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Annie Macaulay Says 'I Do' To 2Face In Dubai
African Queen crooner Tuface Idibia and actress Annie Macaulay’s much-talked about wedding in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on Friday, March 22 will definitely go down as one of Nollywood’s best.

It will be the best, not only because of the plush Arabian panache that engulfed the event, but also it witnessed a celebration that featured some of Nollywood’s crème de la crème.

The ‘white’ wedding follows a successful traditional wedding on Friday, March 8 at the Apostolic High School, Esit Urua Community, Eket – Ibeno Road, in Uyo, 2Face’s wife Annie Macaulay’s hometown.

2Face proposed to Annie with a diamond studded engagement ring - believed to cost the singer a whopping one million Naira - on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2012 at Jay Jay Okocha‘s Club 10 in Lagos, Nigeria.

He proposed to her even though he was reported to have also fathered children with Pero Adeniyi and Sumbo Ajaba.

Known in real life as Innocent Ujah Idibia, Tuface followed the proposal with a secret ‘marriage’ in Lagos on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, which was only attended by selected family members and friends.

The beautiful sandy beach of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai on March 22, was where renowned celebrities including, Rita Dominic, Chidi Mokeme, Ini Edo, Kate Henshaw, Mike Ezuruonye, Jim Iyke, Sound Sultan, Banky W, Basketmouth, Timaya, Don Jazzy, Dr Sid, and Davido joined the couple as they exchanged their final marital vows.

The absence of D’Banj, Tony Tetuila and Faze did not mar the event which also included a reception at the Royal Island Beach and an after-party at Kiza Nite Club.

The cost of the historic wedding, according to pre-event speculations, N50million (over US$300,000) but there are indications that that amount may be just a tip of the iceberg.

The newlywed couple - believed to have dated for about 14 years and have a daughter, Isabella Idibia - are expected have their honeymoon in Dubai.
The wedding gift
Annie Macaulay says ‘I do’ to 2Face in Dubai





The couple received gifts that are set to keep tongues wagging for a long time to come.

Nigerian Senate President, David Alechenu Bonaventure Mark, who hails from Tuface’s state, presented the couple with a two-door 2013 Corvette sports car - which costs between US$50,000 and US$100,000 - as their wedding gift.

During the traditional wedding, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, who hails from Annie’s state, presented them with two expensive SUVs.

That attracted a huge public outrage.  

March 25, 2013
Justin Timberlake Close To Scoring One Million Sales In The U.S.
Justin Timberlake's amazing comeback just got better - he's expected to debut his new album 'The 20/20 Experience' with close to a million sales in the U.S. album chart this week.

Experts predict the pop star and actor will rocket to number one in the Billboard 200 countdown on Wednesday with over 950,000 first-week sales.

And chart trackers insist sales could top a million if they spike on Sunday.

If Timberlake manages that feat, The 20/20 Experience will become only the 19th album to do that.

Taylor Swift's 'Red' was the last album to top a million sales in a week when that album debuted at number one last year.

Meanwhile, Timberlake's first album for seven years has shot to the top of the British charts, unseating David Bowie's comeback, 'The Next Day'.

But Timberlake has failed to secure a U.K. chart double - The Saturdays' What About Us toppled his Mirrors at the top of the singles countdown on Sunday. 'Mirrors' drops to number two.
March 25, 2013
Michael Jackson Family Want $40 Billion From Suit
The Michael Jackson wrongful death suit, kicked into action by the late singer’s family, has taken a new twist.

It now appears as though his three children and mum Katherine are looking for $40 billion from AEG live.

Katherine and her grandchildren from Michael sued AEG Live for millions of dollars, accusing the company of negligently hiring Dr. Conrad Murray - who was convicted for involuntary manslaughter - and failing to properly supervise him during his duty of caring for the singer ahead of his "This Is It" concert series.

MJ died from an anesthetic overdose before the gigs were calledoff.

The sprogs want $10 billion for all of the future earnings they claim MJ would have scored had he lived, and an additional $50 million for various other damage.

AEG, of course, claim this figure is ridiculous, saying that MJ’s career was in on the decline after child abuse accusations, and from him living in the middle east.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos ruled that attorneys for AEG Live could use Jackson's molestation trial as part of their defense in the testimony as it may be relevant to the pop star's battle with drug abuse.

Many thought the drama following the death of MJ would cease after Murray was convicted, but instead, the intensity has risen exponentially.

This latest court case is set to run and run until someone gets accused of doing something else. 
March 24, 2013
Ama K. Abebrese - Cheers For Quality, Not Quantity
When she abandoned her job as a presenter on BBC’s youth show, “Pass da Mic” in the UK in 2009, never did it cross the mind of Ama Konadu Abebrese that three years down the line she would be earning cheers and recognition from all over Africa as an accomplished actress.

Although becoming an actress was a dream she had been nursing since her childhood, the desire remained a dream until she met Leila Djansi of Turning Point Productiona few years ago at a film festival back in the UK.

Ama, who never gave up after being turned down at several auditions had to convince Leila to earn her the first role in the movie Sinking Sands.

Today, the outcome of her pursuing her dream has resulted in various high flyer awards and recognition beginning with the Best Actress in leading role at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2010.

Since then, the talented actress has not looked back.

For one whose name, Abebrese, translates as agony and anguish, it is quite interesting to note that she has been successful and continues winning awards in her relatively short career.

The awards include Best Actress at the Zimbabwe Film Festival, and several nominations including Best Actress at the Ghana Movie Awards , Favourite West African Actress at Screen Nation Awards -UK and Best Pan African Actress at Nigerian Entertainment Awards.

So what could have accounted for such a feat within this short period after spending most of her growing years in the United Kingdom where she built successful career in broadcasting only to return to her homeland country to pursue her long cherished dream?

The talented actress told Showbiz last Friday that it is a known fact that many Ghanaian artistes living in the Diaspora find it difficult to break through back home because of identity problems, accent and the exposure to different cultures which tends to be a major challenge but she ignored that as a hindrance and came down to Ghana.

Probably for individuals like Ama, combination of hard work, dedication, and a resolve to have her fair share of fame in a land she comes from, worked the magic.

“I have heard several people argue that I don’t deserve the awards that I receive but I want it to be noted that receiving an award has got nothing to do with the number of movies you have featured in and this is where I think that people get it wrong. It is quality that people look for not quantity as some people think. It is a wrong conception that needs to be erased” she said.

The actress said that she feels fascinated when people perceive her to be a “newcomer” in the industry remarking that “ You see, most people think that I am new in the industry but they have no idea how I have hustle to get to where I am now. Even now, some people still see me as an outsider when it comes to Ghana Movie Industry but I know what I stand for and what I hope to achieve as well”.

Currently, she has three movies to her credit namely “Sinking Sands”, “Ties that Bind” by Leila Djansi’s Turning Point Production and “Elmina” from the staples of Revele Production but Ama believes that she needs more challenging roles to reveal the other side of her.

“Everybody knows that I am not a quiet person but I have always played ‘softer’ roles. I go all out to have fun and get what I want but as an actress, I have to interpret my role so I put in my best to bring the best out of me. Maybe, playing a block buster movie with all the shootings all over will show the other side of me. I am looking forward to play such a role, what do you think?” she said amidst laughter.

Ama said that her ultimate dream of influencing the society positively has been a major factor in the selection of the scripts and productions she wants to be part of.

“I don’t believe in quantity but I believe in quality so even if in my career span of twenty years as an actress, I do just ten movies which have an impact on society, I will not be bothered. I want the projects I am involved in to affect the society positively and not just for the fame.

“I quite remember in a conversation with a colleague actress of mine, she could not remember the titles of some of the movies she has been in involved in. She could only remember four out of the about fifty movies she has starred in. That, I think should not be the case at all. I should value what I do.

“Personally, I love the acting craft so I take a particular interest in it and just don’t do it for fun. Again, I believe that whatever I do, I can do better or best so I don’t settle for anything”.

When asked if she would want to feature in a movie by Shirleyy Frimpong Manso’s Sparrow Production, this is what she had to say “Why not? If it is a good project, I won’t mind at all. I don’t want to select productions based on names but the quality and I must admit that I will love to work with Kwaw Ansah who I have idolised since infancy because he is a great movie maker not only in Ghana but globally”.

She said that even though she receives offers from producers outside the country, she is yet to receive a script from a Ghanaian producer and jokingly said “Maybe, their budget cannot accommodate me. Anyway, I know that some of my people are really making good money”.

She believes that her influence as an actress should not end in Ghana and Nigeria as has been the lot of most Ghanaian actresses but they must endeavour to extend their influence globally. “I will very much love to be on a South African, Kenya and Tanzania productions. I don’t think that we have to limit ourselves to Nigeria because we can go beyond that and I am looking forward to capture the hearts of Africa”.

The 20-something year-old lady who professes to be a staunch Christian says that she is still praying to God to grant her the man of her dreams to settle down soon and hopes that in the next five years, she would be happily married with kids while enjoying her award of her an Oscar prize which she is working towards.

She holds a B.A in Media Arts and Drama from St, Mary’s University College and in order to keep fit, she boxes at the gym to release stress. “I release my tension, stress and frustration on the boxing material every morning and I love to eat good because I love to eat”

Currently, the Head of productions at VIASAT 1, Ama Konadu Abebrese has had the privilege of interviewing international artistes like Akon and Ziggy Marley. “ I believe that I am growing into a better person so my admirers should be on the watch for the new Ama Konadu Abebrese”. 
March 22, 2013
African DJ Awards Will Celebrate Significant Role African DJs Play - Organizers
Organizers of the maiden African Global DJ Awards, Stronghold Entertainment and Statsmedia Group, say the awards has been instituted to recognize and celebrate the significant role Africa DJs play when it comes to entertainment on the continent.

The maiden edition of the awards which comes off on May 4, 2013 at the Sandton Convention Center, Johannesburg, South Africa will award some of Africa’s finest DJs.

Speaking in an interview view with Myjoyonline.com, Mohammed Alfa and Tope Esan, of Stronghold Entertainment and Statsmedia Group respectively, said the awards will highlight the importance of the DJ profession in the continent.

According to Tope Esan, they have “been looking at this award for the last three years now to really celebrate African DJs. If you look at all the awards in the market now there is no award that is specific to DJs only” so they decided to come up with a global event “to celebrate DJs” considering the significant role they play.

Top African DJs, entertainment executives, radio stations and club owners came up with the categories as well as compiled the final nomination list which has been grouped into 16 categories.

The awards, Mohammed Alfa noted, is a scheme that Africans should own and that “it is not a popularity contest, it is about credibility.”

The awards night, he added, will be an event-based DJs and patrons will witness some of Africa’s biggest DJs and acts performing at the event.

DJ Black, host of Open House Party on Joy 99.7 FM, has been nominated in three categories - Best Western African DJ, Best Radio DJ and African DJ of the Year - for the awards.

For the African DJ of the Year category, he will face stiff competition from DJ Aly and Fila (Egypt), DJ Fresh (South Africa), DJ Xclusive (Nigeria), DJ Crème de la crème (Kenya) and DJ Oskido (South Africa).

Voting for the awards, which can be done via Twitter – @agdaawards - and the event’s website – www.agda.co.za - organizers said started on March 15, 2013 and winners will be announced at the main event in South Africa.
March 22, 2013
I Don't Hate Gays But I Don't Support Gay Marriage - Emeka Ike
Renowned Nollywood actor, Emeka Ike has stated that while he does not hate gays, the union between people of the same sexual orientation should not be encouraged.

The former president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), speaking at the Vchannel’s Celebrity Night Out at Troy Lounge in Lagos, Nigeria warned that the country should not follow the example of the United Kingdom which on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 passed legislation to legalized same-sex marriage.

The issue of gay rights and gay marriage across Africa has become a very dicey one.

While a few countries in Africa – like South Africa – have legalized gay marriage, most countries have rather enacted stringent anti-gay laws. The practice, according to some African politicians and religious leaders, is a sin against God and an affront to their tradition.

According to Emeka Ike, “Knowing our penchant for ‘copying’ others I want to plead with Nigerians not to encourage same sex marriage. I don’t hate gays but I don’t support gay marriage either. God does not want it, our culture forbids it.”

“We should not encourage what is not right,” he pleaded.

Emeka Ike, who is on hiatus from acting, explained that the issue is about defending whatever is left of the country’s culture.

“Nigeria should not go the way of UK, we are people of culture. I want our legislators to stick to their guns and not legalize what will be eroding our culture and make us Godless people,” he said. 
March 22, 2013
Rapper Shoots Friend As Sacrifice To Join Illuminati
A would-be rapper shot his friend in the head in an attempt to join the Illuminati.

A two-day trial has been scheduled in June for the aspiring Virginia rapper. Prosecutors claim that Wafeeq Sabir El-Amin, the rapper, believed he had to sacrifice a friend to join the Illuminati.

Timesdispatch.com reports that Henrico Circuit Judge L.A. Harris, Jr. denied bond Thursday for Wafeeq Sabir El-Amin, 27, after El-Amin was described as a danger to the public.

"You are my sacrifice," El-Amin allegedly said before allegedly firing a shot at his friend's head inside a Henrico County, Virginia home.

The victim awoke from sleep to see El-Amin pointing a gun at his head and saying that the victim needed to be sacrificed.

Miraculously, the bullet ricocheted off the victim's hand, sending bone and skin fragments into his eye.

The victim was able to wrestle the gun away from El-Amin and shoot him in the stomach before running off.

El-Amin was apparently obsessed with the career of 50 Cent, as well as a book about the role of the Illuminati in Hip Hop. Many artists, such as Mobb Deep's Prodigy, often reference the semi-fictitious society.

El-Amin, who had no prior criminal record, is charged with malicious wounding, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
March 22, 2013
VIP Is Not Parting Ways - Prodigal Denies Rumours
Rumours gaining currency that sensational music trio; VIP may be on the brink of parting ways, has been denied by a member of the group.

There were rumours that the Boogie Down Nima group, made up of Abdul Hamidu Ibrahim (Lazzy, now Zeal), Emmanuel Promzy Ababio (Promzy) and Joseph Nana Ofori (Prodigal), are on the verge of breaking up after about two decades of being together.

The news about Prodigal releasing his solo song triggered the controversy about the possible split but the musician told Myjoyonline.com the speculations have no basis.

According to him, “If something is going on with VIP, we are too grown and too old to keep secrets from the public. There is nothing going on in my camp, we are happy.”

Prodigal explained that he has only agreed with the group to release some singles onto the market, something fans should also expect from Zeal and Promzy.

He said, “in the future we will be dropping solo joints under the umbrella of VIP. We can’t split because we’ve been together for years.”

“Promzy is coming out with Letter to Hiplife and Zeal is also coming out with a couple of songs too,” he added.

Apart from solo songs, plans are far advance for each member to release individual albums “but still under the umbrella of VIP,” Prodigal revealed.

He maintained that “If you listen to our albums, we have songs some of us did,” individually and that, moves to release individuals songs should not come as a surprise.

The rapper released his DJ single Thursday. He explained that it “is basically a song I did for the DJs for the love and support they’ve given us throughout our career because without the DJs, [our] songs will never be played anywhere.”

Prodigal disclosed that he has recorded about seven songs which will be released soon. He will be ready to perform at shows if need be, he added.

He said VIP, the 2011 Ghana Music Awards Artiste of the Year winners, is preparing to shoot and release two music videos, Follow Me and Want It, urging fans to look forward to them.
VIP is not parting ways – Prodigal denies rumours
March 22, 2013
Majid Michel, Other Celebrities To Support Joseph Agbeko In His Bout Friday
Award winning Ghanaian actor, Majid Michel has disclosed that a long list of Ghanaian celebrities, himself included, will storm the Accra Sports Stadium to support Joseph Agbeko in his bout against Luis Melendez.

The Ghanaian will face the Colombian in an International Bantamweight Organization (IBO) bout on Friday, March 22.

Majid Michel, who was present at Joseph Agbeko’s work-out session at the Bridge Gym in Accra Wednesday, told Joy Sports that he is joining an impressive list of Ghanaian celebrities to support the Ghanaian boxer to victory.

He disclosed that, renowned personalities including CoDed (of 4x4), Kwaisey Pee, Fred Nuamah and Kwabena Kwabena are some of the names fans should expect at the ringside of Agbeko.

He said an exciting prelude to the much anticipated fight will be Ghanaian dancehall artiste, Samini singing the national anthem.

According to him, “We are great fans when it comes to sports, boxing being one of them. Joseph has a fight on Friday; we came here to support him. Seeing us around gives him a lot of motivation.”

“He came to train here - reflex training and everything - he was very good, we are looking forward to Friday,” the 2012 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAAs) Best Actor in a Leading Role winner added.

March 21, 2013
Nigerian Rapper Jesse Jagz Part Ways With Chocolate City
Jesse Jagz, the younger brother of Nigerian hip hop artiste, M.I. has parted ways with Chocolate City – leaving his brother at the label.

The rapper, who is also a producer and a songwriter, signed to the Chocolate City music label along with M.I., his older brother in 2008.

The label is one of Africa’s successful labels managing several big names in the Nigeria and African music scene including Ice Prince and Brymo.

Jesse Jagz said in a statement released Wednesday that: “I, Jesse Garba Abaga (also known as “Jesse Jagz”) an artist formerly signed to Chocolate City Music label hereby wish to notify my fans and the general public about my voluntary exit from the label.”

According to the statement chanced upon by Myjoyonline.com and signed by him, he said he does not wish to renew his two-year contract with the label.

The Wetin Dey hit singer disclosed that he has “proceeded to continue my music career with my new team at Jesse Jagz Nation.”

The 28-year-old musician said in spite of his exit, he will “still maintain a cordial relationship with the management of Chocolate City and my former label mates and I wish them the best in all their future endeavours.”

Jesse Jagz, born Jesse Garba Abaga, is due to release his sophomore album JagZNation Vol. 1 in July 2013.
Nigerian rapper Jesse Jagz part ways with Chocolate City
March 21, 2013