Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola
The awful sight today at Ebute-Ero, Lagos Island
Picture showing the awful sight from another angle
Notwithstanding the well paved modern road, the powerful stench emanating from the overflowing gutter at Ebute-Ero, while turning off from Apongbon Bridge, Lagos, Nigeria is now an eye-saw to commuters and motorists passing through the area enroute Ebute-Ero Market.
The problem appears to have been compounded by unused pipes of various sizes deposited by unknown contractors on the right side of the road and water channels blocked by accumulated waste generated within the area, thus emptying the whole content of water linking the Lagos Lagoon into the surrounding road.This massive water which has been there right from the rainy until this moment has in a way put commuters on the watch out for coming vehicles who have in most cases emptied the greenish overflow into unsuspecting passerby.
Speaking to Starconnect Media on the development, Muyiwa, one of those running car parking outfit under the bridge called on the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola to as a matter of urgency direct relevant ministries to save residents of the Island from constant embarrassment by what now appear to be a permanent flood even in the dry season.
“This place is a mess; please help us to appeal to the Lagos state government to do something. You see how we run across the road each time we pass here to prevent vehicles from splashing this foul-smelling water on us, and beside this is not what should be condoned in a city such as Lagos ”, he said.
Chidynma, one of the winners at KORA awards
Project Fame Winner Chidynma Okebalama who has the ablum, Kedike to her credit emerged Best Female West African act at the Kora Awards, Abidjan, Ivory Coast , while Davido, known for his new ablum, Dami duro won the Best Male Newcomer award.
KORA award is one of the most recognised in the West African sub-region. Chidynma shot to fame shortly after winning project fame and has since then put up some shows to the delight of spectators.Some of those at the event are the pop star, Chris Brown who was in Lagos for a show and his girl friend, Rihanna. Nigerian pop duo Psquare also attended the awards.
Kogi State born Nollywood Actress, Mercy Johnson-Okogie who traveled out of town recently
Mercy Johnson-Okogie with her baby in a Dallas hospital in the US.
with a protruding stomach has given birth to a baby girl. She gave birth in the early hours of Sunday at a Dallas hospital in the United States of America.
She as well as her baby are said to be in good condition even as congratulatory messages continue to poor in for her and the lovely baby. Confirming the story, Public Relations Officer, Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Mr. Frank Dallas said Mrs. Johnson-Okogie delivered the baby girl on Sunday in a Dallas hospital in the US. Mercy Johnson got married on Saturday, August 27, 2011 to Prince Okojie after several rumours that the marriage will not take place.
Gab Okoye, Producer Nneka the Pretty Serpert and Battle of Musanga
“BOI and NEXIM bank brought out guidelines to access this fund. But there is a problem, the guidelines they brought out no producer, distributor or marketers can meet those guidelines but those of us, few of us who have been in the formal business sector of the industry who have been playing the leadership role came out and said we can assess that money and I am the first to have accessed that money”.
Mr. Gab Okoye, better known as Gabosky is not a novice when it comes to movie production. He came in at a time when major filmmakers were making films with small budget and decided to raise the standard making Nneka the Pretty Servant with a rare budget of N10 million and Battle of Musanga with a budget of N20 million. He made other films and opted to stay aside due to piracy and marketing problems. As President Motion Pictures Distributors of Nigeria (MOPIDN), Gabosky is stepping in to correct the problem of distribution which he said has rendered the business of film production almost comatose. He told Starconnect Media that he has been able to access N1.8 billion from President Goodluck Jonathan’s Film Intervention Fund(FIF) domiciled at the Bank of Industry (BOI) and hopes to use the money to create distribution structures across the nation. Details in Interview.
COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji left with highlife maestro, Fatai Rolling Dollars at the event
General Manager, Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji has assured all members of COSON yet to receive their share from the N100 million royalty that everything is being done to ensure that the money gets to them.
He said officials of the organisation are working tirelessly to ensure that the money gets to them. “ I know that some people think that the distribution is over and they have been forgotten. That is not true. Though, we have paid hundreds of members, especially with respect to the general distribution, I am aware that we still have a significant number of members who have not received their royalties. With respect to the specific distribution, much of it is still being processed. We are handling a significant amount of money belonging to diverse people and we need to take every care to do it diligently. I call for some patience. The promise I make is that every COSON member with his name on the register as at May 19, 2012, the agreed cut-off date, will be paid, full stop”, he said. See details in Features.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola
THE NIGERIAN FILM INDUSTRY better known as Nollywood contributes not less than 522 billion Naira about 2.75 billion Dollars to the local Gross Domestic Product.Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Parastatals Monitoring, Prince Gboyega Salvador-Adebayo made the revelation while speaking at a film forum in Lagos. When fully harnessed, the industry he said will outstrip petroleum as major revenue earner for the country.
He explained that the establishment of Motion Picture Council of Nigeria (MOPCON), National Film Development Fund (NFDF) National Film Village Development Fund (NFVDF) and a review of the National Film Policy (NFP) will go a long way to assist in the development of the film sector.
He said the industry has generated over one million jobs for scriptwriters, producers, directors, cameramen, recording technicians, lighting engineers, film editors, marketers, accountants, distributors and exhibitors aside from the numerous actors and actresses that make up the cast.
President Michel Martelly of Haiti is warming up to sing two songs with Spanish singer Julio Iglesias at a benefit concert on Friday in the Dominican Republic. Martelly has made several impromptu performances in Haiti since he was elected in May 2011. But the show in Casa de Campo will be his first performance outside Haiti for the artist known as “Sweet Micky.” Concert organizer George Nader says proceeds will go to the Pink and White Foundation, a charity run by Martelly and his wife, Sophia.
The Associated Press reports that among those expected at the event are Henry Kissinger and designers Donna Karan and Oscar de la Renta. Martelly was known for often bawdy performances before he was elected president of a country struggling to recover from a January 2010 earthquake.
The number of films released with effect from Monday, 24 December, 2012 by Film and Video Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (FVPMAN) dropped to sixteen, closing the year for English Language films. The films are The School Boys, Frozen Tears, Hunted Souls and Hunted Love. See new films for full list.
Some of the films on display at Nnamdi Azikiwe Street, Idumota, Lagos
Smile of freedom from Silvanus Nkiru, who has been set free by kidnappers
Nollywood actress and Special Assistant to the Imo State Government, Mrs. Nkiru Silvanus who was kidnapped last Saturday in, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria, has been released by those who abducted her. The kidnappers originally demanded N100 million as ransom but we gathered authoritatively that they were paid N8 million before she and former Mr. Nigeria, Kenneth Okolie regained their freedom.
We gathered that the kidnappers blindfolded her along with Okolie and dropped them off in Imo state where they made calls to friends to pick them up.Confirming the story on Tweeter, Sylvanus said her family disobeyed instructions and paid the sum of N8 million to the kidnappers. “Family disobeyed us and paid N8 million to kidnappers”, Nkiru said on Tweeter.
Properties worth several millions are feared to have been destroyed Friday when fire razed warehouse of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), in Oshodi, Lagos, Nigeria.
The fire incident which started about 7:45pm is said by eyewitnesses to have done serious damage to the affected warehouse where sensitive materials including unwholesome food and drugs seized from manufactures are said to have been kept. As at the time of filing this report, security officials have condoned off entrance to the warehouse baring passersby from having a clear view of the devastation even as fire fighters battle to put off the inferno.