Owen Gee, Adelegan Rotimi And Others Supports “Live And Not Die” Project

February 25th Marked the official unveiling of the Live And Not Die project, A Suicide prevention scheme targeted to the general public. The project was unveiled by Kunle Pelemo alongside his team. The program was held at the Empowerment Center Allen-Avenue, Lagos.

 

The world health organization is 2011 affirmed that suicide is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. According to the body, approximately one million people commit suicide each year worldwide.

The convener, Kunle Pelemo tagged the project ” The Urgency Of Sucide Kuntrol”.

The venue was set to receive its guests as celebrities graced the Red carpet just in time to  kick off the program. The event started with an opening prayer and introduction of guests, panelists and pressmen.

The unveiling program was  hosted by Alayande Stephen T. (The Project Director) kicked off with a brief welcome speech by Coach Triple A to sensitize the audience on the reason behind their gathering.  This was proceeded by a music interlude by Forthbeing. A drama skit by Glorious Performance Drama Ministry (GDPM) led by Olusanya Babalola also prepared the audience for what was to come; suicide is real but not the solution to hardship. The event had musical performances from MAXIM and Forthbeing while Pietrina did the honour of a special poem rendition on Suicide.worldwide.

L.A.N.D Convener, Kunle Pelemo took to the stage to give the Press briefing. He said, By 2020, the WHO approximates 1.53million people will die from suicide based on the trend.

Kunle Pelemo highlighted how his idea and passion for suicide prevention came about, after his successful intervention to prevent a friend from carrying out this destructive act.

In his words, he said “The LAND project is aimed to support people with suicide related issues. L.A.N.D believes everyone has the right and reason to live. The project seeks to prevent suicide with the help of Research, Information, Technology and Support (RITS) in Africa and other parts of the world. This support ranges from moral, mental, material and psychological support at no cost to identified individuals.

The panel comprised of Tinsel star, Adelegan Rotimi Ademiluyi, Comedian, Owen Gee, Eniola Adeniji, Teniola Adeyemi, Remi Dairo and Pastor. Victor Azuka Adigwe.

The panelist shed more light on the severity of suicide and how it starts from the little things we ignore before it escalates to something more severe like depression. They also shared experiences on how they battled depression and stated the importance of checking on our mental health

Owen Gee also narrated his near suicide experience and how he managed to maneuver it through the help of his son. He said that sometime last year, he was so depressed that he would rather be asleep than awake and that at the time he would use medications that would knock him off for three (3) days and he would only wake up once to eat.

A #landchallenge initiatives which would be launched across social media, aimed at celebrating the gift of life and spreading the suicide prevention message to all was unveiled and projected to the participants” he averred.

The concept is very simple as we are to make short videos doing something exciting like screaming, dancing somersaulting, singing,or saying a poem anything creative, then use a caption saying celebrate life, live and not die

The social media handles are Facebook- Live And Not Die, Instagram and Twitter- LAND Project1, website- www.landproject.org.ng and the hotlines are- 08038603727, 08034641258. The L.A.N.D team encourage as many people as possible to give a helping hand in showing love and LISTENING to other people’s plight with a view to giving them a shoulder to lean on because that could be the simple step to prevent someone from committing suicide.

The program ended on a high note with group pictures and other merriment.

 

The Kardashian-Jenner Sisters Star In Calvin Klein’s Spring 2018 Campaign

On Monday, Calvin Klein released the fourth installment of its spring 2018 ad campaign series, “Our Family #MyCalvins.” “Whether you’re related or you bond over shared dreams, family is what you make it.

A patchwork of individuals, unified and unbreakable. That’s our family,” says a message on their website, and so far the campaigns have included people like Solange Knowles and the A$AP Mob posing alongside their found families

After teasing the campaign image on Instagram on Sunday night, the full image was released Monday morning, and well, the family featured is definitely closer than close.

Yes! Calvin Klein is also, Keeping up with the Kardashians, with Willy Vanderperre photographing Kris Jenner’s brood in all their glory.

Just like everyone else, the sisters are wearing pieces similar to the brand’s iconic ‘90s undergarments. Think bras, tanks, and boy-shorts, all trimmed in CK’s black or white logo, as well as denim pieces from 205W39NYC.

Google Celebrates Late Stephen Keshi With A Doodle On His Post-mundane 56 Years Birthday Today

Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, popularly known as the “Big Boss”, who guided Nigeria to the African Cup of Nations title, would have celebrated his 56th birthday if he were to be alive today.

However, tech Giant, Google has honored the legend with a doodle. Doodles are changes made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.

Stephen Keshi died in June 2016, less than seven months after he lost his wife, Kate, to cancer

Stephen won the African Cup of Nations for Nigeria as a player in 1994 and was the only Nigerian to have won the same tournament as a coach, a feat he achieved in South Africa in 2013. In the same year, he qualified the Super Eagles for the 2014 World Cup held in Brazil, thereby becoming the first African coach to qualify two African countries for the World Cup finals

Before guiding the Super Eagles to a successful AFCON, Keshi was in charge of Mali and Togo, with whom he enjoyed a measure of success. He was the first coach to qualify lowly Togo to for the 2006 World Cup. But he was sacked just before the tournament and was replaced by Otto Pfiser after the tiny West African country dismal showing at the 2006 African Cup of Nations in Egypt

During the course of his playing career, Keshi earned 60 caps for the Nigerian national football team, making him the nation’s second-most capped player at the time of his retirement. Keshi, represented the country at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations, captaining the Super Eagles to victory in the latter. He also played club football in five countries, most notably Belgium, where he won the Belgian league championship with R.S.C. Anderlecht in 1991.

Mary J Blige Honored On Hollywood Walk Of Fame On Her 47th Birthday

Grammy Award-winning singer,+; songwriter and actress Mary J. Blige received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday.

Blige was honored in the category of Recording on her 47th birthday.

“I am so grateful,” Blige said during the ceremony. “On this day, my birthday, God put my name on a star.”

Blige was buoyed by masses of fans lining Hollywood Boulevard when she was moved to tears during the ceremony held on her 47th birthday

She heaped praise on attendee Sean “Diddy” Combs as a father-figure and as an inspiration who helped launch her career by producing her debut record, What’s The 411?, in 1992.

Blige also thanked her mother for raising the family alone in the “hell” of the housing estates of Yonkers, New York.

“My mum is a survivor, she was a single-parent mother, very, very small and she raised us on her own she had three jobs and she never stopped,” Blige said.

“I just want to thank god for my mother right now.”

H&M Releases Official Statement Apologizing For Their Racist Advert Campaign

H&M release official statement apologizing for their racist advert campaign featuring a black boy

International retail giant H&M has apologized for an ad featuring a black child model wearing a hoodie emblazoned with the phrase “coolest monkey in the jungle.”

“We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top,” H&M said in a statement. “The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States.We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”

The Weeknd Won’t Work With H&M After ‘racist’ Advert Featuring A Black Boy

The European clothing line H&M UK ran an advertisement on its website featuring a black boy wearing a hoodie with the words “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle”. Spanning to this post, singer, The Weeknd disassociated himself from giant clothier.

The singer tweeted on Monday afternoon:

“woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo. I’m deeply offended and will not be working with @hm anymore…”

Singer The Weeknd disassociates himself from H&M after

 

Online users who were offended by the racist advertising gimmick didn’t fail to blast the company’s post on its website after a black child was used to model a hoodie campaign for kids that carried an offensive slogan “coolest monkey in the jungle.”

Meanwhile, H&M, has since apologized, with the offensive advertisement already pulled down from its website.

The National Pageant Finale To Hold On Thursday

This week, Thursday precisely, a new Miss Nigeria will be crowned at the Eko Convention Centre.

The journey to this year’s finale started in November when auditions were held in three cities – Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Lagos – over a one-week period. From personal photography sessions from Studio 24 using cool photo props, there were also monopoly games and passion project activities to keep the ladies entertained. Refreshments were also served.

The auditions started at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja on November 7 with an impressive turn out of contestants from the Northern region who showed up for a chance to become the next queen. George Okoro (photographer and Lifestyle Magazine publisher), Adama Indimi (CEO Reign by Adama Lashes), Ogugua Okonkwo (CEO Style Temple) and Andy Ogbechei (Creative Director, A-Squared Network) were the guest judges at this phase of the auditions, accompanied by Enyinne Owunwanne (CEO, Times Multimedia – organisers of the Miss Nigeria pageant).

Then the team moved to Port Harcourt on November 9 to receive contestants from the South-South/South-East region at the Echelon Heights Hotel, before heading to Lagos where the audition was held at the Times Multimedia Lagos Headquarters.

A week later, the 37 semi-finalists were announced in a special Instagram Live Session, setting the stage for Thursday’s grand finale.

Miss Nigeria was started by Daily Times Nigeria in 1957. Then, contestants were required to post their photographs to the Times headquarters in Lagos, before the finalists were shortlisted and invited to compete at the Lagos Island Club. It was the premier pageant in the country, and was a powerful medium which empowered several young Nigerian women, and inspired the country as a whole. Grace Oyelude won the maiden edition. She would not be the last.

 The pageant continued to prosper until it was rocked with several scandals, the collision with military history and national turmoil, and the unfortunate decline of its parent brand, Daily Times. It lost his exclusivity, uniqueness, and credibility, and was virtually buried under the sands of history.

 In 2005, Fidelis Anosike took over a decapitated Daily Times. Young and bustling with energy, he set out to revamp the vintage legacy of the publication. He has since set his sights on rewriting the story of Miss Nigeria and graft in new chapters filled with hope, dignity, and value.

 

“For us, Daily Times and Miss Nigeria is one and the same,” Anosike told THISDAY in 2015. “The show is going to be the premier platform that the company’s products, services, and different people can use to connect to every woman. Every woman is a queen. What we’ve been doing over the past ten years is to get the Pageant to metamorphose into what it should be.”

This week, Mr. Anosike spoke to THISDAY again and shed more light on what Nigerians should expect from the upcoming show.

“This year, we are going from strength to strength,” he said. “Every state has got its own representative. And it’s also important to note that Miss Nigeria is 60 years old. It was founded in 1957.

“This year, we were also able to do a proper boot-camp; all the semi-finalists met with several prominent Nigerians, including the Director General of The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), who is the purpose-partner for this year’s pageant – the Miss Nigeria to be crowned will be the ambassador for human trafficking, she will spend her time and energy working with NAPTIP to raise awareness about the ills of human trafficking and try as much as possible to be able to contribute her own quota into ending the illicit trade.

“We also had a couple of top women personalities who went into the boot-camp to talk to the girls.”

The boot-camp ended on December 18, after which the girls went to Ilorin to meet the first ever Miss Nigeria, who is 86 years old. From there, they are scheduled to return to Lagos and start the rehearsals for the final day which Mr. Anosike says “will be epic.” The pageant will be hosted by Bovi, Ebuka, Olive Emodi and Lala Akindoju; and 2face Idibia is set to perform.

“Miss Nigeria has been fully restored to its original intent, which is to be a platform young female empowerment in Nigeria,” Mr. Anosike said. “We want to use it to raise the voices of women. We believe that every Miss Nigeria will also take on these issues, raising the voices of women, especially as it relates to issues around the environment. We have very solid partnerships with over 30 media houses and everybody has now come to understand that this is a national pageant not a beauty pageant.”

When asked how the show plans to balance the moral debauchery associated with beauty pageants, Mr. Anosike took exception to the content of Miss Nigeria.

“It’s all about communication, about purpose; it is about people understanding that this is a platform for female empowerment,” he said. “Every woman is a queen – mothers are queens, sisters are queens. This epitomises ‘queenship’. Miss Nigeria is supposed to be a role model for young women. What we are doing is building a purpose into the show – so it is beauty and brains. The idea is to be able to inspire young women. We don’t do all those beauty pageant stuff where they go onstage and take off their clothes. We don’t commoditise women. Miss Nigeria has stopped that a long time ago. And that’s one of the reason why we don’t send anybody to Miss World or Miss Universe because they go there and do all these kind of things.

“Miss Nigeria focuses on issues that affect Nigerian women; she is an ambassador of culture, of purpose, of the environment. We want her to focus on the Nigerian people. She does not need any validation from anywhere. She does not need to go outside to win anything. It’s a national brand, not a beauty brand.

“The girls have their calendars planned and we have partners that will keep them busy, because we want them to have a purpose. Going for international beauty contest is a colonial mentality. Queens don’t compete, they reign. You can’t say you are Nigeria’s Queen and go outside and be competing with other people.”

On what has been the challenge in organising such a huge event, Mr. Anosike pointed towards the struggle to recreate the show’s purpose.

“The basic challenge we had was to be able to recreate the purpose for which this pageant was founded in 1957,” he said. “Now, we have gotten it right; and we know this because of the responses we are receiving. We have people entering from Zamfara, from Kano;

“It’s going to be a beautiful show. We are trying to make the show like the Oscars, so it will be a fusion of fashion, beauty and everything good about Nigeria.

“The contestants have to know about the states they are representing. We also want to use this help promote our history and heritage. We must be proud of who we are. Nigeria has come of age; we’ve seen what people have done in the music industry. That’s the kind of inspiration that we want to draw on.”

SECURITY RECCE AT TESLIM BALOGUN STADIUM AHEAD OF OLIC4

Olamide Live In Lagos – The Concert #OLIC4 is scheduled to hold on Sunday, 17th December 2017 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.



Due to the expected number of concert attendees, the Lagos State Government is taking steps to ensure tight security measures are put in place, traffic and parking management are properly mapped out with routes being arranged.



To this effect, a security reconnaissance took place on Friday 8th December 2017 with Lagos security led by the Lagos State commissioner of police and other agents to ensure proper security measures were taken into consideration. 

Some of the agents present were representatives of The Nigeria Army, The Nigerian Air Force, The Nigerian Police, The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), The Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC), The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Private Security Agents.



The information gathered and processed will be communicated in the coming days to sensitize the general public on the routes, parking arrangements and security measures taken to ensure a hitch free and pleasant experience at the 4th edition of OLIC.

Selena Stuns The 2017 American Music Award With A Newlook

The 2017 edition of the American Music Award held on Sunday night had some  of the biggest names in the industry, with likes of Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, DJ Khaled, Hailee Steinfeld and the likes.

They showcased their glamorous outfits on the red carpet but Selena Gomez stole the show with her new look.

Selena  who recently rekindled her romance with Justin Bieber. Performed for the first time since undergoing a kidney transplant over the summer.

The former Disney star, who took home the award for favorite female artist in 2016, sang her new single Wolves.

Selena, who unveiled her lighter locks at the awards show, flaunted her legs in an edgy black and silver leather dress by Coach.

Selena Gomez who won the award for favorite female artist, 2016, sang her new single “Wolves” at the show.

The former Disney star a natural brunette, Selena Gomez debuted her newly styled blonde hair wearing a mesmerizing outfit accompanied with a dazzling diamond earrings by Roberto Coin.

Selena certainly showed us that blondes do have more fun as she had heads turning as she walked the red carpet.

Mary J. Blige Graced The Cover Of W Magazine

RnB legend, Mary J. Blige covers the most recent issue of “W Magazine“, shot by artist Carrie Mae Weems.

The singer who is generating Oscar buzz for her role in “Mudbound” discussed how the role helped stripped her of her vanity.

Mary said:

I didn’t realize how vain I was until I started working on Mudbound. Once I saw how my character, Florence, lived [in a shack on a farm in Mississippi], I thought, ‘Wow, I’m really a vain person’.

When I went to the movie set to do the first day of fittings, I was Mary J. Blige: I had just done a tour and a show, so I was all, you know, I had wigs and weaves and all sorts of things going on, and Dee Rees was like, “No! We want to see you. You can’t have a perm, you’re going to have minimal, minimal makeup.” And I was like, “What about lashes?” And she said no, and I was like, “Really? Florence doesn’t have lashes?

”That part was a lot! A lot! But once I tore away and sunk into the character, Florence actually gave Mary—me, the so-vain person—a little more confidence so that Mary didn’t feel like she needed to depend on all of that. I cut my hair really short. Florence really liberated me.

Mary J. Blige also discussed her divorce. Asked by Weems where she sees herself going and what she wants now, she said:

 I want, at some point, to not have to work so hard. I want peace of mind and acceptance of self, totally.

I know that’s an ongoing process, so every single day I’m working on that, and it’s been hard ever since this challenge I’m having with this divorce.

It was such a terrible thing. It made me see myself as “I have to be better than this”: I was never good enough; I was never pretty enough, smart enough. And there was someone chosen over me.

It was like, I can’t stay, but it really let me see, Mary, you are better than that. You have to continue to grow.