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image-aspx_-650x400Nigerian veteran comedian,  Basorge Tariah junior has revealed the major problems rocking the comedy entertainment scene in Nigeria.

According to the 49-year-old actor, comedians need to be more original in cracking jokes and stop recycling jokes.

He made this known in a recent interview with HipTV.

His words, “I am not going to say who has what it takes or not who is good in the industry.

“My problem with the industry is that a lot of people are telling the same jokes which are not relevant anymore.

“You will only get laughter from me, only if the jokes are intelligent if it’s just something that would illicit some boisterous effect and I forget it will be meaningless.

“It’s time for us to have intelligent writers, people that will write jokes that will have punch lines.”

“My advice for the society and comics is that we need people that will write intelligent jokes that we can build on, so we begin to sound like ‘Trevor Noah’, South-African Comedian,” he added.

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‘Please Help Me, Don’t Let Me Die Like This’ —– Baba Suwe Cries Out

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Babatunde Omidina, a veteran Nollywood actor popularly known as Baba Suwe, says he needs the help of his fans with raising funds for medical treatment abroad.

In a radio interview with Kola Olootu on Lagelu FM, the actor said he had not received his N25 million compensation from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

In 2011, the actor was arrested by NDLEA at Murtala Mohammed International Airport over the suspicion that he was trafficking drugs.

He was detained for three weeks and was granted bail after no drugs were found on him.

“I slumped when I travelled and was admitted for about three weeks. They asked me if I was trafficking cocaine and I said no. I was examined and they didn’t see anything,” he said.

“After that, I requested to return to Nigeria. After returning to Nigeria, I tried to walk on my own but I was staggering; that’s how I started using the walking stick. When I returned to America, they said I needed to do surgery and that it would cost a lot.

“When I approached people, they said they didn’t have money so I couldn’t raise as much money as I needed. I need help from my fans so that I can take care of myself.”

Although the court had ordered NDLEA to pay a compensation of N25 million to the actor, he said he has not received it.

“After all this, I haven’t received the N25 million compensation. Please don’t let me die this way. I can’t lie, see how I am looking,” he said.

In reaction to the interview, the leadership of Theatre Arts and Motions Pictures Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) denied abandoning Baba Suwe.

Bolaji Amusan, TAMPAN president populary known as Mr Latin, told journalists that he has instructed the Lagos state arm of the association to check on him.

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I Don’t Belong To Any Political Party — Davido Reveals Prefered Presidential, Governorship Candidates

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Ahead of 2019 general elections, singer, David Adeleke, aka, Davido, has refuted reports of his allegiance to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Davido, who has been vocal concerning the politics in Nigeria recently, said he was not a “party man” as opposed to speculations in a section of the media.

The ‘Fall’ crooner further listed candidates he would support during the upcoming elections.

For presidential, Davido disclosed he would support Atiku Abubakar for president.

His tweeted on Sunday: “I am not a party man, I supported my Blood Uncle under (PDP) I am supporting Banky W under House of Representatives (MDP), Mr Jollof House of rep (AAC) Dapo Abiodun Governorship candidate (APC).

“Also supporting Shinna Peller Oyo for House of Representatives (APC) and Atiku Abubakar Presidential (PDP)”

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How We’ll Turn Around Entertainment Industry, By Sanwo-Olu

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said his administration would be investing “heavily” in creative industry to give talented young people an opportunity to realize their potential. Entertainment and tourism industry, Sanwo-Olu said, is one of key areas his government would focus on for job creation and economic growth.

The APC candidate said he would deploy innovation and modern technology to unlock the potential of entertainment and tourism, adding an investment in creative industry would have direct impact on the economy and discourage restiveness among the youth.

Sanwo-Olu spoke when he hosted the 2018 housemates of Big Brother Naija paid him a courtesy visit in his campaign office in Ikoyi. Big Brother Naija, aired by Africa Magic, is one of the most watched television reality shows in Nigeria and Africa.

The APC candidate said his government would build entertainment hubs across the state where young people can hone their skills and promote their talents. Sanwo-Olu also pointed out that his administration would introduce a funding opportunity that would mitigate the risk and marketing challenges for innovative solutions generated by tech start-ups, stressing that young people would be engaged to drive the tourism programmes of his administration.

He said: “We have started a conversation with experienced practitioners in entertainment industry, with an objective to jointly come up with a general entertainment hub where talented young people can hone their skills in theatre, music, dancing and acting. We are looking at how the private sector can partner with us to build an entertainment destination where every Lagosian would be proud of.

“We are doing this to help the practitioners improve their creativity in film production, acting and entertainment generally. We hope this investment and effort would give our young people a new lease of life in terms of upgrading their skill and turning their skills to something valuable.”

The governorship candidate advised young people to embrace hard work and prepare themselves for opportunities that will help them realize their dreams.

He said: “Young people need to have the audacity to pursue your dreams, but they must have something that is driving them towards reaching their goals. What the government can do is to provide an enabling environment for their skills to thrive. This is what we are setting out to do if elected.”

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