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Ubi Franklin gets appointment as SA to Cross Rivers Governor

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Tripple MG boss Ubi Franklin has joined the list of Nigerian entertainers who have been given opportunity to serve their fatherland through political appointment.

Franklin was appointed as Special Adviser on Tourism by Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State.

The record label boss and business man shared the news on his social media page. Read his full post below;

APPOINTMENT AS SPECIAL ADVISER*

I, Ubi Ekapong Ofem (Ubi Franklin) wish to inform the public that I have been appointed Special Adviser on Tourism to His Excellency, Professor Benedict Ayade, Governor of Cross River State.
It is indeed an honour to be deemed fit by His Excellency to serve the good and resilient people of Cross River State in this capacity.

More so, I am most delighted to be functioning in the Toursim sector, one sector which is dear to my heart and one which I believe I fit into appropriately considering my background in the entertainment industry .

I thank God for His grace upon my life. I thank Governor Benedict Ayade for giving me this golden opportunity to serve.I thank my family, friends and well wishers for all the support and encouragement.

On behalf of myself and my family, I promise to work diligently and efficiently with all necessary stakeholders in ensuring that Cross River State returns to the summit of the world’s tourism index.

God bless Cross River State.

God bless the federal Republic of Nigeria.
@sirbenayade.”

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Sekinat to drop new film; SHEKINAH

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Sekinat Usman

 

…features ace actor Odunlade Adekola, Adunni Ade, Bidemi Kosoko, others

It is no news that Sekinat Ovayioza Usman is one actress that has continued to stay relevant in the Nigerian movie industry irrespective of her age.

The young producer is currently working on another movie that promises to get the viewers glued to their screen from start to finish with its suspense, intrigues, twists and comic relief.

 

In an interview with Evelyn Ohiolei, Usman says life experiences inspired the conception of the movie, Shekina.

 

She said: I am always inspired by life experiences and I can say that the movie, Shekina, is a product of such. Film making is one thing I love to do and I find fulfillment doing, so I’m always full of joy when I put together a movie I can call my own.

“Shekina is a story of love and betrayal. It is what the audience can relate to and I belief they will rate it high when it eventually comes out”

Reacting to the level Nollywood is on the global scene, the Kogi-born actress says “ the Nigeria movie industry is the best we have. Our movies and stories are unique. Even foreigners love and envy our dedication and tenacity as film makers. I’m certain that the recognition we now enjoy is just a tip of the iceberg. We are definitely going to break more grounds.”

 

Usman has produced three movies namely: Eru (Fruad), Dangerous wedding and her latest Shekina which features Odunlade Adekola, Adunni Ade, Bidemi Kosoko and directed by Wasiu Adeyanju.

 

She has also featured in several movies which include; Emi ati Baba mi (My father and i), Asife Okunrin, Kaffy Omo lemomu, Ile Opo, Imoran, Ika and others.

 

Usman advised young aspiring actors and film makers “to always put God first in whatever they do as nothing can be achieved without him. Also, determination and focus is the key to success.”

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Breaking: Highlife Maestro, Victor Olaiya, dies at 89

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Late Victor Olaiya

Popular highlife musician, Dr Victor Abimbola Olaiya is dead.

The musician, known by the title, The Doyen of Highlife was 89 years before his death. He gave up the ghost at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) at 12noon on Wednesday, 12th February, 2020.

His death was confirmed in an announcement made by Bimbo Esho, Managing Director of Evergreen Music Company LTD.

He said:

” The entire music world wish to announce the *death* of a Legend of Highlife music one of the last man standing, the last of the original *Dr Victor Abimbola Olaiya OON..

” This untimely incident happened at Luth hospital Lagos State at exactly 12noon today Wednesday 12th of February, 2020.. We pray that the Doyen of highlife music find repose with the creator while wishing the family and entire music community the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.. And to my name sake Abimbola Olaiya I will miss your contribution to HIGHLIFE MUSIC. Dr Victor Abimbola Olaiya was *89 years of age* on December 31st, 2019.”

Papingo Dalaya, as the highlife maestro is called, was born on the 31st of December, 1930 in Calabar, Cross River State but hails from Ijesha-Ishu, Ekiti State.

He retired from his long music career in 2017 and had some hit tracks like Omopupa, Aigana, Pambotoriboto, Opataritius, Mo fe Muyan, Jemila, Kosowo l’ode, Odale Ore, So fun mi, Omolanke, Tina Mate, among others.

The highlife legend featured Innocent Idibia called Tubaba in the remix of Baby Jowo in 2013.

Olaiya formed his band, the Cool Cats in 1954 but later renamed it the All-Star.

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Eidris Abdul-Kareem allegedly assaults Landlord; gets quizzed by police

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EIDRIS Abdul-Kareem, the Nigeria Jaga Jaga singer was last week quizzed by the police in Lagos for allegedly assaulting his landlord, The Nation learnt on Sunday.

Abdul-Kareem was arrested by detectives attached to the Area F Command in Ikeja after the landlord Oladipo Abimbola filed a complaint against him.

It was gathered trouble started after the landlord accused the singer of fraud, harassment and intimidation following the singer’s alleged refusal to pay his electricity bill.

Sources said on January 3, Abimbola directed officials of the Ikeja Electricity Distribution (IE) to cut power to Abdul-Kareem’s apartment at Valley View Estate, Ikeja after his unpaid bills accumulated to N535,000.

Angered by the development, the singer, according to the landlord, forced his way into his compound and made to beat him up and strangle him.

Abimbola said he never knew the apartment was rented by the singer as it was his wife who came for the accommodation.

Appealing to the police to come to his aid, Abimbola alleged that Abdul-Kareem was an antisocial and dangerous person, adding that such people stop at nothing to carry out their threat.

He claimed that the singer constantly owed him rent.

The singer denied attempting to assault the man, saying he only warned him.

The singer said he warned his landlord because the man sexually harassed his wife in his absence and had refused to respect their privacy. He said Abimbola frequently encroached on their side of the compound without permission, adding that the man had previously been arrested for alleged sexual harassment of another female tenant.

It is not the first time the singer is getting into trouble. His hit song Nigeria jaga jaga once earned him rebuke from then President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Jaga jaga is a local term denoting something in very bad shape.

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