Between the yoruba actress, BISI IBIDAPO OBE and HON. DINO MELAYE…………
•”I Was A Teacher Before I Went Into POLITICS”
Hon. Demua L Demua is the chairman of Gokana, a popular Local Government Area in Ogoni axis of Rivers State with an area of 126 km and a population of 228,828, according to 2006 census. Hon. Demua is one of the local government chairmen in Rivers State who are giving the people dividends of democracy. with several achievements to his credit. In less than 2 years in office, he has no doubt brought a lot of development to his community. Born in 1969 to parents who were teachers, Demua taught Chemistry at Community Secondary School in his Community for several years before he delved into politics fully. He has always been around politics. Even while he was teaching he was always politicking. The Rivers State University of Science and Technology graduate once contested for the post of Councilor in 1999 before he was appointed as the Secretary to the local government council in 2008. Timilehin AJagunna visited the handsome man at his office where he spoke on how he has been running the local government area, amongst several other issues………….. ask your vendor for a copy of city people magazine if you need more details….
The mum of Sales and Marketing General Manager of City People Media Group, Mr. Francis Owojori, Madam Maria Adediga Owojori is dead. The respected matriarch of the Owojori family of Ile-Ife, Osun State was aged 120, she passed on penultimate Sunday, September 30, 2012. Mama, a highly successful businesswoman during her youthful days, has since been buried according to her wish, on Monday, 1st October, 2012 at her residence, 44, Omitoto Line 1, Ilode area of Ile-Ife. During her lifetime, Mama Maria Adedigba Owojori was a respected community leader and devoted member of St. John’s Catholic Church, Oke-Atan and Iyaale of Obaloran Compound, Ile-Ife.
She is survived by children, grandchildren and great-grand children. The final burial party holds on April 20, 2013 at Ile-Ife.
•Excerpts Of CHINUA ACHEBE’s New Memoir THERE WAS A COUNTRY
For those who still don’t know who Prof. Chinua Achebe is let us quickly remind you that Achebe, the author of Things Fall Apart that popular literature book we all read as students. He is a writer whose moral courage and storytelling gifts have left an enduring stamp on world literature. There Was a Country is his long-awaited account of coming of age during the defining experience of his life: The Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Biafran War of 1967-1970. It became infamous around the world for its impact on the Biafrans, who were starved to death by the Nigerian government in one of the twentieth century’s greatest humanitarian disasters. Caught up in the atrocities were Chinua Achebe and his young family. Achebe, already a world-renowned novelist, served his Biafran homeland as a roving Cultural Ambassador, witnessing the war’s full horror first-hand. Immediately after the war, he took an academic post in the United States, and for over 40 years he has maintained a considered silence on those terrible years, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry. Now, years in the making, comes his towering reckoning with one of modern Africa’s most fateful experiences, both as he lived it and he has now come to understand it. Marrying History and Memoir, with the author’s poetry woven throughout, There Was a Country is a distillation of vivid observation and considered research and reflection. It relates Nigeria’s birth pangs in the context of Achebe’s own development as a Man and a Writer, and examines the role of the artist in times of war. The book has become controversial because of Achebe’s claim’s that late Awo used his position as Vice-Chairman of the wartime Federal Cabinet to “decimate” the Igbos as a race. Since The Guardian Of London newspaperran the excerpts of Achebe’s Memoirs last Tuesday 2nd October, the Social Media, especially Facebook, Twitter and all the major blogs have been a battleground as many skating, reactions have been written by Awo faithfuls. Below are excerpts of the new book……….. get a copy of this current edition from your vendor!
Her name rings a bell in the social circle as a popular on-air personality and former wife of Lagos big boy Frank Edoho, the anchor of the popular Mtn sponsored TV show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The dark skinned and greatly endowed mother of 3 kids who works with a Lagos radio station Naija info fm, has found a new love, asides broadcasting. Katherine as you read this has become an actress and she is no doubt scoring a feat already with the big budget movies that has sought her acting ingenuity. Following her marriage break up tale with her ex hubby, Frank, the pretty Edo born lady became a different person and promptly gave her social life a big boost. She not only started stepping out to events but also became a red carpet delight with her sexy outfits.
She has delved into acting with her first role, which happens to be a lead one in a new movie titled “Journey To Self” a movie that bothers on the trauma most women go through in their marriages that they always keep secret. For Katherine, she fell for the script because according to her, it relates to her personal experience in life, which was why she picked up interest to star in the movie. Journey to Self is an intense story of friendship, sacrifice, empowerment and self respect for women. It’s a movie that deals with some of the issues women face in their relationships both with men and in there friendship with other women. It tells the story of 4 ladies who are close friends, who embarked on a journey to the burial of their old friend where they discovered letters written by the deceased, in which she speaks to them from beyond the grave.
The letters revealed so much secrets and fears, finally leading to a journey of self discovery. The movie has as 5 major acts, some of the best and big names in Nollywood, Nse Ikpe Etim,Dakore Egbuson Akande,Ashinonye Michelle Raccah, Katherine Obiang and Tosin Sido.It also features other foreign acts like Carol King,Chris Attoh,and the likes of Kalu Ikeagwu,Femi Brainard Femi Jacobs. The movie which is directed by Tope Oshin Ogun ,was written and produced by Ashinonye Michelle Raccah,who is also the brain behind Alleykat Media outfit.which is partnering with Freesia Entertainment outfit the Executive producer of the movie, to make it a quality and big budget production. For Ashinonye Racaah who is a popular figure on the entertainment industry, she has been a proponent of women’s rights and female empowerment in the past with her Girl power TV series.
•2015 Oyo Governor Poll
The political breaking news in Oyo State is the gubernatorial ambition of 2 PDP stalwarts,former SUBEB Chairman Soji Adejumo and astute industrialist/JOGOR Event Centre owner, Engineer Femi Babalola. Very interesting is the fact that both of them are in the ex-governor, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala’s kitchen cabinet. Femi Babalola has always walked in the corridors of power. His friends are Senator Teslim Folarin, onetime Senate Leader; Senator Gbenga Babalola; ex-Ekiti State governor Ayodele Fayose and Otunba Alao- Akala(his mentor). Femi hails from Oyo town. It is imperative to mention that his friends had before now tried to persuade him to contest. In 2007 and 2011, people thought he would contest as Senator. He worked very closely with late High Chief, Lamidi Adedibu and ex-governor, Senator Rasheed Ladoja. He was part of the think-tank of elites called Fortune Group.Right now, he is busy consulting with elders/leaders of the party and he is a serious gubernatorial contender. He is in his ‘40s and he is an amiable gentleman as well as a seasoned professional.Also interested in the governorship race is former SUBEB Chairman, Dr. Soji Adejumo. He is blessed with deep intellect, he is a consultant and hails from Ibadan. He is very loyal to Otunba Alao-Akala and is controversy-free. Dr. Adejumo is quietly oiling his political machinery and eyeing Agodi Government House come 2015.
If you tune in to 106.5 FM today, you are sure to find a station playing all sorts of music in Yoruba and Pidgin English. Yes, it’s still test-running, but we can inform you authoritatively that the station is a new one from the stable of Dr. Raymond Dokpesi’s Daar Communications to delight radio listeners.The new station named Faaji Fun, findings have revealed, will run 70% in Yoruba and 30% Pidgin English when it is launched. Saheed Ojubanire caught up with Faaji Fun coordinator, Dr. Ambrose Somide at AIT premises in Alagbado, Lagos, and he spoke on the station and other issues.
Can you shed more light on the new radio station Faaji Fun?
Well, let me say it’s a case of a new wine in an old bottle or if you like, put it the other way round. We are bringing back the channel that used to exist on 106.5 FM as a re-branded, re-positioned station with a new focus. When Raypower 2 was established some years ago, it was a talk station before the management of Daar Communications decided to stand it down then. So after several years of research, we’ve now decided to bring it back under a brand new name, still a baby of Daar Communications Plc but with a new focus, new agenda, new philosophy and new niche.
So, what is the new form the radio station will take?
Before it was basically talk with little music. But this time, there will be more music/ entertainment. It will be an entertainment station that will speak the language that our people in Lagos and environs can relate with.
In terms of content and programming, what should people look forward to?
People should look forward to something refreshingly different from what they have been used to. And like I said, the news, the musical presentation, the entertainment content would be around the language people can speak and converse with.We are not talking about all the major languages in Nigeria because that will be very difficult to manage. But when it eventually unfolds, I’m very sure that many Nigerians, especially in this part of the world would appreciate the station. I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag until the launch date.
Does this rebranding mean new staff will come on board?
We will use some hands that are already on ground and of course bring new ones in because of the kind of package we are coming up with. The language, the programme planning, the content would definitely need some external hands. We want something compact, so we would rely more on people that are already on ground.
When is the launch date?
You’ll surely be invited to the official launch. But let us just say in a couple of days because we are nearing the launch date. As you can see, test transmission is on and it’s been on in the last 1 week.
You are a former President of Freelance and Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (FIBAN). How would you describe your experience?
Well, it was quite challenging in the sense that you had to work with people from different backgrounds. But by and large, I learnt a lot from it and that has enriched my knowledge about Nigeria, and Nigerians.I must say that as FIBAN President, from day one, there were always conflicts to be resolved. And I was able to manage that to a great extent. It was not a smooth ride but I thank God.
Are you not going for another term?
No, no, no. The new responsibility on my shoulder now forbids that,and I have told my members that I’m done. Right now, I think the process of electioneering is on and they want to look for another person to run the office of the president of the association, so I can face this new challenge which is a big one for me. And I don’t want to disappoint those who reposed the confidence in me to discharge it.
Can you briefly retrace your journey into broadcasting?
Well, it started in 1983. I think a year after I left secondary school, Baptist High School, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Federal Radio Corporation was coming to Abeokuta to establish Radio 1 Nigeria then along with other ones that were established in Akure, Ibadan, Ikeja. So, they advertised for recruitment of staff, I put in an application,was interviewed and I managed to pass. So, I started in 1983 from Radio Nigeria, Abeokuta. Then, it didn’t last long. After the Military coup of 1983 when the Buhari/Idiagbon government came in, they sacked all outstations of Federal Radio Corporation leaving only the ones in Lagos, Ibadan, Kaduna and Enugu. And some us were transferred to Ibadan, some were sacked and some decided to leave. My mother didn’t want me to go to Ibadan, that it would be far from home, so I stayed back. Then I went to Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, where I studied Urban and Regional Planning and graduated in 1991.
OGBC 2 FM was starting then, and they advertised for presenters, so I went for the audition and I passed. I joined OGBC2 FM while still serving as a Youth Corps member. I continued like that until 1993 when Ray Power was starting in Lagos. And we came from Abeokuta; Kenny Ogungbe, I and a host of others to establish Ray Power FM, Nigeria’s 1st privately-owned radio station. So about 5 or 7 of us established it based on the vision of Chief (Dr.) Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi. Thereafter I joined Rhythm, Star FM. And later, we saw to the establishment of AIT and then I left as General Manager, Radio Services, in 2000 to go into private practice. I set up my own studio in Ikeja and I was supplying and providing contents for radio and TV stations all around. Later, I was invited back when Daarsat was coming up, another baby of Daar Communication to establish the Faaji Channel on Daarsat then, and that ran for about 2 years until this recent position of bringing back to life 106.5FM, and that is it.
Would you say your experience generally in broadcasting has been fulfilling for you?
Very, very fulfilling. I don’t think I would want to do any other job. I love broadcasting, especially, radio. I love radio. And I want to do it over and over.
Do you love radio because it hides the face?
It’s not a matter of hiding the face. There are a lot of things you can do on radio and get away with it. And you reach more people on radio than you do on TV. So many people carry transistor radios, have radio systems in their cars, or listen to radio on walkman, on mobile sets while they move. But you can’t do that with TV. So, you reach more people on radio than TV. Maybe because my background is in radio, that’s why I love it more than TV. And all my life, I’ve been trained in several institutions, and everything has been radio, radio, radio. So, I love radio.
On a final note, let’s know a bit about your immediately family?
I’m married and I have 3 boys. I’m from Abeokuta, Ogun State. I’m the Ekerin Oke-Odo of Asero in Abeokuta. The community just decided to honour me. And I’ve also been honoured by all the Yoruba Obas in Abuja as Bobagunwa of Abuja. That was some 4 years ago. So, I hold the title of Bobagunwa of all the Yorubas in Abuja and environs;I am also the Ekirin Atoloye of Oke-Odo, Asero, Abeokuta.