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Some Nigerians on social media have jumped on the hilarious #Guccybranchcaptionchallenge, named after instagram handler, Guccy Branch, an associate of musicians Zlatan and Naira Marley who were recently arrested by EFCC.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Branch, Zlatan, Naira Marley and two others were arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in connection with an ongoing internet fraudsters investigation.

Branch and Zlatan have since been released.

It was the arrest that drew the attention of Nigerians to his Instagram page @guccy_branch and the funny way he captions his posts.

On his most recent post he wrote, “Liked by rahman Jago xpensive abokiwire abokiwizzy and 78 others insha allah thi yeah god and every body.”

Guccy Branch Photo credit:IG @guccy_branch

Some Nigerians who found his captions hilarious, started posting photos and captions in similar pattern with the hashtag #Guccybranchcaptionchallenge causing the challenge to trend online.

OAP @do2tun wrote on his picture; liked by FixedBet1000 Hookme_up NiaraBet2000 Teethfine BuyyouriTunesCard Iambeggingfor1000Naira CheckMypageForMyComedy FollowMeAndGetMoreFollowers and 5623 unknown others hmmm insha Allah cc: GuccyHeadOffice aka The whole Socket.

@alexunusual_the_amazon wrote on Reality star Alex Unusual’s pic; liked by Bill Gates Naira marley, zlatan ibile, rahman jago, poco lee, abokiwizzy, #teamalex and 78 others. Insha Allah thi yeah god benz and everybody hmmm.

Similarly, in a photo where Guccy Branch is dressed as a ‘Game of Thrones’ character, @idris captioned it, “Liked by Jon Snow, Greyworm, the mountain, the imp, the king slayer, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark and 529 Dothrakis. In sha Allah Dracarys everybody.”

@Seunfummie tweeted, “Liked by Eden Hazard, Chelsea FC, Olamide, Wizkid, Buhari, Otedola, #Dangote And 9.8m others. #GuccyBranchCaptionChallenge.”

@Emizziejay wrote, “Liked by Dangote, Otedola,Zlatan ibile, Naira Marley,Davido, Wizkid,Olamide baddo,Rahman jago,bobrisky,poco lee and 865,420 others “INSHA ALLAH we go buy Benz.”

@Kejifab wrote, “Liked by Bill Gates Aliko Dangote Otedola Tundeednut Davidoofficial and 99k others. #GuccyBranchCaptionChallenge”

NAN reports that Branch, Zlatan and two others were released from custody on Tuesday evening. Naira Marley is however, still detained.

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Femi Fani-Kayode in hilariously ‘war words’ with ‘Church of Satan’

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Abuja, June 10, 2019 Femi Fani-Kayode, former Minister of Aviation had a hilarious banter with The Church of Satan on Twitter which has since gone viral.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Fani-Kayode had mentioned the ‘church’ in a now deleted tweet which they responded to, leading to a Twitter argument.

@ChurchofSatan said, “She has nothing to do with us, please leave us out of this.”

Fani-Kayode responded @RealFFK, “Get thee behind me satan!”

The ‘church’ replied, “That doesn’t actually work. We are right here in front of you telling you that you are making false, unfounded accusations and asking you nicely to please leave us out of this as it has nothing to do with us.”

@RealFFK said, “In Jesus name I bind you and send you to the desert places.The devil is a liar:he was a liar and murderer from the start and the father of lies.

“You claim she is not ur member and u expect me to believe u. Make your list of members public and prove me wrong. Stop disowning ur own!”

The argument has since gone viral on social media and commentators are sharing their thoughts on the conversation.

@Sheeptramp tweeted, “Does Jesus follow you on Twitter? Or are you just showing off?”

@Koolestdude wrote, “Lmao. Nigerians ehn!”

@Shamsasim tweeted, “This is funny.”

@Ayoolapezion said, “What I just like about him is his brilliance. The guy is fantastically brilliant.”

@Momyaurri said, “Hahahahahaha yeah right. People who want their membership to be known will make it known.”

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Bribe allegation against Siasia hilarious — Akanni

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Ex-international, Wahidi Akanni, on Tuesday described the recent allegation against Samson Siasia, that he demanded bribe from a player in order to play him in the national team as hilarious.

Akanni said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

NNN reports that a Nigerian footballer Dickson Nwakaeme, a professional footballer who plays as forward for Pahang FA in Malaysia League alleged that Siasia asked for bribe in order to play at the Beijing 2008.

“Siasia has a penchant for excellence, if you are not good enough, you can’t be on his team. This player in question, was he at any time better than a Mikel Obi or any member.

“Let him come out with proof to his claim, you just don’t come out to discredit an honourable person, Siasia’s record of selecting credible players has made him who he is not just in Nigeria but in Africa,’’ he said.

The former Chairman of Lagos FA told NNN that probably Siasia’s backroom staff could be guilty of such allegations.

“There are dubious people everywhere, they could be using Samson’s name to front, and because they work with him so it will be hard to doubt them.

“People can recommend people, and it’s left for the coach to filter through and decide on who can deliver, a lot of things can happen seriously,’’ he said.

NNN reports that David Alaba, Bayern Munich Star also alleged that he was asked to pay bribe to play in the Golden Eaglet at the South Korea tournament

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Season 4 of hilarious comedy “Professor Johnbull” hits TV screens

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The popular hilarious Nigerian comedy TV series, “Professor Johnbull” is out with season four.

The new season of the rib-cracking and thought-provoking drama series features Nollywood veteran, Kanayo O. Kanayo, who played the main character “Professor Johnbull” and  Pope Odonwodo as ‘Churchill’, “Professor Johnbull’s  son.

Other cast include Yomi Fash-Lanso who acted as Oloniyi the ‘restauranteur’, Ogus Baba, Martins Nebo and Bimbo Akintola featured as ‘Ufoma’ that has a perpetual crush on the erudite professor.

Episode one of the fourth season, which is tagged “Point and Kill“, focuses on the notorious activities of miscreants on Nigeria’s highways.

It treats the menace of mischief makers on highways who pretend to be good Samaritans only to rip commuters of their hard-earned money and valuables.

“Professor Johnbull” drama series which is set in the coal city of Enugu, and is sponsored by Nigerian telecommunications giant, Globacom, makes debut on TV screens across the country on Tuesday, July 19.

The star-studded comic drama series also features Nollywood veterans Mercy Johnson-Okogie, Chiwetalu Agu, Yomi Fash-Lanso and Ime Queen Nwokoye in its episodes.

Others are Bishop Okon, Funky Malam, Bimbo Akintola and Bidemi Kosoko.

Nigerian hip-hop artiste, D’banj also stars in the movie, alongside popular comedians, O.C. Ukeje, Bovi, Mama G and Helen Paul, among others.

It is aired from 8.30p.m to 9p.m on Tuesdays and Fridays on NTA network, NTA International and on Star times.

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Workers’ Day: Oyo NUJ lauds FG, states on minimum wage

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The Oyo State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Friday commended the Federal Government as well as state governments for implementing the new minimum wage.

The council’s Chairman, Alhaji Ademola Babalola, gave the commendation in a statement issued in Ibadan on the occasion of the International Workers’ Day celebration.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nigerian workers had adopted virtual celebration  as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“A year ago, we clamoured for the implementation of new minimum wage and same has been approved for Nigerian workers.

” Kudos to both the federal and state governments,” Babalola said.

The NUJ chairman, however, lamented the meagre salaries being paid to members working in private media establishments.

He added that the salaries of some of these journalists had been slashed by at least 50 percent since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While colleagues in the government-owned media establishments are savouring the little increase in their monthly pay, many of us in the private establishments continue to groan in silence.

“Their meagre salaries have either been slashed by atleast 50 percent since the outbreak of the pandemic about two months ago in Nigeria, or not paid at all for several months by our employers,” he said.

He urged members of the union to think out of the box and embrace other vocations such as agribusiness for survival.

The NUJ chairman said that the union was already in talks to secure CBN soft loans for members to enable them engage in businesses of their choice in order to augment their salaries.

Babalola rejoiced with workers on the celebration, urging them to mark the occasion with their families and keep safe at all times.

“It is a day of mixed feelings devoid of fun and usual hilarious get-together because of the pandemic.

“May God keep and grant us the grace to celebrate many more lofty years ahead,” he said.

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Edited By: Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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FEATURE: April fools: A permissive day for peddling falsehood?

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April fools: A permissive day for peddling falsehood?

, Nigeria News Agency

It was about noon on Apri 1, 2014. A colleague met his friend and obliged to have a visit to a garden in Abuja and discuss some critical professional issues as it was called by one of them who initiated the meeting; conscious of the date.

After a while in the garden, his friend said: “I call you here to inform you that you must not go home today.

“Local hunters in your locality have announced that a lion has strayed into the community you live and every community member is staying indoor. So, call your family members in the community and inform them’’.

His friend believed it because it had happened in his home-town communities previously.

He allowed his friend to place a call through to his wife before he said “April fool’’.

“Isn’t this too expense a joke?”His friend asked.

They laughed it off after all; and they had some bottles of frothing lager.

However, the prank had done the damage of frightening his friend’s family members and others who might have been contacted immediately by the wife, although his friend had to call back and tell them it was April Fools’ day prank.

So it is with the enthusiasts of April fools’ day when pranks and hoaxes such as this is prominent.

It is a day that seems like the god of lying descends on liars to display expertise and even infecting others with the temptation to tell lies for the purpose of the day.

Involving practical jokes and hoaxes, it comes every April 1 somewhat unannounced. This, perhaps, gives reason why the captivated public listens and believes fairytales until they are told it is April fools’ day.

Because the day is not preceded by advocacy for its triviality as it is in the case of Valentine and other observances, enthusiasts of the day take the advantage to lure the unsuspecting public to believing whatever is fabricated to fascinate them.

Expensive pranks, fictitious narratives, flattery and lies, among others, aimed at stimulating hearers’ emotions, have become the order of the day.

The deception involved in the observance of the day which is expected not to last into few hours of the day is purposeful, dwelling on the absurd and unusual events in the society.

In climes such as UK, all pranks and jokes accompanying the day are expected to end at noon andthere are some differences and variations in the observance of the day across the world.

Some segment of the public believe that April fool was preceded by an event in which France changed its calendar to the modern Gregorian version in 16th century by which January 1 is observed as the beginning of a new year instead of the last week of March, being the tradition then.

Some people opposed the new calendar and chose to continue celebrating theirs on the end of the new year on April 1 and those that chose to stick to the old calendar were referred to as fools.

So, on every April 1, the observance is focusing on testing how gullible some segments of the public can be; reacting to fabricated lies just for the fun of it.

Brazil captures the observance of the day succinctly; referring to it as Dia da Mentira –Lie Day — in which people try to fool friends for joke and to create fun.

Irrespective of insignificance of the observance, psychologists note that April fools’ moments can provide good health by creating a relaxed atmosphere to relieve stress through jokes, hoaxes and pranks, among others.

But critics say April fools’ jokes could be nasty, deceitful and misleading and generate confusion and panic, especially when the victims of the jokes take the falsehood or pranks seriously.

They observe that in some cases, people die, get injury and heart attacks, among other development as a result of lies accompanying expensive pranks arising from April fools’ observance.

Mr Wale Olorunda, a resident of Abuja says he nearly had accident in his car when a friend he was travelling with on an April fools’ day announced that someone close to both of them was in coma in a hospital.

He says “the prank creates a lot of panic before I realise it was April fool as announced later by this friend’’.

A resident of Abuja, Miss Paulin Abutu, says “April Fools’ observance is just a creation of an event to expose the capacity of the public in doing exploits in mischief-making and create oddity when the occasion presents the opportunity’’.

A student in a tertiary institution in Abuja, Miss Lilian Ogwuche, believes that April fools’ day is entertaining, engaging and hilarious that should be expected to last longer than noon on the day.

According to her, people should not, however, engage in expensive pranks that can cause panic or create “instant blood pressure for the victims of the pranks’’.(NANFeatures)

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Abacha loots’ repatriation: Of agreements and adherence to international laws

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By Martins Odeh, News Agency of Nigeria 

What appears to be a criminal siphoning of the common patrimony of the nation by the Sani Abacha administration, has eventual turn out to be a

magnificent graft savings.

The gradual repatriation of the Abacha loots is hilariously described as monetary alerts by the late military head of state from the grave.

These recoveries had at variously times been deployed as palliatives and interventions in the economy by successive governments.

President Muhammadu Buhari has not left anyone in doubt as to his firm readiness to build on the successes previous governments had recorded in trying to repatriate the country’s stolen wealth.

The president had in 2016 while attending the Anti-corruption Summit in London, expressed the willingness to activate plethora of legal frameworks and agreements to recover the country’s stolen money starched abroad.

Legal complexities are usually associated with freeing up such funds by host countries.

The Federal Government was taken aback by recent claims that it asked the United States to give 100 million US dollars from loots recovered from late Abacha to Kebbi governor, Atiku Bagudu.

Mr Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, said that the Bagudu family assets in contention, which constituted a distinct cause of action, did not have anything to do with the assets already recovered and being recovered under the Abacha 2014 non-prosecution agreement.

“It is therefore mischievous and pedestrian for anyone to seek to turn the law and the facts on its head on the matter of repatriation, whose terms are clearly spelt out and agreed among the parties.

“ There was no form of agreement to hand over 100 million US dollars out of the latest tranche of the recovered 300 million US dollars Abacha loot to Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu or any third party interest.

“Bagudu was pursuing separate cases in court in the United States and the United Kingdom to assert his right in connection with the Abacha loot,’’ Malami said.

Mrs Juiliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu, the Special Assistant to the President on Justice Sector Reform and International Relations, corroborates the stance of the President and Malami.

She said that the administration was committed to uphold the sanctity of international laws and agreements guiding recoveries of the Abacha loots.

“The ongoing discussion about assets recoveries is that the President made it clear since 2016 when he attended the Anti-Corruption Summit in London, that every wealth and funds that belonged to Nigeria must be recovered.

“ The Attorney -General of the Federation has developed policies that would ensure that every penny that is owed to Nigeria reverts to the country.

“The government has through the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation gone to several countries to trace the country’s assets.

“The government has also gone to court with so many of these countries to recover money for the country,’’ Ibekaku-Nwagwu said.

Beyond the Abacha loots, there are other funds that have been traced to countries like United Arab Emirates (UAE), United States, United Kingdom, Island of Jesse, British Virgin Island and France.

Ibekaku-Nwagwu said that it is important Nigerians understand the intricacies of international law and agreements guiding the effort at recovering the Abacha loots.

She described the recent narrative suggesting that the Buhari-  government was working toward ceding 100 million US dollars to Bagudu as a malicious conjecture capable of hurting the country’s image before the international community.

It is imperative to point out that the issue of Abacha funds recovery started in 1998 when Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, the country’s Head of State issued a decree to that respect.

The decree was meant to recover assets  regardless of the assets’ location, as long as there was a possibility that Nigeria could enter into agreements with countries holding onto the monies.

Ibekaku-Nwagwu said that one of the first agreements the country entered was with Switzerland, where, according to her, Nigeria has recovered more than 750 million US dollars so far.

“This recovery did not happen by accident. It is important to note that in 2000, the international laws were not friendly to countries like Nigeria.

“Why was it so? Those countries did not believe that those funds should be returned, otherwise why did they take the money in the first place?’’

The possibility of recovering most of the country’s stolen funds taken abroad only became certain when the international community started insisting that funds that related to corruption must be returned to the victims’ countries.

In fact, it was only in 2003 that the United Nations ratified the United Nations Convention Against Corruption and made it mandatory for countries to trace assets that were related to corruption and to work with the countries where those funds were criminally taken out to return them.

Ibekaku-Nwagwu said that the country quickly leveraged on the UN convention to pass the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) Law.

She said the ICPC law had since then been used as the legal instrument through which the country could negotiate with other countries on stolen funds’ repatriation.

The special assistant to the president also explained that the sanctioning of the country by the Financial Action Taskforce compelled the passage of legislation on financial crime and money laundering.

“That was what led to the Money Prohibition Act of 2003 and subsequently Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was created to enforce the Money Laundering Prohibition Act.

“And subsequent amendment was critical in order to support recoveries from other countries

“This background is important to understand why President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2003 agreed and consented to sign an agreement to ensure the repatriation of our assets trapped abroad.

“Obasanjo, in coming to office realised that they were so much of Nigeria’s funds outside of the country, while those countries were unwillingly to return those funds without the assistance or approval of citizens who looted the funds.

“This is where the Atiku Bagudu issue came in. When Bagudu was invited, he was living in the United States with his family to the best of our knowledge based on the court documents that we have.

“The US government had expressed interest to arrest him, but the UK government was not in agreement with US action. All these funds as at the time we are talking were held in the UK, Switzerland, Island of Jesse or France and not in US’’, Ibekaku-Nwagwu said.

She further said: “By this time, the Abacha family was trying to negotiate with Nigeria government and so Atiku Bagudu publicly  agreed that he was in custody of parts of Abacha loots and was ready to return it.

“The Bagudu family said they no longer wanted to keep the stolen funds as they did not know where the money came from. The Bagudus said the Abacha family had asked them to invest the money for them.

“The UK government, therefore, requested the US government to release Atiku Bagudu to come to UK in order to commence the process of returning those funds to Nigeria.

“In doing so, the UK government and the Island of Jesse also reached out to the US government and they agreed to work with other countries to ensure these monies were returned to Nigeria in 2003,’’ Ibekaku-Nwagwu explained.

To ensure success of the process, the governments of UK, Island of Jesse, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Nigeria as well as Bagudu met in England to identify all the accounts with a view to aggregating them.

The special assistant to the president said that Bagudu had demanded for a non-prosecution agreement before a final agreement to relinquish the funds could be stuck.

“It was on the basis of this that the agreement was signed. It was also on the basis of this that President Obasanjo approved the agreement for the return of the Abacha loots managed by Bagudu.

“We are aware that because the Bagudu family cooperated at that time, Nigeria recovered more than 163 million US dollars in 2003.

“Subsequently, other funds were repatriated, and so they helped Nigeria to trace all the funds related to programmes that the Abacha family was working on outside the country,’’ she said.

Ibekaku-Nwagwu, in deflating widely held view that the Buhari administration was on the verge of releasing 100 million US dollars of the Abacha loots to the Bagudu family, said it was public knowledge that Bagudu had his separate assets.

“The Bagudu family has their own assets that were separated from the assets that were recovered from late Gen. Abacha.

“The court document and the 2003 agreement showed that paragraph 7.10 of that document clearly set out the assets that belonged to the Atiku Bagudu family and the ones to be repatriated.

“The record shows that what the Bagudu family left in the UK was their blue-holdings investment and therefore, foolhardy for anyone to conjure and construct a fictitious 100 million US dollars approval to be released to Atiku Bagudu.

“Mind you, as at the point the accounts were identified and monies aggregated, there was nothing like 100 million US dollars belonging to the Atiku Bagudu family and there is no such money as at today,’’ she said

The special assistant to the president further explained that the Bagudu family blue holdings assets had yielded interest for approximately17 years, adding that the trust was kept as an investment for the family.

Perhaps, the lack of sufficient information on the details of the Bagudu’s agreement viz a viz the non-prosecution order may have provided the fertile ground for the recent rumour.

Ibekaku-Nwagwu, however, said that the matter took a twist in 2012, when the Federal Government sought the assistance of the United States to recover the Abacha loots.

She explained that the Federal Government rode in error when it included the assets of the Bagudu’s family in the official correspondence to the US.

According to her, subsequent entreaty to the US government to leave the Bagudu’s family out of the probe by the Federal Government in 2014 fell on deaf’s ears as the US Department of State insists of prosecuting the governor.

Aggrieved by Federal Government’s action, Bagudu approached the English Court, claiming damages to the extent that the Nigerian government was trying to breach the 2003 agreement which included non-prosecution of the plaintiff.

The court granted Bagudu’s prayer by awarding the claims for damages in his favour.

“When this government assumed office in 2015, the president, following a request from the US government advised that both countries assess all the documents for better appraisal of the situation.

“As it stands, the US government is not concerned about or prepared to study the 2003 agreement.

“We have therefore told them that the country’s law would not allow the government to revisit or go against the 2003 agreement with jurisdiction in England.

“It would amount to double jeopardy when the government concluded prosecution of someone and then go back to re-try him,’’ she said.

According to her, Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution forbids such an action when a step is taken to issue a non-prosecution agreement.

“The agreement means that the person is free, because the person has given something in return. The Badugu family indeed assisted Nigeria when they free up Abacha loots in their custody,’’ she explained.

The US government seems not to agree with this position and is determined to institute a criminal investigation on the Kebbi governor. They claimed not to be part of the 2003 agreement.

Nonetheless, the Nigeria government, according to the office of the Attorney- General of the Federation, remains resolute and committed to the process that is now legally binding.

Dr Umar Gwandu, Spokesman to the Minister of Justice, restated government’s commitment to the agreement, adding that the US government lacked the jurisdiction on the matter as the issues were already before the English court for determination.

Already the country had again approached the English court over this issue in order not to be in breach of the 2003 agreement.

“There is no money in Nigeria’s custody to hand over to the Bagudu family. As such, every proposal regarding the 2003 agreement is before the court in England for determination,’’ Gwandu said.

Ibekaku-Nwagwu, also said that both Nigeria and US could explore possibility of out of court settlement in order to deflate the palpable legal dispute.

“You can see, President Buhari was not here in 2003, neither was he here in 2012. We have seen several governments come and maintain the 2003 agreement.

“This is about gaining the trust of a citizen that the government entered into agreement with. It is about protecting our citizens as well as protecting the sovereignty of our constitution and international laws,’’ she said.

The Anti-Corruption and Research Based Initiative (ARDI), a non-governmental organisation, in corroborating facts of the matter presented by the Ministry of Justice, said its findings had not controverted what the authorities said.

Dr Denise Aghanya, Executive Secretary of ARDI, described the efforts of the ministry and government in trying to repatriate all stolen funds held abroad as legendary.

The association was responsible for the investigation that led to the retirement of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

“The whistle-blower policy of President Muhammadu Buhari in the administration’s anti-corruption fight gives us the impetus to do what we do.

“We have investigated the claims that the Federal Government was about releasing 100 million US dollars of the Abacha loots to the governor of Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu.

“Our finding shows that it was empty claims, based on rumour mongering and peddling that serves no good.

“The association will continue to track events relating to the transactions with a view to telling citizens the truth and nothing but the truth,’’ Aghanya said.

What Nigerians need in every issue of national importance is sincere briefing about the true position of things. (NANFeatures)

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Actress Toyin Abraham announces sequel to blockbuster movie ‘Alakada Reloaded’

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Ace Nollywood actress and director, Toyin Abraham, has announced plans to release a sequel to her blockbuster hilarious comedy ‘Alakada Reloaded’making it the fourth production in the popular ‘Alakada’ series.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Abraham took to her Instagram page on Thursday to inform fans and industry watchers about the new movie.

According to her, the new sequel “Fate of Alakada: The Party Planner”, will be in cinemas in April 2020, and will feature social media comic star, Broda Shaggi.

NAN reports that previous productions in the acclaimed Alakada series were released  in 2009, 2013 and  the one in 2017, which had a ground-breaking cinema debut and sold-out shows  across Nigeria.

The plot of the popular Alakada series follows the story of Yetunde Animashaun, a young girl from a poor family background.

She engages in making up stories and lying about her financial and social status in order to “fit into with the crowd”.

The star-studded movie parades cast both from the English and Yoruba film genre as well as comic comedians and musical artistes.

Some artistes featured in the Alakada series included Ali Baba, Odunlade Adekola, Kehinde Bankole, Woli Arole, Iyabo Ojo, Nedu OAP and  Helen Paul.

Others are Lilian Esoro, Annie Idibia, Bidemi Kosoko, Liz Da Silva, Lala Akindoju, Toyin Abraham and Gabriel Afolayan, among others.

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Fans hail Teni, Frank Edoho for new ‘Billionaire’ video

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Fans have continued to praise singer Teni Akpata and veteran television host, Frank Edoho for the newly released video for ‘Billionaire’.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the video, which was released on Thursday, quickly garnered positive response as fans described the concept as nostalgic.

Starring cameos from comedian, Broda Shaggi, ‘Billionaire’ video is a parody of defunct hit television show, ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’.

Appearing as ‘Who Wants to Be a Billionaire’ in the video, Edoho returned to host, reining in his legendary hosting skills and the suspense he earned the limelight with.

In the video, Teni sits as a contestant, playing to win one billion while her song plays in the background.

Set in the 90s, the TG Omori-directed flick also featured actress, Tina Mba and a host of extras who played Teni’s support club and cheering as she won.

Since the video’s premiere, fans have taken to social media to commend the return of Edoho to host as parody of his hit show as well as Broda Shaggi’s hilarious take on the winning question.

@Ugbedeojo wrote, “Teni’s ‘Billionaire’ video is so nice. I love the part where Frank Edoho hosted ‘Who Wants to Be a Billionaire.”

@HeroNation tweeted, “The video is my video of the year. Thank you for this song. Great video concept and thanks for bringing back the good old days memories of Frank Edoho.”

@Omotola said, “Mad concept. Broda Shaggi was crazy as usual and thanks for bringing back the boss, Frank Edoho. The best always remains the best.”

@Zinnivibes wrote, “The concept is mad. Using one of our best all time television shows as the setting required a lot of creativity. Nice one.”

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NANBox Office Review: “The Enemy I know’’ unmasks Regina Daniels’ foes

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True to its name, “The Enemy I know”, Nollywood’s blockbuster presents the intrigues, conspiracy and scheming against its lead character, Regina Daniels, who stars as Zara in the movie.

NANBox OfficeReview, x-rays the star-studded thriller, its cast and crew, filming, locations, as well as the story line for the amusement of curious movie enthusiasts and industry watchers.

“The Enemy I know’’ is directed by Ozoemena Nwakile and produced by Rita Daniels, mother of Nollywood fast-rising actress, Regina Daniels.

It features Sola Sobowale, Desmond Elliot, Jide Kosoko, Ken Erics, Tana Adelena, Broda Shaggi and the comic Woli Arole, with singer Naira Marley on cameo appearances in the movie, among others.

Set in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) “The Enemy I know” is a dramatic tale of billionaire Anthony Adewale (Jide Kosoko), who dies under suspicious circumstance, resulting in scramble for his wealth by every member of his family.

From its plots to role interpretation by the characters, sound and cinematography, as well as choice of location, the movie attracts amazing nods but not without some knocks.

Regina Daniels, who plays the lead role of Zara, the heir apparent to Anthony Adewale’s business empire, deserves some accolades for an amazing articulation and interpretation of the role.

The 20-year-old billionaire’s wife perfectly displayed composure, dexterity and brilliance of 25-year-old Zara, who is faced with the challenge of managing the business of her ailing father, amid intruding marriage proposal by her boyfriend, Richard.

Award-winning actor, Ken Erics, dazzles in his lover-boy role as Richard, a very `loyal’ lover, who makes marriage proposals to Zara three times and it is turned down.

Perhaps the most unusual display of affection and strong will by Richard was when he pays for all tickets to a Cinema, just to be alone with his heartthrob, and have “will you marry me” pop up the screen of the Cinema.

Zara, however, dashes his high hope, saying “I am not ready for your marriage proposal, let the relationship be as it is, I am not ready to be a wife or mother”.

Veteran actress Sola Sobowale, appears on top of her game in her role as the ‘known mother’ of Zara, who is the number one ‘Enemy She Knows’.

She actually connives with her ‘lover-boy’ Damian (Desmond Elliot) to kill her husband and thereafter prepared poisoned tea for her daughter, Zara.

Perhaps, Susan (Rita Daniels), the passionate maid and ‘unknown biological mother’ of Zara in the film, is the real heroine for her smartness, patience and sacrifices in exposing the “familiar enemies” to Zara.

A hilarious high point was when Zara slapped Susan , which she regretted later and apologised on discovering that Susan is her real mother.

Jide Kosoko, known for his natural veracity in character interpretation, is outstanding in playing the role of the poisoned Adewale on his sick bed.

The amazing sound and lightning of the film are clear indication that Nollywood films in recent times have evolved to hold their own on the global stage.

In all, the “The Enemy I know’ is a well conceived and well delivered story, and is acclaimed to be viewers’ delight from the stable of Rita Daniels Productions.

However, the movie attracts some knocks as well from the NANBox Office.

Ken Erics (Richard) did not show the expected overt trauma and grief of someone who just lost a loved one, when he is told of Zara’s death.

The reappearance of Zara in the Adewale mansion after her ‘feigned death’  is characterised with ‘lightnings and shaking’ that makes everyone believe she is a ghost, which further raises the common ‘ghost myth’ in some Nollywood movies.

The locations are mostly limited to ‘office- home-and- office’, which is a bit monotonous, without exploring the fantastic gardens, parks and edifices that abound in Abuja, as  choice shooting location for modern filmmakers.

However, “The Enemy I know” is a persuasive and thrilling story of love, betrayal and conspiracy that reasserts the saying that “A man’s enemies are those of his household”.


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