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Sunday, 18 November 2018

I Am A Very Shy Person - Actor Charles Inojie

I Am A Very Shy Person - Actor Charles Inojie

He said, “I am a shy person, initially it was difficult for me to watch clips of my movies; it was hard to believe that I was the one doing some of those things. However, I am beginning to deal with it a lot better now. 

If I walk into a sitting room with people gathered watching my movies, I’ll probably just go out, but I am beginning to handle it a lot better now. I always tell myself that it is just the way I am.

"I have a persona that is different from the roles I play; the roles come naturally for me. Some people understand that it’s just role-play but others find it difficult to take me seriously.

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Speaking about the state of the movie industry in Nigeria, Inojie noted that the current situation could not be compared with the good old days when he started acting.

He said that there was no longer discipline in the movie industry as used to be, adding that Nollywood was not being used by some people as an avenue to flaunt themselves and their businesses.

"In those days, people had more discipline in the industry. Discipline has been eroded in the movie industry. For example, in the past, when someone was called a director, it would be obvious that the person had earned the name, but these days anybody just assumes that role.

"There are many people who do not really want a career; they just want to use Nollywood as a springboard for them to promote their other businesses. When there is no discipline and order, it trickles down the line. In those days, when an actor came on set, their first question would be: who is the director? If it was a name they couldn’t risk connecting their reputation with, they would leave the job.

"However, these days they don’t bother about who the director is, they only care about the money. At the end of the day, it’s only Nollywood that will have a bad name.

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Inojie, who is known for his comic roles in movies, said there was a need for the movie industry to have a proper structure. He noted that a proper structure would instil discipline in Nollywood, adding that a lack of discipline in the industry was affecting movie quality.

"I think people should be trained, I even hear they pay for roles these days; which should be the other way round. These things have affected the quality of movies in the industry. The solution to this problem is to strengthen the guild to function; they should be able to reprimand their members when they err. The guild should be empowered to organise training but the government also has a role to play in this.
Why Some Actors Have Six-Packs - Actor Funsho Adeolu

Why Some Actors Have Six-Packs - Actor Funsho Adeolu

Popular actor, Funsho Adeolu, in a recent chat, has revealed why most English-speaking actors have six-packs.

"They have a lot of time to do exercises. They are models and not really actors; I am not joking. A busy actor would only think of his health and do the normal exercise to keep fit. 

What am I using a six-pack for? I want to dress and be seen as a role model.“In the Yoruba-speaking movie setting, when you get to a particular age, you would not be given the role of a small boy so I do not need a six-pack. 

By the time you keep a six-pack, it gets to a point where it turns to a nonsense pack because they would not use it again. The only thing is to live a healthy life.

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"When you see that you are getting obese, work on it. I used to be a model but I did not have a six-pack. I learnt taekwondo as well. I am not saying having a six-pack is bad or that it is bad to look nice. If I have to take a picture, I can easily tuck in my tummy.

"I started from the English-speaking genre and then came to the Yoruba-speaking part of the industry. I am more comfortable with the Yoruba-speaking sector of the industry because I learn a lot here. In the English-speaking sector, I do not learn anything,” he said.

Speaking on the likely problems of marriages involving celebrities, the actor revealed that as a little child, he had vowed that he would never have a broken marriage.

He said, “I decided when I was a child that I would not have a broken home because I grew up in one. I said that my children would grow up to see both their parents together till we die. I thank God that we have never had any crisis that has shaken the foundation of our marriage.

"Women like to be seen like they own the house and I allow it because I know that I am the breadwinner of the family. I do not lord it over my wife; she is my friend. If anything causes a rift between us, we do not sleep until we talk about it. Once we settle the rift, we settle it properly as husband and wife and in the morning, everything is okay. She would smile before she leaves the house.”
Buhari To Unveil " The Next Level" As INEC Embargo On Campaign Is Lifted Today

Buhari To Unveil " The Next Level" As INEC Embargo On Campaign Is Lifted Today



As campaigns for the Presidential and National Assembly elections officially kick off tomorrow,  President Muhammadu Buhari has decided to first showcase his achievements and projections for the next four years to Nigerians before the official flag-off of the campaigns. The event for this presentation is tagged "THE NEXT LEVEL" which will take place at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa on Sunday,  November 18, 2018, from 5pm to 8pm.  It would be broadcast live from different T.V stations and will be a precursor to the official flag-off of the campaigns.

At the event,  the President is expected to unveil two documents: one that will highlight his achievements in the last three and half years and will also contain other facts to guide supporters in the course of the campaigns; and the other document is titled "THE NEXT LEVEL", which captures the projections of the Buhari administration in the next four years if given the mandate again by Nigerians.

A formal announcement as to the official flag-off of the campaigns would be made in the next few days.

Thank you.

Director,  Strategic Communications,
President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation
(Official Spokesperson).
Don't Vote For APC In 2019 - Atiku Tells People Of North East

Don't Vote For APC In 2019 - Atiku Tells People Of North East

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has called on the people of the North East geopolitical zone not to vote for the ruling All Progressives Congress in the 2019 general elections.

The former Vice President made the call on Saturday during a reunion with his supporters upon return to his home state.

During the union, Umaru Fintiri, the PDP governorship candidate for Adamawa was presented to the electorate.

He called on the people of North East to uproot the APC out of the region.

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He said the people of the North East had a chance to regain political prominence in the country by voting his party, the PDP in the 2019 general elections from bottom to the top.

Abubakar said,“We thank God for this home coming which has afforded me the opportunity to make this reunion since my emergence as the Presidential candidate of the PDP. It is no longer news that I emerged the Presidential candidate of our party – the PDP at the Port Harcourt convention.

"It is not just my desire that the people of North East gain prominence again but it's a sacred duty that the people must root out the APC completely from the bottom to the top.

"We have that chance to choose the PDP and be in front. I am a son of the North East, I have returned to thank the people of Adamawa and the entire North East, for our feat in Port Harcourt.

"I want to appeal that you vote out the APC from the region by ensuring that from the Presidency down to the states you elect only the PDP. From bottom to the top l want the PDP to be in control as far as this zone is concerned."
Femi Falana Issues Linda Ikeji 24 Hours Notice To Retract Story On Alleged Instablog's Owner

Femi Falana Issues Linda Ikeji 24 Hours Notice To Retract Story On Alleged Instablog's Owner

Seasoned journalist John Abayomi has threatened to sue the publisher of Linda Ikeji blog, Linda Ikeji for publishing a false and malicious story about him.

Abayomi through his lawyer, Falana and Falana’s Chambers claimed that the publication with the headline, ‘LIB Exclusive: Meet the owner of Instablog9ja-John Abayomi’ has put his life and that of his family in danger.

In the letter delivered to the blogger on Friday, Linda was asked to tender an unreserved apology within forty-eight hours or risk legal action.

Linda in the said publication has claimed that ‘the owner of instablog9ja is John Abayomi, a former online editor of Vanguard news and current online editor of Punch’.

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However, Falana said the statement is untrue and unfounded, but only calculated to lower Abayomi’s esteem and damage his reputation and professional career.

“Your publication has put him in the harm’s way, thereby endangering his life and the lives of his family members. It has also attracted a lot of negative reactions from members of the public including celebrities who has been eager to know the face behind the blunt and sarcastic blog because of the method of reportage”.

“Your mendacious publication was clearly actuated by malice in that it was deliberately done to portray our client as an imposter, a fraudster and a blackmailer”

“In the light of the foregoing, we have our client’s firm instructions to demand an unqualified apology together with a retraction of the libelous publication in the edition of your blog (Linda Ikeji blog) in addition to having the retraction published on Instagram.

“However, if you fail or refuse to accede to our client’s demands within 48 hours of the receipt of this letter, we shall have no option than to initiate civil proceedings against you at the Lagos State High Court without further recourse to you,” reads the letter which was signed by Chukwuma Onwuemene (ESQ.).

A reliable source has also rubbished reports that Abayomi has been summoned to a meeting by his employers, Punch Newspapers over Linda Ikeji’s publication.

“It is totally untrue. There was no such meeting. John is a top notch professional and everybody close to him, including his employers are aware that Linda Ikeji’s publication was completely untrue,” the source said.
Gunmen Finally Release Kidnapped Zamfara State Twin Sisters

Gunmen Finally Release Kidnapped Zamfara State Twin Sisters

The abducted Zamfara twin would-be brides have regained freedom after they spent weeks in captivity,according to the  vice chairman of Zurmi LGA, Alhaji Abubakar Dauran .

The twins whose wedding was slated for next month were kidnapped in Dauran town in Zurmi local government area of the state last month.

The young girls travelled from Gusau to Dauran town to visit their married sister identified as Sumayya when the armed men struck and went away with them, their sister and some other residents in the neighbourhood.

“We are waiting for their arrival now; they were released after ransom was paid even though their sister called Sumayya is still with them. But you should give us some time please we will talk to you later,” Dauran said.

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The abduction of the girls had generated social media frenzy with many people calling for their rescue especially when a heart-rending telephone conversation between one of the girls, her brother and one of their captors on the other hand was leaked last week.

The girl was heard crying for help in a grief-laden voice as one of their captors was threatening to kill one of them.
I Have Only One House,No Bank Accounts..Rauf Aregbesola

I Have Only One House,No Bank Accounts..Rauf Aregbesola

The outgoing governor of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola has said he did not earn salaries throughout the eight years of his administration.

Aregbesola spoke during an interactive programme tagged "Ogbeni Till Day Break" on Saturday in Osogbo saying since it was the state that was feeding him, fueling his cars and providing him with accommodation, there was no need for him to be paid.

He also said that he does not have any bank account where he keeps money in any part of the world.

"I have not collected salaries since I became the governor of the state. The state feeds me, fuels my car and provides me accommodation. With all these, I don’t need money.

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I have no money and bank account anywhere. I have no house except the one I built before I became the governor. Anyone can go out there to investigate if I have bank account”, he said.

Aregbesola who will be handing over to the governor-elect, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola on November 27, said he would vacate the Government House by Monday, November 19. He said the decision to leave the Government House earlier, was to give his successor enough time to do necessary renovations.