Although the car is still at the dealer’s shop in Atlanta, Peter tweeted the picture and said he is sure Lola would be jealous of his new baby. Who won’t lol. Big congrats to him
Archive: Apr 2014
Davido is currently on tour in the West African Country of Dakar where he performed a series of sold out shows over the weekend.
Yesterday his fans in the capital of Dakar, showed him love when they made their way to his hotel, where they gathered outside singing his latest hit, Aye!
On hearing them Davido and his entourage went out to the balcony to sing-along with them –
watch video here :
Na wah ooo, wonders shall never end, after much talk and side netting P Square publicist
However, the rumour according to ICON Weekly’s private investigation was founded on assumptions and fabrications, following a controversial tweet by Jude, elder brother to the Okoye twins. The tweet which was dropped on Friday April 18, 2014 at 1:57p.m. reads: “After over 10 years of hard work, its over, I’m done.”
The tweet which was not hooked on any subject raised a huge dust as bloggers feasted on it and gave it several interpretations without making out time to do some findings.
As the day went by, more and more interpretations kept hitting the blogsphere.
Things eventually took a new turn, when on Friday, April 25, 2014, the brothers took to their twitter accounts to drop a tweet indicating that they have finally resolved their differences.
In a bid to get the true picture of the scenario, ICON Weekly reporter contacted P-Square’s publicist, Mr. Bayo Adetu, who gave us the complete story. The furious Adetu, expressed disappointment on members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm whom after a professional training would depend solemnly on bloggers for content. Here is how he narrated it to our reporter exclusively on the phone, read on:
Greetings, Bayo, we heard that the Okoye brotherS have finally reconciled, can you give us an insight on what really happened?
After a long laugh… My brother, I’m telling you this as a friend, there was no fight at all. The whole thing started after Jude tweeted some days back and bloggers feasted on it and gave it several interpretations which never existed, and that was how we got here.
Are you saying there wasn’t a fight at all, how then did Peter and Paul keep releasing comments through their Facebook accounts?
My guy, I can authoritatively tell you that neither of the P-Square brothers, nor even Jude operate their Facebook accounts anymore. Whatever Facebook posted was from an impersonator, pretending to be anyone of them. P-Sqaure is active on twitter, not on facebook, so you see, the whole thing was founded on lies.
If what you are saying is true, why did they all tweet a reconciliatory tweet this morning indicating that they have mended fences?
There’s one thing you should know, P-Square are not politicians, neither are they businessmen to be worried about what one useless blogger or the other has to say about them.
In this game, bad publicity is good publicity. When we read those funny posts, we decided to play along with the general public and what they were meant to believe.
Yesterday, Thursday, April 24, 2014 was Jude Okoye’s birthday and he also used the opportunity to propose to his girlfriend while we laughed at the stupidity of some Nigerian bloggers.
We later decided to further play into their hands by reaching a consensus to tweet what they have termed the ‘reconciliation tweet’.
However as a journalist, I am pained that trained journalists allow themselves to be remoted by Linda Ikeji, a mere blogger without any professional training to stall them from investigating serious news material like this. These days, immediately Linda posts anything on her blog, journalists just go there and copy and paste the story without any checks and balances, it is outrightly wrong, I’m really upset about this.
She called me after posting the story and I just decided to ignore her calls, because I didn’t think we had anything more to say when the milk has been spilt.
I have taken my time to explain to you this way because, you are a friend and did not join the bandwagon.
As for those bloggers out there, I allowed them to write whatever they like; after all, they are consuming their Internet data, not mine.
Telecomms giant MTN Nigeria has added Sean Tizzle to their roster of celebrity brand ambassadors…for a cool N20 Million according to NET.
An insider at Tizzle’s camp said The deal is signed and sealed. They like Sean because he’s hot and believe they can make money with his music
They also go on to say Tizzle’s management has been in talks with MTN for a while and his impressive run in the last 12 months with his mega hit Sho Lee informed their decison to bring him on board.
The telecomms brand will be announcing their new set of ambassadors on Tuesday, April 30, 2014.
A Mobile policeman identified as Gbuchenge Augustine with Force number 400823 in Lagos, is on the run following a foiled attempt to allegedly use an eight-year old girl for ritual.
The girl identified as Amarachi, was found under his bed in his one-room apartment at Olufowobi Street, Ikosi Ketu with her mouth gagged and legs and hands tied. When she was eventually rescued by neighbours, little Amarachi had injuries on her skull and neck.
Trouble started for the policeman in the evening of Thursday last week when the parents of the girl, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Abakwan, who had gone out for their businesses returned and did not find their daughter, Amarachi at home.
The girl’s father, a driver with Strands Communications Limited, told journalists that when he returned from work, he noticed that Amarachi did not come to greet him and when he queried his wife on her whereabouts, he was told that she was asleep.
“I demanded to see her and when they went to call her, she was nowhere to be found. Another little child in the compound later said she saw “Oga Olopa” (the policeman) carrying Amarachi in his arms from their room where she was sleeping, to his room. You know, as a child, nobody took her seriously but the child insisted that Amarachi was in the policeman’s room.
“The policeman, we gathered, had before the incident, sent Amarachi to buy Akara (bean cake) and recharge card at different times before she went to sleep.Mr Abakwan said the policeman, who sat outside his room smoking, got up and pretending to be angry, insisted that he was falsely accused.
It was gathered that the suspect used the opportunity of the ensuing confusion, to escape from the crowd that had gathered in their residence, and had not returned as at press time. The parents of the girl later reported the incident at the Ketu Police Station and investigation has commenced.
According to the girl’s father, the Police detective sent to their home, peeped through the window of the suspect’s room and found two human legs struggling to be freed. It was gathered that the crowd at the scene later broke into the policeman’s room and set the girl free.
“The man had twisted her neck and used an object to break her skull thinking that she would die in the process but God saved her. My interest was to save my daughter first. We rushed her to Dafe Medical Hospital where they refused to admit her,” the father narrated. The state Police Spokesperson, Ngozi Braide said the Police have started investigation to ascertain if the suspect is truly a policeman.
Linda Ikeji denies claims that she is/was dating P-Square’s manager and video director, Jude Okoye. Linda took to her blog to correct the notion widely held by many that she and Jude were an item.
According to her, “Meanwhile, where did all this I dated Jude Okoye come from? I saw all the comments in the previous post (his engagement) and I was like…what? Lol. I’m sure he’s a great guy but nah, not happening. I’m not into celeb men. I’m an Igbo girl, that one na bad market.
Hehe. I gossip for a living, imagine if I were dating any Naija celeb guy, I won’t be able to write about his colleagues na, they will be reporting me to him everyday. Lol. No, biko, I stay far away from them. I’ve only met Jude and his brothers twice in my life, briefly, at events,” she stated.
She went on to add that she would remain celibate until she meets a man she’s willing to spend the rest of her life with. She said, “Plus no sex for this lady anymore until he puts a ring on it. I made that promise a few years ago & I’m sticking to it…until maybe I meet a guy so hot my jaw drops. *wink* For now, I’m fine! Lol.”
At times like this, football fades into insignificance. Tito Vilanova’s tragic death at the age of just 45 puts everything else into perspective at Barcelona and beyond. The Catalan club has had its problems in recent weeks and months, but all those troubles will eventually be forgotten. Tito, however, will not be.
Gone too soon, too sudden and far too young, Tito was and will remain a symbol of bravery and heroism at Camp Nou. A man who played a pivotal part in the success of the club’s greatest ever side and who led Barca to La Liga with a record 100 points while simultaneously disputing the match of his life off the pitch as he battled cancer. Sadly, it was a game he could not win.
A talented midfielder who came through the youth ranks at La Masia, Tito spent two years at Barcelona B but carved out a career in the lower leagues with Figueres, Lleida, Badajoz, Elche and Gramanet, while also featuring in the Primera during spells at Celta Vigo and Mallorca in the mid-1990s.
By that time, a younger man was making his mark in Barcelona’s midfield. Pep Guardiola looked up to Tito as a youngster at the Catalan club, and the two developed a fantastic friendship which continued through their playing days and after.
Vilanova returned to Barca after retirement and coached the youth teams at Camp Nou, which included the likes of Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Cesc Fabregas, winning two titles at national level with the Cadete B side. Despite that success, Tito was told he was surplus to requirements in 2003 by, of all people, Sandro Rosell, but he would be back.
After leaving Barca, Vilanova briefly coached Palafrugell FC in Spain’s fourth division, before short spells at Figueres and then Terrassa (as a sporting director).
In 2007, he found himself back at Barcelona for a third time after a call from Guardiola. Pep had been asked to coach Barca B and wanted Tito as his assistant. The former Barca captain trusted Tito and the two men shared similar views on the game. Pep admired Vilanova’s analytical mind and felt he could lean on the knowledge and expertise of his long-time friend.
It worked wonderfully. Guardiola had firm beliefs of his own but was less sure of himself in those early days. Vilanova was his sounding board for ideas, but also offered tactical solutions of his own. A superb strategist later dubbed “the encyclopedia of football” by Andres Iniesta, Tito worked quietly behind the scenes, studying rivals and planning meticulously for forthcoming fixtures.
Tito Vilanova at Barcelona
|2||Vilanova came through the youth system at La Masia and featured for two years at Barca B: 1988-1990.|
|14||Tito won 14 out of a possible 19 trophies as Pep Guardiola’s assistant between 2008 and 2012.|
|60||During his season as coach in 2012-13, Barca played 60 games (won 43, drew nine and lost eight).|
|100||His only trophy came in La Liga, but was won with a joint-record 100 points.|
|158||During Tito’s tenure, Barca scored 158 times, including a record 73 by Lionel Messi. It conceded 70.|
After a successful season at Barca B, president Joan Laporta told Guardiola he would be ideal as a replacement for the outgoing Frank Rijkaard. “You don’t have the balls to do it,” Pep replied.
But Laporta did and promoted Pep – along with Tito – to the first team. What followed was the most successful season in the Catalan club’s history: a tremendous treble of Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League trophies.
The Blaugrana then made it six out of six by adding the Spanish Supercopa, the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup over the following months and the side became known as “the Barca of the six cups”. A lasting legacy of both Pep and Tito and, poignantly, Vilanova’s son Adria (now a youth-team player at the Catalan club) tweeted a picture of his father celebrating with that team on Sunday with the message: “I saw the Barca of the six cups. Greats!”
In those early years, Vilanova shunned the limelight and was happy to stay behind the more media-friendly Guardiola. But all of that changed in a Spanish Supercopa clash at Camp Nou in 2011, when Jose Mourinho poked the then assistant coach in the eye.
Tito took time out that same season (2011-12, Guardiola’s final campaign in charge) as he underwent surgery to remove a tumour in his throat and was subsequently treated for cancer. But he felt sufficiently strong to replace Pep when the former Barca boss said he would leave for a sabbatical in 2012. There was, however, a word of warning from his friend. “Life has handed this kid such a hard test,” Guardiola told the media. “You don’t know how much he suffered. But he got over it.”
Vilanova led Barca to La Liga in 2012-13 with a total of 100 points to equal the record set by Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid the previous season, but he missed two months of the campaign after suffering a relapse of his throat cancer in December 2012 and was forced to step down last summer.
It hadn’t been part of the plan, but routine tests highlighted his need for rest and a more rigurous treatment of the disease. So Tito left to fight the disease away from the spotlight, although never far from the hearts of fans and everyone else at Barcelona.
In October, Barca dedicated a message of support to their former boss in a spectacular mosaic before kick-off in the Clasico against Real Madrid which read “Força Tito”, and the Catalan coach was back at Camp Nou in January to watch his beloved team.
But his condition worsened weeks later, and he was unable to attend a Mundo Deportivo gala in February, where he was to receive the award for best coach.
“Tito is an example to the world of sport and to the world in general,” Jupp Heynckes said as he presented the prize to Barca’s sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta, adding: “You’re a champion of sport and in life.”
It summed up Vilanova and the 45-year-old’s brave fight which ultimately ended in defeat – a painful loss that makes football seem so trivial right now. Tito, a man who lived and breathed Barca, also united football fans in Spain and across the world with his valiant fight. He’ll be sorely missed.
culled from goal.com