Hollywood screen diva, Angelina Jolie, has shared the reason behind her romance with former husband Brad Pitt, saying she now spends her time in lockdown focusing on her kids.
The 45-year-old award winning actress finally opened up about her 2016 split with her former husband, in a new interview with British Vogue, explaining it was for the “wellbeing” of her six children.
“I separated for the wellbeing of my family. I continue to focus on their healing,” Jolie told the magazine.
“Some have taken advantage of my silence, and the children see lies about themselves in the media, but I remind them that they know their own truth and their own minds.”
Angelina and her former Beau, Brad divorced back in 2016, and now co-parent their six children.
“In fact, they are six very brave, I don’t have any strong young people.”
“I continue to focus on their healing,” she said.
Angelina also said that she ensures the words “adoption” and “orphanage” are “positive words” in her family.
The ex-power couple mostly referred to as ‘Brangelina’, share sons Maddox, 18, Pax, 16, and Knox Léon, 11, and are also biological parents to daughters Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 16 and Vivienne, 11.
“All adopted children come with a beautiful mystery of a world that is meeting yours,” she explained.
According to Closer Online, Brad made the decision to spend more time in the company of Angelina for the sake of his children.
This has reportedly got in the way with Brad and Jennifer’s friendship, as the former couple were said to be getting closer again.
“Jen feels as though she and Brad were really getting somewhere and now their friendship might be put on the back burner as he turns his focus to Ange and the kids,” a source told the magazine.
Although their relationship had started under some controversial circumstances but they had since evolved to become one of the world’s most popular and high-profile couples.
However shocking the news of their break up was, both of them remained mum about their situation, opting instead to speak through statements or representatives.
The Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Isolo-Ejigbo branch B, Alhaji Bashir Femi Olowu, has revealed how the Nigerian cross-dresser, Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, lied to his father, Alhaji Musibau Okuneye, about his changed identity, saying he told his father that his feminine dressing was to act theatre on social media only.
According to him, his father was still in the dark about the real identity of his son as he (Bobrisky) dressed normal as a man to his father’s birthday held at his residence in Ejigbo last week.
He said the father was not happy about the identity of his son on social media as against the belief by many people that he was supporting him in the act.
Olowu, whose image with that of Bobrisky in a photograph taken at his father’s birthday has gone viral on social media, said he has also tried to convince Bobrisky to amend his way and desist from the act but seemed not to see anything wrong in what he is doing.
“He didn’t seem to be convinced but he continues to present false identity to his father and that was why he came to his father’s birthday dressed normal as a man.”
The branch NURTW chairman, who told daily post that he attended the birthday party just to present his gift to the father whom he described as a good man, said Alhaji Musibau Okuneye is a responsible father who has been residing in Ejigbo for more than 25 years.
He said: “Alhaji Okuneye, the father of Idris Okuneye (Bobrisky) has been a good and responsible man in the community who has been living here in Ejigbo since 1995. He does not know what his son was doing out there because what the boy told him is that he dressed like a lady on social media because he was an artiste and that the dressing was only for theatre purpose.”
Bobrisky’s appearance at the party of his father’s birthday celebration caused a stir on social media as he was seen dressed like a real man without any makeup or fake identity.
For the first time in so many years, Bobrisky paid his father a visit to his house to celebrate with him on his birthday.
It is insightful to know that Bobrisky did not appear before his father as a woman as he always did but went back to his original self to dressed like a man.
…Draws 4 months’ salary after Retirement
…Holds Executive position in CMO
…Violates Public Service Rules and Code of Conduct.
The Director-General of the Nigeria Copyright Commission(NCC) Mr John Ohireime Asein is allegedly involved in gross abuse of office and conflict of interest as he kept another employment apart from allegedly drawing four(4) months’ salary long after his retirement.
In an investigation by Economic Confidential, the current Director-General of the Copyright Commission allegedly holds the position of the Executive Director of REPRONIG, a Collective Management Organisation(CMO) regulated by the commission, a conflict of interest which clearly violates the Public Service Rules and run counter to the code of conduct for public officers in the fifth schedule of the Nigerian Constitution.
Search further reveals that petitions from different interest groups have fallen on deaf ears, just as the anti-corruption drive of the present administration has been called to question due to insensitivity of those saddled with the responsibility of punishing offenders.
The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, Copyright Commission Unit in a letter dated February 7th 2020 addressed to the Governing board of the commission raised questions and sought clarifications on alleged Violation of section 1 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act regarding conflict of interest by concurrently holding positions of Director General of NCC and Executive Director of REPRONIG and another private organization (Books and Gavel) one of which is a collective management organization-CMO regulated by the NCC and receipt of salaries and earnings from both jobs, receipt of Four(4) Months unearned salaries worth over N2m after retirement from NCC in the Year 2015.
As the Executive Director of REPRONIG, he was responsible for the day to day running of the organization judging from income drawn from the organization either himself or through proxies.
For instance, intensive search by the Economic Confidential indicated that on May 8 and17, 2019, payments were received by Mr John Asein to the tune of N366,000.00 and N377,000.00, respectively.
On June 11, 2019, a payment was made by a proxy, a staff of REPRONIG amounting to N150,000.00, On July 17, 2019 another payment of N359,000.00, July 23, 2019 a payment of N292,000.00 was received by him and July 26th 2019 another N304,000.00 was paid to him. August 9 and 27 2019 payments of N50,000.00 and N100,000 were earned by him from the same REPRONIG.
Furthermore, on September 27th, 2019 there was another payment from the same source to Mr Asein amounting to N334,000.00 and September 30, 2019 came N302,000.00.
In October of the same year the proxy remitted the sum of N765,700.00 to him rounding off the transactions for 2019.
Meanwhile, Mr Asein is alleged to have failed to disclose funding received from French Government development agency (AFD) for audit of CMOs (AFD funding secured by September 2019) and subsequently wrote to the Minister of Finance by letter dated 30th December 2019 to demand N20m for a similar project.
He is also alleged to have failed to implement the resolutions of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Copyright Commission since July 2019 and to seek the approval of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Copyright Commission for transactions exceeding N5m (five million naira).
As a lawyer, Mr Asein must be aware that the rule of 17 (4) of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Lawyers of the Nigerian Bar Association stipulates that “A lawyer shall not accept a proffered employment if the exercise of his independent professional judgment on behalf of a client will be or is likely to be adversely affected by differing interests.”
In the case of Legal Practitioners who are also public servants, this rule is restated in Sections 5 and 6 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act which provide that a public Officer should not put himself in a position where his personal interest conflict with his duties and responsibilities, while Sections 10 and 14 respectively provide that: “A public officer shall not be a member of or belong to or take part in any society the membership of which is incompatible with the functions or dignity of his office.”
Contacted on the development for his response, Mr John Asein appreciated Economic Confidential for reaching out to him stating that he would not respond to allegations currently being handled by the supervising Ministry of Justice adding that all queries in the past has been diligently attended to.
However, competent sources from the supervising Ministry confirmed the inquiry which was also forwarded to the Director-General for his response. According to the source, Mr Asein is yet to respond to the allegations as at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, when contacted the Chairman of the Governing Board of NCC Dr. Tonye Clinton Jaja did not pick his calls nor respond to text messages sent to him on the allegations against the Director-General.
Pastor Foluke Adeboye, wife of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) on Friday paid a condolence visit to the Senior Pastor of Trinity House, Ituah Ighodalo, over the death of his wife, Ibidun.
She shared a picture of the visit on Instagram and prayed for strength for the family to bear the loss.
“My thoughts & prayers are with the families of @pastorituahighodalo & @ibidunni_ighodalo this period. God will continue to strengthen and uphold them in Jesus name,” Adeboye wrote.
Pastor Ighodalo left the RCCG to start his own church following his unpopular decision to marry the late Ibidun after seeing a divorce through.
Ibidun, however, died of suspected cardiac arrest on June 14 in her hotel room in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.
The late former beauty queen was in Port Harcourt to set up a coronavirus isolation centre.
By Michael Orodare
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2017 announced that Nigeria’s creative industry accounted for 2.3 percent, approximately N239 billion, of the nation’s GDP in 2016. This has been re-echoed by Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed at the 61st Tourism conference in Abuja 2019 and the then Minister of State – Industry Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar.
Abubakar, while speaking at a Creative Entrepreneurs Summit in 2019, declared that with the pace the Nigeria creative Industry is growing it has the fastest growth rate in the world. We cannot talk about this exponential growth without pointing to the role the Big Brother Naija show is playing, arguably, the biggest television reality show out of Nigeria and Africa right now.
With rising unemployment and a stuttering economy, the creative industry, which forms a major part of the nation’s informal sector, has continued to come to the rescue of Nigerians, putting foods on tables, promoting people from obscurity to stardom and helping many achieve their dreams.
With the dwindling fortune of white collar jobs, Nigeria’s informal sector accounted for about 65 percent of Nigeria’s 2017 GDP, according to the IMF which also rated Nollywood as the second-biggest employer in Nigeria, engaging over a million persons. It’s evident that over the years millions of Nigerians have been devising ways to help themselves survive through economic hardship without waiting for the government.
The COVID-19 pandemic has further worsened the situation. Across the world, the fear of mass layoff (already happening) coupled with a possible economic recession predicted by experts is shifting focus to the informal sector and the creative industry is expected to be the receiving port for the influx of many young people in search of greener pasture and economic liberation.
Small wonder why millions of youth and brands jostle to associate with the BBNaija show annually. It is well established from previous editions that has produced stars in movie, music and media, that the show is a major contributor to the growth of the creative industry of the most populous black nation in the world.
But how is MultiChoice Nigeria achieving this?
It may look like a mystery, but the show is beyond the 12 people and the host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, himself a past contestant, we see on the screen for 99 days. There is more to the show than the contestants – the crew members, brands, small and medium sized businesses, online vendors and entertainers who visit the house are also huge beneficiaries of the BBNaija show.
At the backstage making the work happen are more than 100 crew members – cameramen, photographers, housekeepers and many others in their hundreds who get paid for making the reality show a true reality.
Ebuka shared a photo in 2019 of about 100 crew members (directly hired) to work behind the scenes to bring the show to viewers. The multiplying effect of this on the economy of a nation cannot be underestimated.
The show made a remarkable move last year when it gave out a Nigerian made car to Mercy Eke, winner of the 2019 edition. This move earned MultiChoice commendation from many Nigerians and it has further promoted the Innoson made vehicle to other parts of Africa.
Before BBNaija 2019, not so many people knew about a smartphone brand called Oppo, it gained exposure that has translated to an increase in patronage and revenue by joining other brands like Bet9ja, Pepsi, Gulder to sponsor weekly games on the show.
The small and medium sized business owners who are contracted as vendors to supply necessities like food, wearables, cosmetics, toiletries to the house during the show have also seen an exponential growth in their businesses by associating with the show. Many of these businesses run online shops, by exposing their brands on the show to over 40 million viewers across Africa, their hitherto small businesses have received a higher degree of patronage from Nigeria and other African countries.
In October 2019, House of Lunettes, a brand that makes eyeglasses announced that it sold out its products a few hours after Tacha Akhide became its brand ambassador. Such is the power BBNaija wields.
Entertainers and DJs who visit the housemates have also enjoyed a high degree of publicity that has further positioned their brands to the consciousness of not just Nigerians, but millions of Africans.
We may not be able to put a figure to the huge impact of BBNaija on the nation’s economy, it is clear that solving the economy puzzle remains a daunting prospect, which the show alone cannot solve, but it is making a giant step in proffering a solution.
Lai Mohammed said in 2019 that “Our (Nigeria’s) greatest strength lies in our creative industry, music and our films. That is one area we have a comparative advantage over many other countries.”
Over the years, MultiChoice through BBNaija has continued to churn out talent taking over the creative scene – Gideon Okeke, Bisola Aiyeola, Ifu Ennada among many other past contestants have made names in Nollywood. Efe Ejeba winner of the 2017 edition went to pursue a career in music and Miracle Igbokwe through his cash prize in the 2018 edition was able to achieve his long term dream of becoming a pilot, though he didn’t stay in the creative industry like other contestants, BBNaija has helped him fulfil his dream, what more can he ask for?
The likes of Tobi Bakre who has featured in movies and soap operas, Mike Edwards a brand ambassador for Nigeria family of Japanese automotive manufacturers, Mitsubishi; and many others are also making good use of the fame the platform brought to register their names in the creative scene.
Over the years, people have expressed cynical opinions about the show, it is not unexpected, what, in fact cannot be ruled out is that viewers have a real emotional attachment to it, contestants, businesses and individuals attached to it are seeing the impact on their bank statements and their brands.
With the dearth of talent harvesting shows and many other reality TV shows that the harsh economy has frustrated to wind up, commendation must be given to MultiChoice Nigeria for weathering the storm and providing a way out of the conundrum to make BBNaija a major contributor to the growth of the creative industry.
The leader of INRI evangelical spiritual church, Primate Ayodele has reacted to the news that the vaccine to Covid-19 has been found in some countries. As he earlier said in April that the vaccine will be found but not soon and will be in July, he still reinstated that the main vaccine won’t be found till July and will be produced by China.
‘Some countries claim to have found Covid-19 vaccine, the really vaccine will be out in July, another one is coming which will be produced by china’
He made this known via a telephone interview with this publication, while making some series of new prophecies he just received from God.
Speaking on President Buhari’s government, he revealed that he sees a secret document being leaked from the government and it is going to cause lot of challenges for him, alerting him that he needs to get active. He also warned him of the cabal, he mentioned that the cabal wants to make him redundant. He also adviced that his service chiefs be changed for the sake of security in the country.
‘’ Buhari isn’t active anymore, if he is not careful, cabal will make him redundant because his government is sitting on the time bomb. IPOB will still cause so many issues. He must change his service chiefs before the government can be stabilized.
Covid 19 is still threatening Aso rock and till government does the right thing, it will still kill more people there, Celebrities are not left out in covid-19 death’’
While talking on the rainy season, he made it known that he sees the rain wrecking lots of havoc than normal, rendering a lot homeless and killing people.
‘’ Rain will do more damage, it will kill some people, Also, fire will wreck havoc in strategic places, even government houses are not exempted’’.
Reacting to the death of former oyo state governor, Primate Ayodele said he still sees Sen. Abiola Ajimobi on danger list and he needs serious prayers to come back alive from what has befallen him.
‘I see Ajimobi on danger list, he needs intense prayers to return alive’
Also, the man of God made some prophecies about some Africa countries which include Burundi, Mali and Cameroun.
‘’Another prominent person will die in Burundi, Covid-19 is not over there.
Mali will remove their president, I am seeing a new president there.
Cameroonian president needs prayer for his health because there will be some challenges’’
It is worthy of being noted that Primate Elijah Ayodele’s prophecy has come to pass on several occasions. Surprisingly, his prophecies always seem impossible but at the end of the day, event happens the way he said it.
One of the situations that confirmed this is the power tussle between Adams Oshimhole and Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki.
This situation that just played out had been predicted by Primate Ayodele as far back as 2017, in one of his annual book of prophecy. He categorically stated that he sees the governor having issues with his second term ambition.
Few months ago, he noted that he sees Oshiomhole easing Obaseki out of Edo state primaries and that if care isn’t taken, Obaseki will chicken out. He also noted that fighting Obaseki isn’t necessary and that if care isn’t taken, Oshiomhole will not see 2023 as APC National chairman.
All event happened exactly as he has put it, at the moment, Primate Ayodele is referred to as one who hears directly from God, due to the accuracy of his prophetic utterances.
He had also predicted few weeks ago that he sees some companies laying off their staffs, he categorically mention Dangote and just as he said, news has it that over 3,000 staffers have been sacked in Dangote’s company.
Also, he said it years back the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu will not be appreciated and not be confirmed as the chairman of the anti-graft agency. Reports making rounds has it that there are serious trouble that might lead to his removal.
Similarly, the protest in United states against racism was predicted by him in 2019, he also made it known then that Donald trump will face challenges with his second term, which is what the USA President is facing now.
The Lagos State Government has urged residents to support the State in curbing the spread of Coronavirus by wearing face masks in public.
This declaration was made by the Executive Assistant to the Governor on New Media and Public Relations, Mr. Olusegun Fafore, at the launch of the #takeresponsibility campaign, urging Lagosians to wear ‘Face Mask’ in the public to protect themselves and others from being infected with the deadly coronavirus.
In this new campaign, residents are expected to show their ‘Mask up Lagos Face’ by clicking a link shared on Instagram and Facebook. The link will automatically take participants to the camera section of their phones or devices, where their pictures are taken and faces are covered with branded Lagos State face mask.
The picture is shared on Instagram or Facebook stories for their online associates to view and participate. The pictures taken symbolize their commitment to the responsibility call by Mr. Governor, asking everyone to live and act responsibly.
Already, some of the nation’s leading social media influencers and celebrities have joined the campaign, lending their voices and platforms to propagation of the #takeresponsibility message because of their belief in its significance to our wellbeing.
Some of the influencers and celebrities on this campaign include Helen Paul, Uti Nwanchukwu, Adunni Ade, Melvin Odua, Mawuli Gavour, Kunle Remi, Anthony Majaro, Charles Inojie, Oluwatobi Essien, Monica Friday, Adejumoke Aderounmu, Ayo Bankole, Bayesegun Oluwatoyin (Woli Arole) and Osundare Damilare (Asiri Comedy).
We would recall that at a media briefing, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had said that “the primary reason for wearing facemask is to ensure that the droplets one secretes are not released into the environment, but rather absorbed by the facemask. Complying with this directive will imply that we care about the wellbeing of others and are determined to protect them from getting infected by whatever may be within us”.
“It is not everyone who has the COVID-19 virus that shows symptoms or falls sick. But secretion by them such as coughing, sneezing and others are certain ways of passing the virus to others, if not guarded by facemasks”, added the Governor.
With this in perspective, the #takeresponsibility campaign is a plea to Lagosians to comply with the Governor’s directive, requesting that we show care in the wellbeing of others and protect them from getting infected with whatever may be with us by wearing our facemasks in the public.
“If everyone in the community wears a facemask, we will be fulfilling our duty of responsibility, which insulates others from secretion that can infect them, or put other citizens at risk through environmental contamination arising from the secretion”, said Fafore, explaining how residents are expected to take responsibility in the State’s impressive fight against COVID-19.
“Face masks, combined with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand-washing, consciousness about eyes, nose and ears touching as well as social distancing, are effective in mitigating respiratory infections”, he stressed.
Over the past two months, the state government has produced and distributed more than three million facemasks to the citizenry. The effort heralded Governor Sanwo-Olu’s announcement that wearing Face Mask at public gatherings has become mandatory in the State.
The Governor’s directive was subsequently promoted as ‘Mask-Up’ Lagos, with advice to Lagosians that the use of stylish and trendy local cotton materials will conserve the use of sophisticated masks, such as the N95 and surgical face masks used by medical personnel. Similarly, a prototype design for facemasks was posted on our social media platforms for your personal tailoring.
For Lagos based businessman and chairman of Persianas Group, owners of the Palms Shopping Mall (Lekki, Ota, Ilorin, Enugu and Ibadan, these are indeed troubling moments.
The billionaire businessman is said to be down with COVID-19. So bad is Amusan’s health condition that family members and friends have resorted to prayers and fasting to ensure he recovers from the deadly diseases
The polo-loving man-about-town is being treated in one of the government- approved Coronavirus health facilities in Lagos.
Those close to Amusan are more worried on account of his age; he celebrated his 60th birthday last year which is not favourably disposed to the disease. Many of the deaths from the virus are suffered by people in their 50s and above especially those who have residual health conditions.
Amusan who is also into real estate, founded the Palms shopping mall, Lekki, Lagos in 2004, a laudable concept of retailing as a leisure destination within Nigeria
He recently acquired the land adjacent the original mall and is embarking on a bold expansion plan for The Palms.
US rapper who has openly declared her love for Nigeria and Nigerians severally revealed that she really wants to come back to Nigeria.
Looks like Nigerians should look forward to having Cardi B in Nigeria again as the music star who visited Nigeria in December 2019 and nicknamed Chioma B declared that she really wants to be back to Nigeria “soo bad”.
I WANNA GO BACK SOOO BAD.