Talk of tenacity of purpose and determination to succeed in the midst of odds, then beautiful and top Nollywood actress, Funke Adesiyan comes to mind.
The talented thespian had tried to find her way to the Oyo State House of Assembly, initially under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and later under the All Progressives Congress (APC) all to no avail.
However, a cheering news broke recently for Funke Adesiyan, when Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari announced her as one of her political aides.
The Yoruba actress was appointed the Personal Assistant to the First Lady on Domestic and Social events alongside five other appointees.
Adesiyan’s appointment was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday October 16, 2019.
Funke is expected to resume duties immediately at the office of the First Lady, which became effective after the return of Aisha Buhari from London.
The ‘Obinrin Ale’ star joined active politics when she emerged as the southwest coordinator for Mallam Shekarau’s presidential campaign in 2011.
Since then, she had continued to pursue her ambition of getting to a political office in the country.
She was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party where she contested for a seat at the Oyo State House of Assembly until 2018 when she defected to the APC.
Sources revealed that Funke has since become the darling of her colleagues in the movie industry with her new appointment.
We gathered that even the likes of Foluke Daramola, who connected Funke to some top political office holders have been seeking her attention.
A source revealed that Funke’s phone “has been ringing” persistently since then as she has become the most influential Nollywood actress.
“Funke Adesiyan has everything going for her. She is talented, she is beautiful and she has had little or no scandal since she got to the limelight in the movie industry.
“Her efforts and trials have paid off with her appointment by the First Lady, Aisha Buhari as she would now be in Aso Rock arranging things for the wife of the president.
“With this appointment, it is sure that Funke has been well positioned for 2023 and things have even taken a better shape for the lady,” said a source.
Adesiyan horned her acting skills under the tutelage of actor, director, and producer, Saidi Balogun. She also featured in his three cast film, ‘Eti Keta’.
You’d have to kill me to stop me from Coming to South Africa – Burna Boy
Nigerian singer, Damini Ogulu, popularly called Burna Boy, has said that nothing would stop him from going to South Africa for his scheduled performance at the ‘Africa Unite Concert’.
The concert is billed to hold in Pretoria on November 24.
“Lol. I’m coming and you and anyone against it are gunna have to kill me to stop me,” the 28-year-old music star tweeted on Saturday.
On Thursday, some South African artistes and showbiz personalities called for a boycott of the concert because of Burna Boy’s inclusion.
Burna Boy and a South African artiste, Kwesta, are billed to headline the two-day concert.
Said to be powered by Channel O, ‘Africans Unite’ is a collaborative project which aims to rebuild trust and respect by changing the current narrative about the continent.
The opposing parties said they won’t allow Burna Boy step into their country if he fails to apologise for the comments he made during the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals in the country.
Spearheading the opposition is South African star, AKA Worldwide, who has insisted that he (Burna Boy) must apologise.
On another hand, Tshwane Entertainment Collective, a group of South African showbiz experts have also questioned Burna Boy’s inclusion and the exclusion of artists and event organisers from Tshwane.
Shortly after the news broke, South Africa’s firebrand opposition politician, Julius Malema tweeted to reassure Burna Boy of his safety.
Burna Boy, who has not reacted to any of the tweets, broke his silence on Saturday when he quoted a tweet asking him not to be deceived by the offer of protection from Mr. Malema.
Burna’s tweets read, “Please my people, there should never be a South Africa vs Nigeria war or any African country vs African country war ever. We must unite by any means for the future of our children and their children. I want a united African passport that will be as powerful as the passport.
“Saying I mislead people? And I made up the xenophobic attacks and I should apologise. Really? Lol. In 2015 Even I was a victim of the misguided hate so I know. Go and demand apologies from your REAL Enemies. I am not your Enemy. I will not be called “foreigner” I am AFRICAN. I love South Africa. I love Africa more”.
AKA has also reacted to Burna Boy’s tweet.
The South African rapper who also took a swipe at Malema told his countrymen not to allow politicians to hijack the campaign against Burna Boy.
Check out Burna Boy’s tweets below
My Wedding Would Be Much Smaller, Less Stressful – DJ Cuppy
Disc Jockey and singer, Florence Otedola, popularly known as ‘DJ Cuppy’ has said that her future wedding will be small and less stressful.
The “Gelato” crooner spoke during the Cuppy Foundation which took place at the weekend in Abuja. In her speech during the event ‘Cuppy Gold Gala,’ DJ Cuppy who just turned 27, expressed her gratitude for those spending their time and most importantly donating to save children with disabilities. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote; former Senate President Bukola Saraki; National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole; Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Ogun Governor Dapo Abiodun and her supportive father and billionaire, Femi Otedola.
DJ Cuppy also took time during the speech to appreciate her father for his support and promised him that her wedding would not be as stressful or expensive as the event. “To Mr Otedola, the Gelato King himself, don’t worry. My wedding would be much smaller and less stressful,” she said. Speaking on her foundation ‘Save the Children’ and the work they do, DJ Cuppy said: “I founded this Cuppy Foundation as a way of giving back to children. As many of you know, I’m very passionate about what I do. “And, through this foundation, I have contributed to many Nigerians; those with disabilities, visiting places around the country.
I have also supported children through music, “Save the Children has exposed me to a world I never imagined. However, nothing prepared me for my recent visit. I was able to visit Save the Children’s work in Maiduguri, Bornu State. Read Also: DJ Cuppy kicks off ‘Abena’ tour, to gift fans trip “At their stabilisation centre, the first child I met in the hospital was only two years old. She was so malnourished that she needed a blood transfusion.
“After then, I met more and more sick children dying, including a 16-year-old mother who was also malnourished. “Because of how serious this problem is, I was told that I was only meeting the lucky few who were able to make it the medical centre. “My heart broke and it’s still broken as I stand. “Ever since that visit, my determination to save Nigerian children has grown. I have committed my time, my strength and my passion for this Gold Gala to help Nigerian children. “I beg you all to join us in supporting the Save the Children cause. A quick note to all of you, I’m happy to add extra zeros to any amount you want to donate.”
Glo, Brodashaggi excite Lagos Trade Fair visitors
The Tafawa Balewa Square venue of the on-going 33rd Lagos International Trade Fair was agog on Friday with excitement as the grandmasters of data, Globacom, engaged visitors to the Fair in a “Meet and Greet Brodasghaggi” session.
Samuel Perry (Brodashaggi) joined Glo Regional Activation Manager, Lagos and Ogun, Mr. Olufolahan Faseyitan and Globacom Customer Care Representatives to attend to the needs of hundreds of visitors who thronged Glo stand at the Fair.
Fielding questions on the Fair Radio, Samuel Perry (Brodashaggi) said Nigerians were showing great love to Globacom because “a network that is giving out should be celebrated. It is not only giving out cash but trade establishment tools like Keke (tricycles), Industrial Sewing machines, Grinding machines and power generators”.
Also speaking, Globacom’s Regional Activation Manager, Lagos and Ogun, Mr. Olufolahan Faseyitan urged Nigerians to use the opportunity of the on-going “Recharge and Win Big” promo popularly called “My Own Don Beta” to get rewards for their loyalty over the years.
A cross section of visitors to the Glo stand at the Fair commended Globacom for the cool ambience of its stand which offered shelter from the sweltering heat.
One of them, High Chief Ayodele Arogbonlo, an Isanlu, Kogi State based farmer, said “I love the energy level here. We are being attended to in a courteous manner. The network is very good. I have been enjoying it for over 15 years”.
Some of the winners of the lucky dip for visitors who purchased items worth N2,000 and more, praised the network for being people friendly. Thirty-six-year old, Uzendu Roseline said “Glo thank you very much. I am so pleased. This has added value to my life as I will give this phone given to me to my daughter”.
Fifty-one-year old Olayinka Bamidele, a stationery trader at Kakawa, Lagos said “may God continue to prosper Glo. I am grateful for this gift after purchasing a Tecno phone”.
Henry Awanebi, an instrumentalist who lives on Victoria Island, Lagos commended Glo for the speed of its 4G which he has been using for over a year while 17-year-old Nkiru Egbunna who lives in Egbeda area of Lagos State said she is using Glo because of its pocket friendly data plans and the 5 times bonus.
Phone accessories seller, 36-year-old Biodun Ganiyu said “I really appreciate Glo, they surprised me seriously. I am very happy and I am glowing with pride.”
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