A Female Friend Rescues R. Kelly From Prison

Embattled R&B singer, R. Kelly has been released from jail after posting bail following multiple charges of criminal sexual abuse.

Cook County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari told USA TODAY that Kelly posted $100,000 , which is 10 percent of the $1 million bond set Saturday, after spending three days behind bars.

Court documents show his bail was paid by a 47-year-old woman from the Chicago suburb of Romeoville, Illinois, according to the Chicago Tribune. She listed herself as a “friend” of Kelly.

On Monday afternoon, he was pictured with his defense attorney, Steve Greenberg walking out of the Cook County Jail following his release.

The terms of Kelly’s release prohibits him from having any contact with females under the age of 18.

The release comes just hours after he pleaded not guilty to 10 felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He’s accused of sexually assaulting four women between 1998 and 2010 and his alleged victims include three who were aged between 13 and 17 at the time.

The singer’s next court date is March 22.

Nollywood Actress Yvonne Jegede Yanks Off Her Husband’s Name, Fawole From Her Instagram Bio

For a while now, there’s been rumours about crisis in the marriage of Nollywood actress, Yvonne Jegede and Kunle ‘Abounce’ Fawole.

It became obvious when she took their 3-month old son to church for dedication yesterday and her husband wasn’t present.

Now, the actress has taken it a step further by yanking off her husband surname “Fawole” from her Instagram bio, further raising questions about troubles in her two year marriage.

See the screenshot below…

Breaking: Nollywood actress,?Yvonne Jegede yanks off her husband surname "Fawole" from her Instagram bio

Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart First Print, First Edition Sold For One Million Naira

Nigerian poet and author, Lola Shoneyin announced that an anonymous book collector has bought a first print, first edition of Chinua Achebe’s ‘Things Fall Apart’ for N1million.

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives writer had on Sunday, February10th,  put the book, owned by her friend, up for sale.  Within few hours an anonymous buyer reportedly purchased it.

Things Fall Apart was published in 1958 by William Heinemann.

Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart Becomes First In Nollywood to Hit A Billion Bucks

“Life is in phases and men in sizes” is a saying that must be retooled and applied to success. Success most certainly comes in phases and in sizes. For example, the success of Genevieve Nnaji’s movie, “Lionheart” has the phase and size that has absolutely stripped words out of the entire movie industry in Nigeria known as Nollywood, many an actor are beyond flabbergasted. When the ELFIKE group’s first sequel production, Wedding Party II, smashed box office records of highest grossing Nigerian movie of all time and the highest ever global box office for a Nigerian movie, Nollywood contained the frequent spasms of the success.

N500 million in sales was an outstanding feat, the size of which worthy words were easily found to help in describing and celebrating.

But in ‘Lionheart’, the first Nigerian film to be bought by Netflix and the first movie to produce Nollywood’s first billionaire, Genevieve Nnaji left most of her colleagues speechless.

Ms Nnaji became the first Nigerian movie actor to rise to the coveted billionaire status after it was revealed that Netflix bought over her directorial debut with a whooping sum of $3.8million the equivalent of 1, 051, 297, 231. 57 naira.

Though the actress, did not reveal the figures, a source close to her made the disclosure and since then the industry had gone numb with awe for Nnaji’s incredible feat.

Not many actors could find words to celebrate with the star actress, the few who commented on her post on Instagram and Twitter, namely Ken Eric, Uche Jombo, Belinda Effal, Sola Sobowale, Eve Esin, did not use words as there were no English words novel enough to describe Genevieve’s rise in the industry. Most used  emojis and emoticons of love, appreciation and admiration instead except Rachael Okonkwo who only wrote, “No1”.

Meanwhile in her post, Ms Nnaji said, “Thank you everyone for accepting ‘Lionheart’ into your homes and hearts. Worldwide. This is how we change the narrative. Together let us continue to bridge the gap.”

Tolu Okoro (Creative Executive Producer) Launches His TV Show, #Dinnerwithstars

The prominence of reality TV shows in Nigeria is taking a bid higher from mere entertainment into more concerning phases like mentoring and nurturing Nigerian youths as creative and executive producer, Tolu Okoro launches his debut project; Dinner With Stars.

Dinner With Stars is an enlightening television show which started in 2017 with the sole aim to foster Nigerian youths in the areas of entertainment, business and other career fields. The TV show is anchored/Co-Produced  by AMVCA Award winner, Chy  Nwakanma.

It is committed to growing the nation’s GDP in employment and entrepreneurial skill increase.

Since inception, Dinner With Stars has produced 13 episodes that have featured big names like Akin Alabi (Nairabet C.E.O), Nancy Isime (Actress Tv host) Phyno (music entrepreneur), Jane Michael(Fashion Entrepreneur), DJ Jimmy Jatt (DJ extraordinaire), JJ. Omojua (Social Media Expert) and many others.

Dinner With Stars reality Tv show was officially premiered on the 24th of December in an ‘All White affair of glitz, glamour and splendor. Each and every guest at the event achieved their common goal of meeting new people and making contacts that will make a difference in their respective fields.

The 1-season reality show has been mastered and packaged for quality home viewing. All the episodes as produced by Tolu Okoro are set be aired on both cable and local station including TV Continental, Africa Magic, Silver Bird TV and Hip TV.

The event was hosted by Nancy and non-stop music by DJ Jimmy Jatt.

American Singer, Lady Gaga Offers Public Apologies For Collaborating With R. Kelly

American singer, Lady Gaga has offered a public apology for collaborating with R. Kelly who is currently facing a series of sexual allegations.

The 32-year-old singer made the announcement in a statement she posted on Twitter following the recent Lifetime documentary series that chronicles allegations of abuse, predatory behavior, and pedophilia against singer R.Kelly.

In the statement, Gaga who also is a victim of sexual assault after he was sexually assaulted at age 19, revealed that she’s standing by anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault and will be removing her 2013 collaboration “Do What U Want” with Kelly from iTunes and streaming services.

Read her full text below:

Lady Gaga apologizes for collaborating with R. Kelly, announces she?s removing their song from iTunes and streaming services

“Leaving Neverland” A Documentary On Sexual Abuse Slammed Against Michael Jackson to Be Released At Sundance

The late Michael Jackson’s estate is slamming a new documentary making allegations of sexual abuse by the late singer.

The documentary titled “Leaving Neverland,” directed and produced by Dan Reed will premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival on 25th of January at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City, Utah, followed by a Q&A session.

In the documentary, two men (now in their 30s) claim they were sexually abused in the 1990s by Jackson, starting at the ages of 7 and 10. The identities of the men featured in the film have not yet been revealed.

The film’s synopsis states, “As one of the world’s most celebrated icons, Michael Jackson represents many things to many people—a pop star, a humanitarian, a beloved idol. When allegations of sexual abuse by Jackson involving young boys surfaced in 1993, many found it hard to believe that the King of Pop could be guilty of such unspeakable acts. In separate but parallel stories that echo one another, two boys were each befriended by Jackson, who invited them into his singular and wondrous world. Seduced by the singer’s fairy-tale existence and enthralled by their relationship with him, both boys’ families were blind to the manipulation and abuse that he would ultimately subject them to. Through gut-wrenching interviews with the now-adult men and their families, ‘Leaving Neverland’ crafts a portrait of sustained exploitation and deception, documenting the power of celebrity that allowed a revered figure to infiltrate the lives of starstruck children and their parents.”

But Jackson’s estate has called out the producers of the documentary and say it is a clear attempt to exploit Michael.

Speaking to TMZ, Michael Jackson’s estate said:

This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson.

Michael’s estate also says the “so-called documentary is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations. It’s baffling why any credible filmmaker would involve himself with this project.”

It’s unclear which of MJ’s accusers are the focus of the documentary but his estate apparently believes it’s Wade Robson and James Safechuck, because the estate says  “both testified under oath that Michael never did anything inappropriate toward them.”