Being Married Has Helped Me In So Many Ways – Omoni Oboli

Omoni OboliNigerian actress, Omoni Oboli, says that contrary to usual beliefs that ladies are asked for sex for roles in Nollywood, she had never been approached with such demands.

She said this on Rubbin Minds on Channels Television, in response to a question on whether being married has limited her roles in the industry.

I’m not sure if it has. I think it has probably helped in so many ways because I hear a lot of girls say ‘some guy is asking me to sleep with them for a role or whatever’; I don’t get that.

“I don’t know if its because I’m married or the fact that they just respect me, but I really don’t get that. I am thinking perhaps in a good way that has helped me. They know not to bring it up.”

She would not deny the existence of the issue in the industry but noted that she had never reall y seen people own up to it.

She, however, noted that sexual harassment is not peculiar to the movie industry as “doctors want to sleep with nurses everyday”, an indication that almost every industry has the same challenge.

The media has been seen to be responsible for blowing up controversies around the issue of sexual harassment in Nollywood and she noted that this was because people involved are in the limelight.

On how her husband handles all of these, she said; “He’s fine. He is what I call a modern day man. He understands that this is my job, this is what I do and you’ve got to take the good and the bad.”

Omoni also spoke about the challenges in the Nigerian movie industry, admitting that indeed the standards could be better especially in scripts and production quality.

Citing the usual complaints about the sound quality of their movies, she highlighted the situation whereby they have had to shoot with power generators for most productions as one of the major factors responsible for this.

Omoni Oboli also denied rumours that she had “beef” with fellow actress, Genevieve Nnaji. She explained how the controversy started off an interview granted by a movie director she had worked with and who decided to proclaim her as the best in Nigeria based on their working relationship.Omoni Oboli

She put the blame for the rumours on the tabloids, as she had no idea how the media created an assumption that there was competition and started the comparison of the two actresses.

Omoni once had her close shave with a scandal when she was spotted at an event – a presidential screening of a movie – with a dress considered to have shown a lot of skin.

This generated massive media backlash as many considered the appearance to have contradicted her usual homely image.

She noted that she bought the dress in company of her husband while on holiday abroad and they both did not find anything wrong about it but the outfit was exaggerated by the angle from which the photograph which circulated in the media was taken.

She admitted that if she knew how much controversies her innocent decision to look good for a red carpet event would have caused she might not have worn the dress. Although she also registered her suspicion that the “so much talk” was fanned by certain people who had sinister motives against her.

Her current movie, Being Mrs Eliot, has been in the cinema and she wants all Nigerians to go to the cinemas to see the movie and help develop the industry with their comments and patronage.

Omoni Oboli, who studied Foreign Languages and speaks fluent French, also revealed that she has an ongoing project with the French Embassy in Nigeria to produce a bilingual movie.

Reviewing 2013: How Online Business Can Help Young Nigerians In 2014

A Business Analyst, Tobenna Okoli has stated that the rapid growth of e-commerce in Nigeria is due to the growth of the middle class in Nigeria.

Appearing on Channels TV’s Rubbin’ Minds to do a post-mortem of the year 2013, with a focus on the rapid increase in the rate at which Nigerians do business on the internet, Okoli said that one of the major characteristics of the middle class is that they want more options to choose from, before spending their money and they also usually seek better convenience, all of which the internet offers.

Claiming that statistics show that globally, Africa has experienced the highest annual e-commerce growth rate in the past year (25.8% according to Medessy); he cited the development of the telecom industry in many of Africa’s developing countries as the reason behind this increase.

According to Okoli, among all mobile phone users in Nigeria, about 55 million use smartphones that enable them to access internet on the go, and consequently enhancing the rate at which they get to find goods and make payments online.

Looking ahead into 2014, Okoli believes that the future of e-commerce in Nigeria is bright, considering that computer and IT literacy is constantly improving in the country.

Worthy of note is that e-commerce in Nigeria used to be retail based in the past, but now, even services can be purchased online with hotels and airlines freely using the online platform to offer their customers convenience; and this explains why the Nigerian e-commerce industry has been rated to be worth about 255 billion Naira (about $1.4billion) according to Medessy Enterprises Limited, owner of online retailer, gidimall.com.

He cited the rapid growth of online shops like Konga.com and Jumia as proofs of how much investment has gone into the sector in 2013, and he believes their successes would inspire even more of such businesses to spring up, with more local businesses also spreading their reach online.

He however warned that doing business online is not just about the presence of goods and services on a website. Therefore, business owners planning to embrace the system should be aware of how much work goes into it.

Although he agreed that e-commerce is a good option for young or new business owners who may not be able to afford the cost of renting shops and offices that customers would want to visit, he however noted that getting customers to see goods and services online is just the “e” part of the commerce.

He stressed that getting the eyes to see what you have to offer is not enough, but the logistics side of the business, which is in the backend is more critical. He said: “if you do not have the structure you may only attract people and there will be no means to satisfy them.”

So, getting the goods and services to the consumers after they have liked and purchased them must be well figured out and planned for, before any business owner should launch an online business.

Sports, Power Sector: Nigerian Youths Analyse State Of The Nation

Nigerian youths have assessed the Federal Government, with happenings in the power sector and the recent successes in the sports sector coming to the fore.

It was ‘Rubbin Minds’ on Channels Television and the programme played host to CEO of Fora.ng, Iyinola Aboyeji; Legal Practitioner, Tope Atiba and Social Commentator, Dada Olusegun.

With all 3 men expressing cautious optimism that the privatization process would work in favour of Nigerians, they cautioned the Nigerian Government not to celebrate yet as this should be seen as the beginning of the process and not the end.

They also called on Nigerians to exercise patience in order for the new system to succeed. Citing the example of the Nigerian telecom industry, Atiba cautioned, “Nigerians should not expect a miracle…I think we should just give the Government some time.”

“If you look at what happened in the telecommunication sector, the private guys came in and then after some time, let’s say 1 year (things changed). It’s a capitalist world, and the capitalists want to make money and the only way to make money is to deliver the service. So let’s give them some time.”

Responding to the comparison, Social Commentator, Olusegun argued that the 2001 telecommunication boom and the on-going power sector reforms should not be compared, considering that the former was done independent of the Government.

He challenged the Federal Government to give Nigerians a specific time frame within which they will achieve the dream of Nigeria having interrupted power supply, rather than the usual short term promises.

He advised against counting the eggs before it is hatched, “they should actually calm down and let us see where this goes to. Sincerity of purpose is very important in everything that needs to be done, let them give us a specific time.”

With varying views they also looked into the 2015 elections and the orchestrations of the All Progressives Alliance (APC) to wrestle power from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Discussions ranged from the G-7 Governors’ invitation to APC, The President’s performances in the education sector, power sector and how they will affect Nigerians’ decision in 2015 as well as happenings in the aviation sector.

While they disagreed on the strengths and chances of both leading parties towards the 2015 elections, they agreed in expressing their disappointment at the Federal Government’s handling of the on-going ASUU strike, but not without arguments about the rationality of ASUU’s demands and how to fix the education sector.

On the recent successes in Nigerian sports, especially the Golden Eaglets’ record breaking FIFA Under-17 World Cup triumph, and the reported claims that this feat and the Super Eagles’ African Cup of Nations triumph are products of reforms in the sports sector, our young analysts had only one joint statement in response, “please pay Steven Keshi his salary.”

 

Online Workers Back New Media To Kill Traditional Media

Rubbin’ Minds this Sunday played host to 2 major players in Nigeria’s vibrant new-media sector.

Entertainment Editor of BellaNaija, Onos Ovueraye and Chief Correspondent at The NET NG, Osagie Alonge took turns to analyse the rapid growth and popularity of social media as well as issues affecting the online business in Nigeria.

The new media experts both identified plagiarism and the lack of censorship as major challenges which have encouraged the posting of unverified news on many websites. They were however unanimous in their preference for their organisations’ regards for ethical journalism which Alonge referred to as “the right way” rather than the approach taken by popular blogger Linda Ikeji.

They claim that their ability to deliver fresh verified news to every class of Nigerian via mobile phones and other new-media positions them to soon kill the relevance of newspapers, television and other traditional media.

They both agreed to riding on the popularity of certain celebrities to attract visits to their websites, mentioning Nollywood stars, Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde, Jim Iyke as well as music stars Tu-face Idibia and D’banj among those who constantly provide them with the largest hits.