Saturday, January 14
Yoruba charming Nollywood actor, Kunle Remi, has recounted his ordeal in the hands of an over excited fan who accidentally stabbed him with a broken glass at a friend's party.
The screen star who took to his Instagram page and revealed how was lucky to have survived a weird ordeal from the hands of a fan that could have killed him late last year, wrote;
"The Year 2016 was so much and more.. Let me start with the month of November 2016 which was one of the most challenging times of my life.
"My mind was open to so many things, I had more insight about my self, my Industry, life and the people in it. I learned a lot.
"On the 7th of November 2016 I had an accident. On my way from work I decided to stop to celebrate a friends birthday. I Didn't have intentions to stay for so long, I just wanted to breeze in and out (Well that was my plan)... then I bumped into this excited Fan" (well I was energetic too as usual) and while we were greeting each other "the Accident" happened...he was carrying a glass which somehow broke, tearing into my flesh, leaving my arm bleeding profusely and me,fading out gradually, unconscious on getting to the hospital. I blacked out. That's all I remember.
"Did I mention that at this point, I was juggling between 3 jobs?? Well I am mentioning now... I had three projects that were originally not supposed to be shot at the same time but because some had shifted schedule all up in my face, without consulting me, I found myself in a situation where I had 24hrs a day and 3 projects to Honour.
"PS : In restrospect, maybe I should have pulled out quickly when dates started changing and closing up on me. But in truth, I cared about all 3 projects, my heart was in them, I had already committed myself, and they were originally never planned for the same months. Now I am not the one to do 3 or 2 jobs at once.
"It's not my preference but this is not a peculiar situation, in my industry. Because actors are freelancers, a production would lock an actor down by having them on an 'exclusive' or 'first-call' contract...meaning that if you happen to have other jobs at the time, theirs would take priority etc....ok...enough of that.
"Back to the story.... 1.** 2 of projects moved their dates from march to April. Then to September again.. and then finally to October.
"I got their schedules and made it work so I don't have trouble... luckily, they were to shoot one after the other. Not at the same time. But again they moved schedule and scattered my own personal schedule.
"The third job was to start at the End of the month, but they too changed their schedule by starting earlier than the proposed date without informing me. (it wasn't funny then) PLAY:- I woke up in the hospital after passing out from bleeding and getting stitches... paid some bills I Hadn't anticipated, then had to rush home to shower and then rush to work... with my hands swollen, drugged up and in so much pain (professional actor abi?).
"So there I was; 3 jobs, 1 injury, clashed schedule, dozens of antibiotics, typhoid fever, sleepless nights and burning money on Uber ( they should make me an ambassador)... But what really got to me was HOW some people I work with reacted to my injury. There are some who thought my injury was a lie. That my bandage was covering up a ghost stab wound and I was making excuses to accommodate my hectic schedule.
"At the end of all this long story I came out with 1 physical scar ,1 emotional Scar and 1 Mental scar and a few lessons on LIFE.
"What I learned? *Time is Everything
*It may be yours, but not on your side
*Time really is Money
* In business/services Nobody really cares. *its never about you or your well being
*Try as u May, Some things you can't control. *Only Time can heal and repair what has been broken.
* Do what you got to do and do it well. Always give your best.
*Sometimes your BEST is not good enough
* Every second counts, be the rhythm to the tick.
* Make sure you are VERY CLEAR in COMMUNICATION.
* it's ok to walk away. To say No. I can't. And not try to be all things to all people.
* Even when things don't seem to be working out, on some deeper level, they ARE
* Learn the Lesson and Move on. * know your GOD. The Source of your strength and wisdom * Be honest, be truthful... if you think no one is watching, think again...GOD is not "NOBODY"
"After this long story, I dedicate this to...To whom it could help."
Nollywood Actress, Ibinabo Fibresima, talks about her prison experience, marriage in Explosive Interview
Ibinabo Fiberesima is a top Nollywood actress who has been in the eye of the storm following her court case over the death of Suraj Giwa, who died in a car accident.
Despite the controversies and outcry that have trailed the sad incident, the actress has managed to remain strong. Fiberesima turned a year older on Friday and to commemorate the occasion, she awarded scholarship to eight indigent students.
In this rare interview with Premium Times, the former model and mother-of-three opens up for the first time about her travails, prison experience, marriage and much more.
PT: Congratulations on your birthday. There have a few discrepancies in your age on the Internet. What’s your true age?
Ibinabo: My official age is 44 years and I was born in 1973.
PT: Why did you decide to award scholarship to eight indigent students?
Ibinabo: To celebrate my birthday this year, I decided to do something different. So my foundation, Ibinabo Care Foundation decided to award scholarships to eight students up to their university level. I will personally follow up and visit the students in school myself. My friend, Monalisa Chinda, was doing the same thing but unknown to her, she was actually paying into a ghost account for four years. I will solely fund this project and I hope to get my colleagues involved in the project as well.
PT: Aside from acting, what else do you do for a living?
Ibinabo: I don’t really act and I just returned to acting. My most recent film is 76 the movie. I also have starred in many yet-to-be released movies. I recently also set up my production outfit, DPT Media, so there is so much to do and I am thankful to God.
PT: As the past Actors Guild of Nigeria president, what are you doing to support ailing veteran actors?
Ibinabo: I am still the AGN President, there has not been an election and we are in court. So, I still remain the president. It’s hard to help the ailing veteran actors because it was easy to reach out to the immediate past president for help but with this government it’s not as easy. It’s not as though they won’t help if we reach out but it’s a longer process.
I always tell our veteran actors to learn to look after themselves. You don’t have to have money to d and that is what I keep telling people. We have so abused ourselves in this industry.
We are workaholics and our lifestyle does not help us. When you are on set, you want to drink all you can, it will mess you up. Actors need to stop for a minute and realize that they have a life like every other human being. Being a celebrity doesn’t t make us supernatural. Once you are over 40, you need to go for medical checkups. In my Facebook post, I spoke about the lumps I found in my breast three times.
PT: Did you accidentally find out?
Ibinabo: Yes I did find out accidentally. They were having a screening at my aunt’s hospital and I walked in and then I just decided to check my breasts casually. I was lucky to have not died that day because of the way the doctor screamed after discovering the lumps and suggested that they took it out immediately. If I weren’t strong I would have collapsed. I couldn’t sleep that night, so I called my dad and went back to Port Harcourt. My dad checked it and they had to get rid of the lumps immediately.
PT: Is your dad a doctor?
Ibinabo: Yes he is a surgeon and the surgery was carried out in his hospital. He was so worried and was looking at the sky while the operation lasted. He didn’t enter the theatre and the result didn’t come out until two weeks and my father couldn’t eat. That’s how afraid everybody was. So, we must look after ourselves, even though sometimes you just wake up and something is upon you.
PT: What major lessons did you learn in your stay in prison?
Ibinabo: I don’t think I learnt a lesson the second time I went to prison. From the first time I went to prison, God told me to slow down, accept life and just know that he is lord and and that’s how it has been. My life has been formed properly. In the past, when people wrote things about me in the papers, I would bother but not any longer. But it rarely happens right now because I am very careful about how I live, I’m very focused and I just give glory to God for who I am today.
PT: You poured out your heart for the first time on Facebook on Friday and you spoke about your marriage. Has your marriage truly packed up?
Ibinabo: I think people should respect what I wrote. I prayed and thank God. I think people should thank God and just let things be.
PT: So, is this a yes or no?
Ibinabo: People should just let things be and just thank God for me that is all. I am alive today and I think it’s a big deal for me that I have been through everything. Did you see the love on the Internet on my birthday? I was crying half the time. I would be reading some people’s message and I would break down. You wont even believe that the wardresses in prison called me to wish me happy birthday, I just broke down in tears. There is just so much love.
PT: Do you see yourself shooting a biopic or writing a memoir anytime soon?
Ibinabo: My story is ongoing, if I write a book it would be so lengthy so lets just keep glorying God and see where he is taking all of us.
PT: How have you been able to reinvent yourself over the years and remain relevant?
Ibinabo: My first son’s father would say, ‘Ibinabo, when you have God, you will always be relevant.’ I didn’t quite understand him but now I do. My son is 19; so over two decades later it makes sense. If you have God in you and trust God you will always be relevant in a good way.
PT: Ibinabo is said to have 5, 6 children…
Ibinabo: People just write all sorts of things on the Internet. I love children so when they claim I have 6 children I accept. I have three biological children- two boys and girl and I adopted more children.
PT: We saw a different side of you in 76 the movie, how did you get into character to play the role?
Ibinabo: Working with Rita and Ramsey you must try and be like them or better. Rita just glows; I love Rita, she’s that actress after my heart.
PT: How do you manage to look this good at 44?
Ibinabo: I don’t know how but they say it is the genes. My paternal grandmother and father’s family, the Majekodunmis are forever young so I think I got their genes.
PT: It’s not difficult to tell that you have succeeded in bringing warring Nollywood actresses together…
Ibinabo: The only reason they don’t talk with each other is because of rivalry and what people say. So I just try to teach them to love themselves and if this other person is doing well give him or her thumbs up because you will do better. There is no need to beef each other, I always implore them to love each other and thank God they listen.
PT: How did you pull through last year after the case was revisited?
Ibinabo: I wont lie I died like a million times, I always say I always try to see the positive in the worst of situations. I just prayed to God, telling him that I was getting back into prison and that he should help get me out.
PT: Were there times you wished you wished death upon yourself?
Ibinabo: The first time I went to prison, I would have committed suicide. But this second time when it was so bad because I had just had the surgery. So nobody knew about it because I try not to put my public life out there and so I was really in a bad state. Some people whom I met the first time in prison were still there. So, I just took it in m stride and I thank God I was brought out. It’s not a nice place.
PT: How about the family of the deceased?
Ibinabo: It’s the grace of God; I’m still begging them for forgiveness. I’m imploring everybody to join me in begging them and to also pray with me. I am not a bad person I’ve done it all. People have said I didn’t beg but I did everything humanly possible being and God bears me witness. I am still begging because someone dear lost his life. I keep saying how sorry I am but it comes across as though I don’t care or I’m arrogant. I would never do that. It breaks my heart when I read some things and people make me look a devil.
PT: If you could change anything what would it be?
Ibinabo: That accident would never happen, that man would be with his family today. Sometimes I break down considering the fact that I was involved in an accident and someone died. So many versions have been told and some say that I rammed into the deceased.
PT: So, what really happened on that day?
Ibinabo: I was blocked by armed robbers so I swerved to avoid running into them and an oncoming vehicle hit my car and that’s its. The two cars collided and that’s the truth of what happened.
PT: What projects do you hope to embark on in the near future?
Ibinabo: I depend on the grace of God and wherever it takes me is where I will.
Via: Premium Times
Pastor Enoch Adeboye
The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, has again given reasons why the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye announced changes in the structure of the church with the emergence of a national overseer in charge of Nigeria, arguing that he has the backing of God, Vanguard reports.
According to Vanguard, the Head of the church’s Media and Public Relations, Pastor Segun Adegbiji revealed that a lot of people have been calling “asking us why he took such decision and that what is our legal department doing, but I want to tell you that Daddy Adeboye doesn’t just act or do something unless he hears from God.
“For him to have taken that step saying this is what he will do, God would have asked him to go ahead and take the step that he took. Immediately after the step, God now started the follow up that we are now seeing because when God wants to do something, He looks for somebody to pick. He is not the President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN or Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria PFN but God has decided to use somebody to do something that may become explosive so that this matter can be resolved,” he noted.
Pastor Adegbiji denied reports that Pastor Adeboye had summoned erstwhile CEO of FRC, Mr. Jim Obazee who was a zonal pastor in the mission, for certain infractions, explaining that what he said was that “Daddy told us what one of his ministers did without the details of what transpired.”
According to him, Daddy G.O. is not one given to controversy and will naturally not want to be associated with things that are controversial. He emphasised that Pastor Adeboye remains the General Overseer of the church, while Pastor Joseph Osuolale Obayemi, will be addressed as national overseer in charge of RCCG in Nigeria, stressing that the immediate cause of making the announcement in the case of Nigeria was because of the FRC regulation but the growth in the church has necessitated him to put people in charge of countries.
“At a point in Israel, for example, there was only one parish and the parish pastor there acted as the Overseer of RCCG. We do not use the term ‘general’. If we need anything to do with the president of that country, he is the one that the G.O. will send to the President. There are some places where an RCCG Province covers three countries: like Hong-Kong, Asia, the Pastor-in-charge of that Province will be overseeing three countries hence he is a mini overseer. By the time the work is expanding, each of the countries might now have their overseers,” he explained.
Continuing, Adegbiji explained that in the United Kingdom “we have several regions due to evangelism and the country overseer there is Pastor Agwu Irukwu,” stating that the growth has given rise to the changes.
It appears now that Niyi Johnson, ex-husband to Nollywood actress, Toyin Aimakhu is indeed dating fellow actress, Seyi Edun.
This was made known by their godmother, prophetess Mary Olanbiwoninu, who shared their photos and wrote;
'My favourite couple,if God be for us,who can be against us ?
This was made known by their godmother, prophetess Mary Olanbiwoninu, who shared their photos and wrote;
'My favourite couple,if God be for us,who can be against us ?
The above photo which shows a young lady wearing a rather weird makeup on her face, has ended up causing a stir on social media.
Although the makeup was generally good enough, her eyebrow were exaggeratedly done with careless abandon across her face. The dark lines were, in fact, drawn right into the sides of her head.
The photo which has since gone viral, was reportedly taken at the matriculation ceremony held at the University of Lagos, UNILAG.
Social medial users have since talked about the photo with many people labeling the young woman a novice in the art of making up.
Others however insisted that she perhaps wanted to create a new trend and gain some attention on social media.
What do you think about her makeup?
A lady on social media vows never to cook for a man again after the last one she cooked for saved her number as Afang soup
Men, do you save a lady's number as what she did for you?
Over the years, many have pondered and assumed why the legendary Afro musician married 27 women in just a day. Odega Shawa, in this piece tries explaining why Fela did that.
I just heard someone comment in a rather cordial conversation that Fela is no hero to African values. He didn’t send Femi to school and he married 27 women in one day. And to this guy, who by the way is a musician of the new school, using the two reasons so stated, Fela is no hero and cannot be pointed out to the young to emulate as a role model.
To everyone that did not understand the language Fela spoke with his actions, the language of freedom and happiness, let me make it clear. Nigeria has no socio-cultural hero more prominent than Fela Anikulapo Kuti. What Fela addressed, bravely, with his life and family as example, is education and morality. Fela asked his generation two questions: What is education and what is morality? The answers he got were unsatisfactory to him, so like every intelligent person, he went out of the box for answers that satisfied him.
Let me start with education. Traditional African societies trained children, after careful observation of their inclinations during infancy, in what was referred to as occupation, a skill that is life sustaining and takes a period of tutelage to master. The pupil had his own space to move and grow, and the value of that traditional education is evident in the culture that our ancestors all left behind.
Modern schools lump everybody in one box and brands them, like slaves, as either good or bad. The bad are the F students. The good are the A students. This classification is artificial of course and does not represent the true life prospects of particular students. Schooling is just a monster agent of social chaos. Reality scorns the results of schooling, since in life most ‘successful’ people were F students in school and most ‘unsuccessful’ people were A students at school. There is just a small margin of equilibrium where the system gets it right, but not because the system is any good itself. Just because things have to balance out in any case. Fela recognised this stupidity of formal schooling for what it is and decided to try the way of his ancestors. He didn’t abandon Femi. He trained Femi to play music. And today, Femi, is one of the most globally renowned musicians out of Africa, without the contribution of the University of Lagos.
Then Fela married 27 women at once. Of course no married man today has had sex outside his marriage 27 times. And no unmarried man has had sex 27 times with either prostitutes or his girlfriends. Yeah, right. Let him who has no sin cast the first stone. But what was morality, as far as Fela was concerned? Well, for Fela morality was blunt honesty and sympathy, not hypocrisy and cruelty. He didn’t have to marry any of those women (he was already sleeping with them anyway) but he did. He married them to protect them from society’s scorn, a scorn he already understood because he has had to deal with it. For the women, Fela took them from illegitimacy and placed them under his legitimate name. People normally hide behind their churches and their mosques to indulge in secret sexual affairs. But Fela is not normal that way, just the same way he said he was not a gentleman. Fela had his affairs out in the open – and he made it all legal too.
The problem we have with interpreting Fela’s life as a role model is because he was an alternative thinker – and we are all idiots. At least you are more of that if you still imagine that we cannot teach Fela in Sunday schools.
There is a limit to the level of clarity with which an alternative thinker would choose to do a certain thing for it to become meaningful to everybody. In a world that now has more idiots than people that are ready to use their own brain people like Fela will always be treated shabbily in church and chapel conversations by people who are not even fit to untie the laces of his shoes. But that is the way of life. The guy I argued with told me that St Paul is in heaven and Fela is in hellfire. St Paul told slaves never to aspire to freedom since they would find it in heaven after they die. Fela told the slave master to go shove his chains up his own you-know-what. I don’t know how saints get chosen but if I am a black man with a sensitivity towards enslavement of blacks by whites, especially in America in the 17th century, I don’t know how St Paul is my hero and Fela is my villain. It is just a force of opinion that the same people who accused our ancestors of worshipping wood carvings will not allow me to accuse them back of worshipping wooden crosses. All of a sudden the wooden crosses meant something more than wood, but the wood carvings of the agaba masquerade, by some reason, cannot mean anything more than wood, it cannot be a metaphor for a hidden cosmology just like the cross. Just so some white christian idiot can vilify my ancestors in peace.
Fela understood the world, like our ancestors did, that we are soul spirits just having another human experience. Today we believe we are human beings that can have spiritual experiences.
Fela was ready to live the wisdom he imbibed, out in the opinion, something Pastors Chris Oyakhilome and Chris Okotie should do well to learn from. We are all Christians but we have now allowed our religion to wrap us in a mystery of hypocrisy and double life. Fela didn’t want anything to do with any double life. That is why he married 27 women and if we have any brains left in our heads we should know there is wisdom here to teach our children, and to teach ourselves.
God bless you. And bless that brother that argued with me too. Heaven help us all.
Written by Odega Shawa
Nine adults and three kids died after a bus fell into river today in Odo-Oba River from Oyo/Ogbomoso Road.
According to Pucnch, A source said the passenger bus, which was travelling to Ilorin fell into the river in an attempt to avoid an articulated vehicle that strayed into the path of the bus.
“From the report I had, the bus was travelling to Ilorin and as it approached the slope leading to the small bridge over the river, an articulated truck took over the path of the road and in an effort to avoid collision with it, the bus driver veered off the road and plunged into the river.
“It was difficult pulling the passengers out of the river despite the volunteer rescuers that arrived at the scene early. Twelve people died immediately.”Public Relations Officer of the Oyo State Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed the accident, and said 12 people died and their bodies had been deposited at the Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso.
“The driver of the Mazda bus lost control of the vehicle and plunged into the Odo-Oba River.
“Nine adults and three kids died on the spot and their bodies have been deposited at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital in Ogbomoso. There were three survivors including the driver.
“The police with assistance from local drivers helped pull the bodies and passengers out of the river. The vehicle is still in the river.”Source - Punch
Popular Nigerian photographer, singer and mother, TY Bello clocks 39 today.
The photographer woke up to a special birthday rendition by her close friends who turned up at her residence to celebrate her birthday with her. KFB wishes her a Happy birthday!!!