Friday, 31 July 2015

Reports of Ooni’s death, a ‘wicked rumour,’ chiefs tell Aregbesola

ALTHOUGH questions about the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade who was reported to have died on Tuesday, are still begging for answers, his chiefs are still firm in their belief that he is well.
But still, there are, as yet, no clear and definite proof as to his state of health, one way or the other, reports about which had sent shock waves throughout Ife and beyond. Crowds of his subjects had assembled in front of the palace, anxiously waiting to hear from sources they could believe about their beloved ruler.
However, the crowd had dispersed following repeated assurances from the palace and traditional chiefs that the Ooni was not dead. In fact, the chiefs yesterday visited the state Governor Rauf Aregbesola at the Government House where they told him to disregard the rumour about the passing on of, arguably, the foremost traditional ruler among the Yoruba.
They described such reports about the monarch as mere rumour fuelled by the wicked imagination of Ife detractors. But, if the chiefs had confirmed the worst, Ife residents had begun to prepare for the mandatory seven days of mourning.
Many had started stockpiling foodstuff since none of the markets would be open for business throughout the period.
An Ife indigene and Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules, Senator Babajide Omoworare was also in attendance at the meeting between Aregbesola and the chiefs.
The Lowa Adinula of Ife, High Chief Joseph Ijaodola, who is next in rank to the Ooni, led the chiefs during the visit and told Aregbesola they came to let him know that the news about the purported death of their ruler is untrue.
The Lowa said the visit was necessary to further clear the air and let the governor know the true position in Ile-Ife, stressing that the Ooni is “hale and hearty.’’
On Wednesday, Lowa had made similar denials of Ooni’s death, saying it was the handiwork of those he described as enemies of Ife. On his part, High Chief Ijaodola stressed that if such an incident had occurred, the Ife Traditional Council would be the first to know and then, break the news to the public.
Responding, Aregbesola agreed with the council’s claim and prayed for sound health and long life for the monarch. Meanwhile, when The Guardian visited Ooni’s palace yesterday, tight security witnessed on Wednesday had been relaxed but the main gate leading to the expansive palace was still shut.
Also, the large crowd waiting in the frontage of the palace had gone. The Guardian also noticed that commercial activities were going on smoothly while all markets were open for business in the town.
Though, the gate leading to the palace was shut, few security personnel, including the police and palace guards, were seen performing their duties.
Traditionally, once the death of the Ooni is announced, the three major markets: Oja Tutun, Oja Ife and the Goat Market, would be closed for at least seven days. Besides the markets, shops within the vicinity of the palace and all the areas within Enuwa, which is the area bordering the palace, will be closed for business.
A dealer in building materials, Solomon Adebayo said people have been buying food stuff to stock since information came that the markets may be closed for about seven days. “Within the seven days, people will not be moving around and our businesses will be affected,” he said.
A trader at Enuwa who identified himself simply as Fayemi, said his father was a traditional chief in Ife before his death and taught him all the traditional rites involved during the period of the passing away of any Ooni.
He said although markets would be closed and businesses would suffer, the importance of the Ooni of Ife removes any pain that might be suffered during the period of the traditional rites. “We do not mourn our traditional ruler, we celebrate his passing away. That is why we say eku ayo, when we greet those affected,” Fayemi said.
As at the time of filing this report, no condolence register was opened at the palace, a development which might have confirmed the position of the chiefs.
Just before he was flown out of the country to the United Kingdom, the monarch had intervened in the crisis between the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, leading to the suspension of an indefinite strike embarked upon by the union.
Source: Guardian news

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Reekado Banks on the cover for REEL E Magazine.

Mavin superstar Reekado Banks is on the cover of REEL E magazine. The 'Katapot' crooner opened up to the magazine on his career, upcoming album and more.

Read what Gay activist Bisi Alimi said about Nigeria

Uk based, Nigerian Gay rights activist Bisi Alimi is well known for always speaking his mind no matter what, especially when it comes to voicing his thoughts. In his recent post on facebook he described his home country, Nigeria as "Hell" and also on why he's done with Nigeria as a country. See below:

Ooni of Ife has gone to join his ancestors (Oba waja)

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade has finally passed on. I gathered he died in a London hospital last night after being flown out of the country 5 days ago in an unconscious state. He bacame the 50th traditional ruler of Ife in 1980. He was aged 85 years when he passed on. My sincere condolences are with the family right now. May his soul Rest in Peace.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Yaaaaay Coco is pregnant

Ice T and wife Coco Austin will soon be adding a new member to their family. On Sunday, TMZ reported that the 57-year-old actor and rapper and his 36-year-old model wife are expecting their first child together. And the stars of the upcoming talk show, Ice & Coco, confirmed the news during the taping of their new daily talk show- which will air on August 3rd. Yaaay am so excited for them.Ice T took to Twitter to confirm their happy news beyond the studio audience. He posted:
' Oh sh*t! The news is out. YES. We're having a baby.'
Married since December 31, 2001, Ice-T and Coco have had a very public marriage, thanks in large part to their three-season reality show on E!, Ice Loves Coco. That show was cancelled in 2013, supposedly because a new program was in development. It was not until April 2015, however, that Deadline announced the couple's daytime talk show would premiere in August on some FOX stations.

Sergio Romero joins Manchester United

Manchester Uniter have confirmedthe signing of Argentinal goalkeeper Sergio Romero on a three year deal. 
After leaving Sampdoria at the end of his contract, the 28 year old, who played under Can Gaal at Dutch side AZ Alkmaar, joins United as a free agent. 

"To play for the biggest club in the world is a dream come true for me, Louis VanGaal is a fantastic manager and I cannot wait to get started on this new and exciting challenge in my career". " he told United's website.

Empire Co-stars Grace Gealey & Trai Byers Are Engaged! Will They Build An Empire Of Their Own?!

Love is in the air for Empire costars Grace Gealey and Trai Byers! The actors are reportedly engaged after Trai, 32, popped the question to Grace while celebrating her 31st birthday on July 26 in chicago. So Romantic.
Trai and Grace celebrated the engagement and her birthday with their costars. While an official announcement has tet to be made, both Tari and Grace gushed their love for one another on Instagram.

81 senators deliver vote of confidence on the leadership of Saraki as Senate President

 81 Senators just delivered a vote of confidence on the leadership of Sen. Abubakar Bukola saraki as Senate President. Plenary is going on peacefully. This is the list of 81 senators as shared on twitter by Saraki's media aide, Banks Omishore.

See the Makeup transformation of Caroline Danjuma

Sometimes you just wana look all natural and go out. And there are other days you want to have the best make up on your face. Nollywood actress Caroline Danjuma looks hot pulling off both looks. She shared the photos on Instagram.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Photos: Obama arrives in Ethiopia

After a highly-celebrated visit to Kenya, US President Barack Obama is now visiting Ethiopia. He touched down at Addis Ababa’s international airport in Ethiopia on Monday night, and he was greeted on the tarmac by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desaleg, a group of young children, and other dignitaries, Al jazeerah reports.According to the report:

The visit will include talks with the Ethiopian government, a key strategic ally but criticised for its record on democracy and human rights.
Obama will also become the first US president to address the African Union, the 54-member continental bloc, at its Chinese-built headquarters.
He will also hold talks with regional leaders on the civil war in South Sudan.
AU Commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma hailed what she said will be an “historic visit” and a “concrete step to broaden and deepen the relationship between the AU and the US”.

Caitlyn Jenner is a Grandpa/ma again

The Jenners have a brand new baby girl in the family! Leah and Brandon Jenner welcomed their first child together on July 22nd. Leah Jenner announced the arrival of the new baby with a post on Instagram: “On Wednesday, July 22nd I became a Mom. It has without a doubt been the most profoundly beautiful time in my life but also emotionally, spiritually and physically challenging too….and I am so grateful for every second of it. Brandon and I are taking care of our healthy, little baby girl, Eva James Jenner.”

Rita Dominic shares new photos from Durban

Nollywood actress, Rita Dominic is currently in Durban, South Africa for the Africa International Film Festival.

Jennifer Lopez Wears Her Most Revealing Dress Yet for 46th Birthday Bash

How can you be this hot at 46!!! Jennifer Lopez is too hot and no one does it better. The Nollywood actress/singer and dancer exposed her best assets in a sheer cutout Little black dress. She dropped major jaws as she celebrated her birthday at a New york hotspot, 10ak in Southampton on July 25th.

Tanzanian Singer Diamond Platinumz & His Pregnant Girlfriend in New Photo Shoot

The 25-year-old singer and his Ugandan Socialite girlfriend posed for a couple of half-nude shots as they count down to the delivery of their baby.

Bobbi Kristina Brown dead: Whitney Houston's daughter tragically passes away aged 22

Bobbi Kristina  has tragically lost her six month battle for life after being found unconscious in a bathtub on the 31st of January 2015. She has been placed in a medically induced coma then life support before being transitioned to a hospice. Today it has been revealed that late music legend Whitney Houston‘s only child Bobbi Kristina Brown has died at age 22. This news is exceptionally tragic as her mother Whitney Houston died in eerily similar circumstances after being found unconscious in a bathtub.
Our thoughts are with her family at this time. May her soul Test in Peace.

Friday, 24 July 2015

OMG!!! Kim Kardashian is all shades of Beauty and Totally HOT for "Hype Energy"

Kim Kardashian West is Too beautiful and Gorgeous. Kim is all about showing us new sides of her lately. I cant help but notice her wedding ring, its too huge and beautiful. She channels Marilyn Monroe, Marie Antoinette, Audrey Hepburn and more in a new campaign for Hype EnergyThe campaign has Kim sporting braids, clip-on bangs, skin-tight dresses, knee-high lace-up boots, and that epic image of her as Marie Antoinette plus a larger-than-life blonde wig. See more pics below;