Ogun former governor mourns veteran actor, Faleti,

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

The Ogun state former Governor, Gbenga Daniel, has expressed shock at the passing on of veteran actor, Adebayo Faleti, describing him as a rare gem; an uncommon individual.
Faleti, a renowned custodian of Yoruba culture and foremost playwright who translated Nigeria’s National Anthem into Yoruba, passed on barely 24 hours ago at age 86.
Daniel in a condolence message to the Faleti’s on Monday signed his Media Officer,  Ayo Giwa, said the elder statesman was a man of many parts who equally excelled in his career as a poet, journalists, writer, translator, broadcaster and TV exponent.
According to the former governor, the late octogenarian had always been in the forefront of promoting culture especially Yoruba traditions and values.
He said: “His undying passion for the development and uplift of Yoruba values could only be described in the superlatives. He was a celebrated artist and an astute administrator.
“Late Chief Adebayo’ s death was a great loss to the nation particularly the entire Yorubaland but his life and works will continue to be reference points in our national history,” Daniel added.
According to his Faleti’s son, Adeniyi , the poet and veteran actor, who translated the National Anthem into Yoruba died in his residence yesterday.

Art X Lagos 2017 set to converge Africa’s leading art icons in Lagos

By Ada Dike

From Friday 3rd November to Sunday 5th November 2017, The Civic Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos, will host the second edition of the annual art fair, ART X Lagos.

This was announced by TP-Collective.

It was gathered that some Africa’s most sought-after established and emerging artists, and leading galleries would be there including prestigious galleries such as Art House – The Space (Nigeria), SMO Contemporary (Nigeria), Stevenson Gallery (South Africa), Gallery 1957 (Ghana) and Tafeta (United Kingdom), amongst others.

It would be recalled that the debut edition of ART X Lagos last year, saw 65 artists, drawn from 10 countries in Africa, present works of art across various mediums including painting, sculpture, illustration and photography.

Special projects included live art installations, and performances that combined music with visual art. During its three-day run, over 5,000 visitors attended the art fair, spanning art lovers, enthusiasts, collectors and international observers.

Building on the success of its maiden edition, and continuing with its objective to showcase the best and most innovative contemporary art from the African continent and the diaspora, the presenting galleries have been chosen by a Selection Committee led by Advisory Board members, the renowned Senegalese curator, art critic and cultural consultant, N’Goné Fall and one of Nigeria’s most respected art collectors and leading commercial lawyers, Femi Lijadu,. The 2017 art fair will also feature curated projects, and a talks program, curated by Missla Libsekal, an independent cultural producer and the founder of Another Africa.

According to its organiser, a live art and music performance featuring Africa’s most talented rising artists, as well as interactive projects curated by A Whitespace Creative Agency will proceed the art fair.

Speaking at the announcement of the fair recently, ART X Lagos founder and Director of TP-Collective, Tokini Peterside, said, the fair aimed to promote African art.

Our debut art fair in 2016 was an exciting and exhilarating experience that validated our decision to cr

eate this vital platform for the growth and increased visibility of African artists and galleries. We are incredibly proud of our achievement, which culminated in visits by over 5,000 visitors to the Civic Centre over three days, to see the works of Africa’s most inspiring artists,” he said.

“This would have been impossible without the phenomen

 

al support of the galleries, sponsors and partners, who took a huge leap of faith and committed to support us fr

om ground zero, for which we are most grateful. In just four months’ time, we will be opening the doors to the ART X Lagos art fair, and we look forward once again to welcoming a vast and varied local and international audience as we seek to reinforce Lagos’ position as an emergent cultural capital on our continent,” Peterside added.

ART X Lagos was founded by Tokini Peterside, while its executive team is also supported by an Advisory Board comprised of – Labi Ogunbiyi, Dudun Peterside, Evelyn Oputu, Fatima Wali-Abdurrahman, Femi Lijadu, Jess Castellote, Junaid Dikko, N’Goné Fall and Reni Folawiyo.

ART X Lagos 2017 is made possible by the generous, committed support of its sponsors, which includes thus far – Access Bank (Gold Sponsor); Absolut (Silver Sponsor); Stanbic IBTC Pensions, Seven Up and Anap Jets (Bronze Sponsors).

Actor unveils campaign poster for Anambra gubernatorial election

By Ada Dike

The internet was agog with the news of Nollywood declaring his interest to contest for the upcoming Anambra Sate gubernatorial election.

The actor, today posted a poster on his Instagram handle.

“My name is Yul Edochie, and I’m running for Governor of Anambra state 2017,” he declared, but he did not disclose the party he belonged to.

“We need a new brand of leaders who will put the masses first. The older ones have failed us for too long….They have come to THE LAST BUS STOP!!!” he added.

Actor Ernest Asuzu says he’s back and better in Nollywood

By Ada Dike

One of Nollywood actors, Ernest Asuzu, who suffered from stroke some years back and later recovered, said he’s back and better to move the industry forward.

The actor, who said that he is back to the industry as a different person, also revealed that the stroke he suffered from was not a natural thing.

He said that another actor got jealous of his rising profile and inflicted him with it. He also the industry of being evil.

The Nollywood actor was in high spirit and enthusiastic about his return to the film industry and emphasised that he had handed over his ordeal to God.

He frowned at the way things are being done in the industry, claiming that some practitioners depend on charms and are wicked with the way they treat people.

He suffered from stroke some years ago, but planned to make a new tremendous mark as a good Christian in the industry.

He also revealed how a man of God gave him a gift of a sports utility vehicle when he was down with stroke.

Singing Senator Melaye, welcomes dancing Senator Adeleke to senate

By Ada Dike

Shortly after the swearing in of the Senator representing Osun West,  Ademola Adeleke, at the Upper Chamber in Abuja yesterday, he was seen in  a picture exchanging pleasantries with the senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye.

While Adeleke’s scintillating dance steps endeared him to the hearts of many young Nigerians that watched his video where he was celebrating his victory last after last Saturday’s election, Melaye is known as a good dancer and singer, whose track, “Aje Kun iya” is still making waves in Lagos and online.

In new  episode of Dele Issues, Samuel Ajibola flogs a school girl 

By Ada Dike

  In the episode 8 of Dele Issues (Daily Issues), Dele plays the role of a university lecturer and is seen expressing his dissatisfaction with the recent happenings as published in an unidentified newspaper, when a female student who apparently failed his course walks in to sort things out with him.

 Produced by a Nollywood actor, Samuel Ajibola, in this episode titled “Mr Lecturer”, the plot twist of this episode comes in when Dele gives the lady a response that made her believe he had fallen for her tricks, only to be disappointed.

 Dele Issues  revolves around the main character of the series; Dele, who encounters the constant dilemma that comes with everyday life. The skits are popular for having elements of comedy-drama and satire – ultimately making the series a must-watch.

 

Reactions trail gospel artiste, Don Moen’s rumoured death

By Ada Dike

Many people have reacted to the fictitious story making the rounds that American singer-songwriter and evangelist, Don moen is dead, saying people should stop such fake news.

According to a Consultant on Relationship Management, Charles Okeibunor, Don Moen is not dead.

“The father of worship @donmoen is alive, hale, hearty and celebrating 4 generations of loving and serving the Lord. God bless you Don Moen,” he said.

 

“Please, disregard the fake news making the rounds that American Gospel Artiste Don Moen Is Dead,” says Chimere Okoronkwo.

 

Henrikachi mainatained that the gospel artiste is alive.

“Don Moen is very much alive; hale and hearty. Probably busy communing with God for his next album. Stop the fake news.”

 

“Don Moen is very much alive and busy washing his dishes. So stop with the rumors already. Thanks #DonMoenIsAlive,” Director Dambiz said.

 

Circute Wagana wrote on Don Moen’s Facebook wall; “Thanks be to God you are alive! Rumours on the net are that you are dead. The devil is liar! Truly you will not die but live to declare the works of the Lord!”

 

An American online medium published an unconfirmed that the gospel singer died after a brief battle with stomach pain.

“An American singer-songwriter, pastor evangelist, Don Moen has died after short battle with stomach pain. His family confirmed that he died early this morning at General Acute Care (GAC) Hospital in California shortly after being rushed to the hospital.

“The cause of his death is not immediately known as the body is deposited at the morgue for autopsy.

Many have taken to Facebook and their twitter handles to sympathise with Don Moen’s family.

Meanwhile, Don Moen, 66, wrote on his Facebook five minutes ago that: “Every day is a new start. A new chapter to turn everything around. You have to let go of the hurt before you can start fresh.”

 

Before the producer of Christian worship music was hired to work for Integrity Music, he attended Oral Roberts University and became a Living Sound musician for Terry Law Ministries and traveled with Terry Law for ten years.

photo posted on Don Moen’s Facebook page 7 hours ago with a caption: “Celebrating 4 generations in Minnesota today! Here’s a photo of my Dad, son John holding Bennett and me holding Luke. Love my family!!!”

Moen produced 11 volumes for the Hosanna! Music series of worship albums. His first album under his own name, Worship with Don Moen, was released in 1992. His music has total global sales of over five million units.

Moen worked for Integrity Media for over 20 years, serving as creative director and president of Integrity Music, president of Integrity Label Group, and an executive producer of Integrity Music albums.

He left Integrity Media in December 2007 to start a new initiative, The Don Moen Company.

The Don Moen Company acquired MediaComplete, the church software company that created MediaShout. Moen became a radio host for Don Moen & Friends in 2009.

Moen received a Dove Award for his work on the musical God with Us in addition to nine nominations for his songs.

Moen has worked with Claire Cloninger, Paul Overstreet, Martin J. Nystrom, Randy Rothwell, Ron Kenoly, Bob Fitts, Debbye Graafsma, Paul Baloche, Tom Brooks, among many others.

He has worked with musicians, Justo Almario, Carl Albrecht, Abraham Laboriel, Alex Acuna, Paul Jackson, Jr., Lenny LeBlanc and Chris Graham.

He was a catalyst in launching the careers of Paul Baloche, Darlene Zschech, Israel Houghton, and Hillsong United.

He collaborated with a fast rising Nigerian gospel star, Frank Edwards to release a 6-track album, “Grace”.

Ellams’ The 14th Tale mirrors his past in monologue

By Ada Dike

Ellams

One may think that listening to a monologue would be boring but Inua Ellams’ impressive story-telling is quite interesting as it touches his family, friends and lovers.

As Afro-beat music was being played on the background, in a rhythmic movement, a tall, young man stealthily appears on stage and sits on a chair.

Wearing a white t-shirt stained with blood, Elams gets up, staggering and moving as if he is searching for something or somebody. He paces up and down in bewilderment expecting to hear good news about his father’s state of health.

Produced by Fuel and written and performed by Ellams, The 14thTale is a rich, smooth flowing story about a funny and amusing escapade of a mischievous young African whose early years on earth began in Jos, Plateau, Nigeria, before he followed his parents to relocate abroad. Did he stop fomenting trouble in Dublin and London?

As the audience journeys with him to his past, he takes them down the memory lane about his troublesome attitude (which runs in their lineage).

“Life does not flashback when death threatens.” Ellams at a point, unveils his soft side as he realises he has come of age to acquaint himself with a female companion, but the lady he loves is in love with another man. He devises a means to attract the lady’s attention by sneaking into her bathroom in the middle of the night and pours acrylic paints to arouse pity from her but the girl wants to raise alarm, as he tries to explain things to her, his phone rings intermittently. He hesitates before picking the call but the message he receives changes his life and psyche: His father has been taken to hospital because he is down with stroke! Life is indeed not a bed of roses.

From that moment Ellams becomes sober and has a rethink about life.

In a nutshell, The 14th Tale is an autobiography of a man brought up in three distinct cultural backgrounds which later changed his thought about life.

Ellams, a spoken word artist, writer and graphic artist gave a mind-blowing performance in Lagos at Casa Chianti Restaurant, Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos. The venue, though small was filled to capacity and the audience’s comments proved that they were satisfied with his performance.

 

Someone who has not watched such an act before would go home wondering how one person could hold his audience spell bound with scintillating acts.

There was no mistake in terms of his choice of words and movement.

During his 55 minutes performance, the poet mesmerised the audience with good diction and clear accent. He sounded natural and words flowed as if he was reading from a book. In fact, whoever watches him play would not want the show to end.

Joke Silva writes hubby, Olu Jacobs hearty 75th birthday message

By Ada Dike

“Happy Birthday gorgeous….75 is not beans. Thank you for all you do for me and the kids…the sacrifices.With you we are always first. Thank you for all you have done for the industry…theatre …film…television. Here is to many more years of impact. Happy Birthday,” Joke Silva

Veteran and delectable actress Joke Silva, wrote the above message to her husband, veteran actor, Olu Jacobs, wishing him happy 75th birthday and appreciating him for all the sacrifices he had made for their family and film industry, TV and performance theatre. Silva and Jacobs have been married since 1989. Jacobs has been acting in movies since 1971, that is, 46 years.

K-Night Africa, Crew 10 winner of 2017 Korea Pop competition

Two dance groups namely; ‘K-Night Africa’ and ‘Crew 10’ on Sunday emerged winners of the 2017 Korean Pop (K-POP) Dance Competition in the adult and student categories respectively in abuja.

They defeated 12 other contestants to clinch the first prizes of N300,000 and N200,000, respectively.

K-Night African from Warri would also represent Nigeria at the 2017 World K-POP Dance Competition in Seoul, South Korea later in the year.

In the adult category, Fragiles Dance Crew from Port Harcourt, and 360 Dance Crew from Umahia, emerged second and third runners up respectively. While Fragiles Dance Crew was given the prize of N 200,000, 360 Dance Crew was given N100,000.

Amity Peak Concept and NGIS K-Popian Junior, all from Lugbe in the FCT emerged second and third runners up respectively in the student category.

Amity got N100,000 while NGIS got N70,000.

Speaking earlier the Ambassador of Republic of South Korea to Nigeria, Noh Kyu-duk said Nigeria was blessed with talented dancers.

“Young Nigerians have time to prove to the world in Korea that they have what it takes to win at the world stage of dance. The Supreme Task Dance Group from Nigeria won the “Best Performing Dance Group at the 2016 World K-POP festival in Korea.

So far, five different dance team from Nigeria have done the country proud. This should be an inspiration for other young Nigerians,” he said.

In the same vein, the Director-General of National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe commended the Korean and embassy for doing a lot to enhance the level of cultural relationship with Nigeria.

Runsewe also commended the centre for giving young Nigerians the opportunity to showcase their talents.