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I’ve Quit Drugs, I’m Now Born Again – Tonto Dike

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Actress Tonto Dike has revealed how her marriage to Olakunle Churchill was a big mistake. In a recent interview, the actress, who spoke about her life, family and career, shared the reason why she quit taking drugs and the love she has for her little boy. The Nollywood A-list actress disclosed that she is presently residing in Abuja.
“I am now an Abuja girl. In 2015 when I was pregnant with my son, King Andre Omodayo, I decided to have my baby, my motherly instincts kicked in, I decided to think of anything that would be better for my son. I love Lagos and I do know the effect it has had on me, I do know what I do not want for my child. So, I decided to check round the country to see where I could raise my son. So, I could raise my son in the best way, that I can and I found Abuja very soothing; education is great, I am not scared that my son will get corrupt either in school or with the neighbours, the neigbours are beautiful. As an actress or a public figure, there is nothing like adoring, your privacy and they give me my privacy here in Abuja.
On her reaction to drug allegations levelled against her, she said: “while growing up, I did a lot of rough movies, I did a lot of movies that doing drugs had to be involved in a lot of movies that people had to form an opinion about me and so, that is where that opinion of drugs came out.
“As a young girl growing up, I did make some mistakes with alcohol, cannabis and cigarettes, but I’ m older now and I’m above all of those things, I have a son now. I always tell people who ask me why I quit smoking “what if my son needs blood tomorrow, what will I say to myself that I can’t give my son blood because I still want to indulge in cannabis”.
I know it’s one of those things I did quit by the grace of God because it is not easy to desist from. The drug allegations from my ex-husband, Olakunle Churchill was just a lie to cover up his domestic violence track, he felt that was a tool he could use to tarnish my image, but come to think of it, there are too many holes in that story. It is impossible for a father who genuinely says he cares about your son to leave his son with a drug addict at home, would you not fight for the custody of your son?, I don’t joke with my son, so, if a father joked with his son in that way, he just lied to cover up the fact that he’s a woman beater.
That further separates your private life from your performance on screen. Definitely, but the fans keep pushing it, in the past I used to get upset because of the negative perception they had about me. If you sit back and watch my movies you will discover that I’m a very good actress. I do it like it’s real and that is why I don’t really blame the fans for having that mindset.
child support case. And I won. But those things are personal to me and also out of respect for my son.
I ’ll never talk about something that concerns him. If you want to talk about me and my ex-husband that’s different but I will not even glorify that because he’s eating off my energy and my stardom and I don’t want that anymore. I don’t even think I was ever married because he was married to someone else while I was married to him.
She stressed that it was a huge mistake but then again, how can a mistake produce such a wonderful gift, that is all I keep saying to myself. How it happened is something I have forgotten about. Part of the healing process is not going back to it, I’m done.
On her cosmetic surgery, she said “I did a cosmetic surgery, but before my surgery, I had lost all my baby weight, I was a little bit stressed out being a new mom, I started going back to work, I started to eat healthier, I stopped breastfeeding because it was the only thing that made me add weight. My body metabolism just went back to normal after that. She noted that sincerity and motivation in marriage is very important. People break up for different reasons, some people break up for something as little as toothpaste, so, we can never compare one breakup to another and I don’t think anybody is happy over a breakup. Most especially I would not ignore those little signs that suggest that there is danger ahead. Like I said before I’m not going to talk about the signs, I’m done with that. At this moment I’m extremely happy, my projects are going well, my son has good health, he goes to one of the best schools in Abuja and my son is going to be two, I have every reson to be happy.

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Sound Creation, A Major Challenge In Music Production-Producer

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A Rivers State-based music producer, Barisuwa Odoh Melubari, puporlarly known as Rimshot has said that sound creation is a major challenge expected  in his line of work.
Melubari disclosed this yesterday in an exclusive interview with Tide Entertainment in Port Harcourt.
According to him, creativity is the watch word in his line of business as they strive to create new sounds every time to stay current and relevant in the business.
“ The major challenge in music production is to make sound creation, and that is key, if you could have your way around that creation as a producer you are good to go,”  he added
Melubari, who is a Rivers-born producer said that  he is into music as a whole, Gospel, contemporary and cultural, saying that he has produced  many artistes in and outside the State.
He noted that, he has produced Artistes in the likes of Samsung, Chioma Jesus,  Sensational Bamidele, Mr 2K and many more.
He explained that  he is very passionate about his job, saying that  music  production is a profession he loves so much and does for living.
“ I  am into everything music, that is the work l do. Right now, l am working with two Artistes in the studio, they have been around for a long time, but not popular, but good at what they do,” he said.

By: Nancy  Briggs

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Big Brother Naija 2022 Kicks Off, July 23, 24

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On Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, the most watched Nigerian reality TV show, Big Brother Naija will kick off for a seventh edition. The show would get fascinated Nigerians talking again and produce the next coterie of superstars before they are put aside for another set of reality stars, then the cycle continues.
While the reality show has given former contestants the opportunity of a lifetime to see beautiful cities across the globe and travel beyond the shore of Nigeria, more-often-than-not, once the buzz dies, they are left to fend for themselves and rediscover their steps.
Should a prospective reality star go into the house without a proper plan for himself or herself once the show comes to a conclusion, they would be back to square one.
The pampering and fending in Big Brother’s House is only for two-three months, then the media team of the reality show takes care of their image and publicity for the next calendar year before they are allowed to dip their feet into the sea immediately after the reunion show of that season comes to a conclusion.
Once they are back to reality, they have to begin to struggle for endorsement deals, creating a more resourceful career path and becoming a person of value which was their initial aim and objective prior to heading into Big Brother’s House. However, they get lost in the excitement of being talked about for several weeks then fade away into obscurity.
It’s barely a year since WhiteMoney emerged winner of the 2021 Big Brother Naija Shine Ya Eyes edition, albeit, his music career is yet to take off. Life outside the ‘kitchen’ is a different reality, when the fans are no longer watching, it is onerous to carve a career for oneself.
Also, she has continued to remain relevant on social media due to her value. Should she be able to evolve, she would attain her utmost potential.
Meanwhile, housemates such as JayPaul, Arin, Tega Dominic, Beatrice, Adeniyi Lawai, to name a few have been unable to carve a niche for themselves. As a matter of fact, they fizzled out prior to the conclusion of the show. Moreover, they had no storylines during the recently concluded BBNaija Shine Ya Eyes show; collectively, the show was weak.
This is why you do not enter the Big Brother competition with a ‘dream’, most times, it ends up being a ‘pipe dream’. The winner of the 2020 BBNaija Lockdown edition, Laycon showed the world what he was made of with his content and strategy.
Nobody saw him coming, he delivered a gauntlet attack on Nigerians. Gave Nigerians and viewers across the globe a fascinating show on television, then his music projects did the magic outside of the house.
In 2020, you could not escape Laycon. He was everywhere and won the show by a fine margin. The prospective housemates should learn from him, going into the competition means you are building on a foundation you already designed for yourself, your team and most importantly, the brand
Alot of reality stars go into the competition with a ‘vague dream’, abstract to say the least, then they are surprised when nobody buys into their agenda or ploy.
What prospective housemates need to know?
On Saturday, July 23, Nigerians will be introduced to a new set of reality stars. The number of housemates is yet to be confirmed, however, by Sunday night viewers would become more familiar with the direction of the new sea

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Sensational Bamidele, Others Perform At Rivers United FC’s Reception In PH

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It was an exciting moment for players of Rivers United FC, as  the Rivers State Governor  Chief Nyesom Wike  announced $20, 000  largesse  and  two weeks trip to  Madrid to members of the team  at the , Government House, Port Harcourt yesterday.
This follows their(team’s)  victory as they emerged Champions of the 2022 Nigeria Premier League (NPL) Champions and winning the Continental ticket for the  Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) competition.
The occasion witnessed  entertainment  by   Sensational   Bamidele and  the  Abara Cultural Group  of Bonny with their colourful performance.
Wike  who rewarded the players  during a grand  reception commended the team for their outstanding performance and commitment to  their chosen career.
According to him,  the trp to Madrid would further prepare the players for the task ahead, saying that winning the league is good but there is a bigger challenge ahead of them which they must double their efforts to achieve.
“ The  government is ready to give its full Support  and the necessary motivation to  enable them achieve  the  desired results when the chips are down,” he added.
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Sports, Barr. Christopher Green had said that Rivers United has broken  records by winning the highest goal scorer award and best Coach of the season, saying that the victory is possible due to the support and motivation given to the team by  the State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.

By: Nancy Briggs

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