The Talking Drummer)

Jenny Tan (CEO Reloaded Magazine J), Gbenga Adeyinka & Kelvin Orifa (MTN Manager high value)

Dele Momodu presenting Awards to Tecno Manager, Soffack Joseph

Comedian Head Master, MC Ice Water & Yemi Alade

Okey Bakassi

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Patience Ozokwor Has Something To Say About Ghanaian Filmmakers




 According to Patience who was recently in Kumasi to shoot ‘Mama Africa’, a Ghana-Nigeria collaboration, they are doing well producing movies in the indigenous language and they deserve to be encouraged.

Speaking during a press conference, the actress said, "I am glad things are changing in Africa, where Ghana is taking steps to use and trade with its local language through movies. Bollywood is second when it comes to movie making in the world. They use their local language to shoot, which tells you that it’s not bad for an industry to use local language to shoot movies.

"When one makes mistakes in English, the whole country laughs at the person, but we forget it’s not our language, but rather it’s the white man who forced us to learn it; so if Africa needs to grow, one of the things we can grow with is our language."



Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Ex-BBA Star, Elikem, Denies Impregnating Theresa Onnen: 'Pokello And I Are Still Happily Together'


Germany-based Ghanaian fashion designer, Theresa Onnen, recently claimed she is carrying Elikem’s unborn child. But ex-Big Brother Africa housemate, Elikem Kumordzie, has profusely denied claims made by Theresa.
 
Theresa Onnen said that she is two weeks pregnant for Elikem. "We fell in love the very first day I met him at the launch of my clothing line of which he was part of the models, we exchanged numbers and we started a relationship from there. It is barely a month since we got to know each other but anyone who has seen us together would think we have been dating for more than two years, simply because we click," Theresa claimed.
 
Ex-BBA housemates Elikem and Pokello Nare, who have been dating from the onset of the reality show in 2013, have laughed off the claims. They say their love is waxing stronger regardless of break up rumours.
 
Elikem denied being with Theresa Onnen: "Good morning my people. They have started again. Let’s burn these Motherfuckers. I am not with Theresa Onnen, Pokello and I are still happily together. This shit is insane. What has Polikem done to these people? I love my wife. Period," he said.
 
Pokello Nare added: "Elikem breaks up with Pokello; impregnates German-based designer hahahhaha. Polikem is a mother fucken Brand. When we break up we will inform u, not the other way round! Good day."

Seyi Shaw Shares A Kiss With Ehiz On MTV Base Show

Ladies’ man and MTV Base VJ, Ehizojie Okoeguale, known as Ehiz is marking his territory as the hottest VJ in the Nigerian entertainment scene. The vibrant presenter and host of Nigeria’s biggest weekly chart show, the MTV Base Official Naija Top 10, is delighted to share a set with sultry singer, Seyi Shay, who co-hosts this week’s show.
Seyi Shay, the “Irawo” hitmaker who is at number 7 on this week’s chart with her new video, “Ragga Ragga” uses the opportunity to give her insight into some of the videos forming this week’s chart, as well as her close mentor/protégé relationship with multiple award-winning artist, 2Face.
After the show, Seyi Shay does a quick freestyle for Ehiz and gives him more than he bargains for by surprising him with a quick kiss...

The *MTV Base Official Naija Top 10 for this week*: 1. BURNA BOY - YAWA DEY 2. DR SID FT DON JAZZY - SURULERE 3. JESSE JAGS FEAT WIZKID - BAD GIRL 4. TIWA SAVAGE FT DON JAZZY - EMINADO 5. BANKY W - JASI 6. WIZKID FT FEMI KUTI - JAIYE JAIYE 7. SEYI SHAY - RAGGA RAGGA 8. PATORANKING - GIRLIE O 9. 2FACE FT T PAIN - RAINBOW 10: DAVIDO - AYE