N13bn Cash: EFCC Raids Ikoyi Flats Of Mu’azu, Others

As part of investigations into the 13 billion Naira found at a flat in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos state, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has searched apartments of the immediate past Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi; and a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adamu Mu’azu.

Other prominent persons, living in the building, include a former Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mrs Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, and C.E.O of Ebony Life Television, Mo’ Abudu.

The media aide to Mr Obi, Mr Valentine Obienyem, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday, noting that all the apartments in the building were searched by the commission.

Sources within the EFCC also confirmed that all the flats were searched including the unoccupied ones.

The anti-graft agency, had on Wednesday last week, busted the apartment, where it recovered huge sums of money in Dollars, Pounds and in Naira. (43 million Dollars, 23 million Naira and another 27,000 Pounds)

The huge discovery is coming days after the EFCC operatives also announced the recovery of some cash at a Bureau de Change operator in Balogun Market, Lagos, following the Federal Government’s new Whistle-Blowing policy.

Meanwhile, reactions have continued to trail the ownership of the recovered funds.

A legal practitioner, Mr Isaac Anumudu, speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise daily, called on the EFCC to reveal the identities of the owners of all the moneys being discovered by the Commission.

Another Legal Practitioner, Femi Falana (SAN), also reacting to the matter, noted that with the increasing cases of cash hauls, Nigeria is being exposed to unprecedented ridicule before the committee of nations.

Ebony Life TV Features Banned Kannywood Actress Rahama In New Series

Kannywood,Rahama, Sadau, Ebony life tvNorthern Nigeria’s Kannywood actress, Rahama Sadau, has bagged a prominent role in Ebony Life’s new Television series, ‘Sons of the Caliphate’.

This comes shortly after the actress was expelled from the industry for appearing in a hip-hop music video by ClassiQ, where she hugged him.

It appears luck immediately came her way as she caught the attention of Ebony Life TV’s Mo’Abudu, who decided to cast her in the film.

Also, Rahama has been invited to Hollywood by American star musician, Akon.

Mo Abudu led cast and crew members to an exclusive screening of the film in Lagos state.

Kannywood,Rahama, Sadau, Ebony life tvThe political drama chronicles three rich and ambitious young men, who in the quest for power, engaged in a deadly tussle for the governorship seat of the northern caliphate state.

 

Channels TV CEO Highlights Importance Of New Media In Journalism

john_momohThe Chairman/CEO of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh on Thursday said the new media propelled by social platforms provides much opportunity for growth but at the same time presents challenges to traditional media.

Speaking during a forum organised by KPMG for its alumni on trending media changes, Mr Momoh, who said “today’s audiences expect to be able to choose what they consume”, noted that “most (audiences) believe that they should be able to contribute content and opinions too.

“Media organisations have recognised this shift and are beginning to incorporate social media as part of their journalism content”, he said.

He further maintained that “what we are experiencing is a technology-driven process of accelerated change where journalism is being transformed”, adding that “while there may be damaging consequences of these trends for the quality of journalism and the professional survival of journalists, I believe very strongly that the current development, may in fact, be paving the way towards better journalism and more independent journalists”, he maintained.

Meanwhile, the CEO of Ebony Life Television, Mo Abudu, believes professionalism and expertise are key drivers for growth in the industry.

Nigerian Entertainment Conference To Hold On April 22

entertainmentMo Abudu, Davido, Joke Silva, M.I, Jason Njoku, George Thorpe, others will speak at the third edition of Nigerian Entertainment Conference which will hold in Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday April 22,

This is according to a statement issued on Monday, by organizers, NET Newspaper.

The umbrella conference for the Nigerian entertainment sector which debuted in 2013, would see everyone come together again at Eko Hotels in Lagos, for a full day of deliberations, workshops, exhibitions and master-classes.

Past editions have featured renowned celebrities including 2face Idibia, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Amaka Igwe, Kenny Ogungbe, Jimmy JATT, Basketmouth, M.I, Don Jazzy, Kunle Afolayan, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Lagbaja, Tony Okoroji, Audu Maikori, D’banj and Ali Baba; as well as respected executives like Aina Kushoro, Emeka Mba, Chris Ubosi, Ayo Animashaun, Olisa Adibua, Colette Otusheso, Steve Babaeko, Ifeoma Williams, Efe Omorogbe, Frank Nweke, Gab Okoye, and Prof. Pat Utomi.

Speakers and facilitators for this year include acclaimed Nigerian actress and trainer Joke Silva; BET and MTV award winning pop star, Davido; Afrinolly’s Chike Maduegbuna, founder and CEO of Ebony Life TV, Mo Abudu; IT entrepreneur, Chika Nwobi; rapper and business executive, M.I Abaga; iROKO TV founder, Jason Njoku; music distributor, Uba Pacific; media administrator, Deji Awokoya; marketing icon, George Thorpe; entrepreneur Ayo Makun, founder of NotJustOk, Demola Ogundele and Quilox Chairman, Shina Peller.

Session moderators include Bukky Sawyerr-Izeogu (Classic FM), Zainab Balogun (Ebony Life), Osagie Alonge (Pulse), Oreka Godis, Dayo Odulaja (NET), Olamide Adedeji (Soundcity), Ehiz Okoeguale (MTV Base) and others.

The event will be hosted by Tee A for the third year running.

This year’s conference, according to NEC founder, Ayeni Adekunle is themed: ‘Buying And Selling Nigerian Entertainment And Everything In-Between’

What Gospel Artistes Should Do To Make Money – Nikki Laoye

Nikki laoyeAlthough some gospel musicians, including Ibitayo Jeje (who featured President Olusegun Obasanjo in her video) may complain of low returns on investments and lack of adequate support from the Christian community, Nikki Laoye says she’s making her money.

Ibitayo Jeje recently spoke to Channels Television, about gospel music not paying as it should, berating Christians for supporting secular artistes more that they support gospel artistes.

However, in a recent chat with Channels Television’s Entertainment correspondent, Mayowa Ogundele, Nikki Laoye,  shared tips on how gospel musicians can make more money and her number one tip is – Get Busy!

“You need what you are doing as an artiste. For me, I am more than your typical gospel artiste. My music has crossed over. My music is needed in many different ways, so I’m actually making my money in different corners.

Making reference to her performance at Mo Abudu’s 50th birthday party, and other works, Nikki said she has been very busy and her music is “all over the place.

“What I will just tell people is, make sure your music is relevant. Make sure your music is needed. Wherever it is, you’ll be called.”

She noted that artistes should not depend on music alone, adding that she has other businesses – including blogging and radio presenting, that fetch her income.

She also complained of the lack of structure in the entertainment industry, which causes artistes to lose money.

“I’m not in one place, depending on my music alone. I’m a business woman at the same time”.

Nikki Laoye recently won Female Artiste of The Year (Africa) at the African Gospel Music Awards in London. Also, her song titled “Only You” won Best Worship Song at the 2014 Crsytal Awards. She has nominations in the Nigerian Entertainment Awards, AFRIMA (U.S and Africa).

Sadiq Daba, RMD, Mo Abudu, Others Attend Private Screening Of October 1

Kunle AfolayanNigerian celebrities, business moguls, diplomats, and government officials were on Sunday night hosted at Terra Kulture for the private screening of Kunle Afolayan’s latest thriller flick, October 1.

The purpose of the exclusive event, which held at Intercontinental Hotel Lagos, was to pitch private screening to corporate organisations and individuals, as well as garner sponsorship for the major local and international premieres coming up later in the year.

The exceptional list, led by Kunle Afolayan, comprised renowned actors such as Sadiq Daba, Kenneth Okonkwo, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Demola Adedoyin, David Baile and Kayode Olaiya.

Topmost fashion designer, Deola Sagoe who played the role of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Kehinde Bankole and Nick Phys was also part of the outstanding cast.

October 1 is a thought-provoking movie that isn’t solely about entertaining viewers but serves to communicate important national messages, Afolayan said. He added, “we want the younger generation to know where we are coming from and the older generation to see if we are moving in the right direction”.

Notable faces spotted at the event included art patron, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, CEO Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Segun Awolowo, MD Standard Chartered Bank, Bola Adesola, MD, Leadway Assurance, Mr. Oye Hassan-Odukale, Consul-General Of France, Francois Sastourne, Consul-General Of South Africa, Ambassador & Mrs Mokgethi Monaisa, Executive Director, Bank Of Industry, Mr. Waheed Olagunju, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Mo Abudu, Ruth Osime, Noble Igwe among many others.

L-R Demola Adedoyin, Deola Sagoe, Kunle Afoloyan, Kehinde Bankole & Sadiq Daba Kunle Afolayan Kunle Afoloyan & Sadiq Daba  Noble Igwe 2 Noble Igwe

Richard Mofe-Damijo & Kunle Afoloyan Sadiq Daba, Tunde Kelani & a guest Seun Soyeda Tokunbo Durosaro & Folashade Ali Tunde Kelani, Kunle Afoloyan, Francois Sastourne, Bolanle Austen-Peters, Mahmoud Ali-Balogun & Sadiq Daba 2 Yemi Edeki & Bolajoko Odunowo

Jonathan Pledges Support For Nigerian Artistes And Broadcasters

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati said Tuesday in Abuja that the Jonathan Administration will continue to do all within its powers to encourage and promote Nigerian artistes and producers of local content for radio and television.

The Executive Chairperson of Ebony Life TV, Mo Abudu

Receiving the Executive Chairperson of Ebony Life TV, Mo Abudu at the Presidential Villa, Mr Abati assured her of the Federal Government’s support for the television channel which is to be exclusively dedicated to Nigerian and African entertainment programming.

Mr Abati commended Ms Abudu and her team at the Tinapa-based Ebony Life TV for coming up with the novel idea of Nigeria’s and Africa’s first global black entertainment channel that will make over 700 hours of non-stop, original programming available to viewers in all parts of the world.

He wished Ms Abudu and her team of Nigerian and international broadcast producers and entrepreneurs great success for the channel which will soon become available to viewers on DSTV and other platforms.

Ms Abudu presented compact discs with a detailed brief on Ebony Life TV and its programming to President Goodluck Jonathan through Mr Abati.

She said that the new channel will be powered by state-of-the-art production facilities which have been established at Tinapa, Cross River State and a world-class international team.

“Our programming is designed to be youth empowering and gender-sensitive. The channel will be targeted at young, discerning, ambitious, vocal, progressive and dynamic global black audience through a robust multiplicity of engaging platforms including television, smart phones and the internet,” Ms Abudu told Mr Abati.

A full list of Future Awards nominees

Its few days to the 7th edition of the Future Awards which is set to take place in Port Hacourt, Rivers State from Saturday 25th –Sunday 26th August 2012.

The committee for Future Awards has released short-listed nominees for the award, according to the executive director of The Future Project, Chude Jide “It’s as usual, been an intense 8 weeks. After the nominations, there was the process of administering nomination forms, where we also interviewed the nominees, secured references, conducted independent research and held random inspections of books, finances and more.

“We also got evidence of all the nominees’ ages and had a two-week period for any complaints from the public. Simultaneous with voting, the Board of Judges – 30 young media influencers from across the country – sat for a full day and produced the shortlist, which goes to the Independent Audit Committee. The names will then return to the Board of Judges who will choose the final winners.”

He however added that, ”Sadly, many nominees did not fill their forms, perhaps assuming – despite emphasis to the contrary – that voting alone would progress them to the next stage. Many of those nominees, without publicly verifiable information, lost out when they got to the judges table. The awards insist on the highest standards of transparency and while the process can be tedious and time-consuming for the nominees, it is an ultimately rewarding exercise and crucial to choose the very best.”

Members of the Independent Audit Committee include TV host Mo Abudu, external relations director of the Nigeria LNG, Siene Alwell-Brown, politician Jimi Agbaje, Stanbic IBTC director Yemi Osindero, LEAP Africa founder Ndidi Nwuneli and many more.

The chairman of Heirs Holdings and founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Tony Elumelu will be the keynote speaker.
Also the finalist and winners of each category will be unveiled at the Future Awards

Below are the names of the short-listed nominees

BEST USE OF ADVOCACY

Olumide Makanjuola (The Initiative for Equal Rights)
Adamma Umeofia (WeBuilt: Nigeria)
Chizoba Imoka (Unveiling Africa Foundation)
Priscilla Usiobaifo (BraveHeart Initiative)
Babafemi Oyediran (Rural Enterprise Development Project)

BEST USE OF NEW MEDIA

Japheth Omojuwa
@Gidi_Traffic
EdiongsenyaneUmoh (NigeriaNewsDesk)
#SaveOke
Nmachi Jidenma

CREATIVITY

CREATIVE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Obi Somto (Photographer)
Bayo Omoboriowo (Photographer)
Imole Balogun (Photographer)
Remi Adegbite (Photographer)
Mohammed Abbagana (Painter)

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

Adebisi Anita (MsMakor)
Olorunyomi OmoniyiMakun (Yomi Casuals)
Toluwaloju Olowofoyeku (TojuFoyeh)
RukkyLadoja/Obi Obi/TolaAyanwale (Grey)
Ugonna Omeruo (House of Nwocha)

EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE

EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE -PUBLIC

Ohimai Amaize (Ministry of Sports)
Akin Rotimi (Ekiti State Government)
Banks Omisore (National Assembly)
John GomilukOtokwala(Securities and Exchange Commission)
Hadiza Abdullahi (MDG Office, The Presidency)

EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE – JOURNALISM

Chiemelie Ezeobi (Thisday)
Alkasim Abdulkadir (CNN)
Toyosi Ogunseye (The Punch)
Oluyinka Ezekiel Adeparusi (National Mirror)
Tomi Oladipo (BBC)

EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE – CORPORATE
Adim Isiakpona (HP)
Seyi Ogunro (Banwo&Ighodalo)
Ngozi Nkwoji (Nigerian Breweries Plc)
Tomiwa Adesida (Sahara Group)
Kayode Jegede (General Manager, Head of Facilities Management, Deux
Project)

INNOVATION

Ahmed Mukoshy (Yarnable)
Olumide Adewunmi (Gidilounge)
Zubair Abubakar (Constitution App)
Seun Onigbinde (BudgIT)
Raheem Temitope Bello (GeoUtill)
INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR (EDUCATION)
Tolulope Sangosanya (LOTS)
Gossy Ukanwoke (Beni Online University)
Iyinoluwa Aboyeji (Bookneto)
Adebayo Adegbembo(ASA)
Otto Orondaam (Slum2School)

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR (GENERAL)

Kola Oyeneyin (Venia Business Hub)
Titus and Tobias Igwe(Speedmeals Mobile Kitchen)
Aisha Maina (Aquarian Consult)
Ola Orekunrin (Flying Doctors Nigeria)
Ladi Delano (Bakrie Delano Africa)

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR (AGRICULTURE)

AjoKunnuho John (Animal husbandry)
Omoteso Sogo Ayodele (Piggery/Fishery/Poulty)
Tochukwu Ikpegbu (Jaeet Nigeria)
Olukayode Adeoye (Whails and Chase)
Fawolu Taiwo (Abivict Farms)

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR (COMMUNICATION& MEDIA)
Julie Odia (WOW!)
Uyi Omokaro (DM2)
Komolafe Adeshola (Media Insight)
Samuel Olatunji (Big Sam Media)
Funmilade Alalade (Elev8)

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR (ENTERTAINMENT)
Davido (HKN)
Keke Hammond (Flytime Productions)
Michael Ajereh (Mo’Hits/Mavin)
Cobams Asuquo (CAMP)
Clarence Peters (CAPital)

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR (TECHNOLOGY)

Ayodeji Adewunmi/OpeyemiAwoyemi/OlalekanOlude (Jobberman)
Jason Njoku (Iroko TV)
Eno Essien (Rheytrack)
Temi Kolawole (Antigravity)
Femi Alade (Pliris Mobile)
ENTERTAINMENT

ON-AIR PERSONALITY

Radio

Oladotun Kayode (Cool FM)
Twitwi (Wazobia FM)
Nike Adewuyi (Splash FM)
Tolu”Toolz Oniru (Beat FM)
Mazino (Smooth FM)

TV

Dolapo Oni (Studio 53)
Denrele Edun (Channel O)
Uti Nwachukwu (Jara)
Illrymz (Nigerian Idol)
Maupe Ogun (Channels TV)

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

Davido
Wizkid
Ice Prince
Flavour
Bez

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Ini Edo
Tonto Dike
Okechukwu”OC” Ukeje
Ivie Okujaye
Gideon Okeke

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Music

D/tunes
SamKlef
DJ Klem
Legendary Beats
J. Sleek

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Screen

Clarence Peters
Victor Sanchez Aghahowa
Onye Ubanatu
Ladi Odebunmi
Anietie James Ekins

YOUNG PERSON OF THE YEAR
Bankole Wellington (Banky W)
Dapo Oyebanjo (D’banj)
Jason Njoku
Peter and Paul Okoye (Psquare)
Linda Ikeji
Chinwe Njoku
Idris Akinbanjo
Raheem Temitope Bello