by Ifreke Inyang
“I have officially terminated my contract with BadBeat Records. Firstly, I wanna advice any upcoming artist to be careful before signing any record deal. Promises BadBeat Records gave to me were not fulfilled. After building my career to a certain level, I expected any partnership with a record label to take me to a certain level, that didn’t happen. Badbeat Records. They don’t have any foundation. No office, no studio, nothing! All they have is a bank account where they put my money.” – Highlife artiste, Flavour Nabania’s tweets where he confirmed that he has left his former record label.
“What these women are doing is brave, and what they are seeking is right. I’m moved by it and I support them.” – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praising the ‘brave’ Saudi women who are campaigning for the right to drive. Mrs Clinton said they were right to press their demands in the ultra-conservative kingdom, in her first public comments on the issue.
“The fact that the party did not do well in the west in the last elections does not mean it cannot regain its position in South West politics by 2015. That is why the PDP must ensure that the Yoruba are compensated with a position among the principal officers of the national assembly. It is a party issue, and the PDP has to address this matter with all urgency and strategy.” – Former governor of Plateau State and one-time Nigerian High Commissioner to Kenya, Fidelis Tapgun, calling on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to ensure organisational justice by compensating the Yoruba of South West of Nigeria with a leadership position in the seventh National Assembly.
“One of the reasons my ex-husband and I broke up is that he stopped eating my food. He was pissed (off) for other reasons, but the best way to show me was by leaving what I’d made for him uneaten for days on the kitchen counter. It was a smack in the face.” – Jill Scott in an interview with the UK Guardian where she talked about her failed marriage.
“That benchmark clearly does not portend very good signals for money supply. It looks like we are going to have pressure from the money supply side.” – The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, speaking in Dakar, Senegal. He said the Federal Government’s budget of N4.485 trillion recently passed was based on an unrealistic benchmark for oil at $75 a barrel, and can cause increase in the prices of goods and services.
“I am alive and well, I thank all of you for the calls and prayers. To those spreading the rumour of my death, I shall not die but live to declare God’s glory. Pls desist. Thank you and God’s blessings always.” – Comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka’s Facebook update last week where he refuted rumours that he ws dead.
“I am leaving things up to my agent. I am very calm about the situation but I know there has been some movement. My ambition is to keep working hard and I am convinced I can play in a superior league like England. If Chelsea is interested in me then all that needs to happen is for negotiations to take place.”- Porto striker Falcao revealing his eagerness to follow Andre Villas-Boas to Chelsea in an interview with the Daily Star. The Colombian said he believes there has been ‘movement’ regarding the deal.
“The movie was a creative fiction with some real life experiences but it’s not my story. It’s a coincidence that my prolific writer, Emem Isong has an imagination that runs wild.” – Nollywood actress, Monalisa Chinda making it clear that the story in the new movie she produced with Emem Isong, Kiss and Tell, has got absolutely nothing to do with her private life. This was after speculations were rife that the movie was based on a true story.
‘We are not together anymore. It’s very difficult and very personal and we hope everyone can respect our privacy.’ – George Clooney, 50, and his Italian girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis, 32, announcing their split in a joint statement to America’s Entertainment Tonight. This brings to an end their two year relationship. Elisabetta is a firm believer in marriage, George is not.
“To say that a bomb was discovered, I am not aware of that. What happened was that somebody who appeared to be of unsound mind was sighted in the premises of the church. And immediately, police was alerted. The DPO Ogui went there and arrested this person who was not coherent in his speech. And when he told me, I directed that the suspect be transferred to state CID. On getting to state CID, the man became almost unconscious. As I am talking to you now, this man is still admitted in the hospital. We are waiting for the man to stabilise so that we can interrogate him to find out what took him to the premises of the church.” – The Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Dan’azumi Doma, speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview last Monday where he stated that the state is not under any bomb threat contrary to the rumour making the rounds. He called the rumours unfounded and absolutely ridiculous.
“He was the one that came to conduct my first interview in Calabar. I went in for an audition and he asked me to read a line. After I did, he was like ‘wow, you read it so well’. After I got the role, we started shooting and one day he just walked up to me and said ‘Look, I am going to marry you.’ And I was like, you are kidding me, I’m 16 going on 17 and he said no problem, I will wait. He waited for six years. That was one of the things that caught my fancy, he was so honourable.” – Mbong Amata, the model, ex-beauty queen (Miss Akwa-Ibom 2003 and 2nd runner-up Miss Nigeria 2004), actress and beautiful mother of one telling City People magazine how she met her director husband, Jeta Amata.
“He would like everyone to know this criminal prosecution is only a false and shameful image of victor’s justice. Is the purpose behind that [trial] to divert the attention of Tunisians from the turmoil that nobody can accuse him of or hold him responsible for? He knows that every new political authority wants to blame its predecessor and hold it responsible for difficulties it fails to resolve.” – Former President of Tunisia, Mr Ben Ali speaking through his Beirut-based lawyers last week. Ben Ali mounted a defence of his 23 years as president, which many Tunisians say was marked by autocratic rule, corruption and human rights abuses. The statement also appealed to Tunisians not to forget Mr Ben Ali’s achievements.