Connect with us

Uncategorized

Go girl! Tinubu gushes, as Akindele’s blockbuster move grosses record N1billion

Published

on

“The creative industry is one of the high-employment sectors, providing jobs for our able and talented youths. It is an industry that is crucial to my administration. I salute Nigerians for their enduring support and patronage of home-grown creative efforts. We will provide the conducive environment for the industry to thrive further,” were the words with which President Bola Tinubu on Friday, gushed at the news of the huge success just recorded by ace Nigerian artist, Funke Akindele, with her movie: A Tribe Called Judah.

Two weeks after its debut, the movie, said to have been produced and co-directed by Akindele, herself an A-list Nollywood actress with many awards to her name, reportedly grossed over N1 billion, after it was released to Nigerian cinemas, mid-December, becoming the highest-earning Nigerian movie ever.

Tinubu, who conveyed his excitement through Ajuri Ngelale, his spokesman, celebrating  the ingenuity, creativity, and immense artistic talents of Nigeria’s thriving entertainment industry, congratulated not only for the record-setting film, but commended her contributions to the growth of the industry, as a whole.

He extolled the excellence of the Nigerian creative industry, acknowledging its pivotal place as a medium, not only for artistic expression but also a source of enormous soft power and viable export.

Advertisement

The Nollywood diva, had broken the news herself through her Instagram page, on Friday, enthusing on the movie, which hit cinemas on December 15, 2023, first breaking the record of grossing over N133m in its opening weekend, stating: “Thank You LORD!!!, Thank NIGERIA!!, Thank you GHANA!!”

See also  Cult war! TASUED suspends exams over murder of student writing papers

The movie, which became the highest-grossing Nollywood film for the year 2023 after grossing over N613m within the first 14 days of its release, had also made history on January 2, as it emerged as the highest-grossing Nollywood film ever with a reported N854million at the box office within 18 days in cinemas, surpassing previous attempts, such as Battle on Buka Street (N668.4million), and Omo Ghetto (N636.1m) which currently sit as the second and third highest-grossing films at the Nigerian box office respectively.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Uncategorized

TRAGEDY: Hoodlums release kidnapped judge, kill son, demand N150million ransom for two children

Published

on

For the family of Janet Gimba, judge of the Upper Customary Court in Kaduna State, it is a bitter-sweet story on Wednesday, as it was served with half-plate by kidnappers who invaded their home on June 24, taking away four of its members.

Not only was the jurist was released without her three children, spirited away from their  home in the Mahuta area of Chikun Local Government Area in the outskirts of Kaduna metropolis, police have confirmed the killing of their first son by the bandits, who are asking for N150million to secure the release of the rest.

Musa Gimba, the husband of the judge, who confirmed the release of his wife judge, attached to the Upper Customary Court, Sabon Tasha Division in Kaduna State, without her three children, disclosed that the bandits are demanding N150 million ransom within three days, threatening to kill the captives if the money was not given to them.

Mansir Hassan, spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, who confirmed the latest development, said the assailants killed the woman’s 14-year-old eldest son Victor Gimba, adding that operatives found his corpse at the Sabon Tasha Division, Ungwan Bayero of Dutse village near the toll gate, along the Kaduna- Abuja highway on Tuesday, July 2nd, adding that the anti-kidnapping squad of the command, in collaboration with other sister security agencies was working tirelessly to rescue the victims and also apprehend the bandits.

Advertisement

Channels Television, quotes Gloria Ballason, human rights activist and the Chief Executive Officer of the House of Justice as describing the abduction as contrary to Article 7 of the United Nations Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary and Sections 33 and 14(2)b of the 1999 Constitution that guarantees the safety of judges.

See also  ECOWAS in fresh moves to bring back heady B’Faso, Mali, Niger

Bemoaning the murder of woman’s the 14-year-old son as “grisly and blood-curdling,” the activist, who also regretted the rising insecurity in Nigeria, especially in the state, therefore called on the security agencies to ensure the speedy rescue of the remaining hostages.

 

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Uncategorized

BREAKING: Court begins trial of Hadi Sirika, Buhari’s ex-Minister

Published

on

Hadi Sirika, former Minister of Aviation in the government of Muhammadu Buhari, will on Thursday begin to face his accusers – the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over the allegation of fraud regarding a contract award of N2.7billion while in office.

The former Minister, who is being arraigned alongside his daughter, Fatimah, and two other suspects, one Jalal Hamma, and Al-Duraq Investment Ltd, on charges of abusing their positions to launder over N2.7 billion, is expected to appear before Justice Sylvanus Oriji of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The Minister, said to be undergoing investigations over an N8,069,176,864.00 money laundering allegation, involving Engirios Nigeria Limited, reportedly, owned by his younger sibling, Abubakar Sirika was arrested by operatives of the anti-graft agency was brought into its Abuja office on Tuesday, April 23 and where he was detained.

It is not known whether the two cases are related, but The PUNCH quoted a source as saying: “The N8,069,176,864.00 aviation ministry contract fraud was carried out in connivance with his younger brother, Abubakar Sirika, through the latter’s company.”

Advertisement

The report, which said that Sirika was particularly being investigating for conspiracy, abuse of office, diversion of public funds, and contract inflation, as well as criminal breaches of trust and money laundering amounting to N8,069,176,864.00 during his tenure in office.

Abubakar Sirika, was said to have been arrested and detained by the commission in connection with N3,212,258,930.18 paid to his company, Engirios Nigerian Limited’s, bank account by the former minister without a trace of work done on any of the contract items to date.

See also  Tinubu completely caged, now surrounded by thieves, Ndume insists

Continue Reading

Uncategorized

Demolished Abuja land: Wike empty noisemaker, nothing outside politics – Ukachukwu  

Published

on

“Where was Wike in 2003 when a national honour was given to me as a result of developing Abuja? Where was he? Is it because of these fake opportunities that they have in the country that lead them to come on television and start harassing the citizens? When you talk of integrity we never go into shady deals.”

These were the exact words of Linus Ukachukwu, Abuja based billionaire businessman, as he fired back at Nyesom Wike, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), over the issue of demolition of a large piece of land in Abuja, belonging to him and his brother, Nicholas Ukachukwu.

Wike had described them as landgrabbers, who acquired the property through the back channels, using corrupt officials of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), a move which he vowed not to condone under his administration of the capital city.

Ukachukwu, who appeared visibly angry at being so tagged, stated that the Minister was far behind in rating considering what he and his brother had contributed in the development of the FCT for decades now, for which they had won individual awards from the government.

Advertisement

Ukachukwu, while appearing on African Independent Television (AIT), accused Wike and Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, a former FCT Minister, and later Governor of Kaduna State of colluding with Lebanese developers to seize his land.

Hear him: “As far back as 2003, I had a national honour as a result of what I had been doing in the housing sector in Abuja. In 2005 my brother had a similar honour. How can you call Linus Ukachukwu and Nichoas Ukachukwu land grabbers? We need a serious apology from Wike.

See also  S’West members mum, as 50 Reps write Tinubu, demand Kanu’s release

“Where was Wike in 2003 when a national honour was given to me as a result of developing Abuja? Where was he? Is it because of these fake opportunities that they have in the country that lead them to come on television and start harassing the citizens? When you talk of integrity we never go into shady deals.

“This land was given in the nineties. I gave the documents showing the ministerial approval to AIT. Along the way because of the size of the land, El-Rufai came in and intimidated the first person (allotee) that they gave that land and did all manners of things to try to take that land from him. At the end of the day, they went to EFCC, went to court and the court discharged the guy and said that there is no forgery on the document.

“They went to court of Appeal, EFCC lost and they gave up and gave the Certificate of Clearance to the initial person that the land was allocated to. That was when we now came in and acquired some of the property and discovered that while the matter was still in the court, that El-Rufai went and gave part of the plot to Sunrise without even revoking our rights.

Advertisement

“So, you can see the impunity. Some of these leaders you need to stop listening to them because they are just bunches of liars. He took part of the land and gave it to Sunrise, (Lebanese) without revoking our title.”

Ukachukwu, who revealed how Mohammed Musa Bello, Wike’s immediate predecessor, set up a committee to address the dispute, he which he said, discovered that the original title held by him and his brother remained legitimate, he stated that the former Minister then suggested they should surrender the portion of land already developed by Sunrise and focus on developing the remaining area.

See also  BREAKING: Disgraced by S’Eagles, humiliated by NFF, Finidi quits!

Stressing that contrary to Wike’s claim, the land dispute had been settled in his favour approximately seven months prior to the end of the last administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, under which Bello served, he said the latest action was instigated by the same Lebanese, who met the Minister and pushed him into the matter.

Hear him: “Along the way, these Lebanese went to Wike and called for a meeting. My brother went for the meeting and in that meeting, Wike started intimidation, he didn’t even want my brother to talk, but Ukachukwus cannot be intimidated because Wike does not have address even to intimidate anybody.

“If he can intimidate, it is not me because I made my money through the grace of God and sweat. I never stole and I never worked for any government. In that meeting, he didn’t even want my brother to talk until my brother raised his voice and said you cannot bring me for a meeting and tell me that I cannot talk and that only my lawyer can talk.”

Advertisement

Continue Reading

Trending