Tonto Dikeh Voted Most Beautiful & Social Actress of 2013

published on Tuesday, 31 December 2013

I hear Poko AKA Tonto Dikeh won the award for the most beautiful and social actress 2013. Today the actress took to Twitter to thank everyone who voted for her. I dont even know the platform for the award but she tweeted;

"Awww thankz to evry1 who voted me #Most beautiful Nollywood Actrezz 2013# Appreciate beautiful peoples*Muuuashhh #TeamPoko— TONTO W.C DIKEH

(@TONTOLET) December 31, 2013"

"OOM N tnx again for voting mii d most Social Actrezz of d Year 2013 Via @policeceleberity— TONTO W.C DIKEH

(@TONTOLET) December 31, 2013"

Are Genevieve Nnaji & D’banj back together? planning to get married?

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Ever since Actress, Genevieve Nnaji and musician, D'banj were spotted a few weeks ago, hanging out together at the recent Gulder event, rumours, hopes and dreams sparked up.  People said they were back together, fans hoped they were.

The duo, who were allegedly together for 2 years were said to have broken up due to commitment issues. But thier recent step out has led to dust rising about an alleged reconciliation. I read on LIB last night that they might be getting married. Read the report below: 

"The Kokomaster, 33, and Nigerian screen goddess Genevieve Nnaji, 34, are back together two years after they parted ways.Genny is currently staying at D'banj's Lekki home, and I hear they are already talking marriage. Yes I said marriage.The loved up couple dated on and off from 2009 to 2011 before Genevieve broke off the relationship because of D'banj's commitment issues. Hope it works out for them this time around!"

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On The Cover: Emma nyra and Endia on Tush Magazine

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Pictures courtesy BN

Jason Derulo buys Jordin Sparks a brand new BMW Sedan for Christmas!

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I like Jordin and Jason together. They're cute!

Jason Derulo, 24 year old singer-songwriter, for Christmas gave his girlfriend,  Jordin Sparks, a brand new champagne-coloured Sedan. Jordin shared the photo of the car on Instagram.

On the cover: Khloe Kardashian on Cosmopolitan January edition

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JK introduces Garcinia Cambogia!

published on Monday, 30 December 2013

Garcinia Cambogia Is The Strongest Fat Buster!!!! 

Garcinia Cambogia: The Strongest Fat Buster Now In Nigeria!!!!

It's been a while since the world went this crazy for a weight loss tool. lt seems that Garcinia Cambogia is finally here to replace all other underperforming weight loss supplements.

About a year ago Dr. Oz presented Garcinia Cambogia extract to the world. We all know Dr. Oz – he's the TV doctor whose mission is to help people live a heathier life. No wonder Garcinia made its debut on this show.

In first research done, The two ladies who tested it managed to lose between 5-7 pounds in just one week. Better yet, they didn't do an extreme last minute diet or pump iron at the gym. They lived their normal lives and managed to get some weight off. 

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Photo of the day: Too wierd a cake!

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The 10 most underrated artistes of 2013

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1. Morell: Morell is a brilliant Northern ambassador. His Oxygen and  Anti-Social songs have that peculiar northern appeal that creates an appreciation for the culture. You really don't have to take my word for it. Listen to Ganga Da Garaya ( me later.

2. Sound Sultan: Very few Nigerians alive, dead and yet to be born can write songs like the young man can. Remarkable composer, he is.

3. Solid Star: Talent for several days, Solid Star's street feel is pristine in its delivery. Omotena is one of the best songs ever written songs.

4. Yemi Alade: Yemi is on a totally different level. And I will tell you why.-          Amazing vocals!-          She connects with the Nigerian audience.-          Her drive and determination is killer!-          She takes her art very seriously. Her stagecraft is perhaps unmatched by any lady in the game. You should ask those who were at the Headies.-          Lastly, and most importantly, she has been able to articulate an identifiable brand image (Awon Stubborn) that cuts through the clutter while the Seyi Shays and Niyolas struggle to break the hold of generics.With her monstrous hit single, Johnny , one can only hope she would walk in and take her seat in the male dominated pop scene.

5. Orezi: We are all witnesses to how Waje, armed with killer vocals, lovely persona and hips/bootay for days, robbed the young man of his Best Raggae/Dancehall award at the just concluded Hip Hop World Awards.The world is waiting for this young man.

6. Shaydee: Shaydee's flavour is no mean feat. His vocals on Ice Prince's I Swear is the redeeming part of the song save for Chopstix's mastery. It is only too sad that he is in the same label as Wizkid.

7. Niyola: Way before the affiliation with EME, Niyola has been wreaking havoc on the scene. Niyola needs to push her art leveraging on the EME platform. Banky will perhaps always be too preoccupied with his art. The bulk of the job will fall at her feet.

8. Yung L: Grip Muzik, Sweet Muzik; you already know!2013 witnessed the invasion of the Grip Boiz. However, the one person who has done the most is the talented Yung L. Dude's delivery and panache is on a whole new level.Vector and Toke Makinwa hosting TFAA2013

9. Vector: Bad management? The rise of indigenous rappers (Igboro ti takeover!)? One will never be too sure what the cause of Vector's relatively understatement is. His versatility, as evidenced by this track with Sarkodie (, leaves one speechless.He is however burdened by the curse of every Nigerian rapper – Punchlines for the sake of it.

10. Misturr K9: Eldee has to be the most incompetent music label CEO in the entire universe.Sidenotes- PraizPraiz's lack of mainstream success could easily pass off as a consequence of Nigerian's undying love for tungba tungbamusic. Beyond that however, the vocal giant has unwittingly gifted the devil the upper hand by releasing sparingly in the last one year.In 2014, the X3M music artiste would need to step out and create more songs, videos and covers for already released material.Timi DakoloTimi Dakolo is not underrated; he merely occupies a niche market. He will never be a Wizkid but more importantly, WizKid can never be him.


Photo : Toolz' hot photo on the cover of Y magazine

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Kerry Washington’s beau, Nnamdi Asomugha Retires from the NFL

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I love Scandal and I love Kerry Washington! 

But as of now it looks like she and her beau Nigerian-American NFL player Nnamdi ASomugha will be spending lots of time together as he has announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday 27th December after 11 seasons. According to E! Online he signed a ceremonial one-day contact with the Oakland Raiders so he can close out his career with the same team that drafted him 2003.

Tech Entrepreneur Jason Njoku is Y!/’s Person of the Year 2013

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Y! Magazine and have announced Nigerian tech entrepreneur Jason Njoku as the Person of the Year 2013.The editors of the lifestyle publication and online hub made the announcement today Monday 30th December 2013.The founder and Chief Executive Officer of iROKO, 33, beat Aliko Dangote, Mike Adenuga, Akinwunmi Adesina andSim Shagaya, for the honour.Read the full press release;Jason Chukwuma Njoku, 33, is chief executive and co-founder of iROKO Partners, an online start up that has revolutionised the availability and distribution of African media content. He is young, big, bold, brash and in his own words, "an asshole."He is also the Y!/YNaija Person of the Year 2013.It is simple really: No one has captured the imagination of young (and many older) Nigerians the way this University of Manchester graduate has.The outlines of the story are now firmly etched: iROKO partners, founded after Njoku had dabbled in scores of unsuccessful businesses started in his bedroom in London with money loaned from his friend and in a space of three years has become the most talked about internet business this side of Africa.It was at the nadir of his life, when he moved back in with his mother, penniless after his string of failed enterprises that he picked up on her love for Nollywood films. He also noticed his mother's difficulty in getting these films and decided to do something about it. He soon boarded a flight to Lagos and entered the trenches, directly engaging the producers and copyright owners, paying money for their catalogue. Two and a half years later, and Njoku's company has amassed the largest collection of African content online with well over 5,000 titles in the kitty. And, with high profile mentions in Forbes, Financial Times, CNN and the Wall Street Journal, iROKO Partners has been able to attract investors and seed money like no other start up.Criticised across the technology eco-system for pomp and bluster – and those who do so do not exaggerate – Njoku (and iROKO) is that rare individual that deserves all the praise. He has proven that much is indeed possible in Nigeria, by Nigerians – in spite of Nigeria.Stories like these read easy on paper but it is pertinent not to forget or overlook the grit and tenacity, the wheeling and dealing that has gone into creating his success story. A story that is still far from finished. With his entrance into the online space, Njoku in many ways pioneered the online Nollywood market and with his success, has created a whole new sub specie of industry for interested participants to dabble into, showing them exactly how it is done.iROKOtv has built peerless library of content has been dubbed the Netflix of African movies reaching 178 countries with about 1million unique visitors a month. Despite the seemingly grudging resistance to accept his influence at home, he continues to fly the Nigerian flag by sheer willpower, just by doing what he does.Apparently, he does it excellently. Because, this month, iROKO managed the unthinkable, and successfully raised $8million in venture capital from a group of international investors led by American hedge fund and Facebook investor, Tiger Global. This unprecedented feat – even for start ups across the world – brings iROKO's tally to about $21million raised in two years of doing business making it one of the most heavily funded businesses in all of Africa.Then there is the matter of the music arm of the company, iROKING. Pronounced dead in the water prematurely after a public – battle with it's erstwhile leader, Jason Njoku finally had to re-take charge. While still an unprofitable venture, when compared to it's elder iROKOtv, it speaks to the stubbornness of his vision, and why investors choose to take risks on people more than the particular idea.With an average monthly unique visitor-ship of about 5million (according to Njoku), iROKING stands a fighting chance of eclipsing revenue figures generated by the movies arm. Music industry piracy issues will have to be tackled head on and it will be excruciating work, but if anyone has done so, Njoku has proven time and time again that he is unafraid to put his money where his mouth is.He did this in spectacular fashion in May, when – with his business partner Bastian Gotter and wife Mary Remmy Njoku – he launched SPARK, an exciting new business initiative dedicated to building and grooming profitable internet start ups in Nigeria. After a $10million valuation in 3months of existence, Sparks was able to raise $2million in investment from Lagos to London. This money will be ploughed into expanding the company – which currently has 9 start ups under it's wings, employing about 130 staff – and providing seed money for it's babies.Impressively, Njoku – unlike many Nigerian businessmen – is not unashamed to tell his story, sharing as much as he can about the innards of running a successful internet company at a time when many young start-ups desperately need to learn from the experience of those before them.Of course, blog posts tend to gloss over the dirt, and for all we know, Njoku may be bleeding money. Still, as businesses like iROKO and those in SPARK typically need an average of five years before profitability, it is enough for now that Njoku is crashing ceilings, breaking boundaries and moving mountains.Whether his businesses fail or succeed, whether or not Njoku eventually becomes the kind of business leader he already fancies himself to be, he would have already won. Because he dared. And to dare is the hardest part.For creating a globally respected business from scratch, for continuously innovating, setting standards for others to follow, for building a generation of young business people that might just change Nigeria; and for inspiring a whole new generation to believe in themselves and their dreams, we are proud to announce Jason Njoku as the Y!/YNaija Person of the Year 2013.


Wole Soyinka's daughter, Iyetade dies at 48

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Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka lost his second daughter, Iyetade Soyinka. Iyetade who died at 48, died at the University of Ibadan Teaching Hospital (UCH) after a brief undisclosed illness.

She is survived by two children, her siblings and her parents.

May her soul rest in perfect peace. Amen. 

“I’m in pain, but I’m happy”: Hollywood actor, Jet Li, battling serious health issues

published on Sunday, 29 December 2013

Jet LiChinese action star and martial arts hero, Jet Li, has said that he is being treated for an overactive thyroid, but he is determined to fight the condition head-on.The superstar who is known for his kung fu skills,  discussed his diagnosis during the recording of a talent show he is judging in China.During the recording of the show on Tuesday, the 50-year-old actor appeared to have a fuller face and heavier frame. He said his weight has fluctuated but he is taking it all in stride.Li, even  joked about his weight gain and said "I'm fat, I don't have the time to lose it. It's a fact!"According to a Daily News report: He explained that exercise is not advised with the medication he's taking. An overactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism, causes changes in a person's metabolism and heart rate, among other symptoms, but is generally treatable with medications.Li was diagnosed in 2010. He kept his condition under control with medication, but it came back with a vengeance recently.He said that he's tackling his illness head-on. "I'm just a regular guy, I'm not Wong Fei Hung, I'm not Huo Yuan Jia (kung fu heroes he portrays on film), I'm not a hero. I'm just like you."A martial arts champion at a young age, Li turned to acting and began showing off his kung fu skills on big screens in the 1980s.Jet Li (center), pictured in 'Unleashed,' can't exercise while he's under the treatment.He catapulted to fame in the '90s with the "Once Upon a Time in China" films where he portrayed martial arts master Wong Fei Hung.His Hollywood career includes such titles as "Lethal Weapon 4," "Romeo Must Die" and more recently "The Expendables 2."Li confessed there are times he's unsure if he's able to carry on with work, but he's determined. "I'm in pain, but I'm not suffering. I'm happy," he said.


4 ways to find out if she’s cheating on you

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Another alternative is to talk to her close friends; provided you are on talking terms with him/her. Don't pounce on the friend; call them and ask them if they genuinely know what is happening and if they have any idea what is bothering your girlfriend.1. ObserveIf she is distant, withdrawn, constantly cancelling plans, and appears not interested in what you have to say or do, then chances are something is up. Observation is the key to finding out what is going on. This does not mean you go paranoid and let your suspicions get out of hand. Don't read too much into things and take her behaviour for what it actually is2. Talk to her close friendsAnother alternative is to talk to her close friends; provided you are on talking terms with him/her. Don't pounce on the friend; call them and ask them if they genuinely know what is happening and if they have any idea what is bothering your girlfriend. Try to coax information out of them and see where that leads3. Phone checkHow many cheating men and women have been caught thanks to phone records that gave up on them. When you get a chance, look through her phone and you might just get the proof.4. ConfrontThis is the sure shot way to find out what is going on. Confront her, coax her to talk about it and get information out of her. You will know the 100% truth only when she talks. So you got to ensure she does. Use these ways to know if your girlfriend is actually cheating on you or if it's all in your head.


Music producer ID Cabasa ordained a pastor

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According to Linda Ikeji's blog, music producer, Olumide Aka, popularly known as  ID Cabasa has reportedly been ordained a pastor.ID Cabasa known for producing music superstar 9ice's hit debut album was ordained today at Global Impact Church, Babs Animashaun, Surulere.Another shepherd to lead the flock, somebody shout Halleluyah!

Incredible: UFO crashes into home in Oyo (Photos)

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A strange object, which residents of Awotan in Ido Local Government Area of Oyo State called a 'drone', was said to have crashed into a building at Omiremi Quarters in the community, leaving a crater on the roof of the building.However, aviation sources have confirmed the object as a United States' drone on an espionage mission in Nigeria.

The registration number, TX 5803, inscribed on a black battery under the craft, suggests that the space craft must have taken off from NASA base in Texas, USA.It was also discovered that the battery attached to the spacecraft powered it, and enabled it to move around so that it could carry out the bidding of whomever sent it.

According to a Nigerian Tribune report:
Though many aviation sources told Sunday Tribune that the object could be a device used in espionage, another source, however, believed that the craft was a "nondescript aviation device".It will be recalled that the United States of America has, in recent times, come under attack by other countries for spying on their activities which may have confirmed the discovery of the spacecraft in Ibadan.The craft, which was said to have dropped down from the orbit, flew into a toilet in the house of Ashipa of Awotan, Chief Tajudeen  Adetoro, a few minutes after his grandson, Afeez  Adewale and daughter-in-law, Adikat, left the toilet where they had gone to answer the call of nature.According to Chief Adetoro, the mysterious aircraft forced itself into the toilet through the roof making deafening sound, saying it could have killed Afeez and his mother, if it had met them in the toilet.The spacecraft, with a product number QR X30, has four stands and a rounded compartment housing its engine. It has a dry cell battery, USB drive, a censor and cables, while each of its stands has a two-way roving fan mounted on them.The residents of the sleepy community told newsmen that the object was not a toy due to the fearful noise it made and the way it flew about, adding that it could be an explosive."When it flew out, we rushed after it and it was found hanging on the antennae of our neighbour…making a terrible noise and emitting heavy smoke," Chief Adetoro narrated.He said they ran for safety on hearing the loud bang made on the roof of their house only to discover that the object had entered the toilet hitting its wall in an attempt to exit.Information obtained about the object from the internet revealed that it shares similarities with a device called Walkera QR X350 GPS which is sold for roughly $500.Though the product description on it is not intelligible, Sources learnt that it could be a remote-controlled transmitter that gives no signal when in the air, but which is used for gathering information. How flying object crashed into building in Ibadan Mother, son escaped deathChief Tajudeen AdetoroIt is almost unbeliavebale, but it is real. A drone-like object fell from the sky on the roof of a house in Ibadan last Sunday shattering the roof of the house.Luck saved a mother and her son from being killed by the object.For Afeez Adewale, a 16-year-old boy, sheer luck saved him and Adikat, his mother, from being sent to their early graves a few minutes after they left the toilet in their house, last Sunday, at Omiremi Quarters, Awotan, Ibadan.Afeez had gone to the toilet to answer the call of nature not long after his mother had come out of the same toilet only to hear a loud bang on the roof of their house, specifically the toilet.The object was said to have forcefully fallen on the roof of the toilet breaking through and shattering its asbestos.According to the Asipa of Awotan and landlord of the house, Chief Tajudeen Adetoro, it wasn't long after Afeez and his mother left the rest room when they suddenly heard a frightening sound on the roof of the toilet.Chief Adetoro, who is Afeez's grandfather, said it was God that saved the mother and son, saying the source of the drone-like object was unknown."We were in panic; we were almost dead when we heard the sound suddenly and all of us scampered for safety. It was after a few minutes that we thought that hiding in the house was not the solution but to find a way to get the object out of our house due to the horrible and disturbing noise it was making that my son and I fearfully moved to the scene to know what it was."When we got there, we stood a little away looking at it from a short distance. It was then we saw it clearly and it was seriously struggling making a frightening noise in its bid to find an escape route. As it was struggling, it was hitting every angle of the toilet walls forcefully shrieking and trying to exit the toilet."It was during the struggle that it escaped through the same point it gained entry. When it flew out, we rushed after it and it was found hanging on the antenna of our neighbour. It hung there making a terrible noise and emitting heavy smoke. I think in the process of struggle to get it out, it lost one of its components, a stand. I asked my son to climb the facial board to remove it."When he brought it down, it was heavy and there were so many red illuminating lights all over it blinking every second," the chief narrated.The roofHe said when the material had been removed from where it was stuck so that they could examine it thoroughly, the object repeatedly tried to fly away."It  was then I asked my son to remove some of its compartments to render it inactive. We removed the battery, its censor, among others. At that time, everybody in the neighbourhood had gathered to see the wonderful object," he added.Chief Adetoro said they initially thought it was a mere toy but after a close look, it was discovered that "the material could be a bomb, more so that ever since we captured and incapacitated it nobody had come looking for it because we initially felt that it was one of the toys parents bought for their children for Christmas and New Year."Also, when we considered the manner with which it got in and exited, we felt that the object was being monitored and controlled from somewhere. After careful consideration and examination of the compartments of the object we thought it could be an explosive."When nobody from this community came to claim it, we concluded that the object was more than what we thought it to be; it must have travelled a long distance," Afeez's father said.The Chief Imam of Awotan Central Mosque, Sheik Abdulai Adesina, and a woman who are both neighbours of Chief Adetoro confirmed the incident, saying "the sound of the object was highly terrifying and fearful."When the object was examined, it is made up of components such as a dry cell battery, a censor housed by a white case, a USB  (memory card) drive and a panel that is well cased as well as lots of cables.According to Chief Adetoro, the community had informed security agents about the incident and called for investigation on it, noting that if left unravelled, it would be difficult to douse tension and erase fear among the residents of the community who now believed that they were being targeted for attacks.The object, has since been handed over to security operatives.


5 best ways to breakup with your girlfriend

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I read this somewhere amd thought to share it with my male readers. Because honestly if you aren't comfortable in your present relationship, don't take it into the new year.

" If you have been with a person for quite a long time then there is no problem breaking up with your girlfriend over the phone. But before you dial the number just gather your thoughts."

1. Do it in Person Breaking up electronically can be a bit disrespectful. So whenever you are breaking up with your girlfriend choose a right place and do it in person, at least have the courage to look into her eyes when you dump her. Find a place where she can feel free to cry, be honest and get angry. Now when you start the conversation be honest and gentle and finally end it up like a gentleman.

2. Do it Over Phone If you have been with a person for quite a long time then there is no problem breaking up with your girlfriend over the phone. But before you dial the number just gather your thoughts. Be honest and gentle. State facts that why you want to break up with her and give her enough time to put up questions. While you end it up, say sorry for the fact that it didn't work out the way it should be.

3. Do it by Writing a Letter At times it is difficult to break up in person and hence writing down a letter can proof to be a better option. While writing a break up letter, try to soften the blow a bit, be kind and state facts, instead of opinions. Give her the letter whenever she is free and after giving the letter, give her a chance to respond so that both you can settle down things together.

4. Do it by Giving a "TWO WEEK NOTICE" This is quite an easy way to breakup with your girlfriend if you still think that u might fall in love all over again with her. It's like a trial breakup. You can tell your girlfriend that you need some space and you really don't find any spark in the relationship and you need some time to think over it that whether you want to continue with it or not.

5. Do it in a Public Place Breaking up with your girlfriend in a public place is quite safe because it will prevent chaos but there is a lot of risk as well. What if, both of you are in a restaurant and she starts yelling and crying. So if you really want to break up with her in public place, choose the place wisely like a park or a garden which can provide a calming atmosphere. 


Comedienne, Princess & Husband Separate After just 7 Months of Marriage!

published on Saturday, 28 December 2013

Shocking right?

Comedian, Princess Dammy and her Yoruba movie producer/director hubby Adeshola Jeremiah have separated.

Yall remember when they got married earlier this year on the 8th May 2013 at the Balmoral Hall, Oregun, Lagos, right? Well accordung to one of The Net NG's correspondents, princess has confirmed the separation; citing "irreconcilable differences".  Allegedly in her own words;  "Yes my marriage has ended due to irreconcilable differences. We have been having issues since the wedding but we still remained together hoping that we would be able to work it out. But apparently, we couldn't work it out, hence the reason for our separation.We actually ended it several months ago, but we didn't want to make it public. I'm sure God knows best".

The NET NG went on to add that they started having issues two weeks after their wedding.

Nawa o!

What do you think?

Burna Boy Angrily Exited The Headies 2013 for Losing Out to Sean Tizzle in the “Next Rated” Category

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I was jejely not minding my business on the Internet when I stumbled on this BN Exclusive concerning Burna Boy's rage at Sean Tizzle winning the headies next rated award. Read the post below;

"An exclusive report is just reaching us here at star Burna Boy exited The Headies 2013 on Thursday night when rising Afro pop star Sean Tizzle was announced winner of the Next Rated category.The category has been chosen to honour the most promising musician during the period of nomination. The award comes with a brand new ride.Sean Tizzle picked the award and got the keys to a Hyundai Tucson SUV.As soon as Sean Tizzle was announced as the winner, Burna Boy left the venue, telling photographers including BellaNaija's not to take his photos.Sean TizzleOur photographer captured images of a not-so-happy Burna Boy all dressed in black leaving the venue.Some industry insiders at the event were overheard saying Burna Boy deserved the award more than his fellow nominees including Sean Tizzle, Dammy Krane, Seyi Shay and Phyno.They went on to speculate that Burna Boy didn't win the award because he is a GLO ambassador and the awards show is sponsored by a fellow telecommunications company MTN Nigeria.

Photo Credit: Dare Koleaje"

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Governor Adams Oshiomhole Survives Road Accident

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The Press Statement from the Edo State Government reads;

"Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole survived a motor accident at Ewu Village along the ever-busy Benin-Auchi road in Edo State at about 9.45am Saturday, 28th December 2013 on his way back to Benin City from his Iyamho Village. The incident occurred at about 9.45am at Ewu, in Edo Central Senatorial District, when a Peugeot J5 Bus filled with tomatoes and plantains apparently lost control and rammed into the Governor's Flag Car from the opposite direction before swerving into a roadside ditch.Three vehicles in the Governor's convoy were in front of the Governor's Flag Car and had passed the Peugeot J5 Bus before it [J5 Bus] had direct impact with the Governor's car, which had the Governor, his Aide-De-Camp [ADC] and his Driver as occupants. The Governor's Car was badly affected but both occupants of the Peugeot J5 Bus and that of the Governor's sustained no injuries. The Peugeot J5 Bus was following a truck that was descending the Ewu Slope when it suddenly veered off into the Governor's lane from the opposite direction and directly impacted on the Governor's vehicle, apparently because of brake failure. The good story is that nobody sustained injuries in both vehicles. The Comrade Governor is hale and hearty, his ADC and other occupants of the Peugeot J5 are also in good condition.The incident has been reported to the Divisional Police Station at Ewu for further investigation. This is to assure all good people of Edo State that there is no cause for alarm. Their loving Comrade Governor is fine, hale and hearty as well as other occupants of the other affected vehicle. The Comrade Governor is wishing everyone a prosperous new year ahead.


Prince Kassim Afegbua
Special Adviser,
Media & Public Affairs.

Thi s is the burial box with first EVER reference to Jesus Christ (PHOTOS)

published on Friday, 27 December 2013

A controversial burial box which could have held the remains of Jesus' brother is to go on display for the first time since its owner was acquitted of forging its inscription.The discovery of the 2,000-year-old ossuary, or bone box, which bears the words 'James son of Joseph, brother of Jesus', was regarded as one of the greatest archeological discoveries when it was found more than a decade ago.But the find was plunged into controversy when its owner Oded Golan was charged with forging the relic's exciting inscription in 2003.The ossuary (pictured when it was last on display in 2002) has divided experts over its authenticity He fought to clear his name, and after a ten-year trial, the Israeli antiquities collector was cleared and the mystery of the 'Jesus box' lives on.The limestone box will now go on display to the public, although Mr Golan has not yet revealed where the exhibition will take place.Typical of first century Jerusalem, the box is thought to have held the remains of James the Just, the first leader of Christians in the city after the crucifixion.The box's owner Oded Golan fought a 10 year legal battle after being accused of forging the box's inscription At that time Jews were laid in a cave after death, and their bones were collected a year later and placed in an ossuary of the kind owned by Mr Golan.He told The Guardian: 'This is the oldest evidence that mentions the name of Jesus Christ.'But despite the acquittal, some doubts remain about the box's authenticity.The box bears the Aramic inscription, 'Ya'akov bar Yosef akhui diYeshua', which translated reads, 'James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus' Professor Christopher Rollston, of the Albright Institute of Archeological Research told the newspaper that he believed the second half of the inscription was added in modern times.Mr Golan plans to display the box alongside expert opinions from the trial, so that members of the public can decide for themselves whether they think the artifact is authentic.

-Daily Mail

Drug Dealer including Nigerian Custom agents arrested with N352m worth of drugs

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About N352m worth of methamphetamine has been confiscated by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos State.Segun Adewuyi, Godwin Atebata and Ajayi Akpaida, and Ukpabi Paul, customs licensed agents and a spare parts dealer were arrested as they tried smuggling the drugs into Malaysia on an Ethiopian Airways flight.According to reports, the drugs were contained in three shipments with NDLEA Chairman, Ahmadu Giade saying: "It is sad that the customs licensed agents have acted contrary to the NDLEA Act in pursuit of selfish interest. The agency will continue to make drug trafficking unattractive. Our objective is to prevent drug syndicates from enjoying the financial incentives of the criminal trade. The suspects will be charged to court soon."Nigerian Eye reports:Adewuyi was said to have brought a meth consignment of 32.7 kilogrammes, Ukpabi and Akpaida, a consignment of 20kg and Ajayi a consignment of 17.7kg; all amounting to 70.4kg."Ukpabi, said to be based in Nnewi, Anambra State, was said to have delivered the meth consignment to Akpaida for onward transportation to Malaysia.Ukpabi said, "I am married with three children. My role was to give the drug to a clearing agent by name Akpaida. Please, have mercy."Akpaida said, "They paid me N500 000 to send the shipment. I agreed to participate in the illegal deal because of the money I was offered."


Jonathan Drags Obasanjo To Rights Commission Over Criminal Allegations

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President Jonathan Goodluck yesterday submitted himself to the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, for probe over criminal allegations against him by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Former President Obasanjo had written an 18-page open letter to Jonathan, accusing him of incompetence, engaging in anti-party activities, ethnicism and training about 1,000 snipers ahead of the 2015 polls.

Jonathan, who denied the allegations in his response, is specifically inviting the rights commission to unravel the truth in the allegation that his government had begun training over 1,000 snipers to terminate his political opponents.

In a letter to the commission, President Jonathan is seeking for a thorough investigation of the allegations against him, touching on alleged human rights abuses.

The letter, signed by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, SAN, on the directive of Jonathan, had already been submitted to NHRC.

The letter dated December 23, 2013 was submitted yesterday. Sources close to the Presidency said  that similar letters had been written to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The two anti-graft agencies are to probe allegations of economic crimes and official corruption against the Jonathan's administration as contained in Obasanjo's letter.


How to Socialize this Christmas: The Cool Kids Only Edition

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Though we've exchanged soggy holiday messages; some nicked off the net, or just forwarded on from someone who sent us longish, appropriately emotional ones; said prayers and confessed positive things in advance of the New Year, what most of us really care about this season are PARTIES and not so much the reason for the season. This of course, shouldn't be the case but I'd thought I'd just get that out of the way.Yes, it's Christmas. Soirees to attend, things to see, people to do…the works. How do you navigate the sometime murky waters of networking, socializing, this season, at the gigs where all the cool kids will be at? How do you score that Christmas fling? How do you join the in crowd? Despair no further. Here's how:Master and Use that Anglo-American Hybrid AccentAnd do it shamelessly too. It should not be too difficult. And the rewards can be immense. Look at the kinds of doors it has opened for that lady who's always on with bridal make-up and impeccably tousled hair? The one with the VLOG and looks transparent under lots of light? Yes, that one! See where she is now! Watch her VLOG even, you may get some pointers. With that accent mastered you can converse ever so proper, make friends faster and who knows, even do business. However, know when and where to go royal and when to do a Yankee. Listen in carefully on the group you're with at the time, know the accent and twang in use, then pitch in with classic slang or anecdote as appropriate.Have Travel StoriesEvery event this season is swimming with the IJGBs (I-Just-Got-backs) and you can trust they all have fairly hilarious stories about something distinctly weird that happened on the Tube, that fetch party in Williamsburg or while trying to find their first class seats enroute home to Nigeria. While you may not be an IJGB, surely you must have some story made up or otherwise up your sleeve about some naked beach episode or something of the sorts during the summer, spring break in Los Angeles or even Miami. Such a story could be your passport to the cool kids table.Have An Interesting Job, Preferably One in The Creative IndustryNever before has there been a time when being a creative was SO fascinating and well, cool. Of course, it is well-known that you probably aren't buying Cartier wristwatches off your pay check, not yet anyway, but you're doing something interesting. You're making 'new school music', designing Africana chic clothes, photographing naked subjects, baking cakes laced with Baileys, using a lot of silver décor and calling yourself a luxury event planner, working the runway at shows everyone forgets after curtain call; something that makes for animated conversation and we-should-work-together-sometime statements.Quirk Your Way To AttentionThis is non-negotiable. No, you cannot look just well put together. Quirky is cool today and you have to have something about you that makes people take a second glance. It may be a curiously located tattoo, the length of your dreadlocks, the boldness of your print, it could even be as simple as your face and if it looks as though it's been primed and basted by an overpriced facial. No, I do not mean peeling off layers off your skin (that are there for a reason) by chemicals as is the norm these days. That is just tacky and won't win you any new friends. Well, it might but not the type that make for sophisticated company.Be Social Media FabulousBe one step ahead of trends. Twitter is apparently old news. The new school cool is Instagram. Everyone is getting their lives and riding high on waves of vanity on there. Do not turn up your nose at their ostentatiousness. Join in! When you're at a bar, angle that phone right (iPhone, of course) and take a damn good picture of that Bloody Mary! Share It! You went above your budget and splurged on a Bottega Veneta bag? Let the world know! (Do not dally with the populars like Louis Vuitton and Celine. Everyone who's wearing them is so 2012) Take flawless selfies. Master Instagram's filters, download different photo-editing apps for good measure. After having struck conversations, before the seal of new friendship is sealed, you will be researched. With your social media presence dripping swagu, you're in!

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-Ayodeji Rotinwa for BN

The Headies 2013: See the full list of winners!

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The show has finally come and gone. Yesterday, the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos was home to the Headies, 2013. The show was hosted by Tiwa Savage and Dr sid.

When it came to awards. Olamide was the king of the night as he bagged three awards for himself plus an award for a collaboration with Phyno on ghost mode.

There were performances from Iyanya, Waje, Olamide, Phyno, Praiz, Seyi Shay, Niyola, Zaina and Yemi Alade.

See the full list of winners below;

Best recording of the year

This year- Jaywon

Producer of the year

Dtunes- sho lee

Best music video

Alingo- Jude Okoye and Clarence Peters 

Best R&B/pop album

O.B.O.- Davido

Best R&B single 

Good good loving- Banky w

Best pop single

I he ne me-2face

Best reggae/dancehall single

I wish-Waje

Best rap album


Vest collaboration 

Ghost mode- Phyno ft. Olamide

Best rap single

Man of the year- phyno

Best vocal performance 

Only you-nikki laoye

Next rated

Sean tizzle

Hip hop world revelation 

Omo baba olowo- Davido

Lyricist on the roll 

Mode nine-let it go

Best street-hop artiste

Durosoke- olamide

Best alternative song

Repete- blackmagic

Album of the year 

YBNL- Olamide

Artiste of the year


Song of the year


Most downloaded callertune

Harrysong- Mandela

Hall of fame

Wasiu Ayinde

Photo: What do you think?

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Christmas Photos: Temi Dollface is Santa's little helper!

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Make-Up: Lola Maja
Photography: David Otokpa
Location: Playbarn, Lekki
For more photos from the shoot, see TemiDollFace's Instagram – @temidollface

Timi Dakolo and wife welcome a baby girl on Christmas day!

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Congratulations to Timi Dakolo and his family!

I hear his wife gave birth to a baby girl yesterday!
Double celebration!

Congrats once again!

President Jonathan’s Christmas Message To the Nation

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Dear Compatriots, I greet and felicitate with you all as we celebrate Christmas once again. I join our Christian compatriots and all other Nigerians in giving thanks to God Almighty whose Grace and Benevolence has helped our nation to overcome the many challenges it has had since we celebrated Christmas last year.

The annual commemoration of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ is a most auspicious time for us, as individuals and as a nation, to rededicate ourselves to the virtues and ideals which the Messiah preached and exemplified during his earthly ministry.

Let us all therefore resolve this Christmas to make the ideals of peace, harmony, tolerance, love and goodwill to all even more manifest in our interactions with others.

It remains my sincere belief that no height of human accomplishment is beyond us as a nation, if we can overcome our differences, such as they are, and forge a binding national consensus to put the progress and well-being of the country above all other considerations.

My administration will do all within its powers and abilities to ensure that when representatives of our people assemble for the forthcoming national conference next year, they will have every opportunity and encouragement to make very significant contributions towards forging the required consensus for sustained national peace, unity and progress.

It is also my expectation that the national conference will contribute in no small measure towards the urgent resolution of contentious issues which currently hinder our progress as a nation.

With God Almighty as our Guide, Strength and Enabler, My Administration will continue to implement its Agenda for National Transformation in furtherance of its avowed commitment to improving the living conditions of all Nigerians.

We will continue to count on the prayers, support and cooperation of all patriotic Nigerians in the coming year as we consolidate and build on our achievements in several sectors including national security, power supply, communications, transportation, health and education.

As we commemorate the birth of the Prince of Peace, let us all strive to honour Him more by living our lives as He taught; by making personal sacrifices for the good of others, by showing greater love for others, by being fairer and more honest in our dealings with others, by being ever-willing to forgive those who offend us and by always extending goodwill towards others.

On behalf of myself, my family and the Federal Government, I wish you all very joyful Christmas celebrations, and a peaceful and prosperous 2014.

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Photo: Christmas gift wahala!

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This picture was causing serious issues on my bbm. Someone said the person should just return the gift and bus on! Lol

What do you think? 

Merry Christmas JK readers!

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I just want to use this opportunity to thank my readers for sticking by me and for always taking the time out to read my blog. 

In this festive season I pray blessings and goodwill shall continue to fall on us in surplus and evil and sorrow shall be far from our dwelling places in Jesus' Name-Amen!

Merry Christmas you guys! And a happy new year in advance! 

P.s. You can send in emails telling me all about you new year resolutions. I would love to hear from you guys! And if God touches your heart, all I want for Christmas is shoes! Lol


Ace Music video director; Moe musa loses his dad!

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Its shocking that just after we heard the news of the death of Uncle sesan Ogunro, another ace music video director; Moe Musa lost his dad yesterday, the 22nd of December to a fire accident in his home.

Its quite sad!

May his soul rest in peace!

Obasanjo says he will not react to President Jonathan's letter!

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The former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo released a media statement today through his Media aide, Tunde Oladunjoye, stating that he has accomplished his aim. Which is to bring to President Jonathan's attention th important national issues at hand.

Read the statement below; 

"Since the publication of the letter written by the President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, which was in response to the letter earlier written by revered former President Olusegun Obasanjo; we have received several requests from local & international media asking to know Chief Obasanjo's reaction to Mr. President's response.
"One, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, acknowledges Mr. President's letter/response. However, Baba, as he already indicated in his December 2, 2013 letter, does not wish to make further comments beyond the contents of his last letter to Mr. President or react to the said letter/response from Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Let me quote from page fourteen, paragraph two of Chief Obasanjo's letter to Mr. President dated December 2, 2013 and titled Before It Is Too Late.

'I will maintain my serenity, because by this letter I have done my duty to you as I have always done, to your government, to the party, PDP, and to our country, Nigeria'.
"Two, let me reiterate here, that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR has tremendous respect for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo sincerely appreciates all of you, my cherished colleagues; gentlemen and women of the media profession, who have been very upright, ethical and robust on the subject matter."

Do you think this banter should still be ongoing?

On the cover: Toolz & Ohimai Atafo on Y! Magazine

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Linda Ikeji builds a five bedroom duplex in her hometown!

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I have been hearing the gist that Linda ikeji built a house for her folks and chose not to blog about it till I got confirmation. We have all however gotten the truth from the horse's mouth. Read her post below;

"I wasn't going to bring it here - I'm shy...:-)..but I've been seeing the report on other blogs and reading comments from some of you saying I write about others but don't want to write about myself. Lol

So here goes. Yes I built a home for my parents, as a betterpikinthingz..:-). It's a five bedroom duplex in our hometown of Nkwerre in Imo state. The house was built in 7 months...imagine! My dad wanted the house ready for Christmas. He returned this weekend after four months in the village supervising the house and showed us a pic of how far they've gone. (Pic above). He came home to spend Christmas with us while the builders put a gate round the house. (That's my dad on the balcony).

Meanwhile, I told my dad, now that I've built you a house, can I buy my Range Rover now? He said not yet, you still have to get married first! Lol. *sigh*. Oh well...

When I told you guys thanks for an amazing year, you now understand what I'm talking about? LIB is currently my only source of income and thanks to you guys, it's more than enough. May God bless you all, give you your hearts' desires, and give you more than enough to help you, your family and the world. Kisses"

Pls VOTE INK again!

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Alright, first, I want to thank all of you. INK has made the top 5 of the Headies liat, and it wouldn't have been possible without you guys. But this is the final bit, voting closes 7pm tomorrow. 

So PLEASE text "RC INK" to 32051 

as many times as you possibly can between now and tomorrow evening. I would really appreciate it! 

 God bless y'all!

President Jonathan finally replies Obasanjo's letter!

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Do you think it's worth it after so long? 

President Jonathan  finally replied former president Obasanjo's 18-page letter where he accused Jonathan of so much. Read President Jonathan's reply below;

" His Excellency,
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR
Agbe L'Oba House, Quarry Road,
Ibara, Abeokuta.
RE: Before It Is Too Late

I wish to formally acknowledge your letter dated December 2, 2013 and other previous correspondence similar to it.

You will recall that all the letters were brought to me by hand. Although both of us discussed some of the issues in those letters, I had not, before now, seen the need for any formal reply since, to me, they contained advice from a former President to a serving President. Obviously, you felt differently because in your last letter, you complained about my not acknowledging or replying your previous letters. Continue...

It is with the greatest possible reluctance that I now write this reply. I am most uneasy about embarking on this unprecedented and unconventional form of open communication between me and a former leader of our country because I know that there are more acceptable and dignified means of doing so.

But I feel obliged to reply your letter for a number of reasons: one, you formally requested for a reply and not sending you one will be interpreted as ignoring a former President.

Secondly, Nigerians know the role you have played in my political life and given the unfortunate tone of your letter, clearly, the grapes have gone sour.  Therefore, my side of the story also needs to be told.


The third reason why I must reply you in writing is that your letter is clearly a threat to national security as it may deliberately or inadvertently set the stage for subversion. 

The fourth reason for this reply is that you raised very weighty issues, and since the letter has been made public, Nigerians are expressing legitimate concerns. A response from me therefor.herefore, becomes very necessary. 

The fifth reason is that this letter may appear in biographies and other books which political commentators on Nigeria's contemporary politics may write. It is only proper for such publications to include my comments on the issues raised in your letter.

Sixthly, you are very unique in terms of the governance of this country. You were a military Head of State for three years and eight months, and an elected President for eight years. That means you have been the Head of Government of Nigeria for about twelve years. This must have, presumably, exposed you to a lot of information. Thus when you make a statement, there is the tendency for people to take it seriously.

The seventh reason is that the timing of your letter coincided with other vicious releases. The Speaker of the House of Representatives spoke of my "body language" encouraging corruption. A letter written to me by the CBN Governor alleging that NNPC, within a period of 19 months did not remit the sum of USD49.8 billion to the federation account, was also deliberately leaked to the public. 

The eighth reason is that it appears that your letter was designed to incite Nigerians from other geopolitical zones against me and also calculated to promote ethnic disharmony. Worse still, your letter was designed to instigate members of our Party, the PDP, against me. 

The ninth reason is that your letter conveys to me the feeling that landmines have been laid for me. Therefore, Nigerians need to have my response to the issues raised before the mines explode. 

 The tenth and final reason why my reply is inevitable is that you have written similar letters and made public comments in reference to all former Presidents and Heads of Government starting from Alhaji Shehu Shagari and these have instigated different actions and reactions. The purpose and direction of your letter is distinctly ominous, and before it is too late, my clarifications on the issues need to be placed on record.

Let me now comment on the issues you raised. In commenting I wish to crave your indulgence to compare what is happening now to what took place before.  This, I believe, will enable Nigerians see things in better perspective because we must know where we are coming from so as to appreciate where we now are, and to allow us clearly map out where we are going.

You raised concerns about the security situation in the country. I assure you that I am fully aware of the responsibility of government for ensuring the security of the lives and property of citizens. My Administration is working assiduously to overcome current national security challenges, the seeds of which were sown under previous administrations.  There have been some setbacks; but certainly there have also been great successes in our efforts to overcome terrorism and insurgency.

Those who continue to down-play our successes in this regard, amongst whom you must now be numbered, appear to have conveniently forgotten the depths to which security in our country had plunged before now.

At a stage, almost the entire North-East of Nigeria was under siege by insurgents. Bombings of churches and public buildings in the North and the federal capital became an almost weekly occurrence. Our entire national security apparatus seemed nonplussed and unable to come to grips with the new threat posed by the berthing of terrorism on our shores.

But my administration has since brought that very unacceptable situation under significant control. We have overhauled our entire national securityWe have overhauled our entire national security architecture, improved intelligence gathering, training, funding, logistical support to our armed forces and security agencies, and security collaboration with friendly countries with very visible and positive results.

The scope and impact of terrorist operations have been significantly reduced and efforts are underway to restore full normalcy to the most affected North Eastern region and initiate a post-crisis development agenda, including a special intervention programme to boost the region's socio-economic progress.

In doing all this, we have kept our doors open for dialogue with the insurgents and their supporters through efforts such as the work of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and the Peaceful Resolution of the Security Challenges in the North-East. You also know that the Governor of Borno State provided the items you mentioned to me as carrots. Having done all this and more, it is interesting that you still accuse me of not acting on your hardly original recommendation that the carrot and stick option be deployed to solve the Boko Haram problem.

Your suggestion that we are pursuing a "war against violence without understanding the root causes of the violence and applying solutions to deal with all the underlying factors" is definitely misplaced because from the onset of this administration, we have been implementing a multifaceted strategy against militancy, insurgency and terrorism that includes poverty alleviation, economic development, education and social reforms.

Even though basic education is the constitutional responsibility of States, my administration has, as part of its efforts to address ignorance and poor education which have been identified as two of the factors responsible for making some of our youth easily available for use as cannon fodder by insurgents and terrorists, committed huge funds to the provision of modern basic education schools for the Almajiri in several NorthernNorthern States. The Federal Government under my leadership has also set up nine additional universities in the Northern States and three in the Southern States in keeping with my belief that proper education is the surest way of emancipating and empowering our people.

More uncharitable persons may even see a touch of sanctimoniousness in your new belief in the carrot and stick approach to overcoming militancy and insurgency. You have always referred to how you hit Odi in Bayelsa State to curb militancy in the Niger Delta.  If the invasion of Odi by the Army was the stick, I did not see the corresponding carrot.  I was the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State then, and as I have always told you, the invasion of Odi did not solve any militancy problem but, to some extent, escalated it. If it had solved it, late President Yar'Adua would not have had to come up with the amnesty program. And while some elements of the problem may still be there, in general, the situation is reasonably better.

In terms of general insecurity in the country and particularly the crisis in the Niger Delta, 2007 was one of the worst periods in our history. You will recall three incidents that happened in 2007 which seemed to have been orchestrated to achieve sinister objectives.  Here in Abuja, a petrol tanker loaded with explosives was to be rammed into the INEC building. But luckily for the country, an electric pole stopped the tanker from hitting the INEC building.  It is clear that this incident was meant to exploit the general sense of insecurity in the nation at the time to achieve the aim of stopping the 2007 elections.  It is instructive that you, on a number of occasions, alluded to this fact.

When that incident failed, an armed group invaded Yenagoa one evening with the intent to assassinate me.  Luckily for me, they could not.  They again attacked and bombed my country home on a night when I was expected in the village. Fortunately, as God would have it, I did not make the tri trip.

I recall that immediately after both incidents, I got calls expressing the concern of Abuja.  But Baba, you know that despite the apparent concern of Abuja, no single arrest was ever made. I was then the Governor of Bayelsa State and the PDP Vice-Presidential candidate. The security people ordinarily should have unraveled the assassination attempt on me. 

You also raised the issues of kidnapping, piracy and armed robbery. These are issues all Nigerians, including me are very concerned about. While we will continue to do our utmost best to reduce all forms of criminality to the barest minimum in our country, it is just as well to remind you that the first major case of kidnapping for ransom took place around 2006. And the Boko Haram crisis dates back to 2002. Goodluck Jonathan was not the President of the country then. Also, armed robbery started in this country immediately after the civil war and since then, it has been a problem to all succeeding governments.  For a former Head of Government, who should know better, to present these problems as if they were creations of the Jonathan Administration is most uncharitable.  

Having said that, let me remind you of some of the things we have done to curb violent crime in the country. We have reorganized the Nigerian Police Force and appointed a more dynamic leadership to oversee its affairs. We have also improved its manpower levels as well as funding, training and logistical support.

We have also increased the surveillance capabilities of the Police and provided its air-wing with thrice the number of helicopters it had before the inception of the present administration. The National Civil Defence and Security Corps has been armed to make it a much more effective ally of the police and other security agencies in the war against violent crime. At both domestic and international levels, we are doing everything possible to curb the proliferation of the small arms and light weapons with which armed robberies, kidnappings and piracy are perpetrated. We have also enhanced security at our borders to curb cross-border crimes.

 We are aggressively addressing the challenge of crude oil theft in collaboration with the state Governors. In addition, the Federal Government has engaged the British and US governments for their support in the tracking of the proceeds from the purchase of stolen crude. Similarly, a regional Gulf of Guinea security strategy has been initiated to curb crude oil theft and piracy. 

Perhaps the most invidious accusation in your letter is the allegation that I have placed over one thousand Nigerians on a political watch list, and that I am training snipers and other militia to assassinate people. Baba, I don't know where you got that from but you do me grave injustice in not only lending credence to such baseless rumours, but also publicizing it. You mentioned God seventeen times in your letter. Can you as a Christian hold the Bible and say that you truly believe this allegation?

The allegation of training snipers to assassinate political opponents is particularly incomprehensible to me. Since I started my political career as a Deputy Governor, I have never been associated with any form of political violence. I have been a President for over three years now, with a lot of challenges and opposition mainly from the high and mighty. There have certainly been cases of political assassination since the advent of our Fourth Republic, but as you well know, none of them occurred under my leadership.

Regarding the over one thousand people you say are on a political watch list, I urge you to kindly tell Nigerians who they are and what agencies of government are "watching" them. Your allegation that I am using security operatives to harass people is also baseless. Nigerians are waiting for your evidence of proof. That was an accusation made against previous administrations, including yours, but it is certainly not my style and will never be. Again, if you insist on the spurious claim that some of your relatives and friends are being harassed, I urge you to name them and tell Nigerians what agencies of my administration are harassing them.

I also find it difficult to believe that you will accuse me of assisting murderers, or assigning a presidential delegation to welcome a murderer. This is a most unconscionable and untrue allegation. It is incumbent on me to remind you that I am fully conscious of the dictates of my responsibilities to God and our dear nation. It is my hope that devious elements will not take advantage of your baseless allegation to engage in brazen and wanton assassination of high profile politicians as before, hiding under the alibi your "open letter" has provided for them.

Nevertheless, I have directed the security agencies and requested the National Human Rights Commission to carry out a thorough investigation of these criminal allegations and make their findings public.

That corruption is an issue in Nigeria is indisputable.  It has been with us for many years. You will recall that your kinsman, the renowned afro-beat maestro, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti famously sang about it during your first stint as Head of State. Sonny Okosun also sang about corruption. And as you may recall, a number of Army Generals were to be retired because of corruption before the Dimka coup.  Also, the late General Murtala Mohammed himself wanted to retire some top people in his cabinet on corruption-related issues before he was assassinated.  Even in this Fourth Republic, the Siemens and Halliburton scandals are well known.

The seed of corruption in this country was planted a long time ago, but we are doing all that we can to drastically reduce its debilitating effects on national development and progress. I have been strengthening the institutions established to fight corruption. I will not shield any government official or private individual involved in corruption, but I must follow due process in all that I do. And whenever clear cases of corruption or fraud have been established, my administration has always taken prompt action in keeping with the dictates of extant laws and procedures. You cannot claim to be unaware of the fact that several highly placed persons in our country, including sons of some of our party leaders are currently facing trial for their involvement in the celebrated subsidy scam affair. I can hardly be blamed if the wheels of justice still grind very slowly in our country, but we are doing our best to support and encourage the judiciary to quicken the pace of adjudication in cases of corruption.

Baba, I am amazed that with all the knowledge garnered from your many years at the highest level of governance in our country, you couBaba, I am amazed that with all the knowledge garnered from your many years at the highest level of governance in our country, you could still believe the spurious allegation contained in a letter written to me by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and surreptitiously obtained by you, alleging that USD49.8 billion, a sum equal to our entire national budget for two years, is "unaccounted for" by the NNPC. Since, as President, you also served for many years as Minister of Petroleum Resources, you very well know the workings of the corporation. It is therefore intriguing that you have made such an assertion. You made a lot of insinuations about oil theft, shady dealings at the NNPC and the NNPC not remitting the full proceeds of oil sales to the of CBN. Now that the main source of the allegations which you rehashed has publicly stated that he was "misconstrued", perhaps you will find it in your heart to apologize for misleading unwary Nigerians and impugning the integrity of my administration on that score.

Your claim of "Atlantic Oil loading about 130, 000 barrels sold by Shell and managed on behalf of NPDC with no sale proceeds paid into the NPDC account" is also disjointed and baseless because no such arrangement as you described exists between Atlantic Oil and the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company. NPDC currently produces about 138, 000 barrels of oil per day from over 7 producing assets. The Crude Oil Marketing Division (COMD) of the NNPC markets all of this production on behalf of NPDC with proceeds paid into NPDC account.

I am really shocked that with all avenues open to you as a former Head of State for the verification of any information you have received about state affairs, you chose to go public with allegations of "high corruption" without offering a shred of supporting evidence. One of your political "sons" similarly alleged recently that he told me of a minister who received a bribe of $250 Million from an oil company and I did 
nothing about it. He may have been playing from a shared script, but we have not heard from him again since he was challenged to name the minister involved and provide the evidence   to back his claim.  I urge you, in the same vein, to furnish me with the names, facts and figures of a single verifiable case of the "high corruption" which you say stinks all around my administration and see whether the corrective action you advocate does not follow promptly. And while you are at it, you may also wish to tell Nigerians the true story of questionable waivers of signature bonuses between 2000 and 2007.

While, by the Grace of God Almighty, I am the first President from a minority group, I am never unmindful of the fact that I was elected leader of the whole of Nigeria and I have always acted in the best interest of all Nigerians. You referred to the divisive actions and inflammatory utterances of some individuals from the South-South and asserted that I have done nothing to call them to order or distance myself from their ethnic chauvinism. Again that is very untrue. I am as committed to the unity of this country as any patriot can be and I have publicly declared on many occasions that no person who threatens other Nigerians or parts of the country is acting on my behalf.

It is very regrettable that in your letter, you seem to place sole responsibility for the ongoing intrigues and tensions in the PDP at my doorstep, and going on from that position, you direct all your appeals for a resolution at me. Baba, let us all be truthful to ourselves, God and posterity. At the heart of all the current troubles in our party and the larger polity is the unbridled jostling and positioning for personal or group advantage ahead of the 2015 general elections. The "bitterness, anger, mistrust, fear and deep suspicion" you wrote about all flow from this singular factor.
It is indeed very unfortunate that the seeming crisis in the party was instigated by a few senior members of the party, including you. But, as leader of the party, I will continue to do my best to unite it so that we can move forward with strength and unity of purpose. The PDP has always recovered from previous crises with renewed vigour and vitality. I am very optimistic that that will be the case again this time. The PDP will overcome any temporary setback, remain a strong party and even grow stronger.

Instigating people to cause problems and disaffection within the party is something that you are certainly familiar with. You will recall that founding fathers of the Party were frustrated out of the Party at a time.  Late Chief Sunday Awoniyi was pushed out, Late Chief Solomon Lar left and later came back, Chief Audu Ogbeh and Chief Tom Ikimi also left. Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo left and later came back. In 2005/2006, link-men were sent to take over party structures from PDP Governors in an unveiled attempt to undermine the state governors. In spite of that, the Governors did not leave the Party because nobody instigated and encouraged them to do so.

The charge that I was involved in anti-party activities in governorship elections in Edo, Ondo, Lagos, and Anambra States is also very unfortunate. I relate with all Governors irrespective of political party affiliation but I have not worked against the interest of the PDP.  What I have not done is to influence the electoral process to favour our Party. You were definitely never so inclined, since you openly boasted in your letter of how you supported Alhaji Shehu Shagari against Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe and others in the 1979 presidential elections while serving as a military Head of State. You and I clearly differ in this regard, because as the President of Nigeria, I believe it is my duty and responsibility to create a level playing field for all parties and all candidates. 

Recalling how the PDP lost in states where we were very strong in 2003 and 2007 such as Edo, Ondo, Imo, Bauchi, Anambra, and Borno, longstanding members of our great party with good memory will also consider the charge of anti-party activities you made against me as misdirected and hugely hypocritical. It certainly was not Goodluck Jonathan's "personal ambition or selfish interest" that caused the PDP to lose the governorship of Ogun State and all its senatorial seats in the last general elections.

You quoted me as saying that I have not told anybody that I will seek another term in office in 2015. You and your ambitious acolytes within the party have clearly decided to act on your conclusion that "only a fool will believe that statement" and embark on a virulent campaign to harass me out of an undeclared candidature for the 2015 presidential elections so as to pave the way for a successor anointed by you.

You will recall that you serially advised me that we should refrain from discussing the 2015 general elections for now so as not to distract elected public officials from urgent task of governance. While you have apparently moved away from that position, I am still of the considered opinion that it would have been best for us to do all that is necessary to refrain from heating up the polity at this time. Accordingly, I have already informed Nigerians that I will only speak on whether or not I will seek a second term when it is time for such declarations. Your claims about discussions I had with you, Governor Gabriel Suswam and others are wrong, but in keeping with my declared stance, I will reserve further comments until the appropriate time.

Your allegation that I asked half a dozen African Presidents to speak to you about my alleged ambition for 2015, is also untrue.  I have never requested any African President to discuss with you on my behalf.  In our discussion, I mentioned to you that four Presidents told me that they were concerned about the political situation in Nigeria and intended to talk to you about it.  So far, only three of them have confirmed to me that they have had any discussion with you. If I made such a request, why would I deny it?

The issue of Buruji Kashamu is one of those lies that should not be associated with a former President.  The allegation that I am imposing Kashamu on the South-West is most unfortunate and regrettable.  I do not even impose Party officials in my home state of Bayelsa and there is no zone in this country where I have imposed officials.  So why would I do so in the South West?  Baba, in the light of Buruji's detailed public response to your "open letter", it will be charitable for you to render an apology to Nigerians and I.

On the issue of investors being scared to come to Nigeria, economic dormancy, and stagnation, I will just refer you to FDI statistics from 2000 to 2013. Within the last three years, Nigeria has emerged as the preferred destination for investments in Africa, driven by successful government policies to attract foreign investors. For the second year running, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Investments (UNCTAD) has ranked Nigeria as the number one destination for investments in Africa, and as having the fourth highest returns in the world.

Today, Nigeria is holding 18 percent of all foreign investments in Africa and 60 percent of all foreign investments in the ECOWAS Sub-Region. Kindly note also that in the seven years between 2000 and 2007 when you were President, Nigeria attracted a total of $24.9 Billion in FDI.  As a result of our efforts which you disparage, the country has seen an FDI inflow of $25.7 Billion in jusjust three years which is more than double the FDI that has gone to the second highest African destination. We have also maintained an annual national economic growth rate of close to seven per cent since the inception of this administration. What then, is the justification for your allegation of scared investors and economic dormancy?

Although it was not emphasized in your letter of December 2, 2013, you also conveyed, in previous correspondence, the impression that you were ignorant of the very notable achievements of my administration in the area of foreign relations. It is on record that under my leadership, Nigeria has played a key role in resolving the conflicts in Niger, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Guinea Bissau and others.

The unproductive rivalry that existed between Nigeria and some ECOWAS countries has also been ended under my watch and Nigeria now has better relations with all the ECOWAS countries.  At the African Union, we now have a Commissioner at the AU Commission after being without one for so long. We were in the United Nations Security Council for the 2010/2011 Session and we have been voted in again for the 2014/2015 Session. From independence to 2010, we were in the U.N. Security Council only three times but from 2010 to 2015, we will be there two times.


This did not happen by chance.  My Administration worked hard for it and we continue to maintain the best possible relations with all centres of global political and economic power. I find it hard therefore, to believe your assertions of untoward concern in the international community over the state of governance in Nigeria

With respect to the Brass and Olokola LNG projects, you may have forgotten that though you started these projects, Final Investment Decisions were never reached.  For your information, NNPC has not withdrawn from either the Olokola or the Brass LNG projects.

On the Rivers State Water Project, you were misled by your informant. The Federal Government under my watch has never directed or instructed the Africa Development Bank to put on hold any project to be executed in Rivers state or any other State within the Federation. The Rivers Water Project was not originally in the borrowing plan but it was included in April 2013 and appraised in May. Negotiations are ongoing with the AfDB.  I have no doubt that you are familiar with the entire process that prefaces the signing of a Subsidiary Loan Agreement as in this instance.

 Let me assure you and all Nigerians that I do not engage in negative political actions and will never, as President, oppress the people of a State or deprive them of much needed public services as a result of political disagreement


I have noted your comments on the proposed National Conference. Contrary to the insinuation in your letter, the proposed conference is aimed at bringing Nigerians together to resolve contentious national issues in a formal setting. This is a sure way of promoting greater national consensus and unity, and not a recipe for "disunity, confusion and chaos" as you alleged in your letter.

Having twice held the high office of President, Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I trust that you will understand that I cannot possibly find the time to offer a line-by-line response to all the accusations and allegations made in your letter while dealing with other pressing demands of office and more urgent affairs of state.

I have tried, however, to respond to only the most serious of the charges which question my sincerity, personal honour, and commitment to the oath which I have sworn, to always uphold and protect the interests of all Nigerians, and promote their well-being.

In closing, let me state that you have done me grave injustice with your public letter in which you wrongfully accused me of deceit, deception, dishonesty, incompetence, clannishness, divisiveness and insincerity, amongst other ills.

I have not, myself, ever claimed to be all-knowing or infallible, but I have never taken Nigeria or Nigerians for granted as you implied, and I will continue to do my utmost to steer our ship of state towards the brighter future to which we all aspire.

Please accept the assurances of my highest consideration and warm regards.