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Ali-Baba Celebrates Wife at 50 with Launch of Purple Girls Foundation

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Ace comedian, Atunyota Akpobome, better known as Ali Baba, gathered entertainment buffs as well as captains of industries from across board to celebrate his delectable wife, Mary, who clocked 50 years recently.

The golden event also witnessed the launch of Purple Girls Foundation, primarily initiated by the couple to support girl-child education. The events took place at the magnificent Civic Centre, located at Ozumba Nbadiwe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Celebrant with Pastor & Mrs. Adeyemi

In her remarks, the celebrant and Founder of the Foundation, Mrs. Mary Akpobome, said that the foundation was established to provide solution to an issue of great concern which has been at the front burner of social, economic and political dialogue; education, especially that of the girl-child.

Adebola Williams, Joseph Yobo & Mr. Bisoye Fagade

“It is to let us know that what God placed in our hands is not just for our immediate family, but the society in general.

AY, Toyin Abraham, Celebrant, Mrs. Makun & the Children

“The Purple Girl Foundation has now become one of the available interventions where we can collectively express our humanity by being our sisters’ keepers, and in our way, leave impactful footprints in the sand of time.

Hilda Dokubo, Lepacious Bose & a guest

“Our vision is to be the leading platform supporting and advocating access to education and leadership development for the girl-child in Nigeria,” she said.

Hon. Richard Mofe-Damijo & Mr. Tunji Alapinni

The event which was anchored by Tee A had in attendance former AIG of Police, Mr. Tunji Alapini, Mr. Tunde Folawiyo, former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo, Mr. Richard Mofe- Damijo, Former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Princess Sarah Sosan, Dame Abimbola Fashola, Pastor & Mrs. Sam Adeyemi among others.

L-R Ali-Baba, Julius Agwu & Joseph Yobo

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Michael Jackson’s Nephew to Star in Late Singer’s Biopic

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American actor, Jaafar Jackson, will be playing the role of his uncle and legendary popstar, Michael Jackson, in the singer’s upcoming biopic.

This was announced by the film’s movie director, Antoine Fuqua, who shared a picture of Jaafar’s transformation via Instagram on Monday.

“Proud to announce @jaafarjackson as Michael—the motion picture event that explores the journey of the man who became the King of Pop,” he captioned the post.

Jaafar also posted the same picture and expressed his excitement regarding the project.

He said, “I’m humbled and honored to bring my Uncle Michael’s story to life. To all the fans all over the world, I’ll see you soon.”

In a press release, it was revealed that the biopic titled Michael, will detail the high and low points of Jackson’s life “including his most iconic performances that led him to become the greatest entertainer of all time.”

Michael’s mother, Katherine Jackson, also welcomed the development in a statement contained in the press release, E! News reports.

“Jafaar embodies my son,” she said. “It’s so wonderful to see him carry on the Jackson legacy of entertainers and performers.”

Jaafar, who bears a close resemblance with the “Thriller” crooner, is the son of Michael’s older brother, Jermaine Jackson.

Jermaine was a vocalist on the former Motown boy band, The Jackson Five, of which Michael was a member.

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BBTitans: Sandra, Theo Become First Evictees

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The Big Brother Titans, which comprised of Nigerian and South African housemates, held its first live eviction show on Sunday evening and two housemates were evicted.

Sandra and Theo Traw, codenamed ‘Santheo’, became the first evictees for the show’s debut season.

While Sandra is Nigerian, Theo Traw is a South African.

After the first week of the show, the housemates were paired male and female.

According to Big Brother, the paired housemates were to work together in the house, become Heads of House, and face nominations and evictions together.

Each pair was asked to choose a codename and some pairs coined their group names from merging their individual names.

During the nomination process on Monday, the following pairs were put up for possib/e eviction: Sandra and Theo Traw (Santheo), Tsatsii and Ebubu (Royals), Justin and Yvonne (Juvone), and Nelisa and Yemi Cregx (Yelisa).

The Heads of House, Blaqboi and Ipeleng (Blaqleng), had an opportunity, through their veto power, to save a pair and replace with another.

Blaqleng saved Royals and replaced them with Juicy Jay and Olivia (Juiovla).

After the veto save twist, the four pairs of nominated housemates were Juvone, Yelisa, Santheo, and Juiovla.

Following the votes from the fans, Santheo got the least votes and were evicted from the show on Sunday.

On his exit, Theo Traw said, “I didn’t get much from them (housemates) in terms trying to have conversations,” while Sandra said, “I was stepping on toes and cracking necks.”

With Sandra and Theo Traw’s eviction, 22 contestants (11 Nigerians and 11 South Africans) are left to compete for the grand prize of $100,000.

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Fake News: Wizkid Not Performing at Obi’s Rally – Management

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The management of Grammy award winner, Wizkid has denied reports that the singer will be performing at the campaign of Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

The rumors that the singer would perform were untrue, according to Sunday Are, the singer’s manager.

The statement reads, “This is to inform the general public that this event led by @avotujohnson1st is a scam!!.

“Wizkid and his management know nothing about this event and accordingly, he will not perform at the said event as claimed, so please beware of this poster and information put out from its organizers as Wizkid and his management will not be liable for any damages.

“Appropriate legal action is currently being explored against the persons responsible for creating and disseminating this false information.”

Recall the ‘Ojuelegba’ crooner recently announced he will be going on tour with fellow music star, Davido.

The tour has attracted the interest of music enthusiasts with many looking forward to the tour of two of the biggest artists in Africa.

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