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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Kate Middleton shares new photos of Princess Charlotte as she turns one #HNNRoyalty

Princess Kate Shares 4 Sweet New Photos of Princess Charlotte – Just in Time for Her First Birthday!| The British Royals, The Royals, Princess Charlotte
Credits: Kensington Palace/Twitter
It may be Princess Charlotte's birthday, but royals fans are the ones receiving a special gift!

Princess Kate and Prince William have released new photos of the little princess on Sunday – just in time for her first birthday on May 2.

And once again, mom Kate, 34, got behind the camera to take the sweet pictures. Charlotte is seen playing around her home in pink and blue outfits (with matching bows) and tights by Amaia and 'Emma' pre-walker shoes by Early Days. She is clearly up on her feet, cruising between furniture and anything else she can hold on to, and taking steps pushing toys, but perhaps not able to confidently walk alone yet.
The pictures were taken at Anmer Hall, after the tour of India and Bhutan. "Turning one is an important family milestone, and the family is happy to share these pictures," a palace source tells PEOPLE. 

Will and Kate celebrate 5 years of their Royal Wedding #HNNRoyalty

Yes, it's 5 years already since the magical day in 2011 when on April 29th was the day of the famed royal wedding. I watched William grow in front of my eyes. Now they have two children. Congrats to them.

LOL! Kanye West used to PHOTOSHOP himself into Kardashian Christmas cards #HNNShowbiz

kanye west arrives in nyc ahead met 07

How obsessed was Kanye with the Kardashians? In a video Vogue posted the day before,Kim jokes with Kendall Jenner about using a photo from the upcoming Met Gala as their family Christmas card this year.

Kim then reveals, “Kanye used to Photoshop himself into our Christmas cards… Then send them to us as a joke.”

Watch Kim tell the story below!

American Sports Presenter loses job after he mixed @Prince lyrics into broadcast #HNNMedia


A Nashville television sports anchor has apparently lost his job because he mixed Prince lyrics into a recent broadcast.

WZTV Fox-17 sports anchor Dan Phillips used a Prince-themed sports report on April 21.

When contacted by The Tennessean, he would not confirm that was why he was fired from the Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned station and said he did not want to comment. Phillips worked at the station for 10 years.

However, Phillips posted on his Facebook page that was the reason he was let go. The station director has not returned newspaper media houses calls.

"First of all, I want to thank everyone for the kind words, comments and positive feedback on this tribute I did to Prince last week. It really means a lot.

Unfortunately, there were apparently some viewers, as well as management at the station, who did not feel the same way. They felt I was insensitive. And as a result, I was terminated today.

I'm choosing to use this as a catalyst for some exciting things I've been working on for some time now. I'll have many more details on this in coming days.

For now, thanks again for all of your support. And if you need an old, washed-up sports guy for anything, please let me know!"

With files from the Tennessean

Prince George's cute robe sells out in minutes after he meets Obama at palace #HNNRoyalty

prince george gingham bathrobe

Shoppers interested in purchasing Prince George’s monogrammed bathrobe for their babies will have to wait. The white Gingham bathrobe with blue checkered trim and optional monogram lettering sold out within minutes on Friday.

Sales of the chic bathrobe soared after Kensington Palace released photos of the adorable 2-year-old prince wearing the tiny robe while greeting President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday.

The soft terry cloth cotton robe is on back order, according to The robe retails for $36 when it’s in stock.

“We are thrilled that Prince George chose our robe to wear when he met President Obama,” My 1st Years founder Daniel Price said in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE. He added: “Our website has gone crazy ever since the photo was released!”

With files from Sandra Rose

Check out how much it cost to protect Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg #HNNPersonality reports Facebook paid $4.3 million to a security force to protect Zuckerberg in 2015. The social networking giant has already shelled out millions more in 2016.

The billionaire, who is paid $1 in annual salary, beefed up his security after the birth of his daughter Max on Dec. 1.

No less than 16 bodyguards are assigned to guard Zuckerberg at his $10 million compound in San Francisco. His wife Priscilla Chan, 31, has her own security detail.

Facebook defends Zuckerberg’s excessive bodyguard detail.

“We require these security measures for the company’s benefit because of the importance of Mr. Zuckerberg to Facebook, and we believe that the costs of this overall security program are appropriate and necessary.”

“Because of the high visibility of our company, our compensation & governance committee has authorized an ‘overall security program’ for Mr. Zuckerberg to address safety concerns due to specific threats to his safety arising directly as a result of his position as our founder, chairman, and CEO,” said Facebook in a statement.

Larry Wilmore calls Obama "My Nigga" at White House Correspondent's dinner #HNNGov

American Comedian Larry Wilmore called President Obama "My Nigga" during the final White House Correspondents dinner for his administration. Do you think that was shameful? Many black Americans found it offensive. He even called it "Negro night." I thought it was all cool. Those jokes were tough. Even Wolf Blitzer of CNN was not laughing when the jokes turned on him.


Nigerians online say that people that have never been married have no authority to speak about marriage. Absolutely false! I have never been married and was engaged to my my fiance after we had two children but that engagement was quickly broken off after we had a third child because the relationship soured. Hollywood marriages have several stipulations where contracts called prenuptial agreements are signed and many other celebrities don't even marry at all but just have children together. 

Women with several children for different men are scrutinized in Nigeria as compared to celebrity men like Tuface with several kids for many women or the P Square brothers who had kids out of wedlock. Society tends to blame the women. What led to my engagement breakdown was basically emotional and physical abuse. The emotional part being the worst and possibly what made Tiwa Savage end her marriage on camera. Nigerians and Africans around the world witnessed that last week with the award winning singer and her husband Tunji "TeeBillz" Balogun. Revelations came out in many forms as the Editor of ThisDay newspapers interviewed her while Pulse TV got the exclusive video which went viral on the internet with so many strange aspects. 

I predicted this breakdown almost three years ago in a Facebook post. "Why is Tiwa Savage marrying a man with kids and divorce is not final yet? This is how Nigerian celebrities screw up their lives." I was crucified on social media for this statement and bloggers jumped on it all criticizing me as "jealous". That was November 11th 2013. Previously to that post I had interviewed Savage at a concert asking her about marriage, family and kids and she said she definitely wanted that aspect in her life one day only to discover she chose to date her married manager. This is now. Tiwa revealed in the interview that her husband was indeed suicidal, contrary to his deleted suicidal note posted on instagram, something fans were earlier misled about, he had a drug habit with cocaine, owed N45M as a bad debt partly in her name, jealous of her success, defamed and slandered her claiming she slept with label mates Don Jazzy and Dr Sid along with singer TuFace Idibia, abandoned her in Jamaica while she suffered a miscarriage and he was with another woman saved on his phone as "Edible Caterer" and finally infidelities that included another and a secret 3rd child in Nigeria she had no knowledge of. That was a massive handful as Savage revealed in her interview shedding tears saying their marriage was over. 

Red flags are all over potential marriages and Nigerian women planning to marry men who have previous children and relationships must be cautioned except if they know they are going into a polygamous marriage. Tiwa Savage had a music manager who was married to someone else, next she started dating him while he was still married and had not finalized his divorce and that was where I threw the caution and got ripped by Nigerians. 

People like Toke Makinwa, another young successful Nigerian media personality was the subject of another similar infidelity scandal. My advice to Makinwa was to exit her marriage as it was now "tainted" with an illegitimate baby. In Makinwa's case her husband Maje Ayida impregnated and ex-girlfriend Anita Solomon who he secretly dated simultaneously with Makinwa. Makinwa just had a high profile wedding to Ayida and Solomon the other woman was busy watching from the outside. Toke still does not have a child with Ayida and in my write up I suggested that she was too young, successful and does not need Ayida to use her money to lavish himself and someone else's baby. I actually suggested that Makinwa end the marriage. She went on to address her fans on her popular video blog on what she was going to do distancing herself from the marriage but not clear. A few months later, she was seen with her estranged husband in public and all tongues were wagging. I can only give solid advice to young successful Nigerian women ending up in these unsuccessful relationships. 

I have been there but maybe not as bad, emotional abuse is now the order of the day in Nigeria and Tiwa Savage is living what many Nigerian married women are living but not popular or ready to air their dirty laundry to society. Marriage is too overrated in Nigeria. The term "Go and Marry" is stupidly used on social media. Being single is not a sin. Tiwa Savage-Balogun's endorsements may be at risk with Pepsi and Pampers after this saga and that revealing interview which also mentioned that TeeBillz her husband sometimes didn't have money to buy diapers and was busy squandering all her cash on drugs. Many people blasted him on his instagram account on a particular photo of Jamil their son sitting next to cases of Pampers. Most women must speak out rather than suffering in a bad marriage. It is time all married women bypass tradition and talk about it. Don't suffer within yourselves!

How to get VERIFIED on #SocialMedia platforms-By Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo #HNNTech

Verification on social media tells the followers and fans of social media personalities and public figures that the pages they are following are the authentic pages. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and even Society6 online store verifies accounts. I am verified on all of them except Twitter and Instagram which may be coming soon. The fact of the matter is that social media companies are not paid or told to verify a page as a must.

I woke up in September 2015 with an e-mail from Facebook saying that my page now has a “blue verification badge” and that my account was reviewed by them as an authentic global Journalist and public figure. It also came as a strange notification that had my picture on it.

Though I was pleased, I’ve been on Facebook since 2004 in the college network days as a beta tester, verifying my account could not have come at a better time when a fraudulent Nigerian built a Facebook fan pages in my name trying to defame me. He was actually imitating me posting things I never said portraying me in a bad light. The page had 4000 fans and it was gaining popularity. Even when I posted on there that my page with 15,000 at the time was the “real” page, nobody believed it. I then asked all 15,000 to flag and report the fake page and since Facebook needs only 6 flags to kill a page, 15,000 were enough and the page was deleted.

This is the reason why celebrities, Journalists, media houses, public figures and musicians get verified. Facebook has verification badge requests in certain jurisdictions but not in Africa. Google Plus also has a system of identity verification that will be extended to channels that have linked with a verified Google+ Page or Profile.

I contacted Twitter in California for an interview and they basically told me they constantly review accounts and content all the time. I remember in 2008 when I joined twitter, you could send your verification request in which I was told, but procrastinated on. Twitter no longer takes verification requests. I still have 2 fake defunct accounts imitating me using my image and I plan to have them flagged. Twitter concluded in my interview that their branches in many countries ultimately review accounts to complete the verification of local accounts in that country. Newly verified accounts by Twitter Nigeria last week include The Punch Newspapers, NTA News and former minister Oby Ezkwesili.

Society6 is an online store that uses the blue checkmark on one’s profile once they have verified your PayPal account when people make purchases. Instagram which is owned by Facebook says being verified on Facebook does not automatically get you a verification badge on Instagram and vice versa. One must continue to link their website to their pages to keep one’s brand authentic. is not verified yet.

Pinterest will allow you to verify your page if you have a business account. They have the html code to insert in your website and will bring out their new globe icon verification button which used to be a red checkmark. Finally the psychology of verification. People online think you are super big on social media, everywhere I comment on Facebook has my comment as the highest ranked even if the thread had 30,000 comments, mine is always at the top, but verification also solidifies your brand and keeps my advertising prices steady because people know I have an authentic brand and audience.

One big complaint on Twitter is why socialites who do absolutely nothing are verified. Karrueche Tran, Blac Chyna and Amber Rose are the most complained about. No reality shows, dating rappers and yet have verified accounts. Of course, they are public figures. So am I! JJ Omojuwa, one of the most eloquent social media figures in Nigeria is verified on twitter but not on Facebook and I am the opposite.

So it’s a matter of waiting for your turn.

First published on Social Media Africa Hub

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Why Nnamdi Kanu's case was postponed to June 20th #Biafra

The lawyer of pro-Biafra activist Nnamdi Kanu has told Newsweek that the Nigerian government has no witnesses to bring against his client as Kanu’s counsel seeks to overturn a ruling that witnesses in the trial could be anonymized.

Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is facing six counts of treasonable felony — that carries a maximum life sentence in Nigeria — but denies the charges. A British-Nigerian dual national, Kanu, who is also the director of underground station Radio Biafra, was arrested in Lagos in October 2015 and has been held in detention since then. 

The Federal High Court in the Nigerian capital Abuja ruled on March 7 that witnesses in the case, which has garnered significant attention in Nigeria, should be allowed to testify from behind a screen in order to protect their identities. The decision came despite a previous ruling by Judge John Tsoho on February 19 that witnesses could not wear masks while testifying.

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