Monday, 9 March 2015

Dr. Sid Abuse Father's Sister in UK Airport

...Turned Down Elder Brother's Advice to Apologise

Africans are known for their value for culture which they adhere to strictly, one of the most common norms in the Nigerian culture is the way they accord respect to elders it is seen as a sign of proper home training for any young man to respect those who are not even members of their imidiate or extended family. However, this moral stand of Africans seems to have fell off the radar of Sidney Onoriode Esiri popularly known as Dr Sid.

This member of the Mavin crew, according to an aunt, has allowed his fame and money to get into his head, as he now has little or no regard for elders in his family not to talk of those who fall into the same age bracket with him. The vet doctor turned musician, it was gathered has under the guise of a minor family squabble taken it upon himself to insult
his aunt, even in the presence of onlookers and his wife.

Source revealed that the show of shame took place sometimes late last year when Dr Sid encountered one his aunt in a UK airport, the source while narrating the event explained that he was the one that first greeted the aunt who after normal pleasantries quiped from the musician the reason he did not attend one of his cousin's wedding in the UK when he's also in the country, but for him to answer in polite way he's ordinarily expected to, he was said to have claimed that his extended family is only inviting him because they want him to come and sing. Shocked with his response, the aunt was said to have rubbished such notion citing that his fame should not mean he's no longer a member of the family?

The aunt was after that said to have jokingly asked the wife if she knew her and when the wife was said to have show no sign of comprehension, the aunt had introduced herself as her husband's late father sister, this the eye witness said did not generate any form of reponse from the wife, who was just looking on a thing Dr Sid was said to have tried to cover by telling the aunt that the marrying cousin should have personally informed him a thing the aunt also countered reminding him that she was the one that personally informed him of the wedding and she also told him he has changed from the young man that cherished the family to one that careless about them now.

The chit-chat the source suggested may have infuriated the Mavin signed musician, who later followed the aunt to the ticketing queue after the encounter to give her a piece of his mind. The confrontation opportunity presented itself when he was leaving the ticketing queue, when he was said to have turned and said to the aunt “ you belong to an asylum you F**king b**ch ”, his statement was said to have come as a shock to the aunt who also feel embarassed that a boy she raised could have grown to becoming a man like that, she was said to have immediately put a call through to his elder brother who stays in Mancherster, who also called Dr Sid asking him to go apologise to their aunt but he was said to have ignored his brother's advise, his mother was also said to have been informed by the aunt on the extent fame has hampered her son's moral, there is a saying that pride goes before the fall. This is with the hope that he will change his attitude in time before he joins the league of Nigerian musician whose career has gone down on such attitude.

- Story by Ola Matti

Friday, 13 February 2015

Nigerian Idol Season 5 Audition Concluded Nationwide

Franchise owners of Nigerian Idol, Optima Media Group (OMG) have announced the conclusion of the nationwide auditions for the leading TV music reality show which commenced a month ago in Benin City, Edo State.
This is coming following the successful staging last weekend of the last leg of the auditions at the company’s Dream Studios, Bamako Estate, adjacent Omole Phase 1.
The Nigerian Idol auditions train berthed in five designated Nigerian cities between January 10 and February 9, accompanied by the celebrity judges, the trio of Afrobeat sensation and Delta-born, Dede Mabiaku, renowned vocalist and Singer, Yinka Davies and R’n’B Hit maker, Dare ‘Art’ Alade alongside Show Presenter and AOP, Illsrhymz.
The auditions presented windows of opportunities for first-hand assessment of the thousands of youths with music talents who had thronged the respective venues to compete for places in the next phase of the competition. A total of 100 most outstanding contestants will be pooled from the auditions. After series of group performances to be hosted in Lagos, this number will further be pruned down towards arriving at the last final twelve.
“It was not a surprise to see the hundreds and thousands of immensely talented youngsters that turned up at the centres. We are glad to have created for them a global platform to showcase their music potentials,” stated Ugochi Pedro, Executive Director, OMG.
A remarkable highlight of the auditions was the award of flight ticket by the judges to Ameh Igiri, a contestant at the Abuja auditions. The 24 years-old Ediba native, in Cross River State had failed to scale the first screening hurdle at the Port Harcourt auditions a week earlier. Spurred on by some quiet confidence and sheer resilience, she travelled from her residence in Enugu State to the Abuja auditions courtesy of a friend who picked up the bill.

Ame was also the first contestant at the Abuja auditions to be awarded a Golden Ticket by the judges, thus making her one of the top 100 contestants for the top 12 slots. The Golden Ticket is usually awarded to any exceptional talent identified by the judges in a unanimous decision. There were about 30 golden tickets won from the five auditions centres
The auditions were designed as multi-layered screening process beginning with opening registration of participants on the first day followed thereafter by the first round of screening to determine the most outstanding talents from the lot who were then made to have scheduled performances before the judges in batches.
Nigerian Idol is in its fifth season after a successful debut in 2010 won by Yeka Onka. In the following years which saw the emergence of Mercy Chinwo, Moses Adigwe and Zebili Evelyn (Evelle), it has grown in popularity and followership on the basis of the unique platforms it offers to young Nigerians with exceptional music talent. It is the only music TV reality show in Nigeria with a global appeal that currently cuts across 46 countries.
Nigerian Idol focuses on discovering Nigerian youths with talent in music and giving them a unique platform to take shots at stardom. The eventual winner goes home with N7.5 million cash reward, a brand new car, a recording deal worth N7.5 million and some high-end devices.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Hon. Funmilayo Tejuosho: A Legislator with Distinct and Exceptional Quality

She is a lawyer by profession and called to the Nigerian Bar in 1993. She is currently writing her doctorate degree (Ph.d) at the University of Lagos. Her incursion into the esoteric world of politics was in the mid 90's. Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuoso owns the record of the most experienced female lawmaker in Lagos State, the Centre of Excellence. It might interest you to know that she is spending her third term in the Lagos State House of Assembly LAHA. Hon. Tejuoso was elected into the Lagos Assembly in 2003, being her first term in the House. She later emerged the deputy speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly in 2007 after her reelection into the Legislative House. In the history of Lagos State House of Assembly, no female has been elected for three terms consecutively; a feat Hon. Tejuoso achieved in 2011 when she was reelected for third term by her constituency, Mushin Constituency 1. And as a female, if you think she's in politics for the fun of it, you might be wrong. In one of the interviews she granted recently Hon. Tejuoso said " I'm in politics basically to care about the needs of people. The whole idea of professional like me running for election is to try and improve the environment around us by ensuring that we make laws that will impact positively on the lives of the people". A check on her records of service revealed that Hon. Tejuoso who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Finance has collaborated with gender activists and nongovernmental organizations in the area of women empowerment, and has also been working assiduously towards raising the awareness of women about their social and political rights. She sponsored Domestic Violence Bill into law (a private member bill). She has also supported and contributed immensely to the passage of other bills into laws, spanning from Education, Health, Infrastructure, Youth Empowerment and Development, Security, Appropriation and the Child's Right Law. Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuoso is contesting in the forthcoming election to return to the Lagos State House of Assembly for her 4th term. She is a leading contender for the speakership seat of the Lagos State House of Assembly when the 8th Legislative Assembly kicks off in June this year.