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BREAKING: Funke Akindele Welcomes 1st Child With Husband JJC Skillz In The US

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The internet is agog with joy as Nollywood’s finest, Funke Akindele Bello and her musician hubby Rasheed Bello aka JJCSkillz finally welcome their first child together.

Funke disclosed the news via her Insta-story.

While JJC has children from his previous relationships, this is Funke’s first child since their marriage.

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“LUGARD” The Movie Featuring Gabriel Afolayan, Kehinde Bankole, Mr Macaroni Coming To Cinemas August 27

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3 Knights Film Production in conjunction with B5Films and Monomania Entertainment is finally set to release One of Nollywood’s most anticipated films of the year, Lugard in cinemas on the 27th of August 2021.

LUGARD the movie tells the intriguing story of an intelligent New Entry University student who was initiated into cultism due to his intimidating brainpower. After his first assignment which led to the death of a rival confraternity leader, Lugard’s life is being hunted.

The movie which was shot with exception performance featured top Nollywood stars such as Gabriel Afolayan, Kehinde Bankole, Adeniyi Johnson, Hafiz ‘Saka’ Oyetoro, Debo ‘Mr Macaroni’ Adebayo, Omowunmi Dada, Zack Orji, Norbert Young, Laduba Quadri Qidad, Kalu Ikeagwu, Tunji Adeyemo and the likes.

The heavily performance-driven movie was directed by one of Nigeria’s top directors, Tunde Olaoye, and written by Laduba Quadri Qidad and Segun Akejeje. Mr. Lekan Ayinde, the long-standing producer for WAP and other notable works produced by Lugard

Speaking on the movie, the executive producer, Hakeem Olageshin had this to say “when I speak about Lugard the movie, it gives me so much joy to see the beautiful piece of art my team and I put together. Cultism and Confraternity still remains a big issue in this part of the world as the original reason why they were created have been completely altered for violence and other humiliating selfish interest that exactly inspired this intriguing story. I would really love everyone to storm the cinemas on the 27th of August because LUGARD the movie is a must-see for everyone.”

Lugard the movie will be in all cinemas nationwide from the 27th of August 2021.





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Sanwo-Olu Gifts Veteran Actress Mama Awero 3-Bedroom Apartment, Donates Free Apartments To Two Lagos ‘Best’ Teaching Staff [VIDEO]

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Popular grandmother figure in Nollywood’s Yoruba series, Alhaja Lanre Hassan, known by the stage name “Mama Awero”, got a surprise gift from Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday.

The veteran actor was on the verge of being been ejected from her rented apartment when the Governor intervened. Mama Awero was presented with the key to a new three-bedroom apartment in the 360 units Lagoshoms Phase 2 scheme completed by the Governor in Igbogbo, Ikorodu.

The housing project was formally inaugurated on Wednesday at an event attended by all Government functionaries and traditional rulers in the Ikorodu division. He named the scheme after former Deputy Governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) apex leader in Ikorodu, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye.

The scheme, which is sited on 6.24 hectares of land, was conceived in 2012 under the ex-Governor Babatunde Fashola’s administration. It has 10 blocks each of 120 units of one-bedroom flats, 120 units of two-bedroom flat, and 120 units of three-bedroom apartments.

The project is bordering Oba Adeboruwa Housing Estate, which is the first phase of the housing scheme.

Sanwo-Olu said the decision to complete the Igbogbo housing scheme was in tune with his pledge at the commissioning of Lateef Jakande Estate, Igando in 2019, where he reiterated his commitment to deliver all housing projects inherited by his administration.

He said: “I am elated to be commissioning another housing project in Igbogbo, one of many delivered by this administration. Against all odds, our vision for a revamped housing sector has moved from the drawing table to the level of implementation and delivery. The completion and commissioning of this estate, comprising 360 units is a promise kept and sends a strong message about our determination to make Lagos a 21st-century economy.

“This housing scheme symbolizes our unwavering commitment to the Greater Lagos Project, and our determination to build and deliver modern homes so that irrespective of social or economic class, all Lagosians enjoy the dividends of democracy and good governance. We will continue to bridge the housing deficit by providing decent and affordable houses to our people.”

The Governor said his administration recognized that provision of decent housing was a crucial component of sustainable development, which was why housing schemes were being funded through direct budgetary allocations, as well as public-private-partnerships. The financing model, he said, has yielded remarkable results.

Sanwo-Olu said the State Government had started to prepare for a population surge that would accompany the opening of the project, disclosing that the State had activated the revamping of socio-economic infrastructure on the axis. He said rehabilitation of Government-owned schools was being escalated to cater to additional students’ population.

He said: “We are doing extensive road infrastructure in Igbogbo and we are extending another road from Ibeshe, which will be commissioned next month. The Baiyeku Road needs to be fixed and we will look at it once we are able to push the ongoing Igbogbo road project to significant progress.

“We are still working on Agric-Isawo and Oba Sekumade Road, while we are planning the redevelopment of the roundabout at Ita Elewa. All these projects are being done to bring real development into the Ikorodu division and improve the value of properties on this axis.”

The Governor also presented free three-bedroom apartments to two members of the State’s teaching staff honoured in national education awards for their quality services. They are the Principal of Government Junior College in Ketu-Epe, Mr. Dunni Ikuseyi (Principal of the Year) and recipient of Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Elusakin of Oriwu Model College.

According to the Commissioner for Housing, Hon. Moruf Akinderu-Fatai the housing project was the seventh scheme to be completed and inaugurated by the Sanwo-Olu administration, which catered for the high net individuals and low-income earners.

He said: “As can be seen, the scheme is completed with modern infrastructure that will enhance decent living. Apart from other intrinsic benefits that come with this scheme, we are glad to say that it will definitely change the statistics of the housing deficit in Lagos and stem the usual drift to city centers.

“Our joy is only complete when more people, particularly the low- and medium-income earners become homeowners. In line with present realities, the conventional mortgage system fostered through our Rent-To-Own scheme will be utilized to a large extent in delivering the homes to the end-users.”

Mama Awero, in an emotion-laden voice, expressed gratitude to the Governor, describing the gesture as an “unexpected gift”.

“Anyone who is compassionate to offer his fellow human a comfortable shelter such as this deserves nothing but prayers. I am short of words. Governor Sanwo-Olu, you have put smiles on my face in my moment of despair. May Allah supports you and your Deputy,” the veteran actress said.

The Adeboruwa of Igbogbo, Oba Semiu Kasali, hailed Sanwo-Olu for keeping his word on the housing scheme.

Some of the comfort features in the housing estate include expansive car parks, streetlights, a water reticulation plant, and a modern sewage treatment plant.





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Kanye West Becomes Richest Black Man In U.S

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Music producer, rapper, and fashion mogul Kanye West is the richest African American in the United States. Bloomberg reports that West is officially worth $6.6 billion, making him the richest Black man in America’s history.

Around the same time last year, West became a certified billionaire with the help of his successful apparel and sneaker brand, Yeezy, and a new multi-year contract with Gap (NYSE: GPS +1.64%).

According to Business of Fashion, the Yeezy brand is valued at $3.2 to $4.7 billion. As for the new Yeezy Gap line which is set to be released later this summer, the new venture is expected to be worth more than $970 million.

Since West remains the sole owner of the Yeezy company, much of his personal net worth is attributed to his recent business decisions and the $1.7 billion that he pockets from additional assets, including his significant investment into his soon-to-be ex-wife’s Skims label.

An unaudited balance sheet of West’s finances has also revealed that West has $122 million in cash and stock, while his entire music catalogue is worth $110.5 million.

The Yeezy brand has seen a large boom despite the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. West’s sneaker sales at Adidas (XETRA:ADS.DE -0.87%) have seen an uptick of 31 percent from last year, bringing in $1.7 billion in annual revenue. By the end of 2021, the Yeezy designer is expected to rake in $150 million from its Gap partnership.

Considering the rapper claimed to have been $53 million in debt less than half a decade ago, his feat is worth the recognition. However, it still remains a mystery as to how West’s billion-dollar company was eligible for a loan of $2 to $5 million under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.




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