Friday, January 31, 2014

Ndidi Obi, the First Queen of Nollywood

Famous Nollywood actress Ndidi Obi, the first Queen of Nollywood.

Ndidi Obi is the first Queen of Nollywood as the star of “Nneka the Pretty Serpent” directed by the famous Zeb Ejiro and produced by Okechukwu Ogunjiofor in 1992. The home video became one of the most bestselling movies in Nigeria and made her a household name long before the emergence of Omotola Jolade-Ekeinde and Genevieve Nnaji, the current most celebrated queens of Nollywood.

“Nneka the Pretty Serpent” was about a mermaid in human form, who loved seducing and possessing married men and destroyed anyone or anything in her way.

Ndidi Obi was born in Lagos, but her parents came from Enugu state of Eastern Nigeria. She studied Banking and Finance at the University of Lagos and very fluent in English, Yoruba and her native Igbo language.

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10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000 of 2014’s 10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000 of 2014
Rank Vehicle

1 2014 Cadillac ATS
2 2014 BMW 3 Series
3 2014 Audi A5
4 2014 Lexus IS
5 2014 Infiniti Q50
6 2014 Lexus ES
7 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
8 2014 Acura RDX
9 2014 Buick Enclave
10 2014 Volvo S60

The deals listed below are added information and were not taken into consideration in assembling the 10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000 list. The Editorial team chose the vehicles on their recommended list based on a vehicle’s overall attributes and value in comparison with other models in their segment and price class. Fair Purchase Price, which reports what other shoppers are paying for new cars this week, also was a factor in the overall analysis.

Top Luxury Cars That Won’t Break the Bank Determined By Kelley Blue Book Expert Editors

IRVINE, Calif., January 29, 2014 / PRNewswire / — Luxury transportation is now more attainable than the days of “Daddy Warbucks.” In the midst of the holiday season, new-car shoppers can step up into a luxury car without breaking the bank by checking the expert recommended list of 10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000 from Kelley Blue Book, the leading provider of new and used car information.

In the season when budgets are air tight, the Editors have hand-picked a selection of new cars they have recommend for those considering a luxury vehicle, but don’t want to end up in the red. The list includes both sedans and coupes, but also features three SUVs, all of which have a starting price under $40,000.

“In these days of escalating vehicle prices shoppers might be pleasantly surprised to find a wide variety of affordable luxury vehicles on our 10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000 list,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director for Kelley Blue Book’s “The American market is now filled with a wide variety of luxury offerings, and many luxury manufacturers are venturing downscale while maintain their brand values. The 2014 Cadillac ATS took the No.1 spot with a compelling mix of bold style, surprising performance and a starting price in the low $30,000 range.”’s 10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000 of 2014

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

As India Bans Gay Marriage, Activists Rally Against Anti-LGBT Ruling

28 Jan 2014 22:35 Africa/Lagos

Activists convene in India after anti-LGBT ruling

Out & Equal partners with local NGOs to advance LGBT rights in India

BANGALORE, India, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, India's Supreme Court upheld its ruling to criminalize sexual activities "against the order of nature," including same-sex relationships. The decision occurs concurrently with talks being held by Selisse Berry, Founder & CEO of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, in Bangalore to discuss workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

The purpose of the cross-organizational meeting was to share best practices and create an action plan for next steps for safe and equitable workplaces. After the law passed, several LGBT employee resource groups were rumored to have closed. Some people who are openly LGBT at work shared that they are now feeling unsafe.

"Multinational companies with operations in India are scrambling to find a response that upholds their international values of nondiscrimination and inclusivity, while also being sensitive to the local legal situation. Out & Equal, which blends a deep understanding of the corporate mindset and a strong commitment to the long-term struggle for LGBT equality, is an invaluable voice at the table," said LGBT activist Minal Hajratwala.

"While marriage rights for same-sex couples are advancing in the U.S. and around the world, the basic human rights of LGBT people are in danger in many countries across Asia and Africa. In the past sixty days, same-sex relationships have become illegal in Nigeria and India, and persecution in Russia and Uganda has become a grave concern," said Selisse Berry. "We have a duty and a responsibility as a community to stand up when we see injustice. I know that the partnership between Out & Equal, our corporate partners and local NGOs will advance equality for LGBT people here in India."

Berry is also meeting with senior executives from major corporations operating in India to advocate for the ongoing support of LGBT employee resource groups and inclusive policies. The cross-organizational meeting was planned by a group of corporate executives participating in the Out & Equal Executive Forum, a multi-day conference convening LGBT executives to discuss issues facing the LGBT community in multi-national corporations.

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Founded in 1996 by Chief Executive Officer Selisse Berry, Out & Equal Workplace is the world's leading organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality and inclusion. The annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit will convene over 2,000 LGBT, HR and diversity professionals in San Francisco, CA from November 3 - 6, 2014. Learn more

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Miss Fair and White Gold Beauty Contest Takes Lagos by Storm


 ~ By Ingram Osigwe

A sublime and novel kind of pageantry is about to break in Lagos with a brilliance and surreal excellence that will create a new distinct class for itself among beauty contests. Powered by the Bozac Group, it is themed: “Miss Fair and White Gold 2014”.

Miss fair and White Gold is programmed to be an annual contest that will select the brand face for the Fair and White Gold Ultimate line of beauty products and cosmetics. Fair and White Gold comes in a complete line of 13 exceptional skincare, face and Body, day and night formulae for the contemporary Nigerian woman who desires the best skincare in the world. Manufactured in France by Labo Derma beauty research facilities, they are specially formulated for all African skin types, from light, to chocolate and ebony, cutting across all skin textures and ethnic systems. The line covers special beauty treatments and formulae for cleansing and exfoliation to, fading and brightening, as well as hydration and protective skincare treatments, to meet all skincare needs and challenges of the modern Nigerian woman.

To quote the managing director of Bozac Group, Mr. Patrick Chibueze “the essence of the contest is to showcase the ability of Fair and White Gold line of cosmetics to transform the average woman into a paragon of virtuous beauty and glamour and, and to sustain their beauty with the most naturally effective organic range of beauty care products, without any obtrusion into their God given skin biological profiles”.

According to him, the Fair and White Gold Range are all formulated with organic ingredients and natural emollients that cleanses, tones, rejuvenates and protects the African Woman’s skin, revealing its natural beauty and sheen and keeping it fresh and supple despite harsh weather conditions and ultraviolet radiation.

The Miss fair and White Gold who will serve as the brand ambassador will be unveiled to the Nigerian public on the 13th of February (Valentine’s eve) at the Civic Centre in an event that will lend a new definition to the words pomp and pageantry. The event will equally afford the company the opportunity to launch for the first time a complete line of 13 exceptional skincare, face and Body, day and night formulae .

 The pageant promises to showcase the most beautiful young women in Nigeria with three of them coming out tops to clinch the winning prizes.

 § The First prize is a brand new Nissan 2013 Rogue and a Diamond Studded, Russian Jewel Crafted Swarovski Wristwatch 

§ 1st Runner-Up will be a Diamond Studded, Russian Jewel Crafted Swarovski Wristwatch and N250,000 cash Prize 

§ 2nd Runner Up will be a Diamond Studded, Russian Jewel Crafted Swarovski Wristwatch and N150, 000 Cash Prize.

Application is hotly ongoing by lovely young women all over the country. 

Application is absolutely free. However; applicants are advised to use professionally shot images only. Contestants are to apply at with two pictures, one portrait and one full length

~ Ingram Osigwe is the media Consultant to Bozac Group

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Monday, January 27, 2014

'JESUS,' The Most Viewed Film of All Time To Be Released in HD for 35th Anniversary

27 Jan 2014 17:00 Africa/Lagos

'JESUS,' the Most Viewed Film of All Time, to Release in High-Definition for 35th Anniversary

Original movie digitally re-mastered frame-by-frame with new musical score; Blu-ray edition hits stores in April

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of its 35th anniversary, "JESUS" – the most watched film in history, having been viewed billions of times – has now been re-mastered in high-definition with a complete new musical score in Dolby 5.1 surround sound.

Amid a wave of biblical theatrical movies releasing this spring, this classic film, re-titled "The JESUS Film," will have select theatrical showings around the nation beginning in March. Additionally, partnering with Cinedigm and Mission Home Video, the high-definition film will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital format in retail and online stores nationwide April 1.

"The JESUS Film" is a faithful depiction of Christ's birth, ministry, death and resurrection as told in the biblical account from the Gospel of Luke. Virtually every word Jesus speaks in "The JESUS Film" is quoted from Scripture, with 450 leaders and scholars having reviewed the script for biblical accuracy. Further historical accuracy was ensured using clothing, pottery and other props made with first-century methods to portray a 2,000-year-old Palestinian culture.

"When the original 'JESUS' film was released 35 years ago, it was ahead of its time," said Dr. Erick Schenkel, Executive Director of The JESUS Film Project®, a ministry of Cru. "Yet, while the film has introduced billions of individuals around the world to the person of Jesus, few in the U.S. have ever seen it. We believe this new re-mastered version will give audiences an accurate picture of who Jesus is and why individuals around the world have chosen to follow Him, shown with production values they have come to expect."

"The JESUS Film" has been officially recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records as the "Most Translated Film" in history, and is now is available in 1,197 languages. In addition, more than 200 million individuals worldwide have indicated a decision to follow Jesus after viewing "The JESUS Film." This story of the film's impact over the past 35 years will be shown through an exclusive new short feature narrated by actor Ernie Hudson and available on the re-mastered Blu-ray and DVD. Each disc will include "The JESUS Film" in a total of eight languages – English, Spanish, Mandarin, French, Vietnamese, German, Korean and Arabic.

During the film's restoration, each of its 173,000 frames were individually and painstakingly re-touched and re-colored, and new sound effects were added. The quality of the re-mastered, high-definition version of "The JESUS Film" is equal, if not greater, to other re-released classic films from similar eras, including "The Ten Commandments."

"Unlike other religious films, which contain graphic violence or do not adhere to Scripture, 'The JESUS Film' script is taken directly from the Bible and shown in a cinematic style suitable for all ages," Schenkel said. "The new greatly enhanced video and sound quality elevates the emotional viewing experience of this 35-year-old film to a new level, making it fresh and appealing to a generation that may not be aware of who Jesus is."

In addition to being made available in retail and online stores, The JESUS Film Project has joined Cinedigm and Mission Home Video with Tugg, Inc., to offer a minimum of 35 weekly theatrical viewings in honor of 35 years beginning in March. For only the cost of a ticket, any individual can choose to host a one-time showing in his or her local theater.

For information about "The JESUS Film" high-definition release and theatrical showings in available localities, visit

The JESUS Film Project
The "JESUS" film was created by The JESUS Film Project, a ministry of Cru, following founder Bill Bright's vision to take the message of Jesus to the world through video.

Cinedigm is the leading independent content distributor in the United States, with direct relationships with over 60,000 physical and digital retailers, including Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Target, iTunes, Netflix and Amazon. The company's library of over 32,000 titles and episodes encompasses award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen Indies from Flatiron Film Company®, acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Films and a wide range of content from brand name suppliers, including National Geographic, Discovery, Scholastic, WWE, NFL, Shout Factory, Hallmark, Jim Henson and more. Cinedigm proudly distributes numerous Oscar®-nominated films, including "The Invisible War," "Hell And Back Again," "Gasland," "Waste Land" and "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory;" current and upcoming theatrical releases include Destin Daniel Cretton's highly acclaimed "Short Term 12," Godfrey Reggio's "Visitors," Penny Lane's "Our Nixon" and Shaul Schwarz's "Narco Cultura."

Mission Home Video
Mission Home Video, a subsidiary of Mission Pictures International ("MPI"), is a home entertainment distribution and marketing company that specializes in high-quality family and faith-based entertainment for mainstream audiences worldwide. Founded in 2008 by Cindy Bond and Chevonne O'Shaughnessy, MPI's primary focus and commitment has been to firmly establish and maximize its trusted and vibrant brand of entertaining and life-affirming feature film and television programming throughout the global marketplace.

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Deadline Hollywood Competing with Hollywood Reporter?

Is Deadline Hollywood competing with The Hollywood Reporter?

Why the bragging rights over website visits when even robots can be used to increase website traffic and people pay to boost their Alexa rankings?
When Internet Traffic Stats and Metrics can be manipulated with website traffic generators?

Do you know that the most visited Nigerian website is not the most popular on Alexa?
The VC-backed dedicated VOD platform iROKOtv is watched in 178 countries around the world and with one million unique visitors monthly and these are dedicated subscribers and not robots, clones or anonymous trolls on the so called most popular Nigerian websites on Alexa that every intelligent and smart SEO knows are populated by the same recycled visitors with each having multiple accounts with different fake IDs.

What matters most to websites is regular and fresh content of more quality than quantity.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor of NOLLYWOOD MIRROR® SERIES.

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Chief Willy Obi (Odinanwa) Conferred With Agbarusia Ngele

Agbarusia Ngele, Chief Willy Obi addressing Akokwa Community after his conferment.

On Saturday, December 28, 2013 Chief Willy Obi, (Odinanwa), the Executive Chairman of Obison Homemate Explorers Limited & PANDA Events Centre Sabo – Yaba was conferred with a new title, Agbarusia Ngele of Akokwa, by His Royal Highness, Eze (Sir) Ikenna C. Okoli (KSC), Okoli V, Agbakwuruibe III, the 11th Obi of Akokwa.

The ceremony which took place at the palace of the Obi was part of the celebration of the Odu-Obi Festival 2013.

Guests of the new Agbarusia Ngele of Akokwa were hosted to a grand reception at Obison Villa at Owerre-Akokwa.

Agbarusia Ngele welcoming Chief Jude Onyebuchi (Akuenwebe), President Diamond Fitness Club 

Agbarusia Ngele and his lovely family.

Agbarusia Ngele sharing a royal banter with the Obi of Akokwa.

Agbarusia Ngele welcoming Ambassador Chief Chigozie Nwaolisa (Eselu), Grand Patron of Diamond Club.

Agbarusia Ngele welcoming Igwe Nkpume.

Agbarusia Ngele welcoming Ikenga Akokwa, Sir Tony Ezenna to his country home.

Akusinachi Akokwa, Chief Ifeanyi Ikejiaku and Chief Ifeanyi Okpara, Nnukwu Agu.

Akuzurumba, Chief Israel Orjiekwe, Charles Champagne and Chief Felix Ogbukagu (Eze Ojinkennaya.

Arrival of Igwe Nkpume Agwuna (Ojiofor Nri).

Arrival of Ikenga Akokwa, Sir Tony Ezenna, OFR, Executive Chairman Orange Group.

 Arrival of Obi of Akokwa, HRH Eze (Sir) Ikenna C. Okoli.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the Most Anticipated Home Entertainment Release of 2014

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The Second Installment of The Hunger Games Blockbuster Franchise Arrives On Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital HD, Video On Demand And Pay-Per-View March 7 From Lionsgate
Theatrical Release Has Generated Nearly $420 Million At The Domestic Box Office and over $850 Million Worldwide

""Spectacular in every sense of the word." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone"


SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The blockbuster second film of The Hunger Games franchise that took the world by storm ignites once again when The Hunger Games: Catching Fire arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View Friday, March 7 from Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF). Academy Award® winning Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence (2012's Silver Linings Playbook) headlines the all-star cast in this action-adventure which became the #1 movie of 2013 and the 12th highest-grossing film of all time at the domestic box office. The first film with a female lead to top the annual box office since 1973, the film has grossed nearly $420 million at the North American box office and over $850 million worldwide to date.



The second installment of the worldwide phenomenon is packed with over two hours of extensive, must-see bonus materials that include a Blu-ray-exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, "Surviving the Game: Making Catching Fire," deleted scenes, an audio commentary with director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson as well as a sneak peek at the highly-anticipated theatrical action film Divergent from Lionsgate's Summit label. The Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

Hailed as "a monumental achievement" (The Playlist), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire features a critically-acclaimed cast including Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right), Liam Hemsworth (The Expendables 2), Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson (The People vs Larry Flynt, 1996), Emmy® nominee Elizabeth Banks (TV's "30 Rock"), Lenny Kravitz (Precious), Academy Award® nominee Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones, 2009) and Golden Globe® winner Donald Sutherland (Path to War), reprising their original roles from The Hunger Games. The impressive line-up is joined by Academy Award® winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote, 2005), Jeffrey Wright (Codeblack Films' The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete), Jena Malone (Into The Wild), Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction) and Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman).

Based on the best-selling second novel of Suzanne Collins' award-winning trilogy, with a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael DeBruyn and directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as, against all odds, Katniss and her fellow tribute Peeta have returned home after surviving The Hunger Games. Winning means they must turn around, leaving their loved ones behind and embark on a "Victory Tour" through the districts. Along the way, Katniss senses a rebellion simmering – one that she and Peeta may have sparked. At the end of the Victory Tour, President Snow announces a deadly 75th Hunger Games that could change Panem forever.

  • "Surviving the Game: Making Catching Fire" – 9-part feature-length documentary
  • Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Sneak Peek of Divergent
*Subject to change

  • Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Sneak Peek of Divergent
*Subject to change

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 PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation and language.​​
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146 minutes
Theatrical Release
Action/Adventure; Action; Suspense; Adventure; Drama; Futuristic
Blu-ray Closed Captioned:  
English SDH
DVD Closed Captioned:       
English and Spanish
Blu-ray Format:                  
1080P High Definition 16x9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
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Blu-ray Audio Status:          
English 7.1 DTS HD Master Audio, English 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
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Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has more than 30 television shows on 20 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the network series Nashville , the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed new series Orange is the New Black.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first and second installments of The Hunger Games franchise, The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Now You See Me , Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Warm Bodies, The Expendables 2, The Possession, Sinister, Arbitrage, Mud and Pantelion Films' breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Annika Álofti and other Top British Actors in "Invasion 1897"

Annika Álofti is a British actress and director, known for "Mist" (2012), "Art Ache and Two Very Long Days" (2014) and she is playing a significant role in "Invasion 1897", the historical epic film by Lancelot Imasuen to be premiered in over 30 countries after the World Premiere in April 2014 in Benin City of the great Benin Kingdom in Edo State, Nigeria.

Annika Álofti in traditional Benin Dress.

Yvonne Hays and Hannah Raehse-Felstead on the set of "Invasion 1897".

Award winning British actress Hannah Raehse-Felstead known for "Terror on Volcanic Island" (2009), "Fallen Angels" (2013) and "Eva's Diamond" (2013) is a judge in "Invasion 1897".

Yvonne Hays is a fast rising Nigerian born British actress and model and the winner of the 2013 BEFFTA (Black Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television and Arts) Award for Best Actress. She is popular for her roles in "Heartless Carer", "Purity of Heart", "Day One in London", "Diaries", "The Rubicon", "Ilu-Oba (The Queen's Land)", "International Games", "3 London Girls", "Urban Rhythm", "Shameful Deceit" and "Battered".

British actors Patrick Thompson and Charles "Chucky" Venn as Igie Ehanire in a scene from "Invasion 1897".

"Invasion 1897" is the most anticipated film to celebrate the Nigeria Centenary in 2014 (modern day Nigeria came into being on January 1, 1914), and to mark the centenary of the death of the great King of Benin, Omo n’Oba Ovonramwen Nogbaisi in exile in Calabar on January 14, 1914, Lancelot Imasuen had a world press conference in his Lagos office and studios on January 14, 2014.

"Invasion 1897" (Nogbaisi Ovonramwen) is perhaps the most daring film project in the history of the Nigerian film industry, because no previous movie can be compared to it, both in scope and perspective of the historical context. The epic is based on the invasion of the Benin Kingdom by the British Empire in 1897 and looting the priceless ancient artifacts of the Benin kingdom, including the famous commemorative head and pendant of ivory mask representing Queen Idia (from court of Benin, 16th century) who was the mother of Esigie, the Oba of Benin who ruled from 1504 to 1550. The commemorative head is at the British Museum, while the pendant is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA. The film has an international cast of proven actors such as famous Caribbean born British Actor Rudolph Walker, OBE, Charles "Chucky" Venn, Annika á Lofti,Hannah Raehse-Felstead, Nollywood stars Segun Arinze, Charles Inojie, Nosa Ehimwen, Paul Obazele, Mike Omoreigbe who played the lead role as "Oba Ovoramwen" and the late Justus Esiri.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Pitbull Produces FIFA World Cup 2014™ Official Song "We Are One (Ole Ola)" Featuring Jennifer Lopez and Brazil's Own Claudia Leitte

23 Jan 2014 18:29 Africa/Lagos

FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment Select "We Are One (Ole Ola)" by Global Music Sensation Pitbull Featuring International Superstar Jennifer Lopez and Brazil's Own Claudia Leitte as FIFA World Cup 2014™ Official Song 

 "We Are One (Ole Ola)" will be performed at the FIFA World Cup™ Opening Ceremony by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte on June 12, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment today announced that "We Are One (Ole Ola)," by global superstar Pitbull, featuring global superstar Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian artist Claudia Leitte, has been chosen as the Official Song of the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil. The song will be performed by Pitbull, together with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte, at the FIFA World Cup™ Opening Ceremony on June 12 at the Arena de Sao Paulo.

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"I'm honored to join Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte at the FIFA World Cup to bring the world together," says Pitbull. "I truly believe that this great game and the power of music will help unify us, because we are best when we are one."

"I grew up in a house that loved futbol, so I am thrilled to be performing at the World Cup Opening Ceremonies with Pitbull and Claudia Leitte," says Jennifer Lopez .

 "This is an amazing celebration of global unity, competition and the sport."

"I am very happy and thrilled to represent my country at the FIFA World Cup alongside these two amazing artists who I admire and respect. I love sharing my culture and country to people through music!" says Claudia Leitte . "The FIFA World Cup is one of the biggest events on the planet, and I look forward to dancing samba with Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez in Brazil - we are one!

FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke said, "FIFA and Sony Music are extremely excited to share the impressive talent of Claudia Leitte with the world, alongside such internationally celebrated artists as Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez. In my many visits to this country I've seen and heard a lot about the great Brazilian music tradition and it gives me great pleasure to see a Brazilian artist at the heart of this song. I'm sure, like me, millions of football and music fans all over the world will be eagerly awaiting the song's release."

"We Are One (Ole Ola)" will debut later this year ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, and will be included on the upcoming "Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Album™" to be released by Sony Music Entertainment.

A video for "We Are One (Ole Ola)" is also in development and will be available in standard definition as well as in 4K.

 About Pitbull

Miami-native Armando Christian Perez aka Pitbull also known as Mr. Worldwide and Mr. 305 is a globally successful musician, performer, business entrepreneur, fashion icon and actor whose career sales exceed 5 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide. An international sensation, Pitbull has #1 hits in more than 15 countries, and he has charged out of the gate this year on top, scoring the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with "Timber" featuring Ke$ha. He gets close to 1 billion impressions per month on social media and his videos have been viewed more than 3 billion times; the music video for the single "Give Me Everything" has alone received over 300 million views on YouTube and Pitbull's first #1 radio hit. His world tour sold out concerts in United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, China and Japan. Pitbull's latest album release Global Warming features massive hit singles "Feel This Moment" featuring Christina Aguilera, "Don't Stop The Party" which followed his 2 million plus selling single "Back In Time." On November 25, 2013, Pitbull released a deluxe edition titled Global Warming: Meltdown which includes hit single "Timber" featuring Ke$ha along with 4 other brand new collaborations with Kelly Rowland, Mayer Hawthorne, Mohombi and Inna. Global Warming is the highly anticipated follow-up to Planet Pit, which earned critical acclaim and enjoyed massive commercial success with sales of more than 1.7 million albums and 19 million singles.

About Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez is an award-winning singer, actress, and entertainer who has established herself in both music and film. She is a successful recording and touring artist with record sales in excess of $75 million and a cumulative box office gross of over $2 billion. Lopez is one of the most influential female artists in history. As an artist, fashion icon, entrepreneur, and a philanthropist, Jennifer Lopez has been named Forbes magazine's most powerful celebrity and People Magazine's first Most Beautiful Woman in the world. Jennifer Lopez is a global icon and the ultimate triple threat.

About Claudia Leitte

Claudia Leitte is a successful Brazilian musician and superstar, recognized for her talent, performance style, innovation, and charisma. In a little over a decade, Claudia Leitte has become one of the biggest names in Brazilian music, having won major Brazilian music awards and boasting over 15 million social media followers. In 2003, Claudia Leitte began her career as the lead vocalist for a local band in Bahia, in the northeast area of Brazil and the center of Carnival, a celebration which attracts over 3 million people annually. In 2008, Claudia began her solo career with the release of her debut album entitled "Ao Vivo em Copacabana." The live album and concert DVD filmed on the legendary Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro in front of an audience full of over 1 million fans, was a massive success, selling over triple platinum status, and transforming Claudia in a Brazilian pop star. Her second album, "As Mascaras," received a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Pop Album. 2012 was particularly meaningful for Leitte, with the release of her critically-acclaimed album "Negalora-Intimo." That same year she served as a mentor on Brazilian TV show "The Voice." Claudia recently released a new album entitled "Axemusic," a tribute to Axe, the rhythmic style that is the basis of her musical style.

About Sony Music Entertainment

Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Beach Street/Reunion Records, Bystorm Entertainment, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Kemosabe Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Inspiration, RCA Nashville, RCA Records, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Vested in Culture and Volcano. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

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CONTACT: FIFA: FIFA Media Department, Tel : +41-(0)43 222 7272, E-Mail:; Sony Music Entertainment: Brian Garrity, Sony Music Entertainment,, 212-833-5891; Pitbull: Tom Muzquiz, Subterranean Media,, 323-337-6563, or Sarah Weinstein Dennison, RCA Records,, 212-833-5593; Jennifer Lopez: Whitney Tancred,; Claudia Leitte: Jacqueline Gonzalez,, 11.3841.9551, 11.97147.7893

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