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Iyabo Ojo in trouble with Lagos govt, risks going to jail

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Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo has continued to battle trolls on social media following her face-off with the Lagos State government which has ordered her to pay the sum of N18,640,092.00 in personal income tax within seven days or face jail.

In a letter sent to the actress on Monday, the Lagos State government accused her of owing N7,376,000.00 tax for the year 2022 and N11,264,092 in back taxes for the 2021 tax year.

While responding to the letter sent to her by LASG, the actress who openly supported Peter Obi of Labour Party (LP) condemned the yardstick used to determine what she described as an exorbitant tax bill she received from the state government.

Iyabo Ojo was forced to share a picture of the letter on her Instagram page with a message which reads thus; “@jidesanwoolu @lagosstategovt, please, how do you people come up with these outrageous personal income taxes you send on a daily basis?

“After paying for different types of taxes for one’s businesses, house & all…. you still come up with all this huge amount and give me 7 days to pay up, lol.

“Last time, you people asked me to come to your office, I came, you asked me to explain and declare what I earn, which I did with my tax consultant, but no you did not respond to my letter, because you want me to pay you an outrageous amount that I do not have, make I go thief ni? I ask again, ‘How do you people come up with such outrageous bills?’

“What have you people ever done for me as a government? NOTHING. Since you guys insist, You can gladly come and close down my business, arrest me, jail me, or kill me for all I care, we all will die one day.”

Her comments forced critics online to remind her support for Peter Obi but the actress fired back at her traducers in another post saying she will not bow down to tribal bigots.

She wrote: “I stand & re stand obediently on my beliefs….. I can never be pressured nor shaken ……. I will never bow down to tribal bigots…. I want a better Nigeria, i don’t care whose ego gets bruised…. we can not all believe in the same thing

“I see no tribe. I only see my country, I’m a Nigerian…. I am not afraid of death, for that is inevitable…

I will never be afraid to air my opinion, for that is my right….

“I have no enemies, We may not all believe in the same course, we may not see things the same way but you’re not my enemy bcos at the end of the day, either, good or bad.. we’re in it together …. we’re all citizens of Nigeria…….

“I have empathy for my country & not for stomach infrastructure……. If after 8 years Nigeria has a renewed hope, then my beliefs may change, but till then, I obediently stand on my beliefs ….. if you didn’t make me, you can’t break me, you can take the body but never my soul.”

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Davido launches new record label, Nine+ Records

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Afrobeats artist Davido is expanding his reach within the genre with the launch of Nine+ Records, his new record label. The “Unavailable”

Afrobeats artist Davido is expanding his reach within the genre with the launch of Nine+ Records, his new record label. The “Unavailable” singer has also formed a partnership with UnitedMasters to further support this venture.

Under the partnership with UnitedMasters, owned by Steve Stout, Davido and Nine+ Records are stationed to build a “vanguard” of African musicians with a focus on artist development, A&R, signing, and behind-the-scenes matters.

Over the past two years, UnitedMasters has been dedicated to supporting Africa through several endeavors, including investments in artists, education, and technology. In December of last year, UnitedMasters partnered with the NBA forging a deal that allowed their artists could showcase their work on NBA Africa’s social media channels. This initiative not only exposes artists to African audiences but also demonstrates a technological method for building strong connections. The initiative is based at the NBA Africa office in Lagos, Nigeria.

Now, this commitment is being strengthened through a new collaboration with Davido and the launch of Nine+ Records. This partnership holds a steady aim to remain focused on serving as a platform for artists across the African continent, discovering and nurturing new talent, and offering them opportunities for brand partnerships and synchronization.

The three-time Grammy-nominated singer hailed the partnership as a historic moment in music, emphasizing his goal to elevate the global influence of modern African musicians and the Afrobeats genre. With support from UnitedMasters for distribution, development, and branding matters, this collaboration underscores significant interest in African artists, education, and technology.

Davido expressed his enthusiasm in a statement, saying, “I am thrilled to announce the launch of a new joint venture between my label, Nine Plus, and UnitedMasters, founded by my good friend, Steve Stoute This collaboration marks a pivotal moment in our journey, as we aim to empower artists globally by leveraging UnitedMasters’ revolutionary music distribution platform and Nine Plus’ innovative vision and eye for talent. Together, we are set to redefine the music landscape both African and global, providing artists with unprecedented tools and opportunities to amplify their voices and craft. Excited to witness the creativity and growth ahead. This partnership signifies a significant step in music history, encompassing both Africa and the world.”

In a 2023 feature with Forbes editor Bertoni, Davido commented on the gradual global recognition that African artists are receiving. “I can remember when it wasn’t cool to be from Africa—people would lie and say they were Jamaican,” said Davido. “Now we have our own Billboard charts in the US and UK—that shows how serious the Western world is taking our music.”

Nine+ Records does not have an official roster of acts as of yet, but the label plans to roll out reveals in the near future.

Davido is enjoying a phenomenal year, marked by his April 17 historic, sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden and his forthcoming headline appearance at The BET Experience this June at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.

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Naira abuse: EFCC wants to arrest me – Portable cries out

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Controversial singer Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable, has alleged that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is

Controversial singer Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable, has alleged that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is planning to arrest him upon his return to Nigeria.

The PAPERS reports that the ‘Zazu’ hitmaker, currently abroad, aired these allegations during a recent Instagram live session with fans.

Portable’s troubles stem from a call to action by a self-proclaimed social media activist, known only as VeryDarkMan, who has reportedly urged the EFCC to investigate the singer for his treatment of the national currency.

This callout follows Portable’s public plea for forgiveness from the EFCC, where he asked for leniency if found guilty of any wrongdoing regarding his handling of the Naira.

In the live session, Portable expressed his fear of being detained upon his arrival in Nigeria.

“The EFCC is planning to arrest me when I return to Nigeria because VeryDarkMan name-dropped me,” he claimed, addressing his over 700,000 Instagram followers.

Adding to his defensive stance, Portable criticized VeryDarkMan’s credibility and influence, questioning his motivations and qualifications to speak on legal matters.

As the EFCC has not yet officially responded to these claims, the authenticity of Portable’s allegations remains unconfirmed.

However, the agency is known for its strict enforcement of laws against currency abuse, a standing policy that could potentially affect Portable upon his return.

 

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My rumoured death lie from hell – Zack Orji

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Veteran actor Zack Orji has denied his rumoured death, describing it as a lie from the pit of hell. The Nation reported that the actor

Veteran actor Zack Orji has denied his rumoured death, describing it as a lie from the pit of hell.

The PAPERS reported that the actor recently travelled to the UK for medical evaluation after undergoing two brain surgeries.

In a recent interview on Channels Television, he said that social media has made people to be reckless to the extent of spreading fake news.

Orji stated he received different calls from people who haven’t reached out to him in years, simply because they were concerned for him.

Zack Orji said: “I don’t know who originated that lie, I call it a lie from the pit of hell that…well not myself, they had passed away.

“I saw it and I started receiving all kinds of calls, even calls from people I hadn’t heard from for years, most of them were just concerned, they wanted to find out if it was true and all of that.

“I can only say that sometimes social media has made people to be so reckless and callous to the point of spreading fake news just to grow their page.”

Zack Orji also thanked the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) for support.

He slumped in December 2023 and was admitted to the intensive care unit of the National Hospital in Abuja before he was transferred to a private hospital for surgery.

 

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Guinness World Record: Davido, Sowore turn up to support chess master, Tunde Onakoya

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Afrobeats singer, David Adeleke, also known as Davido, has showed up at the New York’s Times Square, to support Nigerian chess Master

Afrobeats singer, David Adeleke, also known as Davido, has showed up at the New York’s Times Square, to support Nigerian chess Master, Tunde Onakoya in his attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon.

In videos making the rounds on social media, Davido and Onakoya could be seen hugging and dancing.

Among those who have also come out to support Onakoya is Nigerian singer, Adekunle Kosoko, popularly known as Adekunle Gold, Nigeria’s Consul-General in New York City, Ambassador Peter Egopija, and Omoyele Sowore among others.

Sharing updates on his X account on Thursday, Onakoya wrote, “Game number 100. 87 against my main opponent #CoachShawnMar. 13 against external challengers.

“We are now 31 hours in, with 27 to go! That puts us officially past the halfway mark. It’s looking possible now. Keep streaming, keep donating.”

The event, which is underway at New York City’s iconic Times Square, started at 10am on Wednesday, April 17, and is scheduled to end at 8pm on April 19.

Onakoya is engaging in an intense chess marathon, aiming to play for 58 hours without a single defeat.

The current Guinness World Record, set by Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad of Norway on November 11, 2018, stands at 56 hours, 9 minutes, and 37 seconds.

 

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‘Get court order if you want DNA test’ – Iyabo Ojo tells Mohbad’s dad

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Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo has urged Joseph Aloba, the father of late singer, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, aka Mohbad, to get a court

Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo has urged Joseph Aloba, the father of late singer, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, aka Mohbad, to get a court order if he wants his daughter-in-law, Wunmi, to conduct a DNA test on his grandson, Liam.

DAILY POST reports that Mr Aloba had been clamouring for a DNA test to be conducted on Liam to ascertain his true paternity following the tragic death of the rapper.

Speaking in a video message shared via her Instagram account recently, Ojo berated Mr Aloba for demanding a DNA test result instead of focusing on getting justice for his late son.

“You are a very bitter soul. There’s nothing about you that is worth emulating. If you want a DNA test, get a court order,” she said.

Mohbad’s widow, Wunmi had recently said she is no longer open to a DNA test on her son, Liam.

She said only her late husband has the right to request the test, claiming he is the only man she has ever known.

She challenged her father-in-law to get a court order if he insists on doing the DNA test.

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‘I don’t make Afrobeats’ – Fireboy clarifies

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Nigerian singer Fireboy DML has reiterated that his style of music is not Afrobeats. He, however, said his “roots and identity”

Nigerian singer Fireboy DML has reiterated that his style of music is not Afrobeats.

He, however, said his “roots and identity” are always in his music.

The ‘Peru’ crooner featured as a guest in the latest episode of Amazon Music podcast, ‘B And N.’

He said, “As I always said, I don’t make Afrobeats. I just sort of like combined stuffs. I do different kinds of music so even when I am making R&B or pop, you can hear the Yoruba ‘h’ factor.

“You just know that this is not an American or British person, so you can always tell that my roots and my identity is always in my music.”

Fireboy said Nigerian artists need to take advantage of their newfound global recognition and build a structure for their home music industry.

“One thing I want to take about is we are here [Western world] now. Afrobeats is here now. So what is the way forward? What next?

“I personally think this Afrobeats to the world thing shouldn’t be given more attention. I mean, we are already here. even before the Grammy [created an African category], we’ve already been recognised. We’ve achieved so much. So we need to build a structure. And more concerned about the future of the genre; the sustainability,” he said.

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