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Lesley-Ann Brandt was born 2nd, December 1981. She is a South African actress and has acted in a number of New Zealand television series and first came to international notice with her role as a slave girl Naevia in the series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Since January 2016, she has played the role of Maze (Mazikeen) on the television series Lucifer.


Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Brandt is Cape Coloured of Indian, German, Dutch, and Spanish descent. She is a fluent Afrikaans speaker and lists yoga, hockey and baseball amongst her interests. In South Africa, she played competitive field hockey.


In 1999, Brandt immigrated to Auckland, New Zealand, with her parents and her younger brother Brian Brandt. Brandt started work in retail sales in Auckland before securing work as an information technology recruitment consultant. Following some modelling work, she was cast in a number of New Zealand television advertisements. She studied acting and was trained in the Meisner technique in 2008.

The 38 year old’s first significant acting role was in the New Zealand television series Diplomatic Immunity. Brandt has appeared in guest roles on the New Zealand hospital soap opera, Shortland Street, and This Is Not My Life, a science fiction series set in the 2020s in the fictional town of Waimoana.

She had a role as slave girl Naevia in the first season Spartacus: Blood and Sand and the prequel miniseries Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. She originally auditioned for the role of Sura but the casting director suggested she audition for the role of Naevia instead.

Brandt did not return for the subsequent seasons of Spartacus due to production delays following the death of Andy Whitfield. Her manager Steven Jensen stated to TheWrap, “She’d like to go back, but they really haven’t gotten the number we’re looking for.” He said she would reconsider “if they step up”. STARZ had no comment. Cynthia Addai-Robinson ultimately replaced Brandt as Naevia. Lesley had a role in the New Zealand coming-of-age feature film The Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell. The film, about the victim of a kart racing accident, was filmed in Howick, a suburb of East Auckland.


She guest starred in the CSI: NY episodes “Smooth Criminal” and “Food for Thought”. Brandt was featured in the film InSight in which she plays nurse Valerie Khoury. In May 2010, Brandt guest starred on Legend of the Seeker, another Rob Tapert/Sam Raimi production filmed in New Zealand.

She appeared in the Season 2 season finale “Tears” in the role of Sister Thea. In 2011, she guest appeared in TNT’s Memphis Beat, which was followed by a lead role as Cassie in Syfy’s highest rated original feature for 2011, Zombie Apocalypse, which also starred Ving Rhames and Taryn Manning. She appeared in the feature film Drift with Sam Worthington and Xavier Samuel, and Duke starring CSI: NY star Carmine Giovinazzo.


In 2013, she had a recurring role in the third season of Single Ladies as Naomi Cox. In 2014, she guest starred as Larissa Diaz/Copperhead on Gotham and appeared as the recurring character Lamia in The Librarians. In 2015, she won the role of Maze in the FOX television series Lucifer. She replaced actress Lina Esco who was released after the first table read. Brandt had reportedly tested for the role and was reconsidered after Esco was released.
Brandt is based in Los Angeles.

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Ebuka: The Legal Superstar host

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Superstar host, you agree. But legal, you’re wondering. Well, stop wondering and find out why.


Chukwuebuka Obi-Uchendu is a Nigerian lawyer (Yeah!) and media personality from Okija in Anambra State, Nigeria. Born 14 July 1982, he is known for hosting the reality show Big Brother Naija, the long running Rubbin’ Minds talk show on Channels TV as well as co-hosting The Spot and Men’s Corner on Ebonylife Television.

Obi-Uchendu has received several award nominations and won the award for Outstanding TV Presenter of the Year at the Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards for his work on Rubbin’ Minds.
He had his secondary education at Christ The King College Abuja, graduating in 1997, before getting his university education at the University of Abuja, up until 2004. He proceeded to the Nigerian Law School Bwari, Abuja finishing in 2005 and then returned to school after a 5-year working gap, graduating in December 2010 from the Washington College of Law of the American University Washington DC, with Master of Laws degree specializations in Intellectual Property as well as Communications law from the Law and Government program.
In 2006, he went in as one of an eventual 14 housemates on the first season of the popular reality show Big Brother Nigeria, finishing in eighth place. To date, he is one of the most visibly successful BBN 2006 cast members. In January 2017, he was announced as the host of the second season of Big Brother Naija as well as the third season. After the reality show in 2006, he signed endorsement deals with a major telecommunications brand as well as a popular brewing company and as such hosted Friend or Foe on NTA, the GLO Show, also on NTA, as well as Guinness’ Greatness TV. He also maintained a weekly column called Contrast with a Nigerian national daily newspaper, This day for upwards of 4 years and has written for other publications including What’s New & Ace Magazines.
In the run up to the 2011 general elections in Nigeria, he hosted the first ever presidential debate focused on youth issues, which was broadcast live across Nigeria. He also freelances as an MC for events. He is a contributor to several online publications including the Y! FrontPage on the youth oriented YNaija, general lifestyle inclined 360Nobs, Breaking Times which deals mostly with current affairs, and Style Vitae a fashion and style portal.
In 2013, producers of Rubbin’ Minds, the popular TV talk-show for young Nigerians, announced that Ebuka Obi-Uchendu would be the new host of the show. He has gone on to interview some of the biggest names in the Nigerian youth circuit including Banky W., Gbenga Sesan, Seun Kuti, Oluchi Onweagba, Davido, Japheth J. Omojuwa and Chika Unigwe.
In 2013, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu became one of the co-hosts of The Spot, showing on EbonyLife TV on DSTV channel 165 alongside Lamide Akintobi and Zainab Balogun. The show airs every weekday across 48 African countries. In July 2014, he joined Arit Okpo as a co-host on the new chat show Naija Politics. The show which has panelists discussing politics in Nigeria, airs every week on EbonyLifeTV. In July 2016, he became the host of Men’s Corner, Nigeria’s first all male TV talk show.
Judging Matters is a reality TV show that deals with the issues fore-mentioned using the arbitration system and minor cases of real people getting justice from a small claims court. Ebuka also oversees the show with an experienced but retired Lagos State Judge, Justice Olusola Williams. He is on as a counsellor who brings out the finer points on the cases before Justice Williams to enable her make a final but fair decision. Ebuka’s background as a lawyer, which not many of his admirers are familiar with, and his deep roots in entertainment makes him an ideal candidate to bridge a fine gap between justice and fun in the courtroom.
So, don’t just look for Ebuka when you have a show, also when you have a court case.

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If You Gossip Lucy To Me, I Would Expose You- Reality TV Star Warns Gossipers

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Ka3na, the first big brother housemate to be evicted from the Big brother’s house expresses her love to her bestfriend Lucy in a heartwarming text. The two are so fond of each other and they showed this by having each other’s back in the house.


Katrina Jones began her love text by expressing how she’s ready to go an extra length for Lucy but she will want to ascertain if what they have is real.
“Dear Lucy ,

There’s so much I want to say to you.. Right now writing this I’m so scared to express how much I value our friendship..
I know you sincerely care about me.., you did while on the show in the eyes of the world and still do outside their eyes.., There’s so much I would like to say and do with you but I still want to be sure this is actually REAL!”


Lucy and Ka3na are the two housemates that were tagged as misunderstood all the time, interestingly, these housemates found love in themselves and it is so beautiful to see. Katrina Jones revealed how she has always wished for a friend like Lucy who will go all out for her, and she’s glad she could find that friend in Lucy. In her words; “All my life I’ve wanted that one friendship that would mean more.. Someone who is never shy to show off our friendship.., Someone who is ever ready to give up the rest of the housemates to have me back.., Someone who will rather give up Wager task than to watch the housemates portray Ka3na wrongly 😉😊 Oh My Lucy @lucyedetofficial I can go on and on”


The mother of one; Katrina also disclosed that her main aim of going into big brother’s house was to sell her name, but Lucy came as a plus to her already set goal. She also revealed that if anyone speaks Ill of her friend, she would ensure the person is exposed


“I went on the show with one goal which was to sell my name (Ka3na) But I got lucky😊😊 God blessed me with a girlfriend so pure and true❤️

You’re the person that someone can only live without, if they’ve never lived with them before. You light up every room, and lift up every single person around you. People need you.



Because you’ll hold them while they cry, and then be ready to beat down the person that made them cry ten minutes later. You’ll make them laugh even when they’re sad and you’ll forgive them for what they said when they were mad..

Ladies n Faithful Men, Meet My Friendship @lucyedetofficial
Guys you better not gossip this diva right here to me cos I will expose you Periodtt 😍😍”


Lucy replied this sweet message by explaining how they both match each other’s fly and it is not about how long they have known each other for but the quality of the relationship


“They say 2 wrongs don’t make a right, apparently, 2 craze make one cool, you’re very awesome and anyone who doesn’t see that needs to visit an optician, I love you dearly @official_ka3na, and I would trade a thousand people for you and you know this, you look out for me so much its amazing, you own my heart anyday, it’s not about the length of time I’ve known you, more the quality of it, every moment spent with you is precious and priceless. Now let’s chop this life…”

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Dear Lucy , There’s so much I want to say to you.. Right now writing this I’m so scared to express how much I value our friendship.. I know you sincerely care about me.., you did while on the show in the eyes of the world and still do outside their eyes.., There’s so much I would like to say and do with you but I still want to be sure this is actually REAL! All my life I’ve wanted that one friendship that would mean more.. Someone who is never shy to show off our friendship.., Someone who is ever ready to give up the rest of the housemates to have me back.., Someone who will rather give up Wager task than to watch the housemates portray Ka3na wrongly 😉😊 Oh My Lucy @lucyedetofficial I can go on and on… I went on the show with one goal which was to sell my name (Ka3na) But I got lucky😊😊 God blessed me with a girlfriend so pure and true❤️ You’re the person that someone can only live without, if they’ve never lived with them before. You light up every room, and lift up every single person around you. People need you. Because you’ll hold them while they cry, and then be ready to beat down the person that made them cry ten minutes later. You’ll make them laugh even when they’re sad and you’ll forgive them for what they said when they were mad.. Ladies n Faithful Men, Meet My Friendship @lucyedetofficial Guys you better not gossip this diva right here to me cos I will expose you Periodtt 😍😍 Great Team👇🏾 📸@royalty_photography_ng 🧖🏾‍♀️ @styledbytimi 💄@kd_beautee #luxurylifestyle #friendshipgoals #ka3nathebosslady

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Darey releases new single ‘Jojo’

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Darey in advance of the release of his new EP titled ‘Way Home’ scheduled for October, has released another single ‘Jojo’. The single which already seems like a hit single was released September 18. The single ‘Jojo’ which features the reggae dancehall artist Patoranking is the second single from the upcoming EP. It was released immediately following ‘Jah Guide Me’ which the artiste released in August.


Darey took to his social media page to announce the release of the new song which is quickly becoming a sensation not only in Nigeria but in Africa and UK. Seems like ‘Jojo’ will be a banger as the promising single came with a dance step which Darey was seen showing radio presenter, Walepowpowpow of maxfm in an interview session on the wetindey show which the presenter co anchors.



The newly released track has already shot it’s way to #1 on the Nigerian Singles Charts and the Top 20 UK iTunes Chart. It has definitely announced the comeback of the artiste since his last musical work in 2015.
Although, Darey is popularly known for his hits such as ‘Not the Girl’ and ‘Pray For Me’, the silky-baritone singer is redefining his taste through a groundbreaking genre that he terms Afro&B. Looks like ‘Jojo’ promises to relive the party spirit with its high-energy percussion, compelling vocals, and pulsating beats.



Shot entirely in Lagos, Nigeria, the music video is pristine and tells a story of a world post-lockdown, a reality which humanity longs for. Apart from the iconic city shots,
electrifying dance moves, sweet vibes, and colourful outfits, the video features an all-female biker crew.


Darey, is a Nigerian multi-platinum Afro&B singer, songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur. He is also the son of the legendary African Jazz Musician and entertainer Art Alade and the creative director of Livespot360. Darey has performed at high-profile shows in many cities across the World including Nairobi, Johannesburg, Abuja, Lagos and other major African cities, including a special concert with R&B legend R. Kelly in South Africa and the This Day Peace Concert Tour in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, which had 50 Cent and Ciara as headliners. On request of the President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, he was invited to perform at the presidential villa in an exclusive dinner to commemorate the Country’s 50th independence Anniversary. At the event, which was broadcast live to over 200 million viewers across the world, he performed a medley of 50 songs with his 15-piece band, “Soul band” to a room filled with several African presidents and past world leaders.


He was the main host of both the Gulder Ultimate Search and Glo Naija Sings reality shows in 2011 and in February 2013, put together alongside his Soul Muzik team one of the biggest shows Nigeria has ever seen, Darey Presents: Love Like A Movie in February 2013 which had the red carpet hosted by Kim Kardashian as well as the highly successful release of the music video, “Asiko” featuring Jozi and Ice Prince.
While Patoranking features on ‘Jojo’, fans can expect a collaboration with Teni when the EP is finally released.


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