Tuface Goes Back On His Word to Defend the Ordinary Man, Cancels the Protest against Economic Sabotage
By Juliana Uzoka
Award winning artiste, Tuface Idibia has cancelled the February 6, nationwide protest meant to draw attention on the economic hardship in the country.
The music icon had garnered a lot of support from the masses whose interest he pledged to fight for; the civil societies and prominent Nigerians also showed massive support for the cause he raised.
2baba as he is fondly called by his fans, posted on his social media platforms late Saturday that he was going to shelve the protest due to security considerations.
He said via IG: @official2baba @official2baba
“Dear Nigerians, due to security concerns and public safety consideration, I hereby announce the cancellation of the march.”
His announcement to cancel the protest triggered a lot of criticisms just as it did when he made his intentions known to stage a protest.
There was outpouring of dismay over his sudden withdrawal: with some people alleging that it could be due to political considerations that he stepped down the much publicised protest; for others, he was an epitome of betrayal and some did express their support for him.
Here are some reactions from his Instagram page and from a fellow artiste, Basket Mouth:
- basketmouthBefore Tuface stepped out to air his views and speak for most Nigerians if not all, most people got so comfortable complaining about the state of Nigeria on blogs, their homes etc. Nobody made a move to do anything about anything. Whether he pulled it off or not….bottom line is that he took a step, unlike the people cursing him out even after he gave a very sensible reason to pull out. At least now we know that the Govt is afraid of what can become of Nigeria if everyone comes together to speak in one voice, one heart to achieve one goal.
- quinrobsonGod will bless you for initiating the idea and for even cancelling it God will bless you more. One love@official2baba #istandwith2baba
- tracyabahbrielNigerians beware. A man who is known for speaking and singing with his whole body as an activist can not just become a gentleman who lacks words and suddenly speaks selectively and without enthusiasm also. Nigerians, prison break is now or never… Take ur time to observe and study d various environments of d various videos uploaded by Tubaba on d preparations for d Feb.6th protest and dis last minute video telling u it won’t hold any longer…. Shine ur eyes Nigerians… ##istandwithNigeria##istandwith2baba##
- firstedd13Nigeria 🇳🇬 can’t move forward if we succumb to pressure. For the first time am disappointed in 2baba. The price of freedom is paid by the blood of patriots . We need to be able to bleed and even die for our country not coward away!
- hush_fashion_avenueAnalysing this video critically it’s obvious it was made under duress. The man is trying so hard to comport but it’s obvious still
- queenoliviThe cancelation of the protest is for the best. Some people’s untimely death may ve been avoided. Tuface can still let his voice be heard through lyrics. Let him restore people’s hope through songs. He has done it before, he can still do again.
The artiste had met with an initial resistance to stage the protest which was scheduled to take-off in Lagos, Abuja and some other parts of the country, by the Nigerian Police.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni said there was intelligence report that the protest would be hijacked by miscreants, and a possible fracas could be triggered by an opposition group, which indicated interest to use same venue to counter the protest.
The commissioner said: “We know that Tuface does not have the capacity to contain such a crowd and we will not fold our hands and watch while things go out of hand.”
However, a Senior Special Assistant, Media, in the presidency, Laolu Akande had twitted on Friday that Tuface has the right to freedom of expression through “peaceful protest.”
Akande posted on his twitter handle @akandeoj, that: “This administration will not prevent Nigerians from expressing themselves in peaceful protests.”
He further commented that the Buhari administration has not shirked its responsibility to provide welfare for the people.
You will recall that Tuface intentions were to raise the government’s consciousness on the plight of the ordinary Nigerians.
A call for good governance.
A call for urgent explanation into the reckless economic downturn nationwide.
A call for nationwide protests as we say No to the Executive, No to legislatures, No to judiciary… You have all failed us.
We the people are tired. We can no longer continue with all of you. All your excuses and mistakes are not funny. We do not wish to continue with a system and government that is not working but afflicting the people.
We the people of this country not living under the privileges of government allowances and remuneration have now accepted to take the bull by the horn to come out and protest this obnoxious and baseless policy and excuses of the government of the day.
Where are the recovered looted funds?
Why do we still have the executive arms and legislatures still enjoying their salaries and allowances while we hear there’s no money to pay workers?
Why do we still see ceaseless power failures with no explanation and hope of getting out of it unlike before?
Why do we keep seeing peace talks in Niger Delta, Fulani herdsmen and ipob without any solutions being reached, while the strategies keep aggravating the people involved as political leaders stage forums to extort funds in the name of addressing their subjects?
Why did we have petrol price rise to 145 for the sake of global oil price crash and removal of subsidy but such price is still being maintained despite significant re-awakening of the oil price from $30/barrel to $56/barrel?
Who is to be held accountable for the sudden and continuous hike in price of commodities in the market, where for the first time in history, Nigeria is suddenly selling kerosene at 400 naira per litre as against 50 naira per litre, diesel at 300 naira per litre as against 100 naira per litre and petrol from 87 naira to 145 naira? Yet maintaining the same systems, environment and maybe a lesser money spending government.
There’s need for Nigerians to rise against what is happening in this country having waited patiently for the legislatures that were elected to represent the people all to no avail.“
Although Tubaba said he was backing out due to security concerns, it might not be unconnected with the expected return of President Mohammadu Buhari into the country, after his controversial vacation in the UK.
By Rejoice Byenchit Dafam
Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds family is planning a public memorial, which will be a grand Hollywood event; Meryl Streep is expected to give the tribute.
A report from TMZ said it will be a private service, and the burial of Carrie and Debbie will be on Thursday.
The venue is the Forest lawn in Burbank; there, will mother and daughter be buried.
The public memorial will be a Hollywood event. The Costume worn by Debbie in the movie ”SINGING IN THE RAIN” will be on display and likewise, the outfits worn by Carrie in Star wars will be featured too.
Carrie and her Mother died a day apart, their death shook the world.
The Wedding Party, Breaks Box Office Record, Makes N200m in 16 Days
The Wedding Party ‘sold out screens, in 16 days and nets breaks Box Ofice Records, nets N200m after 16 days
The Wedding Party, Nigeria’s latest blockbuster movie, has broken box office records at every milestone since it was released nationwide to critical acclaim on December 16.
A press release from EbonyLife Films at the weekend said that the Nollywood movie took just two weeks to eclipse the impressive record of N176 million, held by AY’s ‘A Trip to Jamaica’, emerging with a staggering N200 million before the New Year weekend was over.
“This marks an amazing run, as the romantic comedy recorded the biggest opening weekend in Nollywood history with N36 million, the best-ever opening week with N66 million, and a jaw-dropping Christmas box office total of N146 million.
“What followed appears to be unprecedented, with cinemas in many parts of the country reporting sold-out screens throughout the rest of the holiday season, as excited fans who saw earlier screenings returned for a second round, often with friends and family in tow,” said the statement.
The feat recorded by The Wedding Party, according to the statement, “was an amazing response to a Nigerian film suggesting that the producers, the ELFIKE Film Collective, were right to assemble such a stellar cast and to trust director, Kemi Adetiba, to guide them to superb performances”.
Relative newcomers like Banky W and Adesua Etomi, looked comfortable alongside veteran actors Richard Mofe-Damijo and Ireti Doyle, while the comedic genius of Sola Sobowale, Ali Baba and AY shone through, it added.
ELFIKE relied on the collective experience of the partners, EbonyLife Films, Film One, Koga Studios and Inkblot Productions, to ensure high production values throughout.
Much of the appeal of the film is due to a heart warming storyline, beautiful sets and gorgeous costumes, with most of the audience being able to identify with the lavish Nigerian wedding, contentious relatives and almost-chaotic proceedings that defy even the most careful planning.
The family-friendly theme has attracted larger-than-average groups of all ages and economic backgrounds.
According to Executive Producer, Mo Abudu, “We really believe that the Nigerian consumer will support any ‘made in Nigeria’ product, if the quality is comparable to international standards.
“We wanted to make a film that would make our people proud and the response of movie-goers suggests that we have succeeded.
“Equally important has been the support of so many sponsors, including Dubai Tourism, Airtel, Diageo and Bank of Industry, who were instrumental in getting us off to an amazing start.”
Moses Babatope, COO of FilmOne Distribution, was delighted by the public response. “With returns clocking up N200 million, The Wedding Party is on track to deliver numbers we have never seen before for a Nigerian film.
“It’s important to note that it is selling more tickets than Rogue One, part of the Star Wars franchise and the biggest film worldwide this season. And there’s more to come – we are looking forward to The Wedding Party being available worldwide on Netflix, as well as international airlines, television and DVD,” he said.
The Wedding Party is only the second film produced by EbonyLife Films. Its predecessor, Fifty, was the most successful film at the Nigerian box office in 2015 and has spawned a television series, due to air on EbonyLife TV in 2017.
Fifty was the only Nigerian film, and one of only five African films from a global selection of 238 films, to be screened at the 59th BFI London Film Festival.
There are two new films in the works, including a sequel to The Wedding Party that will ensure more outstanding commercial success for EbonyLife in 2017/18.
BREAKING: IGP Orders Investigation of Wrongful detained Benue Artiste
By Juliana Agbo , Benue
The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase has ordered an urgent investigation into the wrongful arrest and detention of one John Inalegwu Edward, also known as Inas, an upcoming music artiste in Benue State.
Inas was reportedly arrested by Division C police on his way back from a video shoot along University of Agriculture road, in North Bank Area of Makurdi, but bailed two days after.
He was however rearrested and charged with homicide, armed robbery and conspiracy by a police officer nicknamed, “Magistrate” when he returned for his phone and other belongings some days after his bail as requested by the police.
Consequently, he, along with 3 other murder suspects appeared before a court in Makurdi on Monday, 13th June 2016. And they were asked to be remanded in prison custody till August 8th.
Confirming the IGP’s investigation request, the Benue Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ASP Moses Yamu said the matter was reported to the Crimes Response Unit, CRU which alerted the IGP.
” The matter has been reported to Force Headquarters through the CRU. The IGP has ordered investigation into the case through the Commissioner of Police. The case would be revisited between today, Wednesday, 15th and Thursday, 16th of June 2016, he said.”
The PPRO also promised to inform the press on the next line of action, while assuring that the matter would be handled as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, his fellow artistes and fans in Benue State are protesting over the matter to make sure the innocent artiste returns home safely.
Plateau Arise, Ignite your Potentials
By Princely Macnice, Plateau State
The State for peace and tourism has marked her 40th anniversary with so much pomp as Music and Nollywood Artistes graced the event tagged: Plateau Arise Concert.
Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mwankon Peter John, called on youths from the state to maintain the current state of peace Plateau is experiencing, which he said has come to stay.
The Commissioner further appealed to those who are planning to leave Plateau to have a re-think and stay; in order to build and invest on the Plateau.
According to him, Plateau is a peaceful place to live and do business and urged everyone present to cultivate the homely attitude and enjoy the event to the fullest.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chief Rufus Bature, called on the people to have faith in themselves notwithstanding any form of initial difficulties.
He said the theme of the concert is apt, “because we need the neighborhood watch.”
The SSG charged everyone to improve the peace arena in Plateau State so that its known peacefulness can be sustained.
A Nigerian foremost NollyWood actor and model, Akume Akume who declared the unity concert open at the weekend said Plateau is a home of peace & tourism, and the occasions calls to mind the need to celebrate with one another, every tribe, religion and color.
Akume said: ”Today we will have our distinguished colleagues in the hall of fame, the Nolly-Wood industry and many more on entertainment, driving the peace & unity train to sustain good governance and productivity.”
A coordinator of the organization, Plateau Patriots for Peace and Change, Mr. Useni Gotong stated that peace is worth celebrating since Plateau is the home of peace and tourism.
He said the day is designed to say no to tribal and religious divide in the state, adding that individuals are to use the occasion to renew their commitment to peaceful coexistence in the state.
There was also Awards for Recognition of Commitment and Excellence in the Show Biz Industry and Peace Ambassadors on the Plateau.
Awards were presented to the following distinguished artists/musicians in the entertainment industry:
- Pamam Percy Paul
- Adu deme
- Dorcas Bentu
- Grace Jerry
- Vincent Nyam ( Jah Device)
- Jeremiah Gyang
- Jude Abaga(M.I)
- Daps Dalyop Gwom
The commissioner for youth & sports Development, Mr. Danladi Mann also graced the event.
One of the awardees, Grace Jerry could not hold her excitement as she told BC NEWS that :
“I am very happy to be here at the Unity Concert and grateful to God for giving me this opportunity to be given an award for Plateau State Peace Ambassador; I will like to specially dedicate this awards to over 4,500 persons with disability here on the plateau and 25.5million Nigerians living with disability, to say that we have been giving a chance to contribute our voice to peace on the Plateau. “
nollywood actor kenneth okonkwo and wife welcomes first child
The famous Actor writes on his Instagram page, ” mother and child discharged from St. Joseph Medical Center Baltimore, USA, and are hale and hearty.”
TIWA SAVAGE: IF I START TO TALK
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May Day, Tiwa Savage, Her Husband And Nigeria
By Reuben Abati
“Ol’boy, man don see something oh.”
“Wetin you see?”
“My eyes don see something. My ears don hear, and my mouth sef, I for talk something join.”
“Talk make I hear”
“No be dis Tiwa Savage and him husband matter? The husband wey say him wife offend am, he no gi am food, him wife dey form for house but him dey open leg for other men, and na another woman they give am edible catering, and the man come vex he wan jump inside river for Lekki-Ikoyi bridge”
“Who the hell are you talking about?”
“Tiwa Savage and her husband”
“And who are those?”
“Tiwa, now. Marvin First Lady. She is one of Nigeria’s topmost female artistes. And her husband. They are quarrelling. The husband tried to commit suicide. She says her husband prefers to follow other women, take cocaine and ignore his responsibilities as a man and a husband. Social media is agog with the news. Mainstream media is feeding on it too. The man even tried to jump into the Lagoon.”
“And has he done so?”
“No. He was restrained by Banky W and Peter Okoye.”
“And who are those? Red Cross Officials?”
“You are in this country and you don’t know Banky W and Peter Okoye?”
“There is no way anyone can possibly know all the members of the Red Cross? ”
“They are musicians, not Red Cross, not NEMA”
“Oh, I see”
“Don’t tell me you are one of those dumb ones who do not know what is going on in this country?”
“I don’t get it. Am I supposed to worry about how Tiwa Savage and her husband are savaging the public space with their dirty linen and turning their marriage into a subject for beer parlour gossip?”
“It is a serious matter.”
“Oh really? So, how has their matter affected the supply of petrol, the price of foodstuffs and the payment of salaries?”
“It is the biggest news of the week.”
“Of course, because the media does not know what to prioritise anymore”
“There are issues involved. Tiwa Savage’s husband wanted to commit suicide. The same week, there was a report about a man who killed his target of amorous desire and stabbed her mother in Ilorin because the lady refused to love or marry him.”
“Love is the most potent poison in the world. The graveyard is a prison yard of unrequited love.”
“Tiwa Savage’s husband says…”
“You keep mentioning the wife. That husband doesn’t have a name? They should have allowed him to jump into the Lagoon, and have his wife do a special song at his funeral and go home on the left arm of another man.”
“They call him em em. actually that is the problem if you would listen to the wife. She is the breadwinner, she says and the man likes to squander money and so on and so forth.”
“Look, I am not interested in that story. I don’t want a taste of Tiwa Savage’s #Lemonade. I don’t want any tales about the #Becky-with-the-Big-Hair that served her husband “edible catering”. Or do you want the National Assembly to have a special session on a derailed marriage, or may be you want President Muhammadu Buhari to issue a statement on it? One of these days, Nigerians will start insisting that the Nigerian President should become a marriage counselor and he will be blamed for marital squabbles.”
“We are talking about celebrities. And come to think of it, in a normal country, Tiwa Savage’s husband will not have to depend on his wife. He will have a proper means of income.”
“E ma gba mi ke. Doro Tiwa and husband fight and Nigeria no go hear word? E joor oh.As you lay your bed, you lie on it. These things happen every day. Human beings pay for the choices that they make. They learn from the outcomes of their choices. Can we have the media focus on serious matters beyond sex, infidelity, cocaine and the poverty of matrimonial matters in the household of Tiwa and Tee Blliz? Which kin name be that sef?”
“Tomorrow is May Day for example”
“Nigerian workers should actually carry placards tomorrow, screaming May Day, May Day, May Day!!”
“You want them to scream for help?”
“Yes, because the Nigerian worker today is hungry, angry, sinking, helpless, jobless, over-used, under-paid and in despair. State governments are not paying salaries. Companies are retrenching staff. The latest I read is that First Bank is planning to sack 1, 000 workers, Aero Contractors, 100. I know a couple, who have both just lost their jobs and they have five children. Some other companies are closing shop. Massive divestiture in the economy.”
“Incidentally, you know the people who caused the melt down. “
“I don’t know.”
“If you don’t know, then you don’t know, before you say something that will make me give you a punch in the face. But I think all that President Buhari needs to do tomorrow is to give the people hope. In a situation like this, you give the people hope, you reassure them.”
“You are recommending rhetoric. Speaking for speaking sake.”
“No. I am saying hope is a strong weapon. When a leader gives the people hope, he calms down their blood pressure. It is a strong pill.”
“The Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress are not asking for hope. Nigerian workers know what they want. They are asking for N56, 000 minimum wage.”
“You heard me. N56, 000”
“Chai. Do they live in this country at all? Do they have economists among them? Does it make sense to ask for what you know you cannot get?”
“You can ask for what you think you deserve.”
“But in matters like this, you look at the economy too. What they are asking for is called wage indexation. That is not sound economics. Wage indexation is a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you base your calculations on it, there will never be an end to it, and it will undermine the economy.”
“Which economy? An economy where some people grab N2 billion, and millions of dollars all in the line of a day’s arrangement, and workers cannot get the existing N18, 000 minimum wage?”
“If I were the NLC or TUC leader, I’ll be more interested in giving the government ideas about how to pay the current minimum wage and ensure that the welfare of the people is properly the concern of government. NLC should be pragmatic. Get all salary arrears paid to start with, and get government to pay all emoluments as at when due. Uncommon sense.”
“Sorry, Labour leaders don’t claim that they are economists. They just want the best for the Nigerian worker. That is their mandate.”
“Don’t speak for them. When they meet the President and the Governors tomorrow, let them say so. I wonder if anybody even reads those long speeches on Labour Day. Nigerian workers are looking for unpaid salaries, but their leaders ride exotic SUVs, and live in mansions. I beg.”
“You are beginning to sound like a government spokesperson. Come, are you still one of us?”
“By the way, what do you think is likely to happen in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), now that the party leadership says the Chairman of the party must come from the North East, and the South West members are threatening to pull out?”
“Are you sure anybody in the South West is threatening to pull out?”
“Yes. You don’t read the papers? Na one of your brothers even talk am”
“The Lion himself”
“A lion in my family?”
“Have you forgotten so soon? Abi as your phone no ring again, your brain no ring too? You no know the attack dog, the Lion?”
“Lion. Attack dog.”
“Hen hen now. Him say if they don’t make somebody from South West the Chairman of the PDP, the South West wing of the PDP will leave the party.”
“I’ll advise you not to lose sleep over what politicians say. What you can be sure of though, is that before 2019, there is likely to be interesting re-alignments. Nigerian politics may not be the same again before and after 2019.”
“Na dem sabi. Make they just give us the mekunnu, power, good roads, jobs and our salaries at the end of the month. Me, talking for meself, I don see say e no matter which party win election, as long as the economy dey kampe and man fit chop, pay school fees and get light to do welle for night. My broda, na the better thing wey matter pass be dat.”
“What is welle?”
“You no know Welle?”
“Kai. Lord of Heaven. No be the thing wey dey cause problem between Tiwa Savage and her husband be dat?”
“I still don’t get it.”
“You no watch her interview? As the girl they talk, dey cry, without make up, looking like an angel, doing her eye like this, her shoulder like that, e just dey pain me say dem no allow the husband jump for inside river. If I see Banky W and Peter Okoye, hen, the kine slap wey I go give dem.”
“Are you alright? Have you been sniffing cocaine?”
“C’ommot there. You just carry book for head, you no know how life be?”
“I am sorry for you.”
“Sorry for yourself.”
“Na you go sorry for yourself. And why your head dey always shine like this? You no get hair? You never reach old age, your head don become desert. Na people like you women dey look for?”
“This is a special haircut, you can see that the shaving of the hair is completely clean.”
“This is not a haircut. This is called desert encroachment, or the desertification of the human skull”
“I did it this way, in the shape of a shining mirror, in solidarity with the people of the Edo Kingdom who have just lost their revered monarch, the Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Erediauwa I”
“Only Benin sons are required to do gorimapa in honour of the great king that has ascended to the rafters.”
“There is no law that says other Nigerians cannot honour a revered monarch who kept the dignity of the throne and left behind a legacy of honour, character, royal grace, and dignity.”
“You don spake my broda. Make I add my own; Oba gha to kpere”
“May his path to the great Beyond be one of illumination and grace.”
“So let it be.”
“So mote it be.”
Culled from: @Reuben Abati