Serena Williams withdraws from Rogers Cup after suffering worst defeat of her career

Serena Williams has announced her decision to withdraw from the Rogers Cup in Montreal, citing personal reasons for dropping out.

The news comes after the 23-times Grand Slam singles champion lost 6-0 6-1 to Johanna Konta at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic last week, the heaviest defeat of her career.

Tournament organisers announced the 23-time Grand Slam champion’s withdrawal from the event on Saturday.

“Of course, we are disappointed that Serena will not be joining us. Fans were very much looking forward to seeing her in action,” tournament director Eugene Lapierre said.

“But beyond the disappointment, the tournament, as a whole, remains a high-level competition. The entire top 10 is here, along with 22 of the top 25. There are exciting matches in store from the outset.”

The tournament opens on Monday with world No 1 Simona Halep as the top seed and Caroline Wozniacki, who pulled out of the Citi Open earlier this week with a leg injury, number two.

Actor Steven Seagal appointed Russian ministry’s ‘special representative’

Russia has appointed American actor Steven Seagal as a “special representative” on US-Russian humanitarian ties.

The country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on its official Facebook page Saturday, saying the action star’s role will be to promote US-Russia relations “in the humanitarian sphere,” adding that the role will include collaboration “in the sphere of culture, public and youth exchanges.”

The foreign ministry also added that the unpaid role will be similar to the United Nations’ goodwill ambassador positions.

Seagal who has been an ardent supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, became a Russian citizen in 2016 and also attended Putin’s recent swearing-in ceremony in May.

35-year old police officer dies after overdosing on drugs stolen from evidence room

Kirkersville Police Chief, James Hughes Jr, has died from an accidental fentanyl overdose after the drugs were removed from his department’s evidence room, Foxnews reports.

He was found unresponsive in his home on May 25 and pronounced dead shortly after. An autopsy revealed he died from acute intoxication by fentanyl. Reynoldsburg Police Department Lt. Ron Wright, revealed that packaging was discovered “that indicated that he was taking controlled substances from” the evidence room.

According to the coroner’s office, a plastic sandwich bag found where Hughes died tested positive for cocaine. A syringe was also determined to be positive for fentanyl. Hughes, who was 35 years old, had only been on the job for a few months before he died. He left behind a wife and 3 young children.

Linda Ikeji gushes over Davido’s daughter, Imade (Photos)

Linda Ikeji who is currently in Atlanta for the delivery of her first child has shared another set of cute photos.

This time, it is photos of herself and Davido’s first child, Imade Adeleke.

She captioned the photo:

“See who I ran into last night… Imade Adeleke. The most lovely and lively 3 year old girl I’ve ever met.”

Recall Ovation Magazine publisher, Dele Momodu yesterday treated both Linda Ikeji and her mother to a ‘pre-delivery baby’ dinner last night.

Singer Seyi Shay was among one of those spotted at the dinner.

Woman’s Skin Begins To Peel Away After Getting New Tattoo (Photos)

A woman has shared sickening pictures of the painful sores she suffered when a tattoo of a rose went horribly wrong. Toni Mansfield was left in unbearable pain when her skin began to peel away during the inking process, and rushed to A&E.

The 28-year-old, from Flint in North Wales, initially tried to take legal action against the parlour where the tattoo was done, the Daily Post reports.

But tattooists say the mum-of-three said an allergic reaction was likely to blame.

Her hand had begun to swell during her second appointment at the Studio Thir13een parlour in Flint.

The parlour said it was not responsible for the tattoo going wrong, claiming she may have had an allergic reaction to the ink.

But Ms Mansfield said when she had had the first session to get the outline done, there had been no problem.

Ms Mansfield was put on a course of antibiotics to clear the infection.

Ms Mansfield, who lives in Flint, has now had another tattoo on her hand to cover up the “pink blob” left behind, despite being left “scared” of getting anymore tattoos for 10 months since the incident.

Dangote Truck Kills 10 Persons After Colliding With Bus On Abuja Road (Graphic Photos)

According to reports, over ten persons have been killed in a fatal accident which happened on Friday (yesterday) along Akwanga/Abuja Federal Highway.
It was gathered that the accident happened after a truck owned by Dangote company collided with a commercial vehicle.
The accident was said to have led to the deaths of at least 10 people and many others seriously injured. The tragic incident caused a huge traffic gridlock in the area as many gathered at the accident scene, thereby virtually blocking the highway.
The wounded victims were rushed to the hospital by emergency officials and the corpses of the dead, deposited in a mortuary.

Nigerian singer, Pepenazi reveals he has a huge crush on Di’ja

Nigerian singer Pepenazi, has opened up in a new interview on his career, lovers in his life and growing up.

He also revealed he has a huge crush on former Mavin singer Di’ja. He also talked on the new projects he is working on.

Excerpts from the interview below:

Why Did You Choose Music?

This might sound like a cliche but I guess music chose me. Music has always been a part of me from childhood. My dad was and still is a lover of music so I was exposed to a lot of music consciously and unconsciously when I was little. My dad used to listen to a lot of Ebenezer Obey, king Sunny Ade, Bob Marley and the likes. Music played nonstop on weekends while I did my house chores so I learnt to love it and it became a part of me. Also we had one of the biggest new school artistes of that time (junior & pretty) staying just a street away from my home. That further inspired me to choose music.

Were Your Parents In Support When You Decided To Pursue A Career In Music?

Things may have changed now but Nigerian parents back then wouldn’t readily support music because they thought it was just for show and that one couldn’t make a career and a living off of it so at first it was difficult but as time went on i got the full support of my parents and today the music we thank God the music is profitable.

Aside From Singing, What Is Pepenazi’s Other Talent?

Ahh!!! Pepenazi is multi-talented oo lol. Well asides music I do a lot of poetry/spoken word, I’m a great dancer when I choose to and when I play football you can’t get behind me when I’m in defence.

Tell Us About Your Background and Journey To Stardom.

I come from a very humble background. I like to think I grew up with the best family anyone can ask for. A stern but loving dad and a totally amazing mum who’d go out of her way to make sure her kids are happy and achieve their dreams. I’m from Ondo state, went to Mayflower secondary school ikenna and a graduate of Estate Management from Federal University of Technology Akure (Futa). My music journey has not been entirely smooth, I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs. Facing a lot of challenges from funding, to booking studio sessions, finding it hard to work with the right producers and promoting my craft. Hard work, perseverance and tenacity is what has kept me going right from when I dropped my first single up until date. God has also positioned a lot of people to be of massive support to me on my way up like the likes of Do2dtun of Cool Fm, Olamide baddo and so many others I can’t even mention here of which I’m very grateful for.

What Would You Like To Change At This Point In Your Career?

Like great Economists say “The human want is insatiable” so people always tend to want more no matter how high or how far they reach. I’m not where I want to but I’m definitely not where I used to so I’m grateful and I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m just focused on living my best life and affecting positively the lives of those around me and impacting lives positively with my music.

How Many Songs Do You Write In A Week?

Well there’s no way I can put a number to that. There are days I write more than 3 songs a day, other days I might hit a brick wall and just be blank. It really has to do with inspiration and how I’m feeling at the time. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night to record a melody that comes to head. So I just write as it comes, no pressure.

Are Your Songs From Personal Experience or Your Imagination?

Some from experience, some from imagination. Just like literature not all stories are based on reality but it doesn’t deter the fact that they are great stories.

Are You Still In A Relationship With Your Girlfriend From The Days In FUTA?

Yes ooo lol. We’re still going strong. I’ve loved music from my FUTA days and we’re gonna be together forever.

Last Year, You disclosed That You Were Working On ‘One’ Relationship – When Are You Getting Married?

All things will fall in place when the time is right.

Tell Us Your Most Embarrassing Fan Moment.

I’ve had a lot of those moments but I think the one that comes to mind now is a show I went to at the University of Lagos (unilag). I was performing on stage and a fan took one leg of my shoe while I was still performing so I had to finish my performance with only one shoe on my feet. I gave him the other leg when I was done though, it’s all love lol.

Tell Us Your Celebrity Crush and Why

DI’JA. There’s something transparent about her personality apart from the music which is quite enticing. She’s super-real and her Afro-urban fashion statements sweeps me off.

Which Artistes Are You Looking Forward To Work With

Right now am quite eager to work with “FEMI-KUTI” afrobeat is world-music right now and it would be of great delight to have a feel of his spiritual added to my archives. I literally have most of the Nigerian top guns in my forthcoming album so would need to spread tentacles ‘would also love to do something with South African emerging female artist ‘Shekhinah’ she’s simply amazing. Sauti soul would be my last shot.

Your Best Song So Far?

All my songs are very special to me because they were practically the best expression of message I felt as at the time of recording & release. This is a spot on question but just because I have to chose one I would go with [ASE] FT TIWA SAVAGE which simply means [Amen] in English translation. Why? Cuz it’s a song that shares deep reflection of my beginning my struggle hard work and reward and at the end every man hustle needs a prayer but what’s most important is an “AMEN” to crown it all.

Why Is It Taking So Long To Release Your Debut Album

For everything I do, I make sure it’s organically coordinated and grown. An album is a collective effort of one’s content and talent which has to be well prepared ‘convincing enough to worth the mind and penny expended on it by fans and any passerby newly introduced to my sound. My album is 90% ready trust me And am sure when it drops it sure would be worth the wait.

What Are The Projects Pepenazi Is Currently Working On, And What Should The Fans Expect Before 2018 Ends

Just rounded up my “UK TOUR” and it was worth every day spent, just rounded an African project with “BBC WORLD SERVICE” that should be out in a bit. Am also looking forward to my debut album dropping September 2018. I just recently shot a video in London for my new coming up single that should be looked forward to.

Will You Vote Buhari In the 2019 Elections and Why?

I don’t think that’s a good decision for any Nigerian, neither am i a fan of the old generation set of rulers who are still in our faces & extremely power hungry. We need young minds productive /unbiased set of rulers who are ready to take the country forward “it’s a crazy world we living in right now that needs deliverance ” I look forward to everyone getting their Pvc’s so at least that gives you a voice.

Watch hilarious video of Nigerian soldiers receiving matching orders in Chinese language

A Nigerian soldier,  Ameh John Bosco shared this hilarious video of himself and colleagues receiving matching orders in Chinese language.

He captioned the video: ‘After our A1 matching course in China Nigerian sodiers we the #best joor!!!’

Watch the video below.

After our A1 matching course in China Nigerian sodiers we the #best joor!!!

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I am richer than Dangote – Oluwo of Iwo land says

The Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi has declared that his assets and it includes one of Africa’s billionaires, Aliko Dangote.

His Imperial Majesty, Telu 1 took to Instagram to share a reminder that no one is richer than the king, even the richest of his children.

Speaking in proverbs, Oba Akanbi wrote, “You are all part of my assets. If the richest one is my child. Whose asset is he carrying? Even, Dangote is my asset, I am richer than him. ”

The monarch, however, reiterates that it is a curse for him to claim to be more than his children so in that regard, he prays that all his subjects are wiser and more successful than him.

Read his full message:

MY ASSET -OLUWO

Unlike the Yoruba adage “Erin ki fon, ki omo re tun fon”. (Asipa owe ni) As required of a responsible, passionate and compassionate father for his subjects, i pray that, they(subjects) should be greater than me. The strength of my asset is measured by the greatness of my children. kings are fathers to all, of which their greatness is my glory.

I want to tell you that no one is richer than the king. You are all part of my assets. If the richest one is my child. Whose asset is he carrying? Even, Dangote is my asset, I am richer than him.

It is a generational curse for me to claim I am wiser than my children in the 21st century. I am wiser than my father and my children will be wiser than me. Solomon never saw airplane, I saw it. My children may grow to use flying vehicles.

And all things of today will be outdated one day. That is life. I pray all my subjects should be wiser and successful than me.

OLUWO OF IWOLAND, HIM OBA (DR.) ABDULROSHEED ADEWALE AKANBI, ALASE LORI ORISA, AROLE ELEDUMARE. TELU I

50 Cent reacts to Blake Griffin’s outrageous $258k monthly in child support payment to ex-fiancee Brynn Cameron

Rapper, 50 Cent has taken to Instagram to react to the outrageous $258k monthly in child support payment NBA star Blake Griffin, 29, was ordered to pay his ex-fiancee, actress Brynn Cameron, 32.

In a court document obtained by RadarOnline.com, it was claimed in the civil suit that Blake Griffin will give Cameron a whopping $258,000 every month in financial support for their two children, Ford, 5, and Finn, 2.

The pair have been battling in court over a nasty paternity case and a separate civil suit where Cameron claimed the NBA star broke off their engagement shortly after he started dating Kendall Jenner when he was still part of the Los Angeles Clippers.

This means Griffin whose annual income totals to $35 million will pay his ex-fiancee $3 million every year.

According to the documents, both sides who have joint custody of their children were ordered in July to “mutually agree” on school expenses, but the Pistons star would be responsible for extracurricular activities.

Reacting to the court order, controversial rapper, 50 Cent wrote:

‘I was spending a half a million a year before she went crazy, and I had to get rid of the girl but 250 a month ?what the f**k is wrong with these people. ??‍??get the strap’