Nigerian superstars, Davido and Tiwa savage, with some friends and crew members, have been captured in a viral video visiting the graveside of Habeeb Ademola Uthman, popularly known as Obama DMW.
Obama DMW died on 29th June 2021 at Ever-care hospital in Lekki, Lagos, a few hours after driving himself to the hospital, where he was admitted for treatment after complaining of having difficulty breathing and severe pain. He is suspected to have died from heart failure.
Obama DMW, who was an aide to Davido, and also was the brain behind Obama Music Worldwide; an affiliate brand to Davido Music Worldwide with a mission to uplift upcoming artists, showcase talents and spread African music all over the diaspora.
Reacting to the shock of his death, Singer Davido said the pain was one he could not describe. He also lamented why Uthman had to die so soon, describing him as an elder brother who always had his back.
Celebrities like Tiwa Savage and Peruzzi paid tributes to Obama DMW on their social media handles.
Part of Tiwa Savage’s tribute read, “I’ve never met anyone as brave/strong as you who were also as soft and kind as you.
“I don’t know why my cheesy jokes always made you laugh; you were ready to take a bullet for your loved ones.”
Sharing a video of some hilarious moments he had with the deceased via his verified Instagram page, Peruzzi wrote, “You had the answers to all my questions about life. This one hits different. Love you forever.”
On 16th June 2021, the Nigerians woke to the shocking news of the death of Nigerian billionaire and owner of Super TV, Mr. Usifo Ataga which circulated widely on social media. His body had been found with lacerations and multiple stab wounds in an apartment he rented alongside a female companion a few days prior to that day in Lekki, Lagos state.
Upon investigation by the Nigerian Police, the female companion was found to be 21-year-old Chidinma Ojukwu, a 300 level student of the University of Lagos.
According to the owner of the apartment, Chidinma had called to book a stay in the apartment with an international number, claiming that she had just arrived in Nigeria from a foreign country and she needed a place to stay in order to self-isolate, following the COVID-19 protocols for travelers, before she would meet up with her family. She also used a fake name, ‘Jewel‘.
Workers in the lodge said it was difficult to describe Chidinma as she always had a mask and sunglasses on.
After the news of Mr. Ataga’s death broke, Chidinma granted an interview to the press where she confessed to killing him by stabbing him repeatedly. According to her, Ataga, whom she met through friends, and had been seeing her for about four months, forced her to have sex with him after they had taken alcohol and smoked some narcotics, which made her sleepy.
This led to an altercation, and the eventual death of Mr Ataga, according to Chidinma.
In what has seemed to be a flip of events, Miss Ojukwu, has granted another interview with Crime Fighters, in which she has made a total turnaround, stating she didn’t commit the murder, but only found Ataga’s corpse after returning to the service apartment where both of them had lodged at Lekki, Lagos State.
“Before I was leaving, he stood up to lock the door, but when I got in, I was knocking, and when there was no answer, I opened and the door was already opened, as it wasn’t locked; the duvet and pillow were on the floor.
“The couch was facing the door and the bed was stained with blood already. The floor where he was was filled with blood and then music and TV were on. The room was already disarranged like someone broke in, then I saw him on the floor.
She further stated that she left without raising any alarm because she was afraid that if she had, she would have been arrested.
A senior police officer who reacted to Chidinma Ojukwu’s “new story”, told PUNCH Metrothat a lie detector could be deployed to test if her latest claim was true or not.
According to the officer, “It appears that her lawyers or relatives are teaching her, but this is different from our investigation. This is a fake angle and she cannot dismiss convincing evidence that is already available and recorded, which she herself demonstrated.”
“So, this means she is a two-faced person; she tells lies and when the investigation gets to a top-level, they will use a lie detector to know whether she is telling the truth or not.”
The State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, also said that the UNILAG student is exhibiting traits of an active criminal with her new confession.
Olanrewaju Fasasi, popularly known as Sound Sultan, was born on November 27, 1976, in Jos, Plateau State. He took ill and was diagnosed with Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma, also known as cancer of the throat. Sadly, he passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2021, at the age of 44, after a battle with the illness in an American-based hospital.
Sound Sultan was known for mega-hits he released in his music career as a rapper, singer-songwriter, standup performer.
He took interest in music, miming at school parties and writing his own lyrics at an early age. He started learning how to play the guitar after his secondary school education and was in a band by 1999.
The singer was signed on to Kennis Music between 1997 and 2008, when he started his own record label, Naija Ninjas, which he co-launched with his elder brother, Baba Dee, in 2007.
The songwriter released his first single, which he titled “Mathematics-Jagbajantis” in 2000. In the song, he used the acronym BODMAS to reiterate the importance of Brotherhood, Objectivity, Democracy, Modification, Accountability, and Solidarity among Nigerians.
Another hit in his archives ishis “Mothaland Song,” spoke about how Nigerians try to leave the country for greener pastures by all means and soon forget those who sacrificed to help them travel out. The song was a call for Nigerians never to forget their Motherland. The song was released in 2006 from the ‘Out of the Box‘ album
During his career, Sound Sultan worked with prominent artists like, Wyclef Jean, 2face Idibia, Faze, Flavour, Banky .W., Eldee, Chidinma, 9ice, Wizkid, amongst others.
As a lover of sports, Sound Sultan partnered with the organizers of the Continental Basketball League to become the team owner of Lagos City Stars (the 2017 champions).
Sound Sultan received several awards, including the 2012 Headies Award for Album of the Year (Back From The Future) and the City People Music Special Recognition Award in 2018.
In 2012, the United Nations (UN) named him an Ambassador for Peace for his exemplary lifestyle and career.
Around May 2021, rumours surrounding his health challenges filtered into circulation among his fans this caused a lot of worry among his fans and friendss. But when he made a post where he looked healthy and strong during the Eid Mubarak celebrations in May 2021, which kind of helped to calm the nerves of many.
Sound Sultan married his heartthrob of many years, Chichi Morah, now Farida Fasasi in 2009. The union produced three children.
The shock of his death caused reactions among his friends, fans, and associates. Some reactions were messages from famous Nigerian entertainers.
Olanrewaju Fasasi, Sound Sultan, was buried in a private ceremony with a few friends and family members in attendance. He was buried on the 11th July 2021 in New Jersey, United States where he died.
Following the open confrontational clash between two popular Nigerian Singers, Seyi Shay and Tiwa Savage recently in a highbrow salon in Lekki, Lagos State, where Seyi Shay mostly received some bashing from Tiwa because of some friction from years ago, Seyi Shay’s body language seems to be tilted towards a longing for peace with Afrobeats singer, Tiwa as she has recently been perceived to be showing love to the singer on different occasions.
In what turned out to be a viral video, posted online on the 8th June 2021, the artists had a face-off, which started after Seyi said hi to Tiwa.
According to Tiwa Savage, Seyi Shay had no right to walk up to her to say hi, considering what she and Victoria Kimani had done to her in the past.
Seyi Shay and Victoria Kimani had in 2019 released their covers of Kizz Daniel’s hit song, ‘Fvck You’, where they had both dissed Tiwa Savage.
In her lyrics, Seyi Shay said, “You know I’m not Savage, I pay my bills.”
However, it has been rumoured that Seyi may be trying to work towards having peace with Tiwa based on some of her actions recently, On one occasion, which happened a few days after she had a clash with Tiwa, Seyi Shay posted a video that showed her spending time at the beach with her friends while dancing to Savage’s hit song, “Koroba”.
On another occasion, Seyi made a post with the caption “The future is bright…”. On the post, an Internet troll then called her a “Tiwa Savage protégé!!!!”, to which she replied: “Love Tiwa”
However, it has not been confirmed whether these gestures are geared towards working to have peace between them for real, or they are just another form of cynicism that may start another drama.
On the part of Tiwa Savage, there’s been only silence so far. she hasn’t said anything to buffer all that has happened yet.
First on the list is Nigerian Football Federations’ Acting Director of Competitions, Ruth David. She is to serve as one of the match commissioners in the tournament slated for Cote d’Ivoire. Ruth will be joined by 4 other Nigerian Women in the organizing of the qualifiers tournament. They include Felicia Okwugba, who is to act as a technical instructor, Yemisi Akintoye as a referee, Friday Mfon as an assistant referee, and Promise Uwaeme an information technology official.
Six teams from Nigeria will participate in the championship, including the winners of the Super 6 Tournament, Rivers Angels, which is held in Ijebu-Ode. Others are Association Sportive de la Police de Niamey, from Niger Republic, Onze Sours de Gagnoa, from Cote d’Ivoire, Hasaacas Ladies Football Club from Ghana, Amis du Monde Football Club from Togo and Union Sportive Forces Armees, from Burkina Faso.
The inaugural edition of the CAF Women’s Champions League competition will be held in Egypt in July 2021. The tournament will involve the top women’s club teams of Africa.
The Big Brother Naija Reunion show for season 5 Lockdown housemates kicked off on the 17th June 2021 and has been full of so much drama, with housemates spilling secrets that happened behind the cameras and behind closed doors.
Let’s start with Dorathy and Prince. According to fans, Dorathy, through her stay in the house appeared calm, sweet, and was just a lovely person. Through their stay in the house Dorathy and Prince remained very close and were assumed to be such good friends, it seemed they had this kind of friendship that was rock solid and unshakeable. Dorathy even cried the day Prince was evicted and was sober for a while.
Oya naw… fast forward to the reunion show and fans couldn’t help but express their shock at some revelations. Dorathy stated during the show that friction started between her and Prince the day after they were engaged in some form of sexual activity, when Prince woke up and kept a straight face like nothing had happened before.
Prince, on his part, said he didn’t think there was anything to have been said after it all, and when asked to apologise, he refused.
LUCY, KA3NA, AND KAISHA also had a row on the BBNaija reunion show. According to Kaisha, Ka3na disrespected her mum during her birthday party. Her mum, who loved Ka3na, wanted to take pictures with Katrina and at some point, asked Lucy to tell Ka3na that she would like to have pictures with her. Lucy went to deliver the message to Ka3na, but might not have delivered the message well and so Kaisha’s sister had to be sent on the same errand when the mum hadn’t seen Ka3na come to her for the photos. Ka3na responded to the sister to tell her to come to her house to take photos with her.
Ka3na, however, defended herself on the show, saying she didn’t hear that it was Kaisha’s mum who wanted the pictures with her, rather she heard “manager”. She said she wouldn’t disrespect Kaisha’s mum as shes not that kind of person, but Kaisha said she didn’t believe Ka3na, adding that her sister clearly told Ka3na it was her mum who wanted the picture with her.
An argument ensued, and as it escalated, Kaisha asked that they dropped the topic, but Lucy still wanted to defend herself, leading further to more argument, and as it progressed, Kaisha threw a pillow at Lucy, and Lucy quickly responded by getting up and launching an attack at Kaisha and a fight ensued. However, the scene of the fight was cut, and then the program went on a commercial. Shortly after they returned, Lucy was seen, wig in hand.
Many fans reacted, asking for the full clip of the fight scene to be aired. The day after the scene, Lucy and Kaisha each had this to say:
Erica & Laycon: Non-fans of Erica have argued that a drunken and sober Erica share quite a lot in common, while others insist it is how she likes to express herself. Depending on which side you choose, the actress’s reaction to events leading to her abrupt exit from the show proved a few points.
While subtly berating Laycon, Erica recounted how hurt she was when she stumbled on videos of Laycon’s interviews and other clips from the time they were in the house. According to her, she felt very bad with herself when she watched video clips of them in the house, realizing that she had trusted Lsycon too soon, when she told others in the house that he was her best friend, and had her back, only to discover he wasn’t such a loyal friend.
Laycon had very little to say in his defense asides stating that he never watched any video of Erica apologizing plus he would rather be in conversations that promote his music.
Ebuka’s final words to toxic fans
The show ended with wise words from Ebuka directed to the fans. According to the media personality, toxic fanbases only taint the reputation of the show which is primarily about entertainment.
The Araha Market is a hybrid market that provides a platform for mainly women-owned businesses to showcase, their products, meet directly with their customers, network with potential investors and stakeholders in a physical market setting while they also trade online to reach a wider export market outside the shores of the country.
Women Businesses in Covid-19 Era
At the height of the Covid-19 Pandemic, many women-owned small businesses witnessed a slump in sales, because their customers found it difficult to access them in a physical market, as many of them migrated to online sales platforms to buy their goods due to lockdown restrictions.
Limited access to the internet and lack of technical know-how in navigating the internet has been identified as some of the factors that made it difficult for women-owned small businesses to make the transition from physical markets to online sales platforms at the peak of the pandemic.
At the event, the Director-General, Abuja Chamber of Commerce, Victoria Akai, and The Convener and President of Women Arise and Humanitarian Initiative, Esther Mishelia, inspected the goods on display and gave an on the spot assessment to the women. They also gave the women tips to improve the quality and packaging of their products to meet global standards.
The DG ACC, Victoria Akai, expressed optimism that the market would put more money in the pockets of the rural women present at the market and also provide an opportunity for relevant stakeholders to interact with the local women to get first-hand information on the challenges women businesses face. This would help them provide an effective response to the identified needs, to ensure women-owned businesses are not left behind in the emerging digital economy.
Mrs. Mishelia, expressed her satisfaction with some of the quality of goods displayed by the women. She noted that asides from the lack of access to internet facilities many women-owned businesses struggle with packaging and record-keeping, which makes it hard for them to access loans and compete favourably in the local and international markets.
She explained that since its inception WAHDI and ACC, through the Araha market initiative have trained over 4,000 women in that regard.
The highlight of the event was the launch of the Knowledge on the Go (KWOGO) App. The app is designed to train women on how to do business online and keep records of their transactions.
The Nigerian technological scene is one of the biggest in Africa, despite the challenges it faces daily. These challenges include poor funding and access to funds, poor infrastructure and education, amongst other factors. For an average young person starting up a business in Nigeria, these challenges could be discouraging as the hurdles to being a successful business owner are often overwhelming. Many young Nigerians have business ideas, but actualizing their ideas becomes difficult, especially when funding the business ideas.
To make the problem of funding a thing of the past for some startup businesses in Nigeria, theJapanese International Corporation Agency (JICA), in collaboration with National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), held a media briefing at Aiivon Innovation hub on Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, to inform the public about Next Innovation with Japan (NINJA) Startup Gateway in Abuja, Nigeria. NINJA is set up to empower five individuals or groups of young people with Innovative Startup business ideas in Nigeria with Eight thousand dollars each on software, hardware, and other technologies to help them to become self-reliant. The five young startup businesses would be chosen through a selection process.
The NINJA Startup Gateway is the first of its kind in Nigeria, and it aims to support young people with great business ideas in achieving their goals.
The representative of JICA Nigeria, Mr. Sato Shohei, explained that the project would help the beneficiaries set up their own businesses and promote entrepreneurship and technological innovation in Nigeria. Mr. Shohei further explained that NINJA Startup Gateway is targeted at young individuals or groups, mainly between 18-35 years old, who are not legally incorporated yet but have great business ideas. He said the programme aims to solve social problems through business by supporting Nigerian youths and accelerating their business.
He went on to say “ NINJA Startup Gateway does not just create a profitable and sustainable business, but it also allows for the creation of jobs and several opportunities for the youth”. Shohei also added “What’s important is that NINJA Startup Gateway creates an environment where the youth is focused on creating jobs, rather than finding them. Thus, it provides an alternative solution to the problem of unemployment that is currently facing a majority of the youth”.
Adeseye Oguntade, a senior Innovation officer at NITDA, who was NITDA’s representative, explained that NINJA Startup Gateway in Abuja is to encourage innovations solving the prominent problems of the society by emerging technologies.
The Senior Innovation Officer, NITDA, Mr. Adeseye Oguntade, said that the initiative was in line with the National ICT Policy Document of the Federal Government. He said NITDA would support and create enabling environment for the success of the project. According to him, “In 2020, NITDA opened the center for artificial intelligence and robotics to support innovation-driven entrepreneurs that have futuristic ideas by leveraging on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Blotching Technology and Data Exploration Framework and Strategy for adoption into the digital economy”
Mr. Ama Ase, a partner in the project, explained that the project would assist youths address some community issues using applications.
Mr. Samson Attah Igoche, CEO of Aiivon Innovation hub said they had worked with several organizations in the past to encourage start-ups, but what sets the NINJA program apart is the fact that it plans to work with start-ups who have good ideas, who are at different levels, including those still at the pre-incubation stage, as against other organization who preferred to work with start-ups that are already on a certain level of establishment. He said he was optimistic that project NINJA would help Nigerian Youths in startup businesses create more employment opportunities and help improve the security situation in the country.
Adesuwa Sonia, the wife of footballer, Jude Ighalo, has revealed some secrets about him, disclosing that his baby mama has dragged him to court over nonpayment of child support money to her for the child.
Adesuwa had previously made a post on her Insta stories, where she revealed that Jude Ighalo has 2 baby mamas, having recently welcomed a child with one of them, making his kids a total of 5, but has refused to pay child support money, and so, he has been dragged to court by one of his baby mamas.
The footballer’s wife then shaded Jude Ighalo, saying he welcomed a child since February but has refused to pay child support money and isn’t honoring the court order, yet he’s flying a private jet and doing a giveaway as if he’s comfortable.
Adesuwa says she’s still legally married to Jude Ighalo and can take over everything if she wants. She went further to say that people dragging her for being pained should tell him to pay his baby mama’s child support money as she has taken him to court.
Mrs Ighalo added that the fact that she can take care of her children doesn’t mean others can do the same, therefore Jude Ighalo should do the right thing and support his child and baby mama.
Footballer, Jude Ighalo, in what seems to be a reaction to Adesuwa’s post, wrote on his IG page today, 19th June, 2021 “You can never bring a good man down, who God has blessed no one can curse #itstoolatetofail”.
Minutes after Jude’s post went up, Adesuwa posted:
It is unknown what has triggered Adesuwa to carry out this exposé on her husband. However, the couple stopped following each other on Instagram over a year ago, after deleting each other’s pictures from their Instagram pages.
His denial comes days after being criticized for bypassing the federal government’s ban on Twitter. The AGF had made a post on Facebook, which showed he had allegedly bypassed the Twitter ban while announcing that his Twitter account had been deactivated.
Many Nigerians questioned how he was able to access his Twitter account to deactivate it on the 8th June 2021 after the ban of the social media platform in Nigeria a few days prior to that, on the 5th June 2021.
Malami was said to have issued the prosecution threat against Nigerians who were defying the Nigerian government’s ban on Twitter through a directive in a statement issued by Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, media aide to the Attorney General of the Federation, Malami, on Saturday, 5th June 2021.
Gwandu said Malami directed the office of the Public Prosecution of the Federation (PPF) to prosecute violators of the ban.
The statement, according to Gwandu, in part read: “Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has ordered the prosecution of offenders of the federal government ban on Twitter operations in Nigeria”.
According to the statement, “DPPF is to liaise with the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, National Communication Communication (NCC) and other relevant government agencies to ensure the speedy prosecution of offenders without any further delay.”
The AGF, in his interview with Vanguard Newspaper, however made a turn, as he said “It is within their guaranteed fundamental right to tweet from anywhere in the world. Nigeria, being a democratic nation, cannot stop its citizens from exercising their rights of freedom of expression”.
Mr. Malami, who is also the Minister of Justice, added, “But our position on Twitter is clear: Anyone, whether individual or corporate institution ‘that enables Twitter’ to circumvent the ban the Federal Government of Nigeria placed on the company, will be prosecuted.”
He added that the statement from his office did not ask the Director of Public Prosecutions to prosecute Nigerians using Twitter or any social media platform to express their view.