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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Actress Tonto Dikeh Joins World Class Role Models For Girls' Empowerment Outreach

Sultry actress and one of Nollywood's active philanthropists, Tonto Dikeh has gotten back her full rhythm as the mother of one has been pencilled to join select-few career iconoclasts for an all girls' advocacy programme, Girls' Empowerment Outreach.

The bubbly screen goddess who's just rounding off her first movie appearance after many years is one of the 4 respected female role models expected as Guest Speakers at the charitable event organised by Aderonke Bello's Fame Foundation in Abuja.  

The event, Girls' Empowerment Outreach which is the brain child of international journalist of great repute, advocate and founder, Fame Foundation, Aderonke Bello parades other female bigwigs like Diane Weist Young who's going to be doing the "Thinking about all the careers for you", and then Victoria Minaise, a life coach and entrepreneur whose mentorship takes care of " How to become a responsible woman".

Others, aside the convener who talks exclusively about, "You, yourself self-esteem and etiquettes" is the energetic thespian, Tonto who speaks on "The Importance of Education In A Girl-Child's life". She will be banking on her wealth of knowledge as a graduate of Petrochemical Engineering from the Rivers State University of Technology. 

The prestigious event which promises to be grand holds at the Noble Hall, Leadership Academy For Girls, Plot 273 Institutes and Research District, Idu Yard, Jabbi Airport road/Off Cocacolla junction, Abuja on Tuesday, Sepetember 15th, 2017. 

Tonto, who has just returned from an international trip in Kenya where she was part of an inspirational peace delegate for the success of the country's forthcoming election is on a new lease of life. 

"I have to hit the ground running because bills wait for nobody, before I cope with mothering, career expenses, rent and other maintenances, it won't be a bed of roses unless we hit the road", she quipped

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Meet Barrister Ogungbeje-The Lawyer of Kidnap Kingpin, Evans…Sues The Police For Fundamental Human Rights

Kidnapper Evans Lawyer, Barrister Ogungbeje

Evans' Father deposed to the affidavit

The last may not have been heard on the controversial case reputed to be one of the biggest crimes in the history of Nigeria as the notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike also known as Evans as employed the services of a lawyer to sue the Nigeria Police for fundamental human rights.

The suspected kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (Evans), has filed a Fundamental Rights Enforcement suit to compel the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to either charge him to court immediately or unconditionally release him from custody.

In a motion ex-parte filed before the Federal High Court, Lagos on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 by his lawyer, one Olukoya Ogungbeje of Lawflex Chambers, the suspect claimed that he has been detained by the police since June 10, 2017 and subjected to media trial and parade without any court order.

He listed the IGP, Owoseni, the NPF and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos Command, as respondents in the suit.

The suspected kidnapper said there has been grave constitutional infraction perpetrated by the respondents against him as he ought to have been charged or arraign before a court in accordance with Section 35 and 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The applicant also said that he has the rights under Section 46 of the 1999 Constitution to approach the court for redress for the breach of his fundamental rights.

However, in a 27-paragraph affidavit attached to the application and personally deposed to by Evans’ father, Stephen Onwuamadike, the father claims that he and other family members have been denied access to the applicant who is still in the custody of the respondents.

He also claimed that his solicitor has been denied access to the applicant.
He insisted that the parade of the applicant before newsmen has continued to generate reactions without the applicant being afforded fair hearing and trial before a court of law.

The Fundamental Rights Enforcement suit is yet to be assigned to a judge and no date has been fixed for its hearing.
Source: Freedom Online

Friday, 9 June 2017

Meet Seven Nigerians Elected As British MPs In 2017

Kemi Badenoch

Kate Ofunne Osamor

Chinyelu Susan "Chi" Onwurah

Fiona Oluyinka Onasanya

Bim Afolami

Chuka Harrison Umunna

Helen Grant
The recently concluded elections in the UK have seen seven of the illustrious citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria being elected into the enviable positions as members of the British Parliament. Your darling magazine, National Enquirer brings you the impressive lifestyles of these high profile international politicians of note.
Chuka Harrison Umunna (born 17 October 1978) is a British Labour politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Streatham since 2010 and was Shadow Business Secretary from 2011 to 2015. Umunna was born in London, England. His father Bennett, of the Nigerian Igbo ethnic group died in a road accident in Nigeria in 1992.Umunna's mother, Patricia Milmo, a solicitor, is of English-Irish background. Umunna's maternal grandparents were Joan Frances (Morley) and Sir Helenus Milmo QC, a prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials.He is married to Alice Sullivan, an employment lawyer.
Bim Afolami is a Conservative Member of Parliament for Hitchin and Harpenden constituency since the United Kingdom general election, 2017. He had stood in the Lewisham Deptford constituency in the previous 2015 general election. He works as a corporate lawyer at Freshfields. Afolami comes from Crowthorne, Berkshire. His father is a Nigerian consultant doctor who works for the National Health Service. He was educated at Bishopsgate School, Eton public school and Oxford University where he studied modern history. He was also vice president of the Oxford Union Society.
Fiona Oluyinka Onasanya is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Peterborough since 2017. Onasanya is a solicitor at DC Law in St Ives, Cambridgeshire. She was a Labour Cambridgeshire County Councillor for King's Hedges in Cambridge and deputy leader of the Labour group on the council.
Chinyelu Susan "Chi" Onwurah (born 12 April 1965) is a British Labour Party politician, who was elected at the 2010 general election as the Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne Central, succeeding the previous Labour MP Jim Cousins, who had decided to step down after 23 years. She is Newcastle's first black MP. She is the current Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills, as well as Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport, having been appointed to both posts in September 2015.
Kate Ofunne Osamor (born 15 August 1968) is a British Labour Co-operative politician. She has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Edmonton since May 2015. In June 2016, She was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.
Kemi Badenoch has been a member of the London Assembly since September 2015. She is the GLA Conservative’s spokesman for the Economy and also sits on the Transport Committee and Policing and Crime Committee. Prior to the Assembly, Kemi was a director at the Spectator Magazine and before that, an associate director at Coutts & Co. She holds two degrees in engineering and law, from Sussex University and Birkbeck College respectively. She is currently a board member for the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life and for 9 years was a non-executive director for a London housing association.

Helen Grant (born 28 September 1961) is a British Conservative Party politician. She has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Maidstone and The Weald since 2010, when she succeeded Ann Widdecombe. Grant was the first black woman to be elected as a Conservative MP, having also been the first black woman to be selected as a candidate to stand for a Conservative-held parliamentary seat. She first served in government as jointly Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities (from 2012 to 2015) and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice (2012 to 2013). She also became Minister for Sport and Tourism in 2013, a post she held until after the 2015 general election.

Sosoliso Plane Crash Survivor, Kechi Okwuchi Shines @ America’s Got Talent


Kechi Okwuchi, the Nigerian lady who was one of the two survivors of the 2005 Sosoliso Plane crash that claimed the lives of 108 passengers including 60 students of Loyola Jesuit College in Abuja, Nigeria was among some of the talent wonders at the ongoing America’s Got Talent competition in the US.

The 28 year old who graduated with honours from the University of St. Thomas, against all odds, wowed the tumultuous audience leaving the quartet of critical minded Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Melanie Janine Brown-the panel of judges dumbfounded by her inspirational performance.

Without mincing words, Kechi who lives in Houston Texas, US narrated her ordeal in the ill-fated plane crash telling the judges that she would want to show her talent, saying she has been singing since she was about eight years old, but only very seriously for about 12 years now.
The judges were almost moved to tears when she says, while she was recuperating in the hospital, bandaged from head to foot, music was the only ‘escape route’ she had.
“That’s why music means so much to me,” the 28-year-old lady says, before she given the floor to render Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud. Below is the video of her awe-inspiring performance.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Nigerian Lady Walks Tall As Black’s 1st PhD Holder In Biomedical Science

A Nigerian lady, Adeolu Deborah Olubamiji has made history by walking tall in the world of science by breaking all barriers and obstacles to become the first black person to bag a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.

Born in the ancient city of Brown Roofs, Ibadan, Oyo State, in 1985, the beautiful Adeolu Deborah Olubamiji who’s the last of the 5 children of peasant farmer parents beat others to the enviable record that was announced on June 5th, 2017.

According to sources, the academic ingenuity of the brilliant Deborah begun when after her primary education at Alafia nursery and primary school Mokola Ibadan, she became the Head Girl at the St. Gabriel secondary commercial school where she came out in flying colours by making one of the best results during the West Africa Senior Secondary School exams among the 2001 set.  

And as if that was not enough, the brilliant Debbie soon made another outstanding record when she led the Physics department class with a Second Class Upper division at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, ago Iwoye, this, we gathered opened, yet, a new door, as she proceeded to Finland (University of Tampere) for her Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering.

Coming from a humble background, it was not a walk in the park for young Adeolu, as she had no one, no money and being a black girl from a poor home, so she had to juggle, working as a part time Cleaner during this tough academic years studying for her Master’s degree. Out of determination, she applied to over 100 schools for her PhD and finally got a full 3 years scholarship ( later extended to 4 years) in the University is Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Engineering.

While at the PhD programme, she worked part time as a make-up artist, and seller at Sephora Canada. She braided hair and weaved for students including teaching jobs to make extra money. It was a harrowing experience, but she never gave up, she was already used to waiting for her time; as she muses , on her graduation day " As the 5th child of 5, I always had to wait in line for my turn. I was the last, a girl child and was raised by mum who is a farmer and my dad who had little. I hawked pepper on the streets of Ibadan as early as age 10 to help my mum. Went to a public primary and secondary school in Ibadan, attended OOU and studied physics, so it looked like I won't amount to much".

Today, Dr. Adeolu. D. Olubamiji is the first black person to have received a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. Currently she works as a Lead Metallurgical/Material Engineer in an Aerospace Manufacturing company in Canada. She is single and in her early 30s, smiling with pride and fulfilment as she says to her future husband, " I walked tall for my future husband and unborn children who patiently waited for me to fulfil my dreams so that he can have a wife he will be proud of and they can have a role model to look up to.

Let's change the role models we are giving to Nigerians. It's about time to show them that being educated is the New way to pepper them.

Jav Fredericks Imoni.

French Students Shoot Nollywood Movie @ Africa Films Day

Nollywood, the Nigeria blooming movie industry was recently given a befitting honour and classroom priority in one of France’ Ivy League institutions, Lycee Notre Dame, Chartres when the school management obliged its students the opportunity of having a feel of the evolving entertainment industry reputed as the second biggest in the world.

Lycee Notre Dame Directors, Marc Tranin and Fred Maillard's welcome address
The school management led by its humility personified top directors, Marc Tranin and Fredrick Maillard invited notable Nollywood practitioners such as star actress, Hannah Ojo and UK Based topflight movie director, Chucks Mordi amongst other experienced personalities as resource persons for the 1-day teaching and workshop project which held on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017.
Others who’re part of the success story of the Nollywood teaching class engineered by Nigeria born academician of international repute, Cyprian Josson who teaches English, History and Geography in the school are Longy Agoha, Nesto Duru and Tunde Moshood.  

French journalist, Roxanne de Witte interviews Hannah Ojo
Tagged  “Film for Students Day”, the interesting event which is part of the school’s teaching techniques to broaden the learning and retentive memories of the students got to its crescendo with the production of a short movie, scripted, directed and shot by the brilliant students.

‘’We have never seen such fast-learning students before, they were so engrossed in the teachings to the extent that they volunteered to write a script instantly and we’re able to shoot a short movie in few hours, they’re so brilliant and interested in Nollywood’’, some of the resource persons, Chucks Mordi and Hannah Ojo couldn’t hide the amazement.

Actress Hannah Ojo  receives Certificate of Participation
The event kicked off with a breakfast meeting between the resource persons and the top echelons of the school before the students were divided in groups for the project of the day. The initiator of the project Nollywood in Lycee Notre Dame, Mr. Cyprian Josson was the moderator who intermittently coordinated the event took the students through a brief history of Nollywood before handing over to Tunde Moshood who shared ‘’The Nollywood and Media experience’’ after which Bleeding Rose, a film produced by Chucks Mordi was later screened.

Actress Hannah Ojo later spoke to the students on ‘’Low Budget Movie Production’’ with Nollywood experience as case study while motivational speaker, Mr. Longy Agoha spoke on the use of language and display of culture and tradition in the movie, Bleeding Rose before Mr. Nesto Duru, an experienced France trained cinematographer crowned the day by the movie review.

Nollywood Director, Chucks Mordi receives Certificate of Participation
In his submission, the academic director, Fredrick Maillard who was so happy at the students’ charismatic disposition on the project spoke on the reasons for the Nollywood Day, the project is aimed at introducing students to the Nigerian Film industry called Nollywood, we’re so proud of what the African movie industry has become and the display of culture and tradition, we want our students to be accustomed with foreign culture. The project’s goal is to support classroom teaching on Africa by screening a Nollywood film, he squealed.

After the movie screening, workshop and the short movie production, there was a panel discussion between the students and resource persons, this was to enable the students have a more profound and thorough understanding of African cinema, precisely Nollywood. Simultaneously, the objective of “FILM FOR STUDENTS DAY” was to accomplish its educational mission by raising the consciousness of African development through cinema to students of LycĂ©e Notre Dame, Chartres, France; to inspire and further students’ critical engagement and to broaden their horizons to a new cinema, which is neither Hollywood nor Bollywood.

Cyprian Josson watches with keen interest during the project
It was indeed an avenue to project the Nigeria’s blossoming movie industry and this no doubt seems to have paid off as talks are on-going for a bigger picture of partnership with Nollywood practitioners, very very soon.

Group photograph with students 
Some exciting students

Monday, 15 May 2017

Gory Video…Stupendously Rich Igbo High Chief Caught In Robbery Operation…

A stupendously rich young Igbo high Chief was among the dare devil bandits that confronted a team of armed policemen in a bank robbery operation in Lagos yesterday. 

The operation, which eye witnesses have described as one of the deadliest in recent time left so many policemen wounded but the gun totting kings of the road were also not opportune to go Scott free. The nouveau-riche high chief, Chief Ugoebenaja who led the robbery operation paid with his dear life. 

According to sources who identified the young multimillionaire as High Chief Ugoebenaja from Orsumuoghu, Delta State, no one will ever believe he's an armed robber, "what an irony of life, this is a young man who gives money at will, he spends as if he doesn't work for the money, we all believe he's a drug baron because he's always saying he's traveling abroad", the source told National Enquirer. 

‘’These are the kind of guys that throw heavy parties where moneys are being splashed like water, they’re obviously not making the money with their sweat, they’re armed robbers or Yahoo Plus guys’’, the source told us.

Chief Ugoebenaja, the source told us further is in his late 30s but he has so many wonders on wheels and his all-marble architectural masterpiece-his country home in Delta is a fortress to behold. 

Before he was eventually caught and shot dead in the I'll fated robbery operation at a Lagos bank yesterday, Chief Ugoebenaja is one of the richest young men from his village, Amaduru Orsumughu but nobody knew him as an armed robber. 

The man is known for his undying penchant for worldly accomplishments and sophisticated beautiful women who're mainly fair skinned undergraduate school girls, " he likes to always be in the midst of beautiful women with his friends, they like to throw party every time and each time, they sprinkle money, mostly US dollars as if it were mere powder", the source informed us. 

He was part of the armed gang that were terrorising a Lagos bank before he got shot in the tough gun dwell with the Police. Below is the video of his last hours in the throes of death.

Actress Tonto Dikeh Joins World Class Role Models For Girls' Empowerment Outreach

Sultry actress and one of Nollywood's active philanthropists, Tonto Dikeh has gotten back her full rhythm as the mother of one has...