We never abandoned Earnest Asuzu – Actors Guild
Zee World celebrates 5 years of airing in Nigeria
Zee World, available on DStv channel 166, is celebrating its fifth birthday, a tremendous milestone that has seen the channel grown from strength-to-strength since its launch in February 2015.
Throughout the five years, Zee World has achieved a number of industry firsts; last year, viewers were introduced to Mehek, the first Bollywood produced series to ever feature actors from the African continent. The series dominated ratings throughout its very successful broadcast period.
Mehek was shot entirely in India and told the story of Eddie Gabela (Ndaba ka Ngwane), and his wife Leleti (Nomava Kibare), daughter Norah (Shonisani Masutha) and son Dennis (Kamogelo Mogale).
Whilst Mehek has come to an end, viewers look forward to Jodha & Akbar which will be available in Zulu and English.
Premiering on Sunday, 1 March the series tells the story of Jodha, a Hindu princess who is unhappily married for a political alliance to a Muslim king, Akbar, who conquered her father’s kingdom.
She reluctantly goes to his palace only to find that she is one of many wives where she faces extreme opposition.
“Zee World is undoubtedly a success story; our continuous growth shows that we have captured a very important and loyal viewership. We will build on this by consistently providing innovative and engaging programming to our viewers,” says Harish Goyal, CEO of Africa and Asia Pacific.
“I’m the Jesus of Nigerian music” – Terry G
Terry G has described himself as the “Jesus” of Nigerian music, saying he set the pace for the present trend in the industry.
“I’m the Jesus of Nigerian music, I’m not the Christ. The Christ is the saviour, Jesus is a name, and for the fact that Jesus is the most popular name that died for us and sacrificed for us.”
“It took me a while to take this risk that a lot of persons discriminated against me and now, they see people smoking, doing stuff and nobody is talking. There must be a pace-setter.”
Terry G claimed many Nigerians frowned at him, adding that they have embraced and supported most of the things they criticized him for in the past.
The “Akpako Master said he wasn’t sorry for anything he did in the past, adding that his concern was to comeback and reclaim his place in the country’s music scene. Claiming also that he never enjoyed fame because of pressure and controversies, Terry G also agreed that “I once said too I enjoyed being controversial.”
The hit maker recounted how his journey into the world of music began, noting that he drew his inspiration while going through people’s windows to watch MTV Base back in his village.
He added that his quest for exposure, having hailed from a very poor background inspired his decision to go into music.” Nobody inspired me into music. I got exposed by what I was watching on MTV Base. I just wanted to be better. That period between 2007 and 2008, people saw anybody who was wearing ear-ring and smoking as irresponsible person.”
Abuja needs upgrade to promote entertainment, artistes –Tdot
An Abuja based Musician, Tunde Akinsanmi, Tdot, has called for upgrade of entertainment infrastructure in the FCT to boost entertainment in the city and also support growth of local artistes.
Tdot, a former member of the defunct Styl-Plus, an Abuja based R&B group, made the call in an interview recently.
He said that the Abuja entertainment scene was not as vibrant as that of Lagos because of the dearth of structures to support entertainment.
“If you check it, the only things booming in Abuja are trade, real estate and politics. “Lagos is the commercial hub of Nigeria that is why many of the blue chip companies are well established there. It is like comparing New York to Washington DC or Johannesburg to Pretoria.
“However, Abuja is no longer as dull as people outside believe.
“Every weekend we have entertainment events happening here, the only snag is that the artistes are “imported’’ from Lagos and other places to satisfy the demand for entertainment by Abuja residents,’’ he said.
Tdot said that Abuja was experiencing a growth process which would blossom at the right time. “I think Abuja is already headed towards a good place compared to what it used to be. “ What will make it better will be having home grown artistes play active roles, and to put structures in place to cater for the Northern entertainment territory,’’ he advised.
He said that current music raves in the country were reaping immensely from sacrifices made by Nigerian music trail blazers.
Tdot added that prevailing social circumstances are also defining content of present day Nigerian music.
“Compared to when Styl-Plus was at its peak, a lot has changed in the music scene. Based on sacrifices by us and our contemporaries, there has been more acceptance of those who came after us.
“What is considered `popular music’ is a direct reflection of the number of the state of the people.
“You cannot be singing about love any more if you want to get attention. People love money now, and if there is no money in today’s love it is not love.
“Music has stopped being a tool for addressing salient issues in society. But I will not castigate those who create “disposable’’ music because human beings engage with what they are comfortable with,’’ he said.
We never abandoned Earnest Asuzu – Actors Guild
The president, Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, Mr Emeka Rollas, says the association never abandoned its member, Earnest Asuzu, down with stroke for years.
Rollas told Newsmen in Lagos that AGN board was making efforts for another spiritual rehabilitation for Asuzu.
He said that the body had set up a celebrity forum to encourage members to send money to Asuzu directly via his Access Bank account.
He noted that AGN had sent Asuzu for a spiritual rehabilitation in the past.
“We appreciate all the concerns and show of love from members and the public over Asuzu’s plight, but I need to point out here that AGN has never abandoned him.
“He went for rehabilitation at the Mercy Land Christ Deliverance Ministry, Warri, Delta, by Prophet Jeremiah Omoto Fufeyin, a spiritual patron of our guild.
“He spent some months and recovered,” he said.
Rollas added that Fufeyin gave Asuzu gifts including money and a jeep, after the rehabilitation, to further support him. “Since he left Warri, we have not heard from him.”
According to Rollas, AGN was not notified of any relapse by Asuzu, to enable the body to give more assistance. “All of a sudden, the young man made a defamatory video.
“We totally frown at this erroneous and misdirected act because it is unimaginable to think or believe that we did not play a role to an actor who has fallen due to hard times.
“The point I am driving at here is that it is unfair to be blame an entire industry for the unfortunate turnaround of one of its own,” the AGN boss said.
Asuzu, who started his acting career in the 90’s, starred in Royal War, Burning Desire, Never End, Broads Light, Last Wedding, Ugonna, Labista, Ogidan and some other movies.
The wrapper, movie director and producer suffered stroke in 2015.
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