A model and video vixen recently called out singer Tekno , claiming that she was dropped from his music video because of her dark skin colour. However, in an interview with Punch, Paul Gambit, the director, who shot the video, explained why the model was actually rejected by Tekno.
“They say customers are always right. I cast someone for a role but the executive producer said she didn’t fit in with what he wanted for the project. He said he would have preferred her in another project. Do you expect me to start arguing with my client? I am the director, not the client who will pay for the job. I understand how she felt and we tried to talk about it”He said
Gambit maintained that the vixen wasn’t asked to leave the set and he did all he could do to pacify her. “I think it was her first experience because video vixens get rejected regularly but they don’t call out the artistes involved. Tekno and I have kept quiet about it, but to be honest with you, it was never about the clour of her skin. I was sad about the statement because I didn’t understand why she would go to that extent. As a man, don’t you have what you like in a girl? If you prefer slim ladies, does that mean fat ladies are bad?
For almost four hours, we didn’t shoot because we were looking for someone who would fit what Tekno wanted” he said. On whether Tekno begged the model or tried to give her reasons for his action, Gambit said, “If you are a top artiste like Tekno, would you apologise when the lady didn’t give you audience . It is easier for people to say Tekno did something wrong until you put yourself in his situation. When we sent her details to Tekno, he was not totally sure about using her.
He said he would conclude on the day of the shoot; so, it was not 100 per cent certain that she would play the lead role. She just wanted to make everyone feel that it was about her colour. The simple truth is that her beauty was not the type Tekno was looking for; it doesn’t mean he didn’t see any beauty in her. Tekno had his preference for the shoot. I am sure the girl cannot date all the guys that come her way. She will have her taste as well”
Franklin Amudo’s D’Luxe Management Repositions For A Global Target
Frontline talent manager, Franklin Amudo, has taken a new initiative in positioning his D’Luxe management for a global market.
With a career spanning three decades in varied sectors of the Nigerian entertainment industry, Amudo has unveiled his partnership with top agencies across the world.
Amudo’s talent management outfit – with the sole vision of plugging the gap in talent curation, mentorship, promotion, and management – has worked in various capacities with several Nigerian and international entertainers that include 2face, Tony Tetuila, Femi Kuti, Tamara Dey, Cassper Nyovest Nas, Jay Z & Beyonce, Global Citizen with D’banj and recently with Yemi Alade.
Amudo had worked in various capacities as a brand person for the better part of a decade with National Sports Lottery, MTN, FinBank, Ondo State Government, David Mark Electoral Campaign, Storm Records, and 001 EVENTS. The talent manager, who goes about his job with brazen assurance, has D’Luxe management as the official talent booking and management agency with Pernod Ricard home to Martel, Jameson, Absolut Vodka, and a wide variety of liquor brands having been actively involved with Hennessy Artistry and Absolut Road to MAMAS.
He became popular for representing D’banj as Personal and Business Manager as well as General Manager of The CREAM Platform before his resignation in January 2019 to start up a Talent Management Agency that birthed D’luxe Management Ltd in conjunction with Jason Amusa and Ibrahim Qudus.
“It’s been a long time coming and we have been working towards achieving this for some time now. The bigger picture is to build a platform that is bigger than an artist. It’s like the gateway to Talent Management on this side of the globe,” Amudo stated on his mission in a brief chat.
Expatiating more on his partnerships, Amudo said, “The vision is to nurture talent for global exposure and with global partners that include Starz Records in the UK, 1865blackflag Atlants, DDE Rwanda, and Escobar Entertainment in South Africa, we have positioned D’Luxe Management as the toast and gateway to talent management in Nigeria. And to this end, we recently signed Holmes as our first talent project.”
The new talent on Amudo’s D’Luxe management, Holmes, is a homegrown Nigerian artiste who hails from Warri in Delta State. The 28-year-old artist born Umughare Prosper Aghogho, is currently signed to the indie label, Addictive Sound Records. His released songs include ‘Magician’, ‘Love’ ft. Davido and his current wave-making track, ‘Sade’.
UBA Launches New Online Entertainment Platform, ‘RED Radio’, Opening With Exclusive Wizkid Interview
Pan- African financial institution, United Bank for Africa, (UBA Plc), continues to lead in innovation with the launch of its dynamic and creative Online Radio channel – RED Radio.
RED Radio, powered by UBA is a lifestyle web platform that has been set up to inform, educate, entertain, and to bring to the fore, the best of Africa. Much like its sister platform, REDTV, RED Radio is expected to showcase the best in lifestyle, entertainment, music, news, comedy, and fashion.
Speaking on the launch of RED Radio, Group Chairman of UBA, Tony O. Elumelu applauded the creative initiative, emphasizing that UBA is a financial institution always ready to support creativity and entrepreneurship. The 2020 Time 100 most influential person in the world who has committed USD100 million to empower young entrepreneurs across Africa said about RED Radio, “Creativity and innovation are a powerful combination and every detail in an art piece is important and meaningful. This applies to growing businesses and budding entrepreneurs. You will encounter challenges like I did, but each experience is a lesson that brings you closer to your goal. That is the beauty of creativity.”
Continuing, Elumelu remarked, “There are many ways to make something beautiful, to make a sound interesting, or to bring a story to life. You can define your expression, and today, as UBA’s RED Radio launches, I wish Bola Atta and her enterprising team many successes through this beautiful medium of expression.”
In appreciation of the support of UBA Group Chairman for the exciting creative initiative, UBA’s Group Head, Corporate Communications, Bola Atta, said ‘just like, REDTV which is Africa’s leading online entertainment network, RED Radio is positioned to fast become the foremost online radio platform in Africa’.
Also expressing his delight, UBA’s Brand Ambassador and star boy, Wizkid, said, “I am never too busy for my UBA family as he granted an exclusive interview on one of the station’s flagship shows ‘On the Street’ where he spoke extensively about his upcoming album and what his fans should expect from him in the coming weeks.
RED Radio promises to bring rich and engaging content that will keep its audience coming back constantly for vibrant and robust entertainment. Listeners can tune in to www.itsredio.com 24/7.
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde In A Happy Mood As She, Children Recover From COVID-19
Prominent Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, is excited about her recovery and those of her children from COVID-19.
A few weeks ago, the actress revealed that she contracted coronavirus and infected her children.
However, the actress took to her Instagram page on Sunday to express her joy as she and her children are now COVID-19 free.
She wrote: “I am grateful to God Almighty the Lord of lords for all He has done for my family and I. He is truly a dependable Friend if you trust in Him.
“I’ll also like to thank you all for your love, prayers, calls, messages, posts, and thoughts. All truly appreciated.
“My kids and I are fine and COVID free now, and I do not take the experience for granted at all.
“If you still don’t believe that this virus is real, I pray you don’t experience it to believe.
“If you ever feel ill during this pandemic, pls know there’s nothing to fear or be ashamed of…you’re not alone.
“Pls get TESTED immediately, it could save your life. Many have had COVID and treated it as fever, malaria, etc and luckily they’ve been fine….( note that symptoms are different and viral loads vary). However, a problem with that is they have probably gone on to infect others since they were not monitored or guided. The average span for a COVID infection if not severe is 2 weeks (14 days ) when you should totally isolate so as not to infect others.
“Make sure to use vitamins – VitC (1000ml), vitamin D, and Zinc daily, and please WEAR A MASK. Please maintain physical distancing, wear a mask properly, and wash your hands regularly.
“I’ll also like to thank the amazing lead Dr who treated me Dr Folarin Opawoye; and finally, my husband whose Love and Faith nursed us back to health. To God Alone be all the Glory. Thank you all.”
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