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Mr Ibu, Arinze Condemn Court Judgement Against Ibinabo’s Election

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John Okafor (Mr Ibu)

John Okafor (Mr Ibu)

Nollywood Comic Actor,
John Ikechukwu Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu and ‘Black Arrow, Star Actor, Segun Arinze have condemned the recent court judgment which upturned Ibinabo Fiberesima-Ebuka’s election as the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN). They said it as an attempt to draw the AGN backward.
In a telephone interview with The Tide Entertainment on Monday, Mr Okafor who condemned in strong terms the high court ruling on the matter said “it is an unfortunate development as it would affect the image of the industry negatively. It is an internal affair that could have been handled in-house rather than going to court”.
He, however, stressed that as a law abiding Guild, the actors body would not disobey the court ruling, because that would amount to contempt of the court which is not a good thing, but the body will do everything possible to resolve the issue amicably among the members and inform the court of our resolution on the matter.
The award winning comedian noted that Ibinabo had done very well for the movie industry by repositioning it positively among other glaring achievements which have given the actors and actress a sense of belonging not only in Nollywood but the society at large.
He said the AGN president should be allowed to continue with her selfless service towards moving the industry forward instead of dragging the members backward because of selfish interest. He stressed that members of the Guild are solidly behind their dynamic president, Mrs Ibinabo Fiberesima-Egbuka.
In a related development,  a former president of the AGN, Mr Segun Arinze popularly known as ‘Black Arrow’ recently lambasted A-list Actor Emeka Ike for taking the AGN president, Ibinabo Fiberesima-Egbuka to court. He said “it is a sick joke, I find the judgment shaddy and a kankaroo arrangement”.
The former AGN president noted that Emeka Ike is a non issue as far as the AGN members are concerned. He urged members of the Guild to resist the evil plans of Emeka Ike and his cohorts. According to him, the AGN has gone passed that, we should not condone one man to embarrass the industry.
The ‘Black Arrow’ declared that Emeka Ike needs help to save himself from himself. He stressed that AGN should declare him a person non grata in the industry as they are moving forward ‘cest fini’. The popular actor stressed that Ibinabo Fiberesima-Egbuka remains the bonafide president of the AGN, enough is enough. This shenanigan has to stop for good”, he maintained.
However, Nollywood Super, Actor Emeka Ike, has described the court ruling that upturned Ibinabo’s election as AGN president few days ago as “victory for Nigerian judiciary and Nigeria as a whole, it is a victory for the young and oppressed in Nigeria and it shows that our justice system is still very tenable, Ibinabo should cover her face in shame for wanting to deceive the Nigerian people.
He described Arinze’s comments as “mere market talk”, that should be discredited. He stressed that Arinze is an illiterate who should be ignored. According to him, reacting to the comment of a man the court has disenfranchised shows that I do not have respect for the rule of law. His statement does not matter as much as the statement of the judge.
Meanwhile, in a statement released by Ibinabo’s camp, the actress insists that she is still the president of the AGN since the judgement did not make Emeka Ike the president of AGN. According to her, the Board of Trustee (BOT) had done well to uphold the AGN constitution’s provision that there cannot be a lacuna in government, hence she remains the president of AGN.
The actress and ex-beauty queen said she does not have any problem with Emeka Ike, but ‘the case in question is between Emeka Ike, the Board of Trustees (BOT) and the Segun Arinze-led government of national unity, it is not I and Emeka as some blogs have wrongfully reported”. She however stated that she would appeal against the judgement.
It would be recalled that two weeks ago justice James Tsoho at the Federal High Court Lagos, nullified Ibinabo Fiberesima-Ebuka presidency of the AGN which he said was illegal, while Emeka Ike, who filed the case against Ibinabo is rejoicing over the judgment which annulled the election of November 2012 that brought Ibinabo into office, the registered board of trustees has gone to the appeal court to challenge the judgement.

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Movie Production: Filmmaker Decries Activities Of Street Urchins In Lagos

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A Nollywood film producer,Mr Ralph Nwadike, says activities of street urchins in Lagos State remain a great concern to film makers, as they disrupt film production on locations.
Nwadike said this while speaking with the The Tide source yesterday, in Lagos.
He said that street urchins often demanded to be paid land fee (Owole), before any film production would commence.
According to Nwadike, this had become a thing of great concern to him and his colleagues in the industry.
He, however, suggested that the Lagos State government could empower registered film makers with some form of documentation to be presented to street urchins while on location.
Nwadike said such documentation would deter the street urchins and enable hitch-free movie production.
It is not only me, a number of my colleagues who are film makers in Lagos State experience disturbance from these street urchins.
“This has always discouraged most film makers in Lagos.
“These street urchins usually impose some amount of money on us to pay, if not, they threaten to destroy our cameras. They are always armed with knives and other harmful objects.
“They threaten to attack us viciously, this is so scary and it is affecting the tourism industry growth.
“I call on the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and the Lagos state Film and Video Censors Board to wade into this issue because it is really affecting film makers’ business in Lagos.
“It is a sad development. Filmmakers should be given some documentation, which would enable us operate freely without being interrupted or disturbed by these so called street urchins,” Nwadike said.

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Lagos Assures Tourism Investors Of Taxes Harmonisation

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Special Adviser on Tourism, Arts and Culture to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Mr Solomon Bonu, has assured investors in the tourism, arts and culture industries of taxes harmonisation.
Bonu gave the assurance on the side-lines of the commemoration of the World Tourism Day on Tuesday in Lagos.
The event was jointly organised by the Lagos State Government and the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria.
Bonu said the Gov. Sanwo-Olu was currently working on how the numerous taxes tourism investors paid could be streamlined for their businesses to thrive.
“We are aware that so many investors have been complaining about multiple taxation. The governor is currently working on that to see how the taxes can be harmonised.
“There is a lot of hope for investors and we are also doing this to woo more investors into the state to take the tourism industry to an enviable height.
“We are aware of the enormous benefits the state and individuals in the state can derive from the growth of tourism; it is an industry with inexhaustible opportunities,’’ he said.
The aide urged Nigerians to critically evaluate this year’s theme of the World Tourism Day and embrace the industry for wealth creation.
Bonu advised individuals to be creative while exploring the different value chains in the industry to create employment opportunities.
According to him, Nigerian youths need not wait for government at different levels to create jobs.
“Lagos State has invested a lot in the growth of tourism to enable people to latch onto the opportunities in the industry.
“Individuals can invest in the food aspect, hotel, culture, transportation and more; the opportunities are enormous and tourism is all about inclusiveness.
“Government, whose responsibility is to create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive, is doing a lot on that.
“Recently, the Lagos State tourism master plan was launched; this will guide those who want to embrace the industry in areas to invest in,’’ he said.
The Tide source reports that the theme of the 2021 World Tourism Day is: “Tourism and Inclusive Growth’’.

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D’banj Releases New Album, Stress Free

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Nigerian pop star, Dapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as “D’banj”, has released a new album titled, Stress Free.
The album came following his four-year break from the music scene and its release coincided with Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary.
The “Koko Master” in a statement disclosed that he collaborated with Seun Kuti on the project to tint it with Afrobeats innovation mode.
“While embodying a successful career, “Stress Free” shows a polished artist who is not only experimenting but having fun, along with slick production values, featuring the spectacular skills of music producer Rexxie.
“I went back to legacy which is why I got Egypt 80, led by Seun Kuti, on all seven tracks and then eased into a realm of zero anxiety after the turbulent period that the world has been through.
“We had a lot of fun in the studio and hopefully this all shows up on the record,” he said.
In “Stress Free,” he  slipped into Afrobeats innovation mode, visible in the multi-layered fusion of horns, saxophones and futuristic synths across tracks.
“The Egypt 80 brings the horns on the Afrobeat fusion, “Zombie,”, and the Afro-meringue mix of ‘Welcome To Lagos’ as well as the free-wheeling “Stress Free” and “Banga.”
“Ikebe” is a gentle, uplifting prayer while “Big Vibe” incorporates the Amapiano sound into a pan-continental dance special and “Avocado” featuring Burna Boy leads you into a glorious sense of Afrobeats utopia,” he added.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the video, directed by Clarence Peters, is pure entertainment, complete with D’Banj’s tongue in cheek lyrics, stylish fashion and indomitable swagger.
The Tide recalls that the artiste had in 2017 released an album titled, “King Don Come.”

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