Bollywood Superstars, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone wed In Italy

India’s two leading Bollywood actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone have tied the knot in Italy, local media reported, but initially missing are photographs of the star wedding.

“Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh get married in Italy in a traditional Konkani (South Indian style) ceremony,” a local news agency said.

Filmmaker Karan Johar was the first among the couple’s friends to congratulate them.

Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone
Though Johar is not part of Deepika and Ranveer’s wedding he took to social media to wish them well.

“Such a stunning gorgeous and beautiful couple!!!! Nazar utar lo! Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh !! Badhai ho !!! Love you both!!! Here’s to a lifetime of love and joy,” Johar wrote on Twitter.

The first photographs about the wedding were published by Deepika on her Instagram page and they immediately went viral, drawing over five million likes and 200,000 comments in a few hours.

Ranveer Singh also published the two photographs on his own Instagram, but they earned fewer likes, 3.5 million.

One comment describes Deepika as “insanely beautiful’.

Initial reports said the couple reportedly opted for a strict no-photos policy and urged guests not to post pictures on social media from the ceremony.

Many people mostly Bollywood actors have posted wishes and congratulatory messages for the couple on social media.

“Huge congratulations Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh !! Here’s to the blissful ever after of every step you walk together,” wrote actor Nimrat Kaur.

Diddy’s Ex-Girlfriend, Kim Porter, Dies At 47

Family and friends are mourning the death of Kim Porter.

The model and actress was found dead at her Los Angeles-area home Thursday morning. She was 47. “Sadly, I can confirm the passing of Kim Porter. I ask that you give the families privacy at this time.” Diddy’s rep writes. 

According to TMZ, the emergency dispatch call came in as a patient in cardiac arrest. A source also shared with the outlet that Kim had been suffering pneumonia for several weeks. However, it’s too early to determine the cause of death.

Jennifer Lopez Earns N723Million For Twenty Minutes Performance At Qatar

Doha’s preferred mall celebrated its grand opening with a star appearance with global superstar, Jennifer Lopez, with a VIP Gala dinner at Mondrian Doha for the region’s first Retailer Excellence Awards.

In her first ever appearance in Qatar, Jennifer Lopez performed hits songs including “Let’s get loud’, on the floor, Jenny from the block, and waiting for tonight” and wowed 650 VIP guests at the Gala Dinner.

According to TMZ, J Lo performed in Qatar last week for a 20-minute set and a question-and-answer session for N723,000,000 ($2 million), plus another million for expenses which included private jets.

J Lo is supposed to perform at the Qatar Airways party at Los Angeles, where she will have another twenty minutes set and earn N433,800,000($1.2 million). This is definitely a good year for J.Lo.

Other celebs who have racked in big money by performing at privates include Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Migos and The Weeknd.

I Was Never In Love With Akon – Rahama Sadau

Popular Kannywood actress, Rahama Sadau, has spoken about her alleged crush with American musician, Aliane Damala Bouga, popularly known as Akon.
Rahama was speaking in a popular Hausa TV Show ‘Kundin Kanyywood’ in Arewa 24 TV  on Tuesday which was anchored by another popular Kannywood actor, Aminu Sharif Momoh.
“I have never imagined meeting Akon one on one. I knew him and I knew his musics long before now. He is such a famous musician. So when I received invitation from him, I was amazed so much so that I see it as a big opportunity for me that I can’t turn down,” she said.
On the allegation that he wanted to change her faith to Christianity, Sadau debunked the the rumour as she always did saying, “those people talking about this did not know Akon. Akon is a practicing Muslim.
“I was even told that during Ramadan, he often stays away from people to concentrate more on acts of worship. He even invited me join his family for a lesser hajj which I turned down for the fear that our people here will view it as something else. Moreover, Akon has three wives.”
Rahama also spoke about her new movie titled “Mati a Zazzau” which will soon hit the screen.

Queen Moremi the Musical Goes On Stage Dec 21

Bolanle Austen-Peters Productions and House of Oduduwa are pleased to announce the birth of another riveting stage play from the producers of the ever green Saro the Musical, Wakaa the Musical and Fela and the Kalakuta Queens

This December, BAP Productions and House of Oduduwa bring to you “QUEEN MOREMI THE MUSICAL” an authentic African super heroine story, that brings to life the rich and colourful African heritage, music, dance and costumes.

‘Queen Moremi the Musical’ relives the legendary story of a woman who sacrificed everything; her marriage, her son and even the risk of death in order to secure the future of the people of Ile-Ife.

Daughter of one of Ife’s bravest hunter-warriors, Lukugba, and Princess Olounbe of Offa; Moremi was raised to question injustice and stand up for the oppressed no matter who they were or where they came from. When Love came calling, she answered but there is always a price to pay.

Featuring seasoned and upcoming such as Bimbo Manuel, Bambam of the Big Brother Nigeria, veteran Nollywood star Femi Branch, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ayo Ayoola and Kehinde Bankole, the musical will relive the legendary tale of a woman who sacrificed everything; her marriage, her son and even the risk of death in order to secure the future of the people of Ile-Ife.

His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife and Chairman of the House of Oduduwa said this seasonal performance Moremi The Musical is aimed at showcasing the strength of women in our society and how it is dates back to thousands of years ago.

Her Excellency Mrs Olufunso Amosun who the performance is being dedicated to, describes Queen Moremi The Musical as a project that will keep our identity, values, history and culture alive especially among the youths , our upcoming next generation.

Described by CNN as the woman powering Nigeria’s theatre; Director and Producer, Bolanle Austen-Peters promises to thrill her audience with live music, royalty and incredible performances.

1 epic story • 1 stage •A Legendary African Super Heroine • 12 days• 1 City!

The Executive Producer of  Queen Moremi The Musical and Global Ambassador for Moremi Ajasoro, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi  states that it is our mission to to proudly showcase our history and vibrant rich culture to the entire world.

Brace yourselves for an unforgettable thrill of a lifetime with #queenmoremithemusical

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5th AFRIMA: Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Bobi Wine, Keke Ogungbe, Obour, Others To Speak At Music Business Summit

Renowned South African music superstar, Yvonne Chaka Chaka; Ugandan music activist and parliamentarian, Bobi Wine; Internationally acclaimed video and audio disk jockey, DJ Van; Nigerian music executive, Kenny Ogungbe; Ghanaian entertainment and media owner, Bola Ray; and President of the
Musicians Union of Ghana, MUSIGA, Bice Osei Kuffour also known as Obour, will be joined by other well-known African and international music Intellects, professionals and enthusiasts for discussions and networking during the 2018 Africa Music Business Summit, AMBS, one of the activities
lined up for the 5th All Africa Music Awards (5th AFRIMA-Ghana 2018) scheduled for Thursday, November 22 at the Ballroom, Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City, Accra, Ghana.
Holding under the theme: “African Music in a Global Village: Leveraging the Opportunities”, AMBS is a platform for business networking and interaction among music professionals, music executives, government officials and other stakeholders in the music, arts, entertainment, and financial sectors of Africa. It creates an engaging environment for discussions on how the potentials present in the continent’s music industry can be fully harnessed for socio-economic gains.
The 5th AFRIMA Summit will be opened with welcome address by Her Excellency, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ghana, Honourable Catherine Afeku, representative of the government of Republic of Ghana, the Official Host Country of the 5th AFRIMA-Ghana. It will also feature a keynote address from the Commissioner of Social Affairs, African Union Commission, Her Excellency, Mrs. Amira Elfadil.
These will be followed by two panel sessions and each session populated with experienced panelists who have broad ranging professional practice from the relevant sectors of culture, music and entertainment around the globe. The first session will feature a Master Class on Song writing, which will be coordinated by Joe Chialo (Senior Vice President A&R Universal Music Central Europe & Africa).
Ms. Chaka Chaka will deliver the panel paper for the first session on the topic “Africa as a Brand: The Role of Music and Culture”. Confirmed panellists for session one include: Bobi Wine (music artiste, member of Ugandan Parliament, entrepreneur & humanitarian); Bice Osei Kuffour also known as Obour (President, Musicians Union of Ghana, MUSIGA); Gervais Hugues Ondaye (Cultural Operator &  General Director of the International Festival of Traditional Music (FESPAM), Congo Brazzaville); Kenny Ogungbe (Music producer, Record Label owner, television host & Media Owner); Betty
G (music artiste & 5th AFRIMA nominee); and Hamza El Fadly (music artiste & 5th AFRIMA nominee).
The paper presentation for the second session will be done by the
Democratic Republic of Congo’s Cultural Diplomacy Expert, Damien Pwono,
who was recently appointed Secretary General of the International Music
Council at UNESCO in Paris, on the topic “Building Sustainable
Partnerships in the Music Ecosystem”. Panellists for this session will
include Nat Kwabena Anokye-Adisi also known as Bola Ray (CEO, Excellence
in Broadcasting, EIB, Network Ghana); Gaz Mawete (music artiste & 5th
AFRIMA nominee); DJ Van (music artiste & 5th AFRIMA nominee); Daphne
(music artiste & 5th AFRIMA nominee) and Rab Bakari (Producer,
entrepreneur, DJ and artist agent).
Expressing gratitude to AFRIMA for the great opportunity, Ms. Chaka Chaka
commented, “I am happy to show my support for the AFRIMA Awards in Ghana.
I always say that I am an African first and we need to support one
another”.
Attending the summit will be stakeholders in the Arts, Culture and
entertainment sectors including; music artiste/songwriters, music
producers, record label owners, owners of publishing/entertainment
companies, associations of music professional, policymakers in the art and
culture sector, lawyers, journalist, students and many more.
Meanwhile, music lovers across the continent and diaspora are in
anticipation towards the 5th AFRIMA-GHANA 2018, the awards ceremony will
have the Ghanaian-born American actor and comedian, Michael Blackson,
South Africa’s talented TV personality, Pearl Thusi, and Ghana’s
award-winning multilingual media personality, Anita Erskine host the
star-studded world-class music event.
The Business Summit will be followed by AFRIMA Music Village also on
November 22 from 5.00 p.m. till dawn at the Independence Square, Accra; a
Guided Tour of the notable sites and landmarks in the Host City on
November 23, and the 5th AFRIMA Nominees Party from 10.00 p.m.; while the
main awards ceremony will hold on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at the Accra
International Conference Centre, AICC, Ghana. The 5th AFRIMA, Ghana 2018
will be broadcast live to over 84 countries around the world.

Marvel Comics Co-creator, Stan Lee, Dies At 95

American writer and Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee has died at the age of 95.

Lee and Jack Kirby founded the company in 1961, beginning with The Fantastic Four and going on to create titles such as Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk.

Lee’s wife, Joan, died in 2017 – also aged 95 – but he is survived by his daughter, JC Lee.

Speaking to website TMZ, JC said her father was “the greatest, most decent man”.

The legendary comic book author died at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Monday after a medical emergency, according to Variety magazine.

In recent years, Lee had periodically suffered from illnesses, including a bout of pneumonia, US media reported.

Lee was known for making a cameo in every Marvel film, though he had left the Marvel company in 1972. He remained chairman emeritus.

On Sunday, Veteran’s Day, his official Facebook page shared a photograph of Lee in the Army, noting his nickname during World War Two was Playwright.

Earlier this year, one of Lee’s managers was investigated by Los Angeles Police for allegations of elder abuse. His daughter won a temporary restraining order against the manager in July, US media reported.

Who was Stan Lee?
Lee was born in 1922 to working-class Jewish immigrants from Romania.
He began working at the comics section of Timely Publications – a company that would eventually transform into Marvel Comics – and became comics editor there at age 18.
But for years Lee wrote only simple comics focusing on crime stories, horrors and westerns aimed at young readers.
At age 40, Lee decided to give up on comics. But his wife Joan urged him to create the characters he always wanted to write as his comic swansong.
And in 1961, Lee created the Fantastic Four.

 

Banky W Eyes Lagos House of Reps Seat

Nigerian singer, Olubankole Wellington, with stage name as Banky W, is gunning for a seat in the House of Representatives.

He has declared interest in the Eti-Osa Federal Constituency seat in Lagos and he is campaigning, as a member of the Modern Democratic Party, to snatch the seat from the ruling All Progressives Congress in the next February election.

The musician made the announcement at the debut convention of the Modern Democratic Party (MDP) in Lagos. He said he was aware it would not be easy to run given who he would be running against.

“It is with the greatest sense of humility, purpose and destiny that I humbly announce to run for the 2019 Federal House of Representatives.

“I am under no illusions that this run will be easy considering who we are going up against, this is almost impossible.”

NAN reported the award singer picked the slogan ‘Hope 19’ and entrusted the election process on ‘hope’.

“You see, my entire life has been a story of just dreaming dreams, praying about those dreams, setting goals and working until they come true. I can live with trying and failing, I can’t live with not trying.

“They said we don’t have the money to run, we say our strength lies in our numbers, they said we dont have the structure, we say we will attempt to build it, they said ‘what if you lose’? I say what if we win?”

“So why we may not have a godfather we do have God, vision, intellectual capacity, integrity, right intentions and last but not least, a whole lot of ‘Hope’.

“At the end of the day, ‘Hope’ may be all we have, but I believe it is all we need.”

Wellington added that the richest people in Nigeria live in the constituency, therefore Eti Osa is vital to the development of Nigeria.

“Eti Osa houses many rich people in Nigeria, therefore for Nigeria to work Eti Osa must work.

“We want to fix Nigeria, But we must begin by fixing our communities.

“Our generation needs a realistic rallying point, we need to begin in communities, earn our way into the system and up the ladder”.

Banky W joins some entertainers and celebrities who have declared to run for public offices in the 2019 general election including Kanayo O, Kanayo and Shinna Peller.

Singer Chidinma Gifts Mother Mansion On 60th Birthday

The entertainment industry popped champagne as fast-rising Nigerian singer, Chidinma Ekile, popularly known as “Chidinma”, presented a mansion as birthday gift to her mother, Martha Ekile, who clocks 60 on Saturday.

The “Kedike” crooner took to Instagram to show off the newly completed house, displaying a photo with her mother.

She wrote: “happy 60th birthday Iya Lucky. Your next is about to be toooo emotional.Thank you for all that you do for the Clan. Thank you for being my strength and my shield .”

Chidinma, who started singing at age 10 in her Church choir, started her journey to stardom in 2010 after winning the third season of Project Fame West Africa, a reality singing competition.


In 2011, she released her first solo single “Jankoliko” featuring Sound Sultan, and it was followed by `Chidinma’, her self-titled debut studio album.

The album was supported by her singles “Jankoliko”, “Carry You Go”, “Kedike” and “Run Dia Mouth”.

She has been featured several times by both Nigerian and foreign artistes, including Flavour and Banky W.

She won her first award for the Best Female West African Act Category at the 2012 KORA Awards in Ivory Coast.


She was nominated at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2014, for Best Female, amongst other local and international nominations.

In 2015, Chidinma won the Student Choice Best RnB /Pop Artiste of the year at the Nigerian Oscar Awards and the Best Pop Extra Video Awards at the Nigerian Music Video Awards (NMVA).

Tinsel Stars Linda Ejiofor, Ibrahim Suleiman Now Married (PHOTOS)

Tinsel stars, Linda Ejiofor and Ibrahim Suleiman, got married on Thursday.

Tinsel is a television drama series airing on Africa Magic and the duo are love interests in the series.

The couple announced their engagement on Sunday.

The wedding, which combined the registry ceremony, traditional rites and a cocktail for friends, was attended by family, friends and industry colleagues.

Here are photos from the event: