New World Record Delights Oluwafemiayo

Nigeria’s Folashade Oluwafemiayo has said she is delighted with her new world record set at the 2018 Fazza World Para Powerlifting World Cup in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The competition ended on Friday and Oluwafemiayo set a new record after she broke her previous record in the women’s 86kg. She lifted 146kg – a 1kg increase over last year when she won gold.

She said “I am happy that I was able to set another record. It was not easy but I thank God that I am able to achieve it. I wanted to make the record higher than that but my final lift was not so clean.

“When Kehinde set a new record in his event, I thought that I could do the same and I set my mind towards achieving that in my own event as well. It is a thing to be proud of and I am happy about it.

“I believe there is more that we can achieve in the sport as our coach has always told us. He believes in us and his advice has kept us going.”

Ukraine won two gold and two silver to finish third while hosts United Arab Emirates ended fourth with two gold and one bronze.

Don’t Let Life Happen When You’re Busy Making Other Plans By Sinem Bilen-Onabanjo

John Lennon said ‘Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans’ in the lyrics to ‘Beautiful Boy’ which he had written for his youngest, Sean.

Knowing full well how precious every single day is and quoting each word of wisdom relating to life by heart, why is it that in the hustle and bustle of life, we lose focus every so often and forget to grab life by the hair and make it happen?

In the quest of mastering the art of ‘Carpe Diem’ (Remember Robin Williams in ‘Dead Poets Society’ whispering in your ears, ‘Seize the day, suck the marrow of life’? Or am I dating myself?), I came up with a list of advice to pin up on my bathroom mirror and skim through every morning, and here it goes:

Never leave home after a fight. Remember that the door you slammed in your loved one’s face may be the same one you may be knocking on within the hour.

In arguments, bite your tongue when you feel a bitter word about to slip. Words leave deeper scars than blows, and sometimes impossible to mend.

Call your mum once a day, or every other day, or once a week at least. She’ll appreciate the small gesture and you’ll realise you’ve actually missed her.

Accept this one truth: you’ll never get on with your dad. He may be the cold patriarch at the head of the table or the lovey-dovey little man trying to be a part of your life, or the sad fuddy-duddy trying desperately to ‘get down’ and be cool, failing miserably. Just hope you’ll understand him before it’s too late.

Understand your parents before it’s too late.

And respect them.
One day you will become a parent yourself. Then you’ll want to be understood. And respected.

Love your children, but don’t try to mould them into what you want them to be, or worse, what you’ve always wanted to be. They’re not Play-dough. When it’s time to let go, set them free and hope they will find their feet without stumbling. Yet if they do – and they will, be there for them. Not to say ‘I told you so’ but to be there and hold their hand to help them get back up.

Treat your teeth well. Once they are gone, your life will be much harder, so will every bite you take.

Don’t invest a fortune in beauty lotions and potions. They won’t make you look better, younger, slimmer; they’ll only end up making you feel ugly, old, fat.

Enjoy glossy magazines, but don’t let them dictate your diet, relationship or finances.

As you go through the journey called life, remember there will uncharted territory on the way. Vale and mountains, ups and downs.

It is not how many vales you cross or how many mountains you climb that matters, it is how you deal with the track on the way.

Deal with it with a smile.

Don’t suffer fools gladly.

Don’t patronise anyone, don’t let anyone patronise you.

Drink two litres of water a day.

And moisturise.

It is difficult to do either when you are twenty, but when you are forty, you’ll wish you had.

Do not judge a person before you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. You never know whose track is slippery or whose shoes pinch until you walk in their shoes.

Don’t let anyone judge you either. If they do, hand them lend them your shoes.

In your head, you’re Mariah Carey; in reality, you are a screeching cat on helium.

It really doesn’t matter. Sing your heart out.

Hold on to your friends. Don’t let work, marriage or children get in the way of picking up the phone or dropping a line. When work, marriage or children fail you, you have your friends to pick up the pieces and dry the tears.

Take up a hobby, whether it be gardening, photography or mountaineering. A hobby is like an old friend you can rely on through at times of cold solitude.

Accept that as seasons change, friends will come and go. Take change as you would the changing of the seasons.

Be kind to your knees. You will miss them when they are gone.

Take a road-trip cross-country once.
Throw caution, and the map, to the wind. The more you get lost, the more you’ll find the true you. And when you do, wind down the windows, turn up the volume, sing your heart out in celebration.

Stay up all night once a month, just to enjoy the silence and solitude the night bestows on us. And watch the glorious sunrise before you fix yourself a cup of hot lemon or toddle back to bed.

Drink hot lemon in the morning. It cleanses and purifies. The older you get, the more you’ll find cleansing and purification are good for the body.

And for the soul.
Exercise three times a week. Not just because people tell you you need to, but because when you go home after a hard day and have that bar of chocolate or pizza in the freezer, you’ll feel better knowing you’ve worked for it.

A clear conscience is worth an hour on the treadmill or a hundred sit-ups.

Have chocolate as often as you can.

It is good for the soul.
Take a good look in the mirror every day. The face that looks at you is your best friend and oldest companion on the journey of life.

You’d better smile back.
Feel at ease in your skin. Don’t trade it for anyone else’s.

Cherish each wrinkle and each strand of grey hair. They are the mere proof that you’ve lived a worthwhile life.

Working in your office, cleaning the house, working through your weekly budget; whatever unsavoury task you are burdened with, do not watch the time and wish away the hours.

Every hour you wish away is an hour stolen from life.

Grit your teeth through and thank your lucky stars that you have an office, a house and a budget to worry about.

What is more, you have the present day.
Whatever you do, just don’t forget to grab life and make it happen!

Jay-Z Spends $113,000 On Birthday Bash

Music mogul Jay-Z threw a lavish birthday bash for his good friend who turned 50 last Sunday and the news that has evolved from the celebration is the amount of money spent.

According to reports, the party was in honour of Juan “OG” Perez, the president of Roc Nation Sports, and the 48-year-old rapper reportedly splashed a whopping sum of $113,000 (N40,570,195.28) at three different hot spots in New York City, where they celebrated the birthday.

‘Page Six’ alleged that he spent $13,000 (N4,663,392.44) for dinner for six including himself at the Zuma restaurant in Midtown, before spending another additional $9,000 (N3,227,869.23) on drinks at Made in Mexico in Inwood.

The site reported that they later moved on to the Playroom nightclub, spending $91,135 (N32,680,666.85) on 40 bottles of Jay’s own Ace Of Spades champagne brand. It was also stated that Jay-Z “was seen handing bottles out to other tables in the club”.

According to the receipt posted by one staff member, Jay-Z and his friends left a tip of $11,100, to take their grand total to $113,000.

Bobrisky Dumps Tunde Ednut For Kcee

Our best couple of the year award was bagged by Bobrisky and Tunde Ednut as the two were in a never ending battle all through the year.

Now it seems our Male Barbie has moved to greater places.

Bobrisky has been publicly professing his love for Nigerian popstar, Kcee in recent weeks.

Checkout his snaps


Davido Reveals Locations For ‘30 Billion African Tour’

Current Best African Act (MOBO) Davido has reveled name of countries he’d be going on tour in his 30bilion Africa Tour this year.

The artist who recently finished a UK tour wrote;

“30 billion Africa tour starts next month!! What countries will you be attending” #30BillionAfricantour!! We not stopping. New music comes too”.

30 billion Africa tour will kick off on March, 3rd, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.

The music star will showcase his talent to Central Africa when he will be performing in Kinshasa and Brazzaville respectively.

West African cities, Niamey and Dakar will also have the opportunity to see the music star perform some of his hottest hits.


Shade Adu Returns To The Studio

Nigerian-British soul singer, Helen Folasade Adu, a.k.a Sade Adu, who has been out of the music scene for close to eight years has gone back to studio to trill her fans with good soul music.

According to reports, she has recorded a new original song for the upcoming American film, ‘A Wrinkle in Time’, which is an upcoming American science fantasy adventure film directed by Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Jennifer Lee, and based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle.

The film set for release on March 9, stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Storm Reid and others.

DuVernay shared the news on Wednesday on her twitter page @ava, she wrote: “I never thought she’d say yes, but asked anyway. She was kind + giving.
“A goddess. We began a journey together that I’ll never forget.”

The song, titled ‘Flower of the Universe’, will be the first new music from Sade since her eponymous band released its sixth album ‘Soldier of Love’ in 2010.

The soundtrack to ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ will also feature music from DJ Khaled, Demi Lovato, Sia, Kehlani and Beyoncé proteges Chloe x Halle.

Iranian-German composer, Ramin Djawadi – best known for writing the score to ‘Game of Thrones’– will provide original composition.

The movie follows a young girl who sets off on a quest, with the help of three astral travellers, to find her father, who went missing after discovering a new planet.

DuVernay was announced as director of the film in February 2016, making her the first woman of colour to direct a live-action film with a production budget of more than $100m.

Sade, 59, was born to Helen Folasade Adu in Ibadan, Nigeria. In 1983, she left the band ‘Pride’, in which she was a backing singer to form her own band.

Band members include guitarist and saxophone player, Stuart Matthewman, keyboardist Andrew Hale, bassist Paul Denman and drummer Paul Anthony Cook.

Their debut single, Your Love Is King, was released in February 1984, followed by their debut album, Diamond Life, that July.

The album has been certified four times platinum. In the Queen’s 2017 birthday honours list, Sade was awarded a CBE for services to music.


Director And Co-Writer Of ‘Black Panther’, Ryan Coogler Pens Emotional Letter To Fans

Ryan Coogler who is the director and co-writer of Marvel studio’s worldwide blockbuster “Black Panther” has released a letter expressing his gratitude for the success of the film.

The letter which was posted on Marvel’s official Instagram and Twitter account, he said that the love shown so far to the actors and crew of the must watch movie, often moved him and his wife to tears.

Read the letter below.

Banky W Re-brands Record Label

Pop artiste Bankole Wellington (aka Banky W), has announced the rebranding of his record label, Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E.).

E.M.E. was the starting record label for popular names in the music industry including Wizkid, Skales and Niyola.

He said the E.M.E is now a full-fledged Media Agency which will focus on creative Marketing, Advertising, PR, Brand Events/Activation’s, and talent management.

The singer on Tuesday shared the news in a two – part instagram post via his account @bankywellington, where he recounted the history of the label and the decision to redefine it.

After nine years of operation in Nigeria’s music industry, the singer and actor said it became necessary to shutdown the label in January 2017, due to the restructuring.

According to him, E.M.E.’s business venture will now be marketing, advertising, public relations, branding, shooting of television commercials and documentaries.

He also added that the agency is not restricted to music artists, but will also cater for creative people in other areas such as sports, radio and television; and acting.

Banky W named his wife Adesua Etomi, DJ Xclusive, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Host of the BBNaija 2018 `Double Wahala’ TV show and Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru as the first set of clients of the rebranded company.

He wrote: “We have played our little part in helping discover/boost the careers of a number of talents in the music business (some of your favourite artists, producers and engineers).

“In January, 2017, after nine years of being in the Nigerian music industry, we decided it was time to quietly close the record label arm of our business.

“Essentially, we have restricted our business and instead of operating just as a record label, we have expanded and changed our focus a bit.

“This switch in focus has been amazing and fulfilling behind the scenes, we have been able to impact the launching and marketing of a number of brands and companies the way we did artists.

“But even in the talent management side, we are no longer restricted to working with just music artists.

“We still work with musicians, but also work with On Air Personalities, actors, and evaluating sports management as well.’’

E.M.E. was founded by Banky W and his best friend, Tunde Demuren in 2002 while they were at the university in New York.

Wizkid reportedly parted ways with E.M.E in February 2013, to start his own label ‘Starboy’.

Skales also moved on from E.M.E. following the expiration of his contract.

The label was best known for its 2013 compilation album ‘Empire Mates State of Mind’.


#30BillionUKTour: Wizkid Makes Appearance At Davido’s Show In London

Nigeria’s two biggest music exports at the moment: Wizkid & Davido made yet another moment to remember last night as the former made a surprise appearance at the latter’s Brixton leg of his 30 Billion UK Tour.

Towards the tail end of the show, Davido asked the crowd if they were ready for his last surprise, then Wizkid’s song Manya started playing before he came out, face covered in a hood. They went on to perform the song together to the delight of the sold-out crowd at the O2 Academy in Brixton.

See Photos and Video below:

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Saraki Invites Child Comedienne, Emmanuella To Senate

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Sunday, extended an invitation to popular child comedienne, Emmanuella Samuel, popularly known as Emmanuella.

The girl is reported to have been slated to feature in a Disney Hollywood film.

Saraki described Emmanuella as “an inspiration.”

Saraki, in a post on his official Twitter and Facebook accounts, said he wanted Emmanuella to visit the Senate to enable him discuss with her how to aid the development of young talents in Nigeria’s creative industry.

See the tweet: