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Nollywood actress and deputy gubernatorial candidate, Lagos, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Funke Akindele has opened up about her spiritual life.
According to a video posted on Sunday by Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) Wonderland Parish on the @weintheccc Instagram handle, the 45-year-old called on the clergy to pray for her so she can excel in all her endeavours.
She disclosed that she was born and raised in CCC, adding that her case could be likened to a lost sheep who has returned home.
The mother of two, while speaking in a mixture of Yoruba and English said that whenever she has challenges she secretly goes to CCC for help and to see results but that has come to an end as she decided to openly identify with the church.
Akindele said, “I was born and raised in Celestial. My situation was like that of a lost sheep that God calls back home.
“Whenever I had challenges in my life, I usually ran back to Celestial Church but secretly. And I would see that I got breakthroughs, but right now I said enough is enough. I’ve stopped hiding. I have to be identified with the church publicly.
“And I want to beg you, be praying for Funke Akindele. Every day you’re praying, remember Funke Akindele and everything that belongs to Funke Akindele. That whatever Funke Akindele does should turn to success, and wherever Funke Akindele steps on should be gotten for her.”
In what will come across as a really startling development, a groom-to-be has been killed in China.
The man died after being struck by lightning as he was posing for engagement photos at a popular tourist spot.
The tragedy happened on Wednesday at China's Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the Yunnan province.
The man- who has been named by local media as Ruan - was hit by a lightning bolt during a wedding photoshoot with his fiancée at the Spruce Meadow, a popular scenic spot.
He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead, South China Morning Post reported.
The local weather authority had issued a thunder and lightning yellow alert - the third highest under China’s four-tier warning system - about half an hour before the lightning struck.
Despite the thunderstorm, the couple decided to go ahead with their planned photoshoot.
Those standing close to the victim remained unharmed.
Pictures showed the rescue crew carrying the man on a stretcher in heavy rain.
Source: The Sun UK
In recent times, many Nigerians have emigrated from the country, with many more planning to ‘japa’. Apparently, entertainers are not exempt from this. Saturday Beats takes a look at entertainers who still live and work in Nigeria but whose families are abroad
Majorly because of the comedic roles he plays in movies, many people don’t seem to take actor, Olaniyi Afonja, aka Sanyeri, serious. However, despite his on-screen antics, Sanyeri is one man who has been intentional about raising his family and exposing them to opportunities.
His beautiful wife, Omolara, and their two sons— Boluwatife and Olasunkanmi—are based in Canada.
In a video which surfaced on the Internet some months ago, many Nigerians were excited by the foreign accent of the children. That was especially so because their father mainly speaks in Yoruba, and cuts the picture of one who has never even travelled outside the country. In the video, the kids urged fans to subscribe to their father’s YouTube channel and other social media accounts.
Explaining what fatherhood means to him, Sanyeri said in an earlier interview, “Fatherhood means being the head of the home, a husband to a wife, a father to children and fulfilling the obligations and responsibilities that are expected of a man to his wife and children.”
Speaking on how he felt when he welcomed his first child, the actor said, “There is nothing so special about one having a first child. For someone who needs a child and has a wife, when God gives them the gift of the first child, they will be happy and full of joy. Children are gifts and those who get them should be grateful.
“I believe that the best investment I can make in life is for my children to be successful. I cannot jeopardise their future for anything. Either I have much or otherwise, I will do everything within my capacity to ensure that my children will not have any cause in the future to abuse me or describe me as an irresponsible father.”
In an earlier interview with Sunday PUNCH, the actor had stated that he was so poor when he married his wife that the only thing he had to his name were his tribal marks. However, they stuck with him, and over the years, he has grown to become a prominent actor and filmmaker.
Actor, Bolaji Amusan, aka Mr Latin, is another comic actor that is loved by many. Though based in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Mr Latin’s wife, Ronke, and children (a son and daughter) live in Dublin, Ireland.
Mr Latin married Ronke in 1999 and their relationship has continued to blossom over the years.
The actor, who is the current President of the Theatre Arts and Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria, is particularly fond of his wife and he makes no secret about that.
Speaking on why he decided for his family to stay abroad, he said in an interview some years ago, “It was the idea of the two of us. There was a long strike by teachers at a time and we thought such would not give our children what we really wanted for them. We decided to relocate but because of the nature of my job, I cannot stay over there with them.”
On how they have been coping with a long-distance relationship, Latin said, “We speak almost 10 times every day. I wake them up with telephone calls in the morning to speak with my wife and children till they are off to school. We also chat on WhatsApp and have video calls almost every day. I visit them as well, and they come to Nigeria too.”
The actor also stated that he had never been tempted to marry another wife despite his wife not being in the country with him. He said, “I can never marry another wife. My wife is my mother, sister, friend and confidant. She is a very loyal and trustworthy person. I don’t have any reason to marry another wife.”
Even without speaking, actor, Wale Akorede, aka Okunnu, send his fans reeling with laughter because of his funny mannerisms. Though he started his acting career in 1984, it wasn’t until some years later, that he started getting the much needed recognition in the industry.
However, despite the carefree character he usually portrays in movies, Okunnu does not joke with the welfare of his family.
His wife, Wumi, and three kids— Jumoke, Hassan and Modupe— are based in Canada. At a time, the actor also used to live in Saudi Arabia, but he returned to Nigeria after a while.
Speaking on why he left Saudi Arabia, he had said, “Yes, there was a point my life when I relocated to Saudi Arabia, but after giving it a second thought, I realised there is no place like home. Nigeria is my country and no matter the challenges (here), we just have to make it work. I don’t regret coming back to my country.”
In an earlier interview with Sunday PUNCH, the actor stated that he was attracted by her beauty and the fact that she was hard to get. He had said, “It was her beauty and the fact that she was hard to get (that attracted me). I don’t like cheap ladies. Her tough stance made me continue to ‘trouble’ her. I also prayed and all what I saw in my dream was what she also saw. I was surprised and that also propelled me to go ahead.”
However, though his family lives outside the country, Okunnu is not immune from the hardship in Nigeria. In a social media rant some months ago, the actor lamented the sorry state of the country. Speaking in Yoruba, he said, “If we keep watching and don’t speak up, it is because we don’t want to things to spoil. Nigeria is bad. Whether men, women, children or elderly people; all those who have a hand in making the nation what it is today, their lives will also be bad from generation to generation.
“The country is really in a bad condition. I can’t say there is a particular sector that is working optimally. If we cannot enjoy our country as citizens, then we’re like foreigners.”
Sharing his thoughts on why many celebrity marriages don’t stand the test of time, he said in the same interview, “Marriage is not something one jumps into. One needs to pray well and be sure because it is for life. Any marriage can collapse and it is not only celebrity marriages that don’t last. People talk about marriages of celebrities because they are famous people.”
Timi Dakolo’s voice is one that has melted the hearts of many over the years. married to a photographer, Busola, and blessed with three children— Alexander, Zoe and Hallel— their marriage has had its fair share of trials. Recall that in 2019, Busola had accused a popular pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo, of raping her many years ago in Kwara State. Though Fatoyinbo was eventually cleared by the courts, Busola and Timi maintain that the deed actually happen.
Though they seem to have moved from that episode, several feelers suggest that Busola and the children have relocated to the United Kingdom. Busola is said to be attending a university in the UK to further her education. The children are also said to have started attending school there.
Earlier in the year, Timi had joked that barely that Halled had developed an accent barely two weeks after resuming school in her new country of residence.
Recall that some time ago, Timi paid them a surprise visit. A video posted on social media showed how excited his family was at seeing him without prior notice.
Veteran singer, John Odafe Asiemo, popularly known as Daddy Showkey, at weekend spoke in support of two female supernumerary police officers who were suspended for posting a video on TikTok.
In the viral video captioned “sisters that slay together, work together”, both officers are featured in a montage of pictures where they are seen dressed in their uniforms, bikini, and casual wear.
Reacting to the suspension, Daddy Showkey stated that the action taken by the NPF was “uncalled for” as the video only aimed to portray the Nigerian police in a more relatable light to the populace.
According to him, the video could potentially reframe the mind of young people towards the police force for good.
“I tell you, our young people are not interested in joining the police, because many policemen have demonized the police.
“Somebody will see a policeman and be afraid, somebody will see a police police and be afraid to go to the policeman and say ‘this is what is wrong with me’.
“These two ladies are trying to make the police to be interesting. Trying to make young people to say ‘if we look like this, if we are like this, and we join the police, it doesn’t make the police a bad force’(sic).
“You’re the same people trying to repair the image of the police, go and find out. Do visibility studies (sic) on the image of the police. For me, I believe the suspension is uncalled for,” he said in a video posted via his Instagram page on Saturday.
The Nigeria Police Force on Friday suspended two supernumerary Police officers, Obaze Blessing and Obaze Emmanuella Uju, over misconduct and violation of social media policy.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this via his Twitter handle.
Speaking in the video he shared on his Twitter page, Adejobi said that the two female cops had “portrayed themselves in the viral video and other videos as undisciplined and unprofessional in contravention of the police social media policy.”
A Kenyan police officer has fled after allegedly killing a man he found in bed with his wife at Lokichogio in Turkana county.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), disclosed this in a statement on Friday, August 26, 2022, , adding the command has launched a manhunt for the police officer.
DCI said the suspect arrived home unannounced in the middle of the night and found the deceased identified as Henry Cheruiyot, “reaping where he hadn’t sown.”
The statement read; “Detectives are looking for a police officer based at Lokichogio in Turkana county, for the murder of a man whom he found in a compromising situation with his wife, in the dead of the night.”
“The General Service Unit officer had proceeded home on leave in Tinderet, Nandi County, where he is believed to have found the deceased Henry Cheruiyot, 29, reaping where he hadn’t sown, on the night of August 22, 2022
“An altercation then ensued and the paramilitary commando is believed to have descended on the man with an avalanche of heavy blows and kicks, before leaving him for dead and taking flight
“Cheruiyot, was found lying unconscious beside a road at Nduroto village in Tinderet by well wishers, who rushed him to Meteitei sub-county hospital. However, his condition deteriorated and he was transferred to Nandi county hospital where he succumbed to his injuries as doctors unsuccessfully tried to save his life
Three Female Child Traffickers Poison Woman To Death After Selling Her Newborn Twins For N3m In EnuguWritten by Admin
The Enugu State Police Command has arraigned three women for an alleged conspiracy, trafficking of newborn twins and subsequent killing of their mother.
This was contained in a statement on Friday by the command’s spokesman Daniel Ndukwe.
The statement noted that the suspects; Ukorie Cynthia (25), Onyia Pauline (56) and Aroh Ijeoma (39) were remanded in the Enugu Maximum Correctional Centre on Friday.
The statement stated that the trio were first arrested by operatives of the command attached to the Central Police Station Enugu July 26, 2022 following complaints that the suspects had conspired and sold newborn twins of one 31-year-old Chinenye Odoh.
The statement noted that the suspects didn’t stop with the selling of the twins, but also murdered their mother by poisoning her food after she realised that the suspects gave her an amount lesser than the amount they sold her babies.
According to the statement, the case has been adjourned to October 5, 2022 for trial.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Command on Friday arrested a man, Daniel Chigozie, for allegedly conspiring with two others to sell his three-month-old baby for N400, 000.
City Round learnt that Chigozie, after allegedly conniving with his doctor, Musa Peter, and a nurse, Ezieke Chinenye, sold the baby to another woman identified as Ezeobi Chinenye, without the knowledge of the baby’s mother.
City Round learnt that after fruitless search for the baby, the police were informed after which the suspects were eventually arrested.
The spokesperson for the state command, Benjamin Hundeyin, in a tweet on Thursday, said, “A father connived with his doctor and nurse and sold his three-month-old- baby to a woman for N400, 000 without the knowledge of the mother. After days of searching, the police were informed. All suspects arrested. Baby is safe’’
Contacted, Hundeyin said that the incident occurred on August 20, 2022 at Oke-Odo, Lagos, adding that the suspects were arrested on Thursday, August 25, 2022.
PETER Obi, a former Governor of Anambra state and Labour Party’s (LP) presidential candidate for Nigeria’s 2023 elections, had early this August engaged in a war of words with his counterpart from the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over counter-accusations of spreading fake news and maligning his candidacy.
Tinubu Campaign Organisation, in a statement signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Bayo Onanuga, had called on Obi to rein in his supporters, who it accused of spreading fake news about its candidate.
But in a reaction, Obi absolved his supporters of spreading misinformation online, saying that the vitriol of ‘fake news’ attributed to ‘Obidient’ supporters is actually the handiwork of the opposition.
“As we approach the official kick-off of the 2023 election campaign, it has become evident that the opposition have adopted a negative strategy of trolling and insinuating fake news and misinformation in the social media space and blaming the Labour Party, its presidential candidate and their supporters of same,” Obi said in a Twitter thread he posted via his verified handle @PeterObi on August 18, 2022.
The Labour candidate is popular for quoting facts and figures while speaking about challenges facing Nigeria, alongside his plans and policy for the country if elected. However, when some of these claims were subjected to verification, quite a good number of them have been found to be inaccurate.
In this recap, The FactCheckHub highlights five times that Obi quoted misleading facts and figures.
1. Claim about the number of Nigerian players at NBA
Responding to questions on a Channels Television programme, “Politics Today” aired on July 25, 2022, Obi claimed that out of 150 players playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA), almost 100 are Nigerians.
Obi said: “…proud, celebrating their talent. And this is what we have everywhere. If you go into American NBA, out of 150 players, almost 100 are Nigerians. These youths are so talented that they are where you need to focus to reach their talent and productive energy to turn around the country…”.
Founded in 1946, the NBA is a professional basketball league in North America. The league is composed of 30 teams (29 in the United States and 1 in Canada) and is one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. It is the premier men’s professional basketball league in the world.
According to NBA, about 109 international players registered for the league’s 2021-2022 season, and only five are from Nigeria.
The roaster published on its website also revealed that the league currently has 583 players in total as its international and domestic players.
The five players listed as Nigerians are Charles Bassey, who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers; Josh Okogie of the Minnesota Timberwolves; Precious Achiuwa of the Toronto Raptors; Udoka Azubuike of Utah Jazz and Chimezie Metu of the Sacramento Kings.
Speaking in Umuahia, Abia State capital, on the 23rd of July, 2022, during a non-denominational prayer organized by the Catholic Diocese of Umuahia, the former Anambra governor claimed that Nigeria’s total export was less than 30 billion US dollars in 2021.
“Nigeria is a country with 923,000 square kilometres of land and a population of 200 million people. God blessed us with oil and other resources. We have over 100 million people living in poverty.
“But to show that we are not a producing country, last year, our total export, including oil, was less than 30 billion dollars; that is why we can’t find dollars today,” Obi said.
However, findings by The FactCheckHub show that Nigeria’s total export, including oil, was about $47 billion (U.S. dollars) – or precisely 18.9 trillion Nigeria naira based on the average exchange rate in 2021 – 403.5 naira per dollar; thus, making Obi’s claim FALSE.
A report by the National Bureau of Statistics titled “Foreign Trade in Goods Statistics (Q4 2021)” shows that Nigeria’s total exports amounted to 18.9 trillion Nigerian naira (NGN) in 2021 while total imports stood at N20.84 trillion.
Speaking at a debate put together by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) which featured five running mates for the 2019 general elections, Peter Obi claimed that Nigeria had only two million vehicles, 10 per 1,000.
He said: “It [subsidy] is a waste… what are you actually subsidizing? Look at it. Nigeria has one of the low car ownership in the world. It is 10 per thousand. So, we have only two million vehicles, and you are paying almost a trillion when we have 87 million people that are poor.”
In 2018, The ICIR fact-checked the claim, and the findings show that it is FALSE.
According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Nigeria’s estimated vehicle population as at the second quarter of 2018 is 11,760,871, and the vehicle per population ratio was put at 0.06; as against Obi’s 0.01.
In 2017, commercial vehicles accounted for 53.8 per cent of the total vehicle population, private vehicles accounted for 44.5 per cent, government vehicles accounted for 1.65 per cent and diplomat vehicles made up for 0.1 per cent.
Speaking on the African Continental Free Trade Agreement during the debate, Obi claimed that as at 2018, African trade is less than 9 per cent and oil gives 80 per cent of our foreign exchange earnings.
“African trade today is less than nine per cent, and if we get it right, it can go as high as 30 per cent or 40 per cent. The foreign exchange you are saying today you’re now earning from oil, oil now gives you 80 per cent of your foreign exchange, when in effect if you do the right things, you can have twice than coming from manufacturing,” Obi said.
The ICIR fact-checked this claim as well, and it was found to be FALSE.
The 2018 African Trade Report developed by the African Export-Import Bank noted that intra-African trade is at 15 per cent (nearly double of Obi’s claim), compared to Europe’s 67 per cent, Asia’s 58 per cent, North America’s 48 per cent, and Latin America’s 20 per cent.
According to Brookings, in 2016, intra-African exports made up 18 per cent of total exports.
While answering a question on driving investments into the economy, Obi also claimed that bank loans are about 15 per cent of GDP and that China is using 250 per cent of its GDP as credits to businesses and private sectors.
“Your banks today, all the loans they have given are about 15 per cent of your GDP, when other countries are doing 50, 100 per cent. China alone is doing 250 per cent on their GDP as credits to businesses, to private sector,” Obi said.
The ICIR fact-checked the claim relying on data sourced from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and made available on TradingEconomics, which provides more than 20 million economic indicators for 196 countries.
In Nigeria, domestic credit provided by the bank sector as a per cent of the GDP for 2017 was 26.56 percent. For China, the figure stands at 215 per cent; thus, making Obi’s claim misleading.
Bisola Aiyeola has emerged the first female African to clinch the deal in hosting the Nigerian franchise of the American game show, Family Feud.
The actress cum singer and host, shared the good news on her Instagram page.
Aiyeola added that snagging the deal is a big deal for her and she’s grateful for the opportunity, as she shared a video of her unveiling at the MTN Nigeria office.
The Family Feud is an American television show created by Mark Goodson. It features two families who compete to name the most popular answers to survey questions in order to win cash and prize.
BBNAIJA7: “Its Impossible” – Hermes Responds To Allysyn’s Request To Ditch His 2 Girlfriends [Video]Written by Admin
Big Brother Naija contestant, Hermes has turned down Allysyn’s request to be his only girlfriend.
It will be recalled that Hermes made it clear from the beginning of the show that he has 2 girlfriends outside the house.
Along the line, he developed feelings for Allysyn, which she reciprocated. As her feelings grew stronger, she requested that Hermes ditch his other 2 girlfriends for her, to which he responded that it was impossible.
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Record producer and founder of Mavin Records, Micheal Collins Ajereh, well known as Don Jazzy, has disclosed how he met and signed many artistes on his record label.
Don Jazzy in a post on his social media accounts, indicated that all upcoming artistes should always post their videos on their social media accounts to get noticed by him.
He posted screenshots of three of the budding artistes – Avra, Boyspyce and Bayanni – he reached out to.
He wrote, “Dear upcoming artists, from these 3 screenshots, you can see that I reached out to Ayra, Boyspyce and Bayanni myself. I won’t have reached out to them if I didn’t see a sample of what they can do on their Instagram pages. For the umpteenth time, showcase yourself on your page. I know it seems uncool to post a lot. But then again you would be an uncool artist if it’s only your family that gets to hear your beautiful music till you give up.
Love from The Don. ”
This is coming hours after Bryann, a housemate in the Big Brother Naija reality TV show became a media sensation following his thrilling performance in the house during a task assigned to him by Biggie.
Biggie had paired the housemates to write a song. Bryann, who was matched with the current head of house, Chomzy, gave a mind-blowing performance which attracted Don Jazzy.
The Mavin Records pioneer, who had watched the freestyle, took to his Twitter account, where he wrote, “Haha Bryan na bully for this competition. Machinery #bbnaija.”
The Mavin Records is one of the largest music companies in Nigeria founded by Don Jazzy in 2012, after he left Mo’Hits Record owned by him and DBanj at the time.
The Mavin Records has produced several music stars, including Rema, Ayra Starr, Crayon, BoySpyce, Magixx, Korede Bello.
Nigerian BTC Peer-to-Peer Volumes Nearly $400M in H1 of 2022 — Significant Growth in Kenya and Ghana VolumesWritten by Admin
Nigeria’s peer-to-peer bitcoin traded volumes of over $1.1 billion between January 2021 and June 2022 mean the West African nation is now Paxful’s largest market. Kenya, which saw traded volumes of over $325 million during the same period, now ranks as the crypto exchange’s second-largest African market, and fifth overall.
Financial Exclusion Driving P2P Bitcoin Traded Volumes
According to the latest data from the peer-to-peer crypto exchange platform Paxful, Nigeria’s bitcoin traded volumes in the first half of 2022 nearly topped $400 million. When combined with the $760 million in trade volumes which were seen in 2021, it means the West African nation is now the crypto exchange’s biggest market globally.
Nigeria’s growing volume of bitcoin traded via the peer-to-peer (P2P) exchange comes at a time when regulators are clamping down on financial institutions that are violating the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s February 5, 2021 directive. The directive bars banks and other regulated financial institutions from facilitating transactions that involve crypto entities.
Explaining the reasons behind the surge in Africa’s P2P volumes, Paxful told Bitcoin.com News that a general lack of access to financial services across the continent was driving people toward bitcoin.
Paxful said: "For a market like Africa, where many people are underbanked and financial institutions are not as easily accessible, P2P finance provides an opportunity for financial inclusion. There’s been an explosion in Bitcoin adoption in Nigeria due to a multitude of factors: a 33% unemployment rate, an unbanked population of 38 million adults, a young and entrepreneurial community (over 75% of its population is under 35), and financial instability — such as volatility around the Naira."
According to the P2P exchange, all these factors make “a massive case” for bitcoin, a technology which it said was “built for the masses.”
Kenya and Ghana Volume Growth
While Nigeria is Paxful’s biggest market globally, Kenya, which saw P2P volumes of over $200 million in 2021 and over $125 million in the first half of 2022, is now the crypto exchange’s second-largest market in Africa and the fifth in the world. Paxful added that it “anticipates a trade volume growth of 25% in Kenya for 2022.”
Commenting on the significant growth seen in Kenya and Ghana, Paxful said:
“There are more and more African users remitting money over the years — the total remittance user base (users trading in multiple currencies) on Paxful grew by nearly 140% in Kenya and over 115% in Ghana in 2021. In 2021, Ghana experienced a yearly growth of 95% in trade volume.”
Regarding the Central African Republic (CAR) — the first African country to adopt bitcoin as legal tender — Paxful commended the move and said it was hopeful the country would use “bitcoin to set monetary policy to drive its economy forward.” The crypto exchange, however, said it had “nothing notable” to share concerning the CAR’s volumes.
Don Jazzy, the chief executive officer of Mavin Records, has announced the signing of a new artiste to the record label.
Don Jazzy unveiled Bayanni, the newest member of the music label, via a video shared on his Instagram page on Tuesday.
The video, which comes in the form of a skit featuring Sabinus and Brain Jotter, shows Bayanni’s incubation process before he was signed into the label.
“It’s that time again when we bring you another young talent from the Mavin Academy. Meet Bayanni, he has gone through several defining moments and is ready to be unveiled to the world,” he wrote.
In a follow-up post, the new Mavin Records artiste can be seen singing the remix of ‘Peru’, Fireboy’s hit single.
Bayanni also took to his Instagram page to share the same video while appreciating the music executive for the “life-changing opportunity”.
He also disclosed that he has been linked with the record label since 2019 after getting a direct message from Don Jazzy.
“Lonely nights, dark mornings, waiting for the sun to shine on me while posting my freestyles back in 2016. Then I got a DM in 2019 from someone I respect so much. Till date till feels like a dream but don’t wake me up,” Bayanni wrote.
“Don Jazzy thank you for giving this young boy a life-changing opportunity. My immense gratitude to tegamavin, rimouune, and everyone on the Mavins team.”
Bayanni joins the likes of Magixx, Rema, Ayra Starr, and Crayon on the Mavin Records roaster.
Megan Thee Stallion has taken her record label 1501 Certified Entertainment to court demanding $1million.
People magazine reports that the Grammy Award winning artist requested the amount as relief from her label noting that her last two albums “Something for Thee Hotties” and “Traumazine” fulfilled the requirements of her contract, which she described as “unconscionable.”
The complaint reads “over the past two (2) years, Pete and 1501 shared a long and tortured history of disputes with each other concerning Pete’s recording agreement, including the unconscionability of the agreement in its original form, as well as disputes concerning the release of Pete’s music.”
“The two have been able to resolve some of the disputes through the issuance of multiple temporary restraining orders against Defendants from this Court.”
It continues, “but a new dispute has arisen requiring further assistance from the Court.”
The filing also claims that the labels argument that “Something for Thee Hotties” did not meet the definition of an “album” and “does not satisfy her ‘Minimum Recording Commitment’ “does not hold ground.
“1501’s new position, taken months after the album’s release, is clearly a ruse in an effort to try to take further advantage of Pete, at great expense and in bad faith,” the complaint continued.
While Megan The Stallion’s attorney’s are yet to comment on the case, Steven M. Zager, partner at King & Spalding LLP and attorney for 1501, said “our belief is she owes us one more album, at least.”
He also claimed that “Something for Thee Hotties” did not meet their criteria of an album, as it featured archival material and spoken word, as well as being released too soon since her previous 2020 debut album Good News.
“We’re evaluating “Traumazine,” he says. “But there’s no way Something for Thee Hotties qualifies as an album as that term is defined under her recording commitment in her various contracts with 1501.”
“So, for a host of reasons, we feel that our position is justified and based on the contracts. We’ve tried to work with Megan, and we want Megan to be successful.”
In 2020, Megan filed a lawsuit against 1501 claiming that the label prevented her from releasing new music after she tried renegotiate her contract.
Netflix (www.Netflix.com) has announced the extension of its Netflix Creative Equity Scholarship Fund (CESF) to film and television students in the West and Central Africa region. Applications are now open for students to apply to study at institutions in Nigeria, Ghana, Benin and Gabon.
Netflix's global Netflix Creative Equity Fund (https://bit.ly/3CrVog8), which was launched in 2021 and will be distributed to various initiatives over the next five years with the goal of building a strong, diverse pipeline of creatives around the world, includes a US$1 million scholarship fund for students from Sub-Saharan Africa. The scholarship fund will cover tuition, housing, study materials, and living expenses at selected partner schools in Nigeria where beneficiaries have been accepted to pursue a programme of study in the television and film disciplines in the 2022 academic year.
The Netflix CESF is set to launch across the region in the academic year beginning in 2022, and Netflix will partner with Dalberg (https://bit.ly/3CqjkAu) as an implementation partner and fund administrator in the West and Central Africa region.
The fund will be available to students who have obtained admission to study in various film & TV-focused disciplines, for the 2022 academic year
How it works:
The Netflix CESF is intended to provide financial aid in the form of full scholarships at partner higher educational institutions in Nigeria, Benin, Ghana and Gabon to help ambitious creatives from West and Central African countries obtain official qualifications and training. The following countries in West and Central Africa will be eligible: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte D'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo.
The fund will be available to students who have obtained admission to study in various film & TV-focused disciplines, for the 2022 academic year, at the following partner institutions:
- Institut Philippe Maury de l'audiovisuel et du Cinéma (IPMAC-Groupe EM GABON-UNIVERSITE), Gabon (https://bit.ly/3CnPA74)
- Institut Supérieur des Métiers de l'Audiovisuel (ISMA) (Bénin) (http://w3.ISMA-Benin.org)
- National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), Ghana (https://bit.ly/3dPuRyK)
- National Film Institute Jos, Nigeria (www.NFI.edu.ng)
- Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria (https://PAU.edu.ng)
Applications are now open via the LINK HERE (https://bit.ly/3cbyy1m) until the 4th of September 2022 at 23:59 PM
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