Popular realty star, Tacha received a warm welcome as she arrived Calabar on Friday shortly after her silent trip to Imo state on Thursday.
The reality TV star was captured on camera taking a ride with the former Governor of Calabar, Donald Duke on his black winged bike, similar to the one featured in the Hollywood blockbuster Batman movie.
Tacha captioned one of the videos on her Instagram story;
“RIDING WITH HIS EXCELLENCY DONALD”
Sharing photos from the bike ride, the reality star wrote:
“His Excellency Sir Donald Duke Taking me for a Ride! Too Blessed to be STRESSED🔱 • • • • #TachaLiveInCalabar”
Founder and Senior pastor of Synagogue, Church Of All Nations, SCOAN, Temitope Balogun Joshua has donated N12m to the second batch of Nigerian returnees fleeing from xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
No fewer than 300 returnees arrived Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on Wednesday with the assistance of a Nigerian carrier, Air Peace, with young children and many who had lost their means of livelihood during the recent attacks.
The money which was given was distributed among 162 people who visited the Church, with N100, 000 given to each adult and the remaining allotted according to the size of the families.
The spokesperson of SCOAN, Mr. Joseph told the returnees that T.B. Joshua is known for his philanthropy and that is what he did again.
“The man of God is fully aware of your presence even if he is not around and he has instructed that you should be well taken care of. He is also praying for you. This is what he’s known for.”
“You are the second set of people that came back and the first batch was also here last week and the man of God blesses them. So he feels what you are feeling right now and he shares your pains and that is why you are welcome here.”
“By the grace of God, the spirit of God will lead him to do what is best for you. Many of you have lost everything, you came back with nothing even though you properties, businesses are there.”
“The man of God said he cannot afford to close his eyes or turn deaf ears to your plights so with the support of Emmanuel TV Partners, the man of God has given everyone here today as returnees from South Africa the cash sum of N12 million.”
n a late-summer Wednesday morning, legendary rapper Nas is lounging in a Scandinavian-chic conference room at the lower Manhattan headquarters of the venerable hip-hop media outlet Mass Appeal. Even before he first graced Mass Appeal’s cover in 2002, he was a mainstay in its coverage, one of the most influential hip-hop artists ever.
But he’s not here for another Mass Appeal story. These days, Nas, 44, is a co-owner of the company. It’s part of his sprawling venture capital portfolio that includes stakes in startups from Casper to Dropbox—investments made often through his fund, QueensBridge Venture Partners (named after the housing projects in New York City where he grew up). Pretty good for an artist who rather grudgingly achieved business success and always seemed more comfortable rapping about African history than launching clothing lines.
“I was music guy for years, and then all of a sudden it’s like I hit an age … I guess it was just the age, or just wisdom,” Nas explains in his signature baritone rasp. “Felt like now’s the time.”
Almost 25 years after the release of his first album, Illmatic, Nas lands on our Hip-Hop Cash Kings list of the top-earning rappers for the first time after raking $35 million last year. That’s thanks to 40-plus shows and a big Hennessey endorsement—and his cut from the sale of Ring, a smart doorbell maker, to Amazon. While Nas may have missed out on the sneaker and streetwear deals of the late 90s, he’s proved to be a later-in-life commercial force and a bit of an unlikely trailblazer with his startup investments.
Take his involvement in Mass Appeal, which occupies two floors of a SoHo WeWork building, an industrially stylish space complete with a pet snake shedding skin in a neon-lit aquarium (a gift from the rapper Young Thug). Mass Appeal was revived five years ago by Peter Bittenbender, cofounder of the creative studio Decon, and Sacha Jenkins, cofounder of Ego Trip magazine.
The latter spent much of his youth in Queens, where Nas grew up with blues playing father and a mother who worked for the Postal Service before releasing Illmatic, still considered by many the best rap album of all time. Jenkins recognized Nas’ talent early and kept in touch as Mass Appeal evolved.
“Sacha connected all the dots and called Nas, just like, ‘Do you want to help?’” Bittenbender recalls. “That totally wasn’t part of what he was doing at that point, but he had a history [with] the brand, so it made a lot of sense.”
Nas came on and invested a six-figure sum in a million-dollar round alongside Decon and early-stage firm White Owl Capital Partners. Mass Appeal resurfaced in 2013 with plans to become a quarterly print publication. That strategy has since given way to a multimedia approach.
Today, Mass Appeal’s editorial output exists mostly on platforms like YouTube, which is home to its popular video series. There’s “Rhythm Roulette,” where Mass Appeal challenges producers to make a beat from three records chosen randomly from a local record store while blindfolded, and “Open Space,” which features interviews with celebrity guests.
Mass Appeal has also expanded into other areas, launching its own creative agency and spinning out specials like the hip-hop documentaries Rapture and Fresh Dressed. Nas contributed to both, arranging an introduction to YouTube’s music chief Lyor Cohen—onetime head of Def Jam Records—who then brought on Mass Appeal to work on a Google campaign around hip-hop’s 44th anniversary featuring an interactive graphic orchestrated by the hip-hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy. Nas also helped Mass Appeal set up interviews with famous friends like Kanye West and Diddy for Fresh Dressed.
“Hip-hop was so embedded in the lives of so many people who make decisions,” Jenkins says. “Now [Nas is] a moving piece of social capital. That capital is tied into his art, and that art has opened all these doors, you know? Now people understand that the art itself is tied to culture, and culture is tied to commerce.”
Nas has followed a similar formula for his other investments. His inspiration struck around the time he met Andreesen Horowitz cofounder Ben Horowitz and bonded over a shared love of hip-hop and barbeque at a dinner arranged by fellow Mass Appeal investor Steve Stoute circa 2012 (“I’m a big foodie,” the rapper says). Two years later Nas founded QueensBridge Venture Partners with his manager, Anthony Saleh. They were joined by general partners Ajay Relan, Anand Murthy, Craig Vaughan and Dee Murthy (a fifth, Rashaun Williams, has since left the firm).
Since then, either through angel investing or through QueensBridge, Nas has ended up with stakes in dozens of startups, including many of those scouted by Andreessen Horowitz: Lyft, Genius and Coinbase, to name a few. He is, of course, not the only rapper with equity stakes. Plenty of the other Hip-Hop Cash Kings have invested in Silicon Valley darlings, from Jay-Z (Uber, stock-trading app Robinhood) to Diddy (Spotify), though Nas appears to be the most prolific.
Most recently, Nas helped launch Mass Appeal Records in 2014 and earlier this year released his latest album, Nasir, on the label. This came after he managed to convince Universal Music Group to let him out of the last record on his deal; the record giant also joined him as an investor in Mass Appeal.
“There wasn’t a time when [rappers] didn’t think about investing,” says Nas. “It just so happens that the world is opening up.”
A 32-year-old police constable was stabbed to death in De Deur, Gauteng, on Thursday morning while trying to apprehend an alleged drug dealer
A 26-year-old suspect has been arrested and will be facing a charge of murder
South Africa’s national police commissioner, general Khehla John Sitole, called the officer’s death “senseless”.
“I am sincerely saddened by the senseless killing of this young member. He had just started his career in the service with a lot of passion and energy, [which is why] he pursued a dangerous suspect without any hesitation. He died a hero,” said Sitole.
According to Sitole’s spokesperson, brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, the murder took place when members of the De Deur crime prevention unit were tracing alleged drug dealers at Weilers Farm (Majasana).
“On searching the area, two suspects were spotted and upon seeing the police vehicle, immediately fled in different directions. The police gave chase on foot.
“The constable in hot pursuit cornered one suspect. However, the suspect overpowered the constable and fatally stabbed him in the chest, took the member’s service pistol and fired a shot,” said Naidoo.
The other members of the team responded to the gunshot and found the alleged suspect with a firearm. They fired towards the suspect and he fell to the ground. He was found with a bloodied knife, suspected to have been the one used to take the life of the deceased member, said Naidoo.
“The member’s official firearm was recovered. He was 32-years-old and graduated from the police academy in December 2018,” said Naidoo.
Singer, Paul of PSquare was in Asaba Delta recently to perform and excited fans came out to spray money on him as he sang. But he hastily stopped it, threatening to slap them.
According to the singer he did it to,”control the fans that are scrambling and pushing themselves to grab money”.
Lol … it’s just entertainment, it’s was just a way of controlling the fans that are scrambling and pushing themselves to grab money, is not serious, just catching cruise …. nobody threatened anybody….. it was just a fun night ..,, all I tried to say was they can as well share it to some of the fans on behalf of me, just to avoid fight and all ……. shout out to c.e.o DON and Masters … thanks you for having me …. 👍🏽 Reason am 😀 .