The COVID-19 has shut down parts of the world, forcing many to stay at home and practice social distancing.
While the world of showbiz is not left out, it’s still far from taking a halt.
From AMVCA attendees getting some shocking COVID-19 news to Cardi B’s rant going viral and Runtown lending a hand by donating millions of Naira to Nigerians, you can catch up on the top moments that made the rounds this week.
Innocent Idibia, popularly known by his stage name, Tu face, has taken time out to celebrate his ‘African Queen’ Annie, on her special day.
The Afro-pop artiste who got married to his lovely wife in 2012, poured encomiums on her as she marked her birthday on Monday.
“Yes ooo!! It’s my big baby’s birthday so I can’t keep calm ooo. May u live a long and fulfilling life my love. The lord shall be your strength throughout this journey of life (plus me o) I wish u all the best baby. Words can’t express everything I wish to say to you on this special day,” he wrote.
Despite claims of having several “baby mamas” the African Queen crooner has managed to balance his family life, while recording notable landmarks in his career.
He has been labeled one of the most decorated and successful Afro pop artists, as well as one of the most bankable artists in Africa.
Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has appealed to Nigerians across the country, who are protesting what they call “unfavourable government policies” saying the government understands their feelings.
“We hear you loud and clear, those who are on the streets protesting the economic situation and even those who are not, but feel the pain of economic hardship.
“We hear you loud and clear. You deserve a decent life and we are working night and day to make life easier,” he said.
The Acting President made this remarks on Monday at the consultative forum between the Economic Management Team and the Private Sector on the Economic Recovery Growth Plan, which is to be launched later in the month.
Hundreds of protesters under the aegis of the #IStandWithNigeria group, gathered in Abuja and Lagos in protests to draw the attention of government to several issues affecting their well-being.
The Ag. President also recalled the words of President Buhari, a few months earlier when he said:
“I know that uppermost in your minds today is the economic crisis, the recession for many individuals and families is real.
“For some it means not being able to pay school fees, for others it is not being able to afford the high cost of rice, millet, or of local or international travel.
“And for many of our young people the recession means joblessness, sometimes after graduating from university or polytechnic.
“I know how difficult things are, and how rough business is. All my adult life I have always earned a salary, and I know what it is like when your salary simply is not enough. In every part of our nation people are making incredible sacrifices.”
Prof Osinbajo noted that the journey out of the damage caused by years of neglect and corruption is bound to be difficult but “there is a glorious light at the end of the tunnel”.
“Let us work together, steadfastly and patiently for the economic change that will come very soon,” he urged.
Police officers have gathered at the Gani Fawehinmi Park at the Ojota area of Lagos state, where protesters were matching to, from the National Stadium.
The uniformed men in their dozens, arrived in patrol vehicles and an armored truck to prevent protesters from converging.
Although regular activities still continue around the park which has been themed the ‘Freedom Park’, after hosting the famous ‘Occupy Nigeria’ protest in 2012, the uniformed men were seen urging passersby to keep walking as they discouraged any form of gathering.
Hundreds of protesters under the aegis of the #I Stand With Nigeria group, gathered early on Monday, to protest what they described as “unfavourable government policies” of the Nigerian government.
Personal Assistant (on Social Media) to the Nigerian President, Lauretta Onoche, has denied any attempt by the Federal Government to bully the organisers of the anti-government protest.
Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, she stated that all that the government was interested in, was for the popular musician, Innocent (Tu-face) Idibia to come and explain why he and his group were organising the protest.
“I could never ever frown against the protest, what I frowned at and I still do, are the motives behind the protest.
“I have come back to Nigeria to see that protests are not really what we see. So when I read in the news “Tu-face to lead other stars to protest President Buhari’s policies”, I looked at the headline and I felt there was something not quite right.
“You can’t protest against something that you are not aware about, what policies are you protesting,” Onoche questioned.
“I wanted to be sure that Tu-face and the people he was leading into the protest understood what the policies were.
“I wanted him to come on national television and explain to Nigerians what those policies he was not happy with were”.
Furthermore, the president’s aide stated “I don’t think he’s been bullied. He has a right to protest.”
According to her, denying anyone such rights can be likened to “beating a child and asking him not to cry”.
She also alleged that the exercise is been hijacked by politicians.
Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters under the aegis of the #I Stand With Nigeria group, have gone ahead in Abuja and Lagos to protest what they call “unfavourable government policies”.
This is despite the fact that Tu-face, who had started the movement, decided to call it off after security reports revealed that hoodlums had planned to hijack the peaceful procession.
In reaction to this, the singer told Channels Television on Monday that although he is not physically part of the protest for security reasons, he is still in support of it.
“I don’t have the sole franchise to protest so I’m still in support of them, I think its within their rights.
“I can’t tell anybody not to stand for what they believe in. For me, there were a whole lot of things I put into consideration. I noticed a whole lot of people were trying to hijack the process.”
Hundreds of protesters under the aegis of the #I Stand With Nigeria group, have gathered in Abuja and Lagos to protest what they call “unfavourable government policies”.
Leading the Abuja rally, Co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign (BBOG), Mrs Aisha Yusuf, said the protest is meant for Nigerians to express their anger over the hardship being faced by them.
Meanwhile in Lagos, former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Professor Chidi Odinkalu, was among those who led the protest.
He queried some of the President’s action so far, pointing out that it’s wrong for the government to make important policy statements mostly from outside the country.
He believes that such acts undermine the people of Nigeria, while demanding urgent attention in addressing the issues of poverty and hunger.
The protest also took place simultaneously in Enugu and Port Harcourt, among other major cities in the country.
In Edo state, some youths also gathered as a way of also lending their voices to the on-going demonstration.
They were seen carrying banners and placards, with inscriptions such as “there is hunger in the land and we want youth leaders”.
This would be the first of such protests since Buhari became President in May 2015.
Groups have insisted on going ahead with the protest despite the fact that singer, Tu-face Idibia, who started the movement, decided to call it off after security reports revealed that hoodlums had planned to hijack the peaceful procession.
There is so much uncertainty in the air as to whether the anti-government protest called by popular artist, Tu-face Idibia, will still hold.
Although he had suspended the action, a timetable released last night by a group #I Stand With Nigeria, indicates that the protest may still go on in major cities such as Abuja, Lagos and Akwa Ibom.
The group said it is mobilising people in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, Akure in Ondo and Port Harcourt in Rivers state among others.
Also, the Bring Back Our Girls group appears to be joining the protest.
An SMS sent to Channels Television by the co-convener of the group, Mrs Aisha Yusuf, explained that members would congregate at the unity fountain for what was described as a peaceful march against the authorities at all level of government.