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Regarded as one of the most “networked” Nigerians alive, Dele Momodu was not only let down in his presidential bid by his media colleagues but also by the entertainment industry where he had helped many to stardom, his then-campaign manager has alleged in a new book.

‘Fighting Lions: The Untold Story of the Dele Momodu Presidential Campaign’ is written by Ohimai Godwin Amaize, who holds the record of the youngest presidential campaign manager in Nigeria at the age of 26.

The book, currently made available to only TheCable, is due for public presentation on Wednesday, July 11, in Lagos.

Of particular interest to Momodu’s campaign team was a claim by Genevieve Nnaji, Nollywood superstar, during the 2011 electioneering in which Momodu ran on the platform of the National Conscience Party (NCP).

Amaize wrote: “Many of Momodu’s protégés – especially in the entertainment industry, people who he had personally touched their lives – were suddenly missing in action. Some said they preferred to sit on the fence and remained silent till the very end. It was a shocking eye-opener to the reality of Nigerian politics, especially when one decides to move from a position of an observer to an actual player on the field.

“Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji drew the ire of the Momodu campaign when she said: ‘President Goodluck Jonathan is the first President to give the creative industry major support and the only aspirant to consider that movie artistes, fashion designers, musicians, entertainers and other creative minds deserve to grow.’”

Team Dele Momodu, the youth mobilisation arm of the campaign, immediately issued a statement in response.

The statement read: “We have no problem with Genevieve endorsing Goodluck Jonathan but it is unfair and unfortunate not to acknowledge one’s benefactors, no matter the situation today. President Goodluck Jonathan might be spending government’s money on the entertainment industry, but Dele Momodu has spent his hard-earned money on the entertainment industry as well. Long before D’Banj bought a car of his own, it was Dele Momodu’s PA that used to drive him around in her official car bought by Dele Momodu. Even while receiving an award last year at the Ghana Music Awards in Accra, D’Banj acknowledged that it was Dele Momodu who first invited him to Ghana.

“Tee A, the comedian, became internationally known because Dele Momodu sponsored him from Africa to the Caribbean Islands. Perhaps, someone has also forgotten that Dele Momodu encouraged Banky W to return home to Nigeria when they met in Toronto, Canada. The first time Genevieve visited Liberia, it was Dele Momodu who encouraged her to go there. Does Genevieve have a clue how many Nigerian artistes, supermodels, actors and actresses Dele Momodu had spent his personal money on, from Darey Art Alade to Timaya, Eedris Abdulkareem to D’Banj etc.?

“Does she have a clue how much Ovation has promoted fashion designers like Adebayo Jones, Ade Bakare, Kosibah Creations, Deola Sagoe, Lexy Mojo-Eyes from Sweden to Milan to Paris and across the world? If anyone will forget Dele Momodu’s contributions to the entertainment industry, it shouldn’t be Genevieve. Where was Goodluck Jonathan in 2004 when Dele Momodu spent thousands of dollars personally and got Charter House Ghana to package the launch of Genevieve’s musical career at the Labadi Beach Hotel, Ghana? This kind of amnesia is unkind.”

Amaize recalled how many of Momodu’s friends promised to support his presidential bid only to chicken out.

He wrote: “Some of Momodu’s big friends who made donations in the millions to Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign, completely forgot that our candidate was running for president. On one occasion in Abuja, Momodu ran into one of these moneybags at the wedding of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar’s daughter. He called the friend aside and said to him, ‘You have been my friend long before you even knew Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. If you can donate N200 million to Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign, do you mean our relationship is not worth your contribution of N1 million to my campaign?’ The moneybag quickly apologised and promised to do something. Nothing came of it.

“Some were magnanimous enough to send text messages wishing Momodu ‘God’s grace’. We wondered why they were not wishing Dr. Goodluck Jonathan God’s grace alone.”

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BBNaija Reunion: I Can Never Be Friends With Leo, He’s A Snake —- Khloe

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Former Housemate of Big Brother Naija ‘Double Wahala edition’, Khloe says she would never be friends with Leo.

Khloe said this on Tuesday night during ‘DoubleWahalaReloaded’ reunion show.

According to her, she cannot be friends with Leo because she does not like ‘snakes’

“I and Leo can never be friends, I don’t like snakes.

“But I would love to have a conversation with Leo for the last time on the show only if he is ready to accept his mistake and apologize,” Khloe said.

She, however, lamented the negative impact of the fame from BBNaija on her life.

“Coming out of BBNaija you have to work hard.

“The fame is not easy, the fact that my private life is always being criticised is annoying,” Khloe added.

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I Almost Fainted When I Received N10m From Iya Adura —- Baba Suwe

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It is no news that veteran actor, Babatunde Omidina, popular known as Baba Suwe, has been down with an unknown sickness.

He, however, needed financial assistance to take care of himself.

The news of his sickness hit social media and many wellmeaning Nigerians donated to his cause including a Londonbased Nigerian preacher, Abimbola Esther Ajayi also known as Iya Adura.

Iya Adura, who is the general overseer of Love of Christ Generational Cherubim and Seraphim Church in Clapham, London, promise to assist the ailing actor with the sum of N10million.

Immediately she offered to support with N10million and his flight ticket to support whatev-er Baba Suwe had gathered in order to get thorough medical assistance quickly. She spoke to Baba Suwe and offered him prayers.

In a recent interview with Goldmyne TV, the thespian revealed that he almost fainted after receiving the money.

Meanwhile, the actor’s first son, Adesola Omidina, has thanked Nigerians for coming to his father’s aid.

The young man mentioned the individuals and groups who raised a helping hand just so his father could quickly recover. Some of the people he mentioned include the current vice president of Nigeria Yemi Osinbajo, the TAMPAN association, individual actors, friends and relatives.

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Ronnie Music Releases ONYE NA EME M’MA

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Adesanya Aderonke Comfort popularly known as Ronnie is multi-talented Gospel artiste, who discovered her talent at the tender age of 5.

She started with the children choir of her then church, Foursquare Gospel Church, (Chapel of Blessing), iju in Ifako-Ijaiye LGA of Lagos. She has since then, been a part of different church choir before establishing herself in the Gospel Music Industry.

The graduate of Insurance from the Lagos state university, has two albums to her credit with several singles; the latest titled “Onye ne me nma

She was nominated for the “Best gospel lyrics at the Nigerian Gospel Award in 2011and 2018 but won HYPE Awards and has received several other nominations since then.

Ronnie is not just a passionate worshipper with a unique voice, she is also a great dancer and dance instructor. Her passion to worship God in a unique way, led to the birthing of “Building The Palace of Praise”- an 100% praise event that brings people together quarterly to experience the presence of God in an ambiance electrified with deep worship with Ronnie and her friends.

Even a day old baby can guess her response when asked what is her hobby, she said SINGING!!!

She has alot of soul lifting singles to her credit and she recently released a New video title ONYE NA EME M’MA ” after the success of Grateful another soul lifting song…

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