Tony Tetuila Releases New Campaign Posters: Looks Good Here!

Did our eyes see this dude really clearly? 

 

Tetuila has gone completely traditional in his new campaign posters…looking different from the first set he churned out.

 

After being browbeaten for the first set of campaign posters which saw him rocking his blond trademark hair, Tony Tetuila has taken correction to unveil a new set…he sure looks fine here.

 

He’s running for a seat in the Kwara State House of Assembly under APC in 2015.

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President Goodluck Reappoint NEMA DG For Second Term

Following his re-appointment for a second term of four years, Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi said he will sustain the progress made in the improvement of disaster management in Nigeria.
In a statement signed by NEMA press officer, Manzo Ezekiel, the Director General gave the assurance that under his leadership, the agency will continue to build synergy among the stakeholders, sustain human capacity development and facilitate the necessary tools for efficient and effective management of disasters. He further said that more attention would be given to the promotion of disaster risk reduction, awareness creation and effective coordination of resources required for dealing with emergency situations.
It will be recalled that the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan recently approved the re-appointment of the Director General of NEMA Muhammad Sani Sidi for the second term in office. This was contained in a letter from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, conveying the approval of the President, having considered with satisfaction the achievements of the Director General in the past four years from September 2010 to date.
Some of the achievements recorded include the significant improvement in response time to emergency situations, development of various standard disaster management guidelines, early warning alerts, and provision of relief to disaster victims, facilitation of search and rescue equipment and disaster training among others.

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2015: Jonathan’s Candidacy, ‘A Joke Of The Decades’ – Arewa Youthgu

The Arewa Youth Stakeholders Forum has described the recent endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan as the preferred candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the ‘Joke of the Decades’, saying the Northern Region will only support a candidate from the North during the election.

The Group stated this at a summit held in Kaduna over the weekend.

The Summit which has in attendence representatives of the various youth groups noted that there is the need for the North to screen all presidential aspirants from the region in order to come up with a consensus candidate.

The group emphasized the need to have a credible candidate who would contest on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which is seen as the only alternative platform for the region to challenge the incumbent President.

In his remark, the Guest Speaker, Mallam Hassan Ibrahim, said that with the array of aspirants from the North jostling to succeed President Jonathan, like the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, General Muhammadu Buhari, Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso and a host of others, there is the need to scrutinize all of them based on their contributions to the development of the North and thereafter make a good choice.

According to Mallam Hassan the argument was that the North has been marginalized for a long time by present and past leaders, and now needs a trusted leader who would address the issue of insecurity, poverty and unemployment in the region.

“To achieve this, the youth said that the North must seek the support of their brothers and sisters from other parts of the country, using all democratic and peaceful means.

“The North faulted the PDP for endorsing President Jonathan as the sole presidential candidate of the party in 2015, stating that such endorsement negates the principles of true democracy and rule of law” he said.

The youth advised the President to concentrate on tackling the various challenges facing the country adding that this is not the first time that a group from the North would come up with this type of consensus arrangement. In 2011, a group of northern political leaders endorsed former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, as the region’s sole candidate who contested against President Jonathan during the PDP primary.

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Crisis: I Did Not And Cannot Slap A Judge – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor-elect, Ayodele Fayose, yesterday called on the National Judicial Council, NJC, to investigate the allegation of beating up a judge by him and maintained that the report is sponsored by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to stall his inauguration.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja, Fayose said all the news about him causing troubles in the state was just a part of grand plan by the APC to get through the back door what they lost at the polls.
“What I’m saying is that the National Judicial Council should launch a thorough probe of the happenings in Ekiti State judiciary and through that; the rot in the system will be exposed.
“A lot of things are happening there and there are signs that some judicial officers are conniving with the outgoing governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi and the APC.
“The current crisis is an agenda of the APC and their sole aim is to try and get through the back door what the people of the state did not give them on June 21 when they voted overwhelmingly for me and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
“I did not and cannot slap a judge. I cannot slap a house boy, let alone a High Court Judge, and I have utmost respect for judicial officers.
“The media propaganda that I beat up a judge is an APC agenda to portray me in bad light having failed to take my mandate through the back door.
“The Ekiti State Attorney-General, Wale Fapounda has disclosed that he has spoken with the judge in question, and he spoke on Channels TV programme on Saturday morning where he made it clear that the news that I slapped the Judge was all lies.
“I did not enter Justice John Adeyeye’s court because I had no business to transact there. The Tribunal venue, where I went to, is quite a distance from Adeyeye’s court. Then the pertinent question is, at what point did I meet him?
“Is it that the Judge left his courtroom with his robe to face so called protesters? Investigation will reveal all this.
“Till now, nobody has been able to provide photo or video evidence that I slapped the judge. And the APC people should know that I will not succumb to blackmail and surrender the mandate freely given to me by the people of the state,” he said.

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Is Kunle Afolayan ‘Martin Scorsese of Lagos’?

What if a man leaves the comfort of a bank job to face an uncertain future as a filmmaker and not long after wins the Oscar? Well, this may be the premise someday for Kunle Afolayan’s story. Hailed by the New York Times as the ‘Martin Scorsese of Lagos’, Kunle has continued to push back the frontiers of filmmaking in Nigeria. In this interview with SUI, he talks about his new film, October 1, and the journey so far as a filmmaker. Enjoy!   

SUI:  How was growing up like with your dad, Ade Love, and how has that influenced who you are today?

Kunle Afolayan: I would say my growing up really helped and influenced where I am today. It also influenced my decision to do what I am doing today -which is filmmaking.

I didn’t really have the opportunity to try my hands on the trade as a child but as I grew older, unofficially, my father got me involved in how to do cinema business not really how to make film.

I didn’t know anything about how to make film but how to do exhibitions, and also promotions of films, and I did that for some time before my father passed on and through that I also visited some of the movie sets.

That also got me curious and interested in movie making but to a large extent I would say my background has really helped in moulding and grooming me towards what I have become today.

SUI: Is being a filmmaker what you’ve always wanted to be, considering the fact that you majored in accounting else before you went to the New York Film Academy and you also worked in the bank as well?

Kunle Afolayan: Well, I would say yes and no, film wasn’t in my agenda but of course an average child who grew up around a movie making circle would probably want to be an actor, maybe not a film maker, you know as a child, almost all the children of the practitioners then were also involved in the same business then – acting.

For us our father shielded us away from it because he just said, you would be distracted and you needed to go to school and be educated. Yes, I always enjoyed the cheap publicity of being a son of Ade Love but it wasn’t something I really wanted to do, not until I grew up, the man passed on, then I was seeing new generation of film makers and I realized they were not doing as much as my father and those who started it used to do and I said to myself, I can actually do better, which was what really got me interested in making film.

SUI: How easy was it for you to leave the comfort of a paid employment to jump into the uncertain waters of filmmaking, I mean first you left for the New York Film Academy, what gave you that confidence that this was going to work out?

Kunle Afolayan: Well before I even became a filmmaker, I started off as an actor in 1998, and when the zeal , anxiety and dream of wanting to become a filmmaker came, I approached established filmmakers like Tade Ogidan and Tunde Kelani.

Tunde Kelani gave me audience and when I said I wanted to be a filmmaker, he said what do I know about films? That filmmaking is not a fluke – you have to learn it, you need to go to school – and he said he would advice that I start as an actor, that if I started as an actor, I could start like my father.

When it was time for them to shoot Saworoide, they invited me for an audition and I scaled through and that was how I started as an actor.  But, the following year, I started working in the bank so that didn’t give me room to feature in so many films, so I think while in the bank between 1998 and 2004 I didn’t feature in up to ten films.

So in 2004 I said to myself that I don’t belong in the bank, I was making money, I was comfortable, I had a car, I was living in a 4 bedroom flat but it wasn’t really what I wanted to do and one day I just resigned, stayed home for 8 months doing research on what I wanted to do.

Afterwards I went to school, did a diploma in digital filmmaking, and came back, set up this production office, it was quite small, just two people and now we are where we are and I think it’s the passion really.

SUI: Apart from the normal challenges any entrepreneur faces, what was the most difficult challenge you faced when you came back from America to set up?

Kunle Afolayan: Well, setting up, as an entrepreneur, like getting an office was not difficult for me because there was someone who was just moving out of an office and the person had six months’ rent still available and he said to me, “Kunle, you can take over this office and when the rent lapses you can pay”, and I just said to myself, I doubt if I would be able to pay, because it was in Opebi, but I let me at least enjoy the first six months and I took over the office, I got an office assistant and it was just two of us, then I got myself a computer to learn editing, you know, then this idea of Irapada film came.

From ‘Irapada’ I bought my first camera, you know, so every project that I have done I’m always equipping myself for those projects, that was how it all started. After Irapada, we grew to maybe a company of five staff and we moved out of there to another office, a bigger space, but I would say we have really done well in Golden Effect between 2004 and now, and I think what has really helped or what has been keeping going is the fact that once I dreamt it, it had to be actualized, and I’ve always worked with practically the same people as crew, some of them on contract, some of them as permanent staff but I would say what has really helped is the fact that I’m able to combine my creativity in art with business, and that is why the show is still on because a lot of people don’t break even in art, because when you are doing film or you are doing painting, it’s art so it doesn’t really come with so much reward except a good name and all of that but here we’ve been able to balance it.

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Gulder Ultimate begins drill in Aguleri Jungle

After an intense exercise which saw them overcoming several obstacles when other hopefuls fell by the wayside; and after a suspense-filled final selection party, which coincided with the launch of a new Gulder bottle, the contestants for this year’s Gulder Ultimate Search have finally proceeded to the Aguleri forest.

Their search for this year’s hidden treasure has commenced in earnest.

The lucky contestants for this year’s search, tagged ‘The Mission’ are:

Iwuoha Ikenna, Nwagboso, Joshua, EmedikeIkenna, Nne Cosy Joe, Ubachukwu, Chinedu, Otto, Canon Chimenem, Afolabi Emmanuel Olusegun, IrohNoela and Appi Samantha.
ErijakporLoretta, Robinson Sharon, Eriata Blessing Ese, AddohEvi and Nwagbagiro Sandra
.

Prior to their entry into the jungle, the contestants paid a courtesy call on the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, at the State Government House in Awka Anambra State.

The delegation from Nigerian Breweries Plc., manufacturers of Gulder lager beer, which led the contestants to the Anambra State Government House included Kufre Ekanem, Corporate Affairs Adviser, Emmanuel Agu, Marketing Manager, Gulder, Legend and Life,
OnyekaOkoli, Senior Brand Manager, Gulder and Seun Lawal, Brand Manager, Gulder.

In his remarks, Gov. Willie Obiano expressed satisfaction that the Gulder brand deemed the Aguleri jungle of Anambra State, fit enough to host the 11th edition of Gulder Ultimate Search.

He said: “I’m very happy to receive all of you here in Anambra and I commend your wisdom in choosing Anambra for the Ultimate Search. The choice of Aguleri is commendable. You are going to find very interesting places in our State.”

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My marriage was full of lies – Uche

Fair-skinned Nollywood damsel, Uche Ogbodo, who has just returned from the United States after the delivery of her baby girl, is no stranger to controversies.

The current one rocking her boat is about her failed marriage to ex-Nigerian footballer, Ato Ubby.

While some say she dumped the man because he had a brain tumour, others accused the actress of marrying the hapless footballer only for money.

But Uche is back and ready to tell her own side of the story about her marriage and other issues:

What have you been up to since you came back?

It’s just two weeks that I came back. I haven’t really been up to anything. I’m still new, so I’m still trying to weigh the current and know where to land.

Don’t you want to be an actress any longer?

I have always been an actress. I didn’t quit. I was just pregnant and pregnancy is like a curse. It took me a while, but now I’m out of that. I need to re-organise myself and get back to my work.

Did you do any movie after your Turning Point premiere?

Turning Point is not my movie, my friend produced the movie and I only went to support it during the premier.

What movies have you done recently?

I’ve done a lot of movies; I did Festac Town for iROKOtv, I did Raging Passion, Sacrifice for Marriage, and I did a lot of other movies even while I was pregnant.

Have you left your husband for real?

The marriage didn’t work out.

Was it really a marriage?

It was a marriage but we didn’t do any wedding. We didn’t do any court marriage or church wedding. We did nothing. We didn’t even do traditional marriage but in my culture, there are many processes to getting married and I did a few of those, so you can say I was married. In Igbo land, there are rites you adhere to before you can say this is my wife and I did a couple of them.

Why did you do the rites in secret?

You cannot do rites openly; it’s just a family thing, family members only. It’s not a traditional wedding. If I had done traditional wedding, I would definitely invite people. If I had done a white wedding, I would have invited people. If I had done a court marriage, I would still have invited people but it was just rites. I didn’t do anything the public needed to know, so you can’t say I did any marriage in secret.

What really made you leave your husband?

My marriage was full of   lies. I cannot tell you in detail what those lies were, if that’s what you’re trying to make me do but it was based on lies. It’s a pity it didn’t work out. I didn’t go into the marriage to crash it. I wanted a family; I wanted a loving home and a loving husband. That was why I went into it in the first place but as nature would have it, I didn’t get any of those. I still thank God my head is intact.

Did he cheat on you? What exactly did he do?

No, it’s not about women. Like I always say, you cannot build a home on sinking sand. You need to build a home on a rock. What I mean is that a marriage built on deceit and lies is no marriage at all. If you want a solid marriage, it must be built on honesty and trustworthiness.

If not, it’s definitely going to crash. If it doesn’t crash today, it will crash tomorrow, so the lies are my reasons.

When did you discover he was lying to you?

Well, it was good while it lasted; he was a good man to me. I felt all I saw was all I was supposed to see but later when one thing led to another and things started unfolding. I started finding out that everything was not what it seemed.

Every relationship, you have problems in-between, there is no relationship that just goes on smoothly.

In the process of friendship and dating, we had issues that we resolved but when we took it to the next level we just couldn’t hold it together. There are things you can hide as friends but as married couple it is impossible because so many other things like families are involved.

As his girlfriend some things that were hidden were revealed when I became his wife. What happened between me and my husband is between me and my husband. We caused it, both of us caused it.

For how long were you guys together?

The marriage lasted barely a month before we started having issues. We were having issues before I found out I was pregnant.

Are you planning to raise your child as a single mother?

When I don’t have a husband, I’m raising her alone. I can’t throw my child away. It’s not her fault that the marriage didn’t work out, it’s not her fault that I got pregnant, it’s not her fault that we didn’t take our marriage seriously, so I’m going to raise her no matter what happens.

How old is she now?

She’s a month and two weeks now.

What attracted you to your husband before you married him?

I saw something in him that nobody had ever seen. I saw a man that was a good man inside his heart. It’s not like when you’re looking at him everything is perfect but I saw that deep down somewhere, there’s a good man.

Without the influence of society, he would have been different. I blame it on society and I blame it on him. He allowed things to influence but he was born a good man and I thought I could bring that goodness out in him. I thought that I could change something and make it better.   I tried but it didn’t work out.

Was it completely his fault that your marriage crashed?

It’s our fault. We shouldn’t have allowed our marriage to crash. I wouldn’t know my mistakes; he would tell you my mistakes. Maybe I was a little too much to handle, maybe that’s why but I wouldn’t know until he tells you his own side of the story.

Some people were saying you got into the marriage because of money?

I didn’t get into the marriage because of money in the first place. I got into the marriage because I wanted to be married and because I saw something in him that I felt would work out for me later in life. I didn’t go into it because of money; there were no millions to spend so it wasn’t about money. I don’t care what people say. What matters is the truth and I try to be very straightforward when I deal with people. So, it wasn’t about money because there was none
Others are saying you left him because of his brain tumor?

He doesn’t have brain tumor. He was sick at the time, he had issues but his sickness is not the reason why our marriage crashed. Money was not the issue either.   I would definitely know about his health status before I would marry a man. I knew what I was going into, so how could I just leave a man because he had a brain tumor? It’s funny
You said he didn’t have a brain tumor, what was really wrong with him?

I cannot tell you, he would tell you. He was sick, he was treated but it had nothing to do with the brain. He had surgery but it was  not brain tumor, it was not cancer, he was just sick and I thank God that he’s alive. I don’t know why people just wake up and conclude things out of the blue; you don’t know these people from Adam, you just read about people and then you go and comment rubbish. You write rubbish to tear people’s lives apart even when you know nothing about their issues.

Is he still in hospital?

He’s not in hospital; he has never been in the hospital. I don’t know why that picture came up, that picture you saw online was taken like last year December.

Was your husband with you when you were pregnant?

No, he wasn’t. We were having issues, we weren’t together. He didn’t see me pregnant for one day.

If you’re going to marry again, what would you do differently to make it work out?

I’m only going to keep praying to God to give me someone who wouldn’t lie to me, someone that would be plain, very plain to me.

Are you still planning to marry again?

I’ve left the door open. I’m not going to close the door of marriage because one marriage didn’t work. The door is wide open. When I find someone that I’m going to be happy with but I wouldn’t want another experience where my marriage crashes because once beaten twice shy. So I’m going to take my time now and dig deep.

You said you were going to take on more daring roles back then?

Of course, I’m going to take on more daring roles, that’s my career and I’m only going to keep improving myself.

Can you have sex on screen?

As an actress, there’s nothing I cannot do.

Can you do a lesbian scene?

There’s nothing I can’t do in a movie, once it’s a movie. But in real life I’m not a lesbian, so, don’t get it twisted. That’s why I’m an actress, its make-believe, it’s not who I am. I’m only going to do my career the way I’m supposed to do it and it puts food on my table.

Are you shooting any movie soon?

I’m shooting a movie but it’s not in Nigeria, it’s in Europe. I’ll be travelling any moment from now. The Nigerian version will be shot down here as well but I’m going to shoot the European part any moment from now. I start filming in about three weeks or less.

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