The story of the wristwatch is a both remarkable and interesting story. It all started as an instrument for soldiers in the 1880s to coordinate attacks without the enemy intercepting any signals, which prove to be a very efficient tool on the battlefield. At this time no manufacturer actually made purpose built wristwatches so imaginative soldiers took the matter in their own hands and strapped their pocket watches on to leather strips and tied it around their wrist for a more accessible view of when to charge or hide. A man named Hans Wilsdorf whose goal was to build affordable wristwatches for everyone later recognized this amazing solution. His company was created 1905 and is today the most famous watch brand in the world. Rolex.
During the First World War the standard pocket watch began to fade out due to the complicity of digging in your pocket and see the time whilst the enemy shot at you. From this time wristwatches grew more and more in popularity creating a big post war market for this new way of seeing the time. As time went by these watches became more and more sophisticated and in 1923 the world’s first self-winding clock was introduced and the same principal technology is used in some watches even today.The success of the wristwatch was now clear to see and by the 1930s the ratio between wristwatches and the traditional pocket watch was 50:1. The market for these convenient little clockworks grew explosively and it didn’t take long for everybody to wear one every waking hour. In 1969 the quartz watches, using an electronic oscillator regulated by a piece of quartz was introduced and only 11 years later it had taken over most of the watch market from the mechanical watch industry thanks to the advantages of not being required to be wounded up. This type of clock began being used on walls and is very present today in schools, offices etc. But among the luxury brand the old fashioned mechanical watch stayed because these watches were an absolute piece of art with many man-hours behind them. Todays watches don’t require any winding, they use the movement of the arm when the wearer walk or move the arm to generate energy that is being used to move the dozen of gears and the clock hands. Since the introduction of cell phones the upcoming generations haven’t seen the wristwatch for it’s sole purpose, it has more and more become an accessory or a symbol of success. But it has survived this trial and is still very present in today’s society. Rolex is a great example that shows great engineering and quality can never be outdated.
Jay-Z is officially hip hop’s first billionaire, Forbes has declared, after building an empire based on music, property, fashion, and investments.
The US magazine has estimated that the rapper’s wealth now “conservatively totals” $1bn (£800m).
Forbes says the husband of singer Beyonce has succeeded because he built brands rather than just endorsed them.
In its rankings, Forbes rejected claims that rapper and producer Dr Dre had reached billionaire status.
Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, grew in one of New York City’s most notorious areas.
He hit fame in 1996 with his debut album Reasonable Doubt. His 2001 album The Blueprint was in March added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry because it was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
Forbes said it had estimated Jay-Z’s wealth by adding various assets and then “subtracting a healthy amount to account for a superstar lifestyle”.
Among the 49-year-old’s assets are:
- A $75m music catalogue
- Stakes in Armand de Brignac champagne and D’Usse cognac, worth $410m in total
- A stake in Uber worth about $70m
- Property in fashionable parts of New York and Los Angeles
- A $100m stake in the music streaming service Tidal
- An art collection valued about $50m
His superstar wife is reportedly worth about $335m, made mostly from music and endorsements, and the couple has had a joint net worth over $1bn for several years.
Jay-Z, who once rapped “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man”, is one of only a handful of entertainers to become billionaires, according to Forbes.
It was often assumed that Dr. Dre reached billionaire status in 2014 after selling his Beats headphone business to Apple. But last year Forbes put his personal wealth at about $770m.
Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean, the producer behind some of Jay-Z’s biggest hits, told Forbes that the rapper’s success is “bigger than hip-hop”.
He said: “It’s the blueprint for our culture. A guy that looks like us, sounds like us, loves us, made it to something that we always felt that was above us.”
Jay-Z appears on the front cover of the latest Forbes magazine alongside another – wealthier – billionaire, Warren Buffet.
It appears that the legendary investor, 40 years his senior, spotted something special in the rapper a few years ago, telling Forbes in 2010: “Jay is teaching in a lot bigger classroom than I’ll ever teach in. For a young person growing up, he’s the guy to learn from.”
Joshua was warned from taking pictures with Drake because they knew what was coming-DEFEAT!
“Drake Curse” has struck again and this time British title-holder Anthony Joshua was the latest sports star to suffer from the Drake curse, despite vowing not to.
This was after his bid to make a splash in his US debut ended in misery for the three belt heavyweight world champion with a stunning loss to underdog Andy Ruiz at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
Anthony Joshua is latest victim of Drake Curse
Joshua, previously undefeated and fighting for the first time in the United States, was defending his IBF, WBA and WBO titles but was knocked down four times in the fight before the referee waved off the contest in the seventh.
Despite warnings from boxing fans that he should not take a photo with the Canadian rapper, Joshua defiantly went ahead on March 21, and vowed to put an end to the curse by posting a picture of him and Drake in his gym on Instagram, accompanied by the caption, “Bout to break the curse #June1st.”
Following his defeat, it is clear now that Joshua was punished for his overconfidence and arrogance after victims of the Drake Curse were all struck down.
The victims included Ozil, Aguero, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Lukaku, Pogba, Kevin De Bruyne, Conor McGregor, the Toronto Raptors, Serena Williams, Kentucky basketball, Alabama football, and the list is endless…
Moments after the match, fans took to the internet, to blame Drake for causing Joshua’s loss;
The Brit lost his three belts on a shock night at Madison Square Garden (Picture: Reuters)
Anthony Joshua says he is paying little attention to the comments of both Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury after he suffered a shock defeat against Andy Ruiz Jr. on Saturday night.
The Brit lost his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles after being knocked down four times by his unfancied Mexican opponent, who was drafted in at short notice to replace Jarrell Miller.
Afterwards, AJ got two very contrasting messages from his heavyweight rivals, with Fury backing him to ‘regroup and come again’ while Wilder was scathing, suggesting he had been found out.
Asked about the two messages, Joshua told IFL TV: ‘That’s boxing, contradictions, it’s one or the other. That’s boxing.
‘But I’m still young in the sport, still got a long way to go. Been pro I think six years, so I’ve still got another like nine years in me. Fighters go on until they’re 40 now, I’m still 29 so I still got a long time.
‘I do it for the love, I love this game bro. My eyes are still focused and my mind is still focused on achieving great things in the sport.’
Asked in another interview with Behind The Gloves about Fury’s message of support, AJ added: ‘I don’t really listen to Tyson Fury if he says good shit or bad shit. I don’t really listen to that.
‘It’s just my family, my team, that’s who I listen to. I don’t really worry about that. But that’s Tyson innit? That’s the rest of the heavyweights. I don’t really get involved in the boxing talk.’
Reacting to the defeat in the ring straight afterwards, Joshua told Sky Sports Box Office: ‘Boxing is a tough sport, but I train hard and I got beaten by a good fighter, it will be interesting to see how far he goes, but this is all part of the journey.
‘Congratulations to the first Mexican heavyweight champion. We bounce back. This is the risk we take, every fighter deserves respect so congratulations to him. I respect every fighter, this is all part of the legacy, it’s how strong I came back. He’s a champion for now, I shall return.’
Nigerian reality show, Big Brother Naija, has announced that the program will start to air on June 30, 2019.
In a post on the official Instagram page of DSTV on Monday, the organisers said the show, which is rated 18 plus, will be on air soon.
“Okay! We CAN’T wait no more! #BBNaija2019 storms your screens on June 30th! fire Available on all DStv packages Proudly sponsored by @bet9jaig,” the post read.
Big Brother Naija is a Nigerian reality competition where about 14 contestants live in an isolated house for 90 days and compete for a huge cash prize amongst other perks.
Following the ongoing rift between popular Nigerian singer and label owner Olamide Adedeji also known as baddo and his former artiste “Lyta”, olamide has taken to instagram to reply the young artiste for wanting to feel more important after lending out hands to help his musical career.
Recall, Lyta while on naijaloadedTV says he wasn’t given enough time to dish out songs as he has a lot of songs recorded already.
See olamide post on instagram below!
Multi-talented Nigerian artiste, Falz has announced the return of his headline concert, The Falz Experience.
Set to hold on June 8, 2019 at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos, the Falz Experience is a one of a kind musical theatre show that showcases the unique sides of Falz the Bahd Guy, but this time with a twist.
After setting the bar so high in 2017, Falz sat 2018 out but it would seem the rapper is now ready to deliver yet another spectacular show.
The show tagged “The Falz Experience II” will get music lovers guessing what will happen at the upcoming event by engaging in conversations with Falz on social media with the hashtag #WhatWillFalzDo
The award-winning musician also announced that he has a special surprise for the concert goers.
While fans can only speculate as to what Falz’s big surprise(s) are, there are a couple of things they know for sure. On the top of that list is the fact that the show would start at exactly 8pm. Granted the fact that the show will be produced by Livespot 360, fans can also look forward to a breathtaking cinematic night of music and theatrics.
Early bird tickets for the show have sold out so one can expect that fans will definitely show up for the highly anticipated event in their numbers.
Tickets to The Falz Experience II can be purchased at NairaBox, Ariiyatickets & Afritickets.
Nigerian Musician, Azeez Fashola better known as Naira Marley has appeared at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi for the continuation of his trial.
At the court premises, a group of young people suspected to be rented crowd by friends of the singer can be heard shouting “free Marley”.
His mother who is wearing a red gown is also present at the court to witness the hearing.
He was dragged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on an eleven-count charge for his alleged connection to advance fee fraud popularly called ‘Yahoo Yahoo’, cybercrime, possession of counterfeit cards and conspiracy to obtain gain.
Justice Nicholas Oweibo who presided over the arraignment on May 20, 2019, ordered that Naira Marley, be remanded in prison until May 30th when the hearing of his bail application will take place.
After the 11 charges were read to him, he pleaded ‘not guilty’.
The prosecuting counsel led by Rotimi Oyedepo prayed that the musician be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing of bail application.
Following this proceeding, the defense counsel represented by Taiwo Oreagba passed on an application for bail and a need for the defendant to remain in EFCC custody.
After hearing from both sides, the Justice Oweibo concluded that the application for bail will be looked into on the 30th of May, 2019.
More to come.
The Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi has granted Nigerian musician Azeez Fashola bail.
At the resumed bail application, the lead defense counsel, Olalekan Ojo apologized for his absence at the initial arraignment on May 20 due to heavy down poor.
Ojo urged the court to accept the bail application Prima Facie based on the presumption of his innocence in accordance with Section 162 (1).
The defense also pleaded that a liberal approach is taken in hearing the bail application.
The prosecution counsel, led by Rotimi Oyedepo, however, argued that it is not the temporary release of the singer that mattered but the final judgment.
He, therefore, urged the court to grant accelerated hearing rather than bail.
He added that since the lawyer of the defendant said the defendant is a celebrity, then his actions and inactions have a multiplier effect on youths in the entire federation.
Justice Nicholas Oweibo who presided over the bail hearing after listening to the defense and prosecution arguments granted the singer bail to the sum of two million Naira with two sureties.
The trial has been adjourned to 22, 23 and 24 of October for accelerated hearing.