Sunday, 26 April 2020

Why Nollywood Actress Foluke Daramola should be celebrated

Reason why Actress Foluke Daramola should be Celebrated in Nollywood .

Worthy of note, while exploring the backdrop and legacy of what would now become Nollywood today, is the efforts of actors who film audience and critics now describe as 'Veterans' today. Without diverging into categories, some of those 'Veterans' who have acted in their capacities to shape the Yoruba sector of the film industry include; Hubert Ogunde, Oyin Adejobi, Ifayemi Elebuibon, Duro Ladipo, Grace Adejobi, Ayo Akinwale, Adebayo Salami, Kareem Adepoju, Lere Paimo, Tunde Kelani, Ade Afolayan, Adebayo Faleti, Ebun Oloyede, Tafa Oloyede and a long list of others. .

In the midst of this, the character of Foluke Daramola cannot remain unsung; a popular Nollywood #actor and film producer who is refreshing hope of numerous veteran actors who have made indelible impacts in the industry. Through the combined efforts of Lagos State Government, colleagues, and her foundation, PARA; Foluke is engaging in a door to door outreach to these Thespians thereby sharing food items coupled with financial support to them. .

On her support for Veterans, she explained that "I discovered that many of the generational veteran in my industry are cut off from the activities of acting on our TV screens and are down with one form of health, emotional and economic issues or another, but without any existing concrete social or government platform(s) to help come in to intervene or address this situation.We can not continue to watch some of our aged veterans live in pains. We must not continue to abandon them to their fates. They need all of us now for support and care to live happily again." .

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Friday, 24 April 2020

Looking for Real Estate Consultant : Think of Aderonke Akinkuade a property consultant.

Why Use A Property Search Consultant?

Buying a property can be a financially hazardous undertaking.

Not only do you face the risks associated with tying up a considerable chunk of your money in a single asset, but you must also deal with people who aren’t always working in your interest.

Buyers often find themselves losing out in a property transaction, falling victim to incentives that weigh against them.

The underlying problem is this: estate agents work in the interest of the seller, not the buyer.

Estate agents get paid a commission that’s proportional to the final selling price of the house. Thus, the more money they’re able to make their clients, the more money they make themselves.

People who want to purchase a property, therefore, don’t always get impartial advice about the price.

The job of the estate agent (and the seller for that matter) is always to make the property appear more valuable than it really is. Thus, first-time buyers especially can find themselves getting into trouble.

They’re essentially property experts – people who help the buyer determine whether they’re getting a good deal or not. What’s more, their advice is impartial. Unlike estate agents, they give the buyer neutral information about a new house and whether they’ve found a good deal.

Let’s take a more detailed look at why first-time buyers might use a property search agent.

Most buyers (particularly those doing it for the first time), can struggle to determine whether the price of a property reflects the underlying value.

The problem with home prices is that they are unique to each property. No two houses or apartments are ever the same.

Even homes on the same street can vary in price considerably, depending on their condition.

Thus you can’t always compare one property to another and come up with a fair value – you often need to consider multiple factors. It’s a challenge.

They Help You Determine The Real Value Of a Property
Property search consultants, however, have analytical tools that enable them to come up with accurate estimates of what a property is likely worth today.

These instruments take into consideration factors like the location of the property, the condition of the building, and the layout.

The resulting calculation provides a reliable assessment of the value of the home, enabling buyers to go into negotiations with a definite figure in mind.

They Help You Negotiate A Better Price
Knowing the real value of a property is, when you think about it, essential when you’re dealing with estate agents and their clients. If you don’t have a clear notion of how much a house is worth, then you’re going in blind.

First-time buyers often ask property consultants to negotiate on their behalf. The experience of property agents means that they’re usually able to bring the overall cost of the property down by much more than their fees.

Let’s suppose, for instance, that you’re considering purchasing a property that is on the market for #20,000000 and you hire a property consultant to help you get the best deal possible.

The property consultant might be able to bring the price down by 3 per cent.

Property consultant fees are much less than this, so they pay for themselves automatically.

What the maths reveals is a startling fact: practically all buyers are better off paying a property agent to conduct negotiations for them.

While it might seem like an extra expense, it’s a perfect example of a situation where you need to spend money to make money.

They Cut Down On Search Costs
Another reason people use property search consultants is so that they can cut down on search costs.

Looking for a new property is a time-consuming operation, not only do you have to spend time looking in estate agent windows and browsing property listing websites, but you also have to take time out of your day to visit properties too.

If time means money to you, then this is a problem. Every property you visit entails an opportunity costs where you could be doing something else.

Think about it: if you look around thirty properties in your quest to find a new home, that’s dozens of hours that you could have spent doing something else more productive.

Property agents, therefore, enable busy people to whittle down their search, throwing out properties that don’t meet the mark and shortlisting those that do.

All you do is tell the property consultant what you want, and then they do the hard work visiting properties to make sure that they’re up to scratch.

The Role Of Property Search Consultants

So far, we’ve talked about how property search consultants help with matters directly related to property search and negotiation.

But the role of consultants actually extends well beyond this in most cases.

What’s interesting about property consultants is that they’re not just advisors like, say, an accountant, but instead people who do everything that they can to facilitate the home buying process.

Property consultants can organise all aspects of your property search on your behalf, such as sorting out removals, tradespeople, and even services to look after your children and pets during the move.

Most first time buyers are under the impression that the estate agent is there to help them.

What’s more, this is the impression that estate agents themselves like to create.

The only problem is that it’s not true. The estate agent wants to sell their client’s property to get a commission – that’s the name of the game.

A property search consultant, however, is different. With their expert knowledge, they fight your corner and more than pay for their fees by reducing the sale price of the property.

On top of that, they help to take the hassle out of moving house, freeing you up to use your time more productively.

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Saturday, 18 April 2020


On the sad occasion of the demise of Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff, the President has directed on three things.

First, that this tribute (below) be issued in recognition of the enormous sacrifices and contributions made by the deceased to the success of his politics and administration and to the overall development of the nation. 

Second, the President wishes to direct strict observance of the social distancing rules as prescribed by the National Center for Disease Control, the Federal Ministry of Health; and other safe hygiene practices as advised by relevant local authorities.

In this regard, the President will not be available for condolence visitors but urges, in place of that prayers be offered for the repose of soul of the departed Chief of Staff.

Third, the President wishes to convey his deep appreciation to foreign leaders and all Nigerians,  from whom a stream of messages have been reaching him over this irreparable loss.

May Allah accept his soul.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
April 18, 2020

The President’s statement:


Mallam Abba Kyari, who died on 17th April, 2020, at the age of 67 from complications caused by the Coronavirus, was a true Nigerian patriot. My loyal friend and compatriot for the last 42 years - and latterly my Chief-of-Staff - he never wavered in his commitment to the betterment of every one of us.

He was only in his twenties when we first met. A diligent student, soon after he was blessed with the opportunity to study abroad - first at Warwick and then law at the University of Cambridge. But there was never any question Abba would bring his first-rate skills and newly acquired world-class knowledge back to Nigeria - which he did - immediately upon graduation.

Whilst possessing the sharpest legal and organisational mind, Abba's true focus was always the development of infrastructure and the assurance of security for the people of this nation he served so faithfully. For he knew that without both in tandem there can never be the development of the respectful society and vibrant economy that all Nigerian citizens deserve.

In political life, Abba never sought elective office for himself. Rather, he set himself against the view and conduct of two generations of Nigeria's political establishment - who saw corruption as an entitlement and its practice a byproduct of possessing political office.

Becoming my Chief of Staff in 2015, he strove quietly and without any interest in publicity or personal gain to implement my agenda.

There are those who said of him that he must be secretive - because he did not have a high public profile. But Abba was the opposite: he simply had no need, nor did he seek, the cheap gratification of the crowd; for him, there was nothing to be found in popular adulation. He secured instead satisfaction and his reward solely and only from the improvement of the governance of this great country.

Working, without fail, seven days each and every week, he acted forcefully as a crucial gatekeeper to the presidency, ensuring no one - whether minister or governor had access beyond another - and that all those representing and serving our country were treated equally.

He made clear in his person and his practice, always, that every Nigerian - regardless of faith, family, fortune or frailty - was heard and treated respectfully and the same.

Mallam Abba Kyari was the very best of us. He was made of the stuff that makes Nigeria great. Rest In Peace, my dearest friend.

To his loving wife and doting family who survive him, I extend my heartfelt sorrow at your loss.

Muhammadu Buhari
President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
April 18, 2020

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Breaking News : Nollywood Actress Funke Akindele arrested for hosting party during Covid19 Lockdown

Funke Akindele, Nollywood actress, has been arrested by the Lagos state police command for hosting a party, in contravention of the lockdown order in the state.

According to The Punch, the movie star was whisked to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti (SCID), Yaba on Sunday evening.

Meanwhile the renowned actress, also known as Jenifa, earlier apologised after coming under fire for hosting the celebrity-studded house party amidst the Coronavirus lockdown.

The actress who hosted the party to celebrate her husband, JJC Skillz— Abdulrasheed Bello’s birthday—in their Amen Estate home, Lagos on Saturday, came under attack for flouting government directives on total lockdown and ban on large gatherings to flatten the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The party had in attendance, singer Naira Marley, actress Eniola Badmus and a host of other guests.

In a video from the party, JJC Skillz said it was his birthday and he had to invite friends to celebrate with him at their home along the Lekki-Epe Expressway.

He said, “Na here we dey, those of us wey get mind (sic). This is the best estate to be stuck in during the lockdown. It is my birthday.”

The guests, who were over 20, including Naira Marley, were also seen singing ‘Ma fo’, a song released by the musician.

The video drew the ire of Nigerians on social media with many calling on both the Federal Government and the Lagos State Government to take immediate action.

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Pastor E.A. Adeboye Donates Another N20million to Support Osun State Government.

COVID-19 Relief Package through RCCG Christian Social Responsibility

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG), Pastor E.A. Adeboye has made another donation of N20million as part of RCCG Christian Social Responsibility to the government of the State of Osun to support the state government’s effort to cushion the effect of COVID-19 on the Osun residents.

Osun as at today, Friday April 3rd 2020 ranks 3rd amongst the states with confirmed cases of Covid-19 with 20 confirmed cases out of the total 198 confirmed cases in Nigeria as released by the NCDC.

The State no doubt would require all the support that it can get in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic and the Twenty Million Naira (N20m) support which was transferred into the Osun State Government dedicated COVID-19 account domiciled with UBA is considered a timely support in this fight against COVID-19.

The General Overseer  noted that by  the donation, the mission acknowledge the efforts of the state government in curbing the spread of the Virus in the state and prayed that God would put an end to COVID 19, not just in Nigeria but in the entire world in the mighty name of Jesus.

This new donation is coming just as Pastor Adeboye made a donation of 8,000 Hand Sanitizers, 8,000 Surgical Face Masks and 200,000 hand gloves to support the efforts of the Lagos state government in equipping the medical staff with necessary protective gears needed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic on Monday, March 31, 2020 at the Yaba Infectious #Diseases Centre. 

It’s noteworthy that Pastor Adeboye has always been committed to contributing to the wellbeing of humanity and in particular Nigerians of all tongue, religion and belief. 

This has shown in his continuous generous giving in various areas long before the outbreak of COVID-19. 

One Covid-19 patient escapes from isolation center in Osun state.

The OsunState government on Saturday has confirmed that one coronavirus patient is missing at the Isolation facility in Ejigbo.

A statement by the #Commissioner of information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemonde, denied the report that six of coronavirus patients escaped the facility.

Egbemonde said, “This morning we embarked on a headcount and found out that only one person could not be accounted for by officials stationed at the Isolation centre out of the 127 persons.

The State Government is currently investigating the matter and will ensure that the missing person is brought back to the Isolation centre and we will also ensure we trace all his contacts.

She said any official(s) found culpable will also be dealt with accordingly and implored members of the public to discountenance the alarm being raised.

We will continue to do everything to protect the lives of our citizens in this fight against Coronavirus.” - #aranewstrends

Source- instablog9ja

Thursday, 2 April 2020

6 famous Nigerian celebrities who are biracial and doing awesome things.

The term biracial or multiracial is usually applied to people who have a heritage comprised of different races of the world.
World over, there are many famous celebrities who are biracial – actors, actresses, musicians, entertainers, singers, OAPs, models and even politicians.
In the Nigerian entertainment space, biracial or mixed-race celebrities are doing well for themselves, whether based in Nigeria or outside of the country; these excellent men and women have gone on to have successful careers in their chosen fields.

1. Ramsey Nouah

Ramsey Nouah
Born Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah Jr., but widely known as Ramsey Nouah, was born in Edo State to an Israeli father and a Yoruba mother who hails from Owo, Ondo State. He grew up in Surulere, Lagos, where he attended Atara Primary School and Community Grammar School. He obtained a diploma in Mass Communications at the University of Lagos, after which he pursued a career in acting. His acting career kicked off when he starred in the Nigerian TV soap opera ‘Fortunes’ and he has since appeared in numerous films starring as the lead role, and has been called “Lover-Boy” for his numerous roles in romantic films.
2. Sade Adu

Sade Adu
Born January 16, 1959, Helen Folasade Adu popularly known as Sade Adu or simply Sade, is a Nigerian-British singer, songwriter, and actress, known as the lead singer of her eponymous band. Sade was born in Ibadan, Nigeria, but brought up in Essex, England. She gained modest recognition as a fashion designer and part-time model, prior to joining the band Pride in the early 1980s. The “Sweetest Taboo” crooner is a Grammy-winning legend with her popularity almost universal.
3. Lilian Bach

Lilian Bach
Lilian Bach was born in Lagos Island to a Yoruba mother and a Polish father. Due to the nature of her father’s profession, she lived in various parts of the country during her formative years. She attended Army Children’s School, Port Harcourt and Idi Araba Secondary School, Lagos. She briefly majored in Theatre Arts at the University of Lagos. Lilian was shot into the limelight in the 1990s as a model. She also competed in the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant and featured in several television commercials, after which she became the Face of Delta. She began acting in 1997 and have starred in several Nollywood movies of the Yoruba and English genres.
4. Adunni Ade
Adunni Ade
Adunni Ade is a gorgeous mum of two who was born in Queens, New York, United States to a German-American mother and a Yoruba Nigerian father. She was raised in Lagos and the United States respectively. Adunni had her elementary schooling in Lagos and Ogun states. Her Lagos-based father, who is also a successful businessman inspired her to study Accounting and she earned a degree in Accounting at the University of Kentucky in 2008. Before joining the Nigerian movie industry, Adunni worked in the housing and insurance sectors in the United States and she ventured into fashion modelling and featured in America’s Next Top Model. Upon returning to Nigeria, she landed her first Nollywood role in the Yoruba movie “You or I” in 2013 and has since become a regular face in several Nollywood movies.
5. Caroline Danjuma
Caroline Danjuma
Nollywood’s screen delight, Caroline Danjuma, was born to a Scottish father and a Nigerian mother. She studied Environmental Protection Management, Geography and Regional Planning at the University of Calabar. She also obtained a certificate of achievement in organisational behaviour from Edinburgh Business School in 2016. She made her screen debut in 2004, starring in some of Chico Ejiro’s popular films. After a hiatus from the movie industry, she made a comeback in 2016, producing and starring in the romantic thriller ‘Stalker’.
6. Nneka Egbuna

Nneka Egbuna
Nigerian singer, songwriter and actress, Nneka Egbuna aka Nneka was born to a Nigerian father and German mother. She first gained public attention in 2004 while performing as an opening act for dancehall reggae star, Sean Paul at Hamburg Stadtpark. After much acclaim, Nneka was given a green light to record her first album.

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Queen Salawa Abeni Finally Exposes blackmailer on Social media

Legendary Musician, Salawa Abeni, known as the “Waka Queen” has exposed a man threatening to blackmail her with old semi-nude pictures sent to her privately.
Abeni displayed a screenshot of the conversations between her and the fellow on her Instagram handle and narrated the story to her fans.

The Waka Queen who expressed shock and disappointment said the fellow threatened to expose the pictures to the public if he does not get the money he demanded.

She said the man wanted to destroy a career she had labored to build for over 45 years now but would not consent to such.
“Good morning my family, friends, fans. I have something very important to tell you and I will appreciate your audience. I am very disappointed that someone somewhere will try to tarnish my image and threaten to destroy my career of over 45 years.

“This morning, I received messages from somebody threatening to expose very old pictures of me and in the process blackmailing me for money. These could have been pictures of me in the hospital or even with my partner, but is this what has become of us?
“I plead with everybody out there to be very careful as our current situation has made people very desperate.

“I am almost 60 years old, I have worked very hard and made a name for myself for somebody to believe that they can threaten and trample on my feelings, this is very sad.

“So I have decided to share the messages and pictures sent by this person with everyone for you all to see!
“Thank you and God bless you! For you the blackmailer, I refuse to be bullied by you as I am sure that I am old enough to be your MOTHER!!,” she said.

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A Queen, Prophet of the Most High God, Wife and Mother, Philanthropist, Humanitarian, Mentor, Woman of Purpose and Change, A Giver....

She is an accomplished Christian leader, Philanthropist and Author with a real passion for the power of prayer and giving as foundational pillars in her life

She has dedicated much of her life to supporting on the ground, grassroots initiatives which has seen her touch thousands of lives and receive over 20 awards in the last two years.

She was born and grew up in Lagos Nigeria, where before dedicating her life to full time ministry, she excelled in the corporate world as a successful business woman. It was in Nigeria that she developed her Christian faith within the Cherubim & Seraphim Church.

As an avid theologian and scholar of the Bible, she holds a BA degree in Biblical Theology from Faith Bible College Sango-Otta along with other academic honors.

As a humanitarian and philanthropist, she has made significant contribution to the work of the church physically, financially and spiritually and across many denominations and many continents.

She holds title of Matron and financial supporter in more than 50 churches in Nigeria and other countries of the world.

She is also Grand / Life Matron to many charity organisations and various Non-Government-Organisations across many communities in Africa.

This work was instrumental to her carving a niche for herself across both secular and spiritual spectrums as a great philanthropist within many communities, including United Kingdom and across Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria and other parts of Africa.

This has led her to establish her own charitable organisation - The Esther Ajayi Foundation to holistically cater for people in need of help, especially the homeless, poor and underprivileged.

In 2007, she was led by God to start her own church named: Love of Christ Generation Church C&S in London.  In 2015, the church moved into a newly renovated Cathedral in Clapham, London, where she now pastors a congregation with hundreds of worshippers and thousands of social media followers everyday.

She is a great bridge builder across many communities especially in Nigeria. She influences Secular, Political and Traditional leaders positively and spiritually for the sake of good governance, equality and social justice within society and most importantly for mutual unity amongst all faiths and denominations.

She is the Visioner and Sponsor of the Revival jointly powered by the Celestial Church of Christ and the Cherubim & Seraphim Church - tagged: Celebrate The Comforter which was hosted last July at ExCeL London. A United States of America (USA) edition is billed for next year.


Wednesday, 1 April 2020

COVID-19: Gov. Dapo Abiodun Commissions Three isolation Centres

Ogun State Government’s efforts to contain the spread of #COVID-19 within the state received a massive boost on Monday, when Governor Dapo Abiodun commissioned two of the three isolation centres.

Governor Abiodun #commissioned the purpose-built isolation centres in Ikenne and Sagamu which has 128 bed and 21 beds respectively, the two of the three in Ogun State – the third being located in Iberekodo, Abeokuta with 100 beds.

In a statement released, the Governor further reiterated Ogun State Government’s effort to set up a test centre within the state “so that we do not have to wait for days to have results returned from our neighbour Lagos State, while we have produced over 140,000 hand sanitizers for free distribution to everyone within the State.


We have enabled our health sector through purposive training, provision of equipment and ambulances, and the assurance of technical, logistic and manpower support from the Babcock University Teaching Hospital (BUTH), Ilishan-Remo and the OOUTH, Sagamu. 

Source : Instablog9ja

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