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.”
Ikeja Prince Of Nightlife, Sidolart To Celebrate Birthday With The Grand Opening Of Lounge 15:08 In Lagos [PHOTOS]
Serial Entrepreneur and Ikeja Prince of Nightlife, Yusuf Saheed Adekunle popularly known as Sidolart is set to unveil his new brand in a few days.
Sidolart is set to come through for fun lovers on the mainland with the berthing of Lounge 1508, a beauty to behold lounge located at Plot 2, Otunba Jobi Fele Way, CBD, Alausa, Ikeja.
The grand unveiling of Lounge 1508 comes up on the 15th of August 2019, which also doubles as Sidolart’s birthday.
Classic Highlife tunes will be rendered by SB Live
Sidolart, a father of two boys, married to Alhaja Tiwalade Latifat Saheed-Yusuff says he’s ready to switch up the heat on Ikeja nightlife with a classic delivery in Lounge 1508.
Lounge 15:08 is an architectural delight, located in a serene environment which makes it an ideal place for pleasure and business. With a halo of paradise, laced with contemporary furnishings, elegant styling with great attention to details.
Esporta Offers Ondo State Local Cuisine, Offers Free Delivery In Lagos
Esporta Suites Hotel & Resorts, your number one customer friendly hotel with tasty meals, has introduced yet another delicacy in a bid in ensuring patrons, especially Ondo State indigenes, have a feel of home while in Lagos.
The hotel, whose first kitchen chain is located at Omole, caters for customers with preferences for fresh and natural Ondo and other African foods.
The kitchen, which opened a few weeks back, has since turned mecca of sort for those that love hygienic and fresh foods at pocket-friendly prices with delivery everywhere in Lagos, while Omole and Ogba enjoy free delivery service.
According to the CEO, Kehinde Famuroti, the idea is to create a home away from home experience.
“We opened the outlet in order to cater to those who long for that rich African cuisine. We’re very good at this and trust me everything comes fresh.”
Esporta Suites Hotel & Resorts, the parent company and a budget-friendly hotel located at 8B CMD Road Magodo, beside Magodo Brooks Estate in Lagos, is a traveller’s favourite for its proximity with many interesting places that make a megacity. These places include Cribz Shawarma, Centre for Management Development and Domino’s Pizza.
Others are Magrellos Restaurant, Governor’s Office and Ikeja City Mall.
Its rooms are cozy and have been tastefully furnished to ensure guests have a good stay. The categories range from Double Room, Executive Double Room (NW), Executive Double Room (SW), Diplomatic Room, Ambassador Room to Royal Suite with each room featuring an air conditioner, bedside lamp, well-woven rug, desk, and an ensuite bathroom.
The bathrooms are safe and fitted with modern amenities to make patrons have a pleasant stay.
Series 2: Sir Shina Peters Set To Hit Bites Club With Afro Juju Flavour
One of the reasons Lagos boasts of its megacity status is the numerous shows and events the entertainment industry continually shun out daily. Hence, every night, Lagosians bask in the fullness of such events, reflecting on the happy times as both old and new artistes compete happily in making Lagos nightlife glorious.
But one particular artiste always stands out when the rollcall for evergreen artistes is tapped; the King of Afro Juju, Sir Shina Peters.
In keeping faith with this, MetronewsNG TV, the consistent entertainment platform, has collaborated with the megastar in packaging the second edition of the Afro Juju Flavour.
The monthly event promises to resonate for a long time in the annals of bubbling city, as the Afro Juju maestro is eager to strike the strings and mesmerize the audience at the popular night club, Bite Billionaires Lounge.
“One of the biggest nightlife dance in Lagos is just about to happen and no one can just afford to miss it,” Otunba Femi Davies, CEO of MetronewsNG TV, said.
According to Wale Fani, the CEO of the club, “As we all know, Bite Lounge is the place to be on the mainland when it comes to entertainment in Ikeja for its exclusive nature and darling of top-rated social estab crowds. Also with Sir Shina Peters as our special guest of the night, anyone can be sure of maximum enjoyment.”
“After a successful hosting of the previous one, I can tell you that this month’s edition promises to be explosive,” Sir Shina Peters beamed.
The event at Bite Billionaires Lounge, located on 21, Adeniyi Jones in the State capital, would be coming up on August 9, 2019.
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