Uduaghan recruits Aki and Paw Paw to motivate flood victims

The Delta State governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan on Monday explained the rationale behind inviting Nollywood actors, Chinedu Ikedieze and Osita Iheme, popularly known as Aki and Paw Paw, to visit flood victims in the state as motivational speakers.

Aki and Paw Paw were reportedly present during the inauguration of the 12-man committee on the management of Federal Government fund released to the state over the flood disaster and the Post-Flooding Rehabilitation of Victims, headed by a retired Supreme Court Judge, Justice Francis Tabai, at Government House, Asaba, by Mr Uduaghan.

The governor said he invited the duo after he visited the Institute of Continuing Education, where some flood victims’ were camped on a certain day and discovered that the displaced person, who were watching a Nollywood movie, were so engrossed that they barely gave him attention when he walked in.

“As I walked in, half of the population were watching television; you know we provided a giant television for them,” he said.

“I tried to attract their attention. Some looked at me and greeted me, but they turned to continue watching the television. When I looked at the television, I saw it was Aki, Paw Paw and Ibu that they were watching.

“You see, because they were watching Aki, Paw Paw and Ibu, they forgot their pains. For them, these Nollywood actors were helping them to ease their pains. That was why I invited them to go to the different camps as motivational speakers because the victims require a lot of motivation, while they are preparing to go back home,” the governor added.

He said the victims needed psychological support, adding that he was optimistic that Aki and Paw Paw would provide it for them.

“That is why they are here as motivational speakers. I believe that the few minutes they will spend will ease the pains of our IDPs. Those who have ability to ease those in pains, please help, it is not about food alone for the victims – that will not ease their pains.”

The Meeting finally premieres

The much awaited movie produced and directed by Rita Dominic  and Mildred Okwo premiered on Friday at the grand ball room of the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island.

Gracing the occasion were the Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, representatives from the Vice-President, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa amongst other dignitaries

Also on the role call were Nollywood actresses and actors including Genevieve Nnaji, Ego Boyo, Iretiola Doyle, Joke Silva and many others.

Some Nigerian artistes including Tuface Idibia, Tiwa Savage, Waje, Lami Philips and Weird MC also graced the occasion.
The movie starred Kate Henshaw, Chinedu Ikedieze, Jide Kosoko, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Tariah Basorge Jnr, Femi Jacobs, Bankole Kehinde, Rita Dominic and many others.

The storyline is about a Lagos-based corporate executive, Makinde Esho who works for The Audrey Silva Company(TASC) and finds himself at the mercy of political patronage, trying to adapt to the culture and routine, falls in love with a youth corp member when he embarked on a one day business trip to Abuja to secure a government contract.