Kunle Afolayan Set To Relive ‘Ade Love’ Film Making Legacy

Kunle Afolayan Set To Relive ‘Ade Love’ Film Making LegacyThe Legacy of colonial era film maker, Adeyemi Afolayan, popularly known as ‘Ade love’, is set to return to mainstream, as his classic films including the Taxi Driver series and Kadara, get special screening, to celebrate the life and times of one of the pioneers of African cinema.

Leading the charge to bring back some of the his works, is prominent film maker and son of Ade love, Kunle Afolayan, who has earned many accolades as a film maker himself.

“Concerning the ‘Ade love’ 20 years remembrance, it is like a dream for me, because this man passed 20 years ago and we’ve never really celebrated him.

“Apart from the fact that he was my father, he has given some of us life,” he told Channels Television.

Furthermore, he said that he was looking forward to the event because “there were so many things we would reveal to people that they don’t know about, as far as film making in Africa is concerned, as far as cinema is concerned, as far as the guy himself is concerned”.

He also hinted that the Ade love family would put together a stage performance to entertain the audience on the big day.

According to Afolayan, the feedback so far from people, both those from his father’s generation and the younger generation, who don’t know so much about him, already shows him that the event is indeed one to look forward to.

The new generation film maker, who has equally continued to grace the Nigerian cinema with his unique productions, said this would be an opportunity for people to experience what film making really used to be way back.

Yemi Alade Drops Highly Anticpated Single, “Gucci Ferragamo”

yemi alade, gucci ferragamo“Mama Africa” crooner, Yemi Alade has just dropped her latest single, “Gucci Ferragamo”.

The highly anticipated track will however be available only on iTunes and Apple music between October 28, and November 4, 2016, she said.

Produced by Maleek Berry, “Gucci Ferragamo” shows a different side of the singer, and is expected to feature in her untitled third studio album.

Asides the track, Miss Yemi has equally released yemi2new feisty photos, shot by celebrity photographer, Emmanuel Oyeleke.

The artiste who won the ‘Best Female Artist of the Year’, in the recently concluded 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards, after being nominated along-side Tiwa Savage, has gained significant recognition around the world since her entrance into the music industry.

Having signed significant music, endorsement deals as well as performing on some of the biggest stages around the world, the sky seems to only be her starting point.

Tu-Baba Set To Launch ‘I Hate What You Do To Me’ Video

Tu-babaAfrican music legend, Innocent Idibia, also known as Tu-baba, has announced that he would be launching the video to his latest hit track, ‘I hate what you do to me’, at the Dare To Mix festival.

The festival organised by Campari and set to take place on November 5, 2016 in Lagos, would also feature superstar performances from top acts like 9ice, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Ycee and a host of others.

With the brand’s recent ‘Dare To Mix’ Campaign, it has decided to celebrate the diversity in music, comedy as well as cocktails.

The event would mark the first ever cocktail festival in Nigeria.

It would also feature various attractions, including comedy, a ‘mixology session’ with Tu-baba, making his signature mix, “Implication Shakerato”, a DJ face-off, among others.

MAMA’s Final Nominees: Wizkid leads With 3 Nods

Tiwa savage, MAMA's, nominees list, 2016The race for prizes at the 2016 edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA), intensifies as the award organisers reveal the last group of nominees for this year’s prize.

Nigerian artists such as Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Olamide, Patoranking, Wizkid and many others have received new nominations in the coveted categories which included artist of the year, best female, listener’s choice, best breakthrough and song of the year. MAMA's, 2016, nominees,

The nominees were selected from a pool of thousands of contemporary mainstream artistes across Africa.

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In terms of nominations, Wizkid leads the pack of nominees from Nigeria. He was nominated in the artist of the year category, best male artist and in the personality of the year category.

X3M music artiste, Simi whose music continues to garner attention earns a nomination in the breakthrough category alongside compatriots, Tekno and Falz the bahd guy.

For the young singer, who actually has been craving the spotlight for almost a decade, with a handful of lukewarm songs over the years, getting a MAMA nomination is another milestone in her career.

She sits on the podium with another Mama fresher, hip-hop act Y-cee who got catapulted into the elites’ group after his 2015 hit, ‘Jagaban’.olamide

He earned a nomination in best hip hop category which pitches him alongside music heavyweights including YBNL Boss, Olamide whom he featured in his breakthrough track.

In 2015, Nigerian dance-hall and reggae music act Patoranking picked up the best newcomer prize and in just about a year, he is now being nominated for the best male category contending alongside Wizkid and South-African rapper A.K.A.

The 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards is scheduled to hold in Johannesburg, South-Africa later in 2016.

Blatter To Stay On As FIFA President

BlatterSepp Blatter says he will not stand down as FIFA President despite Swiss investigators opening criminal proceedings against him.

The 79-year-old is suspected of signing a contract that was “unfavourable to FIFA” and making a “disloyal payment” to UEFA President, Michel Platini.

But Blatter insists he “has done nothing illegal or improper”.

In a statement released through his lawyers, Blatter also said that the 1.5 million pounds payment made to Platini in 2011 was legitimate.

Platini Defends Sepp Blatter Payment

In a related development UEFA President, Michel Platini, has defended the payment made to him by FIFA President, Sepp Blatter.

In a statement released to the Union of European Football Associations, Platini said that the money was for legitimate work conducted for the world governing body.

Platini, who insists he has done nothing wrong, said that he would assist with further investigation whether they harm his image or not.

Despite Platini’s letter, Scottish FA Chief Executive, Stewart Regan, says the issue of the nine-year gap between work and payment needs to be explained.

NNPC Pledges To End Fuel Queues By Weekend

nnpcThe Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has vowed to meet the June 13 deadline earlier set to end fuel queues across the country.

The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr Joseph Dawha, told journalists during inspection of some of its stations in Abuja that there is a stock level of 1.1 billion litres representing 27 days sufficiency, saying there should be no cause for alarm.

He underscored the need for stakeholders to join forces with it (NNPC) to rid the nation of oil pipeline vandals.

Mr Dawha announced that in the last five days, 85 trucks of petrol had been brought in daily to the nation’s capital city to address the crisis and promised to deliver more.

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) had accused the NNPC of being responsible for the lingering fuel situation, especially as it concerns the inflated prices and artificial fuel scarcity but six days ago, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources (MPR) and oil marketers resolved to work together in order to ensure improved supply to retail outlets nationwide.

Many Nigerians expect a reduction of queues and most importantly a reduction of prices to the recommended 97 naira per litre.

AFCON 2017: Chad Game, A Must Win – Keshi

keshiNigeria’s Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, says the team must win the Chadians in Saturday’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match to make progress in its quest to be in Gabon for the tournament in 2017.     

Coach Keshi, who spoke ahead of the match against the Les Sao of Chad at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, explained that despite the fact that the team parades a complete set of new players, the Eagles had all it takes to qualify at the group stage to book a place in Gabon.

During a news conference at the Eagles Intercontinental Hotel base in Kaduna, Nigeria’s north-west on Wednesday, the Eagles coach said the Chadian team parade quite a number of professional players and therefore should not be underrated.

He also described Nigeria’s absence at the last Nations Cup as a disaster which must not be allowed to happen again.

Mr Keshi had earlier expressed optimism that the re-branded Super Eagles would fly over the Chadian side.

Captain of the team, Vincent Enyeama and Odion Ighalo of the newly promoted Watford FC of England also expressed confidence that the team had all it takes to defeat the Chadians on Saturday.

Governor Wada Announces 5 Million Naira Reward For Kidnappers’ Arrest  

governor wadaKogi State Governor, Captain Idris Wada, has pledged a five million Naira reward for any resident of the state, who would volunteer credible information that would lead to the arrest of kidnappers by the Police in the state.

The Governor, who made the pledge in Lokoja, Kogi State capital, during a working visit to the state Police headquarters, also said kidnapping was a new wave of crime in the state and should be fought with all seriousness by all residents.

On visiting the command, Governor Wada was received by the Commissioner of Police, Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi and other Senior Police Officers, after which he inspected a guard of honour and was later taken round some ongoing projects of the command.

Captain Wada commended Mr Ogunjemilusi for carrying out a laudable renovation of the command, also reiterating his government’s commitment to assisting the Police in working effectively.

The Governor commended the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, for giving out 31 Hilux Van and deployment of 350 policemen, including 25 police officers and 40 specialist to Kogi Command.

Mr Ogunjemilusi said: “In spite of the limited resources and the mega salary of the Police, the state command is resolute to protect the lives and property of the people”.

The Governor, who also took time to address the field Police Officers, thanked them for a job well done, and urged them to intensify efforts in the cause of their duties.

Wada later made cash donation and promised to renovate the police barracks and the A Division office in the state.

Obiano Commissions Nkpor To Amawbia Road In Anambra

governor obianoThe 28.2 kilometer stretch of road from Nkpor to Amawbia, built at over nine billion naira has been commissioned in Anambra state.

Governor Willie Obiano, during the commissioning of the road at the Nkpor round about axis, commended the contractor for a quality job done.

The road which he says cuts across over seven communities which includes: Ogidi, Ogbunike, Umudioka, Umunnachi, Ukpo, Abagana, Enugwu-ukwu, Nawfia, among others, will bring huge relief for the people as traffic congestion which Nkpor Junction is known for will be a thing of the past.

The construction began in 2008, under Former Governor, Peter Obi’s administration which saw to the completion of about 13 kilometer of the road.

The governor said the commissioning was in line with his campaign promises of completing, commissioning and commencing new projects in the state.

Addressing the people, Governor Willie Obiano urged the surrounding communities and road users to take ownership of the road and avoid harmful practices that will reduce the life span of the road.

The state Commissioner for Works, Lawrence Chinwuba, explained that the road cost the state over nine billion naira and it has the full compliments of a standard road infrastructure with the lighting project to be completed soon.

The governor also commissioned the two point one kilometer PHCN road at Awada Obosi.

Governor Obiano also commissioned the 1.2 kilometer PHCN road at Awada Layout, Obosi, with its appurtenances which cost 490 million naira.

Osun Pensioners Protest Seven Months Unpaid Arrears ‎

pensionersThe State of protest is on the rise as protesters in Osun State have called on the government to pay their Seven months pension.

The pensioners stormed the state’s House of Assembly ‎in their numbers, carrying several placards with different inscriptions reading, “Pensioners are suffering, pay our pensions”,adding that life is not easy for them.

The tension became very high when a man spotted within the Assembly Complex, clothed in an attire with Governor Aregbesola’s picture, was almost mobbed by the Pensioners, but for the quick intervention of security operatives on ground who led him out of the complex.

The Pensioners said their mission to the House is to make their requests known to the Legislative Arm of Government and pray for the state.

The state Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Elder Gabriel Adesoji, who spoke to newsmen, said the protest became necessary to agitate their ‎pensions which he said is their only source of income after retirement.

It is also reported that many of them have died due to the non-payment of their gratuity and pensions in the last eight months.

Addressing the protesters at the state House of Assembly, the Deputy Chip Whip of the House, Hon Adeyemi Taiwo, pleaded with the protesters to exercise patience, with a promise to take their message to the state governor.

He further assured that the state government will soon find a solution to the issue of unpaid salary and pension in the state.

IPMAN Calls For Deregulation Of Pipeline Maintenance

ipmanThe Kwara State Chapter of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has called on the Federal Government to deregulate the pipeline maintenance in order to eradicate or reduce the constant pipeline vandalism across the country.

The Kwara State Chairman of IPMAN, Olanrewaju Okanlawon, stated this while addressing journalists on the crisis in the Petroleum Sector.

Mr Okanlawon also noted that the issue of pipeline vandalism could best be tackled by private companies who will have the expertise to manage and monitor the pipelines.

Commenting on the usual non-availability of petrol in Kwara State and across the country as a whole, the IPMAN Chairman called on the Federal Government to repair the Ilorin Depot of the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission (NNPC) which he said could serve the entire Northern States, thereby reducing the risk of loading fuel in Lagos at exorbitant prices in private depots.

Mr Okanlawon had earlier accused the NNPC of being responsible for most of the crisis facing the Petroleum Sector, especially as it concerns the inflated prices and artificial fuel scarcity.

Fayose Impeachment: Court Fixes June 5 For Suit Challenging Jurisdiction

FayoseA Federal High Court in Abuja has reserved ruling till June 5 to decide whether it has jurisdiction in a suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party faction of the Ekiti State House of Assembly challenging the planned impeachment of Governor Ayo Fayose.

Lawyer to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Ekiti State House of Assembly had challenged the jurisdiction of the court to hear the suit on the grounds that it is an abuse of court process.

At the resumed hearing of the suit, the All Progressives Congress (APC) questioned the jurisdiction of the court to hear the suit because a similar suit had been filled in another court as such it would amount to an abuse of court processes.

However, the lawyer to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who opposed the application, asked the court to alternatively transfer the case to the Ekiti State division of the Federal High Court so that all the parties can have their day in court.

When asked if the case would not be futile because the seventh assembly is winding down already, Counsel to APC, Terrence Vembe, said that the legislators are free to go ahead with the case.

“We are concerned with what is going on in court here. I’m not in Ekiti, I’ve not been there for a very long time. I only know about what is going on in the court.

“The legislators are very free as air to go ahead with what they are doing (because) in the first place they are not under any obligation to obey an order of a court that does not have jurisdiction.”

However, Counsel to the PDP, Ahmed Raji, was of the view that once the new parliament comes in they may have to reconsider their stance as to whether or not to go on with the matter.

“The whole idea is to forestall an illegal impeachment, an unconstitutional impeachment, an unlawful one for that matter.

“If that threat is no longer there, the rightful thing to do is to discontinue the suit,” he said.

For now, observers are watching the outcome of this and similar suits which bothered on the impeachment of Governor Ayo Fayose.