Archive for January, 2015

(Politics) Show Us The Certificate and The Tax Receipt Now_@Richard.

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I have been around long enough to know the going ons in my dear country Nigeria. I have been around long enough to know the  hypocritical nature of my fellow country men, particularly the politicians. The events and developments in the country has become a source worry for me and other well meaning Nigerians. Some times I wonder how God still tolerate Nigerian politicians. Nigerian politicians has through their evil way of life made Mr Devil a saint. Infact, if you for any reason are looking for Mr devil any where in the world, please search no further, all you need do is locate any Nigerian politician and your search is over.

Again, I have also come to realise that most Nigerians are hypocrites and liars. Yes, it may sound unpatriotic for a citizen to say this of his own fellow country men, but the events in my country over the weeks has really exposed the kind of unholy country we live in. Truth is, most Nigerians are very religious but very ungodly. Nigerians don’t know God neither do they fear him.

Its only in Nigeria that a thief is made the most important personality in a society. Its only Nigeria that someone will be lying to you and look you straight in the eye, say to you, “look, I know that you know that I am lying to you, but you must agree with me or you die.  Its only in Nigeria that a frontline presidential candidate of one of the leading political parties can not present a common school leaving certificate as demanded by the law of the land, and professors, SANs, PHD holders, and the rest will be speaking some criminal and hypocritical grammar that education is not neccessary so long as you have the passion to lead the country. If I may ask, who doesn’t have the desire and passion to rule the country? If education is not important, why bother send your children to school? How many of these hypocritical elements will employ an uneducated or a certificateless individuals inot their organisations ?Its only in Nigeria that a frontline guber candidate of one of the country’s leading political parties has not paid tax for over four years and nobody is doing anything about it. Ever wondered why the country in a total mess? Idiots, robbers, fools, and criminals has been ruling the country right from the inception.

If I may ask, how many of these political criminals pay electricity bills, PSP bills, and other bills that the poor pay? I think this is the right time the Nigerian youth demand from our politicians and elites their certificates, tax receipts, electricity receipts, PSP receipts and other receipts.

Buhari, where is your certificate?  Agbaje, Where is your tax receipt?

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(Entertainment) My First Payment Was N300 – Ogogo

ogoAccording to http://www.punchng.com , top Yoruba actor, Taiwo Hassan, popularly known as Ogogo has revealed that his first payment in the movie indusrty was N300. He stressed about his career, marriage and why he ventured into music.

Do you feel accomplished as an actor?

Yes, I feel fulfilled and I thank Almighty Allah for his mercies and goodness. As far as I am not dead, I am still working to be better at everything I do. So far so good, I give thanks to God.

Why did you leave your job in the civil service for acting?

I retired. I really love the acting profession and I have been doing it for a long time. I began acting even before I started working for the water corporation. I began acting in 1981 shortly after I got a job at the water corporation as an auto-mechanic. I worked at the water corporation for about 13 years before I decided to face my acting career. That was in 1994. I am sure not many people believe that I trained as a mechanic.

How were you able to combine your civil service job with your acting career?

I always made sure that any production I partook in was on a weekend or during my annual leave.

What was your ambition as a child?

To be honest, all I knew was that I wanted to be someone great in life. I never knew that I would be involved in the entertainment industry while growing. I just admired the glitz and glamour. I think my love for entertainment can be traced to the fact that I come from a family that is deeply rooted in the Yoruba culture and tradition. We are masqueraders and I know how to praise people and chant very well. When I started acting, producers loved giving me the role of a traditional chanter because they knew I could chant ‘ewi’ and ‘oriki’ very well.

Since you began acting in 1981, has there been any time you felt like quitting?

Never. Such thought has never crossed my mind.

So you never had a challenging moment?

Of course, there were challenging moments but they were not enough reason for me to quit. Things are better now because back then, we did not get any financial gain from our profession. The people that enjoyed being actors were those whose parents were rich enough to sponsor their projects. Back then, if you were unable to produce a movie, it was difficult to become a success in the industry because you would always rely on stage plays to survive. When I produced my first movie, some people were shooting theirs for less than N20,000 but because I knew what I wanted, I aimed higher. I knew what it meant to produce a quality movie and I spent over N70,000 on my project. The Wicked Boy was my first movie and I shot it in 1993 in two parts. It was a big success and it sold very well. I produced a movie that I was paid a royalty of over N2m in the 90s. Now pirates have messed everything up for us.

How much were you paid for the first movie you ever featured in?

During that period, we could not charge. We were satisfied that we featured in movies. We were just doing solidarity jobs for ourselves. Gradually, we started charging and the highest we were paid then was N300. We suffered a lot before the industry became what it is today. There was a time a man called me for a job; he wanted me to chant in his movie. When he saw me, he did not believe I was an actor because of the corporate way I dressed. Then I was still a mechanic with the Lagos State Water Corporation but you would not know. When he asked me to name my price, I said N600 for starters but he could not meet up. He said that the lead character was charging about N400. I declined the job. In 1994, the highest paid actor charged about N1,500. I was paid N1,200 in 1991 for Omo Yoruba, that was the very first movie that I was paid big money.

How did you feel when you were paid such a huge amount compared to what your contemporaries were earning?

I did not see it as a big deal because I was already working; although it was a huge sum in the 90s. At that time, you could not finish N2 in any restaurant except you were a glutton because naira had value then. From the location that I collected N1,200, I went to Ado-Ekiti where Fadeyi Oloro was shooting his movie and he paid me about N850. Within a week, I could make as much as N2,000. Don’t forget that I was earning salary as a civil servant. So, I lived like a king.

It is a popular belief that you are a womaniser because women flock around you

I am not a womaniser, I just believe that people surround me because of the love God has for me. It also depends on how you present yourself to people. I believe in self control because if you have sex with every woman that comes your way, then your life is in danger. If I indulge in such acts, I will not look as radiant as I am at my age. Most likely I might have contracted various diseases. If I were a womaniser, I would have thought I contracted a sexually transmitted disease during the time I was critically ill.

When you fell very ill, it was rumoured that you peddled cocaine and it got burst in your belly

I do not even know what cocaine looks like. Of course, I heard the rumour but an official of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency once told me that no one survives it when cocaine bursts in the belly. It is normal for people to peddle rumours against a popular person. Some people are image makers while others are image breakers. While I was ill, a journalist very close to me published that I had AIDS. When I became healthy, he began to dodge me. When we eventually met, I told everyone present to thank him for me because without his write-up, even though it was false, no one would have known that I was very ill and I could have died.

When you were very sick, did it ever occur to you that you might die?

Of course, it was only natural for one to have such thoughts at that period. I began to have the feeling that I might lose my life after I had sought for help at several places but found none. I spent a lot of money while taking care of myself.

What lessons did you learn from your illness?

I learnt that it is not everybody that truly likes you. We have a lot of entertainers in Lagos but only a handful cared enough to check on me when I was ill.

How were you able to regain your stature because you looked very frail when you were ill?

That is the work of God because I did not use any drug to regain my stature. I had chronic ulcer so I had to be eating well; the only thing I could not do was exercise. I am getting over it because ulcer can only be managed and not totally cured.

Did you have ulcer because you hardly ate?

Ulcer is not only about eating well, there was too much acid in my body. I don’t go to parties, neither do I drink alcohol. The day it began, I was fasting. I was at home for seven months without taking anything except pap. I thank God the worst is over.

Why do you always act the role of a saint in movies?

I have acted the part of a wicked person years back. I have done movies where I was a hardened criminal but that was in the past. The truth is that when a producer sees a script, he already has a mental image of who can act the role perfectly well. That is why most times when there is a role for a quiet person, they invite me. When the movie Owoblow was produced, I was not a saint in the movie. I remember I was in the hospital and it was the first time I ever had typhoid in my life. They brought the script to me in the hospital and when they saw that I was ill, they went back to tell Tade Ogidan that I was ill and might not be able to act. He ordered that the movie be postponed till I got well. When I heard that, I asked the doctors to discharge me so I could go and shoot the movie. I promised that I would always report back to the hospital at night for my treatment just to honour Tade Ogidan. After shooting every evening, they always took me to the hospital for my injections before they dropped me at home.

How did you meet your first wife?

We were in the same theatre group and I admired her a lot. I saw her and I was interested in her. I told her that I would like to marry her and she agreed. I later married another wife but I believe everything in life has to do with destiny. I vowed that I would not have a second wife because I never fancied polygamy but it happened and I believe it was for a reason. It is God’s doing.

When you told her you wanted to marry another wife, how did she react to the news?

She felt bad and I begged her. May God give us a good wife; if I had money I could have bought a hummer jeep to beg my wife but I am not that rich. I made her understand how it happened and that regardless, it would not change anything between us. I begged her to please accept it as our destiny and I appreciate her for her understanding.

But some women will either pack out of the house or make it unbearable for the man. Did such a thing happen to you?

Not at all, she did not do any of that. I asked my younger brother and two of my sisters to help me beg her. When they begged her, she said she believed that it is destiny.

What is the atmosphere in your house?

One thing I like about my first wife is that she encourages me to help people, especially my family members. She always makes sure I satisfy them if they need my help. When my mother was alive, she took good care of her. God is the only one that can forgive us our sins and I pray that he forgives me. I also pray my wife forgives me.

How did you venture into music?

It has always been a part of my family heritage. I released an album titled Appreciation in 2009. I did it in America and I found out that it was well accepted, so I came to Nigeria to do the same thing but the marketer ran away with my N2m. After a while, I decided to produce another album and I am grateful to my fans because the feedback has been great. The acceptance of the first album encouraged me to do another album. I did not make money from the first album but I was happy with the feedback that I got.

Not many people believe you have delved into music…

It is not really music, it is chanting, praising people in the cultural way through what we Yoruba call oriki. It is infused with music to make it melodious.

Do you have plans to quit acting to pursue a career as a musician?

No, I am not going to do that. They both involve entertaining people and that is what I am all about. I can never leave the entertainment industry.

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(News) Malaika Pockets N50 Million Singing For Buhari, Ambode, Faleke @tj_shetade

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Fuji Music Star, Alhaji Sulaimon Alao ‘Malaika’ Adekunle has pocketed N50 million to  record inspiration songs for All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, RT Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and Pastor Osinbajo as Vice President.

The songs aimed at motivating and influencing Lagosians to vote for the presidential candidate of the party in mass.

“Majority of my fans are APC. I have to support them. And presidential candidate of this party is the only man whom I have faith in to lead this country to the promise land. APC candidates are the only politicians that have shown good characters to lead Nigeria to the promise land. This is the reason am committing myself. I support good government on my fans,” he said.

Malaika also recorded songs for Lagos State Governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode in order to emerge the next governor of the state under APC.

Nevertheless, APC House of Representatives candidates representing Ogba,Ikeja and Onigbongbo constituency, Abiodun Faleke also beckoned on the service of the great musician, Malaika to record a jingle for him to inspire masses to vote for him within the constituency.

The songs will the released on social media any moment from now.

(Politics) Awww!, Tinubu Real Leader? Sacrificed Presidential Slot For Buhari @tj_shetade

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A former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Friday said he sacrificed his presidential ambition for the All Progressives Congress candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari.

Tinubu stated this while addressing a crowd of APC supporters at the party’s presidential rally in Lagos.

He said Nigeria was facing an economic crisis and an internal war and needed a person with Buhari’s experience because of the General’s reputation of anti-corruption and military warfare.

Tinubu said, “People define patriotism as putting the country first but this is what the ‘Poverty Development Party’ refuses to understand. We chose Buhari not because Bola Tinubu is not interested in the Presidency. I am capable, competent, qualified, younger and richer but there comes a time that people must make sacrifices for their nation.

“I prayed that Nigeria would get better and we would not need a man like him (Buhari). But today, we are in a great crisis; we face a lot of challenges. When South Africa was in a great dilemma and was about to disintegrate, they called Nelson Mandela of 74 years old.

“He used his wisdom to save his country. When the United States was in economic depression, they called 73-year-old Ronald Reagan because he was frugal and incorruptible.

“When America was faced with depression and war, they called a retired General, Dwight Eisenhower, to rescue the country and the country was returned on a path of success. “When France was faced with war and economic depression, they called a retired General, Charles De Gaul, to rescue the country.

Tinubu added that whether Buhari presented a certificate or not, he was still qualified to rule the country.

“So what do we need now? Buhari. This is the time for us. General Buhari, whether you are qualified or not qualified, we are calling you to come and rescue us in Nigeria,” he said.

Also speaking at the rally, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said President Goodluck Jonathan had done nothing for the people of the state despite the fact that the President got over 1.2 million votes from the state in 2011.

He said every project that the Federal Government was supposed to have assisted Lagos in executing had been frustrated by the Jonathan administration.

He, therefore, asked the people of the state to vote for the APC at all levels.

Buhari, who was the last person to speak at the rally, said the failure of the PDP-led Federal Government was unprecedented in the history of Nigeria.

Buhari said, “We all know what we have gone through in the past 16 years under the PDP. The APC has identified three core problems that must be tackled immediately. First is insecurity, two is the destruction of the economy and three is corruption.

“But whatever we have to do, we will have to secure Nigeria first. What is happening in the North-East where hundreds of people are being killed is unacceptable. We known that the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Army are capable of bringing peace and stability into the country but they just need good leadership.”

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(Sports) You Will Suffer The Rest Of Your Career, Cani Tells Neymar @Richard

Neymar Is Unveiled At Camp Nou As New Barcelona Signing

Atletico Madrid midfielder has blasted FC Barcelona star player, Neymar Jr following what transpired between the Catalonian clubs player and Atletico’s Gabi which resulted in the sending off of Gabi in the game.

Neymar‘s style of play will cause him problems for the entirety of his career”, according to Atletico Madrid midfielder Cani.

Neymar scored twice in an ill-tempered affair at the Vicente Calderon as Barcelona won 3-2 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate to reach the Copa del Rey semi-finals.

Atletico captain Gabi branded the Brazilian “irritating” after the match, claiming the 22-year-old attempts to wind up his opponents throughout games.

And Cani has now fired a warning to the former Santos star, telling reporters on Wednesday: “He’ll have problems for his whole career. Neymar has a style of play. One day he’ll have a problem as he did today, but if he likes it…

“That’s the way he plays.”

Cani also says Gabi remains at a loss to explain why he was issued a red card following his appeals for a penalty against Jordi Alba.

“Gabi says he only said it was a penalty and a red card, that he didn’t say anything else and was sent off,” said the 33-year-old.

Cani made his first appearance for the Spanish champions against Barca following his loan switch from Villarreal and admits he has mixed feelings following the game.

“It was a bit bittersweet,” he added. “I would have liked to win and reach the next round, but you can’t choose that. I had to try to go out there and do the best I could.”

(Sports) You Will Suffer The Rest Of Your Career, Cani Tells Neymar_Richard

Atletico Madrid midfielder has blasted FC Barcelona star player, Neymar Jr following what transpired between the Catalonian clubs player and Atletico’s Gabi which resulted in the sending off of Gabi in the game.

Neymar‘s style of play will cause him problems for the entirety of his career”, according to Atletico Madrid midfielder Cani.

Neymar scored twice in an ill-tempered affair at the Vicente Calderon as Barcelona won 3-2 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate to reach the Copa del Rey semi-finals.

Atletico captain Gabi branded the Brazilian “irritating” after the match, claiming the 22-year-old attempts to wind up his opponents throughout games.

And Cani has now fired a warning to the former Santos star, telling reporters on Wednesday: “He’ll have problems for his whole career. Neymar has a style of play. One day he’ll have a problem as he did today, but if he likes it…

“That’s the way he plays.”

Cani also says Gabi remains at a loss to explain why he was issued a red card following his appeals for a penalty against Jordi Alba.

“Gabi says he only said it was a penalty and a red card, that he didn’t say anything else and was sent off,” said the 33-year-old.

Cani made his first appearance for the Spanish champions against Barca following his loan switch from Villarreal and admits he has mixed feelings following the game.

“It was a bit bittersweet,” he added. “I would have liked to win and reach the next round, but you can’t choose that. I had to try to go out there and do the best I could.”

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