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After 12 Years, actress, Fiberesima Ibinabo finally opens up on killing Dr. Giwa

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Nollywood actress, Ibinabo Fiberesima has finally opened up on the death of a medical doctor, Suraj Giwa after 12 years.

Ibinabo had killed the medical doctor in a fatal accident that sent her into coma for days.

She was charged for manslaughter and sent to Kirikiri female prison.

Ibinabo in a lengthy post on Instagram, told her story to US-based journalist, Azuka Jebose.

She wrote on Instagram:

“I need to tell my story. I stayed silent for so long and watched as my life, character and person were being ruined in published reports, including social media. This is my story, told for the first time on social media platform.

“My heart has never stopped aching. It will not. An accident took the life of someone. I am forever in mourning because of this. Two families’ lives have been changed forever with this unfortunate fatal accident. It was an accident. Dr. Suraj Giwa didn’t have to die. I wished I could bring him back. I am sorry for the pains caused.

“I have also been maligned and disparaged in the media: I am a monster. I am a killer and a murderer, I am a drunk… No. Azuka. I am none of these.

I am just another human being that was in a deadly accident and the accident caused the death of Dr. Suraj Giwa.

“It’s been 12 years of heartache, pain and depression for me. My eyes are rivers of tears.

Some days I feel like killing myself. Life has no meaning to me.

“I think about Dr. Giwa every day. I pray for his soul and I pray and seek forgiveness from his family for the pain and agony. I am very sorry.

“It didn’t have to happen. I wished I knew it would happen that unfortunate day, I would not have travelled that road. I was not drunk that day.

Azuka, I was driving along Lekki road, returning home after picking up a friend’s daughter from a church Fellowship. Suddenly, a red car overtook the SUV in front of me.

“The SUV was travelling slowly, so I shifted to its front, too. The red vehicle was being driven by a young man and had his friends with him…I drove past the red car. I think that might have angered the young chap because he swiftly sped from behind, drove past me and made a sudden stop in my front.

“I tried to avoid hitting those boys in the red car. I swerved and lost control in that moment, the impact dived my vehicle into inbound lane.. Dr. Giwa was inbound, thus he drove into my car and both cars collided. I collapsed and passed out.. Three days later, I WOKE UP IN A HOSPITAL bed to learn what had happened.

“I was weak, sore and in pains. I could not move my legs. I had been sedated for three days. Doctors said they had to sedate me to numb my pain. Meanwhile, the police had been informed that I was in that hospital. The Lagos State Police came to the hospital to take my statement of what happened. After I gave them my statement, I was arrested at the hospital and charged to court.

“At my court appearance for hearing, the judge noticed how sick, weak, incoherent an disoriented I was: he also saw my injuries. He ordered that I should be sent back to the hospital for further treatment until I was well enough to stand trial. I could not walk then.

“Later at the hospital, I woke up from coma and to reality. I was afraid and shocked. I could not believe I was involved in an accident that had taken a life. I was like: Wow!..Someone died in that accident. Oh my God!

“I didn’t know the family. While I was in the hospital my family contacted the family of Late dr. Giwa who died in the accident. My family was there for the funeral and did everything during the mourning season. I was afraid. But I met them in court and tried to approach them.

“I understood the anger and pain I had caused them, so I accepted their anger toward me….his sister was really angry at me… I wanted to talk to her… it was hard for me to get close to her… I understood all these: the pain and distress they felt as a result of the accident. I felt their pain. I wanted to tell them how sorry and remorseful I was… It was an accident. I did not intend to wake up that morning, went out and had a fatal collision.

“Weeks later, I was arraigned. I attended all my court appearances. During the process I visited the family and attempted several times to make peace. I never ignored them. I am always sorry. I know the pain is tough, so I understood their anger but I kept begging. I am sorry. I did not intend to wake up that morning, went out and had a fatal collision.

I had gone to so many good people and friends to assist me in pleading for forgiveness from the family. One of such friends is late Iyalode of Lagos.

“She assisted me in begging the Giwa family: when I became well and able to walk, she took me to The former Imam of Lagos and the Present Oba of Lagos: these traditional and religious leaders begged on my behalf, pleading with the family for forgiveness and showed how sorry and remorseful I was that the accident happened. I never ran away from the scene of the accident. I was unconscious.

“How could an unconscious accident victim remove plate license and registration papers from the vehicle as reported in the media? Why would I do a thing like that? How could I have done a thing like that?

“I became a monster in the eyes of everyone. So I thought suicide was the best option to end all these and find peace for my family and Dr. Giwa’s family. I lost myself. I was no longer Ibinabo. I didn’t know who I was. I became a stranger to myself and my family, afraid of life and living, scarred by and scared of human beings.

“I withdrew and became clinically depressed.

I could not take care of my children. I was dying. I was dying. Life had no meaning to me. I became a lonely zombie: a mother that could not care for her children, distressed, disturbed and severely depressed.

I was sent to Kirikiri female Prison. I wanted to die there. I accepted to end it.

“But one preacher came to the prison and preached to us. It was like he was talking to me. During his sermon, I fainted… I was revived by prisoners that attended the service. When I woke up, I was soaked in water and the prisoners gathered around me… I asked what happened and they told me I had Passed out during the service.

“That opened my eyes. I asked myself then: Ibinabo, do you really want to die?. I said no. I must turn my life to purpose driven, to rescue the weak and helped those that society had turned against.. I held onto God. I told Him it was up to Him. I didn’t want to see any lawyer again, I had no money. My family bailed me out after three months and three days…. I came out to pursue the appeal.

“I was living my simple life…I engaged in works with youths in my village. I enjoy spending time in my town. They know me there. They love me there… I was on my way to a funeral when my lawyer called me.. Earlier the previous day, I called to inform him I would be out of town and hoped the appeal date would not be scheduled while I was out of town.

“He said no. I told him I didn’t want the court to think I jumped bail… He called me on my way to the funeral, the next day and said the court date was actually that morning. I had to hurry back to court.

I lost the appeal. I was shocked.

My lawyer did not understand what was going on. That day, I was taken back to Kirikiri maximum security prison… that was 2016.

“While at Kirikiri, I discovered I had a lump in my breast. I had to do surgery… when I was released, I went to the village so that I would not breakdown and collapse into depression again…

Yes I want to serve my people.. I want to be positive and impact people’s lives. And yes, Azuka, I remember that this sad situation is still here…

I do not know who else to talk to.

“I do not know what else to do. I need help…

The family sued me for N200Million in a civil case…

Where will I get that money from?. So we have been negotiating to see where we can get to, so I can begin making payment by installment.

“We have agreed to settle out of court… we are not there yet. It’s a process… Though I have appealed this case to the Supreme Court, what is important to me now is making peace with the family: that is more important because it will heal me… his family and I would have peace.

“Azuka I am not a bad person. I do not know what else to do. People think I am a murderer. I am not. I am not. Azuka, free me….Free me… It was an unfortunate accident. I didn’t do it intentionally. That’s all I have been begging.

I have begged…I do not know what to do…I am truly sorry it happened.

“I am not running for any political office. My people wanted me. A group of youths from my place asked me to run for office, I said no. They went and printed poster and placed it on social media. So I endorsed it.

“Eventually, I must live. I have to do things to my fulfillment, to what God wants me to do; to be able to help youths help people generally… Life in Okrika is not easy… I need to help the youths believe in themselves… they are aching.. In my region, simple things of life are a struggle to get.

“I need to change their mindset that there is alternative way to Life… I have become a seeker of peace for my people… Life hasn’t been a bed of roses… But I must deal with this issue. I seek forgiveness from the family and peace of mind. I need to find closure and peace.… I am not a killer… I care too much… I am a caring person. I put myself in the shoes of Giwa’s family and I can understand their pains. I am very sorry for the loss of life of Dr. Giwa. I am. I am not arrogant.

“I never, ever said to his family that I would not offer public apology.

“I was offered to do a public service announcement across country with regards to Driving While Impaired. I said if I did that, it then meant I accepted I was drunk when I drove my car. I wasn’t drunk. I would do anything but that. I wasn’t drunk… they assumed because I owned a night club in the past, so I must be an alcoholic.

This is exactly the truth. It’s not fair to admit that I was drunk.

“The police did not arrest me for drunk driving.. The court never charged me with drunk driving.. There were reckless and dangerous driving charges.

Those were what I was charged by the court…. I was not charged with manslaughter.

Not murder.

“My pains through the years include: Bouts of depression Attempted suicide I Had surgeries in my breast to remove lumps. I cannot do a lot. This unfortunate experience has affected my job prospects. I am unemployable I have stopped acting for a while. I just do charity works.. I am not flamboyant.. Dear Nigeria, I am sorry. I will forever regret what happened.

“Giwa was a father, husband and son. He was the sole and soul provider of his family. I feel terrible he died during an accident which I was involved. I feel really bad. I am sorry. I need prayers. Please pray for me and the soul of Giwa and his family.

I know I have found God through this experience. But I still need help.

“I am receiving therapy for my depression and suicidal thoughts… I am able to share these with you.. I am healing… one moment at a time..I am not a killer. I am not a murderer. I am not an alcoholic. I did not drive while intoxicated. I was involved in an accident that resulted in death and for that I am very sorry. I have had periods of feeling miserable in the last 12years as a result of this accident. I need to find peace. I seek forgiveness. I am sorry. Thank you.”

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Sony ATV Announces New A and R Manager For Africa, Scouts for New Talents Across the Continent

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Sony/ATV Music Publishing South Africa announced it has named Munyaradzi Chanetsa (Munya) A&R Manager, Africa, effective June 1.

In this role, Munyaradzi will be responsible for finding new talent throughout the continent, promoting songwriters’ copyright and careers, and connecting them to larger opportunities around the world. He will also work closely with colleagues to pitch new and existing repertoire into the marketplace. (more…)

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DJ FRIZZLE LEE – #NoDullVibez & #FireboiMashUp

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Much Anticipated Mixtape has been finally dished out by Dj frizzle Lee. Its da Party Mix Vol.1 – No Dull Vibez.

Guess what! Its a double dose 🎉😁.. If you are A FireBoi Lover, this is for you.. Dj Frizzle also drops a Mashup Mix of FireBoi Compilation..
Enjoy & pls follow his handle below. He awaits your feedback.
IG/Twitter – @djfrizzlelee
Whatsapp – +234 8083558543

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SARZ & WURLD RELEASE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED EP – I LOVE GIRLS WITH TROBUL.

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“I LOVE GIRLS WITH TROBUL” IS THE LATEST COLLABORATIVE PROJECT BY SARZ & WURLD.

THE 8 TRACK EP DABBLES BETWEEN SOUNDS OF POPULAR AFRO BEATS AND ELECTRONIC SOUL, PAYING HOMAGE TO THE LIKES OF ASA, SADE AND SEAL WHILE MAKING POWERFUL STRIDES IN PROGRESSING THE CULTURE.

FANS OF BOTH WURLD AND SARZ TOOK TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO GUESS THE PROJECT TITLE AFTER WURLD INITIALLY MENTIONED THAT THE EP WAS TO BE NAMED “ILGWT”. THIS SET FIRE TO A BUZZ ALREADY GARNERING HEAT ONLINE AROUND A POTENTIAL MASTERPIECE FROM SARZ & WURLD, AS FANS FROM ACROSS THE WORLD SCRAMBLED TO UNRAVEL THE MYSTERIOUS ACRONYM.

“IT’S BEEN OVER A YEAR IN THE MAKING, BUT WE NEEDED IT TO BE JUST RIGHT AND NOW BELIEVE THAT THE WORLD IS READY FOR A MORE PROGRESSIVE SOUND OUT OF AFRICA” WURLD SAID, ON THE TIME ITS TAKEN TO COALESCE THE SOUNDS ON “ILGWT” KNOWN AS “AFRO SOUL” .

SARZ & WURLD HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMBINED OUR POPULAR & INFECTIOUS AFRICAN RHYTHMS, WITH SOOTHING VOCALS, AND AFROBEAT DRUMS IN THIS 8 TRACK EP.

IT’S SAFE TO SAY THAT THE CLEVER LYRICISM & SYNCHRONIZED HARMONIZATION, DISCOVERED IN EACH TRACK OF THE ILGWT EP WILL NOT ONLY INSPIRE FUTURE GENERATIONS TO COME, BUT ALSO LEAVE THE CURRENT LISTENER WANTING MORE.

ILGWT IS OUT NOW FOR FANS AND AVID LISTENERS EVERYWHERE, LISTEN EVERYWHERE YOU GET MUSIC.

LISTEN HERE

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YCEE RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ALBUM, ‘YCEEVSZAHEER

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Popular afro-pop rapper, Oluwademilade Alejo, better known as YCeereleases his highly anticipated and talked about debut album titled “YCeevsZAHEER”.


YCee (Photo credit: Haastrup Event Photography)

Despite being his debut album, the “Omo-Alhaji” crooner delivers a brilliant body of work which showcases two contrasting but somewhat similar personalities; YCee, the singer represented by ice and ZAHEER, the rapper represented by fire.

The mesmerizing 15-track body of work opens with the Adey produced ‘It’s Amazing’, captivates with ‘Wahala Dey’, inspires with ‘Bossing’ featuring Ms. Banks, and rocks with ‘Chocolata’ featuring Niniola. Featuring Nigerian music industry’s top acts like Davido, Phyno and Dapo Tuburna added to the excellence of the album.

Interestingly, the oldest song on the album was recorded in 2017 and the most recent, in October 2019. More interesting is the fact that the album was recorded in 5 different countries including Nigeria, Canada, USA, UK, and Uganda.

In celebration of this tremendous feat and indisputable input of hard work, another album listening party was held on Thursday, 6th of November, 2019 at the Artisan Lounge, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The event was hosted by Sheye Banks and Manolo Spanky with sounds from Smallz The DJ.


Sheye Banks, Ycee & Manolo Spanky (Photo credit: Haastrup Event Photography)

The Budweiser sponsored party saw Olisa Adibua, Sarz, BOJ, Sammy Walsh, Teezee, Avala, DJ Neptune, Dremo, Blaqbonez, Fresh L, Dapo Tuburna, Osagie, Uche Udoh, Joey Akan, Don Paapi, Nappy Girl, Gee4, Jess Finesse, Aduke Bey and a host of other Nigerian entertainment stakeholders in attendance to show their support for Ycee.


Dapo Tuburna & Ycee performing “Dada” 
(Photo credit: Haastrup Event Photography)


BOJ (Photo credit: Haastrup Event Photography)


Dremo (Photo credit: Haastrup Event Photography)

Craze clown & Ycee (Photo credit: Haastrup Event Photography)

Sarz (Photo credit: Haastrup Event Photography)

Blaqbonez (Photo credit: Haastrup Event Photography)


Avala (Photo credit: Haastrup Event Photography)

YCeevsZAHEER is out today, 8th November 2019 on all music platforms. 

The amazing body of work was produced by Adey, J.Bidz, Ballertosh, Fanatix, BeatsByKarma, Syn X, Krizbeatz, Jay Poppin, Buzzin Producer, AP Da Don, TwoSeven, Elmore, Willis Give Dem, and DJ KO.

Watch “Dakun” by YCee

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Google announces Traffic tab in Maps

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Google, on the 6th of November 2019, launched a new Traffic  tab in Google Maps in Lagos, Nigeria. Announced in July at Google for Nigeria, the new Traffic tab offers users a snapshot of the information they care about most: traffic, weather, bus stop busyness, and current expected fare levels for Danfo.

 

The Traffic tab provides bus riders with information to help them find their most efficient route, both in travel time and transport costs. Until now, Google Maps users have only been able to access information for other forms of transportation including cars, 2-wheelers, BRT and ride hailing.

 

The Traffic tab includes a new directions experience, which features suggested routes which may combine walking, taking a Keke or okada, Danfo or BRT. Information about the estimated fare range, expected travel time and pictures of the stops along the route are now available to aid travellers on their trips around Lagos. Clicking on the pictures will allow users to get a 360 degree view on StreetView to help them better understand their location.

“What we have built for Lagos is a global first for Google Maps, and a step towards helping people in many other cities where transport can be informally organized as it is in Nigeria,” comments Jeff Albertson, Senior Product Manager, Google Maps.

 

Says Jeff: “We co-designed this product with people in Lagos. It was an engaging process to start from scratch, bring diverse teams of Googlers to Lagos, interview Lagosians and Local Guides, understand local needs, and then design something that weaves together all the many ways that people here move around.”.

 

The launch of this new Traffic tab follows the introduction, in July, of a dedicated travel mode in Google Maps to provide directions and navigation for motorcycles in Nigeria. Google also launched navigation guidance in a Nigerian voice for both motorcycle and car driving modes at the same time.

 

Google also recently published more panoramic imagery on Street View, to help make it easier to visually explore places in Nigeria, including imagery of Abuja, Benin City, Enugu and Ibadan – with almost 12 thousand kilometers of roads added.

 

“Nigeria is important to us. Beyond providing tools to help Nigerians use Maps, we also want to continue to bring more of Nigeria to the map. It’s a journey that we are happy to be on,” Jeff concludes

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