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Court summons five persons for defamation of Mercy Chinwo

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The Chief Magistrate Court, Wuse Zone 2, has summoned five social media users for “criminal defamation” of the reputation of gospel singer, Mercy Chinwo; and her husband, Blessed Uzochikwa.

In the court summons dated April 3, 2024, sighted by Channels Television, Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Iyanna ordered the five defendants to appear in person before the court on April 23, 2023, to answer the charges levelled against the complainants.

The complainants in the matter are Blessed Uzochikwa and Mercy Chinwo while the five defendants are Okoronkwo Ejike, Kingsley Ibeh, DJ Spoiltkid, Terrence Ekot, and Samuel Agozie.

The suit stemmed from posts made by the defendants last week after the gospel singer and her husband posted a picture of their son on Instagram. After the picture of the baby, who was born in 2023, was posted, the defendants alleged that there was a resemblance between the baby and another gospel singer, Nathaniel Bassey, and claimed that he was the father, an allegation that went viral.

In a criminal complaint filed by the complainants’ lawyers led by Pelumi Olajengbesi of Abuja-based law firm, Law Corridor, Mercy Chinwo and her husband said the alleged actions of the defendants amounted to cyber intimidation, injurious falsehood, and cyberstalking targeted at their persons.

The complainants said the alleged actions of the defendants are contrary to Sections 391 of the Penal Code and Section 24 (1)(B) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015.

The “individuals criminally injured the reputation and image of the complainants across the globe resulting from their intentional defamatory posts and an act of cyberstalking,” the lawyers said in a criminal complaint filed before the magistrate.

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Magistrate Emmanuel Iyanna thereafter directed the five defendants to appear before the court on April 23, 2024, to answer the charges.

Bassey has also taken action over the matter. The ‘Jesus Iye’ crooner — through his lawyers — had petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun, to investigate and prosecute four persons whom he accused of criminal defamation and cyberstalking. The four social media users in Bassey’s petition are Okoronkwo Ejike, Kingsley Ibeh, Terrence Ekot and Dj Spoiltkid.

Bassey’s lawyers said the alleged actions of the four individuals contravened Sections 373 and 375 of the Criminal Code Act as well as Section 24(1)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.).

“The consequences of making such statements on social media have been known to tarnish the reputations of individuals, render marriages unstable, and many never recover from them. International reputation is an asset—both for the individual and for the nation—and it takes time to acquire.

“Consequently, we urge you to use your good offices to, in the interest of justice, investigate this matter, arrest, and bring the suspect to justice, which will serve as a deterrent to others.”

Bassey, popularly known as “Pastor Nath” is the convener of online interdenominational worship programme, Hallelujah Challenge. He also pastors a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).

 

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Funke Akindele wins best dressed female at ‘Lakatabu’ movie premiere

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Funke Akindele wins best dressed female at ‘Lakatabu’ movie premiere

Box office queen, Funke Akindele, has emerged best dressed female at the premiere of Odunlade Adekola’s highly anticipated movie, Lakatabu, on June 16.

The event, which took place at Film House Circle Mall in Lagos, was a star-studded affair attended by various celebrities, including Iyabo Ojo, Kolawole Ajeyemi, Brodashaggi, Mr. Macaroni, Bukola Arugba, Bolanle Ninalowo, Denrele Edun, Wumi Toriola, and Sikiratu Sindodo, among others.

Funke Akindele’s outstanding outfit, which exuded elegance and sophistication, earned her the Best Dressed Female award, while Denrele Edun’s dapper look secured him the Best Dressed Male award with a winning prize of brand-new refrigerators.

The movie Lakatabu, which is set to debut on June 21st, generated significant buzz and excitement among the attendees, who were treated to a sneak peek of the film’s thrilling moments.

Source: The Nation

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Tems hints at future collaboration with Arya Starr

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Tems has praised Ayra Starr for her hard work and dedication to her craft while hinting at the possibility of working together on a music project someday.

The Grammy Award-winning artist was recently featured on NPR Music, where she performed songs from her debut album ‘Born in the Wild’.

During the show, the 29-year-old musician spoke highly of Ayra Starr, whose sophomore album “The Year I Turned 21” displaced Tems’ album from the number one spot on Apple Music’s chart of most listened to Albums in Nigeria. She described the 22-year-old Starr as an artist who reminds her of herself.

Tems hints at future collaboration with Arya Starr
When asked about the possibility of a future collaboration with the Mavin artist, she responded, “Possibly.”

Tems and Ayra Starr are leading the next wave of Nigerian music
Tems and Ayra Starr continue to shine in the music industry, setting new standards and inspiring the next generation of artists with their talent and dedication. The artists are two of the most listened-to artists in Nigeria currently. Yet, they continue to gain fans from other climes.

Ayra Starr, born Oyinkansola Aderibigbe, gained widespread attention after releasing her hit track ‘Bloody Samaritan’ in 2021. With numerous awards and accolades, Starr has quickly risen to become one of the continent’s leading female artists. She was among the Nigerian music stars nominated for the last Grammy Awards, earning a nod in the inaugural ‘Best African Music Performance’ category for her hit song ‘Rush’.

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Tems, on the other hand, rose to fame in 2020 through her collaboration with Wizkid on the song ‘Essence’. She released her debut EP ‘For Broken Ears’ the same year. In February 2023, she won her first Grammy Award in the ‘Best Melodic Rap Performance’ category for her role in ‘Wait for U’, a 2022 hit song by Future featuring Drake.

It is pleasing to see the two musicians show mutual respect. Earlier this year, in March, Ayra Starr was asked whom she wanted to give flowers for International Women’s Day. She named three fellow artists — Tems, Tyla and Tiwa Savage. Should the two decide to collaborate on a track, it is sure to be a major hit and the music lovers worldwide would love to see that.

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Davido Confirms Wedding to Chioma Rowland

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Davido Confirms Wedding to Chioma Rowland

Singer David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has confirmed his upcoming wedding to his partner and mother of his twin children, Chioma Rowland.

Their traditional wedding is reportedly scheduled to take place in Lagos on June 25, 2024. Confirming the news in a video shared by controversial self-styled UK-based Pastor, Tobi Adeboyega, the excited groom invited his friends to join in the celebration. In the video, Davido was heard saying, “Guys, you have to come to Nigeria on the 25th [of June] for my wedding.”

This comes after the couple welcomed twins last year, following the tragic loss of their first child, Ifeanyi, in 2022. The couple got engaged shortly after the incident.

 

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Actress Stella Ikwuegbu dies

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Actress Stella Ikwuegbu dies

Movie producer, Stanley Nwoko, aka Stanley Ontop announced this via his Instagram page, on Sunday.

He said the actress passed away on Sunday June 16 after battling with leg cancer.

Nwoko wrote: “Nollywood actress and veteran Mrs Stella Ikwuegbu is dead. The veteran actress left this world today after battling with leg cancer.

“Rest well, Madam Stella. Nollywood again. It’s well.”

Another colleague, Ijele Ozioma Christy Ejiofor, wrote: “Ukwu Gi Dia. Why? You scaled through several, accidents and all. Eniure/Achiere came, and in less than a week, it killed you. Oh my… I feel bad.

“Stella Ikwuegbu, nenu Jennifer, you didn’t enjoy a thing. Why? Just why?”

The late actress began her career in 1990, appearing in numerous films such as ‘Spoiler,’ ‘Ukwa,’ ‘Sound of Love,’ ‘Holy Man,’ ‘Two Hearts,’ ‘Heart of Stone,’ and ‘Madam Koikoi,’ among others.

The actress’ death comes barely five days after veteran Yoruba actor Dayo Adewunmi, aka Sule Suebebe, died at 68.

Source: The Nation

 

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Eedris Abdulkareem drags Adeboye, Tinubu, others in new song, ‘Emi Lokan’

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Eedris Abdulkareem drags Adeboye, Tinubu, others in new song, ‘Emi Lokan’

Nigerian singer Eedris Abdulkareem has criticised Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the senior pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, over his silence on the hardship in the country.

Eedris, in a newly released satirical song titled ‘Emilokan’, accused Adeboye of hypocrisy in the face of the hardship confronting Nigerians under Tinubu’s government.

Eedris mentioned that while Adeboye was vocal in criticising the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, he has remained silent over the hardships faced by Nigerians under President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

He said, “During Good Luck Jonathan, your voice was so loud, you vowed to stage a one-million-dollar match. Hunger and hardship under Tinubu’s government; you said Nigeria has a spiritual problem.”

Calling for a protest against Tinubu’s administration, Eedris said, “Baba, we need your one million disciples to protest against Tinubu’s government just the way you protested against President Jonathan.

“This is a very big hypocrisy; this is the time for you to speak the truth to power because hunger wants to kill Nigerians.”

He also claimed in the song that Emi Lokan [It’s my turn], a popular slogan used by Tinubu during his electoral campaign, has turned to Ebi Lokan [It’s hunger’s turn] as Nigerians complain of hunger across the nation.

“Emi lokan don turn ebi lokan Yorubas are screaming “’ebi panwao ooo”

Idris mentioned that while Adeboye was vocal in criticising the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, he has remained silent over the hardships faced by Nigerians under President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

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He said, “During Good Luck Jonathan, your voice was so loud, you vowed to stage a one-million-dollar match. Hunger and hardship under Tinubu’s government; you said Nigeria has a spiritual problem.”

Calling for a protest against Tinubu’s administration, Eedris said, “Baba, we need your one million disciples to protest against Tinubu’s government just the way you protested against President Jonathan.

“This is a very big hypocrisy; this is the time for you to speak the truth to power because hunger wants to kill Nigerians.”

Speaking on the minimum wage demands of the organised labour, Eedris Abdulkareem said senators and house of Representative members should be paid N65,000, so “everybody would enjoy the suffering and smiling.”

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How I felt learning my wife was pregnant with triplets — Ali Baba

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How I felt learning my wife was pregnant with triplets — Ali Baba

Veteran stand-up comedian, Atunyota Akpobome, aka Ali Baba, has stated that when he learnt that his wife was expecting triplets, he felt a mix of emotions.

In an interview with Saturday Beats, he said, “I felt indifferent, but I was also happy.”

Expressing concern over the exclusion of the entertainment and creative industry from a five-year forecast of the Nigerian economy by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group two years ago, Alibaba said, “A booklet of about 200 pages containing a forecast of the Nigerian economy was done and the creative industry was not considered. I think the people who were in the Nigerian Economic Summit Group then were badly advised. But, they have started setting up sub-committees to look into it. It was a great oversight that should not have been allowed. And, it is because many of the sectors are overlooked. (How can) you overlook a sector that makes more money than some insurance companies, and advertising agencies? Even advertising agencies are part of the creative industry. It’s sad, but I believe all that is being corrected.”

The funnyman also noted that corruption was a far more serious issue in Nigeria compared to the moral controversies raised by skit makers and content creators. He said, “The thing is that your moral yardstick is not gauged by skit makers or content creators. It is based on parental control, government policies, and the educational systems. It is what the society does that is mirrored. For instance, the boy who is making skits about prostitution is not the one who caused it. That does not mean they should promote it all the time though. But, when you have people surviving in corruption and nothing is done to them, have any of those things being banned? No! But, morality is now the big issue when corruption is a bigger problem. Is the girl who is dancing naked on social media worse than the man who is stealing N2bn in office?”

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