Toyin Abraham, Broda Shaggi, Adunni Ade, Frank Donga, Others dazzle in Ijebu ‘s movie

Award-winning actor and comedian, Olatayo Amokade popularly known as Ijebu has continuously proven himself to be a force to reckon with in the ever evolving film industry. With numerous movies to his credit, and also being the producer of one of the most talked about comedy of the year, The Return of Jugunnu.

The actor cum producer who has surely had a good run through the year is back with a big bang has he pulls the best of the industry together for his latest project, Festival directed by Adebayo Tijani. The movie stars Toyin Abraham, Bolanle Ninalowo, Broda Shaggi, Frank Donga, Toyin Alausa, Adunni Ade, Eniola Afeez, Ojopagogo, Dayo Amusa, Peju Ogunmola and many more.

Speaking with the producer of the movie, Ijebu said ” this is a spectacular work and we intend to give the audience one of the best thing they haven’t seen in a long time.”

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Dilemma Of A Wanderer – Olajide Boluwatife A.

“There is nothing here, I should go” says the tiny unremorseful little voice in my head. Oh well, absconding from home has been the thought in my head for quite a long time.

Only if I knew there was so many things right here for me, I would have banished that tiny voice from my head.

Ugh! I am a wanderer in a land where I know no one, no family, no loved ones, no comfort. Even the opportunity I foresee is not forthcoming.

I played my game of life to the right, but the results moved me to the left, I shifted to the left, the tides and waves dragged me to the middle, the middle of nowhere.

I’m famished, all I could grab before the journey is exhausted . Oh! I wish I had not left most times when I find myself arguing with people, I argued that staying where you are accepted won’t bring you all you want ,they tell me it’s dumb to have such a shallow thought .

Now I know I have been so dumb, I found myself here.
The middle of nowhere, the road now leads in different directions, which way shall I charge my feet to?

Return home? Take the left? Go to the right? Or stay here?

– Olajide Boluwatife A.

“Despite The Fact That I Love Filmmaking So Much, I Might End Up Leaving It If It Will Cost My Happiness.” Yetunde Bakare

Yetunde Bakare is a producer and filmmaker who has been making significant impacts in the film industry over the years, we had an insightful chat with her. Read below

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR IN LIFE?

My greatest fear in life is the believe I have about HELL FIRE…. I just want to do my best and make things right in the little way I can because hell fire is real.

ASIDE GOD’S GRACE, WHAT ELSE DRIVES YOU?

My parents and siblings prayers and the massive love/supports from my fans worldwide because it’s not easy to get acceptance from people who hardly know you.

WHAT ARE THOSE THOUGHTS THAT KEEP YOU AWAKE MOST NIGHTS?

The thought of how I won’t disappoint alot of people who believe so much in me and expecting more from me and also the thought of not ending up being single because of the nature of my job and how people stigmatize yoruba actress that we can have a happy home or make a good wife/mother, it’s so difficult to prove that you are different and it’s disheartening which means despite the fact that I love the job so much I might end up leaving it if it will cost my happiness.

LIST FIVE THINGS YOU CAN’T DO WITHOUT DAILY

My toothbrush, bathing soap, charger, phone and food.

AT WHAT AGE DID YOU MAKE YOUR FIRST MILLION AND WHAT WAS THE INVESTMENT?

At 28 and it was after selling one of my project.

WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS IN YOUR FIELD OF WORK?

Well, I aspire to do better than the former, I wish to take my projects to a greater level whereby I can get my movie screened globally and get foreign investors/ viewers attention just like the likes of kunle afolayan, Omoni Oboli, Judith audu, Blessing effiom Egbe, Genevieve nnaji etc.

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE CURRENT STATE OF FILMMAKING IN NIGERIA?

Filmmaking has gotten to the level that if you’re not improving and doing something different you will remain stagnant and irrelevant as time goes by, film making has grown so big that it has become one of the largest industry that is employing the youth which is a very good thing and it’ll definitely get to a stage whereby the real with be separated from the fake because our viewers are getting wiser and they’ll only spend their money on good movies, another good thing is despite the current situation of the economy of the country people are still supporting good project and it’s really encouraging.

IF YOU HAD A CHANCE TO REWRITE YOUR DESTINY, WHAT WILL BE YOUR SUBTRACTION AND ADDITION?

Hmmm I would wish I never met some certain people because of the way they hurt me so bad but I’m grateful at the same time, I learnt alot from my pains and it has made me stronger but I will choose the same family but I’m not sure I will like to be born in Nigeria if I have the chance. (Laughing).

TO WHAT EXTENT CAN YOU NEGOTIATE COMFORT?

I will negotiate my comfort to any length, I can’t do things that will affect me, mentally, socially, physically , financially, emotionally and spiritually… This days alot of people don’t appreciate what you do for them even if it means sacrificing yourself and secondly, you can’t give what you don’t have. So, I must be comfortable to some extent. How can someone drowning safe another person that is also drowning?

WHAT ARE YOUR MOST CHERISHED VALUES OF HUMANITY?

Love, compassion, commitment and dedication.
Caring for people in need and everyone around me.
Believe in helping other people grow. Respect and accepting people for who they are. Being at peace with people that crosses my path, including the ones that try to frustrate me or get on my nerves because life is too short to keep malice and we don’t know what will happen tomorrow, even the Bible says ‘follow peace with all men and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord’s.

“I Just Want To Be Successful And Help Touch Lives” Actress Adekemi Taofeek

We caught up with fast rising star, Adekemi Taofeek recently, she shared her aspirations, opinions about the film industry and more in this brief chat. Read below.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR IN LIFE?

My greatest fear is failure

ASIDE GOD’S GRACE, WHAT ELSE DRIVES YOU?

My mama’s prayer

WHAT ARE THOSE THOUGHTS THAT KEEP YOU AWAKE MOST NIGHTS?

It is personal

LIST FOUR THINGS YOU CAN’T DO WITHOUT DAILY.

I can’t do without praying,talking to bae,cooking,chatting on my phone.

AT WHAT AGE DID YOU MAKE YOUR FIRST MILLION AND WHAT WAS THE INVESTMENT?

I cant really remember the age but I was in the university then and I invested the money on business.

WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS IN YOUR FIELD OF WORK?

I just want to be successful with a lot of endorsement and help touch lives in my own little way and also, having a foundation

IF YOU HAD A CHANCE TO REWRITE YOUR DESTINY, WHAT WILL BE YOUR SUBTRACTION AND ADDITION?

Let me talk to God about that.

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE CURRENT STATE OF FILMMAKING IN NIGERIA?

We are growing and it is getting better,trust me it’s better than few years ago With God by our side we will get there.

WHAT ARE YOUR MOST CHERISHED VALUES OF HUMANITY?

Respect life,determination,honest and self discipline.

“I Made My First Million At The Age of 17” Actress Yetunde Alade

Yetunde Alade is a Nollywood filmmaker who has had numerous productions to her credit, she shares her thoughts about the industry and more in this interview. Read below.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR IN LIFE?

My greatest fear in life is when I lost my father because I didn’t believe such can happen then.

ASIDE GOD’S GRACE, WHAT ELSE DRIVES YOU?

It is only God’s grace that drive me

WHAT ARE THOSE THOUGHTS THAT KEEP YOU AWAKE MOST NIGHTS?

When I remember my father I will wake up and think because he is my everything.

LIST FOUR THINGS YOU CAN’T DO WITHOUT DAILY

I can’t do without praying , talking to my mummy, reading novels and attending to my customers everyday.

AT WHAT AGE DID YOU MAKE YOUR FIRST MILLION AND WHAT WAS THE INVESTMENT?

I made my first million at the age of 17, I fixed my money in the bank and brought shares.

WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS IN YOUR FIELD OF WORK?

I aspire to be a great artist.

IF YOU HAD A CHANCE TO REWRITE YOUR DESTINY, WHAT WILL BE YOUR SUBTRACTION AND ADDITION?

No subtraction but addition is about the kind of woman I am growing to be.

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE CURRENT STATE OF FILMMAKING IN NIGERIA?

Government is not investing in filmmaking as such, we can do better like all this India movies if government can help.

TO WHAT EXTENT CAN YOU NEGOTIATE COMFORT?

Ha…Till the extent that I am satisfied.

WHAT ARE YOUR MOST CHERISHED VALUES OF HUMANITY?

I cherish honesty.

“I Want To Change The Game And Become A Force To Reckon With” Actress Bimbo Adeleke

Beautiful actress, Bimbo Adeleke popularly known as King Bimbo talk fears, motivation, the state of the film industry and more in this exclusive chat.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR IN LIFE?

Fear of the unknown

ASIDE GOD’S GRACE, WHAT ELSE DRIVES YOU?

The adrenaline that comes with winning

WHAT ARE THOSE THOUGHTS THAT KEEP YOU AWAKE MOST NIGHTS?

I sleep like a baby ever night.

LIST FIVE THINGS YOU CAN’T DO WITHOUT DAILY

God, my phone, body care products, Nickelodeon and food.

AT WHAT AGE DID YOU MAKE YOUR FIRST MILLION AND WHAT WAS THE INVESTMENT?

23… It is personal

WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS IN YOUR FIELD OF WORK?

I want to change the game and become a force to reckon with.

IF YOU HAD A CHANCE TO REWRITE YOUR DESTINY, WHAT WILL BE YOUR SUBTRACTION AND ADDITION?

Absolutely nothing, God did a great job.

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE CURRENT STATE OF FILMMAKING IN NIGERIA?

We are getting better by the second, we’re not there yet but I’m positive we’ll get there.

TO WHAT EXTENT CAN YOU NEGOTIATE COMFORT?

I am accommodating but I am my number one priority

WHAT ARE YOUR MOST CHERISHED VALUES OF HUMANITY?

Ability to adjust to situations, ability to pick your own struggle and the fact that your destiny is in your hands.

Ngo To Offer Free Medical Services To 600 Persons In Kogi

Outreach By Stephen Adeleye, Lokoja, Nov. 13, 2018 A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Waves Of Success Foundation (WSF) on Tuesday said it had concluded plans to organise free medical outreach for residents of Kogi State.

Mr Yusuf Okpanachi Ocholi, the Founder of the NGO (www.wsf.com.ng), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Lokoja, that the aim was to provide free medical services for the less privileged in the selected areas.

Okpanachi added that the free medical outreach would be carried out at Adankolo community in Lokoja, and at ‘Our Lady of Schools’ in Anyigba on November 15 and 16, 2018, respectively.

“We are targetting 600 persons for free medical treatment in both Lokoja and Anyigba, to help the poor who cannot pay for their medical bill by treating them free of charge.

“We are creating a platform to reach out to the masses to see how we can alleviate their sufferings particularly the poor people in the society.

“We choose to offer medical services because everybody knows that there can be no success without health, which is the foundation of wealth.

“So, we want to start with foundation to ensure that people are healthy enough to stand in the way of success and be taken off the streets.

“Various kind of ailments will be diagnosed and treated, such as: hypertension, diabetes, malaria, athritis, pneumonia, ulcer, free eye testing, free eye glasses, free drugs, mass deworming of children, among others,” Okpanachi said.

He, therefore, urged the people of Kogi to take advantage of the outreach and come out en masse to access the free medical treatment.

Okpanachi, a businessman and philantropist, said that WSF had donated sewing machines, motorcycles to youths, and helped some widows to pay their children’s school fees.

According to him, the target beneficiaries of their programmes are vulnerable widows, women and youths such as empowerment, education, sports, talents, social funds, students and artisans’ grants, etc..

Okpanachi, however, called on well meaning Nigerians, groups, individuals and corporate organisations, who have the same mindset of taking people off the streets, to partner with them in helping the poor.

“Let us come together and see how we can impact lives and make the society better, because government alone cannot do it,” Okpanachi advised.

Outblown ( Tale of An African Sojourner) – O. Boluwatife

Like a wandering and lost soul in search of peace and many unclear answers, I sat dangerously on the railway track, I drifted off to the thousands of questions going on in this world of struggle, lamenting silently about the pains that consume Africans like a child drenched in blood at birth.

We all have different problems, but the mystery is that our differences are pointing to one direction. How can we gain independence from this dungeon ? This question is what most people ask themselves.

When you ask someone, they may feed you with the usual “We are in this together, we are going no where.” Some would even say “I’m as clueless as you are.” There are thousands of questions that the world births everyday, as the hustle and bustle moves, as man sweats, machine grinds, we seek answers but a few is shortcoming.

The religious leaders clamors “Prayer is the key.” Fasting and prayers all day long but you are still not filled enough? Prayer is still the key.

The Educationists argues “Education is the key.” But, is it really the key? After kindergarten, basic and tertiary education, we still have millions of graduates without job. When would this key open doors?

Motivational speakers say “Determination is the key.” Even, some of this motivational speakers are graduates without job which turn them into public speakers. Do we say they lie to the rest?

Realists counsel that you “Face it, struggle with it, have hope that one day you will gradually get out of it.”

A Yoruba Adage says “O kan kan laa yo ese ninu eeku ” ( One after the other, man remove his legs from palm oil farm.)

According to an English proverb ” Rome wasn’t built in a day.” With struggle, education, prayers, and determination, success will surely come. But,
don’t mix success with freedom, there is a difference between being successful and being free. Being successful means accomplishing everything you want. Freedom is exemption and rebirth from that dungeon.

We will be free one day, someday.

O. Boluwatife Khadijah.

DIARY OF A LAGOS HOUSEWIFE (EPISODE 1) by MOTILOLA ADEKUNLE.

“I saw my neighbor, I saw her more than once, where she is headed, I don’t know yet.”

Lagos, the dream city of any girl born in a small town, I am what you will call an uptown girl born and raised in Akure,capital city of Ondo state, very peaceful and very quiet, a community where even your neighbor could discipline your child on your behalf and get a thank you from your parents. In other words, it was a town that had the communal spirit .

Akure was one town where it truly took a village to raise a child, do i miss those days? I honestly don’t know, some days are good and some days are just outrightly boring, but looking out my window, here in Lagos in our very quiet GRA, I remember and quietly reflect on how far i have strayed from home, how things that used to sound ridiculous in our Akure have somehow become the norms in the big city. Did I ever dream of living in Lagos? I can’t remember but even if I did, that is not the subject of this episode.

I SAW MY NEIGHBOR, I am not kidding, I really did see my neighbor. Let me start by telling you what my daily routine tastes like, I wake up at 4am to cook, my husband isn’t really big on breakfast but the kids still need their lunch packed and I like my family to wake up to the smell of clean air and freshly cooked food in the morning, maybe some air fresheners too so I get up early to put all those things in place. Afterall a perfect aroma sets the pace for a great and happy day. So, I’m the early riser, after school runs and the morning rush is over, I love to catch up on the sleep I lost before it is lunch time, I laid on the couch, hoping to keep flipping through channels and resting while I fall asleep, the combination of unknown voices, the humming of the fan and the gentle song the AC whistles make the perfect way to fall asleep, just when i was about dozing off, I heard it, it first sounded like it was coming from the TV, I looked but it was a comedy show that was on, I moved up a little and heard someone sobbing, I heard it loud and clear. Someone was crying and it was close by, I opened the door and there she was on the staircase, I saw my neighbor in her night clothes just sitting there, the door had startled her so she wiped her tears and managed a smile but yes I cant miss it, I know that face, the face and eyes of a crying woman are all too familiar to me, she turned around and looked at me, managing unconvincingly to smile through the tears, her eyes still wet as mist, we stood there for thirty seconds, no one moved a muscle, then she went back downstairs, I watched her leave yes I SAW MY NEIGHBOR AND SHE SAW ME, YES SHE DID.

That night when hubby came home after a long day, something told me to tell him what I saw but I dismissed it and I told myself, “housewives are known aprokos, dont fit the stereotype, break it, be the housewife that minds her business, make your husband proud.” I held him from behind and he smiles as he mumbled ” you missed me right?” I responded faintly “you know I do.” He turned to face me and as if it was on cue, his towel dropped and I have a very unbendable rule of engagement, “eye wey see must chop” So, he already knew that was an invitation to treat. Of course, I stepped up to the plate and addressed the matter in details, after having my fill, it was his turn and we came back to earth. There came a knock on the door, it was my six year old “mummy I want more” as he continued banging on the poor door, I yelled “I am coming.”

Realizing the irony of the situation my husband and I laughed out really loud. “Mummy are you laughing at me” she said. “No honey, your daddy did something funny” she shrugged “he is a clown, I know.” I opened the door, walked to the kitchen to give my baby more porridge while a party inside me is thanking my God for the happy day and happy ending I just had. As I stepped into the kitchen and gave her the food, I saw a shadow move swiftly behind my window, I asked my baby “is this enough?” , she replied “yes mummy thank you, you are the best.” “you are welcome” I said, she moved to the dinning while I waited a bit before I checked out the shadow.

I opened the door quietly this time and there she was again, this time on the phone just listening, tears running freely from her eyes, she was still, she didnt move as she was transfixed like a statue. Again, I saw my neighbor but this time around, she didnt see me. I felt the urge to reach out and ask her “hey whats going on? are you okay?” but the spirit came over me ” you might be a housewife but you are not an amebo, is that where your husband put you? go and mind your business and face your happy life.” Quietly, I turned around as the helpless figure found a balance behind me and broke into a run, she ran into her house like a car with brake failure, I thought to myself, her food must be burning as I closed my door to resume my family business.

It was bedtime, I tucked the kids in and went to our room, hubby was already dozing, i turned off the lights, got into bed and snuggled close to him. he held me as he beckoned in a low tone “are you okay baby?” Nervously, I responded ” I am great baby, I have you and the kids. That is all i ever wanted’ he nodded “good and I love you.” I added. ‘I love you too.” He said. Something told me to share with him the things I had seen and observed that day but I just couldn’t, I didnt want to be labelled an Amebo by the man I love, I already wear the lazy housewife label, I dont need anymore stigma especially from the man whose opinion means the world to me. So, I kept quiet as I romanced my inner thoughts into the dark night. My name is Kofoworola Brown and I saw my neighbor more than once… I SAW HER.

…To be continued