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‘Journey to Egypt’ premieres in cinemas

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‘Journey to Egypt’, a new movie produced by the Special Assistant to the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) on Administration and Personnel, Pastor Johnson Odesola, has been premiered in cinemas across the country.

The movie was directed by Seun Jonathan and produced by Faith-Lift Productions Nigeria Limited, is a story that revolves round the persistent warnings to Nigerian youths who flee abroad in search of greener pastures but who end up being deported after obtaining illegal documents.

In the movie, Richard, the lead character played by Shola Oyin-Adejobi, travelled to United Kingdom with his friend Femi, played by Seun Jonathan, to further their education. Before they left, their friend, Sister Fumbi, warned them about the crave for greener pastures in foreign lands all in the pursuit of better life. Fumbi, according to the Bible, insists there are three categories of travellers.

The first ones are those who would prosper in strange land such as Isaac who prospered in the land of Egypt while the second are those that were sent to strange lands to deliver their people such as Joseph and the third category are those that would go to strange lands to hide for a period of time such as Joseph who was asked to take Mary and baby Jesus to Egypt to hide. The two friends, however, told Fumbi that they were tired of Nigeria and wandered why she believes so much in a country that has no future plan for youths with no infrastructure put in place for youths to thrive.

However, on getting to UK, they encountered an old Nigerian who told them to be wary of the land of freedom where diverse opportunities would be presented to them that can lead them astray and later truncate their destinies.

On seeing that their papers would soon expire after completion of their study, the two friends were advised by a Nigerian UK-based to engage in illegal marriage with a citizen of the land in order to get their permanent stay but both rejected the idea on the basis that they are born again Christians but Richard went back and agreed to the arranged wedding. Later, he was set up by the same friend who introduced the idea to him, he was arrested and later deported to Nigeria after doing restitution about how he got admission into the UK University through fraudulent means.

Disappointed, his widowed-aged mother reminded him of how she struggled to get money for his overseas trip, while Richard made up his mind to start life afresh and rise again from his fallen state. He was later admitted into the University of Lagos and later became a renowned international Bishop whom his friend Femi later came to Nigeria to seek help from after being childless for many years. Commenting on the movie, Odesola, who is the producer, said the movie was produced for youths.

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BBNaija 2018: I only had one-night stand with you – Rapper, CDQ Olowo replies Ifu Ennada

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Nigerian entertainer, CDQ Olowo, has responded to Big Brother Naija’s housemate, Ifu Ennada, saying he only had a one-night-stand with her.

Yesterday, Ifu Ennada had called out the popular rapper, accusing him of dumping her after sacrificing so much for his music career.

She claimed the singer forgot about her after attaining stardom.

According to Ifu Ennada, she was just 17 when she “sponsored” CDQ, gave him money meant for her handouts, school fees, and also gave him tickets to VIP event. Only for her to be used and dumped.

She said it was not about the money but about the sacrifices she made for him.

But reacting to Ifu’s claim, the musician described her as a one-night-stand, asking her to seek for promo the right way instead of talking “bullsh*t.

CDQ Olowo wrote on his Instagram, “I’m a self made. Dm or contact my management if you need free promo not by saying bullshit (sic).

“You were just a one night stand.”

 

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BBNaija: Efe blasts Nigerians who regret voting for him

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Winner of last year’s Big Brother Naija, Efe Ejeba, has lashed out at Nigerians who say they regret voting for him.

Efe, who has ventured into music since the show ended, took to his Twitter page to blast fans who have been criticizing his songs from the EP, ‘AmSorryAmWinning’.

He wrote: “For all those saying they regret voting for me, i entertained you and your money expired the day the show ended. #AmSorryAmWinningEp

“Thank you to those who have been 1000% with me from day one… your genuine support has kept me thus far through God’s grace… keep supporting the music… so we keep winning… #AmSorryAmWinningEp”

Efe won the coveted N25million prize money and an SUV after three months in the Big Brother house.

 

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Banky W shutdown EME, re-brands record label

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Pop artiste Bankole Wellington (aka Banky W), has announced the rebranding of his record label, Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E.).

E.M.E. was the starting record label for popular names in the music industry including Wizkid, Skales and Niyola.

He said the E.M.E is now a full-fledged Media Agency which will focus on creative Marketing, Advertising, PR, Brand Events/Activation’s, and talent management.

The singer on Tuesday shared the news in a two-part Instagram post via his account @bankywellington, where he recounted the history of the label and the decision to redefine it.

After nine years of operation in Nigeria’s music industry, the singer and actor said it became necessary to shutdown the label in January 2017, due to the restructuring.

According to him, E.M.E.’s business venture will now be marketing, advertising, public relations, branding, shooting of television commercials and documentaries.

He also added that the agency is not restricted to music artists, but will also cater for creative people in other areas such as sports, radio and television; and acting.

Banky W named his wife Adesua Etomi, DJ Xclusive, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Host of the BBNaija 2018 `Double Wahala’ TV show and Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru as the first set of clients of the rebranded company.

He wrote: “We have played our little part in helping discover/boost the careers of a number of talents in the music business (some of your favourite artists, producers and engineers).

“In January, 2017, after nine years of being in the Nigerian music industry, we decided it was time to quietly close the record label arm of our business.

“Essentially, we have restricted our business and instead of operating just as a record label, we have expanded and changed our focus a bit.

“This switch in focus has been amazing and fulfilling behind the scenes, we have been able to impact the launching and marketing of a number of brands and companies the way we did artists.

“But even in the talent management side, we are no longer restricted to working with just music artists.

“We still work with musicians, but also work with On Air Personalities, actors, and evaluating sports management as well.’’

E.M.E. was founded by Banky W and his best friend, Tunde Demuren in 2002 while they were at the university in New York.

Wizkid reportedly parted ways with E.M.E in February 2013, to start his own label ‘Starboy’.

Skales also moved on from E.M.E. following the expiration of his contract.

The label was best known for its 2013 compilation album ‘Empire Mates State of Mind’.

(NAN)

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