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.

 

Buhari Returns From Three-Day Official Trip To Germany

Buhari, GermanyPresident Muhammadu Buhari is back in Nigeria after a three-day official visit to Germany, where he met with Nigerians in diaspora, in Berlin the German capital.

Buhari who praised representatives of the Nigerian community, said that his administration is greatly encouraged by their uncommon support in the fight against corruption, as well as initiatives aimed at stimulating the economy.

Earlier on the trip, the President had met with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and the President of Germany, Joachim Gauck.

While addressing the German-Nigeria Business Forum, President Buhari called on German businessmen to explore different sectors of Nigeria’s economy that are yet to open up.

He also hinted about the new bank, Development Bank of Nigeria, which would soon begin operations in order to strengthen the government’s economic diversification programme

The visit ended on a compassionate note on Saturday, as the President, with his convoy went to visit a Nigerian military officer who survived a ghastly road accident and is currently receiving treatment in a Berlin hospital.

He was accompanied on the trip by the Governor of Borno, Kashim Shetima, and Rochas Okorocha of Imo state.

Aisha Buhari On Presidency

While President Buhari was away on his official trip, his wife, Mrs Aisha Buhari Buhari, three-day trip, Germany, Aisha Buhari, raised concerns over the president’s appointees.

In an interview with BBC she warned her husband that she will not back him at the next election unless he considers rejigging the make-up of his appointees.

Meanwhile, Mr Buhari in reaction to this laughed off the comments saying “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room, and the other room”.

The matter has since elicited various opinions from people who believe it was an honest expression from Mrs Buhari, meant to galvanise President Buhari into retracing his steps, while others shocked that such remarks are coming from her.

Good News

Also while the President was away, the nation on Thursday, received good news of the release of 21, out of the abducted Chibok School girls.

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It had been rumoured that a swap deal actually ensued between the government and the Boko Haram Terrorist group before the girls were released, however, the federal government maintained that there was no such thing.

Although the nation still celebrates the return of the girls, President Buhari re-iterated that his government would sustain efforts to free the remaining girls kidnapped by the terrorist group

Chibok Girls: Presidency Labels Release ‘A Show Of Faith’

Chibok Girls, Boko Haram, PresidencyNigeria’s Presidency has described the release of 21 out of the over 200 Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists as ‘a show of faith’ on the part of the insurgents.

Mr Femi Adesina, who is a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, clears the air on the release which had triggered rumours that it was a swap deal between the Nigerian government and the terrorist group.

He told Channels Television on Friday that the development was a confidence building step that would lead to bigger things.

“I have heard and read so much about what we gave and what we didn’t give.

“This is just a confidence building step that will lead to bigger things.

“In the past, there have been many of such meetings that would have led to releases but along the line, discussions broke down.

“Maybe they (the terrorists) trust the (new) process and they believe that they do this as a show of their trust and faith and believe.

“For now, what we have been told is that there was no swap and the girls were released just as a show of faith, a confidence building measure and I think it is good enough for us to believe,” he said.

“Many More Releases”

Mr Adesina asserted that there would be more releases, describing the freedom of the 21 girls as a giant leap for humanity.

“As we have been told, this is just one step which I will also call a giant leap for humanity.

“You can be sure that there will be many more releases and as many of the girls that are alive would definitely return to their parents,” he said.

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Some of the rescued Chibok girls

End Of Insurgency

The President’s spokesman says the government is winning the war against the dreaded insurgents, stressing that they have been largely degraded.

“They used to attack army formations, police formations, schools (and) different types of target but they don’t do that anymore because their capacity to do that has been largely degraded.

“I think a lot of progress has been made (and) we can simply say we are at the end of this insurgency and this is just the mopping up process,” said Adesina on Sunrise Daily.

At least 200 girls were abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists from their hostels at the Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State on April 14, 2014.

In the heat of the over six-year insurgency, Borno State, in northeast Nigeria became a strong hold of the dreaded insurgents.

Since the abduction of the girls, pressure has been mounted on the Federal Government to rescue them, including demands for a swap with members of Boko Haram in detention.

After much push for the girls’ release, 21 of them were freed on Thursday.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, confirmed the release of the 21 girls.

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Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, confirmed the release of 21 Chibok girls

He stated categorically that the release was not a swap, but was achieved through the collaborative efforts of the security agencies, a friendly European country and a renowned International Humanitarian Organisation.

In their reaction, the #BringBackBackOurGirls Campaign Group welcomed news of the release of the Chibok girls while praising the military for the efforts so far.

The group said in a statement that the “wonderful development” confirmed what was known about the effort of the government to rescue the Chibok girls.

They added that while they await further details, they salute the work of Nigeria’s security services at the front lines and the tireless efforts of members of the Multi-National Joint Task Force and the Civilian JTF.

Jimoh Ibrahim Predicts Recession May Linger For The Next 20 Years

Recession, Jimoh Ibrahim, The Chairman/ CEO of Global Fleet Group, Jimoh Ibrahim, has said that the current economic recession may continue for the next 20 years in Nigeria.

The businessman believes the backdrop would continue if the captains of the economic team fail to re-evaluate Nigeria’s economic policies.

He said this while delivering a lecture at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), legal week in Ile Ife, Osun state.

The Legal Week which was themed: “The Nigerian Economy: Roles of the Worshipers In The Temple Of Justice”, had in attendance, renowned legal practitioners.

Mr Ibrahim, who was a guest lecturer at the event, said the recession presents a veritable opportunity for the country to leave oil and develop other real sectors of the economy.

He suggested that the Federal Government needs to partner with its business community to get out of the recession as the economic policies of the current government are too harsh to encourage investment.

The barrister asserted that the government must work hard in translating the country’s GDP growth into individual growth.

He also stressed that the recent revelations by the raid on some judges across the country further strengthens the reasons for economic trauma in the country.

Chairman of the Lecture and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, (SAN), Mallam Yusuf Alli,also opined that “Nigerians must make their leaders accountable to them by first raising their individual consciousness to being patriots in their own rights”.

Chibok Girls’ Release Not A Swap Deal – FG

Boko Haram, Swap Deal, Chibok GirlsThe Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has confirmed the release of 21 girls out of the over 200 school girls abducted from the Government Secondary School, Chibok in April 2014.

The Minister, at a press conference in Abuja stated that the Federal Government secured the release of girls through the collaborative efforts of the security agencies, a friendly European country and a renowned international humanitarian organisation.

The Minister also debunked the reports that four Boko Haram members were released in exchange for the girls’ release.

He said that the release secured by the government was based on confidence and not a swap arrangement with the terrorists group.

“This is not a swap. This was a release which was effected because over time, we succeeded in confidence building.

“This particular release is significant because it’s just a first step in what we believe will lead to the eventual release of all our girls in custody. It is significant also because we have been able to establish more than ever before a confidence in both the leadership of Boko Haram and Nigerians.

“I am not aware of any monetary transaction,” he said.

The names of the girls has been release by the Office of the Vice President, after his visit to the girls at the SSS hospital in Abuja.

Carrot and Stick

The Minister also clarified if the military action against the Boko Haram would seize owing to the release of the girls.

“When you are fighting insurgency, it’s a combination of carrot and stick.‎ The release of these girls does not mean the end to military operations. But it could mean a new phase in the conduct of the war against terror,” he said.

Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Thursday, confirmed the release of the 21 Chibok girls.

He said that the release of the girls, in a limited number, was the outcome of negotiations between the Nigerian government and the Boko Haram, brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss Government.

The Federal Government had since the abduction of the over 200 school girls in 2014 tried several options to secure their release, including the use of military force and negotiations with the Boko Haram group.

President Buhari had in August agreed to the idea of swapping Boko Haram prisoners for the Chibok girls.

However, that was on the condition that the group should be able to list those they wanted released and then come out to discuss with the Federal Government.

 

21 Chibok Girls Released From Boko Haram Clutches

chibok girls, boko haramThe Spokesman for Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, has confirmed that 21 out of the Chibok girls kidnapped by the Boko Haram militants, have been released.

According to a statement by Garba Shehu, (the President’s Spokesman), the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, has already briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the development.

He said that the release of the girls, in a limited number, is the outcome of negotiations between the administration and the Boko Haram, brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss Government.

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Boko Haram Leader carrying out a mock interview with one of the girls in a third video

The statement added that the President welcomes the release of the girls but cautioned Nigerians to be mindful of the fact that more than 30,000 fellow citizens were killed via terrorism.

The DSS DG told the President that he wanted the girls to have some rest, as all of them have returned very tired as a result of the rescue process, before he hands them over to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Sources close to the Borno state government told Channels Television that some girls were brought to the Air Force Hospital in Maiduguri.

The girls are said to be undergoing screening to determine their state of health as well as their profile.

Incident Occurred 

On April 14, 2014, over 200 girls were abducted from their hostels at Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state.

In the heat of the over six-year insurgency, Borno State, in northeast Nigeria became a strong hold of the Boko Haram.

Since the abduction of the girls, pressure has been mounted on the Federal Government to rescue them, including demands for a swap with members of Boko Haram in detention.

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Although it is yet to be confirmed if an actual swap took place, the news is coming shortly after President Buhari agreed to the idea of swapping Boko Haram prisoners for the Chibok girls in August.

However, that was on the condition that the group should be able to list those they wanted released and then come out to discuss with the Federal Government.

At the recently concluded 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York, the President reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to rescuing the girls.

In his address, he stated that “one of our major aims is to rescue the Chibok girls alive and unharmed”.

The girls’ abduction had raised a world-wide condemnation including the UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon and U.S First Lady Michelle Obama, culminating in the formation of the group, #BringBackOurGirls, that have been at the forefront of pushing for the release of the girls.

Amina_State_HouseOne of the abducted girls, Aminat Ali Nkeki was rescued in May 2016 during a raid on Sambisa forest by the military.

 

 

Proof of Life

Also in August, the terrorist group Boko Haram released a ‘proof of life’ video of the girls.

This was the third in a series of videos released by the group.

The Video showed a gun-toting insurgent, carrying out a mock interview with one of the girls, who is being prompted to ask the government to release imprisoned Boko Haram fighters in return for the girls’ freedom.

Another scene in the video also showed bodies on the ground, which in attempts to spur government reaction, the group claimed were bodies of girls killed by military airstrikes.

The military in reaction to this, countered the claims of the group that about 40 of the girls had been killed in airstrikes during a bombardment by the Air-Force.

Commander of the counter-insurgency war, Major General Lucky Irabor said “It’s only a matter of common sense that those dead bodies shown on the ground there do not even give indication as to the claim which Boko Haram gave,”

The military then warned the outlawed Boko Haram group that they would be punished for killing the girl.

 

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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Falz-Simi

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.

#NigeriaAt56: Entertainers Urge Nigerians To Remain Positive

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 As Nigeria marks another Independence Day, stakeholders in the entertainment industry are encouraging Nigerians to remain positive in the tough times.

While some of the entertainers believe that the nation’s growth is stunted and there is hardly any progress, others insist on treading only the positive lane.

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Sammy Okposo and Wife

Celebrities in the fashion, music as well as film industries have opined that although the economic situation of the country is not favourable, there could be light at the end of the tunnel if Nigerians remain positive.

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Funke Akindele Bello

Funke Akindele, appealed to Nigerians to kick against war, violence and anything that could come in the way of peace.

“We hope that at the end of the day, we are alive to witness the change,” the actress said.

Funke Akindele Makes Appearance With Husband At ‘A Trip To Jamaica’ Premiere

It ay, fuke akindelewas a star-studded, black carpet event at the premiere of AY’s new movie, ‘A Trip to Jamaica’, in Lagos.

Among those in attendance were fans, supporters as well as celebrities in the music, film and fashion industries.

The movie, which was a mix of Hollywood, Nollywood and Ghallywood actors, featured Funke Akindele, Nse Ikpe Etim, Chris Attoh, Dan Davids, Eric Roberts, Rebecca Sylvera, Paul Campbell and AY among others.

In 2014, comedian Ayomakun popularly known as AY, released his debut feature length film ’30 days in Atlanta’, which gained rave reviews and eventually became a box office hit, as the highest grossing film in Nigerian cinema.

Despite mixed reviews, the Robert Peters directed comedy, came back with the spin-off in 2016 ‘A Trifunke akindelep To Jamaica’.

AY, who is regarded as one of Nigeria’s highest grossing comedians, explained that he decided it would be a good idea to shoot the movie in Jamaica because he discovered after some research, that “Jamaicans love Nollywood movies, and we also love their culture, especially in the aspect of Music”.

He also said that as part of making it work, there were a lot of collaborations along-side the movie. Such collaborations he said were between Tiwa Savage and singer, Busy Signal, who created the official motion picture soundtrack for the movie.

Director, Robert Peters further explained the multicultural film, saying “we are trying to connect, trying to make a cross cultural movie and at the end of the day, it is aimed at giving our film a world view”.

AY also addressed concerns on piracy, a menace to which the ’30 days in Atlanta’ fell victim. He said certain measures have been put in place to avoid a repetition.

He, however, appealed to the government to take proactive steps to allay the fears of stakeholders in the creative industry.

Funke Akindele And JJC

Another interesting detail that crowned the event was the first time appearance of Funke Akindele, A.K.A Jenifa, with her singer husband, Abdul Rasheed Bello A.K.A JJC skills.

The couple, who had gotten married in a secret wedding, in London on August 23, 2016, finally came open in public for the first time during the premiere of the movie ‘A Trip To Jamaica’.

Reports say they chose a quiet wedding in London because neither of them wanted to be at the center of attention, having been on that lane before.

“The decision to do it quietly was right for us and we pray for the understanding of our close friends and fans at this offer of a lifetime moment,” the couple said.

We Were Not Our Abductors’ Target – Isheri Kidnap Victim

Isheri Kidnap, Kidnap VictimsOne of the victims of the kidnapping in the Isheri estate area has revealed that they were not the real target of their abductors.

Speaking exclusively with Channels Television after their release, he explained that their abductors claimed to be Niger Delta freedom fighters who told him that they were merely using kidnapping to bring government’s attention to their demands.

Relieved, but still apprehensive, he recounted his ordeal in the hands of their abductors.

He described their abductors as people from the riverine communities in the Niger Delta region, who accused the government of neglect.

They insisted that only rapid development of their region can halt their criminal activities.

“They said they were freedom fighters, they were in a struggle and their struggle is to empower or emancipate the Niger Delta people. If the government does not listen to them, they are going to ultimately separate the Niger Delta from Nigeria.

“For now, what they want is proper development of their region, and they want to cause terror anywhere ‘their pipe’ goes to.

“Their major objective in Lagos is to kidnap senior politicians or ‘big men’. We were not big men so we were like the wrong target at the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said.

The victim, however, said that they were treated well while in captivity.

The four men were kidnapped by three armed men at Isheri area in Ogun state on Saturday but regained their freedom and were seen coming out of the waterside at about 11pm on Thursday looking exhausted and unkempt.

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Ogun State Police Commissioner visits the kidnap victims

The men were kidnapped during an aerobic session and the abductors, who established contact with the families later demanded the sum of 300 million Naira each for their release.

The Police, however, assured the families that they were on a massive manhunt for the kidnappers.

After their return on Thursday night, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Mr Ahmed Iliyasu, told Channels TV that the release of the men was as a result of the pressure mounted on the kidnappers by security operatives.

And during a visit to the homes of the released captives on Friday, he further reaffirmed the commitment of the Police to the safety of the people.

He promised that security would be reinforced in the community.

Meanwhile, residents have observed that the waterways also need to be secured, to prevent them from being launch pads for criminal elements.

Isheri Kidnap Victims Regain Freedom

Isheri-northReports reaching us say that the four men who were kidnapped by three armed men at Isheri area in Ogun state have regained their freedom.

Eyewitnesses told Channels Television that the men were seen coming out of the waterside at about 11pm on Thursday looking exhausted and unkempt.

The men were said to have asked vigilantes on patrol of the area to take them to their homes.

A resident of the estate, who visited the victims said that they were safely in their homes but could not confirm whether any ransom was paid for their freedom.

The Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Mr Ahmed Iliyasu claimed that the release of the men was as a result of the pressure mounted on the kidnappers by security operatives.

The men were kidnapped during an aerobic session on Saturday September 17.

The abductors, who established contact with the families earlier on Sunday, had demanded the sum of 300 million Naira each for their release.

The Police, however, assured the families that they were on a massive manhunt for the kidnappers.

Artist Megaloh Brings German-Nigerian Vibes To Lagos

megaloh, nigerian, german, lagosIt’s a full moon homecoming to remember for Rapper Uchenna Van Capelleveen, better known by his stage name Megaloh as he brings his German-Nigerian vibes to Lagos.

Uchenna, an acclaimed name already within the German hip-hop circle, presented his craft to Nigerians and received impressive response even though delivery was in a foreign language.

The artist who was bred in Germany but Born by a Nigerian, admitted that leading a multiracial life initially came with a bit of identity crisis.

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(Megaloh) German-Nigerian Artist

However, at a crucial period in his life, he found rap music and that eventually helped him define his personality.

Through his music, he transformed the perceived negativity associated with him being multiracial, to his advantage.

Although hip-hop isn’t a mainstream genre in his home country Germany, according to him, he has been able to record impressive success that has gotten him mainstream attention.

While he grew as an artiste, he continued to think about his roots in Nigeria as well as monitor from a distance, the Nigerian music industry and at some point he created the track ‘oyoyo’ as an ode to Nigeria.

Seeing the incredible growth of hip-hop music in Nigeria, the artist has resolved to initiate his integration into the Nigerian music circle.

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Ade Bantu and Megaloh

As his career advanced, Megaloh found an associate, Ade Bantu, who is also a German-Nigerian entertainer, and one who he says he will help him realise his dreams.

Megaloh has taken the bold step to bring his music back to his roots and although it is impossible to pre-determine how this would pan out, he has gone ahead to start a new chapter in his life.

He said he hopes to connect more with the Nigerian language and people.