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Sanwo-Olu To Police: Charge Baba Ijesha To Court

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Sanwo-Olu To Police: Charge Baba Ijesha To Court

Lagos governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has advised the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to charge Nollywood veteran actor, Baba Ijesha, who was arrested for defiling a minor, to court.

The governor made the call through the state’s Ministry of Justice.

If found convicted, Sanwo-Olu highlighted that Baba Ijesha’s punishments range from 3, 7, 14 years, and life sentences.

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Ellen DeGeneres Discloses Plan To End Her Daytime Talk Show

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American comedian and TV host, Ellen DeGeneres has disclosed her plan to end her daytime talk show.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter where she made this known, DeGeneres said The Ellen DeGeneres Show was no longer a challenge for her.

“When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged — and as great as this show is, and as fun, as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” she stated.

Going by her disclosure, The Ellen DeGeneres Show will officially end after the upcoming 2021-22 season.

DeGeneres has hosted the series since 2003, meaning the show will have run for 19 seasons by the time it ends.

The show has however been a major fixture of the daytime TV landscape throughout its run and has even inspired a number of spinoffs. Those include shows like –Ellen’s Game of Games, The Masked Dancer, Family Game Fight, and Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways.”

The move to end the series is not altogether unsurprising, as DeGeneres’ current contract ends in 2022. Although, there had been rumours when she extended her contract in 2019 that she was planning to end the series at that time, though she ultimately signed for another three years.

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Genevieve Nnaji, Stars In New Audio Play “Fela Ten Twenty”

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Genevieve Nnaji

Nollywood veteran actress, Genevieve Nnaji, will join the cast of the audio adaptation of FELA – ‘Fela Ten Twenty’, written and directed by filmmaker, Funa Maduka.

A statement issued on Tuesday by the organizers said the audio play would be premiered on Clubhouse, the popular drop-in audio chat platform, on May 15 and May 16, with shows at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on both days.

The clubhouse is a social platform, built around “drop-in audio chat”, featuring ephemeral real-time voice conversations that any user can listen to but cannot record.

READ ALSO: Fela Anikulapo Kuti Tops Voting Chart For 2021 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

The statement said the proceeds from the show would support GEANCO, whose work provides full-tuition, healthcare, and social and psychological support to young female survivors of terrorism and gender inequality in Nigeria and across the continent.

The statement quoted Genevieve Nnaji as saying: “The contemporary issues highlighted in the script are what sold me; this is an artful retelling of Fela’s story and I’m honored to be a part of it.

“I grew up on radio plays and the experience is nostalgic for me – the power of voice to influence minds and touch hearts is undeniable.”

Fela Ten Twenty, the title of the audio adaptation, will feature an exciting new interpretation of Bill T. Jones’ and Jim Lewis’s Original FELA! The script, framing the ongoing #EndSARS movement in the context of Fela Kuti’s legacy.

Music for the production would be recorded in Lagos, Nigeria, by The Cavemen, the widely-celebrated band rekindling Nigerian highlife with their new album Roots.

Funa Maduka, writer, director, and producer of Fela Ten Twenty, commended Genevieve for her efforts to see the play come to reality.

“For this adaptation, I tripled speaking roles for women by bringing the voices of the Kalakuta Queens, women who fought and performed alongside Fela, to the forefront.

“Women have long been at the center of political movements, especially in Africa.

“To have a woman of Genevieve’s caliber play a Kalakuta Queen, only elevates this legacy of leadership, fortitude, and grace”.

Genevieve Nnaji is a Nigerian actress, producer, and director.

She won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005.

In 2011, she was honored as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government for her contributions to Nollywood.

Her directorial debut movie, Lionheart, was Nigeria’s first submission to the Oscars.

Nnaji frequently uses her platform to advocate for social causes, including #EndSARS, which the Fela Ten Twenty script adaptation centers.

Genevieve joins a talented cast of actors from Nigeria, the UK, and the US, including; Sir Marcell as Fela Kuti, Jumoké Fashola as Funmilayo Kuti, NC Grey as Najite – a Kalakuta Queen and Nneamaka Nwadei as Omolara – a Kalakuta Queen.

Others are Malikat Rufai as Sandra Izsadore, Uche Ogodi as J.K. Braimah, Comfort Dangana as DJ Switch, Adeola Adebari as Tunde, Muhammed Agboluaje as the Driver, LaToya Ransom as the Radio Journalist and Aliu Ajala as the Babalawo.

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Bob Marley: 5 Fun Facts You May Not Know About The Reggae Icon

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Bob Marley: 5 Fun Facts You May Not Know About The Reggae Icon

Arguably, not too many musicians remain as beloved and revered as Bob Marley, whose music continues to inspire and influence music, fashion, politics, and culture around the world.

He was just 36 years old when he died of cancer in 1981. But the Jamaican-born reggae legend left a massive musical legacy in a very short amount of time.

Newsrand presents below five fun facts about the ‘Rastafarian’:

Bob Marley’s birth name

The man the world came to know as Bob Marley was actually born Nesta Robert Marley in St. Ann Parish, Jamaica, in 1945. According to Clash Music, his first and middle names were switched after people pointed out that “Nesta” seemed like a girl’s name.

Marley also earned the nickname “Tuff Gong” as a teenager for the toughness he showed growing up in Kingston’s Trench Town. He later called his record label Tuff Gong, which is now part of Island Records.

Bob Marley: 5 Fun Facts You May Not Know About The Reggae Icon

He transitioned from palm reading to singing

At the age of four, people discovered that when Marley read palms, his predictions would come true. He stopped reading palms at age 7, however, when he decided to become a singer. As an adult, he reportedly told a woman who asked him to read her palm, “I’m not reading no more hand: I’m singing now.”

Bob Marley Had Many Children

Marley married a local Sunday school teacher named Rita Anderson when he was 21 and they stayed married until his death. He adopted Rita’s daughter and the couple went on to have four children. He had several other children with other women, according to Biography.com, and adopted a child that his wife Rita bore from another man.

Officially, Marley acknowledged the fatherhood of 13 children, although there are rumours that more children exist.

He Is Sixth On Forbes’ List Of Highest-Earning Dead Celebrities

After his death in 1981, Marley’s music has continued to be played and loved—and therefore continues to rake in the money. In 2016, he was the sixth highest-earning dead celebrity in the world, according to Forbes, preceded by fellow musicians Prince, Elvis Presley, and Michael Jackson.

He is the front of a global marijuana brand

As celebrity endorsements go, it certainly seems like a perfect fit: Under the label Marley Natural, the reggae icon fronted a global marijuana brand. Products include the “heirloom Jamaican cannabis strains.”

Marley’s daughter Cedella calls the brand an “authentic way to honour his legacy by adding his voice to the conversation about cannabis and helping end the social harms caused by prohibition. My dad would be so happy to see people understanding the healing power of the herb.”

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