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There’s a war of sorts going on between Davido and Skuki over the ownership of the beat to their new songs ‘No Visa’ and ‘Move it’.
Those who have listened to the two songs will conclude that they both have the same beat. Not surprisingly, this has generated mixed reactions from their fans.
Recently, the Dami duro star Davido claimed ownership of the beat, saying via twitter ‘Leaking my song will only make me stronger. As for now, I have removed No Visa and enter the centre of my album. U happy Abi’.
Meanwhile, Skuki’s manager, Christopher Moses, told NET that the duo owns the beat and doesn’t wish to engage anybody on the matter. ‘ We don’t want to engage anybody on this issue. What I can say, therefore, is that we own the beat. There is no doubt about it. We spent time and energy to make the beat with the producer, Theorysound, in the studio for our latest work, Move it’
Moses went on to say they were told Davido had heard the beat, but didn’t know he was planning to put it on his album. ‘The producer informed us, after we voiced the track that he played the beat and the song for Davido and his crew and they liked it. He also said Davido dropped a freestyle on it, because it inspired him, and we said there was no problem hoping that it would end there. Besides, a lot of artists both locally and abroad freestyle on each other’s beat, but putting it out would lead to copyright issues’.
Dr Helen Wright, headmistress of St Mary’s Calne, a girls boarding school in Wiltshire, will tell an education conference this week that the US reality TV star is part of a culture which sexualises women at an early age.
This culture, which is rife on TV, the internet and in magazines, sends the message that physical appearance is more important than character, according to Dr Wright.
She will say: “I have spoken out a lot over the last two years about the increasing dangers of premature sexualisation of young people, and the objectification of women which accompanies this.
“It is not too strong a statement, I venture to suggest, to say that almost everything that is wrong with Western society today can be summed up in that one symbolic photo of Miss Kim Kardashian on the front of Zoo magazine.
“The descent of Western civilisation can practically be read into every curve (of which, you will note, there are indeed many). Officially the hottest woman in the world? Really? Is this what we want our young people to aim for? Is this what success should mean to them?” Dr Wright will say.
Kim on the May issue of Zoo Magazine.She will claim that Ms Kardashian is famous for “the reality TV series, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, for hanging out with the rich and famous, for a sex tape, a 72-day marriage and a rather ample backside”.
“What is she telling our young people about life? As a society, we have clearly attached a value to her, and there may be some messages about hard work buried in there somewhere – I expect she has to slave in the gym to keep that posterior in shape – but these are very hidden messages, buried under the other messages surrounded by glitz and sparkle,” Dr Wright will say.
Ms Kardashian, whose father is the late Robert Kardashian, one of the defence lawyers in OJ Simpson’s 1995 murder trial, shot to prominence when an erotic film of her appeared online in 2007. She has since gone on to become a household name on both sides of the Atlantic.
However people’s obsession with celebrities such as Ms Kardashian means that pupils are “soaking up a diet of empty celebrity and superficiality”, Dr Wright will say.
She will be speaking at the Institute of Development Professionals in Education (IDPE) conference later this week.
The Gombe State Government has set aside June 21 for fasting and payers for Christian and Muslim faithfuls, following the security challenges in the state.
Rev. Habu Dawaki, the Commissioner for Information, disclosed this on Wednesday while addressing journalists after the State Executive Council meeting.
Dawaki explained that the prayers would be for the peace of the state and the entire nation.
He said the recent killings of innocent souls by unknown gunmen had become an issue of concern.
“We need God’s intervention. Therefore, we will continue praying to God to bring an end to this crisis,”he said.
- Daily Times
In an interview with MTV News, Lil Wayne spoke about the on-going feud between Nicki Minaj and the Hot 97 Summer Jam. In the conversation, Weezy expressed his indignation about DJ Peter Rosenberg dissing his artist in front of the audience that she was about to address.
Wayne felt that a “woman should be respected,” stating further that:
“That’s a female; first and foremost Nicki Minaj is a female. I don’t know what anyone else believes, but I believe females deserve the ultimate respect at all times no matter, when or where or how,” Lil Wayne said to MTV.
“I know there are some chicks in here waiting to sing along with ‘Starships’ later…I’m not talking to y’all now. F–k that bulls—t,” said Rosenberg.
Two days later, Minaj called into Hot 97 Funkmaster Flex’s program and said that the comments by Rosenberg show a lack of respect for women.
“As soon as she called me and told me she felt disrespected, I just declined everything,” Lil Wayne said. “I pulled her from the show because…no person that works with me will be disrespected in my presence as long as I’m on this planet.”
“I expect the red carpet, in her manner; the pink carpet should be laid out for her,” he remarked. “It’s just an executive move—no salt, no bad feelings, no hard feelings.”
A report by the Reuters news agency says that the American government will later today label three “leading” figures in Boko Haram as “foreign terrorists”.
If applied, this action which will affect Abubakar Shekau, 43, Abubakar Adam Kambar, 35, and Khalid al Barnawi, 36, will enable the American government to freeze any assets that they might have in the US, and prohibit any American individual or corporation from doing business with the trio.
This will be about the first direct action that the American government is taking against Boko Haram, but it still falls short of the demands by some American congressmen and the US Justice Department to label Boko Haram as a “foreign terrorist organization.”
The expected action will freeze any assets they have in the United States, and bar U.S. persons from any transactions with them.
The American State Department has been under pressure to act against Boko Haram for months. In January, Lisa Monaco, the Justice Department’s top national security official, sent a letter to the State Department arguing that the Nigerian group met the criteria for a “foreign terrorist” listing because it either engages in terrorism that threatens the United States or has a capability or intent to do so.
More recently, a group of Republican senators led by Scott Brown of Massachusetts introduced legislation requiring the State Department to determine whether Boko Haram should be designated as a terrorist group.
A Representative from the Republican Party, Patrick Meehan, who chairs a Homeland Security subcommittee in the House, also introduced an amendment that would force the administration to add Boko Haram to the terrorism list or explain why it was not doing so.
However, American diplomats are weighing these demands against counter arguments, including those made by a group of academic experts on Africa who sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last month urging her not to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist group.
- Daily Times
Residents of Lagos, on Wednesday, had a terrible time navigating water-logged roads, as heavy rainfall left most roads flooded.
The rain which started in the early hours of Wednesday flooded roads on the Island and the Mainland.
Most people who escaped the rain on their way to work came back to flooded streets after work.
Some of the roads were so flooded that vehicles could not pass through them, forcing the residents living in such areas to wade through the pool of water.
Residents of Aboru Road, Iyana Ipaja, lamented the fate befalling the axis of the metropolis.
A resident, Yemi Oluwasola told Daily Times that the experience is “scary judging from the havoc that flooding wrecked in the state last raining season.”
“We just hope we are not into it again this year. Last year’s experience is still very fresh in our memories,” he said.
Residents have called on the Lagos State government to come to their rescue, to avert the impending danger of flood.
On Victoria Island, most of the adjoining roads were flooded and most pedestrians were forced to board motorcycles to escape the flood.
- Daily Times
After only a year of dating, Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin officially tie the knot.
Triunfo Creek Winery in Malibu, California was busy last night, June 17th 2012. With 400 witnesses, including celebrities Derek Luke, Tasha Smith, Deion Sanders and Tracy Edmonds, Meagan Good exchanged vows with Hollywood film executive DeVon Franklin.
“DeVon makes me better, makes my life fuller and completes my quality of life,” Good told PEOPLE magazine. “He’s truly on my team and I am truly on his. God revealed my heart to him like nobody else.” Good had revealed to the public that just last year, she put her trust in God to bring her a husband and over the weekend her prayers were answered.
VP of Production at Columbia/Sony Pictures and Seventh-day Adventist minister Franklin also had no problem expressing his excitement about how his new wife has changed his life. “I’ve never had more peace, fun, and joy than I’ve had with her.”
The next question now is will there be any little ones on the way?
Franklin spoke with PEOPLE and stated that they want to “get to know each other as husband and wife” first. He went on to clarify why children wouldn’t be best at this time. “We want to make sure that when we bring a child into this world, we give it our full attention,” the new bride explained.
A mother and son on are the run recently in Zimbabwe after it was discovered the mother; Ethel Vhangare was pregnant with her son Simon Matsvara’s child.
This isn’t the first occurrence of Vhangare being reported pregnant. Back in 2008, Vhangare’s husband and Simon’s father, Agripah Matsvara suffered a stroke. It was then that relatives appointed Simon as the care taker for both his mother and father. Later that same year, a neighbor stated that she caught her vomiting and when she went to help her she announced that she was pregnant and that Simon was the father. The first one allegedly ended in a miscarriage just two months before her husband’s death.
The community stated they thought they had resolved the matter and even fined the family an undisclosed number of cattle.
Chief Chinamhora has since sent his aides to look for them and arrest them.
“We are going to hunt for the two and we will punish them severely to send a clear message to would-be offenders that we do not tolerate such acts,” the chief stated.
A similar case had just happened in another village assigned by the same Chief, where it was reported that a 26-year-old man and his 22-year-old niece were carrying on a relationship that ended in bearing two children, ages 4 and 1 now. The man was ordered to pay two heads of cattle as punishment and the woman was ordered to pay a cow.
- Black Like Moi
idents of Kaduna have started fleeing the state in droves for fear of more retaliatory attacks following the violence that has erupted between Christians and Muslims in parts of the state.
On Wednesday, panicked residents were seen being escorted out of the state by military personnel deployed to the area. The heavy military presence on the streets has resulted in a semblance of calm.
Following last Sunday’s bombing of three churches in the state, reprisal attacks erupted against Muslims in parts of the state.
A 24-hour curfew was swiftly imposed in the state. However, when the curfew was relaxed on Tuesday, further violence sparked off, this time by Muslims attacking Christians in revenge. The state government has re-introduced the curfew.
An estimated 80 people have been killed so far in the violence, with over 140 injured.
Some residents who could not flee the state for various reasons took refuge in a compound in Kigo Road New Extension in Kaduna. Residents say they fear fresh violence will break out when the curfew is relaxed.
“How do you expect us to stay when it is very obvious that our lives and properties are not safe? After the 24-hour curfew now, who knows what is going to happen next? So the best thing is to run for our dear lives,” said a resident who did not want his name published.
- Daily Times
Manchester United centre back, Rio Ferdinand, gushed with enthusiasm on Wednesday morning as the news broke that ex-Chelsea star, Didier Drogba, had signed with a Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua.
Ferdinand said in a tweet that he was upbeat about an upcoming match between his club and Drogba’s new base scheduled for next month.
“Looking forward to playing against Didier Drogba when MUFC play Shanghai Shenhua in Shanghai on 25th July,” Ferdinand wrote.
His tweet coincided with news that Drogba had signed a two-year contract with the Chinese club, a deal that would make him the country’s highest-paid player.
The deal, coming one month after sealing Chelsea’s victory in the European Champions League final, may be as high as $15 million a year, although no details were given about Shanghai’s offer.
Shanghai confirmed the signing Wednesday, and Ivory Coast-born Drogba said on his website he will join the Chinese Super League team in the country’s financial hub next month.
On his website, Drogba, 34, wrote, “Today I can inform you that I have signed with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua FC for a two and a half year deal.
“Today I can inform you that I have signed with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua FC for a two and a half year deal (until the end of 2014). I will fly out to join up with the squad in July.
“I have considered all the offers I have received in the past few weeks, but I feel that Shanghai Shenhua FC is the right move for me at this time. I am looking forward to a new challenge and to experiencing a new culture, and I am excited about the new developments in the Chinese Super League. When Chelsea went to China last year, we had a great time and I met some amazing fans.
“I hope to help promote Chinese football around the world and further improve the links between China and Africa.”
Responding, Shanghai spokesman Ma Yue told the Associated Press, “You can see from the online response, the fans are crazy about him.
“There has never been a foreign player who has stirred up such a reaction in China. It means a lot to Chinese football and will be of immense help in spreading the CSL brand.”
The announcement comes days after a reported visit to Drogba’s native Ivory Coast by Shanghai’s owner, Zhu Jun, an online gaming magnate whose fortune has already facilitated the hiring of former Argentina coach Sergio Batista and another former Chelsea player, Nicolas Anelka.
Drogba’s move to Shanghai had been speculated for months. He was also approached by Al Wasl of the United Arab Emirates, coached by Diego Maradona, but its bid was believed to be less than Shanghai’s.
Drogba capped his Chelsea career by scoring the equalizing goal and then the penalty shootout winner in Chelsea’s win over Bayern Munich in last month’s European Champions League final.
Prior to his nine years at Chelsea, he had spells at French clubs LeMans, Guingamp and Marseille.
Chinese club football has long been dogged by mismanagement and corruption, with the level of performance trailing well behind that of neighbours South Korea and Japan. But rapidly escalating salaries are beginning to attract big-name players while authorities have ramped up measures to stamp out fixing.
Shangahi sits in 12th place in the 16-team Chinese Super League, 15 points behind leader Guangzhou Evergrande, which itself broke the Chinese transfer spending record to sign Argentine playmaker Dario Conca for $10 million from Fluminense, reportedly making him the third-highest paid player in the world.
Guangzhou followed that up by hiring coach Marcello Lippi, who guided Italy to the 2006 World Cup title and Juventus to the 1996 Champions League crown and five Serie A championships.
China’s football association hopes the big names will in turn boost sponsorship and give the Chinese league wider recognition, although a lack of homegrown talent remains a problem for the perennially underperforming national team.