Sound Sultan On His Igbo Wife: ‘I Didn’t Force Islam On My Wife, She Really Loved Islam.’

Kokose Singer, Olanrewaju Fasasi aka Sound Sultan has stated that he didn’t force his wife, Chichi Morah, to convert to Islam from Christianity.

Sound Sultan maintains that his wife embraced Islam neither because of him, nor because of their marriage. She did it willingly because she was in love with the religion.

The exact words of Sound Sultan: “No one forces anyone to do a religion. It just happened that she married me and she really…really was in love with the religion herself.”

After Sound Sultan and Chichi Morah got married in 2009, Chichi who is from Ibo land and who was born and raised a christian embraced the teachings of Islam and adopted an Islam name, Farida.
Sound Sultan and his wife have three kids….

Whatever works for your marriage; religion must never be a barrier.

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How hoodlums murdered an APC leader in Lagos

Mr Awotunde Kunle

Mr Awotunde Kunle

One of the youth leaders of APC, Kunle Awotunde, has been shot dead, yesterday in Ebute Meta, Lagos state.

Kunle was murdered has a result of prolonged and bitter quarrel between thugs loyal to the late Seyi Rugged’s gang and Skippo’s gang.

According to report, Kunle was killed by a member of Skippo’s gang , who is also a member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers.

An eye witness, who is security guard said Kunle was murdered on Ilogbo Street around 10am.

“Skippo controls Brickfield, Olokodana, Ilogbo and Fagbaimu areas, while Seyi Rugged’s group controls Jones and Vaughan streets as well as Oto and Railway line.

“Around 10am, one Jamiu, who is a member of Skippo’s faction, was caught near Jones Street by some hoodlums and beaten to a pulp. He was then taken to the railway line and he was going to be killed. However, Awotunde and others came to rescue him.

“A few minutes later, Seyi Rugged’s boys, led by one guy known as Scorpion, began shooting at them and they ran into Ilogbo Street. Awotunde was shot near his chest and died a few minutes later.” the eye witness said.

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KCee’s Former Partner, Presh: ‘I Would Not Support Any Artist Who Wants To Be In A Music Group’

Singer Presh of the defunct music group KCPresh and KCee’s former partner has said although he does not regret collaborating with KCee for years, but it is best for any artiste to be on his or her own. He also says he is back for good.

“I am not against people doing collabos, but it will not give you the opportunity to explore your talents unlike when you are on your own. I am not saying that I regretted the collabo with KCee but, considering the way artistes are breaking up now, I would not support that for anything.

“Do your thing yourself, if it profits you, you enjoy that alone, if you loose, you also enjoy that alone. It will also make you know what you can do. I am promising my numerous fans that I am back for good”.

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Former VP, Atiku Abubakar Pays Tribute To Late Amaka Igwe

Many of us woke up to the sad news of the death of Veteran FilmMaker, writer, producer, Amaka Igwe who passed on from asthma attack in Enugu on the 28th of April, 2014.

Paying tribute to the late Nollywood Icon, Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) called her a jewel of the movie industry.

He recalled Igwe’s award-winning “Decrees of Fate”, the popular productions “Rattle Snake” and “Violated” touching upon important family issues, so as other outstanding works by the filmmaker.

“Amaka was one of the pioneers of the movie industry. Her presence in Nollywood grew to become quite impressive as she amassed a number of well received movies.”

Atiku expressed condolences to Igwe’s family and colleagues.

Amaka Igwe died at the age of 51, she was survived by an aged mother, husband and three children.

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Beyoncé beats Michael Jackson’s record; named the highest-paid black artist in history

RnB diva, Beyoncé has been named the highest-paid black artist of all time – beating the likes of Michael Jackson and Prince.

The 32-year-old singer has managed to improve on previous earning records held by Michael Jackson, Prince and Janet Jackson – and it follows the overwhelming success of her Mrs Carter Show world tour.

According to Billboard magazine, Beyoncé grossed $212 million (€153m) for the year-long tour, which sold over 1.8 million tickets for its 126 dates.

The star’s most recent dates in Europe – which saw her play 25 concerts across the months of February and March – earned her $41.1 million (€30m).

Meanwhile, Beyoncé recently announced plans for a new co-headline tour ‘On The Run’ with her husband, rapper Jay Z, which heads across the USA this summer.

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World Chefs: New York’s Marc Forgione recalls surviving recession

Marc Forgione chronicles in his first book how his eponymous New York restaurant that opened in 2008 survived early tough reviews and the Great Recession and became a Michelin-star destination.

This 35-year-old son of Larry Forgione, who is considered a pioneer of modern American cuisine, trained with top European and American chefs after college. After achieving success with his own restaurant, he won the popular U.S. television competition show “Iron Chef” on the Food Network in 2010.

Along with his personal story, Forgione offers 170 recipes in his self-titled book, co-written with Olga Massov and released on Tuesday.

Some of the recipes feature regularly at Marc Forgione, whose menu critics have praised for its use of seasonal local ingredients with modern techniques.

The 35-year-old New York native, whose brother Bryan is also a chef, spoke to Reuters about his career and how to be run a successful restaurant.

Q: Why did you write this book?

A: I really wanted people to know the story of how everybody had to work to keep up what is now Marc Forgione and how to keep it going. It was like going to hell and back during the recession. I don’t think everyone realizes how hard the journey has been. I think a lot people would look on the outside with me being my dad’s son and an Iron Chef. I wanted people to know it wasn’t easier to have what I’ve gotten. Hopefully this will help people in the future when they have a hard time on their own.

Q: What was your toughest challenge? How did things change?

A: The toughest thing we had to deal with was getting people to come and eat in 2009. It was as slow as you could possibly imagine. Getting a Michelin star really increased our business right off the bat. I was ready to sell the business, then we got the star that week. The week I was ready to sell we got the star so I decided to give it another year.

Q: For first-time diners at Marc Forgione, what is the impression you want to give them?

A: We like to use the term ‘rip their faces off.’ It’s kind of an inside joke that we want to rip their faces off with hospitality. We want to turn first-timers into second-timers, fifth-timers into 25th-timers. We enjoy people coming back. That’s one of the reasons we change the menu as much as we do, being able to cater to people many times to give them a different experience and to just show them the love, you know.

Q: What was it like growing up under your father, a famous chef?

A: When I was growing up, I had no idea my dad was a famous chef. It’s not like we were in a store and people were asking for his autograph. He was obviously very known in the food world. At the end of the day, he was just ‘Dad.’ I have always been very proud and very respectful of what he has accomplished and what he set out to do which is an American category of food, which didn’t exist before.

Q: What is the best advice your father gave you?

A: When I told him I wanted to be a chef, he kind of looked at me, not like he was trying to scare me. He wanted to make sure I knew, say goodbye to your weekends, say goodbye to the friends you have now, say goodbye to holidays, say goodbye to a ‘normal’ life. I think I have taken that with me. When I see young kids who are not sure of being a chef, I let them know. This is a hard business. You want to make sure you love it. If you don’t, don’t do it. As far as cooking, he always taught me to have respect for the ingredients, have respect for the business, have respect for the chefs you are working for, have respect for the chefs who have been there before you.

Recipe (from “Marc Forgione: Recipes and Stories from the Acclaimed Chef and Restaurant”)

Fried Chicken and Honey (Serves 4)

20 duck tongues (about ½ pound), rinsed in cold water

2 cups home-made or store-bought veal stock

2 cups home-made or store-bought chicken stock

½ Vidalia onion

1 Bouquet Garni (see below)

2 quarts buttermilk, divided

Canola oil

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon Ararat spice mix or a spice blend of choice

1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed

1 recipe Duck Glaze (see below)

1. In a medium pot, bring 2 quarts of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the duck tongues, reduce the heat to low, and gently simmer the tongues for about 10 minutes, periodically skimming any impurities that rise to the surface. Drain the tongues and transfer them to a medium Dutch oven.

2. Preheat the oven to 300 degree Fahrenheit; position the rack in the middle. In a saucepan, combine the veal and chicken stocks, onion, bouquet garni, and 1 quart of the buttermilk, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Pour the hot buttermilk mixture over the duck tongues in the Dutch oven, cover, and braise for 1 hour in the oven.

3. Remove the tongues from the liquid and let cool for 15 minutes. Using your fingertips or a pair of tweezers, pull out the cartilage in one piece from the fatter end of each tongue. Strain the braising liquid through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl, return the tongues to the liquid, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

4. Remove the tongues from the braising liquid and place them in a container with the remaining 1 quart buttermilk. Let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour.

5. Add 1 inch of oil to a large skillet and warm the oil over medium-high heat until the temperature registers 350 degree Fahrenheit on a deep-frying thermometer. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the flour, Ararat, and salt. Remove the tongues from the buttermilk and dredge them in the seasoned flour. Gently add the tongues to the skillet (be careful, as the oil may spatter) and fry for 2 minutes or until the tongues are crispy. Transfer the tongues to a paper towel–lined tray. Season with salt and serve with warmed Duck Glaze on the side.

Bouquet Garni (makes 1 bouquet)

2 outer leaves of leeks or 2 celery stalks

3 sprigs of fresh thyme

2 sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 strip bacon

Make a “sandwich” with the leeks on the outside and the rest of the ingredient on the inside. Wrap the “sandwich” in bacon and tie it with a kitchen twine to secure. Use immediately.

Duck Glaze (Makes 1-1/2 cups)

1-1/2 cups mild honey

3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

1 sprig fresh rosemary

1 cinnamon stick

1 star anise

Combine honey, rosemary, cinnamon stick and star anise in a small saucepot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook for 15 seconds. Whisk in the soy sauce. Remove the pan from the heat, and let sit until ready to sue. If not using immediately, transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to a week.

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“Gentleman’s Guide” musical tops Broadway’s Tony nominations

The musical satire “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” led the nominations for Broadway’s annual Tony awards on Tuesday, scoring 10 nods including for best musical, director and leading actor.

The comedy about a would-be heir who must “eliminate” several distant relatives who stand between him and an inheritance featured no top-name stars, but beat out several high-profile new musicals, including “Bullets Over Broadway” and “Rocky,” which were not nominated for the top prize.

Woody Allen received a nomination for best book of a musical for writing “Bullets Over Broadway,” based on his 1994 film. The show had five other nominations, most in technical categories.

Other best musical nominees were the Harlem review “After Midnight,” “Aladdin,” based on the animated Disney film, and “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” about songstress King.

“Gentleman’s Guide,” which received some of the best reviews of the season, was written by newcomers Robert Freedman and Steven Lutvak. It also won nominations for best score, book, scenic design, costumes, orchestrations, featured actress and leads Bryce Pinkham and Jefferson Mays, who plays eight characters.

Best play nominees included “Act One,” which won a best actor nomination for Tony Shalhoub, “All the Way,” “Casa Valentina,” “Outside Mullingar” and “Mothers and Sons,” whose star Tyne Daly was cited in the best actress category.

But several Hollywood stars who appeared on Broadway this season were left out when the nominations were announced by actors Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu.

Denzel Washington, James Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Michelle Williams and Zachary Quinto were all left out. Washington in particular won critical raves for his performance in “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Revivals of “Twelfth Night” and “The Glass Menagerie” received the most nominations of any Broadway play production, each garnering seven nods. Other best play revival nominees were “A Raisin in the Sun” and “The Cripple of Inishmaan.”

Nominated for best musical revival were “Violet,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “Les Miserables.”

Bryan Cranston, known for the hit TV series “Breaking Bad,” was nominated for best actor for his acclaimed performance as President Lyndon Johnson in “All the Way,” as was Neil Patrick Harris for the punk musical, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

Joining Cranston were Chris O’Dowd for “Of Mice and Men,” Samuel Barnett for “Twelfth Night” and double-Shakespearean revival nominee Mark Rylance, cited for both “Richard III” as lead actor and “Twelfth Night” for best featured actor.

Actresses nominated for plays included LaTanya Richard Jackson for “A Raisin in the Sun,” Cherry Jones in “The Glass Menagerie,” Audra McDonald for “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” and veteran Estelle Parsons for “The Velocity of Autumn.”

Two musicals that received some strong reviews, “The Bridges of Madison County” based on the film of the same name, and “If/Then,” were snubbed in the best musical category, though each won a nomination for their respective lead actresses, Kelli O’Hara and Idina Menzel.

The 68th Tony awards will be presented on June 8 at Radio City Music Hall and hosted by stage and film star Hugh Jackman, who made a surprise appearance on Tuesday to make a pitch for fans to watch the broadcast.

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