WOOHOO!! I JUST ADDED “THEATER ACTOR” TO MY CREDITS

I received a message on FaceBook from Ashley Bell. Ashley Bell is Yale University graduate and the founder of Divaria Productions here in  NYC. Divaria Productions is an Opera Production Company. Divaria Productions produced a Spanish zarzuela, La Dolorosa, in honor of International Women’s Day on Saturday March 8 at 7:30 pm in collaboration with a company… [Continue Reading]

GONORRHEA AND JESUS!

Ghonorrhea and Jesus! Ghonorrhea and Jesus!! This was a line from the show Fela, which I saw last night on Broadway. I did not get a chance to see FELA on Broadway when the show first played in New York City, but they returned for a limited run and I had to go! I was presented with… [Continue Reading]

NIGERIAN FUGITIVE IN $45 MILLION MEDICARE SCAM ARRESTED

Damn!! Not again. More negative news for Nigerians. When United Airlines Flight 143 hit Bush Intercontinental’s tarmac at 5:18 a.m., the Lagos overnighter came with a long-sought passenger: a handcuffed Nigerian fugitive who absconded from Houston days after his boss and co-workers were indicted in a $45 million Medicare scam. The extradition of Godwin Chiedo Nzeocha… [Continue Reading]

WIZKID, NIGERIAN ARTIST WINS 2012 BET AWARD

Nigerian pop star Wizkid was announced winner in the Best International act (Africa) category at the 2012 BET awards. The show aired on Sunday, July 1, 2012. WizKid beat out heavy weights such as Camp Mulla (Kenya), Ice Prince (Nigeria), Lira (South Africa) and Mokobe (Mali) to win the award. Wiz and Sarkodie from Ghana came… [Continue Reading]

MANY UK OLYMPIC MEDAL HOPEFULS ARE NIGERIAN!! WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS?

I’m always interested in articles that discuss the performance of older athletes, whether they are Nigerian or not. The athlete in question has a very Nigerian name, so I looked closer. The first paragraph of the article read “Phillips Idowu, one of Britain’s best Olympic medal hopes, has withdrawn from the UK trials in Birmingham… [Continue Reading]

VIDEO: NIGERIAN LAWYER, OKORIE OKOROCHA EXPLAINS WHY TRAVOLTA SEX CHARGES WERE DROPPED

He’s been all over the news and blogs, but now Okorie Okorocha speaks out. Many of you have never heard him speak, now you can. Okorie Okorocha, the Nigerian lawyer who had represented John Doe #1, one of the plaintiffs in the John Travolta sexual battery/misconduct case, explains why he dropped he case in this… [Continue Reading]

TRAGIC STORY OF A WOMAN WHO DIED WITH HER FOUR KIDS IN THE LAGOS CRASH

One of the most tragic stories from the ill-fated flight Dana Air 992 that crashed in Lagos on Sunday revolves around Maimuna Anyene, a Connecticut-based Nigerian woman, who died along with her husband, sister, her four kids, two cousins and her mother-in-law. Ms. Anyene, who is being mourned by friends, relatives and colleagues around the… [Continue Reading]

CHARLY BOY – I’M GAY….THIS IS NOT NEWS TO ME

From Nairaland Forum: Controversial maverick entertainment personality, Charles Oputa, better known as Charly Boy, has set another record with his confession that he is gay. By so confessing, he becomes only the second publicly known gay man in Nigeria. Any where else in the world, this would not be a big deal. I’ve been reading… [Continue Reading]

NIGERIAN PRESIDENT, GOODLUCK JONATHAN IN VOGUE MAGAZINE

It’s Thursday, January 5th when we land in Abuja, capital of Nigeria. Today the Muslim’s ultimatum to the Christians expires. We have a police and military escort to ensure total security. We’re headed to the presidential palace and don’t have much time. We have to take off by 6 pm at the latest. There’s no… [Continue Reading]

CHECKPOINTS WILL NEVER RETURN TO NIGERIAN ROADS

The Police force in Nigeria is finally responding to a problem that every Nigerian goes through everyday! CHECKPOINTS!!! The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, on Monday said that police checkpoints would never return to Nigerian roads. “They (police checkpoints) are damaging our reputation. Whatever is bad will go. I will ensure qualitative service, zero… [Continue Reading]

IF IT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU, YOU WILL FIND A WAY…. MAKE NO EXCUSES

WOW!!! I love this picture!! It makes me want to pick up a building and throw it…OK… Let me calm the hell down. The picture did me super hyped though. I mean look at it! These are ripped and strong, working out in the backyard. How can you not want to walk through a wall… [Continue Reading]

OKORIE OKOROCHA, NIGERIAN LAWYER, TAKES ON BIG HOLLYWOOD AND JOHN TRAVOLTA

He is up against one of the most famous lawyers in the United States. Marty Singer has represented countless stars, including A-listers Bruce Willis, Jim Carrey, Celine Dion, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is the guy you go to if you need a good lawyer for the stars (and can afford one) although it is safe to say that he… [Continue Reading]

NIGERIANS AND NUDITY – IS THERE A DOUBLE STANDARD?

I just came across this Picture on Facebook today. It was called of ‘Three Nigerian Girls Posing Nude’. Upon a second look, it is actually the same girl dong her rendition of See no evil, Speak no evil, Hear no evil. As an artist, I have no problem with nudity as long as it is… [Continue Reading]

SEPARATION ANXIETY

I woke up this morning a bit disoriented because for a second, I thought that I was in Nigeria. The cold air that I felt was not from an Air Conditioner, so I knew that I was not in Nigeria. I was in cold and rainy London. I got up as my nephew, Kobe, walked… [Continue Reading]

NIGERIA DREAMING

The countown has begun for my trip home to Nigeria. It’s the only thing on my mind right now. Even though I’m doing good work in Nigeria, it’s a major grind. I have to be on top of my game, every minute of everyday that I’m home. I have to stay one step ahead of everyone and… [Continue Reading]

MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS….

I was up late last night because I was a guest on a hip-hop radio show in NYC. Shout out to Steph of The Steph Lova Program for having me on the show. We had so much fun. It didn’t feel like the normal stiff radio interview. It felt more like a party. The crew was… [Continue Reading]

NAIJA BROTHER, I NEVER BACK DOWN FROM A CHALLENGE

A friend of mine made me aware of a post on facebook that called me out. The post was by a Nigerian brother, Chiagozie Fred Nwonwu , in Lagos, Nigeria. He said that I should use my “international celebrity” to bring attention to the bombings and killings going on in Nigeria. He wants me to do this… [Continue Reading]

TURN EVERY SITUATION INTO A PARTY!!

I woke up a little late today and rushed over to the gym. It was a good thing that I woke up late because by the time I got to the gym, I was the only one there. I had the gym all to myself. The music was always uninspiring in the gym. I planned to do… [Continue Reading]

STAND IN THE PATH OF TRAFFIC

Location or more specifically, positioning is truly everything. In order to meet the right contacts in the field that you would like to conquer, it is imperative to network at the places where the key players in that particular field hang out. When my brother told me how much the hotel he booked would cost, I nearly lost it…. [Continue Reading]

THE CHAMELEON, A NEW ARTICLE IN THE MIDTOWN GAZETTE

Thirty-six-year-old Ngo Okafor sits on a sofa backstage in Tuxedo Park, New York preparing for his debut in the role of a bodyguard in the opera L’elisir D’amore.  The Nigerian-American boxer and model (who calls himself the most popular black male model on the Internet, based on search engine results he has tabulated) has a… [Continue Reading]

AS THE LOEWS TAGLINE SAYS…NEVER STOP IMPROVING

On several occasions, I have had some of my best workouts when I’ve been tired as hell. Yesterday was one of them. I was up until 4am the previous night, editing videos and uploading them to my website www.getingo.com in addition to uploading them to www.youtube.com, www.vimeo.com, www.dailymotion, and google+. When I woke up yesterday I was exhausted,… [Continue Reading]

HOW CAN I MAKE CHANGE IN A STRANGE LAND

I cleared my entire schedule today in preparation for my visit to the Nigerian embassy. I’m taking a trip to Nigeria to make my dream of rebuilding the amateur boxing program in Nigeria, come true. While there I will shoot the entire process as the final piece of my documentary, ‘The Triumph of The Will’…. [Continue Reading]

TRIBUTE TO MY FRIEND TONY

At the funeral mass for my brother Ogbogu Anthony Okafor, one of his friends read this very touching tribute to him. It was perfect. Please read below:- First please allow me to again offer my deepest condolences on behalf of my family and I at this such a great loss to our community. Tony was a… [Continue Reading]

ADIEU OGBOGU….

Over the past few days, we’ve been gathering pictures of Ogbogu for the funeral. I was hoping to locate a video of him in order to make a requiem video. I knew that it will be difficult to edit this video, but I couldn’t trust anyone else to do a good job with editing this video. This video… [Continue Reading]

STILL IN LONDON, STILL HUSTLING!!

No matter what happens, come what may, we have to keep hustling. We have to keep moving forward. It has now been exactly 3 weeks since I left New York for London. As you’ve been reading on my blog, it’s been a rough ride. In these weeks that have gone by, i have learned a… [Continue Reading]

MY MIND IS PLAYING TRICKS ON ME

I have to say that things have been much better lately. There has not been a lot of crying. Even while praying, there is not a lot of crying. My  parents are doing  better as well. We all still feel the sadness and our hearts are heavy because of the loss of Ogbogu Okafor. I… [Continue Reading]

CAN’T STOP THE GRIND!!

In the midst of the pain and grief, there is laughter and a lot of support. So many of Maduka and Ogbogu’s friends come over and hang out. So much support. They have so many stories to tell. They talk a lot about Nigerian politics, ideas for business opportunities and the general state of affairs in Nigeria. We… [Continue Reading]

Working out through my grief

Yesterday was the first day that I was able to workout since I got to London on thursday, the 28th of April.  On easter sunday, exactly a week ago I lost my youngest brother, Ogbogu Anthony Okafor. Ogbogu died suddenly from a pulmonary embolism. He was 29. Ogbogu was deeply loved by all that he… [Continue Reading]