As Ghraycee Joywills Broadens Her Profile…
By The World Satellite.
It is generally believed that Nigeria’s entertainment industry is over saturated and quite challenging. She may not be the regular face we see on TV, but spurred by passion and determination, Miss Grace Urama Omega; popularly known as Ghraycee Joywills is a testament of a persona who has broken free from imposed and self-imposed blockades that usually dragged behind, most individuals from achieving their dreams.
From a modest background where entertainment is seen as a waste of time and a sign of waywardness, Ghraycee; a creative and determined actress, model and entrepreneur hails from Ogbadibo LGA of Benue State in Nigeria and has a Bachelors degree in in Business Management from the Benue State University.
Very assiduous, focused and result oriented, Ghraycee started acting and modeling professionally in 2017 and has featured in several celebrated movies including the celebrated 4-top movies from Benue state, which includes Faded, Falsity, Tales in The Neighbourhood, Celebrity Husband, etc.
As a fashion/catalog model, she owns a brand called Joywills Fashion House. Additionally, she has modeled for several fashion brands and has had breath-taken poses for catalogues, Magazines and calendars that include pictures of archetypal just as she has hosted several high profile events/
A hardworking and innovative talent, Miss Joywills has overtime demonstrated her passion in supporting to develop self confidence in the young people and making them see the importance of skills acquisition before leaving school in addition to helping the less privileged attain a better life and education, which will set them on the right path to achieving their goals and dreams
Acknowledging the fact that glamour is not just about the funfair, the inventive and multi-talented Ghraycee has continued to use every opportunity at her disposal to develop a robust platform to engage stakeholders at promoting child’s education and championing charity campaigns as veritable ingredients for socio-economic development.
In a recent chat with The World Satellite Magazine, the meticulous Ghraycee noted that the advancement of child’s right and social security for the poor and the needy in the society such as ours is one that cannot be over-emphasized, and the bedrock for viable Human and Material Capacity Development. “If I am in the position to help or reach out and I fail to do that, I would forever be restless; education is Key”, she explained.
Furthermore, she revealed her desire and vision to establish a foundation through which together with NGOs and philanthropists she would reach out to people professionally. She also looks forward to modelling for brands
Finally, she called on the government at all levels to pay more attention to the Entertainment Industry in general so as to create the enabling opportunities and platforms for upcoming Artistes either by way of sponsorship or by opening support centres to offer training and upgrade according to individual talents.
ORGENDA COMFORT; Changing The Path of Nollywood Storytelling
By Kennedy Eberechi.
Orgenda Dooshima Comfort; the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Same Minds Media Network has raised the bar in Nollywood Storytelling in Benue state of Nigeria and has changed the game with her second feature film production: “FADED”.
Shot in Makurdi, Benue state, FADED dealt on a very sensitive topic. It highlighted the alarming rate of drug abuse in the society among young people by telling a story that parents and young people can relate to while exposing some of the causes, dangers and solution to drug abuse.
FADED, which was written and produced by Orgenda Dooshima Comfort and directed by Sunny Okwori had the best selection of cast and crew in the Benue movie industry. It stared brilliant acts including the veteran Raph Obaje, Orgenda Dooshima Comfort, Mimi Ben, Edna Jones, Architect John Bosco Tyozenda, Enoch Bemshima Ortese, Grace Urama Omega and more.
When asked why she embarked on such a project in an exclusive interview, the filmmaker, actress and entrepreneur stated that she was compelled to produce the kind of movie she would want to be in.
“I had seen too much of a certain kind of movie here in Benue start and I wanted to go in a different direction. So it is safe to say the Movie received the recognition it got when it was premiered in November last year. This is because it was one of a kind in addition to the support of all the people involved in the production process,” she added.
Undoubtedly she made the difference as ‘FADED’ employed the use of brilliant camera work, excellent production, post-production and catchy scores to tell a very compelling story that has a little bit of everything: Action, Drama, Comedy and it thrills you to the very end.
Describing the movie industry of Benue State, the graduate of Benue State Polytechnic Ugbokolo, who has been in the movie industry for over five years explained that though the industry is fast-rising, the speed is not consistent due to some challenges.
“The industry is doing very well at the moment though we can still do better, and we can say there have been tremendous success considering where we are coming from as an industry”, Dooshima said.
Continuing, she highlighted the challenges facing the industry in her locality as poor reception from the people, explaining that due to cultural background, most parents see filmmaking as an indecent career in addition to lack of funds and sponsorship.
As a panacea, Miss Orgenda posited that creating awareness and sensitizing the people on what the industry truly represents through organizing seminars, talk shows and even doing movies to back up the claims would go a long way in building the industry. She also appealed to well-meaning citizens and political office holders for support and sponsorship.
Conclusively, the business manager and brand influencer revealed that Same Minds Media Network is currently working on a partnership with two different reputable media houses to showcase all the production company’s products and to sensitize the society on morals using film as a tool just as she added that they are also on a Pre-production stage for their next feature film.
Generally, down the lane in her career, Orgenda Dooshima Comfort has featured in several movies including ‘Angbian Wam’, ‘In Her World’, ‘Erdoo’, ‘Tales in the Neighbourhood’, ‘The Conned’, ‘Closed Book’, ‘Falsity’ (written and produced by her), ‘Faded’ (written and produced by her), etc.
A Toast To Kanye West, Who Is Now $6.6 Billion Rich
By William Ikhinosimhe Orbih.
I have not come here to praise money. I am here to praise Kanye Omari West, the richest black man in American history! He is certainly not the richest in black history. At least, he is not richer than Alico Dangote.
He is certainly not as rich as King Mansa Musa, who ruled over the Mali empire between the 13th and 14th centuries. His worth is estimated to have been 400 billion dollars. He was a devout Muslim, and it is said that his generosity with gold during his pilgrimage to Mecca around 1324 AD created a massive 10-year gold recession in Mecca and its environs.
I want to reiterate that I have not come here to praise money. I honestly don’t give a damn about money. I am not saying that I don’t like money. I am not Rotimi Ameachi; I like money very well ooo.
Wire me small money now and see if I will not thank you the way Prosper thanked Frank (Basket Mouth) in one of the episodes of MY FLATMATES. However, while I like money, I don’t give a damn about it. Wondering what the difference is? Let me explain.
I don’t give a damn about money because money is indeed a “tainted thing,” as Jesus would describe it in Luke 16:9. So much wisdom is needed to use it properly. Not many rich people have got this delicate wisdom required to use money well.
Much of what I see among rich people in Nigeria is the desperation to gather and gather and keep gathering money. How many houses and lands must you grab in Abuja before you build an estate for the poor, or at least lower the price of your rent so that poor people can afford a place to stay?
Many rich people in Nigeria do not care about the wise counsel of Jesus in Luke 12: 15: “an individual’s life is not made secure by what he owns, even when he has more than enough.” Many rich people in Nigeria have not learnt how to use their money to “buy” the real and lasting treasures of eternal life, as Jesus urges in Luke 16. For many Nigerian Christians, charitable giving is limited to enriching pastors.
I am not saying giving money to religious leaders is a bad thing. I am not so fresh, neither am I the daddy of fresh people. Rather, what I am saying is that it never occurs to many of us that Jesus was more particular about almsgiving to the poor than he was about putting money in the temple or giving it to temple functionaries.
I don’t give a damn about money because, like St Paul, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Philippians 4: 12). Like M.I famously rapped: “Money slow to enter. Money quick to go. Where money dey go, I don’t know.” Precisely because I don’t know where money dey go, I don’t give a damn about it.
As I boast thus, I sorrowfully and shamefully recognize that there are millions of Nigerians who are too poor to not give a damn about money. Woe to me! Woe to all rich people too engrossed in endless gathering to care about the poverty all around them. Woe to the looters and public thieves of Nigeria!
Woe to politicians who continue to steal our common patrimony! As Proverbs 22:16 curses: “he who oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth or gives to the rich, will only come to want.” It may not be financial want. But what about the lack of simple peace of mind?
Now, while I don’t give a damn about money, I give a damn about the fact that Kanye has made tons of it. Yet I don’t love Kanye because of his billions. I love Kanye for two reasons: His music and his strong personality.
Living in a “cancel” culture we need many Kanyes to keep reminding us about the meaning of courage. Let’s quickly talk about JESUS WALKS, my greatest gospel rap song ever! I can connect with almost every syllable of the song.
First a warning. JESUS WALKS (go check it out) is not for the never-sinning, all-solemn, always holy, Christian. It is for the Christian, who like me, never quite measures up to the standard of Christianity.
I am the Christian who desperately needs God to show me the way because as Kanye says of himself, “The devil’s always trying to break me down.” I am the Christian whose feet are always failing him. Forget the fact that I wear the collar and parade around with people calling me FATHER, I struggle, I sin, I stumble—often.
I am the Christian who is sometimes too tired and disillusioned to pray because even when I do, it doesn’t always seem God is saying anything back. Above all, I am the Christian who always needs Jesus, the way, as Kanye points out, “school needs teachers.”
While the jury is still out as to whether we should call JESUS WALKS gospel or not, in 2019, Kanye released a rap gospel album—the one that recently won a Grammy. In that album, he praised Jesus, proclaimed him King, and defied much of America’s secular status quo.
In this JESUS IS KING album, he openly praised Chic-Fill-A for daring to keep up their tradition of closing for business on Sundays in a super-capitalist socio-context. However, much more than praise a franchise, Kanye proclaimed God as “his light in the darkness.” He thanked Jesus for saving him from insanity.
He talked about Christianity not being a religion but a revolution of true freedom, healing and salvation. Wow!!! All these fiery lines are to be found in GOD IS, the fourth song of the JESUS IS KING album. It is the song to watch out for—theologically speaking. I am a theologian; I kid you not!
JESUS IS KING is everything that Kanye represents. His uncommon courage. His brutal openness about his life and his views, even if they go against the grain. “Nothing worse than a hypocrite,” he raps in HANDS ON. Kanye West is no hypocrite. Kanye is also no perfect man.
He is at home with his imperfections, and thus he never accepts the “role model” tag Hollywood always desperately wants to heap on her celebrities. It is for all these reasons that he is so hated by HOLYWOOD. They call him crazy. They call him insane. He doesn’t give a damn. I love him for that.
Hollywood never gives him a chance. Can you imagine that the same Hollywood that literally worships money, did not even tweet a line of celebration for Kanye’s newly calculated $ 6.6 billion? I heard that that money is two times more than Jay-Z and P. Diddy’s net worth put together.
11 years ago, in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, Kanye rapped what has now come to pass. “It will take more than a magazine to kill Kanye’s vibe” (paraphrased). Magazine is an ammunition storage and feeding device for guns. It is also one of the place journalists spew half-truths and biases. Talk about the depth and poetry of rap. It is why I love the genre.
I must conclude with a disclaimer. I am not saying that I agree with everything that proceeds from the mouth of Kanye. I did not agree with him running in America’s presidential election last year, even though I secretly wished he won.
I certainly don’t agree with Kanye implying that Africans voluntarily chose to remain chained in the chords of slavery for 400 years. I only agree with him if what he meant was that slavery must never be reduced to ‘white people evil and guilty versus all black people good and innocent.’ That thinking is not just simplistic; it is wrong.
I am certainly not also happy that Kanye and Kim Kardashian are getting a divorce. I pray they reconsider. I heard Drake is already warming up to take over from where Kanye stopped. Can someone tell Don Jazzy to also warm up? It does not seem his dream with Rihanna will ever come to pass.
Besides that Rihanna too slim for our egbon na. Maybe Burna Boy now stands a better chance with both Kim and Rihanna. After all, he is now TWICE AS TALL, standing upon a plaque Kanye pissed on last year. I swear, no beef on my mind, no Mohican.
Forget The Grammys, Let’s Talk About ‘Crown Of Clay’
By William Ikhianosimhe Orbih.
I should have done a piece on the Grammys, except that I don’t care about that award—maybe until the day that I win it (year 2067; even though, I would have to first learn how to chant the parts of Mass).
I should have done a piece on the Grammys, except that I am beefing the organizing committee—whoever they are—for snubbing some of my favorite artists throughout history. Just think about some of your favorite artists who have never won a Grammy.
I am thinking aloud, you may want to think with me. Think about Tupac Shakur and his arch-nemesis Biggie. Despite how much they revolutionized hip hop with their beats, lyrics, beef, and deaths, Grammy evaded them.
I heard it took Tupac less than a single studio visit to compose and record some of his greatest hits. That man was a box of poetry. Think about Bob Marley and Diana Ross. Think about Nicki Minaj, all her talent—and all her shape.
Think about Abba Gold and your fondest Christmas memories. Think about 50 Cent, and his evergreen album, Get Rich or Die Trying. How come it did not win 7 Grammys, even with all those back-to-back hits?
Think about Nas, whose song, ETHER, humbled Jay-Z for an entire year. Only God knows how many times Jay-Z looked into the mirror wishing for thinner lips. His record 21 Grammys still does not erase the fact that Nas once murdered him.
The fact that Kanye literally pissed on the Grammy last year and won it this year, and as a gospel artist too, is a mystery and marvel. Well, for my love for eccentric Kanye and his JESUS WALKS (one of my best rap songs ever!) I give up some of my beef against the award choosers. His recent award ties him with Jay-Z on record 21.
I should have done a piece on the Grammy, except that I do not think it has much to contribute to the renaissance Africa desperately needs and which my pen is committed to. It is undoubtedly beneficial to the careers of winners: Africa giant, Whizzy, Queen Tiwa, Femi Kuti. I am happy for them.
I am also happy that some of the songs being celebrated have rich pro-African themes. BROWN SKIN GIRL, for instance, is an eternal classic, celebrating the perfection of the black/brown African skin.
Also, no doubt, these winners have put Nigeria on the global (maybe American) map. These are things worth pointing out and celebrating. But there is no necessary correlation between these and Africa’s renaissance.
For Africa to be reborn, she must learn to seek and place self-validation over external validation. Nigerian artiste X winning over Nigerian artiste Y does not necessarily mean that X is better than Y. Often, it simply means that to some unnamed white ear, X sounds closer to the so-called “art ideal” of the white ear than Y. Do you get the point I am making? No further comment on this.
Beyond these reasons above and the fact that I spent the weekend grading 32 papers, each averaging about 1300 words (I am a Teaching Assistant to one of the most meticulous and compassionate Professors ever), I did not get to think of the 63rd Grammy because something else caught my attention during the weekend. I am talking about CROWN OF CLAY, Vector’s new rap song featuring Mr. Incredible himself, M.I.
Just so you all know, M.I is my favorite Nigerian rapper. No other rapper comes close—maybe Olamide, Phyno, and Falz the Bahd Guy. And just so you all also know M.I and Vector have been beefing, and M.I literally destroyed Vector’s past, present and future in his last year’s diss track VIPER. I am surprised that Vector is still alive and breathing (Biaaaaassss).
It is obvious that they have put their beef behind them for a more honorable cause, that of calling forth Africa’s renaissance in their own little way. In my humble opinion, CROWN OF CLAY should replace the school anthem of all Secondary schools across Africa for the next one month or until the message sink into every young Africa mind. There should be some editing though; some of the contents are not so decent for young impressionable minds.
Ignoring those needless additions, Let’s talk about some golden lines, first from Vector’s verse and afterward, from King M.I. Vector rapped: “I am Africa and blessed.” To be Africa is to be blessed. Right now, I am ashamed of the geographical expression called Nigeria, but not of my Africanness. I am from a bloodline of Black Kings and Queens. I am proud of my African heritage.
Now to M.I. It is so special that his verse is dedicated to Africa’s “black queens who birthed black dreams from their black hips and covered us with black wings.” M.I also informs us that the ancestors are starting to speak more loudly. What are our ancestors telling us? “We are all sinners, but God was in us before they sent us on slave ships.”
This needs reiteration. There was God in Africa before the advent of Christianity and Islam. Igbos have Chukwu, Yorubas have Olorun, Etsako people have Osinegba (the transcendent one). All different names for the one true God.
Logically speaking, there can be only one true God. We may name him differently. Many may worship “wrongly.” Yet it is the one true God we all hope or attempt to worship. For M.I, “this means that our village is our holy ground. Our traditions and our names they all are holy sounds. The wealth [including our sacred traditions] that was in our continent was stolen up.”
M.I did not leave without some brutal questions. Who the hell is Mungo Park? Some white-supremacist shit told us that he discovered the source of River Niger. How??? River wey our ancestors been dey fetch water from?
We desperately need to reconsider, or at least, edit the history textbooks used in our Secondary Schools. We need to replace Mungo Park heroics with those of the likes of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Jaja of Opobo, Ewuare the Great.
Finally, the chorus from Pheelz: “nothing shakes the strength of a black man [and woman].” This is so true. If black strength was not solid, slavery, colonialism, and neocolonialism would have completely crushed it by now.
Yet through all these, we Africans remain Twice as Tall. Of course, this is my shy way of saying congrats to #burnaboy aka OluwaBurna—Nigeria’s biggest winner at the recent award. I no dey beef am. As M.I will put it, “no beef on my mind or mohican”
As Talent Hunt With SoSo B gets Bigger and Better…
By The World Satellite.
As part of its drive to continue to engage, showcase and reward young creative people in Nigeria, SoSo B Empire; a General Contracts, Entertainment, Publicist and Image Management Company has kicked off auditions for the second edition of Talent Hunt With SoSo B.
Speaking with the CEO; Queen Sonia Christopher, she revealed that the mission of the company, which is to support and enhance projects, programs, and activities for creative talents in our country and to provide an appropriate, competitive forum for the displaying of their talents gave rise to the talent hunt with SoSo B
Also, she noted that after the success of the first edition, the company decided to make it a yearly event so as to continue on the strength of the company’s dedication d to the development of youths with creative talents.
“Talent Hunt with SoSo B as a talent show platform goes beyond helping creative and talented youths showcase their talents to providing financial support in collaboration with other organizations to advance their talents. The star prize to be won has been moved from Two Hundred Thousand Naira to Five Hundred Thousand Naira, inclusive of a house in Abuja.
“Our talent hunt is built on the understanding that creative minds are the catalysts to national development thus the need to create such a platform whose mandate amongst others is to build confidence, inspire hope, empower and groom talented youths into agents of social and economic change.
“Auditions have already started with Delta State, which will continue this weekend in Abuja and subsequently we will go to Lagos. There is also provision for online auditions on the 27th and 28th of this month”, the Ex-Beauty Queen explained.
Furthermore, the former Miss Ebony, Face of TM Africa and Miss Glamour Nigeria International hinted that the contest is not just about funfair but a platform aimed at discovering and nurturing creative talents to stardom, which also helps to provide a unique platform that celebrates and showcases our rich cultural heritage.
As a basic requirement, according to her, contestants that will be selected from all parts of the country will be performing their talents across any field, from music and dance to comedy, poetry and much more at the show, which seeks to groom creative talents and provide a lifetime opportunity to turn their dreams and aspirations into reality.
5 Fun Facts You Need To Know About ‘A Soldier’s Story II’
By Precious ‘Mamazeus’ Nwogu.
Here are five exciting facts you may have missed from the recently premiered Frankie Ogar’s directed film.
Frankie Ogar’s anticipated feature film; ‘A Soldier’s Story II: Return from the Dead’ premiered to impressive reviews on December 11, 2020.
The star-studded sequel to the multiple award-winning 2015 film of the same title continues the story of post war violence in the fictional Watz Republic. The story also systematically explores political themes and interestingly the role foreign interventions play in African crisis.
If ‘A Soldier’s Story II’ is on your watch-list this weekend, here are five fun facts you definitely need to check out:
1. The Movie Stars Eric Roberts; Julia Roberts; Older Brother:
A Soldier’s Story II boasts of a fine list of Nollywood and Hollywood Stars, including Osacr nominee Eric Roberts. Roberts who is interestingly the older brother to actress Julia Roberts takes on a supporting role in the Movie alongside Hollywood actor and actress; John J. Vogul and Berit Glaser
While ‘A Soldier’s Story isn’t Roberts’ first Nollywood feature, the actor had to visit Nigeria for the first time to shoot his scenes
2. Watz Republic Was Shot In Nigeria:
In case you are wondering where the fictional Watz Republic was shot, here is your answer. The scenes depicting the infamous African country were all shot in Lagos, Nigeria.
3. The Landmark Locations Like Lekki Toll Gate and The Third Mainland Bridge Where Shut Down for Hours to Shoot the Film:
When you finally catch ‘A Soldier’s Story II’ in cinemas, you’ll find it hard to miss some Lagos landmark locations featured in the film. Interestingly, the Lekki toll gate and the third mainland bridge had to be shut down for hours while filming was ongoing.
4. All Actors Performed Their Stunts:
‘A Soldier’s Story II’ had no need for stunt doubles as the actors were perfectly fine and fit enough to pull up some major moves in the film. The most memorable, as you will find out, is Sambasa Nzeribe flying over a moving car.
5. The Movie Had Over 100 People on The Location Set:
It literally took a village to make ‘A Soldier’s Story II’. According to its makers, the film’s location had over a hundred people most of which were cast and crew.
‘A Soldier’s Story II’ is currently showing in cinemas across the country.
Source: Pulse Nigeria
AFTERMATH OF MCA 2020: Promise Nicholas Lays Emphasis on Various Focal Areas
Queen Promise Nicholas Ekarika; the 6th CHARITY AMBASSADOR TOURISM QUEEN for the Miss Charity Ambassador 2020 Pageant has expressed her interest in advancing advocacy campaigns geared towards protecting and preserving the dignity of the Girl-Child through pro-activeness in initiating and partnering on a number of women’s and Girl-Child reproductive projects.
Queen Promise noted this while speaking exclusively with The World Satellite Magazine on the sidelines of the 2020 edition of the Miss Charity Ambassador pageant, which held over the weekend at the Sheraton Hotels, Abuja during when the focused, dynamic natural leader and excellent communicator laid emphasis on various focal areas, which include discriminations, exploitations, inequalities and violence in all forms.
Recognizing that the MCA crown is not just a pageantry title but a sign of great responsibility; the Akwa Ibom State-born beauty queen revealed: “I will carry the crown with utmost dignity and will use this platform to work towards widespread and availability of means, resources and opportunities in helping the GirlChild while not forgetting the BoyChild.”
Continuing, the very assiduous and result oriented Promise, who won The People’s Choice Award and a one year contract with the IBK Fashion Home at the Pageant asserted that she will initiate an organization through which she will, within the course of her reign and beyond create an enabling environment wherein the rights of women and other vulnerable groups are guaranteed.
“I will start up an organization through which I will be able to carry out several advocacy campaigns and outreach programmes to ameliorate the plight of women and the venerable, while developing consciousness of their dignity, especially the Girl-Child and BoyChild who are being raped or molested. I just want to uplift them because they are no different from others”, she explained.
Beyond this, Miss Nicholas is also upbeat about discovering and encouraging talented female youths in Nigeria and beyond to participate effectively in championing gender empowerment campaigns in Nigeria to underscore the disappointment of girls with the stewardship of our planet, the unabated violence directed against them and the slow pace of change in fulcrum issues like education.
Highlighting that the last 25 years “have shown what is needed to accelerate action for equality, the 22 year old ‘Lawyer in equity’ believes that as cause for hope, growing support in tackling gender-bias barriers, a ‘driving will’ for an equal world for everyone regardless of class or gender across generations and countries is pertinent.
“We don’t have an equal world at the moment and women and girls are angry and concerned about the future. They are radically impatient for change. It’s an impatience that runs deep, and it has been brewing for years”, the beauty queen noted.
Again, Queen Promise clearly expressed that The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which has been described as the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing the rights of not only women but girls calls for a world where every girl and woman can realize all her rights, such as to live free from violence, to attend and complete school, to choose when and whom she marries, and to earn equal pay for equal work.
The Queen further explained: “In nearly 25 years, we have seen more girls move from dreaming to achieving. More girls today are attending and completing school, fewer are getting married or becoming mothers while still children and more are gaining the skills they need to excel in the future world of work.
Additionally, she informed that girls are breaking boundaries and barriers posed by stereotypes and exclusion, including those directed at children with disabilities and those living in marginalized communities.
“As entrepreneurs, innovators and initiators of global movements, girls are creating a world that is relevant for them and future generations. There is need therefore to create an enabling environment and opportunities for the socio-economic empowerment of women”, Queen Nicholas added.
Another area of concern for Queen Promise Nicholas Ekarika is the fact that despite these inherent attributes, women empowerment is still a burning issue in the polity. According to her, this is in recognition of the vast number of women with little or no education and skills to enable them support their livelihoods or to become active in the mainstream economy of the country.
For her; “when you invest in a girl’s education, there are vast social and economic benefits. Girls who are educated are less likely to become victims of violence and they are also less likely to become child brides and child mothers. Educated girls contribute to their country’s economic growth. The impacts are multi-generational, too. Women typically reinvest 90% or more of their income into their families”.
No doubt, the progress since the Beijing Declaration is remarkable, but Promise still believes that girls around the world – especially those living in rural areas or humanitarian settings and those with disabilities – still need us to stand with them to achieve their full potential.
A SOLDIER’S STORY 2: The Most Anticipated Blockbuster Out of Nigeria 2020
By Kennedy Eberechi.
There are several factors that can create anticipation leading up to the releases of certain movies. Often, it’s the sequels (and sometimes prequels) to wildly popular films that get people excited, though adaptations of bestselling novels and comic books have been awaited with almost equal degrees of enthusiasm, especially in the last couple of decades.
A variety of other contributors exist, such as a movie’s growing controversy, behind-the-scenes buzz (both positive and negative), or sometimes simply the star power of an actor, producer and director.
Incidentally, since the release of a teaser from the Movie; A Soldier’s Story 2: Return from the Dead; the second part of a trilogy, (like Bourne Identity, each one with a life of its own but with the same cast and sequence), the movie pundits all over the world and the media have been upbeat and are already counting down the days to December when it will be officially premiered.
When in 2015, the Franchise owners; Martin Gbados of Mekdoss Productions and Frankie Ogar of Frankie Ogar Films who also produced and directed the movie respectively released the first part, it was widely adjudged the most successful movie out of Nollywood, having the highest number of awards in 2016 including two AMVCA, two AMAA, two NEA, three BON and Best Nigerian Movie at the Abuja International Film Festival, just to mention but a few.
Additionally, the movie provided the platform for stardom to most of the cast members whose career has been on the rise since they featured in the movie. Hence, the much buzz and frenzy over the sequel.
Again, what makes this Movie the most anticipated blockbuster out of Nigeria is the unprecedented combination of Hollywood actors; Eric Roberts, John Vogel and Berit Glaser, and Nollywood actors including veterans such as Alex Usifo, Akin Lewis, Segun Arinze, with younger ones such as Linda Ejiofor, Somkele Iyamah-Idalamah, Michelle Dede, Daniel K. Daniel, Tope Tedela, Baaj Adeuble and Sambasa Nzeribe, in addition to Chris Attoh from Ghana and Vimbai Muthinri from Zimbabwe.
Furthermore, the production quality of the film marks a turning point for the Nigerian film industry. It is equally well positioned to earn both at the box office for entertainment and quality due to its strategic collaborations, and as such, will surpass any movie ever made in Nollywood.
On the post-production side, Mekdoss Productions and Frankie Ogar Films collaborated with Revolve Agency LA (which handled films like ‘X-Men’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’) Moving Picture Company, Asia and Crater Studios Serbia.
On the strength of the film, it stands out among other movies because of its complete adherence to international standards of movie production in terms of plot, setting, visual effects, colour correction amidst other procedures.
Set in two West African countries; Nigeria and a fictional country called The Watz Republic, the Movie, shot in Lagos highlighted major socio-economic issues such as, insurgency, terrorism, women’s rights, emigration and more, which the world is currently tackling on a global scale, while telling a compelling story of love, hope and survival in the face of corruption.
I Have Always Dreamt of Making An Impact in Life; – Stella Okorie
By Mr. Slim.
From a modest background in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State, Nigeria, Stella Okorie, the 3rd child of a Christian home with six children, developed her love and passion for the Modeling Industry while still in primary school. Then, she used to participate in fashion parades and cultural day kit up.
In an interview, the Nigerian beauty queen remarked: “I loved the way I fashioned out any style of material that I was given and by that I decided that modeling and the spotlight is indeed my calling”.
Growing up, Stella Okorie has always had a soft spot for the needy and the cravings for an impactful life. Revealing her passion to contribute to making the nation a better place, Miss Okorie noted:
“If she were to be crowned Miss Nigeria or Miss World she would spend some of the money in building a foundation that would aid train and assist the less privileged to raise their standards so that one day they may help others as well, she added that she believes that with such a cycle, the nation would be a better place “I believe with such a cycle the nation would be a better place”.
Five years from now Stella Okorie sees herself scaling greater heights and in a different position in life, which is very different from where she is currently. She wants to make a lot of changes and impact; she wants to be the voice of the voiceless as well as a super star, powerful and prolific woman.
Encouraging ladies who wants to venture into the modeling world never give up on their dreams; she noted thatthey should strive to conquer and never fear failure.
“In fact they should embrace it by avoiding bad energy and negative minded people because tough times don’t last but tough people do. More so, they should work hard towards achieving their goals.
NICK B; Set To Ensure Full Participation of Persons With Disabilities in The Entertainment Industry
By The World Satellite.
Over the years in Nigeria, we have had series of Reality Shows which produced stars like KCEE, Chidinma, Iyanya and many others but the opportunity has always eluded young people with disabilities due to the marginalization they face in many forms in the entertainment industry, their gifts/talents have not been considered in order to harness more talents in the likes of Cohbams Asuquo, Crazy legs, Yinka Ayefele and Kenny Blind.
Recognizing the need to give equal opportunity to persons with disabilities, Ace Abuja entertainer; Nicholas Bibiem, popularly known as Nick B has concluded plans to hold a talent hunt, tagged: AID TALENT HUNT- The first Nigerian Reality TV Show packaged exclusively for persons with disabilities to harness their potentials and talents in the Entertainment industry.
In a press statement, signed personally by him, NICK B; the Project Director for the Talent Hunt revealed that the AID (Ability in Disability) is aimed at boosting the self-esteem and independence of People with Disabilities so as to ensure their full participation in the entertainment industry, thereby creating a world of endless possibilities, with the desire to empower them with skills necessary to be included in Entertainment sector.
“It will be a great sight to behold a young man with physical disability crack ribs or sing in a melodious voice, a blind dance so good, a deaf who can act or sing a popular song with sign language of lyrics you know he has never heard. There are many talented persons with disabilities waiting to take the world by storm but their hopes and dreams are always dashed before they are even conceived”, Nick B explained.
Continuing, Nick B, who is also the Executive Director of Miss Health International Foundation and the CEO of Bibiem Entertainment noted: “I am elated that God is about to answer the pray of many of us young people with disabilities who have been so good in one art or the other but we have limited opportunity.
“We are always faced with several challenges ranging from inaccessibility of public buildings and rejections even when we succeed in meeting producers or show promoters. Therefore, the Miss Health International Foundation has packaged The AID TALENT HUNT to give youths with disabilities a sense of belonging, an opportunity for them to show the world that they too could become super stars.
While stating that The AID (Ability in Disability) Talent Hunt is specifically designed to discover, develop and promote Talents inherent person with disabilities, Nick B expressed no doubts that it will also enhance the overall skills needed to compete favourably with others in the entertainment industry. “This talent hunt is historic as it will help to bring talented persons with disabilities to the limelight and build self-esteem which we are lacking in our quest of becoming super stars.
“It will be glorious seeing 50 contestants with disabilities being groomed and trained in an in-house camping for 13weeks to become amazing entertainers. The lives of the 50 contestants will never be the same because the popularities and exposure will be the tonic they need to excel in the entertainment world.
“Therefore, singers, dancers, comedians, artists, actors and poetics with disabilities, it is your time to show the world. This is because if you remove the ‘DIS’ in ‘DISABILITY’, it is ‘ABILITY”, he enthused.
By Kennedy Eberechi.
She comes across as a very modest, may be even plain – a plain beautiful lady. And then she begins to talk and the plainness about her dissolves and you catch your breath at her eloquence, her depth, her vision. Her name is Olivia Obini Ayomide Martins; the reigning Abia Next Top Model, who has been active in the Nigerian Beauty Industry for over five years.
At a time when modesty and value orientation are needed to recognize the enormous potentials in the Modeling Industry, it has become necessary for this Beauty Queen and Catalogue Model’s credentials to be laid bare.
Spurred by passion and determination, Queen Olivia Martins is a seasoned Beauty Queen and a Catalogue Model, who has risen from the ashes of sexual abuse and has positioned herself as a force to be reckoned with in the modeling industry, breaking free from imposed and self-imposed blockades that usually dragged behind, most individual youths from achieving their dreams.
From a humble background, Queen Olivia Martins, who hails from Delta State, was born in Aba Abia State, Nigeria and has in view a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Health Technology from the Abia State College of Health Management and Technology.
Very assiduous, focused and result oriented, Queen Olivia has overtime demonstrated her passion to seek a platform to be a voice for the voiceless, hope of the hopeless and to engage government and stakeholders towards putting smile of the faces of the indigent and the vulnerable in the society.
This passion became more profound when she contested and won the first ever edition of the Abia Next Top Model beauty Pageant in 2017. Since being crowned the Abia Next Top Model; a crown she still wears till date owing to her great efforts towards the Brand, the prolific Catalogue Model has had deals of breath-taken poses for catalogues, Magazines and calendars that include pictures of archetypal.
Miss Martins, who enjoys posing and giving different types of looks to the camera, has over the years garnered several awards. Perhaps significant among them are: The Beauty Queen of the Year, Top Model of the Year, Humanitarian Queen of the Year, Charitable Queen of the year, etc. More so, she has featured in several glossy magazines such as L’omo Magazine, FOURWALL Magazine, Tresh Magazine and many others too numerous to mention.
Recently, the Dark-Skinned beauty Queen bagged an endorsement deal with the brand, St. Rayzenah Luxury; a clothing brand in Nigeria and the United States of America which deals more with African fabrics.
In an exclusive media chat, Miss Martins revealed that within few weeks of working with them, it has been awesome and of worth, which according to her aligns with the type of modeling she does and with the few weeks of working with them, it’s been awesome and worth it.
Believing that every woman; young and old desire the look of a super model without having to hid behind masks and layers of foundation powder, the hardworking and innovative beauty queen revealed that she has concluded plans to unveil her Skin-care brand known as Livia’s Skin-Care and Spa, built on honesty.
“African women have long been getting it wrong with artificial facial cosmetics and as a result, facial disorders are becoming a normal part of our beautiful black skin. It’s time for us to consider the use of natural products because of the safety they offer our skin so that, even when we try them out, we have nothing to loose.
“In the bid to get the best facial look, we have done ourselves more harm than good by diverting our attention from enhancing our skin to hiding facial defects caused by artificial cosmetics. Quite a number of the ladies simply make haste to buy creams they feel suit the skin of another, judging the efficacy of a cream on its price tag without realizing that a pricey jar of cream doesn’t necessarily give beautiful complexion. Smooth shining skin is not only a sign of good health but good grooming, which can be totally and safely achieved by going the natural way”, she explained.
Acknowledging the fact that the modeling industry is not just about the funfair of crowning beauty queens and posing in front of the camera, the inventive and multi-talented Olivia has continued to develop a robust platform to engage stakeholders at promoting child’s education and championing charity campaigns as veritable ingredients for socio-economic development.
Specifically, preaching against Sexual Abuse and advocating for the less privileged to attain a better life and education that will set them on the right path to achieving their goals and dreams, are some of the issues that fire her up.
Giving her passion and enthusiasm so far, it cannot be gainsaid nor overemphasized that Queen Olivia Martins is a big boost to improving the already strong dynamism and functionality in redefining the essence of the Nigerian Modeling Industry.
*Kennedy Eberechi is a Publicist; he heads Ken-Gbados Concepts Limited, and writes from Abuja, Nigeria. (07064715591, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cultural Diversity In Nigeria Should Be Seen As An Asset Not A Burden – Queen Sarah Akaazua
By The World Satellite.
Queen Sarah Akaazua; the current holder of the Queen of Aso-Culture has continued to take more proactive steps in demonstrating her commitments to galvanizing the interest of the youths and strategically re-channel them to national pursuits that will culminate in development and cultural recovery in a bid to address the burning issue of segregation and fundamentalism. This was evident in an exclusive media chat with The World Satellite Magazine on Monday in Abuja on the occasion of her birthday.
Queen Sarah who spoke passionately on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, which comprises of Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, noted the complementarities between culture and peace. “To build peace that leads to development, it is necessary to have mutual understanding and tolerance between cultures. If people accept cultural diversity and understand cultures other than their own, it will contribute to the prevention of conflict, building of peace and development. Hence, cultural diversity in Nigeria should be seen as an asset rather than a burden,” Miss Akaazua said.
Continuing, the Benue-born beauty queen observed that with an estimated population of about 130 million and over 250 ethnic nationalities, Nigeria ranks the most populous country in black Africa. Accordingly the important part of human rights and sustainable peace is cultural diversity. “The emergence of differing culture and maintenance of cultural diversity has raised the possibility of the human race to adapt to environmental change in the future.
“In order for culture itself to retain its creativity and vitality, the existence of other cultures is a must. New ideas are born from other cultures, and the source of cultural creativity lies within constant encounters between different cultures,” she added.
Furthermore, while noting the strategic importance of her position especially now that the country is undergoing series of orchestrated violence, the passion-driven entrepreneur revealed use her platform as a Cultural Ambassador to galvanize a large army of Nigerian youths to reflect on the need for peace and cultural recovery as a path way to economic and sustainable development.
“The moment the youths of Nigeria are sufficiently educated about the essence of and the philosophy behind Nigeria’s rich cultural diversity, it is easier for the different segments of the complexity that Nigeria is, to now unify and decide to live in peace, harmony, equality and respect for equity, social justice and practice democracy the way it should be.”
Conclusively, she reminded the government that one of the fundamental objectives of state policy is to promote our cultural values. According to her, to promote cultural values one has to create the enabling environment for the proper promotions of the different cultural activities that we find Nigeria.
Queen Sarah Benz; Set to Galvanize the Interest of the Youths Towards Cultural Recovery
By The World Satellite.
Identified as the future of the African Pageantry, Miss Sarah Akaazua, popularly known as Sarah Benz is a manifestation of a hybrid cultural upbringing which has directly influenced her emergence as the 2020/2021 Queen of Aso – Culture.
It was all fun as the former Queen of Benue Tourism; Sarah Benz emerged the Queen of Aso – Culture in the just concluded virtual edition of the Queen of Aso Nigeria beauty pageant 2020 in Abuja; a prestigious pageant aimed at promoting the rich culture and heritage of Nigeria and the society at large.
Speaking on her recent emergence as Queen of Aso – Culture in a chat with The Word Satellite Magazine, the light-skinned Benue-born beauty queen who expressed her delight in the crown posited that she would use the platform to advocate for the mutual understanding and tolerance between cultures especially in the Capital city of Abuja.
“To build peace that leads to development, it is necessary to have mutual understanding and tolerance between cultures. If people accept cultural diversity and understand cultures other than their own, it will contribute to the prevention of conflict, building of peace and development. Hence, cultural diversity in Nigeria should be seen as an asset rather than a burden,” Queen Sarah explained.
Also, Queen Sarah; an entrepreneur who manufactures organic soap, pink lip balm and glow oil for all skin types expressed that the cultural richness, grace, dedication, leadership and strength exemplified by the organizers of the pageant will inspire her to not just see the pageant as a funfair of crowning beauty queens, but to use her voice, passion and position to Galvanize the interest of the youths and strategically re-channel them to national pursuits that will culminate in development and cultural recovery.
While revealing that she would make use of the media of mass communication as instruments of social mobilization and enlightenment to be able to galvanize a large army of Nigerian youths, she opined: “the moment the youths of Nigeria are sufficiently educated about the essence of and the philosophy behind Nigeria’s rich cultural diversity, it is easier for the different segments of the complexity that Nigeria is, to now unify and decide to live in peace, harmony, equality and respect for equity, social justice and practice democracy the way it should be.
Furthermore, Queen Sarah was convinced that her role as the Queen of Aso – Culture will enable her to shine the spotlight on Nigeria and beyond, tell her story, inspire others and most importantly serve humanity.
She concluded by asserting that one of the fundamental objectives of state policy is to promote our cultural values. According to her, to promote cultural values one has to create the enabling environment for the proper promotions of the different cultural activities that we find Nigeria.
I Would Love To Kiss Ini Edo in a Movie; – Emmy Williams
By The World Satellite.
The honourary award recipient of The Best Actor of the Year in Kogi State; Mr. Ade Emmanuel Ibikunle, better known as Emmy Williams has expressed his desire to be featured alongside Nollywood’s ‘A’ List Actress; Ini Edo in a romantic movie, which will afford him the opportunity to lock lips with the veteran actress.
Emmy Williams, who recently received his call-up letter to take part in the season two of NEXT SUPERSTAR REALITY TV SHOW, which will take place for a continuous period of 40 days after the ongoing Big Brother Naija Reality Tv Show revealed this in an exclusive media chat with The World Satellite Magazine.
While noting that the core objective of the reality show is to give entertainers and talented youths a platform where they could be seen by the world in a greater light, the Ondo-born Actor, who resides in Enugu State, Nigeria noted his excitement in being accepted to take part in the season 2 of the Reality Show, adding that it will provide him with the veritable platform to broaden his base of appreciative fans and take his career to a greater level.
“Receiving that confirmation letter stirred up the drive and passion to succeed in me; I was not only excited about it, I also saw it as a proof that I am ready to take my entertainment career to the next level”, Emmy stated.
Generally, Emmy Wiiliams; a Bachelor Degree holder in Microbiology from the University of Benin started his acting career at the age of 7 from the creeks of Warri, Delta State where he grew up. In spite of being told by a Producer in 2016 that he is not fit to be an actor, he continued pressing forward and got his first role in 2017 from the NTA/JEP soap opera, ‘100 Ways to Win a Husband’, where he played the character ‘Old dog’
During his NYSC in Kogi State in 2018, Emmy featured in a Movie wherein he played the role of a security guard. Highlighting on the challenges confronting upcoming actors, Emmy Williams stated: “It’s very difficult to get the desired “lead roles” every actor craves for. Sometimes you’ve got to lay low and learn from each character. I once played the role of a palace guard in a movie, but I didn’t see myself as a palace guard; I saw it as an opportunity to learn as every role has a lesson attached to it. So, what I simply do is take every challenge as an avenue for learning”.
Very assiduous, focused and result-oriented, he got his first Lead role in the short film “Insecure”. His role in the movie brought him to the limelight and in 2019 he secured a sub lead role in the Northern movie ‘Love and Poverty’ wherein his role as ‘Salim’ received positive praise from pundits.
A member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, known for his astute interpretation of roles and characters, which has earned him more praise from his fans and colleagues; Emmy Williams has won several awards which includes the Conquest as ‘Radiodurans Mr Macho’ in 2017. He was the ‘Face of La Pregunta’ in 2019, and he is a recipient of an honorary award from Kogi state as “Actor of the year”.
Given his enthusiasm and achievements so far, it is believed that the inclusion of Mr. Emmy Williams in the season two of the Next Superstar TV Reality show will be a big boost to improving the already strong dynamism of the Reality show and the Entertainment industry at large.
I Look Forward To Doing A Song Collaboration With Davido Soon; – Says Lyrically Cossy
By Kennedy Eberechi.
Those who argue that there is future for the Nigerian Music Industry can and indeed proudly point at Jim Terver Kpindi, popularly known as Lyrically Cossy as a perfect example of a persona, who has broken free from imposed and self-imposed blockades that usually dragged behind, most individuals from achieving their dreams.
A focused, dedicated and unique singer, songwriter and a performer, whose sound is full of Afro-Pop; Lyrically Cossy has over the years demonstrated his quest to being Nigeria’s fastest rising Music Maestro and Entertainer. His life, talents and visions have been characterized by innovations and ingenuities.
When in 2017, he dropped the single (Loving your Way), we thought like every other upcoming artiste that we have seen the best of him; but that was only paved the way for a more productive career ahead of him.
With his sensual free and smooth voice, which flows like a melancholy breeze, he has gone ahead to record an Ep of 6 tracks, with a video of one of the tracks (Na-Wetin) already making waves. This year, he has already dropped 3 singles, with Come Closer as the most recent.
In a recent chat with the World Satellite Magazine, the graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management revealed his desire to do song collaboration with DAVIDO, who has influenced him and his musical career greatly.
“I look forward to collaborating with DAVIDO; the biggest artiste in Africa. I love him so much because he motivates me and his hard work and passion really moves my blood. People like him can never fade in the industry, except he decides to call it quit with music. So I look forward to collaborating with him soon very soon”, Cossy stated.
While highlighting finance and connection as the major challenges confronting upcoming artistes in the industry, Cossy noted that being passion-driven is the foundation for success in the Music Industry especially for the upcoming ones.
“If you are not being driven by that zeal and passion you cannot do music lyrically, financially and otherwise. With this zeal and passion, coupled with the grace of God, I have gotten used to the stage and the MIC. Nevertheless, I still see myself as learner because I have not gotten to that very point of a full blown artiste.” Cossy explained.
Continuing, Cossy who will be dropping another single titled “YOU” very soon informed that since going professional in 2017, he has seen a whole lot of upgrade and massive change in his career through his singles. According to him, this is because he makes sure any single he does, is an improvement on the last one, which has broaden his base of appreciative and passionate fans.
Furthermore, he called on the government to pay more attention to the Entertainment Industry in general so as to create the enabling opportunities and platforms for upcoming Artistes either by way of sponsorship or by opening support centres to offer training and upgrade according to individual talents.
‘A Soldier’s Story – Return From The Dead’; An Unprecedented Blend of Nollywood And Hollywood
By Kennedy Eberechi.
Few months to the premiere of the Movie; A Soldier’s Story – Return From The Dead, the movie world and the media have been upbeat about the Movie. The Movie, due to be released in December this year, is the second part of a trilogy, (like Bourne Identity, each one with a life of its own but with the same cast and sequence), Produced by Martin Gbados, written and directed by Frankie Ogar.
Recall that that the first part of the Trilogy; A Soldier’s Story, which was released in 2015, was widely adjudged the most successful movie out of Nollywood, having the highest number of awards in 2016 including two AMVCA, two AMAA, two NEA, three BON and Best Nigerian Movie at the Abuja International Film Festival, just to mention but a few. In addition, the Movie provided the platform for stardom to some of the cast members whose career has been on the rise since they featured in the movie.
Banking on the success of the first part, the second part; A Soldier’s Story – Return From The Dead is a huge project that combined an unprecedented blend of Hollywood actors; Eric Roberts, John Vogel and Berit Glaser, and Nollywood actors including veterans such as Alex Usifo, Akin Lewis, Segun Arinze, with younger ones such as Linda Ejiofor, Somkele Iyamah-Idalamah, Michelle Dede, Daniel K. Daniel, Tope Tedela, Baaj Adeuble and Sambasa Nzeribe, in addition to Chris Attoh from Ghana and Vimbai Muthinri from Zimbabwe.
No wonder over the week, a versatile Nollywood actress and presenter; Belinda Effah took to her Instagram page to eulogize the awesome cast. “So Martin Gbados, I saw your post yesterday on the cast of A Soldier’s Story – Return From The Dead due in cinemas this December. Almost everyone was there; Old and New, Hollywood and Nollywood…”, Belinda said.
Set in two West African countries, Nigeria and a fictional country called The Watz Republic, the Movie, shot in Lagos highlighted major socio-economic issues such as, insurgency, terrorism, women’s rights, emigration and more, which the world is currently tackling on a global scale, while telling a compelling story of love, hope and survival in the face of corruption.
In a recent chat, the Producer; Martin Gbados revealed that on the post-production side, they collaborated with Revolve Agency LA (which handled films like ‘X-Men’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’) Moving Picture Company, Asia, and Crater Studios Serbia. “On the strength of the film, it stands out among other movies because of its complete adherence to international standards of movie production in terms of plot, setting, visual effects, colour correction amidst other procedures.
“The production quality of the film marks a turning point for the Nigerian film industry. It is equally well positioned to earn both at the box office for entertainment and quality due to its strategic collaborations, and as such, will surpass any movie ever made in Nollywood”, Mr. Gbados expressed.
RISING INCIDENCE OF RAPE: Queen Mimidoo Uhundu Initiates Support Group for Victims
By The World Satellite.
Against the backdrop of the recent escalation of rape cases across the country, which has viciously and unfortunately led to the untimely death of some victims like late Uwa, Barakat while others are left with the psychological scars and trauma for life; Queen Mimidoo Uhundu has unveiled plans of setting up a support group and rehabilitation scheme for victims
Queen Mimidoo; the current Face of Middle-Belt, Nigeria made this known in an exclusive media chat with The World Satellite on the sidelines of her birthday over the weekend during when she noted that rape cases are not reported because of stigmatization of the victims, which makes the cases rise.
“I am in the process of setting up a support group and rehabilitation scheme for victims and the details will be made available soon. I also have arrangements with rights-based organizations for follow-ups on cases reported. One of such organisations is Lawyers Alert and bystanders are also encouraged to report cases, because often times the victims are scared of speaking out.
“I can assure you that tips will be followed up and sources will be confidential. I encourage survivors and persons who have a history or experience in handling this to stand up for the sake of ensuring the safety of our young girls and this appeal cuts across all gender”, Queen Uhundu revealed.
Again, while expressing pains that due to stigmatization, rape predators still roam freely, the benue-born beauty queen who is so passionate about the vulnerable in the society with emphasis on women and children called on the police authority to train its officers and men on how to proactively handle rape cases so as to avoid tempering with associated evidence and pressures on the victims by their family members to withdraw the case.
Continuing, the undergraduate of Benue State University stated that nothing exposes the backwardness of a country more than this prevalent rape culture backed up by religious and cultural sentiments. According to her, this cultural and religious context is the underlying reason behind the societal pressure to remain silent and the strong element of shame around rape and rape survivors.
“Rape survivors are faced with long-suppressed feeling of shame, anger and rage. The public acknowledgement of the fact that there is a massive rape problem in Nigeria is the first step towards building a responsible society that protects women.
It saddens my heart that in this period of Covid-19 pandemic, rape cases are leading the polls. Women now live in fear of rape more than the corona virus. Many have expressd their views on this context and even make excuses for these perpetrators but let me put it straight that there is no excuse for rape. Women don’t get raped because they went drinking/partying or they dress indecent or take lonely paths, women get raped because someone raped them”, she emphasized.
In conclusion, she called on The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to be more proactive in its mode of operation instead of been reactive. More so, she joined her voice in demanding immediate justice for Uwa, Barakat and all rape victims, while adding that all hands must be on deck to destroy rape before rape destroys Nigeria and cause our dear country an international condemnation.
Being in Abuja as a Film-maker Could Be Quite Challenging…; – Sam Presto
Those who believe that Abuja can and indeed transform into a film-making destination for Nigeria and beyond, can proudly point at Sam Presto as an example of a perfect example of a young Filmmaker, who has broken free from imposed and self-imposed blockades that usually dragged behind, most independent and content producers from achieving their dreams in Abuja.
Born Samuel Ikechukwu Osondu in Imo State; Sam Presto is a passionate Music Video/Movie Director, a Cinematographer, Editor, Drone Pilot and YouTuber. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sam Presto Films; a content and independent production company based in Abuja, Nigeria. There, he drives excellence in quality Music Video and Film-making.
Sam granted The World Satellite Magazine an interview and it; he sheds light on the scope of Film-making, the role of Sam Presto Films in making Abuja a Film-making destination. Read Excerpts:
I want us to start by asking you to give a general overview of the movie industry in Nigeria
The Movie Industry in Nigeria or Nollywood has progressed from the traditional industry of the old. It has really transformed in the sense that our indigenous films are being showcased as Netflix Original; example is Lion Heart by Genevieve Nnaji.
In addition, so many other Nigerian movies that could be compared with Hollywood abound. The likes of “Soldier Story“; produced by Martin Gbados and Directed by Frankie Ogar, which I heard the sequel due to be premiered in December this year is an intercontinental project. Am really proud to be part of this creative industry called Nollywood.
Sam Presto Films has been adjudged one of the fastest growing production companies in Abuja and beyond; how has it been able to climb the ladder and sustained it?
It’s been God all the way. Though the journey has never been easy, but we strive against all odds to deliver an excellent output on every production we are involved in. Service delivery and customer satisfaction are some of the foundations that have helped us. There is this saying that ‘a satisfied client is a potential marketer’.
Although we have had our setbacks, which we are trying to improve on, but on the whole, technological ingenuities and innovations have been our driving force. Sam Presto Films is well known in Abuja and beyond today because of our consistency in service delivery and not being afraid to try new ideas or concepts.
Film-making, especially in Nigeria could be quite challenging, briefly highlight some these challenges and what you are doing to overcome them.
Challenges are opportunities for you to rise above and to do what needs to be done. Being a Film-maker in Nigeria generally is really challenging. One of the problems we all face is funding; as an indigenous filmmaker, getting a sponsor is not really easy. Even when you have some credible movies to show for it, people still have this doubt of knowing if their money will yield returns.
Another challenge is getting the best hands to work with you; getting the best loyal crew. This is because when once someone trains under you, after sometime, they feel they can stand on their own and just want to open their own production houses.
May be because of the economy, everybody wants that quick cash in the quest for survival. Nobody really stays long serving or being a crew member, everyone wants to be a Director the moment he or she learns something.
At Sam Presto Films, have been advocating and pushing forward in writing to some sponsors. Currently, we have some close friends who have indicated interest to help in funding. We have written so many proposals that are on the pipeline right now, everything is working fine and at the right time we will kick off and start shooting some films
In the area of getting best loyal crew, we decided to start up a Home Training Initiative to groom those we think have the potentials of being good in film-making. I engage them and give them some written agreements while I waive it off for some.
Therefore, when they become good, they tend to be loyal because they know they did not really offer anything compared to what is being charged out there to learn film-making. So far it has been working for us and we have some good hands working with us.
More so, being in Abuja as a film-maker in Nigeria could be quite challenging, but the Abuja industry too is growing. People are getting to know film-making as a big lucrative industry that can really generate huge amount of revenue if funded. So far, I have been in Abuja and we are doing well.
Quality Assurance and Customer Service differentiate a company from its competitors; what would you say is your strength at Sam Presto Films?
Our strength is in our people and our attention to details. Technology is very important and of course, enterprise solution is in servicing the client. We are investing in that, and we are also trying to upgrade to more recent technologies and software that will make our clients get even more than what they are paying for.
Because we are a growing production company, we are not very much concerned about making profits now, rather in making a good name for ourselves, which stems from getting good quality outputs
Therefore, quality is something we try not to compromise on. We try to give every project our best so as to give clients that wow moment. Most times, when we deliver our jobs, the excitement that exhumes from the client when they watch their project is something I cannot really explain and that gives us a whole lot of joy.
Recognizing the need for a readily and easy channel of communication, we always try to respond and deliver as quick as possible, we try to hear from them, get their complaints and give them the best solution for their complaints.
Generally, I would say that we have been good, but we are not perfect yet, because structurally we have a lot to put in our customer service so as to give the best customer service any production company could give.
Professionally, how many years have you been doing this, and how satisfied are you?
I have been in this industry for more than 15 years; I have done a professional video that is about 15 years now. Looking back at my works no regrets so far; it has just been from glory to glory, from one stage to another and I give God the praise.
Being a filmmaker for me is inbuilt. I can tell lots of stories and I can visualize a lot in my head. There is even a part I am still working on, which is on cartoon animation series. I don’t know any other thing I would have done to make me this happy. This is because being around media production, gives me joy.
By and large, I thank God for his grace over these years. My jobs speak for themselves; the later jobs are better than the former in that order and I keep enjoying the growth. We are not where we are expecting to be, but we are not where we used to be. So far, its bin great and we have more concepts and ideas to put out very soon.
As Dafina Keeps RUNNING
By The World Satellite.
DAFINA Zeqiri has continued to take more proactive steps in demonstrating her creativity and originality as a singer – songwriter. Recall that at the age of 5, when most children only think about playing, Dafina already knew that her passion was to become a singer.
This was underscored by her constant sitting at the piano and sing, which was the most beautiful feeling in the world for her. From an early age she took classical singing lessons and attended ballet and hip-hop dance classes.
The exceptionally talented singer-songwriter, with her debut single “Shot calling”, reached the third place in the MTV Swiss Video charts in 2017, and in 2019 she successfully completed her studies in architecture
Fortuitously Dafina is back with her new single “Running”! According to a Press Release cited by The World Satellite Magazine Website the exceptional singer was credited as having her own way of dealing with this year’s spring, marked by patience and isolation.
Continuing, the Press Release described the unmistakable voice of the young singer-songwriter as appealing to our inner strength in times of this Covid-19 pandemic. “Running is an empowering track about willpower and hope. The video for “Running” was premiered on Friday, 24 April 2020”, the statement noted.
Conclusively the statement informed that fastidious and efficacious plans are being put in place for her come to Nigeria for a full promotion and media tour
Currently Dafina is working on her first EP which is due this year. The talented singer, who has a truly international background with roots in Germany, Kosovo and Nigeria, is ready to put her deep, raspy voice out into the world again and follow up on the success of past chart entries.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the Real Madrid Academy in Port Harcourt will train children in both football and Basic Education with a view to building a strong future for them.
Sentiment Or Performance: A Look At Why Chelsea Appointed Lampard AS New Manager
By Amaechi Agbo
Chelsea has appointed Frank Lampard as their Manager on Thursday, as owner; Roman Abramovich turned to the Fan’s favourite rather than an experienced hand to replace Maurizio Sarri and lead the club into a new era.
Lampard, adored by Chelsea fans as the heart and soul of the club’s midfield during a trophy-laden 13 years at Stamford Bridge, was handed a three-year contract having left second tier Derby County.
“I am immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as head coach,” Lampard told the club website.
“Everyone knows my love for this club and the history we have shared, however, my sole focus is on the job in hand and preparing for the season ahead”.
“I am here to work hard, bring further success to the club and I cannot wait to get started.”
A relative rookie as a manager, the 41-year-old Lampard earned plaudits for taking Derby into the Championship playoff final in his first year in the dugout — even if they just missed out on promotion to the Premier League.
Derby said an undisclosed compensation package had been agreed with Chelsea and wished Lampard well.
Lampard’s assistant and former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris is returning with him to Stamford Bridge along with first team coach Chris Jones.
Lampard faces no small task in returning Chelsea to the status of Premier League title contenders following Sarri’s departure to Juventus and Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid. His rebuilding efforts at Chelsea will also be hampered by a FIFA transfer ban.
Lampard’s cousin Jamie Redknapp, a former England midfielder, said patience would be the key factor.
“The fans adore Frank, but he’s going to need time,” Jammie told Sky Sports television. “You’ll have to be patient and I think everyone will be, because it is Frank Lampard.
“The players will respect him, but patience will be the key because Chelsea is a hiring and firing club, no matter what you say…it almost feels like they may have to change that process and say from the outset Frank’s going to be given time
“The fans I have no doubt will give him time. But to say this year he’s got to get in the top four and things like that, I think that’s unfair. You have to be realistic.”
Sarri, who departed after one season at Stamford Bridge, guided Chelsea to the Europa League title and third place in the Premier League but was never loved by Chelsea fans.
“Lamps” will have no such problems.
The former England midfielder played a key role in Chelsea’s golden era, making 648 appearances and scoring a club record 211 goals between 2001-2014. In that time, he won three Premier League titles as well as the Champions League.
“After 13 years with us as a player, where he became a club legend and our record goalscorer, we believe this is the perfect time for him to return and i am delighted he has done so,” Chelsea Director, Marina Granovskaia said.
“We will do everything we can to ensure he has all the support required to achieve a huge success.”
Lampard’s former Chelsea team mate Petr Cech joined the club as a technical and performance advisor last month, and the pair will play a key role in the overhaul of the playing squad.
Chelsea, however, were handed a two-window transfer ban by world soccer’s governing body FIFA in February for breaching rules regarding the international transfer and registration of players under 18.
The club appealed against the ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport last month.
The ban could force Lampard to put his trust in youngsters, a blueprint he developed at Derby where he blooded a number of Chelsea loanees.
Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham were all involved in the playoff final at Wembley and they could all be back in west London next season.
With teenager, Callum Hudson-Odoi having made the breakthrough under Sarri last season, Lampard may appear the ideal choice to construct a Chelsea side based on youth.
Chelsea, who finished third in the league last season will kick off their 2019-20 campaign against Manchester United on Aug. 11.
“I think if they were to finish in the top four, that would be an amazing season,” said Redknapp.
“Top six is a certainty with the players they’ve still got, and the manager. I’ve got no doubts they will do that.”
FCT FA CHAIRMAN INSPECTS AREA 3 FIELD FOR RENOVATION
By Amaechi Agbo
The newly elected FCT Football Association chairman, Adam Moukhtar Mohammed has inspected the Area 3 Field in Abuja for renovation work.
The chairman went round the field in company of few coaches, exchanging ideas with them on possible areas that need immediate attention.
Mr Moukhtar after inspecting the field told our reporter that the new administration in the FCT football will swing into action in order to give the playing field a befitting outlook.
The chairman noted that the fate of the field which has been serving the FCT and indeed Nigeria for more than 10 years is unacceptable adding that work will commence immediately in giving the field a facelift.
He however stressed that the renovation work will not be radical in view of the fact that to do a total overhaul of the field, the FA would need permission from the owners of the facility; the FCT Sports Council. He however reiterated the resolve of the new administration to beautify the field and give it a new face of attraction.
He however, mentioned areas his administration will carry out immediate work to include working on the road leading to the field which he said is deplorable; providing toilet and water utilities in the field as well as building fans and VIP stands to give Abuja citizens as well as visitors a sense of belonging.
“We have gone on assessment and we have come here to see the current state and condition of the Area 3 pitch and what we can do in short term before we can have a long-term measure. We came here to see how we can improve on the standard so that it can look better than it currently is”, Mr. Moukhtar emphasised.
Furthermore, he added that the most important thing is for us to have toilet facilities, running water good road., owing to the fact that the road is in a very bad condition.
“These are the priority attentions right now. We need to beautify the environment within the pitch. We need to start from there. We need proper stands for the players, fans and VIPs. We need to secure the entry points which is part of conditions for playing league matches. There are a lot works to do and we have begun’, he reiterated.
Continuing he stated; “We have began already and the public will start seeing changes soon. But there will be no radical changes because we have to take permission from the authorities. So we start with a little bit of work to improve the field and its beautification”.
“We have to change in all angles because if the field is given a facelift, automatically the dressing rooms will not remain as they are. We are expecting league matches in the field as well as promotions to the premier league and this is definitely one of the places we will use. The current state of the pitch is unacceptable. I am sure that when they come for inspection, they will not approve it so there is need for us to start thinking ahead of time,” he concluded.
On the award of contract for the renovation work, Mr Moukhtar who defeated the former chairman; Alhaji Talle in the June 20 election, said that there is no need yet to award contract stressing that the measure adopted was for short term in order to rescue the field from its current situation.
“It will not be contract because that will be a long process. We don’t own the facilities; they are owned by the FCT Sports Council. We are just making use of it. We cannot take laws into our hands and do things without seeking necessary approvals”.
“But being that we are the ones making use of it, it is allowed that we make minor adjustments and beatifications. We will handle it with direct labour for now,” he added.