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Notting Hill Carnival 2013

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The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event that since 1966 has taken place on the streets of Notting Hill, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, UK each August, over three days (the August bank holiday Monday and the two days beforehand). It is led by members of the West Indian community. The carnival has attracted around one million people in the past years, making it one of the largest street festivals in the world.

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Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to speak at Nigeria Youth Summit in May

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The founder of Facebook, one of the most popular social network platforms, Mark Zuckerberg, is billed to visit Akwa Ibom State next month.

Zuckerberg is one of the guest speakers invited for a youth economic summit organized by the Niger Delta Young Professionals. Continue reading

Half of a Yellow Sun: Most Expensive Nollywood Movie

Half of a Yellow Sun

In case you don’t know, transcendent novel of many descriptive triumphs – Half of a Yellow Sun, a book written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been adopted into a movie.

The movie was shot at Tinapa Film Studio, Cross River State, and in the United Kingdom.

The yet to be released film, directed by Biyi Bandele, has most of its cast and crew flown from abroad. The cast comprised Britons and Nigerians such as Chiwetel Ejiofor of Kinky Boots, American Gangster, 2012, Salt; Thandie Newton (Mission: Impossible II, Crash, The Pursuit of Happiness); Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, For Coloured Girls); Joseph Mawle (Women in Love, Game of Thrones); John Boyega (Attack the Block); Onyeka Onwenu, Nigerian singer and actress; Genevieve Nnaji and Zack Orji.

Before the emergence of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun,’ ‘Tango with Me’ produced by Mahmoud Ali-Balogun, ranked the most expensive film. Shot with the latest Kodak 35mm camera, ‘Tango with Me’ costs over N50 million to make, says Ali-Balogun. In a bid to make a difference in an industry populated by poorly produced films, Balogun travelled to Bulgaria to master film technology. The end product of the trip was an outstanding film that ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ has rivalled.

The movie is said to become the most expensive Nollywood movie ever worth about N1.27billion in production cost, new reports claim.

 

 

Huawei, Microsoft launch cheap smartphone in Lagos

Microsoft on Tuesday announced a partnership with Chinese manufacturer Huawei to offer an affordably priced smartphone in Africa geared toward tapping into the continent’s exploding mobile market.

4Afrika smartphone Introducing the phone at an event in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, a Microsoft executive said the aim was to have the 4Afrika phone priced at below $200. The Huawei phone model is not exclusive to the continent, but the 4Afrika version is being adapted to African markets, including with apps geared toward specific countries. At the Nigerian event, officials demonstrated apps including a dictionary for the local Yoruba language and local news. Continue reading

Young Money and Majek Fashek

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In view of the recent wave of collaborations between Nigerian artistes and their international counterparts, Ryan, one of the sons of popular 90′s reggae musician, Majek Fashek has secured a recording deal with an American label Young Money.

According to his father, Majek, made this known in an exclusive interview with MOUZIZ last week.

The ‘send down the rain’ crooner told MOUZIZ, ‘My eldest son who is in college is a rapper and he has just been signed by American rapper Lil’ Wayne’.

Ryan is one of Majek’s four sons. Findings are still ongoing in ascertaining the legibility of this relationship.

Young Money, a US Hip-Hop label founded and owned by multiple award winning and all-tattooed-rapper, Lil’ Wayne, distributed by Cash Money Records. Two other major sign-ons on the label include Drake and Nicky Minaj.

Ehiz: winner of MTV VJ Search 2013

Ehiziojia Okoeguale, 25, has emerged as the second ever winner of the MTV Base VJ Search competition, beating Ada Ogunkeye and Kemi Owatemi, to the ultimate prize.

Ehiz, popularly known as ‘Special Slim’, is a happy-go-lucky graduate of Computer Electronics and can be described as the life and soul of the party.

He will be rewarded with a contract with MTV Base worth N10 million, plus a brand new car and other exciting prizes. He will also join Sizwe Dhlomo and Nomuzi Mabena on MTV Base’s in-house talent roster, presenting his own chart show on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322, STV & AIT)

105-year-old woman renews driver’s license

Edythe Kirchmaier

Edythe Kirchmaier

105-year-old Edythe Kirchmaier recently renewed her California drivers license

There apparently isn’t much that can slow down Edythe Kirchmaier. The 105-year-old California resident made headlines on Monday when she passed her driving test – continuing 86 years without a blemish on her driving record and maintaining her status as the state’s oldest living driver.

“I just couldn’t imagine myself without a car,” said Kirchmaier. “It just didn’t feel very good.”

And that’s far from the only bit of notoriety to crop up recently in Kirchmaier’s life. Facebook has declared her its most senior user, she’s the University of Chicago’s oldest living former student, last week she appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show to celebrate her birthday and she has been a volunteer with the Direct Relief International (DRI) organization for 40 years. Continue reading