Thursday, May 21, 2015

TRAGEDY HITS NOLLYWOOD : SO SAD! Veteran Nollywood Actor Dies ... E24-7Magazine

SAD! Veteran Actor Dies
Veteran actor, Femi Robinson, who played the role of a village headmaster in the classical Television soap titled ‘Village Headmaster’, is dead.
The 75-year-old thespian died this morning, Wednesday, May 20th, 2015, at Ayodele Hospital, Fagba, in the Ifako Ijaiye area of Lagos, reports stated.

The son of the deceased, Wole Robinson, confirmed his death to E24-7 Magazine yesterday.
In his tribute to his late dad, Wole said,
“He was a great man. He tried as much as he could to change the world. He had his personal views about life. He was committed to truth and he put his mind and character to pursue his vision and passion. He tried as much as possible to change his environment, the entertainment industry, aviation industry, and arts and culture industry. But as God would have it, his death was not good enough. He has been credited for several deeds in broadcasting, arts and aviation. He was an embodiment of ideas. Three months ago, he came out of this and thought he would survive it. He was a man that never gave up, but he could not beat this one.”
The deceased’s love for arts and culture made him abandon his Botany line of study and embraced acting totally.
The University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) graduate got his first feature in the arts with the role of Odewale in Ola Rotimi’s ‘The gods are not to blame’.
SAD! Veteran Actor Dies
He trained as a Public Relations expert, Business and Theatre Administrator, and was the pioneer Director of Programs of the Ogun State Television (OGTV). The deceased thespian was an ally of the murdered PDP stalwart, Eng. Funso Williams, also a strong supporter of  Mr. Jimi Agbaje for governor of Lagos State during the April 11, 2015 nationwide elections.
Other cast and crew of the Village Headmaster who have died include Justus Esiri, Oba Funsho Adeolu, Chief Segun Olusola, among others.
May his soul rest in peace.

AFTER CREATING THE MESS IN THEIR PDP: I resigned as PDP BoT Chair to allow Jonathan take over – Tony Anenih ... PremiumTimes

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Tony Anenih, has said his resignation Wednesday, was to allow President Goodluck Jonathan take over the position.
Mr. Anenih had earlier resigned his position citing the current state of affairs in the party as his reason.
In a one-page letter President Goodluck Jonathan, the leader of the party, Mr. Anenih said his decision to quit would enable the president to effectively assume the chairmanship of the BoT.
The letter dated May 20, 2015 and titled: “Notice of my decision to step down as Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party.”
Mr. Jonathan leaves office on May 29 following his defeat by his All Progressives Congress challenger, Muhammadu Buhari, in the March 28 presidential election.
The letter reads: “Your Excellency will recall that in a conversation I had with you a few weeks ago, I had offered to step down from the office of the Chairman of our party’s Board of Trustees and proposed to hand over to you as its new Chairman in a ceremony that would have taken place on the 23rd of May, 2015. I had also repeated this position in our subsequent meetings.
“As a follow up to the above proposal and in view of the current state of affairs in our party, I have decided to formally put my offer in writing to enable you effectively assume the Chairmanship of Board of Trustees or approve a process that will enable any other member of the BoT who is considered competent, to assume the position.
“Kindly accept therefore, this letter as notice of my decision to step down from the position of Chairman of the BoT of our party with effect from today, the 20th of May, 2015.
“I am happy to inform you that, I remain a loyal foundation member of our great party and will continue to pray for the prosperity of Nigeria, our party, and for you and your family.
“Your Excellency, kindly accept the expression of my highest regards,” the letter said.
Mr. Anenih’s resignation followed a similar decision by the party’s chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, who also stepped down on Wednesday as the ruling party faces its gravest crisis in its 16-year history.
The PDP has been in turmoil since it lost the presidential election which held March 28.
The party also lost most of its states especially in the north to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The APC has also snatched the majority number of seats in the two chambers of the National Assembly.
Top members of the party, including governors, have been calling on the NWC members to resign their positions for leading the party to its most disastrous outing since 1998.
Already, the party has ordered the investigation of one of its top members, Femi Fani-Kayode, for criticising its leadership.
In a sign the party’s crisis may be far from over, officials on Wednesday questioned why the PDP hastened to announce that it had accepted the resignation of Mr. Anenih, when the former BoT chairman’s letter was addressed to President Jonathan.
The disclosure by Mr. Anenih that President Jonathan would likely become the next BoT chairman, has a precedent in the party.
On the eve of his exit from office, former President Olusegun Obasanjo had caused the PDP Constitution to be amended to reserve the chairmanship of the party for past president.
The constitution was, however, altered in during the 2012 Convention to open the position for others.
Mr. Anenih, who had been the PDP BoT chairman before Mr. Obasanjo, was reappointed into the position when the former president resigned in April 2012.
The former president said he resigned to have more time to develop his Presidential Library and to mobilise and encourage investments in Nigeria and Africa.
He left the party in February this year.

CHECKING JONATHAN'S RENEGADE MOUTHPIECE : PDP moves against Fani-Kayode, orders probe of ex-Minister .... PremiumTimes

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has ordered the immediate probe of one of its members, and former minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, for criticising the party’s leadership and calling for its resignation.
The party said Mr. Fani-Kayode should be sanctioned for launching a media war against its leadership.
Mr. Fani-Kayode, alongside the Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, and some other PDP members, have blamed the leadership of the party for PDP’s defeat in the recent national elections.
Mr. Fani-Kayode, who was the spokesperson for President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential campaign team, on Tuesday accused two unnamed members of the party’s National Working Committee of working for the opposition All Progressives Congress.
In a dramatic response Wednesday, the party ordered the PDP in Osun State, Mr. Fani-Kayode’s home state, to immediately investigate and punish the former minister.
In a letter signed by its National Secretary, Wale Oladipo, the party mandated the PDP in Osun to first establish whether Mr. Fani-Kayode has been a “registered and financial member”.
If Mr. Fani-Kayode is a member, the party said, he should be punished severely, otherwise, he should be treated as a usurper.
The party also summoned its deputy national organizing secretary, Okey Nnadozie, to explain the whereabouts of the party’s money which was supposed to be paid to state chairmen of the party at the last national convention.
The party said Mr. Nnadozie should appear at the party’s office in Abuja on Thursday.
The NWC also said it has set up a seven-man disciplinary committee headed by Micheal Abdul.
Tony Okeke, former acting National Publicity Secretary of the party is to serve as Secretary of the committee.
The Committee will be inaugurated on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at the National Secretariat of the party.
The NWC also expressed the party’s complete confidence in the National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, and commended him for his “outstanding performance, exemplary commitment and sacrifices”, particularly in the ways and manner with which he conducts the affairs of the Publicity Directorate in projecting the positive image of the party and its government.
Meanwhile, the NWC has said it would confirm on Thursday whether the Chairman of its Board of Trustees, Tony Anenih, has resigned or not.
On Wednesday, the Spokesperson of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, announced the resignation of the party’s Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, citing his health as reason.
A source within the PDP had earlier informed PREMIUM TIMES Mr. Anenih would also resign alongside the ex-chair.
In a text of the resolution of the NWC meeting on Wednesday, the national secretary, Wale Oladipo, confirmed the “Voluntary resignation” of Mr. Mu’azu.
He said “on the correct position of the status of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, the NWC will make its position public tomorrow, Thursday, May 21, 2015”.
The NWC also confirmed that Mr. Muazu’s deputy, Uche Secondus, is acting as the National Chairman of the party, in line with the provisions of sections 45 (2) of the PDP constitution.
It also said Mr. Secondus will serve as chairman “pending a replacement from the North East zone”.

LOOK WHO'S TALKING AND HEAR WHAT HE'S SAYING : Jonathan would’ve suffered worse defeat if we didn’t help – Fani-Kayode ... PremiumTimes

Former minister and spokesperson for President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign, Femi Fani-Kayode, has debunked claims that hate campaign by some members of PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation caused the party’s defeat at the March 28 presidential election.
Mr. Fani-kayode, who served as Director of Media and Publicity of the organisation, spoke with newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said President Goodluck Jonathan would have lost the presidential election by at least 10 million votes but for the intervention of his campaign team.
Mr. Jonathan lost the election by less than 3 million votes.
He was reacting to recent accusation by the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) that the electoral misfortune that hit the party after the 2015 elections was due to hate campaigns by the party’s campaign organisation.
Mr. Fani-kayode, who described some members of the party’s NWC as “enemy within us”, alleged that two members of the committee were working for the opposition in the course of the election.
He described most members of the NWC as ignorant of party campaigns, adding that the campaign organisation “stood up for the party, fought for the President and did not betray the cause”.
While calling for the resignation of the NWC, Mr. Fani-Kayode defended the media strategy used by the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation.
He also exonerated the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, Gov. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State of blame in the loss of the party.
Mr. Fani-kayode said while President Jonathan was constantly under serious hostile pressure during the campaigns, the First Lady encouraged the organisation and inspired its members more than anyone else.
“I do not want to rock the boat out of respect for our President and our party elders; otherwise I would say a lot more that will shock the nation and the party faithful.
“I have a whole file on it which we compiled during the campaign. Two members of the NWC specifically were actually working for the APC and were on their payroll,” he said.
Their job, he added, was to destroy the PDP fortunes, expose its secrets, create discord in its ranks and undermine the efforts of the campaign organisation in the media campaign.
“That is just one shocker and there are plenty more. The time to talk is not now. That time will come.
“You will be shocked by what we know about these people and their sordid efforts to stop Jonathan and betray their own party.
“The truth is that the NWC has to go and I add my voice to that of Govs. Aliyu Babaginda, Sule Lamido, Ayodele Fayose and that of so many other people,” he said.
He added that there was need for a change at the top if the PDP was serious about forging party unity.
“This is critical to restoring its fortunes, redeeming it and winning the election in 2019.’’
Mr. Fani-Kayode, who described the APC media machine as awesome, maintained that for the first time since the establishment of APC, they were put on the defensive by the PDP presidential campaign organisation.
He, however, added that the PDP “must remain free of acrimony, united and focused”, saying the party must “throw out the bad eggs in the NWC”.
“In order to survive over the next four years as a party, we must make the necessary changes at the top; otherwise we will be utterly decimated.
“The present leadership of the party, particularly its information organ, has no chance of standing against an APC Federal Government because they are weak and lack understanding and courage.
“They will be savaged beyond belief and torn apart if they try it because they do not have the stomach, the grit, the appetite or the wherewithal for a long drawn fight”, he said.
He held that instead of preparing to defend the party faithful and fortunes of its members over the next four years, they were making allegations and alienating many party leaders. (NAN)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

EARLY SHOTS : Buhari Appoints Femi Adesina Special Adviser on Media and Publicity ... ThisDayLive

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Less than 10 days to the inauguration of his administration, the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, may have made his first official appointment by naming the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of The Sun newspapers, Mr. Femi Adesina, as his Special Adviser (SA) on Media and Publicity.

Adesina's appointment, though yet to be formally announced, is said to have been concluded but merely waiting for some formality before the official announcement.

Already, the management of The Sun Newspaper, it was gathered, is concluding plans to re-organise its management structure following Adesina's impending departure.

Adesina was recently re-elected as the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) for another term of two years.
The NGE president was returned unopposed at the 2015 bi-ennial convention of the Guild which held in Lagos by his colleagues, most of whom described his tenure as the “best the Guild has ever had.”

With his new appointment, Adesina also becomes the second person to be so appointed while serving as the president of the Guild of Editors. The first person was the late Mrs. Remi Oyo, who was the SA, Media and Publicity to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

A prolific writer and tested journalist, Adesina started his career at the Vanguard Newspapers as a features writer before later moving to the defunct National Concord Newspapers. He is a pioneer staff of The Sun newspaper where he became the editor, and later the managing director and editor-in-chief, a position he will be quitting for the new assignment.

As the president, Guild of Editors, Adesina fought for the rights and protection of journalists at every event or fora. In one of such events was a lecture organised by the Bank of Industry (BoI) where he advised the bank to find ways of encouraging media practitioners by giving them loans for the purpose of establishing businesses after retirement, pointing out that the media industry cannot afford to have more ‘veteran’ journalists.

Adesina in his presentation at the event titled: ‘‘The Media and BOI: Working Together’’ admonished Bol to patronise media houses, saying that they are not charitable organisations.

‘‘When you therefore have businesses, patronise them. If they are good enough for your press releases and other editorial items, they must also be good enough for your advertisements. Build a mutually rewarding relationship, including rendering investment support, as the journalists may require," he said.

A seasoned and renowned journalist with over 28 years of experience in the industry,  Adesina took The Sun to a new height. Under  his leadership, the newspaper won several reputable awards.
In 2007, he was named the Editor of the Year by the Nigeria Media Merit Award. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LOVE IS IN THE AIR ... WEDDING BELLS : "Aliko Dangote Romances Ex-Beauty Queen Sylvia Nduka...Wedding Bells May Ring" ~ National Enquirer

"This is arguably the hottest gist running around town in the confines of those in the know.
It’s the story of the sizzling romance between the 2011 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria winner, Sylvia Nduka and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote! Love is really in the air and good enough, the man Aliko Dangote does not have any woman in his home. And as for the ex beauty Queen, she’s not just loving this relationship but has also agreed to the tenets of Islam by beginning to wear hijab. For all you care, Sylvia has also updated her name on Instagram as Sylvia Nduka AD meaning Aliko Dangote.
Although the affair is still shrouded in utmost secrecy to the public, National Enquirer can reliably say that the beauty Queen has totally captured the heart of the billionaire businessman.
According to our reliable source, the relationship which kicked off shortly after Sylvia’s reign in 2013 has since metamorphosed into a serious affair that has had the billionaire pumping millions into Sylvia’s life and business. “Give or take two years, it’s been going on for a while, but they have tried as much as possible to keep it away from the public view” the source revealed.
Undoubtedly, her relationship with the billionaire has changed Sylvia’s life in no little ways, the former beauty Queen commands Dangote’s private jet like hers and flies in and out of the country on constant short trips abroad. “On many occasions she jets into Dubai and lodges in executive suites in Burj Arab! Like a big girl that she is, she cruises around town in white Range Rover sports, a gift bestowed on her by her benefactor” we were told by a source"

AS NIGHT TURNS TO DAY, THE SPIRITS TURN INTO MEN : I am ready to join APC – Orubebe ... TheNation

Godsday Orubebe
Elder Godsday Orubebe has announced plans to join the All Progressive Congress (APC).

I have concluded plans to join my folks in the APC to champion and sustain the movement for a better Niger Delta in the new administration.