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Jimi Solanke returns to TV folktale with ‘Once Upon a Time’

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‘Once Upon a Time’, a folktale television show will be starring legendary storyteller, Jimi Solanke as anchor.

The CNN-acclaimed master storyteller at  a press briefing organised by Glass House Entertainment in his honour that he was pleased to return to TV again, stating that he was even more delighted by the objective of the initiative.

The former Storyline anchor on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) described his return to television as a “resurgence”. He also mentioned that he never stopped storytelling as he on occasion visits schools and children gatherings to narrate “educational fairy tales”.

“I have not stopped storytelling. I still go to schools in Ile Ife. I accept every invitation to tell educational fairy tales.

I didn’t, however, think that Glass House Entertainment will bring me back to television. It is like a resurgence. I don’t know how they found me. But I must say that the initiative to reintroduce storytelling into modern lifestyle is a huge gain for our culture and tradition. I was driven by this vision. I see a lot of energy from the producer and that excites me.

I want to help to remind our children the roots of our rich culture,” he said.
Solanke, 73, who was honoured as one of Nigeria’s living legends early this year, stated that he was not retiring just yet as he had more plans for arts and the entertainment industry.

“I am setting up a ten-acre village for arts in my home town. Work is going on there as we speak. This is where I am retiring into. There will be a lot of plantain to take home for those of you that will visit. I also want to go back to acting. I really want to, he said.

Nevertheless, the 30-minute African storytelling Television show will be aired on pay channels from October.

The producer and CEO, Glass House Entertainment (GHE), Ayo Alaba Idowu, said the organisation is set to revamp the entertainment industry.

“We are going the extra mile. We are ready for the African/Nigerian entertainment industry,” he said.

 

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BBNaija: Beauty apologizes to fans, makes promises

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Beauty apologizes to fans, makes promises

Beauty Tukura, disqualified Big Brother Naija, BBNaija season 7 housemate, has apologised to her fans.

She apologized for her irrational behavior which led to her untimely exit from the ‘Level up’ edition of the reality Tv show.

Recall that Beauty was disqualified on Sunday after receiving three strikes for disobeying the rules of BBNaija.

Beauty joined the likes of Tacha, Khloe, Erica who were disqualified from BBNaija for unruly attitude.

In a short video, Beauty thanked those who supported her through her short stay in the house despite her shortcomings.

Beauty said: “To everyone who’s been riding with me or supporting me, thank you.

“I’m so sorry I left like this. Alcohol got the best of me. Beauty will do better.”

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Nicki Minaj to receive Video Vanguard Award at 2022 MTV Video Music Awards

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Another musical milestone is on the way for Nicki Minaj.

The Queens-bred rapper will be honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this month’s MTV Video Music Awards in Newark and will perform at the show, organizers announced Monday.

Minaj, a 10-time Grammy nominee who’s sold more than 100 million records, is the second female rapper selected for the Video Vanguard Award, following 2019 recipient Missy Elliott. The award recognizes an artist’s career contributions to the music industry.

“Nicki has broken barriers for women in hip-hop with her versatility and creative artistry,” Viacom executive Bruce Gillmer said Monday.

“She has shifted the music industry and cemented her status as a global superstar with her crossover appeal, genre-defying style and continuing to be unapologetically ‘Nicki.’ ”

Minaj — whose hits include “Super Bass,” “Anaconda” and “Starships” — is a five-time winner at the VMAs, most recently receiving the trophy for best power anthem for “Hot Girl Summer” in 2019.

Her nomination in the best hip hop category for “Do We Have a Problem?” at this year’s ceremony is the 17th VMAs nod of her career.

The show will take place Aug. 28 at the Prudential Center. Minaj, 39, was born in Trinidad and Tobago but moved to New York during her youth and attended Manhattan’s famed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School.

The Video Vanguard Award was introduced at the very first VMAs ceremony in 1984, with past recipients including the Beatles, Madonna, Jackson, LL Cool J, Beyoncé, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez. It was last awarded in 2019.

Minaj said days before the 2021 VMAs ceremony that she had to back out of a performance, tweeting, “I’ll explain why another day. But I love those guys at MTV … Next year we there baby.”

She tweeted a few days later, “I was prepping for vmas then i shot a video & guess who got COVID?”

Top nominees at the 2022 VMAs include rappers Jack Harlow, Kendrick Lamar and Lil Nas X, who are each finalists for seven awards.

Latin music superstars Anitta and J Balvin and the pop rock band Panic! at the Disco are among the scheduled performers at the ceremony, which will air live on MTV and sister networks such as VH1, Comedy Central and BET beginning at 8 p.m. EDT.

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BBNaija: What Groovy said about Beauty’s disqualification

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BBNaija: What Groovy said about Beauty’s disqualification

Big Brother Naija, BBNaija season 7 housemate, Groovy has reacted to the disqualification of lover, Beauty.

Recall that Beauty was disqualified some minutes to the Sunday live eviction show after she got double strike for provocation and violence.

The beauty queen got into trouble after she threw her wig and glasses at Groovy after the Saturday Night Party.

Her disqualification is the first this season, barely two weeks into the reality Tv show.

When asked how he feels about Beauty’s disqualification, Groovy speaking to Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, said he’s shocked and sad about the decision.

He said: “I’m sad, it’s not something I’m happy about, I’m shocked about Beauty’s eviction, the last thing I wanted was for her to leave the house.”

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