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JUST IN: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Donates N1m To Ailing Baba Suwe

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has announced a donation of N1m to the ailing veteran actor, Babatunde Omidina, a.k.a. Baba Suwe, who had solicited for financial support to enable him seek urgent medical attention.

Baba Suwe made the plea for financial support on Monday during an interview with popular broadcaster, Kola Olotu, in Ibadan.

And today, Thursday, the Vice President Osinbajo has already responded through his aides who visited the ailing actor at his Ikorodu Lagos home.

Meanwhile, Theater Arts and Motions Pictures Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) also said that the actor has been on the health bill of the association since 2017.

The affable comic actor went out of circulation eight years ago, after enjoying patronage and limelight for decades, because of diabetic complications among other ailments.

Tracing the origin of his current ordeal, Baba Suwe said the crisis started in the United States of America, where he had traveled to, but collapsed, even amidst cheers by fans.

“Since the time I returned to Nigeria, I have been going up and down,” he struggled to tell the radio show host amidst tears.

“They have taken me to different hospitals, yet my condition is getting worse. My situation is so bad now that I can’t walk without a walking stick.”

Baba Suwe also linked his current predicament to the ordeals the NDLEA officials subjected him to while in its custody.

According to him, the mental, psychological and medical stress he underwent, while NDLEA tried to establish that he indeed ingested cocaine, shattered him.

The comedian also lamented that he is yet to receive the N25 million damages initially awarded him.

He said: “The most important issue is that I need money to treat and rehabilitate myself as I have spent all I had on the health challenges.

Also, Baba Suwe shared his account details: First Bank, Babs Omidina Comedy, 2003537811, during the interview.

During an interview with PREMIUM TIMES in September, Baba Suwe revealed that he would release a movie, ‘Oya Gbe Ti’ detailing his 2011 encounter with NDLEA.

He was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in 2011 on the suspicion that he ingested cocaine wraps.

During the encounter, the popular comedian was detained for three weeks by the agency, but no drugs were found.

A Lagos High Court subsequently ordered NDLEA to pay the veteran actor N25 million for unlawfully detaining him and to also tender a public apology to him; a ruling the drugs agency appealed.

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MultiChoice Nigeria Unveils New Reality TV Show; Ultimate Love, Winning Couple To Be Rewarded With Lavish Traditional Wedding, Fully Furnished Home, Others

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MultiChoice Nigeria has announced the launch of a brand-new reality TV show titled ‘Ultimate Love’ and is calling for auditions this November. The show will air live, 24/7 on all DStv and select GOtv packages starting February 2020.

A first-of-its-kind reality TV show format, Ultimate Love is centered around single male and female strangers living together in an isolated location with the hopes of finding life-long love. They are paired based on their mutual attraction to one other as they compete to emerge the ultimate couple of the competition. The winning couple is rewarded with a lavish traditional wedding ceremony, a fully furnished home amongst other prizes. The couples, who are continuously monitored by live television cameras and personal audio microphones, will interact daily with a counselor fondly referred to as ‘Auntie’ as they embark on their journey to love.

Chief Executive Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe said: “Reality TV shows are immensely popular because they showcase real people experiencing real-life happenings and situations, thus connecting with viewers and fans on a personal and relatable level. There are fewer things more real than love, and Ultimate Love, our new and exciting reality show celebrates this.”

“We are excited to have developed this new reality TV format which further reiterates our position as Africa’s biggest storyteller and custodians of premium and quality entertainment in Africa. Our viewers can expect the very best production values and a show experience, unlike anything ever seen on African television,” he added.

For this first season, a total of 16 individuals comprising 8 males and 8 females will be selected through careful auditions and screenings to live together for 8 weeks. They will engage in a series of locally inspired activities as couples with viewers voting off their least favorite couple on a weekly basis.

Online auditions open Friday, 22 November and will run for one week till Saturday, 30 November 2019. All intending participants are to log on to www.africamagic.tv, to fill out the registration form and upload a short introductory video. Ultimate Love is open to males and females aged 23 years and above, who are single and open to the adventure the show presents. Participants must also have an active subscription on DStv or GOtv to qualify.

For more information, please visit www.africamagic.tv, and follow the social media updates on Ultimate Love @ultimateloveng on TwitterInstagram and Facebook using the hashtag #UltimateLoveNg. You can also get more information when you follow DStv, GOtv and Africa Magic on all verified social media pages

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Maryam Booth, Gbenga Adeyinka Unveiled As Host Of BON Awards 2019

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As the countdown to 2019 Best of Nollywood (BON) awards descends, the Nigerian movie industry is revving and busy for the biggest night to send forth the year.

The ingenuity for this year’s BON Awards is targeted at offering a unique perspective on the make-believe industry and red carpet moments sure to spellbind players and stakeholders as the duo of cerebral top Nigerian celebrities would be anchoring the event.

Gbenga Adeyinka, who is a regular face at the awards will be sharing the stage with the delectable and Kannywood sensation, Maryam Ado Mohammed, known professionally as Maryam Booth.

The choice of Gbenga, who started his career as a corporate affairs manager in an engineering firm, was borne out of his consistency and professionalism in a smooth delivery.

He became popular with his shine-shine bobo promo for ‘Star Game Show’. He has also anchored television programmes for AIT, Galaxy TV, MBI, and Africa Magic on DSTV.

The self-acclaimed Grand Comedian of Nigeria, GCON, is a multi-award-winning Nigerian actor, comedian, writer, and MC, who speaks various Nigerian languages.

On her part, Maryam Booth, who is to co-host with Adeyinka, came into the acting scene when she was 8 years old and has since established herself as an icon in the northern Nigeria media industry.

She came into the limelight with her hit movie Dijangala which was released in 2007 and had gone on to be known for her dexterity in playing a wide range of roles in movies.

Maryam is also a model, fashion designer and brand ambassadors for several notable brands including Ajinomoto.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of BON, Seun Oloketuyi, “This year’s edition of the award will be one of the most intriguing yet to close 2019 for the Nollywood industry, we dare you to be there.”

The 2018 edition, anchored by Helen Paul, held in Oyo State, while this year’s Best of Nollywood awards will hold on December 14, 2019 in Kano State.

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PartyDreams CEO, Emmanuella Ropo Set To Throw Two Lavish Parties In December [Full Details]

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Lagos Socialite and CEO of PartyDreams Ltd, Emmanuella Ropo is set for a double celebration in December, the very elegant light-skinned beauty will throwing two major parties that will obviously shake the town in about 4 weeks from now.

The first on the list will be the 80th birthday celebration of her Dad, Chief Stephen Gboyega Odebiyi (JP) which will come up on the 7th of December, 2019 in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Emmanuella and her siblings are currently leaving no stones as they get prepared to give their loving father a befitting birthday party that will be the talk of the town for a long time to come.

According to Emmanuella, “The plan is to celebrate our Dad, a good man, in a grand style as a token of our appreciation for nurturing us all to successful individuals. For us, it is not a show-off, it is just to say thank you to a man that’s done so much for us all and to appreciate God for his beautiful life.

The major highpoint for Emmanuella will come up just a weekend after her Dad’s birthday, as the elegant Partydreams CEO will be confined with a chieftaincy title as the ‘Otun Iyalode‘ of Igbeyin land in Abeokuta on December 14th, 2019.

The event which promises to be a societal event will have many celebrities and socialities from home and diaspora gather in Abeokuta to celebrate Emmanuella Ropo as the new Otun Iyalode of Igbeyin land.

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