Nigeria music star, Innocent Ujah Idibia, aka Tuface has expressed his displeasure at having children from multiple women.
The talented musician described the issue as one he would not like to discuss.
“It is really tough to talk about it. Honestly, when I look back and examine that aspect of my life, I wish it never happened. I wish all my kids came from one woman. I love my children and there is nothing I can do to change the situation . I have moved on and I am married to one of the women who bore me kids. I no longer dwell on that issue.”
His relationship with his children.
“I am not the strict type because I have a soft spot for kids. As such, my children always get away with so many things when I am around. Their mothers are the ones who discipline them. I pamper my kids,’’ he tells with delight in his voice.
Does it seem likely that any of his children would follow in his footsteps? He affirms this and adds that some of them are already exhibiting signs of taking up music as a career and rather than dissuade them, he is prepared to give them the encouragement they need to succeed.
When he is not making melodious music, the international act always takes a break from his hectic schedule to relax. For him, this comes in different forms he quips.
“Sometimes, I could just sleep but most times, I like to hang out with my friends. We laugh, gist, crack jokes and generally have fun,’’ he says.
Commenting on the motivators in his life, Tuface says that one of the things he strongly believes in is the fact that the sky is big enough for everyone to fly as there is adequate space. He continues:
“It is just like the millions of stars that you see in the sky at night. Notwithstanding their number, there would still be space for more stars to shine. That is life and nature at work, so there is space for all of us. I always say that nobody should think that he or she is luckier than everyone else in life because that is a farce. As an individual, do not think that there is no space for the next person to thrive. For me, that is how I see life.’’
Even though he dropped out of school many years ago, he reiterates that in spite of his itinerary as an international musician, he looks forward to a time when he would be able to go back to earn a university degree. In a pitch that shows sincerity, he says,
“Maybe I’d give it a thought once again. I am going to keep trying and I would never give up on education.’’
His role models he says must not necessarily be musicians. He argues,
“They are people from different professions and surprisingly music is not one of them . I look up to many people and I do so for countless reasons.”
Still speaking, he says Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, Richard Mofe-Damijo and comedian, Ali Baba stand out for him and the reason is not farfetched. In a revealing tone, he enumerates some of the reasons why he regards them so.
“These are people who have remained on top of their game in their respective fields of endeavour and they are doing very well so I have tremendous respect for them. For instance, take a look at Ali Baba, he is a very humble man, yet he is on top of his game as a comedian and I always strive to do same,’’ he states.
Tuface is not exactly a trendsetter yet he manages to keep it simple and sharp even though he is not proficient at fashion as he is at music. In describing his style, he keeps it brief.
“Nothing in particular determines what I wear . I just like to dress in clean clothes and also look sharp when I go out,” he explains.
He sums up his philosophy about life in just one short sentence, ‘Live and let live’ and adds that he just wants to be remembered as that guy that came to the world to do his thing and also allowed others do their own thing, all in the spirit of one love.
Having weathered several storms in his career, Tuface has a word of advice for up-and-coming artistes.
“I just want them to know that going into music is serious business. More so, they should challenge themselves creatively and be able to explore all avenues. They must not be held back by any challenges that may come their way. When they combine all of these together, the road would be easy. On my part, I am just going to keep doing good music and keep bonding with my family. For me, I am just doing my own thing so I am not in competition with anyone. I am on my own lane and wouldn’t have it any other way,’’ he concludes.
Exclusive: Details Of Bola Tinubu’s 2023 Mother Of All Presidential Campaign
- “He Will Win APC Primaries Unopposed”
While tongues are wagging over the timing of a subtle campaign for the 2023 presidential election by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, there are reports that the campaign is just about to begin in full.
Sources within the camp of the sensational and celebrated politician revealed that Tinubu is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that he takes over power from the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023, when he must have completed his second term in office.
“#IstandwithAsiwajuBolaAhmedTinibuforNigeriaPresident2023” campaign appeared to have gained much popularity with members of the party going round the country to convince the people on the need to support Tinubu as the next President of Nigeria.
We were informed that leaders of the APC, including the National Chairman of the Party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole are in support of Tinubu’s candidature because “he is full of ideas that can move the nation forward.” Tinubu’s profile were reeled out as the reason for pushing him forward as the next President of Nigeria from 2023.
Some watchers of events recalled that from his southwest base, Tinubu has handpicked governors, ministers, senators, a president and a vice president.
“He has also sacked governors, a party chairman, a president, a senate president, annihilated political opponents, ended careers of those who wouldn’t do his bidding and made Nigeria’s commercial capital city of Lagos his own–all on a whim.
“His Bourdillon Lagos address often mills with party faithful and hangers-on looking for favors. “No politician wields as much influence as Tinubu does today. He may be looking at wielding all of that influence from the center,” they said.
It will be recalled that, when APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, was asked about the posters of Tinubu for President, he didn’t rule out a Tinubu presidential run. He only said it wasn’t time to discuss the subject.
“So, I stand here as National Chairman of APC not only to deny those posters as they affect me but to deny those posters as they affect any leader of our party because it is not yet time.
“At this point in time, all hands must be on deck to support President Muhammadu Buhari and all our state governors in their respective states to work together unanimously to deliver for the good of our people in the states and at the federal level,” Oshiomhole said.
It is also worthy of note that Tinubu has not ruled out a presidential run in 2023 or denied the posters. The voices of some APC chieftains have even confirmed that Tinubu’s is preparing for the election:
“Bola Tinubu will make a good president. Other issues notwithstanding, Tinubu will make a good modern president because the presidency these days is scientific. Nigerians, by convention, seem to have agreed that there should be rotation of the presidency.”
–Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.
“In the South-West today, the tallest person politically can’t be better than Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, so I will encourage and plead with him to run for the office of president. I know his antecedents, I know his pedigree and I know he can run the affairs of Nigeria effectively and smoothly. Look at the financial engineering foundation he laid for Lagos State, which explains why governors that came after him found it easy to run the affairs of the state.”
-APC chieftain, Chief Lanre Rasaq (KLM).
“Tinubu is the most prominent Yoruba person that has paid his dues and is knowledgeable about the politics of Nigeria. I am confident he can lead Nigeria well if he becomes president.”
-Former Minister of Works, Adeseye Ogunlewe
It was gathered that the southwest APC is positioning itself for the presidency in 2023 based on a rotational arrangement in the polity.
“At the moment, only Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and of course Tinubu, look like they want the job when it makes its way down south.
“And everyone knows that Osinbajo defers to Tinubu on all matters politics. If Tinubu wants the job, best believe Osinbajo would be stepping aside for ‘Oga’ to have a go.
“Those who say Tinubu should be content with playing the statesman or godfather role for the remainder of his years, appear to have forgotten that Tinubu schemed to be Buhari’s running mate before the 2015 presidential vote,” said a source.
Those close to the strong man of Nigerian politics revealed that it is certain that everyone would yield to him as he has paid his dues over the years and that it is now pay back time for Tinubu to reap the fruits of his labour and go to the central to control the affairs of the country.
“To state that Tinubu is great is to state the obvious, he is the greatest living Nigerian politician. He has paid his dues over the years and we are all ready to support him.
“If it is money, the resources are there for this man of means and character and I can tell you that we are ready for the candidates of other political parties, Tinubu will defeat all of them,” said a chieftain of the APC, who added that the issue of APC primaries is a forgone conclusion, “Tinubu will win unopposed.”
Pressure Mounts On VP, Yemi Osinbajo To Change Deputy Chief of Staff, Ade Ipaye + Inside Details Of The Latest Scheming
This is coming days after news filtered to town that some of the aides of the VP were sacked by the presidency.
Sources within the seat of power in Abuja revealed authoritatively that it is a matter of days before the lawyer-turned-politician, Ade Ipaye would be shown the way out of office to give room for some other fellow with much influence and who could get things done in time.
It was argued that Ade Ipaye has not been able to manage the office effectively and that this has not helped the Vice President, who we gathered needed to do more to prove that he could quickly get things done for the government.
We gathered that Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi was initially suggested as the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Preaidency attached to the Vice President in 2015 based on his vast network of friends and associates before Ade Ipaye, who was a commissioner in Lagos State, was eventually picked.
Afikuyomi reportedly became influential right from the days of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the National Republic Convention (NRC) and he is seen as a necessary evil.
He was also said to be close to the likes of Baba Gana Kingibe and Alhaji Maman Daura.
“Tokunbo Afikuyomi is close to the creme of northern politicians now seen as the cabal and he could leverage on this for Osinbajo who is not a politician,” said a source, who added that some other people were being considered for the plum job, but that Afikuyomi’s name tops the list.
We were further informed that the Ikenne, Ogun State-born Vice President is allegedly favouring only members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God including the immediate past Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr. Tony Enelamah, in appointments in the seat of power.
He was also accused of favouring his family members, who never contributed to the success of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in his appointments including the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr. Segun Awolowo.
Sources alleged that despite the fact that Segun Awolowo was not appointed by the current government he ought to have been removed, when his tenure ended, but that he is enjoying the favour of the Vice President, who married a grand daughter of the Awolowos.
Sources alleged that the fact that a large percentage of the aides of the VP are either members of the RCCG or members of his family has become a source of concern to the cabal in Aso Rock.
First Weekly Magazine was informed that Osinbajo did not show any form of commitment to those who sponsored him, which sources said was part of the reasons he wasn’t given any consideration in the scheme of things in Lagos.
It was learned that the godfathers of Lagos politics felt disappointed by Osinbajo since he got to office in 2015 and that they have vowed to take a pound of flesh from him.
“Osinbajo belongs to Lagos political circle. But the leaders of the party in the state are not happy with him because he has not done much for them since he got into office.
“He is completely lost in what he is doing in Abuja and he has not addressed any of the issues we took to him that is why we do not reckon with him in the state,” said a source.
The source added that the leaders of the party in Lagos have made Osinbajo to understand that he still had enough time to amend his ways “before it is too late as time is no longer on his side. 2023 is just around the corner, when his tenure as the nation’s Vice President would end.”
Olumide Aderinokun v First Weekly Magazine: How I Was Arrested, Detained, Released By Police – Dipo Awojobi
By Oladipupo Awojobi
I had been receiving some strange calls from Monday 4th November, 2019 with some people telling me they had some jobs for our publication. But something told me it was fake and I didn’t fall for the trick.
This continued all through Thursday 7th November. That day, I was sent to Lekki area of Lagos by my boss, the Publisher of First Weekly Magazine, Mr. Dayo Asaju who was away in London for holiday. I was sent there to get a brief for a story we wanted to do for an estate developer and industrialist.
Suddenly, I got a phone call from my wife, Omolara Awojobi, but I didn’t pick the phone because I had just started taking the brief from the estate developer.
However, an opportunity came, when the man took a break to discuss with someone, I then called my wife on the phone to hear what she had to say.
She told me that someone called her from a courier company (name withheld) that she had some parcels with them. She said she searched through Facebook and saw the name of the person on the Facebook page of the courier company.
Meanwhile, the perceived operative of the courier company had told her that he was going to Alagbado Area and that he would want to deliver my wife’s parcel along with the others he wanted to take down.
I fell for the trick too with a reservation, I wonder why I didn’t link that to the calls I had been receiving. Let me digress a bit. They certainly got my wife’s name on my Facebook page and went to her Facebook page, where they copied her phone number.
I am sure my wife was convinced when they mentioned her name, “Omolara Awojobi” since her name is not in public domain. For someone like me, who is a journalist, I cannot be taken aback when you mention my name, I know you must have seen it in one of my stories or on our website. My wife gave them her shop address and she even assisted them to get the place properly through direction on phone.
Alas, they got there and identified themselves as police officers. They told her they came for me that some people used my name and phone number to buy a car and that the issue had become a police case.
She entered their vehicle and they told her to call me and tell me that she had an accident and that she was in Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). She declined and said she would tell me she was arrested by the police.
When her call came in, I quickly picked the phone and she told me in a low tone, “Daddy Peace, come and meet me at Ikeja Police Station. Police said you have a case to answer over some people who used your name and phone number to buy a car.”
With this, I knew I was in trouble and that those who were searching for me, probably over a story had caught up with me.
I picked my phone and called my boss, Mr. Dayo Asaju, who told me to calm down and go and meet them and know what really happened.
I also informed my former editor, Mr. Malik Ibitoye, I called my brothers, some of my pastors in the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and my colleagues at the Lagos State House of Assembly Correspondents Association (LAHACA).
Then my boss had called the Publisher of City Pride, Mr. Joshua Uloko, who is a crime correspondent. Joshua told me to meet him at Ikeja under Bridge. From there, we went to Area F Police Station, but when I called my wife she said they were at the Police Command Headquarters in GRA.
We took Keke Marwa down to the place. Then, the journey started. Two police officers, a male and a female, led by the female, who is an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), had been dispatched from the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) Headquarters, Area 10, Garki, Abuja for the arrest.
They welcomed me and said it was not about any car matter, but that one Mr. Olumide Aderinokun wrote a petition against our organization over a story we wrote against him late August, 2019.
They then collected my two phones from me and the male officer kept the phones. They asked me if I wrote the story and I said I didn’t know where my boss got it from and that my boss was not around.
Then, I wrote several statements beginning with my name and biography generally. Then the company I work for, my position, salary and all that. At that time, it was getting dark, so my wife had to go and I handed my bag and some money to her.
Later, Mr. Uloko help me to get food as I was fasting being the month of 30 days fasting declared by the General Overseer of RCCG, Pastor E.A Adeboye for the members.
I was taken to another office, after that I was handed over to the detention officers at the station as the officers came with a detention order from Abuja.
I was stupefied and I asked the officers what was going on, they said they would be coming back. That was how I was kept at a corridor opposite the police cell till the following morning.
The male officer came by 6:30 am on Friday 8th November and I was able to call my wife that I would be taken to Abuja that day.
The female officer came and we took off to Murtala Mohammed Airport, Local and boarded Azman Air to Abuja at 8am. We got to Abuja at 9am and we took a cab to the FCID, Abuja.
They gave me my phones to call whoever I wanted to call. I called my wife, my boss and my younger brother. When we got into the office, a senior police officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) interrogated me and made me to write more statements.
I was also taken to a senior police officer, I am sure they said he is a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DC), who also interrogated me on the story. But I kept telling them I was not the source and that it was approved for publication by my boss.
At a time, my boss spoke with the DSP on phone and he told him to come down to Nigeria. I eavesdropped them that they were trying to get a remand order from the court to get me detained for the weekend and may be beyond.
All along, my friend who had my wife’s number had connected her to Samuel Ogundipe of Premium Times, who interviewed her and did a story about my arrest that set the internet on fire.
People were calling me from all corners after that and I was even tired of taking calls, while I was also apprehensive, but I had prepared for the worse.
However, my boss was making calls and he assured me that everything was under control. He contacted Barrister Kayode Ajulo in Abuja, who sent his boys with bail application. Then a senior police officer came around and the matter started taking another dimension as the officers said I would be released on bail.
Samuel Ogundipe of Premium Times came in suddenly and started questioning them about why they had to detain me over a civil matter. They calmed him down and he offered to stand as surety for me, which he eventually did with all the necessary documents and undertaking.
Lest I forget, they said they were charging me for criminal conspiracy and malicious damage to the man’s reputation amongst others.
One of the lawyers of Aderinokun also came around to confirm my arrest shortly before I was released. But, after the calls of my boss, story changed as senior officers intervened and I was left off the hook and made to sign an undertaking that I would be back in Abuja with my boss on Tuesday December 10 as my boss had told the DSP that he would be in Nigeria by 3rd December.
My boss arranged my flight money and I took an Uber Cab to the Abuja Airport from, where I connected the last Arik Air Flight to Lagos and I arrived the airport late.
So, I slept at the airport and I reunited with my family on the morning of Saturday 9th November.
It was a nasty experience that I wouldn’t want repeated, but I was told it is part of the hazards of our job!
Oladipupo Awojobi is the Editor of First Weekly Magazine.
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