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The Guild Saturday woman- Mo Abudu

By Abimbola Adebayo

This woman of many part has been specially selected to be, The Guild Saturday Woman.

Born Mosunmola Abudu but better known as, Mo Abudu, is a talk show host, TV producer, human resources management consultant and an entrepreneur.

Mo, as she is fondly called was born on September 11, 1964 in the United Kingdom. At the age of seven, young, Mo’s parents relocated back to Nigeria but she was sent to live with her grandparents in their cocoa farm in Ondo state.

She attended Fiwasaye Girls Grammer School, but upon her father’s death, young ,Mo,  returned to the UK to continue her education at the age of 12. She had her secondary school education at  where she continued her education at Hammersmith County Secondary School before moving to the Ridgeway School in Kent where she lived with her guardian in Tunbridge Wells.. From there, she went to West Kent College and Mid-Kent College. She has a master’s degree in HR Management from the University of Westminster, London.

After working in the UK as a Human resources manager for several years, Mo, returned to Nigeria and picked up a job with Esso Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited (now ExxonMobil) as the head of their Human Resources and Training Unit in1993.

This woman of many parts as earlier said, left ExxonMobil, to set up her own privately owned human resources development company known as Vic Lawrence & Associates Limited.

She is the brain behind the training centre of chains of Protea Hotel.

This woman who desire to have more and described by Forbes as ‘’Africa’s Most successful Woman’’ started Ebonylife TV, which is aired in 49 countries across Africa and in the UK and Caribbean’s.

As the producer and host of the popular talk show ‘’Moment With Mo,’ she has interview key personalities in Nigeria and around the world. On one of her over 200 episode, she interview former Secretary-of-state, Hillary Clinton.

This mother of two who somehow has been able to keep her private life secret from the prying eyes of the public has been recognised and received many awards around the world. In 2013, she was recognised by Formes as the first African woman to own a Pan- AfricaTV. She was also listed as one of the ‘’25 Most Powerful Women in Global TV by The Hollywood Reporter in 2013.

Widening her scope, Abudu, delved into filmmaking in 2014. Her first movie ‘fifty’ produced under EbonyLife Films,featured,  Omoni Oboli, Dakore Akande, Nse Ikpe Etim, Ireti Doyle, Timini Egbuson, Wale Ojo,  among others, had a London and Nigeria premiere and had it own fair share at the cinemas in Nigeria.

Her second  movie ‘Wedding Party’ featuring, Banky W, Adesua Etomi, Sola Shobowale, Ireti Dolye, Richard Mofe-Damijo and others is so far the highest grossing movie in Nigeria. The sequel ‘Wedding Party 2- Destination Dubai’ has also been premiere and nollywood critic awaits it outcome.

Her latest work, ‘’The Royal Hibiscus Hotel’ was recently premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

Saturday Woman- Toyin Abraham

By Abimbola Adebayo

The Guild Saturday woman is, Toyin Abraham, formerly known as Toyin Aimakhu by her fans. Born in 1984, the Edo state indigene spent her early childhood in Ibadan, south-western Nigeria.

She started her acting career in nollywood after she met top English turned yoruba actress, Bukky Wright, in Ibadan in 2003.

The actress over the years has proved to her fans that she is an actress to reckon with, when it come to interpreting her roles to near perfection.

The actress, who obtained a Higher National Diploma, HND, in marketing from the Polytechnic, Ibadan, has acted in over 200 movies both in the Yoruba and English genre of nollywood.

 

She alongside nollywood actress, Sola Shobowale, Odunlade Adekola acted in ‘Wives on Strike; the Revolution’ a movie by Omoni Oboli, which the first part, titled ‘Wives on strike’ grossed over N70million in the cinema.

Though, she has a good career, the same can’t be said about her personal life has she has been enmeshed in many controversies.

On July 8, 2013, she got married to a fellow actor, Adeniyi Johnson and everyone felt this time everything would turned out good because the actress had previously been in a celebrated relationship which failed.

But by 2015, news started filtering into town that all is not well with her marriage and soon the couple went their separate ways. With the actress citing infidelity as the cause of the breakup.

Soon she was back in the arms of another man, Seun Egbegbe but soon that also crashed as there were counter accusation between the two.

Though, she hadn’t been lucky when it comes to relationships but the awards winning actress, who is known for producing the Hit-making movie ‘Alacada’ has proved that she is a professional actress.

She is one of the highest earning actresses in both the English and Yoruba genre of nollywood.

 

 

Saturday Woman- Omotola Jalade Ekeinde

By Abimbola Adebayo

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde became a household name in Nigeria, as a teenager, when she made her debut appearance in a Nollywood movie titled ‘Venom of Justice’ in 1995, directed by Reginald Ebere.  Her role as a lead character set a flourishing career for her in Nollywood as an actress to reckon with.

The 39 year-old Omotola, biggest break came when she acted in the blockbuster movie ‘Mortal Inheritance’ where she played the role of a sickle cell patient, who had to fight for her life to get married and have a baby.  Her sterling acting prowess in the movie earn her the award of the ‘’Best Actress’’ in an English speaking movie and also the ‘’Best Actress Overall’’ at the 1997, The Movie Awards, THEMA. She was the youngest actor in Nigeria to win the awards.

Today, she has acted in over 300 movies in Nigeria and on the international scene. The actress, who has over one million followers on her facebook page, in 2013, was honoured by, Time Magazine, as one of 100 Most Influential People in the World. A recognition she shared with, Michelle Obama, Beyonce, Kata Middleton, Jack Angel, Bob Bergen, Mickle McGowon, Chris Ellis among others.

She has acted in many high budgeted cinema movies. With her first being  the 2010 movie “Ije” which she acted alongside, Genevieve Nnaji. She has since acted in several others like, Phone Swap and Last Flight to Abuja.

Today, the mother of four lovely kids, who is married to, Captain Matthew Ekeinde, whom she married, when she was 18, onboard a plane in 1996, is seen as one of the most successful in term of career and marriage.

The A-list actress is also the recipient of many awards and nominations which include the, Africa Movie Academy Awards, City People Awards for Excellence, Global Excellence Recognition Awards among many others.

 

Saturday woman…. Mercy Johnson Okojie

By Abimbola Adebayo

Mercy Johnson Okojie is our Saturday woman. The delectable actress is married to Prince Odianosen Okojie and she’s a proud mother of kids.

Her journey has not always been smooth but through hardwork and dedication she was able to succeed. She has had to work to pay her way through schmool and had revealed she once work as a maid.

The indigene of Okene in Kogi State, shot into limelight when she acted in her first nollywood movie title ‘Maid’. Ever since she has acted in over 1000 movies.

Today, the 30year-old mother of three is the most sought after actress in Nigeria.  With many box office movies to her credit.  She’s also a current ambassador of indigenous network Globacom.

 

Nollywood Actress, Mercy Johnson Okojie.

 

 

Mother Breastfeeds child despite bashing from a woman

By Ada Adike

A mother, Kayla Martinez, breastfed her 8-month-old baby at a local indoor trampoline park of Amarillo, Texas, despite complaints about her breast being exposed.

It was gathered that she was enjoying a family afternoon with her two daughters when the baby was ready to be fed. So while Martinez, simultaneously kept a close eye on her 3-year-old, she began to breastfeed her child.

Their peaceful stay at that park was disturbed when a worker approached her to inform her about how others felt in the park, according to a July 3 Facebook post from Martinez that has brought 3.9K reactions and more than 2,000 shares.

“I am feeding my child, she is hungry, and it was time for me to do what any mother would do — take care of her baby,” Martinez tells Yahoo Beauty while recounting the incident.

Suggestions by the worker for Martinez use a private room for her to breastfeed her child in private went into a deaf ear.

“I felt such shame for doing what should be considered normal and a beautiful moment between a mother and a child,” she said.

“Breasts are for feeding your sons and daughters.”

The 26-year-old woman became uncomfortable at a quiet place she went to.

“The woman went out of her way to verbally attack me. She was enraged and began to degrade me, calling me ‘indecent,’ and saying that I was sexually exposing myself to her nephew,” she explained.

According to her, the woman looked like she was in her mid-50s and wonders if it was a case of a generational disconnect. But she wished mothers would be supportive of other woman and their choices.

“I choose to breastfeed my child whenever she asks me for it. What people don’t really realize is that breastfeeding is extremely difficult. I can’t put a blanket over my child because she gets hot and uncomfortable, she won’t eat.”

The woman threatened to call the police if Martinez didn’t cover her breast up, but her ex-husband, a police officer, stepped in and educated the lady on Texas law, which states that mothers have the right to feed their children however and whenever they feel comfortable doing it.

The woman didn’t back off, though, and continued to cause a scene.

“I had to be strong, not just for me but for the many other mothers that have gone through this. There is nothing wrong with your body, and there shouldn’t be a stigma in our society that breasts are meant to be sexual body parts for enjoyment. The reality is that they are solely for mommies feeding their babies.”

Martinez stood her ground until the woman left — but not before complaining to management for an extra 20 minutes.

“Once she was gone, I broke down in the corner. I was as strong as I can be, but her nasty words were too much. I don’t wish this experience on anyone.”

Source: Yahoo!

Azeezat Allen explains why she sings about love

By Ada Adike

Azeezat Allen went into music professionally in 1999 after taking part in a show called ‘Girls Nite Out’. The National treasurer of (PMAN) caretaker committee recently shared light on Nigerian music industry, her career, marriage and why she likes singing about love.

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Azeezat Allen

In a nutshell 
Nigerian music industry is a sector that has continued to evolve, thrive and boom more than before. We are really evolving and will soon dominate the world scene. Nigerian artistes are quite talented and creative. They have continued to release songs that appeal to the masses, that is why you can hardly hear a foreign music played at an event these days
How piracy can be curbed in the music industry
If everyone refuses to encourage piracy, it will disappear. You can discourage pirates by not patronizing them. But don’t forget that this is not the only form of piracy we have. All these people mentioned in my previous answer are pirates if they don’t get licensed by a government approved collecting society like the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON).

 

How Nigerian music industry can be moved to a higher level
When users of music including radio and TV stations, hotels, filling stations, banks, restaurants and other people who use music to improve their businesses, pay for the use of those music, artistes will smile and live better lives and there will be less situations of artistes dying in penury.

What will happen in the entertainment industry in the next five years
I can’t really predict that but I know that we’ll keep getting better and better. Hopefully, we’ll be at the centre stage of the world music industry.

Why my husband and I are active members of Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON]
Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) is a revolutionary organization with the sole duty of collecting royalties on behalf of artistes in Nigeria. Before now, when asked what I will do to curb piracy in the industry, I used to answer that all I need do is support COSON 100 percent. When I was called upon by my people to serve on the board, I humbly accepted because it was an opportunity to do more.

Achievements COSON has recorded so far
COSON distributed a hundred million naira to artistes for music used, which has not happened before in the history of Nigeria. This has also put COSON in the league of top collecting societies in Africa.

Ways Nigerian government can encourage or support entertainment industry?

Government should enforce laws that are already in the constitution, laws that will make living better for our artistes, especially laws regarding intellectual property.

Why I took a break sometime ago
I took a needed break to review, renew and rediscover myself. Right now, there’s no stopping. I am back and better. I know my fans have missed me so much and I have lots of work to make it up to them for their loyalty all these years.

Genre of my music
The genre of my music is known as Rhythm and Soul.

In the beginning

I am destined to be a musician but, I went into music professionally in 1999 after taking part in ‘Girls Nite Out’, an all-girl event organised by Smooth Promotions, organisers of The Headies.

What I am doing presently

I worked on my latest video Love Without Language. It was quite interesting because we did our best to make it appealing to viewers. My other video titled, My Valentine is enjoying rave reviews while I’ve also released “Love Without Language” exclusively on Trace TV.

Songs that made me famous
A song that shot me to prominence was “Hold On”. It was in my first album “Simply Magnificent.” People still love that song till date. It was conceptualised by Gbenga Anozie. I love it. Since then, I’ve released other albums “Born 2 Sing’” and “Lovers’ Club’.”

Why my husband is my manager
I’m happy working with my hubby as my manager.

 Lessons I have learnt about marriage

I have learnt quite a lot of things from marriage which has taught me to move closer to God. I put Him first before anything or anyone. Through marriage, I have learnt the importance of patience, which is an ingredient necessary for one’s marriage to be successful.

Collaboration with my husband
He has featured me on his songs in his own album before. But he was featured in my new video “Love Without Language.” And that’s d very first time in my career he’s doing so.

 

In the next five years

Though man proposes, God disposes, I see myself in the path that God has prepared for me.

My challenge
The issue of capital has been my challenge because this business is capital-intensive, and has even grown recently, but it’s not really an impediment, it’s a challenge.

 My greatest disappointment
I can’t think of any, maybe because I like to remain positive

What drives me on
My belief in God, making my loved ones proud and my belief in the fact that greatness is made up of ordinary people who believe.

My greatest achievement so far
I also don’t like to think in that light. I’m grateful to God for every moment.

If my 20-year-old self could see me now, what she would think
Wow! Is this you?

 If I had to rate my satisfaction with life so far, out of 10

I don’t do that, one has to learn to be grateful for the gift of life while praying for a better tomorrow.

 My plans for the future
My future plan is to serve my God more, through serving humanity.

 My mentor
God Almighty, my mom and my hubby are my mentors.

 My growing up
Growing up was sweet. I had nothing to worry about when I was younger but now, there are so many things to worry about as a human being.

 Advice to young aspiring musicians

You must be creative to be successful in music. So Pray, work hard and believe in yourself. Challenges may come your way, don’t quit, keep moving till the sky becomes your stepping stone.

Advice to artistes

Artistes should make extra effort to enlighten themselves on their business; a business they hope will pay them millions of naira. I want them to invest in research.

Appreciation
I appreciate all the support from my family, friends and fans. They have continued to encourage me to move higher.

 

How miss Nigeria, Chioma Obiadi, utilizes her position to educate girl child on environmental issues

For advocates of a girl child including current Miss Nigeria, Chioma Obiadi, there are so much beliefs that every female children needs to be randomly sensitized particularly, in the area of environmental issues, which could bring about positive change and development in Nigeria.

The 40th Miss Nigeria, in an interview with  Ada Dike bares her mind on her Green-Girl project, an initiative which is aimed at increasing the preservation and sustainability of our environment, being a project she inherited from her predecessor. She also discussed other riveting issues, including how she has commenced pushing more educative programmes towards the direction of the girl-child.

 As latest miss Nigeria who inherited Green-Girl project, aim to educating girls and women on environmental issues, from her predecessor, how have you been able to sustain the thread and continue the laid down programs for the project?

After emerging as new Miss Nigeria, I looked into the Green-Girl project goal and objective, been laid down by my predecessor,Pamela Peter-Vigboro Lees,  after it was passed onto me, I realized that matches my dream, which is to educate both girls and women folk on environmental issues

The Green-Girl Project is a Miss Nigeria project aimed to increase the preservation and sustainability of our environment. 

It started with my predecessor and it is a five-year project we are doing to increase the awareness in Nigeria about environmental issues. We have a lot of environmental issues which we are not aware of because we neglect it and tend to see it as Nigeria’s problem.

With my project, I have been educating girl-child on issues such as that of  epidemic in Nigeria, dysentery, diarrhea and even cancer caused by water pollution.

I also used this project to warn people against environmental issues.

Many people have lost their lives and properties because of erosion. Some hectares of land were lost in the North in the past as a result of desertification. A lot of children are born with defects. There has been severe pollution in the South-South due to gas flaring which has resulted to sickness and diseases. These problems are not Nigeria’s problem but our problem. We should take it as serious as we take financial issues, because any issue that can affect our way of life, been it health, child’s health and mother’s health should be treated as an important issue.

It is time for us to speak up as one Nigeria and fight for our environment because the mother earth has blessed us in ways beyond our imaginations that we now have zero natural disasters. Let us not keep hurting mother earth. Let us stand together and protect her to serve us better.

 It is believed that there are challenges attached to every position, is Miss Nigeria excepted of the stereotype, and if not,  what is the reign like as a queen?

It has been awesome. The 60-year-old pageant has a lot of weight on my shoulders. It has been amazing. I have built my intellectual strength from being the queen.

I am presently still in school. I am a 200 level student of Geography and Meteorology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State. I think my background in Geography has helped my driving force when it comes to environment.

Emerging as the entire nation’s queen has to do with determination, did you have any premonition that you were going to win and how did you get into the competition?

While growing up, my mother was always calling me Queen because she said I have a queenly look and demeanor, coupled with the fact that I was always opinionated. I need a platform to project my voice to be heard. So when I realized that Miss Nigeria embarked on a project, I recollected it is a pageant I like which has to do with environment I am grounded in, I decided to contest for Miss Nigeria pageant.

Chioma Obiadi

I am a confident person. When I go for something I built confidence that I would win. Of course, I saw a lot of beautiful and smart girls that I looked at and felt that they were really smart. I did not allow that to wear me down. Moreover, my mother encouraged me to pray and do my part.

I am a 22 years old from Neni in Anaocha Local Government Area, Anambra State, born into an average family of one girl and three boys.

Growing up for me was smooth. I have amazing brothers. Boys are very strong and agile so we had a nice playing together. Most times, they hot me because they were stronger than me. I have good parents which have always been supporting me. so i do not see anything been too challenging to try.

 Since your dream is to touch both girl-child and women folk lives through which capacity available, is there inspiring message that has always keeps the focus moving.

I always say to people that if they dream it, they should do it . I dreamt of being Miss Nigeria and I am Miss Nigeria now. So whatever one dreams to be is who becomes.

While growing up, I wanted to be Miss Nigeria because it is ambassadorial. I would like young people looking up to Miss Nigeria to know that it is not about beauty but, for projection of peace and unity in Nigeria.