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BON commiserates with Baba Sala’s Family, names comedy category of Award after him

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Following the death of iconic Nigerian comedian, dramatist and filmmaker, Moses Adejumo, popularly known as Baba Sala, the Best Of Nollywood Awards, BON has renamed its comedy category after the late legend.

A statement by the Head of the Best of Nollywood Jury, Niran Adedokun explained that the award will “henceforth be known as the Moses Adejumo Comedy of the Year Award in recognition the contributions that the late veteran artiste made to the development of comedy in Nigeria.

Adedokun , who noted that Bala Sala was a total performer whose early investments in the alongside many of his contemporaries laid the foundation for the increasingly growing entertainment industry.
“Being Nigeria’s leading homegrown and home focused movie awards, the Best of Nollywood Awards honours the memory of this great man and have decided to name our comedy awards after him. It is the least that we can do as a Nigerian award even though we understand that he deserves much more and hope that our government will consider immortalizing him in some way, the statement offered.

He expressed the condolences of the organisers of the award to the Adejumo family urging them to take solace in the enviable legacy of the late filmmaker who started his career in show business as a highlife musician in 1964 with a group known as the Federal Rhythm Dandies and was noted to have tutored and guided the Juju maestro, King Sunny Ade, who was his lead guitarist at the time.

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Stop endorsing drug abuse, La Face tells Nigerian musicians

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Nigerian musicians have been advised to stop glamourising and endorsing illicit drug abuse in whatever shape or form as role models that should show the way for others to follow.

Speaking recently in an interview, a popular Nigerian entertainment promoter Tunde oshinubosi, (La Face) stated that the nation was sitting on a keg of gun powder “if this crazy trend continues unabated.”

He said: “If we think the yahoo trend is bad, guess what, the looming drug epidemic, which will ruin the lives of our future leaders, will be catastrophic.

“With drug abuse comes accelerated cases of social vices such as armed robbery, kidnapping, prostitution, fraud, cultism, banditary etc.

“The sweet codeine documentary is just a tip of the iceberg, today’s drug abuse wave cuts across gender, ethnic and religious divide. It is scary, as a parent, I fear for the future of the coming generation.

“The lukewarm attitude of the state and federal governments is mind blowing, I doubt if this madness will be tolerated even by our Ghanaian neighbours.”

La Face stated further that as major stakeholders in the music industry, Nigerian musicians must condemn the evil trend, adding that “let me burst your brain using a common phrase by youths today; an addict will do anything for a score.”

The promoter stressed that music should be about creativity, and not a platform to “glamourise illicit drug abuse, as creative minds, we should focus on lasting legacy.”

He opined that as a nation, Nigeria lost it from the beginning by creating a situation where everything goes, and that the nation must put a stop “to this madness called music.”

“Today, codeine, tramadol rophenol, diazepan etc are abused with reckless abandon. Addicts will automatically graduate into cocaine, heroine, meth etc.

“We already have a problem of massive unemployment with the looming drug epidemic.
“We welcome an unemployable youth populace coupled with poverty, Boko Haram banditary, kidnapping to name a few.

“As industry insiders, it is an open secret that over 90‰ of Nigerian secular artists do drugs. Should they then pass it on, destroying the future generation, please enough is enough,” La Face stated.

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Journalist Michael Alonge unveils motivational book ‘The Hidden Substance’

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Alonge Michael, a journalist and an online news service provider at Mike Angelo News has perfected all acts for the public presentation of the maiden edition of his intellectual compilation, The Hidden Substance, slated for Thursday 27th, June, 2019 at Imperial Hall, Muhammed Jobifele Way, Behind MKO Abiola Gardens, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos from 12 noon.

The Hidden Substance is a ‘mini-autobiography’, embellished with some motivational and inspirational nuggets for the emerging generation and for those entrepreneurs who are yet to, or still struggling to realise their potential.

According to the latest author on the bloc, Alonge Michael, “The Hidden Substance is a needed formula for those aspiring for success and greatness despite stumbling blocks. It is a tool that is no doubt needed in the engineering factory of success. It’s a model in book format that is enriched with necessary tools that will help reshape, mold and change the mentality of our youths who believe that cutting corners or engaging in  shady deals like ‘yahooyahoo’ will launch them into the fantasy life of their dreams.”

Alonge continues, “a book I once read changed my perception to life, and I believe this too will definitely change someone’s life. Whatever you want to become in life, you need necessary tools, this book contains all the nourishments needed to be on top of your game. ”

The book which will be reviewed by Mr. Babatunde Olowu has Apostle Aderemi Awode, the man behind the global brand, Finecoat paint, as the writer of the Foreword.

Activities for the launch include Book Reading from three industry persons, a Nollywood thespian, a lawyer and a columnist.

Expected to grace the event are distinguished personalities from all strata of society cutting across captains of industries, entertainment czars, media personalities from all walks of life.

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Amnesty Programme boss, Dokubo laments at burial of sister, says ‘A pain that’ll never go has come’

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L-R- Jackson Son of the late Madam Rose Dokubo, Jackson, Prof Charles Dokubo, Niger Delta Amnesty Boss, Mrs Faith Diepiriye Jack (sister) and Osigimate Akamaka (daughter) at the burial of late Madam Amaro Roseline Dokubo, sister of the Prof Charles Dokubo, Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme, held in Port Harcourt on Saturday 15th, June.

Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo said at the weekend that the recent death of his elder sister, Madam Amaro Roseline Dokubo, has caused him an eternal pain.

Describing his late sister as a mother and friend, Dokubo lamented on Saturday at a funeral ceremony in Abonnema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, that until her death, she stood by him through thick and thin.

“Sister Ama, I know you are at peace where you are and there is no need for tears. I know how much tears I shed on the day of your death when I received the phone call that you had passed on. As I stood motionless in my office, consumed with grief, the tears kept rolling, giving me a feeling of emptiness of heart. I realized that a pain has come that will never go away and I must own that you have gone forever”, Dokubo said in a tribute before her body was interred.

Prof Charles Dokubo, Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme, greeting the Clergy’s , at the sister’s burial ceremony Late Madam Amaro Roseline Dokubo, held in Port Harcourt, on Saturday 15th June.

 

While calling her care and love for her siblings and family members, he said “for me, your younger brother, you always shared in my joys, sorrows, laughter, tears and successes; an inspiration from my tender age to my adulthood, up to the time you departed. You are gone, but there is a place deep down in my heart where God has placed a love for you. My beloved sister, you will remain there forever”.

Dokubo said he considered himself lucky to have had a loving, caring and supportive sister like Madam Amaro. “I will miss our little talks, our uncommon jokes, your comforting and reassuring voice; your inspirational words of wisdom, guidance and advice”.

Section seating of families at the Church service burial ceremony of Late Madam Amaro Roseline Dokubo, sister of Prof Charles Dokubo, Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme held in Port Harcourt, on Saturday 15th June.

 

Until her death on April 11, in Abuja at the age of 73, Madam Amaro presided over a flourishing business empire with diverse interests and was also a contractor to local and multinational firms as well as MDAs in Rivers State. She was also a respected community and religious leader.

Dignitaries across the country from the private and public sector, among them politicians, traditional, religious and community leaders, attended her funeral ceremony held on June 15, which included commendation services at St. Cyprian’s Anglican Church, Port Harcourt, and St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, Abonnema, Rivers State.

Families standing by the casket at the Church service burial ceremony of Late Madam Amaro Roseline Dokubo, sister of Prof Charles Dokubo, Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme held in Port Harcourt, on Saturday 15th June.

 

In Port Harcourt, the officiating minister for the interment service for Madam Amaro, Rev. Canon Isaac Erekosima noted that it is a joyful moment when a child is born, but an end must come and all humans should prepare for it.

He urged the congregation to do the will of God and always think of eternity to qualify for God’s reward after death. The deceased’s daughter, Rosebella Briggs, described her as a woman of substance.

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