Tuesday, 22 January 2019

TINNY Entertainment was undoubtedly one of the leading Record Labels in Nigeria with a handful of talented acts signed under it. The label is owned by Mr Timilehin Arokodarepopularly known as Small TINNY, the label housed amazing entertainers such as YCEE, BELLA, Dapo Tuburna, Damilare and few others.

In an E-mailed chat with the Tinny Entertainment PR, Lekan Azeez aka Calypse, he said; Last Week the front liner of the label YCEE made it publicly known, via a tweet, that he is no longer signed to the music label, in response to a fan who asked if he was still with the label.
According to the unknown PR Azeez; In truth, YCEE had terminated his contract with the label since September 2018, as well as, Bella, Dapo Tuburna and Damilare, who all terminated their contracts with the label, leaving TINNY Entertainment with no artiste to manage.

For over eighteen months, I was the label’s PR (and held the record of the longest served member of staff) I handled the label’s social media platforms, distribution and promotion of content; and trust me, in my almost two-year stay at the label, I lost count of how many staff members came and went.
 There was an instance where the label’s CEO returned from the UK and sacked ten of his staff members, leaving only the gate man and myself.  One other time, a new staff member was employed on Monday and was sacked on Friday. Let’s say, Boss TINNY, as I always referred to him was a ruthless boss with high demand for excellence and little or no regard for his staff. 

It’s no surprise at all that all his artistes up and terminated their contracts with him at the same time.
The artistes’ angst with the label had started long ago and only intensified in January 2018 during the YCEE Juice Concert in London. YCEE and Bella had had issues with the label’s CEO while they were all in London; and as punishment, the management had abandoned the talents in the UK, leaving them with no means to take care of themselves or even return home. I will not go into the details of how the talents were able to survive their stay in the UK.

The issue was later resolved but not too long afterwards, trouble brewed again in the camp when the label could no longer handle the management of her four artistes concurrently.
Not a day went by without a complaint from one of the artistes demanding the status of their career and their brand direction. I remember this time when Dapo Tuburna, in indignation, sent an angry mail to the label’s CEO demanding to know the way forward as regarding his music career, while pointing out that the label was not holding up their own end of the contract; stating he funds his own distribution and promotion most of the time, despite having signed to a label as prominent as TINNY Entertainment. Damilare on the other hand, never stopped complaining about how the label did not have time for him and how the distribution and promotion of his releases were not properly funded by the label. He was signed in 2017 and had only two singles and a video to show for it.

Established artistes often have a key-man clause in their contracts, which allows them to leave for another label if both parties, the label and the artiste, come to a mutual agreement to part ways. I think, that was the case with YCEE. For upcoming artistes, dropping out may be better than being stuck in a contract with a corporation that cares more about the bottom line than having the conviction to stick with artistes, even if they do not see immediate returns.
Source - Viatrends Blog

Monday, 21 January 2019

Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, has regained freedom after over two weeks in detention.
On Friday, a high court in Abuja granted bail to the lawmaker on health grounds.
In his ruling, Yusuf Halilu, the judge, said Melaye should be allowed to attend to his health as he could not be arraigned on a stretcher or on his hospital bed.
Halilu ordered the senator to present three sureties who reside and have properties in Abuja, emphasisng that one of the sureties must be the clerk of the national assembly who would write provide a letter attesting that Melaye will always be available for trial.
After fulfilling his bail conditions, Melaye filed a suit against the inspector-general of police (IGP), seeking that the police do not arrest him.
Via Thecable
Rotimi Amaechi, director general of the reelection campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday recollected how he went into a 10-month exile in Ghana in 2006 when ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo was in power.

Narrating his experience, Amaechi tackled Obasanjo for saying President Muhammadu Buhari had returned Nigeria to the “Abacha era”.
Obasanjo said this at a press conference in Abeokuta, Ogun state, on Sunday.
But Amaechi asked Nigerians to make comparison and discover the truth.
“Honestly I had decided at the campaign rally that because there were too many speeches, I would say very little,” he said.

“But in view of what is going on in the country, I need to make one or two sentences, proceed from that to statements.
“Sometime in 2006, I was chased out of this country by a PDP-led federal government. I went into exile in Ghana. I was in Ghana for 10 months. I was expelled from the party, PDP until I became a governor. And when I became a governor, I told them I did not want to belong to PDP again. They met me and apologised and readmitted me into PDP.”
He asked Nigerians to compare the administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to what obtains currently and decide which is closer to Abacha’s government.
“I’m comparing which one falls into an Abacha’s government and which one falls outside Abacha’s government,” he said.

“I was a governor in 2013, 2014, 2015—I had no security. A PDP-led government had chased my CSO and my ADC away. My ADC ran to London, my CSO was put in an underground cell. A major who was in my convoy was also put in underground cell. I was left without security.
“They should tell us one governor that is left without security today.”
The former governor accused the PDP of being experienced in rigging elections, citing the south-south region as example.
“PDP knows that we’re all in PDP and that in the south-south they don’t do elections. We write results, no voting,” he said.

“So which one is close to Abacha? The PDP one or the one where we’re saying people’s votes must count? The problem we have in the country is that we’re clearly showing them that it is no longer business as usual. No more rigging.
“There will be no rigging by God’s grace this time. INEC must perform its responsibility to protect our votes, so that the president that emerges will be the people’s president.”
Via Thecable
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has asked the federal government to show proof of earned allowance payment before it ends its strike.
Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU president, said this in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, ahead of the union’s meeting with the federal government.

The union asked the federal government to immediately pay N50 billion out of the outstanding allowance as a sign of commitment to resolve the industrial strike.
On November 4, members of the union embarked on indefinite strike following government’s failure to implement the agreement reached in November 2016.
“The Nigeria’s ruling class does not see education as a priority but prefer to create new education colonies of private educational institutions which cannot meet the needs of the Nigerian children,” Ogunyemi said.

“We want them to pay immediately N50 billion as a sign of commitment this quarter and for the next three quarters government can pay N50 billion in each quarter. So, our members have rejected the N20 billion proposed by the government, which it promised to spread over two quarters in 2019.

“Our members have insisted on the release of at least N50 billion in relation to earned academic allowances which the government has an outstanding of N105 billion.
“Our members are saying that even if the government is releasing N20 billion, let it be stated clearly that it is only for ASUU members. And the balance which you promised to pay in four installments, attach timelines to the balance and figures.

“In 2017, this government promised to mainstream the earned academic allowances into the budget so that we won’t be coming to talk about arrears. If government had done that and included it into the 2018 Budget we would not be talking about arrears now.
”Our members are saying government should take steps to mainstream it into the 2019 budget and that is not late because the National Assembly and executives are still working on the budget.”
An Abuja federal high court has barred the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from arresting or detaining Femi Fani-Kayode and Yinka Odumakin.
Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation and Odumakin, spokesman of Afenifere, had filed a N20 million suit against the commission over their claim that the commission was plotting to arrest Walter Onnoghen, chief justice of Nigeria (CJN).

EFCC had denied the allegation and threatened them with a suit. The commission also invited them for questioning.
The duo had gone to the court to prevent their arrest.

In his ruling on Monday, John Tsoho, the presiding judge, asked the EFCC to stay action pending the determination of the application on notice.
Chukwuma Machukwu-Ume, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), filed an ex parte application on behalf of the duo, informing the court that they had gone into hiding due to the threat by the anti-graft agency to arrest them.

“The spokesman of the EFCC, Mr Tony Orilade, was alleged to have made the threat to arrest them publicly at a conference where he represented the EFCC chairman,” Machukwu-Ume said.
“He said they are doing everything possible to arrest these two gentlemen just for speaking their minds.

“The EFCC is established to pursue corruption and not comments made by Nigerians, expressing themselves.”
The judge said he was satisfied that the duo have made out a case for the court’s intervention and adjourned the matter till February 4.
“Accordingly, the respondents are restrained from either arresting or detaining the applicants on grounds of the applicants’ public statements pending the determination of the application on notice,” Tsoho said.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has declared that it would be demeaning for President Muhammadu Buhari to engage Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in a debate on the same stage.
Addressing a press conference Sunday evening in Abuja, APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, stated that debate is meant for those that are seeking power.
The spokesman disclosed that Buhari was already engaging with the public through several other platforms which are considered more important and meet APC’s interest.
He said: “The president doesn’t have to give any reason at all for not attending that debate. The debate is just one of the several platforms that are available for our candidate to engage with the public, we cannot exhaust all the platforms. So we pick the platforms that are most impactful and we are the ones in the position to determine which platform we want to use.
“To debate with who? That is an insult, that the president will come debate with who? The debate the president is having is what he did that morning in Niger state. The people of Niger state can look forward to a brighter future. The people of this country, everywhere they go can see development, they can see projects going on. So these are the debates that the president is already engaging with public.
“So, that particular debate may be important and I think it is important to people who are seeking power, not for somebody who has a lot speaking for him already. So, for us in APC, the debate as a fantastic idea it is, it is just one of the several options for our own candidate to engage with the public. There are many platforms we have used, there are many platforms we are still going to use and there are many we may not use. It is up to us to chose the platforms that will serve own interests.
“Don’t forget, just few days before this debate came, the president was live for two hours with Nigerians discussing his projects. Beside him was the Vice President of this country, talking about his projects and having very important debate over those policies and projects with Nigerians, with people having unfettered access and opportunity to make calls to him, to seek clarifications and ask questions. That for us is what our candidate needs. That for us is more important.
“That gives us the opportunity to say we are different. We are not in the same class with Atiku and the PDP to come share the same stage with people who ruined this country. To talk about what?
“The same people who started several projects and they became conduit pipes and the APC government has come in, fixing all these projects one after the other. The same party complaining about the fact that we are completing projects. Is that the party you want us to stand on the same stage to debate with. Don’t take Nigerians for granted. We are not in the same class.”

Saturday, 19 January 2019


A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Maitama, Abuja has granted bail to Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye currently being held in a police health facility in Abuja.

In a ruling on an application by the by his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) Justice Yusuf Halilu granted bail to Melaye on health ground.
Justice Halilu was of the view that the Senator must be healthy to stand trial.
According to Ozekhome, since the Senator cannot be arraigned on the stretcher or on his hospital bed, he should be allowed on bail to attend to his health

The judge asked him to produce three sureties, one of whom must be the Clerk of the National Assembly, who must undertake to produce him when he is to be arraigned in respect of a charge already filed against him.
The judge said the other two sureties must be owners of properties within the Abuja metropolis.


Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says the United States is in support of his presidential bid.
Atiku, who visited the country for the first time in 13 years, said this in an interview with VOA. The interviewer had asked: “Are you convinced that the United States government is in support of your candidacy?” and he responded: “yes.”

Asked to explain further, Atiku said: “There is no doubt because the United States is ready to support any country that is practicing democracy.”
He dismissed the reports that the US refused to grant him visa for over 10 years because he was linked to a corruption case.
“The whole thing is about misinformation… for a very long time they, have been lying to them (Nigerians); I tried to explain to them but they refused to listen. And I hope now people are going to understand.”
He said he visited the US because they decided to issue him a visa, adding that he would not have made it if they had declined his visa request.

“And now they have issued it to me and I am here. I’m having some positive discussions with some of the officials,” he said.
“I was in the Congress and I had discussions with some high ranking Congress men and Women about Nigeria and how Nigeria intends to improve her relationship with the United States of America.”

Thursday, 17 January 2019


Louisville in Kentucky is set to rename its airport after late boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who was born in the city.The announcement came just a daybefore Ali would have turned 77. The boxing legend who was born inLouisville, Kentucky, on Jan 17, 1942, died in 2016 at the age of 74.The new name of the airport will be Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport, officials announced on Wednesday.

In a statement posted on social media, the airport said its board “voted meaningfully” to recognise his legacy as a Louisvillenative by renaming the airport in his honour. The airport’s three-letter location identifier – SDF – will not change“Muhammad became one of the most well-known people to ever walk the Earth and has left a legacy of humanitarianism and athleticism that has inspired billionsof people,” said Mayor Greg Fischer in a press release from the board.

“It important that we, as a city, further championThe Champ’s legacy, and the airport renaming is a wonderful next step.”Lonnie Ali, his widow, said she was proud of the board’s decision.“Muhammad was a global citizen, but he never forgot the city that gave him his start,” she said in the statement.

Ali died at the age of 74, aftera decades-long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was buried in a private ceremony in Louisville, after his coffin passed by thousands of well-wishers in the city’s streets.


Bieber and Hailey Baldwin set to wed again, and this one will belavish, unlike the first which was very private.The couple plan to have their second wedding during the weekendof March 1, which also happens tobe when Justin Bieber will turn 25.

They also added that the wedding ceremony will be held in Los Angeles instead of Canada, where Justin’s family live, due to the unpredictable weather.Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott havealready received a “Save the Date” email from the Biebers inviting them to their second wedding, which will be a religious affair since the first one wasn’t.According to TMZ sources, this is the third batch of “Save the Date” invites the Biebers have sent, but they intend to follow through this time.You will recall that the pair got engaged in 2018, and unconfirmed reports revealed that they secretly tied the knot sometime in September 2018.

The couple reportedly held a secretand private rite at a Marriage Bureau in New York City.In July 2018, Justin Bieber shocked the world when he proposedto Hailey Baldwin during a vacationtrip to the Bahamas.TMZ reports that the singer poppedthe question at a Bahamas resort before which family and friends were asked to put down their photos so he could propose.Justin Bieber’s dad also conformed the happy news when hetook to his Instagram page to announce the good news, gushing about how happy he was about themove by his son.

Femi Otedolais set to acquire the upstream business of Forte Oil Plc.and its power generating business Amperion Power Distribution Company Limited.The company made this known in anotice to shareholders published by the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
According to the company, shareholders had last year authorised a restructuring that will see Forte Oil sell its upstream andpower businesses, as well as its downstream business in Ghana AP Oil&Gas Ghana Limited.

“A public tender sale process was commenced to attract interested potential investors to participate in the divestment opportunity,” the notice reads,Adding, however, that a review of the process showed low interestfrom investors, especially for Amperion Power which was priced lower than the company expected.Otedola, who is also the company’s chairman has thereforeindicated interest in the divestment opportunity through a designated vehicle.

Shareholders will at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on February 7 vote on whether to allow the chairman participate in the divestment opportunity.Otedola had last year sold his 75 percent stake in Forte Oil’s downstream business. When the company announced the sale, ForteOil explained the chairman’s decision was to enable him pursue business opportunities in refining andpetrochemicals.

The Ekiti House of Assembly, on Thursday,impeached its deputy speaker, Mr Segun Adewumi, who represents Ekiti West Constituency 1, on ground of gross misconduct and insubordination.

The Chairman, House Committee on Business,Chief Gboyega Aribisagan, under Matters of Public Importance, moved for the impeachment which was seconded by Mr Sunday Akinniyi(Ikere-Ekiti 11) at plenary on Thursday.The Speaker, Mr Adeniran Alagbada, immediately swore-in Mr Posi Omodara (Irepodun/Ifelodun) as the new deputy speaker after the duo of Mr Olarewaju Olayanju and Mrs Cecilia Dada had nominatedand seconded his nomination respectively.

Other business of the day include the passage of 2019 N129.9 billion Appropriation Bill by the house.The lawmakers unanimously passed the bill following the adoption of the report of house Committee on Finance and Appropriation presented by the chairman Mr Badejo Anifowose.The Speaker assured the state residents that the budget, if eventually assented to by the governor, would restore hope in the society.“I can assure the people of the state that the governor means well for the state and he is ready to bring hope,” he said.He thanked the governor for preparing a workable appropriation, within the shortest period his stay in office.NAN also reports that the speaker also set up an Ad hoc committee, headed by Mr Sunday Akinniyi, for the consideration of some members suspended by the house.The house later adjourned plenary to Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Via Vanguardngr (NAN)


The Super Falcons lost 0-3 to the Steel Roses of China on Thursday in a Four-Nation Invitational Football Tournament at the Huitang Stadium Meizhou Wuhua, China.Goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi, who made heroic saves enroute the Falcons’ ninth triumph at the 2018 African Women Cup ofNations (AWCON) in Ghana, was very helpful again.She made good saves to stop the Steel Roses from dazing the Falcons with goals.

The very determined hosts took charge of the game with a Zhang Rui opener nine minutes into the game.The Falcons’ fightback was feeble, even though Ngozi Okobi’s a shot from the edge of the area went off target in the 22nd minute.A brilliant save from Oluehi denied the Steel Roses from scoring their second goal after a great Gu Yasha’s free-kick just before half time.The Chinese’s persistence in attack proved worthwhile as Li Ying delivered the team’ssecond goal with a great finish in the 64th minute.

She then completed her brace via a long ball from Wu Chengshu in the 92nd minute.Nigeria will face Romania, who lost 0-3 toKorea, for a third place spot, while China will battle South Korea in the finals.Both matches will come up on Sunday.The tournament is part of the Falcons’ preparations for this June’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

Via Vanguardngr (NAN)


Atiku said this while reacting to a statement made by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has said that President Buhari is not in control of his government because a cabal has since seized the mantle from him.

Atiku said this while reacting to a statement made by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.
Speaking on the incident involving the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, at a conference organised by the Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN) in Abuja, Osinbajo said that Buhari knew nothing
about the petition against the top law officer until when it was made public.
Buhari is not capable
In his reaction, Atiku said that the Vice-President’s statement proves that the President is not capable of leading the country.
The PDP flag-bearer also cited an incident when Buhari reportedly said he did not know how the 2016 budget was stolen.
Calling on Nigerians to vote for him in the upcoming presidential election, Atiku, in a statement issued by his media aide, Phrank Shaibu, said “This president has exhibited gross incompetence, ignorance, poverty of ideas and lack of innovation.

“This president doesn’t know anything. They may have mentioned the plot to him but he does not remember anything!
“He didn’t know who stole the budget in 2016. He never knew his Chief of Staff was on the board of the NNPC.
“President Buhari never knew dead people were on the list of board appointments he signed.
“He never knew Abdulrasheed Maina of the pension scam incident was reinstated into the civil service.

“Mr. President was not aware that soldiers stormed the premises of Daily Trust newspapers. “What does this president know? In fact, I am so sure President Buhari is not aware he is contesting the February 16 election!
“The truth is that President Buhari never even intended to act as president for one day and this is one presidency that would be neither here nor there, everywhere and nowhere, visible yet ineffectual, present yet absentee in nature and action; all of which have lent further weight to the complaints of his wife that other people and not her husband are, indeed, in charge of Nigeria.

“A government which has been defined in the AtikuPlan to get Nigeria working again, will ensure that the interest, welfare, wellbeing and goodwill of all Nigerians will be at the centre of every action and decision of the leadership and not the interest and selfishness of two persons who have hijacked Nigeria for themselves at the expense and suffering of the rest of the people.
“The only politician now who has the capacity, capability, intelligence and experience to break this wicked hold of a few people on Nigeria is Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the formidable pan-Nigerian coalition of seasoned and tested leaders, who are now poised to liberate Nigeria from the cabal and open up the country to growth and development which two people have prevented President Buhari from achieving in his four years as Nigeria’s President, according to his wife.”

PDP reacts
Also, the PDP has rubbished Osinbajo’s claim, saying that the decision to arraign the top judiciary officer cannot be taken without the President’s input.
The party also said “Vice President Osinbajo’s assertion has also confirmed the claims by our First Lady, Aisha Buhari that a cabal has taken over the control of the Presidency, for which she forcefully called on Nigerians to take back their country.

“The PDP notes that the Buhari Presidency is only trying to sway public opinion on the matter following the outrage by Nigerians against the arraignment of the CJN.”
PDP also called on Nigerians to unite against the alleged move by Buhari’s government to clampdown on democratic institutions.

Via Pulseng

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Facts have emerged on how the new Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu stopped the redeployment of the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi out of the state.

Former IGP Ibrahim Idris had redeployed Imohimi out of Lagos, and brought in Kayode Egbetokun as his replacement, but on his retirement on Tuesday, the new IGP stopped the redeployment.
A statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Chike Oti said Imohimi is fully in charge as CP in Lagos, based on the order of the IGP.

“The Lagos State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that the Inspector General of Police has graciously suspended the planned redeployment of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Edgal Imohimi, from the command.
“The IGP, in his wisdom, said the status quo should be maintained. The CP, who is well known for his discipline and respect for orders, was about handing over to Mr Kayode Egbetokun on Tuesday when he received the directive to suspend the ceremony and await further instructions,” he said.
Oti said the Police Command thought it necessary to inform the people of Lagos that Imohimi, going by this development, remained the head of the police in the state.
“While humbled by the decision, the CP wishes to assure the people of Lagos that their safety and security remains his priority,” he said.