Ekiti Govt Offers to Help Ailing Veteran Actor Fadeyi Oloro
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The Ekiti State government led by Governor Kayode Fayemi, has promised to do its best to get ailing Yoruba actor, Mr Ojo Arowosafe, otherwise known as Fadeyi Oloro, back on his feet.
The Igbara Odo Ekiti born theatre icon known for his herbalist role in movies, was diagnosed of tuberculosis and prostate related issues, which have kept off movie locations for a while.
On Tuesday, a team sent to the actor’s home in Itele Ota area of Ogun State, conveyed the Governor’s message to him.
The team led by the Director General of Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture, Mr Wale Ojo Lanre, assured the veteran actor that Governor Fayemi will look keenly into his case.
Accompanied by the Director of Culture in the agency, Mr Adebanji Oyinade Adelusi, the DG said, “The governor is our father in the state and he is concerned about everybody. He wants Ekiti indigenes to be healthy and happy wherever they are in the world.
“He was not happy when he heard of your health status and that was why he asked us to locate you, know your status and present you this [cash] to support your [medical] bills,” Mr Ojo Lanre told Fadeyi Oloro.
He assured the thespian of further support from the Governor.
In his remarks, Fadeyi Oloro thanked the Governor for finding it worthy to visit and support him in this trying period of his.
“I am very happy that my state governor did not ignore and allow me to die like a pauper in this sickness. I am grateful to him and pray for his success in office,” he told his guests.
Narrating his ordeal, Fadeyi Oloro said, “The ailment started in February this year, when I was diagnosed of tuberculosis and later prostate related diseases.
“I would have been dead by now because the doctor was not sure whether I would survive when they took me to the hospital, but God gave me a second chance and I thank him for it.”
The actor commended Mrs Joe Odumakin, who he described as “an Angel sent by God to save me from untimely death,” saying that the human rights activist and her team have been doing a wonderful work.
“She is a great woman whose contribution to my being alive today cannot be quantified. I will never forget in my life how she has helped me and also solici support for me,” he added.
Also speaking during the visit, Mrs Odumakin, who is the founder of Women Arise, a human rights organisation, lauded Governor Fayemi for his genuine passion in caring for the well-being of his people
According to her, Mr Fayemi has “demonstrated exemplary virtue with this gesture and I am indeed happy and grateful to him.”
She however, appealed to Nigerians to still support Fadeyi Oloro to regain his health and be back on his feet.
Africa Day: YouTube Honours Nollywood, African Storytelling
Nollywood stars, creators, and creative community members gathered together at a YouTube event titled Celebration of Nollywood on Africa Day.
This event celebrated the enchanting world of Nollywood and marked the significant contributions of African storytelling through cinema, paying tribute to the creators who bring these narratives to life.
The event welcomed 150 attendees and assembled prominent celebrities and influential personalities from the Nollywood industry.
Notable guests included veteran actress Sola Sobowale, AMVCA comedian of the year Bimbo Ademoye, Adeyemi Okanlawon, Debo Adedayo aka Mr Macaroni, and Linda Ejiofor-Suleiman.
Top Nigerian YouTube content creators such as Apaokagi-Greene Maryam aka Taaooma, AMVCA award winner Samuel Animashaun Perry aka Broda Shaggi, and Chukwuebuka Emmanuel Amuzie aka Brainjotter, also graced the event.
Among the sessions at the event was a panel discussion addressing Nollywood’s growth and the potential of digital technology in the industry. The panellists, including Murphy Ben, CEO of Murphy Ben International and Aforevo, YouTube content creator Taaooma, and Nollywood actress and movie producer Rahama Sadau, shared invaluable insights on leveraging digital technology for industry growth and scalability.
Alex Okosi, YouTube EMEA Managing Director for Emerging Markets, acknowledged the significant impact of Nollywood and the transformative power of storytelling.
He emphasized YouTube’s dedication to partnering with Nollywood and serving as a platform where meaningful stories are shared and celebrated globally.
Okosi stated, “Your work is reshaping global narratives about Africa and Nigeria. It’s not merely entertainment – it’s powerful, transformative, and making a real difference. The stories you tell and the emotions you evoke resonate with audiences worldwide. YouTube is privileged to partner with you and provide a platform to share and celebrate these impactful narratives globally.”
Olumide Balogun, Interim Country Lead at Google Nigeria, shed light on YouTube’s commitment to supporting and promoting the Nollywood industry by promoting movies, actors, producers, and other industry members. He outlined a two-month-long program designed to spur the growth of Nollywood on YouTube.
Acclaimed actors, talented producers, and influential film community members enlivened the event, contributing to the celebratory ambience. The event showcased Africa’s dynamic culture and creativity, emphasising Nollywood’s significant role in shaping global perceptions and narratives.
In a world full of diverse stories, YouTube has remained committed to supporting black creatives across the globe, recognizing their invaluable contributions to the platform and beyond.
This commitment is exemplified by initiatives such as the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund, a global fund aimed at amplifying Black voices and perspectives and facilitating the creation of fresh narratives that educate audiences about racial justice. With a deep gratitude for the creative community, YouTube fosters an environment where diverse voices are heard, respected, and empowered.
Excitement as Nigerian Idol Season 8 Live Show Begins
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
All is now set for the commencement of the Nigerian Idol Season 8 Live Show this weekend after the judges chose 10 contestants for the stage.
The process started last December with entries received from across the country and reached its high point when the trio of Obi Asika, D’Bank, and Simi selected 10 budding singers from the 29 who made it to the theatre week.
The live show is the crucial phase of Nigerian Idol, as the fate of the contestants is in the hands of the voting public.
Savvy Henry, Constance, Goodness, Abraham, Quest, Precious Mac, Victory, Reigny, Ose Daniel, and Chisom were selected for the final stage after five weeks of audition and theatre week performances.
Performances on the live show will be judged by the viewers, who hold the power to retain and evict contestants through their votes.
Viewers can follow their favourite contestants on Nigerian Idol season 8 by tuning in to Africa Magic Showcase, Africa Magic Urban, and Africa Magic Family every Sunday at 7 pm.
Judges Pick 10 Contestants for Nigerian Idol Season 8 Live Show
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
The ongoing Nigerian Idol Season 8 will take a new twist this weekend as 10 contestants will begin the race to clinch the coveted prize with the help of the voting public.
Before now, the judges for the show, Simi, Obi Asika, and D’Banj, have had the final say on the thousands of budding singers that applied for the programme.
But from this weekend, it would be the turn of the viewers to seal the fate of the contestants. The three judges picked 10 contestants from the 29 that made it to the final stage of Theatre Week after doing their final solo performance.
The aspiring music stars would be expected to sing and impress the viewers with their performances during the Nigerian Idol Season 8 live show on Sunday, May 28, 2023.
The first pick for the final top 10 was Henry Savy, who impressed the judges with his Para performance of Davido, as 17-year old Constance stole the show as she melted hearts with Positions by Ariana Grande, while Precious Mac thrilled and filled the theatre with singer Simi’s Ayo.
The judges also selected Victory, Daniel Ose, Goodness, Abraham, Reigny and Quest after singing No Shaking by 2baba, Catch me if you can by Adekunle Gold, About damn time by Lizzo, Under the Influence by Chris Brown, Karma by Summer Walker, and Flowers by Miley Cyrus, respectively.
The last man standing, Chizo, narrowly escaped this time around, unlike last season when he was sent off at a crucial moment.
Meanwhile, 19 contenders – Arite, Sapphire Whinnas, Amaka, Akinwande, Mura’s twin brother (Mina), Eloehi, Daniel, Sir Danny, Soultunes, Busayo, and nine others were tactfully eliminated from the moving train as it could only accommodate the 10 best acts this time around.
While commenting, Ms Aransiola Biola, who is the Assistant Brand Manager of the sponsor of the show, Bigi, said the support was to help discover and nurture talent across the country and the African continent and a demonstration of its mantra that it is for every moment, connecting consumers through worthy platforms.
“We are excited to sponsor Nigerian Idol for three consecutive years, the Seasons 6 and 7, due to our love for promoting the entertainment industry and to support the next generation of musical talents,” she stated.
“This show is a great opportunity for contestants to showcase what they have as they unlock new opportunities in the music industry,” she added.
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