Controversial Nigerian media personality, Denrele Edun, in a new interview has recounted how his family members felt embarrassed because of his fashion and an aunt feared he would end up in a psychiatric hospital, has disclosed that people now want him to mentor their children.
According to Denrele, when he initially started out in his profession as a television personality, he was considered as an outcast. He told Saturday Beats;
“I don’t take myself serious and the first time I ever teased people about giving birth to a child like me was during the first AMVCA and the response I got made me happy. But the funny thing is that a lot of people want me to mentor their children. Someone very influential called me recently and told me her children who just came to Nigeria from the United States wanted to meet me. My audience base cuts across all demography.
“If my children want to follow this path of entertainment, I will encourage them because when I was normal, I didn’t have money; now my madness has become a source of income. I am very fortunate to have come from a family like mine; I give my parents all the respect in the world because they allowed me to be who I really want to be. There was an aunt of mine who used to come from Port Harcourt and cry, telling my parents to be careful so that I would not end up in a psychiatric home because of my style of fashion and entertainment. Some of my cousins even used to say I was embarrassing the family”.
On getting married, Denrele who is now 37 disclosed he needs to find a very patient woman to settle down with due to his stubborn nature.
“I will get married at the right time but I need to find a very patient woman because I can be stubborn, I am not in a relationship right now but I have a lot of people I admire. I am not under pressure to get married although my dad lives with me and I know there are some things he might want to say but when he sees the way his children are working hard, he overlooks them. Funny thing is I cannot wait to have kids; I actually love kids. I need to find a patient woman because I am very stubborn.”
Nigerian singer Blackface has extended his legal troubles to Wizkid and Banky W.
Blackface who was a member of the defunct music group Plantainshun Boyz was recently counter-sued by former bandmate, 2Face, said Wizkid’s 2011 hit ‘Dutty Wine ‘ was a rip off of his 2010 track ‘Like The Way’.
He revealed he is suing Wizkid and former label boss, Banky W because of 2Face Idibia filing a N50million lawsuit against him despite his claims of writing some of 2Face’s songs, like African Queen and Let Some body Love You’
Tennis star, Serena Williams is the cover star of this month’s Time magazine and she opened up about her complicated comeback.
The 36-year-old, who welcomed a child only a few months ago and soon went back to begin playing professionally, spoke at length to writer Sean Gregory about her struggles on the court and also about her motherhood fears. She also discussed her marriage with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, admitting she was surprised she fell in love with a white man.
On the Time cover, Serena, who nearly died after complications from an emergency C-section while delivering her daughter Alexis Olympia, is seen clad in a black crop top that exposed her midriff. A thin scar can be seen on her abdomen, with the coverline reading: “Nothing about me right now is perfect. But I’m perfectly Serena.”
Speaking about her marriage to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Serena said she always assumed she would marry a black guy but she and Alexis just clicked when they met.
She said: “I always assumed I’d marry a black guy. I always felt that I could relate more with a black guy, that we’d have more struggles in common, you know?”
Serena’s need to return to tennis and also her need to never leave her daughter collided when her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, told her that unless she stopped breastfeeding Olympia, she would not return to the top of the tennis ranks. But Serena refused and nursed Olympia for the first eight months of her life.
Serena’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, says she made choices that put her family above her career, including staying home with Olympia and Ohanian rather than going early to Europe for clay-court prep.
He said: “I felt the decisions were taken through the angle of the family, where before, every decision was taken through the angle of tennis. This is a big difference. Even if you are Serena, if you want to be successful in tennis, tennis has to be priority No. 1.”
Serena believes breastfeeding her daughter made it harder for her to get back into playing shape but said that was her utmost priority.
Speaking to Time, Serena said: “You have the power to sustain the life that God gave her. You have the power to make her happy, to calm her. At any other time in your life, you don’t have this magical superpower.”
Speaking about Mouratoglou telling her to stop nursing, she said: “It’s absolutely hard to take from a guy. He’s not a woman, he doesn’t understand that connection, that the best time of the day for me was when I tried to feed her.”
Olympia is almost always on her mother’s mind and Serena keeps looking for ways to balance her life as an athlete and as a mother.
“Sometimes she just wants Mommy, she doesn’t want anyone else,” Serena says, nearly choking up. “I still have to learn a balance of being there for her, and being there for me. I’m working on it. I never understood women before, when they put themselves in second or third place. And it’s so easy to do. It’s so easy to do.”
She also revealed that she fell prey to peer pressure on social media by posting a photo of her post-pregnancy body on Instagram. She says now that she used a waist trainer to push in her stomach so she could impress.
“I hated that I fell victim to that,” she says. “It puts a lot of pressure on women, young and old.”
Serena also spoke about how motherhood affects women in the workplace. Since returning to the tour, for example, Serena has spoken out about gender discrimination in the workplace, questioning why women coming back from maternity leave should lose their seeds in a tournament draw
Williams was the top-ranked player in the world before she had Olympia. At the French Open, she did not receive a seed–a penalty that could dissuade other players from having children.
“It would be nice to recognize that women shouldn’t be treated differently because they take time to bring life into this world,” Serena says.
She’s not the first player to come back after giving birth, but it wasn’t until she did that the U.S. Open pledged to incorporate maternity decisions into its seeding process.
Serena also addressed discrepancies in drug testing. The United States Anti-Doping Agency has tested Serena five times in 2018, according to its records. Meanwhile, Sloane Stephens, who won the U.S. Open a year ago, has been tested once. Serena called such differences “discrimination” on Twitter and thinks it’s because some people won’t accept that she’s clean.
“Look at me,” she says, glancing at her herself in a mirror at home. “I was born this way. They’re like, ‘Oh, she can’t be that great, she must be doing something.’ I don’t even lift weights. It’s all God, you know. But whatever.”
Serena says she wants Olympia to have a sibling. She’s learning on the job, like all parents. She still gets down, and has moments when she doesn’t want to hang out with Olympia and then feels terrible for it. And then there’s all the time she can’t bear to pry herself away, despite knowing that her game will suffer for it. But mostly, Serena is learning to recognize the swings, tell herself they’re normal and fight the urge to beat herself up.
“Nothing about me right now is perfect,” she says. “But I’m perfectly Serena.”
Nigerian songstress, Wajre recently sat down for an interview with Pulse and she was asked to share her favourite TV series and Nollywood actors.
“I have been watching so many,” she said about her favourite TV series.
“Right now, I started one on Netflix. I can’t remember the title, but it’s Spanish. They don’t speak English. It has subtitles and I enjoy it.
On her favourite Nollywood actors, Waje, who recently joined the cast of Africa Magic’s “Battleground: The Final Showdown” – a “Battleground” and “Hush” crossover – has positive things to say about her co-stars.
“I am so in love with Ini Dima Okojie, and we are from the same place. The day I found out that she’s an Edo girl, I was like, ‘Oh, my God, no wonder we are so hot.,” she says about Okojie, who plays Teni Ola Bhadmus in “Battleground.”
“I love Aunty Shaffy Bello. I’m such a fan of Rita Dominic – her elegance and everything about her is just effortless.
“I’m looking forward to Tonto Dikeh coming back to screens, I loved her movies. I love Yvonne Jegede. I also love Adesua Etomi, she is a fantastic actor.”
Veteran Nigerian gospel singer Yinka Ayefele has troubles to worry about with the Oyo state government as his radio station, Fresh FM has been marked for demolition by the Oyo State government.
It is learnt the building housing the radio station reportedly contravenes physical planning laws of the state. A demolition notice with reference number TF20181308/002 pasted on the wall of the building on the Lagos bypass, after Challenge bus stop in Ibadan by a task force officer from the state governor’s office, said that the structure should be removed in three days and that failure to do so would warrant government action to remove the structure, Punch Metro reports.
As contained in the notice, the grace granted by the government expired on Wednesday so the order could be carried out on Thursday (today).
The notice, which was addressed to the owner, Ayefele, read,
“Having failed to comply with the earlier stop work/quit/contravention notice(s) served on your development or as your structure is found to be structurally defective/poses danger or constitutes a nuisance to the occupier or the general public, you are hereby ordered to vacate the site and remove the structure thereon within three days, failure of which the government shall effect the removal and commence legal action against you in accordance with Section 43 of the law.”
The notice was the second sent to the owner of the radio station, Fresh FM, in 10 years. The building, which has four studios for radio broadcasting and music production, is said to worth around N800m. It is also understood that the station has a staff strength of 150.
A news director at the station, Samson Akindele, wrote on his Facebook wall that in 2012, the building was marked for demolition but was spared when Governor Abiola Ajimobi intervened.
Some sympathisers of the station and Ayefele said the building was targeted because of some of the programmes aired by the station, which were considered anti-government.
“Our dear governor even visited our studio about two years ago and appreciated the fact that he was not led into demolishing the building, paying glowing tributes to the aesthetics of the studios and the richness of our programming, some of the reasons he accepted our invitation to appear live on the special interview programme.
“He also clearly stated on that show that words had reached him that he should not allow the building to stand because Dr Yinka Ayefele was not a friend of his administration but he told them that someone who is not a friend today could (be) one tomorrow.
Between then and now, what has changed? No new road being constructed or a road expansion being executed. But the relationship between Fresh FM and the state government has been anything but cordial, even as we have, on several occasions, acknowledged the giant strides of the administration in security and infrastructural developments,” he said.
Reacting to the demolition notice, the state government, through the state Commissioner for Information and Culture, Toye Arulogun, said Ayefele’s building was only one of many others served.