VIDEO: Iri-Iji Rally 2022 Acha Ancient Kingdom

Report By Taingo AnigoChi

<SUNBIGHT>~Video~Nkwo~9th September, 2022 @ 02:44 CAT

MkpọrọỌgwụ, Acha – THE Iri-Iji Festival 2022 [New Yam Festival] in ACHA ANCIENT KINGDOM began with a rally organised by Mporogwu-Ohiagwu Youths on Afọ, 8th September, 2022.

Iri-Iji New Yam Festival 2022, ACHA ANCIENT KINGDOM

Music Superstar Davido to Feature in Official 2022 FIFA World Cup Single Titled “Hayya Hayya”

<SUNBIGHT>~Entertainment~Eke~11th April, 2022 @ 02:31 WAT~SportsBrief.

AFROBEAT music act Davido will feature in the first official 2022 FIFA World Cup single “Hayya Hayya” (Better Together) alongside Qatari sensation Aisha.

The 2022 World Cup will hold in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, however, the Super Eagles of Nigeria failed to qualify as Davido’s home country misses out.

Having played a 0-0 draw with Ghana in the first leg of their play-off, the Black Stars held the Super Eagles to a 1-1 draw in Nigeria to go through to the competition.

Davido and Aisha will feature in a single for the World Cup which was put together by FIFA entertainment director @redone.

The combination of breakthrough US star Trinidad Cardona, Afrobeats icon Davido and Qatari sensation Aisha captures the spirit of the FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Sound strategy by bringing together inspiration from across the globe.

Meanwhile, the music rave of the moment Davido has reacted after the official Twitter account of German club Borussia Dortmund used the ‘E Choke’ slang.

Hours before their away game at FC Cologne, Dortmund tweeted photos of their players celebrating goals and then tagged the Nigerian music star in tweets. The club further added “Dortmund fall on you” to scare their opponents in an ‘OBO’ way as one of his music titles – ‘fall on you’ says.

Super Eagles legends Victor Ikpeba and Sunday Oliseh also had stints with the Bundesliga outfit as their photos in Dortmund colours were also shared.

Sports Brief earlier reported that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has teamed up with Nigerian singer Davido in the United Kingdom.

The Nigerian-born MMA fighter was in attendance to support Nigerian boxer Lawrence Okolie who clashed in the ring with Michal Cieslak in a WBO cruiserweight title fight.

Davido also showed up to back Okolie who defeated Michal Cieslak via unanimous decision to retain his WBO cruiserweight belt at the O2 Arena in London.■

Work for your money, don’t depend on men – Actress Ekanem

<SUNBIGHT>~Entertainment~Nkwo~13th March,2022 @ 17:00 WAT

NOLLYWOOD actress, Didi Ekanem, has advised women to stop depending on men for money, but strife for their own money instead.

The actress expressed that in a recent interview, explaining the importance for women to work hard to make their own money so as to become less dependent on men.

She expressed her delight in her efforts to sustain her living in comfort and within her earnings.

Though,the actress had last year suffered a huge setback when she lost her stock in a fire incident at her house.

Ekanem said, “It is important for a woman to work for her money. There is no point for any woman to depend on a man for money. I don’t know how to ask for favours and I refuse to ask men for money. I am happy that my money sustains me. It has helped me to live within my means”

“It all boils down to the need to work hard and make one’s money. Some persons were asking why I cried and put up pictures (of the burnt house) on Instagram.

“They said I was chasing clout. But, one week after, I got a new apartment, and some people started talking again. I then said to myself, ‘My house got burnt, not my account balance’. It was easy for me to come out of it because I had savings.”

“I have just opened a store, and I am working on my new collection. I have also started a food business. These are things I have always loved. I love cooking and feeding people. We are in the social media era where people can easily monetise their passion.

“Becoming a fashion designer is not something I had always thought of. I needed to make extra money for myself. Anything you see me do, it is because I have passion for it. I went into fashion designing because it is something I enjoy doing. It was not easy because I had to go to school to learn the basics and have a better understanding of what it takes to become a fashion designer.”

“I love to create videos because I am a very funny person ‘when I am inside of me’. I just felt my fans needed to see my funny side. I can be very serious with work but there is another side of me that is very funny.”

Nollywood Actress Kate Henshaw berates President Buhari over Fuel Scarcity

<SUNBIGHT>~Nigeria~Nkwo~5th March 2022, @ 03:30 WAT

Report By Onyekachi Aduruze

VETERAN nollywood actress, Kate Henshaw, lamented over the continuous scarcity of premium motor spirit (petrol) in Nigeria.

The actress on Wednesday fired shot at President Muhammadu Buhari who also doubles as the Minister for petroleum, via her verified Instagram page.

She called on the citizens of the country to take measures that will protect the interests of the future generations.

Henshaw stated that the Nigerian President should have taken priorty in solving the lingering fuel scarcity instead of embarking on his rountine medical trip to United Kingdom.

It is so shameful and with all due respect; we have Mr President who doubles as the petroleum minister has jetted out to look after himself, nobody cares and we are just quiet. We are going to petrol stations fighting ourselves for a product that is not even there and we do not even know when it is going to come. Nigerians, it is time we take our destiny in our hands.

Go and get your PVCs. Stop listening to people that tell you that it does not matter or your vote does not count. If it doesn’t count they will not buy your votes. They will not steal people’s PVCs and use them. We cannot continue like this, things are too bad. What are we going outside to do? You go outside there is no petrol, you stay at home there is no light. What is going on? Enough of the prayers. Let us just do what needs to be done. God is not going to come down from heaven and do what we are supposed to do.

This country is so prosperous but we are taking all sorts of things from people who we elected to represent us and they are carrying on like they don’t care. No heads have rolled for the bad petrol that came in. Nothing ever happens, no consequences whatsoever. But we are there managing. We manage until we enter the grave. I’m done.”

Tourism: Natural Hot Springs (Tuscany,Italy)

<SUNBIGHT>~Tuscany~Eke~18th February 2022 @ 22:07 WAT

THE Natural Hot Springs in Tuscany.

The Saturnia thermal hot springs were one of Italy’s best-kept secrets, but recently it has become very popular.

A collection of silk blue water springs on different levels that are heated by the nearby volcano.

A powerful stream of water keeps the water flowing down all levels and makes sure it has a constant temperature of 37 degrees.

It is almost unreal that this exists and that everyone can enjoy it for free.■

[Courtesy; Peter Rajkai]

Kodak Black and Three Others Injured in Shooting Outside of Justin Bieber’s Concert After-Party

<SUNBIGHT>~Entertainment~Eke~14th February,2022 @16:23 WAT

Kodak Black is reportedly one of four people injured Saturday following a shooting outside of a Los Angeles-area restaurant after Justin Bieber’s concert Friday.  According to TMZ, Black, whose real name is, Bill Kapri, was exiting the party when the shooting occurred.

In a statement released by the Los Angeles Police Department Saturday morning, the LAPD says Wilshire area police offers responded to gunshots heard on the 400 block of North La Cienega Boulevard at 2:45 a.m. Saturday morning when they discovered two victims with gunshot wounds.

An initial investigation revealed that the shooting occurred after a “physical altercation between several individuals” went down outside of The Nice Guy where Bieber was hosting an after-party after his performance at h.wood and Revolve’s Homecoming Weekend party.

The LAPD said the suspect fled following the shooting. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics then transported two victims, with non-life threatening injuries to local hospitals and later discovered that the two other individuals injured in the shooting transported themselves to area hospitals for treatment for injuries they sustained in the shooting.

ET has reached out to Black’s reps as well as Bieber for comment following Saturday morning’s shooting.

Before the shooting, Hailey Bieber, Drake, Tobey Maguire, Khloe Kardashian and more famous faces were seen entering The Nice Guy for the Super Bowl weekend event.

An investigation into the shooting is still underway, with the LAPD asking for anyone with information to contact them directly or submit an anonymous tip to their Crime Stoppers tip line.

[Courtesy: Mona KHALIFEH/ ET]

Nollywood Actress Uzor Osimkpa lambastes COZA Pastor

<SUNBIGHT> ~ Nollywood ~ Religion ~ 6th January, 2022.

Report by Okwuchi Nneuwa

POPULAR nollywood actress, Uzor Osimkpa took a swipe at Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) for describing the Igbos as stingy towards church donations.

The COZA pastor in a recent sermon at his Abuja church has alleged that the Igbo people fund it difficult to donate money to the church because of how long they spend to make the money.

He had stated “The Igbo believe in God. It takes God for an Igbo guy to give. They have a large heart but -they believe you shouldn’t work their mind.

No Church with a Yoruba pastor takes more Igbo songs than COZA. Hustle is a c*rze! Are you a hustler? Some people find it hard to give because they hustled to get that money. In the name of Jesus, hustle has ceased in your life.”

In response via her verified Instagram account, the actress described the pastor as a “serial rapist and murderer of character of reputation”.

She further stated that “the Igbos are the most open handed to their brothers and community, church circuits and parishes, and prefers to take their love and money home”.■

Read her post below:

Chelsea Hold Liverpool In Four-Goal Thriller At Stamford Bridge

<SUNBIGHT> ~ Football ~ 2nd January,2022.

CHELSEA came from behind to draw 2-2 with Liverpool as the two title outsiders kicked off the New Year with a Premier League classic at Stamford Bridge.

The Reds took an early lead through Sadio Mane, who pounced on an error by Trevoh Chalobah, before Mohamed Salah doubled the advantage from a tight angle after combining with Trent Alexander-Arnold.

But the visitors never looked comfortable in the absence of vital players and Mateo Kovacic mustered a super volley from the edge of the area to pull one back for Chelsea in the 42nd minute.

Christian Pulisic then levelled for the Blues right before the interval with a fine lob over Caoimhin Kelleher from N’Golo Kante’s through-ball.

With the draw, Chelsea remain second on the log on 43 points while Liverpool sit third on 42 points.■

[Courtesy: Complete Sports]

History: Fela Kuti & His Lobitos Band in the 1960’s

<SUNBIGHT> – 29 December, 2021.

IN 1959, Fela forms his first group, ‘Fela Ransome-Kuti and His Highlife Rakers’. The band record four sides for Melodisc, one of Britain’s first independent African and Caribbean music labels. One single is released. The A-side is a cover of a Victor Olaiya hit. The other two tracks are “Highlife Rakers Calypso No.1” and “Wa Ba Mi Jo Bosue”.

A year after he disbands the Highlife Rakers and forms Koola Lobitos, which has a line-up of West African and Caribbean musicians.

In 1963, Fela forms the first edition of the Fela Ransome-Kuti Quintet. In 1964, NBC hires Fela as a junior producer, with special responsibility for music programming.

He forms a second edition of the Fela Ransome-Kuti Quintet, this time focusing on straightahead jazz rather than highlife. That same year popular Drummer, Tony Allen joins the group. In 1967, Trumpeter Tunde Williams joins the group.

In 1968, Fela takes Koola Lobitos on a tour to Ghana, the band also released an album, a compilation of the band’s singles.

In February 1969, Fela and the Koola Lobitos recorded a live album at the Afro-Spot (previously Kakadu Spot and later Kalakuta Republik).

The group performed in Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, Towards the end of the year, Fela changes the band’s name from Koola Lobitos to Nigeria 70.■

[Courtesy: Yoruba Blog]