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It is never a surprise when celebrities find love among themselves, get married and end up, sometimes, becoming influential figures in the society. When we talk about loveable celebrity couples, we are talking about couples who have weathered the storm together, done so well for themselves career-wise, and have become notable public figures. New Telegraph’s EDWIN USOBOH looks at some loveable celebrity couples who have won our hearts and how they have remained solid over the years.

 

 

Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva

Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva are probably Nollywood’s most revered couple today, and the reasons are as obvious as the sky is blue. For decades they have remained an epitome of love today. They have lived a life devoid of controversies; rather it has all been about their accomplishments. They have been so influential we are sure history will be fair to them when all is over and put them in a book of entertainment greats from Nigeria, West Africa and indeed, Africa as a whole. In an interview recently, Olu Jacobs revealed how he met his sweetheart, Joke Silva, at the national theatre years ago. “I was invited to come and do a play in Nigeria by the National Theatre. I was living in England at that time. I was to play the lead in Wole Soyinka’s The Trials of Brother Jero. We were having the production when the door opened and this lady walked in and said sorry, we are ready. When she walked in I said excuse me, ladies and gentlemen, this is the lady I am going to marry. You know bodies can attract and bodies can repel. I saw her and I was attracted,” he said. He also shared the secret to happy marriage especially when you are celeb, saying you have to be friends first and be patient with each other. For decades, they have maintained huge relevance in the movie industry helping push up the ratings as well as injecting refined class and expertise in many film and stage presentations, among other involvements.

Tunde Obe and Wunmi Obe

Very little introduction is needed for this two – they are music veterans, fashion savvy and everything in-between – as far as the Nigerian entertainment industry is concerned. Tunde and Wunmi have been together for over two decades and have shown to a lot of fans and admirers what it is to be a celebrity couple and stay away from the paparazzi. ‘TWO’, as they are popularly called, has released a number of hit songs to their credit. According to them, they were friends for over 10 years before they got married. In an interview, Wunmi spoke about how they have been able to keep their marriage away from the eyes of the social media. According to her, it is the best way to live with your spouse, that way you can always settle any rift without the public getting to know about it.

Soni Irabor and Betty Irabor

Soni and Betty Irabor are a typical example of what an outstanding couple is all about. They started from humble beginnings with Soni starting up his career with Radio Nigeria back in the days and Betty a writer. They later rose to become moguls in the media industry with Betty Irabor as the publisher of the ‘Genevieve Magazine’ and Soni Irabor has become one of the biggest broadcasters from this part of the world. A close look at this couple shows how in love they are with each other even as they age gracefully. During Betty’s 60th birthday in 2017, the beautiful mother of two talked about how Soni influenced her life. “He is kind, self-giving and tolerates my excesses. Honestly, only a tolerant man like him could have married me; I am too stubborn. I always tend to want things my way. If I hadn’t married Soni, my destiny perhaps would probably have been diverted; he got me interested in the media. When I met him, I was a rookie PR girl who was totally clueless about an assignment I needed to deliver. He just happened to have saved the day for me and it was like payback time when he asked me out. He was in a relationship but I charmed my way into his heart,” she said.

Mary and Atunyota ‘Ali Baba’ Alleluya Akporobome

As funny as his name sounds, Ali Baba is known as the ‘king o f comedy’ from this part of the world, and we don’t think anyone would argue about it. Over the last three decades, we’ve seen Alibaba transcend the length and breadth of the comedy business. Like they say “In every successful man is a woman”; that is where Mary Akpobome comes to play. The couple has been together for over two decades and still waxing strong. Ali Baba has anchored countless private and government projects over time, hence his success today. For those who don’t know, Mary isn’t in the entertainment industry unlike a lot of celebrity couples, rather she has grown to become one of the most successful bankers in Nigeria. During a recent interview, Alibaba described his wife as his stabilising factor. “My wife has been the secret of our success story in marriage and God. She is the glue that keeps holding us together. She holds the home front; she also manages me. I am not the easiest person to live with, considering the fact that I am an artist and always on the move. She’s somebody who believes in firm planning. She likes to do everything according to plan. I am the kind of person that works on the fly and I think on the fly as well. But she finally began to make me fall in line. She’s a stabilising factor in my life,” he said.

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Mathew Ekeinde

A lot of Nigerians yet unborn will grow up to read about the amazing love story between Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and her husband Mathew Ekeinde. Picture an 18 year-old lady with so much innocence getting married to a young pilot, the best romantic story right? That was the case of these two back in 1996 when they decided to tie the knot. Since then they both have grown to become one of the biggest celebrities in the country, with Omotola having a very successful acting career spanning over two decades. In a chat recently, Mathew Ekiende spoke about the challenges of being married to a movie star. “The most challenging thing that makes us argue a lot is her schedule. Sometimes, especially back then when she was shooting back to back, it was crazy. And then, when she’s had a busy schedule back to back, she falls sick. It’s standard. She gets Malaria and when my wife is down with Malaria, it’s not fun to be around her,” he revealed. Their style game is impressive and they make this list for being together, achieving greatness over time and reassuring naysayers that even celebs can maintain a steady relationship.

Jumobi and Richard Mofe- Damijo (RMD)

This list won’t be complete without your favourite ‘Man Crush Everyday,’ Richard Mofe Damijo and his beautiful wife, Jumobi. We can’t overemphasize the major role RMD, as he is popularly called, played in the emergence of what we now see as one of the biggest movie industry in Nigeria. RMD is an amazing actor, politician, lawyer and sometimes a motivational speaker on social media. However his wife, Jumobi is known to be a former screen diva before venturing into communications where she presently works at one of Nigeria’s biggest telecoms company. The two are not just celebrity couples but ‘power couples’ if you would like to put it that way. While the former TV presenter has taken the back seat in recent years, RMD still maintains dominance on red carpets and select Nollywood projects. The 57-year-old super actor recently celebrated his wife with sweet words. He thanked her for being with him all these years and for making him a better person. “18years. Grateful. Humbled by your love and strength. Thank you for making me a better man Abike,” he wrote.

Innocent ‘Tuface’ Idibia and Annie Idibia

Tuface and Annie Idibia need no introduction as they are one of the biggest celebrity couples in Nigeria today. This amazing love story didn’t just start today as it dates back to when Tuface was just an upcoming artist in the late 90s. Despite 2face’s relationship with a number of women, they were able to weather the storm together. The couple makes this list for their sense of style, compatibility and super star status especially with Annie delving into Nollywood and helping firm up their collective brand appeal. Annie Idbia in a chat revealed how they have been able to stay together as one united front both as a family and successful careers. “I married my friend and we trust, love and respect each other so much. And that has remained the bed rock of our marriage,” she said.

Zack and Ngozi Orji

When what is today known as Nollywood kicked off in the early 1990s, not many knew it would become the second biggest movie industry in the world. Zack Orji and his wife Ngozi Orji were amongst the actors who bankrolled the now famous Nollywood industry. From the early days, they were in every major movie and sometimes even played the role of a couple. Zack Orji is known for his expertise in delivering his roles in movies. According to his wife in an interview, “I feel good; I am blessed to have him. He is a good husband, a gentle man and a good father to our kids.” Caring and romantic, Zack revealed sometimes ago that he doesn’t believe in using housemaids for regular house chores like cleaning the dishes and toilet. “I did domestic chores and I still do. A man should be willing to do housework because it is his house. I wash the dishes sometimes. It is not about showing love for one’s wife or one’s family. It is just believe that since it is my house, it is something I should do,” he said. Ngozi Orji no longer acts as she now concentrates on a singing career.

Nobert Young and Gloria Young

When names like Nobert Young and Gloria Young are being mentioned, one thing comes to mind, which is, professionalism at its core in the movie industry. It even gets better to see that they aren’t just one of the best hands to have come out of the entertainment industry, but are married. They have been together for over a decade now and have somehow been able to keep us away from their private life. Nobert Young got to the limelight in his famous role in the now rested TV drama series ‘Checkmate’, while Gloria Young was indeed a beauty to behold in the 90s famous movie ‘Glamour Girls.’ We’ve watched them become icons in the entertainment industry, making them an outstanding couple worthy of emulation. As she marked her 52nd birthday, the couple shared a passionate kiss as the actress cut her cake.

Nneka and Isaac Moses

Isaac and Nneka met on a movie set in 1996, and since then they have built unique brand together. The compatibility between this couple is amazing. They present, produce and direct their awardwinning culture and tourism TV show, ‘Goge Africa’. Nneka once said that it has been easy for them because whatever decision they made was in the best interest of their vision and passion. There is no superiority contest between this two, as Isaac sometimes allows his wife to make the decisions.

Adesua Etomi W and Banky W

These two first got married on the big screen before getting married in real life. November 2017 would forever remain evergreen in the minds of Nigerians, especially those in the entertainment industry, and of course Banky W and Adesua Etomi’s teeming fans. This is because the month went down the history as the month the two celebrities said “I Do” to each other in ceremonies that brought together most big shots in the entertainment industry. The couple had their traditional marriage on November 19, court wedding on November 20, and White Wedding on November 25, in Cape Town, South Africa.

Peter and Lola Okoye

Though married to Lola Omotayo, a lady slightly older than him, Peter Okoye and his wife continue to shine and inspire other young couples in countless ways. As they say, age is nothing but numbers, so if you find the right one what’s the use letting him or her slip past you? This pair has influenced the social circles in Nigeria even as they enjoy dominance in the corporate world with several brand affiliations. Despite all the rumours and gossip, they are happy in their marriage as they are bringing up two children (a boy and a girl) with great pleasure. Recently when the couple celebrated five years together, the mother of two did not hesitate to thank her hubby for always being there for her and the kids. She wrote: “My dearest husband, today marks 5 years since we made this our story official. And what a story it is. In the many years that I have known you what I admire the most about you is your caring heart, your kindness and humility. We have been through hell and back together but these three traits have remained a constant. It took me a long time to understand you but I thank God I now fully get you. “You are a true example of a real Man. You have been called all sorts of names but because you know who you are and because you are confident in yourself, and because you know that nobody is dragging this role with you, words don’t bother you any longer and that I respect. Our children are blessed to have a father who puts them first in all decisions taken. They are blessed to have a father who listens to their needs and I am blessed to have a husband who will take a bullet for me any day. In all, I thank God for keeping us healthy, alive and content.” Funke

Akindele and JJC Skillz

‘Jenifa’s Diary’ is pretty much a household name, thanks to Funke Akindele. She and her music star husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, more popularly known as JJC Skillz, have been married since 2016 after a private ceremony in London. The power couple where blessed with a set of twins in December 2018. JJC Skillz on why he got married to the actress, he wrote: “I have to testify. God is great. I had a dream one night around Christmas 2012 that I will be married to Funke Aakindele and believing in the mighty God I trust, I approached and she didn’t believe me. “A week of romance ended, we broke up and I wrote a song to send a message of what is to come. “My God has never lied or lead me astray. A year later she had a calling to find me and so the story continues. The Master architect is at work.”

Charles Anazodo and Mariam Anazodo

Another cute celebrity couple that has certainly done well for themselves and, we can say, have been outstanding is Charles and Mariam Anazodo. Now it’s interesting to note that they have had very successful careers in Journalism over the last two decades and counting. Charles is unarguably one of the finest sports journalists in Nigeria, while Mariam is a screen diva whose smile has endeared her to a lot of fans. In 2018, the couple celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary, with Charles sharing on his Instagram some cute words for his wife. They are blessed with two amazing children.

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Nigerian art market in transformation: New directions in investment, wealth management

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his second edition of  monthly series of talks ‘Point of View’ organised by the Ben Enwonwu Foundation in collaboration with the Society of Nigerian

 

 

Artists and supported by Alliance Française Lagos/Mike Adenuga Centre, themed ‘Raising Capital Against High Value Works of Art’ brought together a diverse line-up of artists, curators, writers, thinkers, wealth managers and policy makers.

 

 

The event, held at the Alliance Française Lagos/Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos, was informed by mounting global interest on art from the continent and a steady growth of the collectors’ base within Africa and especially in Nigeria.

 

 

“Drawing from other creative disciplines and experiences to take a broad helicopter view of the art scene in Nigeria and Africa, ‘Point of View’ aims to encourage support and funding for the visual arts through public and private sector partnership while ensuring continuing artist’s professional development and empowerment.

 

 

The conference was opened by Charles Courdent, on behalf of Alliance Française Lagos/Mike Adenuga Centre. He welcomed the guests and commended the foundation for their good work. This was followed by remarks by Oliver Enwonwu, Director, The Ben Enwonwu Foundation. Next was a thought-provoking presentation on the ‘Nigerian Art Market in Transformation: New Directions in Lending, Investment and Wealth

 

 

Management’ delivered by Bola Asiru, Co-Founder, Red Door Gallery. It centred on opportunities within the growing art sector in Nigeria, as well as Nigerian art as an alternative asset class. The evening continued with another stimulating presentation on ‘Data Driven Valuation: Improving Analysis, Financial Decisions and Investment Opportunities in the Nigerian Art Market’ by Tayo Fagbule, Chairman, Editorial Board at BusinessDay. His presentation focused on the role of data in building and sustaining the domestic and international markets for Nigerian art. 

 

 

The highlight of the event was the panel discussion ‘Panel Discussion: Challenges, Risks and Regulatory Frameworks’. The panel comprised of: Ephraim Ajibola, who represented Prof. Koyinsola Ajayi, SAN, Managing Partner, Olaniwun Ajayi LP; Prince Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon, Founder, Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Foundation (OYASAF); Kavita Chellaram, Chief Executive Officer, Arthouse Contemporary Limited; John Opubor, Managing Partner, Coronation Capital; and Dapo Adeniyi, who moderated the panel.

 

 

The event was concluded by a vote of thanks by Oliver Enwonwu, Executive Director, The Ben Enwonwu Foundation, who thanked guests, partners and The Ben Enwonwu Foundation team for making this edition a success.

 

 

Amongst invited guests were: Neil Coventry, Nigerian Representative, Modern & Contemporary African Art, Bonhams, Ifeoma Ewuzie, MD, AB Artworld, Professors John Pepper and Ebun Clark, Jerome Elaiho, Victor Ehikhamenor, Ayo Akinwande, Rom Isichei, Nengi Omuku, Tony Nsofor, Sam Ebohon, Edosa Ogiugo, Uche Joel Chima, Norbert Okopu, Tega Akpokena and Ngozi Schommers.

 

 

“Sponsors and partners who contributed to the great success of this edition are Jackson Etti & Edu, Lagos Paris Art, Hundids, Connect Nigeria, The Sole Adventurer, OnoBello, Red Door Gallery, Mydrim Gallery, Wildflower PR, Artyrama, and Omenka,” Enwonwu said.

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Breaking boundaries of knowledge through curiosity

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Book Title: In the Curious City

Author: Stephen Erutor-Pat

Pagination: 72

Publisher: CoachInFocus Resource Planet

Year of publication: 2016

Reviewer: Tony Okuyeme 

 

 

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he greatest invention in the world”, notes American inventor and businessman, Thomas Edison, “is the mind of a child and every mind is born with the instinct of curiosity.”

Also, renowned German-born theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein, notes that “Curiosity has its own reason for existing. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

This is the focus of book written by Stephen Erutor-Pat and curiously titled In the Curious City. This 72-page book published under the Motivated & Driven Series, the author notes, “is a summer when every young mind should explore the world”, stressing that …“In the Curious City… wisdom begins in Wonder.”

 

 

He however added that “Answers only change the world when the right questions are asked.” Divided into six chapters with an introduction, this ‘larger than its frame’ work is a must read for anyone eager to explore or question everything for the advancement of knowledge and discovery.

In the introduction, the author presents his thoughts, and tells of the inspiring power of a girl who is trapped in her father’s house, situated in the middle of a thick forest and was firmly secured every night with a heavy stone, such that no one could neither come in nor go out. But curious leads her to know new things, to meet great people, and opened her to exciting world of opportunities.

 

 

Chapter one titled “The Curious Cat”, the author provides different definitions of ‘Curiosity. Quoting from Wikipedia, he states: “Curiosity is a quality related to inquisitive thinking such as exploration, investigation, and learning, evident by observation in human and many animal species…”

 

 

On his part, he defines curiosity as “the quest for new ideas and information, a strong desire to question things until understood. It is a hunger to explore and delight in discovery.” According to him, “when we are curious, we approach the world with a child-like habit of poking and prodding and asking questions. We are attracted to new experiences. Rather than pursuing an agenda or a desired set of answers, we follow our question where they lead.

“And the exciting thing is that you do not need all the answers at once, you just need to get one answer after another, satisfy one curiosity after another and you are well on your way to fascinating discoveries.”

 

 

In this 21st century…, Africa, he says, is in dire need of deep thinkers, people who will go after knowledge with a club, stressing that “power goes to the continent or country that has greater knowledge. This is also true of individuals. This is why countries like America, Japan, China, India, the UK, and so many others are powerful.”    

 

 

Chapter two, as the title suggests, focuses on “What Curiosity Does To You”.  According to the author, curiosity promotes intelligence, awakens the mind to new ideas, perspectives, as well as makes one more positive among other things. 

 

 

In Chapter three, the author urges the reader “Explore: Question Everything”, and never quit until you have satisfied your curiosity.  In this chapter, the author also writes on the power of observation, highlighting the contributions the contributions of the Wright Brothers, Isaac Newton to science and knowledge.

 

Chapter four is titled “Discovering Your Spark; Burn Up Some Curiosity”. Here he opens with a quotes by James Stephens and Dorothy Parker, which states respectively that: “Curiosity will conquer far more than bravery will”; and that “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”

 

 

He however notes that you must believe in yourself, stressing that “until you are successful inside, you cannot be successful on the outside. And that is why wealth is not defined by what a man has physically but by the quality of his thoughts. This is why this book is written, to help you see yourself and the world differently.

 

 

In this chapter, the author also offers insight into how to develop a questioning mind. These include acknowledge that you don’t know; seek to clarify thoughts; learn how to listen; and mingle with those who know more than you.

 

 

“The Lead of Curiosity: What Education Really Is” is the title of chapter five, while the “Epilogue: Impression is never the goal is the focus of chapter six. How to develop your curiosity; replace fear of the unknown with curiosity; write, put your thoughts and ideas on paper; be tolerant and admit when you are wrong; become an expert in something; learn to learn and do; and don’t take things for granted are some the areas the ways to develop your curiosity, according to the author.

 

 

How the author has managed to say so much in this small book is no doubt, ‘curious’.  This is a compelling and inspiring book.

Stephen Erutor-Pat is the founder and president of SoarSTARS Club, an NGO with a mission to bring out the best in every young star.

 

 

He is a passionate motivational speaker, a writer and a strong believer in the Great New Nigeria. He strongly believes in change and that Nigeria will lead the world if her youths (her future) can but rise up, sharpen their skills, develop their talents and pursue knowledge with a club.

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Culture, creativity as Janggu Drums workshop ends in Ajegunle

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t was an entertaining and inspiring showcase of culture and creativity, particularly how traditional drums as a musical instrument can celebrate and unify cultures, as Janggu Drum Training Graduation Ceremony took centre stage at the Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Secretariat, Lagos.

 

The Janggu drum is the most representative drum in traditional Korean music. It consists of an hourglass-shaped body with two heads made from animal skin.

 

 

The atmosphere was convivial, as guests, including parents and guardians of graduating drummers, artistes and students waited anxiously for the performances.

 

 

And when the performances started, the audience was literally transported to South Korea and back to Nigeria in a potpourri of drums ensemble and colourful costumes depicting both cultures – South Korea and Nigeria.

 

 

The event is culmination of the Ajegunle axis of the Janngu drums training workshop series initiated and facilitated by notable Nigerian drummer and choreographer, Mr. Isioma Williams, in collaboration with South Korean Cultural Centre in Nigeria.

The workshop was earlier held in Orile Iganmu and Barija areas of Lagos, respectively.

 

 

In his opening remark, Mr. Williams explained the idea behind the workshop and how Janggu drums are taught.

According to him, he was inspired by his encounter with this traditional Korean hourglass-shaped drum, in 2013 when he participated in the cultural exchange initiative at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, and upon his return to Nigeria, he decided to share the knowledge with others, giving cultural values both ways.

 

 

“This is not just to promote another culture but to understand some of the values attached to some of these traditional drums,’’ he said.

He added, “Drums are therapeutic and you benefit both ways either as the one drumming or the one listening to it.”

 

 

The graduation ceremony provided the platform for the Janggu workshop participants – among them, professional dancers   – to showcase their skills after weeks-long rigorous training during the workshop. They showed, characteristic finesse, how the Janngu drum can also be adapted to various Nigerian music, including Afro-pop, rap, Fuji, and folksongs.

 

 

The children performance featured six boys namely Taiye Oyeleke, Daniel Adesuyi, Goodluck Atela, Emmanuel Sobemi, Jamiu Adio and Mohammed Ganiu.

Highlights of the event was the presentation of special awards to some of the participants for their outstanding performances and in recognition of the efforts during the Janggu drum training workshop. The commendation award was given to Mabel Chuks Okonkwo while the Excellence Award was presented to Nwaneri Barnabas.

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Soyinka salutes Keith Richards for writing Never Quite The Insider

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obel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has commended the candour, courage and confidence displayed by Chief Keith Richards in his latest book, Never Quite the Insider: A Nigerian Memoir”.

 

 

Soyinka who reviewed the book at its public presentation at the Terra Kulture in Lagos on Thursday, described the book as a “Memoir of a Ghetto Blaster”, noting that the book remains a big insight on profiling the psychology of corporate Nigeria.

 

 

“Nothing surprises me in the book, but what surprises me is candour and courage of the author, in putting together what look like a manual for both expatriates and locals, on how to navigate the testy waters of managing business,” Soyinka told an appreciative audience made of business, media and literary/arts community.

 

 

Kadaria Ahmed, Nigerian journalist, media entrepreneur, and television host who anchored the programme, maintained that the book is a thriller as the author gave a frank, unprecedented, look into corporate Nigeria and the world of expatriates.

In his remarks, the author affirmed that the 287 page book “explains a little of my coming here, my love affairs with Nigeria”, and management practice in corporate Nigeria.

 

 

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Audio-visual heritage materials as important sources of history

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he use of audio-visual heritage materials as important sources of history was the kernel of discourse at a Roundtable organised by the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC) held recently at the Amphi Theatre of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, in commemoration of FESTAC’77 @ 41. 

 

 

Titled Remembering FESTAC’77 @ 41: Utilizing The Audio-Visual Heritage Materials as Important Sources of History, the Roundtable brought together scholars, culture administrators, stakeholders in the arts and culture sector, critics, management and staff of CBAAC, as well as students of OAU.

 

 

The Acting Director-General of CBAAC, Mrs Ndidi Aimienwauu, in her address, noted the unique role which the CBAAC has continued to play in intensifying effort in preserving, promoting, propagating and enhancing global understanding and appreciation of the contribution of the Black race to global ideals through audio and visual heritage preservation.

 

 

She added that FESTAC’77 remains one of the most celebrated festivals held to showcase Black and African Cultures in its finest traditions, and an unqualified success story. 

 

 

“FESTAC’77 as some of us would have known, remains one of the most celebrated and deliberately orchestrated festivals held to showcase Black and African Cultures in its finest traditions. Expectedly, it attracted participants from 59 Black and African Countries and Communities and turned out to be the greatest assemblage of peoples of Black and African descent gathered together for the celebration of their cultural heritage. Though critics may have out of ignorance, unfortunately expressed reservations about the festival, yet it is still widely believed that FESTAC’77 remains an unqualified success story. Apart from rekindling interest in Black and African Cultures and asserting its equality with other cultures of the world, it more importantly brought global attention to the invaluable contributions of the Black race to the pool of universal knowledge. It is interesting to note that the establishment of CBAAC is a response to the need to reinforce and sustain the gains of FESTAC’77. “Therefore, the theme of this Roundtable: Remembering Festac’77 @ 41: Utilizing the Audio-visual Heritage Materials as Important Sources of History, is carefully crafted to bring to light the pivotal role of audio –visual in the preservation and promotion of the rich cultural heritage of the African race,” she said. 

 

 

The CBAAC DG added that “the audio and visual – which includes the television, radio, cinema, films, etc., are the most ubiquitous, inescapable technological mediums use in the documentation, reconstruction and projection of the historical and cultural heritage of a people, man ever invented. Reason being that of the major phenomena which directly contribute to the dynamic process of basic changes in modern societies, it is an undisputable fact that the role of the audio-visual in the documentation and propagation of African cultures is all-pervading.

 

 

“Therefore, it is important that we utilize this dynamic and powerful technological media instrument in documenting, reconstructing and communicating Africa’s cultural and historical experiences for the benefit of the future generations of Africans and the African Diaspora. It is in the light of this that this Roundtable programme is being organised.”

 

 

According to her, the Centre has an Archival and Audio-Visual units that houses all audio-visual materials including films, Music of renowned artiste and legends that participated in the historical festival, etc. “These materials which emanated from Festac’77, are preserved not just for research purposes but also to further understanding and appreciation of the importance of Festac’77 in African cultural renaissance.”

 

 

Associate Professor of Mass Media, Theatre and Communication Studies, Department of English and Communication Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Nigeria, Osakue Stevenson Omoera, in his paper, titled “Benin Video-Films as Archival Sources of History Introduction”, examined how Benn video films could serve as archival sources of history in Nigeria. He used some historical Benin films to underpin his argument and highlighted the cultural capital as well as economic possibilities of paying close attention to that aspect of Nigeria’s cultural heritage. 

 

 

“To do this, a well thought through plan of community screening of Benin language films in Benin and environs should be set in motion to apprise the Benin people of today of their history with to view to making them learn veritable cultural values such as lineage greetings, proverbs and language. Technology should be deployed to archive and preserve these films as social dairies for generations of Benin, Nigerians yet unborn and for the present and future scholars of Benin culture, art and history and Nigerian Studies.”

 

 

Dr. Anthony Onwuma, in his paper, spoke on “Reversing the Challenges of Afro-Pessimism through Audio-Visual Preservation of Black and African Cultural Heritage: The CBAAC Example”.

 

 

Highlights of the event include a short clips of FESTAC’77 performance by CBAAC Audio Visual Section, and cultural/musical  performances by FESTAC’77 veteran, Mr. Wole Alade  backed by the Music Department, O. A. U, Ife.

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Naira Marley’s card fraud trial adjourned

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Naira Marley’s card fraud trial adjourned

A Federal High Court in Lagos has just adjourned the alleged card fraud trial of musician, Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley, who is facing card fraud charges.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo made the decision so as to allow the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission counsel Mr Rotimi Oyedepo and Fashola’s counsel Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN) to respond to two motions.

The court is yet to fix a date for trial proper, but has asked Fashola’s counsel to move his motion.

The proceedings are ongoing.

Fashola, popular for his “Am I a Yahoo Boy” and “Soapy” tracks, is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on an 11-count charge of conspiracy, possession of counterfeit cards and fraud.

His co-defendant is one Yad Isril, who is said to still be at large.

The defendant was arraigned on May 20 before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, but pleaded not guilty.

He secured N2 million bail with two sureties in the like sum, following an application by his counsel, Mr Olalekan Ojo, (SAN).

The trial was scheduled for Monday, but the court did not sit.

According to the charge, the defendant committed the offences on different dates including November 26, 2018, December 11, 2018, and May 10,

Fashola and his accomplices allegedly conspired to use different ATM Cards to defraud their victims.

Fashola was said to have possessed these counterfeit credit cards, belonging to different cardholders, with intent to defraud, and which also constituted theft.

The offences contravene the provisions of Section 1 23 (1) (b), 27 (1}, 33, 33(9) Cyber Crime (Prohibition) Prevention Act, 2015.

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Naira Marley’s card fraud trial adjourned

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Naira Marley’s card fraud trial adjourned

A Federal High Court in Lagos has just adjourned the alleged card fraud trial of musician, Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley, who is facing card fraud charges.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo made the decision so as to allow the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission counsel Mr Rotimi Oyedepo and Fashola’s counsel Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN) to respond to two motions.

The court is yet to fix a date for trial proper, but has asked Fashola’s counsel to move his motion.

The proceedings are ongoing.

Fashola, popular for his “Am I a Yahoo Boy” and “Soapy” tracks, is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on an 11-count charge of conspiracy, possession of counterfeit cards and fraud.

His co-defendant is one Yad Isril, who is said to still be at large.

The defendant was arraigned on May 20 before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, but pleaded not guilty.

He secured N2 million bail with two sureties in the like sum, following an application by his counsel, Mr Olalekan Ojo, (SAN).

The trial was scheduled for Monday, but the court did not sit.

According to the charge, the defendant committed the offences on different dates including November 26, 2018, December 11, 2018, and May 10,

Fashola and his accomplices allegedly conspired to use different ATM Cards to defraud their victims.

Fashola was said to have possessed these counterfeit credit cards, belonging to different cardholders, with intent to defraud, and which also constituted theft.

The offences contravene the provisions of Section 1 23 (1) (b), 27 (1}, 33, 33(9) Cyber Crime (Prohibition) Prevention Act, 2015.

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Zlatan to headline first concert tagged ‘Zlatan Live’ in Lagos

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Zlatan to headline first concert tagged ‘Zlatan Live’ in Lagos

By Adedayo Odulaja

Zlatan Ibile is set to headline his first concert in Lagos themed Zlatan Live at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos on December 18th and tickets are already on sale on Nairabox

This is going to be Zlatan’s first official concert as a headliner in the city of Lagos and it promises to be a very exciting event, with assurances from him to excite his fans and audience with his energetic Zanku moves, music collaborations and other exciting activities planned out to give fans utmost entertainment, ultimate fun and a night to remember for a long time.

The artiste has had an amazing year and it is only right to crown it all with a concert for his huge and loyal fan base.

Born Temidayo Raphael Omoniyi, Zlatan Ibile is a multitalented Nigerian performing artiste who is not only an indigenous rapper, singer and songwriter but also a great dancer that originated one of the biggest dances in Africa; ZANKU.

The creator of the well-known slang, ‘Kapaichumarimarichopaco,’ Zlatan Ibile launched his talent and started making his mark on the music industry in 2017. He is without doubt the most-desired street sensation and a great influence in the music industry as his talent and exclusive sounds have propelled him to the top, helping him gain recognition home and abroad.

His songs – singles and collaborations – continue to top various charts, with close 3 million active followers across his social media networks.

Achievas Entertainment, one of the biggest show promoters in Nigeria with a history of delivering the best events & experience will be promoting the event in collaboration with Zlatan’s Alleluyah Boyz Entertainment and music lovers are assured of a one-of-a-kind experience with maximum entertainment and assured security at every point during the event.

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Zlatan to headline first concert tagged ‘Zlatan Live’ in Lagos

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Zlatan to headline first concert tagged ‘Zlatan Live’ in Lagos

By Adedayo Odulaja

Zlatan Ibile is set to headline his first concert in Lagos themed Zlatan Live at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos on December 18th and tickets are already on sale on Nairabox

This is going to be Zlatan’s first official concert as a headliner in the city of Lagos and it promises to be a very exciting event, with assurances from him to excite his fans and audience with his energetic Zanku moves, music collaborations and other exciting activities planned out to give fans utmost entertainment, ultimate fun and a night to remember for a long time.

The artiste has had an amazing year and it is only right to crown it all with a concert for his huge and loyal fan base.

Born Temidayo Raphael Omoniyi, Zlatan Ibile is a multitalented Nigerian performing artiste who is not only an indigenous rapper, singer and songwriter but also a great dancer that originated one of the biggest dances in Africa; ZANKU.

The creator of the well-known slang, ‘Kapaichumarimarichopaco,’ Zlatan Ibile launched his talent and started making his mark on the music industry in 2017. He is without doubt the most-desired street sensation and a great influence in the music industry as his talent and exclusive sounds have propelled him to the top, helping him gain recognition home and abroad.

His songs – singles and collaborations – continue to top various charts, with close 3 million active followers across his social media networks.

Achievas Entertainment, one of the biggest show promoters in Nigeria with a history of delivering the best events & experience will be promoting the event in collaboration with Zlatan’s Alleluyah Boyz Entertainment and music lovers are assured of a one-of-a-kind experience with maximum entertainment and assured security at every point during the event.

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Actress, Funke Adesiyan, becomes Aisha Buhari’s aide

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Actress, Funke Adesiyan, becomes Aisha Buhari’s aide

Nollywood actress, Funke Adesiyan, has emerged one of the political aides of Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari.

The actress was appointed the Personal Assistant to the First Lady on Domestic and Social events alongside five other appointees.

On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Adesiyan’s appointment was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

She is expected to resume duties immediately at the office of the First Lady, which became effective after the return of Aisha Buhari from London.

The ‘Obinrin Ale’ star joined active politics when she emerged as the Southwest coordinator for Mallam Shekarau’s presidential campaign in 2011.

She was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party where she contested for a seat at the Oyo State House of Assembly until 2018 when she defected to the APC.

Adesiyan honed her acting skills under the tutelage of actor, director, and producer, Saidi Balogun. She also featured in his three-cast film, ‘Eti Keta’.

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