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Lil' Kim And Nicki Minaj's Feud Hots Up

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After months of attacking Nicki Minaj in the press, veteran female rapper Lil' Kim has finally conveyed her animosity toward the newcomer in a new diss track called "Black Friday." Cleverly named after and released on the biggest retail shopping day of the year, "Black Friday" is also a play on the title of Nicki's "Pink Friday" debut.

Lil' Kim accuses Nicki of adopting her persona. On the track that borrows the music bed from Pharoahe Monch's "Simon Says," Kim raps, "You a Lil' Kim wannabe/You just hate to admit it."
The former "Dancing With The Stars" contestant refers to Nicki and her manager Sean "Diddy" Combs, ironically Kim's old business partner, as "swagger jackers."
"I've seen them come/I've seen them go/Still I remain Sweetie/You going on your 14th minute of fame," she adds in the song.
Kim also warns that she's going to turn "'Pink Friday' i…

Could Lagos Be Running Out Of Space?

Could Lagos State, Nigeria be running out of space?

Banking Fraud: Nepalese, Nigerian Among Three Arrested

New Delhi, Two foreigners and their Indian accomplice were arrested in south Delhi for allegedly hacking into internet bank accounts of people and buying gadgets like laptops, police said today.
Investigators suspect that many gangs of international hackers are involved in similar crime in the country. The gangs operate from Mumbai and Bangalore and make calls to the targets on the pretext of changing their bank mandates.
The arrested have been identified Praveen Gupta (27), a Nepali national, Promise Eke (27), a Nigerian, and Tashi Wang Chuk (21) hailing from Sikkim, DCP (South) H G S Dhaliwal said.
Eight laptops, ten digital cameras and 17 Blackberry mobiles, worth Rs ten lakh, were recovered from them, he said.
The arrests came following a probe on money being fraudulently withdrawn from three ICICI Bank accounts, the DCP said.
*PressTrustOfIndia

Dubai To Have World's Tallest Residential Tower

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The 107-storey tower, billed to be the tallest residential building on earth, is likely to be ready by late next year in the city that is also home to the 823 metres wonder Burj Khalifa.
The 414-metre tall Princess Tower in the city's high-profile Dubai Marina will be ready for delivery by fourth quarter of 2011, its constructor has said.
According to Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Q1, located on the Gold Coast of Australia, is currently the tallest residential building in the world, standing 323-metre high with 78 floors.
A report in Emirates 24|7 said that besides the Princess Tower, the 91-storey Elite Residence in Dubai Marina will also be completed and ready for handover in the same quarter of next year, claims Tameer Holding, the developer behind the two towers.
"We are planning the handover of the 414-meter PrincessTower (763 units) and 381-metre Elite Residence (696 units) in Dubai Marina, and Imperial Residence (510 units) in Jumeirah Village South by the f…

Wande Coal Now To Perform At MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA 2010)

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As leading mobile operator in Nigeria, Airtel and MTV begins the countdown to the 2010 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) with Airtel, four more awesome artists have been added to the performer roster for Africa’s most exciting music event.
USA hip hop star Rick Ross, Kenya’s P-Unit, South Africa’s Jozi and Nigeria’s Wande Coal will join previously announced performers DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast), 2FACE (Nigeria), Daddy Owen (Kenya), Banky W (Nigeria), Fally Ipupa (DRC), Teargas (South Africa) and Cabo Snoop (Angola).

Donald Trump For President of The United States of America?

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DONALD Trump wants to be President of the United States!
Speaking to American tabloid the National Enquirer, the real estate mogul says he’s keen to run for office.
“America is being laughed at by the rest of the world — and things must change before it’s too late!” he said.
“It’s not something I want to do. In fact, I wish that I saw someone else on the horizon, but there’s no one else!”
“Yes, I would look to spend my own money,” he added. “If you’re not prepared to do that, then you’re not prepared to run for office!
“I question whether Sarah Palin is electable, and whether she has a big enough following to get 50 percent of the vote.
“When Ronald Reagan was president, the United States was respected — but not anymore.
“Today Americans feel as if we’re the whipping post for other countries. We will not be a great country in the not too distant future if we don’t change our ways!”
Courtsey: ShowBizSpy

Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid Under UEFA Investigation

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UEFA charged Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho with "unsporting conduct" on Thursday over allegations he ordered two players to get themselves sent off in a Champions League match.
UEFA's disciplinary committee will investigate Mourinho as well as players Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas and Jerzy Dudek. Their cases will be heard on Nov. 30.
Mourinho appeared to send instructions from the bench before Alonso and Ramos received second yellow cards for time-wasting late in Tuesday's 4-0 win against Ajax in Amsterdam.
Their expulsions meant they should serve one-match suspensions in a meaningless group match against Auxerre next month, then start the knockout rounds in February with a clean slate.
Madrid released a statement later Thursday on its website expressing its "surprise" at the decision.
On Tuesday, Mourinho dismissed the idea that he had orchestrated the bookings.
"I spoke with many players throughout the game, not only with Ramos and Alonso,&qu…

National Council Of State Endorse N18,000 Minimum Wage

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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will send a bill to parliament more than doubling the minimum wage, meeting union demands after a nationwide strike this month, a senior advisory council said on Thursday.
The main labor unions in Africa's most populous nation launched a brief warning strike two weeks ago to push demands for a big increase in the monthly minimum wage to 18,000 naira ($120) from 7,500 naira.
The strike, which shut banks, schools and parts of the transport system, was suspended on the first day to give the government more time, but the unions threatened further action if their demands were not met.
The council of state -- which includes Jonathan, former presidents, state governors, the central bank governor and key ministers -- said it had agreed that Jonathan should send the bill for approval after "extensive deliberations."
"This puts to rest the labor problem between the federal government and the Nigerian Labour Congress (main union)," Gombe s…

The Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) 2010

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Soundcity Awards was here, now its The Nigerian Video Music Awards 2010.

What are your expectations? Will you be there?

Vatican: Condom Use Is Lesser Evil Than Spreading of HIV

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VATICAN CITY – In a seismic shift on one of the most profound — and profoundly contentious — Roman Catholic teachings, the Vatican said Tuesday that condoms are the lesser of two evils when used to curb the spread of AIDS, even if their use prevents a pregnancy.
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2011: Nigerian Elections To Begin April 2

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Ahead of the amendment to the 2010 Electoral Act, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday rolled out a fresh time table and schedule of activities for staggered 2011 elections begining with the National Assembly elections on April 2, 2011. The Presidential election now holds on April 9 while the Governorship and State Assembly elections have been scheduled for April 16, 2011.
Announcing the new election time table at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja last night, INaaEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega said the new time table superseded the one earlier released on September 7, but had to be discarded due to loss of time.
Sounding a note of warning that the Commission would not tolerate any infraction of the rules and regulations guiding the election at a press conference attended by National Commissioners of the Commission, Professor Jega disclosed that the political parties were free to start their campaigns from December 1, 2010. Registration of Voters will be carrie…

Atiku Abubakar is Northern Presidential Candidate

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AFTER months of permutations, speculations and political intrigues, the Mallam Adamu Ciroma led ‘’17-wise men’’ to get a consensus candidate for the north finally came up with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the ‘’anointed aspirant.
Briefing Journalists Monday at the Yar’adua Centre, Secretary to the Consensus Committee, Mallam Abdulkadir Sabo Bello reiterated the north’s position on zoning and completing the four year tenure of late President Umaru Yar’Adua.
With the announcement of Atiku Abubakar as the northern candidate, he would then wrestle with President Goodluck Jonathan at the primaries for the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
"I am humbled by this endorsement, and I accept it wholeheartedly, with humility and sense of responsibility.
I commend the Consensus Committee for this endorsement and for their sacrifice, their patriotism, their commitment and their integrity.  They have made an important contribution to the unity and stability of this country.
I a…

Tiger Woods Joins Twitter Amidst Bad PR News

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Critics can't just have enough of this guy, as they continue to harp that its all the same with Tiger Woods, trying to appear sincere when he really is not. Some are even going as far as to call Tiger a "fraud," and waiting for the next "cutesy" Nike ad to "enlighten us even further." (sarcasm is indeed prevalent in that last statement)
The downfall in Tiger Woods image has been further complicated by the downfall in his game this season, and it's been a drastic one for an athlete many compared as the Michael Jordan of golf. He didn't win all year for the first time ever.
This quote could be the most telling of them all:
"The single worst thing that ever could happen to Tiger Woods may be happening," said Michael Kempner, President of MWW Group public relations in East Rutherford, N.J. "He has gone from being immortal to being extraordinarily mortal."
Famous (or in-famous) golfer has been bitten by the tweeting bird and has off…

Sound City Music Video Awards (SMVA) 2010 Winners

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1. Best Male Video (Banky W) – Strong Ting – Nigeria 
2. Best Female Video (Goldie) – You Know It – Nigeria 
3. Best Choreography (Dama Do Bling) – Moza Girl – Mozambique 
4. Best Special Effects (Djinee) – Overkillin’ – Nigeria 
5. Best Editing (P Square) – Danger – Nigeria 
6. Best Duo Or Group Video (Deep Level) – We Run The City – South  Africa 
7. Best Cinematography (Teargas) – Mhlobo Wami – South Africa 
8. Best Hip Hop Video (Jozi) – Wild Life – South Africa 
9. Best R & B Vide0 (Mike Anyasodo) – Fine Fine Lady – Nigeria 
10. Best Pop Video (2Face Idibia) – Implication – Nigeria 
11. Best Collaboration In A Music Video (Sarkodie Feat. Sway & Jayso) –  Lay away – Ghana 
12. Discovery Of The Year (JR) – Show Dem – South Africa 
13. Best Video (Voting) (Banky W) – Strong Ting – Nigeria 
14. Viewers Choice (Voting) (Buffalo Souljah) – Ezandlha Phezulu –  Zimbabwe 
15. Hit Producer Of The Year (As Used In A Music Video) (Sossick/Da  Grin) – Pon Pon Pon – Nigeria 
15. Best Western (2Face Idibi…

Zain Nigeria Now Officially Airtel

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Zain Nigeria finally and formally changed its brand identity to Airtel. This was after concluding a $10.7 billion transaction in June this year, which gave Indian Bharti Airtel the Zain Group’s Celtel Africa Unit.
The name change, which happened Friday across the country changes the African footprints of Zain to now  AirTel . The name change brings to sixth the number of times the company would have to change identity since 2001 it started operations in Nigeria .
In a colourful celebration to herald the new name in Abuja yesterday, Chairman of the company, Mr Sunil Bharti Mittal promised that the company has come to stay.
He also promised that the company would bring innovations that would not allow it dissolve into another company just like the company has done in the past.
According to him, “Bharti began its African journey by promising to deliver world class and affordable mobile services to customers and delighting them with innovative products.
I believe we are taking a major step tow…

The Passion of The Christ

As christmas draws near, we can't but remember our Lord Jesus christ and the priceless gift he paid for our redemption.
I bring you "The Passion of The Christ".

Beyonce’s perfume ad banned

British Advertising Standards Authority have ordered Beyonce's perfume ad not to be shown before 7:30 pm. Apparently they think it's really steamy, and duh, of course it is! It's for a sexy fragrance called Heat and Beyoncé is singing "Fever"! What do you expect?
Here's what the ASA told the Guardian in a statement: "Beyoncé’s body movements and the camera’s prolonged focus on shots of her dress slipping away to partially expose her breasts created a sexually provocative ad that was unsuitable to be seen by young children."
What do you think?

Remembering Dream Team Nigeria: Atlanta 96 Olympic Final

When will our Super Eagles make us as proud as this Dream-Team did?

Nigerian Becomes Chelsea Fc's Assistant Manager

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Chelsea have named Nigerian Michael Emenalo as their assistant manager, the Premier League leaders said on Thursday.
The 45-year-old replaces Ray Wilkins as Carlo Ancelotti’s right-hand man. Wilkins left Stamford Bridge last week for undisclosed reasons.
Emenalo joined Chelsea in 2007 and has been working as the club’s Head Opposition Scout.
He represented Nigeria as a defender at the 1994 World Cup and played for clubs including Molenbeek in Belgium, England’s Notts County and San Jose Clash in the United States.

Fifa Bans Two Officials Over Bribe Claims

Fifa banned two of its executive committee members from voting to decide the countries that will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups following an investigation into newspaper allegations of corruption.
Mr Adamu, a Nigerian official, was given a three-year ban from all football-related activity and fined SFr10,000 (£6,260). He was found to be in breach of his fiduciary duties and rules relating to accepting bribes. Mr Temarii, from Tahiti, was banned for one year and fined SFr5,000, having breached his fiduciary duties.
Mr Adamu said he would lodge an appeal, while the Oceania Football Confederation said it would respect any decision from Mr Temarii to challenge the ruling.

Nigeria Creates 20 Million Jobs As Chicken Imports Are Banned

The ban on the importation of frozen chicken into Nigeria has created a minimum of 20 million jobs in the poultry and related industries, National Vice Chairman, South West of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Dr. Ayo Oduntan, has said.
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Akunyili Condemns Use of ‘Naija’ in Place of Nigeria

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The Federal Government has condemned in strong terms the use of “Naija” in place of Nigeria, saying that such usage is “very uncharitable and unpatriotic”. 
Minister of Information and Communication, Prof. Dora Akunyili, made the remarks while receiving the participants of Heir Apparent Reality Show in her office in Abuja yesterday.
Akunyili, who frowned on the continuous misrepresentation of the country's official name in place of a “corrupt” version, said: "It is very offensive to call Nigeria ‘Naija’. We are making plans to write companies to stop using the word Naija. I have heard that name Naija in adverts. I want them to go back and remove that word. If anybody says this is Naija, ask the person, 'Where is Naija?' We have to stop this word because it is catching up with the young. If we don't put a stop to its usage now, it will continue to project us wrongly.”
The minister's condemnation was prompted by a sentence in the presentation of the visiting group …

GT THE GUITARMAN LEAVES STORM RECORDS

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Artist GT the Guitarman, after months of speculation and rumors that he was leaving Storm Records, has officially left Storm Records to form his label EMBER Entertainment.
“Leaving Storm Records is a natural result of an inner development. I signed a (three) 3 year deal with them in 2005, stayed on for an additional couple of years all the time I was growing within and trying to figure out how to take GT to the next level,”

NIGERIA WINS AFRICAN WOMEN CHAMPIONSHIP (AWC) TITLE

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Nigeria won the African Women's Championship title after beating Equatorial Guinea 4-2 in the final in South Africa on Sunday.
A late flurry of goals helped the Super Falcons to seal their sixth title. The brave Guinean ladies were undone by two own-goals that robbed them of the chance of retaining the title.

AUNG SAN SUU KYI IS FREE AT LAST

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Freedom at last!!!
The military authorities in Burma have released the pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
She has appeared in front of a crowd of her supporters who rushed to her house in Rangoon when nearby barricades were removed by the security forces.
Aung San Suu Kyi born 19 June 1945, is a Burmese opposition politician and a former General Secretary of the National League for Democracy. In the 1990 general election, Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won 59% of the national votes and 80% (392 of 492) of the seats in Parliament, leading some to claim that this implies Suu Kyi was elected Prime Minister.She had, however, already been detained under house arrest before the elections. She had remained under house arrest in Myanmar for almost 14 out of the past 20 years.

FACEBOOK FOR BLACKBERRY - UPDATE RELEASED

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Today, I’m excited to announce the availability of the new Facebook for BlackBerry® smartphones V1.9. 
In v1.8, focus was on optimizing the speed and performance of the application; now in V.1.9 more facebook features have been added that BlackBerry smartphone fans have been asking for.
The main change was the addition of Places.
However, the latest update brings Facebook to version 1.9.0.20, once installed, you will have access to tons of new features which are all related to the new Places feature, but there are some other improvements which may be pretty popular too.
When you check your private messages in Facebook v1.9 you will now see a list of messages, instead of just the new ones, also there is a neat new feature which allows you to easily search for people and pages etc, finally the Friends and Pages screen has been overhauled.


What would you change about the Facebook for BlackBerry app?

ETISALAT BRINGS SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB TO NIGERIA

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Samsung along with Etisalat has announced its latest Android 2.2 tablet for Nigeria.  Galaxy Tab will be available in all Etisalat experience centres with a one year free bundled data, SMS and voice call.
The Galaxy Tab comes bundled with Etisalat SIM card, which offers 25 minutes of free voce calls, 25 free SMS and 250 megabyte free data access every month for 12 months, with automatic credit on the first day of the month. Subscribers will have the opportunity to top up their accounts and still make voice calls or send SMS after exhausting the monthly free bundle services. All unused freebies must be exhausted within the month in question as there will be no room to carry them over to the next month.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is a new smart media device that allows users to enjoy PC-like web browsing, email-on-the-go, voice and SMS functionality, social network updates on-the-go, video calls and other smart device functionalities with an optimised user interface. The new product is a 7 in…

WE WOKE UP AND NIGERIA WAS BROKE

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By Eta Uso (Jr).
It is not unusual that we might wake up one day to find out that Nigeria is Broke. Yes Broke!!!
If things are not corrected, a day is coming when Nigeria as a nation would file for bankruptcy.
But lest we mix it up, yes Nigeria will be bankrupt but the reverse will be the case for a selected few.
Selected few? Who are these selected few? These selected few are the few insatiable wealth amassers. But who are they? The answer is simple, they are the political class. The political class of this nation has set our nation; Nigeria, on a fast lane to bankruptcy.
Nigeria is a nation currently known for setting bad precedents which history could never have envisaged.
It will be laughable, but it is a clear possibility in the Nigerian factor that this sovereign nation could go bankrupt while few individuals who swore under oath to uphold our honour and glory will be equating their individual wealth to that of nations.
A day could be coming where these individuals will become nations …

A COUNTRY WE CALL NIGERIA

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By Eta Uso (Jr).
Nigeria, what has become of you?
These days it is either strikes, bomb-blasts, kidnapping, slandering of political opponents, ingenious looting, begging for our rights, leadership nonchalance, think any vice – think Nigeria.
The political class is in a state of decay such as never seen since the world begun. The citizens are so impoverished and disenfranchised that they now beg for their rights rather than demand for it.
It is only in this same Nigeria, where senators get millions as constituency allowance, then come home to give few scholarships to an insignificant number of people, buy motorcycles and sewing machines to share to an insignificant few, then they go about sounding their trumpets that they have alleviated poverty in their constituencies.
It is only in Nigeria where political appointees are actually glorified sycophants who must abide to the rule of their masters or be exiled to the poverty-soaked way of life of the common Nigerian [a situation that a common …

X-BOX ADD-ON GREAT FOR ALL AGES

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The Kinect, Microsoft’s answer to the motion-sensing Nintendo Wii, will have you jumping for joy.
This add-on device for the Xbox 360 is destined to be the next big thing in gaming because it’s an absolute blast to play.
The Kinect, a foot-long black plastic box that sits atop your TV, holds a mix of cameras and sensors that track 48 different parts of your body, making you the controller.
It may owe a debt to the Wii, but the Kinect takes players to a whole new place.
You even control the interface by hand-swiping it across your body to choose a task and putting out your hand to pick up what you need to play a game.
The $150 device comes with “Kinect Adventures,” a title that has you dodging balls and obstacles, plugging leaks and, most fantastically, whitewater rafting using your body to turn and jump.

LAPTOP REPAIR COST MAN $20 MILLION

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NIGERIA UNIONS EASE STRIKE THREAT AFTER GOVT TALKS

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* Unions say may call off strike on Wednesday
* Presidency says will work on new minimum wage
Nigeria's unions moderated their threat of a three-day strike after the intervention of President Goodluck Jonathan late on Tuesday, saying they would still stage a stoppage but may call off the action later on Wednesday.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had threatened a three-day warning strike from Wednesday followed by an indefinite stoppage to press demands for an increase to the monthly minimum wage.
Jonathan cut short a visit to the commercial hub Lagos on Tuesday to lead emergency talks late into the evening in a bid to persuade the unions to drop their threat.
"We have heard the message of Mr President ... We will meet tomorrow by 3 pm (1400 GMT) and we will announce the outcome of our meeting, whether or not to call off the strike," acting NLC president Promise Adewusi told reporters after the meeting.
*Reuters

17 TRAITS OF BILLIONAIRES

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1. Billionaires start small
Billionaires were not born to be billionaires. They were born like every other human but they desired to be exceptional. Sometimes, most people believe that billionaires such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg emerged overnight to become billionaires. That’s definitely not true.
2. They think Big
"I always knew I was going to be rich. I don't think I ever doubted it for a minute." – Warren Buffett
3. Billionaires take calculated risk
"To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks." – Bill Gates
4. They are competitive
"You don't have to be the biggest to beat the biggest." – Henry Ross Perot
5. They are focused
"The wise man put all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket." – Andrew Carnegie
6. They are driven by passion
"Passion is what drives me forward. Passion is what makes me go to bed at 2am and wake up at 6am.” – Aliko Dangote; the richest black man in the world
7. They are goal getters
"A good goa…

NOLLYWOOD AND GOLLYWOOD TO SIGN PEACE DEAL

Peace is finally on the way between Gollywood (Ghana) and Nollywood (Nigeria) as both parties have agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on what to charge when movies are done in both countries.
There has been a simmering face-off between movie makers of both countries ever since Gollywood introduced a $1,000 fee from foreign movie makers, especially those from Nollywood, in a bid to reduce the extent to which foreign movies had taken over the Ghanaian market.
Nigeria responded with a hefty amount for their counterparts in Ghana – an amount Ghanaian actor John Dumelo allegedly refused to pay when he was acting in Nigeria and was reportedly arrested.
Meanwhile, plans for a final decisive meeting either in Lagos or Accra has been confirmed.
“We are brothers and we will forever remain brothers. It is a free enterprise; we just need to sort a few things out.” Arinze (Actors Guild of Nigeria President) was quoted as saying.

FOUNDATION X HAS OFFERED THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT £5BILLION

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A mysterious organisation called Foundation X has offered the British Government £5billion and wants nothing in return, according to a Tory peer; Lord James of Blackheath.
Speaking in the Lords, 72-year-old James said the British government would receive an immediate £5bn and a total of £17bn by Christmas if Foundation X were contacted by someone equal to head of state status or someone with an international security rating equal to the top six people in the world.
There will be no interest charge and if the Government would like it as well, it will put up money for funding hospitals, schools and the building of Crossrail, he said. These things can be done but a senior member of the Government has to accept the invitation to a phone call to the chairman of Foundation x.
Ending his 15-minute address on Monday, Lord James remarked: This is too big an issue. I am just an ageing, obsessive old peer and I am easily dispensable, but getting to the truth is not. We need to know what really is h…

DISGUISED MAN BOARDS INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

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An asian man boards a Vancouver bound flight disguised as an elderly caucasian man.
Could this be the new route in identity theft?

MAMA 2010

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Where will you be on the 11th of December 2010?

NOKIA LAUNCHES OVI LIFE TOOLS SERVICE IN NIGERIA

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Nokia extends its Ovi Life Tools service to Africa, following successful launches in India, Indonesia and China. The subscription service provides users with health, agriculture, education and entertainment information and is designed to help improve users’ quality of life and prosperity.
The healthcare service include information and advice on mother & childcare, health, fitness and diseases. Users can tailor the service to their needs by entering their sex, age and other relevant details. The agriculture service allows subscribers to specify the crops or commodities they are interested in, their location and the preferred language for messages. English learning can be provided in Easy, Medium and Difficult levels, according to the user’s proficiency. The entertainment services includes local and international football information (personalised around the subscriber’s favourite team), music, entertainment news and jokes. The service will be available in English, Pidgin and Hausa.
I…

10,000 PIRATED DVDS OF NOLLYWOOD NIGERIAN MOVIES SEIZED IN BROOKLYN

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More than 10,000 pirated DVDs of popular Nigerian movies have been seized this week after complaints from "Nollywood" film  execs about rampant piracy in Brooklyn.

SIASIA IN CHARGE OF SUPER EAGLES

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Samson Siasia has been named the new coach of Nigeria by the NIgeria Football Federation in Abuja on Thursday evening.
The 43 year-old tactician is expected to begin his job on December 1. Siasia was favoured over former team mate Stephen Keshi, with the two former Super Eagles players put under the microscope to find the best possible candidate to take over at a difficult time for the side.
Nigeria have struggled lately in competitions and qualifying for the African Cup of Nations tournaments and the World Cup in 2010, where they did not progress past the group stage.
Siasia has been successful with the country's U20 and U23 sides winning silver medals at the World Youth Championships and the Beijing Olympics.

TWO AIRLINES GROUND A380S AFTER EMERGENCY LANDING

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Qantas and Singapore Airlines both grounded their fleet of A380s and British engine maker Rolls-Royce issued a statement urging operators of the aircraft to perform safety checks on its Trent 900 engine.

NIGERIA: COMPANIES MISS DEADLINE FOR NITEL SALE

A consortium has missed a deadline for a $750 million down payment to purchase Nigeria's struggling state-run telephone company (NITEL).
Usman Gumi -- the managing director of the Nigerian company GiCell and a member of the New Generation Telecommunications Consortium asked for an additional 30 days to put up the money.
The consortium had bid $2.5 billion to buy the failing Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd., known locally as Nitel.
Nitel, in principle, provides landline telephone service in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation with 150 million residents. However, the state company's telephones now rarely work.
Attempts to privatize Nitel have failed in the past.