ASUU Strike: Jonathan calls for review of labour laws

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday advocated a review of labour laws to curtail the excesses of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other labour unions.
The President, who made the call during a Presidential media chat in Abuja, urged the striking members of ASUU to return to work in the interest of their students and the education sector.
The President also said it was inconceivable that lecturers in state-owned universities would go on strike over issues concerning the allowances of lecturers in federal universities.
He said such a situation would not occur if well-guided and well-thought out laws were in place regulating labour union activities.

Vacant Law lecture theater, University of Ibadan
Jonathan also said that the N79 billion Earned Allowance arrears, which was the major reason for the ASUU strike, was not supposed to be paid from the federation account.
According to the President, earned allowances ought to be paid from the Internally Generated Revenue of the universities, if a good labour law is in place.
Jonathan called on the striking ASUU to reconsider its stand by accepting government offer, and call its members back to the classrooms.
The President reiterated the commitment of his administration to adequately fund the universities and provide the necessary infrastructure to aid the education sector
Jonathan said that the PDP-led administration had done quite well, despite all the odds and challenges
According to him, Nigeria is better off in the past years of the PDP-led government with improved standard of living, building of more federal universities, improved telecommunication, railways and roads.
The President assured that with the commitment of his administration to the privatisation of the power sector, electricity supply would become stable by the end of the first quarter of 2014.

Olawale wins MTN Project fame

Olawale Ojo has emerged winner of glamorous music talent reality show, MTN Project Fame Season six.
Olawale beat five other finalists with his final performance of Asa’s song ‘Beautiful’ to clinch the grand prize of N5m, a brand new car and a recording contract.

Immaculate was named first runner-up, winning a cash prize of N3m and a car.
Margaret comes 3rd with N2m and a car, Eniola in the fourth position with N2m. Omolayo was fifth with N1m and in the sixth position was Roland with N500,000.
Olawale becomes the sixth winner of the popular TV show joining past winners Iyanya, Mike, Chidinma, Monica and AYO.

Ronaldo blames players for Madrid defeat

On Saturday, the home crowd at the Bernabéu vented their frustration by whistling at the players throughout the match against Athletico Madrid. The visitors won 1-0. But the loudest blast came when manager Ancelotti decided to substitute midfielder Isco for striker Morata in the second half.

The Madrid fans let rip at the coach for the poor play and technical decisions. After a spending spree of almost €175 million on signings, Ancelotti’s project just isn’t pulling the punches for the fans. It’s just over a month and a half since the season started and the white congregation is already voicing its doubts.

Cristiano Ronaldo faced the facts after the match: “It wasn’t our day. We weren’t on. The manager has nothing to do with it. He is doing a great job. The fault is on the players, we are the ones that have to improve”.

“We have to keep our heads up because the league is complicated. The good thing is that this loss has come early. I have a lot of hope for winning something important this year. I played poorly and so did my teammates”, he said.
“Personally I am happy with Ancelotti, he is one of the best coaches I have ever had”, he concluded.

Nollywood stars turned Pastors

Although, many have criticised their decisions to embrace Christ, blaming such decisions principally on the turn of events in their lives, it is not out of place today to come across celebrities who have become preachers of the Word.

From Eucheria Anunobi to Zack Orji, Ndidi Obi, Pat Attah, Ernest Azuzu and many others, it has been a steady influx of fire-brand celebrity Pastors into the Vineyard of God. But the question on the lips of everyone is whether these celebrities have found true happiness after all, and if they do, how much has the pulpit paid off, in place of dumping their flourishing careers in acting for the work of God. Like the Biblical saying, “When we come to the Word of God and we pray over His Word, when His Word shines on us, we are exposed and emptied of any other thing.”

Zack Orji
Ex-President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria,AGN, Zack Orji can be described as “a gentleman without blemish.” This, no doubt informed his decision to become a worker in the Vineyard of God. Zack Orji ordained a full-time evangelist by Bishop Emma Isong of Christian Central Chapel International (CCCI).
He is said to have dedicated his time to preaching the gospel of good tidings across the nations of the world. The veteran actor has been spotted in such cities as Abuja, Nasarawa and Makurdi where he is engaged in various evangelical activities. But this, however, has not stopped him from storming the celebrity hangout, in Surulere to fraternize with his friends and colleagues in the movie industry.

Eucharia Anunobi
In fact, Eucheria Anunobi’s conversion was the most talked about conversion to Christ in recent times. The actress who ruled the screen in the early 90s with her role in the film “Glamour Girls” has been trailed with many controversies and scandals, most of which bothered on her relationships and crashed marriage. But after many years of being in the news for the wrong reasons, Eucheria shocked her fans when she announced she had given her life to Christ. Few months after the announcement, UK was ordained at the Fresh Oil Ministry, Egbeda, Lagos, as an evangelist.

Interestingly, with her ordination which was performed by Pastor Psalm Okpe, Eucharia willed the power to preach as a pastor and she’s doing so, without looking back. Those in the know said, she already counsels youths in the church and travels at random to spread the gospel of salvation.

This, however, has not taken away some of the traits that made her fans term her “a bad girl” before her transformation. She is still flashy and daring. Just weeks after the ordination, Eucheria bought a brand new BMW X5. Severally, she has refuted reports that she has abandoned her acting career for the work of God. Instead, she pointed out that she would be choosier in accepting roles in movies.

Pat Attah
Pat Attah? That play boy actor who broke the hearts of many ‘Nollywood babes’ during his time, and left as soon as the ovation was loud. The once-upon-a-dreadlock-turned clean cut actor, is currently based in Hamburg, Germany where he’s winning souls for Christ. Those in the know said, he does not preach in churches, rather he is now very much a born-again.

Many knew him before he left the shores of the country as one who was close to the ladies and in love with the bottle. Today, reading his posts online, one would acknowledge the fact that Pat is a new creature in Christ. He often uses social network sites including Facebook to deliver his sermon and messages to those who care to read them. But what we don’t know is how he has been faring over there.

Liz Benson
Elizabeth Benson, popularly known as Liz Benson used to be the toast of many lovers of Nigerian films and TV series. Her journey into stardom began when she appeared on the set of the popular television soap opera, Fortunes, in 1993. Liz Benson played the part of Mrs. Agnes Johnson in the soap, which ran for about two years on the NTA. After that, she acted in various TV series and many movies.

In 1994, her role in Glamour Girls, a very successful home video that focused on prostitution, literally changed her fortunes. The movie shot her into prominence and soon, she became a subject of many scandals and controversies, forcing her to disappear from teh scene, in order to rebrand herself. But as luck would have it, she got married to her Bishop Great Emeya husband in 2009, at the Rainbow Christian Assembly in Warri, Delta State. She has since been ordained an evangelist in the church. Presently, she runs the church with her husband.

Charles Okafor
Charles Okafor who staged a comeback to Nollywood recently in Uche Jombo’s film, “Misplaced” after disappearing from the radar is also one of the actors that are winning souls for Christ. He used to act alongside Saint Obi, Zack Orji and Richard Mofe Damijo and has made a name for himself before disappearing from the scene.

The UNIPORT trained actor who starred in such films as Forest of Promises, Ocean Deep, Across the River, Between Love, Boiling Point, and Executive Connection, worked briefly with the Security and Exchange Commission, before resigning to go into full time acting. Recently, he was spotted at a filling station around Isolo area of Lagos, and from the way, he looked, the handsome actor has surely given up the things of this world.

Okey Ogunjiofor
Okechukwu Ogunjiofor is known to be the founder of Nollywood. He produced the film, Living in Bondage which gave birth to Nollywood. With the explosion of this movie in 1992, Nollywood prides itself today as second to the largest movie industry in the world after 20 years of its existence. But this man who started this innovation engage himself more in other aspects of movie production. He hardly features in movies but appears on special arrangement. He has since reconciled himself with his maker.

Today, he is not only a preacher of teh Word, he is also House of God. He is also a motivational speaker and unknown to many, Paullo as he’s fondly called by his fans is an author of many Christian literature.

Miss Philippines is crowned Miss World 2013

The 2013 Miss World pageant was held yesterday, Saturday September 28th at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center in Bali, Indonesia. Miss Philippines, Megan Young, beat 126 other contestants to win the title as Miss World 2013. Miss France, Marine Lorphelin was named first runner-up, while Miss Ghana Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter came in third.

Advisory committee on film industry meets .charts a new course for Nollywood

The Advisory Committee on the Nigerian Film Industry has met with a promise to contribute to the sustainability of the vibrancy of the Nigerian Film industry. Rising from a two-day meeting in Jos, the Plateau State capital, members of the committee were optimistic that there are better days ahead for the film industry in Nigeria if indeed all stakeholders brace up against inherent challenges and contribute meaningfully to the growth of the sector.

The meeting which held last week in Jos, was the first since the committee was constituted last month by the Nigerian Film Corporation as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen her efforts towards the growth of the Nigerian Film Industry.

At the inauguration of the committee, whose membership include veterans who have cut their teeth in the Nigerian film industry, Dr. Danjuma Dadu, Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Nigerian Film Corporation, said it had become both imperative and expedient to have an Advisory body that will interface with policy and practicing bodies in the industry and foster the synergy needed to move Nollywood forward.

Dadu hinted that shortly after he assumed office at the Nigerian Film Corporation in May, 2013, he embarked on a consultation with practitioners and stakeholders across the film production hubs in Nigeria. A “fallout of that exercise reveals that there was a need to set up a body that will aggregate and articulate issues that the consultations threw up”, as well as advice the NFC on related industry issues, hence the Advisory Committee on film. The issues include funding, policy environment, industry support services, training and manpower development, marketing and distributions, film villages and destinations, the proposed Motion Picture Practitioners Council, amongst others.

He expressed his appreciation to members of the Committee for not only accepting the task but for their solidarity and commitment to serve their father land in a capacity that will turn around the fortunes of the second largest film industry in the world. Dadu assured the Committee of the support of the Nigerian Film Corporation in the conduct of their assignment. The Federal Government, he further said, was committed to ensuring a vibrant film industry through responsive policy and industry interventions.

Responding, Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Brendan Shehu, who has served the film industry for 35 years, threw his weight behind idea to put in place an Advisory body for the industry that will help the government keep a brace with challenges and opportunities in the sector. Mr. Shehu said, the Nigerian Film industry is experiencing dynamic changes at all fronts and has positioned itself as a critical player in not just the entertainment industry, but in economy, culture and diplomatic successes of the nation. Mr. Brendan Shehu, was the pioneer Managing Director of the Nigerian Film Corporation.

The 13 Members of the Advisory Committee on the Nigerian Film Industry are: Mr Brendan Shehu – Chairman, Chief Tunde Oyelede, Mr Mahmood Ali Bologun, Chief Pete Edochie (OON), Mr Victor Okhai, Chief Osita Okeke (Ossy Affason) Prince Chuwang R. Pam, Mr Yakubu Jang, Alhaji. Sani Muazu, Mrs Lantana Ahmed, Mrs Hanatu Dantong, Alhaji Ahmed Belli and Mr. Gideon Barde.