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COVID-19: Nigerian university to refund accommodation fees to students

Students of Caleb University who paid accommodation fees are to be reimbursed in full, the university has said. Addressing a press conference in Lagos Friday, Nosa Owens-Ibie, the vice-chancellor, said the university’s e-portal had been opened earlier in the year in anticipation of resumption. But when it became apparent that…

photos from set of new Yoruba movie ‘Olugbeja Olorun’

Behind-scene photos from set of new Yoruba movie ‘Olugbeja Olorun’

Fast-rising Nollywood actress, Debbie Shokoya, has begun production of her first movie in 2020. 'Olugbeja Olorun’ is a cryptic movie that teaches life lessons, with emphasis on the omniscience attribute of God. Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES about the film, the producer of ‘Bina Baku’ and ‘Darkest Hour,’ said the new…

Nigerian singer and entertainer, D'Banj and Ms Seyitan Babatayo, a woman allegedly raped by D'Banj.

Alleged Rape: D’banj’s accuser’s lawyers speak on reported ‘non-monetary agreement’

Seyitan Babatayo, the woman who accused popular Nigerian entertainer, Dapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’banj, of raping her, has reached a ‘non-monetary’ agreement, her handlers told PREMIUM TIMES on Friday. Stand To End Rape (STER), a non-profit organization, which has been in charge of Ms Babatayo’s welfare since the rape…

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Actors Guild launches health insurance scheme for members

The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) on Tuesday launched a health insurance scheme for its members. The guild broke the news on Tuesday in a statement on its official Instagram page. The AGN also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Medicard Health Management, a health services provider, to address…

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BBNaija 2020: Meet The New Housemates

The Big Brother Naija season 5 edition officially started on Sunday night and the theme of the new season is “Lockdown”, in agreement with the new situation. 20 housemates will be competing for the N85million grandprize for the next 10 weeks and it looks like we are in for a…

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Why Yoruba movies have poor subtitles – Filmmakers

For several years, fans of Yoruba movies have had to contend with shoddy subtitles while watching their favourite films. While some watchers attribute it to typographical errors, most say it is mostly due subtitle editors trying to make direct translation of Yoruba language to English in the form that is…

IFE the gay Movie

Nigeria’s LGBTQ movie, ‘Ife’, set for release

A Nigerian LGBTQ right advocate, Pamela Adie, is set to release the first-ever gay movie in Nigeria titled ‘Ife’. The story revolves around two lesbian partners, Ife and Adaora, who fell in love and struggled through the challenges of being in a same-sex relationship in Nigeria. The movie directed by…

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Lala Akindoju berates Actors’ Guild over Regina Daniels’ visit

Nollywood actress, Lala Akindoju, has berated the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) after it shared a video showing its members' visit to actress Regina Daniels who recently welcomed a baby. The guild members who had gone to visit the new mum bearing gifts also christened her baby ‘Nollywood baby of…

D'Banj

Alleged Rape Case: D’banj’s ex-manager finally breaks silence

Frank Amudo, the former manager to popular music star D’banj (real name, Dapo Oyebanjo), who was recently accused of raping a lady, Seyitan Babatayo in 2018, has finally told his side of the story. Mr Amudo was D’banj’s manager from July 2016 to January 11, 2019. Ms Babatayo, in her…

Sunny Neji

INTERVIEW: What inspired ‘Oruka’ song, my view on younger Nigerian singers – Sunny Neji

Sunny Neji ruled the Nigerian music scene in the 1990s and early 2000s with chart-topping hits like ‘Oruka’, ‘Mr. Fantastic’, ‘Ikebe go put you for Wahala’,‘Tolotolo’, to mention a few. He won several awards, toured the world with his music, and then went quiet. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES,…

Nigerian entertainer, D'Banj . [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Instagram page of D'Banj]

Alleged Rape: D’banj sues accuser for N1.5 billion

Nigerian entertainer, Dapo Oyebanjo aka D’banj, on Friday sued Seyitan Babatayo for N1.5 billion for alleging that he raped her in a Lagos hotel in 2018. The lawsuit was signed by D'banj and presented to the high court of the FCT by his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, on Friday. In the…

Otunba Bolaji Amusan [PHOTO CREDIT: http://tampan.org/]

COVID-19: Yoruba actors resume filming, introduce guidelines

Yoruba filmmakers and actors have resumed shooting following the gradual relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in Nigeria. The president of Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Bolaji Amusan, aka Mr Latin, confirmed this in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES in Lagos on Tuesday. Mr Latin said it…

Peter Okoye [PHOTO CREDIT: @peterpsquare on Instagram]

How my wife, daughter and I tested positive for Coronavirus – Peter Okoye

Popular Nigerian entertainer and one half of the defunct P-Square group, Peter Okoye, has revealed that he tested positive to the Coronavirus. The singer made this revelation in an Instagram video posted on his page on Saturday. The 38-year-old artiste also disclosed in the video that his wife, Lola, their…

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I didn’t know Hushpuppi to be criminal – Daddy Freeze

A popular broadcaster, Ifedayo Olarinde aka Daddy Freeze, who came under intense criticism online for promoting alleged internet fraudster, Ramon Abass, also known as Hushpuppi, has defended himself. Nigerians called out the broadcaster, known for criticising pastors, on Twitter, following a mini-documentary on YouTube wherein he featured Hushpuppi. In the…

Wonderful by Burna Boy

Burna Boy, Timaya, other Nigerian musicians release new songs

Here are some of the biggest music releases in Nigeria this week Wonderful by Burna Boy ‘Wonderful’ is Burna Boy’s second single for the year 2020. The single, a perfect blend of Afrobeat and South African Zulu sound, is a build-up to his fourth studio album, ‘Twice as Fall’.The Grammy-nominated…

Mercy Aigbe in 77 Bullets [PHOTO: Youtube]

Movie Review: Mercy Aigbe’s ‘77 Bullets’: All hype, no substance

Movie Title: 77 Bullets part 1&2 Year of release: December 2019 and May 2020 Producer: Mercy Aigbe Language: Yoruba language with English subtitle Genre: Thriller Cast: Mercy Aigbe, Ibrahim Yekini, Yinka Quadri, Adeniyi Johnson, Taiwo Ibikunle, and Afeez Eniola. Storyline The movie tells the story of a notorious armed robber…

Nigerian entertainer, D'Banj . [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Instagram page of D'Banj]

Alleged Rape: D’banj’s accuser ‘forced’ to delete tweets – Lawyers

Seyitan Babatayo, who accused popular Nigerian singer, D’banj, of raping her has been ‘forced’ to delete her tweets detailing her encounter with the singer in 2018, her lawyers told PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday. Ms Babatayo’s lawyer, Olamide Omileye of Ojoge, Omileye, and Partners, told this newspaper that their client deleted the…

Nigerian entertainer, D'Banj . [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Instagram page of D'Banj]

Alleged Rape: Police arrest D’banj’s accuser — Lawyers

The police have arrested Seyitan Babatayo, who accused singer, Dapo Oyebanjo aka D’banj, of raping her at Glee hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos, in 2018. Ms Babatayo’s lawyers, Ojoge, Omileye, and Partners, confirmed her arrest in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday in Lagos. “They arrested Seyitan this morning…

Seun Kuti

Why no Nigerian musician can be like Fela – Seun Kuti

Seun Kuti, son of late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, has said that Nigerian musicians that compare themselves with his dad cannot be like him. Seun, who is the youngest son of the late Afrobeat pioneer, said young musicians are only using his father as an excuse to misbehave and they…

Nigerian entertainer, D'Banj . [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Instagram page of D'Banj]

Alleged Rape: Lady demands apology from D’banj

Ojoge, Omileye, and Partners, the solicitors for Seyitan Babatayo, the young lady who alleged that Nigerian singer, Dapo Oyebanjo aka D’banj, raped her, have demanded a public apology on her behalf. A Nigerian model scout, Benjamin Ese, alleged that Dbanj raped his friend on December 31, 2018, at Glee hotel…

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

How I fell into depression after writing ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ – Adichie

Celebrated Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie, has revealed how she fell into depression after writing her book, ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’. The 42-year-old writer revealed this in a recent interview with Sahara TV, published on YouTube. “I sank into one of the deepest and darkest depressions that I have ever…

Ngozi Nwosu

INTERVIEW: Why I don’t believe in prophets – Ngozi Nwosu

Ngozi Nwosu is one of Nollywood’s finest actresses. She began her acting career by starring in Yoruba movies before making her home-video debut in ‘Living in Bondage’ in 1992. Back in the day, intimate or scenes involving kissing in Nollywood productions were a definite no-no. But Nwosu kissed her colleague,…

Alaafin and Olori Aanu Adeyemi

Why I love Alaafin – Olori Aanu Adeyemi

Aanuoluwapo Adeyemi, also known as Queen Aanu, is one of the wives of the Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi. On the occasion of her birthday on Monday, the young queen who was born in the 90s, reflected on her relationship with the monarch and revealed reasons why she has grown…

Tobechukwu Okoh aka Peruzzi [PHOTO: @Gistreel]

Accused of rape, Peruzzi apologises for tweets justifying abuse

Nigerian musician, Tobechukwu Okoh aka Peruzzi, has denied the allegation of rape levelled against him by a lady identified as Princess. Princess, in a now-viral tweet, alleged that Peruzzi raped her in 2012, while he was dating her friend. She narrated that the singer took advantage of her when she…

Nollywood star, Genevieve Nnaji. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Instagram page of Genevieve.]

#JusticeForUwa: Genevieve, Falz, Don Jazzy, others demand justice for victim

Several Nigerian celebrities have condemned the gruesome murder of Vera Omozuwa, an undergraduate of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) in Edo State. These include Genevieve Nnaji, Don Jazzy and Falz. The victim, a 100-level microbiology student of UNIBEN, was beaten inside a hall in the Redeemed Christian Church of God,…