Thursday, 21 January 2016

R. Kelly Opens Up About His 'Deep' Friendship With Aaliyah

Kellz talks being in love with late singer in GQ interview.

R. Kelly, Aaliyah

After R. Kelly stormed out of a HuffPo Live interview last month, it wouldn’t be a shock if he stopped speaking to the press altogether. The Grammy winning recording artists isn’t quite done with the media however. Kelly, 49, granted a rare interview to GQ, where he opened up about Aaliyah.
The piece, titled "Confessions of R. Kelly," begins with Kelly speaking about his childhood, including being sexually abused by a relative.
His relationship with Aaliyah, who died in 2001, has been a subject of controversy. What started as a business collaboration, turned into a reported romance and at 27 Kelly married a then 15-year-old Aaliyah. The union was later annulled.                                      
According to Kellz, music is what initial drew him in. “I heard first of all this soft voice, but very… a lot of charisma,” he recalled. “And I saw her as a star the minute I heard her sing and dance. Saw her dance. She wasn't the greatest dancer, but the dance moves she was doing were different than the other dancers that I've seen on television. And I said, ‘This girl's gonna be a star, whether I work with her or not.’ ”
He described their bond as a “deep” friendship. “She's a Capricorn, I'm a Capricorn, my momma a Capricorn, her daddy's a Capricorn, you know. It was just so much in common with each other.”
Beyond the zodiac connection, the Chicago native admitted to having strong feelings for her without speaking on the marriage. “Out of respect for her mother who's sick and her father who's passed, I will never have that conversation with anyone,” he explained. “Out of respect for Aaliyah, and her mother and father who has asked me not to personally. But I can tell you I loved her, I can tell you she loved me, we was very close. We were, you know, best best best best friends.”

Later in the interview Kelly speaks briefly on his infamous child porn case, and the allegations against Bill Cosby. “I have no idea if it's true or not,” he said of Cosby. “All I can say is that it was a long time ago. And when I look on TV and I see the 70-, 80-, 90-year-old ladies talking about what happened when they were 17, 18, or 19, there's something strange about it. That's my opinion. It's just strange.”

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Boxing for Kenya in Mombasa

Olympic boxing trials are taking place in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa over the next three days.
A total of 49 boxers will fight it out - and 10 men and three women will be chosen to represent Kenya in March at the Africa Olympic trials in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde.
International lightweight boxer Reba Matanda is one of hopefuls:

Reba Matanda

Teams from the armed forces and other regions are doing battle. Today Victor Odhiambo, a serving soldier, fought Ben Omondi from the Coastal region:

Victor Odhiambo
Victor Odhiambo is a Kenyan soldier
Ben Omondi
Ben Omondi looked rather dazed after his bout was stopped in round two

 Rebecca Wambui is one of the referees officiating:

Rebecca Wambui

Vigil for Kenyan soldiers killed in Somalia

Vigil for Kenyan soldiers

Kenyans are holding a vigil in central Nairobi for the soldiers who died in Somalia last Friday.
It is taking place at Uhuru Park in the capital and large numbers of people are carrying candles and flowers.

It is not yet known how many died on when al-Shabab militants overran the African Union base in el-Ade (see 14:32 post).
The militants say they killed more than a hundred Kenyan troops in the attack.

Vigil in Kenya for soldiers

The organiser of today’s vigil, activist Boniface Mwangi, condemned the government for its response – and called on officials to ensure that the families whose sons are missing are notified and taken care of.
Families of some of the soldiers who died are also in attendance.

Vigil for Kenyan soldiers


Photos: Suspected masterminds of Nyanya and Kuje bomb blast arrive in court today

Suspected masterminds of the October 2015 Nyanya and Kuje bomb blast which left 20 people dead and several others seriously injured were arraigned before a Federal High Court today, Thursday, January 21 in Abuja.

The five masterminds identified as Abdulazeez Muhazab, Ishiaku Salihu, Mohammed Jimoh, Abdulazeez Nasiru and Abdullahi Nasiru were arraigned on a five countcharge of conspirarcy to carry out a bomb attack utilizing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), resulting in the death of scores of people. More photos


Suspected Islamic State militants attack Libyan oil port

Libyan firefighters have been battling to put out a huge blaze after suspected Islamic State militants set fire to oil storage tanks near Libya's Ras Lanuf terminal.

With huge columns of smoke rising from the fires, the state-run oil company has said it was facing an "environmental catastrophe".

ras lanuf oil fire

ras lanuf

ral lanuf firefighters try and put out the fire

The British ambassador to Libya has been tweeting about the attack by so-called Islamic State, or Daesh:

Another attack on #Libya's oil installations in Ras Lanuf. #Daesh are destroying Libya's future economic recovery.

Photos: No aircrash in Lagos, NEMA explains what happened

Earlier today, there were rumors of a plane crash in Oworonsoki lagoon in Lagos state. Well, this is not true as NEMA has released a statement saying it was only conducting an air crash simulation exercise in the area.

According to NEMA, the exercise was to test run the level of preparedness and response abilities of responding agencies in case of actual distress alert/incident in a difficult terrain.

The exercise involved deployment of four helicopters from Nigerian Navy, Air force along with response boats from Navy, NIMASA and NIWA.
This included employing fire fighting preparedness of Navy fire boat, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Army, Air Force, Police, NSCDC, DSS, FRSC, Immigration, Customs, NAMA and other agencies at the state level which included LASEMA, State Fire service, LASTMA, etc. More photos...





Pregnant Actress - Anne Hathaway shows off her blossoming baby bum

Anne Hathaway was pictured heading to a gym in West Hollywood yesterday with her baby bump on display. The 33-year-old showed off her bump in a grey slogan-printed jumper and also wore cropped monochrome leggings. Another photo after the cut...

Car bomb explodes at Somalia restaurant

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A car bomb has exploded outside a seafront restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police say.
Witnesses told the BBC's Ibrahim Aden that the explosives-laden car rammed a restaurant at the popular Lido Beach. Five gunmen then opened fire.
It is not clear if there have been casualties.
No group has yet said it carried out the attack, but suspicion will fall on al-Shabab which has carried out similar bombings in the past.
Lido Beach, on the northern edge of Mogadishu, attracts thousands of mostly young Somalis looking to relax and enjoy the beach and the surf.
Several restaurants, which people tend to sit out in front of, have opened up along the beach front in recent years.
The vehicle rammed the entrance to one of the restaurants at about 19:30 local time (16:30 GMT). Up to five gunmen then approached from a different direction, shooting at those relaxing on the beach.
Our reporter says a police operation there is continuing.

Tiwa Savage advices women as she celebrates Mercy Johnson for looking trim one month after giving birth

Singer Tiwa Savage who is also a new mom, shared this photo of Mercy Johnson Okojie to celebrate her for looking trim one month after giving birth to her third child. She also gave a word of advise to new moms who want to look trim after giving birth. She wrote:
"@mercyjohnsonokojie post baby body on fleek e no easy o. Shoutout to all the mummies taking care of their beautiful babies and still working on their body, it's easy to let pressure get to you especially as we dey see these our abroad celebrities getting their bodies back after 2 hours of labour lol some people are blessed that way. Every mallam with em kettle. You've just gone through a miraculous process, take it one step at a time and enjoy bonding with your baby. Your body will bounce back, you are BEAUTIFUL".

Photos: Samsung Building on Allen Avenue on Fire

A Samsung building on Allen Avenue is currently on fire. Men of the Lagos state Fire service have arrived the scene and are currently battling to put out the fire. More photos after the cut...



Photos: Buhari host and rewards victorious sports men and women

President Buhari hosted and rewarded Victorious Men and Women of Sports in Nigeria at the Statehouse Banquet Hall today January 21st. At the reception, Buhari rewarded World scrabble champion, Wellington Jighere with N1.5m while his coach got N1.2m & his team security got N450k reward. The Golden Eaglets got N1.2m each while their Coach got N900k and Assistant coach got N600k. Other Golden eaglet team officials got between N200, 000 to -300,000.

U-23 AFCON Champions and their coach were rewarded with N500,000 each.  Also rewarded was the 1985 squad that got N2m each while their coaches got N1.5m. The Next of kin of late Kingsley Akhionbare is to get his on behalf of the family.
Nigeria's National basketball team, D'tigers got N600k each while their Coach got N600k. The U16 female basketball team that won silver at the U16 FIBAAFRICA were rewarded with N600k each. Their coaches also got same amount while other officials got N150k.

Also rewarded were the Athletes at the IPC Asian open (powerlifting). The winner of the Gold medal got 600K, Silver 450k & coaches 450k. Officials N250K. See more photos below.





Photos: Aisha Buhari, Dolapo Osinbajo visit Katsina

Wife of President Buhari, Aisha Buhari and the wife of the Vice President Dolapo Osinbajo are currently on a visit to Katsina state. Continue to see more photos...