Friday, 19 September 2014
38 year old South African football coach, Steven Darlugar (pictured), was arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos for drug trafficking.
The married father of one was arrested during screening before boarding an Arik Air flight to South Africa. He is said to have neatly packaged the drugs which tested positive for methamphetamine in a compartment before it was discovered by officials.
When interrogated, Steven said he was promised $6,000 if he successfully trafficked the drug and that he ventured into the crime to support his family as the money he was making as a coach wasn't enough
“I am married with a child and have lived in South Africa for about a decade. I coach a team in South Africa. I have worked very hard to attain financial freedom, but have nothing in return. This is my first time of smuggling drugs. I was under financial pressure to cope with peers. A friend introduced me to drug trafficking as a way of making quick money. They promised to pay me $6,000 to take the bag containing the drugs to South Africa.”
NDLEA commander at the MMIA, Mr. Hamza Umar, said
“Steven was apprehended on his way to South Africa. He was found in possession of 1.54kg of substances that tested positive for methamphetamine. The drug was concealed in a false compartment of the suspect’s luggage.”
Kenya. Alusa. Age: 33. (pictured left)
Actor, Radio Drama Director and MC Alusafrom Nairobi, Kenya, is married and has three children. His favourite food is ugali with chicken stew and traditional vegetables. His favourite book is TD Jakes’ He-Motions and he likes watching National Geographic, The Exes and Nigerian movies on TV. On the music front, he enjoys listening to Sauti-Sol, Mafikizolo, P.Square, YoussouN’Dour and Salif Keita. One of his favourite films, Training Day, features one of his favourite actors: Denzel Washington.
Describing himself as ‘ambitious, spiritual, out-spoken, generous and mysterious’, Alusa likes people who are ‘detailed’ and who have a good sense of humour, because he likes to laugh. He doesn’t enjoy people who ‘emit negative energy’.
He entered Big Brother Hotshots for the exposure, as well as the intrigue of living with total strangers in a closed environment and the desire to share his lifestyle with a huge audience. Alusa is looking forward to having the continent watching him: ‘I’m an artist, a performer, so I love attention. I’m not in the least bit intimidated, in fact, I’m thrilled’
Alusa lists Mombasa and his village of Kakamega as his favourite places in Kenya, because they’re both very exotic in their ways and rich culture. He says the best thing about Africa is the people. ‘Africans are both beautiful in form and diverse culture,’ he says. Outside of Africa, his favourite place is Brazil. ‘Rich culture, beautiful women, sweet samba music, festivals, food – I could go on and on,’ he says.
Ellah - Age: 23 (pictured right)
Ellahis a Sales Assistant with a BSc in Business Computing from Nsambya, Uganda. She lists her favourite foods as ravioli, rice and chicken and her favourite books as Think Like A Man, Act Like A Lady, and Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich. She enjoys watching Reality shows like Real Housewives of Atlanta, New York and Orange County. Her favourite singers include India Arie, August Alsina, Beyonce, Rihanna and Sam Smith.
Her favourite place in Uganda is the Lake Bunyonyi Resort and she says the best thing about Africa is ‘the warmness of the people’. Outside of her home country, she says Cambodia is ‘a hidden gem and somewhat a free country’. Ellah has 12 brothers and sisters and says her Mom is her role model: ‘her strength and character captivate me’.
Ellah is most proud of having become Miss Uganda 2013/14 because ‘it was a stiff competition and a strong test for me’. She was inspired to enter Big Brother Hotshots because of the fact that ‘it unites Africa and also is a platform for me to advance’. She says she’s ‘super excited and is looking forward to being on the show.
She describes herself as ‘charismatic, bitchy, outspoken, loving and sophisticated’ and says that she’s ‘strong and determined’. She values ‘honesty, charisma and joyfulness’ in others, but dislikes ‘lies and fakeness’.If she wins the grand prize, Ellah will buy cars for her mom and invest the rest in real estate.
Zimbabwe - Butterphly - Age: 24
Butterphly is a Radio, Television Presenter and Producer from Harare. She lists her favourite foods as meat, pasta with cheese, black-eyed peas and eggs. Her favourite books include the Bible, The Firm, The Long Goodbye, and the Sherlock Holmes series. She likes to watch Chopped, 24, Intelligence and Big Brother Africa.
Butterphly entered Big Brother Hotshots because she’d always wanted to be part of a national sports team, but never got the chance. ‘Being on Big Brother Africa will allow me to take the opportunity to market myself and expand my brand’. She says she won’t use ‘backstabbing and cheating’ or immoral and unethical methods to get the prize. If she wins, she’ll send her sister, brother and kids to really good schools, start a chain of unique food, social and fashion hangout joints and take her mom shopping.
Describing herself as ‘unique, feisty, mysterious, fun-loving and witty’, Butterphly says that people are always shocked when they discover that she’s humble, compassionate and kind. She likes other people with a sense of humour, honour and truthfulness, and dislikes ‘dishonesty and people who pretend to like a person’.
Her mom is her role model: ‘she put her life on pause so ours could play. She’s the hardest working woman I know’. Butterphly says she draws influence from ‘all sorts of people’. ‘Ordinary, young, dead, legends – in everyone’s life story I try to extract important lessons like resilience, faith, strength etc. I learn as much as I can from the people I meet or read about,’ she says.
Matthew Knowles has given Beyonce and Solange another sibling after DNA tests prove he fathered a girl in 2010 with lingerie model turned real estate agent, TaQoya Branscomb.
TaQoya had claimed in July that Matthew was the father of her 4 year old daughter, and he was ordered by the Texas courts to take a paternity test. According to TMZ, the paternity test came out today and it showed 99.998% probability that Mr Knowles is the father.
Now Taqoya can move forward with her child support case against Mathew.
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Hurray Big Brother Africa is here again, hmmm there is a new twist to the game, we are not going to wait till the beginning of the show to meet the house mates after all. See the press release from BBA below;
Fans of Africa’s biggest reality show, Big Brother Africa, will no longer have to wait in anticipation until the launch on the 5th of October to meet the Big Brother Hotshots.
In a bold and ground breaking move, M-Net and series producers Endemol SA will be delivering a new world-first by unveiling the names of the participating housemates live on the official Big Brother Africa website. The website launches on Wednesday 17 September.
Three Big Brother housemates will be introduced on a daily basis starting from the 18th of September. This will be followed by regular updates on social media.
During the 8th season of Big Brother Africa, over 6 million fans interacted with the show via the Website, Twitter, and Facebook, with the website generating just over 200 million impressions.
“We are breaking new ground and the website and social media are the perfect platforms to engage with the fans in real-time”, says M-Net Africa Regional Director (West Africa) Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu. “The show will go on, and both fans and housemates are in for some riveting television, coupled with all the drama, intrigue and heart-stopping twists that have long become synonymous with the reality show”.
The new and undoubtedly glamourous Big Brother house is in the process of being designed and fitted with cutting edge camera equipment and broadcast technology that makes the show unique in its format.
Catch the live eviction shows as well as the best of the live daily and weekly highlights on Africa Magic Family, and Africa Magic World on GOtv.
Big Brother Hotshots launches on Sunday 5 October 2014 at 19:00 CAT on AfricaMagic DStv Channel 150. Follow the action in the lead-up to the premiere on Twitter, by liking the Big Brother Africa Facebook page and following us on Instagram @BigBro_Africa.I will later bring to you the 3 house-mates introduced by big brother today. Watch out..........
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
See pic after the cut....... Former BBA contestant, controversial Kenyan socialite Huddah Monroe is now following Maheeda’s footsteps. She isn’t getting tired of doing what she does best on social media. This time the former BBA rep took to her Instagram page to post more semi-nude photos, where she is seen wearing a customized top and nothing else, while covering her crotch…
According to a breaking news report, a bomb blast just went off at the Federal College of Education in Kano. Details are sketchy but we heard the explosion went off in the lecture hall. The bombers then started shooting indiscriminately after the explosion killed some students and injured others, residents of Kabuga area where the school is located has confirmed that sporadic gunshots followed immediately the bomb went off this afternoon. The whole place is said to be in a chaos right now. Armed security are said to have gone to the area...
Former House of Reps member Dino Melaye thinks pastor Oritsejafor should be arrested because he owns the private jet that was used to transport $9.3million to South Africa. The money was to be used to buy arms. What do you guys think?
Meanwhile, have y'all noticed how some of our top pastors have been getting into one controversy or the other? From divorce, to building collapse, to money laundering through private jet. Looks like witches and wizards are coming for our pastors...lol. #kidding
South African president, Jacob Zuma announced today that 67 of its citizens died in the Synagogue building collapse that occurred on September 12th. The South Africans were in Nigeria to seek spiritual help and were staying at the guest house before it collapsed. Read the full statement from President Zuma after the cut...
I am greatly saddened to announce that 67 South Africans died and scores of others sustained injuries, after a building at the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed on Friday, 12 September 2014, in Lagos, in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
This is a particularly difficult time for South Africa. Not in the recent history of our country have we had this large number of our people die in one incident outside the country. Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues that have lost their loved ones in this heart-breaking tragedy. The whole nation shares the pain of the mothers, fathers, daughters and sons who have lost their loved ones. We are all in grief. As we mourn this sudden and tragic death of our fellow compatriots, I have directed the relevant Government departments and entities to act with the utmost urgency to ensure that we facilitate the movement of relevant family members to Nigeria to identify the bodies of their loved ones and to ensure that we repatriate the remains as soon as possible under the circumstances.
I would like to take this opportunity also to thank all family members and friends who have provided information to Government, which information has assisted the South African High Commission in Nigeria in its efforts to locate our fellow citizens. I would also like to commend all affected families for their patience and resolve during this very painful period. On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, I would like to thank the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for their support during this difficult time. We also send our sincere condolences to the people of Nigeria and all other nations affected by this tragedy. I would like to assure all affected families that the Government will provide all the necessary support. Government will keep the public informed of developments around this tragedy. May the souls of the departed compatriots rest in peace. I thank you. Issued by: the Presidency Pretoria
Yesterday there were reports that a private jet was seized and two Nigerians were being investigated for trying to smuggling $9.3 million in cash into South Africa (read here). It turns out that the private jet the money was found in belongs to the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN president, Ayo Oritsejafor via a company he co-owns, Eagle Air. But in a statement released today, Pastor Oritsejafor said he had leased the jet to another company so had no control over the use of the jet.
"On behalf of Pastor Oritsejafor, we can confirm that although he holds an interest in Eagle Air, the aircraft in question is not operated by Pastor Oritsejafor. The aircraft was leased to, and is operated by Green Coast Produce Limited since August 2” a statement from the church read.
Green Coast Produce Limited then released a statement saying that the aircraft was hired by one John Ishyaku and therefore they can't be liable for any alleged infractions either in Nigeria or South Africa after the hire.
“On the 5th of September 2014 the aircraft was hired from us by a John Ishyaku. The charter to John Ishyaku was upon the following documented terms: (a) Depart Abuja-Johannesburg on the 5th of September 2014 (b) Return to Abuja on the 6th of September 2014 (c) To wait and return with the passengers. All cargoes were accompanied by passenger who could readily defend the contents. We are not and cannot be privy to any alleged extraneous cargo transported on the aircraft other than that declared in the agreed terms of hire. We are not liable and cannot be construed as a party to any alleged infractions, either in Nigeria or South Africa as he case may be, after the hire of the aircraft." the company said.
The private jet carrying the money, allegedly meant for buying weapons, landed at Lanseria International Airport, Johannesburg on September 5. The money was loaded in three suitcases but attracted suspicion when the suitcases were scanned. The money and the jet have been seized by SA customs pending investigation.
You have a date. First of all congratulate yourself on your active romantic life. Panic about what to wear. If this process sounds familiar, I sympathize with you and i hope this helps. While date night dressing may seem complicated, I believe It’s all about striking the right balance. Crafting the perfect date night look boils down to one tenet: balance. Not too sexy, not too sweet; not too revealing, not too covered up.
Ooh how I love paneled dresses, I love my sister Taren Butu; she goes all-bold.... you can try her bold colour blocking and you will never regret it. So much ♥ for the Blue and Yellow.
My friend Cleo, the South African model sure knows what to wear at the right occasion, her outfit above "Figure hugging mini front Strip red dress" will be perfect for a date night. #Wink expect a jaw dropping expression from your date when you pull this off. Don't be afraid to show off your sexy legs.
If you’re ever completely stumped on what to wear, fall back on the trusty combination of a flirty mini skirt and a neck-line studded top. The look is alluring, and wholly perfect.
platform heels will do justice. You can remove the jacket if you wish.
Combine a white Blazer, yellow Top and a pair of relaxed folded Jeans, in other not to be too dressy.... but classy, pair it with pumps and you can either use a normal hand bag like the one in the picture or a smaller sling, a clutch can can go with it as well.
Look super sexy in a shimmering glittering shorts, to make it look descent and sexy, pair it with nude loubis or a black one, complete the look with clutch bag, but make sure you shirt is a bit casual and you can achieve that by loosing some buttons. Blings accessories makes you stand out.... So don't forget that sparkling bracelet.
Another super cute date night outfit. This is just fabulous for date night or girls night out. For curvy girls even better, can show off your figure with use of the belt. If you hate your tummy, ditch the belt.
Black doesn't have to be boring when paired rightly, you can give your black ensemble a date-appropriate spin or that magical spin with skinny leather pants and lace-up stilettos.
Great date night outfit! Neutral & sparkles!
Lovely but playful date night outfit! Skinny pant and the blue armless
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
The Nigeria's No. 1 blogger Linda Ikaji has just aquired the the 2014 Range Rover, for the whooping sum of N24million! She has added it to her her fleet of expensive cars. More pics after the cut ......... She had this to say:
"Yay! My dad finally gave me permission to buy the 2014 Range Rover and I'm beyond happy. I've wanted this car for so long but he was against me buying it. But it's my birthday this Friday and he finally agreed that I could buy it for myself as a birthday present."
She also posted this advice for young girls:
Now there's something I want to say to all the young girls reading this. There's absolutely nothing wrong with a man buying you things, but always remember that if you believe in yourselves and your dreams, you work hard and stay focused, there's absolutely nothing you can't buy for yourself. I'm not only buying myself cars that I want, I'm in the process of buying my own house, with my own money.
I made it on my own, in my own way and on my own terms. If anybody ever tells you that the only way you can make it in life is by laying on your back, the person lied to you. You don't have to do that. You shouldn't do that. You are strong, you are brave, you have been blessed with a talent, find yourself, believe in yourself, push yourself...and never give up. No money is sweeter than your own money, trust me. You can do it. Yes, you! You can do it. Just be patient, pay attention and work your butt off.
It's not easy trust me...if you think I had success overnight, you thought wrong. November this year will make it eight years that I've been blogging. Every single day! Before then I was a model, I was a model manager, I was an events planner, I was a columnist, I wrote a book, then I became a blogger. I put my hands in so many things because I was determined to make it in life. Finally one paid off - blogging.
I'm not better than you, if I can make it, so can you! Just never think the only option you have is men. YOU are an option and once you go to God and tell Him what you want to do and He sees that you are serious, He will lead you, He will guide you and He will make all your dreams come true.
Think about it, the people who are successful in life don't have two heads. Why can't you be one of them? You really can be. It's up to you.
Finally, I will soon start my 'I Will Rather Be Self Made' campaign where I will mentor young girls and also help some of you start your own small scale businesses by financing it...so look out for that. I will make an announcement on this soon.
As recorded from T.B. Joshua's Christian station Emmanuel TV, here is the raw security footage of a strange plane flying low over a building at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria four times in the space of an hour shortly before its tragic collapse. The building is seen collapsing in the video.
A military court sitting in Abuja on Monday found 13 out of the 18 soldiers standing trial for mutiny and other offences guilty.
Twelve of the convicted soldiers were sentenced to death, five were discharged and acquitted while the remaining one was jailed for 28 days with hard labour.
The soldiers had on May 14, 2014 fired shots at the General Officer Commanding the newly created 7 Division of Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Ahmed Mohammmed, in Maiduguri.
The act is viewed in the military as mutiny
Those discharged are David Robert, Mohammed Sani, Iseh Ubong, Sebastine Gwaba and Naaman Samuel.
Jeremiah Echocho was sentenced to 28 days with hard labour.
Those who were sentenced to death are Jasper Braidolor, David Musa, Friday Onuh, Yusuf Shuaibu, Igonmu Emmanuel, Andrew Ugbede, Nurudeen Ahmed, Ifeanyi Alukagba, Alao Samuel, Amadi Chukwuma, Alan Linus, and Stephen Clement.
They were found guilty of criminal conspiracy, mutiny, attempt to commit murder (shooting of the vehicle of the GOC); insubordination to a particular order; insubordination and false accusation.
The President of the Court Martial, Maj. Gen. C.C. Okonkwo, said the 12 soldiers were found guilty of three of the most heinous charges bars.
The legal team of the convicts pleaded with the court martial to temper justice with mercy.
The team reeled out pathetic stories about the family backgrounds of the convicted servicemen.
One was said to be the only son of his octogenarian widowed mother.
Another is the father of a five-month-old baby.
The defence team argued that giving them maximum sentence would do more harm than good, adding that it would increase the agony of their dependants.
The attack on the GOC and his men reportedly occurred when they visited the cantonment.
The Maimalari Cantonment is the headquarters of 7 Division, the newest Division of the Nigerian Army.
Military sources said that soldiers at the cantonment had been complaining of insufficient ammunition, food and allowances prior to the GOC’s visit.
They were also reportedly unhappy and their morale was at its lowest ebb because there had not been troop rotation for a long time since their deployment to combat Boko Haram terrorists in the North- East.
“The GOC’s visit coincided with the arrival of the corpses of soldiers killed in an ambush in Chibok on the night of May 13, 2014.
“The apparently agitated soldiers, on sighting the corpses of their slain colleagues became hysteric. Some opened fire on the GOC, who was lucky to have escaped unhurt. However, the bullets hit and seriously injured some of his bodyguards, who also fled to safety,” the source said.