Thursday, 2 May 2013

Shock Allegiance Switch: Saka Keeps Mum On Controversial N20m Deal With MTN [VIDEO]

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Many Nigerians were surprised last week to learn about the switch of popular comic actor, Hafiz Oyetoro better known as Saka, as an advert model of Etisalat mobile network to one of its biggest rivals, MTN.

Saka had been popular as a model with Etisalat, especially with the series of adverts he did for them. So, it was surprising for the people to see the actor-cum-lecturer pitching his tent with another network.

His comic delivery of the adverts campaigns for Etisala had endeared him into the hearts of the people with his unique way of delivering his messages on television screen and radio. Saka, who happens to be one of the best comic actors in Nollywood, has won many awards in recent years.

A leading mobile service network, MTN engaged Saka through its agency, DDB to promote the new Mobile Number Portability (MNP) system recently launched by the NCC.

MTN employed the services of Saka to achieve its campaign of attracting customers, a move that has been described as a coup for Etisalat, which had been using Saka as its brand ambassador for about two years.

When contacted Saka on the development, Saka declined to speak on the 'controversial' deal with MTN.

“I just want to get your view about your recent deal with MTN, we learnt that you left Etisalat because MTN offered you a fairer deal, please confirm or deny sir,” asked Saka. “My brother (laughs), please, I don't want to talk on the issue for now,” Saka responded.

When asked if he is happy about the new development, Saka said, “my brother, you just want to make me talk (laughs again), no comment.”

Meanwhile, reliably gathered that MTN parted with about N20 million to woo Saka to its side. A source in the know said this was far from what Saka was getting from Etisalat as brand ambassador for the network for two years.

“Saka wasn't really a brand ambassador for Etisalat, he was only paid for any advert he did for them. Most of the time, he got a one-off pay for an advert campaign. He wasn't contracted as a brand ambassador for the network, unlike the deal he reportedly signed for MTN, which is worth N20 million,” the source divulged to last week.


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The buzz about Nollywood actress Kate Henshaw and her better half of 12 years, Roderick James Nuttal's crashed marriage may have come and gone but one thing that is still shrouded in secrecy is the real reason behind the unexpected separation from one of the then best couples in the entertainment industry.

It would be recalled that there were serious of tales that trailed the breakup and one of them was that her hubby who's the Managing Director of Ledrop Nigeria Ltd (agents for Jack Daniels and Piper Hiedsieck) was romancing his secretary whose name was unknown, hence our curiosity to get to the root of the story.

This office after several investigations discovered that the said secretary is the main architect of the crashed union. Her name, we can exclusively disclose is Angela Gordon a twenty four years old pretty lady from the South South part of the country. Angela according to our source is a staff at Mr. Nuttal's company located at Ligali Ayorinde, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The duo according to the story kicked off a secret romance which was fueled by Angela's mum three years ago while kate's marriage with her husband was still intact until the actress got wind of their affair.

The news of the romance we reliably learnt was brought to Kate's notice by one of the aggrieved staff of her husband when it was obvious Angela was towing the part of a second wife. The revelation we learnt resulted to a surprise visit to her hubby's office. “Aunty Kate stormed her husband's office on this fateful evening unannounced and was shocked to find her husband with Angela in an uncompromising position”, “and I also learnt that she had initially lied that she was on a movie set in Lekki before paying the unwelcomed visit that ended their union”, the source revealed.

We further squealed that serious argument ensued between the two ladies and Mr. Nuttal we learnt had to confirm his affair with his secretary to his wife who became perplexed immediately. Our grapevine also added that the height of it was when Kate's hubby gave her an option of either accepting things as it were or bow out of the marriage if she can't stand his relationship with Angela.

The outcome of the storm however was the official statement from the estranged couple months later announcing their separation without any concrete reason when it was obvious the marriage could not go on.

Angela now cruises a black Range Rover Sport and lives in a cozy 3-bedroom apartment around Lekki phase 1 courtesy of her white lover. The new madam of the house as she's popularly called by friends also allegedly miscarried a baby for Nuttal around late last year 2012 while the duo is also said to be flaunting their romance since the couple went their separate ways with Angela's mum being her backbone.

In our facts finding mission, this office got in touch with Kate Henshaw who told us to feel free to ask her any question, she however denied the angle of the secretary, “No, that's not the fact, Mr. Nuttal's secretary is Yetunde and she has nothing to do with this, but for Angela, I don't have much to say on this but I know her, she's one of the Sales girls, so thanks for getting in touch all the same”, she ended in a final tone. Efforts to speak to Mr. Nuttal proved abortive as at press time. We shall be bringing her pictures in our next edition as we unfold more facts of the romance.


“Ezinne Couldnt Get Pregnant Because Of Her 1992 Abortion Thats Why I Left Her” - Solomon Akiyesi

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Nollywood actor Solomon Akiyesi was a viral subject of a multiple wedding saga that rocks social media like wildfire on April 13th, 2013.

The 'confused' actor allegedly married three different women within the span of 4 years or so.

His jealous second wife Lilian stormed his wedding with some hoodlums on the aforementioned date to disrupt the wedding service.

Solomon Akiyesi who has kept silent for a while has broken his silence, in this recent chat with Damiete Braide of Daily Sun, the actor said his own side of the story.

Hear Solomon Akiyesi in his own words below;

I've not only suffered verbal attacks, but also vituperations and near fisticuffs, all because of another futile attempt of mine at my journey towards achieving that which I honestly and passionately desire – a peaceful home and family. Social network sites and blogs have been awash with how I left Lilian, my “pregnant” wife, to marry Uloma, my Lagos “mistress” whom they also claimed was pregnant for me. Nothing can be farther from the truth.

Only a mad or cursed man would simply leave his pregnant wife and elope with another one. And lest I forget, I urge you, as you read this, to have an open mind to listen to that which is true instead of taking sides and jumping into wicked conclusions with its attendant wicked insults and uncouth commentaries about how Solomon is running his life and how he is not. I'm not asking for pity or trying to buy anybody's love at this time.

This is my life. If at my age I don't know what I want, then I may just remain the dumb ass that I've been called over and over again. I don't think I need anyone to give me any lecturing on how I should exercise my privileges.

For the record, I never planned on marrying more than one wife. And unlike the serial husband I've been labelled, I had dreamt and planned a lovely home and family.

And my quest for this dates back to 2003 after I had moved into Port Harcourt. I soon settled down with Ezinne, my university days girlfriend, whom I ran into in Port Harcourt during her National Youth Service. As fate had it, we couldn't help reliving old times and one thing led to another. One fateful, rainy Thursday evening in October, 2002, Ezinne came to inform me that she was pregnant.

It was as far as I was concerned, a devastating blow to the new life I was living; rap music, cars, money and women. So, I told her the pregnancy was unacceptable to me. Besides, I only just started working and needed stability. But months later, Ezinne was to inform me that she was carrying a baby girl.

And knowing my attachment to baby girls and not wanting to ever have a baby outside wedlock, I repented and changed my thuggish ways and asked her to marry me, more so that I was mature enough in every ramification. Or so I thought.

And so, sometime in April, 2003, I hired a hall and invited a pastor to come officiate at my marriage with Ezinne and bless our rings. All done, we went home and started as husband and wife. God, the creator, knew how glad I was and looked forward to a happy home. However, five days after that marriage, I called my new wife on my way from work to ask what was up for dinner and she told me she had been in the hospital.

I rushed to the hospital and was told by Ezinne that she lost the baby. I got her discharged and took her home. But I was completely broken at the loss of a baby I had expected so much. Four days later, I asked my wife if she actually saw the dead baby. She responded by saying the doctor brought it but she gave instruction for it to be buried because she could not behold the sight. Instinctively, I called the doctor – both to thank him and to confirm because he wasn't around when I went to pick her home. After thanking the doctor, I asked of the sex of my dead baby.

The doctor didn't talk for like six seconds. I asked him the same question again and he said he's been restless in his spirit and that he could no longer keep the fact that there was no baby inside Ezinne and that nothing like miscarriage happened in his hospital. I challenged him again and asked if he was not the same person, who confirmed her pregnant and that Ezinne had been attending antenatal in his hospital.

He responded that he had not set his eyes on Ezinne since October of the previous year. Meanwhile, Ezinne had always taken money from me for antenatal and had even shopped for the baby! It then became clear to me that this was a fluke all together.

Sadly enough, Ezinne denied any wrongdoing. For three years, I exposed opportunities for Ezinne to simply tell me the truth but she never took advantage of any of the opportunities. Alas! She was not pregnant. I decided to investigate myself and took her for HSG where it was discovered that there were no fallopian tubes in her and that there was evidence of previous surgery of the uterus. I independently probed further and found out with evidence that Ezinne had a life-threatening abortion in 1992 that resulted in the rupture and subsequent removal of her womb and tubes.

My biggest pain was not what I found out but the fact that Ezinne hid all this from me all these years and was still being economical with the truth even when confronted with hard evidence! In frustration, I moved out of the house but not before taking her to her mum in search of the truth.

Even the mum corroborated what Ezinne gave as excuse for the scar that runs from her navel down to her pubic region, i.e. she was operated upon due to menstrual irregularities. I then decided to stay out for good. While I was out, my relationship with Lillian whom I had known years earlier grew.

I was always going to see her in Enugu. I then got me another apartment and Lillian came around quite often too. Gradually Lillian grew from that little girl I was merely helping in her schooling, into a mature, witty and intelligent young woman. So, having taken my people to Ezinne's place for the dissolution of the marriage – since we did only traditional marriage – I proposed to Lillian.

And, in 2007, we proceeded to the registry for marriage. And that was the day her father started troubling me. He insisted Lillian was not supposed to go home with me. For two years, he cut communication with me. Shortly after the marriage, my businesses ran into a crises and my entire life nose-dived.

There was tremendous loss in my finances. In my travail, Lillian's father went to the police and told them to deal seriously with me because I was an “irresponsible son-in-law”. When the challenges kept mounting and seeing my life was at risk after I was badly shot, I left town to sojourn elsewhere. In 2010, I gradually re-emerged and we started finding our footing again.

Even though I tried to settle down again, I found that the centre could no longer hold, as Lillian had metamorphosed into a nag and had acquired a fire tongue with which she talked me down and reigned curses on me at any little provocation. There was no week we didn't have a major fight, whether I was home or not.

At some point, she became religious. And having found her way into Winners Chapel, she suggested to me one day that it was necessary we took our marriage to God since we hadn't a proper wedding. She said her church pastors were willing to help in blessing our marriage so there could be a turnaround. To this, I obliged. She said she would love for us to wear wedding costumes for the purpose of photographs. To this I also consented. And so, to Winners Chapel we went and were blessed and certificated.

But it was as if that blessing was what someone was waiting for before they would blow the whistle that would usher me into the hall of pain. Lillian became insatiable.

You would see tiny ingredients of marriage only when I could ensure her comfort. Once Lillian's comfort was compromised, she would lampoon me and tell me my life history in graphic details and lecture me on what Mr. A and B have done for their wives that I'm not able to do.

It's even worse when I try to remind her of the recent past that I laboured tenaciously to keep her happy. Once she told me that there was nothing I had done in the past that anybody couldn't have done. Imagine sacrificing all you've got, including almost your life, for someone who would tell you it's no big deal and that any other person could have done what you did. And then, suddenly, she wanted me to quit my acting career or she would divorce me. My phones were always her best companions at night. If she was not reading my texts, she was in my facebook or BBM.

I had no peace. My best moment was whenever I had to leave home for work. And after work I never wanted to go back home. On a trip back home sometime ago, I was praying that my aircraft should crash and I die instead of going home. Even when I was driving home, I was under strong temptation to ram into oncoming vehicles instead of going home.

It was either that a long list of demand would be waiting for me or an equally longer list of questions about whom I had been online with and whom I had been calling and not calling.

Then on the side was a supposed father-in-law, who claimed he regretted the marriage because he wasn't getting anything from it and that I only came to destroy the love that existed in their family before the marriage. So, my joy knew no bounds when Lillian told me last year that she was pregnant. For me, it was a good thing. Maybe the baby would take her attention away from me at last. Then the heat started again. I must provide N2 million for her to deliver her baby, even though she knows my income and its source. When her pressure got to a head and to avoid the same road I travelled with Ezinne, I took Lillian to a gynaecologist. A scan was run on her and the result was declared before the two of us that she was not pregnant.

This was after she told me that she had done an independent scan and that she was carrying triplets! Even with the medical confirmation, Lillian never stopped her push for N2 million and money for baby shopping. I ended up suffering a partial stroke in January. Yet she would wake me up at 2am to ask me of my plans to raise N2 million for her, even while I was bedridden with stroke.

I knew then that I was going to die in that marriage and had to do something about it. Ladies and gentlemen, this is about my life. If what greeted the Internet and press was that I died, trying to please Lillian and my marriage, people would still insult me and ask why I didn't take a walk. And taking a walk I tried to do but I did not do it right.

I tried to skip due process to avoid hurting anyone. More so, I did not have the political and emotional will to ask for divorce. Pray, people, divorce is not like going to a grocery store where you go to pay your money and come back with a bag full. What would have been my ground for divorce? I should also confess that I could not find an answer to what would happen to Lillian if I asked her to go because I was more than a husband to her.

So, I foot-dragged to the point of taking the easy way out. And the easy way is not usually the best way as I found out on Saturday, April 13.

Uloma did not just jump into the picture to “snatch” Solomon from Lillian. Uloma has been my friend since 2006. We met again in 2009 at the peak of my business crisis and have been seeing each other afterwards. Candidly, I was swept away by the love, understanding and the peaceful disposition Uloma proffered even as a friend, far from the opposites I was getting back home. The way Uloma treated me was the exact desires any man longed for in a wife. So, I was always running to her whenever Lillian lit her fires.

So, I asked myself why I couldn't marry her. Far from the evil rumour that I wanted to marry Uloma because of her money, I wanted to marry Uloma to fill a vacuum in her life and make her happy and fulfilled because this woman with a heart of gold who has impacted many lives deserved to be happy.

If that was what I could ever do to plant some comfort in her life. If there was going to be any immediate gain for me, it would have been peace of mind and its attendant long life, not her money or any physical or material gains. I'm not a lazy man.

Apart from being an actor, I have been in business for almost fifteen years. Years back, when I poured millions of naira on exotic cars and a posh house in Port Harcourt, Uloma was a seventy thousand naira recovery staff in Sterling Bank. Today, even if Uloma gave me all her salary from where she presently works, it won't be enough to put Internet credit in my tablets and phones. Someone even posted that I said I would have 'hammered' if I had married Uloma.

What could I possibly gain? Uloma wasn't frustrated to the point of desperation to pay a man to marry her. There was no award for anyone who married her. She does not own an estate or anything willed to her by anyone that I was running after. Uloma is not the daughter of any rich man or top politician. She's as much a hustler as I am.

Ok, yes, sincerely, maybe I actually would have 'hammered' long life, happiness, inner joy, a sense of being loved and long life. I also would have 'hammered' having her sisters as my sisters because they love me like their own brother – a far cry from what my own people give me.

If I had married Uloma, I know I would have had a good burial whenever I died because I've always been scared that at my level of loneliness, whenever I die, my corpse would probably have decomposed before my people would find me. I beg to be loved and appreciated. Nobody to call my own.

No one ever cared about me. I have always been alone and hardworking too. From way back, my joys, my sorrows I have always swallowed alone. But Uloma was the only person who truly listened to my heart and understood where I was coming from. So to say any of my failed marriages was for money is simply stupid and unreasonable. The first car Ezinne ever drove and financing for her first attempt at business all came from me.

Lillian was not born with a silver spoon. Her father is only a retired naval officer and the last time I checked he had no wealth ascribed to his name. On her 18th birthday, I bought Lillian an exotic Corolla car. At 300 level in school, I gave her a Mercedes Benz.

Then she graduated with an LS400 Lexus. This is apart from a lush apartment and school bills that God used me to help her take care of. So, who amongst these would I have married for money? Uloma stood out because she's shared my pain even when it was because of me and that explains why it was a difficult task telling her Lillian was still in my tracks.

I couldn't have deliberately gone out of my way to hurt Uloma, because that will be simply committing suicide. Hurting Uloma is like waging war against a nation. Is it her legion of admirers I will have to contend with or her nation of die-hard lovers who will be tumbling over each other to get a pound of flesh?

I wouldn't give hurt for the love and hope Uloma and her family gave me. Unfortunately the same scandals I thought I was preventing by not doing what everyone is saying I would have done is now the same thing staring me in the face, and everyone is worse hurt.

And above all, my own life is now seriously at risk because I feared hurting anyone. I ask all concerned to please sheathe their swords of anger and find it in their hearts to forgive me. I will make restitution as much as the mercy of God permits me. It's never too late to begin again as far as God keeps us all alive.

I'm a man on a mission for a peaceful marriage, a good home and family life. I guess my desperation took good reasoning off me. Again, I am humbly and truly sorry. I thank my friends who have stood by me through this trial. Your comforting words are like lights on my dark path.

And for the judgmental few, I urge you; work with the truth while the Almighty fixes that which went wrong in my life.

Photonews: Ini Edo Buries Mother-In-Law In Edo State

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Over the weekend, Nollywood actress Ini Edo Buries Mother-In-Law In Edo State
Philip, her husband who is based in the United States of America flew in to paid his last respects

Sonnie Badu Leads over 45 thousand Redeemers at this year's festival of life UK.

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The festival of life programme was put together by The Redeemed Christian Church headed by Pastor Enoch Adeboye of Nigeria, who is also the General Overseer. The event which was themed "The Sovereign God" was held at the Excel Centre London on the 19th of April 2013.

The Excel saw thousands of people flooding the venue to experience the presence of God, with many using social media networks to express their excitement about being ministered to by International gospel artist Sonnie Badu.

Sonnie Badu opened the programme with intense worship and created an atmosphere that set the ball rolling for the 10 hour programme. The General as he is widely known did not disappoint and kept everyone in the place on their feet during his ministration. He lead the praise and worship powerfully with the support of the RCCG festival of life mass choir which was 200 people strong.

The sensational gospel singer later ministered some of his well known hits with his band, including 1 hit in a Nigerian dialect which Wowed the audience.

Sonnie Badu has yet again managed to give his music lovers something to talk about right after launching his online radio station "iWorship Radio" (, which has been the talk of town just after a few days of being launched.

AMAA May Lose Its Glory Due To Poor Organisation

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It is no doubt that the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) is Africa's Oscars, but if urgent steps are not taken to check its 'dis-organised' nature, very soon, it would only be an affairs of Nigerians alone as foreigners would totally ignore the event.

The last event held in Bayelsa State few days ago was just too marred with some shortcomings ranging from poor travel arrangements, poor feeding, poor hotel reservations and others.

One of the most annoying things about the last event was that the organisers were quick to blame the government for their (AMAA) poor planning and 'dis-organised body'. The organisers were quick to say that problems experienced in the travel arrangements of guests were due to Nigeria being a developing country, which is expected to have such 'errors'.

But recall that the AfricaMagic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) was held in March in Nigeria and it turned out to be a wonderful experience to those who attended the show.

It is of note that if nothing is done to check the shortcomings experienced in the 2013 edition of the event, AMAA may end up losing its glory and struggle to gain regain its glory.

Project Fame Winner, AYOOLA Debuts With 'For You' [Listen Audio]

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Winner of the MTN Project Fame West Africa Season 5, Ayobami Ayolola Ayoola, has debuted with two new singles months after winning the glamorous competition.

Ayoola, loved by many followers of the show, is an RnB exponent, who most critics tip to become a known star going by his exploits at the Project Fame Academy. To launch himself into the music industry, the singer with an embodiment of talents released two singles; 'For You' and 'Amin'.

'For You' is an RnB song produced by MasterKraft with very good lyrics, while the other single features Vector.

The graduate of Biochemistry from Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, will hit location soon for the music video of 'Amin. The video will be directed by Clarence Peters, who is one of the best hands in the industry.

2face Idibia's Son, Zion A Year Older

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Sunbo Ajaba who recently got married to her pastor celebrated her son, Zion, 2face Idibia's third child and his second with first baby mama, Sunbo, recently clocked five.

The cute and handsome boy added a year and they, 2face and his mum, celebrated the day for him in a grand style.

Doris Simeon In Fresh Divorce Case…Daniel To Be Arrest For Forgery

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You might have read a lot about Daniel Adeninokan and Doris Simeon in the past few days, their case, though, interesting, but it's gradually becoming one of the movie shot in Nollywood.

Concerned fans of the Nollywood actress are of the opinion that, Doris is no doubt, a dunce and seriously need to pray for wisdom for allowing a man to take his only son from her with fake divorce court documents claiming that court has granted him full custody of the baby, David. No court will give custody of a baby to a man when the mother is not insane or deranged.

As you read this, Doris has dragged Danielto court for fresh processing of their divorce case and with the fake documents her lawyer has possession of, Daniel may be wanted for questioning on the fake divorce documents. If found guilty, he may have to face the full wrath of law for forgery and obtaining by false pretense.

See below the documents that indicts Daniel and the fresh court papers for the divorse filed by Doris Simeon.

Nollywood Comedian, Mr Ibu Is Bereaved

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The comic actor, James Okafor popularly called Mr. Ibu is not in a happy mood at the moment. The Nigeria comic actor recently lost one of his sisters, Angelina Okafor and it has been silent mood in their family house.

Ibu who has refused to state the cause of his sister's death stated that it came to him as a shock and has decided to take some days off from movie shooting to honor his departed sibling

Why TIME Magazine Named Omosexy As one of World's 100 Most Influential People

Few days ago, one of Nollywood's sexiest actresses, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, fondly called Omosexy, was named by respected American journal, TIME Magazine as one of world's 100 most influential people.

This became a feat achieved by the Nigerian movie icon as she is the first Nigerian celeb to be so named. The news was well received by many Nigerians, who lauded the feat by Omosexy.

Not only did it established the fact that Omotola has become a global brand, it also attests to the fact that despite the bad image Nigeria earned by the activities of its corrupt leaders and some dubious citizens, there are still few individuals that are portraying Nigeria as a great country.

According to our findings, Omotola made the list because of her exemplary works as an activist. Just few years ago, she staged a protest against Shell Petroleum's environmental degradation in the Niger-Delta region where she comes from.

Also, Omotola has taken her trade internationally. Though she joined the music long time ago, but she became the first contemporary actress to do a duet with an international artiste.

This was when she hit the studio with, an R&B artiste; 'American Valentino.' This shot Omotola into another international world as a musician.

She has been outside Nigeria for most part of the year to receive different international awards.

Just last week, she travelled to the US for the dinner organized by TIME Magazine for the 100 Most Influential People in The World. The event had the high and mighty of the world in attendance. There is no doubt that this feat will further shoot Omotola's growing brand higher.