Saturday

MUSIC: Heskay - Celebration (Feat. Faizypounds)


Budding Nigerian rapper, singer and song writer Heskay is making his first release of the new year 2022. The Lagos bred talent is here with a sensational groovy track titled Celebration featuring Faizypounds

The track is an amazing piece which asks us not to gloom over that which is now left behind. Rather it calls for celebration and focus on what could be won ahead. Celebration is a follow up to his EP titled "Best I Ever Made", which was released in 2021.

Download, stream, listen and share. Don’t forget to drop a review in the comment section below.


MUSIC: Lanre Daniel - Yoruba Praise Medley 2022

Gospel music sensation Lanre Daniel, and the Reformed Crew are ushering us into the new year 2022 with this Yoruba Praise Medley, a collection of high praise and worship.

Now this is a track to get you into deep worship and get you plugged into exaltation of the name of The Most High God. 

Lanre and the Reformed Crew had an amazing year in 2021 with several major releases including Oba (King), and Prayer

He, has been a consistent a Gospel Minister who has has carved a niche for himself with his High-life gospel music; being able to fuse high praise and worship in different languages home and abroad.

Lanre and crew are welcoming you to a brand new full of infinite possibilities. GOD BLESS YOU, even as you download, listen, share and enjoy this song. 

Wednesday

MUSIC: Flight – Saaru (feat. Slidedon)


Synergy Records signee and fast budding Nigerian Afropop and hip-hop performing singer and songwriter Richard Joseph who is best known as Flight, has just released a new music single titled Saaru.

Flight features Slidedon on this Ogene tune which emphasizes the need to be cleansed spiritually, so one does not fall into the hands of the malicious people. This one is hinged on the saying that the saying which reminds us that the spiritual controls the physical.

Saaru is a follow up to his debut album titled MAN, which dropped mid-year in August 2021. The debut album performed well across digital store with thousands of plays dominating on Audiomack, Boomplay and many other platforms.

Saaru was produced by Kushbeatz, mixed by Lalendy and mastered by Orktave. Follow Flight on all social media platforms including Instagram and Twitter

Download, stream, listen and share. Don’t forget to drop a review in the comment section below.

Saturday

How To Make Chicken Nuggets With Kiki Foodies' Recipe

How To Make Chicken Nuggets With Kiki Foodies' Recipe

No one should ignore a nice batch of crispy Popcorn chicken or chicken nuggets. A serving of this is rich in protein and carbohydrates, both when consumed in the right proportion, benefits the body. Kiki Foodies teaches us how to prepare chicken nuggets.

Ingredients:
  • 2 large chicken breast (cut into small chunks
Spice mix:
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of crushed chicken cube
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons of paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of red pepper
Flour Mix:
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of the spice MIX above
Buttermilk:
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
Buttermilk substitute:
  • 1 cup of milk + 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar

Watch how to prepare Popcorn Chicken below:

Watch Episode 8 of Bovi's “Back to School”

Watch the latest episode of Bovi's “Back to School” here

On this episode of Bovi‘s “Back to School“, we see the class struggle to prepare for a stage play audition that would earn the winners a place at the Commonwealth festival in the United Kingdom. Bovi and his crew perform their shenanigans to once again take advantage of the event.

Catch a glimpse of the latest episode of “Back to School” below:

Highlights From Kim Oprah’s Birthday Dinner | STYLE

Former Big Brother Star Kim Oprah Hosted her loved ones, friends and colleagues at her birthday dinner
Big Brother Naija Pepper Dem star, Kim Oprah hosted her loved ones, friends and colleagues to a dinner to celebrate her birthday.

Entrepreneur and media personality hosted her fellow former #BBN housemates Mercy Eke, Seyi Awolowo, Ike Onyema, Jeff Nweke as well as BBNaija Lockdown housemates Erica Nlewedim and Dorathy Bachor at her event.

Celebrities who also attended the event included Denrele Edun. Beverly Osu, Dadaboy Ehiz, Bizzle Osikoya, and a host of others. Highlight of the event was a stunning performance from Peruzzi.

See these stunning photos of Kim Oprah below:






WATCH | The Official Trailer Of "Chief Daddy 2: Going For Broke"

Watch The Official Trailer Of "Chief Daddy 2: Going For Broke" Here

The chaotic Beecroft family are back with even more drama and mischief in this sequel titled “Chief Daddy 2: Going For Broke“.

In the sequel, we see another offspring surfaces from nowhere with a bid to take everything the Beecroft’s hold dear. Would the Beecrofts unite to fight this new threat or would they let their selfishness take center stage? It's yours to find out.

Chief Daddy 2 stars Ini Edo, Kate Henshaw, Folarin Falz Falana, Patience Ozokwo, Nkem Owoh, Funke Akindele-Bello, Linda Ejiofor, Joke Silva, Shaffy Bello, Chioma Chigul Omeruah, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Beverly Naya, Beverly Osu, Mawuli Gavor, Nedu and Zainab Balogun.

New Additions to the sequel are Rahama Sadau, Broda Shaggi and Uzor Arukwe

Catch a glimpse of the trailer below

Here's How to Avoid Instagram Shopping Scams This Christmas Season


Months ago, Lami wanted to purchase some clothes from her favourite Instagram vendor. She had had a good customer relationship with the vendor for a while and did not suspect anything when the vendor reached out to her on WhatsApp, explained she couldn’t send her a DM on Instagram, sent her the photos of the clothes she had indicated interest in in the comment section, and sent her an account number. It was after she paid it dawned on her: there was something wrong. After the delivery time elapsed and she didn’t get her order, she reached out to the vendor again on WhatsApp but she had been blocked. When she reached out to the vendor on Instagram, her fears were confirmed: she had been scammed.

Before, scammers would call you to pretend they are your long-lost cousin or uncle living abroad, or call to tell you about one imaginary job in Shell or Chevron. Today, scams are taking a new direction – some in the form of investment scams, online sales scams, corporate scams. There are many more companies promising investors a high percent ROI (Return on Investment) in very few months. Some as high as 50% ROI monthly. Many ‘founders’ have also been nabbed or called out on social media for absconding with people’s ‘investments’.

There are also people on social media pretending to own businesses, and sell wares just to scam unsuspecting victims. Reaching out to customers via WhatsApp isn’t the only way people this is being done, many of them own social media pages that look legit: they have followers; post goods regularly; attach prices to them; they attend to you well when you send them a DM but immediately you pay for your items, they block you. Many go as far as having a website with customer care numbers and email addresses. On their social media pages, they also post receipts from imaginary satisfied customers.

As the year comes to an end, there’s an increase in online shopping, and sales scammers are also on the lookout for people to dupe. Here are a few things you can watch out for:

Are the offers too good to be true?

Are you seeing adverts of an 80% discount, or seeing your favourite shoe being sold for 8,000 naira instead of the usual 35,000 naira? Are you seeing Dubai return tickets for 70,000 naira? It may be a scam. If you ever feel that the offers are too good to be true, they just may be. The same goes for investment opportunities too. If you are being asked to invest in a company with the promise of a 50% ROI monthly, you may want to double-check and do your research to be sure you’re not being defrauded.

Watch your emotions. Yes, you want to buy amazing things at more affordable prices, you want to invest your money, especially for the future. You probably want to tick certain items off your bucket list before the new year. But in your haste to purchase items before the year runs out, or at a cheaper rate, beware of online scams, and take notice of where you’re purchasing items from.

Watch out for red flags

You are seeing amazing deals on Instagram but the comments of all the posts are locked? That’s a red flag. Sometimes, vendors lock the comment of a particular post because they are vile and hurtful, but if you notice it to be a pattern, it could mean that the vendor doesn’t want people who have been previously scammed to make complaints in the comment section. If you also notice a page that has millions or thousands of followers but has no comments on all posts, hesitate and carry out enough research before making any purchase; many scammers buy social media pages with large followers.

Watch out for emails, WhatsApp messages or websites containing poor grammar and spelling mistakes. Brands take great care with their online presentation, so if you see brands/companies who seem not to care about their appearance, grammar, or perception, it is because they have nothing to lose.
Search the internet for reviews of the companies or vendors. If you find none, that could be a red flag. To check for negative reviews, search for the company/vendor’s name with terms like “scam” or “complaint.” If you find no negative review or complaints, you may be in the clear. Many companies put up good reviews from supposedly satisfied customers on their social media pages and websites, but don’t be swayed by these; what are other people saying about them? Don’t be shy to ask around before you make hefty purchases.

Don’t accept invoices with personal names

If you are purchasing from a company, ensure the brand/business name is on the invoice. Do not accept invoices with personal names when purchasing from a company. We understand that little online stores may not have a company account yet, but ensure you have made purchases from or already have a relationship with a trusted vendor before making payments.

As you make purchases this festive season, don’t be too swift to whip out your credit card or make that transfer.



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Originally posted via BellaNaija 

Monday

VIDEO: Trikytee Features Magnito and White Money In New Single Titled "More Money"


Former Big Brother Naija star, Trikytee, is out with his latest single “More Money”, featuring Magnito.

In the music video, we see Wathoni, who is a very close friend of Trikytee. Also featured in the video are fellow Big Brother Naija stars, the likes of Prince Nelson, Kaisha, and WhiteMoney, Winner of Big Brother Naija Season 7.

Download “More Money” Here 

MUSIC: Omah Lay Makes An Entry With New Hit Single ‘Free My Mind’


Omah Lay has just released his second single for the year 2021. He titles this one "Free My Mind". The track was produced by Blaise Beatz.

Listen to the track below and catch a glimpse of the lyric video below.

Yvonne Orji Bags Deal To Host 2021 International Emmy Awards



Well we are a little over excited for Yvonne Orji who can alas say she cherished her beginnings and made the most out of it.

Yvonne has gone from being invited to host wedding events, to a grander stage, where she’d be hosting the 2021 International Emmy Awards.

Who else is in a better position to remind us of the old sage which says “Despise not the days of thy humble beginning”? Congratulations to her on this feat. We wish her greater feats ahead.



Kehinde Egbanubi: The Essentiality of Moving Outside your Comfort Zone


One channel I absolutely love on YouTube is Yes Theory. Yes Theory is a YouTube channel chronicling the adventures of a team of friends as they go out of their comfort zone. They have slept on the world’s most dangerous bed, have been left in a new country with no money, have travelled on the world’s most dangerous road, and done some really incredible stuff that’s left me in awe. Every time I watch their videos, I marvel at their willingness to dare, sometimes despite their fears, and I wonder if I will ever acquire the same audacity.

Truth is, I hate discomfort. Even my middle name, Comfort, portends a life of ease for me; freedom from the hardships and distresses of life. Accordingly, I do not go out of my way to seek discomfort. But watching the boys as I have done obsessively since I discovered their channel, I have found myself contemplating the words of Deborah Copaken in her commentary about her essay for Modern Love, ‘When Cupid is a Prying Journalist’, Deborah talked about ‘the unlived life’, and it struck me profoundly that if I were to die today, it would be with regret at my unlived life.

Of course, I am very much alive; I have a job I am quite excited about, a family I love, and a curiosity that continues to excite me when sated. Yet, I cannot shake off that feeling of a life still unexplored, relationships unformed, displeasures unvoiced, kisses not stolen, mistakes unmade, adventures not had, risks not taken, and I fear that as I enter the last years of my 20s, my youth is going by without any of the recklessness of youth.

Some may say there’s still a lot of youth ahead of me, after all, it’s not like I’m 80. That’s true, but I am often reminded of the standards to which I am held ‘as an adult’. As such, I can no longer afford certain recklessness. Even then, the image of a regretful person on my deathbed leaves me anxious because that is precisely who I do not want to be as I bid the world adieu.

Watching Yes Theory videos, I was challenged to upset the balance in my own life. My life had become painfully predictable, and even the weekends which were supposed to lose the monotony of the workweek felt like an extension of the same thing: rinse and repeat. The more aware I became of the dull repetitiveness of my existence, the more the Yes Theory motto of “seek discomfort” became a nagging thought at the back of my mind.

So I did the only thing I could think of: I read any material I could about seeking discomfort, and as a way of testing the murky waters of my discomfort, I joined a Facebook group where, for the first time in a long time, I allowed myself to be vulnerable. During that time, I read one of the most instructive words I’ve ever read from Jesse Itzler: “Every day, do something that makes you uncomfortable.” That one statement turned my longing for audacity into a clear plan of action.

Every day for the next 100 days — 3 of which are gone as at the time of this writing — I will do something that makes me uncomfortable. Something like this – writing something so personal on a public platform. For now, I cannot go on a spontaneous date around the world with a tinder date, nor can I invite a navy seal to live with me for 30 days, but I figure there are little and very realistic things I can do to move out of my comfort zone, just like you can.

Too many times, we stick with our routine because it’s comfortable, easy to retrieve and — maybe most damning — convenient. You want to start eating healthy but because of the extra effort it’ll take to prepare your meals yourself, you retreat to the comforting familiarity of convenience. You have a role you would like to apply for but because you are so intimidated by the requirements of the role, you talk yourself out of applying, sitting instead with the ‘comfort’ of a role you have long outgrown. You have a crush but wouldn’t dare introduce yourself to them, much less tell them how excited you are about them. Yet, every time you see a LinkedIn post about someone who’s just gotten their dream job or a new couple making their relationship IG official, you sigh wistfully, waiting for a tomorrow where you finally have those things.

But what if the things you want are on the other side of your comfort zone? What if trying something new is what it’ll take for you to finally have that thing you’ve always wanted?

What if the answer to your prayer requires more yeses than noes from you? Like saying yes to roles that intimidate you but are well within your competence? Like saying yes to more owambes or get-togethers? Like making your private social media page a public one?

In one of the videos I watched, Thomas Brag, one of Yes Theory founders, said that “If we let our fears choose the experiences we get to have, most of the impactful and memorable moments of our lives will remain unlived.” I can only hope that you will let something stronger than fear (or convenience) choose your daily experiences.

So, this article is for all comfort seekers. Don’t risk the pangs of regret at your unlived life on your deathbed. Move out of your comfort zone. I promise I will too.



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Culled From Bella Naija

Tuesday

Jamila Dankaro Premieres Her 2D Animated Short Film “The Days To Follow” | WATCH

Nigerian writer and director, Jamila Dankaro has just premiered her 2D animated short film, which was made in honour of the victims of the 2020 #EndSARS protests. The short film is titled "The Days to Follow".

The film tells the story of two sisters whose lives are forever changed after they attend the #EndSARS protests. In touches on the bitter truth of the lives of police brutality victims when the camera stops rolling. 

On her choice of medium, Jamila says she chose animation to tell the story because she wanted the playfulness of the colours to cut through the weighty message. She says her goal was to tell a story that caused people around the world to remember the events while not evoking trauma. “All over the world, we (Black people) are arguing the validity of their voice and with this pain in mind, I wanted to create something to honour the families who lost their loved ones. I wanted to create something for my people.”

Watch the full-length feature film below:

Culled from Bella Naija

Meet Eno Quagraine, The Mom Whose App Is Assisting Mothers In Labor



It is always great to see people who have phased through threatening situations. What's greater is seeing their drive to provide working solutions, around the life-changing experiences they've had so as to better the living conditions of others to prevent others from having to learn through painful personal personal experiences.

Meet Eno Quagraine, a Ghanaian developer, and founder of the Talkative Mother App. Eno did not start out intending to build an app at all. The initiative was born from a deeply emotional personal experience.

Twenty-four hours after the app was launched on the 1st of February 2021, the Talkative Mom app was ranked the number 2 parenting app in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Its popularity in those countries may have been short-lived but for the Ghanaian developer, it was proof of a huge demand amongst expectant mothers for a crucial commodity: information.

The Talkative Mother App has four distinct features: a motherhood-specific search engine called “Mom Plug’’ where users can ask questions on parenting and search results that apply to the Ghanaian context; “Marketplace”, where vendors can sell parenting goods; the regular Blog from Quagraine and finally, “Listings” for service providers. The app carries contributions from certified experts such as speech and language therapists, paediatricians, sex coaches, breastfeeding specialists and nutritionists.

Quagraine explained that “Marketplace” has been particularly well received by expectant parents. “This unique feature makes them find all the Ghanaian products they want but are so difficult to locate.’’

It’s the blog, however, which seems to keep users coming back for more. One of the reasons is that amongst the stories shared by mothers, there is plenty of comic relief. However, it is the information provided on the app that remains its best selling point.

Dzidzor Arkutu a regular user of the app had this to say in a review:
“There are so many apps around but most of them are foreign and don’t address our local needs. This app is unique because it speaks to the issues bothering the Africans, which we feel very shy to talk about. My children’s paediatrician is even there so it makes direct access to medical services easy.”
With thousands of users regularly visiting the platform, major brands have been keen to get on board, too.

“I have worked for so many brands, like Boomerang, Vlisco and Pepsodent and I am still working with others. These are opportunities I would never have gotten if I did not take the bold step to share my motherhood journey,” said Quagraine.

In October 2021, Quagraine started her television show – aimed at young African mothers.

The 31-year-old mother with a masters in marketing now aims to take Talkative Mom to every mother on the continent. While that points to huge personal ambition, it is the message that keeps her motivated.

“What makes me more excited is when I hear people tell me how my app is helping them on their motherhood journey,” she said.

Originally posted on Bella Naija

Monday

WATCH | Episode 8 of Red TV's "Assistant Madams: Dark Hearts"


Assistant Madams tells the story of three bold, beautiful, and daringly ambitious women; Cee-C Nwadiora, Salma Mumin and Dillish Mathews, who want to live out their best luxurious fantasies.

On this episode titled ‘Ladies Who Rise Above’, Ademide and Amira seem to have a new beginning. Lulu is finally taking Nana head-on while Cassie brings on the twists and turns.

The star-studded series features Sheyi Shay, Timini Egbuson, Osas Ighodaro, Femi Branch, Joselyn Dumas, Mauwuli Gavor, Ademola Adedoyin, Temilola Young and Eso Dike.

Watch Episode 8 of Red TV's "Assistant Madams: Dark Hearts below