Davido Tops Nominees List As Nigerian Artistes Dominate MTV Africa Music Awards 2014 Nomination List

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The MAMA Awards has returned this year and has announced the nominees for this year’s MTV Africa Music Awards.

The announcement was made yesterday, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 at a big nominations party at The Sands in Johannesburg, South Africa.

As expected, this year’s nominations showcases a majority of Nigerian celebrities. Out of the fifteen different categories, Nigeria has been nominated in eleven categories and includes some of the biggest names in the Nigerian entertainment industry such as — Omotola Jalade, Chimamanda Adichie, 2Face, PSquare, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Olamide, Flavour among many others.

The different categories, which include Best Male, Best Female, Song of the Year and Artist of the Year has also broadened the scope of the MAMA awards franchise as achievements in non-music fields will also be recognized.

They include “Personality of the Year” and “Transform Today by Absolut”, an award designed to recognize and support young, emerging and original African creative talents who use their imagination to fuel social transformation and bring positive attention to the continent.

Davido has the most nominations this year with four nods for Song of the Year, Best male, Artist of the Year and Best Collaboration. Following closely behind with 3 nominations is dynamic duo, P Square with Best Group, Artist of the Year and Song of the Year while Wizkid receives two nods for Best Male and Best Collaboration.

Other Nigerian nominees include 2Face, Burna Boy, Chidinma, Don Jazzy, Dr Sid, Flavour, Ice Prince, KCEE, May D, Olamide, Phyno and Tiwa Savage.

Commented Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa, “We congratulate all the nominees for the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards. This year, the MAMA offers a stunning platform for African artists, it also celebrates the young personalities, leaders and creatives who are making a positive impact on the continent.”

Check out the Nigerian Nomination Table:

NIGERIAN NOMINEES

Best Male
Davido
Wizkid

Best Female
Chidinma
Tiwa Savage

Best Group
P Square

Best New Act
Burna Boy
Phyno

Best Live Act
2face
Flavour

Best Collaboration
Diamond feat Davido – ‘Number One’ (Remix) (Tanzania/Nigeria)
Mafikizolo feat May D – ‘Happiness’ (South Africa/Nigeria)

R2bees feat Wizkid – ‘Slow Down’ (Ghana/Nigeria)

Artist of the Year
Davido
P Square

Song of the Year
Davido- ‘Skelewu’
Dr Sid feat Don Jazzy – ‘Surulere’
KCee – ‘Limpopo’
P Square – ‘Personally’

Best Hip Hop
Ice Prince
Olamide

Personality of the Year
Chimamanda Adichie
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde

Transform Today by Absolut
Clarence Peters

THE MAMA NOMINATIONS IN FULL:

MUSIC CATEGORIES

Best Male:
Anselmo Ralph (Angola)
Davido (Nigeria)
Diamond (Tanzania)
Donald (South Africa)
Wizkid (Nigeria)

Best Female:
Arielle T (Gabon)
Chidinma (Nigeria)
DJ C’ndo (South Africa)
Efya (Ghana)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Best Group:
Big Nuz (South Africa)
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Mi Casa (South Africa)
P Square (Nigeria)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)

Best New Act:
Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Heavy K (South Africa)
Phyno (Nigeria)
Stanley Enow (Cameroon)
Uhuru (South Africa)

Best Live Act:
2face (Nigeria)
Fally Ipupa (DRC)
Flavour (Nigeria)
Dr Malinga (South Africa)
Zakes Bantwini (South Africa)

Best Collaboration:
Amani ft. Radio and Weasel – ‘Kiboko Changu’ (Kenya/Uganda)
Diamond feat Davido – ‘Number One’ (Remix) (Tanzania/Nigeria)
Mafikizolo feat May D – ‘Happiness’ (South Africa/Nigeria)
R2bees feat Wizkid – ‘Slow Down’ (Ghana/Nigeria)
Uhuru feat DJ Buckz, Oskido, Professor, Yuri Da Cunha – ‘Y-tjukutja’ (South Africa/Angola)

Artist of the Year:
Davido (Nigeria)
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Mi Casa (South Africa)
P Square (Nigeria)
Uhuru (South Africa)

Song of the Year:
Davido- ‘Skelewu’ (Nigeria)
DJ Clock feat Beatenberg – ‘Pluto’ (Remember Me) (South Africa)
DJ Ganyani feat FB – ‘Xigubu’ (South Africa)
DJ Kent feat The Arrows –‘Spin My World Around’ (South Africa)
Dr Sid feat Don Jazzy – ‘Surulere’ (Nigeria)
KCee – ‘Limpopo’ (Nigeria)
Mafikizolo feat Uhuru ‘Khona’ (South Africa)
Mi Casa- ‘Jika’ (South Africa)
P Square – ‘Personally’ (Nigeria)
Yuri Da Cunha -‘Atchu Tchu Tcha’ (Angola)

Best Hip Hop:
AKA (South Africa)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
Khuli Chana (South Africa)
Olamide (Nigeria)
Sarkodie (Ghana)

Best Pop:
Danny K (South Africa)
Fuse ODG (Ghana)
Goldfish (South Africa)
LCNVL (South Africa)
Mathew Mole (South Africa)

Best Alternative:
Gangs of Ballet (South Africa)
Michael Loman (South Africa)
Nakhane Toure (South Africa)
Parlotones (South Africa)
Shortstraw (South Africa)

Best Francophone:
Arielle T (Gabon)
Espoir 2000 (Ivory Coast)
Ferre Gola (DRC)
Toofan (Togo)
Youssoupha (Congo)

Best Lusophone:
Anselmo Ralph (Angola)
JD (Angola)
Lizha James (Mozambique)
Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde)
Yuri Da Cunha (Angola)

NON MUSIC CATEGORIES

Personality of the Year:
Chimamanda Adiche (Nigeria)
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde (Nigeria)
Trevor Noah (South Africa)
Lupita Nyong’o (Kenya)
Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire)

Transform Today by Absolut
Anisa Mpungwe (Tanzania)
Clarence Peters (Nigeria)
Leti Arts (Ghana)
Rasty (South Africa)

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Darey Art Alade:- “I Am The King Of R & B In Nigeria”

Award winning artiste — Darey Art Alade crowned himself king in a recent interview with Encomium magazine.
When asked if he feels any competition between himself and Banky W knowing that they are both called Nigeria’s king of RnB, Darey replied;
“There is only one king of RnB. I have never heard anybody being called king of RnB except me. I have never heard anybody call him (Banky W) king of RnB except if you think he is one. But the truth is, there is only one king, and you know who the king is. If you doubt it, my new material will settle the scores. Although it has taken sometime, I am very happy the work is coming out soon” he told the magazine.
Darey also spoke on the increased rate of artiste/management face off and revealed plans of acquiring a radio station.
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On artiste/management face off, Darey said: –
“The truth of the matter is everybody has a role to play and they have a portion of the blame. The label invests something, I don’t want to say much. For every investment you want to make a return. This is where the artiste doesn’t understand. In the beginning, they gave you a house, a car, and you think you are talented, and come to think of it, you don’t even have anything in the market. Whatever they gave you was based on potential, the initial agreement that if I give you this, you will give me that in return. Some artistes don’t have agreement, everything is sealed at a bar. As you drink, you signed without realizing what you are signing. Some of them are illiterates, some pretend to know what the business is all about, but they don’t. Some of them get carried away by the glitz and glamour of it, signed without knowing what the agreement stipulates. When they default, they start blaming the label, saying all sorts of things. But most of us don’t find out what was the agreement before going to the press and write. On the other side, the label may have been obligated to do certain things but they did not do it and the artiste will complain. These are the issues” he said
On how to resolve these issues, Darey said:
“I think both sides should have respect for agreement. There shouldn’t be issues if both sides respect agreement they made. For instance, when I left Questionmark, nobody heard that I fought anybody till tomorrow. Yes we had disagreement, it wasn’t a rosy ending but till date they are still my friends, we work together. So maturity is needed to handle such situation”.
Darey also spoke on his plans to own a radio station
“I will love to own a radio station. I have already started making inquiries and plans on that feasibility. I am a radio person, I have worked on radio, and it was really fun. Since then I felt it is good if I can achieve this by running a radio station. After all, it will provide jobs for people, encourage creativity and improve entertainment. I don’t know the format of the station yet but let me get the license first” he said.
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Chris Brown’s Mug Shots Released

Popular singer, Chris Brown, is no doubt having one of the toughest years of his life since his arrival to stardom.

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Ranging from rehab, to court appearances for assault, having to do jail time and suffering heartbreaks, life is really not taking it easy on the hollywood star.

With his trial for assault just day away, the mugshots taken from his arrest in October has been leaked online, showing the star looking way different from what his fans are used to.

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The jail photograph, which has come out four days before Chris’ trial in Washington D.C. begins, shows the R&B singer at one of his lowest points to date.

The shots were reportedly taken following his arrest in Washington D.C back in October 2013 after he and his bodyguard assaulted a male fan who attempted to photo-bomb Chris while he was taking a picture with two women. The victim’s nose was broken in the attack.

His bodyguard, Chris Hornsby, who was also arrested, is expected to take responsibility for punching the fan during his trial which was set to begin yesterday April 17th.

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Confab: List Of Heads Of Standing Committees Released

ConfabThe leadership of the 20 standing committees of the National Conference has been released with Ibrahim Coomasie, Florence Ita-Giwa, Bola Shagaya, Olu Falae and Rasheed Ladoja heading various committees.

A document released by the conference secretariat on Thursday in Abuja shows that five committees are headed by co-chairmen, while each of the remaining 15 has a chairman and a deputy.

The Committee on Devolution of Power has a former Akwa Ibom governor, Obong Victor Attah, and a former Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Coomasie, is co-Chairmen.

The committee on Political Restructuring and Forms of Government has Mr Mohammed Kumalia and Gen. Ike Nwachukwu (retd), as co-chairmen.

Similarly, the committee on Politics and Governance has Prof. Jerry Gana and Chief Olu Falae, as co-chairmen.

Mohammedu Gambo Jimeta, a former IGP, and a former Chief of National Intelligence, Chief Albert Horsefall, are chairman and deputy chairman respectively for the Committee on National Security.

Sen. Florence Ita-Giwa, heads the Committee on Environment, while Bukar Mandara, is the deputy chairman.

Justice Gabriel Oguntade (rtd) is chairman of the Committee on Law, Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Reform, while Prof. Auwalu Yadudu is the deputy chairman.

Iyom Josephine Anenih is chairperson of the Committee on Social Sector which has Prof. Ruqaiyatu Rufa’I, as deputy chairperson.

The Committee on Transportation has Sen. Musa Adede as chairman, while Ralph Osanaiye, a retired IGP, is the deputy chairman.

Dr Daniel Maddo is the chairman of the Committee on Science, Technology and Development, while Chief Raymond Dokpesi is the deputy chairman.

The Committee on Agriculture has Umaru Hadeija as chairman, while Mrs Ifeoma Idigbe is the deputy chairperson.

The Civil Society, Labour and Sports Committee is headed by Mrs Bola Ogunrinade, with Issa Aremu, as her deputy.

The Committee on Public Service is headed by Mrs Ebele Okeke, with Amb. Adamu Aliyu as deputy chairman.

The Committee on Political Parties and Electoral Matters is headed by Dr Iyorcha Ayu, while Sen. Ken Nnamani is his deputy.

The Foreign Policy and Diaspora Matters Committee is chaired by Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, while Prof. Lawrence Ekpebu is his deputy.

Land Tenure Matters and National Boundary Committee has Gen. A. B. Mamman (rtd) as chairman, and Oba Michael Adedeji as his deputy.

The Economy, Trade and Investment Committee has Bola Shagaya as chairman, and Fola Adeola as her deputy.

The Committee on Energy is headed by Sen. Rashid Ladoja, while Mr Bello Suleiman is his deputy.

The Committee on Religion is chaired by both Bishop Felix Ajakaiye and Alhaji Nurudeen Lema.

A former Kebbi State governor, Sen. Adamu Aliero and Sen. Azu Agboti head the Committee on Public Finance and Revenue Generation as chairman and deputy respectively.

The Committee on Citizenship, Immigration and Related Matters is headed by Dr Muhammed Abdullahi, while Chidinma Uwajumogu is his deputy.

The Chairman of the Conference, Justice Idris Kutigi (rtd), told the delegates shortly after adjourning plenary indefinitely on Thursday that committee work would begin on Tuesday after the Easter break.

The submission of the list of committees members and their leadership generated complaints at plenary from most delegates.

Kutigi told the delegates that 10 of the 20 committees would hold their sessions at the National Judicial Institute, while the other 10 are to sit at the Sheraton Hotel.

The conference agreed through a voice vote that delegates with genuine complaints on the composition of the committees and their leadership should sort it out with the secretariat. (NAN)

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JAMB releases 2014 UTME results, cancels 36,164 results


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has released the results of the universities matriculation examination held nationwide on April 12. The board also invalidated the results of 36,164 students.

The Registrar of JAMB, Dibu Ojerinde, made this known on Thursday at a news conference on the release of the results in Bwari, Abuja.

He said 24 candidates scored 250 points and above in the examination. He also said 315,401 candidates scored between 170 to 199 points, while 108,488 candidates scored between 200 to 249 points.

He said this was the outcome of the Paper Pencil Test (PPT) and Dual Based Test (DBT) conducted in all the centres across the federation.

Mr. Ojerinde said 990,179 applied for the PPT while 25,325 applied for the DBT, making a total of 1,015,504 applications for both modes of testing.

He said 275, 282 candidates scored below 150 points, 122,159 scored between 150 to 159 points while 115,456 scored 160 to 169 points in the PPT mode.

According to him, there were 174 visually impaired candidates.

He said the board invalidated 36,164 results and withheld 2,494 others with 37,315 absentees.

According to him, the board experienced remarkable decrease in the number of applicants that registered for the PPT during conduct of this year’s exercise.

“This is attributed to the growing confidence of candidates in the CBT,” Mr. Ojerinde said.

He stated that candidates would be allowed to change their choice of institutions and courses only once from the date of release of the results.

“The board has made adequate arrangements for candidates to check for UTME results online via the organisation’s website: www.jambresult.com using their registration numbers,” he said.

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See Ellen DeGeneres… Most Powerful Gay Celebrity in USA

The 56-year-old talk show host, who is married to ‘Arrested Development‘ actress Portia de Rossi, secured the top spot on Out magazine’s 2014 Power List, an annual ranking of the most influential LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) voices in American culture. Announcing the news on its website, the publication stated: ‘Everybody loves Ellen, and that’s one of the reasons she’s regained the top spot.

In March, ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ shattered its own 10-year ratings record in the episode that immediately followed her Academy Awards hosting gig, which also gave the awards its best ratings since 2004. And her star-studded Oscars selfie almost shut down Twitter when the pic became the most retweeted ever.’

Other notable names on this year’s list include fashion designers Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs, ‘Good Morning America‘ host Robin Roberts, ‘How I Met Your Mother‘ star Neil Patrick Harris, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and ‘Glee‘ actress Jane Lynch. ‘Juno’ actress Ellen Page made her debut at number 29 after coming out on Valentine’s Day, 2014 The ‘Inception’ star, 27, previously admitted she was scared to open up about her sexuality for a long time. She said: ‘I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. ‘My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered.’…

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Drake Buys Rihanna A Ring Worth $42,000 (7Million Naira)

Drake has bought Rihanna a $42,000 ring.

The ‘From Time’ rapper, who is reportedly dating the ‘Unapologetic’ singer, got her the yellow diamond, although it is not believed to be an engagement ring.

A source told The Daily Star newspaper: “Rihanna was delighted with the gift.

“She has accepted it as a token of Drake’s love. He’s now even changing his schedule to spend as much time as possible with her.

“It’s all getting increasingly serious between them.”

The ‘Stay’ hitmaker, 26, and the 27-year-old star have been “inseparable” in recent weeks and Rihanna hopes he will ask her to start looking at properties soon so they can plan to move in together.

The loved-up pair have been dating exclusively for a number of weeks, following a brief fling in 2009, after Rihanna’s split from ex-boyfriend Chris Brown.

The pair were photographed holding hands in London and embraced after Drake’s performance at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night (04.13.14).

A source said: “Rihanna immediately ran to Drake, jumped into his arms and planted a fat kiss on his lips.”

 

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