EbonyLife TV says it is investigating allegations of sexual assault levelled against Andre Blaze Henshaw, presenter of Men’s Corner. Timehin Adegbeye, a writer and public speaker, had accused Henshaw of assaulting her two years ago.
“Andre Blaze assaulted me two years ago. He continues to deny that he assaulted me despite there being witnesses of the assault,” she wrote in a post on social media, to which the television presenter had subsequently issued a statement denying the alleged assault.
In a swift reply, Andre Blaze Henshaw through his @AndreBlaze handle, responded thus: “I’m issuing a brief statement in light of the allegationsmadeagainstmyperson.
The things being said about me, those that know me can attest are not the actions of the person they know as a friend, son, brother and father.” Going further, Adegbeye, an activist who has given two TED talks and whose work focuses on gender, women’s rights and health, and sex and sexual violence, also alleged that Lagos socialite, Pretty Mike, raped her when she was 16 years old.
“Pretty Mike raped me near Club Q when I was 16 years old, and I’m willing to bet he doesn’t even remember,” she wrote further. Reacting to the incident, EbonyLife TV released a statement on Monday, saying it “has been made aware” of the allegations in the last few days. Mo Abudu, CEO of Ebony- Life TV, said: “I am very concerned about these allegations and I am determined to find out the truth.
Footprints of David Art Academy inaugurates cottage theatre
The official opening of a Seaside Cottage Theatre, an educational and arts intervention for lessprivileged children living in the coastal area of Bariga, Lagos, by the Footprints of David Art Academy, was no doubt a significant effort at repositioning live theatre in Lagos State. It also brought to the fore, the array of talents that abound in Bariga, in various areas of the performing art.
It was indeed, a bold attempt at promoting not only children theatre but also at stimulating interest in art as well as repositioning Bariga, as a major art community in Lagos. Lauding the initiative, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, who attended the inauguration of the ‘Seaside Cottage Theatre alongside his wife, said: “It’s not what government can do for theatre, it’s to realise what theatre does for its own existence.”
He described the efforts of the founder of Footprints of David Art Academy, Seun Awobajo, as a “brave, courageous and committed attempt to do something for the community through theatre.” Also in attendance at the event, which was moderated by the Chairman, National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP), Lagos State chapter, Mr. Makinde Adeniran, include accomplished artiste and poet, Mrs. Francesca Emanuel, chairman of Bariga Local Council Development Au-thority (LCDA), Hon. Kolade Alabi, as well as traditional chiefs in Bariga. Also speaking, Emmanuel, urged the audience to support the Footprints of David.
She said: “I felt that I had to support whatever Seun is doing. And the children themselves have really won my heart and I find that I come here, I stay with them, and we talk. When they’re rehearsing, I come, I rehearse with them and I’m glad that these children are progressing day by day. “For years, I’ve been coming to their annual festival where the children would perform (for) a whole week covering so many programmes involving all the children in Bariga.”
On his part, Alabi, in his address, talked about regenerating Bariga, saying Awobajo would be involved in it. “Without me hunting for that talent, Seun came and he is one of the talents that we’re going to make use of,” he said.
Alabi promised to fund salaries for teachers who teach at the centre. Earlier, Awobajo, a writer, theatre director and music composer called for support for the project, noting that aside being a school during the week, the Cottage Theatre doubles as training grounds for the arts on weekends.
He disclosed that the school was started on December 30, 2005 with 14 teachers. However, due to inability to pay the teachers regularly, only three of the teachers remained.
Marriage will soon become unfashionable—-Charlyboy
Maverick showbiz maestro and activist,Charles Oputa,aka Charlyboy, says marriage union will soon become unfashionable alleging that most men were not prepared for commitment and responsibilities.
The ‘Areafada’, as he is popularly called by fans, stated this on Friday on his Instagram handle: areafada1, while reacting to the social media frenzy on Celebrity blogger, Linda Ikeji’s pregnancy.
He wrote: “Marriage very soon will no longer be fashionable, because most people can’t cope.
“Most young men are just looking for someone to pay their bills,as most good men are already taken.
“A woman desire a very strong man who can take charge and take care.
“Linda has been burnt so many times by useless wayo men parading themselves as prospective husbands.”
Charlyboy had earlier hailed the 37 year old famous spinster, saying she did well for deciding to carry a child even without marriage, as “marriage was not for everyone.”
His position however, attracted mixed reactions with a lot of his followers saying that he was encouraging single motherhood in contrast to his daughters who are married.
Charlyboy, in the post, explained that he supports marriage as he has remained married for almost four decades.
He however noted that being a single mother was better than an abusive marriage.
“I have managed to survive almost 40 years with the same woman, and it is not a tea cup.
“Marriage can only work for two people who understand that it requires a lot of discipline and hard work.
“One of my daughters has been a single mother after leaving a very abusive marriage, and she is the best Mum I know, and doing well for herself.
“It takes two to tango, so people should leave Linda alone and face their lives,” he added
Unusual Empire: #BBNaija’s Alex launches YouTube Channel
Alex Asogwa, 3rd Runner-up BBNaija `Double Wahala’’ known for her dancing and writing skills, has launched her YouTube channel “Alex Unusual Empire.’’
Alex, 22, who is determined to keep her fans entertained, has also released a teaser on the channel.
In the video, the ex-housemate and Television personality preaches positivity., saying: “Peace and positivity is my priority”
“It is okay to be different… The sun is alone and it still shines. I stand for what I beleive. Life is a journey and I choose not to rush mine.”
“Everyone is special. The world has a lot of people but there is something unique about every single person.
“I accept Alexandra Asogwa especially because she is unusual. There can never be another me.”
`I’m building a house where the floor is made of strength, the walls crafted of ambition, the roof, a masterpiece of forgiveness.
“I am building Alex Unusual Empire.” (NAN)
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