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DELE MOMODU

Politician and publisher of Ovation magazine, Dele Momodu has revealed his decision as regards contesting as a candidate for future presidential elections in the country.

‘Bob Dee’ as he is called by close acquaintances revealed in his latest epistle titled “Lessons from My Presidential Bid of 2011”, that he has no plans of contesting again, except barring a miracle.

The publisher stated that he is more interested in educating the younger generation of politician’s rather than the old who are already making clandestine contacts and consultations about their ambitions.

Dele Momodu noted that the older generation of politicians seem to know their way as they are more open and blatant about their aspirations but his concern is for the younger generation who may take many things for granted and may later become serial contestants.

HALIMA ABUBAKAR

Halima Abubakar

Nollywood actress, Halima Abubakar stirred the hornets nest when she was busted by critics and close watchers for using another woman’s picture to announce the arrival of her baby boy.

Moments after announcing the birth of her son, the controversial actress took to social media to announce the birth of her child in a post which was accompanied with a picture of a mother holding the hands of a baby.

However, eagle-eyed social media users were quick to find out that the actress used the picture of a US-based woman to announce to her fans that she had given birth to her first child.

The actress, in a bid to save her face later admitted that the picture was indeed not her and her baby’s, claiming that she used another woman’s picture to announce the arrival of her baby boy because he was delivered prematurely.

Halima Abubakar explained the reason for her action; “He (referring to the baby) will be discharged tomorrow from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

“I didn’t post because he was premature. God saved him. I just had to post this. For the people who didn’t see me, I have no close friends,” she wrote on Instagram.

ABDUL SAMAD RABIU

Abdul Samad Rabiu

It is of note that many well-meaning Nigerian’s have contributed immensely towards helping the government and by extension citizens in need in the ongoing fight against the dreaded COVID-19 virus which has claimed many lives across the globe.

One of those Nigerian’s who has contributed towards the fight against the spread of the virus is billionaire, Abdul Samad Rabiu who was one of the first to make a substantial donation of N1 billion through his BUA Foundation.

Celebrity Gist can also reveal that deep pocket businessman has gone beyond just transferring money into the coffers of the dedicated Central Bank COVID-19 account as he has placed orders for additional equipment and medical supplies including face masks, testing kits, safety goggles, gloves and personal protective gear for nine states across the country including; Lagos, Kano, Adamawa, Edo, Kwara, Rivers, Abia, Akwa-Ibom and Sokoto.

KANO GOVERNMENT

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Governor Ganduje

The Kano State government led by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has reportedly come under heavy criticism for banning two popular Drama TV series for allegedly violating its laws.

The order was issued by the Kano state censorship board which directed Kano based satellite TV channel Arewa24 to with immediate effect desist from showing the two popular Drama TV series titled ‘Kwana Casa’in’ and ‘Gidan Badamasi’- two series rated to be among the best cherished by millions of Hausa movie enthusiasts around the country and beyond.

Chairman of the Kano state Censorship Board, Alhaji Ismai’la Na’abba Afakallah, in a letter personally signed and addressed to the Managing Director Arewa24, said that the movie defied sections 100 and 102 of the Kano state censorship board laws (2001), thus debasing cherished cultural values and norms of the people of the state.

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ADESUWA OYENOKWE

Adesuwa Onyenokwe

Accomplished broadcaster and experienced life coach, Adesuwa Onyenokwe, lit up the tube again as the ‘Aunty’ in the recently concluded reality TV show tagged ‘Ultimate Love’.

Speaking after the successful conclusion of Nigeria’s first romance-inclined reality TV show, the broadcaster who has been married for over two decades and is blessed with children revealed her biggest challenge and win during the show.

According to her, convincing the Love Guests (housemates) that she had no favourites was quite a challenge, especially when she had to save a nominated couple every week while the show lasted.

Adesuwa however said that her biggest win was the fact that a number of true relationships were formed during the show even though there was obvious chemistry, as the Love Guests stayed focused on the emotional part of the contest rather than the physical.

BRYMO

Brymo

Former Chocolate City singer and songwriter, Olawale Ashimi, better known as Brymo dropped a new album titled ‘Yellow’ which features a single collaboration with gifted Nigerian neo-soul singer, Lindsey Abudei, to the delight of many of his fans and music buffs.

The body of work which is the singer’s seventh studio album, released independently is described by Brymo as an album about “love and survival”, which according to him will be an alternative pop and electronic record.

The collection which serves as a follow up to his earlier released EP dubbed “AAA” features 15-tracks and the album is made up of three (3) sides A – 6 songs, B – 5 songs and C – 4 songs respectively.

BABYFACE

Babyface

Eleven-time Grammy award winner, Kenneth Edmonds popularly known as Babyface stunned many when he revealed to the world that he and his family were battling the deadly coronavirus.

The American singer and songwriter took to Twitter to reveal that he and his family had been struggling with the deadly coronavirus but are now being nursed back to full health.

In a post on his official page on Friday, Babyface took time-out to thank his fans for their lovely birthday wishes, revealing that he and his family tested positive for the virus noting that it is a terrible thing to go through.

He wrote on Twitter; “I would like to warmly thank everyone for the birthday wishes today. I feel so blessed to be able to celebrate another birthday. I tested positive for Covid-19, as did my family. It’s an incredibly scary thing to go through my friends.

“I’m happy to report we have now tested negative and are on our way back to full health.”

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