Thursday, 9 June 2016

Exclusive: Why Henrietta Kosoko's family ordered that she should not be buried in Lagos

"She cant be buried in Lagos, she is a worthy daughter of the Deltans. No one will erase her memory from our heart by burying her in Lagos where "all purpose burial are done" and they would be forgotten". These were the words of some of the family members of late veteran Nollywood actress, Henrietta Kosoko who died on Tuesday May 7,2016 after a long battle with diabetics.

Henrietta was supposed to be buried at Atan cementary in Lagos today after a successful Christian wake-keep at  LTV Blue Roof, Agidingbi, Lagos yesterday June 9, 2016 but,her family rejected such plans and ordered her body to be brought back home for burial.

Although, those in the camp of Jide, his husband who confided in Omonaija were not too okay with this arrangement. On of them who does not want his name mentioned queried the rationale behind such moves since she is married to Jide and had bore him children. "Why can't the husband have a say over her body since he did all his right as the husband before marrying her? That just look as if they are claiming there daughter back after marriage." She opined.

Crying, wailing as Henrietta Kosoko begins final journey home... To be buried at Atan Cementary today Friday June 10

It was really a sober atmosphere today at LTV Blue Roof, Agidingbi, Lagos during the Christian wake-keep for late actress Henrietta Kosoko who died on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 after a long battle with diabetics.

The event which saw almost all notable Yoruba actors in attendance was indeed a time to reflect on the life and times of Henrietta as encomiums kept pouring for her. 

Here are some of the shots from the event... 


Keri Hilson, Fally Ipupa, others to grace Airtel Trace Music Star 2, as Africa finale holds in Lagos

The grand finale of Airtel Trace Music Star Season 2 holds this Saturday, June 11th 2016 at the Ultima Studios, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos and will be recorded for TV broadcast.
Participants who emerged winners in their respective countries are all set to showcase their talents to renowned American vocalist and songwriter, Keri Hilson, Fally Ipupa, DRC singer-songwriter, dancer, philanthropist and Mr Shawn “Pecas” Costner of ROC Nation. All judges are expected to arrive Nigeria within the week.
The finale, which promises to be captivating and exciting, will be attended by top executives from Airtel alongside senior directors from TRACE Africa.
According to the Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Ahmad Mokhles, the telco is passionate about creating platforms that delight, excite, entertain, engage and empower talented youth as well as telecoms consumers across the country.
“The sponsorship of Airtel Trace Music Stars is yet another eloquent testimony of Airtel’s commitment to empowering young, talented Nigerians. As Nigeria’s smartphone network of choice, we are always excited to enter partnerships that connect the Nigerian youth to their dreams and we are very excited about the opportunities that TRACE presents.”
A total of 10 contestants representing Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia will compete in the grand finale of the biggest pan-African talent search contest.
Nigeria’s representative, Ehieduonye Ezehike, a.k.a ‘Edu’, who emerged winner of N5 million courtesy of Airtel at the national finale held recently at Hard Rock CafĂ© in Lagos said he is ready to make the country proud.
“I thank God, my parents and friends for supporting me this far. I look forward to making Nigeria proud at the Africa Finale,” Edu who hails from Delta State said. 
The grand prize comprises a mentorship program with multi-award winning American singer-songwriter Keri Hilson in Atlanta. The winner also gets an opportunity to record a duet with the Keri as well as receive a signed contract with a major music label and worldwide media exposure through various TRACE’s platforms.

Nigerian soldier Dudu Black set to launch first musical album "Call Me"

Nigerian Army cum singer, Peter Temidayo, also known as Dudu Black, is set to launch his first album, ‘Call Me’, on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the Community Hall in Mosafejo Amukoko, Lagos by 2pm.

The dark-skinned artiste disclosed that his ‘Call Me’ project is a combination of wonderful and eccentric tracks were  all composed and written by him.
According to the Delta State-born gallant soldier, other artistes in the entertainment industry are expected to add spice to the event.
Dudu Black said he has been able to combine his music career with his military profession through dedication and commitment without allowing one to affect the other.

Website portal for creation of FG’s 500,000 jobs goes live June 12

Good days are here as what is definitely the first roll-out of President Mohammed Buhari’s  N500B Social Investment Programmes will start taking effects. Applications online for positions in the 500,000 direct teacher jobs scheme, through an internet portal named will be unveiled this weekend, while the portal would be live on Saturday June 11, applications are expected to start coming in on June 12, the beginning of next week. Young unemployed Nigerians are advised to visit the website and apply.

It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari in his May 29th Democracy Day broadcast to the nation formally launched the unprecedented social investment programmes already provided for under the 2016 Appropriation by the administration.

The 500,000 Teacher Corps, nicknamed N-Power Teach on the portal, is one of the three direct job creation and training schemes Nigerians can start applying for from Sunday, June 12.

Others are N-Power Knowledge which will train 25,000 Nigerians in the area of technology, and N-Power Build, which train another 75,000 in the areas of building services, construction, utilities, hospitality and catering, automotive vocations, aluminium and gas services.
All trainees would be paid for the duration of their training.
The N-Power Teacher Corps initiative which will engage and train 500,000 young unemployed graduates, is a paid volunteer programme of a 2-year duration. Unemployed Nigerians selected and trained will play teaching, instructional, and advisory roles in primary, and secondary schools, agricultural extension systems across the country, public health and community education-covering civic and adult education.

Besides their monthly take home pay estimated at about N23,000, the selected 500,000 graduates will also get computer devices that will contain information necessary for their specific engagement, as well as information for their continuous training and development. They get to keep the devices even after exiting from the programme.

According to the plan of the Buhari administration, the N-Power Teacher Corps programme is an invaluable opportunity for young Nigerians to make immense economic and social contributions to the nation while developing their skills. It will also help to address the problems of inadequate teachers in public schools.

Also, persons enlisted under the scheme will gain work experience and acquire key competencies through academic and non-academic capacity building programmes intended to improve their competitiveness in the workplace. Their devices will come loaded with knowledge-oriented applications and software that will enable them acquire the skills and capacity.
Under the N-Power Knowledge scheme, there are three aspects: Creative, Technology Software and Hardware. These three sub-divisions would will train 25,000 young Nigerians in all.

5000 of them would be trained in Animation, Graphic Design, Post-Production, Script-Writing. All of those under the sub-division of N-Power Knowledge-creative category.
The N-Power Knowledge scheme also has a technology category in two aspects: hardware and software. 10,000 Nigerians would be trained, and equipped in the area of software development, including web designers, and another 10,000 in hardware expertise including to repair, maintain and assemble mobile phones, tablets, computers and other devices.

Also the N-Power Build category was designed realizing that the presence of a well-trained and highly skilled youth population in any economy has direct impact on entrepreneurship/wealth creation, which in turn leads to a decline in unemployment.

N-Power Build is therefore an accelerated training and certification (Skills to Job/Enterprise) programme that will engage and train 75,000 young unemployed Nigerians in order to build a new crop of skilled and highly competent workforce of technicians, artisans and service professionals.

The other schemes in the Buhari presidency Social Investment Programmes which would soon be rolled out in the coming weeks. These include the Conditional Cash Transfer that pays N5000 monthly to one million Nigerians, the Micro-Credit Scheme for more than 1.5 million Nigerians, the Home Grown School Feeding programme that will serve 5.5 million Nigerian pupils in primary school a free hot meal per day this year and the Education support grant programme for 100,000 tertiary students in Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics, STEM and education.