Month: March 2014

“How is a thing like this a blessing?” Shan George narrates robbery incidence

Fair-skinned Nollywood actress, Shan George took to her official facebook account few hours ago to narrate a robbery incidence that took place in her Calabar home last night.   “Robbers entered my house in Calabar last nite. Carted away electronics, money, jewelry, shoes, watches. They broke my car side window to open d car door and practically tore d car appart. Friends who r trying to console me since this morning say i shuld not worry bcos its a blessing…… How is a thing like this a...

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Are you an aspiring actor/filmmaker? Win A Scholarship To The New York Film Academy

Are you an aspiring actor/filmmaker? Here’s an opportunity for you to win a scholarship to The New York Film Academy courtesy of the Video Hit Show (VHS) and NYFA (New York Film Academy) skit Competition. All you need to do is to create your own special VHS Skit for a chance to win the following prizes;   * Full Scholarship to NYFA (New York Film Academy) 1 week Filmmaking/Acting course in South Beach, Miami.   * Cash prize of $3000   Watch The Call Out Video &A New Skit How to join; Interested participants are expected to subscribe to VHS at www.youtube.com/videohitshow or click the red youtube subscribe button on www.videohitshow.com Shoot a 3-5 minute funny video. Upload your video to www.videohitshow.com only.   Promote your video on youtube to hit maximum views. (The first video to hit 25 thousand likes will activate a $3000 cash prize) Deadline for entry is 31st May 2014.   FAQs 1.) How do I enter the competition? Simply subscribe to VHS Channel by clicking the subscribe button on www.videohitshow.com. Then upload your video by clicking the submit button. You will receive an email when your video is approved for entry into the competition.   2.) Who is eligible for the competition? Anybody with a passion for filmmaking can enter the competition. You don’t have to be a professional, so long as you have a story...

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Opinion: Alison-Madueke: Let the Woman be | By: Safiya Bello

It seems that women are held up to different standards in this country. A woman in any position of power is judged not just by her competence or her contributions but by some other less palatable standards. And when she doesn’t conform to these undefined rules, the male critics find something to badger her about. Right now, they have found a new candidate for pillorying in the person of the beautiful and brainy Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani Alison-Madueke. I don’t know if it is just me but I find all the attack on female ministers or women in high positions of authority in Nigeria a bit too much. In fact, to be blunt, it smacks of male chauvinism to me. The way that the female ministers, especially those manning(!) the critical ministries of Finance, Aviation and Petroleum have in recent times, been subjected to severe and unfair abuse is beyond normal. Besides, I cannot see the equivalence in the way their male counterparts in say Works, Defence and Foreign Affairs are attacked. Have these latter ministers done better? I doubt it. I am the first to agree that anyone in public service should be held accountable for the way they manage public trust, but we should not have different rules for different people and I certainly don’t think the women should be hounded like this. WOMEN, we must...

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Nigerian actor lands Terminator role

    Dayo Okeniyi is not your regular Nollywood actor. Infact, I can’t remember seeing him in any Nigerian movie before (well, maybe he acted in few ones, I’m not really sure) but he does more of Hollywood movies. The 25 year-old who starred in The Hunger Games and The Spectacular has landed a role in the new Terminator franchise, Terminator: Genesis. The Jos-born actor who kicked off his acting career four years ago will be playing the role of Danny Dyson, the son of Skynet scientist Miles Dyson who was in Terminator 2. The movie will be released by July 1,...

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“Absolute Nonsense ” Segun Arinze replies Clarion Chukwura.

Actor and former AGN President, Segun Arinze has described actress Clarion Chukwura’s recent comment on Ibinabo Fiberesima’s political appointment as absolute nonsense. You would recall that the veteran actress called for the AGN President’s resignation after learning of her appointment on the board of the National Arts and Culture. “Absolute Nonsense! AGN Presidency doesn’t stop her from taking any appointment. Moreso its not a full time job that will distract her from her duties. Its a board appointment.  Please Ibinabo should be left alone  to do her job. And she’s doing a great job so far. What’s the Genesis of all this idle talk?  Let’s focus our energies in the right direction. Abeg make I hear word!!! Enough of this attention seeking statement. The graves just turned and grizzly ghouls are suddenly stirring everywhere!” Credit: Movie...

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Photos: Ex-Super Eagles players wallop Nollywood stars 4-0 in awareness campaign match.

Forget it! Once a footballer, always a footballer. What were Nollywood stars thinking? That they could beat the African legends? Try harder! Albeit they hung their boots a long time ago, they are still effective. An awareness campaign match hosted by the Human Rights Commission and aimed at promoting human and civil rights of individuals was held yesterday, Friday 28th March, 2014 at Abuja. The game which was between Nollywood stars and retired Super Eagles player ended in 4-0 in favour of the African legends. Ex footballers who participated in the match include National team coach, Stephen Keshi; Taribo West, Peter Rufai, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Mutiu Adepoju, Emmanuel Amunike, Austin Eguavoen, Daniel Amokachi, Alloy Agu to mention a few. Nollywood stars Emeka Enyiocha, Okey Bakassi, AY, Zaaki Adzee, M.I, Moses Inwang to mention a...

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Clarion Chukwura takes a swipe at Ibinabo Fiberesima, calls for her resignation as AGN President.

Veteran actress, Clarion Chukwura has vented her disappointment at members of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) who paid a courtesy visit to President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja few weeks ago. In a statement made available to Vanguard newspaper, she described the visit as uncalled for, blamed actors who registered their presence and also called for the resignation of the AGN President, Ibinabo Fiberesima. “I read with dismay the address of president of AGN, Miss Ibinabo Fiberisima on a recent visit with some notable actors and AGN officials to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. It is alarming to discover from this address, the false claims by Ibinabo that the Actors Guild of Nigeria is the only umbrella body of Nigerian screen actors; that President Goodluck Jonathan has by the “constant release of funds” effected a sustained development of the Nigerian movie industry since the inception of his administration; that an AGN Secretariat located in Abuja and political appointments for actors would advance the welfare of the Nigerian screen actors. While it is not surprising that Ibinabo would display such a lack of knowledge of what advances screen actors professionally in the developed world since she has not functioned consistently as an actor and has less than ten titles to her credit in a career spanning from the late eighties. They watched in...

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Photos: Wrong one – Moyes out! Manchester United fans set to fly banner over Old Trafford.

Oh dear! Hell hath no fury like some fans frustrated. There are reports that some Manchester United fans have paid to hire a plane to fly over Old Trafford on Saturday displaying a banner calling for David Moyes’ sack. A press release detailing their complaints and reasons for the actions have been issued through Man United forum Red Issue. Excerpts from the release. “The decision to fly a plane over Old Trafford bearing the slogan ‘Wrong One: Moyes Out’ is one borne out of acute frustration. It is frustration at the poor results, lack of fight on the pitch and the unavoidable signs that David Moyes isn’t up to the highest standards required to manage Manchester United Football Club. A significant proportion of Manchester United fans have had enough and unequivocally want David Moyes sacked. Further frustration has been created from the inaccurate perception that all Manchester United fans are behind David...

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Singer, Zara Gretti passes on at age 28

Heard the news an hour ago but was hoping it was untrue. Fast-rising Nigerian-American singer, Margaret Oluwatoyin Ejiro Joseph, popularly known as Zara Gretti has passed on. The ‘Abokoku’ crooner who had been battling with Multiple Sclerosis for over a year now breathed her last this morning. Her last tweet (posted yesterday) was “I love and hate my life”. Before her death, she disclosed via her twitter account months ago that she was experiencing poor vision in both eyes and suffering from memory loss, fatigue, dizziness, tremors to mention a few. She was receiving treatment in the US. I also remember an online charity fund account was opened for her treatment which was put at $23,000. Sad! Sad!!! May her soul find repose....

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Photo: Laide Bakare’s husband declared wanted by EFCC

Fair-skinned Yoruba actress, Laide Bakare’s hubby, Alhaji Muttairu Babatunde Babaegbe Orilowo has been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in connection with a case of fraud and criminal conspiracy. Below is a statement by the organization. “The public is hereby notified that Alhaji Muttairu Babatunde Babaegbe Orilowo, whose photograph appears above, is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in connection with a case of Criminal Conspiracy, Obtaining Money under False Pretences and Stealing. Dark complexioned Orilowo is 47 years old, 5.7 Feet tall and has brown eyes. He speaks English and Yoruba fluently.  His last known address is No. 1 Otunba Adeniyi Street, Papa-Epe,...

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Keshi gets query letter from NFF. (Read)

For a minute I thought the query was all about his choice of players/ his rejection of foreign assistant for the forthcoming World Cup but it has nothing to do with it. Well, there’s been a strain in relationship between both parties i.e NFF and Stephen Keshi since AFCON 2013 victory. For failing to attend a technical committee meeting and boycotting an event hosted by President Goodluck Jonathan, reception for the CHAN 2014 squad to be precise, the Nigerian Football Federation has issued a query letter to the national coach. Excerpts from the letter. “It is important we draw your attention to previous actions whereby you travelled out of Nigeria without NFF’s express permission. Specifically, you travelled out of Nigeria before 13 February 2014, the day President Jonathan received the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) team, causing us huge embarrassment. “Your request for leave approved by the NFF was from 15 February – 10 March 2014 but you left before 13 February and returned 26 March. The Technical Committee meeting on 25 March was called off because you said you had flight hitches from USA. As a responsible organisation, we have no other option than to issue you a query to explain how all these events...

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Photos: Bayern Munich players and coach celebrate Bundesliga win in style

So their coach was dragged into this? Interesting!!! Bayern Munich players and their boss, Pep Guardiola celebrated their Bundesliga win with a 7-hour party at the ‘Kitty Cheng’ bar in Berlin, the same day they were announced winners. The current UCL title winners picked up their 24th Bundesliga title and 19th consecutive win in record time with a 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin on Tuesday. Both manager and players wined, dined and danced to Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ song all through the night. They left around 5am. Credit:...

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Short Story: A Lust Intervention | By: Su’eddie Agema

Tarlumun gazed at Amina. He tried to pick out what it was about her that held him most captive. It wasn’t much of a successful exercise. Not with her so close; not with her scent in his nose. She concentrated on the portable DVD player. He had given it to her just yesterday and was glad she loved it. Glad he could do something for her. He had come to Mbanor where he had finished an assignment some two months ago. It was during the assignment – the construction of the new hospital, that he had met her. “Have you eaten anything?” she asked breaking into his thoughts. “Eh-“ “You want to kill yourself?” She headed for the kitchen. “No, you don’t have to…” It was just formality. He had come to relish her meals. It was one of the things that had drawn him to her. It was what had endeared her to him first. She had come to the site to inquire if she could get a contract to supply some building materials. She had walked straight to him and stated her mission without any fear or preamble, almost rudely. He did not have time for such girls; he did not have time at all. He had told her that there was no room for such and that she should not bother coming again. He was sure...

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