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BON AWARDS 2016: ORGANISERS ANNOUNCE NOMINEES

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The organizers of the Best of Nollywod Awards have released the list of nominees for the 2016 edition. The nominees’ list was unveiled in Lagos to an exclusive audience comprising entertainment editors and select stakeholders in the movie industry.

According to Niran Adedokun, president of the BON jury, the release followed weeks of screening of over 120 entries made up of feature films in English, Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo, ten short films, five documentaries and seven television series.

While congratulating the nominees, Adedokun, also a popular Punch Newspapers columnist, acknowledged the resilience of Nigerian filmmakers for defying the current harsh economic realities to sustain their creative activities. He thanked organisers of the awards for the opportunity to serve while encouraging practitioners to continue to strive for excellence noting that the industry has unlimited prospects.

Aimed at recognising and promoting the best of films and filmmakers in Nigeria, the BON Awards, in less than one decade of its existence, has become the most authentic home grown platform honouring the richness and ingenuity of Nigerian cinema. This year’s edition shall be hosted by the executive governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ipkeazu.

•Best Actor in Leading Role (English)

•Wale Ojo in For The Wrong Reasons

•Alex Ekubo in The First Lady

•Patrick Leonard in Woeman

•Stan Eze in Not just Married

•Enyinna Nwigwe in Hire A Man

•Okey Uzoeshi in Something Wicked

•Best Actor in Leading Role (Yoruba)

•Femi Adebayo in Gbewiri Meta

•Niyi Johnson in Lifeline

•Muyiwa Ademola in Eni –Owo

•Lateef Adedimeji in Yeye Oge

•Yomi Fabiyi in Metomi

•Best Actor in Leading Role (Hausa)

•Ali Nuhu in Gamu nan Dai

•Sadiq Dan Sadiq in Mat Da Lados

•Best Actor in Leading Role (Igbo)

•Bloosom Chukwujeku in Icheke Oku

•Amadi Magnus in Akaraaka

•Best Actress in Leading Role (English)

•Omotu Bissong in Woeman

•Judith Audu in Not Just Married

•Ebube Nwagbo in Anniversary

•Belinda Effah in Oracle Online

•Omoni Oboli in The First Lady

•Iretiola Doyle in Something Wicked

•Best Actress in Leading Role (Yoruba)

•Mercy Aigbe in Victims

•Temitope Solaja in Lehin Ikoro

•Toyin Aimakhu in Metomi

•Wumi Toriola in Eni Owo

•Yewande Adegbenro in Yeye Oge

•Jumoke Odetola in Binta Ofege

•Best Actress in Leading Role (Igbo)

•Nichole Banna in Icheke Oku

•Adaeze Chiegbu in Akaraaka

•Best Actress in Leading Role (Hausa)

•Jamila Umar in Kasata

•Rahama Sadau in Mati Da Lado

•Best Supporting Actor (English)

•I.K Ogbonna in Hire a man

•Nkem Owoh in Ghana Must Go

•Daniel K. Daniel in A Soldier’s story

•Seun Akindele in Black Val

•Rotimi Salami in Just Not Married

•Gabriel Afolayan in Something Wicked

•Best Supporting Actress (English)

•Nancy Isime in Hire a man

•Onyii Alex in Don’t fight it

•Helen Paul in Ghana Must go

•EniolaBadmus in Black Val

•Yvonne Jegede in The First Lady

•Adesua Etomi/ Ivie Okujaye-Egbon/Beverly Naya in Something Wicked

•Most Promising Actor

•Rotimi Salami in Just Not Married

•Steve Enagbare in Destiny Gate

•Bright Wonder in Fidelity

•Seun Ajayi in Studio

•Most Promising Actress

•Princess Osayomwanbor Peters in Destiny Gate

•Gina Castle in Fidelity

•Ade Laoye in Studio

•Zainab Balogun in A Soldier’s Story

•Best Child Actor in Movie

•Daniel Udah in Opeyemi

•Tunde Babasola in D’ Wish

•Best Child Actress

•Pricilia Ojo in Black Val

•Neraya Akaboa in D’ Wish

•Angel Unigwe in Woeman

•Best Comedy of the Year

•Ghana Must Go

•ATM

•Behind the Scenes

•The First Lady

•Just Not Married

•Movie with the Best Social Message

•Voiceless Scream

•Leyin Ilekun

•For the Wrong Reasons

•ATM

•Woeman

•Movie with the Best Special Effect

•Icheke Oku

•Gbewiri Meta

•A soldier’s story

•Storm

•Movie with the Best Screenplay

•For the Wrong Reasons

•Hire a man

•Icheke Oku

•Just Not Married

•Irawe Igbo

•Something Wicked

•Eni-Owo

•Best Short Film of the Year

•Opeyemi

•D’ wish

•Deeply Cut

•Pepper Soup

•Silence

•Homesick

•Best Documentary of the Year

•Amaka’s kin

•D’ ability

•For you my son

•Best TV Series of the Year

•Lasgidi Cops (SCU)

•Studio

•5ive

•Ayanfe mi

•Movie with the Best Editing

•Ghana Must go

•Not Just Married

•Hire A man

•Eni-Owo

•Something Wicked

•Movie with the Best Sound Track

•Icheke Oku

•Igbehinloju

•Irawe Igbo

•Ghana must go

•Movie with the Best Production Design

•Irawe Igbo

•Yeye Oge

•Icheke Oku

•The First Lady

•Something Wicked

•Movie with the Best Cinematography

•A Soldier’s story

•Eni-owo

•Icheke Oku

•Just Not Married

•Something Wicked

•Best Use of Nigerian Costume in a Movie

•Irawe Igbo

•Yeye Oge

•Icheke Oku

•Keji

•Ghana must go

•Best Use of Make up in a Movie

•Icheke Oku

•A Soldier’s story

•Storm

•Black Val

•Movie of the Year

•Icheke Oku

•Irawe Igbo

•A Soldier’s Story

•Something Wicked

•Eni-Owo

•Director of the Year

•Aliu Gafar for Irawe Igbo

•Uduak-Obong Patrick for Not Just Married

•EmekaAmakeze for Icheke Oku

•Desmond Elliot for Hire A Man

•Frankie Ogar for A Soldier’s Story

•Yemi Morafa for Something Wicked

•Adebayo Tijani/MuyiwaAdemola in Eni Owo

•Best Kiss in a Movie

•Gideon Okeke and Zhinnel Zhu in Anniversary

•Chelsea Eze and Mike Godson in Guy Next Door

•SeunAkindele and Mercy Aigbe in Victim

•Ik Ogbonna and Nancy Isime Hire A Man

•Enyinna Nwigwe and Zhinnel Zhu Hire A Man

•Omowumi Dada and Gabriel Afolayan in Something Wicked

•Revelation of the Year (female)

•Inem Peters

•Callista Okonkwo

•Mercy Macroe

•ChineyeUyanna

•BukkyAdeeyo

•Victoria Kolawole

•Bose Oladimeji

•Nkechi Sunday

Revelation of the year (Male)

•Mofe Duncan

•Sean Jimoh

•Poju Oparanti

•Wasiu Rafiu

•Jomiloju Olumbe

•Femi Remi

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Evans The Billionaire Kidnapper Bags 21 Year Imprisonment

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Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court on Monday sentenced kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, and his co-defendant, Victor Aduba, to 21 years imprisonment for kidnapping one Sylvanus Hafia.

They were accused of conspiring and kidnapping Sylvanus Ahanonu Hafia at about 5:30 pm on June 23, 2014, at Kara Street, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos and were alleged to have captured and detained Hafia and demanded a ransom of $2m.

But they pleaded not guilty to the four charges.

The judge held that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other aspiring kidnappers

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China and Russia Gets Biden warning on Hedges on Seeking Reelection

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US President Joe Biden arrives at Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022, for the State Funeral Service for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. – Leaders from around the world will attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The country’s longest-serving monarch, who died aged 96 after 70 years on the throne, will be honoured with a state funeral on Monday morning at Westminster Abbey. (Photo by HANNAH MCKAY / POOL / AFP)

President Joe Biden issued forceful warnings to China and Russia on Sunday and expressed optimism over the US economic rebound, but surprised many by hedging on whether he’ll seek reelection.

In a rare, wide-ranging interview with the CBS “60 Minutes” program, Biden went back on repeated assertions by the White House that he is sure to run in 2024.

Biden, who turns 80 in November, told interviewer Scott Pelley that reelection is his “intention.”

“But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen,” he said.

“It’s much too early,” Biden said, calling himself “a great respecter of fate.”

Surveying the state of the world’s largest economy, Biden was optimistic.

He declared the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States “over” and predicted that his administration would tame inflation — the main reason for his weak approval ratings and the reason Republicans believe they can take control of Congress in the upcoming November midterms.

“We’re going to get control of inflation,” he said.

– Troops to Taiwan? –
In another surprise moment, Biden once again appeared to challenge decades of US policy on Taiwan with a vow that he would send troops to defend the self-ruled island if China tried to invade.

“Yes,” he said, adding that this would happen if there was “an unprecedented attack” — possibly referring to something beyond the frequent saber rattling conducted by Chinese military forces around Taiwan.

While Washington does arm Taiwan, it has long maintained a policy of “strategic ambiguity” on whether it would intervene militarily if Beijing were to invade. The policy is designed to dissuade both China from invading and Taiwan from formally declaring independence.

The White House said that Biden’s latest remarks did not indicate a change but Beijing condemned the comments on Monday during a daily foreign ministry press briefing.

“The US remarks… severely violate the important commitment the US made not to support Taiwan independence and sends a seriously erroneous signal to Taiwanese separatist independence forces,” spokesperson Mao Ning said.

However, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its “sincere gratitude” for Biden’s support.

“In the face of China’s military expansion and provocative actions, our government will continue to strengthen self-defence capabilities to firmly resist the expansion and aggression of authoritarianism, and at the same time deepen the close Taiwan-US security partnership,” the ministry said in a statement.

– ‘Consequential’ nuclear response –
In another tough message to the United States’ biggest economic and geopolitical rival, Biden said he had warned President Xi Jinping not to support Russia militarily in its invasion of Ukraine.

He said he told Xi that US and other foreign investments in China would be disrupted and to think otherwise would be “a gigantic mistake.”

He also said that if Russian President Vladimir Putin uses nuclear or other non-conventional weapons against Ukraine the US response will be “consequential.”

When asked what he would tell Putin if the Russian leader was mulling such a move, he said: “Don’t. Don’t. Don’t.”

Biden praised the Ukrainians for their gritty fight against the huge Russian invasion and said “they’re defeating Russia.”

Asked how to define victory for Kyiv, he said “winning the war in Ukraine is to get Russia out of Ukraine completely.”

– ‘More to give’ –
Despite his poor ratings and polls showing Democrats likely to lose control of at least one chamber of Congress, Biden said he is upbeat.

Noting that employment is booming and the economy is strong, Biden said “we hope we can have, as they say, a soft landing.”

On whether at his age he is physically and mentally able to continue in the gruelling job, Biden said: “watch me.”

“It’s a matter of, you know, that old expression — ‘the proof of the pudding is in the eating.’”

When asked his source of inspiration when times get tough, Biden mentioned his son Beau who died in 2015 but also his parents’ exhortation to “just get up.”

Biden said he had “a lot more to give.”

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Poverty, Hunger in the Country, Okowa Blames APC

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…says Delta healthcare will curb medical tourism

Delta State Governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa, weekend, said that poor management of the nation’s economy by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) caused the rising hunger and poverty in the country.

He stated this at an empowerment programme for the people of Ika Federal Constituency at Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North Council by the member representing the constituency at the House of Representatives, Mr. Victor Nwokolo.

The governor, who commended Nwokolo for his gesture, described the event as “empowerment programme with a difference. He said Nigeria was troubled because people were hungry and out of job due to mismanagement of the nation’s economy.

He added that even students were having lots of challenges because their parents could not meet their needs owing to the level of poverty resulting from ineptitude of the APC-led Federal Government.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to support the PDP, saying it was the only party with clear understanding of the nation’s challenges and had clear solution to rescue the nation.

Earlier, Nwokolo said his motive for the empowerment was to restore hope to the hopeless amid rising hunger and poverty in the land.

MEANWHILE, Okowa, also at the different forum, said the huge investment being made by his administration in the health sector was to improve healthcare delivery and reduce medical tourism in the country.

He disclosed this in an interview with journalists shortly after inspecting facilities at the Advanced Diagnostic Medical Centre and Mother and Child Hospital, Owa-Alero in Ika Council of the state.

He said the twin medical facilities would, on completion, reduce medical tourism as it would provide first-class medical services to people who would have sought medical treatment abroad.

“I am glad we have gotten to this stage. I had high hopes that by today, we would have inaugurated these projects.

“The equipment are fully on site and we are trying to get things fully sorted out and I am sure that in the next one month, it should be ready and opened to the public for use.

“The two projects are obviously very important. The Mother and Child, as it is so stated, is supposed to take care of every illness concerning our women and children,” he said.

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