Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Nollywood Star, Chiwetalu Agu Speaks out, Reveals he Has Featured in 950 Films

Nigerian film star, Chiwetalu Agu, has granted a new interview, revealing how he made an entry into the world of movies.

Could you trace your early years?

I was born on 5th March 1956 in Enugu and named Christian Ogbonna Chiwetalu Agu. It was fashionable to be COC Agu just like MI Okpara or KO Mbadiwe or COC Chiedozie, famous school administrator.  I attended Ogui Primary School, Ogui, Enugu, from 1962 to 1967.

I later transferred to St. Luke Primary school Ogui Urban Area, Enugu, from 1970 to 1971. After primary, I proceeded to College of Immaculate Conception (CIC) Uwani, Enugu, from 1972 to 1977 before going abroad to study dramatic arts.

How did you start out as an actor?

It was during my years at College of Immaculate Conception CIC Enugu that the talents showed and I had to pursue acting well with the kind assistance of someone who believed in my ability.

So you see that. I studied acting. I did not just stumble on it. I believe it is a calling. I enrolled from 1977 to 1981 and obtained a Bachelors degree in Dramatic Arts from the MUNCHEN College, Former West Germany.

Tell me more about your schooling and stay in Germany?

My going off to Germany was facilitated by Mrs. Helen Joezck, wife to my late Uncle, the first lawyer in the whole of Udi Local Government.    Barrister JDC Agu was a trail blazer who built the famous Amokwe House on Agbani Road, Enugu. Auntie Helen made it possible for me to study at Munchen, Germany  and all members of that family including three sons made my stay and study in Dramatic Arts in the school stress free

What were your first acting opportunities?

It was when I had returned to Nigeria that I enrolled and completed the mandatory National Youth Service in Jos. It was also then that I started professional acting and formed a theatre troupe called INSPIRERS Theatre Group in 1983 with loads of performances around Nigeria. It was this group that was sought after when the performance was intricate both in Enugu and around Nigeria.

I became guest actor, writer, and co-producer and co director at Nigerian Television Authority Enugu and former Anambra Television Channel 50 Enugu which was set up by then Governor Jim Nwobodo until 1986 when I was drafted into playing the role of ANIIKWU in THINGS FALL APART, the famous NTA network drama. The character was one of the fathers-in-law of the character OKONKWO, the leading character.

You were Christian and later became Chiwetalu…what caused the change in name?

It was in the early 80s that the name change from Christian Ogbonna    Chiwetalu Agu came about. I see it as divine destiny. I started feeling more African. I recalled how my late grandfather Chief Job Chiwetalu Agu, a renowned community leader and leader at Olokoro Council in Eastern Nigeria trekked over 18 miles from Amokwe my home town to Enugu when he was 117 years to baptize me with his Igbo name Chiwetalu in 1956 when I was born. He died at 120 years. I had started my acting career with Christian but I believe it is by divine destiny, when I changed to Chiwetalu that is Chiukwuwetalu (what the big God has brought) my career picked up meteorically and I have not stepped back.    Now I want to be referred to as Ambassador Chief Chiwetalu O. C. Chiukwuwetalu (no more Agu). All former documents remain valid (hahahahahah)

What would you say is the place of NTA Enugu and the Anambra Television in your acting career?

The place of the NTA and Anambra Television in my taking off in the business of acting must be noted. The two were my major launching pads from 1981 to 1986. It was while acting in drama series on NTA that I got a role of Aniikwu in Things Fall Apart.

It was my soap opera The Advocate that took me to Lagos NTA headquarters for co-production. It was within this period that I got co-opted to be part of Ripples by Zeb Ejiro. It was the longest running soap ever on NTA and I doubt if that record has been beaten.

Ikuku is one of your earliest films; how did you get the role?

I had been part of the audition for Living in Bondage. Chief Kenneth Nnebue had invited me to his office at Adesina street, Ijesha, Lagos. He had seen me in Ripples directed by Zeb Ejiro where I played the role of Chief Abunna. However, somehow when the production started, I was not around to be part of the shooting. I later joined him to do Taboo where I played with Nkem Owoh. It was Nkem that cast me in Ikuku. Since then, it has been a roller coaster.

Over 950 films and still counting, you are really a record breaker? Any listing for some of the films you did?

It will be very difficult to count or name all my films at the stretch of the finger because they are numerous. But I have counted 950 films till date since 1981. I believe that this is a Guinness Book of Records material. I doubt if any actor in Africa as well as the world over has such a record. Then you add it to the 52 awards I have received from several groups and organizations and from Enugu state my state of origin. I am happy that my state has honored me twice. First, Governor Sullivan Chime presented me with most innovative actor of the year 2014. Again, I got The Celebrity Award 2018 by Enugu state through the Enugu Youth Summit. I am grateful to God for all these awards and recognition.

Are you still in touch with Germany where you lived and studied?

I should have been but my uncle, my father’s younger brother Barrister JDC Agu died in 1977 and his German wife Auntie Helen Joerck who facilitated my education in Germany also died in late 90s. My cousin, their first son died in early 2000s. Their two other sons Mike and Donald frequent Nigeria on business and personal purposes. In fact they were with me in Columbus Ohio when I went to pick up Best veteran actor award in 2014. Donald just returned to Germany from a visit to Nigeria recently.

How do you feel being seen as Nollywood’s most treacherous man?

I do not feel any way because I know I am just acting. It is unfortunate for those who only see the bad character roles. I am just an actor anyway; a well trained one at that who can play all kinds of roles. Directors discovered that treachery is an acting style I am at ease with and started casting me like that since 1994.

Can you see yourself playing another role other than the one you currently play?

I am a very professional actor who can play any roles and producers know about my versatility. They have also cast me in many other roles even many of comedy only that many see the treacherous roles more than the others. My 950 films may not only be about a bad guy.

What do you consider the secret of your still being relevant in an industry that is said to use and dump?

I give all the glory to Almighty God for the talent. I form clichés and signatures for every of my movies with ease and I have never repeated such clichés. I find a catchword, signature and byline for all the movies and I give God the glory for making it look easy.

Source: Vanguard

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Police Is Coming To Arrest Me In My Home - Tonto Dikeh Raises Alarm

NOLLYWOOD actress, Tonto Dikeh has taken to social media to alert the public of a possible arrest by the Nigeria police.
In the post she shared, the divorced single mother of one said the police are coming to her house to arrest her. She also stated that plans are on ground to record the whole process and that she is not afraid of any police officer. The actress did not state what her offence could have been.
Read her post below:
"I guess I am now a criminal..
MY STOMACH OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO And they are even coming with Press to record my arrest Lmaoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo..

I am a mother and nothing in this life can intimidate me…
#Call me LION KING….
#Dear Oga police if you need me you have my no. Like I said going to my home if anything happens to my son,Pls have a spare of whatever you did to him to do to me once I land Abuja!!!

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Nigerian Musical Star Davido Acquires Private Jet? (Photos)

Nigerian musician, David Adeleke aka Davido has shown off his newly acquired private jet believed to be worth millions of naira. 
 The artiste who had hinted of the arrival of his jet took to his Instagram page to show off the jet as his fans went wild.
The private jet also bears his label logo - Davido Music Worldwide (DMW)
He is currently in Cotonou.
Davido wrote:

"Walk it Like I TALK IT 😇 !! First trip with my 🛩 with MY WOMAN !! Cotonu 🇧🇯 We on the way!! AIR OBO TOUCHDOWN!!."

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Mbia Signs One Year Deal with Toulouse

Former Cameroon captain Stephane Mbia has signed a one year deal with French Ligue 1 side Toulouse.
Mbia was a free agent after spending two years with Chinese club Hebei China Fortune, who he left by mutual consent in March.
The French club describes the 32-year-old as a “versatile midfielder, capable of playing as a central defender.”
He returns to play in France six years after leaving Marseille for English club Queens Park Rangers.
He has made more than 150 appearances in Ligue 1, winning the title in 2010 with Marseille as well as two Europa League titles with Spanish club Sevilla

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Biography of Kofi Annan

 Source: Encyclopedia of World Biography 

BORN on April 8, 1938 Kumasi,  Ghanian-born international diplomat made Africa proud when he picked the top job at the United Nation. Now that he is gone, Africans are saddened and will remember him for his trappings.
International diplomat Kofi Annan of Ghana is the seventh secretary-general of the United Nations (UN), the multinational organization created to, among other things, maintain world peace. He is the first black African to head that organization and was awarded the Nobel Prize. Noted for his cautious style of diplomacy, Annan is sometimes criticized for his soft-spokenness, which some say may be mistaken for weakness.

A worldly scholar

Kofi Atta Annan was born in Kumasi, in central Ghana, Africa, on April 8, 1938. Since 1960 Ghana has been a republic within the British Commonwealth, a group of nations dependent on Great Britain. Named for an African empire along the Niger River, Ghana was ruled by Great Britain for 113 years as the Gold Coast. Annan is descended from tribal chiefs on both sides of his family. His father was an educated man, and Annan became accustomed to both traditional and modern ways of life. He has described himself as being "atribal in a tribal world."
After receiving his early education at a leading boarding school in Ghana, Annan attended the College of Science and Technology in the capital of Kumasi. At the age of twenty, he won a Ford Foundation scholarship for undergraduate studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he studied economics. Even then he was showing signs of becoming a diplomat, or someone skilled in international relations. Annan received his bachelor's degree in economics in 1961. Shortly after completing his studies at Macalester College, Annan headed for Geneva, Switzerland, where he attended graduate classes in economics at the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales.

Early career

Following his graduate studies in Geneva, Annan joined the staff of the World Health Organization (WHO), a branch of the United Nations. He served as an administrative officer and as budget officer in Geneva. Later UN posts took him to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and New York City, New York. Annan always assumed that he would return to his native land after college, although he was disturbed by the unrest and numerous changes of government that occurred there during the 1970s.
Annan became the Alfred P. Sloan fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At the end of his fellowship in 1972, he was awarded a master of science degree in management. Rather than return to Ghana upon graduation, he accepted a position at the UN headquarters in New York City.

Work with the UN

In 1974 he moved to Cairo, Egypt, as chief civilian personnel officer in the UN Emergency Force. Annan briefly changed careers in 1974 when he left the United Nations to serve as managing director of the Ghana Tourist Development Company.
Annan returned to international diplomacy and the United Nations in 1976. For the next seven years, he was associated with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. He returned to the UN headquarters in New York City in 1983 as director of the budget in the financial services office. Later in the 1980s, he filled the post of assistant secretary-general in the Office of Human Resources Management and served as security coordinator for the United Nations. In 1990, he became assistant secretary-general for another department at the United Nations, the Office of Program Planning, Budget, and Finance. In fulfilling his duties to the United Nations, Annan has spent most of his adult life in the United States, specifically at the UN headquarters in New York City.
Annan had by this time filled a number of roles at the United Nations, ranging from peacekeeping to managerial, and the 1990s were no different. In 1990 he negotiated the release of hostages in Iraq following the invasion of Kuwait. Five years later, he oversaw the transition of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) to the multinational Implementation Force (IFOR), a UN peacekeeping organization. In this transfer of
Kofi Annan. Reproduced by permission of Archive Photos, Inc.
Kofi Annan.
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Archive Photos, Inc.
responsibility, operations in the former Yugoslavia were turned over to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). In recognition of his abilities, Annan was appointed secretary-general, the top post of the UN, by the UN General Assembly in December 1996. He began serving his four-year term of office on January 1, 1997. Joining him was his second wife, former lawyer Nane Lagergren of Sweden. She is the niece of the diplomat Raoul Wallenberg (1912–c.1947), who saved thousands of European Jews from the German Nazis during World War II (1939–45), when American-led forces fought against Germany, Italy, and Japan. Annan and Lagergren were married in 1985. The couple has one child.

Heading the United Nations

The post of secretary-general of the United Nations has been called one of the world's "oddest jobs." According to the United Nations web site, "Equal parts diplomat and activist … the Secretary-General stands before the world community as the very emblem of the United Nations." The secretary-general is the boss of ten thousand international civil servants and the chief administrator of a huge international parliamentary system (a governing body with representation from many nations).
In this post, Annan is expected to coordinate, although he does not control, the activities of such groups as the WHO and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He is also expected to practice "preventive diplomacy," meaning he and his staff must try to prevent, contain, or stop international disputes. Above all, Annan must try to maintain world peace.
In an address to the National Press Club, Annan declared, "If war is the failure of diplomacy, then … diplomacy … is our first line of defense. The world today spends billions preparing for war; shouldn't we spend a billion or two preparing for peace?"

Questioning his role

Almost immediately after Annan's election to secretary-general came the question: Is this man just too nice a person for the job? His reputation for "soft-spokenness," according to U.S. News & World Report, could be mistaken for weakness. Another factor that made people question Annan's toughness was his involvement in the UN efforts at peacekeeping in Bosnia from 1992 to 1996. Despite the United Nations's presence, Bosnia remained the site of an ethnic war (a war between religious or cultural groups), in which thousands died. Sir Marrack Goulding, head of peacekeeping, once commented that Annan never expressed his doubts about the UN policy in a forceful manner. Annan disagreed, saying that he always pressed the involved countries—the United States, Britain, France, and Russia—to rethink their policy on sending soldiers to the peacekeeping force. Not one to raise his voice in anger, Annan favored diplomacy. In a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1998, Annan noted, "You can do a lot with diplomacy, but of course you can do a lot more with diplomacy backed up by fairness and force."
All eyes turned to Annan and his handling of the touchy situation with Iraq in 1998. Early in that year, threats of war seemed all too real. Saddam Hussein (1937–), president of Iraq, became once again a threatening presence by refusing to let UN observers into certain areas of his country, as had been previously agreed upon, to check for illegal possession of chemical-warfare items and the like. Then-president Bill Clinton (1946–) hinted strongly at the use of force to make Hussein agree to let in the UN officials. In his role as secretary-general, Annan went to Iraq in February of 1998 to meet with the Iraqi leader. After talking with Annan, Hussein agreed to what he had refused before—unlimited UN access to the eight sites that he had previously called completely off-limits. Because of Annan's intervention, war was avoided.

Annan in a new world

Annan's code of soft-spoken diplomacy was given a boost by the outcome of his talks with Saddam Hussein in 1998. UN observers wait to see how additional crises will be handled by the gentle but determined man from Ghana.
In the summer of 2001, the United Nations unanimously appointed Kofi Annan to his second five-year term as secretary-general. On October 12, 2001, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to the United Nations and Kofi Annan. The Nobel citation pointed out that Annan had brought new life to the peacekeeping organization, highlighted the United Nations's fight for civil rights, and boldly taken on the new challenges of terrorism and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS; a disease of the immune system)

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Breaking News: Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary General Is No More


FORMER United Nations Secretary-General and Noble Peace Prize winner, Kofi Annan has died at age 80. Mr Annan who hails from Ghana is reported to have died in the early hours of Saturday in Switzerland.
He was the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. He was founder and Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation.
The United Nations Migration Agency confirmed his death in a tweet, saying: “Today we mourn the loss of a great man, a leader, and a visionary: former @UN Secretary General @KofiAnnan. A life well lived. A life worth celebrating.”
Today we mourn the loss of a great man, a leader, and a visionary: former @UN Secretary General @KofiAnnan.
A life well lived. A life worth celebrating.
— IOM - UN Migration (@UNmigration) August 18, 2018

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Turkish Club Sell 18 Players To Buy 10 Goats

Turkish football club Gulspor have sold 18 youth players and bought 10 goats in a bid to earn ‘extra money from milk sales’ which will be used to serve the club’s priority needs, RT reports.

The team’s president Kenan Buyuklebleb said the step to buy goats was dictated by a  lack of available finance as there is no essential governmental or sponsorship investment for Turkish youth teams performing in lower leagues.

“We must have a constant income,” Buyuklebleb told CNN Turkey. “Funds are overloaded because there is no government or corporate group support for our clubs. We need to get more investment for the kids (competing for the club).”

The club earned 15,000 Turkish lira (almost $2,600) after selling 18 youth players and plans to have around 5,000 lira ($863) profit from milk sales to cover the club’s expenses.

“We got 10 goats. It will be a source of income for the youngsters,” Buyuklebleb said, adding that he acted in the interests of the team. “We think that breeding goats is profitable. We have bought them to raise better young players.”

“We expect to have 4,000-5,000 lira profit. At the same time, the number of goats will increase. At the end of six years, we are planning to have 140 goats for the club,” he added.

Based in the city of Isparta, Gulspor is one of the oldest clubs in Turkey, founded in 1954

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