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The Hallelujah Challenge: God Is Trending!

#Hallelujah Challenge: #GodIsTrending #Olowogbogboro

The hallelujah challenge is a fast rising trend that has got all of social media buzzing and talking.

Gospel artiste, Nathaniel Bassey started the hallelujah challenge earlier this June on his Instagram. Contrary to what some people initially thought (some people being me) no, it is not a live video of people shouting hallelujah for one hour straight. Lol. The challenge is simply a one hour session of praise, worship and prayer, which starts at 12 midnight and ends by 1 am. It's kind of like an online night vigil.

According to the ‘Imela’ crooner, “the hallelujah challenge is a 30 day midnight praise, set to lift the name of God and bring Glory and salvation upon his people, as they exalt His holy name.” He went on to talk about the inspiration behind the challenge. “This Hallelujah Challenge is inspired by the biblical story of Paul and Silas who got freedom from prison after they engaged in praise and worship to God.”

The challenge completed its 14th day of praise just last night and managed to have a whopping 67,000 people watching live! 67k is the highest views it has gotten since it started. Nigerian celebrities such as Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Uche Jumbo, Funke Akindele Bello, Ice Prince, D’banj and many more have shown their support for the challenge and have also been worshipping live.

The Challenge hasn't yet reached its half mark and already numerous testimonies are emerging. Testimonies after testimony have been swarming Nathaniel Bassey’s Instagram these past weeks, so much so that the ‘Onise Iyanu’ crooner has opened a blog specially dedicated to testimonies. “These things are living proofs from a loving God” said Bassey.

Though the challenge has tremendous support, there are also people who have kicked against the online worship sessions. Quite a number of people have questioned it, labeling it weird and ritualistic. Amongst the hallelujah challenge critics, media entrepreneur, Joy Isi Bewaji is perhaps the most popular. The entrepreneur went on a rant about the online praise and prayer session. According to Bewaji, “this cute online revival will change nothing.” She went further to speak on how Nigeria needs other things apart from prayer “We have had too many spiritual revolutions. What we need is a mental one. You cannot pray Nigeria to greatness.”

“Religion is like soda. It’s like Coca-Cola…and like Coke we are addicted to this feel-good process.” She also went on to say “Revivals are our biggest achievement…stop being so shocked that people want to serve God. When we are done, we go back home and justify pedophiles, or delay the transaction of a debt or bear false witness.”

In her rant, Bewaji suggested a different challenge. “Try #ScienceChallenge, a hashtag that hopes to promote facts through experiment and observation….90% of our daily needs are imported. Even toothpick. But prayer is key. Smh”

Bewaji raises some strong arguements, but I don't think this means we should stop worshipping God. If anything, Nigeria needs all the help it can get.

What do you think? Comment below.

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Baby! Oh Baby!

Haven’t you heard? Babies are what’s trending!

In case, you haven’t been aware of your surroundings, a lot (I mean a lot) of celebs are expecting this 2017. From Beyoncé, to George and Amal Clooney, to Jason Statham and Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Pharrel even had triplets just this year! It’s a basically baby frenzy and guess what? We’re on baby watch! Here is a list of Hollywood’s expecting couples and new parents.

Beyoncé & Jay Z

When it comes to baby news this year, Beyoncé and Jay Z definitely take the cake for most surprising baby bomb, not to mention most elaborate and creative (and probably most expensive) maternity shoot. Bey and Jay have been music’s power couple for quite a while now, and proud parents of their 5 year old daughter, Blue-Ivy. The famous couple, have even been together for nearly 15 years. Hard to believe, right?

    The pair met in 1999, when Bey was 19 and Hov was 31 and started dating the year after. After that it was nothing but amazing hits from these two, with songs like ‘Bonnie & Clyde’, ‘Crazy In Love’, and ‘Upgrade U’, topping charts and winning multiple awards.

        After dating for almost a decade, the pair got married in a super intimate ceremony at Jay Z’s Manhattan penthouse, April 4th 2008.

In 2010 rumors swirled that Beyoncé was pregnant. Beyoncé later confirmed in her 2013 documentary ‘Life is but a dream’, that she was indeed pregnant but suffered a miscarriage. “I was pregnant for the first time. And I heard the heartbeat, which was the most beautiful music I ever heard in my life. I picked out names and was feeling very maternal. I flew back to New York to get my check up and no heartbeat. I went into the studio and wrote the saddest song I’ve ever written in my life.” One year later, Beyoncé shared with the world that she was expecting again during her performance of love on top at the MTV VMAs. January 2012, the pair welcomed their first child together, Blue Ivy.

     After Beyoncé released her Lemonade album last year, there have been numerous speculations that there was perhaps trouble in paradise for the two. The lyrics of the songs on the album hinted infidelity and a marriage in crisis, which got the whole world wondering if it was their marriage the lyrics were referring to. Nearly a year later, the couple seems happier than ever with Beyoncé expecting not one, but two babies!

This time around, Beyoncé went with a less discreet approach to her pregnancy, going  all out with an underwater inspired photo-shoot and has since hasn’t stopped blessing us with multiple photos of her growing belly on Instagram. The highlight of her pregnancy has to be her Grammy performance, where she channeled the Yoruba goddess—Oshun, Hindu goddess—Kali, and Roman goddess—Venus. The performance was nothing short of mesmerizing (which is a typical Tuesday in Beyoncé land). Beyoncé recently had a ‘Carter Push Party’, which has made many wonder if we could expect the Carter babies sooner than we thought. We hope to meet the twins soon!

Ciara & Russell Wilson

Ciara and her hubby started dating 2015 and announced their engagement a year later. The couple got married July 2016. During the time they were dating the couple made several headlines, most of them based the pair’s decision to abstain from sex until they were married. When giving an interview with Pastor Miles of Rock Church, Russell revealed how they came to the decision “I was looking at her in the mirror and she was sitting there and God spoke to me and said ‘I need you to lead her’, and so I told her right there and then, what if we took all that extra stuff off the table and did it Jesus’ way? (He later confirmed he was talking about sex).

       The pair welcomed their first child together April 28th. A little girl named Sienna Princess Wilson. Ciara was formerly linked to rapper Future, with whom she had her first child, her son, Future Zahir Wilburn.

George & Amal Clooney

George Clooney was once one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors, but those days are far behind him. George, who is certified Hollywood royalty, married human rights attorney Amal Alamuddin (now Amal Clooney) September 2014 and has since hung up his bachelor shoes. Earlier this year, the couple announced Amal was expecting twins; a boy and a girl!

When on The Ellen Show, George gave an account of how his proposal to his wife went “I plotted the whole thing out. I had the ring hidden behind her, I had music playing. Finally I literally said, “Look, I hope the answer’s yes, but I need an answer ‘cause I’m 52 and I could throw out my hip pretty soon. And she said ‘Oh, yes’ and it worked out really well.”

Amal put to bed just yesterday at hospital in London. A spokesman for the couple said that both children are healthy, happy and doing fine. George and Amal seemed to go a different way than usual extravagant Hollywood names, naming their children Ella and Alexander.

Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian

Serena Williams is a professional tennis player, who is currently ranked number one in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association, and this year will be her 8th time doing so. But of course you already knew that. The real question is who is Alexis Ohanian?

Alexis Ohanian is an American Internet entrepreneur and investor, author and co-founder for of the social news website Reddit, and now fiancé of Serena Williams. The pair’s engagement came as a surprise to us all, which was because they had secretly been dating. The duo met in Rome, Italy and 15 long months later, Alexis popped the question and Serena said yes. Serena announced their engagement on Reddit with a poem;

I came home.

A little late.

Someone had a bag packed for me.

A carriage awaited.

Destination: Rome.

To escort me to my very own “charming”.

Back where our stars first collided.

And now it was full circle.

At the same table we first met by chance.

This time he made it not by chance.

But by choice.

Down on one knee.

He said 4 words.

And I said yes.

 

On April 20th, Serena revealed she was 20 weeks, which according to the future mummy was a mistake. The champion tennis player, explained at the TED2017 Conference in Vancouver that she was taking a personal photo of her progressing baby bump on Snapchat when she accidentally pressed the wrong button, making the post public. The world quickly got excited about Serena’s baby, especially after people realized she played and won the Australian Open, pregnant. Serena shared how she felt when she found out she was pregnant 2 days before the Australian Open;

    “It wasn’t very easy. You hear all these stories about people when they’re pregnant—they get sick, they get really tired, really stressed out. Pregnant or not, no one knew and I was supposed to win that tournament. Every time I play, I’m expected to win. If I don’t win, it’s almost much bigger news”. Serena is likely due in September.

Jason Statham & Rosie Huntington-Whitely

Jason Statham and model-turned-actress, Rosie Huntington-Whitely started dating in 2010. Jason who is 19 years older than the model, asked her to be his wife 6 years later and they are now expecting their first child together. These two usually keep information about their relationship under wraps, but in an Interview with Harper’s Bazaar Australia, Rosie spoke up about her relationship with Jason and had nothing but good things to say about her action star fiancé saying; “I have an amazing relationship with my partner. He’s by far the greatest influence in my life.”

Rosie, announced her pregnancy on Instagram with a picture of her showing her tummy and smiling on a beach.

Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan

Mark Zuckerberg, who is dubbed the social networking king, met his then future wife, in the school where it all began, Harvard. Mark and Priscilla met at a party held by Mark’s fraternity. Interestingly enough, the pair met on a waiting line for the bathroom. Soon after that, the pair started dating and Mark made the big decision to drop out of school and run his company; then called ‘The Facebook’.

   Despite the distance and Marks work-oriented attitude, the couple still found a way to make it work, and were soon deeply in love with each other. They were in love before Mark became a multi-billionaire and are still in love now, a perfect example of unconditional affection. Now the pair is expecting their second child together and it’s a girl! The soon to be second-time dad took to Facebook to share the news “We are all better people because of the strong women in our lives – sisters, mothers and friends. We can’t wait to welcome our new little one and do our best to raise another strong woman.

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WhatsApp's New Update Means You Can Now Send Messages Offline

Yesterday, WhatsApp rolled out a major update to its ever-expanding mobile community.

The big change being users can now send messages even while offline. Before now, users could draft out messages offline but couldn’t send them because the send button only worked online. All that is changed now though. How this works is simple; while offline, every message sent queues up and then delivers once the device establishes a working internet connection. This update is available on both iOS and Andorid devices. Considering the big changes the Application has undergone in recent times, this is a small but without any doubt a very useful tweak.

Other changes include the photo attachment limit which has now been increased from 10 to 30 photos per message, and a complete redesign of its storage usage menu within the settings tab.

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Mike Tyson Is Officially A Rapper

Yup.... A rapper.... incase youre wondering why this is a big deal then let me explain the situation. In recent times the former World Heavyweight Champion has decided to take a swing at the Entertainment Industry starring in movies like IP Man 3, The Hangover and Meet the Blacks but his latest move was to pick up the mic and record his first track,a diss track directed at SouljaBoy titled "If You Show Up". Iron Mike is set to train Chris Brown  for the upcoming Celebrity Boxing fight between Soulja Boy and Chis Brown anddit seems like he(Mike) is more pumped up than the guys that are doing the actual fighting.

Then as for those that have no idea why he recorded a diss track... we have no idea too but in our opinion he's kinda taking this "beef" thing a bit too far..

By the way we forgot mention.. it has a music video as well.. The Champ kinda had cameo appearances in his own music video instead he lets a bunch of social media personalities rap along to the track. He even took a shot at Floyd Mayweather who is going to be training SouljaBoy for the fight.“I'm Mike Tyson the greatest Ever, Mayweather, Fairweather,” raps Tyson. “I've seen your fights mehn / A lot of hype mehn / And SouljaBoy is gonna wish he never took the fight mehn.” 

Anyways enough chitchat here's the video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpLlhh8LL8g

 

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Ayo Busari: Zanto The Strange Man

After people have warmly received the short play by Ayo Busari called Zanto : The Strange Man. He teams up with Aminu to create an artistic version of the story, which was earlier done with moving images. This is the first of his collaboration with Aminu arts and also his first project this year 2017. I hope you like it, enjoy and share.

Creative Artist – Aminu


Creative Capturer – Ayo Busari

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Thompson. S. Ekong: "Back Around" Inspired By Skepta

Thompson. S. Ekong, Visual Director for Baroque Age has curated a visual series called "Back Around."

Back Around is a visual series exploring the value of music, heritage and youthful culture.

The series is circled around Skepta performing at a music festival in his home country Nigeria.

The images curated in this series bring out emotions of a mind who's had to pursue his dream away from home due to lack of structures. While away from home, he becomes an icon in another's man land upon his return home the culture of new age Africa has grown, and limitations didn't allow him grow at home have been established for him to shine.

It's profound as new age Africa takes shape, it's a call to Africans all over, a pride raging across every African as we're a global voice.

 

Thompson had these words to explain the form behind the series.

 

"Being here put me in a different state.

The atmosphere was unique, it felt like sounds of people who were happy of all they've accomplished.

Capturing these images were perfect reflections of the strength in our consciousness.

Africans everywhere have fought years of mistakes, we've undergone so much yet we still kept on going, kept on believing.

Our skins never seemed to fade away from history.

To the skins close to our outside, they couldn't be more proud that home has begun to shine.

It's been long coming, some called it out homecoming.

A time where we need not leave our boarders to seek dreams or joy.

Grown, we've grown enough to own our presence in the world.

History taking notes of our ethos.

The culture is priceless, we are the profit.

These moments the kids of the future reunite with their heroes all happening in your environment, in your Africa, are prophecies to our New Age."

 

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Headies: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

The Headies awards has come and gone but as always it has left us with a lot of talking points. After the drama at the last awards show early this year, expectations were high for this one. This year’s Headies was praised when the nomination list dropped, it felt like the first time they actually got it right apart from the uneven number of nominations in different categories. This post is just a minor recap of the major talking points and has been divided in 3 parts; the bad, the ugly, and the good.

 

The Bad

Organisation: It seems we get to complain about the same things at the Headies every single time, this is the 11th edition and they still can’t start on time, get quality pictures/videos, get good audio, at times we couldn’t hear what they were saying and you had to be with your remote all through to increase/decrease the volume as the situation requires. Headies organisers, please we are tired of complaining about the same thing every year.

 

Award winners: Can’t have an award show where there isn’t controversy about the awards being given out itself. This year’s major gaffe has to be Brymo not winning anything. For those that know, Brymo’s last two albums can stand toe to toe with any album released in its time frame, so not winning an award for 2 years in a row is nothing short of a travesty.

Then ill Bliss won the two rap category awards, including ‘Best rap Album’

Headies wyd, their fragile credibility takes a hit again with this award? This comes at a time when SA Hip-Hop scene is laying claim to being the best Hip-Hop scene in Africa and our best rap album is Ill Bliss’? No disrespect to ill Bliss but he doesn’t have the best rap album in the country. 

 

The Ugly

Artiste boycott?: It couldn’t have gone unnoticed that a lot of artistes didn’t attend this year’s awards, most of the awards won was picked up by people other than the artistes themselves, there was no major YBNL, Mavin, Choc city artiste (the three biggest labels in Nigeria) there, which begs the question of whether it was an intentional boycott which we hope it isn’t, because as AY Makun explained, it was due to the fact that it was an end of the year event and artistes have already been booked for shows and they couldn’t neglect their obligations they had been paid for just to come to the awards. We sure hope that is the reason.

I have to touch up on the fact that Phyno, who surprisingly was there got an award, came on stage to pick up his award, said he has no acceptance speech and walked away.

Mr Phyno, you might as well have stayed in your house seeing as you want to be childish, the least you can do when you don’t have a speech is to thank your fans who buy your music and those who voted for you. Do better, Phyno.

 

The Good

Throwbacks: Nobody can complain about the throwback theme in this year’s award show, we got a remedies comeback, a Jazzman Olofin and Ayuba monster performance, a Daddy Showkey performance, a Raskimono performance and so on, it was without doubt a great thing to see these legends on stage once again, definitely highlight of the night. This was some all-round good stuff. Kudos to the Headies for pulling it off.

 

Award Winners: There is always bound to be controversy when giving of awards is concerned but Headies got more things right than wrong at this year’s edition. The Kiss Daniel wins, Wizkid’s, Darey’s, Simi, Falz, to name a few are awards won that could hardly be contested. The contestable one was the next rated, but we all knew it was between Ycee and Mr Eazi, so there can be really not much complains. Mr Eazi just had a sold out concert in Lagos without having an album out, need I say more?

 

Overall, I would say this was a decent effort by the Headies, it thrilled and frustrated in equal measures, we had great performances from the likes of Flavour, Jazzman Olofin and Ayuba and Daddy Showkey. Tu Baba’s performance was of the level of what we have come to expect of him. The hosts did a decent job, Falz was is irrepressible self, Adesua didn’t do bad either, I mean we would all sit and watch Adesua do nothing for 12 hours if we could. With better organisation, the Headies could become a major award show in Africa that everyone would love to attend but then we said the said the same thing last year.

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‘The Wedding Party’ Is The Perfect Family Movie To Wrap Up A Good Year For Nigerian Cinema

Hype can be a major turn off or bait for movies. The Wedding Party happens to be one of the most talked about and hyped movies of the year and does it live up to expectations? Is it worth the time and money? These are questions Nigerian cinema-goers undoubtedly never ask themselves when comedy is involved – especially when it’s a romantic comedy with a stellar cast; from the producers of box-office wonder ‘Fifty’ to an impressively preachy P.R.. Well, the answer is evident.

Dunni Coker (Adesua Etomi) is the bride-to- be. She is the only daughter of oil magnate Bamidele Coker (Alibaba) and extremely dramatic Yoruba mother Tinuade Coker stereotypically and exceptionally played by Sola Sobowale who is set to tie the knot with Lagos big-time playboy Dozie Onwuka (Banky W) and all hell seems to be let loose to disrupt the wedding party of the year. The entire movie happens in one day. It captures a very visually brilliant story about all that goes down in a typical Nigerian wedding.

The wedding Party which is Kemi Adetiba’s first feature length outing as a director could not have been directed better; as one of the key elements of the movie aside the stellar performances from all the cast was the directing. From the way each scene was shot, it was easy to tell this heavy-weight project was left in good hands. Adetiba combined a touch of music video shooting skills to film making skills to bring these beautiful takes to life.

 

The Editing was a major high point of the movie as the Editor (Andrew Webber) totally understood how attention spans of the audience are dwindling by the day – every scene was precise and straight to the point. The acting performances were top-notch and funny. From the Insecure virgin bride; to the playboy groom; to the over bearing Yoruba and Igbo mothers, to the edgy wedding planner (Zainab Balogun), the arrogant gate crashers, a vengeful ex (Beverly Naya); a goof-clown best man (Ikechukwu) and the groom’s brother Nonso (Eyinna Nwigwe) seeking approval from his father. The acting ensemble was nothing short of stellar.

The screenplay by Playwright Tosin Otudeko and Kemi Adetiba clearly had Romantic comedy tropes in mind and handled it with care, though the scene with the thief on the loose (Sambasa Nzeribe) and the ‘I graduated with first-class, but I couldn’t find a job- so-I-resorted to stealing’ line was one we’ve seen too many times and could have been anything else but that. What also led to the scene at the beach was question-arousing (not in a good way) almost implausible and could have been easily corrected with a line of dialogue from Dunni to her bridesmaid (Somkhele Idhalama) or just any other person. The plot structure and witty dialogue was enough to cover for the minor lapses.

The Wedding Party is a perfect family movie that will leave any Nigerian audience anywhere in the World with one of the things we love the most: laughter. The movie opened to a wide audience at the Toronto International Film Festival with rave reviews and has been much anticipated since then. It is an enjoyable piece of comedy that must best be enjoyed with friends and family over the holidays.

 

 

 

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