Government should stop giving actors money — John Okafor

Posted in Entertainment, News with tags on March 21, 2014 by asotechm

Nollywood actor, John Okafor, berates some of his colleagues for receiving money from government in this interview with Jayne Augoye.

POPULAR actor, John Okafor has decried the absence of adequatestructures in Nollywood.

Also he criticised the recent visit of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria to President Goodluck Jonathan, which did not appear to go down well with some people who queried the motive in the first place.

For these critics, the actors only went to grab a ‘piece of the national cake.’ And though the actors concerned have since defended their decision to pay the President a courtesy visit, popular Nigerian comic actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Ibu, is still not pleased.

According to the actor who rose to prominence after his breakout role in the 1997 movie, Agony, where he portrayed an imbecile, the Federal Government has yet to set its priorities right with regard to Nollywood.

“The government should stop giving Actors’ Guild cash, because we don’t know how to handle it. Some people will go to the office, process the money and squander it and we (actors) never benefit from such goodwill.

“If they (government) can give us a structure or land, we (actors) can go ahead and secure funds from investors to build five-star hotels and other facilities on it, because it will be a tourist haven. We can bring the Nigerian Censor’s board into the same arena.

“How can we be paying N50,000 to have one movie censored and then generate N5m from over 100 movies produced in a month and yet there aren’t any structures in place for Nollywood? “With such amount of money, government should be able to cater for us. If this is done, the industry will make a giant stride.”

Besides the lack of infrastructure, Okafor also drew attention to what he described as an ‘ugly trend’. “Homosexuality is very rampant in our industry and it is one thing that aggravates my anger many at times,” he reveals.

Okafor would not go into details when this correspondent probed further. Although he made a name for himself playing ‘unserious roles,’ Okafor said many fans were unable to tell when he was serious.

“Many people do not take me seriously because of the kind of roles I play in movies. But the truth is that those who know me very well know that I am a very focused and principled person.

“In fact, I teach and mentor many upcoming actors and also organise workshops and seminars regularly for them.”

The actor said his love for acting dated back to his childhood days and that the streak ran in his family.

“I think I got the gift of acting from my grandfather. I discovered this in the early 70s. My grandfather was a foremost comedian in his own right. Back in the days, he would take me to places where he performed. Growing up, I realised that I was going to become an actor somehow,” he recalled.

The journey to the top was not an easy one for the determined actor. Having worked as a hairdresser, butcher, wait-and-get photographer and soft drinks seller at various points in life, he claimed to have found fulfillment in the world of make-believe.

The year 1994 proved to be the turning point in his career after he landed his first movie role in the movie, Rolling Stone. Okafor was paid a paltry N5,000 to star in the film, but that was then. Today, he has emerged one of the most sought-after and highly paid Nollywood actors who charges ‘six digits’ to feature in a film.

He said of his new status, “Acting has not made me rich, but I’m very comfortable. I am able to feed and adequately take care of my family; neither do I borrow money.

“It has also opened many doors for me and it has taken me far and wide beyond my wildest imagination. It has exposed me to certain level where I can say that God has done it for me.”

Despite his ‘unserious’ and hilarious imbecile roles, Okafor is one comic star who is blessed with a very beautiful wife. Although this is peculiar to most Nigerian comedians, the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, Mass Communication graduate, is of the opinion that she saw through his innate attributes before making a choice.

“First and foremost, I am man in all ramifications and she has seen that in me,” Okafor said coyly.

Culled from Punch

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Bowen University students riot due to increase in fees and lack of adequate facilities [photos]

Posted in Education, News with tags , on March 21, 2014 by asotechm

The management of Bowen University this morning closed the school indefinitely following students’ protest last night. All students have been asked to leave the university while some students who were detained last night after the riot are yet to be released.

 Our previous report:
Some students of Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State staged a not-too-peaceful protest yesterday to express their displeasure over epileptic power and inadequate water supply which have been plaguing the university for some time now.

The Students razed down buildings, smashed cars and caused mayhem all over the university campus.

A student who craved anonymity narrated the incidence to Loladeville “This issue has been going on for some time now, in fact, it started during the tenure of the last VC but it wasn’t as bad as this, this new VC made it worse. At times they’ll supply light for just few hours especially in the morning, it’s just so annoying and painful. We pay over N400, 000 as school fees yet we don’t enjoy all the basic amenities a private university should have. It’s not just fair…They take the light by 8am, and bring it back by 8pm and it goes off by 11pm again. We don’t have water, no socket light, while our lecturers are in AC offices and cars. We have time table for eating. 7-9am for breakfast, 12-3 for lunch and 6-8 for dinner. Most times we have classes during these periods”

Didn’t you make formal complaints? “Yes we did but it’s been story upon story. Nothing has really been done.”

Heard some places were razed down, “Sadly it was, it took a dramatic dimension, we didn’t know it was going to escalate to this level. It just shows the level of frustration that has set in. The boys left their hostels for the temporary site and burnt some stuffs down. That’s all I can say for now.”
 
They had to use tear gas  to stop the protest!

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A Bowenite Confession Over The Alleged Riot!!!

Posted in News on March 21, 2014 by asotechm

all dese fools nd ill literates nd people wit an
admirable low i.q re abusin bowenites.may
god punish u.dese same mumus shouting
cant pay for a bottle of water nd av dem
served satchet water.we cum pay
520k.matthew come dey do as im
want.baptist covention turn blind
eye.highly unreasonable people.drm go dey
do like say na dem create us.no jeans.no
armless.no camera fone.no beard.u sleep
by 11pm.chapel dey compulstory.we
stomach all dese.den u provide used
beds,bunk structure,toilets dat dont
flush,no water,no light,food timetable.we
wont b d people who claimed to b patient
bt d world sees as fools.we av had enough
of all dat rubbish.all dese cowards abusing
us.walahi u will die of nt been able to stand
4 urself.now lemme make dese clear to all
africans.we did dese wit purpose.wen u live
in an environment where ur wishes nd
ideas nd even view re nt welcomed den u
re totally a slave.i know d white used to
enslave d blacks back in d days.bt now,d
black do dese ti demselves.we bowenites
will not be cheated nd enslaved because
our generation is made up of patient nd
courageous people who stand up for
themselves nd not cowards running under
d disguise of been patient.we all totally
knew what we were doing.we had
purpose.we av rioted to teach bowen nd
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totally ready to dance to d music if dat will
b d cost of good change in our lifes nd dat
of other generations yet to come.so if u
cant still manage to see reason.then u re so
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[asotechm’s music]: Yung Tee – Ejuri Ft. Sound Sultan (prod. By JFEM)

Posted in New music with tags , on March 21, 2014 by asotechm

‘YUNG TEE’ is a 24 years old who

hails from Ogun state in Nigeria, He is a graduate of computer science (Bsc) Crawford University. He

started singing when he was 13, so far YUNG TEE has

worked with a lot of artist in Lagos. He was in a group

called “Pumping Squad” back then in secondary school

and he was the leader of the group.

He just dropped a new single titled “Ejuru” featuring

Sound Sultan produced by J-Fem. Expect more from

“YUNG TEE”, a superstar in the making. He looks up to

2face, Wandecoal and Saucekid!! He calls Lil wayne his

mentor.

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Rapper Turned Pastor — Mase Secretly Files For Divorce From Wife

Posted in Entertainment with tags on March 20, 2014 by asotechm

Popular 90’s rapper turned pastor, and
writer of several successful marriage books
— Mason Betha has secretly filed for
divorce from his wife of 12 years — Twyla
Betha.

Mason is also asking for the full custody of
their two kids.

TMZ reports they have obtained Mase’s
divorce filing in Georgia dated January 2nd,
citing irreconcilable differences.

Jason is also seeking full custody of their
two kids and wants Twyla to pay him child
support.
He claims they separated August 2013 —
after 12 years of marriage, but just over a
month later — the day before Valentine’s
Day — Mase inexplicably had a change of
heart, filing to dismiss his divorce petition,’
TMZ reports

Mason founded El Elyon International
Church and co-authors successful marriage
series ‘What to do after I do?’ with
his estranged wife.

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FG Cancels Immigration Test, Orders Fresh One Be Conducted

Posted in News with tags , , , on March 19, 2014 by asotechm

These decisions, alongside another that offers employment to the relatives of the over 20 dead victims and those injured during the exercise on Saturday, were taken at the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.

The Federal Government has ordered the cancellation of the tragic test for enlistment into the Nigeria Immigration Service.
It has also ordered that a fresh one be conducted but this time it is to be supervised by the Federal Civil Service Commission.

These decisions, alongside another that offers employment to the relatives of the over 20 dead victims and those injured during the exercise on Saturday, were taken at the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.

The President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has endorsed the positions of the FEC on the NIS examination.
The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, who briefed State House correspondents, said the fresh examination panel will be made up of the Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission; the Comptroller-General of NIS, David Parradang; as well as representatives of the Inspector-General of Police; and the heads of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigerian Prisons Service, Department of State Security and the Federal Road Safety Commission.

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[asotechm’s video]: Olamide – Sitting On The Throne

Posted in New Video with tags , on March 19, 2014 by asotechm

The ratchets come out at night, or in this case, the daytime. Buzzing artist Olamide has been heating up the street and radio with his national anthem songs “Anifowose“ and Sitting on the Throne, fans anticipating the videos can now rejoice as the YBNL record artiste has released the video.

The well produced visual features numerous gothic with animated costumes, as various fonts flash across the screen spelling out the songs.. The video really reflects where olamide is coming from.

Enjoy Sitting On The Throne.

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