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Hrithik Roshan & Kareena Kapoor Together Again?



According to Mumbai Mirror, A Dharma Production's film, scripted by Karan Malhotra of Agneepath (remake) fame was offered to Kareena and keeping it in high regard, Kareena accepted it immediately. The script is new and not based on the "Immortals of Meluha" but nonetheless, is a big film.
Now that the female lead has been finalized, the production home is in talks with Hrithik and the buzz is that, he will return as Kareena's hero after a decade. Besides the script, they are largely banking on the great chemistry between Kareena and Hrithik.
The two were once the hottest pair in tinsel town and delivered great chemistry in movies like Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon, Mujhse Dosti Karoge and Yaadein. Due to some alleged link-up rumours, the duo have not worked with each other but that just might be changing.

Ngozi Ezeonu Recognized With Chieftancy Title


Legendary Nollywood actress was honored with a chieftaincy title by HRM C.F.N Ezerioha III the traditional ruler (Obi) of Ihiteoweri, Imo State.
The title is  Ada Ife, which means 'daughter of light'.
Her colleagues, Queen Nwokoye, Emeka Amakeze, Ngozi Nkebakwa Emeka Ani and others were present to add colour to the ceremony.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Stars In Kalyan Jewelers New Ad (Watch)

Former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan stars in a new ad for Kalyan Jewelers.

Salma Hayek Works It For September 2012 Vogue Germany Cover


The Mexican bombshell shows us she's got it on the September issue of Vogue Germany.

Kareena Kapoor, Star of Heroine, Thrills Us In Halkat Jawani. ( See Video)

Super sexy Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor wows up to a million viewers on You-tube with her steamy song for the new movie Heroine.

Joseph Benjamin And Genevieve Nnaji's Tango With Me, Out In The UK On August 24th, 2012.

The multi award winning film,  Mahmood Ali Balogun's TANGO WITH ME, starring Joseph Benjamin and Genevieve Nnaji will be released in the UK on Friday 24th August, 2012. 

Iyanya Kukere Remix Feat D'banj (Listen & Download)

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Desmond Elliott, Monalisa Chinda, Joseph Benjamin, Nse Ikpe-Etim, John Dumelo And Other Prominent Stars Nominated for ZAFAA Awards




The African Film Festival & Academy Awards (ZAFAA)  nomination ceremony was held on the 19th of August at the National Stadium in Lagos. E4 PR's very own Desmond Elliott, Monalisa Chinda and Joseph Benjamin were among the prominent stars nominated. Others nominated include acting legend Olu Jacobs, Nadia Buhari, Nse Ikpe-Etim and John Dumelo.

The ZAFAA kicks off on the 19th of October in London with a number of interesting side attractions while the award ceremony is set for the 20th of October.

Transcorp Hilton Abuja Slammed With Multi-Billion Naira Lawsuit By COSON


One of Nigeria’s biggest hotels, Transcorp Hilton Abuja, has been dragged to court by Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), the nation’s sole government approved Collective Management Organization for musical works and sound recordings.  In the copyright infringement action filed by the Abuja based law firm of Ifeanyi Opara & Co, COSON is also suing the American company, Hilton International Manage LLC, which manages hundreds of hotels in several countries across the globe.

In Suit No FHC/ABJ/C5/503/2012 supported by a 34 paragraph Statement of Claim and over 40 exhibits, filed at the Federal High Court Abuja on August 13, 2012, COSON pleaded that the 2nd Defendant (Hilton) which manages hotels in many countries around the world knows and ought to know that it is blatantly unlawful to infringe the intellectual property rights of creative people anywhere in the world but the 2nd Defendant has done nothing to end the brazen abuse of the intellectual property rights of owners of copyright in musical works and sound recordings in the huge facility managed by it in Nigeria and has rather continued to enjoy the profit emanating from such abuse.


COSON went on to plead that the behaviour of the Defendants in the suit which is unacceptable practice in any of the many countries around the world where Hilton manages hotels has led to massive loss of jobs to the nation, significant loss of revenue to the country and heavy capital flight from Nigeria as most of the world’s best known international music companies such as EMI, Sony Music, Polygram, etc have divested from Nigeria and the domestic investors are leaving the industry in droves because of the intolerable amount of copyright infringement encouraged by the likes of the Defendants.

COSON in the suit has asked the court for the award of more than three billion naira against the Defendants in unpaid royalties, interest on the unpaid royalties, general, exemplary and aggravated damages for the unauthorized copying, communication to the public, permission to perform and infringement of the copyright in the musical works and sound recordings belonging to its members, affiliates and assignors. The Collective Management Organization has also asked the court for a perpetual injunction restraining the Defendants, their agents, privies or servants from the unauthorized copying, communication to the public, permission to perform and infringement of the copyright in the musical works and sound recordings belonging to its members, affiliates and assignors.

Reacting to the development, COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji, said, ‘It is certainly a new day for the creative industry in Nigeria. Those who have followed this process will vouch that we have been very patient with the hotel industry in Nigeria. We have not been rash. We have pleaded with them, appealed and sought compromise on every front. Unfortunately, their leaders believe that they are too smart and have treated us with contempt and disdain and have played a game of chicken with us. They have behaved as if Nigeria is a nation without laws and all music found in Nigeria is theirs to profit from as they wish. Let it be clear that we are not backing down. Push has come to shove and the hotel industry is directly responsible for whatever tools we have now deployed from our tool box. Other tools are there and will come into play if they become necessary’

Chief Okoroji, author of the book, Copyright & the New Millionaires and one of the best known campaigners for intellectual property rights in Africa, went on to say, ‘I have said elsewhere that COSON is committed to the defence of the rights of the music industry in Nigeria no matter where it leads. If anybody pulls at us, we will pull back. If anyone pushes us, we will push back. We have opened our doors wide and still continue to keep them open to all who are willing to discuss with us and legally deploy music in their businesses. Those who respect us will receive respect from us. Those who treat the music industry with contempt will hear from us’.

Also commenting on the development, COSON General Manager, Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji, said, ‘I wish to repeat that we are monitoring everybody and I cannot say who will be next. Let me also repeat my advice to my friends who use music in their businesses that it is far cheaper to clear the copyright ahead of time than to face the massive litigation that intellectual property infringement attracts. I don’t think it makes sense to have to pay the huge legal costs and still have to pay the licensing fees and damages when you well know that the work you are deploying does not belong to you but people will not listen. Let me be clear, COSON is not joking’

It will be recalled that in the last two months, COSON has filed several multi-billion naira copyright infringement actions and has signed copyright royalty agreements with different commercial users of music such as Google, Multichoice, Wazobia FM, STV/Rhythm FM, FRCN, LTV, Galaxy TV, etc.

FOR COSON:
MAYREE UKET
Head Communications.



Beyonce Kicks Off House Of Dereon Fall 2012 Campaign



Hot new mama Lady Bey models for her line the House of Dereon Fall 2012 campaign. View Look Book.

Tyson Beckford Steams Up Front Cover of Attitude


Sexy American model and actor Tyson Beckford graces the style issue of ATTITUDE September 2012 cover.

ELIJAH ROCK CO-STARS IN "3 BLIND SAINTS" WORLDWIDE DISTRIBUTION!!!


"3 Blind Saints" is produced by Hungry Horse Media Productions and stars Richard Speight, Jr. (Independence Day, Band of Brothers), Stelio Savante (Ugly Betty), Elijah Rock, Barry Corbin (No Country for Old Men), Murray Gershenz (The Hangover, I Love You, Man), Audrey Matos, and Irma P. Hall (Meet the Browns, Patch Adams).

Gloria Asuquo's Story: "I lived in the bush for 4yrs after testing HIV positive".

Gloria Asuquo tells how she was neglected, humiliated and stigmatised for being HIV positive...

My HIV status: I tested positive in 1999 when I was 12 years old. I got infected through blood transfusion in one of the general hospitals in Abuja. I have been warned not to mention the name of the hospital for certain reasons. The former Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Prof. Babatunde Oshotinmehin, is aware of the matter.

How this has affected me: It has affected me a lot. One day will not be enough for me to tell my sad tale. First, the general overseer of my church tried hard to stop me from coming to church. When he did not succeed, he decided to announce my HIV status to the congregation. As a result of this, everybody avoided me whenever I come to church.  The GO went further to tell my mother that since she had six children and I was infected with HIV, I should be taken to one of the general hospitals where children like me were abandoned to die. My mother agreed with him.



She said it was the right thing to do and tried to persuade my father to toe her line. But he bluntly refused. She was not satisfied and went on to build a separate room for me. She did everything possible to separate me from the family. She would slip my food under the door and I would eat and pass it back to them in the same way. I cried a lot because all entreaties to my mother by some people in NACA fell on deaf ears. The church told my father that the HIV may fly out and infect my siblings. But Dad said he would comply only if the GO uses one of his own children as an experiment. The matter became so serious that one day my mother called me a corpse. All our neighbours learnt of my HIV status through my mother. Nobody came close to me anymore. One day, I broke the window of our house and ran away from home.

My ordeal at home: My dad knew nothing about the ordeal I faced in the hands of my mother because he always went to work in the morning and returned very late. I did not have the heart to inform him about what happened in his absence. I would just lock myself indoors. My father paid for my drugs, which were very expensive. Sometimes he paid with interest. Each time I ran out of drugs, I shied away from telling him because of the problem he would encounter from my mother. Since she refused to reconcile with me, I decided to flee from my mother. They started looking for me everywhere, including police stations, mortuaries and hospitals. They never knew that I was in a bush village around Nsukka in Enugu State.

Rescued by kind-hearted doctor: I lived in the bush village for four years before a man came to my rescue. He is Dr. Anthony Agu, a medical doctor.  He had seen me sleeping in an uncompleted building. I was there without anybody, no friend and just with one dress. Every morning, I would assist traders selling edible items and sachet water to travellers. I carried loads for the travellers and they paid me N20. Then I will use the money to buy ‘okpa’ and sachet water.

This is what I did for many days. One day, Dr. Agu saw me and asked: ‘Don’t you have parents?’ I started crying. He consoled me, then took me to a place and bought me some clothes. Later, I opened up to him because I stole my father’s identity card when I was running away. He asked if I wanted to go back to my parents and I said no. I didn’t want to experience that kind of pain again. He took me to his house, but until he warned me not to let his wife know that I was HIV positive. He promised to treat me like the rest of his children.

He went to a police station and reported the matter in case anything happened  to me. He ‘adopted’ me as one of his children. He took me back to school, trained me in Nla Secondary School situated in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. It was in 2005 when he was trying to secure admission for me in a popular private university in Enugu State that they discovered my status. They categorically told us that they won’t admit me because of my HIV status because I would infect other students. That was how I lost the admission. I have the admission letter. They said I had to undergo medical test. Instead of conducting mine secretly, the university authorities decided to expose the result to the public. They withdrew the admission given to me. Dr. Agu is still alive today, if you wish to interview him.

How my friend was killed for being HIV positive: I learnt that my friend Rosemary was HIV positive through her relation.  The incident occurred in the Karimo area of Abuja. He told me that when he asked the girl to come and live with him, but she refused and moved to Port Harcourt, only to come and stay with him after contracting HIV. He accused her of nursing the intention to infect his children with the virus. But I told him my experience. I told him that if I didn’t tell him about my status, he would not have known because I looked healthier than him. I pleaded that he should leave the girl alone. But he refused and kept on beating this girl. I took Rosemary to the Network of People Living With HIV/AIDS and Association of Positive Youths. They promised to help her get a job.

That same week her brother complained to me that she was not eating. I planned to see my friend and talk to her. On that fateful morning, one of the man’s children said to him, ‘Daddy, don’t touch her, she is already dead.’ Rosemary really felt pained by those words. She was trying to express her anger when the relation dragged her hair and hit her head on the wall. It happened right in my presence.

The man used his hands to pull off Rosemary’s plaited her hair. She started bleeding in her head, mouth, and everywhere. I started shouting and crying and all the neighbours came and tried to open the door to save her. But his brother resisted, saying that she had stepped on his toes. We resolved that I should take Rosemary to my house to have her bath. But immediately, she started vomiting blood. She lost her strength and became very weak. After bathing, she decided to go back to her residence to change her clothes. On getting there, the woman who was feeding the relation in question false information about Rosemary went to tell him that she was back in the house. Ironically, the same woman is also HIV positive. I was telling her that if anything happened to the girl, she would be held responsible when I heard Rosemary shout with a loud voice. I rushed inside and found that her smashed on the wall. She screamed loudly, slumped and died. That was what happened.

-Interview  by FRIDAY OLOKOR

Salman Khan, Bollywood Superstar, Shows Compassion to Prisoners.


Charitable Bollywood star Salman Khan's NGO has aided 400 prisoners  from 63 prisons of Uttar Pradesh that have served their term but are unable to pay the fine for their release. The star has been in the habit of offering charities to those in need for along time, displaying character of admirable quality.

NAFCA aka African Oscar Awards 2012 - September 16, North Carolina USA.

Date: Sunday Sept 16, 2012
Time: 4:00pm
Tickets: 919-560-3030


309 West Morgan Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701


The Nollywood & African Film Critics' Awards, also known as NAFCA, is an accolade bestowed by the Nollywood Film Critics USA the official movie review organization for Nollywood and African films to recognize excellence of professionals in the African film industry and with honorary awards to honor humanitarians, dignitaries and government official who have positively impacted the lives of citizens. 
President/CEO of NAFCA, Dr. Victor Olatoye commented on the event,“This year’s awards will be our biggest to date with because we are partnering with over 120 media powerhouses to help us achieve our goal and that is to reach over 500 million people with the good news about NAFCA and the growing African Cinema and we are almost there."

KAY ft. SideONE - VAVA VOOM Remix (AUDIO & VIDEO)

Kayode Obafemi ( KAY ). A fresh graduate of English Language from the prestigeous Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife is the co-founder of Peolple of like-minds (PLM) which is a non-governmental Organisation within Nigeria and diaspora. He is also the former Director of Socials and Culture (D.O.S) of the students Union 2009-2010, and the Founder of BUBBLES ent. Download his new HOT single VAVAVOOM Remix featuring SIDEONE... Produced by FLIPTYCE (So fly Music). twitter- @kayode_obafemi facebook- kayode obafemi

TUSH ALL YOUTHS AWARDS 2012 - Season 4 >>>>> 1st Official Press Statement



We are developing a creative method of affecting the lives of our target audience, which is the youth, through health. Diabetes is a fatal and very deadly ailment affecting a lot of youths in our society even without these people knowing. What can we do to get these set of nation builders aware of this issue?
Thus Tush Awards. You still don't see the Connection?




Mission

Using a very loved medium of day to day event to get people aware of the
deadly health complications which is evident in our society and hereby
saying No to the spread and growth of this silent killer. Available statistics shows that "1 out of every 5 youths in Nigeria has varying degrees of Diabetes with more than 80 percent not knowing". We need to work together towards an enlightenment campaign, eradication of this and at the same time creating an atmosphere of awards and encouragement of our youths towards a more productive society.

We decided to infuse the effect of an all youths gathering to spread the
awareness and more self recognition of the various facts that needs to be
avioded and done to surpress, limit and eradicate this endemic.




Vision

Towards a diabetes free nation filled with energetic, innovative, aggressive and positively competent youths more concerned about the development and improvement of the society in which they live in.



Tush Awards 2011

Like you know, Tush Awards 2011 had the Liberty Hall, Lekki as the venue.
An unfortunate accident that happened hours to the event left the organizers with no option. Imagine having prepared so long and on the day of the event, such happens. We have come to realize that everything lies in God's hands thus our resolve to get the last year awards distributed to respective winners in this month of September. Starting from September 1, you can proceed to any of the underlisted offices to collect your award with proper identification. If also, you are a previous edition winner, and haven't collected your plaque, please you are included. For a full list of Last Year award winners, you can check
our fan page on facebook (Tush Awards Inc), our blog (pearlbrands.blogspot.com) or our various partner websites. As our normal practice, we are delaying the opening of our website till the ending of
August so as to shift away the focus on our website for now and to encourage checking of our blogs, fanpage and also encourage online movement to the partner websites. Our official website (www.tushaward.com) and (www.tdamultimedia.org) will be
opened September 1 in preparation for voting that will start October 2012.


@TushAwards (Twitter), Tush Awards Inc (Facebook) and pearlbrands.blogspot.com




Tush Awards 2012

This year's edition will see a total of 50 awards being distributed all across the youth age range. The breakdown is as outlined.



Student Categories

This is going to be a 25 kneenly contested categories which is for students in various tertiary institutions in the country. We are encouraging the
participation of students from all tertiary institutions in the country as against our practice of only the Universities. This is to be able to affect more youthful souls and get access to a larger number of audience.

The only criteria for this category is to be a registered student of any higher learning institution in Nigeria.

You can check our various partner websites for the full categories as from
August 6.

Nomination starts August 8.



Youth Entertainment Categories

This will be a 15 kneenly contested categories which is for Non-Student
Professionals, Student Celebrities and Youth Entertainers in the society.
This includes categories like Youth Blogger of the Year, Best Use of Social
Media, Best Youth Comedian, Best New Act (Music), Song of the Year, DJ of
the Year, Best Youth Act (Music and Movie) amongst others. This is a
Celebrities Category.

The Criteria for this category is an age range not exceeding 30 years and with obvious impact in the society in whichever cadre you belong.



Recognition Awards

This is an industry based award(s) which is segmented into 5 specific
areas. The awards is meant for the top organizations and individuals
impacting positively on the morals and development of the youths in the
society. This is a way of telling them their effort towards a productive society is being recognised and appreciated.

The 5 areas are:

1. Business (Banking, Public Service and Governance)

2. Music

3. General Entertainments

4. Cause

5. Health




Role Model Awards

This is an award for the matured people in the society that serves as Role
Models to youths in the society. These are the set of people the youths
look up to in every area of the society. There are 5 categories for the
Role Model Awards which includes:

1. Music

2. Movie

3. Politics

4. Religious Issue

5. Science and Technology




Nominations

Nominations for this year's Tush all youths Awards starts August 2012 through our shortcode. You are required to send text to our shortcode in this stated format.

"Tush(space)Category of Nomination(space)Name of Nominee"

Send in the above format to 32070

"Check our blog (http://pearlbrands.blogspot.com), facebook page (Tush Awards Inc), twitter page (@TushAwards) and all our partner websites for all the various categories for nomination"

Voting will be through website and text.



Sponsorship

Talk is undergoing with some corporate outfits towards partnering with this
year's edition and there is still room for more outfits if interested.




TDA Multimedia

This is the parent company that has Tush Awards as one of its products. It was established 2006 and fully registered. Other products of the company includes but not limited to :

De Pearl Magazine, Inside, Issues and FashionPolice (all Registered under the CAC laws).



Head Office: No 6, Imaam Ligali Street, Ogudu, Lagos.


For more information, please call: 08057177331/08169420643
Tush Awards 2012 comes up this November. Are U ready to mention and be mentioned?

DreamBlast Apparel Presents The "Shoe Mania" Competition: See Press Release



DreamBlast Enterprises presents the "shoe mania" competition. This competition focuses on ladies and their love for shoes.

The main objective of the initiative, which is an original idea by Dreamblast Enterprises,  is to empower, celebrate and recognize women who love shoes across the country. The competition will run from Friday the 10th of August and will have its Grand Finale at a chosen Venue on Sunday the 16th of September 2012.   

To qualify and participate in this competition, interested ladies are expected to pay #1,000 each via www.naijaticketshop.com or www.dblastapparel.com or to the Skye Bank Account number 1771227051 with the account name " Dreamblast Enterprises ".
After payment has been made, the ladies are expected , with proof of payment and contact details, to give a brief description of their shoe collection(s). 

Every week before the Grand Finale, the contestants will be notified of the category of the week and they will be asked to send in pictures for that category. Finalists will be picked for each category and our celebrity judges will on the D-day pick winners for consolation prizes. For the main event,  our celebrity panel of judges will decide a winner after scrutinizing the finalists shoe collection thoroughly and the lady with the highest number of pairs will wins . The first prize is 20pairs of shoes, while second and third prizes are 10pairs of shoes and 5pairs respectively. These top three winners also get DruknMunky  T-Shirts and other accessories/items from the sponsors. Some of the consolation prizes are for the most unique shoe, the ugliest shoe, the highest heel and so many others.
 
About Dreamblast Apparel Enterprises 
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DreamBlast Apparel was created in 2009 and has been at the forefront of urban fashion ever since. We pride ourselves in bridging the gap between some of the most unique clothing brands around the world and clothing stores in Africa.
 
The company prides itself in being the exclusive supplier of the Drunknmunky Brand in West Africa.
 
We currently supply stores across Nigeria and have some exclusive suppliers in several countries in West Africa. We also supply some other unique brands like Bench, Soul Cal and Ecko Red. We are always working on introducing new, unique local and international clothing brands to the continent.

CONTACT DETAILS:
Dreamblast Enterprises 
Omolad Office Suites
Km1, Isheri- Lasu Road, Lagos Nigeria.
Tel: 08121966751
BB PIN: 32F9102E
Twitter: @DBlastApparel
Official Website: www.dblastapparel.com

EMFAM FILMS: T-Love Sings For Toxic & EMFAM UNIT (Video)


OurOwnArea: Check Out Their New Hilarious Animated Video, Lagimo. These Guys Are Just Too Much!!!

These guys make me love my job even more. I will never get tired of promoting true talent.  If you missed my previous posts on them, check them out here: Face Somtin & Oliver Don Twist  You can view more videos on OurOwnArea's You Tube Channel   Please click here to like them on Facebook  And follow @ourownarea on Twitter  Thank you.

Phash Entertainment Presents Dj Baboo Party Mix - Listen & Download

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EMFAM Films Present Merk Da Maniac & Yung Zel In Mafioso (Skit) Cypher - 2012


EMFAM FILMS Presents: Mafioso (Skit) & Cypher - with New Orleans Artist, Merk Da Maniac & Yung Zel. 
Directed By: Toxic The Director
Twitter: @bloodhoundmerk @fs_yungzel @toxicderulo

Aiye 4reign Groove ( Dj Shevco Mix ) Vol 5 - Listen & Download


Dj Shevco Presents AIYE 4REIGN Groove.  

Click Here To Listen & Download


Dee'Jay Hacker Jp - Mixtapes Agbomabiwon Vol 3, Officially Released By Coast2Coast; Da Crew Records (Listen & Download)


 

#COAST2COAST DJ Mixtapes Present AGBOMABIWON VOL 3. Hosted By Dee’Jay Hacker Jp. It's Banging and Officially Released By Coast2Coast. DaCrew Records. Click To Listen & Download 

Dee’Jay Hacker Jp – Ash Fucked Intro
D’Banj – Oyato
E.M.E Ft Wizkid, Skales & Banky W – Baddest Boy
A1 SugarBoy Ft Grip Boy – Jasere (Lover Lover)
Wonda Boy Casey – Mo Gbona
Naeto C – I Gentle
K-Switch Ft D’Banj – Sister Caro
T-Code – Shalangar
Zdon Ft Vector & Lowkeyz – Crazy Love
May D – Gat Me High
Maytronomy – Its Going Down
eLDee – Category
SamKlef – Suwe (New Mix)
Olamide – First of All
Tu-Step – Aiye Foreign (Instrumental)
Tu-Step – Dee’Jay Hacker Jp
Lexile Ft Dre San – Komaro (Dee’Jay Hacker Jp Rmx)
Iyana – Your Waist
Naeto C Ft D’Banj – Tony Montana (Remix)
Davido – Down
Chuddy K – Gaga Crazy
BlackFaze – Bose Redi
Gosty – Gbeyin Wole
Shommy Ft Mayor Wete – Rockeh
Tu-Step Ft YardMan – Aiye Foreign
Lace – Kuru Maga
Timaya – Sexy Ladies
Leyooh – Jeje
NPZ – Shut It Down (Kerewa)
Kcee Ft Davido – Okpekete (Remix)
Isolate – Holla
E-Black Ft BigTiano – Point & Kill
Yemisax – Kukere (Remix)
CeeDee Kah – 12 Bottles Of Andre
Solidstar – Skibo
Seriki Ft Klever Jay – Nibo Lewa
Rayce – Tested OK
Phenom Ft Ms Iye – ShukuBambam
Davido Ft May D – Bless Me
Harmony – Kokodiko (Remix)
D’Prince – Take Banana (Remix)
Slyde Ft Chris Brown – Funmi (Remix)
Wande Coal – Forever (Remix)
Iyanya – Kukere (Remix)
Tiwa Savage – Oma Ga (Remix)
Chidinma – Kedike (Remix)
Wizkid – Azonto (Remix)
Sauce Kid Ft Timaya – L.O.K.O
Cabo Snoop Ft Fat Joe – Windeck Remix
Olumix – Yah Allah

Sounds Of Lasgidi Vol 2 From The Notorious1 Dj Neptune (UK)


Here it is! Sounds of Lasgidi vol 2 from the Notorious 1 Dj Neptune (UK). So far, VOL 1 has already had a huge number of downloads.

Hollywood Weekly Magazine's Nollywood Feature - The Rest Of Our Contract Details Revealed + E4 PR's Announcement About New 3D Movie & Photos Of E4 PR's HOT New Stars





Hello all,

Statement written by E4 PR and endorsed by Hollywood Weekly

At last, I get to reveal the rest of the details of Hollywood Weekly Magazine's Nollywood feature to you. I apologise about the delay - a lot of you know that both our sites were hacked, hence the delay. In case you missed the original feature, below are a few of many links:
http://www.bellanaija.com/2012/05/21/nollywoods-superstars-desmond-elliot-jackie-appiah-joseph-benjamin-monalisa-chinda-grace-the-cover-of-hollywood-weekly-magazines-may-issue/
http://dublin.goodlife.com.ng/reviews_page.php?reviews=read&id=1208
http://fabmagazineonline.com/?p=88237
http://nollywoodforever.com/hollywood-weekly-cover-nollywood-stars/

I will take time to explain everything in great detail and to answer several questions posed to me by journalists. 

I have always wanted to showcase African talent worldwide and not just limit them to Africa. For instance, good Nollywood stars should be known in the US the same way good Hollywood stars are known in Africa and both industries should be encouraged to have more access to network. 

Some talented African music and movie stars have had the chance to work with Hollywood stars, which is a good thing; but what about the rest of the talented ones that haven't had the same chance? These were some of the thoughts running through my head before I contacted Hollywood Weekly. 

We live in the 21st century and you cannot hide talent, no matter the location. You have seen an example with Bollywood movie, Slumdog Millionaire, which was shot in India. Freida Pinto and Dev Patel proved themselves to be internationally worthy right from India. It was their talent that stood out and their location did not matter. We have similar talented stars in Nollywood who have not been showcased internationally, so I decided to find a way to showcase some of our most talented stars in Hollywood.

Amitabh Bachchan recently returned to India after going to Hollywood to feature in 'The Great Gatsby'. He is already a big A-list Bollywood star and Bollywood is the 2nd largest film industry in the world. Despite his success, he still knows the importance of networking with Hollywood, the largest film industry in the world, so it was an honour to feature in the movie. It is the same scenario with successful Nollywood stars; a lot of them are very comfortable, so their sole interest is in networking. Nollywood closely follows Bollywood and is recognised as the 3rd largest film industry in the world, and thanks to some of our talented movie-makers, Nollywood and Hollywood have already started networking. However, our producers cannot cast every single talented star, so it will be nice to profile as many of our talented stars as possible, right where they can easily be noticed.

Many of us tune in to watch shows like American Idol and are entertained by Steven Tyler doing crazy things like taking his clothes off and jumping into the pool, live on tv, straight after judging. Similarly, we also tune in to watch Nigerian Idol and look forward to the next entertaining stunt that our very own shock rocker, Charlyboy, would bring to the judging table and whether it is his huge python wrapped around his neck or the skull he sometimes carries with him, it is still enough to shock and have people roaring with laughter. No matter how outrageous, the truth is, you will still tune in to watch him, because of the entertainment factor he brings to the table. We buy magazines featuring talented Hollywood actors - should they not also be encouraged to buy magazines featuring our talented African stars? If our talented stars are projected in Hollywood the way their stars are projected in Africa, they will definitely take an interest, and this would encourage more networking. 

We rush to buy magazines featuring designers like Dolce & Gabbana, Georgio Armani, Tommy Hilfiger and many others; We have similar talent in our African fashion world - designers like Kosibah, Alexander Longe, Frank Oshodi, Oswald Boateng and so many others, who also dress A-list stars, and it will be nice to showcase their designs in Hollywood. We have our own answer to Kabuki Magic in Princess Amayo, we have many other good celebrity MUAs like Lola Maja, stylists, photographers, hairdressers, etc. We promote Hollywood stars on our sites all the time. US sites now promote Bollywood stars as much as they promote their own stars, because they feel like they know them; so they will definitely promote talented African stars if they are made to notice them more often. A good example is Hollywood Weekly - they didn't just take my word/hype about my talented Nollywood stars. They did their own research and realised that they were on good soil and by the time Nollywood fans flocked to their site, they were overwhelmed. 

I could go on and on with more examples, but I am sure you get the general drift by now that my main interest is to get African entertainment to reach a wider audience, rather than just limiting ourselves to Africa. 

Magazine owners also know that they'd only put people on their covers whose faces would help sell their magazines. Hollywood Weekly had never heard of Nollywood at the time I approached them, so this was one of the challenges I faced. I decided not to 'shove too much down their throats' at once, with the entire African entertainment industry, until they had at least familiarised themselves with Nollywood.

Hollywood Weekly Magazine have their own concept, which is more about quality than quantity. They are located on the Sunset Gower Studios lot in Hollywood, hence they mainly feature Hollywood stars; so my request was taking them completely outside their comfort zone; and in order to take this risk, it was left for me to convince them about why Hollywood and Nollywood should network.

I assured them that just my four chosen A-list Nollywood stars would generate a lot of interest there in Hollywood, not to talk of the entire African entertainment industry, and that if they feature them first in their magazine and find my claims about them to be credible, that will be sufficient proof that I will only recommend to them for future feature, the stars that meet their required standards. Look at how well respected BET and MOBO are for acknowledging rising African stars with Awards. There are Africans all over the world and we are always patriotic. The fans there in Hollywood will be the first to show their support and help create the buzz.

Before I go further, I have to publicly congratulate our A-list Nollywood stars, Desmond Elliott, Monalisa Chinda, Jackie Appiah and Joseph Benjamin, who proved their worth by making Hollywood Weekly Magazine's first ever cover and feature of Nollywood so popular, and giving them record-breaking traffic to their site, that not only have Hollywood Weekly agreed to all my requests, they have also added some extras, as they are so pleased with the results. I cannot take on every star that requests to join E4 PR, but can now use my platform to help project some of them internationally.

After the success of that feature, Hollywood Weekly pointed out that the only glitch in featuring Nollywood as frequently as I'd suggested, was that it would require a lot of pages and they had their own content to consider as well. This was when I suggested that a separate magazine specifically dedicated to African talent wouldn't be a bad idea, and then they can print it alongside their usual magazine; and to further allay their fears, I will endorse the magazine, as proof that I recommended all the featured starsThe idea was well received. 

I took the opportunity as well, to let them know about other sections of our African Entertainment industry that they can feature as well as Nollywood. We have talented musicians, big television and fashion shows, talented MUAs, fashion designers and many others. In fact, they now realise how interesting the entire African entertainment industry is and how much our two cultures have in common talent-wise, including how frequently Hollywood stars travel to Nigeria to network with our talented stars.

I also pointed out the business prospects for them. First of all, they'd definitely garner respect for profiling our talented stars in Hollywood. They travel a lot to cover star-studded events like the Cannes Film Festival (check page 26 of this issue with our Nollywood stars). Our people are very welcoming, so Hollywood Weekly can also travel down to Nigeria to capture our big events like the Calabar carnival, where we always have Hollywood stars perform. There are big events at Tinapa, Obudu Cattle Ranch and our neighbouring Akwa Ibom State that they can also cover during the same period. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton just left Calabar, where they were filming Half Of A Yellow Sun (that is Hollywood networking with Nollywood). So many Hollywood stars travel to Nigeria all the time to network. We watch the Grammies and Oscars and  we have our own similar ones such as AMAA (African Movie Academy Awards), which a host of Hollywood stars attended this year, NMA (Nollywood Movies Awards), AMA (African Music Awards), NAFCA (Nollywood & African Film Critics Awards), MAMA (MTV Africa Music Awards), GMA (Ghana Movies Awards), etc. These are the types of events that they can travel down to Africa to cover, and then profile them back in Hollywood. 

The new magazine will be called, 
'E4 PR In Conjunction With Hollywood Weekly Magazine Celebrates African Entertainment' and will be published alongside Hollywood Weekly's regular magazine. Though mainly dedicated to African talent, it will also have other interesting inside features, similar to E4 PR's Hollywood/Bollywood/Nollywood concept. If you read E4 PR's blog, you'd get the general picture.

Desmond Elliott, Monalisa Chinda, Jackie Appiah and Joseph Benjamin, will always be E4 PR and Hollywood Weekly's ICONIC AFRICAN STARS. Their star quality has opened doors for other talented African stars to be profiled right in the heart of Hollywood and they would always be acknowledged for this. They have
 paved a way for African talent to be noticed and appreciated internationally and both sites will always have their covers up in acknowledgement of them. More privileges will also be accorded to our four iconic stars...you'd find out soon ;)


This new service will cover all areas of African entertainment, including businesses and events that are affiliated with the African entertainment industry and every feature will be classy, high profile and internationally appealing. 
Telecom, television channels, banks and big African businesses alike that support African entertainment, are also welcome to advertise in the magazine.

If you fall within any of these categories or you are an agent whose client falls within any of the mentioned categories, please email egorefiok@gmail.com 

I do not know it all, so please I will appreciate your suggestions if you think I may have missed something. I love discovering new talent - for me this is an unending buzz and I want to flood the market with raw, new, talent or talented stars that have not been aptly projected, so if you know of people that fall in this category who you truly believe are unusual, please email me. 

The coolest thing as well, is that flicking through the pages of this Nollywood edition, apart from our featured iconic Nollywood stars, you can actually see the African versions of many of the featured Hollywood stars inside the magazine. For instance, seeing Alec Baldwin reminds me of our very own Nollywood's answer to the Baldwin brothers in the Afolayan brothers (Kunle is our Alec... :D). I can even spot Kate Henshaw, RMD, Sam Dede, Sammy Okposo, Tiwa Savage and Goldie. Hehehe! Can you look at the Hollywood stars in the magazine and guess which ones are affiliated to the stars I mentioned above? We have talented stars for sure - this new series will never lack quality content.

Hollywood Weekly also want to introduce magazine stands in Africa, so that more people can have access to hard copies of the magazines. I explained to them that people back home generally prefer buying hard copies to downloading applications, so please interested reputable, registered, distributors should contact me via email: egorefiok@gmail.com 

Hollywood Weekly have a gift for you too, along with the video of their interview with me. You can now read that feature free here: 
http://issuu.com/hollywood/docs/maysmall/13 
Click on 'Click to read' and then keep clicking on the arrow on the right to go through all the pages. The Nollywood feature starts on page 18 and ends on page 22. For the video of my interview, please click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZmNVM5Js&feature=plcp

Our new African Entertainment edition, E4 PR In Conjunction With Hollywood Weekly Magazine Celebrates African Entertainment, will start as soon as we have enough content for feature. Until then, I will continue to profile deserving African talent in Hollywood Weekly's main magazine. Hollywood Weekly Magazine would also circulate their own Press Release about our contract and business liaison, so please feel free to share when you see it. 

Please start sending in your magazine feature and advert requests. All requests should be emailed to egorefiok@gmail.com

Special thanks as well to the media, fans, friends...the entire public for their undying support of our stars. This would not have been possible without your support. May God bless you all. Bella Naija, Linda Ikeji, Alabamauncut, Nollywood Forever, Shaibu Husseini, Sam Anokam, Modern Ghana, Genevieve, Fab and Zen Magazines, NET, Nollywood By Mindspace, Ladun Liadi, BON, Nollywoodgossip, Nigerian Films, Peace FM, Ameyaw, Hallmark Multimedia, Ghana Celebrities, OMG Ghana, Ghana MMA, Twi Movies, Ghahoo, Spy Ghana, and every person that have supported our stars. If I have omitted your name, please know that this is not deliberate, and I am saying thank you to everyone. I found some of these names via Google search. Thanks also to every single person that re-tweeted (@irokotv, @beyondurwalls, @BalogunFathia, @GhanaFilms, @revealghana, @ruttyfrutty, @lowdownscroll et al..I see ya) or shared this news or supported our stars in one way or the other.

I cannot end this post without thanking Hollywood Weekly for giving me the chance to project African talent in Hollywood. All this would not have been possible without them and I am glad that they have seen sufficient proof that African talent is worth investing in and feel honoured to have them as business partners.
Simply put, that article is an evolutionary pièce de résistance that E4 PR and Hollywood Weekly will always be proud of. 


Btw, I have just been informed that DSTV have used the cover image from the article to promote their GOtv channel and it is all over BRT buses, billboards and lampposts in Lagos. Erm...okay...

Finally, I'd like to take this opportunity to announce to you, my new paranormal 3D movie, Mystery Beads, which is in pre-production. The movie is produced by Egor Efiok and directed by Frank Adekunle Macaulay. Talented Frank and myself have teamed up to collaborate on various projects, which you will be informed about in due time; Hollywood Weekly are also covering our projects. Frank was the DOP for Gugu EMichael's Award Winning Movie, 'Dangerous Men' and 'Unge's War'; both movies were shot in Nigeria; he also co-directed 'Streets Of Calabar'. Dangerous Men is picking up it's trophy for BEST AFRICAN FILM, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY and BEST SCREENPLAY at the World Music and Independent Film Festival Hollywood (WMIF) to be held in DC this month and Unge's War has been nominated for best film of 2012 at the NAFCA African Movie Awards in September 2012, in North Carolina, USA. 
To read more about Frank Adekunle Macaulay, please click on the links below: 

Furthermore, I would like to introduce to you, two of E4 PR's new artistes, Emeka Amene and Julian Nnadi. Emeka, who has CSI as one of the many credits under his belt, will be playing our male lead Hollywood star opposite our female lead Nollywood star, Jackie Appiah, in Mystery Beads; and Julian will be playing our exorcist's troublesome son. This is just news flash. You will formally meet the lead stars at our soon to be held Press Conference. Mystery Beads is full of talented actors, who all have major roles and their names will be revealed to you at the press conference, along with the synopsis of the movie.   

Thank you everyone and God bless you.

Egor.

View photos of Frank Adekunle Macaulay, Emeka Amene & Julian Nnadi after the cut...