Alicia Keys Expecting 2nd Child With Swizz Beatz, Shares Baby Bump Photo

The beautiful singer/mum of 1 is expecting a second baby! And we are hoping it’s a lovely girl who looks just like her royal hotness!

She posted the photo above on her facebook page and captioned it:

“Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !!! And to make it even sweeter we’ve been blessed with another angel on the way!!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here’s to many many more years of the best parts of life!!!

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The Mavin/Dorobucci Clan: Find Out What Makes Them Tick And Why They Are The Hottest Group in Nigeria

Don Jazzy

Don Jazzy

Dorobucci was a smash hit that only came into being when 7 members of the famous Mavin crew put their heads and their voices to create a song that would later turn into a national phenomenon that spun off several competitions and critical acclaims. The team of Mavins led by Don Jazzy have achieved a lot in such a short time and here are things about them we bet you didn’t know:

Reekado Banks

He was activated in Mavin records in February 2014. His first single under Mavin records was titled “Turn It Up” and it featured Tiwa Savage.  Reekado, whose real name is Solomon Ayoleyi Hanniel, was a final year student of History and Strategic Studies, University of Lagos when he was called to join the Mavin crew. The Mavin star who sang the hook of the viral hit song, ‘Dorobucci’ is young, God fearing, fun and spontaneous.  His music is a blend of country, dancehall and Afro-Pop. His Twitter handle is @Reekadobanks and he has 4,888 followers on Twitter and counting.

Di’Ja

Hadiza ‘DiJa’ Blell is of mixed race(Nigerian and Sierra Leonian) beauty, singer and song writer. Her mother is from Northern Nigeria while her dad is from Sierra Leone. She began her music career in 2008 and her first single titled ‘Rock Steady’ got her nominated for the Best Urban/R&B Single at the 2009 Canadian Radio Music Awards. She also won the 2008 Best New Artiste award at the Beat Awards. Don Jazzy found this gorgeous red head and brought her into the Mavin fold. She signed a record deal with Don Jazzy in 2013 but it was publicised in 2014. Her first single under Mavin records titled ‘Yaro’ was released on Valentine’s Day, 2014 and it was produced by Don Jazzy himself. She is a degree holder in the fields of Biology and Psychology and she is multi-talented judging from her varied interests in song writing, recording, fashion designing and visual arts. She has lived in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, the United States and Canada. Di’Ja is a multi-linguist who speaks Hausa and Krio(a Sierra Leonian tongue) fluently. Her type of music has been described as Pop & Reggae-infused R&B. The bodacious bombshell is quite appealing to the eyes and that is probably why her Twitter handle, @aphroDIJA has over 8,600 followers.

Korede Bello

The first thing that will blow your hat way is that Mr Bello is only 18 years old! Ever smiling and a total ladies man, Korede enjoys his fitting nickname ‘African Prince’. He reportedly did his part of the Dorobucci song in 5 minutes! His first single was titled ‘African Princess’ and it featured the boss himself, Don Jazzy. He is not entirely new to the music scene. He was nominated as the Next rated Music Artiste for Peak Awards and TUSH awards in 2011.

He maintains that being discovered by Don Jazzy was a pure miracle. Don Jazzy had put out a competition where he planned to pick the best three entries and sign them. However Korede who did not participate in the competition was granted an audience by Don Jazzy through a mutual contact and Don Jazzy liked his work and proceeded to sign him.

His wink in the Dorobucci music video won the hearts of numerous fans across Nigeria and it even led to a twitter trend/competition called #KoredeBelloWink where people could record their own version of the wink and send it in. He draws inspiration from Asa and 2face and his type of music has been dubbed ‘Afropop/Soul/Folk’

Tiwa Savage

Tiwatope Savage Balogun is a sexy and vivacious songstress who has garnered tons of international repute. She is arguably the current queen of Nigerian R&B. 34 years of age and married to her manager, Tee Bilz, Tiwa has become a force to reckon with under the Mavin umbrella. In 2006, she participated in the UK version of the X factor while she was enrolled in the Berklee College of Music. She also co-wrote Fantasia Barrino’s “Collard Greens & Cornbread” which won a Grammy award in 2010. In 2009, she got signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing giving her the opportunity to write songs for top international artistes. She has signed endorsement deals with MTN, Pepsi, Maggi and Forte Oil. She has bagged numerous awards and nominations including one MTV Africa Awards and a BET Awards nomination in 2014. Tiwa has performed on the same stage with people like 50 Cent, Eminem, Destiny’s Child and Mary J. Blige.

D Prince

Charles Enebeli also known as D Prince was born on the 23 of October, D’Prince is the younger brother of Mavin records CE0, Don Jazzy. He shot to the limelight with his hit track ‘Omoba’ in 2009. He is known for his popular slogan “D Prince is here!” an dother hit tracks including ‘Goody Bag’ and ‘Take Banana’. Charles released his debut album titled ‘Frenzy’ in 2012. The buff and jovial mavin who hails from Abia state is also signed as a brand ambassador for MTN alongside his brother. He opened a nightclub in 2011 called Club Jonzing and it proved to be quite a lucrative venture for him at the time. Sources reveal that he has been dating Cameroonian beauty, Inorie Fotso since 2011.

Dr Sid

The certified doctor with a Mavin heart, Sidney Onoriode Esiri is probably the only full-fledged doctor in the Nigerian music industry today. He was born in October 1980 to late Nollywood veteran actor, Justus Esiri. In 1999 he signed up to join the Trybesmen as a backup dancer and choreographer for 3 years. In 2004, he became a certified dentist. In 2007, he took the bold step to quit dentistry as he signed to the now defunct Mo Hits Records where he featured on 7 of the 15 tracks released in their compilation album, ‘Curriculum Vitae’. He has been credited with hits like “Something About You“ and “Pop Something” which were total club bangers. He is currently enjoying the success of his hit single Surulere which features Don Jazzy.

Don Jazzy

Don Jazzy is a quintessential music producer and music mogul. The Mavin boss is not one to be trifled with in the Nigerian music front. With his numerous giveaways on Twitter, the very down to earth entrepreneur continues to increase in wealth. Michael Ajereh Collins Enebeli (Don Jazzy) was born in Umuahia, Abia State. He developed a likeness for the bass guitar at 12. He studied Business Management at the Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma in Edo state. Many people may not know this but Don Jazzy tried to make ends meet in the UK before returning with Dbanj in 2004.

He partnered with D’Banj to set up Mo’Hits Records. The partnership however came to a controversial end in 2012. He worked with Jay Z and Kanye West on their track, Lift Off which was featured on the ‘Watch The Throne’ album. He has a whopping 871,000 plus followers on Twitter. He was once featured on Forbes list of influential Africans.

With numerous awards and endorsements to his name prominent of which are MTN, Samsung and Loya Milk, Don Jazzy has really improved the music/entertainment industry in Nigeria and is truly a force to reckon with in the Nigerian music scene.

Dr Sid

Dr Sid

Dprince

Dprince

Tiwa Savage

Tiwa Savage

Korede Bello

Korede Bello

Di'Ja

Di’Ja

Reekado

Reekado

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Rapper Skales: ”Why I Left Banky W’s EME Record Label”

Rapper/Singer Skales, has revealed his reasons for leaving Banky W‘s EME record label to join Baseline Records, where he is expecting to drop his album. The singer’s contract with EME was not renewed, which forced him out of the label.

The artiste said he still maintains a good relationship with the label because his exit was a mutual agreement.

Speaking on a radio show on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, Skales said he believes in doing things by himself.

“I just believe in doing things myself, I have big dreams, and there are things I want to do, and people don’t understand me, but as time goes on, they will get used to it. I am one of the few people that believe success is the best revenge, I am not ready for any beef, I think I have grown,” he said.

Commenting further, he said part of the things he did not like was the working differences. “This is the way I want to go and they say this is the way they want me to go and that’s not me, it can’t work. That’s part of the reasons though, there is always two stories to everything. I am just saying how I feel; I don’t want to go deeper than this, before I offend anybody,” Skales further said.

According to the artiste, his new record label, Baseline, was willing to make him bigger and had big plans for him, which made him joined the company. He said the music outfit is now giving back to his fans by giving out $10,000.

“We are giving out $10,000 to any fan who uploads a video, dancing to ‘Shake Body’ (his new single) and the fan with the highest views and like gets the money,” Skales noted, while sending “a big shout out to Baseline for making this possible.”

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Usain Bolt: The Times publishes transcript of interview

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has said it was “nonsense” that he had called the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow “a bit s***”.

He is said to have made the comments to a reporter from The Times, which on Thursday published the conversation in full.

Angus Macleod, the newspaper’s Scottish editor, said he stood by the story “100 per cent”.

Six-time Olympic champion Bolt denied on Wednesday that he had made the comments, responding on his Twitter feed by saying: “I’m waking up to this nonsense..journalist please don’t create lies to make headlines.”

Mike Hooper, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said he accepted Bolt’s version of events.

Hooper said: “We take Mr Bolt at his word. We’re very pleased with how he’s responded and that’s our position.”

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Edo Assembly Declares Lawmakers Seat Vacant

The Edo State House of Assembly on Wednesday declared the seat of one of its members vacant.

The declaration was made by the house Speaker, Uyi Igbe during the House plenary at old assembly complex in Benin City, the state capital.

Hon. Igbe explained that the affected lawmaker, Abdulrazak Momoh, representing Etsako West 1 constituency, defected from the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party without following due process.

The speaker noted that according to section 109 (1) (g) of the 1999 constitution, as amended, authorised the Speaker to declare the seat of a lawmaker vacant upon defection from the party he was elected to another party.

Igbe called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to take necessary steps to fill the vacant position within 90 days.

The affected lawmaker, Abdulrazak Momoh when contacted, described the action as laughable, saying the 15 APC lawmakers’ action violates the court action he instituted against them for forging his signature.

He said there was a subsisting court order stopping the House from declaring seats vacant, suspending and stopping the salaries of the defected lawmakers.

He recalled that the Speaker had in the past said he (Momoh) was not suspended because of a pending legal action he instituted against the Assembly.

Continuing he said, “The court restrained them from suspending and declaring my seat vacant. It is already a known fact that they do not obey court orders.

“What they have done today is null and void because the Government House is not the designated place for legislative activities”. The lawmakers have remained disunited since June 9, when crisis broke out among them.

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Liberia Shuts Schools As Ebola Spreads, Peace Corps Leaves 3 Countries

Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus.

“This is a major public health emergency. It’s fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and we need to act to stop the spread,” Lewis Brown, Liberia’s information minister, told Reuters. “We need the support of the international community now more than ever. We desperately need all the help we can get.”

Security forces in Liberia were ordered to enforce the action plan, which includes placing all non-essential government workers on 30-day compulsory leave.

Highly infectious Ebola has been blamed for 672 deaths in the West Africa nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization. Liberia accounted for just under one-fifth of those deaths. The first cases of this outbreak were confirmed in Guinea’s remote southeast early this year. It then spread to the capital, Conakry, and into neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The fatality rate of the current outbreak is around 60 percent although the disease can kill up to 90 percent of those who catch it. The illness, called viral hemorrhagic fever, has symptoms that include external bleeding, massive internal bleeding, vomiting, and diarrhea.

The U.S. Peace Corps said on Wednesday it was temporarily withdrawing 340 volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and that two of its volunteers had been isolated and were under observation after coming in contact with a person who later died of the Ebola virus.

The Peace Corp has 102 volunteers in Guinea, 108 in Liberia and 130 in Sierra Leone working in education, health and agriculture.

The State Department has confirmed that one U.S. citizen died from Ebola in Nigeria after being infected in Liberia. Two other American aid workers infected with Ebola, Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol, are in serious condition, but they have shown slight improvement. They were part of a team in Liberia from North Carolina-based Christian relief groups Samaritan’s Purse and SIM.

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Patience Jonathan Canvasses For Healthy Reproductive Policies Across Africa

The First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan has made a clarion call for the inclusion of reproductive health policies in Africa in the just concluded 8th Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostrate Cancer in Africa, held from 20-22nd July, 2014, at Windhoek, in Namibia, with the theme, Universal Access to Cervical Cancer Prevention.

Mrs. Jonathan said Africa has to rise to the occasion in implementing policies that are sustainable and achievable in reproduction health issues so as to reduce the spread of cancer among its people by encouraging women to participate in testing for early detection, community mobilization efforts and sensitization about cancer and feed-back mechanism by participating actively in the review and evaluation of the scourge.

In a press statement signed by Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele, Media Adviser to the First Lady, said, Africa has to rise to the occasion in implementing policies that are sustainable and achievable in reproduction health issues so as to reduce the spread of cancer among its people by encouraging women to participate in testing for early detection, community mobilization efforts and sensitization about cancer and feed-back mechanism by participating actively in the review and evaluation of the scourge.

According to the 2014 African Cervical Cancer Multi-Indicator Incidence and Mortality Scorecard, the prevalence of these health issues is very dominant in Africa and as such government across Africa must join hands with development partners to drive a multi-stakeholders’ approach to reduce the scourge.

According to the estimate in World Cancer Digest, 14 million are diagnosed with cancer around the world which includes breast, cervical and other cancers that urgent action is needed to ameliorate the sufferings of those affected and to improve national health systems across Africa.

The President, African First Ladies Peace Mission, Patience Jonathan emphasized that “Universal access to cancer prevention is now,” saying that girls between the ages of nine to 15 years should be immunised with Human Papilloma Vaccine (HPV), and have regular cancer screening done using the affordable procedures of visual inspection with acetic acid and the pap smear.

She proffered that health education of adolescent and young adult females on factors associated with cervical cancer is a must, including the necessity of increased awareness and improved access to family planning, as well as the incorporation of cancer screening in family planning and maternal health services at an early age.

The First Lady argued that the pre- and post- counseling to prepare women for the outcome of cancer screening is also important as well as the promotion of healthy lifestyles of people in Africa, strengthening its strategic and legal framework to implementing a national cervical control policy which outlines the roadmap for Nigeria to control the challenges of cancer in the next few years ahead.

She said the Nigerian government had procured and distributed diagnostic and treatment equipment to 12 Federal Hospitals across the country.

Patience Jonathan, climaxed the call by saying that the health of people in Africa and indeed the world, is “our collective responsibility and priority; so we must all join hands to make the present and future lives of our generations safe and healthy.”

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