Sipho Ndlovu, a South African singer popularly known as Brickz, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of raping a relative.

The Kwaito star is alleged to have raped the relative in 2013 when she was 16.

Brickz was handed the sentence on Tuesday in a Roodepoort magistrates’ court in Johannesburg.

The ‘Sweety My Baby’ singer took in the teenager after she lost her parents. He was said to have threatened to kill her after the alleged incident.

The victim was quoted as saying that she wanted to end her life as a result of the trauma and fear of Brickz.

“She tried to look up to him as her father, and he should’ve seen this,” said Pratisha Salie, the state prosecutor.

“She had locked herself in a cupboard, and at some point, she was found with many pills in her possession, and was suicidal.

“The victim couldn’t come to terms with the ordeal, she indicated that she was robbed of what she considered her ‘prize possession’, something that could never be replaced.

“She questions and blames herself as to why he chose her when she saw him as her father.”

The state had asked the court to sentence Brickz to a minimum of 10 years in prison for the alleged incident.

The prosecutor said there was no reason for the court deviate from giving him the minimum 10-year sentence.

Our general perception about education in the African society is lost. Moral lessons are thrown aboard. Parents of those days are seriously needed because the future is blurry and maybe a review of what should be considered ‘education’ should be talked about.

During the early and late 90s, I can still remember what our parents categorizes as education. First, it starts from moral lessons; next is the the formal education which is acquired either in the four corners of a classroom or learning a trade.

In the 90s, acquiring any of these forms of education lays in the hands of the parents, the parent decide which child furthers in formal education and who will learn a trade or craft depending on choice of the child and financial capability of the parents.

Surprisingly, the generation we found ourselves is one that exposes their wards to immoralities that certainly damages their future.

I’ve taken a cursory look at teenagers and young adults in higher institutions these days, especially the females; I simply conclude that their parents are “stupid.”

Do not sweat further because there are reasons for my submission. Just in the name of formal education, these growing adults are exposed to several social vices because their parents out of stupidity cannot afford their education expenses.

Some of them.have ventured into prostitution at tender age so as to fend for themselves; some, Internet fraud while some rob to pay for school fees.

My question goes thus, what is your definition of education? Must your ward go to school at all cost? Are these parents aware of their wards activities in school because these days, many young people gain admission into the higher institutions at a tender age unlike those days where you hardly find teenagers in a University or Polytechnic, likewise Colleges of Education.

Similarly, most of these young adults lack discipline, and moral lessons which are the basis for a child before going to the higher institution; all courtesy of the stupid parents.

The educational system has gone bad that young people who come into the system are those who are not matured enough to withstand pressure.

Some parents even go as far as avoiding their wards because they cannot afford two semesters tuition fees. A Polytechnic student (name and institution withheld) during an interview told that “I’ve not paid my school fees for two semesters now because my father’s job is seasonal and currently, he has not been receiving my calls and my mother told me to continue to manage even as they did not send me money for upkeep.”

Parents are therefore advised to take the bull by the horn when it comes to their wards future, education in the four corners of the classroom isn’t a must, a host of skills accusation activities that are less expensive are out there for youths whose parents are not capable to venture into.

Parents should decide for their wards at crucial points for children’s failure will be blamed on the parents where experience counts.

Parents should however make sure they know vacation periods of their children and ensure they come home for proper assessment.

Parents should also give attention to their wards especially at trying times, who knows? They might want to share a bitter experience in school thus, in need of a parental advise.

The former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, once stated, “Investing in girls and women is likely to prevent inter-generational cycles of poverty and yield high economic and societal returns.”
In actual fact, women who live in the rural areas are mostly farmers who also help their farmer-husbands directly on the farms. Most times, they do the hoeing, planting, weeding and harvesting with crude farm implements. One way or the other, this practice drastically reduces the volume of what they plant, having known that it will be very difficult to transport their farm produce to cities for sale. However, when we empower them with tractors, ploughers, planters, pesticides, herbicides and other modern farm implements, their productivity will increase astronomically, thereby facilitating food security beyond our imagination.
In most rural areas, our women have no access to functional health facilities. Whenever they want to give birth, they do that in a traditional way. When they fall sick, they hardly get good and prompt medical attention. In fact, most primary health centres in the rural communities have been abandoned. As a result of this, many rural women have lost their lives. Now, this is the time to rescue our women from the coarse hands of death. Now is the time the necessary stakeholders pay more attention to the primary health care of our women who live in the rural areas. This is the time to sensitize our women on the importance of medical care.
When we empower our rural women with the needed skills, it will not only improve our economy, it will also make our rural women self-reliant. They will be able to plan for themselves, their families and their future. When we see it as a duty to always enlighten women on matters that affect them, they will definitely feel our love, passion and respect. They won’t feel ignored, sidelined, rejected and dejected. When we give the best of education to the children of our rural women, sooner or later, these children will become future leaders with bright and promising future. However, accessibility should be a paramount factor in educating them.
It should be stated clearly that governments alone cannot do everything because it’s our collective efforts. However, it’s on record that the State Government of Osun has been doing her best through her rural development programmes to make life meaningful for not only rural women, but also residents of rural communities in the state. Some of these interventions of the state governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in this regard include:

  • Construction of 100kilometres of roads in the rural areas across the state through the Rural Access Mobility Project (RAMP). This is to enhance easy transportation of farmers and their farm produce as well as rural settlers from their communities to the city.
  • Construction of health centres in rural areas to promote healthy living of rural settlers.
  • Access of rural women to loan facilities in the ongoing National Women Empowerment Funds (NAWEF).
  • Digging of boreholes in rural areas to provide clean and drinkable water system, among other laudable rural development programmes.

I use this medium to reiterate the resolve of this government not to rest on her oars at improving the living standard of our people in the rural areas.

Therefore, on this occasion of International Day of Rural Women, I implore every stakeholder in our dear state to harness their resources in bringing life very closer to our rural women in every way possible. They need to be empowered ; they need to be educated on issues that affect their living ; they need our close and frequent contact. In fact, they don’t need to be deserted because they are our people, our pride and sustainer of our economy.
Òsun tó tí ń dára kò ní bàjé oo!

HAJIA LATIFAT ABIODUN GIWA,

HONOURABLE COMMISSIONER FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN AFFAIRS,

STATE OF OSUN.

Bereaved Nigerian afro-pop act, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has finally released a statement, stating that his late friend, Tagbo Umeike, never entered his car.

“IF” crooner had earlier said he has had “enough” of the allegations being levelled against him over the death of Tagbo.

It would be recalled that the police had on Wednesday said Umeike died from suffocation and that Davido lied during questioning.

The singer subsequently took to Instagram to react to the development, saying, “soon a statement and footage will be released”.


CCTV footages of the night’s events has been released. 

The statement by Davido’s lawyer, Norrison Quakers (SAN), entitled The Unfortunate Death of Tagbo Umeike; Davido’s Story, reads in full:

“Our attention as solicitors to Mr. David Adeleke aka Davido, has been drawn to statements and comments both on the social, electronic and print media including but not limited to a very recent publication by national daily, wherein various statements credited to the Acting Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr. Edgal Imohimi, insinuating inter alia that our client has a case to answer in the unfortunate demise of one Mr. Tagbo Umeike.

“The said publications have all caused our client; Mr. David Adeleke (otherwise known as Davido), a lot of undue embarrassment thus necessitating the need to present the facts as they stand, since the unfortunate incidence is now in the public domain.

“First of all we wish to state that our client was never arrested but rather made himself available to assist the police in its investigation and after a satisfactory explanation, he was allowed to go.

“It is imperative to state that the evidence and footage available to the Police discloses the chain of events leading to the discovery of the remains of Mr. Tagbo Umeike do not in any way incriminate our Client, but rather absolves him of any criminal culpability; a fact that the Police is aware of.

“For the records, we wish to state that our Client has not been found culpable for the death of Mr. TagboUmeike, and this was earlier communicated by the police in a closed meeting involving the Acting Commissioner of Police, Lagos, Davido, the family of the deceased and one Caroline Danjuma who claims to be girlfriend of the deceased.

“Our client was also not involved in the untimely death of the deceased, nor did he give any instructions to anyone to ‘dump’ the corpse of Mr. Tagbo Umeike anywhere. Further, and as a matter of fact, we wish to state that the deceased did not step a foot, even for a second, in any of our Client’s vehicles on the evening of this sad series of events.

“The facts that can be distilled from the CCTV footage obtained from “Shisha Room” are that on or about 12:23 am in the early hours of Tuesday the 3rd of October, 2017 our Client got ready to leave the premises of the “Shisha Room”, where he had gone to earlier in the company of some of his friends to celebrate the birthday of one Clarks Adeleke.

“Again, we reiterate our client arrived at the Shisha Room in his vehicle with his friends and the deceased arrived about one hour later in his own vehicle. The CCTV footage obtained from the ‘Shisha Room’ captured our Client and some others, including the deceased all standing close to our Client’s vehicle as he prepared to leave after the drinks and celebrations.

“The deceased is seen in that footage to be in a very drunken and intoxicated state as he was staggering and falling on the people around him. Our Client tried to convince the deceased person to get into his vehicle in his drunken state so as to take him home safely, but this overture on our Client’s part was declined by the deceased.

“The CCTV footage further revealed that our Client drove out of the premises of ‘Shisha Room’, while the deceased went back into the ‘Shisha Room’ in the company of most of the people who were all at the car park at the time of our Client’s departure.

“After departing from the ‘Shisha Room’ our Client honored an invitation to a bar at Oniru Beach and subsequently went on to DNA Night Club. Regrettably, while in DNA Night Club with some friends, he received the tragic news of the death of the deceased.

“It is unfortunate that the stories making the news on the print, electronic and social media seek to portray our Client as a liar and a callous friend.

“We wish to state unequivocally on behalf of our Client, that he was not present at the time of the death of the deceased, neither did he give anyone directives or instructions to take the remains of the deceased to the general hospital or to the morgue.

“Our Client had no knowledge of the deceased’s movement after he last saw him at the ‘Shisha Room’. Rather, it was friends of the deceased (who out of concern for the deceased) and without our Client’s knowledge drove the deceased in (the deceased’s car) to the hospital, while our Client’s police details escorted the deceased’s car in our Client’s Hilux Pilot truck.

“This they did, because they knew the deceased to be their Boss’ friend and were merely helping a fellow human being who was in need of help.

“Our Client maintains that he has not in any way lied about what he knows about the unfortunate incident, neither has his statement to the Police been incoherent as unfortunately been presented in the media.

“Others involved have consistently maintained in their respective statements to the Police that our Client did not instruct them to take the remains of the deceased to the hospital, nor did the deceased enter our Client’s vehicle at any point that evening, nor does he have a hand in the death or transport of the remains of the deceased

“Our Client is presently grieving the loss of two of his friends, and deeply condoles with their immediate families; and as his Solicitors, it is our duty to set the records straight by bringing and putting into the public space/ domain the truth of what actually transpired.

“It is disheartening that the image of our Client is being tarnished by mischief makers whose jaundiced publications and statements have had a negative impact on our Client’s emotional wellbeing, family and his fan base.

“We therefore appeal to the members of the public to desist from jumping into uninformed conclusions about the unfortunate incidence, and further appeal to the media to also desist from negative publications that seek to project our Client in bad light.

“Our client in honour of the memory of his departed friends, has suspended his next few shows and musical engagements. We commiserate with the families of the deceased and pray that God will comfort them at a time like this.”

Bruno Mars, Drake and Ed Sheeran are the most nominated artistes for the 45th American Music Awards (AMAs).

No women were in the running for Artist of the Year for the first time since the category took its current form in 2002.

Mars, who won big at the 2017 BET awards, leads the pack with eight nominations while Drake and Ed Sheeran received five nods each.

Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Chainsmokers, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee are nominated for multiple awards.

The 2017 AMA will take place on Sunday, November 19.

Here’s the full list of nomination:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

The Chainsmokers

Drake

Kendrick Lamar

Bruno Mars

Ed Sheeran

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

James Arthur

Niall Horan

Julia Michaels

Post Malone

Rae Sremmurd

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, “Closer”

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”

DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m The One”

Maroon 5 feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Don’t Wanna Know”

The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk, “Starboy”

TOUR OF THE YEAR

Garth Brooks

Coldplay

U2

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, “Despacito”

Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”

Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

Drake

Bruno Mars

Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

Alessia Cara

Lady Gaga

Rihanna

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK

The Chainsmokers

Coldplay

Imagine Dragons

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK

Drake, More Life

Bruno Mars, 24K Magic

The Weeknd, Starboy

FAVORITE SONG – POP/ROCK

The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, “Closer”

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”

Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

Sam Hunt

Thomas Rhett

Keith Urban

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

Miranda Lambert

Maren Morris

Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY

Florida Georgia Line

Little Big Town

Old Dominion

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY

Jason Aldean, They Don’t Know

Chris Stapleton, From a Room:, Vol. 1

Keith Urban, Ripcord

FAVORITE SONG – COUNTRY

Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road”

Jon Pardi, “Dirt on My Boots”

Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP

Drake

Kendrick Lamar

Migos

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP

Drake, More Life

Kendrick Lamar, Damn.

Migos, Culture

FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP

DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m The One”

Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”

Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

Childish Gambino

Bruno Mars

The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

Beyonce

Kehlani

Rihanna

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B

Childish Gambino, Awaken My Love!

Bruno Mars, 24K Magic

The Weeknd, Starboy

FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B

Khalid, “Location”

Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”

The Weeknd, “Starboy”

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK

Imagine Dragons

Linkin Park

Twenty One Pilots

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY

Bruno Mars

Shawn Mendes

Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN

Luis Fonsi

Daddy Yankee

Shakira

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

Lauren Daigle

MercyMe

Chris Tomlin

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)

The Chainsmokers

Calvin Harris

DJ Snake

TOP SOUNDTRACK

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2

Moana

Trolls

The Osun State commissioner for women and children affairs, Hajia Latifat Giwa, has called on parents and guardians to ensure that sound education becomes the topmost priority they give to their female children, as that is one of the fundamental ways of saving their future.
The commissioner gave this advice at Osogbo High School while delivering her keynote address in commemoration of the 2017 International Day of Girl Child, organised by Save Youth Initiative.
Hajia Giwa lamented the stereotype which the society has attached to the female children. According to her, this stereotype has done a great harm on female children and as well forced many girl children into prostitution, child marriages, begging and low self-confidence. She stated :
“Our girl children deserve the best of education. It’s when we educate them that they feel proud to become what the desire to become in life, with the help of God.

Our girl children must at all cost be protected from forced marriages. Forced marriages destroy the bright future of our girl children. At childbirth, they pass through terrible pains. These pains lead to Vagina Fistula and different forms of post-natal inflections. As such, their promising future begins to crash and crumble in their faces. When they don’t get adequate care, some resort to begging while some go on a journey of no return. We can all stop these from happening just by protecting the rights of girl children!
Our girls don’t deserve to be trafficked, whether for prostitution or housemaid jobs. Poverty should never be an excuse for any parent or guardian to traffic her girl child. It’s only cruelty and wickedness that lead to trafficking.

It’s our duty to put a stop to girl child trafficking. It’s our duty to relieve these girl children of their suffering boldly written on their faces. It’s our duty to put a stop to and sanction those who operate baby factories all because of money. It’s our duty to protect the rights of our girl children by every means possible.”

The commissioner therefore called on all and sundry to ensure that all hands are on deck with a view to protecting the fundamental rights of girl children which include sound education, healthy system and healthy living. She described them as future wives, mothers, professionals, business women, artisans and experts.
This year’s celebration was attended by students, members of Save Youth Initiative and dignitaries from different walks of life.

Gbenga Abiodun, better known as DJ Olu, was on Thursday laid to rest.

Embattled pop star, Davido, has paid his last respects to his friend.

The burial ceremony took place at 405 close, Emmanuel Chapel, Banana Island, Lagos.

Davido alongside his manager, Asa Asika, and cousin B-Red, among other celebrities, were in attendance.

DJ Olu’s service of songs was held on Wednesday at Olaniwun Ajayi Gardens, Banana Island, with his friends and family members in attendance.

The 25-year-old son of oil magnate, Dapo Abiodun, was found unconscious in his car, alongside a friend identified as Chime Amaechi on October 7.

Meanwhile, his friend, Chime, will also be buried in his hometown in Anambra State, on Saturday, October 15, 2017.


Sequel to this, many allegations have been made regarding his death.

An autopsy report is yet to be released by the police but substances suspected to be hard drugs were said to have been found in the car.

The disc jockey is his second close associate of Davido to die within a week.

Tagbo Umeike, boyfriend of actress Caroline Danjuma, had earlier died after partying with Davido. The police say an autopsy report showed that he died from suffocation.

Electronic music band, Major Lazer, has established strong bonds with African music(ians) such that they are presumed to be Africans.

 

Their ties with Africa inspired their latest project Know No Better, a six-track EP which enlists South African natives DJ Maphorisa and Nasty C as well as Nigeria’s own Ice Prince, Jidenna and Patoranking on the third track titled ‘Particula’.

The track which is slower than a fair share of the other tracks off the EP features rock guitar licks in the beat and opens with a sound Nasty C verse ahead of Jidenna whose performance  on the second verse plays up to his Nigerian side.

The true star on Particula however is Ice Prince who makes an impressive showing as he delivers the chorus and bridge of the effort while Patoranking comes in on the post-chorus prior to Jidenna’s verse.

DJ Maphorisa is also credited with production credits on Particula.

The visuals for ‘Particula’ was shot in South Africa by SA filmmaker, Adriaan Louw.

https://youtu.be/CtEHrcA8dKc

Cardi B — who once proudly declared herself a “regular, degular, shmegular girl from the Bronx” — paid homage to her native borough with a dazzling performance at the BET Hip Hop Awards last night (October 10).
Unsurprisingly, Cardi performed “Bodak Yellow,” giving the chart-topping hit the victory lap it deserves after it continued making history this week.

After a montage of video moments to remind us of Cardi’s blessed come-up, she busted through the doors of a fake bodega, dressed in a massive, multi-colored fur coat.
The stage was styled like a real Bronx street corner, complete with street benches and dancers who shot dice and did pull-ups. But it was Cardi herself who grabbed all the attention, giving us her most energetic performance since this year’s VMA pre-show.