Top 10 interesting story highlights of the week

Deborah Dan-Awoh

Read up on all your favourite highlights of the week from music, movies to celebrity lifestyle.

Top 10 highlights of the week
Adele and Chika Ike

Here are the top 10 highlights of entertainment news that broke during the week.

Mo Abudu, Netflix clears air on 'Blood Sisters' as first Nigerian original series

1.Mo Abudu, Netflix clears air on 'Blood Sisters' as first Nigerian original series

Netflix and EbonyLife Studios CEO Mo Abudu have moved to settle the confusion surrounding conversations  that followed the recently launched trailer for 'Blood Sisters' as the streamer's first Nigerian original series.

Mo Abudu released a statement via her official Instagram page to reply perplexed Twitter audience.

"Today, Netflix and EbonyLife Studios announce our pulsating limited series that will launch globally and exclusively on Netflix on the 5th of May 2022.

This is officially Netflix’s First Nigerian Original Series as per the press release issued by Netflix today," the film executive wrote.

In confirmation of Mo Abudu's initial statement, Netflix's Manager, Content for Africa, Dorothy Ghettuba shared: "From @moabudu and her outstanding team at @ebonylifestudios comes our first Nigerian Original series BLOOD SISTERS.

What is it about? Glad you asked. It is about two friends, a dark secret and an unforgiving family. It is crazy y'all. Yo!!"

Last year, Adetiba's King of Boys 2 directed limited series was assumed to be Netflix's first Nigerian series after the Akin Omotoso led one was reportedly back-burned.

Popular Gospel singer Osinachi Nwachukwu reported dead

2. Popular Gospel singer Osinachi Nwachukwu reported dead

The "Ekwueme" singer is said to have died at an Abuja hospital after battling unconfirmed ailment. Nwachukwu, became famous after releasing her hit record "Ekwueme" with Prospa Ochimana.

She reportedly passed away on Friday, April 8, 2022 at a hospital in Abuja after being on life support for two months The Imo state indigene died at the age of 42 years and is survived by her husband and four children.

As of the time of this report, no family member has made any official statement yet as regards her death. Nwachukwu was a lead singer at the Dunamis International Gospel Centre headed by Pastor Paul Enenche.

Wizkid and Tems nominated for Billboard Music Awards

3. Wizkid and Tems nominated for Billboard Music Awards

The Nigerian singer, Wizkid and his collaborator Tems have been nominated for the Billboard Music Awards with 'Essence', which featured Justin Bieber on the remix.

The song 'Essence,' along with music by Doja Cat, Silk Sonic, Given, and Justin Bieber, was nominated for Top R&B.

The afrobeat singer, Wizkid is the first Nigerian act to have his own song nominated for the prestigious award as a result of this nomination. His collaboration with Drake earned him his first Billboard Music Award nomination.

4.Actress Chika Ike acquires brand new Autobiography SUV 

4.Actress Chika Ike acquires brand new Autobiography SUV 

Popular Nollywood actress, Chika Ike, has joined the train of celebrities with new cars after splurging millions on a Range Rover.

The news was shared on social media by one of her friends @maryunatra who made sure to record a video of the actress in her new car.

 The video has now become a viral clip, leaving fans gushing with different interesting reactions.

In the clip, the friend approached the black SUV and opened the door to reveal Chika shyly covering her face. Prior to the video clip, the actress has been under the radar for quite some time now.

Davido boasts of lavishing N12M on night life

5. Davido boasts of lavishing N12M on night life

Famous Nigerian singer and, billionaire heir Davido, took to social media to brag about his wealth and it has caused a buzz.

The 'Blow my mind' crooner shared a series of new photos of himself having a good time and noted that he spends nothing less than $30,000 (N12.5m) on a night with his guys.

However, Davido's information caused a stir on social media as some users found it offensive and unnecessary.

 Especially since the Nigerian economy hasn't been in a good place with the high rate of insecurity and inflation.

In his defense, Davido said that he posted the info to inspire and motivate young people like himself.

Rita Dominic is engaged!

6. Rita Dominic is engaged!

Nollywood diva Rita Dominic is set to say "I do" to the love of her life,  Fidelis Anosike. The couple "got engaged some time ago and have privately been putting plans together for their upcoming nuptials," the actress’s representative shared.

According to reports, Rita Dominic and Anosike will be married in Imo state on April 18th and 19th. The beautiful actress first introduced her man to fans in December 2020.

The actress's partner, Anosike, is the founder of Folio Media Group, a multi-media company that owns Daily Times Nigeria (founded 1926), the country’s oldest newspaper.

In a recent interview with Chude Jideonwo, Rita explained why she decided to show off her partner on social media.

"That's the thing...it just happened. Oh my goodness, Chude! Anyway...It just happened, a spur of the moment, happiness. Once in a while, you want to share certain things with people and I felt like my lovers, had been there for me for decades," she told Chude Jideonwo.

The beautiful Rita Dominic is Nigeria's award-winning Nollywood actress. She has starred alongside other actors like Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade and Ramsey Nouah.

Tonto Dikeh collects Toyota Hilux she bought for her ex, Kpokpogri

7. Tonto Dikeh collects Toyota Hilux she bought for her ex, Kpokpogri

The actress Tonto purchased the truck for her then-boyfriend, Prince Kpokpogri, on his birthday in 2021.

On April 8, 2022, via her Instagram page on Friday, the movie star shared a video of the truck parked at her residence with Beyonce's 'Irreplaceable' playing in the background.

"🤣🤣🤣🤣 I even took the fake key back down to air freshener!! 🥴🥴🥴🥴🤣🤣🤣🥴🥴🥴🥴 Few more to go, and the vawulence ends. 2022 birthday gift LEXUS 570 as them say we no fit buy am💃🏾🥂," she captioned the video.

Tonto's latest action is coming days after the duo had a messy brawl on social media. Recall that couple had a controversial breakup in 2021, filled with lawsuits, sex tapes and arrests.

Affleck and Jennifer engagement pictures in 2002 and 2022 respectively

8. Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are engaged again!

Famous Actor Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are engaged – again!

According to Page Six, Jennifer Lopez confirmed the engagement in a short teasing video via her fan newsletter, On The JLo. She started adoringly at a green-hued diamond ring.

Although, sources close to the singer say the video is, in fact, an engagement announcement.

Earlier this week, Lopez, 52, and Affleck, 49, sparked engagement rumours when she was photographed wearing a ring on her wedding finger while shopping in LA with 14-year-old daughter Emme.

The couple had previously begun their romance in 2002 and got married. Ben Affleck proposed to Lopez with a 6.1-carat pink diamond by Harry Winston, which reportedly cost $2.5 million.

 But after the massive attention from the media, the couples postponed their 2003 nuptials till they finally called off the wedding in 2004. After that, both parties moved on with other partners and had children.

Ben Affleck married Jennifer Garner in 2005 and had three children. Meanwhile, Lopez married singer Marc Anthony in 2004 and had twins. Later on, she got divorced and married other people.

However, both Affleck and Lopez's marriages ended in divorce. In 2021 the couple reignited their love relationship again.

Ed Sheeran, Adele and Inflo up for IvorNovello awards

9. Ed Sheeran, Adele and Inflo up for IvorNovello awards

According to the BBC UK, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Dave and Raye have all been nominated for songwriter of the year at the prestigious Ivor Novello awards.

Producer and writer Inflo, who was  once called "the most influential and mysterious producer on the planet", leads the award nominations, with four in total.

Ed Sheeran, who just won a plagiarism battle, is also up for three prizes.

Finally, Adele's comeback single Easy On Me is running for best song musically and lyrically, alongside Sam Fender's autobiographical Seventeen Going Under and Rag 'N' Bone Man's All You Ever Wanted.

Dean Josiah Cover aka Inflo, has credits on three of the records nominated for album of the year: Little Simz's Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, Sault's Nine and Cleo Sol's Mother.

The awards will be handed out in London on 19 May, 2022.

Will Smith receives a 10 year ban from the Oscar academy

10. Will Smith receives a 10 year ban from the Oscar academy

One week after Will Smith's altercation with Chris Rock, on April 8, board members from the Academy announced that the King Richard star would "not be permitted to attend any events or programs, in person or virtually."

This including future Academy Awards, as disciplinary action for the altercation. 

According to E!, the academy described Smith's behaviour at the March 27 ceremony as "unacceptable and harmful," the organisation said their latest ruling "is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy."

In response to the ban, Smith shared in a statement to E! News, "I accept and respect the Academy's decision."

News of the ban comes one week after the 53-year-old resigned from the Academy, thereby forfeiting his ability to vote in future Oscars.