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I wasn’t born with a silver spoon- DR. OLATOKUNBO AWOLOWO-DOSUNMU

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I wasn’t born with a silver spoon- DR. OLATOKUNBO  AWOLOWO-DOSUNMU
  • ‘I wanted to be a doctor from age 4, Papa (Awo) had no hand in it’

 

Dr. Olatokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu is a medical doctor and the youngest daughter of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo. She bared her mind on growing up, decayed health sector while advising women married to great men to emulate her mother’s legacy. She spoke to FLORA ONWUDIWE who was at her home town in Ikenne, Ogun State. Excerpts…

 

You are a naturally beautiful woman and looking young at 71; what is the secret?

 

It is just the grace of God; there’s nothing else whatsoever. I don’t have any beauty routine. It’s just the grace of God. I think it is also genetic. If you saw Papa and Mama even in old age, they both looked young. Even Mama at the age 99 didn’t look too bad. Ultimately, it is the grace of God.

 

What would you wish for at your age?

 

Nothing more than I am now; peace of mind, good children, a good life, comfort, peace, just generally feeling at peace with where I am. What would you consider as your biggest regret in life? None whatsoever, not a single one.

 

You are the fifth of five children, what was your growing up like?

 

It was very interesting. Being the last child, of course, everybody dotted on me. I enjoyed favours from my parents, from their friends and family. It was good growing up.

 

Who influenced your life more between Papa and Mama?

 

That is impossible to determine although Mama was the one that interfaced constantly every day; she was there.

 

Although, she had her business, her shop was on the premises of the house, initially, and then she moved to Gbagi much later. But she was the one we saw constantly. But Papa was also a presence that was there. Mama always reminded us of Papa, what he wanted and what he liked.

 

She always talked about him. So, we knew what he wanted and what he didn’t like. The few times that we got to spend with Papa, he made them count, they were very memorable times with him. Of course, we always heard about Papa in the house and in the news.

 

He was what he really stood for, his integrity.

 

Could you share any memorable experience while growing up?

 

They are so many, whether birthdays or other memorable occasions; generally, just sitting down chatting with Papa were good times.

 

So, it would be correct to say that you were born with a silver spoon?

 

 

I don’t know about that; I wasn’t aware.

 

You see this is the trouble, people look at those in office today and think that that was what it was like. It wasn’t like that in Papa’s days. They were just doing a job and that was what they were doing.

 

Like I told you Papa’s income took a hit but we thank God that Mama was working, that was why it didn’t show.

 

She never went to government house. The only time she went to government house was when the trouble started in 1962 in Bell Avenue. Even when he was Federal Commissioner of Finance, he rented a house in Surulere that he lived in; he always rode in his car.

 

So, there was nothing spectacular at all about that, he didn’t have excess money, he didn’t send us abroad.

 

When my sister and I went to the United Kingdom, that was during the crisis, it was because it was too distracting for us here.

 

He decided that Mama should send us away. It was only because he knew mama could afford it because he had nothing; that was how we went abroad.

 

So, I don’t know about silver spoon. So, there was nothing spectacular about us at all.

 

But that is how the society looks at the family?

 

That is because that is what they see now   long time now. But reading it now, of course, it evokes all sort of memories.

 

During your school days, you were driven in the best cars, attached with security…

 

Absolutely not. Papa had his own car that took him to work, then there was a back-up car. I think it belonged to Mama. That is the one that took us to school, if it was available and brought us back, if it was available.

 

If it wasn’t we walked, yes we walked to school and walked back home. And it was quite far like my primary school was in Molete and we lived in Okebola in Ibadan. So that was quite a distance in the hot sun. And the ground was always hot, those crisp soles of shoes conducted heat very severely. Your feet got really hot from walking. But we thank God in those days there were no kidnappers,n there was no worry about safety or security, so we did that safely.

 

Did your mother allow her children to do domestic chores or the housemaids were there to assist all the time?

 

Yes, there were plenty of them; we were encouraged to tidy up our rooms first of all and to do little things in the house. We didn’t cook in the house but we went to secondary school where you had to cook.

 

What was the relationship between you and your classmates; were you selective and only interacted with mates whose fathers were almost of the same status as your father?

 

First of all, I didn’t even believe that my father had a special status. I did not know. I am telling you seriously, I was not aware. Secondly, the kids were all children of ordinary people.

 

We went to ordinary schools. I went UMC demonstration school, they were like those government schools. There was no class distinction and there were no classes anyway. Even the children of the other ministers went to the same school.

 

The Attorney General’s son went to local government school, that was where he went to primary school and he still maintains some of his friends and some of them are in Abuja.

 

We were taught that human beings were human beings. In that regard we were all the same, we were taught to treat people the same and to see ourselves as the same. We didn’t go to school elites. There was university staff school at a time, we didn’t go there and there were elite schools in Ibadan but we went to ordinary schools.

 

Did the teachers treat you specially?

 

They were never intimidated at all; the teachers were not.

 

 

They just did their job and that was it. They were never made to feel that this is the premier’s child, no, and I have no recollection of that. I only got accolades and recognition on the basis of my school work. If I did well that was when I got it. If

 

I came to school and my hair was untidy, I got punished like every other child. If I did not take care of my uniform I got punished like every other child.

 

 

In those days, the headmistress was a family friend and they were all very down to earth people. So, if you did anything wrong just pray that headmistress left it in school and didn’t report you at home for a second ration. That was the kind of life we lived.

 

Could you recall any instance of a   teacher flogging you?

 

That happened a little bit, not flog, but more of emotional distress. That happened in Saint Ann’s Secondary School. It wasn’t my teacher, she was my older sister’s teacher. She was supposed to teach history or so, but my sister used to tell us stories that every time this lady came to class, she used to pick on her: your father did this, did that, and that was during the crisis; it really became a problem and you know sometimes children can be very cruel too, when the crisis started, we saw some people carrying father’s portrait. We told the principal, she tried to sort it out; these are the lessons we learnt to build our moral fiber and emotional strength in life.

 

 

Your studying medicine, was it a personal decision or a result of Papa’s counseling?

 

 

It was my personal decision. When I was in medical school, this was in 1969, Papa was in government[H1] at and he led the Federal government delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London. While I was there with him, one of his former colonial secretaries, Mr. Wole Brown, came to visit him and he saw me and asked me ‘how are you and what are you doing.’ I said I am in medical school, and he said ‘so you made it. You always wanted to be a doctor since you were this high.’ Apparently, I decided that I wanted to be a doctor since the age of four. You know parents love that kind of thing, and they kind of enforce it all the time. Throughout my schooling I was always better at Arts- English Language and Literature – than Sciences. I could so easily have shifted, but I just made up my mind that I was going to be a doctor and God made it happen.

 

On you return, how does what you met on ground compare to what it is now in the health sector?

 

There was absolutely no comparison; I came back here immediately I qualified. I didn’t stay back to do my house jobs. I came back to Nigeria for my house jobs. That time, Nigerian hospitals, certainly the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, were accredited for full registration with the General Medical Council (GMC), which is the regulatory body for doctors in the UK.

 

That’s where you get your registration, that is where you get your licence to practice. At that time, you could do your house jobs in UCH and be registered fully. If you qualify for medical school, you apply for pre-registration to work as a house officer and when you finish your house jobs, you are fully registered to practice medicine. Based on that as soon as I finished my house jobs in the UCH, I was free to go back to the UK and work because I was also fully registered in the UK. That is no longer the case now, it has not been the case for many, many years. If you qualify in Nigeria and finish your house job in Nigeria, you still have to go and take tests in the UK in other to be deem fit to practice medicine in the UK. So that is one major difference.

 

Then you have the condition of the facilities that were available to work with, now they have all sorts of equipment and all the time there is one problem or the other and the conditions for teaching medicine here are quite different.

 

When I first qualified those were the days, when Saudi Princess came to Nigeria for medical treatment at UCH, but now the movement is in the other way. So, most of the doctors vote with their feet, that is they leave. Of course, abroad they call them highly skilled migrant workers.

 

They are looking for doctors and nurses and other kinds of medical professionals, so if you belong to those professions and you pass the test you will have the red carpet and you are good to go.

 

There are so many Nigerian doctors now in the UK not to talk of the U.S. and everywhere you can imagine in the world, you find Nigerian doctors. I went to Botswana and the medical practice that was there and talked about and trusted was owned by a Nigerian doctor; that was 1995. And they are doing very well, they have a good life, the kinds of things that make life meaningful for any individual they can have over there.

 

The opportunities are there as long as you know your job, work hard and sky is the limit. I met one when I was practicing in the UK cardiovascular surgeon and he was trained at the University of Ilorin.

 

He was referred to as a miracle worker because the most difficult cases were usually referred to him. Of course, he did very well, financially. I think he has relocated to Canada now. He is doing very well, so rather than coming home, he relocated to Canada. So, the conditions are completely not the same at all.

 

When I qualified, I couldn’t wait to get back to Nigeria. As a matter of fact, I came back by boat; there was still boat travelling between UK and Nigeria like two weeks intervals; it was like cruise that was what I came back on.

 

On a boat to Nigeria?

 

Oh yes, two weeks, it was lovely, MV Orion and we stopped at Las Palmas, different places. I had my ticket when I was studying and any time I felt like sleeping or leaving my desk, I would put it right in front of my desk, looked at the ticket in front of me and said to myself ‘I am on that boat.’ So that energized me to continue my studies. I could not wait to get back to Nigeria. These days people who study here can’t wait to get out.

 

What advantage do couples of same professions have over couples of different fields?

 

 

A total understanding of what the job entails. If you are a doctor and your husband is a doctor, you have to go for call duties. Weekend calls, calls during Christmas, calls during family events that you can’t go. Of course, the understanding will be there that this is what it is. Well somebody from a different profession will understanding, but not fully.

 

You are a medical doctor and married to doctor; most times you discuss patient, does it not make your marriage boring?

 

Not always. It gets boring but we can talk about cases, may be difficult cases, interesting cases, we learn from each other and that is good. But then we talk about other things as well. How did you meet your husband?

 

I knew him when we were in Nigeria, his father was the administrative secretary of the Action Group and he was my brother’s friend. And when I was in Bristol, he also came there and that was it.

 

 

You said Christ visited you at the age 45. How?

 

I gave my life to Christ. I was born into a Christian home. I was baptized when I was a few weeks old. You know how it is, you don’t really know what it is all about until something happens and then you do understand; that‘s what happened to me. I was at Full Gospel Christian Business Fellowship Breakfast, Lagos. I don’t know why but it was on that situation, that’s what happened.

 

What would you say you took from Mama that helped you in marriage?

 

Calmness of spirit, it helps me in life generally. She was calm, she didn’t lose her temper. She didn’t pick quarrels with people; those were the lessons I learnt from her. Her industry, her willingness to support the family, she was always there, her discipline. Even when Papa was angry, she was always quiet, those were the lessons I took from her.

 

You named a foundation after Mama; what legacy did she leave behind that you are propagating?

 

 

In her own right she was a leader; yes she was a political leader. She was a fantastic helper for Papa while in office. She never encouraged him to compromise his integrity and she supported him. For example, if he was tired or he was busy, and there were people coming, she was able to take meetings and talk to them and douse whatever it was that was the situation. She was a leader in her own right. She understood what her husband was all about and she was a role model to women everywhere. Just life generally, her character, her relationship with her husband, the fact that she demonstrated very clearly that you don’t have to lock a woman up, that women do have a role to play even as spouses of great men or in their own right. She went out to campaign, she stood in for the Federal House of Representatives election in 1964 or 1965. They boycotted the elections, it was a pity, but she took Papa’s place and was leading the Action Group (AG) into the elections. In her own right she was a political leader, she showed what women can do. Her fortitude in the face of a whole lot of trouble is what was most remarkable about her. She didn’t question her husband’s life mission, she never did, she didn’t say why all these troubles, I am tired, I have had enough of this. Never, it was always you want to do this, what do you want me to do? Where do you want me to go? And after the travails were over, in the Second Republic, Papa came out again; most women would say politics again, she was out there with him. She was always identified with his life mission.

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Nigerian comedian, Afamefuna Igwemba popularly known as Klint Da Drunk, expressed gratitude to God for surviving a car crash along Bauchi-Jos express road.

Klint Da Drunk, took to his instragram handle @klintdadrunk to express his joy on Friday.

Below are extracts from the message:

“Please, help me in praising God Almighty for delivering us from the Jaws of death. Along Bauchi-Jos express road, we were involved in a terrible car crash.

“We boarded golf 2 on charter as it was the only means to move.

“The driver was careful enough so I had no issues with him but then, out of the blues, a truck jumped right in front of us and road was wet as it had been drizzling.

“The driver tried all he could to stop the car but the slippery road just made it look like he did nothing all I was shouting was “JESUS! JESUS!! JESUS!!!” and with a speed of about 100km/per hr or there about, we rammed right into the back of this truck.

“God being so merciful and wonderful, we got out of the car with very minor injuries, how the tail of the truck was stopped from causing major damage on us is just God’s doing.

“God I thank you for life, I thank You for Your Mercies, I thank You for Your Grace and for your love on sinners like us.

“May your name be glorified forever in Jesus Mighty Name!!! Amen!!!,” he said.

The Nigerian comic actor is a famous Nigeria stand out comedian and musician that has contributed to the entertainment industry immensely.

Klint Da Drunk became popular after he made his first appearance in Nigga raw first album “Obodo” then appeared in several other videos.

He became a public figure after his unique performance in a ‘Night of Thousand Laugh’ a comedy show hosted by Opa Willims in several part of Nigeria.

The renowned comic actor has featured in numerous Nollywood movies which include Destroyer, Chain Reaction, Lost Kingdom, My house help etc.

He is married to his longtime girlfriend Lillian and their marriage is blessed with two children, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Meanwhile, Many celebrities were very excited that the comedian and other passengers survived the mishap.

They shared comments of gratitude on his page. Some reactions below:

@julietibrahim: “Glory be to God. I had a similar encounter before and it’s just God’s miraculous intervention God is good all the time.”

@ruggedybaba: “Thank God for His mercies bro.”

@okonlagos: “Thank You Jesus.”

@senatorcomedian: “Thank God!!!!”

@alexxekubo: “God almighty we thank you.”

@patrick_salvado: “God is good bro, sorry about that Ordeal”.

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Nigerian comedian, Klint Da Drunk, survives car crash

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Nigerian comedian, Afamefuna Igwemba popularly known as Klint Da Drunk, expressed gratitude to God for surviving a car crash along Bauchi-Jos express road.

Klint Da Drunk, took to his instragram handle @klintdadrunk to express his joy on Friday.

Below are extracts from the message:

“Please, help me in praising God Almighty for delivering us from the Jaws of death. Along Bauchi-Jos express road, we were involved in a terrible car crash.

“We boarded golf 2 on charter as it was the only means to move.

“The driver was careful enough so I had no issues with him but then, out of the blues, a truck jumped right in front of us and road was wet as it had been drizzling.

“The driver tried all he could to stop the car but the slippery road just made it look like he did nothing all I was shouting was “JESUS! JESUS!! JESUS!!!” and with a speed of about 100km/per hr or there about, we rammed right into the back of this truck.

“God being so merciful and wonderful, we got out of the car with very minor injuries, how the tail of the truck was stopped from causing major damage on us is just God’s doing.

“God I thank you for life, I thank You for Your Mercies, I thank You for Your Grace and for your love on sinners like us.

“May your name be glorified forever in Jesus Mighty Name!!! Amen!!!,” he said.

The Nigerian comic actor is a famous Nigeria stand out comedian and musician that has contributed to the entertainment industry immensely.

Klint Da Drunk became popular after he made his first appearance in Nigga raw first album “Obodo” then appeared in several other videos.

He became a public figure after his unique performance in a ‘Night of Thousand Laugh’ a comedy show hosted by Opa Willims in several part of Nigeria.

The renowned comic actor has featured in numerous Nollywood movies which include Destroyer, Chain Reaction, Lost Kingdom, My house help etc.

He is married to his longtime girlfriend Lillian and their marriage is blessed with two children, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Meanwhile, Many celebrities were very excited that the comedian and other passengers survived the mishap.

They shared comments of gratitude on his page. Some reactions below:

@julietibrahim: “Glory be to God. I had a similar encounter before and it’s just God’s miraculous intervention God is good all the time.”

@ruggedybaba: “Thank God for His mercies bro.”

@okonlagos: “Thank You Jesus.”

@senatorcomedian: “Thank God!!!!”

@alexxekubo: “God almighty we thank you.”

@patrick_salvado: “God is good bro, sorry about that Ordeal”.

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Nigerian comedian, Klint Da Drunk, survives car crash

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Nigerian comedian, Afamefuna Igwemba popularly known as Klint Da Drunk, expressed gratitude to God for surviving a car crash along Bauchi-Jos express road.

Klint Da Drunk, took to his instragram handle @klintdadrunk to express his joy on Friday.

Below are extracts from the message:

“Please, help me in praising God Almighty for delivering us from the Jaws of death. Along Bauchi-Jos express road, we were involved in a terrible car crash.

“We boarded golf 2 on charter as it was the only means to move.

“The driver was careful enough so I had no issues with him but then, out of the blues, a truck jumped right in front of us and road was wet as it had been drizzling.

“The driver tried all he could to stop the car but the slippery road just made it look like he did nothing all I was shouting was “JESUS! JESUS!! JESUS!!!” and with a speed of about 100km/per hr or there about, we rammed right into the back of this truck.

“God being so merciful and wonderful, we got out of the car with very minor injuries, how the tail of the truck was stopped from causing major damage on us is just God’s doing.

“God I thank you for life, I thank You for Your Mercies, I thank You for Your Grace and for your love on sinners like us.

“May your name be glorified forever in Jesus Mighty Name!!! Amen!!!,” he said.

The Nigerian comic actor is a famous Nigeria stand out comedian and musician that has contributed to the entertainment industry immensely.

Klint Da Drunk became popular after he made his first appearance in Nigga raw first album “Obodo” then appeared in several other videos.

He became a public figure after his unique performance in a ‘Night of Thousand Laugh’ a comedy show hosted by Opa Willims in several part of Nigeria.

The renowned comic actor has featured in numerous Nollywood movies which include Destroyer, Chain Reaction, Lost Kingdom, My house help etc.

He is married to his longtime girlfriend Lillian and their marriage is blessed with two children, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Meanwhile, Many celebrities were very excited that the comedian and other passengers survived the mishap.

They shared comments of gratitude on his page. Some reactions below:

@julietibrahim: “Glory be to God. I had a similar encounter before and it’s just God’s miraculous intervention God is good all the time.”

@ruggedybaba: “Thank God for His mercies bro.”

@okonlagos: “Thank You Jesus.”

@senatorcomedian: “Thank God!!!!”

@alexxekubo: “God almighty we thank you.”

@patrick_salvado: “God is good bro, sorry about that Ordeal”.

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Nigerian comedian, Klint Da Drunk, survives car crash

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Nigerian comedian, Afamefuna Igwemba popularly known as Klint Da Drunk, expressed gratitude to God for surviving a car crash along Bauchi-Jos express road.

Klint Da Drunk, took to his instragram handle @klintdadrunk to express his joy on Friday.

Below are extracts from the message:

“Please, help me in praising God Almighty for delivering us from the Jaws of death. Along Bauchi-Jos express road, we were involved in a terrible car crash.

“We boarded golf 2 on charter as it was the only means to move.

“The driver was careful enough so I had no issues with him but then, out of the blues, a truck jumped right in front of us and road was wet as it had been drizzling.

“The driver tried all he could to stop the car but the slippery road just made it look like he did nothing all I was shouting was “JESUS! JESUS!! JESUS!!!” and with a speed of about 100km/per hr or there about, we rammed right into the back of this truck.

“God being so merciful and wonderful, we got out of the car with very minor injuries, how the tail of the truck was stopped from causing major damage on us is just God’s doing.

“God I thank you for life, I thank You for Your Mercies, I thank You for Your Grace and for your love on sinners like us.

“May your name be glorified forever in Jesus Mighty Name!!! Amen!!!,” he said.

The Nigerian comic actor is a famous Nigeria stand out comedian and musician that has contributed to the entertainment industry immensely.

Klint Da Drunk became popular after he made his first appearance in Nigga raw first album “Obodo” then appeared in several other videos.

He became a public figure after his unique performance in a ‘Night of Thousand Laugh’ a comedy show hosted by Opa Willims in several part of Nigeria.

The renowned comic actor has featured in numerous Nollywood movies which include Destroyer, Chain Reaction, Lost Kingdom, My house help etc.

He is married to his longtime girlfriend Lillian and their marriage is blessed with two children, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Meanwhile, Many celebrities were very excited that the comedian and other passengers survived the mishap.

They shared comments of gratitude on his page. Some reactions below:

@julietibrahim: “Glory be to God. I had a similar encounter before and it’s just God’s miraculous intervention God is good all the time.”

@ruggedybaba: “Thank God for His mercies bro.”

@okonlagos: “Thank You Jesus.”

@senatorcomedian: “Thank God!!!!”

@alexxekubo: “God almighty we thank you.”

@patrick_salvado: “God is good bro, sorry about that Ordeal”.

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Nigerian comedian, Klint Da Drunk, survives car crash

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Nigerian comedian, Afamefuna Igwemba popularly known as Klint Da Drunk, expressed gratitude to God for surviving a car crash along Bauchi-Jos express road.

Klint Da Drunk, took to his instragram handle @klintdadrunk to express his joy on Friday.

Below are extracts from the message:

“Please, help me in praising God Almighty for delivering us from the Jaws of death. Along Bauchi-Jos express road, we were involved in a terrible car crash.

“We boarded golf 2 on charter as it was the only means to move.

“The driver was careful enough so I had no issues with him but then, out of the blues, a truck jumped right in front of us and road was wet as it had been drizzling.

“The driver tried all he could to stop the car but the slippery road just made it look like he did nothing all I was shouting was “JESUS! JESUS!! JESUS!!!” and with a speed of about 100km/per hr or there about, we rammed right into the back of this truck.

“God being so merciful and wonderful, we got out of the car with very minor injuries, how the tail of the truck was stopped from causing major damage on us is just God’s doing.

“God I thank you for life, I thank You for Your Mercies, I thank You for Your Grace and for your love on sinners like us.

“May your name be glorified forever in Jesus Mighty Name!!! Amen!!!,” he said.

The Nigerian comic actor is a famous Nigeria stand out comedian and musician that has contributed to the entertainment industry immensely.

Klint Da Drunk became popular after he made his first appearance in Nigga raw first album “Obodo” then appeared in several other videos.

He became a public figure after his unique performance in a ‘Night of Thousand Laugh’ a comedy show hosted by Opa Willims in several part of Nigeria.

The renowned comic actor has featured in numerous Nollywood movies which include Destroyer, Chain Reaction, Lost Kingdom, My house help etc.

He is married to his longtime girlfriend Lillian and their marriage is blessed with two children, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Meanwhile, Many celebrities were very excited that the comedian and other passengers survived the mishap.

They shared comments of gratitude on his page. Some reactions below:

@julietibrahim: “Glory be to God. I had a similar encounter before and it’s just God’s miraculous intervention God is good all the time.”

@ruggedybaba: “Thank God for His mercies bro.”

@okonlagos: “Thank You Jesus.”

@senatorcomedian: “Thank God!!!!”

@alexxekubo: “God almighty we thank you.”

@patrick_salvado: “God is good bro, sorry about that Ordeal”.

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Nigerian comedian, Klint Da Drunk, survives car crash

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Nigerian comedian, Klint Da Drunk, survives car crash

Nigerian comedian, Afamefuna Igwemba popularly known as Klint Da Drunk, expressed gratitude to God for surviving a car crash along Bauchi-Jos express road.

Klint Da Drunk, took to his instragram handle @klintdadrunk to express his joy on Friday.

Below are extracts from the message:

“Please, help me in praising God Almighty for delivering us from the Jaws of death. Along Bauchi-Jos express road, we were involved in a terrible car crash.

“We boarded golf 2 on charter as it was the only means to move.

“The driver was careful enough so I had no issues with him but then, out of the blues, a truck jumped right in front of us and road was wet as it had been drizzling.

“The driver tried all he could to stop the car but the slippery road just made it look like he did nothing all I was shouting was “JESUS! JESUS!! JESUS!!!” and with a speed of about 100km/per hr or there about, we rammed right into the back of this truck.

“God being so merciful and wonderful, we got out of the car with very minor injuries, how the tail of the truck was stopped from causing major damage on us is just God’s doing.

“God I thank you for life, I thank You for Your Mercies, I thank You for Your Grace and for your love on sinners like us.

“May your name be glorified forever in Jesus Mighty Name!!! Amen!!!,” he said.

The Nigerian comic actor is a famous Nigeria stand out comedian and musician that has contributed to the entertainment industry immensely.

Klint Da Drunk became popular after he made his first appearance in Nigga raw first album “Obodo” then appeared in several other videos.

He became a public figure after his unique performance in a ‘Night of Thousand Laugh’ a comedy show hosted by Opa Willims in several part of Nigeria.

The renowned comic actor has featured in numerous Nollywood movies which include Destroyer, Chain Reaction, Lost Kingdom, My house help etc.

He is married to his longtime girlfriend Lillian and their marriage is blessed with two children, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Meanwhile, Many celebrities were very excited that the comedian and other passengers survived the mishap.

They shared comments of gratitude on his page. Some reactions below:

@julietibrahim: “Glory be to God. I had a similar encounter before and it’s just God’s miraculous intervention God is good all the time.”

@ruggedybaba: “Thank God for His mercies bro.”

@okonlagos: “Thank You Jesus.”

@senatorcomedian: “Thank God!!!!”

@alexxekubo: “God almighty we thank you.”

@patrick_salvado: “God is good bro, sorry about that Ordeal”.

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Nigerian comedian, Klint Da Drunk, survives car crash

Nigerian comedian, Afamefuna Igwemba popularly known as Klint Da Drunk, expressed gratitude to God for surviving a car crash along Bauchi-Jos express road.

Klint Da Drunk, took to his instragram handle @klintdadrunk to express his joy on Friday.

Below are extracts from the message:

“Please, help me in praising God Almighty for delivering us from the Jaws of death. Along Bauchi-Jos express road, we were involved in a terrible car crash.

“We boarded golf 2 on charter as it was the only means to move.

“The driver was careful enough so I had no issues with him but then, out of the blues, a truck jumped right in front of us and road was wet as it had been drizzling.

“The driver tried all he could to stop the car but the slippery road just made it look like he did nothing all I was shouting was “JESUS! JESUS!! JESUS!!!” and with a speed of about 100km/per hr or there about, we rammed right into the back of this truck.

“God being so merciful and wonderful, we got out of the car with very minor injuries, how the tail of the truck was stopped from causing major damage on us is just God’s doing.

“God I thank you for life, I thank You for Your Mercies, I thank You for Your Grace and for your love on sinners like us.

“May your name be glorified forever in Jesus Mighty Name!!! Amen!!!,” he said.

The Nigerian comic actor is a famous Nigeria stand out comedian and musician that has contributed to the entertainment industry immensely.

Klint Da Drunk became popular after he made his first appearance in Nigga raw first album “Obodo” then appeared in several other videos.

He became a public figure after his unique performance in a ‘Night of Thousand Laugh’ a comedy show hosted by Opa Willims in several part of Nigeria.

The renowned comic actor has featured in numerous Nollywood movies which include Destroyer, Chain Reaction, Lost Kingdom, My house help etc.

He is married to his longtime girlfriend Lillian and their marriage is blessed with two children, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Meanwhile, Many celebrities were very excited that the comedian and other passengers survived the mishap.

They shared comments of gratitude on his page. Some reactions below:

@julietibrahim: “Glory be to God. I had a similar encounter before and it’s just God’s miraculous intervention God is good all the time.”

@ruggedybaba: “Thank God for His mercies bro.”

@okonlagos: “Thank You Jesus.”

@senatorcomedian: “Thank God!!!!”

@alexxekubo: “God almighty we thank you.”

@patrick_salvado: “God is good bro, sorry about that Ordeal”.

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MY LAST RELATIONSHIP FAILED BECAUSE I BECAME A BITCH –DOLLY NWADUBA

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MY  LAST RELATIONSHIP FAILED BECAUSE I BECAME A BITCH –DOLLY NWADUBA

Nollywood actress, Dolly Nwaduba, in this interview with LANRE ODUKOYA shared her journey in the movie industry, her unforgettable heartbreak and plans to have a secret destination wedding at Vegas or Hawaii

 

 

Could you tell us more about yourself?

 

I’m Dolly Nwaduba, a writer, producer and actor. I’m from Aniocha south, in Delta State.

 

I have been in the movie industry professionally, two years now. I came back to Nigeria in 2017 after my graduation from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles and produced my first movie “Lights Out” and thus began my journey in Nollywood.

 

Was that your first experience?

 

It was quite different from my experience in Hollywood.

 

Because, I had initially worked there for a year after graduation. Things are done differently here, so, I had to learn a whole lot from that first movie I wrote and produced here. Production in Nigeria is easier to achieve, but at the same time more tedious to execute.

 

It’s a bit complicated, really.

 

What were the challenges you faced?

 

First, it was the casting.

 

As a writer, I’m very particular about who plays every character in my stories. But I had to learn to cast actors who would not only fit my character description, but also guarantee my money back. There’s also this “returnee problem ” I had because I went to a film school abroad. People just automatically assume you think you’re better than them so they try to openly correct and sometimes even humiliate you for not knowing how they “run things around here. ”

 

They forget you have a whole different experience from what they have. Some even challenged and accused me of going to waste money overseas when I could have just learned the ropes of movie production from under one of the prominent producers/directors for much less. It was crazy.

 

How did you pick your cast?

 

I usually have particular actors in mind when I’m writing. So, when I’m ready to shoot, I’ll contact these actors, and if they’re available, we work together. If not, I’d find suitable replacements. Do you have a new project? Oh yes, I’ve written and produced four movies since then. I’m currently working on the fifth.

 

I just finished one few weeks ago titled “one wish”. It was directed by Tchidi Chikere and will be out by next month.

 

 

Could you tell us more about your new project?

 

It’s an unconventional love story that I wrote last year after a very bad breakup. I was really depressed and had a lot of really messed up thoughts in my head but for the fear of going to prison or worse. I had to refrain myself from going to the extreme.

So, I did what every great writer would do. I poured out my thoughts on the pages of my book, and being blessed as an actor, I got to carry out my very evil plot of kidnapping my ex on his wedding day without fear of actually going to jail for it.

 

I got the best cast ensemble and the best director to tell this beautiful heartbreak story of mine.

 

Are you saying it is a true life story?

 

‘One Wish’ is my actual love story.

 

Well, except for the ending, which will shock everyone.

 

What led to the break up?

 

 

Truthfully, I became a bitch. It was my very first time actually falling in love with someone other than myself, so it consumed me that I became possessive to the point of obsession I think. I was constantly snooping around and nagging.

 

He met someone else who started giving him the peace I used to give him when we first started dating. I’m not saying he didn’t have his own faults, he did.

 

But I contributed majorly to the breakup. I literally drove him nuts.

 

How did you feel seeing him move on?

 

I felt really bad. The girl was so hot! I used to stalk her Instagram page. She’s the perfect slay queen! Whereas I struggle to even put on powder on my face. I felt so bad. What if he finds out about the movie, don’t you think he would know you are not over him yet? Well, I really don’t care what he thinks anymore. I’m so over him.

 

But yeah, of course he’ll know once he sees the movie or read this interview So, who are your cast and is it a cinema movie? Well, I of course played “Naomi” the heartbroken one.

 

 

Frederick Leonard played Philip my ex, Diana Okoh played my not so smart best friend who’s ready to kill for me.

 

While Lotachukwu played one of my best friends who happens to be my only voice of reason (the sensible one among the trio) and Ada Karl also known as Ada Slim played my no nonsense elder sis, who would rain down hell on anyone for her naughty sister who she sometimes avoids as well. And no, it’s not a cinema movie.

 

 

I’m not ready to produce a cinema movie yet. I would be by the end of the year though. It’s all in the works currently.

 

 

How do you get finance to fund your projects?

 

I financed myself and some were financed by private investors. One Wish was produced by my friend and record label owner “Philip Samuel ” the CEO of Make Sound From Minds Records (MSFM Records).

 

He’s someone who believes in me and wants to see me grow, as well as make money too. Are you currently in a new relationship? As much as I’m very open about my life, there are some things I still like to keep private.

 

My relationship status is one of them.

 

So when the time comes, what kind of a man do you desire as a ‘husband material’?

 

All I really want in my husband is high intelligence level, at least higher than mine. Kindness, generosity (he must spoil me with gifts oh) and tenacity. I don’t want a man who will easily give up on our marriage at the slightest turbulence.

 

With me, it’s going to be for better or worse you know. Well, hopefully mostly better.

 

When is the wedding bell expected to ring?

 

Again? Private please.

 

 

Well, my wedding is going to be very quiet! Probably a Vegas or Hawaiian ceremony. Just the two of us. So no one will probably know until our anniversary.

 

Oh dear! The things I want are sometimes so awkward. I hope he feels the same way too, make I no go enter one chance

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Waje’s daughter stars in video of new song, ‘Udue,’ featuring Johnny Drille

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Waje’s daughter stars in video of new song, ‘Udue,’ featuring Johnny Drille

In the run up to her highly-anticipated first concert, award winning R&B star, Waje, has just released images from the set of her upcoming video, “Udue” featuring Johnny Drille.

 

Starring the singer’s stunning daughter, Emerald as Johnny Drille’s love interest, the video was shot on location at the scenic Lufasi Park in Lagos state, Nigeria and follows the upbeat, soulful and seamless flow of the song which tells the story of a young couple in love and enjoying each other’s company close to nature and far-away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 

The video for “Udue”, produced by Fatima Omokwe and directed by Catalyst, will be released on August 20, 2018 while Waje’s Red Velvet concert is billed for September 1 at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

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‘Udiroko Festival’, a celebration of cultural essence of Ado people – Oba Aladesami

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The annual Udiroko Festival is a celebration of the cultural essence of the Ado people dating back to the establishment of Ado Kingdom, says Oba Rufus Adeyemo Aladesami, the Ewi of Ado Ekiti. He also stressed that the Festival is a ritual free celebration predicated on history, culture, and traditions of Ado Ekiti.

 

The Monarch stated that during the festival which commenced on Monday and will end on August 20, at the Ewi Palace, Ado Ekiti, there would be no deity worshipping, idolatry and secret ceremonies.

 

The Ewi, who spoke in Lagos penultimate Wednesday, said ‘Udiroko Festival’ is purely the celebration of the cultural essence of the Ado people, and that it has nothing to do with rituals, fetishes and idolism. “I wish to emphatically state that the foregoing articulation of the historical pedigree of Udiroko Festival and its celebrations over the years in Ado Ekiti is for the purpose of further educating the public.

 

“Thus is done with a view to fostering its acceptability as one of the components that form the tripod history, culture and tradition) upon which has been so from the inception of the Ado Kingdom,” he said. He assured that the organising committee has put in place effective security measures to ensure smooth hosting of the festival.

 

He urged all sons and daughters of Ado Ekiti at home and in Diaspora to come home for the new year celebration of Udiroko Festival. “It is hoped that the Udiroko Festival would gain international recognition that would propel it amidst its cultural peers in other kingdoms and climes within and outside Nigeria,” he said.

 

Also, part of the activities at the festival is the provision of medical free checks for people. Director General Ekiti State Arts Council, Wale Ojo Lanre, said: “The council has the full mandate of the government of Dr. Kayode Fayemi to promote our culture as well as our core values in order to evolve a state that manifest the vision of its founding fathers; this explains the passion and commitment of the council towards a collaboration with communities to transform their festivals into prosperity instrument for the people.”

 

He noted that since it is within the purview of the council to inject critical innovation into the original manners of celebrating festivals in Ekiti, ‘we initiated the world press conference in furtherance of the strategic marketing of some Ekiti festivals.’

 

“We have noticed the energy and vigour with which the Ewi and the people of Ado prepare and celebrate Udiroko annually, hence our decision to partner Ado Ekiti people to rebrand the festival, globalised its celebrating, seek marketers for the festival so that it becomes self sustaining and involve Ado Ekiti indigenes in the diaspora as well as those outside the shores of Ekiti,” Ojo-Lanre said.

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