The Sun News » Entertainment http://sunnewsonline.com/new - Voice of The Nation Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:43:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.7 Mum’s never been part of my life! – DJ Nana http://sunnewsonline.com/new/mums-never-been-part-of-my-life-dj-nana/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/mums-never-been-part-of-my-life-dj-nana/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:04:49 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=132990 BY ANTHONY OBI Looking for experience as a female DJ? Then the person to talk to is Nana Abedoh aka DJ Nana, one of Nigeria’s finest female disc jockeys excelling in a male dominated profession. The Lagos State University Diploma in Law graduate and National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Law student forayed into the [...]]]>

BY ANTHONY OBI

Looking for experience as a female DJ? Then the person to talk to is Nana Abedoh aka DJ Nana, one of Nigeria’s finest female disc jockeys excelling in a male dominated profession. The Lagos State University Diploma in Law graduate and National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Law student forayed into the turn-table world after she was inspired by the performance of a DJ at a street carnival years ago. That experience ignited a burning desire in her to become a DJ herself and ever since she has never looked back. The Adavi Local Government indigene of Kogi State spoke with Entertainer on her career and she opened up on her recently released single entitled Know, featuring vocal pow­erhouse, Omawumi among other issues.

Excerpts:
How did your journey as a DJ begin?

It started six years ago at a party, a street carnival. I was inspired by what the DJ was doing on the turn-table. I used to dance in secondary school and back then I always imagined myself being an actress or something else. But because of my passion for music, I dumped all those dreams so basically, disc jockeying found me and it started from that experience I had. This is my fifth year working as a DJ.

You’ve been doing this for five years, what are the challenges of being a female DJ?

My challenges were the normal challenges anyone with a dream to succeed will encounter. I believe in the saying ‘nothing good comes easy.’ One basic thing I real­ized early in life was that if you’re looking for something, never keep searching until you find it. If you have stones in your path, remove them and don’t turn back but forge ahead. That’s basically been the story of my life.

You’re a pretty girl, have you ever been ha­rassed as a DJ?

(Laughs) Of course, I’ve been harassed probably a zil­lion times over. There’s this particular experience I won’t forget soon. I was playing at a show and because I had worked back to back I was so tired I moved backstage. A fan who had been watching me play walked up to me and said ‘hi and I replied ‘hello.’ He started chatting me up but I politely told him that this was the wrong avenue or time for this kind of chat. He instantly launched verbal missiles at me and said I was rude and almost hit me! It’s one of those things that happen on the job. You know, there are so many stories to tell.

What was your parent’s reaction when you chose disc jockeying as a career?

Well, my parents have never exactly been a part of my life so my choice of career wasn’t an option for them to oppose. I have pretty much been on my own for a while so my parents were not a factor when I chose this career.

How do you mean, are they late?

They are not late; they are just not a part of my life.

What was growing up like without your parents?

I didn’t say I grew up without my parents. I only said they were not a part of my life. I grew up with a lot of people. First it was my grandmother and then I relocated to Abuja at age seven to stay with my aunty who was a teacher. From there I relocated back to Lagos at age10 to live with my dad. My mom stays in the UK and has been there for as long as I can remember so she has never been a part of my life. All we do is just talk.

Recently you did a song with Omawumi entitled Know, what inspired that song?

My first inspiration was from God. And then I was also inspired by DJ Jimmy Jatt and the producer of the song, Bennie Macaulay.

What’s been your most memorable day be­hind the turn-table?

It was in Warri, Delta State, at an Independent Day event and I was representing DJ Jimmy Jatt. That day I saw the most amazing crowd I’ve ever seen to date. Every song sounded like magic to them and they were just so wonderful; it was so encouraging.

 

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I meditate before going  on stage – Ochonma http://sunnewsonline.com/new/i-meditate-before-going-on-stage-ochonma/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/i-meditate-before-going-on-stage-ochonma/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:00:50 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=132962 Anti-aids campaigner and sofri sofri singer, Innocent Chuk­wudi Onyekwere aka Ochonma, is an Afro high life singer with two albums to his credit. The multiple award winner shares his stage experience today. When was the first time you played live on stage? I’ve been on stage for a very long time but as a solo [...]]]>

Anti-aids campaigner and sofri sofri singer, Innocent Chuk­wudi Onyekwere aka Ochonma, is an Afro high life singer with two albums to his credit. The multiple award winner shares his stage experience today.

When was the first time you played live on stage?

I’ve been on stage for a very long time but as a solo singer, that was 1996 at my album launch at the Peak Nite Club, Surulere, Lagos.

Did you panic before the show?

I did not because those at the show came to rejoice with me and besides, I was already used to crowds because of my experience as a back-up singer.

So you did not take any stimulant like coffee or wine?

I do take wine but it’s not to enhance my perfor­mance.

So, how do you get the energy you use on stage?

Well, the strength comes naturally because I’m a very versatile person.

As a performer, have you ever had a bad show?

Yes, that was the show I had at the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt. We were contracted for the show late but we still managed to go for the engagement.

What happened?

We were held up in traffic but we still found our way to the show but we got to the venue very late.

Apart from your normal rehearsals, how do you prepare for a show?

On the day of the show I wake up early, say my morning prayers as usual, do some press-ups and ride my bicycle. And then I like to be left alone to meditate about the show and the kind of crowd expected among other things.

What do you eat on the day of the show?

I eat light food like snacks and salad or any other light food.

How do you relate with your male and female fans?

We get on fine because my fans have been my pillar. I treat them fine but what I don’t do is get­ting too close to female fans because they might want to take advantage of that.

What crazy thing has a female fan done to you?

I was playing live at an event when a female fan walked up to me and started dancing eroti­cally, rubbing her buttocks on my manhood. As I was trying to free myself she held on to me so tightly I had to apply some wisdom and try to pacify her by getting closer to her and explaining that a show was going on.

Did she release the grip?

She did after a lot of sweet talk.

So what happened?

Nothing, she told me she was just crazy about my music and that was all.

 

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I’m too young for marriage – Patoranking http://sunnewsonline.com/new/im-too-young-for-marriage-patoranking/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/im-too-young-for-marriage-patoranking/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:00:48 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=132961 Reggae dance­hall sensation, Patoranking, has declared that he is too young to get married. The Girleo singer who has a couple of hits to his credit in a chat with Entertainer stated that age 25 was too young for a man to get married while responding to questions on his marital status. “I’m too young [...]]]>

Reggae dance­hall sensation, Patoranking, has declared that he is too young to get married. The Girleo singer who has a couple of hits to his credit in a chat with Entertainer stated that age 25 was too young for a man to get married while responding to questions on his marital status.

“I’m too young to get married, I will be 25 soon. Marriage is not on my mind now, I’m just too young for that,” Patoranking told Entertainer in a recent chat.

The act who was recently appointed an airtel icon also spoke about what it felt like being an icon of the brand.

“The platform has definitely opened doors for me. Airtel is a big brand and I’m glad to identify with it,” the reggae dance hall act said.

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Toyin Aimakhu hubby’s rare courage http://sunnewsonline.com/new/toyin-aimakhu-hubbys-rare-courage/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/toyin-aimakhu-hubbys-rare-courage/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:00:10 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=132964 BY FATUNMISE DAMILOLA Is another sensational Nollywood divorce on the way? That’s the question on every one’s lips. Following the drama on social media earlier in the week between actress, Toyin Aimakhu and her hubby, Niyi, which climaxed with Niyi publicly apologising on social media after Toyin deleted all his pictures and his name from [...]]]>

BY FATUNMISE DAMILOLA

Is another sensational Nollywood divorce on the way? That’s the question on every one’s lips. Following the drama on social media earlier in the week between actress, Toyin Aimakhu and her hubby, Niyi, which climaxed with Niyi publicly apologising on social media after Toyin deleted all his pictures and his name from her instgram profile.

In a rare show of courage, Niyi had taken responsibility for the crisis rocking the marriage. Rather than grand standing and pretending all was well, he had courageously posted the follow­ing message on social media: “To clear the air on the recent happenings, I Adeniyi Johnson is at fault and not my wife. She reacted according to her pains and we all have different ways of reacting. I beg everyone to please, stop throwing banters and insults. You can channel all the anger and grievances towards me and not her. Instead of abuse, I would rather beg you to join me in apologizing to Olutoyin. I’m deeply sorry please. I promise to make things right. I don’t want a broken home. #shecaughtmeflirting#dirtychat@aimakhutoyin.”

It would be recalled that before now, Toyin had always referred to Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva, Nollywood’s numero uno couple as her role models for the obvious fact that the pair have remained glued to each other in happy matrimony for 30 years.

Over to you Toyin, Entertainer is saying it’s time to let go off the anger and bitterness and forgive Niyi. Even roses have thorns.

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I like being noticed at events –Carol Okeke, Veteran actress http://sunnewsonline.com/new/i-like-being-noticed-at-events-carol-okeke-veteran-actress/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/i-like-being-noticed-at-events-carol-okeke-veteran-actress/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 23:00:35 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=132243 BY AYO ALONGE (ayhalliday@yahoo.com) Recently, veteran actress cum business­woman, Carol Okeke explained why she took a break from the screen and why she’s now fully back. “The first time I came up was in 1992 and for a while, I was sick. But I am back fully now. I do business at present. I run a [...]]]>

BY AYO ALONGE (ayhalliday@yahoo.com)

Recently, veteran actress cum business­woman, Carol Okeke explained why she took a break from the screen and why she’s now fully back.

“The first time I came up was in 1992 and for a while, I was sick. But I am back fully now. I do business at present. I run a bou­tique in Surulere and I am again avail­able for Nollywood jobs”, she said. In this encounter, Okeke also shares her favourites. Excerpts:

What’s your favourite food?

Everybody knows my favourite food. It’s pounded yam with ofe nsala , chicken and fresh fish. Ofe nsala is a special native soup in Igbo land.

Favourite drink?

Do I have any favourite drink? I used to like scotch on the rocks and a little whiskey, but I stopped drinking, be­cause of illness . You know I was sick for a very long time.

Favourite outfit?

I dress wild. I like wild and shouting outfits that make me stand out at any occasion. I like standing out and being no­ticed at any occasion.

Favourite musician?

Hey, everybody knows that in Nigeria, it’s P-Square. I love ev­erything about P-Square i.e their music, dressing and everything about them.

Favourite TV personality?

In America, it’s Arnold Schwar­zenegger. He is my favourite actor and I love him a lot.

Favourite car?

It’s the Toyota Highlander and that’s what I drive. I also like any other good car.

Favourite hang-out spot?

I love a quiet life, but I like going to the cinemas to watch movies too.

Favourite world leader?

I love Ibrahim Babangida a lot. People don’t like him but I like him, and I also like President Muhammadu Bu­hari. He is a no-nonsense man. When he was Head of State sometime ago, he made this country a very clean country. Lagos used to be a very dirty state and by the time this man came then, you saw what he did. Even if you had trash in your hands, you wouldn’t like to throw it on the floor and that was his legacy.

Fashion gadget?

I love jewelry a lot and even perfumes. I just love good things.

Favourite weather?

This is the type of weather I like – not cold, not hot. It has to be in between.

Favourite soccer team?

I am not really a sports person now, although I used to like sports when David Beckham was in Manchester Unit­ed. I would say I love Manchester United and coming back to Nigeria, I would say my hero remains Finidi George. I don’t know where he is now, but he remains my man. I would also say I love Didier Drogba.

Favourite comedian?

That’s Omo Baba. I love him a lot.

Favourite quote?

I have a couple of quotes I love to recite. Among them is “One good turns deserves another”, “A friend in need is a friend in deed” and “What goes around comes around”.

Favourite colour?

Actually, I like a couple of colours, but I like yellow the most. Let me say yellow is my favourite colour.

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Growing up in polygamous home was fun –Lolar Shon, Cosmetician, blogger http://sunnewsonline.com/new/growing-up-in-polygamous-home-was-fun-lolar-shon-cosmetician-blogger/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/growing-up-in-polygamous-home-was-fun-lolar-shon-cosmetician-blogger/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 23:00:13 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=132239 BY TONY OGAGA ERHARIEFE Fashionista, blogger and cosmetician, Lolar Shon (Omolola Shonowo), has said there’s a bright side to polygamy contrary to popu­lar beliefs. The CEO of Lolar Shon Multi Concept, who grew up in a polygamous home with 17 siblings made this revelation during a chat with Sunday Sun recently when she opened up on [...]]]>

BY TONY OGAGA ERHARIEFE

Fashionista, blogger and cosmetician, Lolar Shon (Omolola Shonowo), has said there’s a bright side to polygamy contrary to popu­lar beliefs. The CEO of Lolar Shon Multi Concept, who grew up in a polygamous home with 17 siblings made this revelation during a chat with Sunday Sun recently when she opened up on ca­reer, marriage and her blog among other issues.

Our rendezvous was a popular hangout located at Adeniran Ogunsanya, Su­rulere, Lagos. At exactly 5pm that cloudy evening, shapely Lolar sauntered into the ven­ue clutching a designer hand bag by Gucci. Clad in high heels, a pair of blue denims and a blue striped shirt with jet black curls cascading around her shoulders, Lolar was indeed a sight to behold.

“Growing up in a polyga­mous home was a very lovely experience quite unlike most stories I’ve heard,” Lolar be­gan as she settled into the interview, “there are lots of children and wives and we all loved one another. What made us different was that we were all united; all the kids were closely knit. My dad has 18 kids,” she said with nos­talgia as she reflects on her childhood.

Since she speaks so glow­ingly about polygamy, could she encourage her kids to embrace it? She pauses for a while for dramatic effect be­fore she responds, her eyes beaming “Why not, if that’s where you find happiness then stick to it. I won’t lie to you, in as much as I believe in one-man-one-woman relation­ship; the truth is that some­times, you can’t have it all. If you’re a career person and your husband has two wives, you can have time for yourself because if you are not there the other will be there.

“The truth is that a man could have one wife yet have countless concubines and that I don’t subscribe to. Why don’t you just make it legal and stay faithful? Why don’t you just do your HIV screen­ing and stick to each other? And if it’s two women you want, stick to them, rather than stick to one woman and have countless concubines .”

Enjoy the chat…

Who’s Lolar Shon?

Barely in her early 30s, the graduate of Theatre Arts & Music from Lagos State Uni­versity (LASU), who majored in cosmetol­ogy is a jack of all trades and guess what, she is master of all. From beauty pag­eantry, TV presenting, make-up, modeling, fashion, blogging and artiste management, Lolar has fingers in every pie.

And the question creeps up naturally, who is the real Lolar Shon?

Her visage splits in a grin displaying a set of perfect white teeth as she responds: “I’ve asked myself severally, who is Lolar Shon? And I realised that Lolar Shon is a young entrepreneur who believes in the dream of entertainment as a whole. I ma­jored in make-up because make-up is part of fashion. You can’t divorce the two. I went into music management from the fashion point of view. Everything I have done has just been around fashion. I am just a fashionista.

“The Lolar Shon brand is a fashion brand that entails make up, fashion and clothing; it’s everything fashion. We have a state of the art office here in Surulere, La­gos. We have a boutique, a makeup studio and a fashion catalogue section also.”

In the beginning…

An indigene of Ilishan Remo, Ogun State, Lolar’s journey into the industry be­gan at age 15 when she hosted the DTD Jamz Show, a TV programme in 2000. Then she won Miss Lekki Beach pageant and was first runner-up Miss Theatre Arts LASU. In 2001 she added another feather to her cap when she emerged Miss Spot­less LASU. Ever since, the light complex­ioned beauty has never looked back!

Reflecting on her initial challenges, Lolar continues: “When I came into make-up, the only names known then were Tara and Banke Mishida of BN Pro. Back then, people said I was crazy! They were like ‘how can you make a living from making people up?’

“But the good thing was that the enter­tainment industry gave me a break and embraced me. DJ tee was there for me. So too was Clarence Peters and Woody Awa. Whenever they shot top notch videos they called me up for make-up.”

Fashion fusion

In 2006, her career took a dramatic turn after she met singer, Azeezat. That meeting culminated in her producing her maiden fashion show christened Fashion Fusion, a first of its kind as models infected with HIV were used for the event.

Recounting the experience, Lola contin­ues: “Azeezat was quite impressed by what I was doing. And she said ‘oh yeah…you have so much in your head, why don’t you do a make-up or fashion show?’ And that culminated in the first ever runway make over show in Nigeria christened Fashion Fusion.

“We used people with HIV /AIDS as models. The models were wow! And guys were scrambling to collect their numbers. But after the show, the models came out and announced their HIV status and the entire hall erupted! And before we could say Jackie Robinson, guys were deleting numbers faster than they got them! It was so hilarious. That’s how the journey began after which I started doing annual fashion shows,” she adds with a guffaw.

Fashion blog & catalogue

Lolar opened a new frontier in her ca­reer when she launched her fashion blog and guess what, it came with an app. Com­menting on her new baby, Lolar says: “I needed to look up stuff on fashion online, so, I uploaded fashion blogs in Nigeria and what I saw was quite disheartening. The so-called ‘fashion bloggers’ are now trend­ing in news that is not related to fashion; they don’t do stories from the fashion an­gle.

“Back in 2006, I wanted to go online. Azeezat had advised me to but I felt Africa wasn’t ready for it but I was wrong. I did not know that Nigerians were ready for it. In fact, I was the one not ready for the revolution. And when it finally dawned on me, it took me time, I didn’t just want to do it and be a failure.

“So I sat back, did reviews to know what people were doing right and what they were doing wrong. The idea was let me learn from people’s mistakes, because that’s what will set my blog apart. Howev­er, I must give it to them, because some of them are doing quite well.

“As fashion bloggers we should dictate the trend, we should tell people what is in and out of fashion. When people want to hear fashion news they should know where to go to.”

Commenting on her fashion catalogue she continued: “All the pictures are exclu­sive to me. We showcase other designers. The Lolar Shon brand accommodates oth­ers so we showcase other designers. We do a photo shoot and put up their new de­signs with their price tags , so, before you come to the shop you already have an idea of what you are gunning for.”

So, who are her clients?

“Wow! I have worked with a lot. Most of them don’t want their names mentioned, because they are private people. In enter­tainment, I have worked with Keith Rich­ards, Michael Power, Sunny Neji, Tuface Idibia and a host of others. I got my first break working with Michael Power in 2006.”

Fifteen years down the road…

Fifteen years after, how has the Lolar Shon brand evolved? “The journey has been hectic. There have been ups and downs. When we started make-up , people weren’t doing it. Then if you watched 15 music videos, 10 were done by me in terms of make-up. I have worked for brands with Michael Power, Keith Richards, Tuface, Sunny Neji, Onyeka Onwenu, late Goldie Harvey, 2 Shots and Azeezat and basically, it’s been ups and downs. There have been good times and there have been bad times but the good thing is that the good far out­weighs the bad, so it’s been quite encour­aging.”

Is Lolar making money?

“Do we really ever make money from what we do?”, she asks rhetorically add­ing “Is money ever enough? I am making money in the little sense of it. But you know, I think what happens is that I have a man that is very supportive and believes so much in me and even though the money is not coming in, he is pushing the brand financially. I wouldn’t say we are not mak­ing money but not the kind of money we want to make.”

Happiest moments

“Wow! That was when Charly boy in­sisted that I must be on the set of his Ninja Bike video shoot. He told Clarence Peters he wanted Lolar Shon and I was like wow! Money can’t buy that. I got paid for doing what I love doing. The height of it was when Tuface flew me all the way to Otur­pko, Benue State, to do his live concert. I was like wow! This is good. I handled cos­tume and make up for Sunny Neji during his album launch and I must confess, that cheque was huge! My Guinness job was also another happy moment. It came with a chauffeur and a suite at Eke Hotels & Suites,” Lolar adds, her eyes beaming with joy.

And behind every successful woman…

In 2010, Lolar took a break to start a family after she met her knight in shining armor. Today, her marriage is blessed with a boy and a girl.

“15 years after, God has been faithful,because we are really doing good and don’t forget that behind every suc­cessful woman there is a man,” she says laughing softly. “I took a break because I met this fantastic man after my heart. And he said to me ‘can you give me four years of your life to make kids? And if we don’t even make kids I am good. Let’s just have fun and after that you could get back to work.

“And I looked at him and I was like ‘yeah, I need this break.’ You know, when you are in love you don’t even think. We did not date officially. We were more like brother and sister and then we got mar­ried.”

Five years after, what does she have to say about marriage?

“I think my marriage just got better, be­cause now my husband is even more sup­portive. He is actually the brains behind Lolar Shon. He is an engineer but more of a fashion person. He critiques all my jobs and he’s my biggest fan.”

Dreams

“To be a fashion brand that anyone would like to identify and reckon with, a fashion brand that sets the pace. I have a clothing line, LS Clothing and it‘s genuine Ankara all the way. My make-up line is still on hold. And guess what, my fashion blog is going to set new standards.”

 

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How Midnight Crew survived breakup! –Gbenga Oyebola http://sunnewsonline.com/new/how-midnight-crew-survived-breakup-gbenga-oyebola/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/how-midnight-crew-survived-breakup-gbenga-oyebola/#comments Sat, 22 Aug 2015 23:50:32 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=132206 By DEJI AROLOYE It has emerged that even before their first hit, Igwe, in 2008, Nigeria’s hottest gospel band, Midnight Crew almost called it quits! A member of the band, Gbenga Oyebola, spoke with Entertainer about his sojourn into mu­sic and how Midnight Crew overcame a challenge that could have torn it apart in 2006. [...]]]>

Midnight crew

By DEJI AROLOYE

It has emerged that even before their first hit, Igwe, in 2008, Nigeria’s hottest gospel band, Midnight Crew almost called it quits! A member of the band, Gbenga Oyebola, spoke with Entertainer about his sojourn into mu­sic and how Midnight Crew overcame a challenge that could have torn it apart in 2006.

Excerpts:

How did music begin for you?

I didn’t even know I had talent for singing until I gave my life to Christ. Unlike most artistes who would say they started singing in the childrens’ choir, I didn’t start until 1995. I remember sing­ers gathering in my secondary school and how I jioned them and found myself natu­rally harmonizing either tenor or auto and how somebody remarked that it sounded like I had musical talent. My sister who also had noticed I had that gifting forced me to join the church choir. In the choir I was singing natural tenor and before I knew it, I started teaching people their parts despite not studying music.

Did you make up your mind from day one to settle for gospel music?

There are some things about your destiny that you may never find out if you don’t first encounter God because it’s in knowing him that you find yourself. When I gave my life to Christ, I realized that I enjoyed singing and I was looking forward to going for rehearsals. And before I joined Mid­night Crew, I was a wor­ship leader in my local assembly. I saw many lives getting blessed when I ministered at Sunday service and I knew that God had called me into it.

After all these years you guys are still together, what’s the secret to the success of Midnight Crew?

At some point we decided it was time we gave allowance for individual mem­bers to find and pursue their personal divine assignments. We accepted that God brought four of us together for a pur­pose but that did not mean we should let go our personal desires because fulfill­ment might not necessarily come under the umbrella of Midnight Crew. And we knew by the faith we profess that on judgment day, we would give account for everything. While we still hold on to Midnight Crew, we made sure we gave room for that individuality that allows each member to express his or her talent. Consequently, we had to temporarily set aside the stage so that people can discover what it is that they wanted to do. That affected our going for events and programmes. As soon as we started carrying out their personal assignments, challenges arose. For instance, they want Mike Abdul to minister somewhere and it’s precisely when Midnight Crew is needed somewhere else. We took a couple of months to fine tune that and as soon as we got it right, it became possible for Midnight Crew to be available and at the same time, individuals in the group could do there own thing.

Are you saying the strategy worked?

I am telling you it is working already. Before we veered out, we knew that a lot of people would not understand what we were doing. In fact, some people said that we were no longer together. We saw it coming and told our­selves we wouldn’t let that get to us.

Did you guys feel like quitting when it seemed you were not getting results?

The truth is that in the fifth year of Midnight Crew, we almost went our sep­arate ways. We started Midnight Crew in 2001. Five years later in 2006 we called a meeting to break up the group because things were not working. A lot of hard work and effort had been put in including spending money even where there was no money. We were shooting videos and recording songs and we just weren’t get­ting the results we wanted. We thought we should have made it big but it wasn’t happening. We wanted to be famous and rich and money was not coming. What we did not understand was that God was busy preparing us for our own time. God has his own divine timing. You cannot rush or go ahead of Him. You just have to get yourself to a point where you align with His will. If you blow before he wants you to, you’ll kill yourself before your time. Maybe, your character is not fully formed to handle fame and God knows it. God wants you to use that fame to touch more lives. If He sees that you are not ready, He will not take you there. And we didn’t understand it and we just felt that we had tried and it was time to call it quits. Miraculously, by the time we gathered to say our farewell, we started singing another tune and began encouraging our­selves. We were like maybe; we shouldn’t give up just yet.

Were tears flowing during the meeting?

We cried and prayed. We were shocked at ourselves because we were so resolute to go our separate ways. We felt each of us should go and do his solo thing so things might pick up from there. As we were congratulating ourselves on the experience of working together, some­one among us just said that maybe, our miracle was just around the corner and we all agreed to it. And so we decided to just stay back and continue struggling. Interestingly, our big break didn’t hap­pen until two years after that. God gave us that song, Igwe, two years after that meeting.

Could you do a collabo with a secular musician?

My challenge will be the content or message of the song. However, the mes­sage may be good but not align with my own belief system or agree with the scriptures. The secular musician must agree with the message I believe in. If he doesn’t, I would not do it because it will be against the instructions and the Word of God which I profess. It doesn’t have to be a gospel song but the message must point people in the direction of God and towards a better society and impact positively on the lives of people.

Do you think a gospel artist can prac­tice a lifestyle different from the faith he professes in his songs?

I think such an artiste is a hypocrite and he’ll not see the face of the Lord. Even if his music is blessing people, sooner or later, his life style will catch up with him. The same lives that he is blessing will find out that he’s not real and his product will not count as worthy and believable. There is something called integrity. Integrity is when you get to a point where your words align with your actions. If they see that what you sing is not what you practice, they’ll call you a false prophet. In no distant time, you’ll fizzle out.

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Islamic singers on warpath: Wasiu Sadeeq slams Barrymade http://sunnewsonline.com/new/islamic-singers-on-warpath-wasiu-sadeeq-slams-barrymade/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/islamic-singers-on-warpath-wasiu-sadeeq-slams-barrymade/#comments Sat, 22 Aug 2015 23:49:09 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=132203 By AYODELE LAWAL Top Islamic singer and national president, Islamic Musicians Association of Nigeria (ISMAN), Alhaji Wasiu Kayode Sadeeq has slammed the daughter of the late Ayinde Barrister, Ashabi Modinat aka Bar­rymade and Ahmed Alawiye for staging a walk out during the election conducted by the association in Lagos recently. Speaking during the inauguration of [...]]]>

By AYODELE LAWAL

Top Islamic singer and national president, Islamic Musicians Association of Nigeria (ISMAN), Alhaji Wasiu Kayode Sadeeq has slammed the daughter of the late Ayinde Barrister, Ashabi Modinat aka Bar­rymade and Ahmed Alawiye for staging a walk out during the election conducted by the association in Lagos recently.

Speaking during the inauguration of the Lagos State executives of ISMAN, Sadeeq described the duo of Barrymade and Alawiye as “a bunch of over-ambitious musicians bent on leading the association at all cost without possessing leadership qualities”.

He said that Barrymade contested for the post of Ameerah (woman leader) but when it dawned on her that she was going to lose, staged a walk out from the venue of the election.

“But instead of following the due pro­cess, Barrymade, Alawiye and other dis­gruntled elements decided to float a parallel association. In as much as we will not stop them from forming any association, I know that they will not suc­ceed,” Sadeeq stated.

Continuing, Sadeeq asked rhetori­cally: “How can a person whose dressing does not conform with the teachings of the Holy Quran be elected to the position of an Almeerah? Her dressing is wordly and she does not have the moral status to lead our women.”

In her reaction, Barrymade alleged that Sadeeq frustrated her and used all the power within his means to favour her political opponent. “Alhaji Kayode Sadeeq frustrated me and used all his powers to favour my political opponent,” she stressed.

The new executive members of ISMAN are Alhaji Abideen Abdul Ganiyu, state governor; Alhaji Isiaq Alli, 1st deputy gov­ernor, Alhaji Hafeez Abolaji, 2nd deputy governor, Hajia Monsurat Ilesanmi, general secretary; and Alhaji M.A.K Sodiq aka Mar Malaika, PRO.

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Dele Odule in US, solicits support for TAMPPAN http://sunnewsonline.com/new/dele-odule-in-us-solicits-support-for-tamppan/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/dele-odule-in-us-solicits-support-for-tamppan/#comments Sat, 22 Aug 2015 23:48:24 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=132197 President of Theater Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPPAN), Prince Dele Odule is now in the United States of Ameri­can where he has gone to garner support for his association. This is coming months after he came back from Ugandan where he pre­sented the Nigerian Ambassador to Uganda letter of Honourary Member [...]]]>

President of Theater Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPPAN), Prince Dele Odule is now in the United States of Ameri­can where he has gone to garner support for his association. This is coming months after he came back from Ugandan where he pre­sented the Nigerian Ambassador to Uganda letter of Honourary Member of TAMPPAN.

While in America, Odule will visit Nigerian entertainment stakeholders in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Maryland, Washington DC, Atlanta Georgia, and Houston to mention a few.

According to the National Director of Pub­lic Relations and Media Affairs, TAMPPAN, Yomi Fash Lanso, Odule will return to Nigeria by the middle of September to prepare fully for the association’s inauguration coming up in October.

“The president and his executives are leav­ing no stone unturned to see that the inaugu­ration will be the talk of the entertainment industry for months,” Fash Lanso said.

In fulfillment of his promises during cam­paign to lead TAMPPAN, Odule paid courtesy visits to veteran thespians, Chief Lari Wil­liams and Tunde Alabi, promising them that his association will do everything to see that they are well taking care of.

TAMPPAN was formed to transform film­making in Nigeria and see to the welfare of its members, while concentrating more on selling values and culture. The association has promised to partner with both federal and state governments to ensure that needed infrastructures are put in place in the enter­tainment industry.

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I treat my female fans with respect –John Da-Silva, actor/producer http://sunnewsonline.com/new/i-treat-my-female-fans-with-respect-john-da-silva-actorproducer/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/i-treat-my-female-fans-with-respect-john-da-silva-actorproducer/#comments Sat, 22 Aug 2015 23:48:19 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=132198 By TOSIN AKINOLA John Olakunle Da-Silva is an actor/producer. A graduate of sociology, Da-Silva has been in the industry for over 10 years. In this chat with Entertainer, he shares his experiences. Could you please tell us a little about growing up? I lived with my parents on Lagos Island for 11 years before the [...]]]>

By TOSIN AKINOLA

John Olakunle Da-Silva is an actor/producer. A graduate of sociology, Da-Silva has been in the industry for over 10 years. In this chat with Entertainer, he shares his experiences.

Could you please tell us a little about growing up?

I lived with my parents on Lagos Island for 11 years before the demise of my dad. I’m the second in a family of three male children. My dad worked with the American Embassy and was the first black man to rise to the position of a Director. He took great care of us and was a philanthropist. Though strict, he was a loving father who was always there for us. My acting career started at the Technical College under the tutelage of Eric Adelegan.

How did you join the industry and who is your mentor?

Actually, I was more into stage acting initially. Later I met a childhood friend, Mary Joseph, who was already into film and I discussed with her and she put me through. I later joined The Association of Nigerian Theatre Art Practitioners (ANTP) in 2006. Talking about mentors, my major role model is Yinka Quadri.

What’s your wife’s reaction to your acting career?

I’m not married but I have children. When I say I’m not married I mean it’s not been solemnized legally but all other traditional rites have been per­formed. We all leave together and the rela­tionship between my kids and I is great.

How do you handle your female admir­ers?

I handle them maturely. You know women are delicate and influential so I treat them with respect and keep it that way.

How about crazy female fans?

Crazy female admirers? Hmmm… I won’t call them crazy but over excited female fans. Yes I’ve had experiences but as a graduate of Sociology, I’m trained to deal with human beings of different character shades.

What was your parent’s reaction when you told them you wanted to be an actor?

My mom was cool and she supported me from the outset. My partner is posi­tively in support of my career and she’s been 100 per cent supportive.

Have you ever regretted being an actor?

The regret I have in the profession is the poor remuneration and the piracy menace.

As a producer, what are the movies you’ve produced so far?

I started off as an actor but few years ago I ventured into movie production. I have produced two movies. The first is Ofin (Law). I just finished work on the second one is at the level of post pro­duction. Hopefully, it will be released soon.

Do you do other things apart from acting?

Yes I do, I work with the Lagos State Government Education District as a Principal Education Officer. I also serve as an Ad hoc officer as a Zonal Project Administrator (ZOPA) for the Lagos State Eko Secondary School Project.

What’ been your happiest moment in life?

Every morning I wake up hale and hearty are happy moments. That gives me hope that my happiest moments are yet to come.

Where would you like to be in the next five years?

I pray for a huge business breakthrough so that in five years time, I will be privileged to help the less privileged. I love helping people whenever I have the means. I think I took that after my late dad of blessed memory; he was a philanthropist in his days.

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How I wooed my wife – IK Osakioduwa http://sunnewsonline.com/new/how-i-wooed-my-wife-ik-osakioduwa/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/how-i-wooed-my-wife-ik-osakioduwa/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 23:00:59 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=132075 BY TONY OGAGA ERHARIEFE OAP and Big Brother Africa host, IK Osakioduwa has opened up on the dramatic way he met and wooed his heart-throb, Olohi. IK disclosed to Entertainer that the journey down the aisle began after he had a chat with a nosy aunty who wanted him to meet a particular girl she [...]]]>

BY TONY OGAGA ERHARIEFE

OAP and Big Brother Africa host, IK Osakioduwa has opened up on the dramatic way he met and wooed his heart-throb, Olohi. IK disclosed to Entertainer that the journey down the aisle began after he had a chat with a nosy aunty who wanted him to meet a particular girl she believed would make a great partner seven years before they tied the knot!

“I have this aunty who told me about this pretty lady called Olohi,” IK as he is popularly known in the industry began. She said ‘listen IK, there’s this girl you have to meet, she’s your wife.’ And I was like ‘really? Look at me? Do I look like someone who’s looking for an arranged marriage? I was embarrassed!

“I told her I didn’t want to meet anyone but this aunt of mine was pretty convinced the lady she had on mind was my Mrs. Right and she would stop at nothing to hook us up. I said I wasn’t interested and pushed the whole matter behind me.”

However, a short while later, IK, who was then studying at the University of Lagos (Unilag), started visiting LASU often and since his aunty had informed him that Olohi was a student of the institu­tion, he had his eyes peeled for her.

“Something cropped up and I started visiting LASU a lot. Then I was schooling at Unilag. I asked a friend of mine about her and he said he knew her and I told him I wanted to meet her. The idea was just to get my aunty of my off my back. Eventually he brought her over and we became friends.”

Struck

If anything happened during their first meeting, it was the chemis­try that flowed between them. Recalling that first time IK contin­ued: “When I met her I was like wow! She’s pretty and nice, so we became friends. Back then I was dating someone else and because I’m not good at double dating, I didn’t make any move and so we just remained friends; we were just buddies talking, hanging out having a nice time.”

Break-up

However, IK says his relationship with his lover soon ran into troubled waters. Reason, she was not down with his job as an enter­tainment person.

Recounting the circumstances that led to the break up IK contin­ues: “The lady I had been dating back then was having issues with me because of my job. She wanted me to quit entertainment because she wasn’t really in support of my entertainment career so we were having issues. All the while I kept thinking, ‘why can’t she just be like Olohi. The reason was that Olohi was everything I wanted in a woman.’ Eventually we broke up and went our separate ways.”

Hook-up

IK say it was then it struck him that Olohi deserved more atten­tion and so he made the first move: “I called her up and we chatted. Then she was dating a mutual friend of ours so when I talked about spending the rest of our lives together she was like ‘aahh, you know who I’m dating.’ But I said ‘listen, I’ve been thinking and I think you and I are good friends and we can probably be good friends for ever. I’d like to explore the possibility of being your husband and being married to you.”

However she insisted and that was in a relationship and that’s when IK played his joker!

That voice that has sent millions of women across Africa swooning booms as he speaks: “I said ‘I’m not saying you should break up with him but from what I can see, that guy I think is not serious so when you people are done, come and talk to me.”

And that was exactly what happened a month after. They broke up and Olohi ran straight into his arms!

Ike did not waste time as he quickly perfected plans to make her his wife and so he started planning the best way to pop the question. IK says he wanted something special and that culminated in his taking a trip to the UK just to propose to her.

In retrospect IK says: “Before I travelled I went to meet her dad and told him about my plans to marry his daughter. I also went to get her mum’s permission to propose to her. Then she was in school in South Athens in the UK and then I boarded the next available flight!”

As soon as he got to London, he approached a popular cinema and arranged to have the question spring up in the middle of an advert just before the next movie began. His plan was to go on his knees and ask her to marry him once the question sprang up on the screen. Two days to D-Day the cookie came crumbling after the cinema called him up and warned him that if he arrived late at the venue, they won’t replay his proposal.

“I thought it was too risky and I didn’t want to take chances so I dumped the idea. That was how I planned with her friend to con­vince her to come to London from South Athens. Now my wife is a bit strong willed so it wasn’t so easy to get her to come to London. When she came I told her I had come all the way from Nigeria to have lunch with her. Meanwhile, I’d already planted the ring in a restaurant with some Japanese guy. I told him when we are done he should bring it with the bill.”

When they got to the restaurant, the guy welcomed them and escorted them to their seats but as soon as they were seated his future wife dropped a bombshell: “I’m so touched that you came all the way from Nigeria to do lunch with me but I just had one big lunch and I can’t eat!

Panic

“I panicked and the Japanese guy panicked,” IK recalls. “The Japanese guy blurted out in smattering English ‘no you must eat, you eat small, you eat little but you must eat!’ But my wife was like ‘no, I don’t want to eat. I’m not eating.’

“It became a struggle and my Japanese friend was dragging her so hard she shouted ‘leave my hand. Nonsense, I don’t want to eat!”

Alarmed that the situation could spin out of control, IK says he had to intervene.

“Calm down! Calm down!’ IK shouted. He knew that if he didn’t calm the situation quickly he won’t be able to propose.

“I knew I had to think fast. I turned to my wife and said ‘since you’ve had lunch, can you do dinner?’ She said yes, but she was afraid it would affect my trip back to Nigeria because I wanted to fly out that night so I could make it to work the next day.

“Don’t worry, I’d reschedule,’ IK hastily says he said, happy that all was not lost. “I was so glad I could save the situation and the Japanese guy was all the while saying to my wife ‘good, good, you come back for dinner, you eat something.’”

Popping the question

IK says that later that night, amid the soft glow of candles, his dream finally came true when he proposed to his wife.

“After we finished dining, the bill arrived and the ring was inside it. We were arguing over who would pick up the tab and then she opened it and saw the ring and she was like ‘oh my God!’

“I knelt down on one knee asked her if she would be my wife and we would spend the rest of our life together and she was still, like she was in a trance. And then the Japanese guy came and hit her saying ‘Madam, say yes, just say yes!’

“The entire restaurant was watching, people were wait­ing, you could have heard a pin drop as I waited for her response, meanwhile, I was down on one knee and my heart was racing and it was like taking forever. And then she just screamed ‘yes!’ I was so glad I almost collapsed with joy.”

Marriage

The pair finally tied the knot in 2008 and today, the mar­riage is blessed with a child.

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Ali Baba, others for Urhobo/Isoko Comedy All Stars Show http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ali-baba-others-for-urhoboisoko-comedy-all-stars-show/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ali-baba-others-for-urhoboisoko-comedy-all-stars-show/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 23:00:58 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=132046 The stage is set for the maiden edition of Urhobo/Isoko Comedy All Stars Show, an evening of entertainment featuring comedy, music, cultural displays and art exhibi­tions, which holds on October 25, at Eko Hotel Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. According to Ali Baba (Atunyota Akpo­robomerere), ace comedian and co-pro­gramme organiser, Urhobo/Isoko Comedy All Stars Show [...]]]>

The stage is set for the maiden edition of Urhobo/Isoko Comedy All Stars Show, an evening of entertainment featuring comedy, music, cultural displays and art exhibi­tions, which holds on October 25, at Eko Hotel Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

According to Ali Baba (Atunyota Akpo­robomerere), ace comedian and co-pro­gramme organiser, Urhobo/Isoko Comedy All Stars Show is a forum for unifying the people of the region and will feature comedy icons from across the region.

“It promises to be an evening of fun and excitement. Urhobo/Isoko Comedy All Stars Show will feature Gordons I-Go- Dye and Bovi in comedy, Daddy Showkey and Dr. Sid in music and the Arts. This is an avenue for showcasing the rich culture of the people of Delta. The objective is to celebrate their achievements nationally and internationally,” Ali Baba said.

According to Lucky Onoriode George of Africa Travel Times, the initiator of the project, the choice of comedy as handle for the show is informed by the fact that the country’s foremost comedians are from the Delta State axis and are tagged The Golden Generation. “If you take a look at the entertainment landscape, you will see that the big names are either Urhobos or Isokos. Is it Ali Baba or Gordons, I-Go-Die or Sammy Okposo? Name them, they are all from that region. This is an opportunity to cel­ebrate these great achievers and to call on Nigerians to celebrate with us,” he said.

It will also feature cultural displays, oral tradition and music by traditional and contemporary artistes such as Johnson Adjan (Ogbu ‘ri ne), Okpan Arhibo and Arube. There will also be a sculpture and paintings exhibition.

 

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Eddie Montana on the rebound http://sunnewsonline.com/new/eddie-montana-on-the-rebound/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/eddie-montana-on-the-rebound/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 23:00:52 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=132045 Plans tell-all book Ex De Remedies star, Eddie Mon­tana is getting back into the saddle to take charge of his career. As you read this piece, he is wrapping up work on an album and also a tell-all book which will chronicle his life as an entertainer and his experiences. According to an insider: “Eddie [...]]]>
  • Plans tell-all book

Ex De Remedies star, Eddie Mon­tana is getting back into the saddle to take charge of his career. As you read this piece, he is wrapping up work on an album and also a tell-all book which will chronicle his life as an entertainer and his experiences.

According to an insider: “Eddie Montana is poised to rebrand and take his rightful place in the industry and there is no stopping him. Work has also been completed on brand new album. Remember he was at the fore of the afro hip hop revelation that made the industry what it is today.

“And that’s not all, Eddie is also plan­ning the publication of his first book. Right now he is playing his cards very close to his chest but I can assure you it has everything to do with his career as a musician. His fans should watch out,” the insider added.

Eddie Montana hit limelight alongside Eedris Abdul Kareem and Tony Tutuila as members of the now defunct De Remedies after the release of their debut single Shako or in 1997. However, the group later broke up after a series of hit songs and they all went their separate ways.

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Skiibii’s money ritual rumour: Kcee blasts rumour mongers http://sunnewsonline.com/new/skiibiis-money-ritual-rumour-kcee-blasts-rumour-mongers/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/skiibiis-money-ritual-rumour-kcee-blasts-rumour-mongers/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 23:00:41 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=132048 BY JOY UMUKORO Popular musician and Five Star Music boss, Kcee has carpeted those he described as rumour mongers for reporting that his brother, E Money, used Sampu singer, Skiibii, who was wrongfully reported to have died ear­lier in the week for money rituals. Speaking on Wazobia FM he said: “I’m disappointed with people on [...]]]>

BY JOY UMUKORO

Popular musician and Five Star Music boss, Kcee has carpeted those he described as rumour mongers for reporting that his brother, E Money, used Sampu singer, Skiibii, who was wrongfully reported to have died ear­lier in the week for money rituals.

Speaking on Wazobia FM he said: “I’m disappointed with people on social media who said that my brother, E Money, used Skiibii for money rituals. What gets me even angrier is that now that he did not die, they are saying his head was too strong for the juju and that is why immediately I came into the country I decided to use this medium to clarify issues.”

Earlier in the week, reports that Skiibii had collapsed and died went viral on so­cial media. This was followed by reports that E-Money used Skiibii for money rituals. However, Skiibii was rushed to the hospital and eventually revived.

Explaining what led to the entire episode, Kcee said it was due to lack of proper information and Soso Soberekon, his producer who confirmed that Skiibii was dead after calling his boy in Nigeria had been put on suspension.

His words: “I was on tour with my producer, Soso Soberekon in Norway when the purported rumour of Skiibii’s death broke. Somebody called Soso to confirm the news and Soso called his boy who confirmed that Skiibii col­lapsed and was rushed to the hospital but he did not know what exactly was happening but it’s like Skiibii was dead and so he told the caller that skiibii was actually dead.

“I later got in touch with my brother, E-Money, who said he had instructed that Skiibii be transferred to another hospital immediately. So the whole issue was misconstrued because of Soso and he has been placed on suspension by the management.”

Commenting, Skiibii said that he was hale and hearty. His words: “I’m alive and healthy. This is not the first time this is happening to me. It’s like a blackout which occurs anytime I’m over excited. It’s happened two times and the last time was when I was on a plane with another label mate. I thank God I’m okay.”

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Glo kicks off Laffta Fest in Benin http://sunnewsonline.com/new/glo-kicks-off-laffta-fest-in-benin/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/glo-kicks-off-laffta-fest-in-benin/#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 00:51:20 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=131298 The crowd-pulling-comedy show, Glo Laffta Fest, would kick off in Benin City on Au­gust 30 and thereafter move to 10 other locations across the country. Announcing the debut of the ever thrill­ing comedy festival in Lagos, Globacom said that the show would feature top-rated stand-up comedians including Glo ambas­sadors such as Basket Mouth and Helen [...]]]>

The crowd-pulling-comedy show, Glo Laffta Fest, would kick off in Benin City on Au­gust 30 and thereafter move to 10 other locations across the country.

Announcing the debut of the ever thrill­ing comedy festival in Lagos, Globacom said that the show would feature top-rated stand-up comedians including Glo ambas­sadors such as Basket Mouth and Helen Paul as well as the newly signed Bovi and AY with a guest appearance by Salva­dor from Uganda, who would be joined by others like Okey Bakassi, I Go Die, Seyi Law, Funny Bone, Dan De Humor­ous, Julius Agwu, Buchi, Gordons, Omo Baba, Osama, Bash, and others.

From Benin, the show train would weekly move to Victoria Island, Abeo­kuta, Surulere, Port Harcourt, Ike­ja, Ibadan, Ikorodu, Egbeda, Abuja, and Ijebu-Ode. The best hands in Nigerian music who are also Glo ambassadors like Flavor, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Wande Coal, Korede Bello, D’ija, Rekaardo Banks, Pasuma, and Saheed Osupa would be on hand to add pep, while DJ Jimmy Jatt, DJ Neptune, DJ X Gee, DJ Spinall, DJ Switch and DJ Tor would dish out tunes from their wheels of steel.

“Our commitment to supporting enter­tainment in Nigeria is unrivalled. Laffta Fest is part of our contribution to the de­velopment of the entertainment industry in Nigeria. Globacom has been in the forefront of supporting and improving the entertainment industry in Nigeria, with a view to developing enterprising talents in the music and comedy genres. We are totally committed to initiatives that will promote the entertainment industry in Nigeria,” Glo assured.

On the modalities of joining the fun train, the company explained that the show would be open to new and exist­ing customers of the network who use up to N3000 on calls, SMS and data on the network in a month, and text ‘LOL’ and location of the show that they want to attend to 33001.

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Airtel vows to transform more lives with Touching Lives 2 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/airtel-vows-to-transform-more-lives-with-touching-lives-2/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/airtel-vows-to-transform-more-lives-with-touching-lives-2/#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 00:50:45 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=131297 After recording monumental success with the maiden edition of its revolutionary CSR initiative, Airtel Touching Lives, leading telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria, has announced the commencement of the second edition of the initiative, which has been described by many as a ground-breaking approach to Corporate Social Investment. The Airtel Touching Lives is focused on empowering, uplifting [...]]]>

After recording monumental success with the maiden edition of its revolutionary CSR initiative, Airtel Touching Lives, leading telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria, has announced the commencement of the second edition of the initiative, which has been described by many as a ground-breaking approach to Corporate Social Investment.

The Airtel Touching Lives is focused on empowering, uplifting and creating life-changing opportunities for underprivileged individuals, communities and groups in the Nigerian society.

Speaking at an event held recently in Lagos to mark the commencement of the second edition of the show, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, said the company is rolling out the second edition of the revolutionary programme based on the immense successes recorded with the first edition.

According to him, Airtel went the length and breadth of the country last year, scouting for people who needed help and for causes to support, noting that the journey yielded great results as many lives were touched.

“At Airtel, we believe that for us to be a great company, we must be a good company and we are very much committed to earning our social license – the love and acceptance of the people we serve,” he said.

The season one of Airtel Touching Lives featured 26 emotion-evoking stories, which brought to limelight the commitment and kind-heartedness of Airtel in uplifting the conditions of underprivileged people across the Nigerian society.

Anchored by popular On-Air- Personality, Wana Udobang, the 13-episode programme, which aired on satellite and terrestrial TV stations in Nigeria and across Africa, was followed by millions of people.

The Touching Lives initiative is structured in a unique fashion that allows Nigerians to nominate disadvantaged persons who are in need of care or special interventions. Entries can be sent in via SMS or phone calls to the short code 947 or via email to: touchinglives@ng.airtel. com.

Also, nomination letters of not more than 1000 words can also be submitted at Airtel Showrooms, shops and dealers’ outlets nationwide. Interested people can also go to Airtel Facebook page and Airtel CSR/ Touching Lives web page for further information.

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Deker goes Bam! http://sunnewsonline.com/new/deker-goes-bam/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/deker-goes-bam/#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 00:49:59 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=131292 Following the success of Oyenekwu, hiplife singer, Deker, has dropped an­other hot track, a club banger entitled Bam, produced by Mojarz. In a chat with Entertainer, the Bihoo Records sign-on described the response as overwhelm­ing: “The response for Bam has been over­whelming. People have been calling and posting comments on social media; I’m so happy [...]]]>

Following the success of Oyenekwu, hiplife singer, Deker, has dropped an­other hot track, a club banger entitled Bam, produced by Mojarz.

In a chat with Entertainer, the Bihoo Records sign-on described the response as overwhelm­ing: “The response for Bam has been over­whelming. People have been calling and posting comments on social media; I’m so happy with the response.”

Deker who first caught national attention with the release of his debut single, Oyenekwu, says he began singing from a tender age.

“I’ve been singing almost all of my life. I remember when I was a tot; I composed my first song at age four. Mum still sings that song to this day. My parents are religious people and they believe in God and my mum has a beauti­ful voice and sings in church. Same goes for my dad. I think I got the talent from them.”

Deker says he started music professionally in 2012. Before then he was the head of a group in Ogun State called Sango Boys. But at a point they all went their separate ways and in 2012, Deker decided to go it alone after he realized that his talent is a cash cow that could transform his fortunes forever.

How does he get inspiration? “It comes ef­fortlessly. Sometimes I’m scared because when something comes that easy you tend to take it for granted so I take my inspirations seriously. Sometimes it comes in dreams and when I wake up I write it down.”

Commenting on his role models Deker says: “God is my number one role model because he’s the only one I run to and look up to for every­thing. Musically, I respect Fela Anikulapo-Kuti because of the message he left behind. I also respect Peter of P Square, Olamide, Vector the Viper, MI and Phyno. Hopefully, I would like to work with P Square Vector and MI someday. On the foreign scene I want to work with Rick Ross and The Game.”

 

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I want tall, dark sexy guy – Rachael Okonkwo http://sunnewsonline.com/new/i-want-tall-dark-sexy-guy-rachael-okonkwo-2/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/i-want-tall-dark-sexy-guy-rachael-okonkwo-2/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 23:23:15 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=131211 Actress, Rachael Okonkwo aka Nkoli Nwa Nnsukka has come a long way from dancing gospel music videos to acting movies. The Nsukka, Enugu born actress has no doubt earned for herself a place in Nollywood following her role in Collins Chidiebere’s Nkoli Nwa Nsukka. In this chat with Christian Agadibe, the South East based actress [...]]]>

Actress, Rachael Okonkwo aka Nkoli Nwa Nnsukka has come a long way from dancing gospel music videos to acting movies. The Nsukka, Enugu born actress has no doubt earned for herself a place in Nollywood following her role in Collins Chidiebere’s Nkoli Nwa Nsukka. In this chat with Christian Agadibe, the South East based actress talks about her career and the challenges of being famous.
Excerpts:

Your delivery on Nkoli Nwa Nsukka was fabulous. What do you think stood you out from other characters?
I think it’s my popular Igbo slang which you know very well, my charisma and generally, the characterization. Everything about me in that movie was different and I believe it’s unique and quite educative.
Nkoli Nwa Nsukka is a TV series. Where do you think it will end?
For now I don’t know. It’s seasonal so it has a very long way to go. I think we will keep doing it but for now we’re recording the season 9 and 10. Even as I speak to you people are waiting for it because they want to know what happened. So I believe that is how they will also ask for the 11th and 12th seasons.
How are your fans reacting?
My fans are thrilled. Where ever I go people hail me and ask me to give them money. Some talk to me as if I’m CBN (Central Bank of Nigeria) governor. But in all of these I give God the Glory because I can’t walk in the streets without been noticed. I can’t even go to where I normally eat mama-put anymore. I can’t come out anymore not because I don’t want to but because the crowd will kill me.
How did your village react to your projection of their culture in Nkoli Nwa Nsukka?
My village people liked and they appreciated it so much. In fact, my state was so proud of me my governor even gave me an award; Enugu Born Most Outstanding Actress 2014. They loved it because the movie made the language so popular that even those who are not proud to say that they are from Nsukka now proudly boast that I am Nwanne Nkoli (Nkoli’s relative).
What ‘s your take on Nollywood?
The industry is a very nice place and it’s also a bad place. It depends on what you want. If you want to make use of the good side, you’ll be a good person and come out with something good for yourself. But if you come here and you want to make your life useless, it’s all left to you. But I don’t think it’s a big deal because it happens everywhere.
Your fans would like to know if Nkoli is still single or married
(Smiles) I’m single.
What has changed about you after Nkoli Nwa Nsukka?
Everything changed including my artistry and my person. At least I have received two awards and hoping to get more. Nkoli Nwa Nsukka elevated me and changed everything about me.
You were in the industry before acting Nkoli…
(Cuts in) I’ve been in the industry for quite a while. It’s been long I came in as an actress but because I wasn’t really getting jobs back then I started dancing but in 2009 I came back to Nollywood. I did some movies where I played a maid, I acted as Van Vika’s sister, Tonto’s (Dike) sister among others. Nkoli Nwa Nsukka gave me fame; it made me who I am, in fact, it’s my life.
What challenges have you been facing since you became famous?
The crowd and attention is just too much; I don’t have my privacy anymore. I walk into a hotel and somebody I don’t even know from Adam tells me he knows me and has seen me on TV and before you know it, everybody wants to talk to me and shake hands with me. You can’t just go to a place without people knowing you are there or talking about you going there. Sometimes it could be quite exasperating.
Do you do only indigenous movies?
I’m an artist so I can proudly tell you that I’m versatile. My first lead role in the industry was not an indigenous movie and it was not Nkoli Nwa Nnsukka either. It was entitled Parish House and I played alongside Nkem Owoh, Mercy Johnson and Van Vika. I’ve done so many movies but God chose to bring me out with this one.
Aside the face we see on screen, who is the Rachael Okonkwo?
Rachael Okonkwo is just a nice, real, humble girl and easy going girl.
Could you describe your ideal man?
If I tell you I want to marry a poor man then I’m lying. I want a man that’s comfortable. I mean a man with prospect even if he doesn’t have money, at least he should have something he’s looking up to. That could possibly yield money.
But you were married to someone poor in Nkoli Nwa Nsukka?
Yes, but he had plans. He needed to go to Onitsha to make money. What I actually mean is that I don’t want to get married to a lazy man. Lazy men are poor men. When a man is not lazy and he’s aspiring, he can make money. I want someone that is hard working, caring and cute; you know I’m not very tall so I want a very tall and dark guy that’s sexy and God-fearing too.

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How I escaped kidnappers – Nobert Wasky Ogoegbu http://sunnewsonline.com/new/how-i-escaped-kidnappers-nobert-wasky-ogoegbu/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/how-i-escaped-kidnappers-nobert-wasky-ogoegbu/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 23:00:36 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=131158 Actor, director and movie producer, Norbert Wasky Ogoegbu has opened up on how he escaped from the clutches of kidnappers in Asaba, the Delta State capital recently. Wasky as he is popularly known who is still recovering from the shock in a chat with Entertainer recounted his ordeal: “It all started around 8 pm on Saturday, [...]]]>

Actor, director and movie producer, Norbert Wasky Ogoegbu has opened up on how he escaped from the clutches of kidnappers in Asaba, the Delta State capital recently.
Wasky as he is popularly known who is still recovering from the shock in a chat with Entertainer recounted his ordeal: “It all started around 8 pm on Saturday, August 8. I was on my way back from Aguleri, Anambra State, where I’d gone to join thousands of well wishers of Governor Willie Obiano in a thanksgiving mass to celebrate his birthday. My wife and children joined me at Coker area of Asaba, Delta State, and we proceeded to a popular super market along Summit Road to pick a few items on our way home.”
However, as they approached Insomnia Lounge, opposite Jesus Saves Road, they noticed a car slowing down.
“We noticed a vehicle slowing down so we became cautious thinking it might be armed robbery operation going on few meters away. Immediately the vehicle, a Highlander SUV double crossed us and a young man, wielding a short gun alighted and came towards me threatening to shoot us.
“He demanded the car keys to the Honda CRV SUV belonging to my wife, which I gave him and then he ordered me to come down and I obeyed but he reversed the order, demanding that I enter the vehicle and sit at the passenger front seat where my wife and one of my sons were sitting.”
According  to him, he was about to carry out the kidnappers orders when his instincts told him to bolt away in other to go for re-enforcement  and this he promptly did and then the armed robber tried to open fire.
“I was to learn that the gun failed him when he tried shooting me. He attempted to start the car to drive out with my entire family but the car refused to start as well.
“He became enraged, threatening to kill my entire family but my wife continued to beg, pleading and shouting Blood of Jesus! The young man held my eldest son and tried to drag him away but my wife held him firmly, insisting that he should kill them there.”
Wasky says that at that point, the kidnapper’s colleague at the wheels of their vehicle became impatient and agitated and ordered the kidnapper to act fast! Realising that time was running out, the kidnapper suddenly jumped into their get-away car and they fled.
However, they had taken his wife’s hand bag containing her personal valuables and the Honda CRV keys before a police patrol team from A Division of Nigerian Police Force, Asaba Delta State, arrived at the scene in two Toyota Hilux vehicles.

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese team up for The Devil In The White City http://sunnewsonline.com/new/leonardo-dicaprio-martin-scorsese-team-up-for-the-devil-in-the-white-city/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/leonardo-dicaprio-martin-scorsese-team-up-for-the-devil-in-the-white-city/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 23:00:19 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=131162 Director, Martin Scorsese and actor, Leonardo DiCaprio are to team up for a big screen adaptation of Erik Larson’s 2003 book The Devil in the White City. DiCaprio is expected to play serial killer, Dr HH Holmes, who used the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago to lure his victims to their deaths. Holmes claimed to have [...]]]>

Director, Martin Scorsese and actor, Leonardo DiCaprio are to team up for a big screen adaptation of Erik Larson’s 2003 book The Devil in the White City.
DiCaprio is expected to play serial killer, Dr HH Holmes, who used the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago to lure his victims to their deaths. Holmes claimed to have killed 27 people although some later estimates put his death toll at nearer 200.
It will be the sixth time DiCaprio has worked with Scorsese. Their previous films include The Wolf of Wall Street, The Departed and Gangs of New York. It tells the story of Dr Holmes, who converted a large building in Chicago and turned it into what became known as a Murder Castle. It had a padded room with a gas pipe to asphyxiate victims, a chute for dispatching bodies to the cellar and, in the cellar, a hidden butcher’s table and oven that had the remains of women’s clothing.
DiCaprio reportedly bought the film rights to The Devil in the White City in 2010. The screenplay will be written by Billy Ray, who scripted Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games.

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