BN Tidbits: Ibinabo Fiberesima’s Trial | Nayo Exits Music | Thelma Okoduwa Weds | Tinubu’s Birthday | Mercy Johnson’s Star | Pink Ball

nayo-leaving-musicSoulful Nigerian songstress Nayo has announced her exit from music. During her career, the talented song-writer and vocalist released an album titled ‘African Girl’, enjoyed critical success and built a loyal core fanbase. Nayo has said that she will now focus on her entrepreneurial venture, MusicPin. Check out BN’s previous Nayo features:
Nayo Rising SoulStar
Nayo African Girl
Nayo Press
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Ibinabo protected by family and friends as she leaves the courtroom. Photo: Odunayo Abiodun

Ibinabo protected by family and friends as she leaves the courtroom. Photo: Odunayo Abiodun

Actress/Ex-Beauty Queen, Ibinabo Fiberesima has granted bail following her 5 year jail sentence and remand to the KiriKiri women’s prison on manslaughter charges. The actress has been on trial since 2006 for dangerous and reckless driving, which led to the death of Suraju Giwa, a medical doctor.

On February 20, 2009, the Lagos State High Court overruled the initial judgement of the Magistrate Court which sentenced her to seven years imprisonment with a N100,000 fine option. The High Court then sentenced Ms. Fiberesima to five years’ imprisonment without the option of fine. She is however seeking an appeal of the judgement at the Appeal court. As Ibinabo is a single mother and sole care-giver of her three children, supporters and relatives are pleading with the court for lenience.
Our prayers are with Ibinabo and the family of the deceased.
SOURCE: Next
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thelma-wedding-1thelma-wedding-2Nollwood actress Thelma Okoduwa married her sweetheart Onya Ojiji in a court ceremony recently. Thelam’s close friend, Rita Dominic along with family members and other well-wishers were at the wedding. Rita is the maid of honour at Thelma’s white wedding. Congrats to the couple.
Photo Source: Rita Dominic
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bola-tinubu-birthdayFormer Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu celebrated his 57th birthday recently. The ceremony took place at the newly opened Oriental Hotel in Lagos.
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actress-mercy-johnsonActress Mercy Johnson‘s star is on the rise. The Nollywood star has dominated the press over the past couple of weeks. Newspapers and magazines are relishing her rags to riches story and she is basking in the limelight. Mercy’s story is actually really insipring! We will have a BN feature on Mercy soon.
Photo Source: Stella D-K
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The Genevieve Magazine Pink Ball is approaching fast! The event will take place on the 23rd of May 2009. Keep it locked on BN for all the Pink Ball coverage. Check out our Pink Ball page – HERE

30 Comments on BN Tidbits: Ibinabo Fiberesima’s Trial | Nayo Exits Music | Thelma Okoduwa Weds | Tinubu’s Birthday | Mercy Johnson’s Star | Pink Ball
  • Joe April 7, 2009 at 12:33 am

    The accidentally killed physician and the jailed beauty queen/single mother of three…sad indeed…

  • wienna April 7, 2009 at 1:21 am

    It’s a bit sad that Nayo isn’t focusing on her music anymore. Just goes to show that it’s really tough for ladies to crack the naija music scene. Gotta give it up to the likes of Sasha, Asa, Kel etc for making a mark & for the veterans like Onyeka Onwenu, Christy Essien-Igbokwe etc. Wish Nayo in her new venture.

    And isn’t that picture from Mercy’s facebook profile? So, why the thanks to someone else? *confused*

  • Opinion April 7, 2009 at 2:36 am

    Nayo wasn’t focusing on the Nigerian music industry, she was never even based in Nigeria. Her target audience was the “european” market. I think she should have tried the Nigerian market from the jump, it worked for Asa.

    Anyway she is extremely talented and educated so I’m sure she’ll be fine.

  • sweetie April 7, 2009 at 4:40 am

    OMG!!!! about ibinabo, its sooooooo sad, earlier i didnt like her for being with fred amata after his divorce from agatha, i thought she was the cause of the break up but even if she was, i DO NOT wish this on her or on anybody else, i really hope she is able to get out of this one.

  • Passerby April 7, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Nayo just wastd people time, if your not commited dont abeg! acting all serious like she was about the music.

  • aosgrl April 7, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Why did rita wear white to her friend’s wedding?

  • BRIDGET OTUBOR April 7, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    In this case of Ibinabo, this is a situation where it is diffcult to speak but impossible to be silent , please God temper Justice with mercy for both parties invovle….

  • Justice April 7, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    She took the life of another human being through reckless driving. She killed the medical doctor and sent the other person in the car to hospital with grave injuries!!!! For whatever reason, the #*@**~(expletive) judge that first tried the case sentenced her to 7 years or a fine of 100,000 naira. 100k for a life….you have got to be joking saying you hope she gets out of this!!! More often than not justice is not served on the rich/ powerful/ famous….this time it will!!! Would you utter the same comments if it was your brother killed? *hiss*

  • nne April 7, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    they are begging for lenience on the sentence! She took another person’s life for heaven’s sake! I bet they wouldn’t be saying that if it was their relative that got killed by another person’s carelessness! DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE! I dont know how many times that has to be repeated. How irresponsible. She has kids to take care of fair enough but she should have thought about them before getting behind the driver’s seat! What if she was the one that got killed what would have happened to her kids??? She didn’t think of that. This is crazy

    Tinubu is 57?? Is that so??

  • Justice April 7, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Very well said!!!!!!!!!

  • Bola April 7, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Watsup with the wedding cakes at Tinubus birthday? I love the simplicity of Madam Tinubus outfit, she never goes overboard.
    Bella, pls can you do a style segment on her in the future???

    I cant stand Mercy Johnson. She tries too hard to be sexy in most of her movies. I hope she improves with time.

  • blakprincess April 7, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    She has kids. SO WHAT???? I dont know anything about the deceased but Im pretty sure he has kids too. You freaking took their father’s life away from them and they will never ever see him again. You can go to jail and your kids will miss you and after 5 years you will be reunited with them. That cant happen in the case of Dr Giwa. He’s gone forever. Its sad that people especially these celebrities still have incidents of drinking and driving when they have all the money in the world to hire a freaking driver or taxi guy to wait for them outside the club or whatever and whenever they are done, the person can drive their drunk ass home. SHAME!!! on you, Ibinabo.

  • nne April 7, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    my exact sentiments! I cant believe people are even suggesting some sort of mercy! Its so irritating! She had no mercy for the victim’s family when she got her drunk self behind the stering wheel kmt. rubbish

  • Angela April 7, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Why does Tinubu need so many cakes to celebrate his 57th birthday? What will he do when he is 60?

  • chioma April 7, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    thats cos he is past 60 lol

  • Justice April 8, 2009 at 12:00 am

    add 3 more :)

  • Tessy April 8, 2009 at 12:56 am

    I just saw photos of Thelma’s white wedding on facebook

  • tatafo! April 8, 2009 at 1:13 am

    My prayers go out to Ibinabo and the family of the deceased, I hope they all find comfort through this harrowing time in their lives. It must not be easy on both sides.

  • PHATgurl April 8, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Nayo should not try dat rubbish! If na play make she stop am o.i was really feeling dat song ‘african girl’ n i was lukg 4ward 2more songs 4rm her.does any1 knw where1 cn get her album?God pls dnt make her retire.

  • buffy April 9, 2009 at 12:26 am

    rightly said, nne….ibinabo nids to pay 4 her carelessness and go to jail regardless of her plea as a single mom or health reasons; no nid 4 emotions…..gd luck in ur new career nayo,hp u wld b fufilld dr

  • mariam April 9, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    ibinabo’s case is so unfortunate but as a public figure she shld know better the agreived family should fight to d end , her case will teach others like her out there not to take thing forgranted the right thing has to be done , lets remember a better naija starts with things being done d right way. i do not believe she shld get off with a slap on the wrist.

  • Dan April 10, 2009 at 11:19 am

    What is wrong with leniency on Ibinabo?
    Imagine if it were u or ur mother. Ur sibling or ur spouse.
    U people can be full of plenty dirty smelling sh*t with how u sit in ur small cocoons and pass dumb judgments.
    If she is lucky to get mercy, great!
    If not, let her dance to the tune of judgment!
    But God have mercy!
    Godbless y’all!

  • Justice April 10, 2009 at 11:45 am

    How mature of you!!! You can’t hold a differing view from others and express it without resorting to childish remarks!!!
    …and yeah…if it were me…I will express true remorse….ask for the family’s forgiveness and mercy (but not expect it) and use my celebrity status to let those who I can reach out to understand the ills of reckless driving. I will not try to subvert justice (thus spitting in the face of those who I have brought so much sorrow)….Lady Justice’s statue is sculpted as blind for a reason…Justice is supposed to be fair!!! A 100,000 fine sentencing for manslaughter is ludicrous!!!
    Do I believe she deserves mercy? No. She has not shown she deserves it.

  • posh!! April 13, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    ibinabo is cruel,selfish,arrogant and must suffer………….even if the law lets her go she’ll suffer greater punishment from God almighty…………the wicked neva go unpunished..karma baby!!!!!

  • Uche April 30, 2009 at 11:58 am

    ALL THE PEOPLE SAYING IBINABO NEEDS TO GO TO JAIL ARE STUPID..YOU HEAR ME..STUPID..HOW WILL PUTTING A WOMAN IN JAIL FOR AN UNPREMEDITATED KILLING BRING BACK DR GIWA…THIS IS A SINGLE MOM OF THREE? COMPRISING OF A NEW BORN BABY…I’M SURE NONE OF U HAVE KIDS SO U CANNOT UNDERSTAND THE BOND BETWEEN MOTHER AND CHILD. BY THE WAY, I’M NOT SAYING SHE DESERVES TO GO FREE COS SHE’S A CELEBRITY BUT THERE ARE OTHER ALTERNATIVES SUCH AS A BIGGER COMPENSATION TO THE FAMILY OF DR GIWA WHICH WOULD GO BETTER THAN REVENGE…MY 2 PENCE..ANYBODY HAVE ISSUES WITH THIS, LEAVE ANOTHER DUMB ASS COMMENT…PEACE

  • iyome April 30, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    tell me about it!it wasnt premeditated murder of anything!

    I think she was just singled out for this!

    What happened to all d police men that have killed innocent people-Nothing..

    What happened to d driver of some igbo state Governor that drove n killed a couple five days or so after their wedding(the wife was pregnant)this was like in 2002 or so!NOTHING

  • Nelly Smart August 24, 2009 at 11:57 am

    u are absolutely right, Mercy Johnson’s indecent dressing and acting in order to be sexy is quite disgusting.

  • latash September 2, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    u look nice and i love your acting washing u are my sister and i will love your movies so much love u keep it up and love your dressing

  • kenechi October 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    i still believe in justice. if it is in developed country that this happened ibinabo would get upto ten years. i pity her sha cos no one wishes such misfortune even to thier worst enemy. it will serve as a lesson to others. I am so sorry IB but justice is blind. Ask God for forgiveness and mercy, anything could still happen you never can tell.

  • Tina February 4, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Am not making jest of her,but d bible say d wicked shall not go unpunished.even if u go scotfree cos of ur worldly influence,think about God?

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