Saidi Balogun has responded to scam allegations levelled against him by actress Tayo Sobola, otherwise known as Sotayo-Gaga, by telling his side of the story.
According to actor Saidi, he too was a victim of the alleged scammer named Idris Bello. He explained that Idris came to him as a travel agency boss and introduced a Hajj trip package. Because of the other people involved, who Saidi said he trusted, he believed Idris and agreed to be a brand ambassador for the travel agency.
L-R Sotayogaga, Idris Bello, and Saidi Balogun
He said his face was used on the fliers and he got some of his colleagues confident enough to hand over their money for a Hajj trip with the bogus travel agency.
Saidi said he too lost some money to Idris and he isn’t an accomplice as Sotayogaga made is seem in her accusation.
Explaining how it all happened, Saidi wrote:
I want to address the issue attempting to drag my name in the mud of social media. I would have ignored the matter but I realized that keeping quiet would further fuel the misconceptions and put me in a bad light.
Firstly, I wasn’t involved in any scam rather, I’m equally a victim. This is not a decision to hate or indict anyone but to clear things up.
A man named IDRIS BELLO came to me a few weeks ago and introduced a Hajj trip package. I wasn’t interested initially until he showed me a copy of my colleague IBRAHEEM CHATTA’S advert which he has been doing for his company. I was convinced knowing how well Chatta is very versed on religion and Islamic matters, so I decided to give it a shot but i didnt record any Visual and radio jingle for him except my picture that he used on his flyers.
A few days later, he pleaded with tears in his eyes that I should get some of my junior colleagues in the industry to buy into the traveling packages, he further explained that he had invested 20million naira already on the project and he was running into a huge loss.
His story seemed convincing, so I decided to encourage him by introducing MUSTAPHA SHOLAGBADE (versed in Islam)and SHOTAYO SHOGBOLA to his package.
During his birthday at Oriental hotels, VI, where he proposed to his fiancee in the presence of my self Lateef Oladimeji, Ibraheem Charter, Shotayo, Mustapha. The gathering gave me a total conviction that the man is up to the task. I felt that if he could bring us all under one roof in one day, he might be able to pull bigger jobs. I guess I was wrong. I decided to run an advert for his package which he paid like 0.5% of the deal we earlier agreed on and complained there was little or no turnout, I believed him and took further steps.
Before I knew it he had collected money from these people, he equally collected two hundred thousand naira from me when he claimed he had problem asides two other people which he promised to give free trip from Ibadan, Approximately, he took over four hundred thousand naira (400k) even after he had promised them a free trip.
the two people came to me that they had no money for international passport, which I fund them from my pocket to do the intl passport aside that, I also bare the cost of there trip from Ibadan to Lagos and the hotels and feeding on account of my goodwill.
After I had done all these expenses, Idris ran to me again, that he had issues he wants to solve, my self and Ibrahim Chatta came to his rescue and I am also aware Ibraheem also borrowed him 200k.
Along the line, Shotayo said she was no longer interested. But a week after I heard that the people Shotayo told earlier paid, which left me to confuse and shocked.
Unknowingly we got to the boarding plane only to find out that the booking he claimed he had made was not reflecting. He didn’t show up with the two other people’s passport/Visa either. Right there, we were left with two options either to report to the authorities or escalate the matter via social media platforms. My self and Ibrahim Chatta decided to let the matter rest and let God judge our actions according to intentions while we ponder on the next line of action. But later we thought of other victims that were involved who may not be willing to take such step because of the amount involved.
So, we set two options for ourselves either to go as a group to complain to the Authorities which others obliged or individual take it up and once there is a need to report to the Authorities we all make ourselves available.
Mustapha Sholagbada told me Sotayo had reported the matter to the police and she had collected a letter from Higher Authorities, which make me at peace that all is in control,
And each time Shotayo reports me to people, I try as much as possible to call but she declined to speak to me and never returned my calls. I don’t hold this against her because I reasoned she might be angry.
I was totally alarmed to see my name being dragged on social media for sins I never committed.
But i am really inquisitive about this, when did social media becomes the highest Authority in Nigeria that is greater than the law enforcement Angencies?
When has it become a crime to make a referral for colleagues? When we know that referral is the
life wire of entertainers.
My intention for bringing my colleagues on board was clear and noble as I never knew it would end this way.
Am very inquisitive about this, If everything went well,will I have the same accolades on social media like this ?
Nevertheless, necessary investigations are still going on and we will alert the public as things unfold.
I will advise the public to beware of fake journalists who for their selfish interests do copy and paste without proper investigation. Only God knows how many lives and career have been ruined to such a heinous act.
In God I trust!
I’ll be helping five single mothers, says Tonto Dikeh as she celebrates 5M IG followers
Tonto Dikeh, Nollywood actress, singer and humanitarian, says she will be including five single mothers to the list of women who receive child support monthly from her foundation.
The talented movie star made the pledge on Sunday in celebration to the milestone of five million followers on her Instagram page.
Tonto, who could not hide her joy, called on single mothers who have no help from their spouse or baby daddy to send her private message.
According to her, the women would be placed on a monthly payment and added to ‘Tonto Dikeh Foundation’
“In Commemoration of my Instagram Hitting 5million. I Will Be Adding 5single Mothers To The List Of Women (Single Mothers) Who Receive Child Support Monthly From The Tonto Dikeh Foundation @t_d_foundation,” she wrote.
“If you are single and have no help from your spouse or baby daddy? This is for you, We already have 5 and we just about to add 5more…
“This is an initiative By KING ANDRE DIKEH @kingandre_dikeh through the TONTO DIKEH FOUNDATION…#DM ONLY and we will investigate you #PRIVATE SELECTION#WISH YOU ALL THE BEST…#THANKS FOR TOUR IMMENSE SUPPORT TO MY MINISTRY….”
The controversial actress had recently admonished ladies not to sleep with “a large number” of men just to get the new iPhone 11.
‘IBI (The Birth)’, ‘Nimbe’, ‘Dear Bayo’ win UK Nollywood Film Festival awards
‘IBI (The Birth)’, ‘Nimbe’, ‘Dear Bayo’ and ‘Unseen Treasure’, have been adjudged the best films in the UK at the 2019 UK Nollywood Film Festival (UKNFF).
The festival was organized by the UK Nollywood producers’ guild.
Malcolm Benson, president of the guild, in a statement issued on Sunday, said that ‘IBI (The Birth)’ was adjudged the ‘best indigenous (native language) feature film’, and also emerged ‘best feature film 2019’.
‘Dear Bayo’, won the jury’s award, as the ‘Unseen Treasure’ emerged the best in ‘best short film’ category, while ‘Diced’ was declared the ‘best script’.
Benson said plans were in the pipeline to increase the award categories to include ‘best actor’, ‘best actress’, ‘best supporting actor’, ‘best supporting actress’, ‘best director’ and ‘best producer’.
This, he said, would give more recognition to the talents both behind and in front of the screen.
“The UKNFF 2019 has broken its own record set during the first edition; the opening ceremony which took place at Ambassadors Hotel, London Bloomsbury, attended by the industry professionals and stakeholders sold out two days to the event,” the statement read.
“The UK Nollywood Producers Guild promises to secure a bigger venue for 2020’s event in order to accommodate the increasing demand.
“The UK Nollywood Producers Guild will continue to work with stakeholders and play it’s part in bringing Nollywood Producers together, enabling and creating the platforms where ever possible in order to improve standards.
“We will rise above our current barriers if we persist and focus on developing our crafts with genuine commitment to learning from our mistakes, learning from other experts, seeking and working with a good mentor and attending lectures and seminars.
“We will also succeed if we are resilient, avoid being complacent and importantly avoid unhealthy in-fight among ourselves and undue pride.
“We will make our mark and create an industry that will not only make us very rich and famous but also set a long lasting legacy for the next generation of Nollywood filmmakers.”
Benson said Kate Anolue, a Nigerian, who is the mayor of London borough of Enfield and current patron of the Guild, as well as Victoria Obaze, the mayor and speaker of London borough of Tower Hamlet, received certificates of patronage at the festival.
“There were various keynote speakers such as Shantelle Rochester of IDA ROSE Productions, Dapo Oshiyemi, CEO Talking Drums Film Distributions, and Dr Alistair Soyode, CEO of Ben Television,” he added.
“Other key guests are Sandie Bogle from Google Box; Prince and Mrs Mike Abiola, CEO, African Voice Newspaper; Sam Anwuzie CEO, ZAFAA Awards; Uche K of Sendwave, Representative from YANGA TV and CEO of Trumpet Newspaper, Mr Femi Okutubo, among others.”
Benson also said that UKNFF would open its online platform on November 1, in preparation for the 2020 edition to be held in October during the black history celebration.
He urged filmmakers to start submitting their films as soon as the platform opens, while financial and media partners were also invited to engage with the guild for early preparation of the 2020 event.
Tacha announces TeeBillz as manager
Tacha Akide, a former housemate of the just concluded Big Brother Naija reality TV show, has announced Tunji Ibrahim Balogun better known as TeeBillz, as her new manager.
The Port Harcout-based controversial TV star took to her Instagram page to disclose that she is now signed under ‘BillzVizion’, a label owned by TeeBillz, former husband of Tiwa Savage, Afrobeats vocalist.
Prior to the announcement, Tacha had deleted all the photos from her handle.
The 23-year-old Instagram sensation, who was unarguably the most controversial housemate in this year’s season of the show, got involved in a confrontation with Mercy Eke — a situation that led to her disqualification from the house while the latter would later emerge winner of the year’s BBNaija.
Following the controversy that met her disqualification, Billz had promised to turn her into a big brand out of Africa. He had also described her as the Kim Kardashian of Africa and requested to be her manager.
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