Thursday

Omooo..... Kaisha Fine Abeg 😍


Big Brother Naija Lockdown housemate Kaisha Umaru is an underrated fine chic. The reality TV star released these photos of herself as celebrated her 25th birthday.

In commemoration of the special occasion, she posted the photos to her Instagram page (@kaishaofficial_), and captioned them;

This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice & be glad in him.
I welcome myself into the 25th year of my life🥳 It shall be fruitful in all ramifications.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAISHA UMARU 🎂 🎉
We wish her a fun-filled and fulfilled year ahead. Meanwhile, take a look at the photos below.






Some Secrets No One Told You About The Newly Appointed EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa



The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Abdulrasheed Bawa as the new chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The decision was reached after a two-hour screening exercise in the plenary which was presided over by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. Bawa faed a panel of about 15 law makers answering questions bothering on past experiences, his relationship with his predecessors as well as his revolutionary plans for the new position he has been appointed for.

Premium Times reports that Abdulrasheed Bawa denied allegations that he sold properties seized under him while he was the serving head of EFCC’s Port Harcourt office. During the cross questioning, He maintained he had a “good relationship with his predecessors”.

This appointment makes Bawa the youngest chairman of the EFCC as well as the first EFCC chairperson who was not previously a police officer.

The Personal Assistant on New Media to the president, Bashir Ahmad has described 40-year-old Bawa as “a trained EFCC investigator with vast experience in the investigation and prosecution of Advance Fee Fraud cases, official corruption, bank fraud, laundering & other economic crimes.”

Abdulrasheed Bawa who was formerly zonal head of the anti-graft agency will now replace Mohammed Umar who has been acting chairman of the EFCC since the suspension of Ibrahim Magu over corruption allegations in 2020.

Premium Times put together some facts about the new chairman. Here they are

  1. Abdulrasheed Bawa is a graduate from the Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics (Second Class Upper) in 2001.
  2. He joined the EFCC as an Assistant Detective Superintendent (ADS) in 2004.
  3. He holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy which he obtained from the same university in 2012.
  4. According to his resume as seen by Premium Times, he spent about 16 years working with the EFCC as a detective and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of London.
  5. He was part of the pioneer EFCC Cadet Officers, course one, 2005, as he rose through the ranks to become a Deputy Chief Detective Superindent (DCDS), a position he has been holding since 2016 up till the time of his nomination as the anti-graft agency’s substantive chairman.
  6. He has vast investigation experience and has been part of the prosecution of advance fee fraud, official corruption, bank fraud, money laundering, and other economic and financial crimes related offences.
  7. He headed the investigations of Crude Oil Swaps and OPA case from 2014 to2015, also leading to the recovery of assets.
  8. As the head of the EFCC’s investigations of Diezani Allison-Madueke from 2015 till date, his team recovered millions of dollars worth of property in Nigeria, the U.K., U.S.A, and U.A.E including 92 of such assets in Nigeria.
  9. He also supervised the investigations of Atlantic Energy Group-from 2014 to 2015 leading to the recovery of assets in Nigeria, the UK, USA, Switzerland, UAE and Canada.
  10. He has also participated in several other periodic raids on “notorious (419) Cyber-cafés”, the sort of operations from which the EFCC records the lion share of its convictions.

 

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Culled from Bella Naija

STYLE: See Every Inch Of Nancy Isime's Exquisite Outfit As She Hosted The #14Headies Awards

Watching Nancy Isime alongside Bovi at the 14th edition of the Headies Awards which held this past Sunday, was particularly exhilarating.

The Nollywood actress stunned spectators and fans with her glammed and tushed up looks. It is safe to say she looked both chic and regal and nothing short of exquisite at the event. 

Take a look at all the outfits she spotted as she hosted the show.






First Look






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Third Look





Photo Credit: @nancyisimeofficial

VIDEO: Cuppy feat. Fireboy DML – Feel Good


Cuppy has returned with the visuals to her track, titled 'Feel Good', which features YBNL award winning star, Fireboy DML. The video comes off Cuppy's debut album, dubbed 'Original Copy'.

Follow the story of this two love birds as they document memories visually while enjoying each other's company and cooling off on an expensive yacht.

This video is certain to make you purr around someone. Catch a glimpse of the video below

Tuesday

Personal Experience: Here Are 4 Signs Your Relationship Has Expired


When we begin building a life with someone and we are in the early stages of the relationship it can feel like things are going to last forever. We tell ourselves that no matter what happens or how bad it gets, we are going to hold on to that person.

Yet this belief can be dangerous when a relationship has gone past its natural expiration date… which is when people will try to save something that is beyond saving.

I’m here to tell you from personal experience that holding on to the wrong person will only result in resentment and a lot of wasted time and effort.

When reflecting on the failed relationships in my past, I always knew at a certain point that they had run their course. Even with this knowledge, there were numerous times when I held on for a lot longer than I should have instead of accepting that it was better for both of us to move on.

Here are four signs that your relationship has run its course and it’s better to let go.

#1. You no longer feel the need or desire to be intimate

Years ago I lived with a boyfriend and during the last few months of our relationship, we were never intimate with each other.

We slept in the same bed and still spent time together but I could tell that the spark between us had faded into a tiny flicker.

Then we arrived at the one moment when I knew it was really over. We went on a vacation and I remember thinking that perhaps it could reignite our dying flame. By the end of our full week together, we hadn’t been intimate one time, and neither of us had tried initiating anything. While lying awake in bed next to my snoring boyfriend, something in me just knew… our relationship was beyond saving.

The physical element of a relationship is certainly something that will ebb and flow but if you don’t feel any desire towards your partner for an extended period of time it is a huge red flag.

#2. You don’t fight anymore

When I was in college I was head over heels over the guy I was dating, James.

At the beginning of our relationship, James and I had several arguments which we resolved because we had open communication and made an effort to work through our differences.

However, a few months later there was a shift and I began feeling James getting more and more distant. He began going out to the bars and not responding to my messages or even letting me know his plans. Even though it was causing me to feel horrendous anxiety I didn’t say anything because I was scared that if I started a fight… he would leave me.

A couple of weeks later James left me anyway and I realized that remaining silent about my feelings had done nothing to save our relationship, if anything it allowed him to pull away even sooner.

Fighting takes effort and a level of being comfortable enough to express your feelings to your partner. When your relationship is nearing the end you either won’t care enough to fight, or you won’t want to bring up your feelings at all.

Read full post here

 

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Written by Carrie Wynn  

Photo by Djim Loic on Unsplash

Singer Waje Confesses She's Spiritually Embattled



Nigerian songstress Waje says she's got some really spiritual business to attend to with a matter of urgency.

The renowned music icon announced in a post made via her official page that she's shutting down temporarily and heading for a spiritual maintenance exercise and will return upon completion.

The intended break she's embarking in would concern everything regarding social media activities. In clear terms, Waje says she's taking a break off social media. Nonetheless, she did clarify that she'd be still be available for work, to which all work related matters should be sent to her email.

She wrote:
“Temporarily closed for spiritual maintenance”. “Will be back soon. For work sake send emails.”

You're probably wondering just as we are. Is Waje religious or is she running fetish? Well, she could be going off for sanity sake and for her mental health. We'll pray with her and for her in hope for her safe return.

Monday

Here's How 9mobile Plans To Preserve Indigenous Languages This International Mother Language Day

 
One of Nigeria’s telecomunication companies, 9mobile has thrown its weight behind efforts to preserve Nigeria’s indigenous languages and cultural diversity with the celebration of the International Mother Language Day, a United Nations initiative to encourage the preservation and protection of all languages.
 

Riding on the year’s theme ‘Fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society’, 9mobile, a wholly Nigerian communication company, is creating awareness of the need to preserve and protect Nigeria’s indigenous languages.

According to 9mobile’s Executive Director, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, Abdulrahman Ado, it is important that Nigerians are proud of their rich cultural heritage and multilingual diversity.

‘‘As a leading communication brand focused on communication, 9mobile recognizes the need for society to ensure the survival of our native languages. Indigenous languages are an essential aspect of the collective symbol of our National identity and portray us as culturally vibrant people to the rest of the world. There must be structures in place to ensure the preservation of all languages to protect the socio-cultural rights and dignities of all people.”

Ado further stated that “Mother languages play a key role towards every child’s cognitive development especially at the early stage of development and in the full inclusion and integration of all persons into society. Therefore, Parents should ensure the smooth passage of their local languages to their young ones as a key aspect of their self-identity and pride. Our educational system must also begin to prioritize the orthography of our various languages in curriculum design.”

The International Mother Language Day initiative was designed by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 1999 to promote the preservation and protection of all languages. International Mother Language Day recognizes that languages and multilingualism can advance inclusion, and the Sustainable Development Goals focus on leaving no one behind.

Nigeria is home to over 250 ethnic groups with even more diverse languages and dialects in different states of the federation. Although English, a colonial bequest, is the nation’s official language, the three major language groups in the country are Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba, with several other languages and dialects spoken by various ethnic nationalities across the country.


SCOOP: How Fireboy DML, Omah Lay, Niniola & Wizkid Made Headlines At The Headies 2021 | See Full List Of Winners




If you missed the 14th Edition of the most prestigious awards in Nigeria, not to worry much, we’ve got you covered with the entire scoop which went down at the main event.

We first caught up with all your faves who were there for the jaw-dropping epic style showcase at the red carpet. No one was absent at the red carpet you can bet on that. Catch all the inside scoop here.

For this year’s Headies award, we saw Nancy Isime return to host the show alongside our very own Bovi and it was nothing short of spectacular.

Highlights of the event included super scintillating performances from the Big Brother Naija Lockdown House winner and president of the Icon Nation, Laycon, who was in the company of DJ Neptune and Joeboy. We also saw Fireboy DML, The Cavemen and a host of others thrill the audience with spectacular performances.

We had the pleasure of seeing A-list celebrities, the like of Wizkid, Falz, Simi, Mayorkun and Pheelz, as they picked up 1 or 2 awards.

Our biggest winner was Fireboy DML who stole the show having bagged a couple of major awards among which included Best Pop Album and Best R&B single.

Check out the full list of the winners below and tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.


BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Ozymandias – Brymo

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Pheelz – ‘Billionaire’ By Teni

BEST RAP ALBUM
God’s Engineering – AQ

BEST R&B ALBUM
Laughter, Tears And Goosebumps – Fireboy DML

BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM
Roots – The Cavemen

BEST POP ALBUM
Apollo – Fireboy DML

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
1 Milli – Davido By Director K

BEST R&B SINGLE
Tattoo – Fireboy DML

BEST COLLABORATION
Know You – Ladipoe Feat. Simi

BEST RAP SINGLE
Bop Daddy – Falz Feat. Ms. Banks

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (Male)
Praiz – Under The Sky

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (Female)
Niniola – Addicted

HEADIES REVELATION
Fireboy DML

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL
Illbliss – Country

BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE
Mayorkun – Geng

BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG
I Wonder – Moelogo

AFRICAN ARTISTE RECOGNITION
Master KG

HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE
Wizkid

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Bad Boy Timz

BEST POP SINGLE
Nobody – DJ Neptune Feat. Joeboy & Mr. Eazi

SONG OF THE YEAR
Fem – Davido
Nobody – DJ Neptune Feat. Joeboy & Mr. Eazi
Joro – Wizkid
Mafo – Naira Marley
Duduke – Simi

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
African Giant – Burna Boy
Apollo – Fireboy DML
Afro Pop Vol. 1 – Adekunle Gold
Yellow – Brymo
Boo Of The Booless – Chike

NEXT RATED
Omah Lay

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
Wizkid

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye (Simi – Duduke)

HALL OF FAME
King Sunny Ade

SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Eedris Abdulkareem


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Culled from Bella Naija

STYLE: What Your Faves Wore To The 2021 Headies Award | #14thHeadies



It was all shades of splendor on the red carpet of the 14th edition of the biggest, most biggest and most prestigious music awards in Nigeria, 'The Headies Awards'

Of course we all had and saw our favourites as they made their way to the awards while gracing the red carpets.

Catch all their exquisite, phenomenal and jaw dropping looks of your faves who were all glammed up in glory their various outfits.

From all the glitz & glam from the red carpet reception with all shades of designs to the memorable appearances, performing artiste and announcement of the winners, BellaNaija is bringing everything to you, so stay tuned.

Make a short stop @acesaidso to catch all of the updates you'll not want to missed. 






Friday

Romantic Nollywood Movies & Series You Should See This Weekend

Hang in there love birds, this year's Valentine's Day might have come and gone, however, everyday really is a Valentine's day and should be treated as such.
 
You know you really don't have to wait for a special day on your calendar to give yourself that special treat you and yours always deserve. On that note, let's get your weekend started with these spectacular collection. 
 
We've put together some of the best romantic Nollywood movies and series to ever hit your screens. The fun part is, you could either go see them at a cinema showing near you, or you could simply catch up on them via Netflix or YouTube. 
 
It's weekend again, so take out time to have fun and make great pleasant memories that would stay last you a lifetime. 

Still Falling

 
Dimbo and Karachi Atiya‘s forthcoming movie “Still Falling” which premiered on February 12 in cinemas nationwide, follows the life of Bono Kuku, a boss lady, influencer and a party girl. All seems to be well on the surface but deep inside of her lies an emotional wreck, the kind that she would never want to remember. Anyway, she has to, especially as she runs into the source of her unpleasant past.

This story of opposites love and hate, faith and doubt, grace and guts, triumphs and regrets will get everyone taking a deeper look at their motives and choices. But how much is hidden behind painted doors? Can we truly know someone? Are we as steady in faith as we think we are or are we ‘Still Falling’? How do we tell a story of forgiveness when wounds refuse to heal?

The movie stars Sharon Ooja, Daniel Etim Effiong, Bethel Njokwu, Liz Amery, Lulu Okonkwo, Laura Fidel, Eddy Madaki, Chavala Yaduma, Zeal (Styl-Plus) and many more.

Watch the trailer below:
 

 

Isoken

Written and directed by Jadesola Osiberu, the film stars Tina Mba, Funke Akindele, Lydia Forson, Damilola Adegbite, Patrick Doyle, Nedu Wazobia and Bolanle Olukanni, “Isoken” is a story of self-discovery that explores cultural expectations, racial stereotypes and the bonds that unite families, in touching, dramatic and sometimes funny ways.

Watch the trailer:

  

 

Ricordi


Diane Russet‘s romance web series titled “Ricordi“ premiered on February 14, Valentine’s Day. The web series was directed by Michael ‘AMA Psalmist’ Akinrogunde, produced by Diane Russet and Abdul Tijani Ahmed.

Starring Diane Russet, Daniel Etim-Effiong, Teniola Aladese, Eso Dike, Abdul TJ, Debby Felix and Daniel Abua, the upcoming romance series is based on a story by the Big Brother Naija reality star.

Watch the trailer

 

 

The Royal Hibiscus Hotel



“The Royal Hibiscus Hotel” a spritely Nollywood romantic comedy, follows the life of an aspiring restaurateur returns to her home in Lagos to try and refine the fare at her family’s little hotel, only to find that her parents are planning on selling out to a rich (and devilishly attractive) buyer.

The movie which was directed by Ishaya Bako stars Zainab Balogun, Kenneth Okolie, Rachel Oniga, Joke Silva, OC Ukeje, Charles Inojie, Deyemi Okanlawon, Lala Akindoju, Akah Nnani and Ini Dima Okojie.

Watch the trailer:

 

 

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 Culled from Bella Naija

Sunday

ALBUM: Heskay - Best I Ever Made


Heskay is a Nigerian rapper, singer and song writer who began his professional music career when he turned 16. He came to light with his first single titled Elelemiba which has fetched recognition and made him a force to reckon with in the music industry.

Born Yusuf Sikiru Tope, on June 5th in Agege, Lagos, Nigeria, the prolific rapper and singer has risen to ranks, all thanks to his style, versatility and uniqueness. 

Heskay who already has three (3) well performing EPs to his credit, is here with another sensational and superb brand new EP which he titled “Best I Ever Made”

The EP is a 7 track body of work in which Heskay showcases a perfection of his sounds since the start of his musical career. 

He talks about strife and sacrifices, pain and love, and affection coated in sensational vocals and a superb lyrical coordination. Each track in the EP is an amazing piece put together with quality time and hard work to get the best music and sound ever.

Heskay says this is the Best I Ever Made. Support him; download, stream, share and enjoy.

DOWNLOAD MUSIC

Thursday

EVENT: KreesVille Makeover Presents "Birthday Blowout Bazaar" Abuja


Here’s a great January event you wouldn't want to miss out on. 

KreesVille Makeover is set to host some of the best names in the circle of makeup artistry and cosmetics in Nigeria, as they rendezvous to attend the Birthday Blowout Bazaar of Christabel Benard, famed Abuja makeup artiste, socialite and one of the major marketers and distributors of Zaron Cosmetics

The Birthday Blowout Bazaar is an organized gathering which would feature Discount Sales; you'd get 20% special discount off of any Zaron Cosmetic products at the event. The event would also feature refreshment, music, meet and greet, and loads of freebies

Preceding the event will be a massive giveaway which will happen live on Instagram and Facebook on Wednesday, the 27th of January 2021.

At the main event on the 30th of January, would be the grand finale and mother of all giveaways. One lucky bride (to-be) will get 50% discount off her bridal makeup with KreesVille Makeover

MAIN EVENT DETAILS
Date: Saturday, 30th January, 2021
Time: 10:00am - 06:00pm prompt
Venue: Shop 4, Opposite Ibn Massud Islamic School, Kuje, Abuja.

You can also partake in the event from any part of the country by linking up virtually. Contact (@kreesvillemakover) on social media for more details.


PLEASE WEAR A FACE MASK


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Friday

WhatsApp Will Deactivate Your Account If You Don't Agree To Share Data With Facebook


WhatsApp has issued a statement in a new update to its Privacy Policy, saying it will disable your account if you do not agree to share your user data with Facebook.

WhatsApp, the messaging platform owned by Facebook, has announced it will be implementing the new Privacy Policy globally by February 8, 2021.

The Facebook-owned instant messaging service is saying that WhatsApp will now be sharing user data with other Facebook companies.

Some of the data WhatsApp says it will collect from you and share with third parties include; your interactions on the platform, account registration information, transaction data, phone model, OS, IP address, mobile network, ISP, location data, battery level, signal strength, browser, language, time zone and not leaving out IMEI and other data collected based on users' consent.
“We may use the information we receive from them, and they may use the information we share with them, to help operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our Services and their offerings.”
WhatsApp users who refuse to accept the new Terms of service and Privacy Policy by February 8, 2021 will be barred from using the service and their profiles deactivated. After 120 days of inactivity, WhatsApp will permanently delete the accounts as part of its efforts to "maintain security, limit data retention, and protect the privacy of our users."

While most of us would all probably bid goodbye to end to end encryption on the messaging service, WhatsApp users in the European Union are however exempted from the revised terms of service and privacy policy. Due to tighter privacy legislation better known as GDPR, the WhatsApp users in 27 European countries will not have their data shared with third parties.

Meanwhile, millions of WhatsApp users including prominent celebrities worldwide are already ditching the app for other secure instant messaging apps such as Signal.

The Signal messenger provides the same robust encryption engine with a much more transparent privacy policy and terms of service. Besides the encrypted chats it provides, Signal also offers encrypted audio and video calls.

Elon Musk who recently surpassed Jeff Bezos to become the richest man in the world, earlier showed a strong support for Signal, when he tweeted his followers and enjoined them to boycott WhatsApp by using Signal.

Tuesday

ALBUM: Prodi - A Stitch In Time

Prodi - A Stitch In Time (ACE SAID SO)

Prodi is a budding rap-inclined performing artiste with years of recording credit on the music scene. He came to limelight in 2015 soaring on the wings of his debut EP dubbed "Scars". 

Born Kunle Kazeem Kareem on July 13, this prolific rap artiste has proven to be limitless with his knowledge and versatility in hip-hop. His quota to the game have been of the essence.

The Lagos born rapper who has been off the music scene for a while has rekindled his zest for making music and is here with a new EP titled "A Stitch In Time"

The EP can be described as 5-track body of therapeutic sensual work, so called for the beauty in its simplicity and the lucid imagery it paints of a body to be with and of a place to be in. The EP showcases musical talent, vocal coordination and lyrical ingenuity. Each track houses within the project has a unique vibe and classic sound. 

Support Prodi by spreading his sounds. Download, listen, share and enjoy.

Saturday

How To Make A Perfect Roast Chicken With Sisi Jemimah's Recipe | VLOG


In this new vlog, watch Sisi Jemimah as she dishes out her recipe for a perfect roast chicken. The result is mouth watering and worth savoring. 

You don't have to wait till it's Christmas to try this out. Check out the key ingredients for the recipe below;
Whole Chicken (2.5kg)
Veg or Olive Oil
2 tbs Garlic Powder
2 tbsp Onion Powder
2 tbsp Smoked Paprika
1 tbsp Ginger Powder
1 tbsp Rosemary
1 tbsp Dried Thyme
2 tbs Onion Powder
2 tbsp Chicken seasoning
Or 2 Stock cubes (I used Knorr Chicken Bouillon cubes)
Salt to taste
Catch a glimpse of the vlog below: