Hushpuppi sentenced to 11 years in prison for fraud.
Popular Nigerian internet fraudster Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi, who flaunted a lavish lifestyle of private jets and luxury cars, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison over charges related to a multimillion-dollar scam that targeted companies in the United States and overseas.
He pleaded guilty in April last year to conspiracy to engage in money laundering. In addition to the prison sentence, United States District Judge Otis D. Wright II ordered him to pay $1.7 million in restitution to two fraud victims.
Tiwa and Asake release highly anticipated single “Loaded”.
Nigerian superstars Tiwa Savage and Asake have released their highly anticipated single Loaded. The already viral track features an infectious amapiano beat and catchy lyrics in Yoruba.
Tiwa Savage uses the opportunity to address her not-so-recent sex tape scandal.
Femi Otedola Spends 60th Birthday Onboard World’s First Superyacht.
Nigerian billionaire Femi Otedola recently celebrated his 60th birthday on a private luxury motor yacht ‘Christina O’, worth over N2.2bn.
Otedola, who turned 60 on Friday, November 4, rented the yacht to celebrate with his family and friends.
The superyacht is one of the biggest yachts in the world, belonging to billionaire Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. Otedola reportedly rented to sail for three weeks on the Mediterranean Sea with family and friends alongside crew members on board.
The weekly rental cost of the yacht, according to Charter World, is €620,000
Rema ‘collapses’ on stage during UK concert.
Nigerian singer Divine Ikubor, aka Rema, scared his fans after he passed out on stage during his recent show at the O2 Brixton.
In a viral video, Rema was seen performing during his ‘Rave and Rose’ world tour, where he sold out a two-day concert at the 4,921-capacity O2 Brixton Academy Arena. He was joined on stage by heavyweights like Skepta, Santi and Teni, but then he decided to pull a prank on his fans by pretending to faint on stage. However, the singer returned a few seconds later, jumping back on stage to perform his hit song, ‘Woman’.
A video of people rushing to the stage to carry him away has surfaced online.
Court Orders Remand of EFCC Boss Abdulrasheed Bawa at Kuje Correctional Center.
Justice Chizoba Oji of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Maitama has ordered the remand of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, at the Kuje Correctional Center, Abuja, for disobeying an earlier order of the court directed at the Commission. The court stated that the EFCC’s Boss “should be committed to prison at Kuje Correctional Centre for his disobedience, and continued disobedience of the said order of court made on November 21, 2018, until he purges himself of the contempt”.
The court had earlier directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abuja, to return to the applicant his Range Rover (Supercharge) and the sum of N40, 000,000.00 (Forty Million Naira)
Kerin in advanced talks to acquire Tom Ford.
French luxury conglomerate Kering is in advanced talks to acquire Tom Ford. The tailoring staple is being sought-after by the luxury giant that also owns Gucci, Saint Laurent and Balenciaga. Kering is said to be up against beauty company Estée Lauder for the privately owned luxury menswear and beauty brand. However, Kering appears to be the frontrunner. Should Tom Ford be sold to Kering, it would be a full-circle moment for the founder and designer. Ford worked at Gucci in the 1990s and was a crucial player in the brand’s transformation.
Burberry launches Christmas campaign starring Burna Boy and Shakira.
International Luxury Fashion brand Burberry has launched its festive campaign with the debut of The Night Before – described as “a celebration of the excitement and anticipation of festive preparations”.
It stars Shakira and Burna Boy, each of them making their Burberry campaign debut. The company says each of the film’s stars “embody their own interpretation of the exhilaration of the night before”.
President Buhari meets King Charles at Buckingham Palace.
President Muhammadu Buhari recently met with King Charles III at Buckingham Palace in London. The meeting is the first with the British monarch since he ascended the throne after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. President Buhari is currently in London on medical vacation.
50 Cent to produce series on Hushpuppi.
American rapper and Movie producer Curtis James Jackson III, American rapper and producer popularly known as 50 Cent, has announced plans to release a movie series based on recently convicted Nigerian internet fraudster Ramon Abass Best known as Hushpuppi.
Sharing pictures of the convict, 50 Cent made it known via his Instagram account y that he was working on a movie project based on Hushpuppi’s story. “For my scammers, I gotta do this one. Hushpuppi series coming soon! GLG, Green Light Gang, I don’t miss. #Bransoncognac #lecheminduroi #gunitfilmandtv.”
Davido postpones A.W.A.Y. Festival.
Superstar Afrobeats singer Davido’s upcoming ‘Are We Africans Yet (A.W.A.Y.)’ Atlanta festival has been postponed till November 2023 following the death of his son, Ifeanyi Adeleke.
The “A.W.A.Y.” festival was scheduled to hold on November 18, 2022, at the 20,000-capacity State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
Awayfestival, via its official Instagram page, wrote, “We have made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone A.W.A.Y. Festival until Saturday, November 18, 2023. To all ticket buyers, your tickets will be honoured for the 2023 date. We understand that you must be disappointed, but we promise to come back with a bigger and better show.