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While speaking in a new interview conducted by Boiler Room in collaboration with British Council, multi-award winning music producer and singer, Micheal Ajereh Collins, popularly known as Don Jazzy, has disclosed that foreign artistes are scared to make music with him.

“Most of these American artistes would call you, they believe you have something that they like, so they call you to come and try something out.
“A bunch of people that I have tried to work with or have tried to work with me chicken out at the end of the day because they aren’t really ready for the music change; they want me to tweak it till it gets back to their sound.
“I can give you your sound, but then, you called me for something and then I try to give to my sound and I want you to do your thing on top of it which would give the sound a wider recognition but they say they aren’t ready for this switch drastically. I think they are still scared,” Don Jazzy said.
TheCable Lifestyle reported that the 33-year-old Mavin Records CEO said he started paying more attention to music during the Kennis Music era.
“I would say I started listening more during the Kennis music time because after Storm records, then it was a time for Kennis music and they came with Tuface, Remedies and all.
“At that point, I was still in secondary school and I was like “Yo! They were putting a lot of swags into this my work”. So I started taking note of the music and it started shaping me into what I would like to do but then, there was no way for me to do it.”
The entertainment mogul also said that Nigerian music is designed to make people happy during their struggles. “Everyone is struggling; we all have a problem in the country but there are sometimes when we need that peace of mind.
“While some people are consciously trying to make you aware of what is going on in the struggle, there should be other people that would keep you happy when you are going through the struggles and that is where we come in.”

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Unable to bear a recent heartbreak, up and coming actress, Ruth Eze who has become a popular face in the Nollywood industry allegedly attempted suicide after she was jilted by her lover based in Abuja.

According to what sources told , Ruth Eze who was recently credited to have said in an interview that actress, Genevieve Nnaji, makes her wet, went visiting her man in Abuja only to discover that he has been having affair with her close friend and colleague in the entertainment industry.

“Ruth couldn’t stand the pain because she had thought that her lover had forgiven her after she was slammed with lesbianism scandal.

To make matters worse, they had been making plans to go pay her bride price this coming Christmas and her family members have approved the marriage. The relationship is over 4 years old.

“After she saw her friend in her fiance’s arms, Ruth was stuck in her hotel room for over 24 hours. She was not picking her calls.

It was later discovered that she had bought overdose of sleeping pills in attempt to take her life but for the timely intervention of another actress who had accompanied her to Abuja.

That her friend is suspected to have poisoned the mind of Ruth’s husband-to-be to abandon her. She is husband-snatcher, that is what is reigning in Nollywood now. They snatch and brainwash people’s lovers, even husbands” the source squealed.

She also added that Ruth, has been under close observation since the incidence but she has been wetting her pillows with midnight tears.
Recall that Ruth Eze had earlier debunked the reports that she was into ladies: “I am not a lesbian and I can never be a lesbian.

My mother is a devout Christian and she is an evangelist. I can never be a lesbian.

I never said that; all I said in the interview was that I love Genny very much and I still love her till date. I don’t care about what anybody says.

I don’t judge anyone whether they are a lesbian or not. It is between you and God because the bible says we should not judge.”

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Lagos-based online events venue booking platform, ogaVenue has secured a $45,000 seed investment from Spark and Hotels.ng.

ogaVenue launched in 2014 and it contains a comprehensive database of event venues in Nigeria. There are currently over 2000 venues spread across 17 states in Nigeria listed on the site with reviews from other users. Each venue listing contains detailed information including availability, location, capacity, facilities, costings, images (including a 360° vrtual tour) and policies.

Talking about the raise, ogaVenue CEO, Andrew Airelobhegbe says, “We are incredibly excited to join the Spark family as it houses some of the most successful startups in Nigeria and arguably as helped to grow the most successful founders in Nigeria. We’re also thrilled to have attracted the attention of, and investment from Hotels.ng, a pioneering travel business we have long since admired and followed.  With them on board, we are certain that together, we will radically change the face of events and hospitality in Nigeria and Africa.”

Spark co-founder, Jason Njoku already published a post talking about Spark’s new agenda where he announced this new investment. He didn’t mention any names but he did say he was optimistic about it and his fellow co-founder, Bastian Gotter agrees.

In Bastian’s words, “The OgaVenue venue team combined their strong technical backgrounds with a high sense of commerciality and quickly established industry leadership in the venue booking space. We believe this investment is complementary to our earlier investments in Hotels.ng and are very happy to partner with them in supporting OgaVenue with capital and advice. We hope OgaVenue will continue to expand its industry leadership and win big”.

Hotels.ng founder and CEO Mark Essien added that, “For us, the ogaVenue deal was a no-brainer. Andrew is probably the smartest young entrepreneur in the Eco-system, and he has built a business that’s showing amazing numbers and traction. Seeing how closely his business is related to ours, it was obvious that getting involved in this deal would be to both of our advantages – there are clear synergies that can be leveraged on to accelerate growth in both the hotel and the event segments”.

ogaVenue is hoping to use this investment to increase their inventory and expand to more states across Nigeria. They’re also going to build their product, engineering and business development teams.

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Mr Jimi Agbaje, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos for the 2015 election, said on Wednesday that the party would remain alive in spite of internal problems.
Agbaje, a candidate for the party`s national chairman position, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt that members would keep the party alive, being the main platform for the opposition in the country.
He said the decision of delegates to extend the tenure of the Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee was a good option aimed at keeping the party stronger.
“It is obvious that from the situation we found ourselves, we must keep the PDP alive. It is the still the veritable platform for the opposition.

“So, the best option is what we have taken, which is to extend the life of the caretaker committee, to expand it as we have decided and to give room for whatever litigation,” he said.
According to him, members believe that at the end of the day, the truth will prevail because the majority will have their way.
“The PDP is definitely not going to die. The PDP is going to fight for its staying alive,” he said.
Agbaje also said that he was optimistic that before the end of the year, the party would bounce back stronger and more united.
“I’m sure that within the year, we will be very much stronger,” he said.

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Being an entrepreneur comes with its fair share of challenges. Starting out her hustle in 2006, Linda Ikeji understands the rigours and struggles that come with being an entrepreneur. In a message she shared to encourage entrepreneurs to strive to succeed, Linda emphasizes the importance of knowing when it’s time to walk away from a business venture after years of struggling with it.


Here are three things every entrepreneur should take away from Linda’s message.


Giving up on a business venture does not mean you are giving up on your dreams. It’s ok to end a venture that isn’t working, take a step back and figure out a better route through which you can achieve your dreams.


In Linda’s words, “I started FM&B (Fashion, Modeling and Beauty) magazine in 2006 until 2009. Managed to produce 5 editions of the magazine before I gave up on it. I gave up on this particular venture but I didn’t give up on my dreams of being successful, of making it in life. I always believed if I failed in one thing, I could succeed in another.


You can always be successful in something else. Don’t blindly hold on to a failing business because you feel letting go will make you a failure. Even if it fails, you can learn your lessons and apply it successfully to another business venture.


“For hustlers out there still fighting for their dreams, it’s okay to give up on some ventures you believe without any doubt is going nowhere and start something else, put energy into something new. You can be successful in something else.”


You must be willing to let go and try other things. By all means, give your business the very best. Pursue it with grit and be determined to succeed. When you’ve done all that you know how to do and you’ve taken the necessary steps but the business still isn’t thriving, it’s ok to let it go and pursue something else.


We love Linda’s words of wisdom here, “Those of us who have made it always advise ‘don’t give up, never give up until you have made it’, and that’s good advice but sometimes it’s okay to let go of a business venture that is draining your spirit, taking all your time, money, resources and giving nothing back to you. Some ventures are fruitless, and what you can hope is to have discernment on time to tell which is and move away from it asap. What if there’s something else out there that you were called to do? To be? What if your destiny is on some other venture? You must be willing to try other things. You must be willing to let go of the life you planned so as to have the life that is waiting for you.”


Most importantly, find your own path. 


“I started the mag because Betty Irabor succeeded in it and I wanted to be like her, the next great magazine publisher forgetting that I had my path to follow in life. Thankfully, I found myself.


I hope you discover your path in life soon and do what you were truly called into this world to do and not what you THINK you should be doing.”

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Being an entrepreneur comes with its fair share of challenges. Starting out her hustle in 2006, Linda Ikeji understands the rigours and struggles that come with being an entrepreneur. In a message she shared to encourage entrepreneurs to strive to succeed, Linda emphasizes the importance of knowing when it’s time to walk away from a business venture after years of struggling with it.


Here are three things every entrepreneur should take away from Linda’s message.


Giving up on a business venture does not mean you are giving up on your dreams. It’s ok to end a venture that isn’t working, take a step back and figure out a better route through which you can achieve your dreams.


In Linda’s words, “I started FM&B (Fashion, Modeling and Beauty) magazine in 2006 until 2009. Managed to produce 5 editions of the magazine before I gave up on it. I gave up on this particular venture but I didn’t give up on my dreams of being successful, of making it in life. I always believed if I failed in one thing, I could succeed in another.


You can always be successful in something else. Don’t blindly hold on to a failing business because you feel letting go will make you a failure. Even if it fails, you can learn your lessons and apply it successfully to another business venture.


“For hustlers out there still fighting for their dreams, it’s okay to give up on some ventures you believe without any doubt is going nowhere and start something else, put energy into something new. You can be successful in something else.”


You must be willing to let go and try other things. By all means, give your business the very best. Pursue it with grit and be determined to succeed. When you’ve done all that you know how to do and you’ve taken the necessary steps but the business still isn’t thriving, it’s ok to let it go and pursue something else.


We love Linda’s words of wisdom here, “Those of us who have made it always advise ‘don’t give up, never give up until you have made it’, and that’s good advice but sometimes it’s okay to let go of a business venture that is draining your spirit, taking all your time, money, resources and giving nothing back to you. Some ventures are fruitless, and what you can hope is to have discernment on time to tell which is and move away from it asap. What if there’s something else out there that you were called to do? To be? What if your destiny is on some other venture? You must be willing to try other things. You must be willing to let go of the life you planned so as to have the life that is waiting for you.”


Most importantly, find your own path. 


“I started the mag because Betty Irabor succeeded in it and I wanted to be like her, the next great magazine publisher forgetting that I had my path to follow in life. Thankfully, I found myself.


I hope you discover your path in life soon and do what you were truly called into this world to do and not what you THINK you should be doing.”

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I think I am always paranoid, I became this way in 2008 after a traumatic kidnap. I am always suspicious of people and I tend to read meanings into almost every move. You can't blame me can you? 


Yesterday during mass, I walked in late as usual. Luckily for me I brought a plastic seat from home just in case there were no available seats and as a baby girl, I had to sit because my shoes were not made for standing. I managed to find a little space and I fixed my green chair. I was busy minding my business when my eyes fell on the shoes of the person who sat directly in front of me, it was a disaster as it was peeling and the whole floor was littered with particles. I felt bad for her and made up my mind to bring shoes for her the next Sunday. Being an inquisitive person, my eyes started roaming the area I sat, guess I wanted to be sure no other person had bad shoes. Fortunately or unfortunately it fell on a very lovely brown loafers. I am sure you can already tell I am a sucker for shoes. My eyes kept going back to the shoes, but I didn't see the face of the owner. 


"Hi, what's your name? I will like to know you more". The owner of the brown loafers said to me during peace and love of Christ. He actually held my hand right in the middle of mass to get to know me. Chi m! I politely answered him and told him we will talk after mass because people were already looking at us. Oga wasn't discreet at all o. I kept on thinking about this very unfamiliar face in my small church were we all know each other that I forgot to say my prayers before communion. 


Immediately after the last person went for communion, Mr. brown loafers pulled his chair close to mine and started telling me about himself, after which he asked for my number and I gave him. Eyes were on us and it was as if he didn't care. After a while, he left the church and I stayed till the end. As soon as I got home, I got a call from him, asking for us to see immediately and I calmly dismissed him. I told him we will see in the evening and he told me he had to see me that very day. First thing that puts me off. 


It was Mother's Day, so we all went to celebrate at my aunt's place. My WhatsApp kept beeping, it was Mr loafers asking me when we will see. I told him the situation and the fact we might not get to see because it was getting late. Oga was adamant. He told me to call him we I got home that he will pick me up. Me Adanna, go out with a desperate stranger in the middle of the night lol. I got home very late and I sent him a text that I can't come out anymore, he said I should text him my address, so we can come to my gate for us to talk. At this point, my spirit said block him, but I didn't. 


When he was sure I wasn't going to come out, he called and started telling me that he was in love with me. Haba! Told him we just met a few hours ago, he changed it for me o. Started telling me I had an archaic mentality and I had to change. His tone was aggressive and the psychologist in me kicked in. I asked him if he was an aggressive person, he said yes but not in an angry way, just in cases like lovemaking. At this point, I knew it was over. I told him I had to go, he started shouting at me, they had the mind to try to schedule another meeting with me the next day. I just said okay and hung up. 


I forgot to block the number and my first call of the day was from Mr. Brown loafers, I refused to pick, he called and called, I didn't answer. Two unknown numbers and I private caller later, I decided to return his call. I told him I was out of town and will be back later at night. Oga said there were sides of me, he hasn't unraveled and he must before leaving town. 


Is this guy just forward or plain creepy? I want to be sure I am not just paranoid.


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You can actually set up the next big NGO, and maybe win a Nobel prize for your wonderful contribution to the society. Isn’t that amazing? But wait! Before rehearsing your Nobel prize acceptance speech, have you given enough thought to the sine qua non of setting up and sustaining an NGO? No? It’s not too late. Let’s start with the basics.


A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), according to www.ngo.org, “is any non-profit, voluntary citizens’ group which is organized on a local, national or international level.” In Nigeria, they play important roles, often filling gaps which the government is unable to while complementing existing government activities. These organizations, small or large, work in the health, civil society and other sectors of society. Individuals and groups often set up NGOs with altruistic motives, with the intention of impacting positive societal change.


Having worked for an NGO for several years, I know that most people assume that starting and sustaining one is a laid-back affair. On the contrary, it is in fact as critical as starting up a for-profit business. It really does not matter if it is on a small-scale basis, or whether you have vast amounts of cash, there are key guides to consider. Here’s what you need to know.


Legal requirements

A lot of times, enthusiastic newbies fail to consider the legal requirements of embarking on such a venture. Someone wakes up, scribbles an interesting name for a proposed NGO, then proceeds to print branded T-shirts. That’s not bad for effort, but you need a more structured process. For proper legal status, your NGO must be registered with the relevant body; the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). Take ownership of the process, and as much as possible, avoid using a proxy. That way, you will be in possession of all necessary documents and minimize the chances of a disaster.


Now, you’ll need to establish the following:


The legal obligations it will be subject to.

Your goals and objectives.

The problems you intend to solve.

Equally important, you’ll need a lawyer during this process. Having a lawyer at your side will keep you updated on the rights and obligations of the registered NGO you’ll soon be running.


Acquiring and sustaining funds

When setting up an NGO, you must be very clear on the source and availability of funds. You can’t begin with the, ‘Well, I just started’ or ‘Let’s see how it goes’ attitude.


Having said that, let’s see if you can answer these questions:


Do I have funds for the activities I’d like my NGO to embark on?

Are there government or other organizations’ grants I can apply for?

Can the NGO sustain itself on a long-term basis?

Do I have an efficient structure?

What are my planned activities, and who will be responsible for each activity?

Run your NGO like you would run a business.

Look, I get it. The society seriously needs solutions and you’re revved up for the challenge. Your idea is the best, most unique and different one and you’re in line to becoming the next Mother Theresa. Listen though, other NGOs are profit-oriented and well, only focus on making profit. If you want your NGO to be around for a long time, you’ll need to integrate these profit-making elements to your operations:


Have a defined strategy for hiring, operations and other organizational processes.

Have a strong financial system.

Have a target audience? A robust marketing strategy will cater to them.

Have a marketing budget.

Decide on what strategy to apply. Person-to-person? Social media? Flyers and posters? Or a mix of different strategies?

How about record-keeping? Do you have a plan?

How often would you produce reports? Bi-monthly, quarterly or annually?

The above requirements are essential, especially if your NGO’s activities are grant-funded (which means you’ll have to submit regular reports to your handlers).  The sad reality is not everyone gets grants at the start, but proper record-keeping would prove very helpful should you decide to apply for funds in the future.


#MotherlandMoguls should know that NGOs are businesses too. Your profit is in the satisfaction of helping people in profound ways.



About the writer>

Ivie writes poems, essays and short stories on her blog. She is also the author of the ebook, 'Looking for myself and my phone charger', which is available on Okada Books. She studied Political Science at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and believes that with deliberate efforts, Nigerians can work to make ours a functioning society.

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola blasted Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz and lamented a number of decisions that cost his side dear after a 2-1 home defeat by Liverpool on Tuesday sealed a 5-1 aggregate Champions League quarter-final win for the five-time European champions.


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola blasted Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz and lamented a number of decisions that cost his side dear after a 2-1 home defeat by Liverpool on Tuesday sealed a 5-1 aggregate Champions League quarter-final win for the five-time European champions.


Guardiola was forced to watch the second half from the stands after being sent off for his protestations at the break as free-spending City's dreams of conquering the Champions League for the first time were dashed for another season.


City led 1-0 on the night at that stage after Gabriel Jesus's second-minute opener, but the hosts felt aggrieved after Leroy Sane had a second goal wrongly disallowed for offside just before half-time.


"It's different to go in 1-0 at half-time to 2-0," said Guardiola, who also believed Liverpool's opener in a 3-0 first-leg win at Anfield last week should have been ruled out for offside.


"When the teams are so equal the impact of these decisions is so big."


Mohamed Salah booked Liverpool's place in the last four for the first time in a decade when he coolly chipped home his 39th goal of the season 11 minutes into the second half before Roberto Firmino inflicted a third consecutive defeat on City for the first time in Guardiola's near two-year reign.


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed the maturity of his side to see out a first-half onslaught.


"The boys found a solution. We had these two or three moments already at end of the first half so it was easy for me and the boys to see the development of the game and that we are already through the whirlwind," said Klopp.


Liverpool trail City by 17 points in the Premier League, but have now beaten Guardiola's men in three of their four meetings this season.


"I really think they are the best team in the world at the moment but I knew we could beat them," added Klopp.


"We should enjoy the moment. It was a while ago Liverpool was in the semis and I was in the semis and now we are there together."



Perfect start

Guardiola admitted beforehand that his side needed the "perfect" performance and the hosts got the perfect start as they opened the scoring after just 117 seconds.


Liverpool were unhappy at Mateu Lahoz in what was to be the start of a controversial night for the Spaniard when Virgil van Dijk claimed he had been pushed by Raheem Sterling in the lead-up to the goal.


The referee was unmoved, though, and with the Dutchman out of position, Fernandinho's through ball found Sterling and his low cross was swept home by Jesus.


Salah had been an injury doubt after limping off in the first leg, but Liverpool were unable to spring the Egyptian free in the first 45 minutes as City peppered the visitors' box with crosses without finding the final touch.


Bernardo Silva saw a deflected effort spin just wide and then rattled the post with a deflected long-range strike.


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few days ago, a US-born college basketball player of Nigerian descent, Arike Ogunbowale, made headlines when she helped her team, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish win the NCAA championship.

The win gave her team their first women basketball title since 2001.

In a semi-final match against Uconn, Arike had beaten the team with a 2-pointer with just 1 second left

Arike got her team the championship when she scored a 3-pointer with just 0.1 seconds to go, a feat widely described as a ‘shot of a lifetime,’ in her game against the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs.


Her shot will reportedly go down as the greatest last-second shot in championship game history as she was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.


Born in the United States to Gregory and Yolanda Ogunbowale, her father reportedly used to be a footballer in Nigeria and once served in the Nigerian Army before he relocated to the United States. Her mother, Yolanda, was her grade-school basketball coach.


Born to parents that are sports oriented, it is no surprise that Arike excelled in her career even while growing up.


She won four Wisconsin State Cup championships during her club soccer days with Lake Country United (2010-12) and FC Milwaukee (2009)



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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba "can't be happy" finding to be out of favour at Old Trafford, says France coach Didier Deschamps.


Pogba, 25, is in the France squad for friendlies with Colombia and Russia, after being an unused substitute for United against Brighton on Saturday.


"I'm sure I'll hear more about it," said Deschamps. "But of course it's a situation he won't be enjoying."



Pogba started United's Champions League defeat against Sevilla last Tuesday, having missed the win over Liverpool because of injury.


"I don't know why that is," added Deschamps. "As to why or how things came to this, there may be many reasons.


"I have a great deal of talks with players at our training camps, to gauge their feelings. It's not just Paul."


Pogba rejoined United in 2016 for a fee of £89m and helped them win the League Cup and Europa League last season.

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