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Is 2face building third ‘Rumors’ nightclub on the Island?

by Kolapo Olapoju

Unconfirmed reports say that pop icon, 2face Idibia is working on the third franchise of his nightclub, ‘Rumors’.

The new project, which is being built on the Island is believed to be worth over N400m naira and could be opened sometime between the end of this year and early next year.

In 2012, he acquired the building of former Lacachette Nite Club situated in G.R.A, Ikeja, and renamed it ‘Rumors’. Two years later in January of this year, he launched another Rumors Nite Club in Festac Town, Lagos.

The Festac extension of ‘Rumors’ was estimated at N250million, while 2face also stated his desire to go full throttle into the nightclub business.

In an interview with Punch early this year, he said, “I am not only an artiste, I’m also an entrepreneur. I want to make the night club a model like Jay-Z’s Club 40/40. I want to have my clubs in major cities in Nigeria and one in South Africa, Europe and the US.”


Oritsefemi splashes N224 million on Lekki home and Range Rover Evoque (PHOTOS)

by Kolapo Olapoju

Double Wahala singer, Oritsefemi is moving up the world at an organic pace.

From his humble abode in Ajegunle to a rented apartment in Ikeja, the singer has stepped up, by acquiring a duplex on the island.

Oritsefemi has packed into a duplex in Lekki Phase 1, valued at N200m, while also acquiring a 2014 Range Rover Evoque estimated at N24m

The ‘Money Stops Nonsense’ label honcho recently signed a management deal with Avatar Entertainment, which is believed to be worth millions of naira.

See below photos of the new acquisitions:






University girls make N150k per week in my club – Strip club boss offers good employment

by Kolapo Olapoju

The owner of Cave night club in Ikeja, Dr. Shina Eddo says the strip club business is very lucrative, and the female undergraduates who work as strippers in his club make more in a week than degree holders make in a month.

In a recent interview with iCampus’ Samuel Olatunji, the strip club boss says he gives employment to over 70 girls, who use the money they make, to cater for their families and sort out their school fees.

Eddo said, “Actually the kind of money they make help them to take care of a lot of issues, like most of them are in school and can imagine when you are in school and in a situation where you have to sleep with a guy to get 5/10 thousand or what have you but here you don’t have to sleep with anyone. In a strip club or you have to do is lap dance a guy or sit on him, when you sit on him, you wine and he gives you money, some can give you N5000, some can give you N10,000, some can even give you N20,000, it depends. So the kind of money they make here enables them to take care of their parents, some of them have kids, some of them help their siblings, those going to school take care of their school needs and sort a lot of issues for them.”

He would also add that some girls make as much as N600,000 per week, and that he gets girls from other African countries besides Nigeria.

“In this place a girl makes up to N150, 000 in a week. We open on Tuesdays to Sundays and we go off on Mondays. If a girl makes up to a N150,000 in a week that is about N600,000 in a month and when she goes out to tell her friends that this is the kind of money she makes, her friend will want to come too and that is why they keep coming from different parts of the world. We have girls from Kenya, Cameroon, Ghana just name it,” he added.


T.B. Joshua shares money to South African victims’ family as ‘building collapse’ inquest looms

by Kolapo Olapoju

Following the guest house building collapse in his church premises on 12 September, Temitope Balogun Joshua, the General Overseer of the Synagogue Church of All of Nations (SCOAN) has sent money and other items to the families of the 84 South African victims killed in the tragedy.

On Sunday, 5 October, South Africa’s ‘Sunday Times’ reported that Joshua had instructed his envagelists across South Africa to share maize meal, annointed water and R5,000 (N73, 116) to family members of those killed in the building collapse.

The report stated that although many families had confirmed receiving the gifts and money from Joshua, they were not moved by the gesture of the Nigerian prophet.

One of such persons, Thanduxolo Doro, whose sister, Vathiswa Madikiza, died in the tragedy, is at the forefront of the recent calls for a class action lawsuit against Joshua, by families of the deceased victims.

Five families are believed to have expressed their willingness to join Doro in taking legal action against church and two law firms have also reportedly offered their services.

Doro told ‘Sunday Times’ that representatives of the church had repeatedly tried to set up a meeting with him. He said, “They met with my family at home, offering condolences, and gave them R5,000. I told them: ‘Whatever you are offering, it can never compare with the life of my sister.”

According to him, the amount of R5,000 was a far cry from the R18,000 (N263,219), his late sister paid to travel from South Africa to Lagos to visit the church.

A former President of the South African Football Association and a “fellow” of the Synagogue Church of All of Nations, Kirsten Nematandani, confirmed that multiple teams had visited the families of the victims.

“In fact this is the second round of visits. We are assisting the families with whatever they need, school fees, rent, groceries and toiletries, and the families are so grateful for the help. We take the message from the man of God that they must pray with him for the loss of their loved ones. We give them the anointed water to strengthen them,” he said.

Another relative of a victim, Mxolisi Catazo, whose wife, Amanda Fina, died in the building collapse, acknowledged receiving the delegation from the church, but however, denied collecting money from them. He said, “The church people did come to see me on Monday and they said I must call them when I need help with the funeral. They didn’t give me any money.”

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government hasannounced that the coroner inaugurated to probe the circumstances surrounding the collapse will begin sitting on 13 October.

According to a statement by the state Ministry of Justice on Friday, 3 October, the coroner’s hearing will hold at the Coroner Court in the Ikeja premises of the Lagos State High Court.

The coroner’s task is to determine the cause of the building collapse, and it will be headed by Chief Magistrate Abimbola Komolafe.

The Lagos State Building Control Agency, the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, the Lagos State Ministry of Works, the Surveyor-General of the state, the SCOAN building contractors, the Standard Organisation of Nigeria and the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, are on the coroner’s witness list.

Other government agencies that are expected to give testimony at the inquest are; National Emergency Management Agency, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, the Nigerian Red Cross Society, the Lagos State Fire Service and the Lagos State Transport Management Authority, Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Chief Medical Director of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, the Chief Medical Examiner of the state and officials of the Emergency Centre of the Igando General Hospital, Lagos State.

The ministry of Justice statement also divulged that print and electronic media houses such as Punch, The Nation, Daily Independent, Vanguard, P.M. News, News Agency of Nigeria, Channels Television and Television Continental are also expected to testify before the coroner of inquest.

T.B Joshua, the families of the victims, an eyewitness of the incident, Lindiw Ndwande, and chairman of the Youth League’s International Relation Committee of South Africa, Rebone Tau, were also listed as witnesses.

The Ministry of Justice also urged other members of the public who possess useful information, evidence or any material, “that will assist the court in its findings are also enjoined to indicate their interest by contacting the registrar at the Coroner’s Court, High Court premises, Ikeja, Lagos State between the hours of 8.00 am and 4.00 pm daily.”

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Okada riders are making a gradual return to the roads of Lagos

by Isi Esene

The ban on the movement of commercial motorcycles, popularly known as Okada, seems to have been relaxed by the Lagos State Government, going by the sheer number of motorcyclists on major highways.

In areas like Ikeja, Surulere, Ketu, and some parts of Lagos Island, commercial motorcycles can be often seen plying their trade with little or no restrictions, as opposed to what was obtainable, when they were practically run off the roads.

Observers have accused the Governor Babatunde Fashola administration of relaxing the law based on 2015 political considerations. Many commercial motorcyclists, who represent a large voting block, have threatened to withdraw their support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) party if the law is not repealed or at-least relaxed. The ban of Okada on major Lagos highway, according to them, goes a long way to reinforce the elitist image projected by the Fashola government.

While speaking with YNaija on the state of enforcement by the police and officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA), Adamu, a commercial motorcyclist who works around the Lawanson area of Surulere said it appears they have been let off the hook.

“Yes, they don’t disturb us like they used to do before. Now, some policemen just collect money from us and leave us to go,” he said.

His friend and fellow okada rider, Mohammed, seems to agree as he confirmed that they are now relatively free to move around major highways without restriction.

“Police catch (sic) me sometimes but no be every time like before,” he told the reporter.

Efforts to get through to the Lagos Transport Commissioner, Mr. Kayode Opeifa proved abortive but a source close to the Lagos State Government spoke to YNaija denying that the law has been jettisoned. He said the law enforcers have only been told to be civil in enforcing the law but the ban effectively remains.

“It is the overbearing attitude of the law enforcers that gave the government a bad name. I can tell you that the police and LASTMA have been told to be civil in their enforcement. They must obey the law while trying to enforce the law.”

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On allegations of elitism leveled against the Lagos APC government, the source said, “The opposition are just trying to make the okada ban a political issue. Commercial motorcycles have also been banned in Abuja, Kaduna, Akwa Ibom and others states governed by the PDP so why the fuss about Lagos?

“We are trying to do mass transit in Lagos but they want to force us back to the era of okada. They have even bought over 5,000 motorcycles for the riders to secure their votes in 2015. What can we do?” he asked.

Governor Babatunde Fashola had on August 2, 2012, signed into law a bill which prohibits the operations of commercial motorcyclists on 475 roads in the state.

However, barely a month after the bill was signed, the Okada riders under the aegis of All Nigerians Autobike Commercial Owners and Workers Association (ANACOWA) dragged the state government to court arguing against attempts by the state to stop them from exercising their economic right and from making use of highways belonging to the federal and not the state government.

The case was instituted at the Lagos High Court on behalf of the Okada riders by their counsel, late Bamidele Aturu, who pleaded the court, among other things, to declare that the state government has no power whatsoever to make any law to regulate traffic on any of the federal roads. The Okada operators also sought a declaration that “the major highways in Lagos listed in Items 1-11 and other parts of Schedule II of the Lagos State Road Traffic Law No. 4 of 2012 are federal roads within the meaning of the Federal Highways Act, cap F13, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004”.

In enacting the Lagos Road Traffic Law, the state government has continued to maintain that the restriction was meant to address carnage and avoidable deaths in okada accidents which had reached a frightening dimension within the state metropolis.

With the general elections barely six months away, it is certain that the Lagos Road Traffic Law will be a major topic of discussion. Observers are, however, of the opinion that the APC may not get out of this okada-gate smelling fresh and rosy.

Female arms supplier

Female arms dealer nabbed by SARS operatives (PICTURED)

by Azubuike Azikiwe

A 34-year-old female gun-runner has been arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad for selling guns to armed robbers.

A SARS team from Ikeja, Lagos, apprehended Sarah Emmanuel, the wife of a deceased notorious armed robber, who used to hawk wares before venturing into the illegal supply of arms to criminals.

Sarah, who is a mother of two, was arrested after she was implicated by some armed robbery suspects, who were initially apprehended by the SARS operatives. The robbery suspects had confessed to purchasing their guns from her, which led to her eventual arrest.

The suspect used to buy locally made guns from a border town between Benin Republic and Nigeria and re-sell to armed robbers.

Sarah gave her account of events which led to her arrest. She said, “I live in Sango Otta, I have two children; the first is 10 years old while the other is six. I am a trained hair dresser.

“I was arrested because my friend Modinat escaped. We have been friends for six years. She asked me to accompany her to Idiroko where she told me of her plan to purchase a gun for one Ismaila, her armed robber lover from whom she collected N25,000. I only accompanied her to Ifonyin once. I am widow and my husband a border town between Nigeria and Benin Republic where we bought the gun for N15,000.”

“It was after Ismaila’s arrest by operatives of SARS that he confessed that he bought the guns from Modinat and I. When the officers went to arrest her she escaped and I was arrested her she escaped and I was arrested instead. I only accompanied her to Ifonyin once.”

Sarah pleaded for mercy, saying she would assist in the arrest of her partner-in-crime, if released by the police.

“I am a widow and my husband, who was an armed robber was killed by police, we were married for ten years but I didn’t know he was an armed robber before he was killed. My husband was actually killed two years ago during a robbery operation at Ilasa. Before I was arrested I was involved in street trading. If the police release me I will assist them to arrest my friend Modinat.”

Pink lips

Are you thinking ‘pink lips’? This is how to get it done in Lagos, or not…..

by Kolapo Olapoju


‘Fine boy, come do pink Lips’!   ‘Guy how far, you want pink lips’!

If you’ve ever walked past the Allen end of Ikeja Bus stop, you’ll probably hear the calls being addressed to you or someone around you.

Don’t be bemused, those fellas are simply trying to eke out a living.

How do you like your lip colour, real or artificial? Any shade of pink, red or crimson you want, you’ll get from the young men who hang around the famous ‘Ikeja under-bridge’ hustling for prospective customers for their volatile pink lips business.

These young men whose ages range from 18-30 attract clients within the same age bracket, who are so knee-deep into pop culture, that they see ‘pink lips’ as another form of ‘freshness’. As from 2010, it became commonplace to see many artistes flaunt fresh ‘pink lips’ in their music video, which inadvertently started the fire of the craze within some of the youths, whose lips have turned black for one reason or the other.

And since the entertainment pop culture, whether farcical or real, tend to affect the setting, mindset, leaning and attitude of the society, it was only natural for the youths (especially those of this generation whose lips have darkened from habitual smoking) to begin to desperately yearn for the kind of pinkness they see their favourite artistes flaunt on television.

Lagos is not called an enterprise hub for no reason, because as soon as the pinking agents recognized the demand and yearn, they swiftly moved to fill the vacuum and started the business of helping Lagosians have baby-pink lips, whether permanent or temporary.

Permanent and temporary pink lips procedure

There are two major procedures of getting the pink lips done, namely permanent and temporary.

The temporary pink lips doesn’t require the use of the gel-applying machine, instead the artist only lays the gel on the surface of the lip after having thoroughly scrubbed out the lips. After the gel is put on the lips, it usually takes 25-35 minutes before desired colour is visible. This temporary procedure can only last from 2-3months before the lips reverts to its natural colour. For a die-hard ‘pink lips’ fan, this shouldn’t be so disappointing as it costs a token of N2,000 to get the temporary pink lips.IMG_20140202_00202339

The permanent pink lips on the other hand is a bit more complex and a tad more dangerous, especially if it is done by an amateur or a quack, worse still, done with a bad machine.

To get the permanent pinkness, the scrubbing of the first layer of the skin is done, after which the handy machine is used to apply the gel on lips. Although it is called permanent and expected to last forever, but there is a catch, which is that customers who go for this one will have to purchase a recommended ‘lip balm’ which will be applied on the lips for months after the procedure to maintain and make permanent its pinkness.

This one goes for N5,000 and like the temporary, can also revert to its natural colour if the customer is a habitual smoker.

Alternative pink lips procedures

However, there are those who have gone into those beauty parlors in search of pink lips, and came out with damaged lips. While some customers manage to have their desired shade of ‘pink lips’, others are not so lucky, especially, if they fall into the hands of quacks and amateurs who do not really care about following the right process. With pink lips, you never know, sometimes you are scarred for life, sometimes you get pinky.

As expected, others have recognized this shortcoming of the pink lip’ business, which has led to the rise of ‘natural pink lips without painful tattoo surgery’. There are many of these pink lips cream available all over the city, one of which is “Goochie 7 days pink up” cream, which the customer is expected to apply three times a day and overnight for 1-2weeks. According to the makers, the ‘Goochie’ product tones the colour of the lips to pink. The cream, which is priced at N7, 500, is made from Korea skura plant pigment and they say it has no side effect.

Why you might need pink lips

If you are in the habit of smoking regularly, it goes without saying that it will naturally make the color of the lips black.

Besides smoking, another reason behind the dark color of the lips is excessive consumption of tea, coffee and other beverages.

Dehydration is another factor that doctors say is behind the ‘lip darkening’.

For some people, the lips gradually gets darker as they age.

Anyone who falls into the aforementioned categories and is uncomfortable with ‘dark lips’ can easily get the ‘pink lips’ procedure done, but where safety is an issue, there is always the natural route.

Natural ways of getting pink lips

For those who want pink lips, but cannot afford to take the risk of going for the ‘hand machine’ procedure, there are several natural ways of getting it done.

To get soft pink lips, you need to scrub your lips with a soft bristled toothbrush every night after you are done with brushing your teeth. This will help in removing the dry and chapped dry skin around your lips and make it look fresh.

Some also prescribe orange peel and cucumber juice as a cleanser for the lips to lighten the dark skin tone of the lips.

At the end of the day, ‘pink lips’ is a possibility, but there are different ways of getting it done. Whichever works for you, go for it.


Ebola: Panic in LUTH as patient dies mysteriously

by Isi Esene

There was panic among patients and medical personnel working at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) as a yet to be identified patient suspected to be infected with the Ebola virus died in the early hours of today.

The patient was brought to the hospital by medical staff working at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) fuelling suspicions that he may have flown in from an Ebola ravaged country.

It is worthy to note that Nigeria’s index case, Patrick Sawyer flew into Nigeria from the West African country of Liberia resulting in the infection of several people who had direct contact with him before his death.

According to the doctor who was on duty when the patient was admitted into the LUTH Accident and Emergency Unit, the patient was vomiting blood and stooling, symptoms which are similar to that of an  Ebola patient, before he died in the early hours of Tuesday at the Spill-Over ward of the hospital.

He said, “They rushed him to the Accident and Emergency Unit, and since he was vomiting and purging and he also had high fever, we quickly took his temperature, it was very high. We were all scared to take his blood samples because we were not wearing any Protective Protective Equipment.

“We had to take him out of the emergency ward to the other spill-over ward to avoid any form of contamination. We also reported to the Lagos State Government so that they can take him to the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Yaba for proper treatment. But he had started vomiting blood by this morning , and few hours after he died.”

The doctor said that the body has being transferred to the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, for testing and confirmation of the cause of death.

Meanwhile, Prof. Akin Oshibogun, the LUTH Chief Medical Director says the case is still being investigated.

He said the Nigerian authorities have been able to confirm that the patient had made no contact with anyone infected with the disease neither does the patient have a history of the dreaded disease.

Oshibogun said: “We have been able to establish that this patient has no history of Ebola or any contact with a person that had Ebola. We are only trying to investigate the patient. If there is any new thing, we will let you know. As long as we are in the hospital, from time to time, we will always have high index suspicion and most times these patients turn out to be negative.

“There is a difference between suspected or confirmed cases . We are only investigating the case to protect our people. We have had that situation two times in the hospital now. If we have a case we will announce it. In the case of this patient, for the fact that a patient has high index suspicion does not make the patient an Ebola patient. When you create panic many nurses may decide to abandon the patients.”

ShopRite proposal

Aww, how romantic: Guys, this is how to propose to a lady (See photos)

by Akan Ido

With more men choosing to propose to their girlfriends in public, it appears the ‘old school’ notion of doing it the African way doesn’t just cut it anymore.

A love-struck young man went on one knee yesterday to propose to his girlfriend at the Ikeja City Mall drawing attention from shoppers who obviously didn’t plan on seeing something this romantic… from a Nigerian man.

The smiles, ‘awws’ and tears of joy points to only one thing – she said yes!

We wish the couple all the luck they can get.

Check out more photos below:






[Photo credit: H/T LailasBlog]


Mayowa Ogundele: What the taxi driver called ‘Ashewo Syndrome’

by Mayowa Ogundele

Of all the incurable diseases… this one may never, ever, EVER find a cure. Probability of finding an end… is err, ZERO.

Technology, which has helped in solving the mysteries behind so many diseases has unfortunately also become the platform on which some dangerous ones thrive.

One of such is what the taxi driver called ‘Ashewo Syndrome’.

On Sunday, I was out with some friends for a long over-due Sunday treat and we had just stepped out of Dominoes, Ikeja GRA to hail a cab.

As we boarded this small unmarked vehicle, my friends (Dayo and Tobi) called my attention to a building across the street. A strip club.

The taxi driver (let’s call him Maxwell), was no stranger to what goes on in the building. The one Tobi insisted is a “gentleman’s club”.

I thought of something… some sane girls out there would see these babes, in their age group, and envy what they have… not knowing what they do to get it.

As Maxwell took us to another part of GRA, where we later got high on goat meat pepper soup, he started telling us about his female customers who were also ‘working’ at the club.

According to him, it cost N7,000 just to gain entrance…. but a ‘jolly ride’ with the girls cost around N50,000 or much more, he added.

The club even has a website where clients can make their order… chaiiii…. techy-no-lo-gy.

Apparently, he had ferried one of the girls to meet a client who didn’t want to pay company standard charge(s).

That’s how the conversation kicked off…

Maxwell also knows a couple of high class Lagos babes who work in banks during the day but transform into runz girls at night.

(I hear there are many of such ladies in Abuja too).

I don’t think these girls consider him to be worth their attention… or why else would they take off their day clothes in his car and change into night attire? All naked glory available for ‘lookery’

I was kind of shocked… but not so much. I can say I was more bewildered than shocked.

“Why on Earth would someone with a regular job choose ashewo-ism as PP”, I asked.

The answer: Ashewo Syndrome.

“It is in their blood”, Maxwell said.

My friends who had been adding fisi and jara to the story… gave a better explanation. GREED.

On a good night, some of these girls can make what their company pays them per  month!

The money is quick and they eventually get used to flaunting their original designer wears. They can’t stop. The hustle must go on.

I thought of something… some sane girls out there would see these babes, in their age group, and envy what they have… not knowing what they do to get it.

A girlfriend once told me that she preferred working on the Island because seeing young ladies riding big cars and “living the life” was a challenge for her to step up her game and “go get it”.


My only advice is, success is what YOU call it. So, don’t run your race looking at someone else’s stopwatch.


Mayowa Ogundele is a journalist and a news presenter at Channels Television, She blogs atohluwamayowa.wordpress.com and tweets from @Ohluwamayowa

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