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#YouthDay: At 26, Thuso Mbedu is one of Africa’s most influential millenials


In 2014, with just R500 in her purse, a suitcase filled with clothes and no real plan, Thuso Mbedu hopped on a bus and made her way to Johannesburg.

Mbedu was determined to make a career in the entertainment industry, because she believed that God had given her a craft which she had to share with the world. And now she has.

Last year, Mbedu was nominated for an International Emmy Award for her role as Winnie, in the first season on Is’Thunzi– Damaged But Not Broken , a teen drama series on Mzansi Magic. Although she did not win, just the mere fact of being nominated was enough to pave the way for her stardom.

This week, the actress took the number one spot on the 2018 Forbes Africa Under 30 List, ahead of local rapper Cassper Nyovest and fashion designer Orapeleng Modutle.

Actress Nomzamo Mbatha took fourth spot while musician Kwesta wraps up the top five.

Mbedu was also cast as a principal member on SABC1’s Generations: The Legacy this year.

On Is’Thunzi– Damaged But Not Broken , Mbedu’s character, Winnie is a streetwise, ambitious go-getter who has her heart set on marrying a rich and famous rugby player, but her fantasy turns out to be a lot more challenging to achieve than she imagined when she gets exiled to live with her strict aunt in Bergville, KZN.

“I really took a leap of faith when I got to Johannesburg. There was no plan, but I knew I needed to survive and I needed to do anything and everything it took to find work in the industry. For a while I squatted with friends. Then I auditioned for Saints and Sinners, I went into that audition as if it was a do or die moment. And it paid off,” said Mbedu.

The actress said after her role in Saints and Sinners , work went quiet again and she was very discouraged.

“The industry is so unstable for artists these days. There was no work coming my way and what was more discouraging was that agencies didn’t want me to sign up because I didn’t have enough experience, but how was I do get the experience if they didn’t give me a chance,” she said.

Eventually, after a rough six months, Mbedu got another audition, little did she know, this one would earn her the International Emmy nomination.

“I was down for the longest time and my sister was helping me pay my rent. I wasn’t meeting my bills and eventually had to apply for a loan at the bank, so when I auditioned for Is’Thunzi I did so like it was my last audition ever. And it paid off. I finally had work again,” she said.

While Mbedu said she loved her time on Is’Thunzi and owed the nomination to the cast and crew. She wishes she could play roles that are closer to her age.

“The oldest character I played was 21-year old. And It’s not that I don’t enjoy playing these roles, but the industry recycles storytelling for school kids or teenagers, and I want to experience a more authentic and mature storyline now. Mature roles are 3D characters and are more complex, so want to extend myself more,” said the actress.

Her favourite role to play, if she was given the opportunity, would be a villain. Mbedu said she is intrigued by the psychological work behind the character that takes viewers on a journey.

Aside from her onscreen work, Mbedu has been working on her own scripts with award winning director and scriptwriter, Amanda Lane as her mentor.

“In university I was exposed to a lot of American shows via streaming and I enjoyed watching these shows. And I would always hear people around me say that they don’t watch local TV because most of the stories are recycled and not inspiring. So I got to a point where I wanted that to change so instead of complaining about local TV I decided to start writing scripts,” she said.

Currently she is working on a crime action series which she showcases women taking control of their own destiny.

“What I learned through this journey of writing is that South African men are still very uncomfortable with heroin leads in storytelling, and so I would like to change this – I had no male figure in my life to take care of me, and I made it through. I want to empower women,” said Mbedu.

“The second story I’m working on is a romantic drama which is also led by a women and shows were my state of mind is at this point after the death of my granny. The other is an action film but that needs a big budget, so that’s on hold for now,”she said.

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TOP 8 Nigerian celebrities with the most expensive houses


Hey Divas,

Your house is basically your home, so how much is too much? It should be a place of comfort and luxury, so you deserve all you can afford. These Nigerian celebrities know this as a fact and they invested so much in it. We have a couple of Nigerian celebrities with the most expensive houses, they have it because their jobs have paid off for them.

These are the top 8 Nigerian celebrities with the most expensive houses;

P-Square:

P-Square are a Nigerian R&B duo of identical twin brothers Peter Okoye and Paul Okoye. They are known to be one of the most successful African artistes as their popularity has gone beyond the shore of Nigerian industry. They have done collaboration with international artistes as well. They have houses both home and abroad worth millions of naira.

Tuface Idibia:

Innocent Idibia better known by his stage name 2face Idibia, or 2Baba, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur. He officially discontinued the use of the name Tuface. He completed his mansion worth about 400 million naira.

Don’t Jazzy:

Don jazzy is a Nigerian record producer, singer-songwriter and musician made a name for himself through music; he has a mansion worth over 150 million naira.

Linda Ikeji:

Linda Ikeji is a Nigerian news carrier, blogger, writer, entrepreneur and former model. She is best known for her blog. She is the highest paid blogger in Nigeria. To show that blogging has paid off for her, she bought a house worth about 500 million naira in Banana Island.

Genevieve Nnaji:

Genevieve Nnaji is a Nigerian actress and singer, who has featured in many movies and have won several awards as a result. She was reported to have bought a mansion in Ghana worth $4 million not to talk of the properties she has in Nigeria.

Tunde and Wunmi Obe:

Tunde and Wunmi Obe, professionally known as T.W.O (Tunde, Wunmi Obe) are Nigerian show business couple, entertainers, television personalities and entrepreneur. Couple with the fact that they are a big name in the entertainment industry in Nigeria, they own a big mansion worth about 400 million naira in Lekki.

Kcee

Kingsley Chinweike Okonkwo, better known as Kcee and sometimes stylishly as KCee, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He was formerly in a group called Kc Presh before he left after deciding to pursue his music career alone. He has a house that he calls a five star mansion and it is a five star mansion, for real!.

Davido:

Davido is an American-born Nigerian recording artist, performer and record producer also known as omo baba olowo, he has so many songs to his credit. He has a mansion worth 140 million naira……

Apart from the fact that your home is a reflection of your success, it should a place you’d always want to come back to, so spoil yourself and make your home as comfortable as it can be.

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Diamond Platnumz ‘briefly detained’


Tanzania’s top music star Diamond Platnumz was only held briefly by authorities over what they allege were “obscene” videos he allegedly posted on social media, news agency Reuters reports.

The 28-year-old singer whose birth name is Nassib Abdul was arrested on Monday.

Another artist, 26-year-old Faustina Charles who is popularly known as Nandy, was also released after being detained.

She was also accused of “indecency” for a video that was shared on WhatsApp.

A government minister has said that the two musicians are likely to face criminal charges.

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​I am going to move to Atlanta once i am done with my jail time – Meek Mill



Meek Mill is currently locked up in his hometown for violating probation and is scheduled to serve 2-4 years.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, The MMG rapper shared his plans following his release from prison which includes speaking out against the prison system and moving out of “the city of brotherly love.”

“Straight self-hate, man, it makes these people crazy,” Meek says in regard to the African-American police and judicial figures involved in his incarceration. “For a kid from North Philly to come all the way up, then be pulled back down by his own? Trust me, I’m gonna say something about that. And then, I’m gonna move to Atlanta.”

Since his first infraction in 2007, Meek has been haunted by the court/prison sentence and was constantly either in jail or on probation even after his career took off. Meek Mill’s booking agent, Clint Saunders, tells Rolling Stone that the ‘Wins & Losses’ MC lost $5 million in show money last fall when shortly after the latest album was released, Meek was jailed and obviously unable to perform.

Since his November sentence, Meek Mill says that he does not allow certain people to visit him in jail. “I won’t let them come,” Meek said. “If they see me like this – fucked-up beard, hair all ganked – then it’s like I’m really in here. Which I’m not.”

The controversy surrounding Meek’s case from a potentially corrupt police officer who arrested Meek back in 2007, Reggie Graham, to Judge Brinkley who allegedly asked Meek in front of Meek’s then girlfriend, Nicki Minaj, to record a remix to Boys II Men‘s hit song “One Bended Knee,” and when Meek declined she simply said, ‘suit yourself’ in a sarcastic manner.

Meek refused to wear a wire in any of his meetings with the judge as asked by the FBI because, “in my world that’s called snitching.”

That being said, it’ll be difficult to pin any clear corruption charges on Judge Brinkley, but in the case of the corrupt officer, Meek’s defense team may have something plausible to bring to the April 16 post-conviction hearing.

Source: uncova.com

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​American supermodel, Naomi Campbell, dating Adenuga



Supermodel, Naomi Campbell has officially confirmed to her curious fans that she is dating British musician, Joseph Junior Adenuga, aka, Skepta.
Skepta, who is 15 years younger than the fashion icon, was born in North London on September 19, 1982, to Nigerian immigrant parents.

Naomi, 47, confirmed their love affair via an Instagram post on Thursday, when she shared a GQ cover featuring her and her beau cuddled close while wearing nothing but jewellery.

Skepta is the first man Naomi has been linked to since story of Egyptian millionaire, Louis C. Camilleri in July 2017, the Mail Online reported.

He made his musical debut in 2007 with the release of his cleverly titled album, Greatest Hits.

Skepta’s second album, Microphone Champion, followed in 2009. Both albums were independent releases. By the time his third album, Doin’ It Again, was released in 2011, he had signed with AATW.

He has four siblings including rapper JME and Julie Adenuga, who’s a DJ on Beats 1.

Source: 247nigerianewsupdate.co

​Rapper Rick Ross on life support after being found unresponsive at home



Rapper Rick Ross has been hooked up to a machine that is taking over the function of his heart and lungs, TMZ is reporting.
Ross was hospitalized early Thursday morning after he was found unresponsive in his Florida home by police and emergency teams, according to Billboard.

An ambulance took the 42-year-old Florida native to a hospital, where he was treated for respiratory issues.

Officials told the Blast they considered the call serious because Ross has a history of seizures, and a 911 caller said that Ross was just “nodding his head.” TMZ is reporting that Ross is being treated in the hospital’s cardiac unit.

Doctors are reportedly treating him with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a form of life support in which blood is oxygenated outside of the body before it’s pumped back into it.

Source: 247nigerianewsupdate.co

‘I Thank God gor slavery, if not i might be somewhere in Africa worshiping a tree’ – US Rep (Video)



Democratic Florida State Rep. Kimberly Daniels, who is pushing a bill that would put the words “In God We Trust” in Florida public schools, has in the past made a series of controversial statements about slavery and Jews.

As documented by Patheos, a video compilation of Daniels’ past statements posted by the Freedom From Religion Foundation shows that she is not shy about making incendiary comments about racial and religious issues.

She said:-

  • “I thank God for slavery,” she said in one clip. “If it wasn’t for slavery, I might be somewhere in Africa worshiping a tree.”
  • “You can talk about the Holocaust, but the Jews own everything!” she said in another.

Watch the video below:-

Source: naijaloaded.com