Ace actor and filmmaker, Saheed Balogun, remains an interviewers’ delight any day. The respected thespian in this interview with LANRE ODUKOYA addressed nagging issues plaguing the movie industry, rested the age-long feud between him and his ex-wife, Faithia Williams and recounted how piracy almost cost him his life.
Congratulations will be in order for a thespian like you who has been around for over three decades, what has been staying power?
In all honesty, there’s absolutely nothing keeping me but God. It’s the God factor and this glory isn’t one I can share. He gives me inspiration all the time and He abides with me through every assignment commissioned.
At some point you became a trendsetter; you were the first person to produce a two-member cast movie; you produced all Caucasian movie which starred only you as the black in the project and a few other novel ideas that people celebrated. What happened to your trend-setting agendum?
The all Caucasian movie you spoke about was titled ‘You or I’ and it was after that project that I decided to take a break as I was no longer sure of where the industry was heading. I cannot live fake life to impress anyone. It doesn’t make sense for me to make N50million and start creating the impression with people that I’ve made N500million. I’m just taking a deserved break for a little longer before I know my next move.
How was the experience commercially?
That movie was the project that set me back terribly. After spending millions touring four countries, spending money, traveling with a crew and so on, it got pirated. That experience almost sent me to early grave because my account was empty, I was almost running mad because there was nobody to help. So, after that, I decided to take everything easy.
How did you waltz out of that despair?
It’s God in capital letters. It’s only because He said, “son, you still have a mission” and I said okay, ‘you’re not a man that you should lie.’
Are you working on any movie project at all?
Yes, I’m working on a small movie now titled ‘White.’ The movie just basically tells you that whatever you teach your children is a lead and may save you in the future.
You no longer feature in most commercial movies unlike before. Is there a drought of scripts coming your way?
On the contrary, the scripts are coming and I check them, it’s just that we tell the same story in 15 ways. Well, I may start considering some scripts and give them a shot. But you see I’m not comfortable with repeating the same thing and I see new guys coming up too. So, I said let me take a little break and see what these guys have got.
Nobody can tell Saheed Balogun’s story like you’d do yourself; how did you feel the first time ever that you’d appear before the camera?
Was it a feeling of excitement, did you fidget- what really was the experience like? I remember very well how the passion was all over me and I almost overacted. That’s more than 30 years. It was all TV series then in Lagos and back in Ilorin. There were no home videos then. with the advent of home videos, I did Ori Apere, City Girls, Omo Daddy and many others. But I was like a lion then always ready to roar.
Is there a time you can really call a career-defining moment in your foray into professional acting?
I’d alw a y s give i t t rin where everybody knew me as Mallam Mai Suya. I was on TV and I kept thanking God, but I was looking for the national attention then. I came to the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Hajia Hawau was the writer of Winds of Destiny and they were doing marathon auditions. I came for the first to the fourth round of audition. Ahmed Adio just held my hand said let’s go. The guy who was doing the auditions kept saying there were too many people here, but Adio insisted that even if it was one scene, they should give me and they would never regret. So, the way I did just that one episode got the attention of the Director General of NTA who asked how come you assigned this guy to just one episode? The role was so brief that it was about 55 seconds. In the play, they were supposed to give me a wife but they didn’t. I came in, threw my lines to everybody and angrily left. The man was highly impressed at the dexterity of my acting and he exclaimed- who is this guy who spat this fire and you said he appeared only in one scene? No way! So, the guy who was supposed to play Mallam Buka was in Jos and had become too busy, they were to shoot second episode, they waited for him because they were to shoot on Sunday, he didn’t come on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Dan Emene just said, let’s give this guy a trial; can you play Mallam Buka? I answered in the affirmative. They just gave me the turban, Dan Emene, then left and was at one corner thinking of what to do, he then heard the voice of a guy and said, okay, maybe Saheed shouldn’t do the role, the guy who spoke just now should be allowed to try it. They said no, the voice was Mr. Saheed’s. He said the same Saheed? We have a cast already. And that was how I made the first national limelight because everybody was always waiting for my part every Sunday.
Could you recall any experience when you wished you were never an actor?
After enjoying the glitz of limelight, there was a day we had a little argument and I opened a newspaper and saw that I had been written about as a woman beater. They said I fought and beat the lady in question on Sunday. It was the same lady that was alleged to have been beaten that found the paper and brought it to me. She said your friend wrote this about us? And people started calling from right, left and centre. I was shocked and embarrassed. It was there and then the same lady and I went about explaining to people that what was reported about us never happened. At a point, I parked my car at a junction and asked myself- can I at least look for another job to do apart from acting? I looked at the paper then and what I saw about myself was the first man to produce the first two-cast movie in Africa, the first to do all-Ankara wearing movie and so on. Is this how I’m going to be celebrated? I felt like quitting. It was then that the late Adunni Bankole and Remi Adiukwu-Bakare sat me down and told me, ‘son, in life there’s always a storm, the ability to weather it and not chicken out is what makes you a man. Are you a man or a woman?’ I said I was a man and they said, then you have to get going. They asked me what my next project was and I responded that I was going to do an all Caucasian movie where I would be the only black character and they gave me the encouragement to go ahead
Social media does almost in equal measure, good and bad, to those who throw up their all on the platform. What’s your take posting all one’s achievements on the social media platforms?
I’m just going to advise that people should be very careful because 40 years after, internet will never forget. It will bring history back. So, we should be what we say to promote ourselves. I also go once in a while to the social media to do stuffs, but these days, it’s sad that it’s killing the creativity of youths. Many of them waste time there doing nothing really profitable. Social media is fun but it can also be the highest form of distraction. If you see the white man, he can use a phone for five years, it’s mostly black people that keep changing phones now and again. The seriously developing countries trying to get away from the third world countries first ban all these distractions because they’re striving to meet the super world powers. In North Korea, you don’t even mess around there as small as they are. That’s why they are mighty. It’s a total distraction and it’s affecting our youths adversely. You’d even see some of our musicians messing up the whole place with bad music they churn out.
For the first time in a long time, you and your ex-wife, Faithia Williams, agreed to act together even as a couple in a movie. Many had thought since your marital squabbles were unresolved you would never even see eyeball to eyeball. Are you back as husband and wife?
We have settled, we shot a movie, please move to the next question.
The next question is that are you back as husband and wife after the long fight?
I insist that I don’t want any family related questions. Move or we’d stop the interview. I have a son, we have children that are reading, it’s my private life. Next question please. If you ask family question I’d stand up from here.
Okay, let’s discuss your movie project… Fantastic!
I have about three to four street movies, but these days I want to call myself to order on the street thing, because there’s a lot of things going on in the society. The current one I’m doing is titled ‘White’ and I want to do another one that will be titled ‘Whose Fault’. This revolution we’re screaming shouldn’t happen after the election. Like the movie I’m doing, ‘Whose Fault,’ my idea of revolution there is; ‘don’t collect rice, money or anything at all from politicians before voting them into power’. If you want to contest, we should ask you where you are coming from, why do you want to contest, what do you have to offer?’ Once we hear your story and see you can’t really solve the problems you meet on ground, we’d kick. And if we vote you into power and you start messing up, we’d revolt again. People collected so much from politicians and the wrong people got elected into office. I can’t start crying over spilt milk. In the movie, the message is for the society. I did one movie titled ‘Scourge,’ the story was to discourage our youths from drug abuse. We should begin to find ways forward for our dear nation, we have nowhere else to call home.
Well, one would think because of the monumental loss you suffered after your movie was pirated, by now you should consider the commercial viability of any other work you do…
Since people have been in that National Assembly, what bills have they passed to prevent piracy and protect the movie industry? Tourism and cultural exchange can fetch us a lot more than oil and gas. They say that in 2040, we’d move away from oil and will start using alternative power, where is the structure we have to ensure that happens here in Nigeria? But you’ve had a few colleagues in the state and national assemblies. You’ve had Rotimi Makinde in the House of Representatives; couldn’t he have lent a voice? Structuring of the entertainment industry has got to happen at the federal level. But Rotimi Makinde was in the committee for petroleum. If you are not in a committee that oversees a particular segment you can hardly influence anything. You can only suggest and if you talk too much they’d ask you to mind what your committee is saddled with. He tried, but a tree cannot make a forest. This man came and screamed to us, he gave us names and he was the first person to come and tell us, stop marching in your states. These are not state laws, we’re waiting for you in Abuja. But the people who were challenged to do the march, did we go? We’re here waiting for one Jesus to come and solve our problem.
If you were not an actor, what else do you think you would have done successfully in life?
I would have been a preacher of God’s words.
As a Christian or a Muslim?
I can be anyone propagating the gospel of God Almighty.
As a Christian or a Muslim?
I can be anyone propagating the gospel of God Almighty.
Kevin Hart moved to therapy facility 10 days after car crash
Hollywood actor and comedian, Kevin Hart, has been released from hospital and is said to be in stable condition.
His release from the medical facility where he has been under intense watch and has had to undergo surgery came 10 days after a road accident that left him shaken. TMZ reports that he has been moved to a physical therapy facility where he would be undergoing further treatment, with the report further indicating that Kevin Hart is keeping a positive attitude and is “grateful to be alive.” It was revealed that he suffered three spinal fractures in last Sunday’s road accident but doctors had stated that they expected him to make a full recovery.
Behind the wheel when the accident occurred at Mulholland Highway, Malibu Hills was his friend, Jared Black, who also suffered major back injuries in the crash while Rebecca Broxterman, Hart’s personal trainer, as well as wife, were also in the vehicle.
Eedris Abdulkareem celebrates Sowore’s wedding anniversary
Activist and Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, still in the custody following his arrest early last month owing to a nationwide movement termed #RevolutionNow he championed but he marked his 15th wedding anniversary on Thursday.
Making it known was rapper, Eedris Abdulkareem, in an Instagram post on Thursday, as he prayed for bliss in Sowore’s marriage to his wife, Opeyemi, in the face of his “sacrifice for Nigeria today”. Remembering the activist’s 15th wedding anniversary, Abdulkareem wrote: “Fifteen years ago, you tied the nuptial knots that still binds you till date in love and oneness!
“Love so real and so compassionate as yours makes the world go round and of course, it breaks through any manmade barriers like subjugation, gagging, imprisonment and utterly dehumanising intimidation and treachery. “So, as you sacrifice for Nigeria today, may this anniversary sprout out a bountiful, blessed and glorious tomorrow for you! Happy anniversary once again! Many more conjugal bliss ahead as years come and ago!!! Freedom…”
Sowore’s wife, Opeyemi, had in an interview on a TV show in the US, Democracy Now!, said the Federal Government pinned its grievance on Sowore on a meeting he had with the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra leader (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu. “They also mentioned he may have taken money from international countries, and he met them in Dubai.
He has never been to Dubai before, which was an interesting statement on the Nigerian government’s part. And no money, basically, has been found with him,” she said.
AY, wife visit Toyin Abraham weeks after giving birth
Comedian and moviemaker, AY Makun, and his wife, Mabel Makun, paid a surprise visit to Nollywood actress, Toyin Abraham, and her child, Ire and also gave them gifts! Toyin Abraham actress announced their visit on Instagram and also shared a photo.
“Thank you Daddy @aycomedian and mummy @midas_interiors for coming and thanks for the…………………..,” she wrote.
Excited Dad, Kola Ajeyemi, also shared same on his Instagram page. Toyin Abraham welcomed her son, Ire, in August, few weeks after her wedding introduction to actor, Kolawole Ajeyemi. The couple held naming ceremonies for their son in London and Lagos
Writing songs for Davido was big opportunity for me –Teni Makanaki
Teniola Apata has become a strong force in the Nigerian entertainment arena in about two years. Known widely as Teni Entertainer or Teni Makanaki, her emergence is one nobody saw coming. She told ADEDAYO ODULAJA that she shares such sentiments.
Your emergence can hardly be compared to that of any other. How do you see it?
I have always been an entertainer. It was not about music alone; but everything entertainment. I have always done music. It has always been my passion since I was young. I played the drums. I was always there doing my thing, but maybe people didn’t see me until I came out. It got to a level when I decided that I needed to take it seriously, and luckily God did it for me.
What songs can one find on your playlist that can be said to inspire or inform your lyrics?
I listen to King Wasiu Ayinde, Ebenezer Obey, Pasuma, King Sunny Ade, Ayinla Kollington and Sir Shina Peters. Basically, I listen to all of the old guys.
It doesn’t look like you took a cue from any of them. I was waiting for you to mention Pasuma.
If you listen deep enough you will hear all of them in my music. It’s just me being able to coin it perfectly.
What about songwriting?
I have always loved to put words and melodies together, God just did the rest. Honestly, I feel that writing is one of the most interesting things I do. You look at the words, what people are going through, what you are going through and you put it together. For me, that is fun.
Writing for Davido was one of your highpoints before emerging as a star in your own right. How did it happen?
It was through Shizzy. Shizzy is Davido’s producer and he was the one who gave me the opportunity. It was a big opportunity to write for that calibre of artiste.
Do you have a particular description for your kind of music?
It’s good music. Period.
But it must be said that you have a way of insinuating certain things in your lyrics
I sing about what other people are not confident to sing about. I just sing about people’s everyday life. For example, the song ‘Fargin’. A lot of women are being forced to do things that they don’t want to do and that is what I sang about ‘Askamaya’. I just sing about what is going on in everybody’s everyday life.
What is the meaning of the word, Askamaya and what inspired it?
Askamaya is whatever you want it to be.
Would you say it doesn’t have a deeper, dirty meaning as some people think?
That is their definition of it, what is yours? Because Askamaya is an open word for everyone to just think. Interpret it however you want to.
Your lyrics talk about red spots like Pekas, Allen Avenue, do these places bring out the real you?
But then you can see that I also talk about people like Anita Baker. Anita Baker is an American singer and songwriter. In that song, I was talking about a guy and a girl living a prominent life. The song is just meant to be interpreted the way you like.
How would you describe your person?
I am a happy person, I am a free person and I don’t like trouble, I don’t like stress.
What was your upbringing like in the Okota part of Lagos where you grew up?
I grew up very sheltered. There were policemen in our house, I wasn’t allowed to go out, I went out with an escort. So, I don’t know how I became what I am, but I am just being myself.
A girl who is well sheltered doesn’t end up becoming what you are today, how did it happen?
I have always been a rebel since I was in high school. I was the number one noisemaker in the classroom, but it wasn’t that I was bad. I didn’t believe in someone telling me what to do and how to do it. I believed in doing my thing my own way. That is the best way anyone can ever do anything, by doing it your own way and calling all the shots, by living your life by your own rules. Maybe people took it and the street loved it. Our parent didn’t like the idea of having two musicians in the family, but they don’t have a choice.
Are you aware that some people don’t really like your kind of person, how do you feel about this?
Well, there a lot of people who love me, so I am focusing on them.
Do you subscribe to the notion that you are a tomboy or you see yourself as a lady?
I am a girl; I am a young lady with dreams. I am just a girl living my life the way I want to, in the best possible way.
Your fashion sense can be really suspect, what inspires it?
Comfort. Mainly comfort. As you see, I am wearing a T-shirt, shorts, my socks, and my shoes. I am very comfortable.
In terms of plans, when should your fans expect something from you?
Maybe singles but the album will probably be coming out in 2019.
AMARA MADUKA; Sex toys can’t replace men
Actress, showbiz enthusiast and brazen queen of social media, Amara Maduka, in this interview with AKINSETAN AKINRELE spoke candidly about her goals, relationship and sundry issues.
2019 is gradually coming to an end, how has it been for you?
If I’m going to answer honestly, I’ll say everything is new. I don’t feel like my old self anymore. I have a new movie I did with Martinz Jr Studios coming out soon. It’s a project I’m very excited about and I know you all will love it. It’s called ‘Ordinary Couple.’ You should look out for it and thank me later. I starred alongside Antonio and Nancy Isime. It’s a once in a lifetime comedy story I know everyone would love.
What are you up to now?
I’m fully into the entertainment industry. I write and presently I’m working on starting up my own production company. And for me it’s everything inclusive, even music eventually. But I’m kicking off with a show.
You often flaunt your curves on social media, don’t men harass you over that?
Well, honestly I’m of the opinion that a man who is irresponsible is irresponsible. What a woman wears doesn’t and shouldn’t affect a man who is responsible to himself. Just as we hear about of paedophilia in the news lately. It has nothing to do with the kids. If you’re an adult, there are things you should learn for yourself. You don’t harass a woman because she is flaunting her butt, that’s not an invitation.
This could lead to rape, doesn’t it bother you?
How a woman dresses has absolutely nothing to do with her being raped. People just don’t get it. An adult must learn self control or they’ll always land in trouble. As women, we see men wear really tight pants and have their huge crotch showing up but we don’t come to rape them. Even though some of us just admire the thing and move on because as adults we know IT IS NOT AN INVITATION! Not physically though. But I see them on Instagram. Sadly we can mostly see those online cos we don’t have men with such eggplant in Nigeria. Most of our men with the big eggplant have follow Onyibo go, leaving us with few or nothing. And this should be treated as a national emergency, by the way. Well, on an average, the size doesn’t matter but the usage does. Then again, if it’s too small, wetin we gain?
Are you in relationship?
I’m currently self-dating. I take myself out, I buy myself stuff, I spoil myself, I orgasm myself. Those toys are amazing and ladies should try it sometime. And they don’t give you drama. You don’t share them with others. They don’t cheat too!
It might make you detest marriage, are you not worried?
The controversy surrounding sex toys is really unnecessary. Men act like the toys are going to replace them, but I don’t think it would. Eventually, a woman will need the warmth of a man and the toys won’t provide that. Toys are basically for emergency situations. When the human isn’t available and a girl has to help herself, a sex toy comes in handy.
So, you can do without sex toys?
Personally nothing has control over me. I can dump it in a heartbeat if I want to. I use it. It doesn’t use me. If you get what I mean. I can do without sex. A great sex is great. But then again, no be food na. I think it’s an established fact that curvy women are better lovers and great at sex. They are the juiciest so, technically, they’re the sweetest.
I come from a very loving family. And they happen to understand that it’s God that gives husband, I can’t just order one from Jumia.
My heart is big and so meek. I cry as much as I laugh. Sometimes watching a random video on the internet makes me cry. Sometimes an honest compliment can even make me cry. I absorb energy that’s why I’m careful of the energy I allow around me and things I expose myself to.
You are hardly seen at event, are you anti-social?
I’m an ambivert. But more often than not, I enjoy my own solitude. Lots of messed up people out there these days one has to be extremely careful with which energy you mix. I’m not good at honouring invitations. Which is something I’m working on too. I realised I can’t stay in the sidelines anymore.
How then do you relax?
I relax with music and being butt naked in my house. Nakedness is liberating, sis and I have influenced all my friends. Once you hang with me, you’ll learn how to love your nakedness. Clothes are stress but I’m naked only at home o.
Can you marry a man as old as your father?
I think love is a beautiful thing and it doesn’t respect age.
I’m happy Regina Daniels found someone who makes her happy. Most people talking down on that union wish they have what she does, trust me. I’m just happy she is happy. If love decides to come in an older package I’m definitely taking it.
What do you expect from your future husband?
I don’t have expectations of men. I believe in the laws of the universe, law of attraction, mostly. You attract what you are. So, I’m expecting the universe to deliver a heart like mine to me. It’s all about a person’s soul for me. I’m working to be a very wealthy woman, so a wealthy man doesn’t freak me. I can influence him into the man I want him to be if his soul vibes with mine. As for stature, I’m knowledgeable enough to know that none of us made ourselves, so I don’t look at people’s outward look. I pay attention to their inward look.
There seem to be so much hate in Nollywood, especially among actresses, what’s your take?
Women hating on women has nothing to do with entertainment.
It’s everywhere. We are our own worst enemies and it’s so sad. The entertainment industry is really putting the country on a map. And if the government paid us a little bit of attention with financial assistance, I’m sure we would soar higher.
What do you think should be done to take Nollywood to the next levels?
The way forward is finance. Everything boils down to money. We don’t have investors. All we get is criticisms and little support. Nigerians keep comparing us to Hollywood and it baffles me. We do what we do out of little or nothing and we are able to get results. Not Hollywood’s standard perhaps, but if we have half of what those guys have, we’d shake the world.
Feel fresh in lemon green sneakers
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Dark green hues, as well as olive and khaki tones, are some of the most flattering for gents. Keeping your colour combinations simple will help to highlight your lemon green sneakers and avoid any clashing. As such, black makes an excellent option that never fails to complement lemon green. Likewise, white can also partner well. Lemon green shoes are such a fun accessory to wear. Full of colour and life, lemon green sneakers will put a smile on everyone’s face.
Their bold hue looks fantastic when paired with a simple, monochrome outfit.
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A beige biker jacket and light blue ripped jeans are great menswear pieces to add to your daily off-duty wardrobe. To inject an element of stylish casualness into this ensemble, complement your outfit with a pair of lemon green sneakers
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Xenophobia: 10 South Africans dead, no Nigerian – AKA tweets again
Controversial South African rapper, AKA, is at it again, and this time he is claiming no Nigerian has been killed in the recent xenophobic attacks on foreigners, just 10 South Africans.
“The rapper, who was in the past week under serious fire on social media over his inciting posts, said now that the world knows that South Africans are the real victims of these attacks, it was time for the “entire rubbish to stop.”
He tweeted: “10 South Africans dead in last two weeks violence … zero Nigerians. Twitter made you turn on your own country. Sies. How’s about we put all this nonsense behind us and come together as AFRICANS once and for all huh? Now that we know it’s mostly South Africans who died in the past two weeks violence … it’s almost like it’s okay. We have a disgusting problem with our own self confidence and with violence. What a mess! Even South African celebrities were duped into thinking we were mass murdering foreigners. I wonder if they will now turn around and send condolences for their own dead countrymen and women.
In another news, reports have it that the South African government is frustrating the efforts to evacuate some Nigerians in the country.
Nigerians react as Burna Boy refunds ‘boring fan’
igerian sensational singer, Burna Boy, on Tuesday refunded the $100 ticket price to a fan who he noticed wasn’t vibing to his performance during his concert.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident happened during the Atlanta stop of his ‘African Giant’ tour on Tuesday.
In the viral video, while Burna Boy was performing, he noticed a fan standing in front standing still and not swaying to the music. He took a break from the energetic performance and called out the fan. Burna Boy went on to refund the $100 ticket price to the fan.
He also asked a bouncer to escort the fan out of the venue saying, “Your face is not encouraging.”
The event, recorded in a now-viral video, has since generated mixed reactions from fans of the ‘Anybody’ singer.
While some applauded Burna Boy for correcting the negative vibe the fan put out, others chided the singer for humiliating a fan who came to enjoy the show.
Here are some comments from Twitter that may interest you:
@Chukwufunayam: “It’s okay to humiliate a human being because it’s Burna Boy? That’s poor showmanship but what do I know.”
@Zaddy_nomso: “Not necessary though, some people might not want to dance as they don’t know how to.
“But they paid and want to see him perform. Not everyone will dance at your show, you just ignore and focus on the good energy from others.”
@Kolatoye: “This is funny really. I feel, as a performer, people pay to watch you perform. People don’t pay to come and encourage or give you any kind of energy.
“If you are lucky and blessed to have fans that light up your fire and fan your flame, beautiful, otherwise focus on your performance.”
@Dhlamini: “I’d be so embarrassed if I was the guy but at the same time, how can you not dance to Burna boy’s music?”
@Aluchinago: “So, is must that everyone must like his song. Was he the only artiste performing there? It’s not right biko”
@Nakel4rill: “Yes! Have you not seen rappers jump into the crowd to punch crazy fans and tell security to kick them out?”
@Nigeriaplatech: “You can stay at the back though” front not for people wey get sense and wey dey positive”
@Tonie: “Sharap, I’m a fan. But he was wrong! He already apologized tho.”
Studio24 unveils robotic photographer
amous celebrity photography outfit, Studio24, has unveiled its female robotic photographer named Grace. She is named after a legendary team member and team builder of Studio24, the late Grace Ugboh. Grace Ugboh joined the company as salon manager and was then seconded as pioneer team lead at STUDIO24 first flagship store, Ahmadu Bello Way Kaduna, in 1998.
Grace was responsible for the company’s first foray outside of base and established STUDIO24 Beirut Road Kano, in the year 2000. Grace then led a crack team against all odds to establish and capture post democracy Abuja in 2002 with the Pioneer Maitama Studio.
GRACE provided customer service training/onboarding to every single Studio24 team member from 1998-2012, training over a thousand people in the period.
In her honour, Africa’s First Ever Robot Photographer is named Grace. And just like the late Grace, she will forever be known as a trailblazer.
The newest photographer, Grace, is from the future. She takes photos without human assistance. Grace navigates and avoids obstacles and can be programmed to speak different languages.
As Nigeria’s foremost photography company, Studio24, has been known for blazing the trail in the photography and digital imaging industry. According to the MD/CEO of Colvi Limited, Engr. Ifeanyi Christopher Oputa, some innovations of Studio24 include: pioneering same day photography in Nigeria (getting your pictures the same day they were shot) and prionering commercial digital photography in Nigeria in 1995.
After 28 years, Studio24 is still spearheading innovations in Africa as she introduces her Game Changer named Grace. The Roaming Robot, Grace, is the first of its kind which recognises guests, takes their pictures with the option to share or print; this is unprecedented in this part of the globe. This innovative humanoid robot is the latest, unique and multi-functional robot, designed to engage with customers and grab their attention.
Grace is the ideal photographer for weddings, corporate functions and red carpet events. With this new technology, Studio24 is more than set to shake up the event space!
PAOFF holds maiden award ceremony
an African Online Film Festival (PAOFF), an initiative of Africa’s leading digital TV operator, StarTimes, held its maiden award ceremony to honour all local professional African film and music video producers on its StarTimes ON platform.
The glamorous award, which took place on Friday, 6th September, 2019, at Radisson Blu Hotel, in Lagos, featured three award categories: music video category, Short film category and the favourite film category for all local professional film and music video producers.
Speaking at the ceremony, The Brands and Marketing Director StarTimes, Mr. Qasim Elegbede, said that ‘’PAOFF could be seen as a beginning for a brand-new road of the cultural development. And with a joint effort, there shall always emerge more local films and music that convey the mystery and attraction of African culture to the whole world.
‘’At StarTimes, we have the believe BBNaija, housemates, on Wednesday made shocking revelations about their past. Some of them disclosed their dirty sex secrets. Mercy revealed that she brought vibrator to the house. “I brought vibrator to the house that is the only thing that makes me have orgasm,” she reportedly said.
She added that she had been taking care of herself, school and family since the age of 18. Seyi on his part, revealed that he lost his virginity to an older lady. He also revealed that he had sex with two sisters on the same day. “First display of anger was in primary school, stabbed a classmate with a compass. I also had sex with one sister and took the other one to an incomplete building to finish off, walked in on my friend having sex with my girlfriend and I revenged by having sex with her cousin.”
Also revealing secrets, Tacha added that her first sex was so boring and it lasted 30minutes. According to her, she “only did it out of pressure.” That our audiences have access to our local films via StarTimes ON, which is now popular among 15 million users across Africa and enjoyed by them at any given time. The device is user friendly, favourable and very affordable, like a piece of ‘Puff Puff’.
“StarTimes ON platform is dedicated to providing ultimate entertainment and enriched experience for African online users. It provides live TV, VOD and short videos covering news, sports, movies, series, music, entertainment, documentary, kids and religion”, he said.
Top winners who bagged more than one award in each category were: Fun world, Emma Blaq, Emmanuel Akameh, Iyke Lawrence and Kunle Aluko.
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