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Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka said a psychiatrist should be called to examine him should he join the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) recently launched by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Soyinka spoke in an interview with BBC Yoruba Service, which began online on Monday. Obasanjo had in a letter written to President Muhammadu Buhari in January, canvassed a new movement that will give Nigeria a new leadership. But Soyinka said: “Me? Obasanjo would establish a group and I will become a member of such group? That means they should get a psychiatrist to examine me,” he said. Soyinka advised Nigerians to be cautious in accepting at face value, Obasanjo’s letter and the statement issued by former military president, Ibrahim Babangida. ‘‘When these Generals begin to write letters there is the possibility that what they have in mind is different from what we have in mind.” However, Soyinka said the content of the message should be examined even though the messengers were not trustworthy. “When these Generals begin to speak, we are supposed to get suspicious and ask what exactly do they have in mind? It is possible that what they have in mind is different from what we have in mind,” he said. “You can look at it from two perspectives, the messenger and the message. The message should be examined closely. We should not look at the misdeeds of the messenger alone. “Let’s start by asking, is he saying the truth or telling lies, or is he being tricky? “If he is saying the truth and talking about things that are beneficial to the masses, we would allow that be. “After that, we would now look at the person speaking, what is in his mind? …even if it’s a little child who is speaking, as far as that child is saying the truth, we won’t ask the child to keep quiet. We won’t ask the child what do you know? “We would listen. It is the same situation with those who have presided over the affairs of this nation without making significant progress. “We have seen their weaknesses, we have seen their nakedness in public, if they now want to be covered, by saying that they have turned a new leaf, we would examine that too. What I am saying in essence is that what they have said should also be examined.” While urging the youth to come together to present a candidate to represent them, he said the older generation would support them if they are serious. “We have a lot of them. It is the turn of the younger ones. If they come together, as we speak, if they can start now and bring out one individual among them, we will work with him.”

Social media was abuuz on Tuesday with Hollywood actress Kerry Washington’s birthday wishes to her Nigerian colleague, Uzo Aduba, in Igbo language. Igbo is one of the three major languages in Nigeria; others are Hausa and Yoruba. The scandal star, who is married to an Igbo man, Nnamdi Asomugha, took to her twitter handle @kerrywashington to send her wishes. American actress Kerry Washington and Hubby, Nigerian-born Nnamdi Asomugha She wrote:”@Uzoaduba, Ncheta Ubochi omumu gi. Ekele diri Chineke.” (Happy Birthday. Glory be to God.) Uzo, who stars in ‘Orange is the new black’, celebrated her 37th birthday on February 10. She replied Washington’s wishes in Igbo, through her twitter handle@Uzoaduba. She wrote:”Heh Nwannem Nwanyi, Ina asu Igbo??!!. Maka odi mma! Nwanne daalu maka ubochi Omumu m.” (My sister, so you speak Igbo? it is well. Thank you for wishing me a happy birthday.) Uzo Aduba The wishes have been trending on twitter with ‘Kerry Washington Igbo’ becoming one of the most searched item on the social platform. Here are some of the reactions: @Gladyss tweeted: “Kerry Washington’s Igbo is getting better than mine…. I have no excuse.” @nothing_dome wrote: “Damn, let’s talk about how @kerrywashington’ s written Igbo has far surpassed my own. SMH. Next thing, her jollof rice will come pass my own.” @Ucheperkins tweeted: “Nnamdi Asomugha has taught Kerry Washington my Igbo dialect. He has done well.” @thecelebrallemon tweeted: “At the top of the list of things making us smile today, (a very long list) is this beautiful Igbo exchange between actresses, @kerrywashington and @uzoaduba.

Renowned gospel singer Prince Gozie Okeke has shared good news on social media of how he woke up from coma after being unconscious for several days due to heart disease. In a post Gozie says: “Glorify the name of the Lord with me for saving my life from heart problem. Been in COMA for days and my Faithful God gave me back a new life. Glory be to his holy name Amen. Rejoice with me God has healed me totally. The joy of the Lord is upon me The singer alongside his now estranged wife Princess Njideka Okeke who joined Nollywood after they separated were known for their hit song ”Akanchawa”

Veteran Nollywood actress, Victoria Inyama might be enmeshed in marital crisis with her now estranged husband and renowned novelist Ben Okri, popular for one of his books ‘The Famished Road’. The mother of 3 wrote a message on facebook that has since gone viral and it is obviously about her marriage and her ”psychotic beast” husband who has refused granting her divorce while allegedly cheating on her

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has visited former President Goodluck Jonathan at his home in Bayelsa State. Jonathan and his wife, Patience, welcomed the elder statesman who was in their home for a private dinner. Earlier before the visit, Obasanjo inaugurated a government specialist hospital in the state and unveiled the Bayelsa Heliport which was renamed after the first military administrator of the defunct Rivers State, Alfred Diete-Spiff. Upon his arrival in Bayelsa, the former president was received by the state governor, Seriake Dickson, in company with some top government officials in the state. Obasanjo, on Friday, commended Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa for embarking on projects that would improve the overall development of the state and the people. Obasanjo gave the commendation while inaugurating newly built Bayelsa Diagnostic Centre. He said the centre was built according to international standard and would assist in improving health care delivery to the people. He added that “20 years ago when I came to Bayelsa for campaign, there was no space to gather people, but today, there is great difference. “Yes, for full development to take place in Bayelsa, there must be accessibility in terms of transportation, communication and health care delivery. “I must tell you, for six hours I am here, I have seen something to convince me that Bayelsa is already in transformation stage. “The health facility here is second to none.” Obasanjo also advised students of Ijaw National Academy, Kaiama, Bayelsa, to take advantage of education, and make themselves leaders of tomorrow. He gave the advice during an interactive session with the students in Kaiama, Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa, on Friday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the former president was in Bayelsa, to commission some projects to mark Governor Seriake Dickson’s six years in office. During the interactive session, the former president said that after food and health, the next was education. Obasanjo, said a leader without vision would not go anywhere, because that is vision that drives a good leader. “The foundation of any human mind is education. A leader who does not give his people quality education, will perish with his people. “The root cause of militancy is lack of education, if you don’t build schools, that means you have to prepare for unstable society. “The only investment that lasts and that does not need repair is education. “My childhood was very rough, I never had the opportunity most of you have now, as students of Ijaw National Academy,’’ he said. Obasanjo in Bayelsa Earlier, Gov. Dickson said the diagnostic centre was part of his promises to the people of Bayelsa. Dickson reiterated his administration’s readiness to continue to work to uplift the healthcare delivery in the state. He said the uncompleted 500-bed hospital initiated by previous administration would be given a face lift in the next fiscal year. “We will complete the project before the end of my tenure,’’ he assured. The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ebitimitulah Etebu, said the centre was capable of taking care of the diagnostic needs of people in the state. He added that “the diagnostic centre would handle screening of blood, radiology and the result transmitted electronically to international partners in America.”

Fast-rising UK-based actress, Oluwajuwon Quadri won big at the maiden edition of City People Movie Awards, which was for her recognition in the movie industry. The event, which held at Balmoral Event Centre, Ikeja in Lagos attracted distinguished personalities, both old and young actors from the movie industry. Organised by a frontline soft-sell journal, City People Magazine, Juwon, who has been in the industry with so much contribution to its growth, carted home the coveted award, as the Best Producer in the Yoruba movie category. The hardworking business woman and movie producer, was in her element to savour the award. She has acted in numerous movies like “Adanwo Nla” and “Igboran” and has produced flicks that include “Fikemi,” “Ewawunmi” and “Etan,” marketed by Okiki Films. Aside Juwon who is the CEO of TGL Logistics, Lizzy Anjonrin, Sotayo of Bella to name a few shone at the annual awards which was attended by veteran actors like Dele Odule, Adebayo Salami, Jide kosoko, Kunle Afolayan, Femi Adebayo, Sukanmi Omobolanle, Gloria and Elvina Ibru, to name a few

Multiple Grammy Award-winning rapper Nelly has been arrested after a woman accused him of raping her in his tour bus. He was arrested on Saturday in Auburn, State of Washington in the northwestern part of US, according to reports. Police in Auburn said a woman called the emergency 911 just before 4:00 am local time (1100 GMT) “to report that she was sexually assaulted by a male, who is known as the rapper ‘Nelly.” After police investigated the incident, “at 4:37 AM Nelly was taken into custody and booked” at the local jail, the police statement read. The alleged assault reportedly took place on the tour bus hours after Nelly had performed at the White River Amphitheater just east of Auburn. A lawyer for Nelly vehemently denied the charges. Nelly — born Cornell Haynes Jr. — “is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation,” his attorney Scott Rosenblum told AFP in a statement. “Our initial investigation clearly establishes this allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness. “I am confident, once this scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges,” he added. According to TMZ, Nelly, whose schedule has him performing Saturday evening with country duo Florida Georgia Line in the city of Ridgefield, a two-hour drive to the south of Auburn, was booked on a charge of second-degree rape. The 42-year-old has received 12 Grammy nominations and won three Grammy awards, including for best rap solo performance in 2003. A native of Austin, Texas, he grew up in St Louis, Missouri. His first three albums, released between 2000 and 2004, were all US number ones. AFP

A contractor, who claimed to have worked for the Living Faith Church, aka Winners Chapel, Lewis Ihama, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, demanding the immediate arrest and prosecution of three pastors of the church. Ihama noted that the Rivers State Police Command had carried out investigation into the matter and found the pastors (names withheld) culpable, but wondered why the persons had yet to be arrested. He claimed that his company handled the building of the worship auditorium of the church at Ozuoba community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, adding that his payment has not been completed. Ihama noted that the pastors, who gave him the contract, had played on him and refused to pay the agreed amount. “The church, when they wanted to build the auditorium, awarded the contract to me and the pastors told me that they had agreed with the church management to pay N120 million. “I have almost completed the work, having concluded the roofing. They have only paid me N49 million and now, they are assaulting and harassing me. They also arrested me unlawfully and are threatening to kill me,” Ihama added. He stated that the police had intervened and concluded investigation into the alleged illegality by the pastors, but expressed worry that the culprits had not been arrested and arraigned in court. Ihama also lamented the delay by the police to charge the matter to court, appealing on the IGP and the State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Zaki, to direct the investigative team to arrest and arraign the clerics. In a copy of the petition obtained by our reporter, Ihama demanded full prosecution of those found guilty of the allegation. Meanwhile, when our correspondent visited the branch of the Winners Chapel, the pastors mentioned in the petition were said to have been transferred out of the place. A senior pastor at the branch, who claimed that the pastors had been transferred, declined to speak on the matter, adding that he was not in the right position to comment..

Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide, David Oyedepo on Friday recounted how he escaped a “potential plane crash” alongside those travelling with him. Oyedepo shared the testimony at the ‘Breakthrough Service’ held at the church’s world headquarters in Ota, Ogun State and broadcast to all the zonal centres of the church in Ota and Lagos. The Bishop told the congregation that the aircraft plunged into crisis mid-air, but “God took control and landed the plane.” He said: “There was a mid-air crisis, there was serious turbulence, but there was no apprehension. Jesus took control. He landed the plane safely. And we were just celebrating the faithfulness of God.” Although he did not disclose where he was going or coming from when the incident happened, a source told us that he might have been returning from U.K.. The Bishop said he would give the details of the incident at a thanksgiving service later on. After sharing the testimony, the bishop led the congregation to sing a thanksgiving chorus.

Late Nollywood actor, Okwey Chukwujeku better known as Bossman, has finally been laid to rest after he passed on September, 2017. The actor’s death came as a shock to many who are fans of the industry as many never believed the story to be true until his burial poster came out. Some Nollywood celebrities were on ground to pay their last respect to the late actor, who died at the age of 27.

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